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Thursday, 31 January 2013

SubVersion Stop 172: For The Closcrate Lovers (FTCL)...review and mixtape archive 001

Muttley - Closcrate

My closing cloak is not of scarecrow
A jacket tattered by tintinnabulate
Part usurped in Modern Classical archway
Exponentialism projected out of school.

Resonance of arpeggio in dusk
A rippling viola tremolos in dawn
Now resplendent in the Royal Philharmonic
The murderer stories have all gone.

But we wait, for a sickly, tiny
Pressuring on the 79th piano key
Of anti-plaigiarist Software harking
Herald a choir that boon-barks continuity.

Classical, discrete and music concrete
The final FTAL triad piece, named 'Closcrate'.
FTCL 001 - 7th October 2012

Islaja - Keeraminen Paa
Fonal CD / download

A beacon in the wall from Finland with singer Islaja's new band, treading a triumvirate of synth Pop squelches, mono-and-double syllabic refutes of the Riot Grrl-in-Electroacoustica tussle, plus seductive serration of bilingualism, stretching resonantly from the French to Arabic. Very uniquely, this suffusion works to immeasurable success with listen 1-X. "Suzy Sudenkita" reclaims harpsichord bordering, in a Mahan Esfahani fashion. Working the scales in an abacus of elemental line dancing, "Dadahuulet" reasons up a Paavoharju percussion duel-sprint, a delectable dial-up ping on the barometer, background noise subsectively. De facto: what's mud in less skilled hands is fields of gold with Islaja. "Pimeytt Kohti" shows her as a more than able Bjork-counterpart, in melismatic cappucino crystals over the LP's entire brew.

See what Pitchfork say

Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't
eMusic.com download

Love has rules for some. For several, love's an open book written individually. To learn from lacking love, it's where we resist abiding, trying out futures anew, when love exists for two. Jens Lekman, objectively/subjectively, foretells experience of coming undone. It's a heartbreak epilogue, not a break-up lament. To his credit as a songwriter in the overcrowded indie-partnership paradox. What's vein-addled Rock from Punk's bombast egg plant. Okkervil River closely resemble "Erica America" in craft, but these tracks wholly posit a culinary artery-healer regarding simplistic economy, instrumental richness. And Lekman's Nick Drake-esque harmonic promise, transcending crusty bread and wine. His interpartiality of "A sinking rock tied to the lake of a person" is a right reason to not become someone else's entirety, apart from who maturely suits the original self - love inside, as one.

Read more and download on eMusic

Braindead Collective & Rob St. John - The Whites Of Our Eyes
Shelter Charity Single - Bandcamp download

"The Whites Of Our Eyes" was originally released in late 2010 as a charity single for Shelter, Audioscope's long-standing fund-receiver for their superb all-day festivals, every Autumn. With soundscapes here, Braindead Collective's kettled Improv and songwriting stew, it includes Song, By Toad Records' Rob St. John, coming up flush like a 4am boat party against a spirit-raising dour-fest, rivalling any of Radiohead's chillier Ambient-centric mementos. A rally of egghead flour in instrumental virtuousity and programming, their band pre-Flights Of Helios, examinations were predominantly opening slots, to bands as widely known as A Silver Mount Zion, and local Oxford favourites The Graceful Slicks. Radiant like a long-eye meet amongst two enjoying lovers, ploughing hopeful looks into coined dough-raise-we.

Investigate and buy on Braindead Collective's Bandcamp Page
FTCL002 - October - November 2012

Chaz Knapp - Finger
Fat Cat Records CD / download, 2009

Chaz Knapp first sent me "Finger" aged 19, signed to Fat Cat Records, home of Max Richter. String quartets firing on cosmological cylinder, edging across Venus' personified womanliness to Pluto's retreating, refrain-like stratospheric positioning in temperance. On "Begin", Knapp displays immaculate high-res-conundrum: light electronics, a Ligeti-esque chord section plussed by small star graphs of piano. Flickering to and fro like a moth caught in the light, without superfluous catchy-cool hooks, that contemporary classical tries to indoctrinate in wider channels. Ambient-interpartial forays like "Waste", ironically succumbing to titular misnomner-ness of early Intelligent Dance Music, such as Venetian Snares' more comical names, join up favourably with Goldmund sensibility for a bright ride.


