Aphex Twin - Blackbox Life Recorder 21f / In a Room7 F760
[𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘣𝘺 𝘚𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘏𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘵𝘵] Few artists can manage to make the release of a 4-track EP feel like one of the musical events of the year, but Richard D James has done just that. In possibly his most accessible work in his career (you can actually dance to this one), James demonstrates just why he is an electronic icon. The classic choppy nature of the beats is there but not distracting, there’s just enough balance of smooth synth to keep the mood up, and there’s a surprising earwormyness to it all. Just up front, brilliant electronic bleep bloops.
Shop Reaction: “𝐵𝑖𝑡 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑡, 𝑒𝑛𝑛𝑖𝑡?”, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑠𝑎𝑦. 𝑊𝑒𝑙𝑙, 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑎𝑖𝑑. 𝐴 𝑓𝑎𝑖𝑟 𝑝𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ, 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑡 𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑑; 𝑖𝑛 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑤𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑒’𝑟𝑒 𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑠𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑠𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑤𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑒-𝑢𝑝 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙𝑠 𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑝𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑢𝑛𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑤𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑖𝑛, 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑤𝑒 ℎ𝑜𝑝𝑒 𝑤𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑑𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑘.
High Pulp - Days In The Desert
There’s been a little bubbling going on for a few weeks now over this one; the second album by contemporary alternative jazz ensemble High Pulp. Jazz is a misnomer in many ways because this album covers so much ground. Soundscapes of trippy psych meet layers of hip-hop beats. Florets of cool neo-soul meet waves of chilled loungey electronica.
Shop Reaction: 𝑊𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑖𝑡 𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑝 𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑘𝑒𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑑, 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑔𝑙𝑜𝑤 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑚 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑢𝑛𝑛𝑦 𝑆𝑎𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑑𝑎𝑦, 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑣𝑖𝑏𝑒𝑠 𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑎 𝑓𝑒𝑤 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑣𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑑𝑢𝑙𝑦 𝑠𝑛𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑑 𝑢𝑝. 𝑆𝑜 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑠𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑒 𝑛𝑜 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑐𝑘 (𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑡𝑜𝑑𝑎𝑦, 𝑖𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑖𝑡?)
“𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐺𝑜𝑑𝑑𝑎𝑚𝑛 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑝ℎ𝑜𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑟𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦’𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡” – 𝑠𝑢𝑒 𝑚𝑒.
𝐼𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑒-𝑢𝑝 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑜𝑛 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑒𝑡 𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑡ℎ ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑘𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑏𝑖𝑡𝑠, 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑢𝑝 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑒’𝑙𝑙 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑓 𝑤𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛.
Bush Tetras - They Live In My Head
The so-called No Wave punk band from New York City, formed in 1979, return with what is amazingly only their fourth studio album – the last was in 2012. As you might expect, little of that late 70s fuzzy CBGBs rockness has been lost and the new album is a grooving good time indeed. Given the band’s standing as one of the old guard at the birth of post-punk, it’s certainly worth of a spin.
Shop Reaction: “𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑎 𝑏𝑖𝑡 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑆𝑜𝑛𝑖𝑐 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑡ℎ”, 𝑠𝑎𝑖𝑑 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑦. 𝑌𝑒𝑎ℎ, 𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓, 𝑜𝑛 𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑏𝑠𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡. 𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑅𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑜𝑎𝑡𝑠, 𝐴𝑢 𝑃𝑎𝑖𝑟𝑠, 𝑃𝑦𝑙𝑜𝑛, 𝐷𝑒𝑙𝑡𝑎 5 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑙𝑜𝑡.
Beverly Glenn-Copeland - The Ones Ahead
An album given 9/10 in Uncut, 8/10 in Mojo, Pitchfork, and The Wire probably doesn’t need us to say much really. It’s an incredibly intriguing, and altogether uplifting record. One that is hard to pin down too. An album that is identifiably composer-led, it has the feel of something you’d hear spending the night at a show in the West End, with rich vocals and a big triumphant musical backdrop.
Shop Reaction: 𝐶𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒: 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑦 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑟 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑓𝑓 𝑎𝑡 𝑅𝐶, 𝑠𝑜 𝑖𝑡 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑏𝑒 𝑤𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑓 𝑢𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑡 𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑔𝑒 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑠𝑜 𝑤𝑒’𝑟𝑒 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡. 𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝑤𝑒 𝑑𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑡 𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑦 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑒𝑙ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑐𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑢𝑠. 𝐴𝑟𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒? 𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑏𝑒. 𝐿𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑢𝑡. 𝐼 𝑏𝑒𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑟𝑒.