A 1964 jazz album might not be the obvious place to start a list of my favourite albums. But Jimmy Smiths The Cat is about as pure a musical experience you could ever hope for. Melodic, joyous, uplifting, exhilarating and frequently jaw-dropping in its dexterity and impact. Possibly the biggest reason for the success of this […]
The latest release from Hypnus Records is – to be pretty honest – much like all of their other releases. However, it’s a microgenre all of it’s own, and its one I happen to love. Subtle pads swell and sway, in the background, accompanied by a high-passed white noise. Tribal percussion and shimmering hi-hats bask […]
Ngan! by Gnoomes Hailing from the small Russian city of Perm, deep in the Ural mountains, Gnoomes have produced an album of beauty. Where psychedelic rock meets kosmische meets shoegaze, there you will find Gnoomes. A lot of the genre conventions are in place – Motorik drumming, fuzz guitars, echoladen Ebow guitars and dreamlike vocals all […]
Stefano Leproto’s Dance & Mood Music purports to be a rediscovered collection of soundtracks from a forgotten Italian movie composer. It isn’t but it is a really, really good imitation of that.
What has been captured here on this releases though is not just song writing, but a performance. These tracks are all composed and performed live, in one take, through Eurorack synthesizer modules. No editing, remixing, layering or effects have been added.
From Owlbinos of Northfield’s iPad looped field recordings, to Kanal Drei’s modular techno mayhem, via hip-hop, ambient, drum and bass, acid, and 8-bit, this is a quality record, from a quality label.
Magnetic Anomalies by Field Lines Cartographer is a new full-length ambient album out on Concrète Tapes – home of the wonderful Preston Field Audio. The album drifts through musical reference points such as Popol Vuh, Tangerine Dream and The Orb, merging fat analogue synthesis with field recordings. What results is an album that not only works as […]
Street Force is the pseudo soundtrack to an ersatz film – a greasy, low-budget, early 80s giallo/schlock action film set in pre-clean up New York and coming across as a cheapo knock off merging Death Wish, The Warriors and Escape From New York.
3rd Witness – aka Trium Circulorum, Kanal Drei and 3dtorus – releases this new hour long mix of electronic dub. This set mixes elements of dub, reggae, dubstep and more with Trium Circulorum’s signature stripped down electronica. Songs weave in and out through epic infinite feedback delay, as elements from one track decay and become a soundbed […]
Ok Text Me is a four track EP of fantastic old-school hip-hop and rap. Rapper Lucid Optics, from San Jose, collaborates with UK producer Museum to great effect. The rhymes flow, and the production is utterly pristine, mixing analogue instruments – tasty Rhodes, and funky Fender licks – with crunchy beats to excellent effect. It’s incredibly […]