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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

 

Firewater - The Man on the Burning Tightrope

On another ILM thread: AlexinNYC reviews the forthcoming Firewater album: Firewater - The Man on the Burning Tightrope, according to AMG data this is due for release June 17th.

Firewater include ex Cop Shoot Cop bass player Tod A.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:20 PM
 

Depeche Mode: Is this the end? Artistic Differences

For Depeche Mode fans go to Side-Line to read Dave Gahan's thoughts on the future of Depeche Mode.

[30 April 2003]
Gahan expresses doubts on future Depeche Mode

# posted by DJ Martian 10:59 PM
 

Luomo - The Present Lover

On this ILM thread, the title of the forthcoming Luomo album is announced: The Present Lover. A difference of opinion of when it is to be released, either June 9th [according to Job] or Autumn. [Earlier this year I saw September/October as a targeted date]

# posted by DJ Martian 7:53 PM
 

One World: Forthcoming Shows

A brief overview of forthcoming One World shows on Radio 1

1st May >> Kitty Yo Label Special - music from the German label who have brought us artists such as Peaches & Gonzales
9th May >> Inertia Records Showcase, sessions from Freeland & The Buzzcocks and an album preview from Medicine
16th May >> Staff Show - Adam Hudson - Electro Special presented by Phil Oakey
23rd May >> Truby Trio mixing up tracks from their new album, London Elektricity in session and an album preview from Jaga Jazzist
30th May >> Staff Show - Annie Macmanus - Disco Punkathon with contributions from Output Records & DFA
6th June >> Hybrid in Session, and a mix from Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs
13th June >> Sonar Festival Part 1 with John Peel
20th June >> Sonar Festival Part 2 - Highlights from this year's Barcelona based electronica festival

# posted by DJ Martian 7:40 PM
 

BBC Jazz on 3 have a profile feature on Dave Douglas.

In March 2003, trumpeter, band leader, and composer Dave Douglas turned 40. The anniversary coincided conveniently with the release of his acclaimed album, 'Freak In'

# posted by DJ Martian 4:15 PM
 

Playlouder review Goldfrapp - Black Cherry

# posted by DJ Martian 4:10 PM
 

Twine

themilkfactory.co.uk have an interview feature with Twine

Twine�s Greg Malcolm and Chas Mossholder have been making music together for a few years now, and have released four albums of intricate abstract electronica. Yet, their music retains a certain candid touch, making it at once challenging and accessible. As they are getting ready to release their new self-titled album later on this year, Greg and Chas have accepted to talk to themilkfactory about making music while living far away from each other, what Twine is all about and adopting a more open approach to their work.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 AM
 

themilkfactory.co.uk - May 2003

themilkfactory.co.uk deliver another fine selection of reviews. [The summaries below are taken from a Milkfactory.co.uk e-mail/website, to see the full reviews go to the link above]

ALBUM OF THE MONTH
GOLDFRAPP - Black Cherry
Returning two and a half years after their seminal Felt Moutain, Goldfrapp have seriously spiced up their luxuriant sound by bringing to the surface its dirtiest elements. Black Cherry demonstrates that Goldfrapp are a truly unique band on the British music scene.

REVIEWS

Freeform - Condensed
Following on his Replicant Rumba Rockers collection of material from Atom�, Burnt Friedman now revisits the Freeform back catalogue to piece together a portrait of one of the most interesting musicians around.

Four Tet - Rounds
Kieran Hebden returns with his third album as Four Tet. Building on the sonic experimentations started with its predecessor, Rounds sees Hebden developing further his unconventional approach to electronic music.

Burnt Friedman & The Nu Dub Players - Can't Cool
Already a veteran of the electronic movement, Burnt Friedman gives his machines a rest and revives his Nu Dub Players by getting over twenty musicians from all over the world to create an impressive dub experience.

Lewis In Heaven - Lewis In Heaven
Hailing from Belgium, Lewis In Heaven is the solo project of Ruben Nachtergaele. With this impressive self-titled debut, he brings together Autechre, My Bloody Valentine and about everything in between.

Plaid - Parts In The Post
Undeniably one of the most high profile outfits on the original electronica movement, Plaid presents this compilation of remixes done for other people. Parts In The Post offers an interesting insight into the world of Handley and Turner, but it is not all that exiting�

Set Fire To Flames - Telegraphs in Negative / Mouths Trapped in Static
Two years after their first album, Canadian collective Set Fire To Flames return with this epic collection of recordings, taking their original semi-improvised experimentations and sound a step further. Unmissable.

Son Of Clay - Face Takes Shape
Son Of Clay is the brainchild of Berlin-based Swedish musician and sound artist Andreas Bertilsson. Face Takes Shape, his first album, was entirely built around sounds recorded in his house. The result is organic, fascinating and utterly beautiful.

Spiritualized - Complete Works Vol. 1
Arguably one of the most influential rock bands of the nineties, Spiritualized have carved a very unique piece of work since ex-Spaceman 3 Jason Pierce got the band together. This first of two volumes, Complete Works showcases the first five years in the history of the band, and features numerous rare singles, B-sides and promo tracks.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 AM

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

 

Mixing It

Details of the next 3 Mixing It shows on Radio 3

23:00-24:00 every Sunday

04 May 2003 23:00-24.05

Robert Sandall and Mark Russell present a
unique mix of musical styles and influences.


11 May 2003 23:00-24.05

Robert Sandall and Mark Russell present a
unique mix of musical styles and influences,
including a performance from the critically
acclaimed New York band Calla, recorded
exclusively for the programme.


18 May 2003 23:00-24.05

Mark Russell and Robert Sandall are joined by one
of the most influential figures on the alternative rock scene,
Lou Reed, to discuss his distinguished career
both with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:20 PM
 

Splendid review Adult - Anxiety Always

# posted by DJ Martian 3:08 PM
 

Stylus review Aarktica - Pure Tone Audiometry

# posted by DJ Martian 3:06 PM
 

Faith & Disease - Passport to Kunming

Projekt provide info on the forthcoming album from: Faith & Disease - Passport to Kunming [due for release June 17th]

Tip: check the MP3 download for the track She's Got A Halo for superb New Order-esque bass lines and Cranes a-like female vox.

Changing gears seven albums into a band's career isn't unheard of, but when the resulting recording is as spectacular as Faith & Disease's Passport To Kunming, one must stand up and take note. Once heralded for their gothic and ethereal textures and atmospheres, Faith & Disease have evolved into a band defining the best traits of the SadCore genre. Musically compatriots with Low, Idaho or late-period Velvets, their music possesses slow, downcast melodies, eerily isolated guitar or bass complementing the unmistakably beautiful emotions dripping from Dara Rosenwasser's heart-broken vocals. Dara's sublime voice floats over the melodic, chorus-pedal rich basslines, droney guitars, synth and vintage organ layers,as well as the tasteful, understated percussion. This is compelling SadCore evoking an updated version of classic ethereal-rock.


"For those of a melancholy turn of mind, Faith & Disease's ethereal, otherworldly chamber music for the damned is an ideal soundtrack. Built around Rosenwasser's lovely voice, coupled with Cooley's guitar and bass, Faith & Disease feels like a long, shadowed walk in a deserted patch of woods on a gray, bone-chilling day." - Ink19.com

The opening track is a gem, "She's Got A Halo" evokes a lost classic from early Factory Records-era New Order, propelled by a looping bassline and scratchy guitar. "How Far Does The Sky Go" veers into dream pop territory, with some fine Bowie Heroes-era guitar coupled with Dara's elegiac vocals. "Impermanence" is druggy '60s psychedelia, with a vintage Hammond organ drone and a middle spoken-word tangent. "Girl At The Window" is an anomolie track; A romanticized homage to the vinyl era with it's lonely distant piano-box and Dara's engaging narrative forewarning winters impending gloom..and Faith & Disease should know, they hail from Seattle after all. And once again, Faith & Disease are masterful at knowing when to strip it all down to the bare elements -- take "Made of Wood" for instance, a well-placed acoustic guitar strum and Rosenwasser's vocals are all that is needed to convey the songs beauty, poetry and vulnerability.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:41 AM

Monday, April 28, 2003

 

DigitalMetal.com review The Gathering - Souvenirs

# posted by DJ Martian 11:30 PM
 

Sikth

Metal Hammer have a studio report from Sikth expect their debut album to be released in June [and not May 19th as previously mentioned]

# posted by DJ Martian 11:23 PM
 

Tangerine Dream - Mota Atma

On May 6th Tangerine Dream will release a new album, Mota Atma. See UK distributors Voiceprint for more info.

Mota Atma is Tangerine Dream's stunning new album recorded towards the end of 2002 at the band's studio in Berlin. Combining the image creating soundscapes, a transcendental journey into these sonic surrounds of a unique world, in which only Tangerine Dream can create with their unique blends of sound, samples, rhythms and a little bit of keyboard magic.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:46 PM
 

A recommended read, from Marcello Carlin @ The Church of Me: TWO APPROACHES TO MAXIMALIST MINIMALISM: MIKE OLDFIELD AND GLENN BRANCA

# posted by DJ Martian 10:29 PM
 

The Brainwashed Brain V06I16 - 04272003

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Andrew Chalk - Over the Edges
Streamline

The Bug - Pressure
Tigerbeat6

Sunn O))) - White1
Southern Lord

Front 242 - Still & Raw
XIII Bis Records

Asa-Chang & Junray - Tsu Gi Ne Pu
The Leaf Label

Daniel Lanois - Shine
Anti

RJD2 - The Horror EP
Definitive Jux

# posted by DJ Martian 9:29 PM
 

Junkmedia review Erik Friedlander - Quake [ this album is released May 27th, on Cryptogramophone]

Taking indiscriminately from everything from free jazz to klezmer, Erik Friedlander has created a true hybrid, organic world music for the future.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:22 PM
 

Absorb Reviews

Some new reviews @ Absorb including:

hecker - sun pandamonium (mego)
lexaunculpt - the blurring of trees (planet mu)
meanest man contest - merit (plug research)
red snapper - red snapper (lo)
the russian futurists - let's get ready to crumble (upper class)
ulrich schnauss - a strangely isolated place (city centre offices)


Various EPs are Reviewed including:
broadcast: pendulum (warp)
opiate: sometimes (morr music)

Also some more recent reviews @ Absorb

autechre - draft 7.30 (warp records)
column one - the audience is sleeping (90% wasser)
hint - portakabin fever (ninja tune/hombre)
manitoba - up in flames (domino/leaf)
the microphones - mount eerie (k)
prefuse 73 - one word extinguisher (warp records)
secret mommy - babies that hunt (orthlorng musork)
set fire to flames - telegraphs in negative / mouths trapped in static (fat cat
the soft pink truth - do you party? (soundslike)
soulo - man, the manipulator (plug research)
the stereonerds - hd endless (rather interesting)
nobukazu takemura - assembler (thrill jockey)

# posted by DJ Martian 1:18 AM
 

Music Journalism

This maybe of interest to some readers: A new article by Andy Kaufmann @ Musicjournalist.com: So, You Want To Be A Music Journalist: A Practical Guide For Beginning Writers

# posted by DJ Martian 12:41 AM
 

The Smiths - 20 Years On

Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the Manchester band's first single "Hand in Glove", which introduced the jangling guitars and maudlin lyrics that shaped the consciousness of a generation.

The Independent: on BBC 6 Music's reunion party in relation to 20 years of The Smiths: Mission impossible? Bringing together Morrissey and Marr for a Smiths reunion

# posted by DJ Martian 12:34 AM
 

SPOTLIGHT...KEY NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK:

Key new album releases for April 28th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

This Week: April 28th

Austerity Program - Terra Nova (Hydra Head) EP
Cex - Being Ridden [instrumental version] (Temporary Residence)
Cex - Being Ridden [vocal version] (Temporary Residence)
Collide - Some Kind of Strange (Next Level)
Ravi Coltrane - Mad 6 (Sony Jazz)
8 Doogymoto - Minimalistico (Soundslike)
Eluvium - Lambent Material (Temporary Residence)
Gescom - ISS SA (Skam) EP
Paul Giger - Vindonissa (ECM)
Gold Chains - Young Miss America (Pias)
Goldfrapp - Black Cherry (Mute)
Jaga Jazzist - Animal Chin (GSL) EP
Karda Estra - Constellations (Cyclops)
Lexaunculpt - The Blurring of Trees (Planet Mu)
Mcenroe - Disenfranchised (Peanuts & Corn)
Mono - One More Step and You Die (Ryko)
Negura Bunget - 'N Crug Bradului (Code 666)
Opiate - Sometimes (Morr Music)
Plumbline - Circles (Hydrogen Dukebox)
Sk-um - I Pagu Fallsins (Resonant)
Surburban Knight - My Sol Dark Direction (Peacefrog)
Takeo Toyama - Hello 88 (Karaoke Kalk)
Cristian Vogel - Dungeon Master (Tresor) First Time on CD
Wire - Send (Pink Flag)

For Reference:

Last Week: April 21st

Arab Strap - Monday At The Hug And Pint (Chemikal Underground)
Belisha - People in the Dark (Filthy Sonnix)
Bridge & Tunnel - Great Outdoors (Surrender)
Matt Elliott - The Mess We Made (Domino)
H-Foundation - Environments (Soma)
Daniel Lanois - Shine (Anti-/Epitaph)
Molasses - Slow Messe (Alien8 Recordings)
Phill Niblock - Touch Food (Touch)
Alexander Robotnick - Oh No!! Robotnik (Hot Elephant Music)
S-Process - MNML (French Kiss)
Ahmad Szabo - This Book Is About Words (Eastern Developments)

# posted by DJ Martian 12:04 AM

Sunday, April 27, 2003

 

Fakejazz.com

Some reviews from Fakejazz.com Issue 37:

Blithe Sons - We Walk the Young Earth (Family Vineyard)
Manitoba - Up in Flames (Leaf)
Scenic - The Acid Gospel Experience (Hidden Agenda)
Jaga Jazzist - Animal Chin EP (Gold Standard Laboratories)
Buzzcocks - Buzzcocks (Merge)
Four Tet - Rounds (Domino)

Also from Fakejazz.com Issue 36:

Subarachnoid Space - Also Rising (Strange Attractors)
Aarktica - Pure Tone Audiometry (Silber)
Deerhoof - Apple O' (5 Rue Christine)
Xiu Xiu - A Promise (5 Rue Christine)

# posted by DJ Martian 10:45 PM
 

Green Carnation and In The Woods

Green Carnation have named their forthcoming album as A Blessing In Disguise, released in Europe on June 16th and in the US on June 17th 2003 through Season Of Mist.

Green Carnation include ex members of In The Woods in related news...

Thanks to Musique Machine for alerting me to the news that a Live CD by legendary Norwegian rock band In the Woods is on the way. In the Woods released one of the finest albums of the 90s, Omnio that was an epic and expansive rock masterpiece.

See record label: Karmakosmetix

cat#: kkx001
2xcd

finally, after about two years in the making, "liveatthecaledonienhall" - the epitaph of in the woods... - is ready to be released!

as the title indicates, it was recorded at caledonien hotel, kristiansand, norway, late december 2000. the album holds twenty songs from the bands career, amongst a full coverage of their second (and most acclaimed) album, "omnio".

- double cd
- two and a half hours of perfect live-sound (+ more than half an hour of material free to download via web)
- the first 3000 copies will contain the brand new karmakosmetix promo-sampler
- due may, 2003 via prophecy productions/ karmakosmetix


Official retrospective website for In The Woods

# posted by DJ Martian 4:02 PM

Saturday, April 26, 2003

 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ Boomkat - a Pelicanneck Online Music Store include:

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Ceephax Acid Crew - Ceephax Acid Crew
Breakin

Andy Jenkinson, brother of the man Squarepusher, brings forth his hotly anticipated new album to Breakin', and ther'e's more than enough killer material here to satisfy!. This two cd set effectively combines an entire disc of all new Ceephax material [DISC ONE], and the entirety of two long out of print full length eps on Breakin' [DISC TWO]. When Ceephax's first two albums appeared in 2000, the self-titled record and `Drivetime' tape pack on Belgium's First Cask sold out almost instantly, and went on to be one of our most requested items ever. `Acid Quakers' on Lo merely added to the furore, so its with great pleasure we present this consumate Breakin' set. `Camelot pollution' rides a blissful chicago-style kicking house riddim, `Swab Funk' comes up front with the acid, and its all good. Incredible that Jenkinson records live and with analogue equipment, when you hear the range and originality of the tunes on show here. `Marshmellow' is the sole representative here from the twice sold out `Acid Legacy' ep, and just thrills the senses with depth and melody. `Acid Le Soken' has a similar grasp of what makes these tunes work, raising machine rhythms to new emotive levels. `Culteddy' touches more hectic timbres, ultra-fast drums and more rampant acid. `Friday Film Special Acid' could stand up next to classic period Armando, so simple yet so utterly effective. `Fantastic Planet' makes reference to the defining works of the Drexciyan brothers and other prime detroit movers, and its left to the irresistible groove and sublime melodies of `Credick' to tie up the hugely enjoyable first disc. Disc two combines two well sought after eps for Breakin' : `Radiotin' and `Bainted smile', for its 14 tracks and brings out the mentalism in tandem with Ceephax's often overlooked, highly developed compositional skills. OeCeephax Acid, adopts anthemnic proportions, OeAcid on Sea, a humourous but awesome take on the likes of Bam Bam, 'Static', the theme for `Radiotin' and the four parts of `Arterial acid' still sounding as future as you could wish. `Space paranoia' brings the requisite amount of fear to the table and the excellently named `Dennis weaver acid' just plain rocks it. The key to Jenkinson's approach is to relish the imposed restrictions of the genre and defy them with every note of this awesome double disc. Everyone loves a 303!!! Ace.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK!
Dub Tractor - More Or Less Mono
City Centre Offices

New on City Centre Offices! Anders Remmer, aka Dub Tractor, hardly needs an introduction. The Copenhagen resident has been responsible for a whole stack of irrestistable records in the past few years, both as a solo artist and as a member of various groups. Being a member of "Future 3", the Danish supergroup together with Thomas Knak (aka opiate, production work for Bj�rk) and Jesper Skaaning (aka Acustic), Anders Remmer introduced us to distant vocals and almost shy acoustic guitars, all packaged up as popsongs. Future 3's latest incarnation, 'System', have been most recently found at their best with a wonderful long-player for Pole's Scape imprint, exploring detailed dub, warmer than anything you've heard before. Working as a solo artist, Remmer records as Dub Tractor. Following his split-ep together with Opiate on City Centre Offices, his "hum ep" on Hobby Industries and three albums, "more or less" is his fourth and most sublime album to date. This amazing album finds Anders focusing on how to bring together two worlds which have not had much in common over the last couple of years : microscopic electronic fixtures and widescreen acoustic washes of sound, all fitted with a deep, involving pop sensibility. On "more or less mono", he plays guitar and bass as if the denial of these instruments within the electronic community has never been an issue. His love for dub is still deeply obvious, but what about a peter hook-like bassline or some elegiac guitar melodies? Facing himself against a tide of musicians who have been trying to master this fusion of acoustic and electronic elements with limited success, Dub Tractor gets out the microphone and sings, while his bitcrusher destroys the white noise and the delay switches on the radiator. "more or less mono" is an album which will never leave your rack. Sublime.

Suburban Knight - My Sol Dark Destination
Peacefrog

Peacefrog score another Detroit exclusive, the debut album from Underground Resistance legend James `Suburban Knight' Pennington. Including the all time anthem `The Art of Stalking' which was one of those tracks that blew Detroit techno wide open in the UK and everywhere else on the face of the planet, fast becoming a blueprint for techno absolutely everywhere. Starting with `Shape Shifter' one of Pennington's absolute bests and a superb intro that kicks off with deep strings setting a tense atmosphere and leading to a full frontal electro assault that almost sounds like a precursor to two step with its bassline and simple plucked synths, building-up the track to a multi-layered killer cut. Awesome. `Collaboration Alpha' sets a lighter tone with airy strings keeping the depth while a subtle beat builds and blends into the melodies, when the lead synth drops it twists the track into a surefire techno winner, a modulating arpeggio works around the beat to cement all the pieces together tightly while the groove keeps your head nodding throughout. `Midnight Sunshine' adopts the soulful twinkling side of Detroit techno and mesmerises you in the intro as all the instruments build up to dissipate and leave the cut rocking with just chord stabs accompanying the beat, Detroit House stylee. This album wouldn't be complete without including the bona-fide classic released in 1991 and one of my all-time killer techno tracks, `The Art of Stalking'. Tracks like Joey Beltrams `Energy Flash', Derrick May's `Strings of Life' or Carl Craigs `Climax' come to mind as pieces which stay with you over the years, never dating out of favour. "The Art Of Stalking" falls firmly into that same category - one of the most played, influential and downright classic tracks Detroit has ever produced. Heavy reverb on the kick drums is joined by THAT bassline, and it gets you every time, subtle synths that hit the perfect notes flutter over the groove multiplying the suspense and a sense of trepidation that stays throughout, a once in a lifetime cut that has embedded Suburban Knight into the Techno almanac. Brilliant.

Cristian Vogel - Dungeon Master
Tresor
2CD

Finally released on CD, complete with a full-length bonus disc featuring some killer Vogel live sessions! Cristian Vogel is the don : the man is and always has been remarkably ahead of his time, producing the kind of cut up house/electronica/electro/techno hybrids that only really became categorised and understood several years after the event, unerathing plagarists, theorists and copyists along the way. I mean, listen to 1994's album for Mille Plateaux `Beginning to Understand', a record that not only contains one of the greatest ever tron-tinged electroid tracks (Scorpio) but also formulates the blueprint for what would several years later become known as micro-house. And so Vogel continues to pave new roads into all manner of technological advances and visionary playing fields, forever holding on to one big fat dollop of what can only be called the Funk!! `Dungeon Master' is an awesome record, cutting up industrialisms, clanks and crunches into house beats and electroid spasms, metallic constructions and reduced, micro, fizzing, liting, rotating and subverting stretches of pure future-dancefloor genius. The man can do no wrong.......Immense.

Gold Chains - Young Miss America
Pias

First full length album from Gold Chains after the two differing extended e.p.'s for his spiritual indie homes Orthlorng Musork and Tigerbeat 6. Still in collaboration production wise with Kit Clayton - getting in touch with his blingting vibe. 'YMA' is eleven tracks long and musically different again, this time neither hip hop nor electronic mashup, instead an alien r'n'b poprock attack is on the menu. You can hardly say that Topher's rhymes act as an emcee's lyrics and he'd deny such intent. Instead think a robotic lounge lizard speaking on lifes lows and highs. Hardly as hedonistic as before, this time Gold Chain brings the different sh*t. Confusing but still way cool.

Jaga Jazzist - Animal Chin EP
Gold Standard Laboratories

This cool E.P. acts as an introductory document to this ace norwegian electronic / big band avant jazz collective. Featuring three of the best tracks from 'A Livingroom Hush', a track from the forthcoming Ninja Tune album 'The Stix', one exclusive blinder in 'Tristar' and the previously vinyl only remixes of 'Lithunia' by Martin Horntveth and Kim Hiorthoy's hatstand rework of 'Going Down' - all 15 minutes of it. 43 mins long, nice price. If you've not yet dug into the Jaga Jazzist sound then here's a perfect first taste.

