Tuesday, 24 July 2018
Best gig of the weekend by far was Gary Numan, with many people questioning why he was not headlining instead of Future Islands. Some people have expressed surprise at how good Savage, his most recent album, is. These people seem to be forgetting (or haven't heard) previous album, Splinter, which is at least as good. Anyway, half of this set is given over to three songs apiece from those albums, but there was still time for old classics Metal, Cars and Are 'Friends' Electric. Other highlights included the tearjearking classic Prayer To The Unborn and his daughter, Persia, joining him onstage for My Name Is Ruin.
Late night entertainment was provided by Cassetteboy's disco - many of their classic cut and paste moments interspersed with music and dragged along at a frantic pace by their Maestro collaborator, DJ Rubbish. Not that I approve, but there's something envigorating about seeing a 10 year old girl in the crowd being encouraged to tell Theresa May where to go.
Other moments: Fragments of Little Dragon, Boy Azooga and Henge
Friday, 22 June 2018
Monday, 18 June 2018
Monday, 11 June 2018
#3 Jello - Voile
Okay, so it's not so much forgotten as overlooked, which is a shame as this is a sublime piece of electronica from Darrel Fitton, AKA Bola.
It still has all the hallmarks of classic early Bola albums Soup and Fyuti (it was released shortly after the latter), but has a more organic and eclectic feel, including a couple of tracks based around piano melodies. In fact, there's also a 12" he released around the same time featuring a stunning Autechre remix of album highlight, Neph.