Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
2008: Put a donk on it....
What was 2008 all about? What does it boil down to? The global financial crash? America electing their first ever black President? Burial being unmasked? By its very nature, history, however recent, is a formless mess; we humans impose order and teleology on it to stop ourselves going mental. The past is, at best, a sub-Burroughsian cut-up, a jumble of phrases and sentence fragments with the occasional unifying flourish. There’s no grand narrative, no through-line that we can draw from Mark E. Smith killing a couple of red squirrels to Sam Taylor-Wood releasing a single on Kompakt and ‘Put A Donk On It’ clocking up a million YouTube views. Or is there?
Status update: since the turn of the century, the fate of music has been inextricably linked with the evolution and convolutions of the internet. Recording, production, distribution, publishing, marketing, listening, copying, pirating: these are all activities that have been revolutionized, rotted or reinvigorated in the era of Web 2.5. Our day-to-day relationship with music is no longer passive. These days we’re all getting involved, all giving our tuppence-worth: not only listening to music, but blogging about it, remixing it on our cracked copy of Reason, rubbishing or recommending it to our mates on Facebook.
Perhaps the most significant ‘net trend of ‘08 has been the ubiquity of the album-sharing blog. Such sites are often harmless, even helpful, to an artist: as on “sharity” blogs, which bring hard-to-find or out-of-print records to an audience they might never have otherwise found. But then there are the other kind: those sites which leak albums far ahead of their release date, sometimes even before they’ve been completed. “Making music is no longer a way to make a living,” declared Morgan Geist’s when his Double Night Time turned up on a blog a whole three months before it was due out. Deerhunter’s Weird Era Cont and embryonic Atlas Sound tracks were pilfered directly from Bradford Cox’s Mediafire folder. “Who do they think they are exactly,” Cox railed, “to decide when my album comes out?”
We music fans are deeply complicit in all this: while we might not officially ‘approve’ of the Rapidshare era, who among us hasn’t at least once enjoyed its fruits? Still, you have to laugh at some of the most shameless, self-aggrandising bloggers behaving as if there’s moral purpose to their antics: they see themselves as Robin Hood figures, liberating music from the tyranny of marketing and release schedules, and getting it to the people who need it. “Well, to say that I’m living up to my reputation today is an understatement,” proffered Antiquiet’s Skwerl shortly before he was arrested for posting tracks from Guns ‘N Roses’ Chinese Democracy. That arrest is unlikely to set a precedent – the epidemic is too virulent and diffuse to be easily contained. Most people under the age of 25 view music as a free entity, on a par with air or water – albums are no longer released, they are simply leaked. Wait three months to pay £10 for a Telepathe album when you can get it for free now? Are you fucking joking? Legal action might be costly, but the record industry’s best option could be to attack: don’t be surprised if dummy albums and virus-ridden zip folders flood the web in 2009.
War isn’t the only option. Creative and commercial minds alike have realized that – indignity of indignities - music alone isn’t going to be enough to sell music (though it’ll happily help you sell jeans or mobile phones). No, if you want people to buy an album, you have to give them some incentive. While the In Rainbows pay-as-much-as-you-want model proved untenable for less robust artists (just ask Cliff Richard – his loyal but not entirely stupid fanbase didn’t want to pay much more than £0), it sparked a vogue for deluxe vinyl editions of old, and more crucially new, albums: Portishead, Primal Scream and Madvillain all got the deluxe treatment. The Flaming Lips went as far as to offer popcorn and a gig ticket with their Christmas in Mars CD, while bands like Foals, Earth and Sunn O)) continued the time-honoured tradition of tour-only 12”s and 7”s. Kate Moross’s Isomorph label presents short-run 7”s and 10”s by artists like Midnight Juggernauts and Heartsrevolution in bespoke, visually ravishing artwork, and sells them directly to fans at a premium price. Underground acts as diverse as Blank Dogs and The Caretaker placed a little more trust in their fans, giving them the option to download music for free and/or purchase it on limited vinyl, cassettes and CDs.