Kid Koala - Nufonia Must Fall
Ninja Tune
Book and CD

'Nufonia Must Fall' is a massive achievement for Eric San aka Kid Koala. Around three years in the works this monochrome novel comic is pretty much one of a kind. A three hundred and forty page book, no speech bubbles - simply beautiful and evocative drawn images with light shading depth that radiates emotion. The drawings were the shared work of Eric and Louisa Schabas, whose touches really bring Eric's drawings to life. For a sample his style was first dropped in the booklet for his debut album 'Carpal Tunnel Syndrome' but here it's taken to a whole new level. The story is about an out-of-work robot dreamer and his love for a lonely office girl. Their trials and tribulations in trying to overcome the obstacles to finding true love. The music touches on the more evocative outpourings of Vincent Gallo with a hip hop itch with emotions from lonely and depressed to happy and love lifted - fed through an electric piano, clarinet and turntables. Ten short but perfect vignettes to be listening to while viewing certain corresponding pages in the book. Pure. Sublime. Unmissable.

Lackluster - Showcase
Merck

Merck proudly presents their first full length from finnish electronic music composer Lackluster. Prior to this, Lackluster has made two vinyl ep releases and few compilation visits on Merck, plus selected remixes. 'Showcase' is a wonderful collection of 19 tracks recorded between 1999 to 2001, some previously released on various labels like Rikos, Surgery and De:Focus. Folks familiar with respond to the hints of electro, techno and even experiments in house. An accurate assessment of the fragile state of electronic music today. The best of Esa Ruoho's musical discography without falling into one particular style / groove / genre. This release describes the assemblage of beauty manifested through one brain with the use of melodic tweaks, and layers of creative electricity. Recommended.

Lexaunculpt - The Blurring Of Trees
Planet Mu

This is an album that seems to have been forever in the making. From the debut 12" for Isophlux (pressed up numerous times in different colours of lush transparent vinyl), to the collectable 12" for Miami's Orange Imprint (complete with MP3 riddled Floppy Disks) and the various sparkling compilation contributions, Lexaunculpt's material has been treated with a certain amount of revenance from a crowd of listeners desperate for more. This album (or various, earlier versions of it) seems to have been intended for or due for imminent release on various labels over the last couple of years, always somehow managing to avoid public release and, instead, finding a home on MP3 sites and various archives here and there. Planet-Mu seems to be the perfect home for Alex, allowing him to explore both sides of his brilliantly original take on electronic music, from his seemingly effortless engineering of the most complex and grooving disjointed beats, to his by now familiar foray into ambient and even classical territory for catharsis. This is a brilliant album from a quite simply exceptional artist - highlighted best on the deeply digital and syncopated metallic beats of "Ninety-Seven Cars And Free Love" to the simply jawdropping distorted ambience of "Emori Dixon Renamed". The only hope is that the wait for the next album isn't quite as long and that some of these amazing tracks make it onto vinyl sometime soon. Awesome.

Sk-um- I Pagu Fallsins
Resonant

What is it about Iceland? there's clearly something about the air, the water, the chill or good cheer. 'Tomatar' opens the album with finely spun mesh of drone-based strings, 'Lummur' adopts a more electropop stance to bouyant melodic effect. 'Bonetrix' treads lightly alongside the river marked 'melodic dsp' and manages not to fall in. 'Tasco' is a crunchier beauty, imagine the melodic charms of The Remote Viewer with a more urgent tempo, then spin through 180 degrees. A largely enjoyable album which reveals still further the surprising musical depths flowing in the currents of icelandic music. For all followers of the beguiling icelandic sounds of Mum, this is a pleasant album well worthy of further exploration.

Via Tania - Under Different Sky
Chocolate Industries

Debut album from Via Tania, aka australian born singer songwriter Tania Bowers. A strange choice for Chocolate, this album of electronified post rock would sit better on Thrill Jockey. In fact many of Chicago's finest appear like Doug McCombs, John Herndon and Howe Gelb. Mr Scott Herron adds touches to a few tracks. Vocally like a more girly Bjork with a rustic charm, very nice in places. Ten tracks.

The Peter Brotzmann Sextet/ Quartet - More Nipples
Unheard Atavistic

One of the great free jazz archaeological finds of recent years: Three lost tracks from the 'Nipples' sessions. Dateline: Germany, 1969. The legendary lineup: Peter Br�tzmann and Evan Parker (saxophones), Derek Bailey (guitar), Fred Van Hove (piano), Buschi Niebergall (bass), Han Bennink (drums). Br�tzmann has always mentioned more material, but thought it had been discarded long ago. But in 2002, FMP founder Jost Gebers discovered a reel of material, recorded by both the quartet (without Bailey and Parker) and sextet incarnations, in the FMP archive. Here, then, for the first time, is an entire record's worth of alternate pieces, including a sextet blowout featuring Parker on soprano saxophone and Bailey's guitar much more up-front than on the original LP, and two fantastic quartet pieces. The second of these, "Fat Man Walks," starts with an anthemic, chordal riff, building to a climax that is comparable in weight and fire to Pharoah Sanders' classic solo with the Jazz Composers Orchestra - an urgent, white-hot tenor sound unlike any other Br�tzmann release. Han Bennink fans are warned: this is an enormous metallic sound, even for the master of trash-can percussion. One of Atavistic records proudest moments in their UMS FMP Archive Edition: Don't miss...

Wire - Send
Pinkflag

The number of groups surviving punk's first blast still able to ply their trade with heads aloft and conscience clear can be counted on the fingers of one hand, with three digits to spare. Wire are one of them. `Send' is their first full length album of new music in over a decade, and contains eleven examples of their most caustic and brutally compelling output in twice that time. Crafted walls of blistering guitars, brittle drums, mathematical bass and monotonic alive vocals all with an electronic overcoating of digital menace.

Stark Reality - Now
Stones Throw

A group doesn't get quirkier or more collectable in the hip hop & funk crate digging world than Stark Reality. Long respected for their ultra-rare and ultra-pricey double lp of psychedelic jazz funk, 'The Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Charmichael's Music Shop', their otherworldly mind & body food can now be tasted by anyone with �15 as opposed to �350 to spare. Variously described as avante-garde, distorted, genius, and over-rated (often in the same sentence), the sounds on 'The Stark Reality Discovers' depart violently from what one might normally expect of a late sixties jazz funk quartet; the group came by their infamy by impressing jazz legend Ahmad Jamal with a six song demo, psyching out "square" children,s songs written by Hoagy Charmichael in the forties & fifties, eventually convincing Jamal to release 90 minutes of their freeform outfunk on his private AJP label. Now Egon at Stone Throw has unearthed those original tapes, plus unreleased tracks, photos, posters and interviews, and condensed them into a comprehensive 70 minute cd with 16 page booklet. If you own a copy of 'The Funky 16 Corners', you know what extreme attention to audio and visual detail to expect. Many incurable spotters will claim to know these tracks inside out. Many hip hop fans will recognise parts of songs from their use by Pete Rock, J-Live, Large Professor and Main Source. Many more will flip their wigs and be instant converts the moment they catch a blast of Stark Reality's exceptional musical creation, much like Peanut Butter Wolf did when he first heard 'Junkman,s Song, on Egon,s bedroom stereo. Fully phreeked freejazzfunkrocksoulpsyche deserving attention way beyond the confines of the cult beat-seeker,s scene, as powerful and astonishing now as when created some thirty five years ago. Killer.

The Chap - The Horse
Lo Recordings

Lo Recordings never fail to surprise, and The Chap continues the trend. Quite grungy and yet still electronic related its a collection of guitar led homegrown songs singing about various subjects from samples to essex, all built around the rock template, with crashing drums and huge rhythm sections and plenty of vocal backing. There are lusher moments like `Volumatic Spacer Device' which has a sparse arrangment with plenty of echoes and reverbs on the lusher sounds, plus bizarre vocals intoning `Sex with you is better than Asthma....". Trashy yet interesting.

8 Doogymoto - Minimalistico
Soundslike

New on Matthew Herberts Soundslike label. Japanese vocals with a microscopic, broken dancefloor production slant meeting a rawer slice of Herbert production genius = 8 Doogymoto. Strange vocals that make perfect nonsense, 'Minimalistico' is a midtempo raw beat with ace quirky vocals, odd synth's and tin pot percussion, ace. 'Ookyaku' is perfect pop minimal house, the sort of music we'd hope Luomo would make. Again japanese vocals at their most charming and catchy, a minimal yet tough repetitive beat, pops and squeaks and a hyperactive Herbert flow, one of the tracks of 2003 - no less. Other tracks keep the same feel but add more traditional music structures (this is a full, three member, band) - adding touches of folk and Molokoesque lo-fi trip hoppery. Yet it's the Soundslike formula proof winners of 'Dakewa', 'Palusolu', 'Tupperware' and 'Tabetai' that make this one truly special. Highly recommended.

DJ Language - Language Lab
Subfreakie

NY funk jockey and deep crate digger Mr Language drops this mighty mix selection of rare jazz, funk and black rock tracks. Intersplicing 36 tracks in one hour. This trip is totally on a chilled out, smoke a chizzan with your bud's tip while you fantasise about owning the original waxings. A lot of thought went into this mix, a clear yet warm and fuzzed feel pervades and the photo on the sleeve brings a smile to your face. Very baad, tune after tune (even dropping the track that was a basis of KMD's classic 'Peachfuzz'). Bobbito loves it and so will you.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:16 AM

Friday, April 25, 2003

 

Dusted Features

Every Friday, Dusted Magazine publishes a series of music-related lists determined by our favorite artists. This week: saxophonist Bhob Rainey and recent Expanding Record's signee Vessel.

Dusted Features includes current listening from Vessel

Vessel is Brit Gavin Toomey, who took to electronics after playing in improvisation noise bands over the past decade. He first appeared on Expanding Record�s The Condition of Muzak last year, where his single �Tiny� stole the show. This month marks his debut electronic album, Dreaming in Paris, already hailed by Boomkat as one of the finest releases of 2003 so far. Toomey is also an accomplish film technician and helped in the creation of UNKLE�s frighteningly good video for �Rabbit In Your Headlights�. Fans of Benge and minimalist electronica should check him out.

# posted by DJ Martian 5:39 PM
 

BurnitBlue.com review Prefuse 73 - One World Extinguisher

# posted by DJ Martian 5:34 PM
 

MIC Norway have a feature on Jaga Jazzist found via weblog: It's a trap

Also BurnitBlue.com review the latest Jaga Jaggist album: The Stix [due for release May 12th in the UK, it was released in Norway in 2002]

# posted by DJ Martian 5:25 PM
 

The Independent interview Goldfrapp

# posted by DJ Martian 5:14 PM
 

Pitchfork review Meanest Man Contest - Merit

# posted by DJ Martian 5:00 PM
 

Bangkok Impact - Traveller

A track [Masters of the Universe PT1] by Bangkok Impact on the free CD with Jockey Slut magazine impressed me mightly - epic slabs of electro and trippy dancefloor friendly techno that would make Swayzak proud, also of note Bangkok Impact - Traveller is Jockey Slut Album of the Month

[the growth of finnish electronic music continues Sami Liuski [Bangkok Impact] added to the likes of Mr Velcro Fasteners, Vladislav Delay, Jori Hulkkonen]

BANGKOK IMPACT
TRAVELLER
(Cr�me Organisation/Clone)

Disco always creeps back into vogue, reminding us that it's both the original and one of the best forms of dance music (and, of course, where dance music as we know it started).

