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Re-issue ! Re-package ! Re-package !
Re-evaluate the songs
Double-pack with a photograph
Extra Track (and a tacky badge)
So said The Smiths on ‘Paint a Vulgar Picture’ and sadly this is now longer not just the preserve of just the major record companies but way down the line we are getting continual re-issues, records coming third, fourth, fifth time around each time with a re-master or a bonus something or other. There is absolutely no doubt about the quality of this Boards of Canada 12” originally from 1996 but re-issued in 1998,2002, 2005 and now again in 2014.
To me it contains some of their finest work before they got a bit...well ....flabby. Back then they were unafraid to throw in an 80’s electro beat (‘Nlogex’) and work their melodic magic around it. Later on, to me they’ve become too safe, too nerdy, too white but that is an issue and a conversation for another day. Said tune is one of the highlights of this excellent EP which is a concise 6 track argument in favour of everything that is good about the group, the track in question veers away from the electro roots and into an eerier place and once the cut up vocals come in, well they’ve got you.
‘Turqoise Hexagon Sun’ blueprints the blurred slo-mo beats, warm rhodes pianos and cut up voices template that would become their signature sound. The closing ‘We Have the Ballen’ is probably my favourite...no ...second favourite Boards of Canada track ever with some of their most wonderful haunting atmospheres slowly building and layering until melodic synth lines appear at just the right place. Perfect, perfect stuff.
I could go on - every track offers something fresh and unusual. The trend for remaster and highly compressed clear masters leads to a few issues on the sonic side of things in my opinion. The beats, especially on opener ‘Hi Scores’, sound like they’ve been pushed too hard and now fizz to the point of irritation at times. But that’s one for you audiophiles to debate about. No argument on the greatness of this record otherwise.
Proper sensible review to follow but here is Phil's effort from years ago............ wow he was talking about it being a cash cow back then!
SKAM once more milk the Boards Of Canada cashcow and upset those who've paid lots for it on EBAY by re releasing Hi Scores on vinyl. It's ages old now but it's a such a class record. You'd be a fool to not buy this.... Especially as it's back in the days when Boards were good and forward thinking and not sounding like new age tapes for whales. Superb blendings of electro and melodic electronica into some of the most fantastic electronic tunes ever made. A totally fucking brilliant record....
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