Thursday, 30 November 2017

PREMIERE! - Whooda Thunk - Used To


Music: the final frontier. These are the voyages of Whooda Thunk. Its eternal mission: to explore strange new sounds, to seek out new beats and new genres, to boldly go where no man has gone before.


Based in Kalmar, Sweden, Whooda Thunk is looking to combine his influences in a sound that celebrates his love for music. By finding inspiration in everything from metal-band Korn, electronic artist Aphex Twin, to movies like Donnie Darko, Whooda Thunk manages to make something unpredictable.


The debut single, Used To is released tomorrow and we think it's rather fab.






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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Review - Dub Syndicate – Ambience In Dub 1982-1985




Dub Syndicate – Ambience In Dub 1982-1985 (On-U Sound)

LP / CD / DL

Out Now

8.5 / 10

Early 80s re-releases from studio-based dub band. 

The latest in the extensive, and surely definitive re-releases from Adrian Sherwood’s label sees Dub Syndicate re-release and re-issue their first four albums on heavyweight vinyl together with an album of unreleased versions.  All five albums are also available as a 5 cd boxset.

Over thirty years ago On-U Sound Records were releasing material that was far ahead of its time.  In many respects, and quite unbelievably the same albums still are.  It can be questioned whether the World will ever be ready for the labels early output.  It fused dub with electro, hip-hop, funk and punk in a sound crash that has never been, and maybe never will be, repeated.  Its sound was genre defying, and unable to be defined it has simply become ‘On-U’, to the labels barmy army of fans it has become almost a way of life.

Recorded quickly, due to On-U allegedly running out of money, Dub Syndicate’s first offering The Pounding System was an album of instrumental dub with wicked reggae rhythms and mutilated effects which would become a trademark of the label.  Several of the tracks titles famously making light of The Scientist whose own had become almost laughable themselves.  The title track and album opener sets out the stall quickly with both a lazy reggae feel and some sumptuous reverb by the studio based project made up of Sherwood and a collective of musicians.  Humourless Journalists Work To Rules contains a quite incredible bassline intertwined with various electro effects and serves as one of those experimental tracks you either hated or loved but tracks like Crucial Tony Tries To rescue The Space Invaders (With Only 10p) surely the later had to be the case.

One Way System followed on quickly, still a collective of musicians built around Sherwood and drummer Style Scott (Creation Rebel, Roots Radis) and was originally released on the ROIR label allegedly due to lack of funds at On-U. Much of the album contains versions of tracks from other On-U releases with an opener by Bim Sherman, Socca, from the Singers and Players album Staggering Heights. An experimental album, not unusual for On-U(!) which had deep roots tracks shoulder to shoulder with pieces like heavy bass Drilling Equipment, a riotous throb of sound with an upbeat percussion making it turn the album on its head.

Dr Pablo and his melodica playing (not to be confused with Augustus Pablo) joined Dub Syndicate for North Of The River Thames in 1984, again a member of Creation Rebel on their live shows he contributed to the album that saw his previous band become what was recognised as his new one.  The album title was in direct response to Augustus’ album East Of The River Nile and featured the brilliant version of the Dr Who(?) theme, dubbed and redubbed along with slow reggae beat and space-age effects and, Tribute which had sneaky excerpts of Get Up Stand Up tucked away in its tune.

By the time Jah Wobble, Keith Levene, Bim Sherman and Steve Beresford joined Dub Syndicate for Tunes From The Missing Channel, things had moved on significantly.  Sherwood has discovered the emulator and the ability to ‘sample’ voices and instruments to create brand new effects being arguably one of the first people to do so and starting a whole new episode in popular music paving the way for the likes of Coldcut, Double D & Steinski and DJ Shadow.  Ravi Shankar Part 1 later evolved into the theme tune for Radio Lancashire’s On The Wire featuring the legendary Steve Barker who became very much an unnamed member of On-U and who provides sleeve notes for several of their releases.  Heavy on reverb and new technology, the album stands as a classic not only from the labels perspective but also in the general development of dub music.

The final album in the wonderful set is Displaced Masters, a collection of outtakes and unreleased archive tracks heard for the first time.  Tracks which are highly stripped back and displays early sounds of Dub Syndicate perhaps unknowingly setting the path which On-U would later follow.  The superb Mind Boggles opens the album and the late Sherman’s dulcet tones feature on Money Dealers, Haunted Ground and Keep You Rocking.

Ambience In Dub is classic stuff in the same vain as the recent re-releasing of the African Head Charge back catalogue, and is an essential not only for On-U and dub fans but also for any discerning alternative music lovers.  Trail blazing, barrier breaking and often, sheer genius.





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Monday, 20 November 2017

Review - One Cure For Man – Colours In The Fire




One Cure For Man – Colours In The Fire

CD / DL

Out Now

7 / 10

Lancashire singer/songwriter release his new album. 

