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Metamono – Warszawa b/w Shafty 7″

Metamono - Warszawa b/w Shafty 7"

Not content with justifiably basking in the glory of compiling last year’s brilliant Can boxset and debuting new material with Cyclopean (alongside Burnt Friedman, Irmin Schimdt and Jaki Liebezeit) in the space of the last year, Jono Podmore returns again already with his retro-futuristic analogue electronica operation Metamono.  Together with … [Read more...]

Can – The Lost Tapes (boxset)

Can - The Lost Tapes

With the influence of Can seemingly reaching its highest watermark right now, it’s somewhat inevitable that a long-awaited trawl of the band’s archives has finally come to fruition.  Although a reissue campaign in the early-to-mid-2000s for Can’s official album catalogue put the group’s legacy into good working order with strong yet sympathetic … [Read more...]

Pulp – It, Freaks & Separations (2012 reissues)

Pulp - It

Since belatedly finding fame on the back of 1994’s His ‘N’ Hers, Pulp founder Jarvis Cocker has often had an ambivalent and strained relationship with his recently reunited band’s early catalogue.  For Cocker, the hard slog of Pulp’s protracted formative phase against the backdrop of dole-stricken poverty, critical/commercial indifference, multiple … [Read more...]

Tarwater – Inside The Ships

Tarwater - Inside The Ships

Although it can be wrong to lump together and describe a music scene from one nation, particularly when its artists might be spread across several cities, record labels and generations, sometimes when collective traits are highlighted in a positive light it can be considered acceptable. In terms of the German electronic and experimental fraternity, … [Read more...]

Qluster – Fragen

Qluster - Fragen

It’s hard to think of many musicians with a 40+ year career sustaining inspirational creativity whilst retaining much of their original modus operandi, but Hans-Joachim Roedelius is certainly one of those gifted few. A genuine grandee amongst Germany’s pioneering and close-knit experimental musical community since the late-‘60s, the septuagenarian … [Read more...]

Mutant Beatniks – Blazen

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As the electronic music scene continues to re-invent itself, it all too often arrives at some very familiar destinations; at the same co-ordinates which Giorgio Moroder and Ralph Hutter took as their startpoints in the late 1970s. Essentially, the monophonic repeated note, performed at varying frequencies, remains the basis of the electropop world … [Read more...]

Tortoise (Doug McCombs interview and albums guide)

Tortoise (left to right): John McEntire, Dan Bitney, Jeff Parker, Doug McCombs & John Herndon

Despite nearly two decades of activity, Chicago's Tortoise continue to sustain an awkward yet alluring sense of mystery.  Consequently, for many it has become all too easy to define Tortoise by well-merged collective influences (Miles Davis, Can, Kraftwerk, Neu!, John Fahey, Ennio Morricone, Gang Of Four, Augustus Pablo, Brian Eno, Tom Verlaine, … [Read more...]

Flipsides & Otherwise: FAO #16

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The need for a constructive and creative break from the strictures of a bill-paying 'day-job' has spawned the beginnings of innumerable bands.  But what if your band has become the 'day-job'?  Well, then maybe you require an old-fashioned side-project to let steam off outside the confines of democratic compromise or to tackle something your regular … [Read more...]