Category Archives: Electronic

HAKON STENE-LUSH LAMENTS FOR LAZY MAMMAL.

HAKON STENE-LUSH LAMENTS FOR LAZY MAMMAL. Ambitious, fearless, groundbreaking and innovative. These are just a  few of the words that describe the music of Norwegian improvisational musician Håkon Stene. His long awaited debut album, Lush Laments for Lazy Mammal, will be released on 14th April 2014, on Hubro Music. Lush Laments for Lazy Mammal marks …

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BLY DE BLYANT-HINDSIGHT BIAS.

BLY DE BLYANT-HINDSIGHT BIAS. Bly De Blyant are the equivalent of international musical superheroes. They dare to create innovative, groundbreaking and genre-melting music. To do this, they combine musical genres and influences. This includes everything from classic rock, jazz, Krautrock and math rock. It’s an inventive and innovative combination. No wonder. This is what we’d …

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AIR-MOON SAFARI.

AIR-MOON SAFARI. Enigmatic describes Air, one of the most innovative European electronic bands of the past twenty years. Air were formed in 1995, in Versailles, France. Originally, Nicholas Godin, a former architecture student was the only member of Air. He was later joined by former maths student Jean-Benoit Dunckel. They’d previously been members of Orange, …

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KRAFTWERK-TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS.

KRAFTWERK-TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS. In the history of electronic music, one of the most important and influential, groups are Kraftwerk. From their formative years, and their eponymous debut album Kraftwerk, released in 1970, they’ve constantly reinvented their music, using the latest technology. In the early years, they were one of first groups to realize the potential of …

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MOGWAI-RAVE TAPES BOX SET.

MOGWAI-RAVE TAPES BOX SET. Nowadays, it’s a common occurrence for bands to release their new albums in a variety of formats. Usually, this includes CD, vinyl and MP3. Sometimes, there’s also a box set available. This is the case with Mogwai’s eighth studio album Rave Tapes. It’s a limited edition of 4,000 which was released …

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KRAFTWERK-AUTOBAHN.

KRAFTWERK-AUTOBAHN. Formed in 1970 by Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk went on to become one of the most innovative, influential and groundbreaking groups in musical history. Kraftwerk have gone on to influence several generation of musicians. Without Kraftwerk, musical history would’ve been very different. However, still, many people struggle to describe Kraftwerk’s music. It’s best …

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MOGWAI-LES REVENANTS.

MOGWAI-LES REVENANTS. Next week, Glasgow’s very own Mogwai will release their eighth studio album Rave Tapes. This will be their first album in three years, since the release of Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. However, during that three year period, Mogwai have been busy. They contributed the soundtrack to the French television series …

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HARMONIA-MUSIK VON HARMONIA.

HARMONIA-MUSIK VON HARMONIA. Forty years ago this month, German supergroup Harmonia released their debut album Musik Von Harmonia in 1974. It was released to critical acclaim and hailed a groundbreaking, genre-melting album. Musik Von Harmonia saw Harmonica fuse ambient music and Krautcock. This was unheard of, and akin to a musical revolution. Mind you, that’s …

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THE BLUE NILE-HIGH.

 THE BLUE NILE-HIGH. Previously, I’ve described The Blue Nile as enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian. They could’ve and should’ve been the biggest band of their generation. However, The Blue Nile were always determined to do things their way. The Blue Nile are the complete opposite of most bands. They’re publicity shy. Describing the Blue Nile as …

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NEU-NEU!

NEU-NEU! There aren’t many artists who after leaving one of the most pioneering groups in musical history, end up founding another groundbreaking group. That’s what happened to Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother. They had both been members of Kraftwerk, but left in 1971. After leaving Kraftwerk, they founded Neu, another German Kratrock band.  Neu went …

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LARAAJI-CELESTIAL MUSIC 1978-2011.

LARAAJI-CELESTIAL MUSIC 1978-2011. Although Laraaji is one of the most innovative musicians of his generation, he remains one of music’s best kept secrets. That’s despite releasing nearly thirty albums. Many of these albums showcase Laraaji’s unique ambient sound. Best known for playing the zither,  Laraaji’s music is best described as a fusion of ambient, experimental …

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CAN-SOON OVER BABALUMA.

CAN-SOON OVER BABALUMA. Forty years ago, in November 1974, Can released the sixth album of their career, Soon Over Babaluma. This marked the end of an era for Can. Soon Over Babaluma was the end of Can’s golden period. This golden period began with their debut album, 1969s Monster Movie and 1974s Soon Over Babaluma. …

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THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 1.

THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 1. On the last day of the year, I always publish my list of the best albums I’ve reviewed during 2013. This year, I’ve expanded it to my top thirty albums. That’s a reflection of the quality of music released during 2013. What follows is an eclectic selection of …

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THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 2.

THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 2. JUANA MOLINA-WED 21. Previously, Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina has been described as a musical visionary. Comparisons have been drawn to legendary Beach Boy. These comparisons aren’t hype. No. Far from it. Juana Molina is an alternative to bland, anodyne music. This is cerebral, intelligent music of substance. Variously …

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THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 3.

THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 3. RODDY WOOMBLE-LISTEN TO KEEP. Back in 2006, when Roddy Woomble, the lead singer of Idlewild, released his debut album My Secret Is My Silenced, Idlewild had just enjoyed the most successful period of their career. Their third album, 2000s 100 Broken Windows was certified silver, while 2002s The …

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THE BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 1.

THE BEST SCOTTISH ALBUMS OF 2013-PART 1. Over the past thirty-five years, Scotland has produced some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful bands in British music. From the tail-end of the seventies, Scottish bands have been trailblazers, producing music that’s innovative and ahead of the musical curve. This stared with Postcard Records, who …

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THE A-Z OF THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2013-PART 2.

THE A-Z OF THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2013-PART 2.  CAN YOU JACK? CHICAGO HOUSE AND EXPERIMENTAL HOUSE 1985-1995. Can You Jack?Chicago House and Experimental House 1985-1995 isn’t a new compilation. Not at all. It was originally released way back in 2005. Now eight years later, just as the Chicago House is about to celebrate its …

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SKADEDYR-KONGEKRABBE.

SKADEDYR-KONGEKRABBE. Recently, Skadedyr have been establishing a reputation as one of Norway’s most exciting up-and-coming bands. Skadedyr however, are no ordinary band. Far from it. Described as an anarchist/democratic band, Skadedyr feature twelve members. These twelve musicians play an eclectic selection of instruments. This includes a brass, string and rhythm section. Even their rhythm section …

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CAKEWALK-TRANSFIXED.

CAKEWALK-TRANSFIXED. It was May 2012, when Cakewalk released their genre-melting debut album Wired. Released to critical acclaim, Wired featured intense, mesmeric music. Featuring three experienced and talented musicians, Cakewalk became one. Each member of Cakewalk seemed to have know exactly what the other was about to do. The interaction between them was peerless. They fed …

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HOLGER CZUKAY-ON THE WAY TO THE PEAK OF NORMAL.

HOLGER CZUKAY-ON THE WAY TO THE PEAK OF NORMAL. Holger Czukay’s name is synonymous with Can, the group he cofounded in 1968. Soon, Can went on to become one of the most innovative, influential and groundbreaking groups in musical history. Their music is best described as a fusion of ambient, avant-garde, electronic, experimental, industrial, jazz, …

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