Friday, 18 January 2019

PHOTEK


























"modus operandi"
Year:    1997
Country:    US
City:    Los Angeles
Label:    Virgin
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Breakbeat            Techno














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"ku:palm"
Year:    2012
Label:   none
Format:    CD
Tracks:    12
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Breakbeat            Techno




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Saturday, 12 January 2019

CHET BAKER


























"no problem"
Year:    1979
Country:    Netherlands
City:    Amsterdam
Label:    SteepleChase
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    6
Time:    43 min.
Genre:    jazz
Style:            Jazz













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Thursday, 10 January 2019

MILES DAVIS


























"kind of blues"
Year:    1959
Country:    US
City:    Santa Monica, CA
Label:    Sony
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    5
Time:    46 min.
Genre:    jazz
Style:            Jazz














Best known for his seminal modern jazz album "Kind Of Blue" (1959), the highest selling jazz album of all time with six million copies sold. Miles went to NYC to study at the academic school for musicians, where he met Charlie Parker. They started playing together from 1945. In 1948 Miles Davis started to make his own ensembles, at that time he met Gil Evans, The Miles Davis Nonet was born. From the few recordings they made in 1949 to 1950 came the album "Birth Of The Cool" (1957), with Davis and Evans going on to work more together in the future. Miles Davis was one of the musicians who introduced the 'Hard Bop' in the mid 1950s. In the late 1960s he started to experiment with electronic instruments and rock and funk rhythms. In the mid 1970s he stopped playing because of health problems, though in 1980 he made an 'electronical' comeback. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 (Performer).
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Friday, 4 January 2019

JOHN COLTRANE



























"my favourite things"
Year:    1961
Country:    US
City:    Hamlet, North Carolina
Label:    Warner
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    4
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    jazz
Style:            Jazz













The Sound of Music the film would be the last place you would expect to produce one of the greatest Jazz tracks ever but that sure is the case with "My Favourite Things" Soprano Saxophone rules with the modal approach that John Coltrane took to this tune and the results were magnificent.This was where John Coltrane began to change with his approach to Jazz by discarding his Bop sound with a Modal appraoch which is working within the parameters of certain chords which cuts out chord changes allowing the musician to improvise over the repitition of the chords that are chosen. In other words it returned more melody within Jazz as the composition is caught within that framework of chords. This album has melody without doubt and often one hears from people not into Jazz ," but where is the tune". Well the tune is here and what John Coltrane has done with this simple tune is extrodainary with his use of this new approach in music and after this album which was his first in this style he would never go back to Bop but head out the opposite direction into Avante Garde. This is the first album also where he introduced his his new Quartet format and maybe the greatest creative period for him with the assistance of McCoy Tyner on piano who made such an important contribution. Steve Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums who like McCoy Tyner would be with this band through some of the most creative approach to Jazz ever. John Coltrane is the master of tenor saxophone but here he takes up soprano and takes that instrument to heights that nobody thought possible and the melody ,it is all there.




The title tune from the album is just short of fourteen minutes and the time length is not even noticable as this is taken to heights that are simply mesmerising. McCoy Tyner on piano begins the intro and the band with John Coltrane join putting down the theme as well a small solo from him which then McCoy Tyner uses to launch into one gorgeous solo with his approach which goes for over four minutes and always one can hear the theme within. John's turn and this is where within the composition some of the most amazing soprano sax was ever recorded. He stretches those notes like gum and the notes within notes could be the best description of the loops and swirls within the solo but always on the tune. The ending to the tune is simply breath taking and you do not want it to finish and John seems to oblige by keeping things going. Soprano saxophone is played again with next one "Everytime We Say Goodbye" which seems to be more restrained than the title as it is a quite piece with John opening proceedings and one can hear feel of the title within. McCoy Tyner follows on with some beautiful touch. He music always has that joyous feel with how he plays." Summertime" from Porgy and Bess is one of those tunes that nearly every genre of music done but not like this. John Coltrane is back on tenor and he captures the tune and wrings it out could be a great description for his approach. All the band get to have a crack with solos in this one. The album finishes up with " But Not For me" and is the most straight forward played tune but is anything really straight forward as John gives another of those solo's on tenor with his approach.




The songs that were chosen are all from theatre productions ( Musicals) and taken to heights that could only have been done by John Coltrane with the assistance of one of the best pianists and drummers in Jazz history. Steve Davis on Bass is no slouch either. Masterpiece in Jazz most definitely and one that is right up the top of the ladder. The only issue with the album I have is,"They could have done better with the cover" (*Review by Matt ).
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Monday, 31 December 2018

ZIÚR


























"u feel anything?"
Year:    2017
Country:    Germany
City:    Berlin
Label:    Planet Mu
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    48 min.
Lyrical themes:    social, conscious
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Experimental            Techno














Ziúr is one of the most exciting producers to come out of the fringes of Berlin club music in the last few years. A new generation is breaking out of the techno mould and creating in a spirit of freedom and experimentation, taking seemingly incompatible influences and balancing them into a new and exciting sound.
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Sunday, 30 December 2018

