Eat Lights Become Lights – Into Forever

A year can be a long time for super-prolific latter-day kosmische disciples.  And the last 12 months have certainly seen a seemingly inexhaustible supply of such purveyors' wares (especially through The Great Pop Supplement’s sister label Deep Distance, which has slipped out some seriously salivating and collectible releases from the likes of … [Read more...]

Metamono – With The Compliments Of Nuclear Physics

After a string of cassette, 10” and 7” releases put over the last few years from the London-based analogue electronica and manifesto-clutching trio, here finally comes Metamono's debut studio album.  Not content to make a tentative statement, With The Compliments Of Nuclear Physics is an engorging 17-track double-LP that opts to deeply explore the … [Read more...]

Eat Lights Become Lights – Modular Living

Whilst it’s great on many levels that all things kosmische and motorik have been so widely embraced and recognised in recent years, we’re at a point now where adherent artists can't just cruise along on the fuel of all the key references to make a real impact.  For it is no longer enough to have a Cluster synth fetish, to know Tago Mago backwards … [Read more...]

Cyclopean – self-titled EP

Reverence for the Krautrock idioms of yore has arguably never been bigger or so widely expressed than it is now.  With even the likes of Paul Weller developing a motorik affectation and the fervour surrounding last year’s boxset of previously unheard Can material, the importance of the genre's sonic trappings appears to be forever expanding.  But … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#28 (The Sea And Cake’s Sam Prekop on Ralf And Florian)

The Sea And Cake’s Sam Prekop on… Kraftwerk’s Ralf And Florian (Philips/Vertigo, 1973) I'm not sure when would have been the first time I heard this record; I suspect mid-nineties, when The Sea And Cake were becoming a band.  I'm quite sure that it was John McEntire who illuminated Kraftwerk for me beyond Computer World - which I had been … [Read more...]

Landing – Landing

Landing albums have always been beauties regardless of volume, but they've usually been typecast as music for sleep or rest, operating well at lower volumes. Not so with their first album of new music in 6 years, the self-titled Landing. The louder you play it, the better it gets. The personnel for this album is Aaron Snow, Adrienne Snow, and … [Read more...]

Can – The Lost Tapes (boxset)

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...]

Can – Tago Mago (40th Anniversary Reissue)

Having been on a shamefully belated personal Can back catalogue trawl over the last year, it’s clearly apparent that not one album can truly represent and illustrate what made the band so special and so important.  Even the over-polished and disjointed albums from the band’s twilight years are at least, in parts, crucial in explaining their … [Read more...]

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...]

Phil Manley – Life Coach

Trans Am's Phil Manley has spent the last fifteen years immersed in independent rock playing in numerous notable bands (Trans Am, Golden, The Fucking Champs, Jonas Reinhardt), and is now working as a recording engineer and releasing solo material as well. While the tongue-in-cheek title Life Coach may partially be a reference to the qualities … [Read more...]