Despite their fundamentally misleading name, the Manchester-hailing quartet Egyptian Hip Hop do make some pretty good indie rock. Their latest release on R&S skirts psychedelic rock, bleary shoegazer echos and rhythmic experimentation, showing their very well-informed take on longstanding band format.
A Greek trio of double bass, cello and oscillators with two LPs on Athens' Antifrost label make a first appearance on PAN. Dramatic swaths of delectable immense noise tremble between acoustic complexities and subtle swelling electronic drones, if you're not afraid to embrace the dark side, this one's for you.
25 February 2013
UK's Strut revisit Celluloid Records in-depth, telling of Jean Georgakarakos who founded the label in Paris before moving to New York and releasing Bill Laswell's work from Massacre to Material. From early hip-hop. experimental disco, no wave, world music fusions, with five extras on the digital release. A slice of music history to behold!
Hamburg's popular ByteFM radio compiles a second volume of goodies for the open-minded listener, combining everything from new-school bass music (Om Unit, Robot Koch) over deep techno (Chymera) to folk, soul, indie and power pop. Respect for a bold selection!
His third album proper, Chaz Bundick's rich pop textures take a tangible slant towards the dancefloor, cranking a few bpm up from 2011's 'Underneath The Pine'. Adventurous instrumentalism and dreamy synths, led by his atmospheric pop/R'n'B vocals, he manages to maximise pleasures in his heartfelt, immersive way.
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