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Wednesday, 20 August 2008

THE REAL TUESDAY WELD - The London Book Of The Dead, Antique Beat
Strange and unclassifiable sounds from the critically acclaimed Real Tuesday Weld, whose collage approach to composition makes for an alchemical blend of vintage samples, radio transmissions, shellac noise and electronic pop songs is unlike just about anything else. Allowing a major profile boost, future single 'Last Words' has been earmarked as the signature song in the upcoming film Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist, there's plenty of interesting stuff to get your ears around here though: take for example the odd, ragtime/klezmer/acid house fusions of 'The Decline A… Read more
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THE REAL TUESDAY WELD - The London Book Of The Dead, Antique Beat

Monday, 18 August 2008

JAGUAR LOVE - Take Me To The Sea, Matador

JAGUAR LOVE

Take Me To The Sea

Matador

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: OLE8062

Jaguar Love is a band that brings together ex-members of Blood Brothers (singer Johnny Whitney and guitarist Cody Votolato) and Pretty Girls Make Graves (Jay Clark) for an album of angular indie retakes on classic rock, glam and hyperactive pop. The first thing to strike you about this band is the crazed, helium-fuelled vocal supplied by Whitney, which sounds somewhere between Quasimoto and Journey's Steve Perry. A big part of the band's charm resides in that squeaky holler, which completes the cartoonish quality suggested by the full-on rock posturing of the instrumental components. It … Read more
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JAGUAR LOVE - Take Me To The Sea, Matador

Thursday, 14 August 2008

STEREOLAB - Chemical Chords (Special CD Edition), 4AD
*LIMITED JAPANESE-STYLE VINYL REPLICA PACKAGING - CONTAINS TWO BONUS TRACKS* Driven by a different creative approach from their more customary output, Stereolab's latest album, Chemical Chords was constructed layer by layer, Tim Gane taking a series of drum loops and piling on improvised chord sequences that were later slowed down or speeded up until a suitable foundation for a song was established. Because of this working method, you'll notice there's undoubtedly a strong beat presence driving the album, resulting in a few whimsical, off-kilter sounds in the shape of the j… Read more
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STEREOLAB - Chemical Chords (Special CD Edition), 4AD
VESSELS - White Fields and Open Devices, CUCKUNDOO

VESSELS

White Fields and Open Devices

CUCKUNDOO

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CUCK4CD

This is the debut album by Leeds band Vessels, who make terms like 'post-rock' and 'math-rock' sound far less like condemnations than they ordinarily do. From the very start, it becomes clear that this band have a little more to them than your usual quiet/loud also-rans: just cop an earful of the jazzy, rapidfire sophistication of 'Altered Beast' with its layered guitar arpeggios and wacky syncopations. It's pretty hard to tell exactly where the dominant rhythms are supposed to come from, but the piano, drums and stringed instruments all seem to be doing their own thing, but in th… Read more
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VESSELS - White Fields and Open Devices, CUCKUNDOO
BOWERBIRDS - Hymns For A Dark Horse, Dead Oceans

BOWERBIRDS

Hymns For A Dark Horse

Dead Oceans

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: DOC017CD

Thanks to the increasingly excellent Dead Oceans label, Bowerbirds' Hymn For A Dark Horse has been granted an official UK release, complete with two bonus tracks. Apparently the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle is a massive supporter of this band, and it's easy to see the appeal: opening track 'Hooves' approaches the sublime in its simple yet profoundly heartstring-tugging combination of sloppily strummed acoustic guitar and elegant strings. It's the first track in a triptych of tracks whose titles draw on animal extremities (the others being 'In Our Talons' and 'Human Hands') and a sup… Read more
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BOWERBIRDS - Hymns For A Dark Horse, Dead Oceans
KID MONTANA - Temperamental + Singles, LTM Recordings

KID MONTANA

Temperamental + Singles

LTM Recordings

Format_dot_cd2CD // £12.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: LTMCD2516

Once a keyboard player with Fad Gadget and Belgian post-punk band Digital Dance, Jean-Marc Lederman took the name Kid Montana for his solo project, which started up back in 1981. Some five years later, he'd acquired a band of co-performers and recorded Temperamental, and in all honesty, there are very few albums in th history of recorded music that sound so much like they were recorded in 1986. The passage of time has not been kind to the Kid Montana sound, which features extensive use of the most technologically advanced 'keyboardy' sounds of the day, apparently spending a lot of t… Read more
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KID MONTANA - Temperamental + Singles, LTM Recordings

