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Category Archives: Electronica

Rachel’s/Matmos – The Precise Temperature Of Darkness

Matmos reconstruct ‘Full On Night’ by Rachel’s, and take the sombre chamber Rock and clanging ambience and set it fizzing off into the Electrosphere. From 2000.

Seefeel – Plainsong (Sine Bubble Embossed Dub)

Seefeel were one of the bands who were put under the new journo label of ‘Post Rock’ (it was a British thing before Tortoise et al got lumbered with the tag). Ethereal and expanding upon the MBV shebang, they were ripe to be remixed by the burgeoning Ambient Techno artists who were like the Electronic flip side to all of this Post Rock malarky. On their 1993 EP ‘Pure/Impure’ they get both Richard D. James involved, as well as an act called Sinebubble (later to become better known as Autocreation). This is track is taken completely into the soundworld that the remixing team used to inhabit, and is a lovely reminder of the possibilities that presented themselves back in the mid 90’s.

 

Prince – Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)

A wonderful future funk track from Prince’s fifth studio album; 1982’s ‘1999’. This could be a contender for the tag ‘Minneapolis Techno’, and surely stands as one of the records that influenced the Motor City guys. Fantastic tune.

*This is a fan made video, just to let you know.

Matmos – Very Large Green Triangles

The official video for Matmos’ track from their 2012 ‘Ganzfeld’ EP; where they based the music around a series of parapsychological experiments conducted by the pair, in an attempt to turn cognitive behaviour into something tangible to funnel into their work. Another lofty concept by the duo that’s also deliciously sly and tongue in cheek. The track’s pretty fantastic too by the way.

Matmos – Lipostudio….And So On

Who thought a track that utilised samples of liposuction could be funky then elegant and beautiful? No one probably, that is until Matmos released their 2001 album ‘A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure’. This track features a few guest appearances, such as Stephen Thrower on Clarinet, as well as Felix Kubin and Blevin Blectum on ‘speech’. Suck away at this one.

Actress – Dancing In The Smoke

Darren Cunningham shows no signs of slipping up as he ploughs forward with yet another stunning album under his Actress moniker. Last months ‘AZD’ feel like it has a more accessible feel to it, whilst, paradoxically, not losing any of the edge that previous efforts have. Actress is post-dance music music in much the way that the best of the so-called IDM artists in the 90’s were hailed as. Unlike acts such as say, just for an example, Autechre, Actress doesn’t take the listener through maddeningly intricate and convoluted Electro worm holes, yet he manages to step beyond House, Techno, Electro, Garage tropes without sounding like a trite mashup or sub-genre (which puts him up there with the aforementioned Autechre). To think this man was labeled as ‘Dubstep’ in the past.

To Rococo Rot – Extra

The German bands 1997 album ‘Veiculo’ is a collection of intricate electronica puzzles; like Labyrinths without Minotaurs that exist purely for a pleasant stroll. So, stroll on in.

Jan Jelinik – They, Them

On his 2001 album ‘Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records’, Jan Jelenik constructed music that consisted of second long snippets of 1960’s-70’s jazz recordings put through his “loop-finding modulation wheel”. The results were warm, fuzzy, minimal electronica that sounded like it was slowly crumbling. A very pleasurable listen.

Ø – Viimeinen Monni (The Last Catfish)

RIP to Mika Vainio. The Sentinel says goodbye with this sombre offering from his Ø project.

Actress – X22RME

Darren Cunningham a.k.a Actress is back and ready for a new album. X22RME is the first taster from the forthcoming ‘AZD’; due to be released on Ninja Tune in April. This is more streamlined than some of the work he’s known for; but anyone familiar with his back catalogue will know he is capable of throwing out some Techno grooves from time to time. This track certainly bodes well for the upcoming album, and it’s always a pleasure to listen to someone as adept at making Electronic music as Cunningham obviously is. Also, nice to see Crystal Palace represented in the new video.

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