Zvuku - Other Room Listening
Futuresequence CD / download

Filled with claret-red love paste that puts ideas of shedding death in the cupboard with the vitamins, there is no wallpaper isometric/iconclastry-stick fodder for Zvuku. Characterised by an impressionately austere, parliamentary whisking of timbres where "Log Pile" adjoins otherwise thorny field recordings - now a homely one-of-five-a-day depth plumbing. In principle, of! E.g a hotel splendour down a back street in Oxford, mixes the patchwork of my teenage memories, towards a post-adolescent division dialogue that Karl Mcgrath, aka Zvuku, can relate to with previous experience as a pirate radio DJ of Jungle, Ambient and acousmatic library music. Put through a baker's sieve and drained of all the fat to restructure a nighttime soliloquoy to the bedroom massive, simply: these are proper tunes.


Paul Ferrini - Heart And Soul
Dancing With The Beloved CD / downloads, Heartways, 2007

Paul Ferrini heralds an oracle of wisdom in his multi-dialectic shimmer writing. It's word-play with no webbed hands, a strong religiousity to tow the line from looking and touching those who listen. Keyed into amiable entrance for after time, after life, after death and duly "held and caressed", as Ferrini notes, a congealing mint-fresh intermingling of piano, phrasing delicacy and motion in his spoken tones entangles, buffers, and loosens the balls of intrinsic wool gently. Notions we have never encountered quite the same, and for this quality alone it's a special selection. Perfection of the surmise holds in the lines: "The tragedy of consciousness is not what we know or do not know, but what we forget and have to remember, gradually. Entering another cycle that begins in the dark; and feeling the rays of light ripple through the mind, like fingers reflected in a pool of water someone has stirred."


From Paul Ferrini's purchase page before "Silence Is Golden" and "The Hidden Jewel" entry

"Paul Ferrini wrote The Hidden Jewel to express in a simple and clear way the core concepts of his Roadmap to Healing and Transformation. The CD also features two flute improvisations, as well as Paul Ferrini reading wonderful love poems from his books Dancing with the Beloved and Crossing the Water. Paul’s poetry has been compared to that of Rumi and Gibran. If you have not experienced it yet, you are in for a treat.

Silence Is Golden

          FTCL 003 - January 2013
Nadia Sirota - Baroque
Bedroom Community CD / download

Classical occasionally indebts itself to a changing-hands penchant, a multi-errand in composition, e.g the induction of composers to write music for a musician, who plays as well as composes, or an ideas person to weave in notes of real significance. Take Daniel Bjarnason on "Baroque", who contributes three pieces for violin, ensemble and all-round stattaco/pizzicato anti-numb. His last notable recordings were "Processions" solo and collaboration with Ben Frost on the "Solaris" soundtrack, so he knows a thing or two about harmless interaction. Classical is also at odds with the ego in many senses: discipline gives way to more arrogance with how something should sound, but arrogance is little present on "Baroque". It's stunning music and enough lubrication for concept babies for every violinist.


Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & The Congos - Icon Give Thank
RVNG International CD / download

Like wearing bright clothes cheers us up instead of wearing dark or dingy clothes, listening to subversive lyrics cheers up the subversive mind. Mid-ground sing-a-long shimmy is bound to get the vibes pumping as such, and Sun Araw with synthsman M Geddes Gengras and legendary Reggae collective The Congos take a lead from the half-step Drum & Bass undertone, with a whopper of melodic juice squeezed between the lines.

It's almost a David Attenborough documentary jangle about Jah, remixing The Specials' "Ghost Town" feel along the way. The Congos calm your blues by chanting, singing fuzzed-out shanty tones, and with beats as revered as rhino meat, Sun Araw plays a cutesy hypnotism on the inner cortex. "We breakin' all de earth" they toast as "New Binghi" gets underway like a synthbomb dropped in Toots & The Maytals' community kitchen. And it's certainly a heavy "Happy Song" that heals the heavy heart even more.


