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9/10 according to our ReviewBot300 on 20th February 2014
Ooh, this is good. patten is back on Warp with more of his woozy mind-melting sound collages and it's really hitting the spot for me this morning. 'ESTOILE NAIANT' is full of shimmering, flickering multi-layered electronic chaos underpinned by silky melodies and grooves which ooze out of the speakers like treacle. He also seems to have taken Cli…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 6th February 2014
Looks like I was l was late to the Hobo Cubes party having just looked at the man’s extensive discography. My introduction to Montreal's Francesco De Gallo’s music came by way of a track on a Digitalis compilation and also a split tape…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 22nd November 2013
Here we have a guy who has totally bewildered our Clinton, so much so that the poor soul e-mailed me at home with a link to the guy's bandcamp pleading with me to try make sense of this technicolour aural onslaught. He's never done this to me before so It must be a pretty mad record, right From Melbourne via Wellington, our awkwardly-mon…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil on 14th November 2013
It’s been such a long time since Ultravox released a hit, and that song ‘Feed The World’ song Midge did with rugged trampface Geldof, but it’s nice to finally have him back making music. Oh this isn’t Midge Ure? It’s Majeure? That Anthony Pattera fella from …view full details.
9/10 according to our ReviewBot300 on 29th October 2013
Here’s the latest product of the current horror soundtrack reissue boom; a deluxe reissue of the score to Wes Craven’s grisly classic ‘The Last House On The Left’, unusually written and performed by the film’s star and the man performing a large portion of the on-screen violence, the late David Alexander Hess. …view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 2nd August 2013
Chris Douglas makes a welcome return to his Dalglish handle with the first new material under the alias since 2011’s ‘Benacah Drann Deachd’ also on the …view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 19th June 2013
Belgian reed player Joachim Badenhorst has been involved in all sorts of projects over the years (including Baloni and Han Bennink Trio but the list is as long as my telescopic robot arm) and on ‘The Jungle He Told Me’ he’s going it alone for the very first time, offering a series of improvisations for clarinet, bass clarinet a…view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton on 9th May 2013
Over the course of his last few excellent LPs West Midlands resident Steven Wilkinson has pretty much come up with his own signature sound, one can now utter that something sounds Bibio-esque such are his achievements. He produces a kind of faded polaroid postcard autumnal pop which owes as much to …view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 19th April 2013
After playing this a few times it got me wondering who’s behind the music. It’s either an artist that’s quietly been chipping away for a very long time but never been given a break by a label or an established producer working under an alias. I suspect the latter as Spectramorphic Iridescence is a highly accomplished piece of w…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil on 21st March 2013
I’ve never really heard much by this guy but I know he walks along the harsher path of what we sell. This 2CD set is a sequel to 'A Collection of Curses' and gathers hard to find tracks, compilation contributions, re-workings, live recordings as well as unreleased pieces by the man Phillips. The opening few tracks appear to have lo…view full details.
9/10 according to our ReviewBot300 on 25th April 2013
Got a shadowy 12” here, not on any label, with just a bright psychedelic design on the sticker instead of information, but I happen to know that it’s APC, aka Aaron from Peaking Lights, with some shiny looped out synthscapes full of bubbling modular loops …view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 11th October 2012
This is possibly the strangest multi-media package we’ve ever had in by anyone. On a baffling array of formats, you also have a difficult choice to make with two different styles of headphones on offer so you can really dig the “sonic stylings” as these two legendary mad old b…view full details.
9/10 according to our ReviewBot300 on 13th February 2014
Welcome to ReviewBot3000’s Cassette Corner. I’m ReviewBot3000 and today I will be taking you through a rash of new tapes. Tapes on good labels like Winebox Press and Tombed Visions by the likes of Valved and Jon Collin, and this one here by Le Revelateur on NNA. You may have encountered Le Revelateur on his previous outings for Root …view full details.
9/10 according to our ReviewBot300 on 18th October 2012
Astral Socialite and former Vibracathedral Neil Campbell and The Appliances’ Robert Horton are an unlikely pairing for a collaboration. For sta…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 18th April 2012
In a bit of a change of pace AIDS Wolf guitarist, screen-printing guru and all round good dude Alexander Moskos hits us with a tape of his oddball solo compositions. This Canadian six-string lad has been possessing my mind with his…view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton on 9th March 2012
The Clint home stereo is the most fickle of mistresses with its Roman Abramovich style approach to hiring and firing each hopeful release daring to kneel before its crown. One disc that has managed to escape its wrath over the past month or so has been this, the excellent third album from…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 28th March 2012
More booty from the Software label, this time from Moscow born, Brooklyn based Slava (a.k.a Slava Balsanov). Slava's had stuff out on a bunch of labels but this is the first of his releases I've heard so excuse my ignorance. 'Soft Control' is a strange beast that tinkers with the constr…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 15th July 2010
I'm a big fan of Mahjongg's stuff. The group evolution has been a treat to observe and the fact that head honcho and lead singer Hunter looks uncannily like a mix of Eminem and Gareth S. Brown only sweetens the deal. Now, Mahjongg fit into a weird sub genre of music that i'd refer to as art-dance music, it's like art-rock but obviously it's more…view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 15th December 2011
The Starsky and Hutch of minimal are back with their first fully-fledged standalone collaborative album under the name Oliveray, where they blur the lines between neofolk, neoclassical and contemporary minimal composition a little more for us. I expect you're familiar with some of these …view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 22nd February 2012
More archival goodies for you. This one's a collection of recordings by Italian composer/electronic pioneer Doris Norton. Generally considered to be the Italian equivalent of Klaus Schulze in terms of her contribution to the development of early electronic music, Norton has worked with var…view full details.
