Thursday, 12 September 2013

Cavern of Anti-Matter - You Are An Art Soul EP

So this is the latest project by (ex?) Stereolab members Tim Gane and Joe Dilworth (are the band still "on a break" or have they officially split up?). It's great - sounds very much like the more out-there Stereolab moments but without Laetitia Sadiers sweet melodies and vocals.
Three Neu!-esque workouts, two of which are "versions", which I presume means the upcoming album versions will be different - maybe there'll be some singing and less echo. The wonderful "sound-magic's Death Ray Destroys The Vortex And Has Union With Infinity" even, at one point, threatens to morph into Television-do-Krautrock.

The vinyl is exclusive to Rough Trade shops and is limited to 320 copies, which is a hell of a haul for one shop!

There's no picture sleeve so you'll have to make do with some photos of the label instead...

The band live in Berlin earlier this year:

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Steel City (Move On Up)

It's not all 'cool' records around here you know. I thought I'd post something about a football record...

The Hillsboro' Crew was a collaboration featuring Martyn Ware & Glenn Gregory from Heaven 17 and Ian Reddington - AKA Eastenders' Tricky Dicky and, for those who survived it during the late '80s, Dr Who's Chief Clown (who was, essentially, a psychotic new romantic).

The verses, a rap by Mr Reddington, eulogise the 1986 high flying (hey, we finished 5th in Division 1) Sheffield Wednesday squad, whilst the chorus is lifted from Little Steven's Sun City. There's also time to squeeze in a bit of Funkadelic and Ollie and Jerry's "No Stopping Us" for good measure because, at that time, there really was no stopping us (except in those matches we lost).

But is it any good? Well it's better than the Owls/Thompson Twins remake of You Take Me Up from the previous year.

Back when we were good.