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Afrika Ep [12" VINYL]
Afrika Ep [12" VINYL]

5.0 out of 5 stars Afrika, 10 Nov 2005
This review is from: Afrika Ep [12" VINYL] (Vinyl)
speactral claim that this is one of, if not the best, ep they have had the pleasure of releasing and who am i to argue with their assessment seeing as they are responsible for some of the best minimal techno or ketamina house or whatever you want to call in the past 12 months (look at their back catalogue of matthew dear, audion (same person by the way)osborne himself (see bout ready to jack)). the title track is one of the most original tunes i have heard in dance music in flipping ages. african drum rhythms with some sort of african chanting (i have no idea about african music whatsoever so i can't elaborate unfortunately) and an unbeat bass line will definately get you jigging. graphite doesn't quite live up to this, to be fair its a pretty standard minimal affair but still worth a listen. in gear is just as good as afrika, pretty reminiscnt of matt john's classic ketamina- squelchy, clicky but not cold and eminently daneable. definately one to own


La Decadence De La Decadence
La Decadence De La Decadence
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars French emo-scremo, 12 Aug 2004
If you can get past the French lyrics (come on, they listen to English) this is something you should give a listen. Its melodic hardcore styley emo-scremo which I happen to like. Its not the most original (see City of Caterpillar, Neil Perry, etc for that) but it is a damn fine effort.


Yanqui U.X.O.
Yanqui U.X.O.
Price: 10.90

11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Drab by their massive standards, 22 July 2004
This review is from: Yanqui U.X.O. (Audio CD)
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada was a full blown rock out, F#A#OO was tense nihilism and Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven was orchestral-rock. But beyond these simple descriptions they were undoubtedly among the most original, rewarding, versitile, multi-layered, intelligent, direct, sporadic, violent, beautiful records of recent times. Despite all being instantly recognisible as Godspeed works they were all creative and subtley different. Unfortunately Yanqui U.X.O. is a pastiche of their previous work, seemingly becoming a charicature of their own niche. Each song seems to hark back to previously trodden ground which would be wonderful if it was harking back to the electrifying, cathartic, cinematic moments of previous outings. Yet these songs are just drab, the most straightforward of anything yet put to CD by the Montreal nonet. For the timid they would act a good guide, a glimpse into what could be. For the bold or the initiated this disk would act as a massive dissapointment.
Conversely Godspeed just wanted to make a post-rock by numbers album.


Lineage Situation
Lineage Situation

5.0 out of 5 stars kabloom!, 3 Jun 2004
This review is from: Lineage Situation (Audio CD)
This double cd is truely fantastic. Fans of Troubleman records with bands such as Love Lost But Not Forgotten, The Red Scare and early Black Dice will love this. It is intelligent hardcore with amazing vocals and intricate, Slint-like instrumental passages in places. I've done enough name dropping to give people a clue what it sounds like but as always it just doesn't do it justice.


Two Way Monologue [Us Import]
Two Way Monologue [Us Import]
Price: 21.94

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oooh la la, 13 April 2004
Its wonderful to hear talented songwriters ply their craft seemingly just for you. The songs are almost nonchalant in their apparant simplicity, relying on catchy melodies to entice their audience, but it is on closer and repeated listenings that the subtle tinges of electonics, occasional trumpets and strings make sense. The title track is the obvious standout track, swelling from a tentative strumming to a fully blown pop wonder. Fans of Belle and Sebastian, Cass McCombs, Kings of Convenience and The Beach Boys will find joy and beauty here.


The Cansecos
The Cansecos
Price: 16.65

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Music for the armchair listener with a lively toe-tap?", 11 April 2004
This review is from: The Cansecos (Audio CD)
Suddenly there are a plethora of unashamedly pop bands making actually really good music, be they Broken Social Scene, The Unicorns or The Walkmen. They all have an ear for a catchy melody as well as a healthy dose of experimentation which combine to create some of the most engaging pop records around. Toronto's The Cansecos are no exception. Bill Halliday and Gareth Jones use old-style electronic equipment which sounds like it is falling apart, programmed beats and live instruments to create a warm, reassuring and almost nostalgic sound which feels totally new. Added to this the some what geeky vocals and unashamedly kitch, often romantic lyrics and you have a somewhat unclassifiable album. Well worth a listen to for people who aren't precoupied with cultivating a persona of a hardcore punk.


Hope That Lines Don't Cross
Hope That Lines Don't Cross
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 23.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Undulating soundscapes, 24 Feb 2004
If you are looking for thumping drum n bass rhythms then you are probably looking in the wrong place. If you are looking for music that rarely raises above a swell of, well nothingness then this is the right place. To describe this young Canadian's album as minimal would be correct yet totally undersell what has been created. Sparse beats and undulating harmonies (which often have the effect of sounding like amplified breaths)create a wonderfull album which evokes images of arctic tundras and a little penguin walking rather unconcincingly accross an iceberg. Well i think it does anyway. Fans of Boards of Canada who want a less "dancey" album will love it, just as I do.


Not The Way
Not The Way
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 10.94

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars acoustic magic, 16 May 2003
This review is from: Not The Way (Audio CD)
Mr John Peel did this country the honour of playing possibly the greatest track, Opium Flower, from Cass Mccombs' mini album a while back but nobody seemed to notice. Never mind hey, Cass is still a young fellow with years ahead of him to launch a full scale assault of calm, from Monitor Records, on the ears of this country. The Mountain Goats probably provide the closest point of reference for this Californian come New Yorker who plays simply breathtakingly beautiful acoustic melodies. The album makes you yearn to be a cowboy chewin some hay on the old here farm, nothing is overcomplicated- the strumming warm, the drumming relaxed and lazy while the singing divine. It has been described by some as "post-nostalgia" or "new-old-school" but whatever you call it, I can assure you that you will appreciate the love gone into the writing and recording of the music.


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