The Space Between People & Things (part 1) - (20:23)
The Space Between People & Things (part 2) - (20:15)
Taking a break from his surgical commitments, Anthony Child serves up some avant-garde noise excursions with this album. It's an infinitesimal exploration of found sound and tone generation, purportedly examining negative space and culled from Child's years of studies on the side of his more prominent techno output. It's a curious ride through academia, at times as serene as the subtle hum of a suburb, at others a cataclysmic pulse raging down on your senses, but there's no escaping the attention to detail that has gone into forming this pair of sonic suites.
Six years after the release of their first inspirational Late Night Tales mix, fey Scottish post-indie miserablists Belle & Sebastian unveil a second volume. Given the unusual and exciting nature of their first collection, hopes are naturally high for Volume 2. Thankfully, it's every bit as odd, enjoyable and enlightening as the first edition. Psychedelic folk-pop, Indian soul, Balkan beats, Spanish crooners, Chanson ballads, film soundtrack compositions, Gold Panda, The Lovin' Spoonful, dancehall, The Pop Group and Pete Shelley all feature, alongside a range of thrillingly strange records that defy easy categorization. As a collection of music, it's breathtakingly brilliant, while the accompanying DJ mix is wonderful.
Veteran Ninja Tune artist Bonobo has been putting out seriously decent tunes pretty much since the birth of the highly regarded Late Night Tales compilation. It's amazing that they haven't crossed paths before, but with the release of this 33rd entry into the series, the time has finally come for Green to take us on his own nocturnal mission. This 21-track odyssey is seamlessly mixed but the unmixed tracks are also presented so we can enjoy highlights like the velvety soul of 'Didn't I", the hippy funk of "Flowers" and the distorted, fuzzy trap of "Gutter Glitter".
Taylor Caldron - "A Flock Of Devils" - (4:53) 125 BPM
Group Niob - "Tangent" - (4:39) 127 BPM
GDX & Dibek - "Sky Is Falling" - (5:40) 120 BPM
Aura Anthropica - "Drummondii" - (5:41) 163 BPM
M Step - "The Gap" - (6:39) 138 BPM
Ian Dunstaple - "Watermusic" - (6:02) 120 BPM
GDX - "Want You" - (4:48) 140 BPM
Dibek - "I Wait, I Wait, I Wait" (Draft) - (4:59) 155 BPM
Various - "1st Annual Report" (continuous DJ mix by Dibek) - (37:36) 133 BPM
Vienna has always been a hub for alternative music, and two of the Austrian capital's veterans, Hans Platzgumer and Gerhard Potuznik, are behind Phlox. That the label's first compilation has a Throbbing Gristle-style title already suggests that it won't be full of Ibiza-friendly house. The glitchy ambience of Dmitry Mazuro's "Nostromo" confirms this, but it would be wrong to assume it is full of gloom-laden experiments. Both "Aint Gonna Love You" by GDX and Dibek's "Thick Carpet Of Leaves" are beautifully atmospheric, melodic tracks that unravel to disjointed breaks and dubby basslines, while GDx's "Want You" is a gloriously melancholic UK garage workout and Otzim Lee's "La Routine" is a techno groove based on swelling chords. . On this evidence, it sounds like Vienna's still a hub for the weird and very wonderful.
The Moon Shone Mildly Over The Hills, Prompting Strange Dreams In All Creatures (A Symbolic Lucid Poem, Echoed By The Night Bird The Moon Shone Mildly Over The Hills, Prompting Strange Dreams In All Creatures (A Symbolic Lucid Poem, Echoed By The Night Bi (continuous DJ mix - reprise) - (18:12)
Guiding Polyphonies (Looped Voices Of Dreamtime. Repeated Waves Of Chorals.)/Various Possible Notes And Timbres Of The Mental Unit Molecule (A Poem On The MU's Various Possible Tunes, Octaves & Timbres) (continuous DJ mix) - (18:11)