Wednesday, July 28, 2010

V.A. Hovering (2010)

Guitar, Experimental, Folk, Spaghetti, Soundtrack, Acoustic, African

For the ones that liked the Landscapes compilation - it's on the similar direction but with a rather different tone. Almost all songs here are wonderful instrumentals I discovered in the last 6 months or so (mostly guitar). The only track with a full vocal is the magical
Amandrai by Ali Farka Touré.

As you will notice, the compilation is constantly divided by 1 minute long simple compositions of winds I mixed myself using some shitty effects and samples. Also - yeah I posted Calexico's El Morro again but I adore that track and it fitted really well within the selection. Just try to take it all in one listen - and leave some feedback:)

01 ~~~ Wind 01
02 Dead Combo - Rumbero (2005)
03 Guano Padano - El Divino (2009)
04 Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - The Ransom (1977)
05 ~~~ Wind 02
06 Master Musicians Of Bukkake - Bukkake Sunrise (2004)
07 Gustavo Santaolalla - Deportation Iguazu (2006)
08 Leo Kottke - The Last Of The Arkansas Greyhounds (1971)
09 ~~~ Wind 03
10 Calexico - El Morro (1999)
11 M. Ward - John King's Watercolor Bicycle (2001)
12 Dirty Three - Obvious Is Obvious (1998)
13 ~~~ Wind 04
14 Bert Jansch & John Renbourn - Hole In The Coal (1966)
15 Ali Farka Touré - Amandrai (1988)
16 Toumani Diabate - Cantelowes (2008)
17 ~~~ Wind 05
18 Michael Brook & Brian Eno - Earth Floor (1985)
19 Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries (1984)
20 James Blackshaw - Past Has Not Passed (2008)
21 ~~~ Wind 06


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Super Collider - Head On (1999)

ARTIST`````Super Collider
Head On
Electronic, Experimental, Eclectic

A hot, hot bigass sounding album that overrides all genre bounds. Woomp!

Album review:
by markl
If you are into electronic music, or are looking for a completely immense, disorienting headphone experience, check out Super Collider's "Head On". It bombards your brain with information, and it takes several listens to start to "get it", but once you do, you'll realize that this some pretty funky stuff. There are strange effects galore, phase shifts, distortions, and all manner of trippy sounds coming at you from all directions. Lots of full-range information (deep, deep bass and crystal clear highs) that will give your headphones (and your brain) a thorough workout. One of the better albums of its type and ideally suited for headphones.


O'Death - Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin (2008)

Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin
Indie Rock, Punk, Folk, Alternative

Now that's some breakneck cowpunk.

The Band:
The boys in O'Death come from all over the Eastern Seaboard, but got together in 2003 while they were attending the State University of New York in Purchase, NY. They use folk styles -- primarily bluegrass and old-time music -- for a foundation, but punk, grunge, swing, rock, metal, and jazz figure heavily in their arrangements.

Album review:
by j. poet
Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin isn't as sloppy or uncontained as O'Death's national debut,Head Home, which isn't a bad thing. The playing is tighter and more polished, but they haven't lost any of their manic energy, and in fact this outing is, if anything, even more energetic than Head Home. "Legs to Sin" is as frenetic as anything they've ever done, withBob Pycior's fiddling driving the band into a frenzy. Greg Jamie's vocals are still almost incomprehensible, and just listening to the track leaves you panting for breath.

As the album title implies, the band flirts throughout with death, darkness, and perdition, while churning out an unholy noise that might truly wake the dead.


Monday, July 19, 2010

V.A. Bleeding Techno Series 03 - Submerged (2010)


Just realized that the word techno may confuse people who are actually looking for pure genre-techno. Anyways, this one is very different from the previous two. It is strongly based on dubby, atmospheric and mostly very minimal tracks (some 12 mins long) so try to take it all in one listen. No hard grooves here, just very carefully produced tracks with a maximum attention to detail and booming sub basses. Also, this is the first time I am posting some dubstep music:) It may be just a few tracks but it's a start.

I hope you enjoy this one.

01 Thomas Brinkmann - Spiral (2008)
02 Trentemoller - The Forest (2005)
03 Christian Loeffler - Chord (2010)
04 Maurizio - M07B [Unreleased Mix] (1997)
05 Jan Jelinek - Tendency (2001)
06 Robert Henke - Cyrus Canyon (1997)
07 Rechenzentrum - Vertikal (2001)
08 Monolake - Remoteable (2001)
09 Recue - Punpuli (2010)
10 Burial - Distant Lights (2005)
11 Yagya - Snowflake 1 (2002)
12 Basic Channel - Octagon (2008)
13 Decoside - Storm Slowly (2008)
14 Marko Fürstenberg - Reactor 3 (2008)
15 Moderat - Nr. 22 (2009)
16 Intrusion - Twilight (2009)


Rob Bardini - New Perspectives (2010)

ARTIST`````Rob Bardini
New Perspectives EP
Dub Techno

A good dubby-atmospheric techno EP.

Some Info
Roberto Bardini is a deep techno producer from Turin (ITA). He's amongst the few enlightened producer/djs who "declared independence" from the current minimal-techno mainstream. His musical approach is by all means deep, and through this he casts his vision of a more mature and alternative dancefloor.
Well known alongside labels such as Shyan Music and Plastic City, in 2007 starts a collaboration with Eclipsemusic and this is his second apparence named "New Perspectives EP" features a slow-motion deep house vibes especially "Through Together" amazing synth texture running on pads pattern in classic Rob's style deep as the ocean, music with soul and appropriate track for sunset landscapes and beach time dancing, the titletrack "New Perspective" is more techno oriented production with dub style chords and raw clipped bass, a new form of dub techno music better for dancefloor situations.


Pete Molinari - Virtual Landslide (2008)

Hi, I am Bob Pete Dylan Patsy Molinari Guthrie II
ARTIST`````Pete Molinari
Virtual Landslide
Blues, Folk

A really, really good album from a really, really good artist. Most of the critics are bullshiting around calling him the Most Awesome Thing Since The Beginning Of Time - but hey - they get paid for that. I find him to very refreshing and pure in form. His songs are dominated with a powerful voice (based on Bob Dylan). The most intriguing thing is how similar he can be to early Dylan but it's obvious he is not "stealing" - he is very much obsessed and strongly influenced by Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, Billie Holliday and John Coltrane. The most natural thing is not to be shy and continue the story. One thing most of the critics missed to point out is the importance of Molinari's singing + arrangements of straightforward, classic, raw blues - it's so clean it sounds literally like a 60's vinyl record -and that's why it sounds so fresh when released in a confusing mash-up time like the 2000's are.

Here's some short info:
Molinari’s voice takes a little getting used to, just like Dylan’s. But once you get over his nasally falsetto and take in the overall feel of the music, you’ll wonder how a young Maltese/Italian/Egyptian man from the U.K. can sound so much like an American folk singer from the 1960’s. The influences Molinari cites are from another time, ranging from Jack Kerouac to John Coltrane to Johnny Cash. And they all come through in his harmonica-laden acoustic tunes.

From Boomkat

To say Pete Molinari is old school would be a great understatement. A Virtual Landslide is Molinari's second album, and was recorded at the all-analogue Toerag studios, famous for recording The White Stripes' Elephant LP among others, and you can certainly hear the vintage charm of the studio's pre-1960s equipment. From the classic boogie-woogie of 'I Came Out Of The Wilderness' to the jangling balladry of 'One Stolen Moment' the album sounds pretty darn delightful, but there's always a danger that the militantly retro production spills over into gimmickry, ultimately detracting from Molinari's writing. But with songs like 'There She Still Remains' on board, there's no such danger. The recording features some lyrical pedal steel playing from BJ Cole, and sounds a bit like something from Dylan's Nashville Skyline period, recalling a lonesome country blues that just doesn't get old. Highly recommended.


My favourite track "It Came Out of The Wilderness" is included on a compilation V.A. I'm Gonna Burn Yourself (2010) so you might want to get that also:)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Magma - Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh (1973)

Extraterrestrial gospel
Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh
Art Rock, Jazz-rock, Fusion, Psychedelic,

Led by classically trained drummer Christian Vander, the Paris-based Magma have been, in their way, perhaps the ultimate progressive rock group; while other artists have achieved greater commercial success and critical acclaim, Magma have typified the many ambitions and excesses of the genre that won them as many detractors as fans, even going so far as to invent their own lyrical and musical language in order to bring their unique vision to life.

(by Sean from

This album is Magma's great opus. Whether one prefers one of their other studio or live releases to it, there is no doubt that Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh is the most original, definitive Magma album around (although this reviewer personally prefers the Mekanik Kommandoh version!).

Featuring a cast of thousands including a choir, brass section, flute and tuned percussion, Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh marries the stripped-down throbbing drive of Zeuhl with orchestral pomposity and operatic aspirations. To those who jokingly describe Magma as Klingon Opera, this is the album that would come closest. The power and command with which Magma drives their themes home with increasingly intense repetition is the key to understanding what the band is all about.

Magma can't really be compared to other progressive rock performers (although many can be compared to them). The dark majesty recalls the classical music of Wagner and Orff, particularly parts of Carmina Burana, but that's about as close as it gets. To understand Magma, one must experience Magma. This album is their masterpiece, and while it might be daunting for the sympho-head or neo-head, (try their live material as an intro instead) it is essential for anyone wanting to find out what Zeuhl was and is all about.

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