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Friday, April 30, 2004


Next week's releases are reviewed @ Norman Records

# posted by DJ Martian 1:57 PM

Google Blog Search - Coming Soon?

WebProNews investigate the possibility/ growing evidence that Google are planning a Search Engine for blogs: GoogleBot Heralding Blog Search?

Also take a look at this Google URL, test [as noted by Abakus SEO]

To launch a Google blog search would make sense - as an answer to MSN's impending blog search, also Google is blog centric/friendly as of course it owns Blogger. Google has long understood the importance of spidering blogs regularly for uptodate topical content/ news/ new links.

Google's Mission:
>> Google
Organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

In related news Google anounced this week it's intention of becoming a public company: as ZDNet UK News report Google's IPO seeks $2.7bn

# posted by DJ Martian 1:13 PM

The Guardian review John Abercrombie - Class Trip on ECM

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The Guardian review Marillion - Marbles

# posted by DJ Martian 12:21 PM

Musique Machine review Joshua Treble - Five points fincastle

Joshua Treble is Tony Boggs, a man who makes some very nice music that should appeal to fans of Fennesz and Oval.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 AM

Pitchfork review Deathprod - Morals and Dogma on Rune Grammofon

Solo project from this member of the Norway-based experimental foursome Supersilent is claustrophobic, extremely dark and gorgeously horrifying.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:41 AM

Issue 21 of earplug

APRIL 29 - MAY 12

Earplug is a biweekly email magazine, delivering a handpicked selection of news, sounds, videos, and original features for the international electronic music community.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:16 AM

Cerysmatic Factory have details of the new Durutti Column: album Tempus Fugit.

It's available direct via mail order/ or at Durutti Column gigs NOW.

A full retail release is scheduled for late May according to Norman Records, whilst Darla suggest May 17th.

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Thursday, April 29, 2004


Details of this week's One World show on Radio 1: One World: Black Grass/ One World Recommends/ DnB Mix

On this week's show One World features a Grass Roots Mix, our very own Annie Macmanus will be playing some of the hottest new tunes about at the moment, plus we'll have a drum n bass mix for good measure.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:32 PM

BW & BK report the latest Bloodbath news: BLOODBATH - New Album Named, Tracklisting Revealed

The forthcoming album has been titled: Nightmares Made Flesh, due on Century Media in the Autumn.

Bloodbath is an extreme metal side project that include members of Swedish atmospheric dark metal band Katatonia.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:18 PM

The Cure - The Cure

Billboard report that Robert Smith has announced that the forthcoming The Cure album will be self titled. The Billboard writer also describes some of the tracks and an initial tracklist is provided.

Provisional Tracklist: The Cure - The Cure

Labyrinths (working title)
Before 3 (working title)
Truth Goodness and Beauty
The End of the World
I Don't Know What's Going On
Taking Off
This Morning
Us or Them
Precious Advise (working title)
Jason #3 (working title)
The Promise
Going Nowhere

# posted by DJ Martian 10:57 PM

Billboard report rumours that Duran Duran are close to signing to Epic Records [part of Sony Music]: Duran Duran Eyes Epic Deal

# posted by DJ Martian 5:43 PM

Cactus World News - No Shelter

Cactus World News have finally made album their 1989 recorded album: No Shelter available for sale on their official website >> Cactus World News

Window To Your World / Taste of Mercury / Rebound / On The Run / Say Goodbye / Town Like This / Falling Sun / Sleep All Day / Volcano / Furious Love / Everytime / Memory Harbour

City of Angels / Reconcile / Window to your World (demo version)

Originally scheduled for release in 1989, No Shelter was the much-anticipated second album from Cactus World News. However, just weeks before its release date, the ownership of MCA Records unexpectedly changed hands and the album was consigned to the tape library.

Red Coral is now proud to give No Shelter its first-ever release, continuing its series of re-mastered CD's for CWN. The digital re-mastering has once again been handled by Irish engineer Mary Kettle in Dublin, completing a job for the band which began
when she also assisted on the original recording sessions at Windmill Lane and Real World Studios.

This special release features a new track selection chosen by members of the band which expands the running order to 12 tracks (as opposed to 10 in 1989), as well as three bonus tracks from B-Sides and demos.

The artwork for No Shelter has been totally re-designed for this release and includes a full-colour 16-page booklet with new photos and a complete set of lyrics, alongside a detailed production credits section which reveals all the studios, personnel and various locations used during the recording sessions.

The producers who took part were as follows: Irishman Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett); David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel's long-standing guitarist); New York rock-mix meister Ron St. Germain, and legendary American producer, Andy Wallace, who mixed Nirvana's Nevermind and produced Jeff Buckley's masterpiece, Grace.

Finally, each copy of No Shelter ordered through the official CWN website will be marked with a unique Embossed Stamp to confirm its status as a First Pressing collectable. No subsequent pressings will carry this stamp.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:52 PM

This coming Sunday, Future Sound of London are on the 6 Mix on 6 Music

The Future Sound Of London take control of the decks for this week's 6 Mix.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:40 PM

BBC Music review Marilyn Crispell - Storyteller on ECM

Third release on ECM for one of the most important pianists of our time, together with Paul Motian and Mark Helias.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:34 PM review Marillion - Marbles

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Terrorizer - May 2004

A new issue of Terrorizer magazine is on sale today, Swedish Metal band: In Flames are on the front cover.

Details of the current issue [119/ May 2004] of Terrorizer includes a free covermount CD:

'Fear Candy' 03
Exclusive tracks from Dark Funeral, Killswitch Engage, The Great Deceiver, Fear Factory, Textures and more!

# posted by DJ Martian 11:45 AM

Playlouder review Lali Puna - Faking the Books

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Playlouder interview Polish electro-jazzers Skalpel

# posted by DJ Martian 12:29 AM

The Brainwashed Brain V07I16 - 04252004

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands
Young God

Black Ox Orkestar - Ver Tanzt?

Manual and Jess Kahr - The North Shore

Keelhaul - Subject to Change Without Notice
Hydra Head

Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
Sounds Familyre

# posted by DJ Martian 12:19 AM

Wednesday, April 28, 2004


The latest releases are reviewed by NYC's Other Music: The Other Music - Update

Devendra Banhart
Erlend Øye (DJ Kicks)
DJ Signify
Ya Ho Wha 13 (reissue)

Keith Rowe & Christian Fennez
Glenn Branca (reissue)
Momus & Anne Laplatine
Keith Hudson (reissue)
Terry Reid (live recording from 1970)

Nurse With Wound

# posted by DJ Martian 6:58 PM

Barcode review SKINNY PUPPY - The Greater Wrong Of The Right

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Barcode review Fennesz - Venice

# posted by DJ Martian 3:10 PM interview SCHNEIDER TM

Schneider TM is not your standard electronic musician. Since is first record, released in 1999 on German label City Slang, Dirk Dresselhaus has made a mark on the scene by mixing avant-guarde electronica and pop. In 2002, he released Zoomer, which brought his music to a larger audience thanks to its catchy tune and quirky approach, and with his most recent release, a collection of some of the remixes he has produced over the last four years, he demonstrates a strong ability to adapt to diverse situations. We caught up with the man to talk about his background, the impact that Zoomer had on his work, and his future projects.

# posted by DJ Martian 3:08 PM - May 2004 deliver another fine selection of reviews. [The summaries below are from e-mail/website, to see the full reviews go to the link above]

Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
After a very prolific 2003, with two new albums and their first two albums re-packaged by Fat-Cat, the exhilarating Brooklyn-based Animal Collective return with their fifth album, and it seems they can't do no wrong.

Æ - Bootleg
Stock, Hausen & Walkman member Andrew Sharpley teams up with female percussionist Emiko Ota for this hectic, yet fun project.

Asteroth - Songs From The Belfry
Making the most of minimalist sonic structures, Asteroth collects on Songs From The Belfry a series of stunning cinematic compositions that are at once complex and melodic.

Avril - Members Only
Fred Avril is a true outsider on the French electronic scene. On his second album, he introduces elements of live instrumentation to expend on his stage persona.

Blockhead - Music By Cavelight
Already responsible for producing a handful of albums and EPs for the likes of Aesop Rock, Murs, S.A. Smash and others, Blockhead finally unveils his first solo album.

Cinelux - Pardon My French Series #1
First in a series of albums aiming at promoting new French artist, this album sees post-rockers Cinelux confronting their inspired sound with that of remixers. An interesting debut.

Cocorosie - La Maison De Mon Rêve
Brooklyn-based sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady are CocoRosie, and La Maison De Mon Rêve is there first collection of offbeat folk/blues songs. Recorded in a small flat in Montmartre, Paris, this album is a confident piece of poetry.

Greg Davis - Curling Pond Woods
Two years after his stunning first album, Arbor, and following last year's contribution to Staalplaat's Mort Aux Vaches series, Greg Davis returns with another beautifully crafted slice of folktronica in which he explores further his soundscapes.

Funkstörung - Disconnected
German duo Funkstörung abandon their glitchy electronica to focus on hip-hop and introduce elements of pop.

Nitrada - We Don't Know Why But We Do It
Following a very promising first mini album, Nitrada returns with his first full-length record and allows others to alter his sound.

Proem - Socially Inept
For his fourth album, Merck founding member Richard Bailey, aka Proem, returns to the vast sonic spaces of his previous offering, Among Others, and develops further his beautifully laidback electronic constructions.

RJD2 - Since We Last Spoke
Two years ago, RJD2 ventured on his own with his first album, and instantly gained respect from critics and public alike. With his second album, he takes his sound further.

Craig Taborn - Junk Magic
A collaborator on Carl Craig’s Programmed project, Craig Taborn has remained discreet since his first album was released ten years ago. With this third album, Taborn presents a fascinating piece of work.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:56 PM report on a new signing to the Hydrahead label: Jesu a band featuring 2 music legends: Justin K Broadrick and Ted Parsons

Hydrahead has announced the signing of Jesu. Fronted by J K Broadrick, (Godflesh, Techno Animal, Final, God, Ice, Napalm Death...), Jesu also includes Ted Parsons (Swans, Prong, Killing Joke, Godflesh...), and Diarmuid Dalton (Final, Cable Regime...). The label says Jesu has much to appeal to fans of Low, Swans, My Bloody Valentine and Pelican.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:47 AM

A release date of June 7th has been confirmed for the Junior Boys debut album: Last Exit on KIN records

Source: ILM: Junior Boys Release Date

Full press release @ KIN: Junior Boys - Last Exit

# posted by DJ Martian 12:20 AM

BBC Music review Mylo - Destroy Rock & Roll

This is Album of the Week @ BBC Music, streaming sound tracks are also available.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 AM

New Releases @ Piccadilly Records

Some new releases listed in the weekly guide [via e-mail] from Manchester's music emporium: Piccadilly Records

Beta Band - Heroes To Zeros

Third time lucky for the Super-Scots, because this is easily their best album yet, by a mile. They've finally recaptured the other-worldly freed-up magic of their "3 EPs" and honed it into a proper (nearly!) rock album. Well it's less wacky, whistles'n'bells, and much more crafted and melodic. It also evokes ghosts of Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys and early Floyd, but it's still well left of conventional rock. Everyone in the shop loves this record (though I may have spoilt it a bit by playing it to death for a fortnight!) It's the revelling in the texture of sound and the playful experimentation that thrills. They're like kids in a musical toyshop. It's a detailed, inventive, fun-loving record that rolls all those weird, druggy, garagey, hippy, bonkers, charming late-60s sounds into one tasty, modern nugget. Got any joss-sticks, anyone?

