Music Reviews



image not
available
anymore
Artist: Black Lung
Title: The Grand Chessboard
Format: CD
Label: Ant Zen (@)
Rated: *****
The never resting David Thrussell's latest effort as Black Lung is represented by "The Grand Chessboard", an instrumental album of glitchy and saturated electronic textures that comes with or as a definite political statement (Thrussell-style!). Consistently less distorted and dark-ambient oriented, Thrussell's work as Black Lung is much more intellegible and structured. It appears to be increasingly based and inspired by rhythm noise while redefining its musical collocation maintaining an overall endeavoring and challenging free spirit, as one would expect in the least. "The Grand Chessboard" contains no vocal parts whatsoever and comes with quotes of Zbigniew Brzezinski (from his 1997 "Basic Books"). There is a regularly issued 6-page unfolding digipack CD release, but there is also a full colour cover LP and a CD+CD EP slimline case version of it (the latter is limited to 501 copies and contains the CD EP "The Sound of Meat").
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Syrinjia
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Soleilmoon recordings
Rated: *****
While everybody who ones a master of one of Bryn Jones' recordings is riding the Muslimgauze wave and releasing or re-releasing his uncharted percussive-based music, it's getting really hard to focus on the evolution and style of the artist, as all these "new" releases often overlap each other in terms of creation date. If he was still alive I'd say that he's now flirting with the dub/reggae/dancehall formula and adding that element to his peculiar sonority. Of hourse that doesn't mean he is mimicking Sherwood, but he's definitely trying to make a more dancefloor (or hall-) oriented record, people can actually move and shake to and DJs can actually play. On the other hand this double CD is a re-issue. The original was first released in 1998, limited to 850 copies of a 12" vinyl in cardboard sleeve, and only included the first nine tracks (allegedly Jones' plan was to release the other 11 tracks at a later date on a double CD). In July 2004 a collector's 518 copies double CD edition in embroidered silk bag saw the light and then in October this regular jewelbox version, I guess for those who missed the first two. Beautiful artwork.
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Lustmord
Title: Heresy
Format: CD
Label: Soleilmoon recordings
Rated: *****
Brian Williams, a.k.a. Lustmord, is a Hollywood-based sound designer whose sonic artworks and abilities were featured and employed in over 40 movies and TV shows, games and commercials as well as in collaborations and remixes with/for the melvins, Tool, Chris & Cosey, Coil, Tangerine Dream, SPK, Robert Rich, Current 93, Nurse with Wound, Swans, Venetian Snares, Lori Carson and Moriis. And if what reads as a who's who of industrial/ambient/dark/experimental music isn't enough, he also run the SPK-founded Side Effects records from 1985 to 1999, releasing more than 30 records. On top of all of that, Lustmord has been making his own scary waveforms since 1981, releasing 11 albums, among which the 1990 "Heresy", a collection of seven frigthening and obscure drone-based pieces recorded in subterranean locations and manipulated in studio by Williamms and the great Andrew Lagowski. "Heresy" almost single-handedly launched the definition of "dark ambient" and all of its offspring, and has been constantly appearing in charts and mentioned by critics, which is why Soleilmoon decided to release the official re-issue, re-packaged and remastered. 15 years later it sounds as contemporary and as effective as it possibly gets and is still able to make a statement and teach a few things to all the kids out there who mimic the genre and the its masters just 'cause they got a computer and a broken microphone to make noise with.
Feb 03 2005
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Eklectra
Format: CD
Label: Elusive recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Elusive's third release is a 20 track sampler CD featuring 20 Irish artists that have been keeping busy with electronic music. Surprisingly the mixture of talents and names (pretty much all newcomers, at least to the US market) appears to be very contiguos in style, very consistent in quality and very cohesive all around. It's actually awesome to find about all these names with one single CD, considering how small the island is and how much more there has to be outside and beyond these acts and their genre. Cool warm downtempo chillout moods with swinging trippy beats and warping sounds whose atmospheres embrace you like those of your favourite idm artists. You'll come across vocal and instrumental pieces, but the common denominator remain the plush sonorities and the stylish sleekness. Discover: Jimmy Behan (his debut is also available on the same label and reviewed elsewhere on these pages), Townparks Foundry, Illegal Kids, Halfset, Stereo Nimrod, Ebauche, Schtat, Leonids, Chequerboard, Merlot, Thalamus, Herv, Psy, Colourfast, Formica v MUX, Roytron, Murmansk, Samadrone, Felix Rex, Eddie Rocket, Bill Nelson (the only non-Irish in the batch). Gorgeous, creative, impressive, hypnotizing and "elusive", just like the artwork by Japanese artist and Psychology Professor Akiypshi Kitaoka.
cover
Artist: Jimmy Behan
Title: Days Are What We Live In
Format: CD
Label: Elusive recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Irish producer Jimmy Behan is one of the figures that stood out in Elusive's compilation CD "Electra" (reviewed elsewhere on these pages) so the label, also Irish, has made a move and signed Behan for his debut (fourth disc for the label). "Days Are What We Live In" is a collection of ten nordic ambient-electronica compositions with flavors of lounge music, experimental music and idm. His uncompromisingly organic and wholeheartedly lush magmatic blend, sounds like a vivid and fruitful encounter of Autechre, Boards of Canada, Bjork and others. Beautiful debut indeed!
[ Next ] [ Previous ]

