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\\\\One From The Archives////
February 18, 2008, 10:02 pm
Filed under: Bloc Party

To signal my return (and half-term) I bring you Bloc Party’s first ever ever ever single. With only 500 copies printed on clear vinyl, the 7″ single is by far Bloc Party’s rarest release. The single was released on Trash Aesthetics who have now grown up into Transgressive Records. This version of She’s Hearing Voice is far from the slickly produced version on Silent Alarm, and features a slightly modified drum beat to the album version of the track. The track isn’t anything mind blowing if you’ve already heard the album version of She’s Hearing Voices, its purely interesting to see the stages that She’s Hearing Voices went through before it became the polished, pulsating track that we all know and love.

Mp3: She’s Hearing Voices (7″ Version)


Once More Unto The Breach…
February 5, 2008, 9:20 pm
Filed under: fatigue, top albums 2007

Please excuse my absence over the last month and a bit, I have been bogged down to say the least with AS modules and Othello coursework, and so yeah… haven’t had time for this place for a while. You can see my immensely fatigued look above. But hopefully some form of regular posting with commence as of this week. Which is good news (?)Oh and if anyone was wondering what my actual top 25 albums of 2007 list was in its entirety, I will post it below for all to see.

  1. Battles – Mirrored
  2. Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future
  3. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
  4. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
  5. Deerhunter – Cryptograms
  6. Liars – Liars
  7. Burial – Untrue
  8. Justice –
  9. Radiohead – In Rainbows
  10. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
  11. The Field – From Here We Go Sublime
  12. Thurston Moore – The Trees Outside the Academy
  13. M.I.A. – Kala
  14. Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release
  15. The National – Boxer
  16. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
  17. Daft Punk – Alive 2007
  18. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
  19. Interpol – Our Love to Admire
  20. Holy Fuck – LP
  21. Bloc Party – A Weekend In the City
  22. Health – Health
  23. Au Revoir Simone – The Bird of Music
  24. No Age – Weirdo Rippers
  25. A Place to Bury Strangers – A Place to Bury Strangers

Top Albums 2007: No. 23 – Au Revoir Simone – The Bird of Music
December 16, 2007, 6:22 pm
Filed under: Au Revoir Simone

All girl trio Au Revoir Simone definitely sweetened up 2007 with their sugar-coated pop numbers. On The Bird of Music the guitar moves aside for the keyboard, which remains constant throughout the record. Single Sad Song is a definite highlight which its melodic chorus and trumpets that combine incredibly well with the harmonic vocals. You can’t relentlessly listen to heavy, dark music (well, I’m sure Gothy McGoth begs to differ) and The Bird of Music definitely provides a break from that with its sun-drenched, synth-pop songs.

Mp3: Sad Song

Mp3: Night Majestic

Mp3: Lark

Top Albums 2007: No. 24 – No Age – Weirdo Rippers
December 9, 2007, 5:18 pm
Filed under: No Age

At just over 30 minutes long, Weirdo Rippers is no mammoth, epic. But what No Age provide are short bursts of direct rock infused with dreamy and experimental sounds. Glorious opener Every Artist Needs A Tragedy kicks off with 2 minutes of hazy guitar and scattered cymbals before launching into a clean cut guitar riff, closely followed by drones of heavy guitar and distorted vocals. The short record achieves a great balance between tracks seeping with energy and tracks with a slow burning dazed aura.

Mp3: Every Artist Needs A Tragedy

Mp3: Everybody’s Down

Top Albums 2007: No. 25 – A Place To Bury Strangers – S/T
December 7, 2007, 6:26 pm
Filed under: A Place To Bury Strangers

New York’s “loudest band” finally struck with their debut album after a series of EPs. Brutal walls of noise and distortion drenched guitar make up the trio’s gloriously loud and atmospheric album. Sure, you can take the cynical approach and say they rip off Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine and key influence Jesus and the Mary Chain, put the reality of it is that APTBS have produced a strong, powerful record abundant with behemoth shoegaze tracks that do not fail to amaze.

Mp3: Missing You

Mp3: I Know I’ll See You

Mp3: Ocean

Sleeping States
December 4, 2007, 3:32 pm
Filed under: Sleeping States

At 16 its upsetting to be completely disenchanted with something, whatever it may be. In my case, it has to be acoustic guitar music. Maybe one of the reasons is the pure saturation of it in the music industry, but there are more integral reasons than that. The fact that the majority of acoustic guitar work that sees the light of day is: horribly written, cringeworthingly sentimental and in general unoriginal. Cases in point include the likes of James Blunt and Plain White T’s. Just the purely sickening cliches of lyrics combined with the most boring of song structures makes me sick to the core.

Alas, this year in particular I have found faith in acoustic guitar, partially down to Thurston Moore’s immense record Trees Outside the Academy, but also due to a (for lack of a better word) beautiful album by Londoner Markland Starkie aka Sleeping States. The album is one of pure, unrefined genius and majesty. The debut album, titled There The Open Spaces, is recorded in an incredibly effective Lo-Fi style, “at home or elsewhere” reads the albums notes. Starkie’s vocals are fragile and delicate that perfectly complement the intricate guitar melodies. The melodies are usually created with detuned guitars, sometimes accompanied by spacey keyboards or interrupted by moving bursts of electric guitar. The lengths of the songs vary hugely, with short acoustic bursts in Planning My Escape, or 6 minute solo-esque movements in Memory Games. Starkie’s lyrics also add to the wondrous record, the physical metaphors in Contact Luncay, “As I wander from the scrublands of my mind to the mountains of my heart” and tales of the friend zone in The Next Step. The lo-fi recording of the album also makes the tracks a lot more direct as it’s devoid of the over produced sheen of too many acoustic albums.

Definitely an album of the year.

Mp3: Rivers

Mp3: Contact Lunacy

Mp3: Planning My Escape

October 29, 2007, 3:53 am
Filed under: Battles, Brondski, Ed Banger, Four Tet, justice, Klaxons, LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax, The Field

Recently there has been a copious amount of new and amazing remixes (although 1 disappointing one).

Firstly, I bring you the long awaited……… MOTHERFUCKING JUSTICE REMIX OF KLAXONS. After the failed attempt at a remix of It’s Not Over, the suave Parisian electro duo tried their hand at remixing the tale of the stars, As Above, So Below. The remix is way lighter in comparison to the original with only the vocals coming from the original track, broken up synths and bass lines compliment the vocals amazingly well, making the remix, well: amazing.

Secondly, the remix of It’s Not Over by Brondski, this previously unreleased remix closes off Klaxons Bugged Out Mix CD compiled and mixed by Jamie Reynolds. The remix isolates the guitar chords from the track adding some extra delay before being joined by a staccato beat and James Righton’s vocals. The remix soon descends into spacey echoes of guitar until an elongated and distorted version of the main riff of It’s Not Over fades in.

Mp3: As Above, So Below (Justice Remix)

Mp3: It’s Not Over Yet (Brondski Remix)

Next are the two remixes of Tonto by Battles off the Tonto+ EP due out now on Warp. When the remix by minimal electro artist The Field was announced I was so excited but the remix is a real let down. The main loop he chooses as the foundation to the remix is severely grating and the track is a lot more repetitive than tracks on his genius album From Here We Go Sublime. However Four Tet has a much better stab at remixing Tonto, recycling the guitar riff and the digitized vocals, even revealing a lyric saying “You’ll feel better” (at least I think that is what it says).

Mp3: Tonto (The Field Remix)

Mp3: Tonto (Four Tet Remix)

Remixing gods Soulwax have also released a 2 disc collection of their remixes from over the years. The first disc is a collection of all the remixes on their own, whereas the second disc sees all the remixes mixed together by 2 Many DJs. My pick of the bunch is the blaring 7 minute remix of Justice’s Phantom Part II.

Also remixed, but omitted from the remix collection is Soulwax‘s remix of Get Innocuous by LCD Soundsystem. The remix features on LCD’s upcoming single Someone Great (my personal favourite off Sound of Silver). The remix is a solid pulsating one with a warped rework of the song’s riff.

Mp3: Phantom Part II (Soulwax Remix)

Mp3: Get Innocuous (Soulwax Remix)