Wednesday, 02 June 2010
Oxford Collapse are one of the most immediate and accessible bands on the Sub Pop roster, trading in an energetic brand of indie rock that's scored them touring support slots with We Are Scientists in recent times. These guys have considerably more bite to them than that billing would suggest though, sounding pretty raw and rambunctious on 'The Birthday Wars' and 'For The Winter Coats' only to come over all sensitive and subdued on the guitar-less, string-led 'A Wedding'. The band's core sound seems to be informed by early alt. rock and the melodic punk infusions of The Replacements, which r… Read more
Tuesday, 01 June 2010
Complex, cleverly produced electronics from Wisconsin's Eric Bray, with one foot in the camp of classic techno influences and the other stepping towards more cutting-edge, modernised sounds. You'll hear glossy, full-blooded beats running through cuts like 'Unorganized Affection' (as opposed to 'Disorganised Affection', huh?), or cycling through clubbier sounds on 'In Chaotic Blue' and 'Equality Heart'. There's even a moment devoted to indulging in a spot of ambience on 'Blossom Eyes', while 'Paris Audio' offers up a kind of midway point between the idiom of Ed Banger Records and the hyper-compressed 'tronica of Clark's recent output.
**Contains alternate track listing to the CD version** The Simonsound is a sonic collaboration between Simon James and Matt Ford aka DJ Format. 'Reverse Engineering' is their tribute to 50s and 60s "space music" (the sort of Moog and theremin saturated music espoused by Raymond Scott, The Radiophonic Workshop et al) mixed with a mature B-Boy's sense of intrepid exploration beyond the annals of funk and soul. We can find analogs for this style in the madcap mixes of Finders Keeper's Andy Votel and Dom Thomas or more accurately the orchestrations of Barry Adamson, reflected in The Si… Read more
Darren Cunningham aka Actress is one of the UK's most forward thinking producers. Over the last few years he's been hard at work curating his influential Werk Discs and Thriller labels, besides running crucial dances in London and Glasgow with the likes of Kode 9 and the Numbers crew. You probably wouldn't know this because he's notoriously modest about his work, but with his new album 'Splazsh' creating considerable waves of interest from London to Germany to New York and beyond, it's about time dues were paid. These 14 tracks dip into his small but brilliantly cr… Read more