• The 2015 Tip Off

    19 dec 2014, 15:03 av pellitero

    The clock is ticking on 2014 and we would like to present to you some artists that, with no full length album under their belt yet, have found a prominent place on the community libraries and have been featured on our tastemaker’s Hype Chart. We hope you’ll find an artist from the list below that will become a regular in your 2015 libraries!
    We’re especially looking forward to kicking off the new year with Iain Woods‘ (aka Psychologist) debut album “Psychologist”, released just after the stroke of midnight. With an already impressive two EPs out there, Woods introduces a “bigger rockier” sound to his songs, which we think is a sign of things to come during the next twelve months. Judge for yourself by listening to the first single off the album “Worlds Away”.

    After the outstanding “Outlaws EP” released last spring and featuring on a Chase & Status single, we have included an album by Ed Thomas on our 2015 list. Another male artist we would like to see breaking in the near future is Ofei. His “London EP” and single “WOW” are raw and full of passion without touching any of the urban-soul cliches coming from both sides of the Atlantic. Very promising.

    Onto the ladies, then. Already with 10 tracks scattered over two EPs, Ellie Ingram has delivered a serious tune this year with “When it was dark”, a track included on “The Doghouse”, which could easily resume the urban-soul revival of 2014. Moko has also had a well deserved good year, helped by some spot-on live performances during the summer festival season and the dancefloor/radio friendly “Your Love”.

    At the other side of the spectrum we also expect good things to come from Sophie Jaimeson. Having learned her craft through the folk scene around Cambridge University, her sound has now expanded to a four-piece. It has also being a long time coming for Findlay; do not hesitate to catch her explosive live shows if in a town near you.

    Just as electric on the stage, Dolomite Minor haven’t been the most prolific in terms of recorded music, but their festival appearances have certainly caught your eye and interest. Check their single “Let Me Go” for a taster of things to come. Klo, another duo (this time from down under) burst onto the radio playlists with the subdued “Make Me Wonder”. With another EP on the cards for 2015 and visits to Europe during the summer, we are looking forward to their new output.

    On a very similar tip 14th, pioneers of the UK 90s house and garage revival, have recently collaborated with Mao Ra Sun on the track “Ways Of Seeing”. Lastly, on the guitar front, the six piece HAUS, the Scottish trio Tuff Love and Spanish bands Wild Bambina and Deers (pictured above) bring to a close the list of the fifteen acts we hope blossom in 2015.

    If you would like to dig deeper on the artists who made it to the Hype Charts in 2014, press play below … Have a good holiday and a great year!
  • Albums I enjoyed this last month

    4 apr 2010, 20:25 av underpangs

    Album Leaf - A Chorus of Storytellers
    The latest album, as beautiful and chilled out electronic instrumental, with lush strings.

    Do Make Say Think - The Other Truths
    From the end of 2009, from the Constellation records school of canadian post rock. The catchy first track will get stuck in your brain.

    Efterklang & The Danish National Chamber Orchestra - Performing Parades
    A performance with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, track for track, of their album “Parades”. Utterly amazing, one of my favourites out of the lot. Efterklangs usual dark, broody, glitchy electronica backed by a full orchestra.

    Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
    Sophomore record by young london anti-folker. A more mature record than her first, sounds a bit more classic english folk and less anti-folk. Good, but I need to give it a few more listens.

    Salem - Yes I Smoke Crack
    The first of two records gloriously described to me as . Dark electronic, shoegaze and dubstep inspired band based out of NYC, lazily described as a My Bloody Valentine in a club run by Lil Jon.

    Sleigh Bells - Sleigh Bells
    Part two of the set. Catchier and more pop than part 1, girl/boy duo where all the tracks are built around a catchy-as-fuck central beat. Already on the hype-train, but this is an awesome EP and my favourite of this bunch.
  • A Look Back at 2009

    24 feb 2010, 12:02 av acreature

    2009 was a year of musical disappointment.

    The award for the biggest let-down goes to The Dodos' Time To Die, a mediocre, fuzzy, numb album with none of the joi de vivre contained in 2008's Visiter. I love Visiter; it hangs together as an album rather than a mere collection of tracks. It's brimming over with energy, full of sharp percussion and robust, intricate guitar fingerpicking. I can't tell you where Time to Die went awry, but I suspect it's a combination of writing for 3 musicians instead of 2 and being produced by Phil Ek. The album sounds like it's by Fleet Foxes. I like Fleet Foxes – but I liked The Dodos too.

