Thursday, 19 April 2018

UNKLE
























"psyence fiction"
Year:    1998
Country:    UK
City:   London
Label:    Mo Wax
Format:    CD, 2 x LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    55 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Downtempo            Breakbeat














Musically, the album features all the standard DJ Shadow touches (terror-filled vocal samples, unpredictable drumming, airy, atmospheric melodies), yet seems somewhat subdued. That's probably down to the vocalists - DJ Shadow clearly isn't used to writing with other people, and taking a back seat to somebody else. The musical highlights of the album come when Shadow works on his own (UNKLE Main Theme), or when he strips it back the furthest (Rabbit In Your Headlights). Nursery Rhyme and Bloodstain are exceptions to this, though that may well be because the vocalists on these tracks demand the least of the listener's attention. (One assumes Richard Ashcroft's huge ego led to Lonely Soul sounding the way it does.) Psyence Fiction is a strange record, then. It's more interesting than captivating, which is not what you want from a man who made one of the most capitivating records ever just two years previous. Yet moments here are pure genius, and even when Shadow is coasting (Celestial Annihilation, for instance), it's great stuff. Perhaps Psyence Fiction is the greatest indicator of Shadow's genius for just that reason - it's still inferior to his other work, yet most can only dream of these heights. Definitely worth a look (*Review by Iai ).
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Monday, 9 April 2018

BOYS NOIZE


























"oi oi oi"
Year:    2007
Country:   Germany
City:   Berlin
Label:   none
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    13
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Breakbeat














BOYS NOIZE is the stage name of Berlin-based DJ and producer ALEX RIDHA. Ridha (born in 1982, Hamburg) started producing and DJing at early age to find himself supporting the likes of Felix Da Housecat and DJ Hell in a matter of time. Nowadays Ridha himself is known as a one of the most valued electronic artists, awarded with the Independent Music Award in 2010 as well as 3 years in a row Best Electronic Artist on Beatport.¬†He has a refreshing approach: not afraid to break new grounds, beaming a myriad of influences from his hip-hop and disco roots to create an innovative sound. His DJ-sets are equally uplifting and he's regarded by many as one of the worlds' best DJs, not only technically but also as a showman. Seamlessly mixing and remixing on the spot, Ridha never fails to deliver high-powered and gripping sets: unforgettable experiences for the witnesses. Ridha released his early work on labels such as International Deejay Gigolos Records, Kitsuné Music and Turbo Recordings.In order to retain full artistic freedom however, he established his imprint Boysnoize Records in 2005. His highly anticipated long players "OI OI OI" and its successor "POWER", the two long players that included contemporary anthems such as "Don't Believe The Hype", "&Down" and "Jeffer". He remixed David Lynch, N.E.R.D, Depeche Mode, Snoop Dogg and The Chemical Brothers amongst many other great artists and became a producer of note, highly sought after having worked with Kelis, UK rapper Kano and Black Eyed Peas to name a few. Chilly Gonzales' "Ivory Tower" is his first fully produced and co-written album which was released in August 2010. He has further collaborated with his friend and fellow Erol Alkan: The first record "Death Suite" / "Waves" was released on Ridhas imprint BNR, follow up "Lemonade" / "Avalanche" came out on Erol's label Phantasy Sound. An "Avalanche" re-release, a new version featuring Brit-God Jarvis Cocker, is due for early 2011. Ridha is currently working on the forthcoming Spank Rock album and as well as with New York's finest Scissor Sisters. His recent release of original Boys Noize tracks in September 2010 celebrated the 50th release on Boysnoize Rec as well as the launch of the first sublabel BNR TRAX which presented its first release in October 2010.
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Sunday, 8 April 2018

NATASHA BARRET



























"puzzle wood"
Year:    2017
Country:    UK
City:    Birmingham
Label:    Aurora
Format:    CD
Tracks:    5
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Abstract            Experimental














