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The Stranger: Watching Dead Empires In Decay (Modern Love, October 2013)

I guess that I was expecting James Leyland Kirby’s latest moniker to be doing something akin to the crackly nostalgia of his work as Leyland Kirby or The Caretaker. The links are there, but The Stranger is something altogether starker and more abstract, and it’s taken me a while to get my head around it. The […]

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Demdike Stare: Tryptych (3xCD, Modern Love, January 2011)

I find this collection an enjoyable listen, but I struggle to get a good mental grip on it. Spread across three CDs, it takes in a wide variety of genres, including (but not limited to) ambient, a dubby sort of techno, electronic, middle-Eastern, and arty sixties-style instrumental pop. The common factor is that it is, […]

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Claro Intelecto: Metanarrative (CD, Modern Love, March 2008)

40 minutes of warm, melodic, dubby, huggy techno. It’s not going to set any dancefloors on fire, and it’s not going to win any prizes for experimentation. But when I pop this on the headphones, it makes me happy for a while, and that ain’t too bad. It has the soft (I believe the term […]