Disco is the sound that never dies, and the Dutch know it better than anyone. Artists and labels in Rotterdam and The Hague (the latter more usually associated with electro these days) have been spreading the word of disco�s umpteenth coming for a while now. Ever since I-F's defining 'Mixed Up In The Hague' compilations, the likes of Legowelt and The Parallax Corporation have been busily reinventing disco.

Now their time has come, and people are finally waking up to the nouveau disco sound. Of course, Britain is a little behind as usual - Legowelt's 'Disco Rout' was one of the biggest tracks in mainland Europe last year but didn�t even make the radar screen over here.

It was hearing Legowelt that first prompted Finnish producer Sami Liuski, aka Bangkok Impact, to switch to disco. The result is 'Traveller', a tour de force of an album that easily measures up to the artists that inspired it in the first place. A shiny, funky hybrid of Italo-disco tinged with electro and techno, 'Traveller' is both retro and modern, nodding to Giorgio Moroder as well as the new school.

Unlike the majority of electro obsessives, Liuski can write a song - there are three vocal tracks out of 13 ('Don't Be A Badboy', 'Crowdpleaser' and the salacious 'Give It To Me Baby'). He�s just as tasty with an instrumental, though, as shown by the irresistible funk-driven grooves of 'Logarhytmic', 'Passenger' and 'Rymdfunk'.

But in the end it�s Liuski's impeccably light touch, attention to detail and the sheer infectious nature of his grooves that make 'Traveller' such a delight from start to - if you'll pardon the pun - Finnish. Let there be disco - again.

Tom Magic Feet (8)

MARK MOORE
DJ
"A first class Euro-electro journey to the undiscovered parts of your erogenous zone. It reminds me of when I first started clubbing at places like The Blitz, The Embassy Club and Heaven, where you had European jet setters mixed with lowlives and rabble, all dancing to strange electronic music. This is the modern equivalent I�ve been longing to hear."

SUNIL SHARPE
SPINDIZZY, DUBLIN
"Cr�me Organisation is generally a safe bet to deliver the goods. Some of the bigger tracks on 'Traveller' are more like Daft Punk than the stereotypical Gigolo fare synonymous with contemporary electro. Warm, retrospective and at times effortlessly complex, Bangkok Impact's admirable juggling of electro and house is worthy of praise."

STEFANO ANSELMETTI
PROLIFICA RECORDS
"It takes me back to the mescaline-fuelled madness of Roman suburban clubs where the Italian techno-electro movement flourished. I love this album in particular, because, being Italian, I appreciate the Italo-disco references it makes - to people like Alexander Robotnik and all the fantastic releases on the Discotto label. It should appeal to the darker electroheads worldwide. Nice!"

also see an interview with Bangkok Impact @ Phinweb

10 April 2003 -- Sami Liuski of Rovaniemi (that's in Finnish Lappland for you not keeping awake at your geography lessons) is a master of many guises. 8-Bit Rockers is grimy electro. Bangkok Impact is lush neo-disco. Then there's Lolita Str�p (don't ask me where he gets these names), Red Loafen, and all other new projects he's coming up at the very time you're reading this! Records for Holland's Bunker, Cr�me Organization and Clone, Germany's Raummusik and Traum (and a cool remix for pHinnMilk's CTNERMX compilation)... gigs in Europe and a forthcoming US tour... praised by NME and Jockey Slut magazines... what a guy. Mr. Liuski talked to pHinnWeb via e-mail.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:12 AM

Thursday, April 24, 2003

 

Suburban Knight - My Sol Dark Direction

James Pennington operates under the code name: Suburban Knight, part of the mysterious Detroit Techno collective: Underground Resistance. Next week sees the debut album from Suburban Knight: My Sol Dark Direction released on the Peacefrog label.

an accumulation of 17 years worth of contributions to the world of dance music. A masterpiece of house, techno and electronics, featuring time honoured classics and new flawless productions�

Source: BurnitBlue.com

Also BurnitBlue.com review Suburban Knight - My Sol Dark Direction

# posted by DJ Martian 7:10 PM
 

EMI: Pay to Download

News of EMI's new internet strategy to sell music download tracks via a number of official partners was announced yeseterday, today Soundgenerator.com have an article on 140,000 EMI Tracks To Download

# posted by DJ Martian 6:31 PM
 

Elbow

According to Soundgenerator.com Elbows's second album [as yet untitled] will be released 18th August on V2.

# posted by DJ Martian 6:22 PM
 

Jockey Slut

New May issue of Jockey Slut in the shops as of today: [details below taken from an e-mail]

An exclusive interview with UNKLE. James Lavelle discusses the new album and the collaborations with Jarvis Cocker, Brain Eno and Ian Brown

2 Many DJs tell us why "everything is homo"

Herbert lifts the curtain on his big band project

An Audience With... Felix Da Housecat

We do a Rewind on My Bloody Valentine

Four Tet's Kieran Hebden reveals that his ambition is to soundtrack 'Dawson's Creek'

Top ten collaborations of all time! Did Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder make it?

Win 'Jam' DVDs + limited edition Adidas jackets
We also gatecrash Nag Nag Nag dressed like a complete tit!

ON OUR COVERMOUNT THIS MONTH.....
We give you 12 free big ones, starring...

Afuken's remix of Cabaret Voltaire, Midnight Mike, Four Tet, Malcolm Joseph, Mugison, Lucien N. Luciano, Sylvie Marks & Hal 9000, Kiki & Silversurfer, Bangkok Impact, In Flagranti, Glove and Mylo

# posted by DJ Martian 6:05 PM
 

Cybersonica: 19th � 21st June 2003, London

The festival takes place from 19th � 21st June 2003.
Three days of live performance, exhibitions, cinema and talks will take place at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and other venues across London.


Official website for: Cybersonica

Cybersonica brings together the whole community of sonic innovation - from musicians, artists, DJs and VJs, to designers, academics, software makers and record labels.

Initial Line Up for Cybersonica

Cybersonica, London�s only international festival of music, art, sound and technology will take place from 19th � 21st June 2003.

Thursday 19th June features a live headline performance from the internationally acclaimed Japanese producer Susumu Yokota who is currently touring UK and Europe promoting OverHead, his first album for the PLAY Label. Yokota will be playing a more ambient set with a mix of his works for Play and his own Skintone label.

The line-up for Friday 20th June has also been confirmed and will include live sets from Kid 606, Barcelona�s DJ Rupture and The Bug - all courtesy of Tiger Beat 6.

On Saturday 21st June, Cybersonica is proud to present the first ever UK appearances from EBN�s Brian Kane and Bauhouse, Germany�s foremost AV artists, as part of VJ label Addictive TV and Cinefeels� AV Lounge.


More details of Cybersonica: Festival Programme

# posted by DJ Martian 5:21 PM
 

If I were an editor of a weekly music magazine this week's front cover would feature: Four Tet

This week's front cover choice is Four Tet. On May 5th Four Tet release their third album, Rounds on Domino.

Metacritic collate reviews Four Tet

# posted by DJ Martian 5:15 PM

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

 

Akatombo - Trace Elements

posteverything.com provide info on a new album release from a sound project named: Akatombo due May 12th [released on Colin Newman's Swim record label]

[A track from this album was played on the latest Mixing It show , very rhythmic intense music reminded me of O'rang and Eardrum and 310. ]

AKATOMBO "Trace Elements" (CD) Wm 24

In common with all swim releases this album is hard to pin down to a genre. One could define this as a very urban sound with it's roots in hip hop and close observation would reveal this statement to be entirely true BUT without listening this would create an entirely erroneous view of what this album is.

The author & main protagonist Paul Kirk is in fact an ex-patriot Scot living in Hiroshima and the album crackles with the urban displacement of a stranger in a strange land. It is a music which is not separated from the place in which it is made, disembodied voices, street sounds, telephones, bad connections and urban detritus are constant reminders of the Japanese cityscape. Paul Kirk says - "Trace Elements came about through a fascination with the layering of sound - any type of sound - from any source. Not necessarily those that most of us think of as musical". He goes on to say - "Each song on the album was written, recorded and mixed on the same day of it's conception - in Hiroshima, in a studio that specializes in soundtracks for TV adverts with the help of an engineer who didn't speak English."

Paul also employed a few musicians to add to the effect those include the former bass player of Long Fin Killie, Colin Greig and some mates from his days running the Human Condition label (which actually put out Idlewild's first single but we won't hold it against them!) Grant MacNamara & Gavin Henderson. Meanwhile, guitarist Masaru Saeki actually toured with Japan & Roxy music!

# posted by DJ Martian 11:31 PM
 

Careless Talk Costs Lives

Brief info on the next edition of Careless Talk Costs Lives due May 1st:

Detroit Cobras, Oneida, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Numbers, Hunches, Hamilton Yarns, Bitter Springs, Manitoba, Sole, Dirty Three, Har Mar Superstar, Turbonegro, The Go-Betweens, Crack W.A.R., Tujiko Noriko, plus hundreds of albums, all in a handy A-Z format.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:16 PM
 

StarVox Reviews

Some new reviews @ StarVox including:

Zoar - Clouds Without Water
The Gathering - Souvenirs
Ulver - 1993-2003: 1st decade in the machines
Stoa - Zal

# posted by DJ Martian 10:49 PM
 

Goldfrapp - Black Cherry

BBCi Music Album of the Week is Goldfrapp - Black Cherry

# posted by DJ Martian 5:02 PM
 

The Brainwashed Brain V06I15 - 04202003

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Imitation Electric Piano - Trinity Neon
Drag City

Hajsch - 1992
Sonig

Erlend �ye - Unrest
Astralwerks

# posted by DJ Martian 12:39 AM

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

 

Kaleidoscope

New issue of "Dark alternative music" magazine: Kaleidoscope with Front 242 on the front cover.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:13 PM
 

Music Non Stop: Coming Soon

Some forthcoming releases profiled @ Music Non Stop [info from a MNS e-mail]

Collide - Some Kind Of Strange

Brand new album of sensual and alluring ethereal female vocal electro-goth. Karins powerful and exotic vocals remind of Curve, Siouxsie & The Banshees and The Cranes possesing a dark sensibility which will appeal to lovers of Ethereal and Gothic music. Combined with this are Statik's electronic manipulation treading a well defined line between all out EBM and electro-pop outbursts. Overall a fine album of well produced electro-ethereal songs running a range of influences from both pop and alternative music styles. Recommended !
Released 28th April 2003.