Natasha Barrett (UK, 1972) began working seriously with electroacoustic composition during a master’s degree in analysis and electroacoustic composition, studying with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham (UK). This study also gave her the opportunity to work with Beast (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) which has greatly influenced her current work, and lead on to a doctoral degree in composition supervised by Denis Smalley, awarded in 1998 at City University (London, UK). Both degrees were funded by the Humanities section of the British Academy. In the same year, a grant from Norges forskningsråd (The Research Council of Norway) enabled her to work as a resident composer at NoTAM (Norsk nettverk for Teknologi, Akustikk og Musikk / Norwegian network for Technology, Acoustics and Music) in Oslo (Norway). Afterwards, she worked for one year as a senior lecturer at the music conservatory in Tromsø (Norway).She is now a freelance composer and teacher, based in Oslo. In her spare time, she is active in NICEM (Norsk seksjon av International Confederation for Electroacoustic Music / Norwegian section of the International Confederation for Electroacoustic Music), an organization whose main activity focuses on the performance of electroacoustic music in Norway and abroad. Her compositional output consists of works for instruments and live electronics, sound installations, dance, theatre, and animation projects, but all activity is rooted in her work with acousmatic tape composition, which features most strongly amongst her creations.
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Thursday, 22 March 2018

ALTERNATIVE TV



























"the image has cracked"
Year:    1978
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Deptford Fun City
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Punk  Rock











As a vocalist, ATV took an unknown radio disc jockey and editor of one of the first punk fanzines, "Sniffin' Glue", started the band in March 1977 with Alex Ferguson on guitar, Micky Smith (and later Tyrone Thomas and then Dennies Burns) on bass, John Towe (and later Chris Bennett) on drums. The singles Love Lies Limp (Sniffing Glue, 1977), Knights of the Future/ Alternatives to Normal Eating (Red Ronnie's Bazar, 1977) and How Much Longer/ You Bastard (Deptford Fun City, november 1977) heralded a new era for British rock music, an era that would soon revel in the modernist sounds of The Clash, The Ruts or Magazine. Ferguson had already left by this time. ATV's songs were melodic and complex, although they still boasted punk's angry "take-no-prisoners" attack. The Image Has Cracked (Deptford Fun City, 1978) is a milestone of that era, as are the singles Life After Life/ Life After Dub (Deptford Fun City, 1978), Life/ Love Lies Limp (Deptford Fun City, 1978) and Action Time Vision/ Another Coke (Deptford Fun City, 1978). But the band was falling apart. Only Perry and the bassist were left on the album Vibing Up the Senile Man (Deptford Fun City, 1979), a much more experimental album at the border between free-jazz and electronica, while the market also received a couple of live albums and a bootleg or two. The last single was The Force Is Blind/ Lost in a Room (Depford Fun City, 1979). ATV split up in 1981 but reunited late 80's decade, with a regular activity until nowadays. Despite ATV is not a militant political band, their lyrics have always showed a certain interest related to political conscious, social issues, against prejudices, etc.
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"the ancient rebels"
Year:    1981
Label:    A&M
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            New Wave



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"punk life"
Year:    1997
Label:    Overground
Format:    CD
Tracks:    14
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Punk  Rock





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"Revolution"
Year:    2001
Label:    Public Domain
Format:    CD
Tracks:    12
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Punk  Rock





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"opposing forces"
Year:    2015
Label:    Public Domain
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Punk  Rock











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"dark places"
Year:    2018
Label:    none
Format:    CD
Tracks:    12
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Post-Rock












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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

THE STROKES



























"room on fire"
Year:    2003
Country:    US
City:    New York
Label:    Sony
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    33 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock











The Strokes are an indie rock band formed in 1998. the band is composed of singer Julian Casablancas, lead guitarist Nick Valensi, rhythm guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture, and drummer Fabrizio Moretti. Following the conclusion of five-album deals with RCA and Rough Trade, the band has continued to release new music through Casablancas' Cult Records. Met with widespread critical acclaim, the Strokes' 2001 debut, Is This It, helped usher in the garage rock revival movement of the early-21st century—and ranks number eight on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time, number two on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the '00s,[3] 199 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and number four in the NME top 500 albums of all time. Their music is helped by other styles such as: punk rock, garage rock and pop, with easy, simple and direct compositions, sweet melodies, optimistic lyrics and positive attitude. Brief, this is just an excellent pop band.
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Monday, 8 January 2018

COLDCUT


























"let us play"
Year:    1997
Country:    UK
City:   London
Label:    Ninja Tune
Format:    CD
Tracks:    12
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Breakbeat            Turntablism













