REVIEWS

DONT’S AND BE CAREFULS – RISK ASSESSMENT (SELF-RELEASED, 2010)

The term “don’ts and be carefuls” refer to a time when the motion picture industry was ruled by an arcane fist of proposed morality stemmed from it’s creator Willy Hays. The Hays code as it was known prescribed rules of what could not, under any circumstances, be shown on screen as well as an inumerable …

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MAPS – TURNING THE MIND (MUTE, 2009)

It has been eight years since J. Spaceman’s Fitzcarraldo-esque epic Let it Come Down chronicled his bouts with addiction, debauchery, recovery and redemption. Now, Northampton electronic musician James Chapman under the moniker Maps has produced something that attempts to capture Let it Come Down in scope, epic range, and thematic weight, only with 114 less studio musicians than Mr. …

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DFRNT – METAFICTION (ON THE EDGE, 2009)

It makes sense that late 2009 would see the release of DFRNT’s Metafiction. The past four years were a relatively harrowing ride, with UK dubstep rising from a grimy, bleak view of post-rave burnout and urban blight from Burial, Skream, Boxcutter, and Kode 9, only to be reappropriated into a slightly more clubby and communal form by Zomby and Joker and 2000F. Coming on …

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SLEEP WHALE – HOUSEBOAT (WESTERN VINYL, 2009)

In indie rock nomenclature, “Whale” has become the new “Wolf”, which had become the new “Black”, which in turn had become the new “Death”. In 2009 we have already seen releases by Freelance Whales, Or, the Whale, Noah and the Whale, Forget the Whale, and, lest we forget, The Devil Whale and White Whale. It looks like we have another onomastic epidemic …

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THEMSELVES – CROWNS DOWN (ANTICON, 2009)

Both Jel and Doseone are elder statesmen in the world of left-field/avante-garde hip-hop, and this being their 10 year anniversary, the duo known as themselves pen a fitting and nostalgic look back at the artform that some claim the anticon imprint saved or ruined for the whole world. Not considering myself a hip-hop purist, I have always been thrilled …

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