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

HE CAN JOG - Middlemarch, Audiobulb Records

HE CAN JOG

Middlemarch

Audiobulb Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: AB017

A fine example of modern electronica, He Can Jog's Middlemarch is a boldly diverse set of compositions, tackling dronescapes, digital glitch textures and even vocal electronic pop to a consistently high standard. At He Can Jog's creative epicentre is Erik Schoster, who combines the offline conventions of electronic composition with real-time improvisation via customised MAX patches. This combination of different disciplines results in the raw bitstream ambience of 'Agnes (After Woodland Pattern)' or 'A Small Thing' whilst also bringing forth the melodic, beat-driven sounds of 'Suite Part Three'.… Read more
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HE CAN JOG - Middlemarch, Audiobulb Records
JESSE ROSE / VARIOUS - Body Language Vol. III, GET PHYSICAL

JESSE ROSE / VARIOUS

Body Language Vol. III

GET PHYSICAL

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: GRMCD11

This new mix on Get Physical has been compiled and mixed by Brit DJ and Front Room Recordings label boss Jesse Rose, who starts off with some introductory doodles and sound designs from his own hard drive, before Solid Groove & Sinden arrive with 'Gotta Get Up', whose springy pop dynamics ease you into the set, only for Elon's 'Movin' In' to take on a slightly more heads-down approach, asserting some electro-house tinged dancefloor credentials. The first half of the selection gathers steam via Alfonso Mango's 'Can U Feel', Oliver's 'Hotflash', eventually leading up to the more … Read more
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JESSE ROSE / VARIOUS - Body Language Vol. III, GET PHYSICAL

Monday, 11 August 2008

LATE OF THE PIER - Fantasy Black Channel, Parlophone

LATE OF THE PIER

Fantasy Black Channel

Parlophone

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: 2359022

The fact that Late Of The Pier's hotly anticipated debut album starts off like a Brian May harmonised guitar part is one thing, but the fact that this looped stadium rock indiscretion makes up the entirety of their opening, introductory track is quite another. Thankfully, by the time the outrage and incredulity sets in, it's all over and you're pelted by the ambitious and more than a little bit brilliant 'Broken', which casts the band as Parlophone's prospective replacement for Radiohead as the label's freakishly progressive, sonically inventive rock band. Indeed, in the wake of … Read more
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LATE OF THE PIER - Fantasy Black Channel, Parlophone

Wednesday, 06 August 2008

SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO - FABRICLIVE 41: Simian Mobile Disco, Fabric Worldwide

SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO

FABRICLIVE 41: Simian Mobile Disco

Fabric Worldwide

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: FABRIC82

A particularly great Fabriclive instalment from James Ford and Jas Shaw, this album features some discerning selections from a variety of genres, striking up a fine balance between timeless, vintage material and fresh new sounds. The playlist begins with some predictably fashionable disco exploits, courtesy of Hercules & Love Affair, SMD themselves and Sisters Of Transistor, before getting sidetracked into Berlin future acid via an extremely welcome Smith N Hack appearance. The DFA's Shit Robot and Kompakt's Perc & Fractal make appearances soon after, sitting comfo… Read more
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SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO - FABRICLIVE 41: Simian Mobile Disco, Fabric Worldwide

Tuesday, 05 August 2008

PORT O'BRIEN - All We Could Do Was Sing, City Slang

PORT O'BRIEN

All We Could Do Was Sing

City Slang

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: SLANG1050932

It would be pretty difficult to find something to dislike about Californian rockers Port O'Brien. Although the band's songs are hardly in danger of innovation, hovering somewhere between folk, alt. country and all out shouty indie choruses, they write incredibly memorable melodies, all packaged with simple, hugely effective arrangements. The band get off to a high-energy beginning with 'I Woke Up Today', a stomping, group-sung piece that's all coarse hollering and beats that hammer on the crotchets. It might be a little too upbeat for its own good in fact, but immediately after it… Read more
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PORT O'BRIEN - All We Could Do Was Sing, City Slang
JAH BATTA - Argument, Wackies

