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/ November 3, 2017 / Comments Off on Pictures: Pictures (1983)

Pictures: Pictures (1983)

I’m still floored that such an album like Pictures exists and that it exists in such an arrested state of discovery. In 1983, Andy Stennett and John Rocca, of influential British electro-funk group Freeez, decide to hide away from their record label and sure chart-topping success (courtesy of their infamous/ubiquitous hits, “Southern Freeez” and “IOU”) […]

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One of the ultimate statements in sleaze. Some Discog commenter put it better than I ever would: “If cocaine were music, this album would be the result.” Helmed by German post-disco mastermind Zeus B. Held and a post-punk quartet from Birmingham, England, Fashion, Fabrique brought them together to create something that vastly outstretched their original influences. Fabrique saw them […]

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/ July 6, 2017 / Comments Off on Anne Dudley: Sound Stage 6 (Melodic Lightly Rhythmic Underlays) (1982)

Anne Dudley: Sound Stage 6 (Melodic Lightly Rhythmic Underlays) (1982)

So cool and forgotten. Very little is explored from such an integral member of the Art of Noise, that’s what makes this work enticing and exciting. Anne Dudley’s bite-sized background music for audio visual, television, radio, films, jingles, slide presentations, and advertising – part of a larger, less interesting “muzak” series – achieves exactly what […]

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/ May 12, 2017 / Comments Off on Imagination: Night Dubbing (1983)

Imagination: Night Dubbing (1983)

“Forget your sorrow let’s start livin’ for today” those are the sublime spliced verses that kick off this monumental piece of house music. Before such a word “house music” even existed only a few people were hip to the possibilities inherent somewhere deep in the mind of English soul band Imagination. Night Dubbing was the sound of Imagination stretching to […]

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/ April 24, 2017 / Comments Off on Sheila Chandra: Quiet! (1984)

Sheila Chandra: Quiet! (1984)

It still boggles my mind that Quiet! was in fact crafted by the same artist who sang in the proto-Asian Underground hit “Ever So Lonely“. A severe departure from the proto-Asian Underground Pop she’s known for, Quiet! showed Sheila Chandra working untethered, trying to go beyond the Orientalism of her past work and push it forward in directions that weren’t entirely […]

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How do you describe a band like Frank Chickens? Led by performer/artist/musician/animator/singer/theater producer Kazuko Hohki and her sister-in-arms Kazumi Taguchi, Frank Chickens still remains unlike any band out there. Using Japanese kitsch and asian fetishization as a means to facilitate some truly subversive culture prodding and oddly imaginative musical explorations, Frank Chickens’ debut We Are Frank Chickens shows you a small […]

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/ December 28, 2016 / Comments Off on Claire Hamill: Voices (1986)

Claire Hamill: Voices (1986)

There’s a vastly more interesting topic hidden in full view of Claire Hamill’s unique and brilliant 1986 release: Voices. What is Voices? It’s an utterly fascinating bit of art pop, a middle ground of Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush -stylistic music, that combines forgotten English Folk with nomadic, electronic dream pop. Composed entirely free of instruments other than her own […]

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/ October 24, 2016 / Comments Off on Virginia Astley: From Gardens Where We Feel Secure (1983)

Virginia Astley: From Gardens Where We Feel Secure (1983)

NOTE: Today, I’m digging back into the A-Track, A-Day archives for a gorgeous piece of autumnal music, Virginia Astley’s From Gardens Where We Feel Secure, one that still remains too criminally hard to find. No matter, it’s my sonic balm for you, today. You can find a lot of what I said then below, but what do I think about […]

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/ March 6, 2015 / Comments Off on Talk Talk: I Believe In You (1988)

Talk Talk: I Believe In You (1988)

Talk Talk – 1988 Sometimes, things are better left unsaid. In 1988, Tim Pope and Mark Hollis set out to create a video for an edited down version of “I Believe In You”. By then, so much of Talk Talk’s history had been suddenly rewritten and torn asunder. In this last bit of acquiescence, Mark […]

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/ March 3, 2015 / Comments Off on The Blue Nile: Over the Hillside (1989)

The Blue Nile: Over the Hillside (1989)

Paul Buchanan from The Blue Nile I’m a firm believer in art seen through movements. Although movements might have disparate artists within them, they tend to share a certain philosophy. There was something genuinely different that was brewing underneath Britain in the late ’80s. In music especially so, maybe as a reaction to all the […]

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