    Another album that revealed the importance of producers was The Dandy Warhols' The Dandy Warhols Are Sound. Back in 2003 the Dandys released Welcome to the Monkey House, a wonderfully fun pop-rock album with a synth twist. It sounded smart, snarky, and redemptive: highlights include We Used to Be Friends (an upbeat track about drifting apart) and You Were the Last High (sex as a drug, and overcoming that addiction). But this wasn't the way the band wanted it to sound: they delivered their first cut of the album, and the label had it mixed by a different producer. The Dandy Warhols Are Sound is a release of the original version, and sadly the big, bad label was right. The original mix sounds murky, slow, and boring as hell. Welcome to the Monkey House can still excite me.

    Other let-downs include Sufjan Stevens' The BQE (an ample demonstration that Sufjan should never, ever neglect his strengths as a singer & lyricist), Kings of Convenience's Declaration of Dependence (although their older albums are patchy too), Richard Hawley's Truelove's Gutter, and The Decemberists' The Hazards of Love (veers closely towards being a parody of The Decemberists). It was nice to get a new Camera Obscura and Maxïmo Park album, but neither drew me in and stirred up my passions in the way their previous records did. A lot of people liked The Raconteurs offering and The xx's debut, but I found both drifted in one ear and out the other.

    2010 is already shaping up to be better; two months in and there's already several highlights. OK Go have given us their first LP for five years – a wonderful barnstomper that you will grow to love. It's sarcastic, melodic, and demands you turn your headphones up loud. Four Tet's There Is Love in You, forming one unbroken track that sweeps along atmospherically and is reminiscent of Upular. There's an MC Frontalot album in the works which I fully expect to have me gushing in my nerd-pants, and new albums from The Divine Comedy and Frightened Rabbit. I've heard Frightened Rabbit's, and it's good, but I don't know yet if it's as magnificent as The Midnight Organ Fight. We've also got a new Midlake album, but the less said about that the better.

    I'd like to see new albums from the Arcade Fire (it's been 4 years since Neon Bible!) and Miracle Fortress, who released the utterly astounding Five Roses in 2007 and then went dark.

    2009 wasn't a complete write-off; there were some staggeringly good releases. The best was Bromst by Dan Deacon, an almost indescribable album. I've never heard anything like it; it's electronic, and complicated, and busy; a mishmash of buzzes and tiny samples and overdubs. But it works – it's melodic and accessible. It's also full of life; it makes me want to dance and hug people. Wild Beasts released their second LP, Two Dancers, which took their music a step forward without leaving their original appeal behind. It's still brimming with braggadocio and public-school sex, and is easier to get into than their first. Clint Mansell's Moon is the only album that makes me play air piano. Tarot Sport by Fuck Buttons is an electronic, swirly, exciting album similar to Bromst that's way more listenable than their previous releases – they deserve to have a wider audience after this.

    Metric's Fantasies really excites me, as does Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix. Please and Thank You by The Broken Family Band is also their strongest album yet, where every track's a winner; a fine farewell. God Help the Girl's eponymous debut took a while to grow on me but I love it – you've got to think of it as scenes from a musical about student life. Maybe it's because it makes me fantasise about a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but I find the confluence of confidence, insecurity, and naïvety of the main character utterly compelling. Finally, Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh brought us The Duckworth Lewis Method, a concept album about cricket. To call it a comedy album would be selling it short; The Age of Revolution is the finest slice of baroque pop 2009 served up, and Jiggery Pokery is Neil Hannon at his arch best. It's a fun album that's not quite the one-trick pony you expect.
  • Mass Dosage's top gigs of 2009

    10 jan 2010, 01:08 av massdosage

    All in all 2009 turned out to be a good one on the live music front and although I went to less than half the number of gigs than in 2008, on average they were probably of a higher quality. So, out of the 24 gigs I checked out, here are the ones I thought were the dopest. All venues are in London, UK.

