Phantom Band/Linear Johnson & The Protons - "Rush Rush"
Drums Off Chaos - "Drums Off Chaos"
Review: The sadly departed Jaki Liebezeit was the kind of drummer whose influence will be continually recognised over the decades to come. Best known for his work in Can, there are also many more sides to this singular sticksman, and Emotional Rescue has chosen to shine a light on his post-Can period living in Stollwerck. On the A side of this 7" curio is the sound of Phantom Band with Linear Johnson & The Protons. "Rush Rush" has a spiky new wave bent to it, but still Liebezeit's drumming stands out. The B side "Drums Off Chaos" need little explanation - it's the sound of one of the all-time drumming greats letting rip in a ferocious blast of percussive abandon.
Review: Jean Pierre Decerf's records have been sampled by top talent in the game (Wu-Tang Clan's RZA) and have also been massively inspirational to the likes of indie talent such as Air. However, the Parisian has always been something of a recluse and it's only now that his best moments have been collected into a definitive compilation by Born Bad Records. As both the cover and title suggest, this stuff is pure psychedelia from start to finish and tracks like "Like Flight" are simply stunning, where freaky guitar riffs meet with twisted synth patterns, funky percussion swings and seductive vocals. Not to exaggerate or anything but this LP might well be the best thing that's landed here at Juno HQ this week and you'd be silly not to pick it up. Essential electronic and discofied innovations.
"Do You Have Any Trouble With Your Neighbours?" (2:45)
"If You Cut Off My Head, What Do I Say? Me & My Head Or Me & My Body?" (2:34)
Dioz Delirium (4:13)
Everything Is Always Happening (4:18)
The Bouncing Head (2:48)
Music Box (outro) (0:49)
Review: Re-imagining and reconstructing Philippe Sarde's original source material, Swedish trio Death & Vanilla have retrospectively scored Roman Polanski's cult 1976 thriller 'The Tenant'. Recorded from a live performance at the Cinemascore Film Festival, the repeated hypnotic phrases, poised vibraphone and organ parts and dissonant soundscapes perfectly match the film's themes of paranoia and deluded hallucination. The band's style - akin to Broadcast & Radiophonic Workshop - is cleverly deceptive in sounding simultaneously new and old. It pulls from modernity by dipping into electronica and mesmeric trip-hop style phrases, while the group's instrumentation and respect for the source material makes their music sound of the film's time. Most importantly, this rendition of 'The Tenant' is one of those uncommon gems of a soundtrack whose strength of musicianship lets it stand up on its own as a piece of music just as much as it does an accompaniment to its film counterpart.
Review: Are you a dreamer? Swedish band Death & Vanilla ask across eight contemporary takes on German Krautrock, French Ye-ye pop and 60s psychedelic. Vocals are breezy, their moog synths fat, with guitars drenched in reverb and delay. At times the band's sound aligns with other kindred groups like Goldfrapp, Portishead or even Bjork (with "Vespertine") through their subtle take on downbeat, alternative '90s pop and this is heard most in "Let's Never Leave Here". "Are You A Dreamer?" delivers the Malmo trio a fifth studio LP following last year's conceptual soundtrack for stage and screen entitled "A Score For Roman Polanski's The Tenant", and this time around, our highlights include the spacey western riffs of "Eye Bath" and the ever-so dreamy "The Hum". Esoteric modern pop for sure.