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Monday, May 31, 2004


Troubleman - Time Out Of Mind

Far Out Recordiongs provide info on Troubleman - Time Out Of Mind

Mark Pritchard..
I’ve never spent so long on an album, and I think it shows as it’s my best album to date. This is not a club album, it’s all 4/5 minute songs with live musicians on all the tracks, it’s a journey.” The songs combine a myriad of influences - 60s bossa, 70s soul, exotic library soundtracks, and hippy jazz vibes.

Debut solo album from MARK PRITCHARD (Global Communication / Jedi knights / Harmonic 33)

This album will be released June 14th in the UK.

# posted by DJ Martian 9:51 PM

Musique Machine review Fennesz - Venice

# posted by DJ Martian 9:43 PM

The Brainwashed Brain

It's been a while since I mentioned, The Brainwashed Brain - so this is a recap/ summary of recent week's reviews:

V07I17 - 05022004: The Brainwashed Brain

Pixies - Wave of Mutilation

Basil Kirchin - Charcoa; Sketches/ States of Mind

Eluvium - An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death
Temporary Residence

Vinny Miller - On the Block

Rosy Parlane - Iris

V07I18 - 05092004: The Brainwashed Brain

Mission of Burma - ONoffON

thank you
Temporary Residence

Madvillain - Madvillainy
Stones Throw

27 - Let the Light In
Hydra Head

V07I19 - 05162004: The Brainwashed Brain

Pan Sonic - Kesto

Keith Fullerton Whitman - Antithesis

Piano Magic - The Troubled Sleep of Piano Magic
Green UFOs

Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
Fat Cat

Brent Gutzeit - Drug Money

V07I20 - 05232004: The Brainwashed Brain

The Legendary Pink Dots - "The Whispering Wall

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra - List of Lights and Buoys
Rune Grammofon

Loscil - First Narrows

Christian Kleine - Real Ghosts
City Centre Offices

Ehlers/Hautzinger/Suchy - Soundchambers

Kinski - Don't Climb On and Take the Holy Water
Strange Attractors

Skalpel - Skalpel
Ninja Tune

Lasse Marhaug - The Shape of Rock to Come
Smalltown Supersound

Faust vs. Dalek - derber respect, alder

RJD2 - Since We Last Spoke
Definitive Jux

V07I21 - 05302004: The Brainwashed Brain

Adem -These are your Friends

To Rococo Rot - Hotel Morgen

Rob Mazurek - Sweet and Vicious Like Frankenstein

Margareth Kammerer - To Be an Animal of Real Flesh

# posted by DJ Martian 9:10 PM

Xploding Plastic on Late Junction

Xploding Plastic are in session tomorrow on Late Junction show on Radio 3

22:15 Late Junction

"Plus Norwegian electronic jazz duo Xploding Plastic perform tracks from their new album, Amateur Girlfriends in a specially recorded session."

# posted by DJ Martian 8:23 PM

Forthcoming Album Releases 2004

This has been updated » DJ Martian: Forthcoming Album Releases 2004

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Sunday, May 30, 2004


Junior Boys - Last Exit

Now available to pre-order at Warp Mart: JUNIOR BOYS | LAST+EXIT | KIN03

# posted by DJ Martian 10:51 PM

Saturday, May 29, 2004


Kultureflash - Headlines from London

How come I have not seen this before: Kultureflash [sign up for their weekly newsletter]

KultureFlash is a free, weekly newsletter covering happenings and openings in and around London. Each week we track down some of the most interesting and unusual events taking place in the capital and deliver them straight to your inbox. Featuring art, gigs, films, talks, clubs and more -- we are committed to bringing you an eclectic mix of the best of what's on in London.

[It's layout/ concept is similar to Flavourpill, see Flavourpill London]

It does seem strange that a lot of effort goes into compiling Kultureflash, yet their net presence is fairly low profile.

# posted by DJ Martian 4:24 PM

Envoy - Shoulder 2 Shoulder

Techno artist Envoy will release a new allbum: Shoulder 2 Shoulder on Soma on June 7th

Soma Records » Envoy - Shoulder 2 Shoulder

Update: ‘Envoy is back with another winner....Shoulder 2 Shoulder oozes Detroit funk, layering key pads and riffs, building to a sax soloThat will lift you out of your shoes, whilst the vocal comes over like early Underworld...its going to be in those end of year lists...’

'Shoulder 2 Shoulder' (released Monday, 31st May 2004), the title track
from his forthcoming album, is an agitated cross between the martian sounds
of Red Planet and the techno punk of Green Velvet, it's an outstanding
example of stirring vocals combined with hi-tech funk which also features a
delirious live sax solo. This technoid rocket has the potential to be a
future classic.

[Press release info]

Listen online » Soma Recordings are proud to present the new ENVOY single SHOULDER 2 SHOULDER

# posted by DJ Martian 3:53 PM

This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

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

Faction - The End Of Tel Aviv
Neo Ouija

Tel Aviv is a strange place to be making music. Surrounded, on the one hand, by the rich traditions of the middle east and its African heritage and, on the other, absorbing the huge cultural significance of the Ashkenazi communities from the Diaspora all over Eastern europe, one faces a huge musical melting pot before even paying any attention to the other-wordly mayhem of political conflict, complex bloodlines and the unbearable heat that takes over for a good 9 months a year. Citing the work of Brian eno, biosphere , 4AD, boards of Canada , Autechre, ulirch schnuass, my bloody valentine, Anthony "shake" shakir, komet and Alva Noto as being of major influence, Faction somehow try to trace the musical path between the heavy digital sounds of labels like raster-noton and the warm blurry feel of 4AD. It's is a record that explores the unusual complexities of growing up and living in a city that is at one and the same time brilliantly modern and painfully attached to its past. A trip through a very personal image of Tel Aviv, from its neon offices, to the old disintegrating Bauhaus buildings and from there to the border of tel aviv and Jaffa. Faction have contributed work to a forthcoming release on the Mille Plateaux label, and are also working on a special DVD release for the John Xela's excellent Type imprint, an audiovisual journey through a day in tel aviv, through field recordings, photos and video clips. For the moment, "The End of Tel Aviv" is an engrossing, rich and beautifully textured electronic album, fans of any of the aforementioned artists, or of Xela's classic "For Frosty Mornings..." album will adore. Highly Recommended.

Kenny Larkin - The Narcissist

To say that "The Narcissist" sees a return to form from one of Detroit's most important producers would be a vast understatement. Before you do anything else with this record, head straight for "Mono e Mono" and remind yourself just why the Motor City has left the most awe-inspiring, innovative, soulful mark on the Techno scene since its inception last century and every moment since. Its a filthy, stomach turning beast of a slow, dusty beat caressed by forgotten strings and effortless filters. A track worthy of comparison to Carl Craig's best as 69, a comparisson not made lightly. "In the Meantime" is also supremely inspired, oddly enough bringing to mind some down-paced moments from Luciano's excellent recent album for the same label. There are some airy, jazz-tinged moments scattered throught "The Narcissist", Moodymann-esque summery strolls imbuing the album with a lighter feel. It's not killer all the way, but there are enough sparks of inspiration scattered across these 11 tracks to demand your full attention without any further delay. Excellent.

Porn Sword Tobacco - Porn Sword Tobacco
City Centre Offices

There must be something in the water, or maybe something in the air, because the last few months have seen some incredible albums appear out of nowhere, construct precious little stories with trickles of piano, some guitar and some carefully caressed electronic flutters and unusual recording techniques. Albums by Max Richter, Deaf Center, Sylvain Chauveau, Many Fingers, and now this quite stunning debut album from Sweden's Porn Sword Tobacco. You just don't expect to get a demo in the post from a project with a name as unlikely as "porn sword tobacco". You certainly don't expect it to come attached with a beautiful hand-written note explaining how the enclosed tracks were conjured up in the middle of the swedish forrest, in the middle of the night, in a wooden-constructed recording studio known simply as "silence". PST blend the genius of ambient masterpieces from composers like Harold Budd with something reminiscent of Mike Ink's seminal work under the "Gas" moniker. Broken emissions, crackles and static, rustling noise, piano, guitar, organ, bass.... Porn Sword Tobacco is more like a broken radio, tuned into a station playing the most beautiful music you have ever heard in your life. Every Track tells a very specific story, told in a language centuries old and yet never before heard in quite this way. Beautiful music.

Kronos Device - Qube
Battle Trax

...aka the battle hard team of The Dexorcist and the Bass Junkie - Control Tower vs Breakin' - you know the steez. Thirteen brutal electro bass bombs to soundtrack a proper epic Roland Emmerich movie with giant robots creating havoc on planet earth. Ugly graphics hide a devastating blast of the hard stuff, dirty, squelchy, synth rocking madness with a retro mid eighties electro feel with sneaky samples included, 'Rogue Program' is the tip - just like you like it.

Boom Bip - Corymb

Compiling both Boom Bip remix EP's "From Left To Right" and "Morning & a day", Corymb features originals, remixes by Lali Puna, Mogwai, Four Tet, Boards of Canada, Venetian Snares and Clouddead,, as well as bonus tracks and a couple of Peel Session recordings. From the newer tracks on offer the selection of remixes is convincing, if a little obvious, but the tracks deliver in spades. Mogwai's remix for "The Use Of Unacceptable Colors in Nature" is sublime, stripping the cinematic spaciousness of the original into a sudued sliver of dusted hi hats and elongated basslines, slinky, minimal, inspired post rock meets electronica. Four Tet gives "Third Stream" a complete overhaul, mauling the beats into the sound of a typewriter being bashed by an apes hand, a delicious double bassline arriving to deploy maximum smokey pressure, brilliant stuff. "Awaiting an accident" is reconstructed by Lali Puna, once more heading toward a melancholy bout of introspection in the beautiful surroundings of refined basslines and guitar driven structures, an instrumental, cinematic appendix to their recent album "Faking The Books". For the Boards of Canada, Venetian Snares and Clouddead remixes see the review for the "From Left To Right 12", which just leaves the 4 extra tracks which do their thing in fine style. Great value, recommended.

Fsk / Anthony Shake Shakir - First Take Then Shake
Disko B

Probably the most unlikely collaboration we'll see hitting these pages in a LONG time, John Peel's much loved FSK outfit get together with one of the true Detroit originals and commander of the tightest drumloops from the Motor city - Anthony "Shake" Shakir. Quite why or how these guys got it together is a complete mystery (if anyone out there knows - please please please write in and let us know!),but what we do know is that FSK recorded their new album, half of the tracks instrumentals and the other half songs with lyrics, at which point the rough mixes were sent to Shakir for re-assembly. The album is a complete mixed bag, with Shakir's editing genius only really evident on a couple of tracks, but head for his edit of "tiger Rag", for instance, or the latter half of "Incident with the Dogs" and you once again realise the man is blessed with visionary music making skills. Bizarre.

Headset - Spacesettings

The personnel involved in Headset is tantalising to say the least, Pole's Scape imprint bringing together Plug Research head honcho Allen Avanessian in collaboration with the fabulous Jimmy 'Dntel' Tamborello and Shadow Huntaz, Daedelus, Beans, John Tejada, Subtitle, Nobody and Thomas Fehlmann for a project that's as varied and free flowing as one would expect with such a pool of talent at its disposal. The primary form toyed with here is Hip Hop, as you might imagine, gliding through its various permutations and possibilities through the vision of each of the collaboratrs involved. "Outward Sound", featuring Daedelus, is the most free-flowing of the pieces on board, a plundered jazz flute slivering through skippy percussion and velvet basslines, topped off by just the right amount of Piano and Fender Rhodes to send you off someplace else, in the best possible way. "Black Before", the Shadow Huntaz vehicle, strips the body of the track down to awesome bassline and sparse percussion, oddly tribal in its purpose, resolutely tough (don't forget Shadow Huntaz debued on Plug Research back in 1998). Beans' track 'Jaw Modulation' is a serious return to form for this ex Anti Popper, a slow crawl into the belly of alien electro jazz. 'Breathe Contrails' feels closest to the wide open lush subtleties of Dntel's prior album but given a head wrecking poetic slant this time. A varied and not altogether obvious collection of skewed hip hop pieces, "Spacesettings" is an album that burrows deeper into your headspace with every listen. Highly recommended.

Max De Wardener - Where I Am Today

The classically trained Max de Wardener releases his album after the simply amazing 'Stops' 12" from 2002 and his recent collaborative work on Dani Siciliano's album. A relatively short album (33 mins) carries an overwhelming amount of seriously beautiful music. One could compare it with the music soon to come out of the Type label (Ryan Teague, Goldmund & Julien Neto for instance) = classically influenced music with only the faintest electronic processing. Both the inspirational church organ pieces from the 12", 'Until My Blood Is Pure' and 'Hundreds and Thousands' feature plus a further seven gems. 'Automatic' cuts up tin toy noises, megasweet - 'Noises From A Small Planet' is stunning, a trio of musicians including Max playing cloud-chamber bowls - wonderfully evocative, the clickbeats, tricky harmonics and floating sonics take this track to a very special place. 'Minutia's use of recorders will banish however your associations with primary school education, adding a french horn and glistening harmonic noises. On 'Snowflakes' even transistor radios are played, against a pulsing acoustic bass line and more encapsulating cloud chamber bowl harmonics. Words barely do justice to how essential this album is just thank Max and Matthew for bringing this album to you.

Sylvain Chauveau - Des Plumes Dans La Tête

Back in stock. 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.

Various / Projector - Know your monkey

Compiled by David Toop, the author of the landmark book of music Ocean Of Sound, and released parallel to his new book Haunted Weather, this excellent double cd compilation features 33 tracks, including pieces from 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. David Toop's knowledge of and interest in music of all kinds is admirable, and this collection aims to shed light on the most interesting music now being made - on laptops, in downtown bars in Tokyo, wherever he finds it. For an engrossing, challenging and surprisingly entertaining journey through some of the most groundbreaking new music out there at the moment, "Haunted Weather" is a brilliant compilation, a 2 hour introduction that both the initiated and uninitiated listener will gain much from. Recommended.

Goudron - Raw Voltage
Ersatz Audio

Starting with the confrontational `art school f*ckheads' and concluding with the sombre `tired', "Raw Voltage" includes 5 songs previously heard on goudron's 2 vinyl eps for ersatz audio, charcterised by a continual electropop glide and analogue synth buzz. the title is also intended as a nod to another legendary detroit record by the name of `raw power'. New on Ersatz.

Miss Kittin - I Com

Cd now available. Caroline Herve, aka Miss Kittin, has over the past five years made a name for herself as a prime peddler of fashion-conscious, trashed-up electro influenced nonesense together with partner in crime The Hacker, the Mental Groove possee, even poor old Tricky and, most recently, on her own. "I Com" is her debut album and you'll pretty much know the score before you peel the shrink-wrap off : much rock-tinged dancefloor shenanigans, the odd "mature" moment, and enough fuel to keep the fashionistas smiling for at least the next couple of weeks. Is this trendy? er, is it ever. Is it absolute sh*te? No comment.

Tamion 12 Inch - Let's Suffer
Ersatz Audio

Full-length debut on Ersatz audio from Tamion 12 Inch, a militaristically-focussed electronic trio who deconstruct dance, pop and punk song forms, executed with dark, trashy humour. Vinyl edition comes as a limited LP in hand stamped jacket.

Boredoms - Chocolate Synthesizer
very friendly

4th album from 1994. ...chocolate synthesiser was the boredoms second major-label album + while it bears little or no resemblance to their new stuff its absolutely essential listening & very much in the same ecstatic spirit. it's very raw but also sophisticated - blending elements of speed-core, punk (there seems to be a tribute of sorts to the electric eels at one point), dub, psychedelia, biker rock, the gross-out too-muchness of the butthole surfers at their lunatic best. Ace.

Boredoms - Onanie Bomb Meets The Sex Pistols
very friendly

1st in a series of excellent Boredoms reissues on the Very Friendly imprint. Based in Osaka, japan, the boredoms have borrowed liberally from the U.S. hardcore punk tradition to forge their own climatic rock music. the band was formed in the spring of 1986 by yamatsuka eye (vocals), tabata mara (guitar), hosoi (bass) and taketani (drums), although the rhythm section was rapidly changed to yoshikawa toyohito (drums) and hira (bass). Eye and Mara recorded the boredoms' debut set, anal by anal, which introduced their frenetic musical style, a hardcore assault combined with the experimental distorted song structures of the butthole surfers."Onanie bomb meets the sex pistols", compiling the first two japanese releases, introduced the world to the band's impenetrable noise and sequences of communal belching.

Boredoms - Pop Tatari
very friendly

2nd in the series of re-issues on very friendly...and the boredoms 3rd album from 1992. Pop tatari is a loopy mix of reggae / funk / hip hop / punk / metal / noise topped off with gratutiously puerile yodelling, burping and screaming. Beefheart or locust period butthole surfers seem to be obvious points of reference - but really there are no comparisons - it doesn't sound like anything you've ever heard before. Recommended.

Mission Of Burma - Onoffon

During their brief tenure, Mission Of Burma released one album, one EP and two singles for the Ace Of Hearts label, all of which have been reissued on CD by Rykodisc. Since the band's breakup in 1983, their musical influence has taken on mythic form. The number of bands who have mentioned Mission Of Burma's influence is in obverse proportion to the group's popularity in 1983. This is the band's first release in 20 years. augmented by Shellac's Bob Weston on tape loops and mixing. Check.

Rhythm King And Her Friends - I Am Disco
Kitty Yo

Queer electronica, marvelous pop melodies with corners and edges, combine sampled rhythms and a playful use of different instruments and singing (in several languages, English, French and Bulgarian). Rhythm King and her Friends have something else in their mind. Instruments such as samplers, drumcomputers, guitar, bass and xylophone are used, in order to make music, embodied in the field of queer and gender Politics. Check.

Theo Parrish - Parallel Dimensions

originally released on sound signature in a frustratingly limited cd-only edition of 1000. to coincide with his new `natural aspirations' set, this milestone in modern house is now reisssued on cd and appears on vinyl for the first time.Sounding like Sun Ra jamming with Fela from the depths of King Tubby's mixing desk, the music on `parallel dimensions' is haunted, mournful, elegant, and cavernous : distant horns and disembodied voices float across deep rhythms, hypnotic pulses and all-consuming bass lines. layered, looped, beautiful, abstract, clever, primal, hooky, tantalising, endearing, ghostly, epic essential music for any fan of beat oriented sounds. Includes Theo's finest moment - "Summertime is Here". Killer.

Various / Soul Jazz Chicago Soul - Electric Blues Funk & Soul
Soul Jazz

Soul Jazz once again back with the incredible, indelible sound of Chicago. Founded on an overview of the Chi-Town sound at the transitional pointwhere blues was becoming a white listeners musicas deeper soul folk were beginning experiments with darker funk sounds and tonal variety. Opening with the filthy breakbeat of Howlin' Wolf revisiting "Evil", Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters also get on the fatback drums patrol, proving that sparing doses of psychedelia can work for even the most dyed in the wool down-home musicians. Elsewhere there's formative work from arranger Charles Stepney - check the theremin-tastic Dorothy Ashby's Soul Vibrations, kinda Alice Coltrane withfunk thrown in - weighty stuff. From million sellers like Little Milton, Etta James, Buddy Guy through to Ramsey Lewis, and delicious obscurities from The Soulful Strings, Lorez Alexandria and Eve Barnum, as usual this is a mighty top job from the Soul Jazz good-taste mafia.

