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Tipsy – Liquordelic

Get your cocktails out (matron) and do the rhumba, because Tipsy are here with some dayglo, loungecore plunderphonics from their 1996 album ‘Trip Tease’.


Tipsy – Space Golf

Well, after posting Stock, Hausen & Walkman yesterday, it only seems fitting to post material from a US band who released an album of Sampledelic loungecore the very same year the aforementioned brits released ‘Organ Transplants: Vol 1’. Tipsy gave the world the fantastic ‘Trip Tease’ in 1996, where formica psychedelics meets morphing draylon sofas.

Stock, Hausen & Walkmen – Schweitzer

Plundered lounger buffoonery from the bands classic 1996 album ‘Organ Transplants: Volume 1’.


Manorexia – Planet of the Aches

Wayward electronics and plunderphonics from master of disaster Jim “Foetus” Thirlwell’s Manorexia project. This is the finely titled opener of his 2002 album ‘The Radiolarian Ooze’. Is that James Bond I spy?


The Caretaker – Bewildered In Others Eyes

James Leyland Kirby has thus far released three “stages” of a six stage release titled ‘Everywhere At The End Of Time (stages 1-6)’. The idea behind this stems from what Kirby initiated on his 2011 album ‘An Empty Bliss Beyond This World’, which was based on studies of Alzheimer’s patients and music. Now, it’s as if that project itself has dementia (to paraphrase Kirby), and the condition worsens on each “stage”. This track is from 2017’s ‘Stage 3’, and is where the project starts becoming truly affecting. The track selected here invokes a feeling of anxiety and fear; whilst much of what follows is deeply sad and heartbreaking. Stages 4- 6 could just be too much, but it’s something we will have to hear before we know how much we can take.

* We’re guessing the video is fan made; whoever did it, kudos to them as it really does match the feel of what Kirby is doing brilliantly.


Jan Jelinik – Tendency

This track is Microhouse from the original wave of said sub-genre; off of Jelinik’s sublime 2001 album ‘Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records’, where the title speaks for itself and Jelinik constructed the entire thing from samples off of Jazz records. The album has a lot of tracks that are the kind of clean, minimal Electronica that was au fait at the time (think Kreidler, To Rococo Rot, et al). However, this tune, as previously stated, is super minimal microhouse. The devil is really in the details in this incredible piece of music.



The Caretaker – Moments Of Sufficient Lucidity

*On 2011’s ‘An Empty Bliss Beyond This World’, my favourite so far from The Caretaker, James Leyland Kirby had the courage to pare down the concept to its fundamentals: loops and snippets of 78s played too slow, through big, warm reverbs: Hauntology condensed. A truly beautiful and genuinely haunting album from start to finish.

  • This is an edited/re-adjusted post from one made by Graham Dunning in 2012.

Tipsy – Tuatara

Here’s one from Tipsy’s dizzying foray into loungecore plunderphonics, 1996’s ‘Trip Tease’, and one can almost smell the palm tree’s. Lush, lovely intoxicating stuff.


Jan Jelinik – Planeten In Halbtrauer

Wonderful stuff from Jelenik’s Krautrock plunderphonic album ‘Kosmischer Pitch’ (2005). This isn’t what one would expect and Jelenik doesn’t go for the obvious Motorik pastiche, thankfully.


Die Trip Computer Die – America’s Burning

Sampledelia from Die Trip Computer Die (Xentos “Fray” Bentos, Lepke B, and Bongo Bongo Barrow). This is from their second album ‘We Are Your Friends’ (2000), and bases the track from a sample of the song ‘You Set the Scene’ by Love; as previously posted on The Sentinel. They seem to make the sample their own as well, that can discombobulate the listener slightly when confronted by the original.

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