March 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
“He loves you with that everlasting love. True love.” – Donna Hayward, Fire Walk With Me.
Though Valentine’s Day is consigned once more to its annual past, love’s lamentations have not yet been lost this year. Yes, courtesy of Trashmouth Records we have this hard-edged innocence by Lewis Idle, New Malden’s mysterious and felt tip pen-wielding balladeer who, 13-seconds in, had me lit up like it was the first day of Summer. As the title suggests, The Night We Almost Fell In Love is nostalgic, but in both senses; a tale of missed opportunity with ‘50s-era sensibilities and sonic style updated by thundering guitar punctuations. Sounds like: The Jesus And Mary Chain crooned a $5 shake for my ears. And so, 2014 may very well not see romantic regret pitched in such authentic derivation again, but that’s something we can lament next year, along with this year’s lost loves.
October 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
If you imagine Mantronix as a Kenworth K100 truck, Two Fingers is what happens when the truck turns into Optimus Prime.
And there could be no more applicable audio accompaniment to that quote from Big Dada than today’s release from the double A-side single, Razorback. Alongside Sweden and from their just-released Stunt Rhythms, Razorback is a glitchy frontrunner on an album that has seen 3 years pass since bi-collaborators Two Fingers’ last release. Fitting Amon Tobin’s departure from his celebrated A/V soundscapes, Stunt Rhythms is a gluttonously-heavy audio-caterer.
And from the same album, Magoo booms like robotic West Coast:
October 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
Earlier this year, prolific UK producer and DJ Paul Woolford unleashed a fresh nom de guerre onto the music scene. Though his better-known alias may still be Bobby Peru, Special Request’s March vinyl-only release, Lolita (Warehouse Mix), has done sufficient damage to render this limitless and energetic new moniker bound to the consciousness. As the title suggests, this is warehouse-appropriate party-fodder, but with a bassline so playful it’s addictive, it comes with mood-enhancement guaranteed.
Available from Phonica Records.
October 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
September 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
For one of the last days of Summer, a dreamy, downtempo trip-hop track from Canadian producer Raycord’s album Ruban-Ruban, out now on Phonosaurus Records.
September 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Beginning today, Friday September 14th, London will play host to ten days of annual design-based events across the capital, showcasing leading movements in the cultural, the commercial, and the creative. With a remit of courting design democracy, London Design Festival is open to all and largely free of charge, and with the launch of its Global Design Forum this year to mark its 10th anniversary, the focus is very much on emphasising the importance and impact of design within socially and economically-sensitive contemporaneity.
Encompassing talks, trade stands, installations, press events and parties, this celebration of design creativity will see some of London’s best-loved venues and public spaces devoted to pushing this global sphere and London as a hub within it. Among the hundreds of events on offer from the 14th – 23rd, a few of the usual and important design suspects will be Decode (celebrating its fifth year this year,) Tent London and Design Junction, all of which I will be attending, imbibing the best of contemporary design.
August 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
“17-year-old Tomás, and his younger sister Marcela, leave home to attend a fancy dress party. She never comes back. A year later, Tomás and his family go on a trip to an isolated country house, intending to heal their wounds…”
“…But in the hauntingly beautiful countryside, the trip will soon turn into a collective hell. The isolation unearths the memories of Marcela’s death; one son’s deep attraction to his aunt; another son’s hatred for his brother; and the dark fantasy that completely envelops the family’s 10 year-old twins, based on the macabre stories that their aunt tells them before bed. Soon the family members are sunk into a state of nightmarish insanity that some of them may not survive.”
Though there is currently very little info surrounding the release of El Resquicio (literal translation “The Opening”) and thus far no English subtitles for this Colombian-Argentine film, the atmosphere in the trailer alone is enough to convey that this is one family for whom a healing trip away is backfiring with ample sufficiency to delight fans of cinematographic, isolated family madness.
July 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
Released today and marking the artist’s debut on Berlin’s 50 Weapons, Shed’s confidently-titled third album, The Killer, looks set to capitalise on its audio-murderous intent. Stalking you like a stealthy techno assassin, I Come By Night is the third track on this consistent release and my pick for its delicious darkness, weight, and haunting synth floatation. Absolutely merciless.
Available to download at 50 Weapons.