Dave Gahan - Paper Monsters - Mute

Long awaited solo album from enigmatic Depeche frontman Dave Gahan : The first sound that greets you, when popping "Paper Monsters" in the CD player is a filtered guitar loop, which soon slides into the banging lead single "Dirty Sticky Floors". The up-tempo track features some nice electronic basslines and drumpatterns, and with some catchy "woo hoo's" this is bound to be a crowd-pleaser on his forthcoming summer tour. "Dirty Sticky Floors" could have been a Depeche track, albeit one of the happier ones. Up next is the tender track "Hold On", which is reminiscent of Depeche's "When The Body Speaks". The vocal performance is very gentle, very relaxed. It's a bold second track, that threatens to slowly lull the listener to sleep. Those who do 'hold on' and stay awake will soon discover the albums third track. "A Little Piece" is another slow track, with an intro that could have been taken from Depeche Mode's "Music For The Masses" album. Morse code, brooding bass and a throbbing heart-beat type sound. The track is beautifully arranged, with great strings, acoustic guitar and something that sounds like a grand piano - all the way through accompanied by the underlying heartbeat bass. With a few tender moments now behind him, Dave ventures into an electro-glam-rock anthem of monster proportions. Starting off with a gruff groan from mr Gahan, "Bottle Living" sounds very Depeche - like a nice blend of "Dead Of Night" and "Personal Jesus", with a splash of Jim Morrison for good measure. "Black And Blue Again", the albums fifth track, is a slow builder. Startsout very moody, and slowly grows rocky and in your face. Comparing it to DM's "In Your Room", might be a stretch but it's probably the closest you'll get in the Mode back catalogue. Towards a background of fierce drumming and David Arnold like strings, Dave claims to be "Not Very Nice" ! Fair enough ! The lullaby / love song, "Stay", is a tender and beautiful track, that once again reminds yours truly of "When The Body Speaks" and maybe "Goodnight Lovers" - it's another slow track, and following two kick ass tracks it serves it's purpose as a nice little breather. Next up comes the storming electrobeat of "I Need You". A very synthie track, and without a doubt the most electronic track on the album, this track is an absolute joy. Musically its mid tempo, synth bass line and has odd DM sounding percussion. Time for another slow one. "Bitter Apple" has some really nice vocal arrangements and is very beautifully executed. Very mellow orchestral track. Time for the albums absolutely stand-out track. "Hidden Houses" is a cool, rocky tune in the vein of Placebo and The Cure. Great, great, GREAT bass, fantastic instrumentation and a nice drive. This track just feels right, and sets the album up nicely for a cool finish : "Goodbye" is a slow, sleazy, depressing ( in a cool way ), track that simply oozes atmosphere with a brooding, dark electro feel to it. Great way to finish the album off ! All in all "Paper Monsters" displays Gahans writing talents admirably with his voice sounding as rich and lush as ever - a definate for all Mode fans. Cover artwork by long time Mode collaborator Anton Corbijn.
Tracklisting :-
1. Dirty Sticky Floors
2. Hold On
3. A Little Piece
4. Bottle Living
5. Black And Blue Again
6. Stay
7. I Need You
8. Bitter Apple
9. Hidden Houses
10. She Said (Goodbye)
Released 2nd June 2003.

Dead Can Dance - Towards The Within - 4AD

To coincide with the release of "Wake", 4AD are making the renowned "Toward The Within" video available on DVD for the first time. "Toward The Within" is a beguiling documentation of the band�s 1993 USA tour, featuring live performances and interviews with Dead Can Dance, filmed by �Baraka� director Mark Magidson. The DVD also features exclusive videos that did not feature on the original VHS version !

Full Trackling : 1."Rakim", 2. "Song Of The Sibyl" , 3. "I Can See Now" , 4. "American Dreaming", 5. "Cantara" , 6. "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" , 7. "I Am Stretched On Your Grave" , 8. "Desert Song" , 9. "Oman" , 10. "Gloridian" , 11. "Tristan" , 12. "Sanvean" , 13. "Don't Fade Away�". ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES : 1. "The Carnival Is Over" , 2. "The Host Of Seraphim" , 3. "Yulunga" ( Spirit Dance ) , 4. "Frontier" , 5. "The Protagonist".
Released 5th May 2003.

Shinjuku Thief - Medea - Dorobo

Only a few months after the outstanding �comeback� - and final album of the �Witch� Trilogy "The Witch Haven", the Australian genius of SHINJUKU THIEF return with an all new album. Originally composed for a controversial staging of the classic Greek tragedy, "Medea" is Shinjuku Thief's most dramatic, dynamic and sinister work to date. Not withstanding its extreme violence, it might also be one of their most beautiful. - Fragile melodies sung by boy sopranos float above demonic choirs and malevolent orchestras only to be ripped apart by screaming sheets of industrial noise. Oscillating between lush musical seduction and a level of brutality as yet unprecedented across the band's backcatalog, "Medea" will appeal to fans running the gambit of Dead Can Dance, Raison d'Etre and In Slaughter Natives in one corner to Merzbow, and Brighter Death Now in the other.
Released 5th May 2003.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:07 PM
 

Robert Rich - Temple of the Invisible

Details of a new album from ambient artist Robert Rich

Robert - Temple of the Invisible
Official Release Date
May 1, 2003

Temple of the Invisible finds Robert Rich at his most organic, eschewing the trappings of modernity or stylistic boundaries. Using only simple acoustic instruments, Rich has crafted a document from a distant time and place, a lost culture with musical underpinnings that reach from Java to North Africa, from Medieval Europe to the Tibetan Plateau. Rich uses the music of this unknown civilization as a platform to express an intensely personal quest.

Each piece documents part of a lost ritual, with mythical and spiritual components conveyed through a strangely familiar yet foreign musical language, as if unearthed from an ancient common ancestry.

Contributors include Sukhawat Ali Khan (son of the great Indian vocalist Salamat Ali Khan), Paul Hanson (from Bela Fleck & Flecktones, Wayne Shorter, Zenith Patrol), Percy Howard (from Meridiem, Bill Laswell), and noted solo artists Forrest Fang and Tom Heasley, adding dimension and power to this mysterious world out of time.


Instruments:

Robert Rich: prepared piano, mallet kalimba, flutes, percussion, zithers
Sukhawat Ali Khan: voice
Forrest Fang: baglama, gu zheng
Paul Hanson: bombard, bassoon
Tom Heasley: voice, conch
Percy Howard: voice

# posted by DJ Martian 9:43 PM
 

Well known writer/music critic Ian Penman has started a blog: THE PILL BOX found via Simon Reynolds blog: Blissblog

# posted by DJ Martian 9:28 PM
 

David Sylvian - Blemish

The new official website for David Sylvian has been launched. In the Shop section of the website:

David Sylvian - Blemish has a release date of May 15.

An impromptu suite of songs for guitar, electronics and voice. An
emotionally raw, minimal work, of immediacy and stark beauty with
outstanding contributions from Derek Bailey and Christian Fennesz.


1. blemish
2. the good son
3. the only daughter
4. the heart knows better
5. she is not
6. late night shopping
7. how little we need to be happy
8. a fire in the forest

Produced, composed, performed, engineered by david sylvian
Except tracks 2/5/7 guitars derek bailey. composed by derek bailey and david
sylvian. track 8 electronics and arrangement by christian fennesz


mixed by david sylvian

recorded at samadhi sound studio feb/march 03
derek's session engineered by toby hrycek-robinson at the moat.

# posted by DJ Martian 8:42 PM
 

Pitchfork review Tim Hecker - Radio Amor

# posted by DJ Martian 3:47 PM
 

Jane's Addiction

According to NME.com expect the much delayed Jane's Addiction album: Hypersonic to be finally released in July.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:31 PM
 

Grooves

A new edition of IDM/ electronic music magazine Grooves is now available.

GROOVES: # 10 MAG (GROOVES 10). Features: Pole, Prefuse 73, Mille
Plateaux, Takemura, Autechre on file sharing, Clue to Kato, Sica,
Matthew Shipp, Dev79, Cdatakill, Hecate, Oye, Mira Calix, Coh, Kevin
Blectum, Ehlers, Philip Jeck, Mike Ladd.


Source: Weekly new releases e-mail from Forced Exposure

# posted by DJ Martian 12:04 AM
 

The Guardian have an extensive interview with The Go-Betweens

# posted by DJ Martian 12:00 AM

Monday, April 21, 2003

 

Belisha

Quiet Great Publicity provide info on an album from UK Goth-ish rockers: Belisha - People of the Dark. This album is released April 21st on the Filthy Sonnix label.

Official website for Belisha

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 PM
 

Musique Machine review Sylvain Chauveau - Un Autre D�cembre

# posted by DJ Martian 11:37 PM
 

Junkmedia review Four Tet - Rounds

# posted by DJ Martian 11:34 PM
 

Pitchfork review Barbara Morgenstern - Nichts Muss

# posted by DJ Martian 11:32 PM
 

Breezeblock

Forthcoming specials on the Breezeblock show on Radio 1

22/04/03 >> Spiritualized [Replay...voted for by the Breezeblock listeners]
29/04/03 >> Akufen
06/05/03 >> Jon Carter

Coming Soon:
>> The Bays
>> Goldfrapp

[Don't forget these individual shows will be available to listen anytime upto 7 days AFTER broadcast @ BBC Radio Player - Radio On Demand ]

# posted by DJ Martian 11:19 PM
 

SPOTLIGHT...KEY NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK:

Key new album releases for April 21st [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

This Week: April 21st

Arab Strap - Monday At The Hug And Pint (Chemikal Underground)
Belisha - People in the Dark (Filthy Sonnix)
Bridge & Tunnel - Great Outdoors (Surrender)
Matt Elliott - The Mess We Made (Domino)
H-Foundation - Environments (Soma)
Daniel Lanois - Shine (Anti-/Epitaph)
Molasses - Slow Messe (Alien8 Recordings)
Phill Niblock - Touch Food (Touch)
Alexander Robotnick - Oh No!! Robotnik (Hot Elephant Music)
S-Process - MNML (French Kiss)
Ahmad Szabo - This Book Is About Words (Eastern Developments)

For Reference:

Last Week: April 14th

Adult - Anxiety Always (Ersatz Audio)
Bangkok Impact - Traveller (Clone/Creme)
William Basinski - The River (Raster/Noton) Import
The Bug - Pressure (Rephlex)
Elend - Winds Devouring Men (Prophesy)
El Guapo - Fake French (Dischord)
Bill Frisell - Intercontinentals (Nonesuch)
The Gathering - Souvenirs (Psychonaut Records)
Glass Candy & The Shattered Theatre - Love Love Love (Troubleman)
Ken Ishii - Future in Light (Exceptional)
Loop Guru - Bathtime With Loop Guru (Guruniversal)
Daniel Menche - Beautiful Blood (Alien 8)
Barbara Morgenstern - Nichts Muss (Labels/Monika) CD Version
Opeth - Damnation (MFN)
Jeff Parker - Like Coping (Delmark) US Import
Portal - Promise (Make Mine Music)
R3Mote - Re-motion (Rotters Golf Club) ep
Set Fire to Flames - Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in Static (FatCat)
Sam Shalabi - Osma (Alien 8)
Sixtoo - Antagonist Survival Kit (Vertical Form)
Spacek - Vintage Hitech (Studio K7)
Styrofoam - I'm What's There To Show That Something's Missing (Morr Music)
SubArachnoid Space - Also Rising (Strange Attractors Audio House) Import
Swag - No Such Thing (Swag)
Nobukazu Takemura - Assembler/ Assembler 2 (Thrill Jockey)
1349 - Liberation (Candlelight)
Van Oehlen - Rock & Roll Is Here To Die (Blue Chopsticks)
Yellow 6 - Disappear Here (Make it Mine)
Yoshimi and Yuka - Flower with No Color (Ipecac Records)

# posted by DJ Martian 10:40 PM

Sunday, April 20, 2003

 

Breathless - Behind the Light

Breathless will release a new album: Behind the Light on Tenor Vossa in June

Breathless' forthcoming album will be called Behind The Light, after the penultimate track which is 14 minutes long and reminisent of early Pink Floyd. The album consists of 7 songs, though not all of them yet have titles, they are:

1. After All These Years - A lush ballad witha dreamy country feel.
2. And So The Dream Goes On - very 70s Kraut Rock witha persistent driving rhythm
3. Stay Beside You - very mesmeric uses layers of samples and real instruments to create an orchestral effect.
4. Noboby Knows- Another ballad with no drums this time (Martyn plays additional keyboards) E bow sounding guitar, lilting bass and haunting vocals
5. Rising - Along with And So The Dream Goes On is another uptempo song with a strong rhythm, melodic vocals and big guitars
6. Behind The Light, ( which consists of 4 parts, Closer, You Never left Me, Closer Still and Always With You) - Starts off sounding like Pink Floyd, very ambient and atmospheric and builds into a big anthemic end.
7. Fade - Is an ambient instrumental with echoed bass and layers of keyboards and guitar.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:36 PM
 

Holger Czukay - New Millennium

Holger Czukay releases a new album: New Millennium on Funfundvierzig

In the UK this album will now be released on May 5th.

