Review: The legend John Carpenter is back with a new album, Lost Themes II. What more can we say other than the fact that the man is a multidisciplinary powerhouse. The director behind such classics as The Thing and Escape From L.A. presented the first volume of unreleased soundtracks from the crypt last year, followed up by a brilliant remix compilation featuring the likes of Silent Servant, Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre and Zola Jesus amongst others. On this volume, Carpenter's unmistakeable sound for these imaginary soundtracks has many a nugget, our favourites were the ever perfect arpeggiations of "Persia Rising", soundtracking the most beautiful of Arabian nights, the indisputable vintage charm of analogue machines on the wonderfully epic "Windy Death" and the tribute to another true legend of the big screen on "Bela Lugosi" you could just imagine F.W Murnau making his grand entrance as you hear this unearthed classic.
Review: ** REPRESS ** Italians Do It Better continues with their deluxe reissue pledge for 2010 delivering the definitive edition of Chromatics classic 2007 album Night Drive. For a multiplicity of reasons (most notably misplaced master tapes) the version that has gained a million column inches in the past three years was never meant to be heard, an incomplete demo version burned to hand out at tours. Having located the masters some 18 months later, Simonetti and co do the smart thing in presenting this deluxe edition, replete with the five tracks missing from the demo CD and fully remastered. Thus Johnny Jewel's original cinematic vision is presented in its full glory seeping in analogue warmth. Enough words have been dedicated to the tracks that filled the 2007 demo version that it seems redundant to spill any more ink on the matter though the Kate Bush cover does sound delicious! The five extra tracks make this a more than worthy purchase, from the poignant piano heartbeat of "Shining Violence" to the final departure via the Carpenter esque synth dynamics of "Accelerator".