Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Having released her debut single 'Quicksand' in 2008, Kitsune get La Roux back on their books for this face-off with French (obviously) producer Lifelike who reworks her new hit in-waiting, 'In For The Kill'. This is one of those instances where the remixer is perfectly in tune with the source material, spinning dancefloor-pop gold dust out of the original...
London based three piece Chew Lips make their debut on Kitsuné with a chart friendly ditty skittering on the edges of 8-bit disco and lo-fi synth pop. 'Solo' signals their birth into the world of hipster parties in London and Paris with a grainy sound created from a Casiotone rhythm machine, various odd synths and singer Tigs' cutesy vocals. The Tepr remix adds a more shapely house rhythm, just retaining the right amount of shitty distortion to keep it "Lo-fi", while David Sugar sets about making a chart hit with his mix focussing on the joyful melody and polishing up the rhythm into a scratchy jackin' house beat.
Raoul Sinier used to go by the name Ra, but that moniker is no more and the producer has opted to stick with his real life full name. The thinking behind such steps tends to be connected with a renewed or consolidated approach to making music, and Huge Samurai Radish finds the veteran of Planet Mu and Sublight darting through various electronic music sub-genres, from the sample warping breakcore of 'Bring It On' to the post-IDM hip hop tendencies of the title track, and 'Solid Flesh (Part 2)'s melodic distortion, there's a great breadth of material on show here, something only co… Read more
Further pushing the boundaries of the emergent thrash/breakcore scene spawned by spearheaded by one-man-breakcore-band Aaron Spectre, Bong-ra plays around with the possibilities of bludgeoning blast beats carved into gabber shapes and the infinite appeal of a well knocked out thrash riff. Any fans of Atari Teenage Riot, Aaron Spectre's Drumcorps project or hot vimto enemas need to check this immediately.
Full Metal Racket is Bong-Ra's breakcore-metal album, combining all the tracks from the 12"s Grindkrusher and Sick Sick Sick, re-recorded and remastered. The album is a tribute to the sort of thrash and grindcore albums that informed Bong-Ra's youth and consequently is jammed to the rafters with death-grunt vocals, low-slung guitar riffing and distorted, mangled breaks. Tracks like 'Ram Waster' manage to link otherwise disparate artforms like hardcore (of the punk/metal variety) and... hardcore (of the techno variety). The disc is capped off by Doormouse and Sickboy remixes of Bong-Ra o… Read more
If you're buying a Bong-Ra album, the last thing you'd want would be a series of flouncy electronica that lulled rather than provoked the senses. Evidently well aware of this, Bong-Ra has done nothing of the sort - rutting together a series of aural blasts so fierce you'll need to check the eyebrows for singeing after every listen... A follow-up to the breakcore symphonies of 'I Am The God Of Hellfire', 'Stereohype Heroin Hooker' isn't a full-fat new LP - preferring instead to offer up four new tracks and a batch of oven-ready remixes from the likes of Drop The Lime, Enduser, D… Read more
The Necro-Corpse Mutilator and Putrid Nun Slayer aka Bong-ra And Kriss pay a breakcore tribute to the roster of earache records and the art of grindcore on the new Grindkrusher project for Ad Noisam records. Moving in the same direction as the recent Zhark international releases, the obvious connection between the aggressive stylistic elements of both genres have been realised by the -ra and forged into a fearsome piledriver of blunt gabber blastbeats, breakcore spasticity and hairy riffage. Bong-ra's brethren in the darkside Doormouse and Sickboy turn in equally nauseating GrindBreak ver… Read more
If Detritus' new record 'Thresholds' could be rendered into a human being 'Weird Science'-style, it would undoubtedly take the shape of a well-to-do orchestra conductor riding around the estate with a dirty great boom box on his shoulder. Intrigued? Then read on... Blessed with an ability to cast epic vistas from a palate of synth strings, David Dando-Moore (aka Detritus) then pummels them into a blooded mess with battalions of hip-hop gilded beats and border-line break-core mopping up any survivors. Literally kicking off with the incendiary 'Day One', Detritus balances himself somewhe… Read more
Monday, 19 July 2010
Latest round-up of all that's great in the world of trendy pop and skinny electro from the fantastic Kitsuné Maison crew. I still can't figure out why Two Door Cinema Club's 'Something Good Can Work' just totally hits my Pop-spot but it does and I'm not ashamed, neither should you be! It makes a splendid opening to the disc though, and leads onto Nu-new-wave picks from We Have Band's 'Time After Time' which unfortunately sounds like a castrated Reverand And The Makers, and onto the Classixx remix of the awesome 'Lisztomania' from France's finest aka Phoenix. Crystal Fi… Read more