Ah, the poor old CD… Much of the early part of ’08 was spent intoning its funeral rites, but reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. The CD not only continues to shift units in all genres, it’s also the most versatile, space-saving way of owning musical physically, and surely the best vessel for enjoying much ambient and long-form music. Yes, the CD is the lumbering Neanderthal man to the mp3’s homosapiens, but trust me – it will live on for some time, if only as a nostalgia item (and nostalgia is, let's face it, big business these days). Labels like Touch, Ghost Box and Raster-Noton have always striven to make CDs beautiful – and the latter’s GAS book, a lavish photo-journal with a disc of previously unreleased music enclosed, suggested a way forward. At the other end of the scale, home-made CD-Rs from artists like Hush Arbors, Glass Candy and Voice of The Seven Woods proved very desirable, and even the humble cassette enjoyed a resurgence thanks to hipsterish bands like Titus Andronicus and Times New Viking. The OED’s secondary definition of ‘fetish’ applies could conceivably be that of ‘record’, ‘cassette’ or ‘CD’: “an inanimate object worshipped by primitive peoples for its supposed inherent magical powers”, “a thing evoking irrational devotion or respect”. In 2008, we came to terms with our fetish, and went out of our way to indulge it.
If the 12” and cassette are these days the realm of fantasy, then the internet is our undeniable reality, and this year saw major and independent labels accept the reality, to work positively with bloggers and websites to generate hype around their artists. Hence a deluge of free mixes, mp3s, internet exclusives, webcasts – an unprecedented level of choice for the average consumer.
Right up ‘til the end of last year, major and medium-sized labels were signing up British indie bands and nu-ravers faster than Topman could manufacture natty belts, hoping for the next Klaxons, Hot Chip, Horrors or Libertines. Hardly any of these derivative, idea-starved groups sold any records; most were dropped, and the world’s eyes turned away from London and over to Brooklyn – where scene godfathers like Gang Gang Dance, Yeasayer and Animal Collective found themselves presiding over a vibrant petri-dish culture of neo-hippie pop. As well as launching a thousand cult concerns like Telepathe and High Places, this new psychedelia has crossed over into the mainstream thanks to the watered-down iPod fodder of Chairlift and the rather more affable anthems of MGMT. The band’s most famous song seems to nail not just the spirit of youth, but of our general cultural condition: we are indeed fated to pretend.
The noisier likes of Ponytail and their west coast counterparts No Age pushed through: they made some of the year’s best records and have reached many, many more listeners than their sales figures might suggest (that’ll be the blogs…). Of course, with so many blog-inches to fill, many more bands are getting hyped then rapidly discarded: here-today-forgotten-tomorrow neo-hardcore bands like Health and Lovvers are a case in point. In Britain the media continues to puts it faith in quirky solo artists like Little Boots and Lykke Li. I mean, who is actually “into” Lykke Li?
As our current decade enters its twilight phase, the one that preceded it falls into focus, and we begin to look back on it in earnest. The ‘90s have resurfaced everywhere I look – in the nu-gaze of School of Seven Bells, in Zomby’s ‘ardkore tribute Where Were U in ’92, in the box-office-busting My Bloody Valentine shows at The Roundhouse. A raft of that era’s foremost electronica artists were formally canonized in 2008 – with reissues of key works by GAS, Basic Channel and Pole on that most ‘90s of formats, the CD. Perhaps this renewed interest in idea-heavy techno of the past had something to do with contemporary minimal techno running aground. Villalobos and Hawtin shows were more like circuses than raves; Berlin became overrun with wasters and wannabes; the underground had, inevitably, become the establishment, attracting idiot punters in their legions and off-putting sponsorship from companies like TDK and T-Mobile. More crucially, the music itself seemed to lose any semblance of punk attitude – even the better stuff was drowned out by the boring, merely functional records crowding the market. Minimal felt like one long, draining after-party that none of its self-conscious revellers could afford to leave. The comedown is going to be savage.
Dubstep, once a united front, splintered into (for the most part friendly) rival factions – the wobble-heavy thugstep expounded by Caspa, Coki et al, and the sleek, skippier, techno-influenced sound pioneered by producers likes Peverelist, Appleblim, Ramadanman and Martyn. Bass music – for want of a better word – was resoundingly where the action was to be found. The wonky sounds of Starkey, Ikonika and Rustie were big news, but it was Joker – the young Bristolian behind ‘Gullybrook Lane’ and ‘Snake Eater’ – who emerged as the most exciting, inventive beat-maker of the past 12 months. The Numbers and Lucky Me axis, earmarked for greatness throughout last year, also came good: Hudson Mohawke’s ‘Oops!’ being a highlight. The B-more breaks favoured by Jackmaster and his Dre$$ to $weat roster found favour with a post-MIA, post-Diplo public attuned to global ghetto music’s occasionally sublime frequencies. It’s telling that Mujava’s ‘Township Funk’ – a lo-fi South African kwaito tune roughly inspired by ‘90s bleep techno – was one of the year’s biggest dancefloor burners.
Of course, the “dancefloor” is by its very nature a global construct these days. The proudly localized phenomenon of pirate radio is, to all intents and purposes, a thing of the past; but online mixes and podcasts have taken up the slack – and proved to be even an even more invaluable tool for breaking new dance music, whatever the genre. You didn’t have to be living in the Greater London area and listening live to hear Marcus Nasty and Mak10’s landmark September mix for Rinse FM, widely considered to be the moment funky “happened”. From the soca-pop of Crazi Cousinz ‘Do You Mind’ to the heavy bruk of Roska and Lil’ Silva, this grime-infused derivative of funky and tribal house, bassline and garage sidestepped the considerations of fashion or propriety to capture London’s imagination and, after years of male-heavy, police-targeted grime raves and gangster-centric MC culture, everyone, not least the girls, got dancing again.
We’re all music fans now – and whether your taste is for Nigerian funk or Norwegian black metal, an online community, with an attendant shitload of free music, awaits you. Not only that: whether we know it or not, we’re each of us becoming cultural archivists, musicologists searching for and occasionally providing a context and a reference and a precedent for everything. The internet is a living museum, and it’s open all hours. But remember: there’s a world outside it too.
2008 was the year that the past became ever present – which makes the future a strange and thrilling prospect indeed. It was also the year that Timmy Mallett did the Rolex Sweep. Oh, to be sure: it’s been a good one.
KIRAN SANDE (Fact Magazine)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
December 15th Purchase
This week I highly recommend getting a hold of Glass Candy's new compilation cd called DEEP GEMS which you can get from the Italians Do It Better store for $12.00 (plus postage). Glass Candy alongside Chromatics have emerged from Troubleman onto Italians Do It Better and have become almost the pinnacle of the 80s italo-disco analog sound recontemporised for a 00s audience. Anyway the cd features a bunch of stuff that was previously unreleased and is as good as anything off BEATBOX.
Go buy! Or befriend them on myspace - they now have a staggering 38,919 friends!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
We also received the Chateau Flight Remix of Spectral Empire this week which is truly great. A slow burning 104bpm cosmic jam which will be out in 2009. Watch out.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
If you're on facebook you can become a FAN of Detachments by following the link below.
They are currently in the studio working on their debut album with a variety of producers and contributors. It's shaping up to be spectacular judging from what I've heard so far.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Weird Tapes - The Heavens (cd-r)
They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song Remixes are now available online to download exclusively from Beatport. This is the only place you'll be able to get all the remixes over the next 4 weeks so get to it if you don't own a turntable!
Monday, November 03, 2008
You can stream/download the show from http://www.redrackem.com or search Itunes for 'Smugglers Inn'
November 1st Smugglers Inn
1 – Mr Hone – Open Your Eyes
2 – Jazzanova – feat Phonte – Look What You're Doing To Me
3 – San Eyes - Nos Nuits
4 – Jopling – Must Come Down
5 – Dialect – Parano Star - Atom Remix
6 – Chanan Hanspal - It's Only Just A Garden
7 – Pepe Bradock – Hints Of Delusion
8 – Isley Brothers - Between The Sheets – The Revenge Rework
9 – Spectral Empire - Innerfearence
10 – Umod – Omega Supreme
11 – Arturo Capone – Spacewalk
12 – Yann Kesz – In The Beginning Was The Beat
13 – Rui Maia – Cantonese Man – Hot Coins Refix
14 – Russ McDonald – Looking From The Cooking Pot
15 – Manus and Koigil – Carpet Voila
16 – Murr – Addiction
17 - Pepe Bradock – Mandragore
18 – The Clash– Magnificent Disco – BC Edit
19 – Marius - Disco Drummer – Dicky Trisco Remix
20 - Kool and The Gang – Kinda Funky - The Revenge Re-edit
21 – Luther Davis Group - To Be Free
22 – Candy Staton- Do Your Duty – Pepe Bradock Remix
23 – Lusty Zanzibar – In Your Heart
24 - See The Road – Pondora
Enjoy. Danny's a good man and his radio show is worth checking out on a regular basis.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Today on All Hallows' Even it is time as the festival begins to soundtrack the boundary between the alive and deceased with the first offering from Spectral Empire.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friend of Thisisnotanexit (we released the first part of his A Jean Giraud series earlier this year - with the second part coming in 2009) as well as Italians Do It Better and Discques Sinthomme Mr. PROFESSOR GENIUS has a new ep out this week that he has released himself called DOWN THERE.
