Sunday, 30 March 2008

Braintax - My Last And Best Album (2008)

The third and (apparently) final part of Braintax's trilogy of albums is quite frankly, a dissapointment. Its a sub par rehash on all his previous themes of life, society and politics. But what once seemed refreshing is now dull and contrived (another Riviera track?!) and with nothing new to say this album really scrapes the barrel lyrically with Colin Emmanuel's synth laden production adding little to the recipe. That said Braintax is still a master and this is worth having just to finish the otherwise brilliant trilogy. For old fans it feels like the Low Life ship has truly sailed (is he even touring this album??) If you haven't heard any Braintax before bypass this album and find 'Biro Funk' and 'Panorama' immediately.

Braintax - My Last And Best Album

1. Magnum On Crack
2. Fix Up Come On
3. Retail
4. Real People
5. Duvet
6. Beast Is Us
7. Munchies
8. Invisible Media
9. Goldfish Bowl
10. Riviera Hustle 3
11. Last One Out Turn Off The Lights

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Akron/Family - Franny And The Portal To The Fractal Universe Of Positive Vibrations.

If you've yet to hear Akron/Family's unmistakeable sound (where the hell have you been??), or you've heard a little and crave alot more; this is the album you've been after. I'm not sure exactly what this album is, but from what I've found it seems to be one of the many albums sold exclusively on tour. Quite different from the rawkus, experimental style of 'Love Is Simple', this is a far more subtle, beguiling and beautiful album. It is understated and quiet, finding a perfect balance between breath taking walls of sound and acoustic melancholia. With its far more toned down style and noticeable lack of trademark hippy lyrics this is a perfect introduction for begginners and an essential piece for completists.

Akron Family - Franny And The Portal To The Fractal Universe Of Positive Vibrations

1. Franny
2. East Coast
3. Before And Again
4. Positive Vibration Force
5. Before
6. Suchness
7. Today
8. Carry On
9. Interlude
10. Drowning
11. Onward
12. Onward, Trainstop, Bookmark
13. Infinity