Chad Valley - Young Hunger
Loose Lips Records CD

Loose Lips released this classically-trained-to-the-ear (hence the inclusion) Pop behemoth last year, an outing from Hugo Manuel and collaborators that was tastier than its Quavers suggested. For this is hyper-produced, sugary rich Pop music firmly lodged in the vein of Hall & Oates, Thompson Twins and early Electronic, stroking Pet Shop Boys for style but never quite going traditionally gay as a daffodil. "You know I want to do this together / You know I want to go far" on the always seductive "Evening Surrender" featuring female enchantress El Perro Del Mar, outlines an intention of quietude in discrete music; doing things behind closed doors; away from interference; dirty hands; and all the better for it. "Fathering / Mothering" with Anne Lise Frokedal is another calmer gem, robing the class in high detail.


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For The Closcrate Lovers...review and mixtape archive 001

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

SubVersion Stop 171: Vimeo: Focus Forward Competition Finalists 2013 - Check this for great short films


Vimeo sent an email this evening announcing that one of these finalists (Cyborg Foundation) had won a $100,000 cash prize for their film concerning achromatopsia, "a condition that causes complete colour blindness".

This looks like a really interesting collection of videos to watch in free time, thought I'd share.

First one I'm going to approach is on the topic of stem cells.

What do members of Subvert Central think?

SubVersion Stop 170: Muttley - 15 MOF Pt. 60 - 65 - Heavenly Music (February 2013)

Muttley - Heavenly Music (February 2013)

00:00 Ludovico Einaudi - Track 12 (In A Time Lapse LP, Universal, 2013)
00:00 Nick Warren - In Search Of Silver (Ambient Mix) (In Search Of Silver LP, Bedrock Recordings)
02:30 Taylor Deupree - Sundown (Faint LP, 12k, 2012)
04:40 Aaron Martin & Justin Wright - Moon Smoke (Light Poured Out Of Our Bones LP, Preservation, 2011)
09:23 SAAAD - Soft Drug (Orbs And Channels cassette, Hands In The Dark 2013)
11:49 Stray Theories - Even Though We Sleep (Even Though We Sleep LP, Not On Label, 2013)
12:43 Stars Of The Lid - Broken Harbours Pt.2 (The Tired Sounds Of SOTL LP, Kranky, 2001)
13:59 Andrew Chalk - Jewels In The Sand (49 Views In Rhapsodies Wave Serene LP, Faraway Press, 2013)
14:44 Foci's Left - A Sugar Cube (Grumpy Love LP, Unreleased)
15:13 Bat For Lashes - Lilies (The Haunted Man LP, Parlophone, 2012)
20:00 end 

Download "Heavenly Music" (20:00 collage mixtape)


I have often been inspired by sounds that are heavenly as much as they are haunting. Indeed, music can be both at the same time. With "Heavenly Music", you might compare "In Heaven, Everything Is Fine". But in actuality (tone, tempo, layering) these two sets are far different. It's also because my idea of Heaven has transposed from being solely on Earth. I no longer have overriding beliefs - or hypothesis that builds to belief - that tells me "Heaven is somewhere far away from you." No, on the contrary, as the old Belinda Carlisle song sings, "Heaven Is A Place On Earth". These are very simple assertions, of course. With my schizophrenia I identify that voices telling me I am the creator are far-fetched. And ultimately, pointless, for we are all curators in our own way. Nevertheless, "Heavenly Music" is a nice subject, as it's centred from the main source I have as inspiration - Heaven as a state of being. "Lilies" by Bat For Lashes is the climax, preceded by the second track you're hearing from my forthcoming debut album as Foci's Left - "Grumpy Love". It's a very soothing piece, and the first melody I ever recorded in Cubase at age 17, 7 3/4 years ago.


Lamb gravy; going out to The Bullingdon to catch one original and two Allman Brothers' covers by The Southern Blues Fiasco; celebrating my sister's 27th birthday; making a recording called "Piano Paint" which embellishes the piano samples I use with colour; writing at least one heartfelt poem, the best being "I Cling To My Doubts"; chatting to a local photographer and Moshka promoter; being sent wonderful Robert Scott Thompson promos through Aucourant;  learning "Laura" on the piano by Bat For Lashes; enjoying my year print subscription to The Wire already; finding out SubVersion has a huge worldwide audience; re-listening to "The Tired Sounds Of Stars Of The Lid" 2CD on Kranky repeatedly; writing 3 500+ word reviews for Fluid Radio this month to the total of 71, as Mick Buckingham.

