Music of 2006 — Three sloppy turds

This will be a short post, outlining what I think were the three most disappointing releases of the year. Prefuse 73 — Security Screenings At least Surrounded by Silence grew on me. But Security Screenings is far too mundane, and I’ve had almost a full year to let it grow on me. What I said […]

Music of 2006 — #20–#11: All right I suppose

Over the next four days I’m going to do what every other bore worth his salt does at this time of year, and that’s writing a big list showing off all the records I bought this year. I list them in reverse order of preference. Or I just put them all in a hat and […]

FM3 & Dou Wei — Hou Guan Yin

Last year’s release of the Buddha Machine and the subsequent hype surrounding it brought to light the previously almost unheard-of Chinese electronic music scene. If FM3 are anything to go by, it’s surely one that more people need to keep an eye on. Hou Guan Yin demonstrates that FM3 can hold it together without a […]

London Sinfonietta — Warp Works & Twentieth Century Masters

(NB. You might notice that in the current batch of album reviews I’m writing at the moment, the albums are getting progressively older. Yup, I’m just writing a bunch of reviews that I didn’t have time / energy to write at the time.) At last, a CD of these concerts has been released. Warp Works […]

Clark — Body Riddle / Throttle Clarence

Warp’s hype machine went into overdrive for the latest release from Chris Clark. This hype included a very odd email that began: I want to write something different to the usual shrill “Buy it it will make you better” fare. Something free of the ‘Stunning! *****’ corporate blandishments that have been born out of the […]

Squarepusher — Hello Everything

The reviews were pretty mixed, but Squarepusher’s tenth album, Hello Everything, has turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The bright and breezy ‘Look Around You‘-style cover and pink artwork somehow doesn’t suit Squarepusher’s image as a dark and angry fellow. But don’t let that deceive you. The most notable thing about this album is […]

Plaid & Bob Jaroc — Greedy Baby

I’ll be honest here. I’ve gone right off Plaid over these past few years. ‘Double Figure’ is a brilliant album in my view, but everything after that seemed a bit half-hearted. All of their music started to sound the same, and I even remember reading an interview where Ed Handley and Andy Turner pretty much […]

Noisy concepts

There is something about Matthew Herbert, the revered electronic music producer who has a new album out at the moment, that I find a little bit annoying. Don’t get me wrong here. I have three Herbert-produced albums — ‘Goodbye Swingtime’, ‘Likes…’ and ‘Bodily Functions’ — and I think they are all pretty good, especially ‘Goodbye […]

Boards of Canada — Trans Canada Highway

I was probably a bit too harsh when I reviewed ‘The Campfire Headphase‘ last year. Although I feel like it was a disappointing album, I still listened to it quite a lot. However, I still derive more satisfaction from listening to ‘Geogaddi‘. Anyway, the question was, could Boards of Canada redeem themselves with their new […]