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Friday, May 28, 2004


Q magazine staff select 50 Best British Albums report on Q magazine's 50 Best British Albums: [The poll is featured in the July issue of Q which is out on June 1.]

Predictable choices by the conservative UK monthly rock mag Q! and some right trad-rock-pop turkeys, guaranteed will not be in such an obvious critics canon list in 10 years time: the coral, muse, robbie williams. Oh I despise the plebeian pub rock of Oasis too.

1. Oasis – Definitely Maybe
2. The Beatles – Revolver
3. Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks – Here’s the Sex Pistols
4. Radiohead – OK Computer
5. The Clash – London Calling
6. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
7. The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
8. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
9. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III
10. Massive Attack – Blue Lines
11. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
12. Blur – Parklife
13. Primal Scream – Screamadelica
14. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
15. The Specials – The Specials
16. Queen – A Night At The Opera
17. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
18. The Who – My Generation
19. Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
20. The Jam – All Mod Cons
21. The Kinks – The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
22. Joy Division – Closer
23. Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
24. Happy Mondays – Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches
25. Nick Drake – Bryter Layter
26. The Coral – Magic and Medicine
27. John Lennon – John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band
28. Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure
29. Prodigy – Music For The Jilted Generation
30. Pulp – Different Class
31. Small Faces – Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake
32. The Verve – Urban Hymns
33. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
34. The Streets – Original Pirate Material
35. Gang Of Four – Entertainment!
36. The Human League – Dare
37. Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
38. Soul II Soul – Club Classics Vol 1
39. Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties!!
40. The Undertones – The Undertones
41. Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking
42. Super Furry Animals – Fuzzy Logic
43. Robbie Williams – Life Thru A Lens
44. Muse – Origin of Symmetry
45. Iron Maiden – The Number of The Beast
46. Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
47. Steel Pulse – Handsworth Revolution
48. The Cure – Disintegration
49. Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
50. Pet Shop Boys – Very

I suppose the obvious ILM thread would be select the best 50 British albums not listed in this Q poll.

New issue of Q

# posted by DJ Martian 9:33 PM

Jazz on 3: Bath International Jazz Festival

This week's Jazz on 3 show, features live music from Bath International Jazz Festival, including:

First we've got one of the biggest bands on the jazz circuit at the moment - the Esbjorn Svensson Trio (winner of Best International Act at last year's BBC Jazz Awards as well as the Swedish government's Music Export Prize). If we can persuade them, they'll be opening the show with their own version of our theme tune - one for the EST obsessives to check out if they do.

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Attrition - Dante's Kitchen

One of Britain's leading darkwave bands Attrition have announced details of a new album:

We are pleased to announce that our long awaited new album...
"Dante's kitchen"... will be released on Invisible records in the USA on July 20th!....
to be swiftly followed by a European release through Big Blue...Poland's largest independent label....

# posted by DJ Martian 4:30 PM

Almost Cool highly rate Patrick Wolf - Lycanthropy [this album recently got a US release]

# posted by DJ Martian 3:45 PM

Almost Cool review Charalambides - Joy Shapes

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TrusttheDJ interview breaks music don Guy ‘Hyper’ Hatfield aka DJ Hyper

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TrusttheDJ interview Compost records boss Michael Reinboth

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Later... With Jools Holland

This week's Later..with Jools Holland doesn't have much to get excited about, there is: PJ Harvey making the same music for over a decade, and Amp Fiddler doing his aimless funky waltz and an aging cult artist John Martyn

# posted by DJ Martian 3:06 PM

Next week's new releases are reviewed @ Norman Records

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Further to my news scoop yesterday, Cmu daily have some more info on the Mercury Music Prize - Nationwide [Nationwide Building Society] have signed a 4 year deal to sponsor the award

Labels are currently putting together their submissions for this year's awards - albums released up until 19 Jul are eligible for entry in this Autumn's award. The deadline for nominating key releases is a week today.

There was some media confusion last year were July 28th 2003 releases valid, at least this year the cut off point 19th July 2004 has been made explicit.

# posted by DJ Martian 2:28 PM

The Guardian spotlight Andy Weatherall

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Client new single: In It For The Money

Client release the first single from the second album:

In It For The Money, is the first single to be taken from Client’s forthcoming second album and is released June 14th on Toast Hawaii/Mute.

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Thursday, May 27, 2004


music blog to check: Cakes and Money 2.0

# posted by DJ Martian 11:51 PM

music blog to check: one faint deluded smile

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Capitol K - Happy Happy

Capitol K will finally release his album: Happy Happy on June 21st

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Musique Machine review aMute - A hundred dry trees

A couple of months after Joshua Treble’s Five points Fincastle, here comes another cool album on Intr_version, Mitchell Akiyama’s label. A hundred dry trees is a fine work mixing guitar and electronics.

# posted by DJ Martian 11:24 PM

Absorb provide a Sonar guide: absorb : sonar 2004 incorporating Algorhythm spin-off festival.

Welcome to our mini/micro e-guide to the Sonar 2004 Festival.
We'll let you know we think is worth catching at the Sonar festival itself and what to avoid. We also take this opportunity to hype up our own little mini-festival, entitled 'Algorhythm' (yes, yes. we know how unoriginal and geeky that sounds). As well as listing all the parties and events that'll occur in the numerous bars and clubs in Barcelona.

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Radio 1: Breezeblock

Forthcoming Breezeblock shows on Radio 1 feature:

31st May
DJ Fresh
Tim Wright live

7th June
RJD2 mix
Cursor Miner live set

14th June
Japanese Special
Orbital retrospective

21st June
live sets and reports from Barcelona

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Mixing It

Forthcoming Mixing It shows on Radio 3 include:

28th May 2004
Robert Sandall and Mark Russell present a
specially recorded session by the Icelandic
one man band Mugison.

4th June 2004
Mark Russell and Robert Sandall present a unique
mix of musical styles and influences.

11th June 2004
Robert Sandall and Mark Russell are joined by author,
musician and theorist David Toop, whose new book
'Haunted Weather - Music and Silence' examines the
way in which music has been affected by the digital

» Mixing It

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METALREVIEW.COM review Borknagar - Epic due for release on Century Media on June 21st in the UK, and June 29th in the US.

The official Borknagar website, provides a free MP3 track: Future Reminisence to download.

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BBC Music review Two Lone Swordsmen - From The Double Gone Chapel

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One World: Alan McGee: Death Disco 4

This week's One World show on Radio 1 features Alan McGee :: Death Disco 4

Main webpage » One World

Forthcoming Shows:

3 June
Earlies / Tracer AM

10th June
Greek Label Special

17th June
Sonar 2004 Part 1

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Issue 23 of Earplug

MAY 27 - JUNE 9
Earplug is a biweekly email magazine, delivering a handpicked selection of news, sounds, videos, and original features for the international electronic music community.

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BBC Manchester review Grand National - Kicking The National Habit

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filter magazine report Ladytron Re-Releasing First Two Albums - with bonus tracks.

Also Ladytron are working on a third album, with a working title: Antimusic that is scheduled for an early 2005 release.

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Krautrock music resource

New url for Krautrock @ pHinnWeb

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PostEverything provide info on a new Murcof compilation: Murcof - Utopia

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The Independent profile The ten best music festivals [of 2004]

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2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize

The annual fiasco/ event, the Mercury Music Prize has announced a new sponsor and schedule for 2004: 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize

The annual Nationwide Mercury Prize exists solely to champion and celebrate UK music. Each year the Prize selects the 12 'Albums of the Year' - it covers all types of music including pop, rock, dance, urban, folk, jazz and contemporary classical.

2004 Key Dates

20 July
Albums of the Year Announcement

7 September
Nationwide Mercury Prize Awards Show Winner Announcement

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Playlouder review Avril - Members Only on Laurent Garnier's F-communications label.

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Cursor Miner - Cursor Miner Plays God: June 14th

It's been delayed for a few weeks but an official release date has been confirmed for the new Cursor Miner album.

The second longplayer from Cursor Miner is at last upon us. Entitled
“Cursor Miner Plays God”, it will finally be released on June 14th, and
is a mind-boggling stunner. Reviews have been relentless in their
praise – below is a small sample of what has been said…

Weird, wonderful laptop electro
trash from Peel favourite…verging on proudly plastic genius.

* * * *Gary Mullholland. Q Magazine.

“nothing short of mind-blowing... guaranteed to enrich your existence"

“I’m really digging it”

“unhinged …will raise both a smile and your heart-rate ****” Logo

“a particularly twisted electronica…utterly unaffected by fashion.” Time Out

“you need Cursor Miner in your life immediately.This album will blow
you away from the second you press play”

Source: email newsletter from Lo Recordings

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Xpander interview techno legend Jeff Mills

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Jockey Slut Magazine

More details of the new JOCKEY SLUT magazine, including pre-order info and front cover.

The summer issue of jockeyslut .com's big brother, Jockey Slut magazine, is out on June 3. The mag will be packed to the gills with: The Streets, Phoenix, Felix Da Housecat, Rjd2, Madvillain, !!!, Mylo, Miss Kittin, The Mighty Boosh and a very animated Mr Weatherall, amongst many other things. What's more, you will be able to sample all their albums. The magazine will have an exclusive password for each reader. Put the password into and you will be able to hear three tracks from each of the new albums from the aforementioned artists. Get in

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Terrorizer - June 2004 / 120

The new issue of Terrorizer Magazine has Neurosis on the front cover.

Details of the current issue of Terrorizer.