    Harmonic 313 Album Launch Party @ Plastic People (Thursday 19 February)
    The launch party of one of my favourite albums of the year When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence) - this went down a treat on the legendary Plastic People sound system. The bass was banging, the venue was packed and Mr. Pritchard dropped his Harmonic gems on 'em. Mala from Digital Mystikz also put down a solid DJ set in keeping with the bass-heavy feel of the night.

    Basement Jaxx @ the Roundhouse (Wednesday 29 April)
    There is is no denying that the Basement Jaxx still put on an energetic live performance, even if the tunes they have dropped recently are not quite as catchy as their earlier works. The costumes were great (especially the brightly coloured 80's Hip-Hop throwbacks) and they kept the show varied with different vocalists cross-collaborating and coming and going between songs.

    Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics @ Koko (Wednesday 20 May)
    A fantastic collaboration on the album The Inspiration Information translated superbly onto stage with a mix of songs they have worked on individually and together as well as some old Ethiopian classics. It was even nicer to be about 1 meter from the stage for this one, all the way live.

    Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ The 100 Club (Thursday 21 May)
    Hip-Hop styled braggadocio aside, these 8 brass-playing brothers and a drummer put on a terrific show. The horns were in the house and it was suitably sweltering and sweaty in the jazz basement that is the 100 club. I had seen these guys before as part of a bigger festival and wondered if they would be worth seeing on their own or whether the horns would get too much - the answers are most definitely "yes" and "no" respectively!

    K'naan @ Cargo (Tuesday 26 May)
    K'naan's Troubadour is the album I listened to the most in 2009 so I was really hyped to hear that he was going to be performing in London, especially since I've missed him the last few times he has come through to this city. Cargo was the perfect sized venue and K'naan and his band were tight. The live horns added that extra special something and the man himself related well with the audience and hit the right notes as far as I was concerned.

    Brainfeeder London (Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer, Samiyam, Kode9 and the Spaceape, Dorian Concept, Joker) @ Hearn Street Carpark (Saturday 20 June)
    The grimy warehouse feel of the Hearn street carpark (sans cars) was a fitting venue for the Brainfeeder crew to touch down in London's East side. Samiyam dropped some nice instrumental Hip-Hop beats although his mixing wasn't always spot on. The Gaslamp Killer rocked out and got the crowd amped but wasn't quite as hot as the last time I saw him. Kode9 & The Spaceape were OK but didn't really make an impression on me. Flying Lotus on the other hand absolutely killed it with an amazing tightly mixed set that managed to seamlessly move from Squarepusher to Snoop Dogg without breaking the groove. My only complaint is that, at 45 minutes, we weren't given nearly enough of the Lotus. By the time Dorian Concept and Joker came on I was too tired to really stay in the swing of things so I left, only to find some idiot had run their bicycle chain through my bike's wheel so I had to get tools to separate them. Nothing quite like hunkering over a bike at 4am with pliers and a screwdriver to round off a long night.

    Seun Kuti and Fela's Egypt 80 @ The Jazz Cafe (Monday 29 June)
    One of the best things about the Jazz Cafe is that you can order a dinner and get a table upstairs with a good view of the band, avoiding the often rammed downstairs standing area. So for Seun Kuti I thought I would do things in style and do the dinner plus gig thing and it turned out to be an excellent night out. It has taken me a while to get into his Many Things album and I wondered whether he would be as good live as his brother Femi Kuti but Seun exceeded all my expectations and blew me away with his performance. He had a large band on stage, great backing singers and dancers and the afro beats were irresistable in the ass-shaking department. Top notch.

    Lamb @ Koko (Wednesday 23 September)
    I'm always skeptical when a band regroups and starts touring again without releasing any new material as most concerts of this form that I've seen in the past have been really disappointing. I've also seen Lou Rhodes perform on her own and the word which comes to mind whenever I think of that night is "yaaawn". I decided to give Lamb a chance, especially since I've never had the opportunity to see them perform before and had been told how good they were live. They didn't disappoint, Lou's voice was incredible and they played all the big hits from their past albums ("Gabriel" twice by mistake!) Let's hope they put their past differences behind them and get onto recording some new tracks together.

    Max Richter @ The Union Chapel (Friday 23 October)
    The only artist that I saw both last year and this year, in the same venue, and I have no reservations adding it to this list again. Hearing his music in such a lovely setting is superb. The only downside this time was the visuals which weren't anywhere near the standard of the compositions and were just annoyingly distracting instead of complementing it.

