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Sunday Afternoon at Dingwalls - Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forge Present
Sunday Afternoon at Dingwalls - Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forge Present
Offered by groove_temple
Price: £45.01

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend become flesh, 13 Jun. 2007
The title pretty much tells you the story behind this compilation. Dingwalls was a dirty little club in Camden. For six odd hours after noon on Sundays (hence), mildly successful radio disk jockey Patrick Forge and BBC legend Gilles Peterson would spin eclectic records which existed on the forgotten fringes of jazz, funk, and soul to compliment that day's live act, which featured the likes of Roy Ayers, Incognito, Courtney Pine, and other legends over the years. All of the grateful sweat Pat and Gilles generated in that dim gin joint from the mid-eighties to the early nineties has been livingly translated into this two-disc collection one scratchy seven inch at a time. When you hear the likes of Tribe Called Quest's g-funk "Luck Of Lucien," The Soul Tornadoes' funk fusion organ grinder "Hot Pants Breakdown," and, hell, I could pick any track and be right, you'll know why half-assed saps like Joss Stone and Michael Bublé are deservedly destined for the most desolate obscurity.

Gilles is a cruel man. I get the same feeling listening to this as I do when I watch the Woodstock documentary: an unyielding desire to have lived in a different time and scene. Just judging from this too short for two CDs mixtape, Dingwalls was one of the last true happenings, a wellspring of liquid cool and a mark of true culture. May its legacy never fizzle.


In Finite
In Finite
Offered by zoreno-uk
Price: £1.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All of what makes music great is in this album, 13 Jun. 2007
This review is from: In Finite (Audio CD)
Though Dan Berridge is not a hardcore veteran producer, he is quickly becoming one of the most accomplished. As much as there was stylistic improvement from Compassion to The Vessel, so is the improvement from The Vessel to In Finite. Even the most inattentive listener could hear this as Dan himself said, "It's my 3rd album, but at the same time my first. I've found a sound that I've been looking for." Relevant to this continuing evolution is the complete lack of vocals on this album, instead placing focus solely on aural construction. Far less noticeable sampling takes place here as James White returns from Vessel with several new guest musicians to give BP's chamber cinematics a more visceral live atmosphere with less of a static approach to the record pop loops which come standard on almost every Broadway Project track produced. "Raga" basks in Capitol K's "City" territory with that trip-hop filtered guitar reminiscent of the distorted guitar like vocal sample from the peak of Blockhead's "Insomniac Olympics" but the advancing aptitude of Berridge's production and white noise/picture show style obvious and distinct to anyone who hears all three projects is present throughout. He just keeps getting better. Album highlight "Blood In The Temple" may be the darkest and hardest BP song yet matching a hard-hitting DJ Shadow growl beat with his own delicate layering of menacing organic sounds. Simply put, In Finite is more intelligent and better mixed/mastered than BP has ever been.


Foe Destroyer
Foe Destroyer
Price: £17.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mutek is where the passion is, 13 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Foe Destroyer (Audio CD)
I usually cringe when I'm given a dance album from someone I've never heard of. All too often, DJs-come-producers pump out a debut of sterile tracks they themselves would have better taste than to spin, either as a vain attempt to have others recognize them as real artists or out of some ingrained, instinctual habit. However, on a rare occasion, someone like Stephen Beaupré comes along. Having been a player in the Montreal scene for over a decade as himself and half of Crackhaus, his solo debut has been a long time in coming. Foe Destroyer, a term referring to a Buddhist who has surpassed the delusions of worldly existence, comes on like a normal house album but something progresses in each track to squarely place an "intelligent" in front of his "dance music." The opening "Dark Water" centers around chippy bongos and a happy 4/4 beat, but eerie synth strings practically lifted from Plaid's Greedy Baby gives the track the necessary emotional depth to spread appeal evenly between the nightclub and the living room. "Les Filles" hits the next level when the harder second bassline kicks in half way through, thus changing the meaning of the previously established warp subbase. It's a complete package. Listen to Foe Destroyer and know that Oakenfold is just a bitter old hack going through the motions on the way to the bank. Mutek is where the passion is.