To coincide with his 65th birthday, Funfundvierzig release Holger Czukay's new album "The New Millenium". A founding member of the enormously influential Krautrock group CAN, Holger Czukay can look back on 35 years of exceptional work - successfully bridging the gap between pop and theavant-garde, pioneering the use of samples and exploring the significance of world music on Western culture. Following the break-up of Can, Czukay went on to release many notable solo albums, instituting both primitive sampling techniques (achieved with tape splices) and worldbeat influences, employing samples from a number of international sources, and consequently positioning Czukay as an early proponent of world music. Holger has worked with many artists - from Brian Eno to Jah Wobble, The Edge, Conny Plank, Dav�d Sylvian etc. on his new album he collaborates with U-She. Her voice has a similar teutonic sound to Nico�s. This album is a testimony to the power of Holger's music as a unique composer - when asked why he called the new album "The New Millennium" he just answered: "because it doesn't fit into the old one".

Source: Pennyblack music

# posted by DJ Martian 7:21 PM
 

aquarius records new arrivals list #160

The latest aquarius records new arrivals list [#160:] includes:

The Bug - Pressure (Tigerbeat6)

We gotta hand it to Tigerbeat6 head honcho Miguel for giving this disc a domestic release and price. Released in the U.K. by Rephlex, "Pressure" is the second outing by Kevin Martin under the moniker of The Bug. While this guise may be a recent one for Mr. Martin, he's not a newcomer to the scene. You may already be familiar with his previous projects Techno Animal, Curse of the Golden Vampire, God and Ice (certainly not a curriculum vitae to be sneezed at). With The Bug though, Kevin attacks our lower intestinal tracts with some of the best hardcore dancehall we've heard in a long time. Residing somewhere between DJ Scud's pummelling gabber style Ambush! material and Timeblind's Three-Foot-Long Bong-Hit of a track "Rastabomba". It's exactly the dancehall cuts that what we here at Aquarius have been thirsting for. Whereas Scud's tracks, being instrumental, were totally insane over-the-top panacea style gabber, "Pressure" is primarily a true dancehall record, with toasting on every track. As such, Martin's rhythms tend to be stripped down more than Scud's. Which isn't to say they ain't hard. Under Wayne Lonesome's damaged toasting for "Fuck Y~Self" for instance is some busy as hell, noisy-assed rhythm that battles 10 rounds with Lonesome's growling. Along with Lonesome, toasters on this record include Daddy Freddy, Roger Robinson, Paul St. Hilaire, The Rootsman and more. A definite must for fans of Ward 21 and sundry other demented dancehall. Absolutely sick, absolutely essential!

SUNN O))) - White1 (Southern Lord)

Rumbing distortion. Doom. Drone. The vibrations have begun, another SUNNO))) disc is upon us!
As you probably know, the shorthand description for this band is that they're the SUNN that orbits Earth (the band). But actually this release from Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson's heavier-than-thou SUNNO))) proves that (as we knew all along) they exert their own gravity in the universe of dark heavy drone musicks. Previous efforts like "Flight Of The Behemoth" have been faves round here, and they also made a fan out of pagan psych-rock maven / monolith expert Julian Cope, who appears here on the 25 minute opening track "My Wall" reading an epic poem! It's a bit like Current 93 but of course waaaay heavier. SUNNO))) has some other heavy friends involved with this recording too, among them the mighty Joe Preston (Thrones, ex-Melvins, ex-Earth!) who brings in some of the fucked up programmed drumming that makes his Thrones project so special. Meanwhile, Jessamine/Fontanelle's Rex Ritter not only plays on the disc, but took care of the recording and mixing too. And the doom-folk direction that Cope's presence suggests is furthered by vocal contributions from Nordic ice witch doom vocalist Runhild Gammelsaeter (whom some will know from her band with Greg Anderson, Thor's Hammer). The final, spacey track with her and Preston dueting is a dronefolk dream. Holy Wotan! Space rockers, drone fiends, pagans, and doom heads alike all should worship this dark SUNN... And we're told the recording session apparently yielded enough material for more than one album, thus there should be a White2 to look forward to someday!


Ved Buens Ende - Written In Waters (Candlelight) [Reissue]

Praise Odin! At long last, a reissue of the sole full-length Ved Buens Ende album, originally released in 1995 on the now defunct cult label Misanthropy. A black metal super session of sorts, this band featured past, present, and future members of Satyricon, Dodheimsgard, Aura Noir, Cadaver Inc. and Arcturus. But Ved Buens Ende ('At The End of the Rainbow' in English) hardly sounded like ANY of those black metal stalwarts -- as avant garde as any of them ever got, Ved Buens Ende went way beyond. Yes it was heavy and dark and the vocals had a unique Viking/monk chant strangeness that isn't typical of black metal but would make even less sense coming from another genre of music... but rather than black metal, Ved Buens Ende could just as easily be categorized as a post-rock or math-rock band. A really amazing math-rock band, with Don Caballero's "2" being the closest comparison! But totally sad and metallic and strange and forlorn and beautiful. Utter weird progressive instrumental genius. And the vocals, once you get used to them (and they do add to the bizarre vibe already created by the unsettling, atmospheric music) are used to deliver some mysterious, poetic lyrics as well. Overall, this is not like anything else!
It's too bad they never released another record (except for a disc of demos) but it's also unlikely that they could have surpassed this masterpiece anyway. Over the past eight years, this record has really proven itself to be a lasting classic, growing in stature, foreshadowing (but still exceeding) much of the 'post-black metal' innovations to come -- such as the most out-there psychedelic parts of recent Enslaved albums, for instance, or Opeth's epic dynamism. It's been out of print for a long time, and hopefully now will reach a whole new audience with this remixed, remastered re-release, which features brand new cover art/graphic design that's not bad at all, kind of a fancier, Ralph Steadman ink-splatter take on the original artwork. As one of our favorite so-called black metal albums EVER, this gets the highest recommendation, though the vocal style may be a test that hopefully you will pass.


Janet Bean and the Concertina Wire - Dragging Wonder Lake (Thrill Jockey)

Janet Bean formed the indie rock Eleventh Dream Day in Chicago oh so many years ago, then followed that great band with Freakwater, her country duo with Catherine Irwin -- their harmonies converted legions of fans to alternative country. Now, Bean has released an album under her own name, and it's really good. Barely any twang remains, which worried me at first, but instead she's presented us with a sort of singer-songwriter rock record, middle of the road but in the best way, as if she was inspired by Carole King, Bread, Nanci Griffith, etc. With backup singers crooning all gospel-like in the background, her voice's natural vibrato really shines. There's sweet lap steel, warm strummed guitar, and some awesome, smart piano playing sort of oblique notes that contrast with the sweetness instead of backing it up -- a nice touch. Recommended!

1349 Rykkin - Brown Ring Of Fury (Jester)

Jester strikes again! After quite a few stellar releases by the likes of When, Ulver, Bogus Blimp, Kare Joao, Single Unit and others, this time the unpredictable (except for being predictably good) Norwegian avant-garde label Jester brings us another unknown quantity: the debut cd from something called 1349 Rykkin. Initially, this seemed like an exercise in distorted clobbering noise electronics with percussive hits and crunkly rhythms, definitely for fans of recent Merzbow and Kevin Drumm. Aggro but also varied and interesting. But, there's more -- four tracks in, the destructo stuff gives way to urban field recordings (passing cars, street sounds) and some really pretty, melancholic acoustic guitar playing in the form of "Field With Flowers In Crazy Colors", revealing Brown Ring Of Fury's sensitive side. Then the noise returns, but always, as before, with some left-field component. The penultimate track, "Best Boy", is also the album's epic centerpiece, being over 25 minutes of noise-throb akin to some ominous mechanical heartbeat, augmented with washes of spacey synth and vicious drones. Merzbow/Aube/Space Machine Japanoise territory here for sure. After that, there's a recording of some blokes in a bar on holiday (it seems) that makes for a confusing/bizarre/silly coda. Funny.
Our research reveals that this disc is the work of one guy, Bard Erik Strand Torgersen, with help from a few friends (including Jester label boss Kristoffer Rygg, aka Garm of Ulver). 1349 refers to the year the Black Plague devastated Norway, and Rykkin is the suburb of Oslo where Torgersen grew up. Apparently he's a Norwegian techno pioneer who hasn't made music for years, this is a new direction for him and certainly far from "techno" as it's normally conceived!


Adult - Anxiety Always (Ersatz Audio)

Is this highly anticipated Adult. full length: (a.) raw in an in-your-face punky fashion, or (b.) raw in an unfinished, half-assed state? It seems that folks have already begun taking sides. Either way if you haven't heard Adult. yet, this shouldn't be your introduction to the music of this Detroit duo. They've done so much better than this - namely their "Resuscitation" release. However, that wasn't an album proper; it was a lively collection of their assorted singles, and clearly that is where Adult. shine brightest. Despite their attempt at crafting a fully realized album, "Anxiety Always" just doesn't hold up to "Resuscitation." It seems obvious that Adult. has gotten frustrated with all of the hub-bub that has exploded around them in the electro-whatever crowd. "Anxiety Always" finds Adult. attempting to re-invent themselves, by emphasizing the punk snarl that was always lurking under that mechanical sheen of industrialized paranoia. Thus Nicola Kuperus' vocals jump to the foreground, spastically crashing into the electro-clash they've taken such care to craft. Furthermore, Adam Lee Miller picks up the bass on a couple of tracks to add a human touch to Adult.'s machinations, recalling the pre-Joy Division outfit Warsaw. At their best, Adult. also references the mutant sounds of Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire; but at the same time, their ability to flesh out their tracks into wholly realized, infectious songs isn't as precise as on "Resuscitation." The shrill and redundant cut "Turn Your Back" leaves little to the imagination, sounding like a mediocre, punk-grrrrl, electronic outfit on Kill Rock Stars. Yet the album picks up steam as it continues, highlighted by the ominous, electro-obliqueness of "People You Can Confuse."

If you must know, Cup, who had previously championed "Resuscitation" here at the store, is less convinced by this album; but Jim, who has enjoyed revisiting all of those old Hula records from the '80s, has become rather fond of this admittedly flawed release.


Steffen Basho-Junghans - Rivers And Bridges (Strange Attractors Audio House)

49 year-old German steel-string acoustic guitar talent Steffen Basho-Junghans returns with his third cd for Portland's Strange Attractors Audio House label. His other ones, which we liked a lot too, were of a more experimental bent, all minimalist and droney and weirdly tuned, but this one takes a more traditional path hewing closer to the music of his obvious hero, the great and eccentric Robbie Basho (and to many of Basho-Junghans' past import releases). Like his guru and adopted namesake, here Basho-Junghans deftly picks out some totally beautiful, meditative and damn impressive East-meets-West 6 & 12 string guitar. (But unlike his hero, he doesn't indulge in any singing!) If you're at all into the classic Takoma school of instrumental acoustic solo guitar -- Basho, Fahey, Kottke -- you'll dig this. Really nice.

Donna Summer - This Needs To Be Your Style (Irritant)

No. This is not the disco diva Donna Summer. Far from it, this Donna Summer is the moniker for Brooklyn plunderphonician Jason Forrest, who has obliterated a variety of genres into an abrasive collage of jagged samples in much the same way that Wobbly did to hip hop on his epic "Wild Why" album. Prog rock, electroclash, '80s top 40 schlock, free jazz, hip-hop, metal, and much more has been run through a blender of arrhythmic drill 'n' bass breaks and digital disfiguration. With its spasmodic speed of clipped samples, "This Needs To Be Your Style" accelerates the need for attention deficit disorder that Kid 606 requires of his audience, as he is constantly switching up all of the samples just outside of any ability to recognize where the sample comes from. Thus, this album can be very difficult to listen to; however, once you can get through track 4 or so, the tracks become far more listenable. It's unclear whether this is due to Forrest actually making the tracks less irritating, or due to the logic of his constructions finally becoming apparant. Certainly worthwhile mash-ups for the very patient or the very caffeinated.

Eikenskaden - The Last Danse (Sacral Productions)

A little while ago we gave a thumbs (and pointy spikes) up review to an album called "Green Hell" by a French black metal band known as Mystic Forest. As we mentioned then, Mystic Forest's main guy, one Stefan Kozak, has another band called Eikenskaden ("Oaken Shield") which is almost *exactly* the same. The line-up is different, but the songwriting, production, and even the graphic design bear marked similarity. Apparently Eikenskaden is the project in which Kozak blows off steam and indulges even further in ridiculous black metal concepts, and it's true that of the two bands, this one is perhaps the best, though it's a close call. "The Last Danse" is Kozak's second Eikenskaden album, and is as amazing as anything else he's done -- totally frenzied, quirky, and Burzumic, more distorted yet more melodic than you could imagine.

I was listening to this at home the other night, and my housemate thought it sounded like two things playing at the same time. The very pretty, baroque sounding keyboard lines coexist bizarrely with a hellish wash of fuzz and distortion. Raw yet extremely melodic. You can hear in Eikenskaden (and Mystic Forest) the gothic black/doom "pop" of Katatonia, as well as the neo-classical shred of Windham Hell. It's a weird combo, maybe, but it works really well. Imagine Burzum or Khold possessed by Mozart or something, with Immortal/Popeye vocal growls too. Really, it's so insanely full of reverb and distortion it's crazy -- HSShshshhHZZHZZCH!!!


Eturivi - Ylhaisten Kastien Kelvottomat Jalkelaiset (Verdura)

Our friends in Finland are a prolific lot. From the label that just brought us that wonderful Magyar Posse album, comes another band, this time with some familiar faces -- it features members of Circle, Ektroverde, Pharaoh Overlord, Kirvasto and Keuhkot. Eturivi, however, have their own weird sound. Creaking, creepy stuff, with droning science fictional tool shop electronics and glitchy rhythms. Electric organ, rattling percussion, plinking guitars all make for a mysterious background to the equally mysterious voices you'll hear. This has what seems like a bit of a theatrical aspect, with dramatic vocals declaiming something in Finnish (we presume) over the junkyard folk music. It's kinda quiet (in a noisy way though), until the next to last track, "Lian Jaljilla", when chugging guitars kick in and Eturivi fully reveals their Circle lineage, dealing out distorted stabs of motorik spacerock. The prevalence of spoken foreign-language vocals might not make this as accessible as some of Jussi & co.'s other projects -- you do feel like you're missing something by not understanding the words -- but it's still one that lots of fans will want to add to their shelf-ful of Finnish weirdness.

Erkki Kurenniemi - Recording (Love Records)

This is an awesome document of early computer music from Finnish inventor/composer Erkki Kurenniemi, who is featured on the Arktinen Hysteria: Suomi-Avantgarden Esipuutarhureita compilation, one of this week's Records of the Week, which is a brief sonic overview of Finnish experimental/electronic/avant garde in the sixties. Kurenniemi's track on the comp is a sort of precursor to Pan Sonic, stiff robotic dance music made from blips and bleeps. This collection of his work from 1963-1973 shows multiple sides of Kurenniemi, the silly, playful side, like the comp track (which also appears here) and then a much darker, noiser side. Having spent time as an artist, a photographer, and a musician, Kurennemi was always an enthusiastic amateur, with most of his works remaining in a raw and unfinished state. Which in no way detracts from the power of these amazing pieces. In fact like lots of home-recorded/primitively recorded music, the quality of the recording is a huge part of the overall sound. A combination of computers, synthesizers and home made automated sound making devices, resulted in a broad range of sound, from grainy rough walls of sound to boinky primitive rhythm tracks to thick rumbling tones and ear piercing sine waves to dorky spastic freak outs to twinkly spacescapes. Really cool stuff.

Angus Maclise - Cloud Doctrine (Sub Rosa)

This most recent collection of work by Angus Maclise is culled from a collection of over 50 tapes discovered over 20 years ago and rescued from probable destruction. Maclise was instrumental in the formation of LaMonte Young's Theatre of Eternal Music as well as the first incarnation of The Velvet Underground, and continued to explore drone music, Eastern music and electronic tape music until his death in 1979. This two disc set features early electronic experiments, some epic ambient/drone pieces including performances from John Cale and Tony Conrad, and 2 recordings of Maclise reading his poetry, of which there are apparently very few recordings. While we are not much for spoken word around these parts, the two pieces here are actually quite nice. Maclise's poetry is strange and pretty wonderful and is delivered over a background of drone and hum and buzz. The rest of this collection includes the above mentioned short pieces for electronics, a bunch of short instrumental explorations and three 30 minute pieces of ambient clatter and ur-drone. Gorgeous and spacious, free and transcendental. Think No Neck Blues Band meets the Dead C meets Stockhausen. Great stuff!

Mystic Forest - Waltz In the Midst of Trees

3rd and latest album from S. Kozak's Mystic Forest. If you liked their Green Hell album you'll like this. Mystic Forest is somewhat "happier" sounding than Kozak's Eikenskaden stuff, but really quite similar and thus totally wacked and excellent. See the review of Eikenskaden's The Last Danse (also on this list) for more about the Kozak sound. His classical influence is really pronounced here, not just an influence really as many of the songs are in fact "collaborations" between Kozak and Beethoven, Bach, Schubert, or Tchaikovsky! Dunno if those composers would have appreciated the violent drums and brutal distortion however. Or the gothy, fetishistic subject matter either, for that matter. But it works for us, along with the occasional French female vocals. Mystic Forest is a "Beauty and the Beast" kind of thing, and really really over the top with it too.

Negura Bunget - 'N Crug Bradului (Code 666)

The return of Romania's avant black metallers Negura Bunget, who were best known around these parts for their last record, which sounded remarkably like SF black metal legends Weakling. NB have progressed, or regressed, or at least moved on, so now they truly sound like nobody else. Four epic tracks clocking in at almost an hour, and sonically all over the place. Dark, ambient rumbles evoke the spirits of the forest before the first track kicks in sounding a bit like Don Cab, with spastic drums, way up in the mix while grainy guitars saw wildly away. Eventually BIGGER riffs come tumbling down like a black metal avalanche and the whole thing becomes a swirling, bloodied whirlpool of octopus-armed drumming, possessed keyboards and buzzing mosquito riffs. Occasionally the metallic fury abates allowing gently strummed acoustic guitars and field recordings to weave simple melodic soundscapes in the lulls. Really strange breakdowns are peppered throughout, like a drum/keyboards/clean-vocal part that sounds like an ultra raw Killing Joke or Sisters Of Mercy, ambient passages with howling wind and far away wails, a loping black metal waltz, buzzing and swaying drunkenly, and a closing drone that rumbles and whirs and sounds as good as any Jonathan Coleclough record. While there are moments of black metal familiarity here and there, there's just so much strangeness, even just in the way instruments sound or how they play certain parts. There's a definite post rock vibe in the song structures especially in a lot of the drum parts. Strange production with quiet guitars and LOUD guitars and occsionally LOUD drums. But it all makes for a really unique record. Some seriously twisted, rhythmically bizarre, completely damaged, grandiose and melancholy black metal supposedly inspired by "Romanian mysticism". And, it comes in a really beautiful oversized cardstock sleeve that unfolds sort of like a map and contains an actual twig from some Romanian tree!

Phill Niblock - Touch Food (Touch)

We were joking a couple days ago about Phill Niblock, or it could of been Tony Conrad (Or Angus Maclise or any of those folks) about how great it must be having over the course of your entire 30 or 40 year career to have played only 4 or 5 notes. Obviously it's not as simple as that. Niblock is one of the few modern composers that can hold your attention for an hour or more with the judicious use of a single note. Like Reich and Riley, Niblock harnesses the natural properties of sound letting the sound do much of the work, shifting slowly, beating intermittantly, always shimmering and occasionally throbbing as notes nestle close to each other, sometimes sliding into place perfectly, other times finding a strange resistance and audibly working to fit in, resulting in all these subtle shifts. This is glacial and static, warm and thick and totally mesmerising. Touch Food also seems, to me at least, to be Niblock's most melodically complex set of pieces. The melodies here manage to be fairly prominent, even though they are stretched to their limit and obfuscated by the thick wash of sound. This is heady, heavy stuff. Heavy enough in fact that all you dirge-ists� who are into Earth and Sunn 0))) and stuff like that may find that Niblock is your gateway drug, opening up the door to Maclise, Flynt, Cale and beyond. And of course, fans of modern drone, Sunroof!, Birchville Cat Motel, Skullflower, Vibracathedral Orchestra should definitely pick this up! His best record since Four Full Flutes!

Yoshimi and Yuka - Flower With No Color (Ipecac)

Anticipation was high for this collaboration between Yoshimi (Boredoms, OOIOO, Flaming Lips guest) and Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto)... But unfortunately this turned out to be pretty much a total throwaway of a record, this sounds like Yuka and Yoshimi got set loose in an instrument store and just futzed around with the toys, like, y'know, playing the piano with two fingers and trying out the mikes, etc. With absolutely no actual songs to speak of, it's sometimes atmospheric and pretty, at times reaching towards Miles Davis style quiet cool, but no amount of sampled bird calls can make up for how tossed-off this album sounds. A complete disappointment, especially considering how much we like and respect their other work with their other projects, and a little insulting that they expect us to pay money for this album because it doesn't sound like they put any actual work into it.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:22 PM

Saturday, April 19, 2003

 

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

This week's new releases @ Boomkat - A Pelicanneck Online Music Store include:

Mcenroe - Disenfranchised
Peanuts & Corn

By now it will not be a surprise to any of you to hear me rave my b-boy ass off at the genius of the man we know as Mcenroe. Not only one of the most crucial and dynamic hip hop producer's around today but a visionary forwarding the true school vibe of canadian hip hop (alongside Sixtoo) through over the last few years via the stack of essential releases on his own label, Peanuts & Corn. 'Disenfranchised' has been a long time in the works. A eleven track masterpiece of (god this is so hard to write) dynamic, classic hip hop with that killer vibe that lets you know this is how the future needs to sound. Original feelings in the music come through dope keyboard chord refrains, guitar, bass and Roddy's extensive library of samples (all sought out in a similar crate digging style to that of Shadow, pure freshness). The vocal delivery is real, similar to Sixtoo in that you believe every word, emotions come through unfiltered without sounding false in any way - deadly deep. Roddy even drops into full singing once of twice, check the funny uptempo future hit 'Let's Pawn The Bracelet'. DJ action come from the super-wicked DJ Hunnicutt. Double vinyl edition will drop in a week or two. Not only a tip for best hip hop album of 2003, this gushing author reckons the alltime lists will need to be adjusted - it's that good. Essential hip hop album personified.

