I used to have this double CD compilation on constant repeat during the years 1997-1998 as I tried to navigate my way through the various levels of Quake 2. I loved it back then and eventually like all CDs, it got filed away to gather dust and was eventually forgotten about. fast forward to 2014 and all my CD collection was boxed up as I moved back to the warmer sound of vinyl. For me, CD has become the worthless format of the digital age, ugly plastic things in broken plastic cases (and in most cases with very tinny sound quality). Whilst going through these storage boxes looking for CDs to sell on Ebay, I came across my copy of Northern Exposure Vol 1 after remembering a work colleague… Read more
Arcade Fire? Just a band...and a hugely over hyped one at that which might go some way to explaining why this 'abstract' and 'difficult' 4th album has divided hard core fans and rock dullard music journalists.
My own personal hero worship of Arcade was a brief two year fling between 2005 and 2007 that ended once I had overplayed the rather brilliant 'Neon Bible' with its gorgeous deluxe CD boxset. By the time that 'The Suburbs' came along, I had totally lost interest, skipped that particularly album despite all the praise and nonsense written about it until a week or so again when 'Reflecktor' blasted out of the radio and lifted a sterile playlist full of Top 40 twerking… Read more
Twenty years on from the release of the much loved 'Very' and the Pets are back with a new label and a full-on return to analogue dancefloor pop.
'Electric' does have it's moments even though it ultimately sounds like a disregarded 'Disco' project or a sequel to 1993's far superior 'Relentless'. 'Axis' gets things off to a promising start but there are too many brash sequencing tricks and silly sound effects on 'Bolshy' and 'Love is A Bourgeois Construction' - both tracks are firmly rooted in 1990's clubland and conjure memories of those painful CD single dub mixes. 'Fluorescent' get's 'Electric' back on track even it it sounds like a new extended version of Visage's 'Fade To… Read more