Aroah - The Last Laugh

Aroah's (Irene Tremblay) second album is produced by Greg Weeks and is sung fully in English. Although once aligned with emotional snipers such as Mark Kozelek, Julie Doiron and Cat Power, it's now more diverse references rather than influences that we're looking at, artists such as Joni Mitchell and Townes Van Zandt.

The Blueskins - Word Of Mouth

Drawing on influences as disparate as The Buzzcocks, Led Zeppelin and The Yardbirds, The Blueskins debut album, "Word of Mouth", rips through two minute bursts of energetic controlled mayhem. Modern blues tinged rock'n'roll.

Color Filter - Silent Way

Color Filter is an electronic pop co-operative from Tokyo headed by Ryuji Tsuneyoshi, a guitarist, composer, and award-winning nuclear physicist. Color Filter play blissful electro pop music utilitsing subtle drum'n'bass oriented beats. "Silent Way" features eleven new tracks and vocals from Yuki Nishimura, and has already drawn comparisons to the likes of Saint Etienne, Cocteau Twins, Stereolab and Broadcast.

Deerhoof - Milk Man

All Tomorrows Parties have licensed "Milkman" from Washington, Olympia's eternally chic Kill Rock Stars label, to coincide with the band being invited by Sonic Youth to play at this years All Tomorrows Parties festival. This album is their first to feature conventional songs, but fear not, they're still constructed in their typically unconventional manner.

Faun Fables - Family Album
Drag City

This is the third recording of "Faun Fables", the experimental balladry shaped by Oakland-based artist Dawn McCarthy. Her work unfolds in a visceral combination of music and theatricality she calls songtelling. The main instrument is her cathartic voice, framed by harmonically adventurous guitar. On this album, she is joined by Nils Frykdahl of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, adding a bestiary of vocals, instrumentation and song collaboration. Other guest musicians contribute, as well, most notably Dawn's mom, sister and brother.

The Icarus Line - Penance Soiree

Vocalist Joe Cardemone sings, spits, or screams into his mic with surreptitious pleasure over jagged, crunching guitars and erratic rhythms. Being hailed as the future of rock'n'roll by various music mags.

Christian Marclay / Thurston Moore / Lee Ranaldo - Fuck Shit Up

In Victoriaville's Colisee, a huge venue that normally hosts hockey matches, Christian Marclay was up there spinning discs as he's been known for doing since before DJs invaded the culture world. He was creating a wild sound world with records played forward, backward, in the cracks, or as trampolines for bouncing needles. He is also prone to break them into bits or fling them out to the audience, showing the greatest respect for his medium by reinventing usage. Flanking him were two rock stars - Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, the sonic conjurers of the mighty Sonic Youth - coaxing all manner of weird sounds from their electric guitars. Feedback rose and fell in heaving crescendos, drum sticks were inserted between strings, and for around an hour, a wall of beautiful noise was erected, then smashed to bits, with no pesky backbeats or melodies to upset the mesmeric abandon.

Thurston Moore - Piece For Jetsun Dolma

This album-length improvisation, recorded as it happened, is a beautiful thing. The three musicians (he's joined by Tom Surgal and William Winantare) get carried away by the power of pure sound and energy. This CD is the only document of something that happened once and will never happen the same way again. But you've got to be glad it exists!!

Plastic Crimewave Sound - Flashing Open

The debut album from the mind-warping leaders of Chicago psychedelia, Plastic Crimewave Sound. A gargantuan conceptual album that blends transcendental drones, fuzzed-out garage punk, power electronics, astral folk, and drift-away pop. Membership boasts the publishers of Galactic Zoo magazine, as well as bassist Mark Lux formerly of Temple Of Bon Matin. Limited edition pressing of 542 copies, pressed in fancy silver sleeves.

Various Artists / DJ Kicks - Erlend Oye

Erlend Oye takes the DJ Kicks blueprint to a whole new level here, singing versions of songs over other instrumentals, as well as providing a smooth DJ mix. So you get him singing Jane's "It's A Fine Day" over his own "Sheltered Life", "Prego Amore" over Jolly Music's "Radio Jolly", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" over Royksopp's "Poor Leno" etc. As well as these sung tracks, there's also a load of original tracks with no singing - Phoenix "If I Ever Feel Better", Alan Braxe & Fred Falke "Rubicon", Ricardo Villalobos "Dexter" etc.

Black Ox Orkestar - Ver Tanzt

A moving debut from this new Montreal-based quartet. Filtering traditional European Jewish folk music through post-rock aesthetics, "Ver Tanz?" is an important record, revealing the roots and influences underlying much of the Constellation catalogue and making traditional Klezmer music accessible to a contemporary audience. Both formats come in lovely chipboard packaging and feature an 8 page booklet.

Ex-Girl - Endangered Species
Alternative Tentacles

From their distant homeworld of Planet Kerokero (via Tokyo), Ex-Girl returns to earth for another close encounter with their fifth full-length "Endangered Species". This musical missive is a concept album that ponders the conflicts between civilizations and the road that may lead to our extinction. Reminiscent of Japanese avant-noise bands like Melt Banana, Boredoms, OOIOO and Ruins, Ex-Girl spawns unpredictable, genre-twisting gems from sludgy pop to acappella to soaring prog rumination. Produced by avant-noise-guru Hoppy Kamiyama, "Endangered Species" is a superb introduction to the girls from Planet Kerokero for the uninitiated, and a fitting addition to the pantheon of Japanese noise prog.

Schneider TM - Reconfigures

A limited edition album of restyles and remixes by Schneider TM. Contains rare and unreleased mixes of Lamb, Lambchop, The Faint, Philip Boa & The Voodooclub, Ruby, Boss Hog and more.

Volcano The Bear - The Idea Of Wood

Is it rock? Is it folk? Is it sane??? Formed with the constant idea of being a group with uncompromising and boundless ideas, the quartet is utterly beyond classification. Drawing on the work of Robert Wyatt, Faust or This Heat, the music of Volcano The Bear is the perfect combination of music and non music, melodies and free expression. Filled with crackling electronics, rumbling percussion, unconventionally played guitars, manipulated vocal noises, distorted piano "The Idea Of Wood" is an ideal mix of primitive folk, art rock and filmic sound sculpting. Eccentric, hypnotic, mystic, but most of all truly incredible.

Various Artists / DJ Greg Wilson - Music Is Better 20-12-03
Music Is Better

Greg Wilson was one of the pioneering British DJs who helped popularise European and American electronic dance music from its inception in the early 80s. His club nights across the North West (Wigan Pier, at Legends and the Hacienda) and radio mixes on Manchester's Piccadilly station (no relation) pre-empted the house explosion and the UK Summer Of Love by fusing Italo disco, European electro and Manhattan / Brooklyn punk funk and Bronx hip hop. His triumphant return to Manchester clubland at the end of 2003 at Danny Webb's Music Is Better night quickly became legend. Luckily for those who weren't there, it was recorded and then re-edited in the studio for a pure, seamless mix. Featuring classics from back in the day as well as fresh cuts from the young pretenders (he has continued to feed on vinyl to this day), the set gets a very limited run on CD.

Various Artists / Bugged Out Presents Suck My Deck - Ivan Smagghe

Bugged Out! bring us their new 'Suck My Deck' series, set up to highlight the talents of the more cutting edge, up and coming names that regularly play their club nights. The series kicks off with Parisian DJ / producer Ivan Smagghe, resident at 'Kill The DJ' and half of Blackstrobe. He serves up a blend of bang up to date acidic electro-house that's sure to appeal to tech headz, house headz and electroclash fans alike. Features the likes of Sweet Light, Jamie Bissmire, Slacker, DK8, Zombie Nation, Scratch Massive, Random Factor, Cosmo Vitelli, Henry Goes Dirty etc.

Various Artists / Modern Wild Dub - Dread Meets Disco Punk Rocker Downtown
Echo Beach

Echo Beach follow Select Cuts "Wild Dub" compilation of original late 70s / early 80s punk-funk / dub-funk tracks with this bang up to date set of tracks inspired by that era. Includes Colder, Playgroup, Big Two Hundred, Chicken Lips, !!!, Radio 4, Outhud, Chicks On Speed etc. Includes liner notes by Mark Stewart ex of The Pop Group.

John Martyn - On The Cobbles

The follow-up to 2001's "Glasgow Walker" finds Martyn, again, in fine form and extending his mini career renaissance. Churning, funky, weird grooves, top-notch production and guest spots from Paul Weller and (The Verve's) Nick McCabe, make this a standout set. This is only McCabe's second outing since The Verve split in '98 and he does his thing, two steps from heaven, whilst Martyn does his: pushing the envelope; forever blurring the lines between folk, jazz, rock and blues. It's a full, strong, classy record that demands repeated listens.

Claro Intelecto - Neurofibro

With two vinyl-only EPs behind him, Claro Intelecto AKA Mark Stewart is ready for his full length album, and what an album it is. The early promise of the "Peace Of Mind EP" and the latter brilliance on the "Section EP" are testament to the talent that Stewart has to wring emotionally-engaging electro music from cold, soulless computers and sequencers. Throughout the record, electronics pulse and mechanical rhythms evoke something more than the mere sum of their parts. And then there's just the good old-fashioned electro, house and techno sounds that are employed to new effect, drawing on classic influences from across the dance music spectrum, such as Autechre, Larry Heard, Cybotron and Drexciya. A very special release.
CD includes 4 tracks from the vinyl only EPs, including the stunning classic "Peace Of Mind" and "Chicago".

Various Artists / Anticon Label Sampler 1999 - 2004

Anticon's editorial ear, Odd Nosdam, has selected, arranged and seamlessly blended / mixed a selection of tracks (33 of 'em!!) from Anticon's entire back catalogue for this bargain price five year retrospective. Featuring all the main participants in the label's output - Why?, Alias, Sole, Themselves, Sage Francis, Passage, Controller 7, Pedestrian, Odd Nosdam himself and more - this 80 minute mix shows the evolution of the label's avant hip hop output.

