Thursday, 17 April 2008

Department Of Eagles - The Cold Nose (2005)

This albums pretty odd. Mixing broken beats with acoustic american indie songwriting to form wierd but brilliant pop music, some of it even stretches completely left field into random noise experiments, but its all completely listenable and very addictive. This is a proper grower, shockingly eclectic and secretly magic. At first it will sound like a mess, but give it time and you'll soon wonder how you ever lived without it.

Department Of Eagles - The Cold Nose
1. On Glaze
2. Sailing By Night
3. Noam Chomsky Spring Break 2002
4. The Piano In The Bathtub
5. Romo-Goth
6. Gravity's Greatest Victory/Rex Snorted Coke
7. Origin Of Love
8. Family Romance
9. Forty Dollar Rug
10. We Have To Respect Eachother
11. The Curious Butterfly Realises He Is Beautiful
12. The Horse You Ride
13. Ghost In Summer Clothes

Marconi Union - Distance (2005)

Gorgeous, ambient chill out. Full of haunting melodies and beautiful melancholic noise. This one's hard to shake off. The perfect companion for ponderings on the back seat of the night bus. Down tempo enough to send you into a stupour but with enough pulse to keep you awake. Quality stuff.

Marconi Union - Distance
1. Sleepless
2. These European Cities
3. Through Glass
4. Buildings And People
5. Suburb 27
6. Inter
7. A Temporary Life

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 - Zombie (2002)

This album is absolutely stonking. Fela Kuti is a lord.
Funky. Jazzy. Sexy.

Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 - Zombie
1. Zombie
2. Mister Follow Follow
3. Observation Is No Crime
4. Mistake (Live In Berlin Jazz Festival 1978)

Flevans - Make New Friends (2004)

This is brilliant. If you like Mr. Scruff, or anything on Ninja Tunes, or Tru Thoughts, or music in general, or you have a sense of humour, or ears, or feet; then you should probably have this album.

Flevans - Make New Friends
1. Begin Again
2. Hey Mr Bundle
3. Me And My Moody
4. Get Caribou
5. Small Room Syndrome
6. Lay It Down
7. Dinner With Boskins
8. Out To Lunch
9. Definitive Sweep
10. Dumb Ballad

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Blockhead - Music By Cavelight (2004)

Beautiful. Epic. Beats. This is essential.

Blockhead - Music By Cavelight

1. Insomniac Olympics
2. Canivores Unite
3. You've Got Maelstrom
4. Sunday Seance
5. A Better Place
6. Road Rage Breakdown
7. Triptych, Part 1
8. Triptych, Part 2
9. Triptych, Part 3
10. Jet Son
11. Breath And Start
12. Music By Cavelight

Monday, 7 April 2008

Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place (2004)

This is a gorgeous album. Full of post-rock ambience and epic crescendos of insanely beautiful noise. But all danceable. Some of the tracks have proper structured beats, some more down tempo chilled breaks. All of its incredible. Euphoric from start to finish, this sounds like if Sigur Ros started making dance music. But better.

Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place
1. Gone Forever
2. On My Own
3. A Letter From Home
4. Monday Paracetamol
5. Clear Day
6. Blumenthal
7. In All The Wrong Place
8. A Strangely Isolated Place

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Shape Of Broad Minds - Craft Of The Lost Art (2007)

This album somehow managed to slip under the radar last year, but its easily one of the best hip-hop releases in a long long time. This is the future sound of hip-hop; beautiful electronic soundscapes and erratic beats, hypnotic melodies and funky acid bass lines, with intelligent, flowing lyrics and themes. I haven't heard anything like it before and I doubt I will for at least ten years, its that far ahead of its time. It sounds like a moog in a washing machine. But good.

Shape Of Broad Minds - Craft Of The Lost Art
1. Gorilla Mash
2. Light Years Away
3. Lets Go ft. MF Doom
4. Changes
5. Nahuma
6. Opr8r
7. BuddaFly Away
8. Unamed
9. It lives On ft. Count Bass D
10. So Much (Chaos) ft. Lil Sci
11. Buzz Around Town
12. They Dont Know ft. Stacy Epps
13. Bopper Blocker
14. Electric Blue
15. Mermaid (Outro)
16. It Aint Dead!!
17. Beast From Da East
18. Lullabanger (Thelonius Dedication)
19. Viberian Sun
20. There 4 Me
21. Stiff Robots & Drunken Horses
22. Solo (Underwater) ft. Deborah Jordan
23. 12C

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Dub Trio - Exploring The Dangers Of (2004)

With their 2004 debut, New York's Dub Trio presented an almost revolutionary take on dub, incorporating a far more 'live band' feel and energy to the music. Completely ignoring the dub purists bible with its progressive sound, often cascading into distortion and ambient synths with frequently changing time signatures and a willingness to delve into any genre.Worth getting just for the ambient beauty of the almost post rock 'Casting Out The Nines.' This is a stunning piece of work.

Dub Trio - Exploring The Dangers Of

1. Drive By Dub
2. Casting Out The Nines
3. Scoop And Smash Em
4. Sick Im Kid
5. Real Wicked Ways
6. Awakening Dub [Live]
7. Fur Boots On The Party Moose [Live]
8. Sick Im [Live]

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

The Field - From Here We Go Sublime (2007)

Beautiful and epic ambient house. Floor fillers and headphone tracks alike. This is breath taking.

The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
1. Over The Ice
2. A Paw In My Face
3. Good Things End
4. The Little Heart Beats So Fast
5. Everday
6. Silent
7. The Deal
8. Sun & Ice
9. Mobilia
10. From Here We Go Sublime