Mstation Pop etc Commentary, Reviews pre Dec 04 reviews are here
Fri, 28 Jan 2005
various, Warp Vision DVD
This has been out a little while and when we first tried to look
at it, it wouldn't play. Now there's another player here and we
finally cans see it. It was worth the wait ... a multitude of inventive
film clips by people such as Chris Cunningham, David Slade,
Alex Rutterford and Jarvis Cocker for artists like Aphex Twin,
Squarepusher, Autechre, Plaid, LFO, Beans, Luke Vibert, Jamie
Lidell, Broadcast, Sabres of Paradise, and Nightmares On Wax.
This being Warp, you'd expect the vision to be occasionally
dystopic and there are a couple of clips that might disturb
passing kids, especially a bondage kind of thing, though I
imagine the exploding head might produce a giggle rather than
a shreik. We didn't test to find out.
If you like the Warp label and what they do generally, it's
hard to imagine that you wouldn't like this as well.
Stonebridge featuring Therese, Take Me Away
Processed voice singing Ah ah ah ah Ah! with groovy little
smooth dancy things happening behind. It's pop for alco,
dance for medium, girl's night out. It's also an incomplete
sentence kind of thing.
There's a video here ...www.hedkandi.com/mov/stonebridge/1104
Speedy J, Chris Liebing, Collabs 301
two track single, Novamute
Break out the light-sticks! More fast-paced throbbing techno
from two people who know what's what, who's where, and what
feet like to do.
Although the formula for this sort of thing sounds simple to
the point of idiocy -- 4/4, repetition building towards a
series of climaxes etc, the subtleties of making something
that is interesting and moving are not all that easy to
acquire. Maybe the subtleties just aren't discerned by some
people, who then go on to make something that sounds like
what it is (and what a lot of pop is) ... the product of
This is the real deal.
various, Rough Trade Shops best of 2004
2 CD's, www.mute.com
Good Ole Rough Trade Shops. They keep us informed that not
everyone playing an instrument is obsessed with charts and
celebrity. Don't confuse this with the Rough Trade label.
They also mostly plough their own furrow but are more commercial
and are weirdly reluctant to promote their own artists.
The CD we have is a sampler and includes the likes of Mara Carlyle,
Jem Finer, Cobra Killer, Whitey, and Death From Above 1979.
The counterculture part is not necessarily singing about anti-
corporatism or GWB, but is more a statement of determinedly
non-commercial musical style. The first tracks have un-FXed
voice and simple instrumentation without any adornment at all.
Cobra Killer and Whitey move it along a bit but the pace is
generally suitable for tokers.
My favorite tracks were from Cobra Killer and Whitey just
because I think that when tracks are really pared down there
has to be some extra magic somewhere else even if it's a
virtuoso use of silence. It's all good fun though and
encouraging all of these artists is a good thing to do.
various, Winter Chill
2 CD's, Hedkandi
On the cover is a Jorgi Labada (spell?) like female
character standing in a stylised snowy forest with a
fur cap on, a micro-skirt, and a fur-lined top open
at the front to reveal her ... well, anyway, she would
definitely be chilled even if boy drawings wandering
in this forest might actually get heated up.
There are 32 tracks here from the likes of Eventide,
Claude Bareau, Sia, Goldfrapp, Sugababes, Katie Melua,
Husky Rescue, Natalie Imbruglia, and many more. The
mood is, yes, chilled ... and smooth.
It's the sort of thing to put on in the evening and drift
off into reveries to while occasionally being focussed
by remembering a particular song and maybe the forest
that surrounded it.
It's a nicely put together compilation and you could
probably even play it in summer.