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

Animal Collective
Alter Ego
Midwest Funk (Various)
Thomas Brinkmann
Grime (Various)
They Keep Me Smiling (Various)
The Eternals
Kingston Allstars Meet King Tubby

Richard Bartz
Nguni Sound (Various)
George Sibanda (Compilation)
Felix Da Housecat (Mix)
Ivan Smagghe (Mix)
Die Haut & Nick Cave (Reissue)
Canada's Message to the Meters (Canadian Funk Compilation)

Slapp Happy & Henry Cow (Reissue)
Black Devil (Reissue)
Secret Chiefs 3

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Dom & Roland - Chronology

One of the leading techstep drum n bass artists, Dom & Roland will release a new album: Chronology on Moving Shadow on June 21st.

Godbrain provide a profile:

(JUNE 2004)

One of drum'n'bass most advanced producers, Dom & Roland (Dominic Angus and his drum machine) proves his consistency and longevity with his third album 'Chronology'.

Chronology is a stunning, panoramic trip into cinemascopic, twisted, tough, digitally wound, organically textured drum'n'bass of the highest calibre.

Dom & Roland has pushed the sound in both terms of production and ideas throughout his career and this album is no exception!

Rough, dancefloor destroying basslines, filmic texturing and atmospherics keep the album far from one dimensional as we travel across a landscape of both beauty and intricate dystopia, along the way pulling in collaborations from the likes of Kemal and remixes from Dieselboy, Kaos & Karl K, and a splice of two former tracks (Parasite and Adrenalin) by Hive to form Paradrenasite

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Wednesday, May 26, 2004


All About Jazz have a useful Upcoming Jazz Release Center

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Dusted review Lali Puna - Faking the Books

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Dusted review Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse

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Splendid overview the latest ECM rarum releases

This month, we continue our look at ECM's :rarum series, retrospective albums for which the artists select the music that they feel best represents their work on the label. With a dozen releases in 2004 alone (another eight were released in '03), the series is an excellent introduction to ECM's vast jazz catalogue.

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Avant Music News provide info on the 5 albums due to be released by Cuneiform records in September.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004


Feedback: Order from Noise

Details of a CMN sponsored UK tour: promo microsite CMN Tours - Feedback - Order From Noise

Feedback: Order from Noise
UK tour, 24th June - 2nd July
Featured artists are
Alvin Lucier, Toshimaru Nakamura, Nicolas Collins, Billy Roisz, Otomo Yoshihide, Sarah Washington, Xentos 'Fray' Bentos and Knut Aufermann.

CMN Feedback Tour: Feedback: Programme


Feedback: order from noise gathers together ground-breaking performers from around the world to explore this exhilarating area of quintessentially contemporary music, at the point where total chaos gives way to pure art.

Feedback music explores both the internal architecture of (often bizarre) instruments and the acoustic space in which they are played. Making the environment audible and aesthetic, it feeds off phantom sounds, bringing forth unpredictable, organic - almost living - musical forms.

Feedback: order from noise ranges from delicate, fragile and numinous solo performances to specially commissioned ensemble works of towering intensity and visceral physical power. Curated by Knut Aufermann, this visually stunning and scientifically revealing show places feedback at the shapeshifting centre of today's music making.

The performers include the elder statesman of American experimentalism, Alvin Lucier, wild Japanese turntablist Otomo Yoshihide and instrument builders Nicolas Collins, Sarah Washington and Xentos 'Fray' Bentos.

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music blog: the mainline [listed playlists for radio show]

indie rock, indie pop, brit pop, dream pop, shoegaze, post-punk, neo-psych, electronic, rock n roll, etc:::wednesdays 2:30-5:30pm EST. WUSB Stony Brook 90.1FM. listen online:

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The Cure

Front cover of the new Cure album, looks like a painting competition from a Nursery school

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flavourpill LONDON a weekly email magazine covering music, art, and cultural events

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Akufen has compiled a mix compilation for Fabric that will be released on July 19th. has the tracklist info: Akufen Fabric 17

Hackneyed Central has an interview profile of Akufen

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Stylus review Traject - Strengir Hrynja

Strengir Hrynja represents a peak for Traject but also for the relatively new Zurich label Spezial Material. Certainly it’s indebted to Autechre and Gescom for its general style but Gudmundsson boldly pushes the album into an even more challenging realm of cold, abstract IDM. Listening to it, one marvels at its construction, while being simultaneously awed by its alien sonic universe.

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Lambgoat have completely redesigned thier website.

Lambgoat provide the latest news/ reviews for metal/ hardcore music, including an extensive upcoming releases calendar.

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Pitchfork review Loscil - First Narrows

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Laurent Garnier: New Album !

According to a statement made by Mary Anne Hobbs on Radio 1's Breezeblock show, Laurent Garnier will release a new album this year on F-Communications.

This will be the long awaited follow up to the critically acclaimed 2000 release: Unreasonable Behaviour.

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New Releases @ Piccadilly Records

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

Hot Chip - Coming On Strong
Moshi Moshi

This London five-piece arrived fully formed on the electroclash / indie scene in 2003 and immediately caused a stir. With their unique brand of infectious, lo-fi, bontempi-cassio-acoustic guitar white-boy soul and R'n'B you can see why - they just write great pop songs! If you enjoy the pure-pop genius of Phoenix, then you're gonna love this!!

Age Of Jets - Go Go Gadget Pop
Damaged Goods

Damaged Goods brings you the debut release from a mysterious group of people from Hull. There's five of them and they make a sound far removed from anything you'll currently hear, a mix of pop, electro beeps and samples, and has seen them compared favourably to Clinic, the Human League (circa 1979) and Blur.

Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing In The Hands

The beautiful, delicate and damaged vocals of Devendra soar over intricate and mellow guitar work making this his best album to date. One to an eye on in 2004, just watch him go!!!!!

Cougars - Manhandler

A hugely energetic eight piece punk / hardcore band complete with brass section. One for fans of Shellac, Unsane, Jesus Lizaed and Scratch Acid.

Daydream Nation - Daydream Nation
Elephant Stone

Daydream Nation may be from Ottawa, Canada, but their spellbinding fuzz-laden sound is highly reminiscent of seminal UK artists like My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, and the Jesus And Mary Chain.

Anna Domino - This Time

CD reissue of the second album from North American singer-songwriter Anna Domino, originally released by Les Disques du Crepuscule in 1987. "This Time" was the follow up to Anna's acclaimed self-titled debut. The album marked the debut of her enduring songwriting partnership with Michel Delory, and was produced by Flood (Depeche Mode, U2). The album was less groove-orientated than its predecessor and instead offered stronger, more direct songs delivered in a variety of styles, be they uptempo dance tracks ("Time For Us", "She Walked"), ballads (the singles "Lake" and "Tempting") or country-folk ("Own Kind"). "This Time" saw Anna truly at the top of her game, and it's a measure of the calibre of the writing that a song as strong as "Hammer" could be relegated to B-side status. The five bonus cuts include non-album tracks from singles include the lost classic "Hammer" and a alternative version of "Tempting" produced by former Associate Alan Rankine. The CD has been remastered from the original tapes and runs for 70 minutes. The revised artwork features an evocative portrait by Madoka. The booklet includes detailed sleevenotes.

Nick Drake - Made To Love Magic

This album is a new, updated version of the 'extras' CD which was previously available only as part of the "Fruit Tree" box-set. Long since deleted, a new generation of fans can finally get their hands on these different versions and out-takes from his three proper LPs, and more importantly: the last four songs Nick cut before he died. Except, hooray, they've discovered one brand new song! "Tow the Line" isn't up there with his best, but it does provide some much needed yin to "Black Dog"'s yang. It suggests Nick wasn't going to succumb to depression, as the desperate "Black Dog" would have you believe; he was going to play the game...get on with things. In short: not top himself! There's a bit of a Beatles' Anthology going on with two other tracks, as Nick's college buddy and original arranger - Robert Kirby - scores new strings for old songs. Both "Magic" and "Time of No Reply" now sound as intended. They're beautiful. And Kirby weighs in again, with two previously unreleased recordings of "River Man" and "Mayfair", from his room at Cambridge and before Nick even had a record deal. There's also a new, longer version of "Three Hours" that's not been out before. This release is evocatively packaged and a must for completists. For all music lovers, infact.

Durutti Column - Tempus Fugit

Manchester legend Vini Reilly is fifty years young. "Tempus Fugit" is a regressive step for Vini and in many ways time flies backwards. Fewer cogs in the wheel now; away from labels, all the artwork, recording, ownership and music all under his control. Most of the music feels more personal. The arrangements are simpler, sparse but involving and unlike a lot of the recent work which tended to involve more sequenced keys, rhythms and beats all composed on a mac away from the instruments.

Grand National - Kicking The National Habit
Sunday Best

Grand National's Lawrence La' Rudd and Rupert Lyddon have, in "Kicking The National Habit", created a divine melding of aural technology and classic songwriting that has already marked them out as a band in rapid ascension. Grand National have the experimental pop magic to restore your faith in British music. With comparisons already drawn to the basslines of Happy Mondays, the deep synths and harmonies of New Order and witty introspection of Blur, one could be excused the creeping goosebumps even before bittersweet melodies of opener "Drink To Moving On" turn your heart upside down.

Loose Lips Sink Ships : #02

Issue two of the first magazine to rise from the ashes of Careless Talk. The cover is split as before, but all ours feature folk troubador du jour and rising star Devendra Banhart. Inside this issue are the Hunches, Comets On Fire, the Icarus Line, Devendra Banhart, Josh Pierson, 50 Ft Wave, Lightning Bolt, Sonic Youth, Blonde Redhead, a brilliant and about time it covered all bases Kevin Shields interview, Mr Airplane Man, reviews and much much more besides.
Magazine - £4.00

M83 - America

Thirty minute EP. The title track, taken from last years "Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts" album, is a frantic hustle that binds electronic wizardry to headfuck guitars and disembodied but strangely familiar voices, offering one of the most unexpected and unusual breakdowns you'll ever hear.