9/10 according to our Mike on 21st February 2012
Bit of proto-punk worship on this lively little 45rpm mini-album from Frenchies Destination Lonely. I guess the Stooges are an obvious reference point here, particularly in opener 'Kiss or Kicks' where the blazing in-the-red guitar leads and swaggering grooves all point in that direction for sure, but these guys seem a bit more measur…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 1st February 2012
I got this on VHS last year for some stupid price (28 duckets i believe...thanks David K) so I was mildly bummed to discover a DVD with bonus material was gonna hit us anytime - mainly 'cause my VHS player is now fucked...shouldn't have played that moldy copy of Teen Wolf I taped off tel…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 19th January 2012
Well, we'd like to review the 7” that comes with this wonderful book/magazine but it seems to be stapled to the back of the sleeve making removal and reattachment a bit of a tricky business. All you need to know is that it features a Grouper exclusive, a cover of a song by Dead…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 6th May 2010
Yeah. You gotta have this baby ain't yer? Solange Gularte is the multi-talented female half of Natural Snow Buildings, the arty one whose fantastical & endearing artwork seems to take their music to another level....which is kind of impossible as it already sits right at the peak of absorbing, magical psych-folk & contemporary drone. Go …view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 20th December 2011
Okay, I've got a good one here! Octavius is the working pseudonym of William Marshall. I've not had the pleasure of hearing his earlier work but 'Laws' sounds awesome! Clearly a dedicated artist with a clear vision, Marshall's style is stark and minimal yet possesses a strong sense of mel…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 20th May 2010
When that little slaphead dude with the sad eyes and silly t-shirts barks at us the titles of records he wants us, like, to review & stuff, we all shun his democratic ways with sneery lips, hunched, indifferent shoulders and words such as "dunno", "not bothered" & "just give us any old shit & leave us alone, someone's ordered an ante…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brett on 20th March 2009
The Celer CD wasn't meant to be out until next week but the planets have aligned in a bit of a naughty fashion so here it is bright and early for your delectation. After releases on imprints such as Infraction and Unlabel, Engaged Touches sees the (I think) Parisian pair presenting Engaged Touches via Home Normal in a nice, shiny digipak. I just …view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton on 13th October 2011
There are enough obscure indie/electronica demi-luminaries on here to fell a horse, featuring as it does Andrew Johnson (Hood/Remote Viewer), Chris Adams (Hood, Bracken), Craig Tattersall (The Boats, Remote Viewer, Hood) and Paul Dorrington (Wedding Present). What emerges are two slabs of electronic pop that are forward looking in the production…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 29th September 2011
Hopefully you will have picked up on the work of Sam Goldberg a.k.a Radio people by now, especially if you're bang into your synth exploration shit like me. Goldberg's S/T LP on Digitalis earlier in the year was an absolute beauty so I'm pleased to see Mexican Summer are getting behind an…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 23rd July 2009
'Tooth eeth or Tooth ooth' is the work of Mark E. Kaylor and Heather Vergotis under the guise of Hammer of Hathor. These two sonic experimentalist have been involved in a number of obscure and abstract acts such as; CexFucx, Thee Oregon Artificial Limb Co, Cells, Au, Rubella (my personal favourite), Bunny, solo, Kinetic Harpoon (not to be mistaken …view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 14th January 2011
New work from Erik Carlson of Providence RI is always greeted hear with open ears. For this particular release he's joining the dots between Seefeel, Terry Riley and Steve Reich and in the process has created some engaging, intricate and ultra dreamy audio. Guitar, Organ, drum machine and keyboard were utilized to create these layers of shimmeri…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 8th January 2007
Where do I start with this New Year gift from the gods? Having known Gareth S. Brown for years as a mesmerisingly confrontational DJ, occasional member of Leeds legends Hood & all round lovely guy, us lot at the towers have felt most priveliged to be exposed to his debut album proper, "Iron Henry" for the last few months. Misplaced Music suppl…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 2nd April 2009
Please, please me! This is hella gratifying post punk/psych/garage/prog mayhem if ever I heard it!! The three tracks on The Shame stomp about the room shamelessly, dripping in reverb and filth, foaming at the mouth with bug-eyed glee jumping from one leg to the other. Drums gallop triumphantly, guitars duel it out with joyful enthusiasm and vocals …view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 14th January 2010
Home Normal are kicking off the year with a whole slew of exciting releases. The first of which is by L/ M/ R/ W (Leo Fabriek, Mariska Baars, Rutger "Machinefabriek" Zuydervelt and Wouter van Veldhoven) and is entitled 'Drifts'. This is comprised of three tracks. The first of which, 'Birthday' is an edit from a live performance which firs…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil on 14th January 2010
I can never spell Konntinent right. I always do too many N's or not enough N's or occasionally throw an extra T at things to see if that works. It doesn't though. Well here's their brand new 2nd album proper (after their debut Norman Records album of the week on Symbolic Interaction) 'Opal Island' on the excellent Home Normal label. It's mastered b…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 17th December 2009
Four months after being pre-sold Nurse With Wound's 'Space Music' album, the wait is over, although the CD version is in stock the vinyl has been delayed further. This incarnation of NWW is Stephen Stapleton, Andrew lilies and Colin Potter and this single fifty five minute work was officially commissioned by the Melbourne Planetarium.……view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 18th November 2010
Samsun is the nom-de-plume of a Floridian guy called Justin who has constructed a wildly spangled & kaleidoscopic disco odyssey here. 'Samo Milagro' does indeed share parallels with both Four Tet's dreamier elements & the more ambient & cosmic side of this much-loved woozy chill-wave shit. Mount Kimbie have been mentioned amongst the…view full details.
