Monday, 01 September
In possesion of a deeply ingrained vein of raw unmitigated talent coursing through his soul, William Baskinski is a modern day Midas; with everything he touches turning to aural gold. With the reissue of parts 2-4 (why part 1 isnt here yet, jah only knows!) of the jaw-dropping 'The Disintegration Loops' series, Basinski proves why he is undoubtedly one of the greatest minimalists / soundscapers of our time. Having found acres of tape he'd archived in the 1980's, Basinski decided they should be converted to digital format in order to preserve them from decay. Too … Read more
The first 20 minute composition on this reissue from William Basinksi opens with one of the most heart-breaking tracts of music I've heard for many years; a looped clutch of strings, slowly shuffling into oblivion. Gorgeous. If the PR gubbins accompanying these timely reissues is to be believed, Basinksi watched the fall of the Twin Towers from his roof whilst 'The Disintegration Loops' played in the background. I can only imagine the sheer profundity that would have instilled on such a bleak situation, with Basinski's work able to make a boiling kettle take on … Read more
The final reissue of Basinski's 'Disintergration Loops' series sees yet more mediations on the subject of mortailty, brought to bear through a level of fragility rarely glimpsed witihn modern music. Comparable to Ryuichi Sakamoto in terms of its gracefully hypnotic and deeply textured poetic outlook, the fact that Basinksi managed to retrieve such emotional tracts from decaying source material is testament to his towering talent. Made up of three extended pieces, each composition is unique in terms of sound, but united by a very real sense of unyielding emotional… Read more
Engrossing debut album from Iranian sound artist, Pouya Ehsaei, sublimating samples of traditional Iranian music to "reveal the rage hidden beneath its melancholia." 'There' was produced in 2010, using fractured and brutally processed instrumentation indigenous to Iran to isolate a palpable feeling of tension articulated with a timbre unique to the artist's background. In the course of its six pieces we perceive a stark and grinding sadness from his aerated arrangements, gleaning elusive emotions from a rich, whisked swirl of glistening tones that remain dangerously high in the mix, sustainin… Read more
"Peter Jefferies (This Kind of Punishment) released his brilliant sophomore album Electricity in 1994. While his solo debut, 1990’s The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World, has drawn comparisons to classic singer-songwriters like Nick Drake and Townes Van Zandt, Electricity is a far more sparse and nocturnal affair. Jefferies’ earthy baritone weaves between piano, guitar, cello and analog tape machine noise, pulling in listeners to the deep pastoral life of his music. With guest appearances from heavyweights in the New Zealand music scene (Straitjacket Fits’ Shayne Carter, Plagal Gr… Read more
Presenting a digital edition of the super-limited (65 copies) 8 x tape boxset by longtime Hospital Productions associate Matthew Folden aka Dual Action. 'Nightmare Angel of the Expressways' is a personal vision of isolationist industrial and EBM probably best consumed on very long drives down the infinitely straight highways of North America. The tracklist reads like the psychogeographic diary of a modern day highwayman getting progressively sozzled on neat booze behind the wheel, drifting thru 33 glistening electronic reveries powered by sodden motorik throbs and choking on noxious FX.
Timeless, dreamy Detroit techno house from Santiago Salazar aka UR's S2 and member of Galaxy 2 Galaxy. 'New Beginnings' gives up some deft hi-tec electro-soul; 'Technik' contrasts warmest chords with darker bass to divine effect, whilst Defend:R brings out it's latent electro elements 'pon the remix.
**Ram jam with edits of Fela classics plus an exclusive live track** "The soundtrack to the documentary, ‘Finding Fela,’ directed by Acadamy Award winning director, Alex Gibney. The film tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life, his music, and his social and political importance contrasted against the hit Broadway musical, Fela! and culminates in the bringing Fela! to The Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (the fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) includes 17 of Fela's classic tracks plus a never-befor… Read more
"Two years after leveling the expectations of critics and listeners alike with Atma, doom trio powerhouse YOB unleashes Clearing The Path To Ascend, an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music as commanding as it is cathartic. As is the YOB way, the tracks here don’t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre While giving due sonic credit to cornerstone influences such as Cathedral, Sleep, Electric Wizard, and Black Sabbath – YOB immediately set out to defi… Read more
"German minimal composer Ernstalbrecht Stiebler celebrated his 80th birthday this year. M=minimal honours the work of this master of reduction with the third release dedicated exclusivly to his work. Unlike many modern composers that use avantgardistic special effects, Stiebler builds his compositions around small sound spaces. As the composer himself said in an interview, his music is not intended to be easy. He demands a certain concentration of his listeners. Once you accept it you get rewarded with shifted time perception. A piece of 15 minutes duration can be perceived … Read more
Killer UK house rufige from Champion's Formula label. Three tracks get progressively tuffer from the tight house stepper, 'Drop To The Max' to the billowing bassline and clipped cowbells of 'Raw Sex' and the grimy dread lash of 'Dollars'. Check!
Slow and low Cumbia outta NYC, backed with swinging 2-step style remix from Chants, and stepping Atropolis version.
"The Nature Of Connections" almost entirely features pieces composed by Arve’s collaborators. Recorded in the sparkling acoustic of Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug, it’s an album with closer ties to Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music than any of Arve’s previous releases. At the same time it features some of the most melodic and seductive music he has recorded. The trumpeter had planned to make an album with a string quartet for many years but never quite found the right formula. Finally, a special commissioned tour brought him to… Read more
This marvellous Rothko retrospective comes in an extremely limited edition, with only 300 having been made. The disc comes housed in cardboard box packaging with one or two bonus treats enclosed (there's what appears to be a signed note from Mark Beazley himself and something secreted away in a brown paper envelope - a badge, mayhap?). The tracklist includes old favourites and tracks that have previously only been available on vinyl or on small-run compilation albums, with the odd bit of unreleased material thrown into the mix. In terms of the band's timeline, the selected songs… Read more