Various Artists / Gilles Peterson - Worldwide Exclusives
Talkin' Loud

Because Gilles lends such a unique credibility to artists, many choose to air their new productions on his show first. On this mouth wateringly brilliant collection, Gilles has hand-picked some of his favourite exclusive tracks recorded specially for his show, unavailable elsewhere and unique to this collection. Following on from the acclaimed "Worldwide" compilation series, which were released in response to the demand from his listeners, these tracks reflect the pioneering spirit of his show: There's broken beats and nu-jazz (NSM, Jazzanova Feat. Shaun Escoffery, Two Banks Of Four, Outlines, Umod, etc), hip hop / nu-soul (Ty, Eric Roberson), latin / latin-jazz (Nicola Conte, Deadline Vs Batacumbele), downbeat (Zero 7), soulful house (Peven Everett), jazz-funk and jazz (Roy Ayers, Build An Ark) and more (Matthew Herbert & Roisin Murphy)

Uusi Fantasia - Top Ten

Norway's Telle bring us another new signing, the weird and wonderful Uusi Fantasia. As with other releases on the label this duo make an eclectic, hard to pigeonhole mix of downbeat, weird disco, house, reggae and more. They've previously worked with compatriots Erlend Oye and Royksopp.

Various Artists / Straight Out The Cat Litter (Scoop Three)

Originally out in 2002, Catskills reissue this collection of mostly unreleased tracks from their archives by popular demand (or perhaps the demand of finding one of the tracks on it is used on the recent iPod advert - Feature Cast's "Channel Hopping"). Includes funky breaks, lush downbeat and hip hop by Nobody, Capsule, Hardkandy, Pepe Deluxe, Zero Theory etc.

Wiley - Treddin' On Thin Ice

Part of the late 90s Pay As You Go cartel, Wiley set up the Roll Deep Crew to spearhead the new inner city sound born from the ashes of UK Garage scene. Part dancehall, part garage, part 2-step, part jungle and part hip hop, this new style is raw, digital and minimal, with rapid rapped vocals spat out at 100 MPH. If you liked Dizzee Rascal, you're gonna love this too! Includes his massive track "Eskimo".

Various Artists / Zinc & DJ Friction - Bingo Sessions Volume One
Bingo Beats

47 tracks spread over two CDs, DJ mixed by old hand Zinc and newcomer DJ Friction with extra vocals by Dynamite MC, MC Eksman and MC SP. 80% are previously unreleased, so this is a fresh dubplate mix of storming drum and bass. Includes tracks by Dkay, Roni Size, Shimmon, Fierce, Zinc, Calibre, Sonic & Silver, Trinity, Loxy etc.

Fennesz - Venice

Fourth studio album by Christain Fennesz, his first since "Endless Summer" (Mego, 2001). His most accessible works to date, this album merges digital electronica and emotive melodics.

Helios - Unomia

Keith Kennif's debut album places the listener in a lush atmosphere sprinkled with piano, guitar, and a variety of downtempo experimental breakbeats. Subtle ambience, found sounds and treated acoustic elements escalate and wash over to create a harmonically dense and melodically rich environment.

Kang Tae Hwan Trio - Love Time

"Love Time" is Korean alto player Kang Tae Hwan's debut release; his trio includes Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple) and percussionist Ichiraku Yoshimitsu (known for his work in Omoide Hatoba). More minimalist than free jazz "Love Time" centres on Hwan's long circular tones. Active since the 1970's Hwan has recorded for Japanese Victor and DIW labels.

Kid Spatula - Meast
Planet Mu

New album from Mike Paradinas aka U-Ziq. A trawl of the DAT archives for lost classics and amazing heartflet electronic vignettes. Off-kilter melodies and subtle rhythms interact with abrasive, yet calming textures to create this more-ish follow up to Mike's last album as Kid Spatula "Full Sunken Breaks". This archive material dates from between 1994 and 1998.

Splintered / RLW - Split
Black Rose

A collaborative release in which Splintered utilise art damaged rock rhythms, guitars, loops, drones and metal percussion and allow enough room for RLW's source material. In contrast RLW has used Splintered's source material and totally remixed it with juxtapositions of abstract sound, ambient noise and beautiful sonic textures. A sound sculptor, held in high regard, RLW (Ralph Wehowsky) has been an innovator in the use of treated and deconstructed sound and the recomposition of source material for many years.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2004


Music webzine Junkmedia is back after technical web hosting problems.

# posted by DJ Martian 7:58 PM

Playlouder review The Beta Band - Heroes To Zeros

# posted by DJ Martian 7:18 PM

Alert: Woebot is on the Kosmsiche Show: Woebot

tune in to Resonance FM 104.4FM at 10pm GMT tonight [that should be BST / British Summer Time!]

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This week's flavorpill LONDON a weekly email magazine covering music, art, and cultural events

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The latest Breezeblock show is now available online: The Breezeblock Tracklistings


This week Mary Anne Hobb brings you a headline DJ set from Müm plus tracks from Animal Collective.

Forthcoming Shows >>

3rd May
Edan in session

10th May
Tes live in session

24th May
F-Comm 10th Birthday Special Live tracks + Avril Mix and reports

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Splendid review 2 outstanding albums today:

Dykehouse - Midrange

Introduced to the world through his glitchtronic laptop work on Planet-µ, Dykehouse has moved from faceless IDM gonk to head of the shoegazer revivalist pack with impressive ease. Sure, he's got a flair for sky-scraping, but the most amazing thing about Midrange is that Dykehouse wrote, performed and produced the entire record in his bedroom; you'll find no Abbey Road overdubs, hot-shot session musicians or fifty-piece orchestras floating in this seemingly infinite morass of crash and beauty. What you will find, however, is some of the most heartbreakingly beautiful rock music of the past five years, played by a man who sounds as though he's been beamed in from a loveless galaxy.

Mission of Burma - OnOffOn

OnOffOn stands up, Burma's unholy cerebral racket as relevant and as good as ever. This is going to be one of the best records of 2004

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Dusted review Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands

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Pitchfork review Superpitcher - Here Comes Love

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Monday, April 26, 2004


New music blog to check: Mystery & Misery

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BW & BK report the latest Madder Mortem news: MADDER MORTEM In Recording Mode, Studio Diary Available Online

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New Book by David Toop: Haunted Weather - Music, Silence, and Memory

Details of a new book by David Toop and also double CD released in parallel. [info from a Mailing list]

Title: Haunted Weather - Music, Silence, and Memory
Author: David Toop ( )
Category: Non-Fiction & Culture & Music
Format: Trade Paperback, 352pp
Published: 15/4/2004
Publisher: Serpent's Tail ( )
ISBN: 1 85242 812 0


Various Artists - "Haunted Weather" 2cd
( STAUBGOLD 52 / Staubgold Records, Berlin, )

A double-cd compiled by David Toop, the author of the landmark book
of music "Ocean Of Sound", and released parallel to his new
book "Haunted Weather", published by Serpent's Tail. Features 33
tracks with a total running time of 2 hours+.

The double cd features a wide selection of artists written up in the
book, including Autechre, Oval, Matmos, Fennesz, Pan Sonic, Chris
Watson, Terre Thaemlitz, Alvin Lucier, Otomo Yoshihide, Christian
Marclay, John Oswald, David Toop/Max Eastley and many more.

"Digital technology has changed the ways in which music is perceived,
stored, distributed, mediated and created. The world of music is now
a vast and complex jungle, teeming with CDs, MP3s, concerts, clubs,
festivals, conferences, exhibitions, installations, websites,
software programmes, scenes, ideas and competing theories. In the eye
of the storm stands David Toop, shedding light on the most
interesting music now being made - on laptops, in downtown bars in
Tokyo, wherever he finds it.

Haunted Weather is part personal memoir and part travel journal, as
well as an intensive survey of recent developments in digital
technology, sonic theory and musical practice. Along the way Toop
probes into the meaning of sound (and silence), offering fascinating
insights into how computers can be used for improvisation. His wealth
of musical knowledge provides inspiration for anyone interested in

Sleevenotes by David Toop (from the cd booklet):

"The tracks compiled for these CDs represent a selection of some of
the artists and ideas discussed in my book, Haunted Weather: Music,
Silence and Memory. Haunted weather is a metaphorical term I have
used to suggest a period of uncertainty, excitement and profound
change. The first ideas for the book came to me in a small club in
Tokyo in January, 2000, at a concert called Noise As Silence.
Musicians playing laptop computers and mixing desks were dotted
around the audience, some of them completely hidden from view, yet
all of them connected to each other within a web of sound. None of
them were identifiable through their sounds or actions; the
technology created an appealing sense of ambiguity. Then violinist
Tetsuo Furudate and vocalist Yurihito Watanabe attempted to enter
this improvisation with their more conventional instruments. The
difficulties of this clash were evident as their identifiable
humanity injected specifics of physicality, personality and musical
genre into the mix. A memory had intervened, as if to remind us
that radical developments in technology do not erase history.

Though the concert was frustrating for most of the musicians, I
realised that this event represented, in microcosm, the impact of new
technology on established ways of making music. Computers allow
musicians to create new forms, though these are foreshadowed by
inventions and innovations from the analogue era. Sounds, no matter
how they are produced, have strange, unexpected resonances within
memory. Such echoes from the past emerge through the most
disorientating blitz of information. Despite their image as
instruments of alienation, digital tools can encourage new
relationships to place, community and communication. These new
relationships may not involve digital tools; they may simply suggest
new ways of listening to the world.

The issues raised during that Tokyo gig stayed with me, and developed
into other related questions: was live performance still relevant in
the 21st century; why is music still important; what is the role of
sound and memory in our personal development; why are so many sound
artists interested in the microscopic, or in audio events at the
edges of normal human perception; why has soundscape recording become
so significant; what is the place of atmosphere in listening; why is
silence so important; why do musicians want to improvise, or to play
at all in an era when computers can take over many aspects of musical

Some of these questions are addressed by the artists I have chosen
for this compilation. Many of the tracks have an air of ambiguity
about them. The means through which they are made is not always easy
to decipher. Chris Watson's extraordinary environmental recording of
an Icelandic glacier has an intuitive quality and intense mood that
mirrors the precise yet highly emotional improvisation of Keith Rowe
and John Tilbury. Haco's performance, capturing the oscillating
sounds emitted by the electronic mechanisms of her computer, is not
so far from Alvin Lucier's recordings of sferics, natural radio-
frequency emissions in the ionosphere, caused by electromagnetic
energy radiated from nearby or distant lightning.

