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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
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Avalon Emerson – The Frontier EP [Whities 006] | New Music For those of you who are regular listeners to UK Techno podcasts on Rinse FM and NTS will most probably be familiar with the Young Turks offshoot Whities. Affiliated with Jamie XX and currently ran by fellow DJ/Producer, Nic Tasker, Whities relatively tight knit community, of 5 EP's from 4 artists, has decided to expand its inner circle by one, inviting the once nomadic Arizona Desert dwelling Avalon Emerson to release their 6th EP with her 3 tracker 'The Frontier'. Reported to be inspired by the sounds of her upbringing has Avalon managed to capture the barren yet gritty beauty of the ... Read more / Preview track
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Special Request – Can Pastiche be forward thinking or is it just lazy? So much of what we consume on a daily basis is either the past or whats presently popular repackaged, very little is genuinely innovative. When we look at music and in particular electronic music this cyclical regurgitating of ideas happens on an unprecedented scale. Therefore can 'Pastiche' be forward thinking or is it just lazy? Lets take Paul Woolford's most recent alias 'Special Request' as a case in point. As Special Request Woolfords music is often touted as drawing direct influence from the days of pirate radio and early dance culture, in particular early 90's Rave. In order to draw ... Read more / Preview track
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Mathew Jonson Fabric 84 – Bespoke or Tesco Express? You've probably read plenty of blurb about how this was recorded 'Live' during Fabric's 15th Birthday, that it was the highlight of the party etc etc, which is all relevant information but when everyone is just repeating the same thing its a little uninspiring, what we really want to know is this a mix worth investing 1hr 14mins of our time. Now if you are a Mathew Jonson fan you're probably reading this having already purchased the LP and are just reassuring yourself that your initial assessment of its greatness is correct. So for those of us who dont have Mathew Jonson posters on our ... Read more / Preview track
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Duck Sauce – Quack (Album Review) Since platforms and discoballs NYC has been hustling the globe with latest and greatest party grooves. Firstly DISCO was lovingly clasped within its iconic concrete fingers with clubs like the 'The Loft' and 'Paradise Garage' cosy-ing up to its debauched sexual liberation and beats. As DISCO went worldwide NYC regrouped and campaigned for the liberation of disco loops and 808 beats, before long the revolution was in full swing as looped up grooves spread faster than Hot Dog and Bagel stands. DJs became superstars and one half of Duck Sauce was right in the middle of it all. So with all ... Read more / Preview track
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HTRK – Psychic 9-5 (Album Review) Contextually HTRK's 3rd LP is as grey as the numerous high-rise monoliths that litter the British urban landscape, like those desolate 1960's concrete shells that were supposed to point to the future, HTRK draw us into a world of struggle, loss and love. Right from album opener 'Give It Up' the stage is set with a template of despairingly claustrophobic atmospherics threatening to overwhelm but for the small thread of hope that smoulders within. Booming cavernous drums underpin a mournful vocal whilst spectral drums try to evade your every advance. 'Blue Sunshine' attempts to pierce the ... Read more / Preview track
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Todd Terje – Its Album Time (Album Review) Todd Terje is not your conventional electronic producer, if you happened across his essential 2013 'Essential Mix' you'd know that he likes to smear the senses with a heady infusion of flavours. Like any good mixologist the contrasting tastes blend seamlessly together in perfect harmony with plenty of hidden punch. 'Its Album Time' is Todd Terje's debut LP and thankfully unlike many other electronic albums of the more immediate variety he hasn't constrained himself to prevailing trends, preferring to delve into the past, present and future stealing era defining sonics to define his sound, ... Read more / Preview track
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Breach – DJ Kicks (!K7) Album Review…Defected or Detroit? This year has been, by all accounts, a massive one for Ben Westbeech. Letting his crooning, vocal persona take a back seat and instead letting Breach be the driving force has paid dividends. His release with Dark Sky produced two widely played top-tier tracks, and the follow up 'Jack' was truly an International smash, gathering a glossy video and a number 9 slot in the UK charts. Inevitably with such success the vultures are already circling citing that his sound is now more Defected than Detroit, or something along those lines…... You could be forgiven for looking at the tracklist and ... Read more / Preview track