A little while back, I was supposed to go and see Chrome Hoof and HEALTH at the Southbank center, for reasons I can’t explain I couldn’t make it, a decision that makes me hate me self a little bit more as each misreable day goes past. Why God, why did I miss the robot diva and her own personal homeage to cyber punk cults such as New Romancer? And why did I miss the hellish nightmare sounds of HEALTH…? Well because I’m lame, end of. This video however, is so many kinds of amazing. Once again, I SUCK.
From the current aggressive electronics of Huoratron to avant garde experimentalist Cementimental (witnessed playing a tobacco tin filled with contact mics for 8 hours in a muddy field at last years Offset Festival). I remember the first time I heard ‘Waters of Nazareth‘ by Justice and thought the tide was turning on popular dance music. This was it, the sonic apocalype was upon us. I’ve since been turned on to some great bands like Synapscape and Nurse with Wound and amazed by recounted tales of Japanese noise gigs, collapsed buildings and industrial carnage.
NOTE: See a rare snap of Hanatarash’s legendary bulldozer gig, in which he demolished a building onto his audience – HERE
There is a certain beauty in chaos.
This leads me on to dreamcrusher.
I first heard his Erykah Badu ‘The Healer’ remix, a doom-laden experiment in electronic disturbance. A subsequent evening spent trying to find any physical releases I could get my hands on turned me onto the ‘Anti Pop/Reykjavik EP’. After tracking him down on facebook I was dazzled by a barrage of amphetamine fueled status updates. An explosion of links and seedy youtube clips, trashy pop gems, thrash noise, Bauhaus, MIA and dreamcrusher’s ‘Record of the Day’ chosen with a relentlessly frenetic eclecticism.
Oooh errrr Missus, not too sure about the band name, but it’s nice to hear a UK band to be positive about. Merging two distinctly American styles in grunge/surfer, they show that despite the deluge of quality of North American acts at the mo, there are British acts out there to get the whistle whetted about.
My personal fave off their album Nothing Hurts, is Weird Feelings, just for the fact that the intro makes me reminisce about Negative Creep, and when songs set their stall out early doors through the art of a simple driving bassline.
With a touring schedule not seen since Jesus decided to up sticks and go preaching around Galilee, there’s no excuse to see these fella’s live.
N.E.R.D. Nerdy beat jugglers or hardcore hip-hop honey hounding gangsters?…I just can’t tell.
And more to the point I don’t really care, I’m here to talk about old school (am I allowed to call him that yet?) WANARB favourite, and all round wall-to-wall-soaked-in-reverb-crazy-German-techno-bangers; Boys Noize. Who continues to tour week in week out, yet also continues to churn out jacking face melters of great proportion. I wonder how he does it? I barely have enough time to wipe the grit out of my bed in the morning before heading off to the mill. Baffling.
Anywho, I’m not complaining, in fact I’m joyously rejoicing in this generously jovial jaunt that he has graced our jinboxes with (ok I went a j too far then, but i’m excited!). Ignore the flat peak vocal intro and wait for this meat and two veg chugger to really get going. More a mid set dancefloor gathering affair than a hands in the air end of the night job, it still delivers deep.
Apologies for the lack of postage recently, we’ve all been a bit manic with our day jobs which has made blogging quite hard, fear not though, we’ve got loads of stuff in the pipe line and posts will be back to their old frequency very soon.
Not to be confused with Carte Blanche (who we also love). I first heard Obi Blanche around this time last year, having recently discovered his New Judas label mate (and fellow Finn) Huoratron, I was checking out the other artists on the New Judas roster when I came across him. Finding myself instantly drawn in by his tough electro/breaks combo, it’s definitely a sound which flicks my switch.
His latest EP ‘Sho’ Nuff is out on What What Records this Friday (25th June). Listen below via the sound cloud link then nab yourself a copy of his killer Zombie Nation ‘The Mind Of Many’ remix and his latest mixtape!
Seeing as I’m so goddam out of touch at the moment, I’m not even sure how long this track has been out, but you know what? I don’t really care either. HEALTH have done it yet again, and produced another manipulated, twisted-metal synth, with growling shoegaze guitars over a lockstep 4/4 drumbeat, the track thrusts aggressively forward with mechanical precision, SO SICK, and the Tobacco Remix is not a remix to be overlooked, it is seriously badass!
Friend of the blog Slaughterbrains has made us an exclusive mixtape! He’ll be tearing up the decks at CAMP on Old Street tonight for the first ever Matters Of The Heart. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t emo, it’s a new series of irregular but soon to be sought after parties in and around London.
The dream team behind the night are Slaughterbrains and Cologne, and it’s these two that’ll be at the helm for the first party tonight. Cologne’s mixtape on the tumblr is obscenely good, and is definitely worth a download. Slaughterbrains has set blogs around the world alight in recent months with his reinterpretation of Dragonette, and with whispers of collaborations with some hotly tipped acts including brightlight brightlight for an upcoming EP you’re probably going to hear a lot more of him.
Actually, you can hear more now – here’s his exclusive WANARB mix. Compiled from bits of glitchy/grisly electro disco jerking bodyparts for your aural pleasure.
It’s competition time! We’re giving away a pair of tickets for Fabric this Saturday 19th June. Joining residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis this week is the Detroit visionary Robert Hood, the creator of “Minimal Techno”. Regarded by some of the biggest names in electronic music as being one of the founding fathers of techno’s development, yet some of the newer faces to minimal are none the wiser. For all the Minimal enthusiasts out there this is a rare opportunity to hear what your favourite sound has evolved from.
For a chance to win tickets just answer the easy question below:
What city is regarded as the birth place of Techno?
Once you’ve done that just email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Fabric Competition’ in the subject line. The winner will be picked at random and notified by email. Closing date for the entries is friday 18th June @ 5pm.
Don’t be mistaken by the name – this dude is from Cape Town in South Africa. Ok, so he is actually Bulgarian, but still a Safa. How fitting doing a post about a south African during the glorious Football Word Cup! It wasn’t intentional, I promise you – we actually got sent this stuff the other day.
So having been a fan of his for a few years now, I’ve noticed that in all of The Bulgarians tracks, you can really notice a South African / Ozzy style ‘accent’ to his music – similar to tunes you get from the likes of Nick Supply and Bass Kleph. I’d class it as a sort of unique, twisted yet playfully fuzzy tech house – a far cry from the moodiness of some of the European stuff we get here.
But anyway more importantly – who’s gonna win the World Cup this year?? I just watched Brazil concede a goal to North Korea. That’s made my evening. Germany look good in their first game but will (hopefully) crumble – Spain are gonna be tough to beat. One things for sure – England aren’t gonna win. If they do I’ll eat my own balls.
Here’s a remix that The Bulgarian has offered as a free download: