Paperplain

Friday, 29 August 2008, 16:17 | Category : Uncategorized
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Legendary record label Too Pure may be no more, subsumed into the growing 4AD empire, but it still lives on for the time being in the form of the Too Pure Singles Club. They’ve been putting out limited edition 7 inches since last November, and the latest installment in the series is by Paperplain.
Paperplain is [...]

Xrabit & DMG$

Friday, 29 August 2008, 15:11 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s something else good and new from my inbox. I’m usually favourably disposed towards fellow Eastenders, so here’s Dalston-dwelling (though German-born) producer Xrabit, recently signed to Big Dada (so recently that he hasn’t even been added to their artists list yet), who brings some tough beats and lets the Texan MC duo Damaged Goods (DMG$) [...]

Little Boots

Friday, 29 August 2008, 11:33 | Category : Uncategorized
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These days, just releasing records isn’t enough. All the cool kids are doing mixtapes as well, and not just the hip-hop ones. Here white-hot electropopstrel Little Boots (aka Victoria, formerly of Dead Disco) presents her latest mixtape as part of her ongoing quest for world domination.
mp3: Little Boots - Computer Fairyland Mixtape
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"I’m really not a man, you see. I’m an angel"

Friday, 29 August 2008, 8:58 | Category : Uncategorized
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“…as an angel I can do a lot of things”
The other day, I was pointed to this interview with the mighty Sun Ra, which is brilliant. The interviewer is clearly out of his depth, but still does a decent job keeping a lid on things, because let’s face it, interviewing Sun Ra is never going [...]

"I’m really not a man, you see. I’m an angel"

Friday, 29 August 2008, 8:58 | Category : Uncategorized
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“…as an angel I can do a lot of things”
The other day, I was pointed to this interview with the mighty Sun Ra, which is brilliant. The interviewer is clearly out of his depth, but still does a decent job keeping a lid on things, because let’s face it, interviewing Sun Ra is never going [...]

Stereolab - Chemical Chords

Thursday, 28 August 2008, 14:22 | Category : Uncategorized
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Some bands have such a recognisable sound that they always manage to sound like themselves no matter how much they experiment and play around with their core components. A good example is Low, who followed up the big, expansive, almost mainstream sound of The Great Destroyer with the stripped back minimalism of Drums and Guns. [...]

Singles going steady 27: The Flaming Lips

Wednesday, 27 August 2008, 22:55 | Category : Uncategorized
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Time I got back again to raking through my old CD singles. It’s been a while.
Next CD I come across is The Flaming Lips. And this is value for money. Now kids, please don’t ever buy music on the primary basis that it offers value for money - that really isn’t a good criterion. But [...]

Minotaur Shock does a Radiohead

Tuesday, 26 August 2008, 16:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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…except he doesn’t. Since last October, how many bands have been described as ‘doing a Radiohead’? Artists from Cliff Richard to Nine Inch Nails have been said to have followed Thom & Co’s footsteps into this brave new digital world. Yet, although some albums have been given away free online, as far as I’m aware, [...]

Lykke Li - Youth Novels

Friday, 22 August 2008, 15:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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It can be hard to follow up a killer single with an album - expectations are usually very high, and if the album doesn’t contain more stuff like said killer single, it will likely disappoint. Lykke Li was always going to have a tough task following up the brilliant Little Bit, and I’m not sure [...]

Two Thousand and ACE

Thursday, 21 August 2008, 13:45 | Category : Uncategorized
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Contrary to the song, the best things in life usually aren’t free. Though often the best things come in the smallest packages - whether’s it’s your local independent cafe or bookshop, magazine or record label. Speaking of which, they don’t come much smaller and more perfectly formed than Brainlove Records. They’ve already released one of [...]