JAH BATTA

Argument

Wackies

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

BASIC CHANNEL / DUB TECHNO

Cat. Number: BC-W2395-C CD

Back in stock! Possibly the most inspired digital dub reissue of the year - absolutely killer styles!!!! Tony O'Meally aka Jah Batta is the Bullwackies acolyte featured recently with Rhythm & Sound on the Burial Mix single Music Hit You. On this album from 1983 his buoyant deejaying follows Lone Ranger's massive revival of U-Roy's legacy. Upful dancehall vibes address topics such as vegetarianism, skin colour, school, good old-fashioned rocking the mic. One toast laments Batta's girlfriend running off with Sugar Minott.And the album is a must even for its rhythms alone: basically top-notch Youth Prom… Read more
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JAH BATTA - Argument, Wackies

Monday, 04 August 2008

GOLDEN ANIMALS - Free Your Mind & Win A Pony, HAPPY PARTS

GOLDEN ANIMALS

Free Your Mind & Win A Pony

HAPPY PARTS

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: HPR288

Devendra Banhart fans take note: this eccentrically attired pair of nuveau folkers are responsible for a brand of scrappy hippy rock & roll that's going to suit your kaftan-wearing ways down to a T. Sheesh, they even collared his producer Thom Monahan for mixing duties. You might think all this sounds a bit too 2005 to really make the grade at this stage, and yeah, it is, but so long as you're alright with nanny goat vibrato and excessive use of Native American jewelry, it's not necessarily against all odds that you'll find some affection for this album. Songs that address J… Read more
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GOLDEN ANIMALS - Free Your Mind & Win A Pony, HAPPY PARTS

Thursday, 31 July 2008

D-POWER - Power Moves Vol. 2, D-POWER

D-POWER

Power Moves Vol. 2

D-POWER

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: DPCD002

Purest grimy styles from D-Power recordings with a street slinging selection from Powerboy, Jookie Mundo, Top Kat, Wiley, Skepta, Flowdan, Ice Kid, God's Gift, Blessed Beats, Maniac and Danny Weed. Rude.
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ASVA - What You Don't Know Is Frontier, Southern
Helmed by Stuart Dahlquist, formerly of Burning Witch, Goatsnake and Sunn0))), and recorded with the cream of the Pacific North West's rich musical talent, including members of Burning Witch, Mr. Bungle and Earth. . As the title suggests, Asva's second album maps an internal landscape - wild, vast, open - at once breathtakingly beautiful as it is potentially dangerous. A psycho-geographical vista of mountain highs, barren rolling plains and oceanic lows. Recommended!
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GIGGS - Walk In The Park, SN1

GIGGS

Walk In The Park

SN1

Format_dot_cdCD // £7.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: SN1CD001

Street level beats from Peckham resident SN1 with his first mixtape for Ruthless recordings. SN1's super tough flow and low pitched gravel accent have found him favour with everyone from Westwood to Logan Sama.
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Wednesday, 30 July 2008

ONEIDA - Preteen Weaponry, Jagjaguwar

ONEIDA

Preteen Weaponry

Jagjaguwar

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: JAG125

"Eight albums into their career, Oneida are still un-categorisable and still releasing some of the most exciting music today. 'Preteen Weaponry' has three parts, written over a period of three years, recorded in one day at three different times. Part two of 'Thank Your Parents', entitled 'Rated O', is a triple album due for release in early 2009. 'Preteen Weaponry' reminds of what the live performance is about - improvisational moments married with craft."
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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

SIAN ALICE GROUP - The Dusk Line EP, The Social Registry

SIAN ALICE GROUP

The Dusk Line EP

The Social Registry

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: TSR063CD

"The Dusk Line EP is comprised of four songs recorded during work on Sian Alice Group's debut album 59.59 in the summer of 2007. For this release they opted to work on a smaller scale, stripping their sound down to just layered grand piano and voice. Featuring contributions from just two members of the group, Rupert Clervaux and vocalist Sian Ahern, The Dusk Line is an exercise in restraint. It was recorded at London's The Garden, utilizing layered piano parts all performed by Clervaux. Sian Alice Group have become known for their sweeping, orchestrated aesthetic, but The Dusk Line di… Read more
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SIAN ALICE GROUP - The Dusk Line EP, The Social Registry
SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO - Sample & Hold: Attack Decay Sustain Release Remixed, Wichita Recordings
Tracklisting as follows :