The Others - This Is For The Poor

This London / Brighton quartet are set to inspire the same sort of devotion as The Smiths and Suede and already have a rabid following of fans that correspond fervently on the net. Although totally individual you may note touches of Joy Division, PIL, Only Ones, Jesus And Mary Chain and Smiths, all topped off by the full-on confrontational presence of one-man whirlwind and frontman Dominic Masters.
The CD also features the tracks "How I Nearly Lost You" and "Almanac".

Secret Chiefs 3 - Book Of Horizons
Web Of Mimicry

"Book Of Horizons" is the first release in an elaborate trilogy and meta-composition by Secret Chiefs 3. It's huger than anything the band has ever done: beyond psychedelia, beyond experimentalism, and beyond classification. The Secret Chiefs 3 enhance their usual multiple personalities and divide into seven individual and distinct bands, enabling the overall musical content to be distilled into pure vessels. One band incorporates multi-ethnic instrumentation and seasoned, soulful playing (by Eyvind Kang and Shahzad Ismaily), while the rocking, suprasensory surf band (with full orchestra) bloodies up the waters. John Merriman (cephalic carnage) and unhuman keep the ultra-death metal grind band well within the pummel zone of utter mayhem.

Senser - Schematic
One Little Indian

Long awaited new album from Senser, combining perceptive lyrics, hip hop beats and heavy guitars.

Skill 7 Stamina 12 - Robotics With Strings
Junior Aspirin

This is the debut album from underground post-punk group Skill 7 Stamina 12. It fuses punk, disco, krautrock and jazz influences and will appeal to fans of A Certain Ratio, Can, Gang Of Four, Massacre, Stereolab and Arthur Russell. Skill 7 Stamina 12 have strong ties with the London art scene and feature a Dutch chanteuse who sings in a range of languages, underpinned by fearsomely tight rhythmic arrangements.

[I normally detest Supergrass but this track is a complete change in direction ala early Roxy Music/ Simple Minds]
Supergrass - Kiss Of Life

First brand new track in yonks. Well, in as long as it's been since I heard that _expression, at least! And guess what? It's weird! It reminds me of late-70s Bowie in it's quirky mix of electronics and skewered white funkiness. Weird yet catchy, this is a bizarre and excellent surprise from a band celebrating its tenth year. They've come a long way.

CDS - CDR6638 - £1.99
CD1 includes "We Dream Of This".

CDS2 - CDRS6638 - £2.99
CD2 is enhanced, and includes "We Dream Of This", Kiss Of Life (Tom Tom Club Full Mix)" and the videos "Kiss Of Life" and "Rob's Guide To Responsible Flying".

Telecast - The Documenter

Sonic, chic, youthful and stylish, Telecast are currently the toast of the town over in Los Angeles, where over the past year they have been creating pocket-sized, art-pop masterpieces. Imagine if Interpol were actually from sunny southern California rather than the dark urban streets of New York, or if the Smiths were handed a synth and a copy of "Pet Sounds".

27 - Let The Light In
Hydra Head Industries

On their first six-track mini-album EP for Hydrahead, 27, formerly a trio now a freshly minted quartet, fashion a dazzling departure from their previous recordings, including a sweeping array of instrumentation, led by vocals of Maria Christopher, with guest performances from Aaron Turner and Jeff Caxide of Isis (reciprocating their appearances on Isis' last album). "Let The Light In" represents 27 at their most dramatic. For fans of: PJ Harvey, Denali, Low etc.

Nautical Almanac - Rooting For Microbes

As the band clearly states no electricity or computers were used in the music making process. The sounds generated are from machines specifically built for the recording process or from real lab experience, custom equipment made of weird alloys of plastic, leather, wire and rubber. Longtime collaborators Carly Ptak and Twig Harper worked on this record along with 10 other guests. Nautical Almanac have other records out on the esteemed Hanson label and on their own Heresee label, they are an integral forefather of much of the midwest noise scene.

Sixtoo - Chewing On Glass & Other Miracle Cures
Ninja Tune

Following up releases on Vertical Form, Canadian producer Vaughn Squire (half of The Sebutones with Buck 65, beat builder and remixer for Anticon etc) collaborates with the likes of Can's Damo Suzuki, Godspeed You Black Emperor and Hanged Up on his debut Ninja Tune LP. As with other hiptronic productions, these compositions often have more in common with avant rock, psyche, electronica and jazz experiments than they do with mainstream hip hop, taking things on a seriously underground trip.

Skinny Puppy - The Greater Wrong Of The Right

New album from the industrial survivors.

Felix Da Housecat - Revin Dazzle & The Neon Fever
Emperor Norton

The long overdue follow up to his "Kittenz And Thee Glitz" LP follows a similar path of 80s influenced electro-pop, conemporary electro-punk and electronic dance music as its predecessor. Starring Devin Dazzle (is this Felix in disguise?) and a collective of vocalists called The Neon Fever, the LP also includes a guest appearence by LCD Soundsystem man James Murphy on "What She Wants". Set against many style-over-content releases in the electrclash genre, "Devin Dazzle & The Neon Fever" stands head and shoulders above the rest with its proper songs and pop attitude.

Miss Kittin - I Com

Alongside long-time production partner The Hacker, tracks such as "Frank Sinatra" and "1982" on Gigolo propelled the duo into the spotlight, whilst further collaborations with Felix Da Housecat (the massive "Silver Screen, Shower Scene"), Golden Boy, Sven Vath and more recently T. Raumschmiere and Tricky have confirmed Miss Kittin's star billing status. On her highly anticipated debut LP she teams up with Tobi Neumann and Thies Mynther AKA GLOVE, who had previously also worked with fellow electro-pop upstarts Chicks On Speed. The album opens with the single "Professional Distortion", a rock meets blip-hop opus and from there careers through the giddy electro-punk of "Meet Sue Be She", the shimmering Euro-pop of "Kiss Factory" and the icy skank of "Dub About Me".

LP - limited cheap price
CD out next week!

Rhythm King And Her Friends - I Am Disco
Kitty Yo

Formed in 2000 by Linda Wolfel, Pauline Boudry and Sara John, Rhythm King And Her Friends mix up live instrumentation (guitars, bass and keyboards) with electronics, drum machines samplers to make lo-fi alt-dance music focussed (lyrically) on queer / gender politics, sounding like an updated, Euro-cool version of Luscious Jackson or Le Tigre. Ace ace ace ace!

Park - It Won't Snow Where You're Going

Shimmering, intricate guitar leads married to off kilter, aggressive rhythms and anguished, soulful vocals make for a beautifully unsettling brew. Love it. Jawbox played by At The Drive In?

Moodymann - Black Mahogani

It's what we've all been waiting for. Moodymann's fourth album on Peacefrog collects some of his best and most sought after productions. The more soulful Detroit garage emphasis of his Mahogani label exerts its influence through its finest songs on the Amp Fiddler / Amp Dog Knight classic "I'm Doing Fine" and Pitch Black City's "Runaway". Two of the rarest original KDJ tracks, "Shades Of Jae" and "Black Mahogany" (here retitled and reworked as "Black Mahogani") appear at last. The former being one of the preeminent dancefloor killers of the last five years, the latter an epic patchwork of blaxploitation dialogue, rough techno breaks and soul-jazz loops. These essentials are joined by a salvo of brand new productions that flit from loungey jazz ("I Need You So Much"), to dense afro-futurism ("Holiday") to quirky electronic experimentation ("Riley's Song"). Be nice to your ears, play them this.

Trevor Loveys - Intastella

As House Of 909 he created fine UK deep house, with Dave 'Solid Groove' Taylor they make edgy Switch music and now Trevor Loveys goes solo with this album for Freerange. Recorded with the help of Jamie Odell, and including the singles "The Bounce" and "Feel The Horns", it takes in house and nu jazz, flipping from broken beats to 4/4 disco with ease. Gathering vocal tunes, soulful instrumentals and banging club tracks, it sounds like a Black Science Orchestra for 2004.

The Rotating Assembly - Natural Aspirations
Sound Signature

It's here, Theo Parrish's awe-inspiring full length album, featuring seven all exclusive tracks. From the opening dischordant sounds of "Melt", you'd think you were on familiar smacked-out house territory, but Theo's got some surprises up his sleeve! Various vocals infiltrate around half the tracks, such as on the aforementioned opener and the nu jazzy "Split Me Open". The Rotating Assembly is made a much more diverse operation by the many Detroit draftees, such as Rick Wilhite, Marcellus Pittman and Marvin Belton, adding rich new textures to the signature sound. Witness the bass guitar lead on "Mess I Made", afrobeat infested slur of "The Stomp" and the incredible string sections of "Orchestra Hall" (the track everyone's been raving about). It all works together as a cohesive project and believe me, it gets even better with every listen.

Various Artists / Business As Usual - Mixed By Brett Johnson

Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's Classic Recordings label returns with another must have compilation, this time mixed by Brett Johnson. The ultra prolific DJ has had releases out on Seasons, Hi-Phen, Magnetic, Icon, his own Aeroteric and off course Classic over the past few years, as well as playing in clubs worldwide. Here he mixes up the boompty beats for a seamless funky house feel. The CD includes tracks by Carter, Johnson, Roy Davis Jr, Mike Dixon, Induceve, Rob Mello, Losoul, Tiefscwarz, Awoke, Ix & Diz etc.