Transcendental Introspection

I wanted to bring out new things like disorientating layering ("Gravitation To Resolution", my SC Podcast) that had beauty as an overriding component; long layered sections of up to 5 minutes; a polished "Pop Ambient" feel for the first time; and an extension of [2012].

Feedback welcome with open arms, and I hope you enjoy the trip. :)


Saturday, 19 January 2013

SubVersion Stop 169: Muttley - 15 Minutes Of Fame Pt. 64 - Signs I've Moved On (January 2013)

"Hello, and welcome to the 64th piece of me, Muttley's 15 Minutes Of Fame Mix Series. It's called 'Signs I've Moved On' and this is the first time I've spoken in any of my mixtapes, ultimately to get over two things. First, a massive thank you to everyone who's supported the series these last 7 years. www.subvertcentral.blogspot.com has built a following of 700,000 visitors daily at the lowest variable. Meanwhile people have been tracking how I've moved on in one way or another for time.

'Signs I've Moved On' is basically about ending a third relationship and moving towards new pastures. The sign I've moved on in this case is I've been able to put out a more personal self-mixtape: a sequel to www.ambientblog.net 's "Isolate" hour and 15 Minutes Of Fame Pt. 26 - "Starting All Over". I hope you'll enjoy "Signs I've Moved On". Thank you".

Muttley - Signs I've Moved On - TRACKLIST

01. 00:00 Muttley - Special Voiceover For Signs I've Moved On
02. 00:00 Fennesz - AUN40 (AUN LP, 2012)
03. 02:07 Loscil - The Sun At Night (Outliers Vol.1 OST, Outliers Website, 2012)
04. 05:24 Kyle Bobby Dunn - Buncington Revisited (In Miserum Stercus LP, 2012)
05. 08:29 TVO - Some Of These Mutations Are Favourable (The Wire - Below The Radar 11, 2012)
06. 14:48 Ethernet - Pleroma (Opus 2 LP, Kranky, 2012)
07. 17:16 Smokey Emery - Movement V (Quartz EP, Indian Queen, 2012)
08. 22:43 Ryan Teague - Games For Two (Field Drawings LP, Village Green, 2012)
09. 22:38 Rarebit - The End Isn't So Bad (Futuresequence, Sequence 1 download, 2011)
10. 25:21 Seaven Teares - Grown Woman (The Wire -  Below The Radar 11, 2012)
11. 31:58 Ida - First Take (Lovers Prayers LP, 2011)
12. 35:37 Boduf Songs - Maggot Ending (Burnt Up On Re-Entry, Kranky, 2013)
40:33 end


Sunday, 6 January 2013

SubVersion Stop 168: For The Electronica Lovers (FTEL) Catchup

FTEL 007 - January 2013

Fanu - Breakbeat Brew EP - guest review by noisemonkey
Lightless Digital download

"A Matter Of Life And Death" commences proceedings with some stylish breaks driven grooves and chanting. Blending in a bit of 80's style synth work which is almost reminiscent of M83 is a nice change of pace before the drums strike up again and groove the track in to full effect before warped acid lines conclude things like the end of the world.

"Monkey Got Choked" has even more manic stylings on the drums as a triple espresso is kicking in at Fanu's studio. A variety of weird vocal samples emphasise the frenetic mood.

"My Drumming Sucks" is surely an oxymoron in the world of Fanu so let's see what craziness is in store. A cinematic opening salvo of sampledelia regarding drumming abilties moves your feet before the bass gets to work on your bowels. A classic hip hop strut is the main feature of this one precluding more acidic melodies for laser reaching antics.

"Slack And Roll" is a rare excursion into 2 Step for Fanu, bringing with it some classic hip hop samplage and police sirens. Oh for the days of 1995 Emotif and late period Deejay recordings although the bonkers last minute or so of the track reminds you that arrangements and production standards have come a long long way since then.

The "Rescue" remix of "Slack And Roll" casts a sheen of Bass Music and shimmering synth work over proceedings that is pure candy to your ears. Further tunefullness to round off an EP that really showcases a further progression in Fanu's sound to take care of skillfull notation as well as the expected rhythmical dexterity we've come to know and love from the Finnish breakbeat maestro.