Opiate - Sometimes
Morr Music

New on Morr Music! Finally, the long established friendship with the dane Thomas Knak leads to the first full Opiate release on Morr Music. After supplying remixes for Piano Magic (mm 008), Tied & Tickled Trio (mm014) and Bomb The Bass (mm 018) as well as tracks for the "Blue Skied an, Clear,, compilation (mm 030) with fellow producers Jesper Skanning (aka Acustic) and Anders Remmer (aka Dub Tractor) under their Future 3 guise, Morr now drops the beautifully crafted six tracker "Sometimes". "Sometimes" has been produced within the last two years, since co-writing and producing two tracks on Bjork's "Verspertine,, album ('undo' and 'cocoon') and remixing "aurora", hand-picked along with Herbert and Matmos precisely for the amazing production possibilities. Thomas Knak has struck us all with a perfectly balanced relation of organic sounds, sampled instruments like acoustic guitars, flutes and a piano as well as subtle digital manipulations and intricate beat programming. Knak knows how to provide his music with a spatial quality that clearly comes from his experience with dub as a production technique. At the same time, Opiate never drenches his compositions in layers of delay and reverb: the six tracks here are as organised as they are emotionally touching. 'Amstel' sets a Satie like piano line against doubled up rim shots, 'Stp!' pierces fabulous rhythm programming with the same tonal mastery of the piano, as well as a more rambunctious digital stab familiar perhaps from jamaican productions. The track 'for Brian Alfred', was inspired by said Mr. Alfred, who invited Opiate, and the likes of Nobukazu Takemura and Pan American to set music to his paintings. The music inspired his show at Max Protetch gallery, N.Y.C in october 2002. 'Snow Story' is the closest the album gets to a rural kind of sound, yet still retains the refined relationship to dub. Head forwards to the closer 'opiTTT' and you'll see Knak at play within the version, using cymbal and shuddering, bowed bass effects to provide an awesome width to his productions. Thomas Knak calls himself 'a slow producer', although he couldn't be further from lassitude. He still runs his label Hobby Industries and alongside his other co-production id's Future 3 and System, who released their debut album on Pole's ~Scape imprint, he has been active for numerous other labels, contributing the split release with Dub Tractor on City Centre Offices, tracks for Tim Simenon's Electric Tones imprint as well as collaborative work with Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) on the Opto-file project. Thomas is about to start working on his first feature film score for the danish director Christoffer Boe. On this evidence the genre should suit the depth and density of Knak's productions perfectly. Highly recommended.

Freescha - What's Come Inside Of You?
Attack Nine

The third album by sun soaked west coast USA duo Freescha. After the killer 'Kids Fill The Floor' and last years excellent follow up 'Slower Than Church Music' we find ourself in 2003 and find Freescha adding more sunkissed pop elements into their Boards Of Canada esque soundframes. A sexed up affair as you'd suspect by the title finds several tracks fuelling vocal passages of warmth and mystery and those woozy melodies paint pictures of caerfree abandon in your mind. Fourteen tracks long with some rather garish artwork. A cool recommendation.

Matt Elliot - The Mess We Made
Domino

Matt Elliot drops the Third Eye Foundation grinding gothcore noisescapes for an altogether much more enticing foray into live instrumentation, song writing and poetic storytelling. Detuned pianos, trumpet, reversed guitars, creepy decrepit keyboards and world weary vocals. Sounding like a soundtrack to a voyage layered with doom though there lies a great amount of black humour and beauty in these weirdly shaped songs. Take 'Also Ran' for example, effortlessly switching from late nineteenth century folk tales to crisp 2003 intricate electronica at the drop of a hat. An odd Radiohead undercurrent surprises on the title track and 'The Sinking Ship Song' is scarily realistic without falling into the trap of overdoing the theatrics and resorting to clich�. Blah de blah... what i'm trying to say is buy this album, you will not be disappointed. Excellent

Nacht Plank - Lost and Damaged
Hydrogen Dukebox

Third, finest and final part of the Lee Norris remixology series on Hydrogen Jukebox. Where this album differs from the previous instalments (Norken & Metamatics) is that the source material is from an album not yet released 'Septs-Vent' (soon come on exciting new label, Type). Where Metamatics rifles through the world of electronica and Norken refreshes the house and jazz inflected technotronics Nacht Plank focusses on a world of minimal, warm flickering sheets of driftsome lushness. Artists featured came together via the Neo Ouija website including known names such as Greg Davis, Andreas Tilliander, Needle, Freiband and Quench as well as new school practisioners Purusha, Ooi, Verbose, Sleepy Town, Manufacture (soon to be huge, peep Neo Ouija late 2003), Alvoa, Mati:k and Logreybeam (Shadetek posse member and Xela's spar for new CCO act Yasume). Not to forget the man himself, Xela's mix of 'Carhaix' kicks off both formats with deep blue shaded cavern dwelling ambience, plucked steel string guitar and those beautiful chords - ahhhhhh!! Other point scorers include Logreybeam for his steel scraping creeped vibrations, Greg Davis for his mega lushed up shimmering take, Needle for the floating crystal clear ambience and Perusha for the oriental aura (though all the mixes are excellent and feel like the work of one artist - so in tune are the chosen remixers to the world of Nacht Plank). 10 track vinyl and 13 track cd (xtras are Greg Davis, Ooi and Mati:k). World class, fresh, new ambient music. Very highly recommended.

Takeo Toyama - Hello 88
Karaoke Kalk

Mmmm, under license of japan overseas, Cologne's globetrotting Karaoke Kalk label bring forwards their latest far eastern finds. Their album from Takagi Maskatsu last year tapped into the well of feeling around short, filmic, almost narrative vignettes - the loungey feeling blended perfectly with a certain fresh charm. Takeo's new album is the kind of record with a pig in a sailor suit and a bird on the front: don't come expecting hardcore beats - the mood here is gleefully eccentric, playful, colourful, cheerful. The cover illustrations by Jungo Terade set you to wondering; after looking at the pictures a bit longer, beginning to hear tentative moments of tacks, if they couldn't be part of a very sad story indeed, a feeling of melancholy sneaking in now and then , almost by stealth. Takeo Toyama's music alternates between little creaking sounds and atmospheric flute and violin arrangements, making "hello 88" a mostly instrumental, again narrative piece of music, with many highlights. Sometimes even vocals are added, as in "hello birds", which brings to mind the outright pop of the Beach Boys. More off kilter pop-experimental delights from the ever beguiling Karaoke Kalk.

Angus Maclise - The Cloud Doctrine
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Sub Rosa presents a real sensation, a massively important discovery of 159 minutes of minimal electronic music, readings, soundtracks from the archives of Velvet Undergroud founding member Angus Maclise. Recorded between 1963-1976, this set features input from Tony Conrad, John Cale, Piero Heliczer, Berverly Grant Conrad And Hetty Maclise. This deluxe double CD set features rare music, performance, soundtracks, spoken words by a seminal poet and musician who was active in the New York avant-garde of the '60s (he was the first drummer of the Velvet Underground). The tracks on this 2xCD are released for the first time ever. Included is a historical text by Gerard Malanga and many unpublished photographs. Essential for fans of La Monte Young, The Velvets and the music created in the birthplace of modern electronic music in the pioneering electro-acoustic movement. Essential recordings.

Blueprint - The Weightroom
Weightless

Blueprint, the man behind the boards for bad emcee known as Illogic on the crucial classic 'Got Lyrics' album steps out front to showcase his emcee and production kudos on this killer compilation of mostly unreleased hip hop cuts. Showcasing the several groups and collaborations Blueprint is currently involved with a projects that have fell by the side - these include a killer track by The Greenhouse Effect, 'The Proper Education' has a grinding church organ chord drop, dusted static buzzed drums and deep bass with deejay skills dropped by RJD2 - dope. 'Time Management' is straight from the Def Jux school, hard rhymes, tough drums and a darkened piano and cello sample - rough. Posse emcee cut 'Paradise' by The Iskabibbles brings different flavoured rhymes to a deep black rock slug track - killer and then onto the mad fat Vast Aire showcase 'Icu'. 'The Weightroom' is 14 tracks deep, expect the Soul Position album sometime soon. Another artist sick of waiting, drops some independent jewels. Rock solid hip hop, cold check it. Wicked.

RJD2 - The Horror
Def Jux

Superb double CD package of remixes, bonus cuts and multimedia tit bits from the most deservedly hyped up new school hip hop producer of the 21st century (so far). All based around the recent 'The Horror' single a devilishy addictive DJ Shadow with fangs romp through hammer horror hip hop. Of the bonuis cuts on the first CD all are either first time on CD if not totally exclusive to this releases. Ten tracks. The second CD is strictly multimedia based showcasing the RJD2 live DJ set from the Beta Lounge, a sample of the live Def Jux showcase at The Bowery Ballrom New York and a making of the real life video for 'The Horror'. Also included is the animated video and a RJD2 photo album plus links a plenty. An all round excellent package.

Tes - X2
Lex

The long awaited debut album from Tes is finally here thanks to the mighty Lex after a killer EP and 12" for the VF Prods label. Lex have really upped the ante for artwork and packaging, untouchable. Back to the album, Tes is a 21st century emcee - lyrics are dropped ala early Anticon, the time when you could understand most of what Dose delivered, original and fresh without burning the blueprint. The production takes a step back density wise back to the late eighties when drum machines overtook disco jams as the prime support for emcees to get inspired over. The space and freshness this gives the music plus Tes' use of strange and bewildering sample sources only heighten the originality and enjoyment. Prefuse 73 meeting Marley Marl if you must. 'New New York' is unreal, a classic feel good vibe runs through with killer weird uplifting samples and a chorus line that sounds like Run D-M-C meeting Barbarella, I'm confused but this is one killer track. 'Say When' drops the personal trials and tribulation lyrics over deep blue guitar strums, the beats crunchy but ancient. 'Fool Time' chops a Lou Donaldson break, adds Bernard Herrmann ambience and deep south soul over the killer subject matter. Twelve tracks of truly original artistic but rockin' hip hop with surprises at every turn. A massive recommendation.

X-ecutioners - Scratchology
Sequence

Bring on the sickness >>> the incredible X-ecutioners literally wreck sh*t while giving respect to their favourite and most influential deejay based hip hop classics from back in the day to today. On the CD edition Rob Swift, Total Eclipse & Roc Raida represent the classics of all classic like Grandmaster Flash's 'Adventures...', Herbie's 'Rockit' and Mixmaster Gee's insane proto scratch classic 'Like This'. After Rob's '2,3, Break' re-visit things get pretty ill as the X Men rip the hell out of cuts like 'Ugly People Be Quiet', 'One For The Treble', 'Product Of The Environment (Marley Marl Remix)' and 'Shut Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)' see below for artist names.. tee hee. Much jaw dropping segements here. The new school gets represented by D-Styles, Q-Bert, DJ Premier, and The Beat Junkies. Eighteen tracks in one hour, like an alternate soundtrack to 'Scratch' - this is a major piece of art. Killer selection, wicked delivery - an inspired mix tape throwdown. You guessed it, essential, i'm afraid to say. (answers... Cash Money & Marvelous, Davy DMX, 3rd Bass and Public Enemy).

Arab Strap - Monday At The Hug & Pint
Chemikal Underground

Monday at the Hug & Pint finds Aidan and Malcolm returning to Arab Strap after their respective sabbaticals with Lucky Pierre and Malcolm's solo album. Bolstered by the full time involvement of Stacey Sievwright and Jenny Reeve on violin and cello the album navigates a journey which many of us have travelled: an album of love, loss, depression and hope; more musically diverse and schizophrenic than anything they had done before. Joined in the pub by Conor and Mike from Bright Eyes, Bill Wells from the Bill Wells Trio, Barry Burns from Mogwai. Arab Strap steer us through club disco, piano ballads, pitch-black, spiteful guitars, wistful Scottish folk and glassy-eyed bar-room sing-a-longs in a seamless 46 minutes, full of musical quirks and shot through with individuality

Molasses - Slow Messe
Fancy

The latest from the superb Montreal based drone-folk ensemble Molasses, comprised of members of Godspeed You Black Emperor, Set Fire To Flames, Shalabi Effect, Hrsta and Empty House Collective. This is the group's first new material in a couple of years. A quite harrowing yet strangely beautiful twenty-six-track blend of delicate ballads, explosive improvisations, swirling drones, and orchestrated minimalism. Fragile, ferocious, passionate and powerful. Usual incredible packaging that's a work of art in itself. Recommended.

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