Body Riddle
Body Riddle
Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: £14.46

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rose by any other name still rocks the house, 13 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Body Riddle (Audio CD)
The third full-length album from Chris Clark -now going simply as Clark- is his most accessible yet. That ain't saying much, though, believe me. His speaker shredding laptop IDM is still as dense as a knee to the face, but Body Riddle's beats maintain a certain tribal hip-hop groove to them easily locatable by anyone with a heart while still being nightmarish enough to be thoroughly enjoyed by any fan of WARP Records' isolated android graveyard soundscapes. A rose by any other name still rocks the house.


Mirrors For Eyes
Mirrors For Eyes
Price: £11.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's on Mush Records... of course, it's good, 12 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Mirrors For Eyes (Audio CD)
Mush is a fantastic label. And out of it's broad stable of open-minded, next level artists, Zachary "Caural" Mastoon stands out as a bonafide genius. If the cut-and-paste beats made by Daedelus are cinematic, Caural's compositions are visionary to the point of trance inducing. His explorations of fat beats, dusty samples, and off kilter programming easily makes him one of the best headphone album producers ever to pick at a Salvation Army record bin. In fact, with the backing of such virulent and poignant instrumentals, the adequate vocals laid down by the likes of Hrishikesh Hirway and Jacob Croegaert essentially end up detracting from the final product. It's not that the vocals are bad, per say, but that Caural's beats tell more than enough of a story on their own without the need for lyrical illustration. Though Racecar and Paul Amital's styles are a bit closer to the mark, none of the vox are on the same level of surreality as Mr. Mastoon (though, now that I think of it, Doseone and him could make one hell of an album). Even still, they definitely aren't enough of a hindrance to stop Mirrors For Eyes from being one of the year's best laptop hip-hop albums... nay, best albums period.


Broken Love Letter
Broken Love Letter
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £12.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the only flawless albums I've heard this year, 12 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Broken Love Letter (Audio CD)
The soft, analog beats, the dusty record samples, the stream of consciousness lovelorn rhymes, and the choice interpolation of Broadcast, Portishead, and "You Make Me Feel So Young" by Frank Sinatra all culminate into one of the freshest and most inspired hip-hop albums since cLOUDDEAD's Ten. The meditative lyricism of k-the-i skates around the styles of Doseone and Sage Francis, but comes out with a personal edge that places the oft-heartbroken MC among peers with the aforementioned, not among the imitators. "You're Not That Beautiful" is our generation's "Just A Friend" (Biz Markie), only less humorous with more emphasis laid on how k was the one who made the mistake ("but I'm lying to myself" being the concluding line). With his honest and even-handed delivery, it's hard to not feel for this guy. While emo-pricks clog the charts with lame ballads blaming girls for breaking their twelve-teen hearts, k-the-i's introverted exploration of the mental ins and spiritual outs of every failed relationship -learning about himself instead of taking the easy way out playing the blame game- is a real breath of fresh air in the music landscape. It's as honest and unpretentious as hip-hop gets, yet still pushes the envelope with the odd manic jazz flourish that recall the earlier instrumental work of The Herbaliser. Apparently Cambridge, Massachusetts is the new centre of the hip-hop universe. Sounds good to me.


Seeing And Doing
Seeing And Doing
Price: £8.66

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Could Make God Chill, 26 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Seeing And Doing (Audio CD)
I have something of a special relationship to Christ., the output of one Liquid Chris H. Last August, my father died in my living room (the irony of which is not lost on me). I took it pretty hard as it was completely unexpected, him being only 53 with no previous heart condition. I didn't do much for a few days, but in times of crisis, the two things I consistently turn to are humor and music. It was too soon for the former, so it had to be music. I hadn't really listened to Christ.'s first major release Metamorphic Reproduction Miracle at that point, but I wanted something somber and without vocals, and I knew that much about it. Mournful yet not depressive, dense but not busy, Miracle was a miracle. It fit the mood perfectly and gave me some much needed relaxation.

Almost two years after that debut LP came out, Seeing And Doing's four new originals hint at the continuing evolution of his sound having toured steadily, playing various festival showcases, and even treating John Peel to an encore performance. While the same essential ambiance remains, these new tracks have more layers. They're richer, fuller, and somewhat more abstract. EP highlight "Marsh Of Epidemics," which receives a remix here at the hands of Anticon's Alias, sees noise upon noise, sample upon sample, and synth upon synth layered steadily to a shattering crescendo by minute five, while a too slow for stumbling beat works underneath like a hip-hop loop missing a few sections. If you like ambient at all, this is a must hear. Dig the Reefer Madness sample that kicks off "Magic Piano," too.


Presents Nightlife 3
Presents Nightlife 3
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £29.21

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like Mainstream DnB? This Is Yours., 14 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Presents Nightlife 3 (Audio CD)
Born out of a rich tapestry of electronica, reggae, and jazz/funk genres, drum and bass has come a long way since before it even had a name in the early nineties to the sports channel intro, car commercial power it is today. This is thanks in part to people like Andy C. Being as Andy has only ever released a handful of solo twelve inches (most of them in the previous decade), his contribution to the wide but thinly spread junglist movement has mostly been as a DJ and label owner. To this day, he's continually voted the best DnB deej by Knowledge mag and the likes. When you get that big, you no longer have to buy records. People will flood you with complimentary white labels and even pay you to spin their tracks. So, while Andy's umpteen years of mixing experience is never in question, his track selection represents a survey of the newest mainstream DnB circa 2006 -funky, techy, and a little hard/dark/fast- but it's a survey built on the spirit of promotion and perk that Andy probably can't take real credit for. I seriously doubt he has set foot near a dusty record shop in years. However, he is given some fine records from the likes of Chase & Status and the legendary Concord Dawn, both of which truly deserve the success inclusion in the Nightlife series provides, so some good should come from number 3. If you like mainstream DnB, this is your bananas.


Awfully De/Ep
Awfully De/Ep
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £10.55

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Companion Piece, 10 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Awfully De/Ep (Audio CD)
Minus the superfluous album version edit of “Awfully Deep,” you’ve got one new song, one live-studio reworking of the near title track with a little help from Gorillaz collaborator Damon Albarn, and a remix of each. The Albarn/Lampeth Blues version benefits greatly from the Blur kingpin’s addition of a brooding piano as well as Rodney’s more contemplative delivery. Joseph Mount’s Metronomy remix of Damon’s jam takes the cut back to an early eighties cheese-funk which kinda misses the point but Diplo’s remix of the previously unreleased “Seat Yourself” recovers to a more appropriate sludgy bangin’ vibe. All in all, it’s a worthwhile companion to the full length of the not quite same name.


Everything Ecstatic
Everything Ecstatic
Price: £10.26

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars his most entertaining release yet, 5 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Everything Ecstatic (Audio CD)
This is a much more aggressive release than I expected from Keiran Hebdan, the reigning king of folktronica, which is obvious from the first track "A Joy," a big beat banger aimed somewhere between the beginning of Chemical Brothers' "Come With Us" and Squarepusher's more ambient insanity. Only "Sleep, Eat Food, Have Visions" goes a little overboard when it busts out all tribal techno three minutes in. The rest of this album is the sound of a producer hitting his stride in the studio and continuing to grow as an artist with every succeeding release. For the most part, this album is Hebdan's usual mix of eclectic instruments, worldly beats, and static production only classier than ever before with more attention paid to DJs and the night crowd than indie café patrons. Everything Ecstatic harkens back to the passion of the old school raver days while evolving to relevant. You'll be hard pressed to find a Four Tet fan who doesn't think this is his most entertaining release yet.


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