Wednesday, 25 May 2011

pedro magina - nineteen hundred and eighty-five

pedro magina
nineteen hundred and eighty-five

not not fun

limited edition c40

image:©japanese forms

Seems like I'm really out of the loop as far as a lot of new releases and labels go -and don't even talk to me about "mainstream" releases. I've mostly lost interest in a lot of "new" music and even trying to catch up on it, or listen to it. A lot of the bands that the music press (internet included) have been touting or championing for the past few years have passed me by but I imagine that, as far as I'm concerned, it's no great loss to me. Things that I do listen to nowadays tends to be confined to releases on labels such as raster-noton; Warp; 12k; Ghost Box as well as the odd album I read about in The Wire and feel that it would be a good buy; like the recent releases by Motion Sickness of Time Travel. Nonetheless, I still do discover some music that I've tended to overlook -this time the Not Not Fun label which was featured in The Wire last month. I was aware, and had heard some stuff by Pocahaunted but the the rest of the label's roster was unknown to me so, after reading the long article in The Wire I decided to seek out some of the music via the web. Fortunately I came across the wonderful Pontone blog which offers some amazing label mixtapes for download and the one featured this month just happened to be a Not Not Fun one. Among the featured tracks, which caught my attention, were tracks by Sand Circles and by Portuguese musician Pedro Magina and I immediately set out to buy a copy. Needless to say, this (cassette only) limited edition album was sold out so, for the moment,* I have to make do with a download copy. Never heard Magina before but I liked this right off -sort of sounds like an 70s version of Tangerine Dream+Harmonia meets Vangelis... in a way. Recommended. one2zero.

* I've ordered a copy from a German distributor which I hope to get soon.
My copy arrived yesterday (June 3rd).

Buy this tape as a download @ Boomkat

Thursday, 19 May 2011

conrad schnitzler & wolfgang seidel : consequenz 010b

conrad schnitzler &
wolfgang seidel


mirror tapes

limited edition of 250

©japanese forms

This tape falls into a category I would call "so good that it's unlistenable" (or the contrary, maybe). Even though it was recorded only last year it sounds to me like some musique concrète from the GRM or from the very early days at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop; only tuneless. This doesn't mean to say it's not good -it might be because I have a headache right now- but I don't think I'll be listening to it that often. Far less interesting, in my opinion, than the recent 10.10.84 tape; also released on the cassette only label Mirror Tapes. For hardcore Schnitzler fans only. one2zero.

Review by David Keenan (Volcanic Tongue)
...Consequenz 010B documents a meeting between Conrad Schnitzler – still the greatest exponent of austere Industrial synth and electronics – and long-term collaborator Wolfgang Seidel. Recorded in an abandoned subterranean bunker beneath the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, the atmosphere is suitably macabre and claustrophobic, with Schnitzler generating some of his most psychedelic creations, ranging from wobbly purple architectures of electronics through ominous blocks of silence torn apart by invasions of odd keyboard melodies and sudden bursts of noise. The feel is highly ritualistic, almost like a séance, and there’s a weight to the music that is lacking in some of Schnitzler’s later work, a seriousness and a weight of execution that makes this one of his best contemporary recordings.
© Mirror Tapes

Buy this tape @ Mirror Tapes

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

fourcolor : as pleat

as pleat



image: ©japanese forms

As usual, I haven't been updating this blog as much as I should -I've received quite a few discs/tapes since my last update so I'll try to catch up with the backlog over the next week or so. Latest release on the one2zero deck is the third album from Keiichi Sugimoto's solo project: Fourcolor. Faithful followers of Taylor Deupree's 12k label will be well aware of Sugimoto's previous two and very fine albums: Air Curtain (2004) and Letter of Sounds (2006). As with quite a few recent 12K releases, the guitar has a central role with Sugimoto manipulating the chords to muster up drones, buzz and all sorts of sounds that he shapes into rhythms and a groove that form a sort of alva noto-like ambience. A couple of the tracks are enhanced by vocals courtesy of Sanae Yamasaki (aka Moskitoo). Recommended. one2zero

Sunday, 8 May 2011

nacional electrónica - 100%


I just discovered this band while watching a documentary on new Cuban artists and musicians on TV this week. This is a track that dates from 2006; and one which has been clearly influenced by Kraftwerk. You can check out more of their recent recordings at the link above. one2zero