TIHMTGB – Dormant

•December 8, 2016 • 3 Comments

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Last week was a bit of a seminal moment for me. My first retirement do for someone I use to work with. All a bit feel-your-mortality moment. Enhanced by discussions dominated not by the usual football but pensions and suicides. Even so, I felt the need to leave before the end (it was a school night) and was a bit shocked to realise that the other people remaining wouldn’t be working in the morning because they’d had Redondo.

I was going to say that I assume this isn’t the sort of intro that the record company would welcome. But perhaps not, on this occasion since “All proceeds go directly toward the Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation (ASPF).” The track is a gorgeous piece of reflective downtempo IDM, using that classic balance of soft piano and clattering electronics.

Blurb: As the title implies, Dormant is an exploration of a specific state, referring not only to the natural world but also to the general contrast between being asleep and awake. While dormant, a subject’s activity is reduced to its very minimum but the potential is still present, eagerly waiting to be unleashed.

Musically it contrasts intense melancholic ambience with uplifting electronic elements to create an image of something impactful that is about to wake up.

The EP consists of two moody atmospheric tracks filled with minimalist piano melodies, minor glitches, strings and other various synths.

Cities Below Future Seas

•December 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Might I direct your attention to the new release from Cobby & Porky? Cities Below Future Seas is its name and it’s out now. Seven tracks of mellow electronic funk. Available as download or on CD.

Cities Below Future Seas includes a couple of tracks released on the Sirens EP a couple of months back. These were Sirens at Dusk and Dresden. Back then I said “Sirens at Dusk – is a misnomer as it contains no sirens. No a whooping wail to be found. *checks dictionary * Oh. There’s another meaning of singing enchantress. Must be that one. It’s a very leftfield track since it isn’t quite the relaxed funk that is the hallmark of the Cobby sound. There’s more than a little afro-beat infusing this along with an almost sense of drone tone. Hard to believe it’s seven minutes long as no sooner has it got going than it finishes – or that’s what it feels like. Cool track.

The other track is Dresden. I’ve no idea why it’s been called after the German city. Perhaps the cover image relating to blasting in progress gives a clue. Perhaps it relates to the controversial bombing campaign of 1945. There is an ominous undertow to the track. And the electronic shrieks don’t help. The bass buzzes away at high altitude the beats have an oily sense. No relaxing downtempo here. Unsettling track.”

The album also contains tracks from the Porkbag EP of which I said Porkbag. This bobbles along at the start before taking itself firmly in hand and giving us some lush pads and sounds.

Next up is Ho’oponopono. The tune is a gorgeous one, full of faux 60s grooviness that demands you stop what you’re doing and stop taking life so seriously. A particular problem of mine.

Finally, we have Black Pudding. A lovely track, so delicate it’s hardly there most of the time. A little flute welds the whole thing together with gossamer threads.”

Highly recommended

 

 

Vandelux – Bright Lights

•December 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Dunno quite why but Vandelux sounds like a loft roofing system. He claims Vancouver / Luxembourg / San Francisco as reference points. Bright Lights is the track. And damn good it is too. A sort of world-weary vocal house. Almost Leonard Cohen does chilled Detroit.

Oxford Street, the Christmas rush has begun

•December 5, 2016 • 1 Comment

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Christmas is for shopping and cover versions. Here’s an intergalactichiphoppunkrock cover by Dunproofin of the jingletastic Christmas Shoppers Paradise track by Carter USM all the way from 25 years ago.

Ground floor Shoppers’ Paradise
Habit-dashery, needles, spoons and knives
Knuckle-dusters, glass jaws and wooden hearts
Spend your money girls on sprays and lipsticks
Tested on bunnies, girls, strays and misfits
Ozone friendly rape alarms
For those blinding dates
Another summer of hate
It’s the top shop for the tired and rundown
Going up for the final comedown
First and second floors, third and fourth world wars
We’ve got a free pair of flares
With every hip replacement
Just take the stairs to the bargain basement
Babies bottles full ot the milk of human klnd nestle.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls
The big shop is open it’s a wonderful world
Top floor Shoppers’ Paradise
We’ve got a drunk Father Christmas and The Antichrist
We’ve got nothing of value so there’s no V.A.T.
We’re going S.H.O.P.P.I.N.G.
We take Visa, Access, American Express
Patched-up, hand-me-down, second to next best
Clothes for all ages, mothers and babies
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls
The big shop is open it’s a wonderful world
Going down for all the things you missed
All the love. peace and happiness that don’t exist
We’ve got enpsychopaedias we’ve got pic ‘n’ fix
A government freeer full of benefits
A children’s assortment we’re bigger than Hamleys
We’ve got Cabbage Patch orphans from Sylvanian Famllies
Carpets. Iinoleum, holy petroleum,
Chemi-kaze killers, little Hitlers and Napoleans
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls
The big shop is open and the world
Is wonderful

Written by James Neil Morrison, Leslie George Carter • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

And the original

Life Coach Kitteh says give to charity

•December 5, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Life Coach Kitteh says:
Go to work. Find a radiator. Lie down. If anyone says “u got work to do dur dur dur” you say “It’s the mannequin challenge and ITS FOR CHARITY YOU HEARTLESS FOOL“.

Chill out with some winter ehru vibes from Styles in Black, making a welcome return with his track Natural Wisdom. Ehru’s soothing tones allied to the best of blunted beats

Three Thieves – Luminar

•December 4, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Yeah it’s a Sunday but that doesn’t have to mean downtempo. Does it? Let’s have some rather perky liquid drum and bass instead from Three Thieves and their track Luminar.

Three Thieves is Tom Clugston from Cardiff. The track is taken from his album Zero Hour. I love Luminar’s combination of a little wobbly piano, some synths and some light skippy beats. Gives it a totally positive feel.

GReymEtalmOOn by thinds

•December 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Goodness it’s a while since I had any thinds (Tony Hinds) from Australia. Over two years, I think. Although I recall he insists he’s a cheery chap, there’s nothing fun-filled about his work. It’s always cinematic. Always edgy. This is drone ambient of a very high quality, which means this isn’t music to go with your dinner party tonight. This is late night lonely gin-fuelled skunk paranoia.