Aztec Camera, Prefab Sprout and Manic Street Preachers are three artists that spring to mind in as many tracks on the latest album by James Parkinson aka One Cure For Man.  Originally formed in 2009 as a band and moving to a solo act three years later, a move to the Midlands and back to the North West may have proved as continued inspiration and invigoration.

Parkinson fits nicely into the mould of experienced songwriter with the addition of being a talented multi-instrumentalist (he plays guitar, bass, percussion and keys amongst other things) and, is more than capable of knocking out a catchy tune or two.  Some lovely riffs within these songs are evident too, a good example being a nice Johnny Marr influence on Deleted Scenes, a catchy 80s indie styled piece which will do its damnedest to make your toes tap.

Album opener and title track, Colours In The Fire may also allude to the fine song writing of Prefab Sprout’s Paddy McAloon as it weaves guitar solos with solid vocals in a formula that may be disastrous in the hands of someone less competent.  Thankfully, Parkinson pulls off an album beginning which may just keep a newbie interested enough to carry on through the almost anthemic ending and guitar screech.

You could almost be forgiven for thinking that The Unknown is a Manics song.  Those characteristic loud drums and keyboard riffs reminiscent of when they once made interesting music before the wheels fell off post 1998, make for a track which can be imagined with a leaping audience punching the air in unison.  It’s a highlight of the album and one which Parkinson should be very proud of.
Unafraid to tackle varying subject matter such as alienation, vanity and amnesia, each subject is cleverly bound within melodies which are easy to digest and difficult to dislike.  Maybe there is nothing new here and nothing ground-breaking but what is here is simple, honest indie/pop/rock that is often radio friendly and always well executed and produced.

Another Cup Of Tea has hints of The Who and Animals has a great bass break around the two minute mark before breaking into a Roddy Frame guitar lick.  More comparisons but, don’t let this deter you checking out One Cure For Man and as When I’m Gone ends (a tale of mortality, morality and life in general)  you can’t help thinking you haven’t heard the last of him.




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Friday, 17 November 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Listen! - Astrobal - Belle Comme La Nuit





French electronic producer Astrobal has revealed the second single from his forthcoming 'Memories of Stars' EP, slated for release via German label Karaoke Kalk on November 24.  

Known for combining psychedelic soundings with soft pop, 'Belle comme la nuit' is an offering that leans more towards French peers Telepopmusik and early Daft Punk. This single follows up on his release of 'Australasie ft. Laetitia Sadier', the EP's lead track, with clever video produced by Patrice Curtillat (a.k.a. Poborsk).
 
Astrobal is the solo project of Emmanuel (Emma) Mario, who burst onto the scene in his native France through collaborations and production work with some of the country's most cutting edge artists, including Laetitia Sadier, Arnaud Fleurent-Didier, Holden, InstitutMonade, Hyperclean. and Iko Chérie. It is no coincidence that the Stereolab songstress should feature on 'Australasie', as Emma Mario's work as a producer and drummer for Laetitia Sadier has left an enduring legacy, rendering some of the most singular work from the iconic French chanteuse.
 
Mario has produced several Laetitia Sadier albums 'The Trip' (2010) and 'Something Shines' (2014), as well as the latest 'Find Me Finding You' album from Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, all three albums released through Drag City. He's been extremely busy this year, touring as part of the Ensemble and sometimes even opening the show as Astrobal. 
 
"Our blood runs hydrous with the seas/The essence of oceans spills through our veins."  Laetitia Sadier matter-of-factly unfurls these words on the opening track and they prove prescient. Astrobal's wispy, French-accented vocals intermix with Sadier's enchanting voice as she delivers spiritual and scientific information about the universe as if engaged in a shamanic incantation.

"Emmanuel became a long-time collaborator and he's very good at working with other people, but there was also a desire to do his own stuff. He was kind of doing it before he started working on this project, but then I guess he found his focus and made this incredible piece of work," says Laetitia Sadier.

"From one track to another, you're transported to very different countries, but it's also very familiar to Emmanuel, and I find that to be a real strength: to have such a variety of different styles, but still be familiar and to have some similarity. He reaches really far out to find certain tracks and to bring them back to a whole."

The album is aqueous, each track a slow wave building, with clean lines and fluid form. Symphonic strings and ethereal ambient washes are married to buzzing synths and Astrobal's crisp, crackling drums.  Though eclectic, Astrobal presents a cohesive vision, with the guiding principles of texture and fluidity uniting the disparate threads. Astrobal creates a universe one can swim around in  from start to finish, the particular mood always beholden to the vibe. One leaves his dream world having lived a unique experience laced with sonic and solar dreamrry.
 
Karaoke Kalk was  founded by Thorsten Lütz in 1997. By releasing music that bridges several electronic genres, including minimal, ambient, and techno, this niche label is helping to define the sound of contemporary pop.

Karaoke Kalk has put out records by Bill Wells, Hauschka, Toulouse Low Trax, and many others. Karaoke Kalk also co-released Astrobal's debut full-length album 'Australasie' with LA-based Plug Research in June of this year. 

'Memories of Stars' will be released on November 24, 2017. You can already pre-order the EP through Bandcamp















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