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Matmos: The Marriage Of True Minds (CD, Thrill Jockey, February 2013)

Matmos have made something of a name for themselves as purveyors of unusual samples (the liner notes for their 1997 debut Matmos featured such gems as “amplified hair, breathing, bowls of water, Polish trains”) and eye-catching concept albums (2001’s A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure was famously built mostly from the sounds of plastic surgery and […]

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Prurient: Through The Window (CD, Blackest Ever Black, February 2013)

Hah, now, this is splendid fun: three big fat slices of hard, thumping, dark industrial techno bordering on proto-trance. The title track is dominated by a huge pounding bass drum, an evil-sounding buzz, a huge minor-key acid synth riff, and a guy who whispers in a sinister fashion like the bad guy in a horror […]

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Stephan Mathieu & David Sylvian: Wandermüde (CD, Samadhisound, January 2013)

Stephan Mathieu’s A Static Place is an exceptionally well-named record. He has a talent for letting notes play out for what seems like minutes or hours, leaving you wondering over the subtle interplay in the standing waves forming between two sounds. His source material here is Japan frontman David Sylvian’s 2003 experimental pop record Blemish. He spins […]

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Autechre: Exai (CD, Warp, February 2013)

Shortly after buying this, I got an email saying that they’d discovered a glitch in the 24-bit WAV download of the track T ess xi. I’m afraid to say, my reaction echoed that of Dorothy Parker on hearing of the death of Calvin Coolidge: how can they tell? (I say this from a place of […]

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Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory: Elements Of Light (CD, Rough Trade, January 2013)

I should start by saying that my response to this record is more than normally subjective. I was lucky enough to see this performed at last year’s Today’s Art festival. It was one of those concerts where the music is enhanced by the physicality of the performance, and the two become inseparable in my mind. […]