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posted a review of Beatboxx Featuring Chazzie - Keep On Jumpin'. 8 months ago
Egotrip mix is an all time Deep house classic. Jerky, hypnotic, stabby, mellow then mantric. At this time NY labels like Strictly and Nervous were making the best house and club music...so many other house was trying to be anthemic that it all became... See full review
posted a review of The 13th Tribe (2) - Ping Pong Anthropology. 9 months ago
Successful attempt to construct a Fourth world music using Western experimentation without using synths. Droning, Didgey, exciting. Werner Durand is up there with Jon Hassell in constructing a coffee coloured painting where 1st meets 3rd world musics. x
posted a comment on House 2 House - Good Feeling / Everybody Get Up. 9 months ago
Ditto. Have sold off most of my dance vinyl. This one remains.
posted a review of Bob Mould - Workbook. 9 months ago
Bob's most subtle and intruiging album. After Husker Du (one of the best bands i have ever seen live) split, he was struggling with depression, exhaustion, alcohol abuse. This album lays his demons bare with a set indebted to Richard Thompson, his... See full review
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posted a review of Eluvium - Talk Amongst The Trees. 10 months ago
At the threshold of timbral music minimalism (Max Richter, Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir, Stars of the Lid) which uses real stringed instrumentation in lieu of been-there-heard-that synth conformity, and the post-rock of Labradford, Eluvium have... See full review
posted a review of GoGo Penguin - Man Made Object. 10 months ago
Another great album from the Manchester greats. Bill Evans meets Ultramarine? Aphex twin meets Eric Dolphy? Not really. Just a fusion of ideas and styles and love of musics....like all the music we treasure.
posted a review of Ensemble 5 - Live- Featuring Elliott Levin. 11 months ago
Good, rather compulsive free jazz workout, but not outstanding. Lots of squabbling sax which we adore, but overall the players are a tad unfocused...not an ensemble unit but a set of minatures. Recommended if you like this: a typical Leo release-... See full review
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posted a review of James Fei - Solo Works. 12 months ago
Odd set of sax improvs. The titles alone give a hint of the academic approach- think Braxton's For Alto (especially track 7)...and indeed three tracks are named 'For Alto (saxophone)'..more like Zorn than Parker (Evan). Others like track 8 are more... See full review
posted a review of Muslimgauze - Baghdad. about 1 year ago
Slightly bemused as to why this was a muslimlim, as it deserves wider exposure. Dubby, with vinyl crackle overdubbed and strong material, varied and pungent and spicy. Stands up a lot better than the non-limited releases that Staalplaat were releasing... See full review
posted a comment on Exiles (5) : Jay Zelenka - Greg Mills (2) - Stranded in Paradise. about 1 year ago
Meditative, kalimba toned, restrained free improv; unlike a lot of the brasher material we're used to from Leo.
posted a review of The Four Brothers - The Best Of The Four Brothers (Makorokoto). about 1 year ago
Definitive african pop compilation. Essential for anyone who loves music!
posted a review of Stephan Mathieu - Radiance. over 3 years ago
12 CDs jam-packed with electro-acoustic goodness. Static but evolving, organic and electronic, timbral and tremendous. Drone at its finest. For those of us who thrill to Phill Niblock and Eliane Radigue, this is manna from heaven.
posted a review of Vivian Stanshall - Sir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal. over 4 years ago
Extremely disappointing sequel to 'Sir Henry...'. Buy that uproarious classic instead. Avoid this unfunny travesty.
posted a review of Ennio Morricone - The Thing (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). over 4 years ago
Classic soundtrack that's as good to listen to as a piece of stand-alone music as it is to accompany the classic film.
posted a review of Arkhonia - Trails/Traces. over 4 years ago
Prime slice of Mancunian drone; somewhat reminiscent of the drone poems of Peter Wright, though somewhat more relaxed and smooth than the latter's. A gem.
posted a review of Conlon Nancarrow - Studies For Player Piano. over 4 years ago
Nancarrow is one of the giants of 20th Century music. This box set is obligatory.
posted a review of Air Formation - Air Formation. over 4 years ago
Seashine is worth the price of admission alone. Fantastic Shoegaze!
posted a review of Severed Heads - Clifford Darling, Please Don't Live In The Past. over 4 years ago
Just---odd. Tuxedo Moon meets The Residents meets synth pop like Depeche Mode. Sounds good to me!
