Sunday, 03 April 2011
An impeccably selected mix from two of the most respected record collectors, DJs and remixers of their time, with Glasgow based institution Optimo Espacio selecting a bravely esoteric and affecting mix for Domino records. Opening with the field recordings of Chris Watson, the duo carefully pick their way through somnambulent cushions from Nurse With Wound on 'Funeral Music For Perez Prado', beautifully drained into an exclusive Peter Christopherson mix of the Coil's majestically morose 'A Cold Cell In Bangkok', setting the perfect tone for wandering classics… Read more
It's funny how you only realise how much you've missed something when it comes back. To Rococo Rot haven't made a new record since 2004 and the excellent 'Hotel Morgen' but now they're back with this brand new mini-LP and easily their best material since the groundbreaking "Amateur View". With 'ABC 123' the band have gone back to what they do best, choosing to drop much of the instrumentation that defined their sound; analogue synthesizers, guitars and drums - and opting instead to use only their computers and the simple Yamaha Vss30 synthesizer. By harnessing the limitations of this setup … Read more
Returning for a ninth album together, Stefan Schneider reunites with Robert and Ronald Lippok, and it's not a moment too soon. In the years since To Rococo Rot were last on our radar, the kind of krautrock/kosmische lineage (of which they are undoubtedly a part) has been more broadly recognised within pop music, and so given all the Cluster throwbacks and Neu-worshiping newbs out there nowadays, it's especially pleasing to hear this band back on the scene and pushing that strand of music forwards while so many others are content to imitate. And of course, this being a To Rococo Rot al… Read more
A collaborative song cycle spearheaded by the great Robert Wyatt, saxophonist/composer Gilad Atzmon and violinist/composer Ros Stephen, For The Ghosts Within is an album that draws on jazz standards, original compositions and even revisits the Wyatt classic 'Maryan' from his 1997 album, Schleep (resulting in one of the finest pieces here). With backing from the Sigamos String Quartet the trio take on classic works by Thelonious Monk ('Round Midnight') and Duke Ellington ('In A Sentimental Mood') and tackle covers of Chic's 'At Last I Am Free' and, perhaps most memorabl… Read more
Chrissy Murderbot does the Chicago quickstep onto Planet Mu with some help from DJ Spinn and remixes by Rashad, Atki 2 and Ghosts On Tape. His 'Bussin Down' original built with Spinn should hold it's ground next to the more linear productions from Rashad and the Ghettophiles crew, while 'Braaain' goes for the effect of DJ Roc's 'One Blood' but comes off maybe a little more like Shitmat. Toying with 'The Vibe Is So Right' Atki 2 takes MC Zulu on a swaggering tribalist House vibe with flashes of deep-end jungle, while Rashad & Spinn cut in a razored Footworker and Ghosts On Tape jam out a cut-up Dancehall wounder.
One of the key acts in the great 2008 hype frenzy, These New Puritans could hardly sound more 'now'. You can hear the influence of perennially hip new wave touchstones like The Fall and XTC in here, but this band's grasp on excitable, electronically reinvigorated rock music is bound to see them touted as 'this year's Klaxons' (along with any other indie band you could dance to). Deerhunter would also be a valid name to throw into the mix, particularly when you consider short vignette tracks like 'Doppelganger' breaking up the flow of acoustic four-to-the-floor rhythms. Don't let a… Read more