Month: December 2019

THEMSELVES – CROWNS DOWN (ANTICON, 2009)

Both Jel and Doseone are elder statesmen in the world of left-field/avante-garde hip-hop, and this being their 10 year anniversary, the duo known as themselves pen a fitting and nostalgic look back at the artform that some claim the anticon imprint saved or ruined for the whole world. Not considering myself a hip-hop purist, I have always been thrilled …

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LEYLAND KIRBY – SADLY, THE FUTURE IS NO LONGER WHAT IT WAS (HISTORY ALWAYS FAVOURS THE WINNERS)

Haunted tape machines. Floating over mist covered marshes. A burning house. A choir of ghosts. By sheer breadth and composition these are some of the most sadly-beautiful pieces of experimental/neo-classical/drone moments ever put to tape, complete masterpieces of expertly crafted soundscapes. I can’t think of a more moving or gorgeous release this year. Coming to …

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HELEN MONEY – IN TUNE (TABLE OF THE ELEMENTS, 2009)

The curvaceous back of the cello inspires some interesting visual analysis. To some it resembles the supple femininity of a woman’s body, with its husky timbre and smoke-ring seductive vibrato. To others, the faint hourglass shape is more akin to a black widow’s territorial marking, a man-eater to be kept at arms length with its …

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OdNu – “HIDE”

“Hide” is taken from the album from the Buenos Aires / Hudson, NY artist OdNu. The album, “plays with the abuse and destruction of classical acoustic instrument recordings and blurred electronics rendering the leftover debris into a soundtrack for sleepless nights.”  In “Hide” we hear this soft abuse of acoustic instrumentation in the form of  …

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