posted a review of Peter Wright - Desolation Beauty Violence. over 5 years ago
Masterpiece from this masterful ambient/drone/experimental UK-based New Zealand-born guitarist. Minimal, delicate, robust and maximal all at once. These pieces build steadily over time and often achieve an almost beatific and rhapsodic intensity. Seek... See full review
posted a comment on Bob Mould. over 5 years ago
I saw Husker Du twice at the defunct 'International' In Manchester on their Candy Apple Grey and Warehouse tours. Fucking intense. Met them afterwards: Bob was snappy, Grant maniacal and loud, Greg sat with us and talked about our lives- a great man... See full review
posted a review of Sugar (5) - Beaster. over 5 years ago
Sugar and Mould's masterpiece. More intense than Copper Blue... 'teeth-grindingly hard' was Bob's mission statement. And boy, does he deliver, and then some. Allusions to religious imagery abound in the titles and the lyrics, and the final track is a... See full review
posted a review of Tetsu Inoue - Inland. over 5 years ago
Another excellent release of Fax from master Tetsu. Drifting and enveloping, rather like his previous release 'Shades of Orion 2'; but this is a more hermetic affair, with ebbs and flows in the drones, somewhat similar to Eno's Ambient albums in his... See full review
posted a review of Silence - Silence III. over 5 years ago
Rather wonderful entry into the SILENCE catalogue- which is without doubt the best project that Namlook did. All 5 entries are worthy, with I and V being masterpieces. Why didn't Namlook do more world/ethnic/drone/Eno-esque works like this? It seemed... See full review
posted a review of Towering Inferno - Kaddish. over 5 years ago
For my money the be(a)st album of the 1990's. An incredible, emotionally-charged, abstract yet soaked in tradition narrative of the Jewish experience: repression, fear, isolation, claustrophobia, persecution.
A song-cycle, really, with written texts... See full review
posted a review of The Interstellar Cementmixers - Monochrome Gravity. over 5 years ago
Cosmic black hole entropy soundtrack music. A brilliant and disturbing aural odyssey for fans of Klaus Schulze's 'Irrlicht' and Tangerine Dream's 'Zeit'. Modern Kosmiche from the Midlands.
posted a review of Magpie Lane - A Taste Of Ale. over 5 years ago
Fantastic collection of drinking songs from mediaeval to WWI. a pleasure to listen to and sup along to.
posted a review of D_rradio - Leaves. over 5 years ago
Superb and sublime double cee dee of immersive ambience, sometimes sounding, in its pastoral elegance that slowly unfolds and shifts in a sea of increasing reverberation, not unlike the works of William Basinski and his 'Disintegration Loops'. And... See full review
posted a review of Skin Crime - Case Studies In Early Taxidermy Techniques. over 5 years ago
Essential for noiseniks, this comprehensive box is pretty much the definitive word in American Power Electronics. If you like this kind of thing, a compulsory purchase, especially before it sells out and market forces dictate how much it spirals... See full review
posted a review of Bertoia* - Sonambient (Complete Collection). over 5 years ago
I was one of those who pre-ordered to help important release this huge set, as i had a copy of his 'Unfolding' on Japanese import, and new his sculptures were brilliant. But little prepared me for this. Even the irritation over the £12 import charge... See full review
posted a review of Sargasso Trio - Get To Grips. over 6 years ago
Corking album, my favourite of the year 2012. Mixes synth-pop and folk with Samba and latin influences to create something wonderful.
posted a comment on Various - Ambient 4: Isolationism. over 6 years ago
Indeed. But were they not known as 'dark ambient' or 'gothic ambient'? The term 'isolationist' was coined by the compiler of this Cd, Kevin Martin, in much the same way Eno coined 'ambient' on his Discreet Music, even though ambient music had been... See full review
posted a review of Evan Parker - 50th Birthday Concert. over 6 years ago
One of the highlights of the Leo catalogue. Schlippenbach is on fire on piano, with birthday boy Evan equal to the conflagration with stratospheric free jazzy soloing. Lyrical, too. Gets way out there very early, then raises the bar. Incredible... See full review
posted a review of AMM - Laminal. over 6 years ago
If you're a fan of AMM's more abstract and lahar concerts, like The Crypt, then these three volcanic and essential eruptions are the place to have a blast. Abstraction is high, as is the excitement; and these are some of the most exhilarating concerts... See full review
posted a comment on Fink - Ever Since I Was A Kid It Seemed I Collected Something. over 6 years ago
Spot on. Recently i've selling my old records to put some money in the bank, and i've spent all the proceedings from those sales on other records......
