• squarepusher live again!

    19 sept. 2006, 10h58m par LSDan

    Squarepusher is playing his only live date in london this year, to promote his new album, Hello Everything, at the electric ballroom on the 26th october 2006 - after what seemed like an eternity of waiting on the web and on the phone i finally managed to get a couple of tickets; i went to the glade festival this year to see him follow up the previous two glade performances but when i got there i found out that he wasn't playing - gutted! i guess that's the problem with not announcing a line up for a party in advance :(
    never mind though; this will be the fourth time i get to see him live, and what a show he puts on! if any of you can get hold of a ticket via seetickets, stargreen or ebay, and have yet to see this man perform - DO IT NOW!
    all the best everyone, maybe i'll post more waffly codsh*t up in the future ;)
  • Bleep.com

    20 jui. 2006, 15h04m par sideb0ard


    Head on over to http://www.bleep.com/?label=Highpoint+Lowlife where you can now find the whole Highpoint Lowlife catalog in high-quality DRM-free mp3 format, including all vinyl only releases!

    Highpoint Lowlife has releases from Mandelbrot Set, Fisk Industries, The Marcia Blaine School For Girls, Izu, Like A Stuntman, Bovaflux, Marshall Watson, Rashamon, Si-cut.db, randomNumber, The Village Orchestra, Fuck-Off Machete, Recon, Production Unit, N.LN, DoF, and compilations with tracks from Xiu Xiu, The Stratford 4, Daigoro, Accrual, Chris DooksBroker/Dealer, The Jim Yoshi Pileup, and also solo projects from members of Tarentel.

  • Vibert on Lidell...remixtastic!

    21 juin 2006, 15h02m par mrkvm

    Have you heard the Luke Vibert remix of "A Little Bit More" by Jamie Lidell from the recent Multiply Additions EP? I mean, have you?!? If not, get to it!

    Multiply is already one of my favorite albums of the moment, and "A Little Bit More" is definitely one of my favorite tracks. So, this remix is just a thing of beauty to me. I love when a remix takes a track to a new and amazing place while keeping the spirit of the original. Perfectly done. I'm not a huge Vibert fan, so I'll just consider this his finest moment.

    Check it:
    Multiply Additions
    A Little Bit More (Luke Vibert Mix)

  • Boards Of Canada Promo Video

    13 mai 2006, 16h19m par bloodshot

    Promo video for the upcoming Boards of Canada EP, "Trans Canada Highway".

  • Free Bleeps

    1 jan. 2006, 11h45m par skoop

    Freely downloadable music is always good. It is especially good when it comes from a reknowned source such as Bleep.com. They have a special new years release available for free download! check it out!

    It includes a track by one of my favorite artists, Wisp. Definitely worthy :)
  • Squarepusher and DJ Luke Vibert at Koko

    3 déc. 2005, 23h02m par CpILL

    I've done a full review of the Squarepusher and DJ Luke Vibert gig I went to on the 17th of Nov on my blog. Has a few pictures for the fan boys (and gals).
  • Short Review Of The Campfire Headphase

    2 déc. 2005, 18h13m par BoCGYBE

    I nearly had an orgasmic experience when I played this album – cluckin’ marvellous aren’t the words to do it justice. It has a much more ‘free-roaming’ style; it’s a more epic, more accessible than their previous releases. The use of guitars, which while simple chords, have an elegance that transcends the music to another level of emotion. And emotion this album has, in spades; you’ll only have to listen to ’84 Pontiac Dream to know that. The thing I love about MHTRTC is not the sequence of the beats, but the way in which everything comes together with such beauty and its fluidity. BoC are like your favourite moment revisited, they can evoke memories of lazy summer days, or harsh winter ones. This for me is the best BoC album, while MHTRTC is brilliant and defiantly a classic, TCH just knocks it off the top spot. Geogaddi for me was too bogged down by the ideas, and at twenty-three tracks for too long.
  • Review: Boards Of Canada - The Campfire Headphase

    21 oct. 2005, 21h04m par Fidgital

    A new Boards of Canada album is always cause for celebration, and the new album The Campfire Headphase does not disappoint. More beats-oriented than past albums, with a groovy trip-hop feel throughout, the album still carries the trademark BOC ambient sound and comfortable moodiness.

    Although the album has 15 tracks, there are several mini-songs at the end of tracks, making the total number of song ideas here more than 20. That might sound overwhelming, but it's not. The album flows and moves from piece to piece, with nothing drawn out (save perhaps the several minutes of silence tacked on to the end of Farewell Fire, the last track - these long silences are the bane of iPod users everywhere!).

    There's also more guitar work throughout the album, mostly in the understated bluesy folk vein. The drums are downtempo and mellow, with a gentle slow funk to them. And of course, their distinctive dirty, treated, atmospheric electronics still reign supreme.

    Stand-out cuts for me include Peacock tail (gorgeous, floating mood, with gentle electro claps and a vibraphone melody), Dayvan Cowboy (which sounds like what I wish Zero 7 would do more of), and Slow This Bird Down (sparse ambient breaks and more atmosphere than Jupiter). There's not a bad track on here, and anything which might be considered "filler" is limited to less than a minute in length, usually tacked on to the end of a complimentary track. It all serves the album, moving it forward, with terrific track sequencing.