Sounds of audio environments captured by Peter Cusack, playing a tape
of a Thurston Moore guitar piece under a rail bridge, or David
Cunningham's installation of electronic feedback and noise gate,
exploring the audio characteristics of rooms , overlap with the sonic
walking tours of Janet Cardiff, Tacita Dean and Sarah Peebles, all
constructing personal narratives of the city with audio recorders.
New sound making devices, such as Sachiko M's use of the pure sine
tones in a digital sampler, or the controlled feedback produced by
Toshimaru Nakamura's no-input mixing desk, overlap with the extremes
of acoustic instrumental technique practiced by saxophonists Evan
Parker and John Butcher. There is a strong sense of the personal, in
which simple approaches document and transform sense impressions that
are otherwise unremarkable. Yuko Nexus6 compiles an ongoing private
diary with cassette tape, Kaffe Matthews explores room resonances
with a theremin, and Toshiya Tsunoda records environments by placing
microphones into resonators such as bottles. In these cases,
listeners can make discoveries about their own perceptions, rather
than assuming an exclusively passive role in relation to music. Just
as the sounds of helicopters, aircraft, air and water are blurred and
enlivened by Tsunoda's recording method, memories of the familiar are
buried under electrical storms of processing in the music of
Autechre, Oval, Matmos, Terre Thaemlitz and Fennesz, recovered and
reassembled through the turntable sampling of Christian Marclay and
Otomo Yoshihide, or, in the case of Jem Finer's Longplayer, extended
through use of the audio software program SuperCollider to last (in
theory) for 1000 years.

Silence forms the base line of much of this work, the first stage in
listening to the world. Electronic compositions by Ryoji Ikeda, Pan
Sonic, Carsten Nicolai and Ryuichi Sakamoto are as intensely aware of
silence as the improvisations of Akio Suzuki, Derek Bailey and John
Stevens, or the quartet of Taku Sugimoto, Mark Wastell, Tetuzi
Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura. My personal awareness of silence, the
dynamics of collective playing, and the specifics of sound was
developed in the improvisation workshops devised and led by drummer
John Stevens in the early 1970s. As well as including an excerpt from
a live performance by one incarnation of his group, the Spontaneous
Music Ensemble, I dedicate this compilation to his memory."

- David Toop, London, February 2004.

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Pitchfork review Lali Puna - Faking the Books

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radioio radioioEDGE

An online radio station to check out: radioioEDGE part of a network of 24/7 web radio streaming stations, radioio

Included on their current playlist for radioioEDGE: Matthew Dear, TV on the Radio, Colder, Donna Regina, Sufjan Stevens, Howard Hello.

Other RadioIo stations, are based around sound themes: include: ambient, beat, jazz, 80s, rock.

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Sunday, April 25, 2004



Key new album releases for April 19th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

All That Remains - This Darkened Heart (Prosthetic)
AMute - A Hundred Day Trees (Intr-Version)
Steffen Basho-Junghans - 7 Books (Strange Attractors Audio House) [Import]
Black Devil Disco Club - Timing, Forget The Timing (Rephlex)
Thomas Brinkmann - Tokyo + 1 (Max Ernst)
Bus - Middle of the Road (Scape) [2003 Release, Now Available at Rough Trade]
Cadaver - Necrosis (Candlelight)
Donnasummer - The Unrelenting Songs Of The 1979 Post Disco Crash (Sonig)
Double U - Life Behind A Window (Sonar Kollektiv)
Edit - Crying Over Pros For No Reason (Planet µ)
Fear Factory - Archetype (Roadrunner Records UK)
Firewire - A Tribute To The Manzini (City Centre Offices)
Helios - Unomia (Merck)
Ima Robot - Ima Robot (Virgin) [UK Release 2004]
Iyunx Productions - Short Term Memory Loss (U Cover)
Kabuki - Signal To Noise (Combination records / Shellshock)
Arto Lindsay - Salt (Righteous Babe)
Martyr AD - On Earth As It Is In Hell (Victory)
Wim Mertens - Skopos (Crepuscule)
Mikrofisch - Gleichstorm / Wechselstrom (Schinderwies Productions)
Vinny Miller - On The Block (4AD)
Minimalistik Sweden - Standard Klickmusik (Mitek)
Noxagt - The Iron Point (Load) [Full UK Release]
Ölvis - Ölvis (Resonant)
Raison d'etre - Requiem for Abandoned Souls (Cold Meat Industries) [2003 Release, Now
Available at Rough Trade]
Ratatat - Ratatat (XL)
Seb Rochford Polar Bear - Dim Lit (Babel)
Skalpel - Dusty Tales (Ninja Tune)
Sluta Leta - Semi Peterson (Mego)
Spektrum - Enter The Spektrum (Playhouse)
Craig Taborn - Junk Magic (Thirsty Ear)
1349 - Beyond The Apocalypse (Candlelight)
To Rococo Rot - Hotel Morgan (Domino)
Tweaker - 2 a.m. Wakeup Call (Waxploitation/iMusic) [Import]

# posted by DJ Martian 9:32 PM give an astonishing review for Peccatum - Lost In Reverie

Lost in Reverie hardly even comes close to jazz, but is chalk full of experimentation, and it’s an experiment with highly successful results. What at first seems somewhat mismatched and jarring begins to make sense rather quickly. The odd jumble of industrial, darkwave, black metal and even trip hop proves to be expertly crafted; nothing is by accident.

[This album is released, May 25th on End Records]

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Saturday, April 24, 2004


This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

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

Bitstream - One Third Standard Lux
Modern Love

Compiling some of Bitstream's rarest material to date alongside their most esteemed work, `one third standard lux' is a perfect starting point from which to establish the importance the brothers conner have had on the british electro scene over the last few years and is the first time any of these tracks have been available on cd. Originally brought to our attention by Skam DJ Rob Hall who had picked up their blinding and ultra-rare first EP `Monolith' on the fledgling Signal label back in 1999, Bitstream have been destroying every electro preconception and preset for well over 5 years. Their understanding of twisted percussive structures is governed and at times tamed by an intrinsic melodic quality that imbues some of their best work with a huge emotional reserve. Their love of experimental music (often citing penderecki and ligeti as influences) is also proudly on display, vocal treatments on the harrowing "lost cluster" and "madame resonance"showing this to most devastating effect, while the unadulterated crunchy euphoria of the classic "radiotherapy" acts as the perfect album opener. With a formidable catalogue of releases to date for labels like city centre offices and their own pylon recordings, bitstream transcend the confines of the electronic dancefloor through to a much broader spectrum of sound. "one third standard lux" is the definitive retrospective of that particular sound, a prelude to a new body of work due to arrive with a new album by the end of the year. Mighty. **tracklisting : 1/. radiotherapy 2/. retreat pod 3/.lost cluster 4/. incubator (extended) 5/. stream one 6/. stream 2 7/.speed of light 8/. madame resonance 9/.bionic hands of dj daddy longlegs part 1 10/.bass movements 11/. green beam**

Claro Intelecto - Neurofibro

The simple fact is that Techno and Electro albums don't tend to work. When they do, everyone sits up and takes notice. Think Derrick May's "Innovator" , Carl Craig's "More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art", Jeff Mills' "Waveform Transmissions", The Other People Place "Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe', Psyche / BFC's "Elements" and most recently Ricardo Vilalobos' "Alcachofa". That's more than 15 years of Techno reduced to a handful of albums defining their moment, pushing the boundaries a little bit further. "Neurofibro" is one such rarity. An album that works from start to finish, taking in a myriad styles, paying homage to the masters and developing some new tricks all its own. Claro Intelecto first made an appearance in early 2003 - his remarkable "Peace of Mind" 12" fast becoming the most discussed dancefloor debut for years. The name for his hugely anticipated debut album `Neurofibro' derives from the nerve disease Neurofibromatosis - a set of genetic disorders which cause tumors to grow along various types of nerves and, in addition, can affect the development of non-nervous tissues such as bones and skin. It's a disease that has accompanied Mark Stewart throughout the recording of his debut album - and has ironically provided him with its perfect Techno title. The album is a masterpiece of continuously shifting mood and tempo - controlling the floor from the Theo Parrish paced deep house of "Percentages" to the piano-driven soundscaping of "Baudrillards Supper" to the crushing Warehouse acid of "Back" to the already classic sounding generic hybrids of EP hits "Chicago", "Peace of Mind", "Section" and "Contact". In the end all that's needed to describe where exactly this record fits in is one word : CLASSIC. Album of the year, no doubt. ** note that cd and vinyl tracklistings are different! on the cd you will find : 1] peace of mind 2] percentages 3] resonation 4] baudrillards supper 5] tria 6] mono 7] section 8] back 9] contact 10] you not me 11] chicago 12] nobody 13] your trophy **

Doctor Rockit - The Unnecessary History Of.....

This will be Doctor Rockit's final release and includes music from 1996-2003, including deleted tracks from `The Music Of Sound' album, released by influential label Clear back in 1996. Its good to hear how well some of these classics have aged, finding the contrast between the hugely popular "Café De Flore" and the sheer House depth of tracks like "Cameras and Rocks" and the magnificent "Tape Measure". For deep blue soul music for the floor, as well as the romantically tinged electronic hybrid music that has been a Herbert signature of late - this is quite simply a wonderful compilation from the man's most inspired alter-ego. Full tracklisting is as follows : Cameras And Rocks, How Do You Do?, Hi-Speed Rockit, The S The E The 2 And The 3, Veselka's Diner, Tape Measure, Runner On Hastings Beach, Café De Flore, Hymnformation, Nicotine, Photos And Pebbles, Looprode, I Wish I Was and Granny Delicious. Lovely.

Grooves - Issue 13
Mag // £ 4.99

It's the latest issue of one of the worlds most comprehensive electronic music magazines - with a cover story about digital music downloads plus features about Vladislav Delay, Funkstorung, Lali Puna, cLOUDDEAD, Slicker, RJD2, Felix Kubin and more. Theres a packed reviews section, plus a comprehensive look at all the latest music making gear. You know what to expect - an excellent read.

Helios - Unomia

The work of Keith Kennif, Helios is without question the most interesting new addition to the Merck rosta for some time. His blend of evocative electronic production and his stunning command of an array of acoustic instruments - most notably the piano, makes for a captivating listen through some of the 13 tracks on board. There are some overly familiar nods to the Boards of Canada on tracks like "Velius", "Suns that Circling Go" and "Clementine" - but when the tempo shifts and the electronic instrumentation is shoved over to one side in favour of more traditional instrumentation and unusual recording techniques, "Unomia" really shines. "Cullin Hill" is the first of these moments on the album - tinkling piano sketches echoing in the distance, while "West Orange" is a simply breathtaking display of classical composition dragged into stranger climes. As such "Unomia" has a split personality - veering from accomplished but ultimately safe electronic terrain to a wildly daring understatement of skill and heart-stopping musical ability. In other words - half this album is OK, the other half incredibly good. Buy now and start counting the days until the release of Keith's mind-boggling, awesome piano-led, non-electronic album for the Type imprint towards the tail-end of this year. Lovely.

Jason Forrest (Donna Summer) - The Unrelenting Songs Of The 1979 Post Disco Crash

Jason Forrest, the artist you'll also now as Donna Summer, is a celebrity among electronic artists. He samples, deconstructs and reconstructs himself into a rage while driving audiences to the verge of madness. Forrest obviously knows his disco and his prog rock; he's a maniac who controls his machines with dreamlike competence. His knowledge of repertoires and styles seems boundless. He mixes the most trashy with the most beautiful and the most rocking elements of the disco-decade into lavish sets, which, believe it or not, are perfectly danceable. Samples sound as if they had been broken three times and patched up four times. Big band-like brass sections! Wild guitar solos! And, of course, always the disco, disco, DISCO! Wild and deadly fun.

Kid Spatula - Meast
Planet Mu

Much discussed double cd collection of over 30 outtakes and unreleased tracks from the man Mike Paradinas, aka Mu-Ziq, aka µ-Ziq, aka Kid Spatula, aka that bloke who's mates with Aphex and Vibert and runs the really rather tasty Planet-Mu imprint. Phew. "Meast" consists of material that dates back to the 1994-1998 period and is perhaps closest stylistically in places to his material as Gary Moscheles, Jake Slazenger and his collaboration with Rich (cornwall tank-driving goatee rich) - Mike and Rich. A total antithesis to his complex DSP'd mashups for last year's "'bilious paths'" album, "Meast " is a largely playful, loveable collection of electronic lullablies and feel-good numbers from an era when electronic music was more about escapism and fun than about digits, advertising and the spotting of the train. (eh?). Anyway, there are some fabulously messy and unnecessary moments across these two cd's but, largely, "Meast" is a life-affirming album that will take you back to that time when everything about electronica, or IDM as it came to be known (ickkkk), made you feel special and more in tune with the world than your mates who insisted on going to every Levellers gig in every university town across the country every bloody week. Hey - you were cleverer than them then, and you're cleverer than them now. Lovely stuff and excellent value - buy.

Klimek - Milk & Honey

Latest Kompakt ambient comes from Sebastian Meissner, resident of frankfurt/main. A conceptual artist, composer, sound designer and photographer, presents his latest project "milk&honey", after considered works for labels such as mille plateaux, beta bodega, sub rosa and cronica, reinstalling his klimek guise on kompakt. Meissner's works are mainly concerned with coincidence, which in case of klimek bases itself on the classic analog soundsource: guitar. slow motion soundshapes unfold into boundless width and contemplative silence. pictures, references, associations, predilections rove atop the imagination. "milk & honey" draws on the italian western and the classic roadmovie. Meissner rather refers to the country where milk and honey flows, which is reflected on the coverartwork and in the quicktime movie contained on the cd version. his photographs also form the raw material for the multimedia installations. this album sounds as if a lonely guitar - scattered to the four winds ^ escapes the ear. a perfect, suspenseful soundtrack for a sultry thunderstorm. Music for climatic disaster - and quite possibly the most absorbign release on Kompakt yet.

Schneider Tm - Reconfigures

A limited edition album of restyles and remixes by Schneider TM. Contains rare & unreleased mixes of Lamb, Lambchop, The Faint, Philip Boa & The Voodooclub, Ruby, Pulse Programming, Rechenzentrum, Boss Hog and more. Dirk's approach to Lambchop's 'The New Cobweb Summer' is a classic example of his 'versioning' technique. "I try to treat the songs as though they were my own songs and give them a Schneider TM dress." Recorded by Schneider in Lanzarote, this mix of 'Cobweb' is definitely a summer dress. After seeing Schneider TM perform, Lamb's Andy Barlow and vocalist Lou Rhodes asked Dirk to 'version' some of their material, the result being Schneider's remake of the Lamb track 'Wonder', a restyle that is exclusive to `Reconfigures'. ·Limited edition 3000 gatefold digipack CD & ltd edition 500 clear vinyl LP, both formats featuring different sleeve art. Lovely.

Sylvain Chauveau - Des Plumes Dans La Tête

Sylvain Chauveau is a self-thought musician from paris, france. `Des plumes dans la tête', his third album, is filled with pianos, cello, viola, silences and digital clicks and shows a real cinematographic approach to music, with erik satie, claude debussy, guy debord and jean-luc godard as his guides. Chauveau exposes the rough beauty of piano music, and creates some fragile and melancholy compositions. If comparison have been made to yann tiersen, chauveau's music is more abstract and intensely beautiful. His album for Fat Cat last year brought this young musician to the attention of the more discerning, giving him the chance to support sigur ros on their 2002 european tour, and was one of the top 10 records of the year according to ryuichi sakamoto. Sublime music.

Thomas Brinkmann - Tokyo + 1
Max Ernst

This latest full-length excursion from Thomas Brinkmann follows his habitual reliance on concept - the focus here being the sounds and scopes of Tokyo. Having become known for his tight percussive structures and reliance on carefully edited loops - it's nice to see Brinkmann loosen up a little and explore more diverse and textured musical landscapes. Each of the pieces here revolves around a re-edited allignment of found sounds and urban field recordings - people filling the Tokyo streets, the subway system, arcade machines and even distant Western pop songs reconfigured and looped. "Tokyo+1" is quite easily Brinkmann's most diverse work to date - ranging from the straight dubwise house of "3 st. 2 Shinjuku" to the motorik looped noise minimalism of "Mamas" and "109 Competition". Recommended.

Deerhoof - Milk Man

New album from hotly tipped Deerhoof, a 4 piece who hail from San Francisco. They are admired by Sonic Youth, Matt Groening and Stephen Malkmus who have all invited them to play ATP. All Tomorrows Parties have licensed 'Milkman' from Washington, Olympia's eternally chic Kill Rock Stars label. In keeping with previous Kill Rock Stars releases - which include Elliot Smith, Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney - Deerhoof adopt a fresh, original take on oddball acoustica - made possible by an intriguing cross-cultural band lineup.

Wiley - Treddin' On Thin Ice

XL unleash the next big underground t'ing in the form of grimey beat and ultra lo-fi two step producer Wiley. Infamous for his General Midi style dubplates, some of which were beatless one sided 12"'s with a simplistic riff on, some of which contained the most blinding new music you've ever heard, and most of them exceedingly hard to get hold of outside of London . As well as the humorous yet badly formatted new 12" `Wot Do U Call It?' the album contains more of the heavy beats that Wiley rolls so well, and some other more mid tempo numbers. The brilliant `Pies' is a class Wiley track, ace toytown synths, proper ruff vocals and staggered r and b beats all stick together for a top flow, likewise on the title track which is a fine UK r and b cut, TOTP for the Wiley Cat? For the best example of the Wiley sound, check the dark and grimey opener `The Game' for a true to life urban soundtrack, fresh.

Pipi Skid - Funny Farm
Peanuts & Corn

The magnificent Peanuts and Corn label return with this new album from Pipi Skid (of Fermented Reptile & Farm Fresh)- his first solo work since 2001's `Friends4ever'. `Funny Farm' is a far more personal set, with a more private writing style, and none of the many collaborations that charactersed `Friends'. The only guest vocalist is Mcenroe, who also produced all tracks. His heavily politicised, frustrated-working-class spleen is given full vent here across a range of topical subjects, while themes of loneliness and isolation also reccur. Add these insights to Mcenroe's hypnotic loops designed to make heads nod, and you have an album that will be fighting Sage Francis and atmosphere for a place at the front of your collection. If you're a fan of Mcenroes work (and if not - you should be!) - check this out without delay.

Ty Feat Roots Manuva - Oh U Want More
Big Dada

The one man army meets the one man powerhouse as Big Dada delivers a unique clash of South London hip hop titans. The one and only Roots Manuva returns to vinyl as a very special guest on Ty's `So U Want More?' - a bruising re-work of one of the standout tracks from his critically acclaimed album, `Upwards' The cd features Oh U Want More? (original), So U Want More? (revox) feat. Roots Manuva, So U Want More? (refix) feat. Roots Manuva, while the 12" features Oh U Want More? (original) So U Want More? (revox) feat. Roots Manuva, Oh U Want More? (original instrumental), So U Want More? (refix) feat. Roots Manuva and So U Want More? (refix instrumental). Wikkid.

Various / Anticon - Anticon Sampler

Amazingly good value 33 track sampler from the Anticon crew, featuring past, present and future members of their gloriously rich, oddball, genre-defying family. Anticon's editorial ear, Odd Nosdam, has selected, arranged and seamlessly blended and mixed tracks from Anticon's entire catalogue from 1999 to 2004. His selections range from a song taken from Anticon's first proper full length, Deep Puddle Dynamics (featuring Slug of Atmosphere), to yet-to-be-released tracks from upcoming records by Passage, Sole, Jel, Pedestrian and Restiform Bodies. And for under £4, you can't go wrong. Buy!

Wax Poetics
Issue 8 - Spring 2004
Wax Poetics
Mag // £ 7.99

Latest and possibly greatest issue yet from this indispensable magazine that by now needs no further introduction. In this issue >>> an in depth and entertaining interview with Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse >>> Dante 'Express Rising' Carfagna's Left-Field Americana spot (a second mortgage is required if you want to buy any of the albums featured, especially now) >>> a feature on the vinyl collector's collector Joe Bussard (insane, The 78 King) >>> an interview with author and legendary jazz critic Nat Hentoff >>> an interview and career retrospective of the funkmeister Eddie Bo (the photo on page 60 is alone worth the shelf price of this mag)>>> on the hip and the hop, the interview for life, with DJ Premier - word Premo and the official Madvillain interview hosted by the man Egon >>> part 1 of Philip Sherbourne's guide to avant turntablism, this part featuring Christian Marclay >>> a guide to spoken word albums by Steinski >>> rounding it off an excellent afrobeat article, a James 'Blood' Ulmer interview and a Wilson Simonal life story feature. If that's not enough this issue's cover was designed by Ehquestionmark in the style of the Danger Mouse album cover, gold foil textures and all. Completely essential.

Black Ox Orkestar - Ver Tanzt?

Moving debut album from this new Montreal-based quartet on the intriguing Constellation imprint. Black Ox Orkestar are comprised of members of bands as diverse as Godspeed You ! Black Emperor, Sackville and Silver Mt. Zion. Filtering traditional European Jewish folk music (mostly Hassidic) through post-rock aesthetics, Ver Tanzt? is an important record, both revealing the roots and influences underlying much of the Constellation catalogue and making traditional Klezmer music accessible to a contemporary audience. Along with Elizabeth Anka Vajagic's `Stand With the Stillness of This Day', this album marks the beginning of a new chapter in Constellation's history: a move away from the epic, instrumental post-rock associated so closely with the label into new but altogether more traditional territory. The album is available on CD and 180g LP formats, each in lovely chipboard packaging, and both featuring an 8-page booklet. Highly Recommended.

Brightblack - Ala.Cali.Tucky

Alabama acoustic porch folk blanketed in Marin County fog, this is the debut release for this collective fronted by songwriter Nathan d. Shineywater, featuring Rachel Hughes on haunted whisper of a vocal and acoustic piano, the instrumentation on this album complements Plush Canyon vocals. Paul Oldham engineered and helped produce some of the songs, he also played the bass guitar. Brother Will Oldham (Palace, Bonnie Prince Billy etc) even stopped by one day to sing a high harmony. Claimed influences range from My Bloody Valentine to the Grateful Dead's early records. The music is as friendly as it is stony, like a countrified galaxie 500 or Mazzy Star. There's even a little willie nelson-esque camp-fire ballad "old letters". Lovely

Calexico - Black Heart
City Slang

The wonderful title track is taken from last year's acclaimed album Feast Of Wire, and features a number of exclusive b-sides, including remixes by Gotan Project, Jazzanova, Wechsel Garland (Morr Music), iso68 and Panoptica. In addition, the CD includes an enhanced section featuring a live performance of Black Heart filmed at The Barbican in London during the Further Beyond Nashville festival in November 2002. · Lovely.

The Beta Band - Heroes To Zeros

After a long journey of distillation from song concept through the final mixes, the self-produced 3rd album from The Beta Band has arrived. 'Assessment', the first single, features duelling guitars & blaring brass, & is the most loud, full-on rock they've ever recorded. Other songs include 'Out-Side', a tribal drum throwdown featuring dogs barking, seagulls squawking & trains chuffing. 'Easy' has got the funk, 'Rhododendron' is a beautiful instrumental. The organ-led & mantric 'Space Beatle' welcomes us to the church of Beta & the thrashy, phased 'Liquid Bird' gives it some softened up vitriol. Not quite recapturing the incredible charm and promise of the 3 EP's, but rather good nonetheless.

Tim Wright - Thirst

Latest album from the underrated Tim Wright. Hailing from York, his first two twelves for Mute a couple years back found its way into many discerning boxes. Tim has picked up even further, as so many seem to have, on the innovations of the spiralling grime and 'what do you call it...'scenes. An apt enough question prompted when listening to this album, blending the cascade and pressure of ukgarridge with a savvy ear for a more electroid approach to breaks and beats. Toastie Taylor will be familiar from the latest single, the rest blends and bangs in convincing fashion. Explore...

# posted by DJ Martian 4:06 PM

Issue 3 of Keep On Magazine - is now on sale


Issue 3 has recently hit the shops and includes in-depth
interviews with Blaze, Nicky Siano (including some great
photos from the Gallery), Cosmo, Amp Fiddler, Kenny Hawkes,
Digs and Woosh, Stacey Pullen, Quantic, Alexander Robotnick,
and photographer James Lange. There's also the story of how
the first twelve inch records were made (taken from Tim
Lawrence's Love Saves The Day), a Sam Records boogie
profile, and an introduction to Drum Programming by Jay-J.
Plus a host of house, tech-house, broken beat, disco, funk
and soul reviews, listings, competitions and news.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:08 PM have an interview feature with the psychedelic rockers Grand National

# posted by DJ Martian 12:57 PM

BBC Collective review The Beta Band - Heroes To Zeros

# posted by DJ Martian 12:53 PM

The Wire - May 2004

A new issue of The Wire is now available, featuring a themed issue: The State of Song - 60 eccentric singers and songs that break the mould.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:43 PM

This week's Jazz on 3 show on Radio 3 features Dave Binney live plus a history lesson on British improvised music and major label, CBS

Tonight we're looking back to a short period in the late sixties when label giant CBS decided to expand their horizons and throw their weight behind the British improvised music scene

# posted by DJ Martian 12:33 PM

The latest Mixing It show on Radio 3 features live tracks from Growing and Trans Am

# posted by DJ Martian 12:31 PM

Friday, April 23, 2004


Next week's releases are reviewed @ Norman Records

# posted by DJ Martian 2:36 PM are several months late with the news that MISSION OF BURMA are returning with a new album.

However it is worth noting that the UK release of Mission of Burma: OnoffON is May 31st, i.e several weeks later than the US release date.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:02 PM

The Guardian review The Beta Band - Heroes to Zeros

# posted by DJ Martian 11:33 AM

Pitchfork review Craig Taborn - Junk Magic

# posted by DJ Martian 11:20 AM

Thursday, April 22, 2004


OMM Observer Music Monthly

Reminder, that the new issue of the Observer Music Monthly is available with this coming Sunday's Observer newspaper.

Next Music Monthly on sale: 25 April

Last issue of OMM: Observer Music Monthly

# posted by DJ Martian 11:17 PM

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

This week's front cover choice features Fennesz, his new album: Venice gets a full UK release on April 26th on Touch records. [Having previously been available from some specialist stores since early March]

Info @ Touch Records

Touch # TO:53
CD - 49:13
12 tracks
UK release date 26th April 2004

"Venice" was recorded on location in the summer of 2003 and subsequently assembled and mixed at Amann Studios, Vienna in January/February 2004.

"Venice", the fourth studio album by Christain Fennesz, finds electronic music at a crossroads between its early status as digital subculture, and the feeling that there has to be something more, an emotional quality that rises above noise and moves towards melody and rapture.

Track listing:

1. rivers of sand
2. château rouge
3. city of light
4. onsra
5. circassian
6. onsay
7. the other face
8. transit
9. the point of it all
10. laguna
11. asusu
12. the stone of impermanence

Metacritic reviews for Fennesz - Venice

Touch records also have a selection of reviews for Fennesz - Venice

Reminder all tracks from the album can be streamed @ BBC website, for this week only.

# posted by DJ Martian 10:51 PM

One World - 4AD Label special

This week's One World Show on Radio 1 features: One World: 4AD Label Special

This week on One World, tune in for 25 years of the 4AD Record label - home to the likes of The Pixies, Bauhaus, The Birthday Party, Dead Can Dance, The Cocteau Twins, Throwing Muses, Mojave 3 and The Breeders to name but a few.

» One World

[Reminder, this show has a listen again feature - after broadcast for upto 7 days]

# posted by DJ Martian 9:11 PM

Musique Machine review Mayhem - Chimera

# posted by DJ Martian 6:37 PM

Dusted review To Rococo Rot - Hotel Morgan

# posted by DJ Martian 12:04 PM

Pitchfork review a Les Savy Fav compilation: Les Savy Fav - Inches

# posted by DJ Martian 11:57 AM

The Brainwashed Brain V07I15 - 04182004

This week's The Brainwashed Brain includes reviews of:

Matmos - Rat Relocation Program

Robert Lippok - Falling into komËit
Monika Enterprise

Lali Puna - Faking the Books
Morr Music

OOIOO - Kila Kila Kila
Thrill Jockey

Accelera Deck - Sunstrigns EP

The Ramm:Ell:Zee - This Is What You Made Me
Tri-Eight Recordings

# posted by DJ Martian 12:07 AM

Wednesday, April 21, 2004


The latest releases are reviewed by NYC's Other Music: The Other Music Update

Vast Aire
Lali Puna
Yesterday's New Quintet
Bulent (Reissue)

Vinny Miller
Gene Estribou & Jean-Paul Pickens (Reissue)
Architecture in Helsinki
Mitchell Akiyama
Bright Eyes & Neva Dinova

Keith Rowe & Christian Fennesz
Black Dice & Wolf Eyes

# posted by DJ Martian 11:31 PM

Playlouder review Automato - Automato

# posted by DJ Martian 11:20 PM

New Album in May: Cranes - Particles & Waves

Portsmouth's finest band Cranes have announced a new album: Particles & Waves

1. Vanishing Point
2. K56
3. Every Town
4. Here Comes the Snow
5. Particles and Waves
6. Avenue A
7. Astronauts
8. Far From the City
9. Streams
10.Light Song

'Particles and Waves' is the long awaited 7th studio album release from Cranes. Their first new studio release since the highly acclaimed 'Future Songs' album of 2001. Release dates to be confirmed soon!

Source: Cranes

According to this news webpage: it will be released in May: Cranes

Information @ an affiliate, states a May 31st release date.

# posted by DJ Martian 1:58 PM

Marillion: Steve Hogarth on 6 Music - Freak Zone: April 25th

Marillion news:

Steve H will be interviewed by Stuart Maconie for 6music's Freakzone show on Sunday 25 April (show goes out 10pm-1am, Steve will appear in the 11pm-12am segment).

» 6 Music: The Freak Zone with Stuart Maconie

# posted by DJ Martian 1:05 PM

The Cure: Album Release Confirmed for June

Xfm report a release date of June 21st has been scheduled for the yet untitled album from The Cure

Yahoo Finance: PR Newswire have an official press release from I Am/ Geffen records, confirming this.

# posted by DJ Martian 12:14 PM

Goldfrapp are special guests on the Janice Long show on Radio 2

Thu 22nd (Wed into Thu) Janice is joined by Goldfrapp, hot from supporting Duran Duran.

[Note, this show has a listen again feature]

# posted by DJ Martian 11:52 AM

Strange Attractors Audio House have the press release info for Kinski - Don't Climb On and Take the Holy Water [Release Date: May 4, 2004]

# posted by DJ Martian 11:48 AM review Fear Factory - Archetype

# posted by DJ Martian 12:05 AM

Tuesday, April 20, 2004


BBC Music review Sticks and Stones - Shed Grace on Thrill Jockey

# posted by DJ Martian 9:49 PM

BW & BK report the latest Marduk news: MARDUK To Enter The Studio This Summer

# posted by DJ Martian 8:55 PM

For my US readers: One Little Indian record label are re-releasing their back catalogue in the US: as reported: One Little Indian In America

including: a.r.kane [i and 69] and Diso Inferno [D.I. Goes Pop and Technicolour] re-issues today [April 20th]

# posted by DJ Martian 7:32 PM

The latest Breezeblock show features a DJ Mix set by Tiga: The Breezeblock Tracklistings

>> Breezeblock Next Week's Show:

26th April
Fatcat Records on the Block
Mum interview and mix

# posted by DJ Martian 5:53 PM

This week's flavorpill LONDON a weekly email magazine covering music, art, and cultural events

# posted by DJ Martian 3:28 PM

BW & BK report Japanese Avant Metal band SIGH - Prepare For New Album [with an early 2005 release date planned]

# posted by DJ Martian 3:10 PM

Ping-O-Matic: A New Service for Bloggers

Launched today: Ping-O-Matic

About: Ping-O-Matic

There a number of services designed specifically for tracking and connecting blogs. However it would be expensive for all the services crawl all the blogs in the world all the time. By sending a small ping to each service you let them know you've updated so they can come check you out. They get the freshest data possible, you don't get a thousand robots spidering your site all the time. Everybody wins

# posted by DJ Martian 2:36 PM

Orbital: Blue is the Colour !

Barcode report Orbital will release a new album on June 21st

The official Orbital website, notes that the album will be called the Blue Album.

The next Orbital album is finished and will be released on June 21st 2004 on Orbital own label - Orbital Music.

1. Transient
2 . Pants
3 . Tunnel Vision
4 . Lost
5 . You Lot
6 . Bath Time
7 . Acid Pants
8 . Easy Serv
9 . One Perfect Sunrise

The new album features a variety of collaborations including Sparks, Lisa Gerrard and Instrumental. More information will be released soon...

>> Orbital - Blue Album

# posted by DJ Martian 2:28 PM

Barcode report Capitol K will release a new album: Happy Happy on May 17th.

Full press release @ Capitol K

Happy Happy, the fourth release from Capitol K - and the first on self-run label Faith and Industry - is the follow-up to 2002's Island Row. It's the most fully realized of Capitol K's recordings to date: a home made, kaleidoscopic hybrid of precision electronics rendered boldly and beautifully live by an eclectic four-piece band; personal twists with a global perspective and psychedelic excursions interrupted by impromptu all-night parties in the parts of the city you can only reach by bike......

# posted by DJ Martian 2:23 PM review The Beta Band - Heroes To Zeros (Regal)

# posted by DJ Martian 2:20 PM

Motorhead - Inferno

BW & BK report MOTORHEAD Album Title Confirmed and [set for June release]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:08 AM

New ELEND album in autumn

Elend are currently finishing the production of their forthcoming album
"Sunwar the Dead", scheduled for release through Prophecy Productions in
September 2004. The album will be the second part of a 5-album cycle. In
contrast to the transitional work "Winds Devouring Men" (the prologue to
this cycle released in 2003), the pieces of music featured on "Sunwar the
Dead" are the fastest and most violent ones ever written by the composers.
For the first time Elend have recorded with a complete classical ensemble
featuring strings, brass, woodwinds, orchestral percussion and female choir.

[Via PROPHECY productions e-mail]

# posted by DJ Martian 12:01 AM

Monday, April 19, 2004


The latest Cult of Luna news:

We will enter the Tonteknik Studio on the 22nd of April to start the recording of a brand new album. All the hours, days and weeks we've spent writing, arranging and compiling new songs, will finally be payed off. We are highly focused and determined to make our contribution to rock-history noticable. The album will be produced by our selves as usual. Expect it to be finished late June, and to be released later this fall.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:58 PM

The much delayed Bark Psychosis album: CODENAME: dustsucker is now due July 2004.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:54 PM

BBC Album of the Week is Fennesz - Venice

# posted by DJ Martian 11:22 PM

Stylus review Espers - Espers

# posted by DJ Martian 11:06 PM

New Releases @ Piccadilly Records

Some new releases listed in the weekly guide [via e-mail] from Manchester's music emporium: Piccadilly Records

Grand National - Talk Amongst Yourselves
Sunday Best

"Talk Amongst Yourselves" is the second single from this duo, driven by an 80s electronic synth line (which reminds me of early Depeche Mode!), it has a choppy rhythm guitar (kinda Nile Rogers / Bernard Sumner - possibly a cooler reference than DM?!) and harmonies that you'll be singing to yourself all day. Depending on which member of the band you ask, it's either about getting over depression or it's about puking up in a toilet after going motocross riding in Kings Cross! Either way, I love it - it's an absolute gem!

Icewater Scandal - No Handle
Social Registry

Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth volunteered to produce the bands first record at SY's Echo Canyon studio. These sessions are now available on Icewater Scandal's debut album "No Handle". This album further hones their musical instincts taking 60's experimental music a la the Dream Syndicate et al, and merging that with 80's exprimental indie rock. "No Handle" is at times muscular and other times cerebral, without losing any flair.

Ima Robot - Ima Robot

Debut album from this LA five piece who play ridiculously joyful, synth-noise-pop with a heavy dose of Devo. Frenzied keyboard attacks merged with slower melodic synth-pop.

Vinny Miller - On The Block

"Breaking Out Of Your Arms" is a heartbreakingly fragile and disarmingly simple ballad, Vinny's fractured falsetto emerging from a haze of tape noise and bringing with it the gift for genuinely haunting, utterly surreptitious melodic invention that surfaces throughout the album. "Pigpen" is a dense, grindingly rhythmic explosion whose violence is barely held in check, and its stark emotional impact is as arresting today as Tim Rose's baying and bellowing on "Morning Dew" was forty years ago. Take these two songs together, and a picture starts to come into focus - of an unusually gifted singer who refuses to be content with stock manoeuvres. "On The Block" is the sound of a man pushing things as far as he can, constantly shifting away from the easy option - in short, there's a ferocious, driven playfulness at work. In all - an album which somehow manages to remain ungraspable. And just as it's difficult to know where to start, it's difficult to guess where it will finish. For now, though, "On The Block" is a tantalising postcard from unmapped territory.

New Order - In Session
Strange Fruit

This is a 10 track collection of Evening Session and John Peel stuff. There's 5 songs from 1998, their 'comeback' year, when they reclaimed their own past with "Isolation" and "Atmosphere". The former is chunky and rounded (as opposed to sparse and minimal) whilst the latter they play the same as they did (well you would, wouldn't you!). It's lovely to hear Bernard singing them. "True Faith" and "Touched By The Hand Of God" sound updated (from '87 to '89!) with balearic beats and trancey keyboards that wouldn't sound out of place on "Technique". There's 4 songs from 2001- 3 from "Get Ready", but it's the gorgeous "Your Silent Face" you'll want here. Finally, there's an enhanced section featuring a performance from John Peel's "40 Years at Radio One" party. The track they play is "Transmission". Nuff said.

Noxagt - The Iron Point

Norwegian 3-piece Noxagt come at you with record #2. Bass, drums and viola configured for maximum damage to ear canals. This record swings hard, rocks like a demon and has some majestic dimensions. Billy Anderson (Melvins, Sleep) produced this slab with an eye for skull-burning bass crunk, artery bursting drum hits, and full spectrum viola rake. For fans of hard rock and swinging riffage, dirty crawl such as the Melvins, and single minded pummel like label mates / touring partners Lightning Bolt.

Olvis - Olvis

Olvis' music inhabits an easily defined territory concentrating almost solely on warm, engaging guitar based instrumental pieces - very accessible but without being generic or staid in any way.

Puerto Muerto - See You In Hell

"See You In Hell" is the official follow up to Puerto Muerto's mind blowing debut "Your Bloated Corpse Has Washed Ashore". An album of epic proportions – "See You In Hell" is the bands finest hour drawing on influences ranging from the brash Clash-esque opener ("Atlantic City") thru the traditional Johnny Cash inspired honest americana of "Walking Boss" to the filmic anthem of "Stars".

Ratatat - Ratatat

Ratatat are Mike Stroud (Ben Kweller, Dashboard Confessional) and Evan (co-founder of the Audio Dregs label and better known as the artist E*Vax). Mike left on tour, he was always leaving on tour but he had to, had to play music, had to make a living. Evan was often left alone to cook up new beats and make CDRs. He would mail them to Mike on the road, and he scattered them amomgst a thousand or so people around the world. People took to the sound, the buzz began. At the time they were called Cherry and everyone wanted to hear more, or better yet sing for them, but this was never going to be the case. Then Paul Banks from Interpol got a demo. He took to the sound, but he never asked to sing for them. He asked them to open for his band on the West Coast.

Suicide - Attempted: Live At Max's Kansas City 1980
Sympathy For The Record Industry

This primal duo recorded live at Max's Kansas City in 1980, never intended for commercial release, this 'no-frills' raw and wild punk ritual illustrates why suicide are among rock 'n' roll's consummate performers. Using only a 1950's rhythm machine and a cheap farfisa keyboard on their legendary and eponymous self tilted debut in 1977, Suicide are considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of today's electronica movement. This record released for the first time ever is nearly 80 minutes long and contains previously unreleased songs.

Tweaker - 2am Wakeup Call

"2 a.m. Wakeup Call" is the highly anticipated follow to the critically acclaimed Tweaker (aka Chris Vrenna) debut "The Attraction To All Things Uncertain". It is an organic and compelling album involving surreal themes alluding to sleep, nightmares, insomnia and dreams. Enhancing the lush instrumentals are alluring vocal collaborations with guests including Robert Smith (The Cure), Will Oldham (Palace), Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields), David Slyvian, Mellowdrone and others.

Twelve - First Album

The debut album from Chris Olley from Six By Seven. A slowed down experimental rock album with krautrock tones, beats and pulsing electronica with loops and guitar in the mix. The album explores all these genres but is finely honed and even pop in places.

Various Artists - DJ Kicks - Erlend Oye

Erlend Oye takes the DJ Kicks blueprint to a whole new level here, singing versions of songs over other instrumentals, as well as providing a smooth DJ mix. So you get him singing Jane's "It's A Fine Day" over his own "Sheltered Life", "Prego Amore" over Jolly Music's "Radio Jolly", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" over Royksopp's "Poor Leno" etc. As well as these sung tracks, there's also a load of original tracks with no singing - Phoenix "If I Ever Feel Better", Alan Braxe & Fred Falke "Rubicon", Ricardo Villalobos "Dexter" etc.

To Rococo Rot - Hotel Morgan

German artists To Rococo Rot return with their strongest album to date, Hotel Morgen, a brilliant showcase of their brand of minimalist and pulsating avant / electronic music.

Various Artists / Flow
Make Mine Music

16 new and exclusive tracks by Avrocar, Epic 45, Innerise, July Skies, Northern Lakes, Portal, Schengen, Yellow6 and Weyland. Make Mine Music is the record label run by the artists Portal, Yellow6, Schengen, Innerise, Weyland, Epic 45, July Skies and Avrocar. Each band is responsible for its own releases, with no other band or individual having any influence. Any decisions about the label are taken collectively and with full agreement of all band members. Any money that is made or lost by the label on joint ventures like compilation albums is divided equally. Crucially, each band supports the others by offering moral support and sharing advice, information and contacts. The label is based on the idea of strength through unity, and the wish to remain independent. This way, the music is recorded and presented exactly as each artist intends.

Spektrum - Enter The Spectrum

Arriving fully formed and perfect with their ultra-limited debut single "Breaker" (included here) back in 2001, the East End quartet caught the wave of the punk-funk / disco-not-disco revival. Claiming never to have heard of US groups like ESG, Liquid Liquid etc, they've carved their own loose limbed, sleazy, sexy future-retro sound out and pulled the rug from under the pastiche and slavish copy crowd. This LP also includes the singles "Freakbox", "Freefall" and "Kinda New" (the original mix, that was only previously on a free 7" with early copies of the twelve). Since we got sent a CDR back in late February (2004), "Enter The Spektrum" has taken up residence on our shop CD player, and is one of my fave LPs of the year so far. ESSENTIAL!!

Putsch 79 - Putsch

The Finnish duo of Sami Liuski (Bangkok Impact) and Pauli Jylhankangas present their debut full length on Holland's Clone. The influence of Metro Area goes without saying, but suitably enough Putsch 79's take on contemporary electronic disco is a much more Euro-informed sound. The Dutch underground has long been obsessed with the 80s Italo scene and that inspiration has clearly reached the miniscule Finnish outpost.

Various Artists / Creme Organization - You Bet We've Got Something Personal Against You!
Creme Organization

Holland's Creme Organization have been putting out wonderful combinations of techno, electro and disco for a while now and this double CD serves as an excellent round-up of their latest work, plus a wealth of previously unreleased tracks. The main CD features 18 cuts (nine unreleased) by peeps such as Bangkok Impact, Legowelt, Lolita Strap, Orgue Electronique, James White, Mr Clavio and more! The second CD is a 16 track mix by DJ TLR featuring even more all new and related Dutch electro madness.