posted a review of Conlon Nancarrow - Studies For Player Piano - Vol. III & IV. over 6 years ago
Unbelievable, mad washes of blues, boogie woogie, jazz; spinning delirium, minimal, maximalist, freeform, abstract: a whole bunch of words that apply to these amazing soundworlds. A genuine example of how a quiet maverick can work away virtually... See full review
posted a review of Roger Eno - Between Tides. over 6 years ago
Fantastic album, the younger Eno comes closer to Satie's concept of 'furniture music' than Brian ever has, despite the latter's public intentions and proclamations. Chamber ensemble melds with minimalistic ambience in a perfect and agreeable fusion... See full review
posted a review of Sound Traffic Control - Swarm Of Drones. over 6 years ago
Another corking installment in Asphodel's '...of drones' trilogy. Exclusive or excerpted material from rare and obscure material, these two discs contain many gems hidden amongst the nuggets. If you're into drone, then these Cds are pretty much... See full review
posted a review of Sister Sledge - Lost In Music (1984 Mix By Nile Rodgers). over 6 years ago
One of the greatest songs ever recorded. Bernard and Nile were incomparable at their peak.
posted a review of Paul Bowles - The Pool K III. over 6 years ago
Excellent piece of musique concrete/ faux field recording. Some of it resembles hearing a slow Gamelan orchestra underwater (!), with slow echoing percussive drips, reverb, distortion..... bizarre and fantastic, unheralded and odd; wonder what Bowles... See full review
posted a review of Charles Ives - Universe Symphony. over 6 years ago
Excellent realization of an unfinished Ives piece. From percussive pulse to microtonal stasis recalling Ligeti's micropolyphony pieces of the 60's, this is an eye-opener and a must for Ives fans.
posted a review of Nils Frahm - Solo. over 6 years ago
Essential piano pieces treated with gorgeous reverb: a wall of sound that Satie would have approved of (?). Think Harold Budd or Roger Eno circa 'Voices'. Stately and advancing forward by increments. Get a copy.
posted a review of Anthony Manning - A Manning Compendium. over 6 years ago
Excellent overview of Manning's work on the Irdial label, one of the unsung heroes at the experimental interface of ambient and minimalist techno stylings. Much of 'Chromium Nebulae' seems to share a musical kinship with early (and best) Aphex Twin,... See full review
posted a review of John Cage - Kenneth Patchen - The City Wears A Slouch Hat. over 6 years ago
Absolutely gripping, ecstatic piece of soundart meets a lyrical noir, as a christ-like figure encounters many of the empty souls on a New York night, to Cage's exhilarating percussion landscapes. Surely this was his outstanding musical dialect.... See full review
posted a review of Alan Lamb - Archival Recordings: Primal Image / Beauty. over 6 years ago
M' learned colleague mjb summed up this whole album very nicely. And the introduction stirs memories in me too, as in the early 1980's my friend introduced me a similar phaser-gun sounding structure: a girder of steel spanning the local river.... See full review
posted a review of Leif Elggren - Talking To A Dead Queen. over 7 years ago
Y'all, i think that this could well be in my all time top 10 albums. So bizarre, yes. But it has that something that pulls you back again and again.
Starting with a brief history of the late Queen's last hours and autopsy, read in a blank manner over... See full review
posted a review of David Sylvian ∙ Holger Czukay - Flux + Mutability. over 7 years ago
Pretty much THE Ambient album. Relaxing, inventive on-the-hoof as well as taking in the bigger picture; evolving; involving.... the maddest thing is this was an exercise in IMPROV. How to make a soundscape live. Like Miles' 'A Kind Of Blue', you think... See full review
posted a review of Iasos - Timeless Sound. over 7 years ago
Awful New-agey cover belies the artifact within, which consists of two sublime ambient drone meditations. Never heard of this geezer before, but the cover, the titles, his photo and even his name pointed to Greek bombast a la Vangelis. I was wrong.... See full review
posted a review of Ashra - New Age Of Earth. over 7 years ago
Brilliant spacey Kosmiche noodling from the unabashed hippies, released right into the maelstrom of Punk. Later Ashra stuff would veer too close to Pink Floyd for my liking, but here they make a thrilling ambient statement with the requisite 70's... See full review