Climber - Downtown Loop
Botanica Del Jibaro

Miami's Botanica Del Jibaro unleash this evocative album of beat and break patchworks not a thousand miles away from DJ Shadow or RJD2. They, like many, may like to cling to the instrumental hip hop music tag, but Climber deserve similar recognition to AmmonContact for the way their musical infoms their own productions. By way of their Japanese, Chilean and American heritage, many influences exert themselves, with latin music being the most dominant theme.

Infinite Livez - Bush Meat
Big Dada

Please welcome mild-mannered Steven Henry, former art student, sometime comic book writer and video game designer, who was accidentally bathed in the milk of a glamour model and transformed into Infinite Livez, superhero!, who, along with a one-eyed teddy bear called Barry Convex, has come to save the planet. It's a reality where a guy's bit-on-the-side can be a monkey ("Drilla Ape"), where video games come to life ("Spade Invaders"), where a black Bomber Command attack Parliament ("Coco Pilots") and where a man can produce enough breast milk to flood the British Isles ("The Adventures of The Lactating Man"). Warped!

Various Artists / Grime

As UK garage went seriously mainstream with the likes of So Solid Crew and Craig David hitting the pop charts, a hardcore section of producers took it back to the realms of the underground, mutating the sound into dubstep, sublow or what Rephlex are deciding to call grime. On this triple LP they focus on the dark and minimal output of Soulja and Forward, giving two sides each to MarkOne, Plasticman and Slaughter Mob.

Straight No Chaser : Spring / Summer 2004

The new Chaser arrives for Spring and Summer, and the sun comes out just in time! This issue includes features on Carnival Bahia 2004 and Donna Aurora's Street Angels Project, interviews with Beanfield, Intuit, Bruno E, Otto, Erro, Wajeed, Soluprising, DJ Delores (or is it Dolores?) and Tortoise, as well as all those reviews of things we've already had and charts of things that we haven't. You also get an inside cover-mounted CD sampler from Oi Va Voi.

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Monday, May 24, 2004


Junkmedia have an interview with Funkstorung

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Splendid interview Mission of Burma

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Barcode report Covenant & VNV Nation joint album

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Barcode report Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd collaborate

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6 Music report on the latest New Order news

'Technique-y' return from New Order
New Order have revealed more details of their forthcoming album to 6 Music

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Tiny Mix Tapes report that Bjork will record two albums in a row.

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Pitchfork review Felix da Housecat - Devin Dazzle and The Neon Fever

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The Second Summer of Love: Dance Music in 1988

Advance notification: A 2 part documentary coming up on Radio 2: The Second Summer of Love

Show airs on Saturday 29th May & 5th June 2100-2200

Dance music is a now multi-million pound industry, which began in the smoky dives of Chicago and Berlin. The dawn of acid house in 1988 was dubbed “the second summer of love” but its roots lay in the techno and house clubs of Chicago and Berlin. The people credited with forming this acid house soundtrack are now revered as legends.

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Sunday, May 23, 2004


Aural Pressure

UK industrial music resource: aural pressure

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The Guardian review the avant jazz sounds of Polar Bear - Dim Lit

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Paatos - Kallocain

Sweden's Paatos release a new album: Kallocain on InsideOut records [in the US on June 8th] and in the UK [SPV] on June 7th. The album is excellently produced by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree

"Kallocain" is the second album from Paatos and their first for Inside Out Music America. This Sweden based band refers to their music as "melancholy post-rock" and lists their influences as Bjork, King Crimson and Portishead. Their songs create a dark and dreamlike musical landscape that serve as the perfect vehicle for the etherial vocal styling of singer Petronella Nettermalm. Paatos will appeal directly to fans of such established post-rock acts as Universal Records' Sigur Ros. Mixed by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, the release of Kallocain marks a new and innovative direction for Inside Out Music and for the progressive music genre. Look for tour dates in the fall! Special Edition Digipack will feature bonus DVD with four tracks from famed German television show Rockpalast.
Source: info from Artist Shop

Full info on Paatos - Kallocain available at Inside

Paatos will appeal to fans of ethereal glacial guitar rock ala The Cocteau Twins, Cranes, Sigur Ros, The Gathering, Mira, Stina Nordenstam, As Divine Grace - etc.

Official website for Paatos

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Mark Radcliffe - Radio 2

Confirmation that Mark Radcliffe starts on Radio 2 on 7th June

Mark Radcliffe joins Radio 2 to present a new evening show starting on 7th June, Monday to Thursday, 2230 - midnight.

Mark Radcliffe makes his full-time debut on Radio2 with a brand-new show live from Manchester featuring his very own mix of live sessions, celebrity guests, listener interaction and regular contributors from the worlds of poetry, fashion, journalism and rock'n roll.

[This sounds similar to his old nightime slot on Radio 1 - all those years ago!]

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Key new album releases for May 17th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

A Silver Mt. Zion - The Pretty Little Lightening Paw (Constellation) EP
Alter Ego - Transphormer (Klang Elektronik)
Paul Bley - Nothing to Declare (Enja)
Blood & Time - At The Foot Of The Garden (Neurot)
Broken Spindles - Fulfilled / Complete (Saddle Creek)
Chromatics - Plaster Hounds (Gsl) [Now available at Rough Trade, previously a US Release earlier in 2004]
Collide - Vortex (Noiseplus Music/Alfamatrix) [Available @ Music Non Stop]
Loren Connors - The Departing Of A Dream Vol. III - Juliet (Family Vineyard)
The Durutti Column - Tempus Fugit (Kooky)
FZV - Precedent (Ai)
Jerry Hunt - Phalba (Tzadik)
Illogic - Celestial Clockwork (Weightless)
Monofader - Frost (Metropolis)
Morrissey - You are the Quarry (Sanctuary)
Normal Position - Rave Killed The Romance (Deep Water Recordings)
Pan Sonic - Kesto (Mute) [4xCD box set]
RJD2 - Since We Last Spoke (Def Jux)
Second Thought - Purlieu (Second Thought)
Secret Machines - Now Here Is Nowhere (Sire/ Reprise)
Yamamoto Seiichi - Baptism (Tzadik)
Sixtoo - Chewing On Glass & Other Miracle Cures (Ninja Tune)
Sketch Show - Loophole (Third Ear)
Slicker - We All Have A Plan (Hefty)
Two Lone Swordsmen - From The Double Gone Chapel (Warp)
Violet Indiana - Beyond The Furr (Bella Union) EP
Bill Wells - Pick Up Sticks (Leaf)[with Stefan Schneider, Annie Whitehead & Barbara Morgenstern]
Yesterdays New Quintet (Madlib) - Stevie (Stones Throw)

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Key new album releases for May 10th [A more detailed release listing including other new releases, compilations and reissues - can be found further up this webpage.]

Amplifier - Amplifier (Music For Nations)
Rene Breitbarth - With A Little Luck (Treibstoff)
Casino Versus Japan Vs Freescha / s/t (Wobblyhead) EP
The Devastations - The Devastations (Munster) [UK Release 2004]
Dave Ellesmere - Rites Of Spring (Kanzleramt)
Fe-Mail - Syklubb Fra Haelvete (Improtant)
Fingathing - And the Big Red Nebula Band (Grand Central)
Hollydrift - Waiting For The Tiller (Parasomnic Records)
Killswitch Engage - The End Of Heartache (Roadrunner)
Christian Kleine - Real Ghosts (City Centres Offices)
Komeda - Kokomemedada (Minty Fresh) [UK Release 2004]
Retisonic - Return To Me (Silverthree Sound Recordings)
Sceptic - Unbelievers Script (Candlelight) [UK Release 2004 released in Poland 2003]
Nick Sentience - Universal Language (Amato)
Silent Drive - Love Is Worth It (Equal Vision)
Vetiver - Vetiver (Di Christina)

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This Week's New Releases @ Boomkat

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

Climber - Downtown Loop
Botanica del Jibaro

The newest and most interesting project yet to emerge from the Botanica Del Jibaro Camp, Beta Bodega's hip hop offshoot label. Climber comprises 2 producers, Shift and DJ Tosh. Shift (Mind Shift) was a key member in the now disbanded Deaf to the General Public group from Miami. DJ Tosh is Japanese yet grew up in Santiago, Chile and then made his way to the U.S. Besides producing, he is a DJ and an avid vinyl collector and vendor (you might have bought that rare Bossa Nova record from him on E-bay!) Shift returning to Chile met Tosh in school, where their mutual love for records and music, especially hip hop, grew into the foundation of the group today. "Downtown Loop" makes references to the many different downtowns which these 2 have inhabited (Miami, Santiago, Seattle, Yokohama/Tokyo), going back and forth with uptempo and downtempo instrumental pieces. Samples are taken from anything from local Miami musicians to old South American vinyl and molded into lush and soulful compositions. From beginning to end, a gorgeous release for those that truly love instrumental hip hop and just music in general. We even dare say a classic, one of those records that get put on repeat to loop over and over again. Highly recommended, perfect summer music.

Various / Rephlex - Grime

Call it Grime, Sublow, Dubstep, Dirty Garage, call it whatever you want, this is the sound of a new school of Urban producers grabbing the electronic music scene by the balls and generously launching it into the filthiest environment "dance music" has ever witnessed. This hugely hyped and anticipated new compilation from Rephlex centres on the work of three of the UK's most on-it grimey producers : Mark One (sometimes operating under the Darqwan moniker), Plasticman, and the Slaughter Mob. You can also find them wrecking some mess on a number of twelves for the Soulja and Texture labels, listed here once again for your pleasure this week. So, those Grime virgins out there can expect some twisted, bass-heavy two-step concoctions seeped deep in a whole universe of filthy twists, rudebwoy noises and decimated junglist blueprints. One step away from Hardcore, lifting off the most destroyed garage aesthetics, twisting the essence of jungle before it morphed into the jazzed-up vibe of Drum n Bass, something for those of you who don't like to compromise. Anyway, check the samples, jack the ropes, get busy to the sound of tomorrow. Killersan.