It contains 4x stunning new additions to his growing arsenal of spaced out tropical disco (with a little hint of melancholy with those pads on Down There) and is available only via the world of mp3 (its such a shame the world is turning towards mp3s and artists and labels are slowly releasing music via the digital space and not via vinyl...). Anyways you could do alot worse than spend £3.79 on this little collection of beauties this week.
Monday, October 27, 2008
In these credit crunch times I was in my local charity shop (donating some cds and clothes) when I had a flick through the racks and found this for a pound.
Remixes from Underground Resistance, Mk and Derrick May! I also found a book by Greil Marcus book for £2.50. Bargains!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Urlaubshits Vol. 3 (63.7 mb, 67:52 mins)
1) Naum Gabo - Spessivtseva (Dissident)
2) Simon Baker - Plastik (Todd Terje Türkatech Mix) (Playhouse)
3) They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song (King Of Town With Moonbeams In His Crown Mix) (TINAE)
4) Blackbelt Andersen - November (Full Pupp)
5) Babytalk - Keep On Move (Six-Leg Friend and Original mixes) (Stickydisc Recordings)
6) Runaway - Brooklyn Club Jam (Brennan Green's Version) (DFA Records)
7) Allez Allez - Allez Allez (Aeroplane Remix) (Eskimo Recordings)
8) 40 Thieves - Don't Turn It Off (Permanent Vacation)
9) Woolfy - 1095/06/09 (Rong Music)
10) Low Motion Disco - Things Are Gonna Get Easier (Woolfy's Forgiveness Mix) (Eskimo Recordings)
Go download it yeah.
The Holy Ghost Remix was also played on Rob Da Banks Radio 1 show last Sunday - and this week Pete Tong might be giving the Serge Santiago Remix a spin. Wowsers.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
A very nice little review of the new They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song single is in this months I-DJ Magazine.
Thats what Thisisnotanexit is apparently. You heard it here first.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
There's a nice review of Detachments Fear No Fear on Resident Advisor this week. Check it. And if you've got a Resident Advisor log on then add the DETACHMENTS as a favourite yeah.
I also found out this week that The End closes its doors at the end of the year! Probably my favourite club in London having been to Trash as a young scamp when I first moved to London to more recently Carl Craig blazing his way through the main room. This is sad.
You run one of the coolest record labels in the world - the disco heads over at DJH go crazy whenever a new 12" comes out - and so what do you do after there was a few disappointed people with the last Godsy set of 12"s? You press 50 and charge £19.99 a record!!
Godsy - Nectar Of Rubies
Godsy - Trickling Core
Monday, September 01, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The band are currently working hard on their debut album with Trevor Jackson from Playgroup along with some other uber - producers whose names shall remain secret for now. The fruits of their labour will be revealed shortly. Stay tuned to the bands myspace page for further news...
They have also just started a facebook group so sign up there too:
Thursday, August 14, 2008
If you can attach your proof of purchase we will organise a refund.
This is unfortunately a delivery error on the part of the digital server and both Thisisnotanexit Records and Detachments apologise for this error - unfortunately it is out of our hands but we will do our best to make sure this doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Tracklist01. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal - Bella Union
02. Quixote Feat. Lisa Li-Lund - Before I Started to Dance (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - Versatile
03. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song (Holy Ghost! Remix) - This Is Not An Exit
04. The Shortwave Set - Now Til 69 (Aeroplane Remix) - Wall Of Sound
05. Dolle Jolle - Balearic Incarnation (Todd Terje Mix) - Permanent Vacation
06. Eine Klein Nacht Muzik - La Serenissima - Modular Recordings
07. David Rubato - Circuit (Aeroplane Remix) - Institubes
08. Eddy Meets Yannah - Solid Ground (Crazy P Remix) - Solid Ground
09. Toby Tobias - The Feeling (John Daly Remix) - Rekids
10. Mugwump - Yajna - Disco 45/Kompakt
11. Bostro Pesopeo - Communquis - Permanent Vacation
12. Maelstrom - Enter The Cosmo (Sankt Goran & Erik Sidung Remix) - Solar Disco
Aeroplane // Warm Summer Mix Tracklisting:
01. They Came From The Stars : "The Gospel" - Mungolian Jet Set Mix (TINAE Promo)
02. "Pirmas Finns" (Cdr)
03. The Shortwave Set : "Now Til 69" - Aeroplane Remix (Wall Of Sound)
04. Ein Klein Nacht Muzik : "La Serenissima" (Modular Promo)
05. Bostro Pesopeo : "Communquis" (Permanent Vacation Promo)
06. Grand Popo : "My Territory" - Joakim Dub (Cdr)
07. Quixote Feat Lisa LI-Lund : "I Started To Dance"-Prins Thomas Diskomiks (Versatile Promo)
08. Simon Baker : "Plastik" - Todd Terje Remix (Playhouse)
09. Henrik Schwarz/Ame/Dixon - D.P.O.M.B (Innervisions)
Friday, August 01, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
I saw The Dark Knight last night - a sucker for the hype I'd had my expectations raised through the roof (imdb users for example have given the film a staggering 9.4 average rating making it AHEM the greatest film of all time http://www.imdb.com/chart/top Warner Brothers have certainly made sure that the hype machine has kicked into overdrive). Anyways it was VERY GOOD - Heath Ledger certainly delivered a stunning performance as The Joker - and there are some incredible sections of the film (the car chase / joker incarceration is an amazing centrepiece) BUT it has elements of it that slightly let it down for me (the bullet fingerprint section, the quite literally stupid mobile phone as eyes....erm, what??!) but overall it's worth checking out on the big screen. And the way it ends leaves it open for a futher film....