1. Sleep Deprivation (Simon Baker Remix)
2. I Got This Down (Invisible Conga People Remix)
3. It's The Beat (Shit Robot Remix)
4. Hustler (Joakim Remix) 05.Tits & Acid (Oscillation Remix)
5. I Believe (Pinch's 'I Believe In Bassline Therapy' Remix)
6. Hotdog (Cosmo Vitelli Remix)
7. Wooden (Danton Eeprom Remix)
8. Love (Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve Remix)
9. Scott (Silver Apples Remix)
10. Clock (Chrome Hoof Remix)

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SUN RA & HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA - On Jupiter, ART YARD

SUN RA & HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA

On Jupiter

ART YARD

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

JAZZ / FUSION

Cat. Number: ARTYARDCD04

Recorded in 1979, this shows the funky alien and his band of merry men on fine (upbeat...) form with three of the most soulful jams they've ever committed to wax. The big moment here for me is the extended twenty minute freak-out of 'Seductive Fantasy' which gives you on one side of vinyl the reason why so many of us are obsessed with Sun Ra - it's free jazz to a point, but rarely does free music become so triumphant and so enjoyable. There's nothing stuffy about the jams here, we're catching Ra in his late 70s period, where he plays for the love of playing and has surrounded himse… Read more
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SUN RA & HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA - On Jupiter, ART YARD

Friday, 25 July 2008

SAM SHALABI - Eid, Alien8 Recordings

SAM SHALABI

Eid

Alien8 Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: ALIENCD74

Sam Shalabi's third solo outing for Alien8, Eid, was written and conceived in Cairo, Egypt in 2006 while Shalabi was living there and further realized in Montreal and Vancouver during the first half of 2007. The album is a result of two separate ideas that slowly coalesced over a couple of years. The first was Shalabi's idea of composing songs for singers he knew and enjoyed. The second idea was that of creating a 'modern Arabic pop' record. It was during the time that Shalabi was living in Cairo he came to the realization that Arabic pop music was much more wild, wide and weird than he had imagined and this also had a huge influence on this recording.
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SAM SHALABI - Eid, Alien8 Recordings

Thursday, 24 July 2008

VARIOUS / RINSE FM - Rinse 05 (Mixed by Paleface), Rinse

VARIOUS / RINSE FM

Rinse 05 (Mixed by Paleface)

Rinse

Format_dot_cdCD // £4.99

GRIME / FWD

Cat. Number: RINSECD006

Bassline seems like the most maligned of genres to me at the moment. Whether it started ten years ago at Niche or in the backstreets of Birmingham, grime, garage and most obviously dubstep purists hate it for being too, well, populist. As much as I try though, there's something unashamedly great about bassline - the skittering beats, the squelchy bounce of the bass, and that R&B edge that makes it such a hit with the chicks. Yes, I admit it people - I like bassline and yes indeed you can find me in the club shaking my pale behind with an overproof rum in one hand and a honey… Read more
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VARIOUS / RINSE FM - Rinse 05 (Mixed by Paleface), Rinse
Z'EV VS. PITA - Colchester, Editions Mego

Z'EV VS. PITA

Colchester

Editions Mego

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

EXTREME / NOISE / COMPUTER MUSIC

Cat. Number: DEMEGO004

This collaboration follows a monthly file exchange program that went on between Stefan Joel Weisser and Peter Rehberg throughout 2005, culminating in a live performance at Colchester Arts centre in October 2006, eventually mixed and mastered earlier this year. These two giants of electronic experimentation sound remarkably like a single, focussed entity across this thirty-five minute piece (indexed conveniently into eleven individual tracks), clanking and droning its way through a scrapyard of electroacoustics and ominous vapours. It all begins with comparatively tempered howls and whispers, … Read more
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Z'EV VS. PITA - Colchester, Editions Mego

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

VARIOUS / WARP - Donkey Punch: The Soundtrack, Warp Records
Review to follow shortly…
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Monday, 21 July 2008