9/10 according to our Li'l Biz on 7th October 2009
We also got a bunch of tapes from the equally as consistent Blackest Rainbow records this week. I get 'The thinner the air' which is the first tape release from the awesome Heavy Winged. Recorded back in late 2007 this is a document of the band in full practice space mode. The two tracks 'Against Ocean walls' and 'Mesmer Crush' are spread over both…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil on 30th November 2006
Anyway am gonna have to go and turn off Terminal Cheesecake to do some reviews which is a shame cos it's completely fantastic. A complete change of music to the new Nick Drake single. Well it's new in as far as it hasn't been released before as a single. River Man is my favourite Nick Drake song so I am pleased it's coming …view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 30th November 2006
First up, a nice ginger haired chappie has passed me a very worthy & excellent CD to review. It's called 'Misplaced Pets' & is a compilation in aid of two Leeds animal welfare charities, something close to all our hearts here, especially the gaffer's whose beloved rabbit ran off while I was looking after it. Determined to escape was the…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil on 16th February 2012
One of the best records you'll hear this year (more likely ever) is the new Hood LP (Cold House) on Domino which fortunately I've had a copy for some time now(and now even long as this is a 10th anniversary reissue). I hate to use this word but it is a fusion. Yes a fusion I say. And th…view full details.
9/10 according to our Maggie on 22nd August 2007
Darren Hayman with Minehead on Static Caravan. I'm so loving this series of holiday ep's and sadly this is the last one. They have been an absolute treasure to discover and a delight to hear after being bombarded with the over production of modern music. Here, we're almost…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ant on 19th November 2009
Dutch east-coast producer Danny Wolfers is a man of many hats, his most prolific and successful being Legowelt. His style draws heavily from primitive and raw Chicago house, Detroit techno through to classic and obscure early synthesizer music and soundtracks. When Phil told me we'd be getting stock of his split LP with Garcon Taupe, I was excited …view full details.
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9/10 according to our Phil on 30th November 2006
Something to cheer you up is the new Hood single. The long awaited return of the Leeds four... Firstly I'd like to start by saying I love this single. 5 tracks on dbl 7" and CD, 4 new tracks and 1 album track... the vinyl is limited to 500 copies. So that's the facts and figures sorted. It starts off like Prefuse 73, cuts int…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 14th January 2010
Helen Page is the young lady responsible for 'Entering Pale Town', a mini album under her nom-de-plume Paperplain. She's one of that charming new breed of UK singer songwriter who blends sweet, twinkling melodies into a rich, homely folk template. Her style is, as reported, not too dissimilar to Laura Marling, her voice has that tender hiccup to …view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil on 16th July 2009
Here's a compilation CD of electronicy folks called Feeding The Transmitter. When this was played earlier there were a few tracks which raised heads and folks would ask 'what's this'. Normally that means something's pretty good... 3 of us independently asked 'what's this' so it it must be pretty decent! It's on the Amp Bit Rif Go label and it featu…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil on 14th January 2007
Cooking Vinyl kindly bring us a bunch of Pixies tracks which were recorded around the Come On Pilgrim time. Nine tracks in total and these are apparently the tracks or demo versions which never made it onto Come On Pilgrim but some of which surfaced onto later albums. The majority of these have …view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil on 27th November 2006
That Inch Time CD that came out on Static Caravan was dead good. I don't know if anyone remembers it but it was a winner. Consequently the new 7" single (icicles & Snowflakes) came to me with some anticipation. It's absolutely lovely clicky melodic electronica of the highest order. There's more jungle sounds in there (l…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian on 28th November 2006
Yay! Just got a fat box of breakcore & noisy electronic music from Germany! From this I pull a most superb techno comp called "Mindstrike" Featuring 9 tracks of strange & wonderful analogue snares, jackhammer beats & digital distortion. All well fresh & utterly ready to slay a discerning dancefloor! Featured arti…view full details.
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