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Puffer
Puffer
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars New Developments On Planet Scntst, 28 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Puffer (MP3 Download)
"Puffer" is young German producer Bryan Muller's second release on the
Boys Noize imprint. His first, 'Self Therapy' (2013), was a real ear-opener.
There are fifteen numbers in this new set and his sound has developed
considerably. Broader; richer; more complex and stunningly detailed.

There are, as before, some numbers with big deep beats but elsewhere one
is stuck by Herr Muller's sense of atmosphere. He's creating whole Worlds
of sound here which play with your head and your senses in remarkable ways.

The opening track 'Render For Peace' is a stunner. Not exactly formless but
shifting in and out of sonic focus like a dream. The dense harmonic structure
and ephemeral inner-pulse are beautifully decorated with sparkling accents, a
little like white quartz crystals catching and refracting sunlight. Simply beautiful!

'Sers' has a big booming beat nailing it to the floor but up on top some simple
vibrating chords shimmer in and out of focus like waves breaking on the shore.

'Generated', too, is fit for dancing but is a much darker affair; its crisp rhythmic
foundation cut through with a repetitive rasping deconstructed robotic vocal.

Final track 'H8 Drop' has a Latin lilt to it; a mechanical calypso full of love and light.

There is a fierce musical intelligence at work here. I loved every last little minute.

Highly Recommended.


Igenix Stainless Steel Corded Kettle, 3.5 Litre, 2200 Watt
Igenix Stainless Steel Corded Kettle, 3.5 Litre, 2200 Watt
Price: £28.97

4.0 out of 5 stars A Big Boiler, 28 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Igenix kettle is a big boy. It has a 3.5 litre capacity. Ideal for brewing up for
a whist drive at the local parish hall but not really a choice for day-to-day domestic
use as it requires a minimum-fill of 1.5 litres. The stainless steel is nice and shiny.
I'm not sure how robust the shell is however. It seems a bit thin and lightweight to
me but I suppose if it were any heavier it'd be quite a big lift when full to capacity.

It does the job and does it well.

It comes with the requisite cable and has a two year guarantee.


Losing It
Losing It
by Helen Lederer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Farce, 28 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Losing It (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Fifty-something Millie Tucker is in a fix. The mortgage is in arrears; she's in hock to a
lone shark company and a visit from the bailiffs may be just around the corner. Not good.
An opportunity to earn cash for losing weight from a dodgy German herbal diet pill outfit
might be the solution but has she got what it takes to curb her enthusiasm for Kit Kats,
cashew nuts and cocktails? The race is on; time is running out; will Millie meet the deadline?

Helen Lederer's debut novel is a real page-turner. There are in fact 459 of them which, given
the slender parameters of the plot, could turn out to be a bit of a chore but there are enough
additional narrative alleyways and avenues in the story to keep us absorbed and entertained.

Personal training; colonic irrigation; a pseudo-spiritual retreat; gherkins and amphetamines
all have a part to play on the way to the main prize. A substantial cast of larger than life supporters
and detractors both help and hinder her progress and then there's the question of the awakening
of her "silver bowl" (don't ask - read and be enlightened!) by her daughter Mary's diminutive
beau (who may or may not be a clandestine revolutionary) during a trip to Papua New Guinea.

If you like a decent farce then you may well be delighted with 'Losing It'. The novel zips along at
a cracking pace and what it lacks in believability it more than makes up for in fun and laughter.

I enjoyed it.


Gliss Riffer
Gliss Riffer
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Irrepressible Spirit., 24 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Gliss Riffer (Audio CD)
Dan Deacon is responsible for some of the best kind of musical madness I know.
I was a big fan of both his 2009 album 'Bromst' and the wonderful 2012 release
'America'. This new project, 'Gliss Rifter', is a gem too. A real quirky humdinger!

Mr Deacon writes great pop tunes almost despite himself but nothing is ever very
straightforward in his approach to constructing a memorable song. He favours a
dense sonic palette which is both melodically strong and rhythmically robust and
although electronics feature prominently they never get in the way of our being
able to access and enjoy the tunes. There are eight compositions in the set and
all of them deliver a wonderfully full sense of abandonment and joie de vivre.

