Review: Box clever, box fresh, box think-outside-of: Boxwork, a London basssmith who's been smouldering across house, tech and bass circles on the likes of WNCL and LNUK now antes up with a full album on "Shades". Showcasing his breadth on his widest tip yet, we're nudged and sashayed between the lines throughout... The subtle jazzy UKGisms of "Honest Loose", the thundering tribal head-twists of "Life Tour 29", the grainy vocal loops and industrial strength techy kicks of "Phant", the deep sea Dilla breaks of the "Request Line" interludes, the woozy drum loops and leftside timpani of "Ritual" and of course the serious club hitter "Portland Push", this list goes on. This is the sound of an accomplished debut album.
Review: Cabaret Du Ciel are a sight for sore eyes around these parts! We're talking rare-as-hen's-teeth material here, and the sort of percussive ambient music that has opened the genre up to a new generation. Their debut album, from 1992, is entitled Skies In The Mirror and has undoubtedly stood the test of time - often sounding more fresh and innovative than plenty of music made these days. Italy's Hybride Sentimento has relaunched this magnificent LP, which takes you on a voyage of dusty percussion loops, ominous cold waves, and all sorts of otherworldly sonics. As a matter of fact, it also verges onto the dance spectrum, with tunes like "Hanging Wave" sounding more cutting-edge than the deepest, most twisted techno being made. If you're into doom, ambient, darkwave, or anything of that ilk then this is tailor-made for you. And, of course, it comes warmly recommended, too!
The Spider Has To Paralyse The Victim. Paralyzing Occurs When The Victim Is Photographed With Flash By A Polaroid Camera (7:54)
The Victim Is Without Will From This Moment On (3:27)
The Spider Now Takes The Victim To Undress Him (5:41)
When The Victim Is Undressed, The Spider Sets Him In The Desired Position (6:34)
Now The Spider Cocoons The Victim, Meaning The Spider Wraps The Victim In Plastic (4:33)
When The Cocoon Is Finished The Spider Watches The Victim, His Artwork Is Done. The Spider Makes Another Polaroid, The Next Image For The Plastic Spider Thing Diary (4:50)
The Spider Now Sucks Out The Victim (7:49)
The Spider Got What He Wanted. Satisfied & Full Of Blood He Makes Another Polaroid Of The Victim: The Awakening. This Is The Third & Last Obligatory Polaroid For The Plastic Spider Thing Diary (2:44)
Hello Victim! Awake! The Victim Gets Back His Freedom (2:40)
All This Has Always To Be Filmed. The Cameraman Has To Wear A Black Leather Coat (7:33)
There Is Always A Soundtrack (6:32)
More Photographs & Polaroids Are Good! (5:14)
Review: Musick for the 'performancoid' installation in 23 parts named Plastic Spider Thing. A ritual piece from Black Sun Productions, who often collaborated in Coil's live performances. Featuring extended and dreamlike remixes of Coil fragments from the 20 years, prior to when it was originally released on World Serpent (2002). Made in 2002 by John Balance & Peter Christopherson, with live collaborators Massimo & Pierce and draZen: the creators of the performance project Plastic Spider Thing (2001 - 2002). They also conceived and starred in the underground porn movies Empire (2002) and Pirate Tape (2005). In May 2012, they announced to disband Black Sun Productions but have since regrouped as Anarcocks. They are said to have taken additional inspiration from The Electric Newspaper, Steinbruchel, Test Department and Nine Inch Nails for the project. A dozen pitch black and haunting drone pieces that will have you levitating in no time! For fans of music of a similar ilk such as Lustmord or Nurse With Wound.
Review: With this latest release on his fine Offen Music imprint, Vladimir Ivkovic has pulled off something of a coup. Ma is the first collaborative release from Ivan Smaghhe and Rupert Cross, a composer and sound designer who is best known for his work with fellow score maestro Patrick Doyle. It's an interesting and unusual set, with the duo utilizing a range of acoustic and electronic instruments to create tracks that variously touch on Don't DJ style polyrhythms, ambient mood pieces smothered in evocative field recordings, eccentric drone soundscapes, krautrock influenced compositions, shoegaze moods, and creepy, soundtrack style workouts. It's the kind of album that takes a few listens to really get under your skin, but it's more than worth the effort.
Review: Finally in on triple vinyl! Given the fashion for library music, disco noir and the synth-heavy soundtrack work of Goblin and John Carpenter, it was probably inevitable that Italians Do It Better would dip their toe into cinematic waters at some point. Themes From An Imaginary Film is their contribution to the oeuvre - an all-star collection of melodic synth doodles, atmospheric compositions and faux cinematic themes produced by Chromatics/Glass Candy men Jonny Jewell and Nat Walker. Its 37 tracks are, predictably, impressively evocative, variously recalling sounds and styles previously employed by notable synth composers Vangelis, Jan Hammer, Claudio Simonetti and, of course, John Carpenter.
Review: Tom Hang is an alias of Jimmy Asquith: head honcho of lo-fi house merchants of Lobster Theremin. 'To Be Held In A Non Position' - is a melded one-take LP that explores extended themes of isolation, loneliness, personal loss, disconnection and reconnection with reality and (self)-identity. All tracks were written and performed by Asquith, recorded live in one take at The Post Office Hotel, Melbourne in 2016. It is a fairly mixed bag of difficult listening, but not altogether unpleasant. Warped field recordings on "Tibetan Crash" and "Theme For B". Some Robin Guthrie styled drone-shoegaze on "Everything Is Ending" or "All Lost & Forgotten Woes" and even offers up a bit of power electronics just to mix things up a bit on "Open Sanctions". Told through a prism tinted with personal difficulty, it's scorched harsh extremities waft in and out of view around more subtle tones and textural elements.