I dunno if i’m alone in this, but i’m always missing out on records I actually own. Many’s the time i’ve gone to check a tune someone else is playing only to find out I have a copy, or i’ve gone for the flip of something i’ve been hammering and I realise it’s actually much better. I think it happens an awful lot with the ‘Album’ – if some producer who usually does twelves puts out a 5 disc album, I just can never get to know all the tracks on the album. There’s a balance to be struck between knowing the tunes well enough to mix them, and listening to as many tunes as possible to see if they’re worth getting to know. Sometimes tunes slip through the cracks. That’s ok – when you discover them, they’re like a present from the past.

Classic case in point last week. I found ‘Ping’ by Kode 9 on the Rephlex ‘Grime 2’ compilation. What the fuck! How did I miss out on this? It’s right up my dark little alley. Proper unsettling vibes provided by some haunted accordion and a reverse powertool sounding thing. Also INCREDIBLE in the mix. One of the most minimal techno sounding dubstep tunes out there. Kode 9 is pretty much the man. He runs one of the only absolute buy on sight labels – Hyperdub, and he’s just released an album of tunes with the anti-falsetto Spaceape. Buy it from one of the sites listed at Hyperdub. Kode 9 deserves your money.
Download Kode 9 – ‘Ping’

So i’m back from Japan. I expected to really enjoy myself, but I didn’t expect to like it so much. Mostly it was the people – really nice, friendly, helpful and respectful. Just a really nice place to be. I’m already dying to go back. The record shops were great, particularly in Shibuya, although I couldn’t track down any japanese noise. Pick of the bunch was Joe’s Garage in Kyoto. Talk about a treasure trove. I got three magma albums there. Three of the fuckers!! I’ve got a bit of Magma down below for download. If you don’t know them, they’re a french group with a nice line in operatic space prog sung in a made up language. They’re also Steve Davis’ favourite band, which is far more interesting than Matthew Stevens’ ridiculous hair, or Cliff Thorburn’s suits or whatever. Joe’s Garage also had the first two Kraftwerk albums which i’m gonna link up one day. They were about 60 blips each though, so I gave them a miss. I kind of regret it now. I love those two albums. They were done before they discovered synths and they’re just really dreamy krautrock.

Anyway, here’s the Magma. The album is like one continuous piece, so the tracks start and stop fairly abruptly.

Magma – Nebehr Gudahtt
Magma – Mekanik Kommandoh

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Six time world champion motherfuckers

SIX TIME WORLD CHAMPION MOTHERFUCKERS

Ha ha, i’m off to Japan. No posts for a few weeks. Have this piece of awesomeness to make up for my absence: Oaysis – ‘Outcry’, one of Moving Shadow’s finest moments.

Download Oaysis – ‘Outcry’


I’m off on holiday to Japan in a week or two with the lovely Kate. She’s got a blog about it here. We’ve both wanted to go there forever, me for the ninjas, robots and pachinko, and her for the baths and clothes shops. No doubt we’ll pick up a few records over there too.

Anyway, I was flicking through one of our many guidebooks and I came across this term they use: Shibui. Here’s the canned definition:

Shibui (渋い) is a Japanese term which refers to a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty.”

I love words which don’t translate into one equivalent word. They give you a little peek into where they came from.

So, here’s a tune which is quite shibui. I was going to post this before I came across the word and give you a big schpiel about Sonic Boom and that, but i’ll save that for another day. It’s John Massoni w/ Sonic Boom – ‘Organ’ from ‘The Sundowner Sessions’. I know fuck all about John Massoni – I bought the CD off Sonic after a truly outstanding E.A.R. gig a few years ago. I totally and utterly love this tune. It transports me. Reminds me a bit of ‘So Hot (Wash Away All Of My Tears)‘ by Spacemen 3, it has the same plaintive fragility about it.

Buy ‘The Sundowner Sessions’ off Sonic Boom’s website

Download ‘Organ’

The excellent Breaksblog.biz are now archiving the radio show for me and Stacks. Hit the link for the latest show, kicks off with 40 minutes of Dubstep, then the jungle starts. Big shout to Tim for the support. Bo!

It’s funny the things which make you happy. Some guy I don’t know taking over a business in a country that I don’t live in any more = WOOHOO!!!!

Martin O’Neill is the new manager of Aston Villa and i’m still pinching myself. I lived in Birmingham as a kid. The only thing I brought with me was a love for the Villa which i’ve been unable to shake off despite years of mediocrity. True, Doug is still there, but all the signs point towards him finally relinquishing control. I’ll hold off on the champagne until he’s gone.

To help me celebrate, i’ve picked out an Art Blakey tune. He does balls out, straight ahead joyful jazz like no-one else i’ve heard. I have no idea what this tune is called, or what album it’s from – it was ripped from a CDr belonging to the Triple A. If you know, feel free to fill me in, i’d love to know. There’ll be more Art Blakey to come in the future, most likely from the crazy Orgy in Rhythm and African Beat albums.

Art Blakey Track

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Some ambient. It’s important to remember, I think, that ambient shouldn’t just be music without beats. Brian Eno sez:

Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.

Of course, it’s easy to do the ignorable part, but a good bit harder to do the interesting bit.

This track really nails it. The first time I heard this track it was background music; the second time my ears pricked up every now and then; the third time, my eyes were closed, I stopped what I was doing and I went for the ride. It’s a long track, and is a bit reminiscent of Basinski’s ‘Disintegration Loops’ – a ‘riff’ which ever so gradually morphs through time. I love that unchanging / changing thing.

It’s also licensed under Creative Commons, so share away. Thanks to Statto from Subvert Central for the tip.

Formication – Exit

Download the album here

The band’s website