My main man Sculpture would make a good character in a comic book film. Here he is performing live at The Elevator Gallery last week which I was going to attend but events conspired against me...
Don't forget that Detachments are playing live at Meat Raffle on Saturday night at Catch on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch. There will also be a DJ set from Simon A. Carr.
Detachments LIVE at 11pm
Simon A. Carr DJ Set at 12 midnight
Plus it's free!!! What more do you want? Sit in the sunshine all day and then come see (hear?) some amazing music!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Adele - 19
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial - Untrue
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Estelle - Shine
Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Portico Quartet - Knee-Deep in the North Sea
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset - The Bairns
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
As usual its a bunch of middle ground non-risk taking SHIT. Apart from Radiohead (do Thom and the boys really need the money or the recognition though...?) as In Rainbows is really really good. And Burial Untrue is a staggering work of genius. I wonder who will collect the award and the cheque if Burial won? Will he wear a mask? I have a sneaking feeling Burial might win it - after all Portishead, Tricky and Massive Attack are all back gigging again it's almost like 1995 again when Dummy won. Burial for the prize if only to see dinner parties up and down the land discussing the world of dubstep and garage!
The rest is a pile of crap. Bitter They Came From The Stars didn't get nominated?? Never.....
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
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Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
When I said the Brand Manager of Magners I DEFINITELY meant MAGNERS. Not MANGOES. Just to be clear. Nothing against Mangoes of course.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
The summer slowdown has begun but there are a few interesting records hitting the racks - worth checking out is the new Der Rauber Und Der Prinz 12" on Amontillado, the new Mark E edit of Chic's Good Times on Internasjonal with a deep and twisted Quiet Village Remix...and the new one from Gavin Russoms new project Black Meteoric Star (but it isn't released yet) but still its one to get excited about!
For those who like their music deep, dark and twisted then this week the boys from Spectral Empire provided the soundtrack on Jonny Nash's 'Possible music show' on Thursday night. They played a few of their new productions forthcoming on Thisisnotanexit so worth a listen...
Next gig in your diary should be Friday 4th July - We Have Band, Detachments and They Came From The Stars I Saw Them (plus me) at the Notting Hill Arts Club. Tasty. Plus its free before 9pm.
Lacking inspiration today as its been a helluva fortnight - off to see My Bloody Valentine tonight - I expect to be spending the rest of the weekend DEAF but it'll be worth it....