That our host retains a deep love of the Beach Boys is evident in the effervescent
surf-friendly harmonies and manic beats of the gloriously upbeat 'Sheathed Wings' but
his impish spirit is also irrepressible on tracks such as the folksy 'When I Was Done Dying'
and jiggedy-jaggedy 'Mind On Fire' which really does burn with a strangely luminous
primal energy but perhaps best of all is the hands-paws-or-flippers-in-the-air anthem
'Learning To Relax' which begs the question : does Mr Deacon truly ever take a breath and
would we really want him to? Personally I'm perfectly happy with things just as they are!

Want a little joy in your life this week? Look no further.

Highly Recommended.


Dust Songs
Dust Songs
Price: £15.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Visions, 24 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Dust Songs (Audio CD)
Recording as Terminal Sound System Skye Klein isn't about to give us an easy
ride with his new album `Dust Songs'. These eight inventions are likely to be
among the darkest sonic artefacts we will encounter this year. This unsettling,
fractured, crumbling yet curiously affecting music must surely be the product
of a mind content to live and breath and crawl in the shadows; beady red eyes
cutting through the gloom; patiently waiting for the next unsuspecting meal.

Mr Klein's main creative materials are his guitars (both electric and acoustic)
and his voice (an extraordinarily discombobulating instrument!) but within and
around the relatively simple melodic and lyrical elements he weaves webs of
complex electronic scaffolding, employing beats with varying degrees of emphasis
and layers of distortion and sonic manipulation which makes our experience as
a listener uncertain and unpredictable. I like this quality. I like a nice surprise.
Sometimes a piece stops suddenly in mid flow; sometimes it picks up again
seemingly where it left off; sometimes it starts again somewhere else entirely.
This is a bit like having the rug pulled out from beneath our feet by unseen hands.

Our host is fond of rotating arpeggios and descending scales in mostly minor keys
and occasionally his vision approaches something approximating a ghostly form
of Wild West Gothic (the reverberating guitar chords of `Silver Minds' are a good
case in point - this number also contains a deliciously creepy vocal performance!);
at others the rhythms become almost danceable in a Night On The Bare Mountain
kind-of way ('My Father, My Mother') but perhaps the most atmospheric and multi-
faceted piece in the set is the deeply disturbing `By The Meadow' which manages
to be about as far away from any cogent notion of a benign pastoral idyll as any of
us are likely to be able to imagine. It could very well give you nightmares!

Mr Klein may not be THE Prince Of Darkness incarnate but he certainly shows the
vision and potential to become one of his most talented and successful minions!

Recommended To Those Of A Reasonably Stable Emotional Disposition.


Spontex Disposable Dusters (Pack of 12, total 84 Dusters)
Spontex Disposable Dusters (Pack of 12, total 84 Dusters)
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Few Thoughts About Spontex Disposable Dusters., 24 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Seven packets of twelve disposable dusters. 37cms x 28cms. Spontex tell us
that they are coated with a "special treatment" which "allows them to pick up
dust and hold on to it". They also claim that "there is no need for sprays or
polishes to give your surfaces a shine!" I gave a few a go and they did indeed
seem to have an impressive capacity to pick up dust and make my surfaces shiny.

Arguably my old faithful yellow dusters do the same job just as well but it is
difficult to empirically quantify any difference in performance. (In fairness
Spontex don't compare the efficacy of their product with any others either).

They're disposable. My maths, at the current offer, suggests a unit price of
11.892857142857 pence per duster. That's not bad as far as I'm concerned.

I profess myself moderately converted.


Supermoon
Supermoon
Price: £5.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Enchantments, 22 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Supermoon (MP3 Download)
If I had to decide on a bunch of songs to spend the weekend with then I'd
truly have to look no further than US singer/songwriter Sean Carey's little six
track release 'Supermoon'. It really is a lovely thing. Utilising a limited range
of instruments (piano, guitar, a splash of strings here and there) to frame
his beautiful voice, this talented composer creates a rich panoply of sound.