Cyne - Growing EP
City Centre Offices

Cyne are part of a new breed of artists keeping focus with the beats and rhymes of traditional hip hop while utilising a love and knowledge of a myriad musical styles ranging from post rock, folktronica, exotica and lounge music, through to the most experimental and freeform variations of electronica. Having made their remarkable debut for Miami's botanica del jibaro imprint and garnering the attention of a host of admirers (most recently kieran hebden, aka four tet, whom cyne supported on tour in miami this april) - the band are in the unique position of commanding admiration from both hip hop, indie and electronica heads. "Growing" is the group's first release for city centre offices, a taster for their forthcoming album due towards the end of 2004. The title track is a joyous trip through reflection and cascading vibes, a bittersweet tribute to the spirit of gangstarr and the bouncy jig of their native miami. "stomping ground" rips the soul fusion into a looped trawl through the history of black music with a social conscience. "the river" slips into a twilight world of acoustic guitars and gentle basslines daydreaming of sunshine spreads and a better place. "rousseau" is the perfect soul ending, consciousness streaming into a different era with all these new musical forms and influences there for good company. 4 Vocal tracks plus 4 instrumentals, 8 tracks of seriously deep hip hop vibes.

Knifehandchop Vs Dj Aneurysm - Shotgun Wedding Volume Two : Evil Doppelganger
Violent Turd

Toronto's Knifehandchop pitted against Oakland's DJ Aneurysm in a essential fever-pitched hardcore massacre. Knifehandchop comes correct with a 40-minute mashup that mixes the sleazy pop of Khia with Daft Punk's 'Da Funk' (speeded up of course), Rza and Kool Moe Dee with the best hardcore hits from his own back catalogue. The Venetian Snares into System Of The Down is the most effective. It doesn't get any more twisted than this. DJ Aneurysm, musical mastermind of Switchcraft Records and winner of many underground hardcore / noise / gabber turntablist contests, takes things to a more multidimensional level of perversion, constantly mixing between turntables and laptops, combining dsp and scratching, and mixing in lots of his own new tracks over the best hard techno and grimy hiphop, jungle and gabber. Ace.

Moodymann - Black Mahogani

KDJ's long awaited Black Mahogani triple-pack is finally with us. Some of you will know the inspired slinky jazz House of the mighty "I'm Doing Fine" and "Runaway" 12"s, add the fabulous title track plus Holiday, Roberta Jean Machine, I Need You So Much, Shades Of Jae, Riley's Song, Back At Bakers (on Livernois) and Mahogani 9000 and you have yourself one of the slinkiest late-night vibed albums you'll hear all year. Moodymann killer business - mighty fine - get busy!

Si-Cut.Db - Find Some Shade
Highpoint Lowlife.

Processed and static-infused dub basslines combine with german minimalist microhouse for this, the latest full length release from the prolific si-cut.db. Douglas benford, the man behind the si-cut.db persona has over the past ten or so years released a vast catalog of solo work and collaborations on labels like spa.rk, bip_hop, background, and expanding, working with benge, scanner, and stephan mathieu, all while also co-running the london based monthly sprawl club and label, alongside partner in crime, bittonic. Check.

Various / Planet Mu Children Of Mu
Planet Mu

Gargantuan second compilation on the excellent Planet Mu imprint, this time scattering highlights from the label's hugely impressive back-catalogue across two packed-out cd's. Check this for a lineup of artists : Luke Vibert, Jega, Venetian Snares, Hrvatski, Sh*tmat, Subjex, Lexaunculpt, Leafcutter John, Frog Pocket, The Gasman, Chevron, Joseph Nothing, Local, Nautilis, Ambulance, Phthalocyanine, Dykehouse vs Frost Jockey, Guilty Connector and loads more. That's 26 tracks (Jega's track is his first new offering in 4 years!), many of which are available for the very first time on cd. Dip into this for the finest in relentless electronic innovation, crunched up tronica, supreme composition (Oh that Hrvatski track still sounds SO SO GOOD), mentallst raggacore, absolute dancefloor killer funk (yes, that's you Mr Vibert) and a good old knee's up from one of the UK's most tirelessly resolute labels. Wicked and wild.

Infinite Livez - Bush Meat
Big Dada

Last seen bustin' crazy sick moves with Kid Acne the madder than jack mc'madd Infinite Livez finally gets enough time out of the insane asylum to bring us this very worrying but highly entertaining album. To be honest if you liked the 'Pononee Girl' (track included here) 7" and dug the concept or bought the 12" 'Sumfink 4 Nafink' (tracks strangely absent here) then you'll like this. It definitely belongs the bouncement school or soft knocks, like the mixture of Roots Manuva and Pitman though a lot funnier than the latter. Subject matter is very close to the knuckle but all tongue in cheek (I hope). Throughout the production is ace though personally for this kind of stuff I much prefer the Welsh warriors Lews Tunes and Nobbsta Nuts. Utterly insane, nineteen tracks for UK rap nutters.

Mestizo - Lifelikemovie
Galapagos 4

Second new artist on the trot from Chicago's (now Oakland based) Galapagos 4 label who are rapidly climbing the list of the u.s.'s most essential hip hop purveyors. By the way if you slept on the Robust, sort it out. Mestizo's rhymes come from the school of reality a deeply routed poetical approach that's current incarnation can be traced back to the early recordings of Sixtoo and the backcatalogue of the Peanuts and Corn label. Everyday topics are dropped in a frighteningly realistic manner, from the dread of serving up gluttonous popcorn to zombified teenagers to... well other soul destroying duties required to put food on your plate. On top of this seriously addictive and hard hitting flow is the finest variety of fine organic based funky hip hop music from producers such as Dreas, Meaty Ogre, White Lightning, Maker and Jackson Jones. Vocals guests include, Denizon Kane, Offwhyte, Qwel and Rift. For me the highlight is the heavenly 'Glass Box', lazy blues slide guitar and dusted beats - mighty fine. Highly recommended.

Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing In The Hands

Official UK release for this fabulous, deeply eccentric singer-songwriter treasure, originally brought to you as an import item on Young God a couple of weeks back. This limited version comes with a booklet and extra, lush packaging. Call it adventurous lo-fi country with a theatrical slant that's akin to early Will Oldham and his Bonnie Prince guise... retro tinged psych soul or something. Check the samples and catch the drift. Extra brownie points for getting Vashti Bunyan back into the recording studio for the duo lead title track. A mic for his voice, a few on his guitar, and one or two in the room (an old, Georgia-style southern house with tall ceilings, wood floors etc.), and that's what you hear, for the most part, on these recordings (along with the occasional chorus of cicadas, when he happened to be recording at night, with the windows open). A few overdubs were added in New York, played by a host of musicians. Lovely.

Loose Lips Sink Ships
Volume 2
Loose Lips
Mag // £ 4.49

Second issue from the magazine that rose from the ashes of "Careless Talk Costs Lives". Featuring a beautiful glossy sleeve, cover man being Devendra Banhart, plus features on Cocorosie, Two Lone Swordsmen, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, Joanna Newsom, Blonde Redhead and more, all in all an excellent read.

M83 - America

Featuring an edited version of a track from last year's "Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts" album, a frantic hustle that binds electronic wizardry to headf*ck guitars and disembodied but strangely familiar voices, a kind of My Bloody Valentine given an electric reworking. "Dead Cities, Red Seas..." meanwhile, is an epic, ethereal 17-minute dream sequence floating through textured ambience and refined drones. Despite sharing the title with the album of the same name, "Dead Cities.." is actually a new and exclusive track, previously unavailable.

FYM - Say No To Primate Research Labs

A killer album from Telegraph, who have been responsible for the ace Post Office compilations plus the ace Monobox LP from Rob Hood and the recent DBX collection. Here they go for the crazy funkmeister Fym from Fym & S-Max fame, who have released numerous 12"s on their awesome Boogizm imprint amongst others. Fym makes a political point with the title, and gets straight to the musical point on the opening track 'Comparatively Solid Grid' which is a killer slice of futuristic house with its squeals and glitches that flip around the beat while a killer sub bass line and groove get your head going - a perfect attention grabbing opener. Later on you'll find 'Lollipop Paws Swimming In Space', a killer 4/4 jazzyesque tech house number with oodles of bass and breaks with the added noises popping up everywhere. As tyou'll know by now Fym has an unusual but very unique take on house, and there are a lot of tracks on here that can put a lot of producers to shame as the quality is sky high. For a final test of this try 'Neon Hum' with its ultra deep vibe and fresh electronic glitches giving a superb mix of the old and the new. Futuristic music from Fym, killer.

Various / Telegraph - Post Office 2

The long awaited follow up to one of the best ever micro techno/house compilations is here. You'll recall that volume one had a whole host of killers from Dan Bell, Ark, Villalobos et al. easily on a par with Perlon's mighty 'Superlongevity' series. It could be argued that the influence of Herbert looms large over Telegraph - this is especially prevalent on Run Stop Restore's 'Suck My Christmas' which seems to have been lifted straight from Herbert's original house EP series on Phono plus Spasm's 'cyraM' which feeds on some ill Radioboy funk. For me though the two outstanding winners are Fym Et Diane's 'Dew Mops', quite simply the finest courtship of rocksteady 4/4 drops, tweaked frequencies and low riding funk that this bloke has heard in a long time. The other track is by that man Ricardo Villalobos who's techfunk masterclass 'Resumier' is akin to classic Autechre in structure and feel but given the Villalobos rinse, devastating. Other tracks are by Ben Neville (wicked tune with a hint of dark humour), Bidul (tha' boom, clack, thwack), Ark & Sety (moody techbreakbizniz), Cabanne (Wishmountain gone haunted dubdisco), Luciano & Serafin (continue to amaze), Ultrakurt (grindin' sextech) & Dandy Jack (15 minutes of playful but deadly funky techtronics). Mastered to perfection by Frederic @ Dubplates & Mastering (the choice of the professional :). Perlon, watch your back this is some essential business.

