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PERALA - PROJECT V (REPHLEX)
Finns tend to be better known for providing the premiership with solid,
sharp cheeked defenders and death-defying rally car drivers than for
cutting edge electronica. However, Finnish soundscape wizard, Aleksi
Perala demonstrates on Project V that theres far more to the Sami nation
than endless forests and migrating reindeer. Rocking Chair opens with
Four Tet like pulses, followed by the chunky beats of Spacetime (which
ends with the refrain from Hashim's still mesmerising Al Naafiysh), Path
is a bubbly deep tech-house number, Muska, a cat's meow screech of
broken beats, Purple Rain an epic odyssey through pitter patter drum
patterns and eerie monastic synths to a land of frozen lakes.
Underwater Carousel is a minute or so of abstract beats, Autumn Morning
an electro car ride along the coast and Lagrange Point a monumental
landscape soundtrack. Feast is a tribal initiation ceremony reminiscent
of Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight, the splendidly titled Black Leicester a
spaced out jazzy affair that brings to mind early Photek and closing
track Sunburst is a joyful bounce of drill n' bass sqwank. There's
something for most electronic music fans here and, while it does tend to
become a tad bogged down in the middle, at its best, Project V is very
Rating - 3 Pigs
DEVIL DISCO CLUB IN DUB (LO RECORDINGS)
Black Devil Disco Club was a proto-cosmic disco LP produced by two
French fellars, Bernard Fevre and Jacky Giordano in the 1978. With the
revival of all things Cosmic/Italo-Disco, its rarity and obscurity value
has placed a value upon its grooves than it doesn't really deserve. Yes,
for the time, these are pretty advanced tunes, allbeit in a pretty
Giorgio Moroder meets Tomorrow's World way, but at the same time we also
had Kraftwerk and other, mostly European experimentalists doing far more
adventurous things with modern technology in music. BDDC In Dub takes
the original numbers and er, dubs them in an elongated, re-edited and
rather tedious manner rather than deep n' rootsy King Tubby stylee.
2 of the CD ropes in modern cosmic disco stars such as Prins Thomas, In
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Rating - 2 Pigs
& OLANSKII SUNKISSED (
seems ironic but for such a notoriously cold country,
Rating - 5 Pigs
all the millions upon millions of tedious karaoke guitar bands out
there, The Kings of
played the game ofcourse. They both out-gimmicked the hordes of other
retro-rockers by claiming to be sons of preacher men, brother n sister,
husband n wife, redneck hillbilly and faux-naïve ghetto guttersnipes.
But what a magnificent fucking racket they made. The Stripes have lost
some of their charm and appeal now that Jack White has gone all Jack
Black and copped for rock star parody with The Raconteurs meanwhile The
KOL have seemingly opted for a glossy sheen of shinola to polish their
primitive shit. This is a shame because the Kings are best when theyre
at their raw and most basic, when they howl and cuss and dont crack on
to be clever or accomplished.
Of The Times sounds like a band whove been hanging out with Bono for too
long. Knocked Up even has Edge style guitar licks, whereas Charmer is a
Pixies style screamer. Both are great however. There follow six tracks
that dont really go anywhere or do anything, like a family of Muslims at
a beer festival. However, when they hit the three card trick of Fans,
The Runner and Trunk, this sounds like a group whove learned to extend
their repertoire beyond the boring rock n roll pastiche of their elders.
The Runner especially shows a tender side to their meat n two veg
bluster often overlooked by Caleb Followills ministerial hollerin. When
he talks of speaking to Jesus every day you believe him. The equally
touching Arizona closes the LP and although I still much prefer the
testosterone stomp of Youth & Young Manhood, Because Of The Times is
a good LP that definitely grows the more you hear it.
rating 3 Pigs
to watch out for :
Days Of Twang (Phazz-a-delic)
cod-ragga and dance pop from Pit Baumgartner. Stan Boardman shouldve
bombed his chippy.
Tribe Acceptable Side Effects (Rephlex)
techno that sounds just like er,
Anthony Jude Norris My Favourite Kind Of Irrelevance (Hydrogen Dukebox)
have no fucking idea who Lee Anthony Jude Norris is but this is a
retrospective of his groundbreaking and influential work from 1997 to
present. If you like chunky, funky techno and hypnotic squank (and I do)
then thisll do for you.
& Prins Thomas Re-interpretations (Eskimo)
justifiably praised debut, the imaginatively titled L&PT is a modern
Balearic classic. Thats no reason why they should knock out a remix
(call em re-interpretations if you like) not so long after. Its not that
this is a bad LP, its fucking boss, as is always the case with these
two, just kinda pointless.
Vollenweider - Over the wall, under the gardens, up me hoop
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