March 2016

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Posted in: New Music

Kraftwerk – It’s More Fun To Compute (LOR Resynthesis) First thing first, if you're reading this post and the name Kraftwerk doesn't compute within your personal programming of musical knowledge then we suggest a little outside reading. Long story short if you thought Daft Punk were the God Fathers of electronic dance music, then Kraftwerk are the Great God Fathers. Like all true pioneers the German group pushed the boundaries of conventional thinking and explored, in their case, the uncharted territory of electronic music. Forming in 1970 to little fanfare and much derision  "Spineless, emotionless sound with no variety, less taste... damn ... Read more / Preview track
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John Talabot & co ‘Hivern Discs’ – Parple #1 | New Music Anyone else seriously hooked by the resurgence of all things analog? Be it vinyl or modular synths the rejuvenation of both formats is equally as exciting as when JJ Abrams elected to make a full size Millennium Falcon for the new Star Wars movie. You just can't beat the real thing. Its more tactile, has greater depth and invariably creates a stronger connection with its audience, whether it be a photograph, film or a piece of music. This is not to say that the Digital revolution has been a complete waste of time, but it does suggest a greater realisation that digital is not just simply here ... Read more / Preview track
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Posted in: Albums

First Listen – Leon Vynehall ‘Rojus’ LP | New Music Leon Vynehall is someone we knew back from his Brighton days, we were never close, but we did talk on the odd occasion. Technically at the time he was resident at his mates night Aka Aka Roar, whilst 30 seconds along the Brighton seafront we were running the Blah Blah Blah parties. Two nights that in our opinion brought many a great breaking act to the Brighton electronic music scene, and it was a shame to see both parties close their doors in 2013. Leon an integral part of the AKA crew left Brighton around a similar time as both night's ceased trading on the party circuit, 2013, and by ... Read more / Preview track
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Falty DL’s Blueberry Recordings to release Ametsub ‘Precipice Drive’ Yesterday we went a little off piste in discussing the virtue's, or on occasion lack of, when it comes to reading electronic music reviews. As with any trip outside the prescribed boundaries of safety there is always the potential for a painful fall or an exhilarating rush of freedom, naturally we're hoping that the following review of Falty DL's latest release via his Blueberry Recordings glides smoothly into the latter... Ametsub is not an artist we have previously been aware of but with Falty DL getting behind his music he quickly became someone we wanted to investigate further. ... Read more / Preview track
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Konstantin Sibold – Mutter (Running Back) | New Music Ever noticed how the majority of electronic music reviews say things like 'its ethereal beauty shimmers and glistens like the morning dew as its other worldly melodies bubble towards its elated climax'? Or if its a techno track something along the lines of 'industrial mechaniod rhythms surgically slice the enveloping gloom, as heavy synth washes malevolently throb and contort beneath a thunderously pulsing beat'...What the heck does any of that even mean? Are you any closer to knowing what the music sounds like, perhaps, but in reality the proof is the pudding, your going to taste before you ... Read more / Preview track
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Mark Pritchard – Beautiful People (feat. Thom Yorke) | New Music Wow, last week we were eulogising Mark Pritchard's haunting 'Sad Alron' taken from his forthcoming 'Under The Sun' LP and now the equally poignant 'Beautiful People' with Thom Yorke on vocal duties has just been premiered on BBC Radio 1. Like Sad Alron, Beautiful People feels as though Pritchard is viewing the world through the eyes of someone who has keenly felt the sting of deep loss and the exhilaration of new beginnings. Both records have a sense of an elusive hope that unless grasped in faith will be lost to the desolation of the sorrow surrounding it. Too often records which err ... Read more / Preview track
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Isaac Tichauer – Higher Level (Bicep Remix) | New Music How should a remix be written? Should it be something that is a homage to the original piece of music, with sonic cues that clearly identify its ancestry or should it be something that is almost abstract in comparison, making its true lineage virtually impossible to verify? Much like the current debate around welfare cuts in the UK both sides of the house have convincing and highly plausible arguments to support their positions. On the one hand you could argue that a remix that has heavily drawn on the original material is nothing more than a rework, where as you could equally argue that a ... Read more / Preview track
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Posted in: Articles

Negative Music Reviews – Do we really need them? Whilst sifting this weeks potential new music contenders we found ourselves discussing the purpose and validity of negative music reviews. When we say negative review we mean anything scoring less than 6/10 or 3/5, which if you scan the various print and online music publications you'll notice it is still quite a prevalent activity. Why take the time and energy to write a well articulated and eloquent piece of literary discourse when all you are doing is deriding another persons work? As a society we are pretty much governed by brand and perception with our highly institutionalised ... Read more / Preview track