Dense & Pika - Crispy Duck EP
Hotflush Recordings 12' / download

This is diversive and bracing in a technoid kind of way, and for all its Techno rudiments - handclaps; breathing vox; crowd noise; grinding-gears synth streams - it still manages to unsettle. "The fear of negative evaluation may reflect underlying beliefs about being less good than others, different, or not quite up to scratch, and it usually goes with assumptions such as thinking that 'you've got to do things right to be acceptable." commented Gillian Butler in the "Overcoming Social Anxiety" handbook. The reason I mention that is, for one thing, I'd almost freak out negatively if I heard this EP clubwise, yet its elusion is part of the appeal. It feels like poison as I listen to it, letting it into my consciousness, yet at the same time it's great work in the genre which is usually all too much homogenised and saturated by minimal fake-orgasm-steppers. Dense & Pika have carved worthy echoes into Techno.


Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
Parlophone CD / download

It’s high timing for another Bat For Lashes album after three long years – the storytelling lure of Khan’s “Two Suns” had started to wear off, and “The Haunted Man” definitely continues on a high note, cajoling as many as 5 different soundsets as ‘genre’ contradistinctions together in one track, so they form a clean rhythmic sheet: something Natasha always muses in. Journalists may finally start to see Khan as a female artist with her own musical identity, with her own sense of storytelling as a promising entry on the End Of Year 2012 list. Blending her Pakistani ethnic roots into and beyond the trite Kate Bush comparisons, she does more than “running up hills”; rather, you’re “running too slow” by the time communication and splendour of this album is over. Piano ballad “Laura” is the real tearjerker, a song of heartbreak where the listener is left to fill in the gaps regarding the pain. That filling-in-gaps is a befitting phrase for what I’ll call “occultasms” – the expulsion of emotion at times you don’t even have to hear to place. Haunting indeed, and the best Bat For Lashes album, by far, to date.

FTEL 006 - November 2012

Bazaar - Op-Ep-Requiem
Metanoia 015 netlabel download

Price up to a potshot; I'm clicking a heat dispenser, easing the rough spot. I find it incredibly draining, showering under a livid blotchiness; dishevelled gravity station on apartheid. A gloriously gloopy, non-garish, emulsifyingly fluid beat and synthesizer rail service, tracked spendthrift like a small kid in a chocolate factory - waiting line, Bazaar integrate the choralism symptomatic of Gregorio Allegri's "Miserere", to push from left to right and back again on the playlist, instead of up and down, in physical or mood-symbolic media maximalism. Each drum has a softblood pressure, that erupts low down in the filtration amidst clatter, natter and rattles. The sense of smell in these tunes for a right rollickin' racket, withholds the framework as abundant in keys, tempo calm and the non-homogenisation of Middle Eastern cultural sounds, with the bogginess of glitch and noise-based Improv. These tendencies are counterpointed on each other in opener "Hypertension" and finale "Heart Failure", as if the heart of the album starts to die in polygamist entry from the very beginning. What remains is an Orbital-esque trance-Techno induction via classic atmospheric 808 State road. Brain food from beyond the sane.


Pilote - Do It Now Man
Certificate 18 CD

Stuart Pilote's music is naturally exo-thang-ular: it shakes its' beats' syntax like a raunchy handclap at a hen night; while the vocal samples he interjects, seem more self-therapy on all records, than intended idiosyncratic narratives off. "I'm not actually a murderer, but I've felt at some times like killing myself" - I find this a lyric we can all relate to at some point, and trajectory, in our lives. The key to a great listen, is that Pilote doesn't labour emotion, or do the crocodile tears melody tricks lesser deep individuals try shoehorning down mass media throats. I bought this CD from the ever-reliable impeccable taste-maestro Statto in 2006 when Selectadisc Nottingham was open - hasn't left my memory since.


Soul Delay - Threshold / Float [wanted by me for Certificate 18]
Unsigned tracks

Keyboard workhorse with relaxed, welcoming exterior rhythmicism, spiralling like visors on a motorcycle in a thunderstorm, angularly optic, hipnotic aka Soul Delay got his start via the now-golden 15 Minutes Of Fame Mix Series Pt.3 - "Shades Of Everlasting", by Muttley. Signed to Subtle Audio after, "Ustad" spiralled viral amounts of tracks, beginning with a terrific understatement - a possible B side in "Threshold", a whirling dervish of pulverizing Assembly Line and Tighten Up breaks.