Four of the tracks are re-workings of songs from his two albums : 'All We Grow' -2010
('We Fell' & 'In The Stream') and 'Range Of Light' - 2014 ('Fire-Scene' and 'Neverending
Fountain'). The title track 'Supermoon' and 'Bullet Proof' have, to my knowledge, not
appeared before. Do listen to the albums too if you are unacquainted with them.

Nothing is rushed here. These is meditative music for a moonlit night, when the
air is clean and crisp and the stars hang in the heavens sharp and clearly defined.

Each of these half-dozen pieces deserves their small place in The Listening World
but if I had to choose just one it would have to be 'Neverending Fountain - Alt Version';
stripped down to the essentials; a little minor key wonder whose magical chord sequence
and sublime melody, sung impeccably by Mr Carey, brought a lump to my throat.

A simply wonderful release.

Highly recommended.


Carhartt Men's Rockford Workwear Jacket Navy XX-Large
Carhartt Men's Rockford Workwear Jacket Navy XX-Large
Offered by Replaysports Free Shipping
Price: £47.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish Outerwear, 22 Feb. 2015
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A well made outerwear jacket to keep the weather at bay. Nylon shell; polyester/nylon
lining; sturdy plastic zip. It has a hood; two stud-fastening patch pockets on upper chest;
two further pockets at side hip-level and two drawstrings at the bottom if you want to
gather it in a bit. There's a Carhartt logo on the left-chest pocket. The garment manages
to be both functional and stylish. It was manufactured in Cambodia for this US company.

If it turns out to be rainy on an up-and-coming trip to Venice in early March I'll be prepared.

Recommended.


Go Out
Go Out
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blurred Vision, 21 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Go Out (MP3 Download)
Erm? A new single from Blur and a new album on the way. Testing the waters?
Maybe it's just me but doesn't 'Go Out' sound a bit tired; a bit so-so; a bit dusty?
OK the drums and cymbals snap and crash nicely enough; the angular guitar
licks have a certain old-school charm but that stuttering vocal riff and drawling
sub-Bowie performance from Mr Albarn just doesn't cut the mustard. Does it?

I'm wrong about all this of course. Everyone else will doubtless think its the Husky's gonads.


Deterrence
Deterrence
Price: £14.68

2.0 out of 5 stars Sounds For A Burial Chamber, 21 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Deterrence (Audio CD)
Ricardo Donoso is a Brazilian, Boston-based, electronic musician whose 5 track
opus 'Deterrence' apparently first saw the light of day in a limited edition around
five years ago. That some bright spark has seen it as their duty to re-release the album
on the Denovali label gives us the chance to appraise that which we might otherwise
have never heard. I don't mean to be unkind but having worked hard to look into
the heart of these sepulchral sounds I truly would not care to hear them again. Ever.

Mr Donoso clearly takes his art very seriously, however this does not mean that we
should do so too but in the spirit of meeting him halfway I'll endeavour to try to
describe the experience. One can imagine some murky subterranean cavern hidden
deep in the Carpathian mountains where, once a year, probably on All Hallows Eve,
the masters of the sonic genre known as "Dark Ambient" meet, dressed in black
cloaks and cowls, to break (rye) bread together and compare their Stygian wares.
'Deterrence' will doubtless have had the assembled multitude twitching and drooling.

Not very much happens. A lot. Grumbling, formless sonic shapes, swishing and
swirling in and out of the shadows. The crackle of static; the industrial grind of metal
on metal; sounds born from or destined for some dank, mouldering burial chamber.

I cannot bring myself to deliver a track by track analysis. Suffice to say that listening
to the project's final invention 'Mutually Assured Destruction' I almost lost the will to live.

(If you're a glutton for punishment, however, you may also wish to absorb his simultaneously
released collection 'Sarava Exu' which does at least benefit from a few beats here and there).

At Your Own Risk.


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