    Ugly Duckling @ Dingwalls (Wednesday 18 November)
    I've been wanting to see "UD" for a while now and they rocked the house with their offbeat, unpretentious take on Hip-Hop. The crowd was really enthusiastic and jumped up and down enough to generate a good level of sweat on a cold, wintry, London night.

    Federico Aubele @ The Social (Sunday 29 November)
    2009 ended on a high note with this gig that totally exceeded my expectations. Federico Aubele performed with just a guitar, and an accompanying female vocalist so there were none of the dubby, Thievery Corporation beats you hear on his albums, but it was actually better this way given the intimate surroundings of The Social. Federico's skills on the guitar were awe-inspiring and his rapport with the crowd was something more artists should aim for.

    So, it was good to end 2009 on the up, let's see what 2010 brings...


    Mass Dosage
  • eclm#007: Delirium

    16 dec 2009, 13:43 av djliquiduk

    Here's another mix which I've made for people who prefer the atmospheric but rolling mid-tempo tunes. It is and sometimes too.

    You can download it via the website ( alongside all the other podcasts as well.

    eclm#007: Delirium

    Released: 24. November 2009.
    Genre: /
    Running time: 1:02:45

    DJ 19: Breakin’ of the Dawn (Thomas Penton Remix)
    > Thomas Penton & Joseph Anthony: El Ritmo (Sultan & Tone depth remix)
    BT: Rose Of Jericho (Sultan & Ned Shepard Remix)
    Robyn: Cobrastyle (Adam K & Soha Remix)
    Soak: Miraflores – Xplore Remix
    Andrey Burtaev: Playing Your Game – Original
    Deadmau5: The 16th Hour
    Gabe: Amnesia – Original Mix
    Fergie: Anon – King Unique’s Onanonanon Remix
    Astronivo: Anything You Want feat. DJ Zombi – Beckers Remix
    Rowald Steyn: Hold Control – Original Mix
    Thomas Penton & Joseph Anthony: El Ritmo (Sultan & Tone depth remix)
    Bastards Of Funk, Sonic Union: Up For Grabs – Thomas Penton Remix
    Soak: Miraflores – Ogi Gee Cash & Synchronized Remix

    If you like, you can also subscribe to the podcasts via RSS or via iTunes.
    Happy listening, I hope you'll enjoy it.

  • New podcast: eclips3 music 005: 'White Widow'

    10 aug 2009, 13:11 av djliquiduk

    Hi guys,

    This is another podcast which I've put together last night. It features 25 drum and bass tracks in 74 mins. See the tracklist so you'll see it is a mixture of hot new and good old classics. First half is more about rolling techstep and the rest ofit is soulful style.

    You can download it via my website ( alongside all the other podcasts as well.

    eclm#005: White Widow

    Released: 08. August 2009.
    Genre: Drum & Bass
    Running time: 1:14:29

    Bad Company – Bullet Time (Spor Remix)
    Kraken – Side Effects
    Cause 4 Concern – Facelift
    Misha – Bugs 2
    Axiom & Optiv – Borderline
    Spectrasoul – Organiser
    Black Sun Empire & State Of Mind – Red Velvet (VIP mix)
    Black Sun Empire & State Of Mind – Animal
    Spor – Resolute
    State Of Play – Poor Man’s Deal (Konflict Remix)
    Calyx & TeeBee – Confession
    Cause 4 Concern – White Widow
    Mikal – Distance
    Receptor – Kurchatov
    SKC – Vandalism
    Verse – Sonic Tension
    Trei – Justify
    Total Science – Soul petrol
    Calibre – Hypnotize
    Mathematics & Tactile – Memories
    Blame – Beholder
    Break – In My Mind (feat. Kyo)
    Calibre – Zombie Life
    Calibre – Out Of The Box
    D-Bridge – True Romance feat. Vegas

    If you like, you can also subscribe to the podcasts via RSS or via iTunes.
    Happy listening, I hope you'll enjoy it.

  • Mass Dosage's top gigs of 2008

    24 dec 2008, 12:42 av massdosage

    2008 is the first full year that I have spent in London and one of the things I like most about this city is the sheer number of quality musical events that take place on an almost daily basis. "Spoiled for choice" is the truth. I managed to squeeze in just over 50 gigs this year, covering a range of genres and venues. Below I've listed the ones that really stood out and these are the musicians that I think are worth putting on your "would like to see live" lists. All venues are in London, unless otherwise stated.