Monday, June 02, 2008
1. Namlook - Subharmonic Atoms (Pepe Braddocks Bug Remix) (Macro)
2. Ghost Note - Holy Jungle (Golf Channel)
3. Mark E - Slave One (Running Back)
4. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song (Holy Ghost Remix) (TINAE)
5. Der Rauber Und Der Prinz - Der Elektrische Reiter (Amontillado)
6. The Dark Esquire - Lexicons (Detachments Remix) (TINAE)
7. Detachments - Fear No Fear (TINAE)
8. Peter Phonix - Drowning In Neverneverland (Verity)
9. Led Zepplin - Trampled Underfoot (John Daly Edit) (n/a)
10. The Style Council - Unknown (Club Silencio Edit) (n/a)
11. Brain Machine - Eternal Night (Musiccargo Remix) (TINAE)
12. Oblio - Escape (n/a)
13. Neu! - E Music (Brain)
14. Portishead - Machine Gun (Simon A. Carr Instrumental Edit) (n/a)
15. Invisible Conga People - Cable Dazed (IDIB)
16. Savage Republic - Next To Nothing (Fundamental)
17. Fjordfunk - Unknown (Lunaflicks 003)
18. Sabres Of Paradise - The Ballad Of Nicky Maguire (Warp)
19. Naum Gabo - Pictures (The Loving Hand Remix) (TINAE)
20. Four Tet - Ringer vs. Ricardo Villalobos - Enfants (Simon A. Carr Live Mix Edit) (n/a)
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The latest release from Thisisnotanexit Records hits the shops on Monday May 19th. They Came From The Stars I Saw Thems biggest POP hit to date coming on like Roxy Music meets Devo called The HOT Inc. on both 7" and 12" and digital download (you know from itunes and other places like that!). Anyways both formats contain new tracks and remixes so buy them both! Make sure you all rush out and buy it next week and it might even get in the charts! Or you can pre-order from HMV here:
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Detachments are also busy at the moment - and today on the times online there's a nice piece about them - check it out!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Not out officially until July 7th.
Catch the band live this Friday at Notting Hill Arts Club - free entry before 9pm and I'll be DJing later on too. Message me for cheap guestlist if you want to come along after 9pm.
Friday, April 25, 2008
This week sees the release of the latest Thisisnotanexit 12" (and digital download / mp3 if you're that way inclined). By Professor Genius after his inital releases on Italians Do It Better and Disques Sinthomme comes A Jean Giraud (Part One) featuring A Jean Giraud 1, 2 and 3 as well as a version by Brennan Green. Pitchfork picked it up to stream so that says something about the quality! Part Two will be released later this year - and if there's enough demand we might press some cds featuring all of the tracks compiled together.
Out on Monday is the new Portishead album after 10 years away. Seriously seriously amazing - and sees Portishead tear up their original sound and embrace various points of industrial and kraut rock. Check Machine Gun for what can only be described as a 105 bpm smacked out version of New Orders Blue Monday pushed through a distortion pedal and topped with Beths smoky vocals. We Carry On is the other highlight with what can only be described as a pounding Silver Apples drum and organ sound and a fast paced techno 127bpm. Then Adrian Utleys guitar kicks in and WOW oh WOW. This sounded absolutely massive at the sub club on Sunday night when I played at Optimo. Both are going to be in my record box all summer.
Finally Mark E's new 12" hit the stores on Gerd Jansons great label Prosumer. Check out Slave 1 on the A Side for a beautiful chopped up piece of slo-mo disco action. I loved this since I heard it on Beatsinspace a while ago and am loving it now I've got it on 12" - go buy and support Prosumer!! They're a small label you should support rather than the behemoths of capitalism that the majors are.
In regards to Thisisnotanexit events there is alot going on at the moment - They Came From The Stars I Saw Them play the Proud Galleries tomorrow night (Saturday 26th April). After that Detachments & Simon A. Carr play Notting Hill Arts Club on Friday 2nd May (Free entry before 9pm!!).
On May 9th we are launching the monthly THISISNOTANEXIT night after searching for a venue for a while. We've got Jonnie Wilkes from Optimo headlining the first one - and then after that some marvellous special guests lined up. The second Friday of every month at Public Life with residents Simon A. Carr and Matt Waites.
On Tuesday May 13th we are having a JOINT launch party to celebrate the launch of They Came From The Stars I Saw Thems new single The HOT Inc. and Album plus The Chaps Mega Breakfast album. Anyway the event will take place at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen and will also feature DJ sets from Lo Recordings and Simon A. Carr. £6 entry. Should be a blinder.
Enjoy the sunshine.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
2 May 2008
Don’t Make Plans For Saturday@ Notting Hill Arts Club
24 May 2008
Dot to Dot Festival @ Bristol, Southwest
25 May 2008
Dot To Dot Festival @ Nottingham, Midlands
6 June 2008
Adventures Close To Home @ The Barfly, Camden
12 July 2008
Washing Line @The Constitution, Camden
17 July 2008
Plopp @ The Macbeth, Hoxton
26 July 2008
Meat Raffle @ Catch, Shoreditch
They have also been picked as a Top 10 NEW BAND on the site SUPERSWEET. Nice.
Fear No Fear - the debut release from them will be in stores on July 7th with remixes from Naum Gabo and Moscow alongside the HUGE original mix.