The wonderful wonderful sound of Broadcast, brought back onto vinyl again at last by Warp Records. Work & Non Work compiles the singles released by the band prior to their Warp signing, and there are plenty of excellent slices of their alternate universe pop sound here: a universe that is at once shiny future and eerie past. Includes download code.
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9/10 Land Customer review, 9th February 2015
Although ’Work and Non-Work' was a mere collection of early singles and B-sides, it easily stands up against Broadcast's full length albums in the stakes of both quality of music and singularity of vision. Notably, it showcases the bands' love of library music, probably in a more obvious way than anything they did until their 'Microtronics' collections; brief snippets of rogue electronica are scattered between songs and tracks like ‘Phantom’ have that sinister OU feel to them that became increasingly relevant as the 'hauntology' movement emerged in later years.
Their Moog driven sound meant that the tag of Stereolab copyists was inevitably appended to them, and tracks like ‘Living Room’ bear more than a passing resemblance, but Broadcast were always ploughing their own furrow. Tracks like the sinuous, dub-inflected ‘The World Backwards’ and the haunting, pastoral electronica of ‘According To No Plan’ show a breath of palate that they would draw upon more and more as time went on. Already, they were setting the foundations for a diverse, fearless career.
Basically, Broadcast have had all their albums reissued on vinyl - time to get your wallet out.
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