JAMES BLACKSHAW - Litany Of Echoes, TOMPKINS SQUARE

JAMES BLACKSHAW

Litany Of Echoes

TOMPKINS SQUARE

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: TSQ1783CD

We have more than just a soft spot for James Blackshaw here at Boomkat HQ, I'd rather say we had a wet spot, but that'll probably get edited out. Anyway, his last album 'The Cloud of Unknowing' was his finest moment yet, and I stupidly assumed his work couldn't get any better. I should have known he'd pull it out of the bag though, and 'Litany of Echoes' is every bit as triumphant as its predecessor, if not even better. Interestingly enough we begin with Blackshaw taking the piano - it's as if he wants to tell us that he knows he's one of the finest living guitarists, but he can play t… Read more
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JAMES BLACKSHAW - Litany Of Echoes, TOMPKINS SQUARE
PRIMAL SCREAM - Beautiful Future, B-UNIQUE

PRIMAL SCREAM

Beautiful Future

B-UNIQUE

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: 5144292372

So now Kevin Shields is off playing with his proper band, where does that leave Primal Scream? Well I guess Bobby Gilespie has just got to pull his weight and come up with a sound that Primal Scream are best known for... and that means going back to 'Rocks', probably. We begin with the Kinks-like 'Beautiful Future' and it's obvious that Gilespie has now dropped any of the experimental electronic excesses hinted at by Shields in the XTRMNTR-era, something bound to get him a few fans back, but it also shows he can still write a good pop song. It's a testament to his skill as a songwriter t… Read more
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PRIMAL SCREAM - Beautiful Future, B-UNIQUE
VARIOUS / HONEST JON'S RECORDS - Give Me Love: Brokenhearted of Baghdad (1925-29), Honest Jon's Records
Honest Jon's ventures into EMI's Hayes Archive for a second time, following up their excellent trawl of early twentieth century West African song, 'Living Is Hard'. 'Give Me Love' covers a similar sort of period, charting the music of Baghdad between 1925 and 1929. Given how well documented the American folk and blues of this period has been - particularly in the light of various reissues and themed compilations over recent years, this series comes as a welcome extension to our knowledge of 20th century song on a broader, global scale. While th… Read more
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VARIOUS / HONEST JON'S RECORDS - Give Me Love: Brokenhearted of Baghdad (1925-29), Honest Jon's Records

Thursday, 17 July 2008

TELEPATHE - Farewell Forest, The Social Registry

TELEPATHE

Farewell Forest

The Social Registry

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: TSR023

Described by The Social Registry as a "process-oriented band", Telepathe are an NYC outfit whose central line-up is comprised of Melissa Livaudais from Paw Tracks band First Nation and the implausibly named Busy Gangnes, who has worked in the field of modern dance, notably contributing to the Starter Set Dance DVD on Kill Rock Stars. Farewell Forest gets underway with the 'Pet Communicator', an energetic jumble of rampaging, beaten-up sounding drums and delayed guitar leads, serving as an apt prelude to the more song-like 'Blinded Mouths', which sounds half like a Liquid Liquid jam, half like… Read more
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TELEPATHE - Farewell Forest, The Social Registry

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

CLAUDIO ROCCHETTI - Another Piece of Teenage Wildlife, DIE SCHACHTEL
Having started out his career in the hardcore scene, Claudio Rocchetti eventually found his way into experimental electroacoustics, having dabbled with noise music and extreme turntablism. Another Piece Of Teenage Wildlife finds Rocchetti assembling a host of tape snippets, loops, old recordings and "ghost electronics" provided by collaborators, sculpting it all into a mixture of wildly different genres and moods. After the opening piano recital 'Wasted Years', the business of sound-melding gets underway with the poignant drones and groans of 'We Got In Touch, We Tal… Read more
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CLAUDIO ROCCHETTI - Another Piece of Teenage Wildlife, DIE SCHACHTEL

Wednesday, 09 July 2008

DINO FELIPE - No Fun Demo, NO FUN

DINO FELIPE

No Fun Demo

NO FUN

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: NFP31CD

It seems like a long, long way from releasing music on Miami's Schematic imprint, but Dino Felipe has arrived at hallowed noise imprint No Fun, with a collection of songs that's entirely devoid of the hi-tech glitchery his background would prompt you to expect. Nor is this a conventional No Fun release though: Felipe has assembled a set of home-recorded songs (proper songs at that) and lo-fi sketches, resulting in one of the most listenable albums ever to find a home on Carlos Giffoni's headache-inducing label. 'Stuck On You' is a great place to start, sounding sloppy and rather hard to deciphe… Read more
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DINO FELIPE - No Fun Demo, NO FUN