    All in all, a fine addition to the Boards Of Canada catalogue. Four stars.
  • The Campfire Headphase, Boards of Canada's latest gift to the art of music...

    23 sept. 2005, 15h56m par Surrealism

    Ahhh.. after sifting through o-so-many fakes, finally, the unmistakable sounds of BoC.

    I have no idea why my taste in music is so incredibly myopic, but deep down, I almost feel as if I've earned the right. See, thankfully, due to my profession, I have an abundance of free time... couple this with an intense love for music, and you have me, sorting and sifting through literally thousands upon thousands of songs, Artists, albums, groups, keeping only the incredibly small percentage that I feel actually inspire me, or that in which I personally hear true brilliance. Virtually all of these thousands of tunes are 'recommendations', mind you. Not just audioscrobbler/last.fm recommendations, I search everywhere and anywhere for similarity in taste and style, sometimes even breaking away completely to see if anything radically dissimilar speaks to me... but most being music I 'should' like, based on what I DO like, and to be entirely fair I do end up finding a decent portion of music I can enjoy. However, I can honestly say that, for me, Boards of Canada have always been on a plateau entirely their own, even entirely of their own making, one could say, ever since my first listen years ago. 'Myopia based on past experience', I'll say.

    It's not something I can quantify or explain away... I don't know their recipe, and I believe the style and substance is much harder to pin down and/or label than just about anything else out there: Tool, Nine inch Nails, Radiohead (comparisons with the latter bother me, very much so, and just strike me as silly)... even Aphex Twin, for example. I can say this, however: I haven't heard anything that I can fairly and justifiably compare to BoC. I hope that someday I will.

    Their latest contribution, The Campfire Headphase, seems both unique and more of the same (thank god) compared to their past work. I'm not big on reading or writing posts or journals or blogs (this is my first authoring attempt, my apologies for the odd writing style and all of these brackets), but I thought I'd take a look to see what others had said about Campfire, and have noticed that a few of the (supposedly) more devoted BoC listeners considered this a departure, almost complete in the eyes of some, from their previous albums, and were upset or disappointed by this. I've never quite fully understood this mind set. In my opinion, Artists, like individuals, change and evolve over time, their music following a parallel path (this does NOT hold true for those 'Artists' for whom music is merely a way to make money, walking corporate pawns such as a Timberlake or Nelly, for example, whose only 'evolution' is based on the current shifts and trends in American culture in order to obtain or retain mass appeal). If an Artist's work has changed or evolved to the extent to which you no longer enjoy or appreciate it, perhaps you're not really an avid fan of the Artist, merely an admirer of a style or genre they previously espoused. To say 'X Artist used to be great, before they changed...' is no different than saying 'I'm not actually a fan of X Artist, but I DID like where they happened to be 5-10 years ago'.

    Campfire Headphase is BoC's latest evolution, and my current favorite album. In it, they're able to create a mood an atmosphere which is entirely unique... both powerful and surreal (thus my name, *not* related to the Artistic style of Surrealism in any way). Tracks like Dayvan Cowboy, for example, will go down (in my library at least) as both instant classics and enduring snippets of near perfection.
    'Constants are Changing', though it leaves one wanting more, is despite this somehow just the right length, and some of the best proof of that intangible something only BoC has been able to produce.
    It always strikes me that while on the surface some of their music may seem to be somewhat simple, 'Constants' is an example of this, upon further listening one begins to realize this couldnt be further from the truth... there are layers of depth in each and every piece that make re-listening often more enjoyable than the first listen, and with open ears there is always something new to pick up. This could help to explain why they're perched so high atop my Artist list... although their music is best listened to with an amount of focus to be fully enjoyed (it seems to rely heavily on the intellect, for instance, and isn't something one would bump loudly whilst shooting hoops or hopping around in a gold rimmed low-rider. with spinners.), there is nothing I prefer listening to more while I'm working, especially as my work demands creativity and unorthodox thinking... the music compliments this perfectly.
    Peacock Tail was another high point for me.. upon first listen, I do admit I was wondering where they were headed with it until two minutes into the track, when it all seemed to come together in perfect harmony... its undoubtedly one of my favorites.

    I could go on to attempt to deconstruct or 'critique' each and every track, but I don't want to, and I'm not going to... thats not my purpose, and its hard to judge or weigh tracks against one another when you view the whole album as a masterpiece of sorts. I merely wanted to give my opinion of BoC on the whole, this newest album in relation to that opinion, and most importantly, to let people know that the album deserves a listen, maybe two or three... who knows, you may be like me, and it may end up seriously enriching your life (this is no exaggeration).

    A lazy Saturday afternoon, a comfortable hammock hung high in the air at a precise angle to take in the entire sprawling Parisian skyline... a potent cup of opiate tea, a mixture of new and classic BoC playing in the background of it all...
    times like these make life worth living, and then some.