Review: The translated title of this record from The Architect is "beach on the moon" and is a perfect way of describing the otherworldly balearic music that defines it. It is a truly widescreen affair that takes in a myriad of styles. Gently tumbling comedown drums overlaid with spoken word snippets, dreamy pads that drift off to an infinite horizon, and even some spaced out trap on "Run" feat. Raverie all make it a journeying album right from the off. Then there's also some contemporary folk, golden era hip hop and darker trip hop styles with further gets who lend lyrical wit to the well produced tunes.
Review: To get away from the 'one track after the other' compilation concept K&D checked in at Havlis Super Sound where their man Alex (don of the echo chambers) has a secret dub-laboratory. There K&D did a dub session on the selected tracks to inject some dynamics and life into it. They took two bottles of Highland Park whisky and their old dub-echoes from the cellar and did a smoked-out dub echo-orgy.
Review: Three years on from the release of his last solo album, Noze co-founder Ezechiel Pailhes returns with an album of impressive cheeriness. While the music is a jaunty blend of bouncy synths, soft focus house grooves, lo-fi jazz drums, ear-catching piano lines and head-nodding hip-hop beats, it's the (mostly French) lyrical content that will raise most eyebrows. Pailhes' singing voice has always been emotive and poetic-sounding, but rarely has he actually used it to deliver lyrics based on actual poems. On "Oh!" he utilizes verses from a wide range of writers and poets, including William Shakespeare, Victor Huge, Pablo Neruda and Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.
The Kiwi Animal - "Woman & Man Have Balance" (3:21)
Rupert - "Soul Brothers" (3:50)
Stiff Herbert - "I Could Hit The Ceiling" (2:18)
Drone - "Nothing Dominant" (4:06)
Norma O'Malley - "Some Tame Gazelle" (1:45)
Headless Chickens - "Throwback" (3:16)
Blam Blam Blam - "Respect" (3:42)
Roger Knox - "Whole Weird World" (3:42)
Ludvigson & Gash - "Uallang Jnr" (3:35)
Ballare - "Dancing" (3:30)
Review: Here comes a fascinating collection of odd pop, world music, folk and experimental sounds from Starngelove. It is a personal inventory of music from 1980's New Zealand and hums with strange spirits, nocturnal voodoo and shamanistic melancholia that channels South Pacific magic into 11 hugely otherworldly tracks. There are avant-gard artists like Drone & Kim Blackburn, wave tinged disco cuts from Blam Blam Blam and proto-electro jams from Ludvigson & Gash and their "Uallang Jnr". Stiff Herbert offers a hugely catchy earworm, while Rupert's "Soul Brothers" is a warm, enchanting take on soul music. As far as musical adventures go, few are finer than this one.
Review: The brotherly duo known as Woo's latest mini album is a rare, previously unreleased piece of music that takes you on a widescreen trip to the cosmos. It is a series of dynamic ambient electronic pieces that unfold with a sense of journeying narrative, nebulous synths and astral pads that active your brain as well as your body. It is soundtrack music for lovers and loners thanks to the fusion of contemplative moments and more romantic vibes, with cinematic references next to subtle dance floor joints. This might have been recorded way back in the 70s and 80s but still sounds utterly fresh today.