REVIEWS

JAMES BLAKE – KLAVIERWERKE EP (R&S, 2010)

Klavierwerke is UK electronic artist James Blake’s third EP in 2010. While spread across 12 tracks total this year, his body of work has already established Blake as a game-changing electronic artist navigating in the exceedingly tricky—and dangerous—neighborhood of post-’06 dubstep. While 12 tracks may not seem like an incredible accomplishment, Blake’s three releases show a …

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BLUE SKY BLACK DEATH – THIRD PARTY (FAKE FOUR, 2010)

To their credit or ruin, when Blue Sky Black Death go in, they go all in. Their absolute dedication to a concept has produced some of the most thrilling and strangest collaborations in the beat-making world. From the most prestigious production work with female hip-hop artist Jean Grae, to the murky, paranoid cuts with early Wu-Tang affiliates Holocaust and Hell Razah, …

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ASFANDYAR KHAN – SNOW MAKES THINGS PERFECT (SELF RELEASED, 2010)

Pakastani ambient-drone musician Asfandyar Khan plays exclusively in reverential, nearly sacred tones on this auspicious debut. It would be tempting to read too much into where and when this music was recorded. Pakistan certainly doesn’t show up on my radar of hot-spots for glacially paced guitar experimentation, aside from the golden-throated Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Snow Makes …

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HAUTAIN – GLASS DESERT (SELF RELEASED, 2010)

I like this trend of harsh noise artists calling it as they see it. You know exactly what you are getting when you bite into Kevin Drumm’s Sheer Hellish Miasma or Merzbow’s Metal Mad Man. There is no false advertising going on here. Similarly, ridiculously obscure CA noise musician Hautain doesn’t go in for the old bait and switch with his …

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