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01 Humcrush Hornswoggle
FROM THE ALBUM HUMCRUSH (RUNE GRAMMOFON)
A hose-down of skewed systems-funk from this
Norwegian duo. Ståle Storløkken can usually be found
attacking the analogue keyboards in Supersilent,
while Thomas Strønen plays drums in Iain Bellamy's
group Food, as well as Parish and the Maria Kannegaard
Trio; here, he chops electronics into the mix too.
02 Leafcutter John Let It Begin (Edit)
FROM THE ALBUM THE FOREST AND THE SEA (STAUBGOLD)
London based John Burton has released two
acclaimed albums on Planet Mu and is a member of
British nu-jazz outfit Polar Bear. His hybrid of acoustic
song and digital processing changes gear with
his new release, a concept piece retelling a real-life
wilderness experience as sonic myth.
03 Machinefabriek Somerset
FROM THE ALBUM MARIJN (LAMPSE AUDIOVISUAL)
Machinefabriek is Rutger Zuydervelt, a graphic
designer and musician from The Netherlands.
Following a series of self-released 3" CD-Rs, this
track is taken from his debut album, a collection
of beautifully executed, dark-natured sonic
exercises of epic proportions. By incorporating
found sound with prerecorded material and live
instrumentation, Machinefabriek creates dense
and abstract sonic environments.
04 Reverbaphon Nothing Beyond The Zero
FROM THE ALBUM GET THIS AND THIS
AND THIS AND THIS AND HERE AND (ANOMINOUS)
Scotland's Paul Smith teams up with German Eva
Cadario in Reverbaphon, who claim to choose
improvisation "since you never have to practise".
Their name refers to a self made contraption
involving a reed mouthpiece, a cardboard tube
and a tensioning spring, whose sounds are further
altered by tape manipulation.
05 Yannis Kyriakides & Andy Moor
FROM THE DOWNLOAD REBETIKA (LIVE) (SEVEN THINGS)
Yannis Kyriakides's digital compositions encompass
politically charged field recordings and performance
art; guitarist Andy Moor has served as a long term
member of Dutch anarcho-improvisors The Ex.
Their spontaneous transformations of Cypriot rebetika
tunes highlight the tragic, uprooted origins of that
particular strand of Greek folk song.
06 Jozef Van Wissem Catoptromancy
FROM A FORTHCOMING RELEASE (BVHAAST)
Dutch born lutenist Jozef Van Wissem has released
four solo CDs dedicated to mirror-image compositions
for lute and electronics, and has collaborated with
Gary Lucas and Tetuzi Akiyama. "Catoptromancy"
(a medieval form of diagnosis involving reflecting the
face of the sick in an underwater mirror) was written
for a horror movie, around the Scottish folk tune
07 Hwyl Nofio Broken Again
FROM THE ALBUM HOUNDED BY FURY (HWYL)
Hwyl Nofio is Welsh for 'emotional swimmers', and
is the name of an ever evolving ensemble around the
central member of Steve Parry, who plays harmonic
and disharmonic guitar. Hounded By Fury is the group's
fourth album and includes contributions from Danish
fractal guitarist Fredrik Soegaard and Hungarian
guitarist Sandor Szabo; "Broken Again" additionally
features Gorwel Owen on "imagined banjo".
08 Giuseppe Ielasi Untitled Track 4
FROM THE ALBUM GIUSEPPE IELASI (HÄPNA)
The Italian experimental guitarist and electronic
musician has worked with a wide range of partners
including Dean Roberts, Taku Sugimoto, Renato
Rinaldi (in Oreledigneur), Martin Siewert and Brandon
LaBelle. This track is taken from his second CD for
Swedish label Häpna: "a well prepared decoction of
dark cinema, wanderlust and experimental sound
09 Gerritt & John Wiese The Disappearing
FROM THE ALBUM THE DISAPPEARING ACT
Gerritt Wittmer runs the Misanthropic Agenda noise
label out of Berkeley, California. John Wiese, a selfdescribed
"prolific frequency crusher and precision
grappler", has been an occasional member of drudge
Metal outfit Sunn O))), and has worked with Merzbow,
Sissy Spacek and LHD. "The Disappearing Act"
displays the pair's expertise in crafting noise that's
simultaneously gentle and abrasive.
10 Dub Trio Illegal Dub
FROM THE ALBUM NEW HEAVY (ROIR)
The misleadingly named Dub Trio cover many more
bases than simply FX-laden reggae, veering into
Speed Metal, punk shredding and electronic psychedelia
territory. One of their biggest fans is Fantomas's Mike
Patton, who joins them on another track on New
Heavy. "Dub is the foundation," comments drummer
Joe Tomino, "it's in everything we do, whether it's
the structure, the effects, or the bassline."