[1...10] [11...20] [21...30] [31...40] [41...50] [51...60] [61...70] [71...80] [81...90] [91...100] [101...110] [111...120] [121...130] [131...140] [141...150] [151...160] [161...170] [171...180] [181...190] [191...200] [201...210] [211...220] [221...230] [231...240] [241...250] [251...260] [261...270] [271...280] [281...290] [291...300] [301...310] [311...320] [321...330] [331...340] [341...350] [351...360] [361...370] [371...380] [381...390] [391...400] [401...410] [411...420] [421...430] [431...440] [441...450] [451...460] [461...470] [471...480] [481...490] [491...500] [501...510] [511...520] [521...530] [531...540] [541...550] [551...560] [561...570] [571...580] [581...590] [591...600] [601...610] [611...620] [621...630] [631...640] [641...650] [651...660] [661...670] [671...680] [681...690] [691...700] [701...710] [711...720] [721...730] [731...740] [741...750] [751...760] [761...770] [771...780] [781...790] [791...800] [801...810] [811...820] [821...830] [831...840] [841...850] [851...860] [861...870] [871...880] [881...890] [891...900] [901...910] [911...920] [921...930] [931...940] [941...950] [951...960] [961...970] [971...980] [981...990] [991...1000] [1001...1010] [1011...1020] [1021...1030] [1031...1040] [1041...1050] [1051...1060] [1061...1070] [1071...1080] [1081...1090] [1091...1100] [1101...1110] [1111...1120] [1121...1130] [1131...1140] [1141...1150] [1151...1160] [1161...1170] [1171...1180] [1181...1190] [1191...1200] [1201...1210] [1211...1220] [1221...1230] [1231...1240] [1241...1250] [1251...1260] [1261...1270] [1271...1280] [1281...1290] [1291...1300] [1301...1310] [1311...1320] [1321...1330] [1331...1340] [1341...1350] [1351...1360] [1361...1370] [1371...1380] [1381...1390] [1391...1400] [1401...1410] [1411...1420] [1421...1430] [1431...1440] [1441...1450] [1451...1460] [1461...1470] [1471...1480] [1481...1490] [1491...1500] [1501...1510] [1511...1520] [1521...1530] [1531...1540] [1541...1550] [1551...1560] [1561...1570] [1571...1580] [1581...1590] [1591...1600] [1601...1610] [1611...1620] [1621...1630] [1631...1640] [1641...1650] [1651...1660] [1661...1670] [1671...1680] [1681...1690] [1691...1700] [1701...1710] [1711...1720] [1721...1730] [1731...1740] [1741...1750] [1751...1760] [1761...1770] [1771] [1772] [1773] [1774] [1775] [1776] [1777] [1778] [1779] [1780] [1781...1790] [1791...1800] [1801...1810] [1811...1820] [1821...1830] [1831...1840] [1841...1850] [1851...1860] [1861...1870] [1871...1880] [1881...1890] [1891...1900] [1901...1910] [1911...1920] [1921...1930] [1931...1940] [1941...1950] [1951...1960] [1961...1970] [1971...1980] [1981...1990] [1991...2000] [2001...2010] [2011...2020] [2021...2030] [2031...2040] [2041...2050] [2051...2060] [2061...2070] [2071...2080]


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha