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A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Literature
A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Literature
by Suzette Field
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, but..., 23 Jun 2014
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Loved the idea of this, but slightly disappointed but the actual 'formulaic' presentation and of course lack of quotes from the originals. Never-the-less, a brilliant idea and an enjoyable diversion.


O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2 Disc Special Edition) [2000] [DVD]
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2 Disc Special Edition) [2000] [DVD]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
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Price: £4.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 23 Jun 2014
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The very definition of a cult movie. Brilliantly shot, quirky, funny and surreal interpretation of Homer's Odyssey. Worthy of anyone's time.


Copperdollar, the Back of Beyond (Compiled By DJ Marc Stylus)
Copperdollar, the Back of Beyond (Compiled By DJ Marc Stylus)
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars More than a soundtrack..., 23 Jun 2014
I've been blown away by Copperdollar's immersive theatre show several times in a late night Glastonbury Festival field. The question was whether that brilliantly surreal experience could be translated into a 'mere' listening experience. It's a testament to the quality of the whole show therefore - and the music especially - that this CD really captures the flavour of that event. But more importantly than that, it transcends it, to become is a superb stand-alone soundscape. It sounds just brilliantly intoxicating in the sunshine - perfectly accompanying a lazy sunday afternoon or a barbecue party. Excellent.


Electro Swing - The Best of - Freshly Squeezed (Volume 1)
Electro Swing - The Best of - Freshly Squeezed (Volume 1)
Price: £4.49

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain intro to both the key label and the genre..., 3 Jun 2013
Freshly Squeezed is the label behind what the dance music magazine Mixmag described as "Electro-Swing's first landmark moment". The compilation White Mink : Black Cotton started a series that turned out to be not only ground-breaking, but to inspire a world-wide Electro Swing movement.

Without covering the same ground as that classic album series, this compilation brings together some of the 'one-off' singles, EPs and more the label has released since, all of which, in different ways, push at the envelope of Electro Swing. From JFB (2 times UK DMC champion) and his pioneering swing-step sounds, to cult acts like The Correspondents (Bestival main stage, Saturday nighters), via (even) a chart-topping minimal-tech swing track, this album not only showcases a great British independent record label doing what it does best, but it also defines a genre.

A great introduction to both.


The Shocking Miss Emerald
The Shocking Miss Emerald
Price: £6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant follow-up, but a follow-up none-the-less..., 3 Jun 2013
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Caro Emerald and her production team remain the same on their second album, following up the phenomenally successful (in all senses) Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor. It was always going to be an impossible task to capture the surprise hit and throw-away charm of that first album, but this comes as close as it's probably possible. Given that it IS a follow-up and all the difficulties that that entails, it is still an incredibly good effort. In many respects the character of Miss Emerald is brought to the fore much more on this outing and some of the witty lyrics really take center stage in a way they didn't so much on the first album. Coming Back As A Man and Liquid Lunch stand out.

Basically this is a great effort and does the job as well as can be hoped. Proof that the first album wasn't simply a fluke or a one-off. A well deserved success for independent music and production.


Electro Blues, Vol. 1
Electro Blues, Vol. 1
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Blues, but not quite as you know it..., 12 Mar 2013
As the name implies, this double album is one side of vintage and a second of vintage-influenced Blues. But forget what you think you know about this enduring musical form. This compilation clearly aims to offer a fresh twist on an old theme.

On 'side one' therefore, we get 21st century attitudes and production techniques across a broad range of blues styles. From the brilliant Son Of Dave's one man band, loop-pedal harmonica beat-boxing (try saying that quickly), via a Moby classic (he couldn't really not be on here could he?), all the way up to contemporary dance-based sounds given a gritty vitality by some well selected earthy blues samples.

Side '2' meanwhile completes the package with a dance-floor friendly selection of what I presume is Saturday night Jukebox entertainment from predominantly the 40s and 50s. Again the sweep is broad, from less well known Jump Blues by major artists like Big Joe Turner, all the way to the obscure (and surprisingly topical given the current economic climate) Minimum Wage (from a rare 45) by B.K. Anderson.

For my money this is simply a fantastic compilation. It isn't always easy to see beyond the many cliches in the blues idiom, but this release shows there's a lot more life in this music yet. Given that the (excellent) artwork has Volume 1 writ large on the front cover we can only assume Volume 2 is planned to take us even further down this road. I really look forward to it. This is a game changer of an album. Anyone with even a passing interest in this genre is sure to enjoy. Highly recommended.


Kid Koala
Kid Koala
Price: £15.72

4.0 out of 5 stars Blues mash-up, 28 Feb 2013
This review is from: Kid Koala (Audio CD)
This album appears to have unfairly had 2 one-star reviews for what are effectively Amazon's mistakes.

That aside, this is a playful and engaging romp through blues history, via mashed up samples, textures and soundscapes. Despite the fact it gets pretty dark at times, the mood remains fun somehow. Very enjoyable record.
And the turntable of course is genius!


Black Box - Nicolas Repac
Black Box - Nicolas Repac
Price: £15.17

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow-up from Swing to Blues, 28 Feb 2013
As the other reviewer here has pointed out, Nicholas Repac also made the excellent Swing Swing album. What he did with Swing there, he now does with Blues here.

It's very easy to knock this type of sample-based collage music (not least because like all well crafted things, it appears to be very easily done), but Nicolas Repac has again caught the zeigeist and come up with yet another excitingly askance view on an emerging genre. His take is darker than most, but refreshingly original.

I would recommend this album for headphone based mood experience. It's not a going-out record at all, but all the better for it! My only reservations were the two slightly worldy, French-sung tunes which strayed from an otherwise flawless concept and execution. If it wasn't for that it'd be another 5 stars.


O.G. Original Gentleman
O.G. Original Gentleman
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail The Chap!, 19 Sep 2012
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer invented the chap-hop genre and here, on a digital compilation of his first two CD releases, shows us how. Or Why. Or something.

This is a faultless blend of good humour and hip-hop beats. If you've seen him live, this is the one to get first. If you don't know what I'm talking about, a quick youtube search will put you right. Then come back and buy this...

Top hole!


Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor
Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great songwriting. Impeccable production. Faultless vocals, 19 Sep 2012
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Every so often an independent label album comes along that simply explodes out of it's niche into the wider consciousness. This is one such album totally deserves all it's success.
Great songwriting. Impeccable production. Faultless vocals and entertaining lyrics. A treat from start to finish and completely faultless. Just buy it.


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