    DJ Krush @ Koko (Saturday 19 January)
    Japan's DJ master put down a sublimely crafted set of downtempo, lesser known instrumental Hip-Hop that left me wondering "where does he get this stuff from?" Seriously beautiful beats, perfectly blended. Domo arigato sensei. DJ Vadim did a decent opening set, Memory9 was interesting, and The Herbaliser dropped a great closing set.

    Björk @ Apollo Hammersmith (Monday 14 April)
    I saw the Icelandic songstress at the start of this tour performing at an outside venue in Amsterdam so this indoor, seated (for me anyway) gig was quite different as I felt much more of an observer. Fortunately there was a lot to observe - she really put on a great, stylish show (both visually and vocally). The cherries on top were the appearances by Toumani Diabaté and Antony Hegarty. Lovely.

    Portishead @ Brixton Academy (Thursday 17 April)
    I never got to see these guys perform live during their earlier heyday in the 90s so for me this concert was long overdue. I don't think I was alone in thinking this, given the 10 year furlough the band had taken. They picked up right where they left off, performing a mix of old and new tracks with their no-nonsense, no gimmicks approach. Worth the wait.

    Wax Tailor @ Cargo (Tuesday 22 April)
    This was the first performance by this French producer in London and it was a great start. MCs? Check. Vocalists? Check. Dope visuals? Check. Phat beats? Check.

    Sónar 08 Festival, Barcelona, Spain (June 19-22)
    Why would anyone want to attend a festival in muddy, rainy, grimy conditions when you could be in a beautiful, sunny, cultured city with a beach? This was my first time at Sonar and I can unreservedly say it's one of the best festivals I've ever been to. A typical day would involve waking up at around 3 or 4 pm at an apartment in the Gothic Quarter followed by a brunch at an outdoor cafe and a few hours of performances at Sonar by Day in the middle of the city. Up next would be dinner at one of Barcelona's many great restaurants and then Sonar by night until sunrise the following day. The absolute highlight was Flying Lotus who dropped a blistering array of beats. Mala followed this up with a bass-heavy dubstep showcase. Tagging on an extra day to regroup and digest all the input on the beach was a fantastic way to end off.

    Mahmoud Ahmed, Mulatu Astatqé, Alèmayèhu Eshèté, Gétatchèw Mèkurya @ The Barbican (Friday 27 June)
    I first stumbled across the Ethiopian Jazz phenomenon a few years ago via a
    friend with great taste in music. This gig really felt like a piece of history as it was the first time the artists ever assembled together on one stage and their first appearance outside of Ethiopia. That this didn't happen decades ago is a complete shame, but better late than never.

    Max Richter @ Union Chapel (Sunday 29 June)
    I can't think of a better venue in London for a performance by this "modern classical with a dollop of electronica" artist. The church setting was suitably reverent and Max and the live performers did not disappoint.

    Erykah Badu @ Brixton Academy (Monday 30 June)
    It took a while for Erykah to connect with the audience but by the end she was carried out into the crowd who held her aloft while she sang directly to them. Nice touches were the weird instruments she played, stunning outfits, and the fact that she could share her opinions (political and otherwise) without sounding preachy.

    Pitch Black @ Cargo (Thursday 24 July)
    The production quality and energy of these guys took me completely by surprise. Mixing up dub and goa trance and various other forms of electronic music they got the sweat levels in the audience cranked up a few notches.

    Freshlyground, Tumi & The Volume @ The Barbican (Monday 27 October)
    A well-chosen South African double bill was opened up by Tumi & The Volume who did a solid opening set. Freshlyground got everyone on their feet and really put on a professional, top-notch show where the experience and skill level of the entire band shone through.

    Femi Kuti & The Positive Force @ The Royal Festival Hall (Friday 14 November)
    Despite the best efforts of The Royal Festival's Hall's staff, we still had a great time once the ice had been firmly broken and people got up and started shaking their asses instead of sitting on them. Femi, please come again, but next time, do a less uptight venue (my suggestion would be the Brixton Academy).

    LA Meets the UK Uptown @ The Rhythm Factory (Friday 21 November)
    A night of heavy electronic beats where the highlight was definitely LA's Gaslamp Killer who put together a vibrant set that covered dubstep, Hip-Hop classics, electro and more. Some old skool jungle slotted in nicely until edIT and The Glitch Mob rounded things off with their rowdy "glitch-hop" tunes.

    So, that was 2008 for me... 2009 here we come...


    Mass Dosage
  • [Highpoint Lowlife] - December news 2008

    10 dec 2008, 17:21 av sideb0ard

    back now, after a week away at the Curfew Tower in Northern Ireland - absolutely awesome time! (see blog for details: )

    perfect timing too, The Hot City 12" landed this morning, and is now up for sale on our site at: (all 12" sales will come with an email link to the 320kbps files too)

    His recent set for the Mary Anne Hobbs show went down really well, and for those that missed it, you can download an archive of the show from:

    Heres my blurb of Hot City from the website:
    "Hot City melds together his love of UK and US dance music, taking cues from UKG/2Step and early rave, splicing it with the raw energy of early chicago, detroit and new york house music; aiming straight at the dancefloor, his heavily swung rhythms, shuffling snares and tight edits roll with deep bass punch and classic synth stabs, at once evoking memories of bygone eras, yet absorbing contemporary production and memes to create some wholly modern steppa's!"

    Grab a sample track from or preview the whole EP at

    Couple of seasonal gigs coming up in the lead-up to the holidays too..

    this saturday, we'll be taking over The Foundry, on Old Street, London, for the evening; we being myself, Hot City, and Mat/Spatial. Should be a messy one! Right aferwards, Actress is playing at FWD>>, so we'll be round there to follow it up!

    Coming up on tuesday, 16th December, we'll be back in Cafe Oto, Dalston, this time for our xmas party proper - Keung/Mandelbrot and John Eden ( will be DJing first, then live sets from Love's Tru Flavour and Hot City. Free entry, free records, movies and Sierra Nevada beer too! come along, it should be really good.

    Aiight, well, think thats about it for the year - have an excellent holiday season! I'll leave you with a parting gift - i've uploaded one of our classic old albums, N.LN's 'Astronomy For Children', now exactly 5 years old (shite, we're getting old!), and awarded the BBC Experimentals' album of the month in january 2004. Grab here:

  • A Thousand Albums to Hear Before you Die

    17 nov 2008, 09:54 av acreature

    A year ago The Guardian published a list of 1,000 albums to hear before you die. Rather than aim for a list of the 1,000 best albums - boring! - it was intended as a miscellany; an array of albums slightly off the beaten path. Gems and runners-up from the greats, forgotten treasures from everyone else.

    I went into the first supplement with an air of some smugness. As a broad listener I figured I'd have heard most of the albums on the list. Boy, was I wrong. I'd barely heard of most of the artists, let alone their work. And so I started to listen to the albums, tagging them as I go. What have I learned 1 year on?

    The first thing I learned was that I was not nearly as much of a broad listener as I thought. So far I've heard about 210 albums. This sounds like a lot but it means I'm only about 21% done; at this rate I will finish sometime in 2012, maybe around the London Olympics. Having some 'directed listening' has been fun, and exposed me to artists and genres I've not really considered before - for better or worse. Here's some of the highlights:

    From Gardens Where We Feel Secure - Virginia Astley
    This record is tremendously relaxed and oddly English. I would love to listen to more of Astley's music if I could find any. It is gentle and delicate and intimate, in an oddly vague way.

    The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
    I can't say anything original about this album. You've already listened to it. It's extraordinary. You should listen to it again.

    Innervisions - Stevie Wonder
    Apparently Stevie played every single note of this himself. It's a perfect, upbeat 70s record.

    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco
    I have never much cared for Wilco, but whenever I listen to this record I find myself asking why that is. Fans of the band hold this as near-mythical as its production/release was plagued by locusts¹, but you don't have to care about that to enjoy this.

    Stormcock - Roy Harper
    Good luck finding a copy of this, though word on the street is it's been re-released on CD. I have a soft spot for sensitive men from the and with acoustic guitars, and this album hits all the right places. It's kind of reminiscent of Mike Oldfield, in that it's not really divided up into tracks; instead, it's more like movements that develop and evolve. This was the first album from the list that really sucked me in. It's not on the list but while we're talking about hard-to-find sensitive men from the 70s, Jimmie Spheeris' Isle of View is worth tracking down.

    Odessa - Bee Gees
    I was totally surprised by this one on two fronts: once by it not being falsetto disco tripe, and second by me not hating it. Unlike the others on this list I don't think it's an amazing album in itself, but it certainly confounded my expectations. I was expecting men from a Joy of Sex illustration in sequinned suits singing about ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin' alive and instead I was pleasantly surprised.

    Chairs Missing - Wire
    Pitchfork gave this a rating of 10.0 out of 10. Even if you hate Pitchfork you should like this. It's accessible , with a pleasing crunch and edge to it.

    The Undertones - The Undertones
    Eveyone knows Teenage Kicks, but everything else on this album is as notable. I don't think any track is out of place or a drag.

    And I suppose this wouldn't be complete without listing some of the stuff I've hated. There were quite a few that were not to my taste, but there's only a couple that deserve a special mention. The others just faded away and I wouldn't listen to them again - although there's a curious pleasure in trying something out and discovering, for sure, that you don't like it.

    Biograph - Bob Dylan
    Not because it's a bad album, but because I listened to it back-to-back without any pauses. I nearly went insane. That much Bob is not good for you.
    Black One - Sunn O)))

    As a project I'd recommend it to most people. Find a list (there are plenty of them about) compiled by a person or organisation you like and have a listen. If you're a fan of music (rather than a narrow stream of artists) you're bound to find a few artists and albums to love, and gain a broader perspective on your listening as well.

    ¹ This is metaphor. There were not actual locusts.
  • [Highpoint Lowlife] That Septembre News 2008

    29 aug 2008, 18:17 av sideb0ard

    Hey! its here, coming this sunday:

    Highpoint Lowlife presents
    sunday 31st august, 7pm
    Cafe Oto, Dalston, London

    A very special show at Dalston's new art/venue space, Cafe Oto, with four acts playing throughout the evening:

    The Village Orchestra utilizing a specially prepared Max/MSP patch and joined by fellow Marcian Bryan/Beaker doing visuals with Jitter, perform a unique audio/visual psychogeography themed performance based around the neighbourhood of Dalston.

    Mandelbrot Set moving from slow-motion tranquillity, swelling into a barely restrained chaotic noise opus.

    Erstlaub Debut London show for scotland's master of dark miserabilism. Working extensively with micromodular synthesis, creating immersive brooding drones and dense atmospheric soundscapes.

    Fighting Kites instrumental three piece from London, utilizing various combinations of two guitars, two basses, two loop pedals, a drum kit and anything else at hand to make noise.

    pre-show DJing and between band performances from Chris Dooks' Bovine Life Support System.

    should be ace!



    Last month's new release, Stray Ghost - Losthilde, has been receiving some lovely praise from a couple of sources:

    "It is essential, though, that you get your jaws around the latest offering from the London stable. A simply colossal offering from Stray Ghost, in the shape of 'Losthilde'." Angry Ape

    "With the four epic tracks of Losthilde, Stray Ghost, aka Ant Saggers, has crafted an engrossing and emotion-rich essay on (a) loss." Mapsadaisical

    "one of the most successful hybrids of quiet reflection and fierce noise that I've heard for a while, but never gets stuck in that quiet-build-loud-end cliche." Music Musings and Miscellany

    Theres still about 50 CD copies left, and also high quality mp3s downloads:


    Dave Fyans' second full length album for Highpoint Lowlife - *might* well be ready for this sunday's gig - we're currently hard at work finishing off the art and assembly for it, but will definitely be on the site by next week.
    Its epic!!

    and finally a wee free web release for you all too:


    Kirby Ditko is the project of 23 year old California native, Steven Kirby, taking his name from an amalgamation of the original and best Marvel Comics artists - Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby.

    He started making his beats originally for use in soundtracking the skateboard videos he and his friends were making, but after encouragement from friends, he started sending out some demo versions of his own brand of bass heavy electronic hip hop. One of those demos reached us here at HPLL and plans are in the works for a full release.

    The SNOT EP is made up of two of his most recent tracks to give you a taster of whats to come. Grab it from:


    thanks, and if yer london, hope to see you on sunday!