one man can stand against drumcomputers with two hands and two feet: KJ
Sawka. His third studio album is an EP titled 'Undefined Connectivity'
- his most cohesive, signature sound to date. In fact, this is one of
the most amazing production we've heard since a long time: great
sounscapes and triphop-moods, masterfully mixed with unbelievable
drum'n'bass live drums. This one is a ride to take.
never rush our review for long-awaited albums, and so we did with
Attack's fifth LP 'Heligoland'. Seven years have passed since '100th
Window' and while this latter was evolution after 'Mezzanine',
'Heligoland' is more like a continuation of it. We were bound to
Massive Attack when we began to listen to triphop, and it seems that we
will be through the rest of our lives: all in all, it's a great triphop
album which tells so much for us. While some tracks may appear as
fillers ('Psyche', 'Flat of the Blade', 'Saturday Come Slow'), some of
them are so intense ('Splitting the Atom', 'Paradise Circus', 'Atlas
Air') that we can only rate the album at the highest score. A mystery
remains, why 'United Snakes' and 'Live with Me' did not make it to the
The Silk Demise: Music For A Film
Silk Demise released 'Music For A Film' very fast after their latest
'Midnight Eyes'. And it's nowhere near a B-sides or a collection of
remixes: it's a 18-track strong, completely new work. Its title tells
it all, expect diverse moody background tracks which could very well
emerge from a film production. TSD seems to have found its true voice
with great soundscapes ('Sightless', '...And No One Else',
'Pincushion') and _the_ catching theme ('Terra Cotta'). If I would be a
film producer, The Silk Demise would be the one to go for my soundtrack.
Stemvelta: Red Knots And Long Dresses
from Russia, that's so great! Moscow-based Stemvelta sent us their
latest EP called 'Red Knots And Long Dresses' and we were happy to
listen to it. It's a very short, 3-songs production which only gives a
small look into their musical world. Which we like - great vocalist and
very dynamic compositions, which only need to be perfected and
polished. The production quality is unfortunately not where it should
be for these great musicians: vocals and guitars could do so much
Black Glass: Morphine
Polish Ahead Records released recently Black
Glass' 'Morphine' for free download so sure we gave it a spin. It's (a
quite big) foretaste of a full-length album entitled 'Holy Rain', to be
released in 2010.
Black Glass is a project started by Mirrorman joined by Idden and
Lolitha for vocal performances. We immediatly paralelled Black Glass
with Portishead for its great drum grooves and simple but effective
dark melodies. Where the EP fails to deliver is the vocals: not as
convincing as it should be, re-records and less fillers could add so much to quality.
young musicians, here our voice: thou shall not follow Massive Attack!
It's not the nineties and nobody gives a damn about Bristol anymore.
Slovakia-based band in:formation attached itself too much to the Wild
Bunch both musically and visually and we don't understand fully why -
they have so much great and fresh ideas, why don't build on that? Their
album 'Bristol' is a 11-tracks collection of ideas, rather than a
polished album with some real misses, but also with some magnificent
moments. All in all, very promissing.
All India Radio: Once A Day
lounge music producers All India Radio released last year 'Once a Day',
a compilations of 25 songs including remixes, alt versions, and
favourite album tracks. The sound quality is great, the flow of the
drum grooves is just as it should be and the guitars are among the best
that we've heard in such productions. We still are huge fans of Martin
Kennedy's work, so this collection is a daily guest in our playlist.
Here's a preview of AIR's next album coming up this year:
Reprint from 2009
introduces 'Essentials', the ultimate guide to triphop music. If you
are new to downtempo we give you a list of records you can't go
wrong. It's been more than ten years now that Bristol-sound emerged
a mixture of cultures, musical styles and then newest music technology
- the result was a mind blowing triumph, a huge wave influencing how we
think about music today. With the continuously updated 'Essentials' we
bring together the
biggest A-rating-only masterpieces in the genre.
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