GOLDIE


























"the journey man"
Year:    2017
Country:    UK
City:   Walsall
Label:    Metalheadz
Format:    2 x CD,  2 x LP
Tracks:    16
Time:    70 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Techno            Ambient            Drum N Bass














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"timeless"
Year:    1995
Label:    Metalheadz
Format:    2 x CD,  2 x LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    74 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Drum n Bass            Techno



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Saturday, 29 December 2018

THE ORB


























"the orb's adventures beyond the ultraworld"
Year:    1991
Label:    Big life
Format:    2 x CD,  2 x LP
Tracks:    10
Time:  110 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Techno            Dub            Ambient














The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld is the debut studio album by English electronic music group The Orb. Released in April 1991, the double album is a continuous progressive composition consisting of several tracks advancing the "journey" concept. The album's framework is of a two-hour psychedelic trip through music genres and studio electronics, produced to "push the threshold" of live stage performance, and comprising vocal samples and sound effects interspersed with original music.
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"U.F. orb"
Year:    1992
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    7
Time:    74 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Ambient            Techno            Dub














The Orb are an English electronic music group known for being the pioneers of ambient house. Founded in 1988 by Alex Paterson and The KLF member Jimmy Cauty, the Orb began as ambient and dub DJs in London. Their early performances were inspired by ambient and electronic artists of the 1970s and 1980s, most notably Brian Eno and Kraftwerk. Because of their trippy sound, the Orb developed a cult following among clubbers "coming down" from drug-induced highs. The Orb has maintained their drug-related and science fiction themes despite personnel changes, including the departure of Cauty and other Orb members Kris Weston, Andy Falconer, Simon Phillips, Nick Burton and Andy Hughes. Paterson has been the only permanent member, continuing to work as the Orb with the Swiss-German producer Thomas Fehlmann and, later, with Martin "Youth" Glover, bass player with Killing Joke. Beyond recognition on their albums and concerts; his unauthorised use of other artists' works has led to disputes with musicians, most notably with Rickie Lee Jones. During their live shows of the 1990s, the Orb performed using digital audio tape machines optimised for live mixing and sampling before switching to laptops and digital media. Despite changes in performance method, the Orb maintained their colourful light shows and psychedelic imagery in concert. These visually intense performances prompted critics to compare the group to Pink Floyd.
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Friday, 14 December 2018

JOHNNY MOPED


























"it's a real cool baby"
Year:    2016
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Damaged Goods
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    16
Time:    38 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Punk Rock













It comes as no surprise – or disappointment – to regular Moped followers that Johnny still appears to be living somewhere in late 1978. November, at a rough guess. And so to business. The album kicks off with title track and recent single ‘Real Cool Baby’ – it’s a true Moped rocker with Johnny lusting after the subject of the song – while worrying that he’s got to go and get his bike repaired. A true punk rock dilemma! In truth it’s not that much different to previous single – and next track ‘Ain’t No Rock ‘n’ Roll Rookie’. These two tracks set the template for the album; fast, short, basic rock ‘n’ roll delivered a la Moped. The whole album barely scrapes the 38 minute mark, not that it matters – with Johnny he says what needs to be said and gets out. No frills, basically. Even the more considered ‘Everything Is You’ only clocks in at 2 minutes. It’s just as well really as the album is a mix of old and new material – and you’d be hard pressed to see the join. The new studio recordings of ‘I Believed Her Lies’, ‘I Wanna Die’ and ‘Musical Bore’ are old live favourites, dating back to, quite possibly 1978(?), but fit right in alongside new material such as ‘Simon Can’t’ which sounds to these ears like a pop at the nations number one music impresario. That song title might be a typing error too… The only possible gripe is that the album features all three singles released as ‘Everything Is You’ has now been culled from the album. But given the time it’s taken Johnny to follow up 1990’s ‘The Search For Xerxes’ let’s cut the man some slack. Anyway the inclusion of ‘Super Woofa’ is just fine with me – along with finally being able to hear studio recordings of the likes of ‘I Believed Her Lies’ – it’s one of the highlights of the album. Ramshackle and idiosyncratic as it is – and never more so than the er, curious ‘Paint My Aubergine’ – the album works. Not least thanks to sterling work from original Mopeds Slimey Toad and Dave Berk. Some people might point to the riff in ‘Honey Bun’ that bears a passing resemblance to a certain song by another bunch of punk rock chancers of a similar vintage, before it veers of in a direction only Johnny Moped could take it in. But that would be missing the point. The bottom line is this is an album many thought would never see the light of day and I for one am grateful for it. It might not win over legions of new fans, it probably won’t shift mega units, it’s not pushing the boundaries of modern music, but I don’t care: It’s Johnny Moped, what did you expect. (*Review by Macthehack ).
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"cycledelic"
Year:    1978
Label:    Damaged Goods
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Punk  Rock












record label "Damaged Goods" reissued this Johnny Moped’s debut album "cycledelic", gatefold sleeved and neon pink and yellow vinyl, get it quick there’s only 1000 copies. Their sound has not been remastered but it sound exactly from the master from 1978. A fistfull of good songs of pure, simple, basic and direct punk rock 1977 style.
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