Coldcut are an English electronic music duo composed of Matt Black and Jonathan More. Credited as pioneers for pop sampling in the ‘80s, Coldcut are also considered the first stars of UK electronic dance music due to their innovative style, which featured cut-up samples of hip-hop, soul, funk, spoken word and various other types of music, as well as video and multimedia. According to Spin, "in ’87 Coldcut pioneered the British fad for ‘DJ records’". Coldcut's records first introduced the public to pop artists Yazz and Lisa Stansfield, through which these artists achieved pop chart success. In addition, Coldcut has remixed and created productions on tracks by the likes of Eric B & Rakim, James Brown, Queen Latifah, Eurythmics, INXS, Steve Reich, Blondie, The Fall, Pierre Henry, Nina Simone, Fog, Red Snapper, and BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Beyond their work as a production duo, Coldcut are the founders of Ninja Tune, an independent record label in London, England (with a satellite office in Montreal) with an overall emphasis on encouraging interactive technology and finding innovative uses of software. The label’s first releases (the first four volumes of DJ Food - 'Jazz Brakes') were produced by Coldcut in the early 90s, and composed of instrumental hip-hop cuts that led the duo to help pioneer the trip hop genre, with artists such as Funki Porcini, The Herbaliser and DJ Vadim. Influential UK DJ and production act working broadly in the field of electronic music. They also founded the eclectic label Ninja Tune.
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"sound mirrors"
Year:    2006
Label:    Ninja Tune
Format:    CD, 2 x LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Breakbeat            Turntablism












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Saturday, 30 December 2017

WILCO



























"yankee hotel foxtrot"
Year:    2002
Country:    US
City:    Chicago
Label:    Warner
Format:    CD, 2 x LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock













Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure. Wilco's lineup changed frequently during its first decade, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the lineup has been unchanged, consisting of Tweedy, Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released ten studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations: three with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5. Wilco's music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including Bill Fay, The Beatles and Television, and has in turn influenced music by a number of modern alternative rock acts. The band continued in the alternative country style of Uncle Tupelo on its debut album A.M. (1995), but has since introduced more experimental aspects to their music, including elements of alternative rock and classic pop. Wilco's musical style has evolved from a 1990s country rock sound to a current "eclectic indie rock collective that touches on many eras and genres.
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Saturday, 16 December 2017

RADIOHEAD



























"ok computer"
Year:    1997
Country:    UK
City:    Oxford
Label:    Warner 
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock












Twenty years on, Radiohead revisit their 1997 masterpiece with a deluxe reissue. The bonus material includes familiar B-sides and a few previously unheard recordings that hint at an intriguing road not taken. might be, Radiohead faced, if not a crossroads, then an unusually open stretch of road. They had toured with Alanis Morissette in support of their second LP, 1995's The Bends. They had appeared, pale and blinking, before tanned and greased hordes on “MTV Spring Break,” wailing the chorus to a massive runaway hit that was now fading in their rearview. On their first two records, they had worked with two different conventional rock producers, and now they itched to cut tether from professional studios altogether. They had earned the freedom to thrash around, to spend some record label money and burn some of the industry goodwill they’d accumulated pursuing whatever they wanted. So what would that be?

It’s still funny to think, two decades later, that Thom Yorke’s first answer to that question was to create Radiohead’s first “positive” album. No more iron lungs, or songs inspired by brutal gun rampages, he swore: This time, he told NME, “I’m deliberately writing down all the positive things I hear or see.”

It’s unclear what happened to that album. OK Computer obviously wasn’t it. But there has always been a tantalizing alternate-history version of Radiohead’s third LP lurking behind the finished product. Their sessions weren’t exactly a deep-dive into hell, despite the record’s now-concrete reputation as a piece of digital-age prophecy. For every dour “Paranoid Android” thunderclap, there was a shimmering, lighter “Melatonin” as its B-side. More than 20 songs were winnowed down to 12, in fact, and the narrative the discarded tracks suggest has been kept under quite deliberate lock and key by the band. But now, years on, they are cracking open its vaults, perhaps to slyly underscore the point that they were always more human, and connected to good old hoary rock music, than their reputation suggests (*Review by Jason Green )
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"kid  a"
Year:    2000
Label:    Warner
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    55 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock







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