Various Artists / Modern Wild Dub - Dread Meets Disco Punk Rocker Downtown
Echo Beach

Echo Beach follow Select Cuts "Wild Dub" compilation of original late 70s / early 80s punk-funk / dub-funk tracks with this bang up to date set of tracks inspired by that era. Includes Colder, Playgroup, Big Two Hundred, Chicken Lips, !!!, LCD Soundsystem, Radio 4, Outhud, Chicks On Speed etc. Includes liner notes by Mark Stewart ex of The Pop Group.

Trad, Gras Och Stenar - Gardet 22/6/1970
Subliminal Sounds

The first in Subliminal Sounds series of "Swedish Underground Archives". This series will focus on classic yet mostly unreleased recordings by known and unknown to mythical Swedish progressive / psychedelic groups from the 1960s-1970s. First out is the best ever recording from the legendary Trad Gras & Stenar (Trees Grass & Stones) recorded at the first ever Swedish out doors Summer hippie festival in 1970. The sound is just amazing: a stoned lysergic wall of acid guitars jamming away and never letting up, pounding bass, furious drums and mystical howling vocals.

Various Artists / The Psychedelic Experience Volume 3

Volume 3 of this ultimate psychedelic 60s CD compilation series subtitled "Psychedelic Illusions". All material is taken from the rarest US 45s and appears for the first time on CD. Heavy fuzz guitar drug delirium and groovy crash pad meditations... The lysergic line-up consists of: Jimmy White & The Relations, Perpetual Motion Workshop, Steve Akin, Tears, Section Five, One Of Hours, Finnigans Wake, Crosstown Bus, Electric Company, Elastic Prism, We Who Are, Lawson & 4 More, Hinge, Flyhgt, Grapple, Inferno, Kensington Forest, Logic Circuit, Missing Lynx, Pompeo Stillo & The Companions, Renaissance Fair, David Santo, Scorpio Tube And Wild Things!!! All killers, no fillers! 70 intoxicating minutes.

Various Artists / The Psychedelic Experience Volume 4

Digging deep in to the bottomless pit of ultra rare 60s 45s Subliminal Sounds came up with this treasure chest of incredible garage fuzz psych monsters for you. So it's trippin' time again and this CD's got the goods that will blow you're little mind to bits. The lysergic line-up includes: Captain Crunch & The Crew, Perpetual Motion Workshop, The Barber Green, Unsettled Society, Reverbs, Stonemen, Fox & The Roadrunners, Beggars Opera, Famen, Golden Grass, Peabody Hermitage, Barracudas, Them USA, Group, Wally Shoop And Fubar, Long Richard, Grapple, Inside Experience, Night Patrol, Mark Of Kings.

Lock And Key - No Fate
Deep Elm

Erupting from every direction with a barrage of rapid-fire drumming, crunching dual guitars and aggressive, striking vocals, it's instantly apparent that Lock And Key is a cohesive, single-minded, rock 'n' roll wrecking machine. Still, even in their most aggressive tracks, their true foundation lies in their ability to mesh ferocity with tried and true melodic sensibilities, exhibiting the band's range from tense to emotive to explosive in less than four minutes time. Recommended to Fans of: Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike, Husker Du.

Jim White - Drill A Hole....

White's latest masterpiece is an inimitable fusion of swirling atmospherics, southern gothic storytelling, sleazy beats and electronic-laced, outer-space alt-country. His vocals, rife with both dark musings & witty observations steeped in irony, are executed through a mixture of breathy whispers and sinister growls and are one of the most distinctive sounds imaginable.

Busdriver - Cosmic Cleavage
Big Dada

Busdriver is an ultra-intelligent, totally innovative and super-technical all-round phenomenal MC from LA. Originally conceived as a soundtrack to a film he never made, Busdriver hooked up with super-producer Daddy Kev (formerly main man at Celestial Recordings and general production giant) and D-Styles (Invizbl Skratch Piklz and Beat Junkies), and invited us to take a closer look at the "Cosmic Cleavage". Coming on like a cross between Kool Keith's Doctor Octagon and a TV continuity announcer, Bus Driver's flow spills over some crazed free-jazz and weird out beats.

DJ Spinna - Compositions2
Female Fun

Oooh - this is a bit of a special one! Six mouth-watering Spinnstrumentals that bridge the gap between summery hip hop, downtempo beatz and late nite soul. Absolutely luscious stuff that'll appeal to hip hop / nu jazz / downtempo / bedroom DJs alike... Just reeelaaaxxxx.

Various Artists / DJ Format Presents - A Right Earful Mix Tape Volume 1

Brighton's DJ Format delves into his hip hop roots for this mix CD, digging out some early 90s classics, favourites, exclusives and throwing in some non-hip hop pieces too. Includes tracks by Abdominal & DJ Fase, Freestyle Fellowship, Madkap, Edan, Souls Of Mischief, Lord Sear, Ugly Duckling, The Brand New Heavies & Main Source, The Pharcyde, Little Barrie, The Upsetters, Gonzales etc.

Various Artists / Hip Hop Forever II - Mixed By DJ Jazzy Jeff

Following on from Kenny Dope's mix, DJ Jazzy Jeff picks up the hip hop baton and runs with it, delivering his first ever official mix CD (vinyl version is unmixed). Includes tracks by Nas, Asheru, INI, OC, Missing Links, Jaylib, Phife Dawg, Gangstarr, The Beatnuts etc.
2xLtd CD - RR0024LCD - limited cheap price
Limited CD comes with mixed (23 tracks) and unmixed (18 tracks) versions

Various Artists / Blue Note Revisited
Blue Note

In keeping with its distinctive legacy of one foot in the past, one foot in the future, Blue Note open up their extensive vaults to a range of modern producers. More than simply a remix album, on "Blue Note Revisited" we find an aristically and geographically diverse crop of the best DJ / producers reinterpreting, reconstructing and re-contextualizing for today an assortment of gems from Blue Note's catalogue. Whether it's J Dilla, La Funk Mob or DJ Cam's hip hop treatment's of Brother Jack McDuff and Donald Byrd, DJ Spinna and Kenny Dope's house twists on Byrd and Bobby Hutcherson, Jazzanova or Bugz In The Attic's broken beat stylings on Eddie Gale and Gene Harris, Madlib, 4Hero, Osunlade and Kyoto Jazz Massive sticking close to the originals, or Herbert's avant-electro approach to Michael Petruciani, we find in all these creations the past, present and future conversing.

Skalpel - Skalpel
Ninja Tune

Debut LP from the Polish duo of Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudlo, who, although acclaimed at home, have remained virtually unknown outside their national boundaries. Brought to the attention of Ninja Tune by DJ Vadim, they now reach a deserved wider audience. Drawing on their Eastern European jazz herritage, they update the sound with complex beat making and sometimes playful sample based themes.

Various Artists / Fabriclive 15 - Nitin Sawhney

Sawhney is one of the originators of the UK Global Fusion scene, and is always exploring new styles and ideas for his music. Here, he's given the chance to mix up a personal selection of favourites by other artists, and remixes of his own work. He seems to have made a switch in styles to nu-jazz and broken beats, as this compilation includes Koop, Phuturistix, and mixes by Seiji, 4Hero, Atjazz, Jazzanova, Darqwan etc, as well as some downbeat beats and pieces - Tosca, Craig Armstrong, and Global grooves - Niraj Chag.

Black Devil - Disco Club EP

Well, you probably know the script by now 'cos this release has had so much press! Rephlex's PP Roy picked up a copy of the 1978 'Out' records original at a carboot sale for 20p, not realising what a rarity he'd found until he saw it going for £200 on E-Bay! He and the rest of the Rephlex crew were so impressed with the tracks on that twelve that they decided to make it available to a wider audience. All the different tracks listed use the same dirty, driving electro-disco rhythm, adding different vocals or instruments to give a unique feel. The SECOND TWELVE comes with a KERRIER DISTRICT mix, which cleans up and fattens the production, making it a must for the dancefloor. This release has had all the local disco heads in a total lather, so you know it's an absolute must.

Absolut Null Punkt - Live In Japan

ANP is KK Null (Zeni Geva) and Seijiro Murayama (original drummer in Keiji Haino's Fushitsusha). "Live In Japan" sounds like an echoing chamber of stark, pummeling fusion combining strong elements of free jazz, heavy rock, industrial noise, glitch and free improvisation dynamics.

Edit - Crying Over Pros For No Reason
Planet Mu

Debut album from Los Angeles' Edward Ma. Following in the footseps of Prefuse 73, these tracks have been painstakingly sequenced, creating beautiful, often warm and soulful, glitched up hiptronica.

The Hafler Trio - Kisses With Both Hands From Gods Little Toy

A long reflective drone piece from the Hafler Trio. Limited edition of 500 housed in deluxe 3 panel screen printed jackets.

Nurse With Wound - Angry Eelectric Finger (Spitch'cock One)
United Dairies

"Angry Eelectric Finger (Spitch'Cock One)" is the first instalment of Nurse With Wound's most ambitious project to date. It's a remarkable mixture of industrial and avant garde pop styles featuring Sonic Youth's Jim O'Rourke, ex Coil sound twisters Cyclobe, Kraut rock legends Xhol Caravan and San Francisco's weirdest pop combo Irr Apt Ex. Each artist has collaborated with Nurse With Wound's Steven Stapleton to create a 4-part suite of alarming freshness and originality. This is the first in a three part instalment.

Genesis P-Orridge & Astrid Monroe - When I Was Young

As the world awaits the remarkable reunion of Throbbing Gristle and a subsequent studio album from the group, this surprise full length from Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV founder Genesis P-Orridge, produced by Astrid Monroe, has been slowly coming to fruition and it arrives with perfect timing. Deliberate and lushly orchestrated, the eccentric instrumentation swirls pensively around audio tracks created by Genesis P-Orridge almost as if P-Orridge was the leader of a more adventurous Portishead or possibly even Massive Attack. Dark and dreamy, "When I Was Young" is a surprisingly unique addition to the P-Orridge catalog. Packaged in a transparent silver zip lock bag.

Pelican City - Rhode Island
December First

Brian Burton (AKA Dangermouse) was behind this downbeat concept album recorded back in 2000, mixing soundtrack elements, post rock instrumentals and dark hip hop breaks.

Various Artists / Fat Cat Split Series 9-16
Fat Cat

17-track compilation from Fat Cat's widely-acclaimed split 12" series, from which many new artists have been discovered. Includes Matmos, Kid606, and David Grubbs. This CD-only release showcases material previously only available across the eight 12" singles from Split Series number 9 to number 16 - a period that spans nearly four years. Excepting the Matmos track (which is one of their greatest ever), this is the first time any of these tracks have appeared on CD. Includes sought after gems from Fennesz, Avey Tare (Animal Collective), Kid 606 and David Grubbs.

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