Paragliding through the multiverse of relevance, on a turtle's release, I received a letter through from Counter Intelligence label concerning running the Certificate 18 imprint after its mid-noughties hiatus. I'd love to do that, and these two tracks by Soul Delay would be a deserved double A-side. Hipnotic formed part of the band Keiretsu, programming drums, and playing with saxophone parts. On the two tracks here, the story continues at a much deeper level.

"Float" is all Turkish-mixulative percussion sprinkled with This Mortal Coil's Liz Frazer on the simulative chorus. Builds are heavy like a pig's trough, ready to snuffle for truffles with the consecutive, and asymmetric, pairing with "Threshold". The outro speaks a long-lost neo-junglist language - reversed 16ths of quantization simmer, over dirt-nosed bass that crusts over the quarks, and belly-dives you straight into complex heaven.

FTEL 005 - November 2012

Eschaton - Drum & Space
Omni Music CD / download

Like an exercise bike, patience and persistence is prerequisite for Omni Music label owner Eschaton's sounds. And like the pedalling motion of one such bike, this needs space to work. "Drum And Space" emblematizes the ellipitical trend, stretching drums with time in Serengeti-tiger clusters: fiercely intelligent Drum & Bass for the new age. A selector's dirge imprint Omni Music isn't: Chris Wright acknowledges his Acid House and early GLR period obsessions, and fragmentarily navigates a plucky cauldron of transcendentally introspective courages. "Pegasus" and "Alpha Centauri" are two early highlights in the 12 track runtime, melding syncopated rhythms with sleep-dusty two-step stattaco. An excellent introduction to both Omni Music's artist roster, plus a noteworthy album of quality guarantee to the sometimes wonderful world of post-'98 D&B.


Pinecone Moonshine 006-020 & PCMS EX 005 "Pay What You Want" Releases
Pinecone Moonshine subscription vinyl / downloads
          Picture: dgoHn
Like a lead automaton, malfunctioning on its own frequency after metal corrosion, Pinecone Moonshine's introduction is best stated externally: precursor corollary track "Curse Of Coincidence" by Paradox, as a simile for Reinforced Records first and second wave. The 1993 'Ardkore continuum pioneered by Simon Reynolds still exists, in PCMS: a funkulation on the primary elements of Rave: drums and bass. From Equinox's dramatic, impossibly hissy remix of Ibunshi & Indijinous (recently released on Omni Music, do note) "Swamp Funk", all the way back to 011's "So Finister Die Nacht (Fracture's Astrophonica remix)" by Sub, Pinecone guests are exuberant as producers, open to the deadpan skit of dry dub dreariness. While inter-pressure on Nic TVG's label is: all the tracks sound like dubs, in released form: fresh out the studio for good evenings, universal toke. Latest batch, cat no's 006-020 with PCMS EX 005, bristle with heavy-bellied energy, repaying nerve tic tack repeats. With feral focus on one thing: Jungle-oriented Drum Funk with a heady, A-positive attitude.


Transient Waves - Transient Waves
CD / download

Like electronic ethno-Ambient with a sturdy shoegaze devisement. Love Transient Waves: "Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words. Art thaws even the frozen, darkened soul, opening it to lofty spiritual experience. Through Art we are sometimes sent - indistinctly, briefly - revelations not to be achieved by rational thought" argued Alexander Solzhenitsyn in "One Word Of Truth: The Nobel Speech In Literature". The gentility of the synth soundscapes served up by Transient Waves, aka Eric Campbell, Loren Jackson and Sid Tucker, are as elegant as they are pleasantly fleeting - a rare something exists within, too, that stops the beats, and layers from insipidly breaking down. Transience in this light, then, might best be worshipped as an exercise in untainted, calm solitude, and the pull of a warm Cuppa Soup vibe late at night. Highly recommended, especially for morning commuting.

