14 December 2007


They call it, "Stealing thunder so you move that ass, the duo dubbed Thunderheist unleashes serious electrocrunk boom bap. Ribcage rattling bass breaks laced with proper rhyming are flipped with digital booty bass, 80s-inspired electronic pop, and slowed down Southern bounce, all fresh dipped in serious swagger."

I call it amazing. - It's everything that Baile Funk failed to deliver!!!!

Thunderheist - Suenos Dulces

24 November 2007


I just want to say that the Teddy Bears are brilliant. I've managed to get my hands on quite a bit of their catalogue. Cobrastyle which plays in the youtube link up there, literally sends people on the dancefloor mental. I was at a club last night - where this seemed to send people into a frothing lather of mentalness - great to see.

On top of that the secret bonus track on the new Bee Gees Compilation CD is a remix of Stayin' Alive by the Teddy Bears. It is phenomenal and is guaranteed to make the most conservative of clubbers piss themselves with abandon.

here's a wee bit of it

16 October 2007

Beak - El Hacedor EP

It's been a long, long time since I posted, but here's a short and very sweet little EP for you all to download from the Monotonik netlabel(s). Ploughing a similar furrow to Bacanal Intruder, the new EP by beak is melodic glitched-out flamenco guitars, and complex, imploding epileptic IDM beats. It's only three songs, but worthy of your time.

Download it here from the Internet Archive.

05 September 2007


With icy blasts of condensation, Context. Where? has been charging across the stereo field of my hifi for tha past few days. Michael Walton has been here before under his mwvm moniker, drawing long glissando drones from his customized guitar-based effects set-up. Last year's debut self-titled EP opened a door to a more interesting breed of guitar instrumental. Taking his lead from luminaries such as Adam Wiltzie and Brian McBride (both collectively and individually), Walton runs with these ideas and electrifies them. This particular track has been available on the mwvm myspace page for a little bit, but released from the myspace player it has been buffed and polished until it shines.

Too often, so-called drone ambient artists ignore the grand romantic sweep in favor of micro-dynamics, the random scratch of a radio dial, the bluster of white noise feedback, but Walton steers a refreshingly different course whereby distinct guitar resonances are built, layer upon layer, frequency band upon frequency band creating distinct and delicate melodies. Never once relying to cliché (of course completely unlike this reviewer), his first full-length release, Rotations, is set for release on September 25th by Silber Records.

This is music to be listened to and, as such, to categorize this as ambient is dangerous. This album cannot be ignored and therefore immediately breaks Eno's first law of ambient. Nevertheless, it drifts with intent, at first lulling the listener then pummeling them with sound. There have always been albums that have incited listeners to play them loud. Here we have one that really does need it. To listen to it quietly removes its sheer physicality.

Rather than the occasionally polite but floating drone of William Basinski, mwvm slams into the target. You don't float with Rotations, you drown in it, twisting and writhing. The immediacy of each melodic and harmonic theme enveloping the listener within each track and the album as a whole.

mwvm - Context. Where? MP3 from Rotations (Silber Records, 2007)

Edit: The album is available from here and here.

05 August 2007

A Sunny Day in Glasgow

There's been much talk over the past few years of a shoegaze revival, with bands such as Serena Maneesh, M83 and Amusement Parks on Fire (among others) being touted as taking the "genre" into the 21st century. Another band have edged their way nervously to the fore, championing the classic shoegaze aural delights of whispery indistinct vocals and wall of noise instrumentation. And what better time than now to be listening to this slice of summer as the UK's three weeks of summer heat finally seems to have arrived.

Three-piece A Sunny Day in Glasgow began as the bedroom recording projects of Ben Daniels and Ever Nalens. Ever moved to Glasgow to go to art school, Ben moved to London. Both returned to their native Philadelphia after a couple years and pooled their musical ideas in the summer of 2005. After a couple of months Ever left the project while Ben enlisted his sister, Robin, to handle the vocals. After a few months of recording as a duo, Robin's identical twin and Ben's other sister, Lauren was brought in to fill out the sound. The songs were all recorded in Ben's apartment in West Philly, with most vocals being recorded at their parent's houses in the suburbs.

The three put together a few songs they had been recording and released them as The Sunniest Day Ever EP in March 2006. Eventually Pitchfork gave their song C'mon 4 stars and the band started getting label attention. In October 2006 the band signed to Notenuf Records for the release of their full-length record, Scribble Mural Comic Journal released in February 2007.

Watery (Drowning is Just Another Word for Being Buried Alive) is a slice of Brian Wilson-inspired summery bubblegum pop infused with a shoegaze aesthetic and is pretty typical of the album it's taken off. This track pushes the guitar to a background element swelled with cavernous metallic reverb, alongside insistent tambourines and vocals swirling across the stereo field. Elsewhere on the album, you'll find gritty rhythms, languid bass figures and synth textures, but all held together with the twins' ethereal vocals.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Watery (Drowning is Just Another Word for Being Buried Alive) MP3 from Scribble Mural Comic Journal (Notenuf, 2007)
A Sunny Day in Glasgow on Myspace

06 July 2007

Nancy Elizabeth Update

Those nice people at Leaf gave me a copy of Nancy Elizabeth's new single 'Hey Son' to pass on to you. No more words, joe needs sleep. Just enjoy it, I really did.

Nancy Elizabeth - 'Hey Son'

30 June 2007

Dirt Zvuk

Sorry to break with tradition here, but the blog's been getting very ambient and folksy, so to keep up the JUNKY side of things here's a glimpse into yesterday's record bag - with no thoughts of mixing or continuity or anything technical - I've selected a few tracks which went down well last night. There's something old, something new, something borrowed and something brainmelting.

So with out further a do:

I should think that there's something for everyone here. And I know that there's going to be cries of derision over some of the more populist tracks in this - but strangely it's what people enjoyed dancing to last night.