With its satisfyingly fat vinyl platters, audiophile-friendly downloads and imaginative catalogue of rediscovered gems (plus new recordings), LP specialist Gearbox is becoming one of the wonders of the age.
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Sunday 13 September 2009
When the star duo's Crystal Silence first appeared in 1973, it heralded a new house-style of ambient-friendly chamber jazz, where Corea's piano and Burton's vibes seemed to float amidst the listening space like benevolent feng shui sprites.
Sunday 06 September 2009
Concerns that 2009's electro-pop resurgence has nowhere left to run are partially allayed by this self-styled "diseuse" – a monologue performer, for the uninitiated.
Friday 28 August 2009
Tuesday 04 August 2009
While the producer and DJ Alex Paterson has been the core member of the ambient, electronic group The Orb for over 20 years, he has been ably seconded in his pioneering sonic endeavours by creative musicians such as Jimmy Cauty, Kim Weston (aka Thrash), Simon Phillips and Thomas Fehlmann.
Sunday 02 August 2009
uckinghamshire landlubbers they may be, but SBP - whose debut album is reissued following its Mercury nomination - pursue a notably nautical theme on Twice Born Men that stretches far beyond the illustration of a storm-tossed schooner which adorns its David Sylvian-designed sleeve. The trio's brooding folk-pop, intertwined with Tim Elsenburg's Guy Garveyish vocals (perhaps too Garveyish for victory, so hold on to your betting money) pitches and rolls like a ship on the waves. A dark rum pleasure.
Friday 26 June 2009
Despite Moby's claim that Wait for Me is the first fruit of his decision to make "more personal" and "maybe more experimental" records, it's the closest he's returned to Play, featuring the familiar complement of sombre soul, gospel and choral vocal samples swathed in warmly melancholic string-synth textures and reassuringly logical synth and keyboard progressions.
Sunday 21 June 2009
At last something different from Cape Verde, via Lisbon. Sara Tavares sings in a kittenish, almost conspiratorial manner: hers is not an art which demands attention to every note, but it's lovely to spend time with.
Wednesday 03 June 2009
An eccentric radio station playing nothing but ambient birdsong from a English garden has been taken off air, enraging an army of devotees, it emerged yesterday.
Sunday 03 May 2009
Over 17 million sales will buy you a little time: so Orbit could well afford to bide his on the back of Madonna's 1996 smash Ray of Light, which he produced and co-wrote.
Saturday 07 February 2009
Sunday 23 November 2008
Trumpeter Henriksen – whose playing invokes the breathy whisper of a Japanese flute – confirms his status as the most compelling improviser on the planet with 12 tracks recorded in Kristiansand.
Friday 19 September 2008
This sweeping but pacey "palimpsest" of a novel wraps up the past of an entire hemisphere in one mesmerising voice.
Sunday 14 September 2008
From Audrey Niffenegger to Back to the Future, culture abounds with fantasies about humans able to travel through time as well as space, an ability that would be both curse and blessing. In an ambitious narrative of considerable imaginative energy, the protagonist, Pablito, sits aboard the Sao Cristobal.
Tuesday 24 June 2008
This is Gong we're talking about, and half measures are an unknown quantity in their world. This is a band that knew what the joke was, and their joyous trip to enlightenment and the left-hand path made for an unforgettable, psychedelic experience at Massive Attack's Meltdown.
Sunday 22 June 2008
Q. 'I feel embarrassed about giving and receiving oral sex. How can I relax about this? I feel like I'm missing out.' E.
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British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
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