FTEL 004 - March - October 2012

Laurel Halo - Quarantine
Hyperdub CD / download

Piano-pins on plush line for eccentric disco-traditional swirl-fest "Airsick", Halo's vocal "Travelling heart, don't go away" repeated like a log pile smoking, striking scant eye contact flint with two travelling love doves circling above eternal flame. "I will never see you again" / "You're mad because I will not leave you alone", next calling coo, soft, gradually accentuated like a lovesick clockwork merangue whipping its pieces into cream. A joie de viva-la-vida-loca in terms of love infatuation signals, vocalist Laurel to her anomalous and anonymous subject on "Quarantine", all ways: these songs carry such multidimensional weight and purpose. The beats jab up your ears like rolling marbles working in unitary peacedom, priveliged just to be underneath her sultry drones and wisps of candlelight supper singing. The 42 minute duration nonetheless is a misleading time-directive, a bleeding for every problem and solution metaphorically through spoken voice, not broken bones or relationships - let's stay that trend.


Andy Skopes / Fushara - Oriental 808 / In The Shadows They Work
Bitrate Music 001 & download

The abbreviation of 'dnb', rather 'drum 'n' bass' The Wire magazine priorly called it, questions intellect quota; sound in notation as constructive, de-regulated block between discovering true noisemakers, all staying true to Hardcore's emotive ecstascy recreationality. This runs right for Drum & Bass and Jungle retroactively, in their newest grouped forms. Subvert Central stringently lacks heresy in cutting off dnb from Drum & Bass - the written dialectical description ('dnb') to the aural examination ('D&B' / 'Jungle'), bypassing artificial intelligence. Favouring rhythmical sampladelic divergence from accepted wisdom. Journalism's fashionistic industrialisation; when 'the' D&B originally fell in late 1997; it placates Carl Rogers' ethicalities in positive congruence with Jonathan Statto's Charles Ives quote on the Subvert Central MySpace description - "ATTA BOY!" - hard fighting quality D&B and Jungle, or we eat hats past the Certificate 18 label.

Andy Skopes and Fushara are releasing tracks on Shiva's Bitrate Music definitely affording their own vinyl from the same proprietors. But that would obscure reasoning behind his message. D&B and Junglism is in a new golden era. It has been slowly developing this implicit recreaction, a philosophical and dance-happy baby candy from 2005 ("Thinktank's 'Skyscraper' my fave D&B tune of all time) to 2012. The 'dnb' upturns counter-text-speak easiness of 'n' to 'u'. Meaning everyone with roots from Improv to Closcrete can play roles to shape new electronically bright futures for all of us. The Wire has changed it's byline from "Adventures In Modern Music" to "Adventures In Sound And Music" in light of my interview with SC records label owner Jon, partnered with Rob Phokus of Jungle & D&B discography www.rolldabeats.com. Promotion of D&B beyond "yoof energy" (David Stubbs, Bark Psychosis interview, The Wire, pre-2007) now extends generationally, as: recognisable 80bpm / 160 rooted at its basic building mantricism.

And what's been the longstanding tempo of popular culture's radio Muzak. The 'dnb' remains natural partialist's linguism. Describing concomitant circumspect of future-looking developments, to the music press at large. Bopping, propping the teens and kiddies pleasurably as well as adults and Antiqus - me from far as Africa to America. Going back to the music: I've madly amerous manlove for this label's tunes. They've plenty of staying power in their force, especially the secure militant stances of Andy Skopes and Fushara on "Oriental 808" / "In The Shadows They Work", a possible destabilisation of any unjust racist remarks, pursuing oriental mythology and culturalist values from India. Dustmites' release is comparatively very jolly and joyous in extension. Not letting the bed bug bite, before the party gets truly started.

The drumwork of Skopes and Fush on 001 and 002 here reminds me of the punchbag thick-crunch of Fanu's "This Behaviour Is Not Unique" on Subvert Central, a blinder tune for the ear-wax at a speed discriminating up Dubstep's benchmark 140bpm to 150. "And as far as I'm concerned, 'This Behaviour Is Not Unique' is dnb, just at a slower tempo" commented Statto, 2008, proving opinions, facts and inter-P.L.U.R need not fuss nor fight over genre templates in play-grouted social maintenance, its creators suffering in any shape or form; it is wrong and to be preserved in archives, bottled in green grasses of home; further on the outer limits of love.

This anti-peeve on multiculturalist worth T.Goonewarde and A.Skopes have as working together on one release - Fush being a great Asian lad and Andy a good white egg from Chris Inperspective's Technicality jewel-crown. Shows, in itself to Chris' own black dominance for cultures; London's patient, reserved and cultivating side commingling. Conserving foundations of what this music's always really about, in the initial inception. We're Intabeats as Bailey could say, a Technicality guest, one playing tunes just like these pre-leaving 1xtra off his own accord.

