Max Tundra

Max Tundra

Real Name:
Ben Jacobs
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Max Tundra Discography

Albums

WIGCD 82 Max Tundra Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be (Album) Domino WIGCD 82 UK 2000 Sell This Version
WIGCD112 Max Tundra Mastered By Guy At The Exchange (Album) Domino WIGCD112 UK 2002 Sell This Version
WIGCD168 Max Tundra Parallax Error Beheads You (Album) Domino WIGCD168 UK 2008 Sell This Version
none Max Tundra With Love To Mummy (Album) Not On Label (Max Tundra Self-released) none UK 2013
none Max Tundra Selected Amiga​/​BBC Micro Works 85​-​92 (Album) Not On Label (Max Tundra Self-released) none UK 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WAP 101 Max Tundra Children At Play (Single) Warp Records WAP 101 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RUG112CD Max Tundra Ink Me (Maxi) Domino RUG112CD UK 2000 Sell This Version
RUG101 Max Tundra Cakes (Maxi) Domino RUG101 UK 2000 Sell This Version
WNRS6 The Monsoon Bassoon* / Max Tundra The Monsoon Bassoon* / Max Tundra - Wall Of Suss # 2(7", Single) Weird Neighbourhood Records WNRS6 UK 2000 Sell This Version
RUG120 Max Tundra QY20 Songs Domino RUG120 UK 2001 Sell This Version
RUG142CD Max Tundra Lysine (Single) Domino RUG142CD UK 2002 Sell This Version
Rug156T Max Tundra Cabasa Domino Rug156T UK 2003 Sell This Version
NO 701 Max Tundra / Hairy Miner Max Tundra / Hairy Miner - All Hail The Black Emperor No Recordings NO 701 UK 2003 Sell This Version
tom 66M Max Tundra The Tomlab Alphabet Singles Series M(7", Single, Ltd) Tomlab tom 66M Germany 2006 Sell This Version
none Max Tundra Will Get Fooled Again (Single) Domino none UK 2008 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

RUG323CDP Max Tundra Which Song(CD, Promo) Domino RUG323CDP UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version

Reviews

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miccom

miccom

August 8, 2001
edited over 14 years ago
Max Tundra (Ben Jacob) is widely underestimated. Belongs in the short list of great (electronic) musicians who fuse electronic and acoustic sounds in the late nineties and beyond (like Tom Jenkinson, Richard James, Mike Paradinas, Mouse On Mars etc) His work is more acoustic-sounding than most and his approach is most similar to Squarepusher's prior to 'Music Is Rotted One Note'(Max never quite sounds 'nihilistic' if that makes any sense). Over the top Drill'nBass drum programming on a Yamaha QY20, with great feeling for nice and simple melodies and very unminimalistic thinking overall.
'Children At Play' on Warp contains two fantastic tracks in that fashion, which (at the time) made me crave for more. Luckily Max released 'Some Best Friend You Turned Out to Be' last year and it proved that he is very accomplished, both as 'regular' songcomposer and in his musical 'ideas' throughout. Very cutting edge stuff that sounds great. Like avantgarde without the pretention and that's actually fun to listen to. Like a small and appropriate celebration of being able to freely mix all kinds of music together.
If Kraftwerk was the epitome of 'pure' electronic music, Ben Jacob's music could well be the same for its impure counterpart. For all those who think mixing music ends with DJ Shadow...

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