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Saturday, May 22, 2004


Peter Gabriel wins Music Industry Trust (MIT) Award

Yahoo relay the news that Peter Gabriel wins music industry award

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Playlouder review RJD2 - Since Last We Spoke

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Mixing It

This week's Mixing It playlist on Radio 3 includes tracks from:

Ahvak - Israeli avant progressive rock
Sixtoo - electronic hip hop
Wagon Christ - electronic soundscapes
Mono - Japanese post rock band that out do Mogwai and Godspeed in the epic post rock stakes, the track played weighs in at 10 minutes - it will blow your head off.

» Listen to show @ Mixing It

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BBC Jazz Awards 2004 - The Nominees

Full list of nominees for BBC Jazz Awards

The BBC Jazz Awards celebrates the music in all its diversity, from trad to the avant garde and all points inbetween. Below are this year's nominees; there'll be further additions over the coming weeks. Unfortunately you'll have to wait until July 29th to find out who the winners are, and you'll be able to hear the whole thing on Radios 2 and 3.

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The Observer Music Monthly

Take the pop music quiz @ The Observer Music Monthly: Abba To Zappa microsite and have a chance of winning an Ipod.

Simply complete the quiz to enter the prize draw - and follows the rules re: time.

The May issue of The Obsever Music Monthly will be available with The Observer newspaper this Sunday [tomorrow] in the UK.

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Stuart Maconie's Critical List

This week's featured album of the week on the Critical List show on Radio 2 is

JOHN MARTYN - 'Solid Air'
Produced by John Wood
Island, 1973

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BBC Music review Audun Kleive & Generator X - Ohmagoddabl on Jazzland records

"Ohmagoddabl is Generator X's third outing. Audun Kleive's occasional group is made up of some of the cream of Norway's electric jazz players, namely Jan Bang (samples), Christian Wallumrod and Stale Storlokken (keys), and Arve Henriksen (trumpet)."

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Friday, May 21, 2004 interview Tiga

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Dusted spotlight the listening interests of Stefan Schneider from To Rococo Rot

To Rococo Rot

When To Rococo Rot started making music in 1996, the intermingling of organic samples and electronic tones was far from ubiquitous. In that sense, Stefan Schneider, Robert Lippok and Ronald Lippok are prescient bunch. Eight years hence, replicas of their cyborgenic lockgrooves scatter the underground landscape, but the trio deserves credit for being one of the first to update Neu’s sensibilities for the CD generation. The band’s latest recording, the excellent Hotel Morgen, was released on Domino Records on May 18. It merits mention that To Rococo Rot is bursting at the seams with esteemed side projects – Schneider also records as part of Kreidler, and Ronald Lippok is one-half of Tarwater. Schneider took part in this week’s Listed.

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Pitchfork review Secret Machines - Now Here Is Nowhere

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The Guardian review Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands

This album is also reviewed @ The Independent

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The Guardian review Grand National - Kicking the National Habit

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The Guardian review Junior Boys - Last Exit

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The Guardian review Felix da Housecat - Devin Dazzle and the Neon Fever

This album is also reviewed @ The Independent

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Radio 1: New Schedule to Start in July report the changes @ Radio 1: Pearce loses out in Radio 1 evening shake-up

Radio 1 outlines New Specialist Line Up

Radio 1 is changing it's evening and night time schedule

» Radio 1's New Schedule from July.

Summary of some of the changes:

Dave "Mr Drivetime Dance Anthems" Pearce looses his weekday drivetime slots

Zane Lowe gains an extra show on Monday and will broadcast from Monday to Thursday, starting at 7pm to 9pm
John Peel shows move 1 hour later to 11pm - 1am

Bobby Friction & Nihal move to Wednesday evening at 9pm
Mary Ann Hobbs has her shows moved an hour later i.e Breezeblock and Rock Show [this does seem the strangest of moves, particularly as the Rock show has a strong teenager following]
Lammo starts his Monday slot at 9pm - 1am
Annie Nightingale moves to 1am - 3am on early Friday morning
Mike Davies Tuesday punk metal show The Lock Up will be brought forward from 2am to 9pm

note: One World show - moves to Monday mornings at 1am, strange slot !

Every week day there will be a one hour show dedicated to showcasing the new and unusual from the worlds of music, comedy and art in a late night 0300hrs slot
Annie Mac gets a diverse/ upfront dance music slot on Thursday's at 9pm
The Blue Room gains another early slot at the weekend, on Sunday mornings

Seb Fontaine leaves the station
Vicky Marsden looses her overnight time slots, and leaves the station?

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Next week's new releases are reviewed @ Norman Records

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Radio 3: Norwegian Music Special

This Saturday [tomorrow] on Radio 3: BBC - Radio 3 - What's On Listings:

23:00 Hear and Now

Norwegian Word

Alwynne Pritchard presents a two-part overview of the new music scene in Norway, beginning with a special report on Oslo's 2003 Ultima Festival entitled 'echoes from an era', including interviews and music by featured local composers Rolf Wallin and Maja Ratkje.

There's also a Modernist classic, Stockhausen's Mixtur for orchestra and ring-modulators, played by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

And from the burgeoning young electronic music scene in Bergen, Alwynne finds out what 20-somethings like Bad Bikini and Sir Dupermann are getting up to with their laptops.

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

» Hear and Now

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Thursday, May 20, 2004


CMU Music Network

Essential UK music news: CMU Music Network have once again revamped their website, now incorporating cmu daily.

Welcome to the CMU Music Network, the creative network for everyone who works in the music media, music industry and college music scene

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BBC Music: BBC Music BBC Music - Listen BBC Introducing BBC Radio Radio 1 Radio 2 Radio 3 1Xtra 6 Music

Radio: UK: Radioplayer | UK radio in one place. Amazing Radio Chart « Amazing Radio Playlist « Amazing Radio Schedule « Amazing Radio DeadAir128 dirtyradio | music worth hearing Fluid Radio - Experimental Frequencies Jazz FM NTS RADIO Rinse FM Radio Magnetic Resonance104.4fm TotalRock Radio XFM London Ireland: RTÉ 2fm TX FM Radio Player Italy: Listen « PIG Radio USA: Cathedral 13 Links: Radionomy SHOUTcast Radio

Ambient Ambient Visions Star's End
Drum n Bass DOA: Dogs on Acid Drum&BassArena Kmag
Electro / House / Techno DJ Mag hyponik Mixmag RA Resident Advisor XLR8R
Electronic Igloo textura
Experimental: a closer listen | A home for instrumental and experimental music. Avant Music News Brainwashed Cyclic Defrost Freq Headphone Commute Heathen Harvest 2.1 | Illuminating the Post-Industrial Underground Paris Transatlantic Sound and Music | We are sound The Squid's Ear Terrascope Online The Wire
Gothic: net goth org UK
Industrial / Synth Pop: Release Music Magazine Side-Line
Jazz: All About Jazz: News All About Jazz Dalston Sound | A music blog Free Jazz The Jazz Mann JJA News » Insights and updates from the Jazz Journalists Association Jazzwise Magazine LondonJazz Polish-Jazz BBC Radio 3 - Jazz on 3 Jazz Music Archives Crazy Jazz
Metal: Apeshit Blabbermouth BW & BK Decibel Magazine INVISIBLE ORANGES - THE METAL BLOG: MetalBite Metal Hammer The Metal Observer Metal Storm MetalSucks Terrorizer
Music Reviews - Metal Chronicles of Chaos Metal Invader Metal Reviews Metal Storm - Reviews

Canada Based Music Websites Cokemachineglow .
Ireland The Last Mixed Tape Nialler9 State Magazine
Other European Based Music Websites: Chain D.L.K. Cool Music Central KindaMuzik Musique Machine
Scandinavian Music: It's a trap! Music Norway EN Nö MUSIC

London Centric: Delta 9 hyponik Prog rock and avant-garde gigs in London Promoters: Eat Your Own Ears ICA London Musicians Collective Lumin no.signal

UK Based Music Websites: The Afterword - Barcode - Bearded Magazine - Clash Music - CMU Daily - Music | Dazed - DIY - Drowned in Sound - Dummy - Echoes And Dust - FACT magazine: - GIGWISE - The Guardian - Music - Guardian blog - music - The Independent | Music - Kerrang! - themilkfactory - Louder Than War - MOJO - MusicOMH - Music Tank - Music Week - No Ripcord - Record of the Day - - SoundsXP - SUBBA CULTCHA - TLOBF.COM - Uncut - Xfm
NME.COM NME.COM NME Blogs NME New Music NME.COM - Magazine

US Based Music Websites The A.V. Club - Music * - Alternative Music * babysue * Billboard * brooklynvegan * | new music first * * Delusions of Adequacy * Drawer B * Dusted * dusted in exile * Evilsponge * Glide Magazine * Ink19 * Magnet Magazine * Pitchfork * Best New Music | Pitchfork * PopMatters * Prefix * * ReGen Magazine * Scene Point Blank * Silent Uproar * Spin * Sputnikmusic * Stereogum * Tiny Mix Tapes * Under the Radar * URB Magazine

Music Reference: All Music Discogs Fast 'n' Bulbous Metacritic Perfect Sound Forever Rockdetector Rocklist.Net RYM Satan Stole My Teddy Bear Scaruffi
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