So much more great work out there as forthcomingly good as Bitrate Music's ride-of-a-sprightly-time Orbital tiger-weaning, blazing a torch in contained histrionics of us - savour for the moment. Stepper realism of Metalheadz and Paradox-reminiscent Defcom Recordings Kryptic Minds & Leon Switch, healing the Subvert Central core, much as wider Bass Music. With quality mastering from the SC mastering team member Bob Macc, co-taught by Ben Scope, the forum's fatherly eye and king of "Subversive Beats", ATM mag issue 69's leading article, statement is on.


Sabre - A Wandering Journal (Club Mixes)
Critical Music download

Sabre's "Language Barrier", championed by Subtle Audio's Code in his Limerick NuKillaBeats events, permits the periphery of nomenclature appropriate to Sabre's tautology; previewing-ore-ironing mechanism that's weaved into many his tunes under this alias. On "A Wandering Journal", his tautology is diametrically instated like Paranoid Society's leftfield D&B; Syncopathic Recordings - gelling excursions for propulsive subconscious platitudes, reshaping neurological tech-funk, pleasing further than neurofunk's ever capable of doing. The LP's tunes are a mono-sympathy trip of Downtempo Dubstep flavours - D&B speed tunes sound mesmerisingly good slowed down with a CDJ on this album. Upward like smooth potato salad, Alix Perez collaboration "Javelin" wins day; an arrow to level-headed heartiness, subtracting swanning.

FTEL 003 - September - October 2012

Martsman - Black Plastics Vol.1 & 2
Martsman Bandcamp download EPs

Scenically spun turf from Berlin's Martsman, recreating Hospitality to a Regg-a&e blockbuster - no surgery, breakbeat bludgeoning disseminated from foundational contraprism. Light, dark and intra-rhythmic modality, turning CI Recs classic "Antifunk", anti-frost, feasting amygdala. In essentialist terms, he understands constructive Dancehall psy-riddims, transmogrified into Reinforced planetary funk. Extending past Dub's Jamaican root wires, paving a minimalist reductionism path in D&B. Thereafter what alienated wider audiences, reclashing subsidiary Med School, key component of Bass Music's mainstream 2007-2009. Always the martyr, never the mart - "Black Plastics" interrogates sublime pop-techno-spinning pieces, second volume centred around Rhythm & Sound's motor-Techno gravitas for Martsman's 170bpm parking lot.


Rhythm & Sound Spotlight: Boomkat Digital 8 Pack
boomkat.com digitial downloads

The boomkat.com "14 Tracks" series was born from "Last Dawn Before Meltdown", the 14-piece opus - and primer - to the now 60-instalment strong 15 Minutes Of Fame Mix Series. 'Something Special' is their spotlight section, and Rhythm & Sound, the minimal and dub Techno pioneers since the group's inception in the late nineties, are a chlorinated tooth polish on the digital salivation sense, doing a job very much fitting - the art of a so far thus, a real long there. Picking two releases from the bunch, it'd have to be the "Compilation" for sheer strength of Rhythm & Sound's ouevre, and "Roll Off", a two-title catch all for the theoretical ethos behind this mention. R&S have been like the blind leading the blind in dub Techno terms, a cats eye on the road of propulsion's steam without blue lines to inter-spleen.


ICR - My Very Personal Miss-Tape Vol.1
ICR MixCloud download

A longstanding purveyor of feverishly deep D&B, one beaver who built continuity dams from Hungary to IChiOne's all-together gigging proposals, shown through Misspent Music's artist Sub, on the label Zoltan set up in 2007; for digital vinyl-off-putts to the regularity media. Like an eternal heart dangling beneath carefully crafted timbre stairways, each recording allows air and the decisive creator's touch to emblematize his monologue in a certain time and place. There's tunes with no lyrics, songs about kissing, condiments of love and affixing relational elasticity and stability, of the oneness possessed by courtship and wisdom. The effect of this emotional interpenetrating is, rather like a sprinkler shut off: rigged into an extractor fan, blitzing an electric buzz to external vent - time not Misspent in every respect.

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