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The Aliens – Luna

 

Space-pop-moonmusic from former Beta banders that sounds very much like er, The Beta Band with Beach Boys harmonies, Floydy bits and quirky acoustic and electronic flourishes. It’s very nice and all that but very much of a muchness and not nearly as quirky or experimental as people like Panda Bear or Fleet Foxes. Anyone who loved the Beta Band will love this LP, if you didn’t love the beta Band you probably won’t.

 

 

ANDREW WEATHERALL VS. THE BOARDROOM (ROTTERS GOLF CLUB)

 

Stan Boardman forms the nucleus of the Boardroom members and is also manning the desk with Mr. Weatherall on song writing and remix duties. Look out for Mr. Weatherall's debut album next year

 

CHRIS COCO PRESENTS BIG FREEZE 3 (PLATIPUS)

 

Double mix CD that's more eclectic and leftfield than straight up ambient from Robbie Williams' tour DJ – ‘m sure he loves being called that – not the former editor of DJmagazine, one half of Coco Steel & Lovebomb and internationally renown Blue Room DJ but ‘Robbie Williams’s Tour DJ.’ Nevertheless this is a great compilation.

 

DIVE INDEX - MID/AIR & COLLISIONS (HYDROGEN DUKEBOX/NEUTRAL)


A new collaborative project conceived by New York-based producer Will
Thomas which includes a bonus disc of remixes from Tuung, Beat Pharmacy,
Roger Eno, The Album Leaf, Jason Bentley, Five Insects, AlphaMotive and Tiny
Mile.


MICHEL DE HEY - NO NONSENSE (HEY!/NEWS)

 

A tech-house mix CD full of tech house for people who love tech house.

 

BOYS NOIZE - I LOVE TECHNO 2008 (MUSIC MAN)

 

tech-rave mash up from man of the moment, Alex Ridha.

 

SUNKEN FOAL - FALLEN ARCHES (PLANET MU)

 

Dublin act Sunken Foal consists of one Duncan Murphy and occasional friends and collaborators when they record or play live.


FUSE PRESENTS DEETRON (MUSIC MAN)

 

Techno mix in the modern style from Swiss man Sam Geiser.

 
EXTRAWELT - NEUE SCHONE EXTRAWELT (COCOON)

 

Hamburg born artists Arne Schaffhausen und Wayan Raabe's debut album of warm and abstract minimalism and more.


PHANTOM POWER - PATTERNS (CLICKTRACKS)

 

Legendary engineer and Floppy Sounds man Rob Rives back on the floor with nine great minimal grooves.


BEAT PHARMACY - WIKKID TIMES (DEEP SPACE)

 

Brendon Moeller takes time out from his techno and house side to make an album full of protest dub songs and atmospheric grooves.


LAST STEP - 1961 (PLANET MU)

 

Aaron Funk (aka Venetian Snares) re-ignites his odd-time-signatured electronic disco pseudonym for more off-kilter analogue adventures

 

DISTANCE - REPERCUSSIONS (PLANET MU)

 

Greg Sanders a.k.a. Distance is back with his second album for Planet Mu. Following on from his hugely successful debut ³My Demons² (Dubstep forum awards, album of the year 2007) Distance continues to shake speakers with his bass-heavy industrial sound.


DLAY - (SOAPSUD CITY)

 

Running off the back of his successful ŒDance with your eyes closed¹ EP and his Sud Up & Dance releases gaining support from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Shelley Parker & Dan Curtin to name a few, Dlay dips his multi talented toes back into the realms of downtempo electronica for his 2nd solo album.


STARKEY - EPHEMERAL EXHIBITS (PLANET MU)

 

From the great slabs of Grimey bass anyone would be forgiven in thinking this guy was raised on a Croydon council estate eating nothing but a diet of Grime, Dubstep, Garage and Electro.

 

Thanks as ever to Jonas and all at epm for review copies. 
 

AC/DC-Black Ice

 

By Peter Doherty


There are few finer things in the whole of music than the sound of
Angus & Malcolm chugging out the riffage. So begins "Rock 'n' Roll
Train" the 1st song on the new album by the best Australian
blues-based rock band (copyright Tommy Vance) in the world. Great
song, true rivet-head metal. This could be good.2nd is "Skies on Fire"
a "Flick of the Switch", real Brian Johnson, song, bit doubtful at the
start but 22 years old & back in Milo's smelly bar by the end of it.
Next is "Big Jack" a real stomper though the Geordie screamer does get
a bit stretched on the chorus. Then to ruin the start comes "Anything
Goes". Fuck me its Brian Johnson fronting Def Leppard. Truly shite.
But all is not lost next comes "War Machine" & for a start it could
only be Angus & Malcolm doing the Gibson boogie. Johnson's still
struggling to get up to the top notes but a life on Newcastle Brown &
Hells Bells would fuck up any vocal chords. The album is a real return
to form if you're a fan of the kings of Oz boogie. Buy it for anyone
who listens to Kid Rock & garrotte them when they've got headphones
on.

Metallica - Death Magnetic


The lads are back. Real ,fuck off lets invade Poland, metal. Leaves
St.Anger standing. Lars Ulrich sounds like he's finally re-found his
drum kit abandoning the biscuit tin he seemed to have been playing for
a while. "That Was Just Your Life" kicks it off with a storming beat
that should be played in Tesco's. That'd get the shoppers moving &
negating the credit crunch but it might cost a bomb in trolleys
carnage. " The Day That Never Comes" is deffo the big single that
Metallica specialize in, a dark 7 minutes+, bringing noise to the
masses. Kirk Hammett is great through out, riffage & the speed to full
pelt but the great touch that he's shown through the years. Special
mention goes to "Cyanide" though which is the best track on a peerless
album.

Oasis -  Dig Out Your Soul


Woeful,end of.... How are they still making records? There's more
ideas & originality in a cuttlefish.I can't even be arsed to list the
songs except it to say it will be massive with those who think that
Lloyds Bar is the cutting edge.
 




 

 

 


 

 

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