11 Izu Get UR Fleece On
FROM THE ALBUM GOING SALAMANDER (HIGHPOINT LOWLIFE)
Ronnie MacPherson grew up on the remote Scottish
island of Uist but currently lives in Glasgow. A love
of 90s electronica such as Black Dog, Future Sound
Of London, etc inspired him to begin producing
his own beat crunches, which have been honed into
a grimy style he's made his own, so far heard on
a Stuff Records 12" and on the Scottish compilation
Some Paths Lead Back Again (Highpoint Lowlife).
12 Mekon GSE
FROM THE ALBUM SOMETHING CAME UP (PIAS/WALL OF SOUND)
Formerly a member of Psychic TV, John Gosling
began DJing and producing in earnest in the mid-80s,
and has worked with William Orbit in Bassomatic,
Peter Gabriel and Goldie, as well as forming the now
defunct group Agent Provocateur. His forthcoming
Mekon album features guest appearances from Primal
Scream's Bobby Gillespie, Alan Vega, Roxanne Shante
and Marc Almond. Reverse the letters of "GSE" and
its rhythmic influence is revealed.
13 Lawrence English & Ai Yamamoto
A Silent Kouta? (Edit)
FROM THE ALBUM PLATEAU (PHONO-STATIQUE)
For three years, sound artists Ai Yamamoto (Japan)
and Lawrence English (Australia) have been exploring
the interface between field recordings and minimal
electronics in an ongoing collaboration. On Plateau,
they create evocative and intricately textured sound
passages masking location recordings taken around
the world, expecially in Yamamoto's home base
of Nara in southern Japan.
14 Herbert Movie Star
FROM THE ALBUM SCALE (ACCIDENTAL)
Matthew Herbert is well known for his rich sample
based electronica under aliases such as Wishmountain,
Dr Rockit and Radio Boy and, more recently, the
politically charged releases under his own name.
Although he began Scale trying to write a more
relaxed set of songs (for vocalist/partner Dani Siciliano)
than his previous attack on the global food industry,
Plat Du Jour, he ended up unable to resist giving the
elbow to the likes of arms dealers and, here, the cult
15 Sol Sleppy 1 2
FROM THE DOWNLOAD THE BELLS OF 1 2 (GR…NLAND)
Born in Wimbledon, South London, multiinstrumentalist
Sophie Michalitsianos lives in
New York, and has appeared on two albums by
Sparklehorse as well as being invited to support
Radiohead across America. Her debut solo record
The Bells Of 1 2 covers a wide sweep of styles from
Grungy rock to the angelic song of "1 2" itself.
16 Trevor Watts Solarsonic
FROM THE ALBUM WORLD SONIC (HI4HEAD)
Although the British saxophonist has been active in
free improvisation for over 40 years, in such prestigious
groups as Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Amalgam,
MoirŽ Music and the African influenced Drum
Orchestra, remarkably he has never produced a solo
horn recording. This was remedied with last year's
World Sonic, in which Watts subjects his alto to
a punishing workout. Expect more activity this year
from Watts's Celebration Band and his duo with
percussionist Jamie Harris.
17 Gricer Land
FROM THE ALBUM GRICER (TAUT RECORDINGS)
A Gricer is slang for 'an individual with specialist
knowledge', and this British group is made up of five
of them: David Maleed, Subs Subassa, Dylan Howe,
Jay Phelps and Jenny Adejayan. Their atmospheric,
heavily textured electric jazz holds its own with early
70s ECM catalogue or the more recent Scandinavian
jazz/electronica fusions, and "Land" exemplifies their
meticulous attention to fluid sonic detail.
18 Spooncurve She Doesn't Know (Edit)
FROM THE ALBUM ARE FRIENDS SYMMETRIC (DOR)
Spooncurve are Martin Lee Stephenson (music)
and Faye Rochelle (vocals). In their diverse careers,
both locate themselves at the crossing points
between World Music, new folk, dance and pop:
he has produced and played on albums by Moondogg
(the group), Eric Mingus, Pigface and Muslimgauze,
while she has worked with Kuljit Bhamra, Steafan
Hannigan and Nigel Eaton. Their first full album utilises
loops, guitar, bass, dulcimer and hand percussion.
19 Isnaj Dui Catoctin (Edit)
FROM THE EP SEQUENCE (FBOX)
Isnaj Dui's electroacoustic hybrid is created with the
aid of a flute bent through effects and loops, and a
range of self-invented instruments built by Dui herself,
including the stringed electrodulcimer. "Catoctin"
is composed from a looped flute and processed voice
samples to create the subtle 'beat'.
20 Det Gamla Landet (The Old
FROM THE ALBUM DGL (AA)
Sweden's Det Gamla Landet weave a quilt of
acoustic instruments such as banjo, organ, guitar,
melodica and drums, evoking the fictionalised sound
of a vanished sepia age. The five piece outfit Ð
Max Weiland, Jesper Nordblad, Mattias Larsson,
Ruppel and Mats Larsson Ð are particularly drawn to
the flavour of melancholic military tunes of the
19th century, and "Kiruna" carries the tone of a