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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: Year 2009
    Dalek - Gutter Tactics

    Dalek - Gutter Tactics

    Dalek
    Gutter Tactics
    Label: Ipecac Recordings

    War-torn warnings, terminator trance rock, Dalek’s aftermath raps activate sci-fi assaults for post-nuclear enlightenment, wading knee-deep in cosmic sludge. Air-raid siren Bryons utter sniper-fire rhymes cataloging cataclysmic consciousness, shaking awake the saturated masses through terror-riddled electronics and industrial-strength polemics. Historical facts attack in overloaded circuitry, civil unrest washed in collapsing technology, “Tactics,” survives and defies.

    Dalek Website

    Burnt Sugar - Making Love to the Dark Ages

    Burnt Sugar - Making Love to the Dark Ages

    Burnt Sugar
    Making Love to the Dark Ages
    Label: LiveWired

    Scats pitter-pat past cool animal bop frosted in electronic blips, found sounds and willfully meandering ambience. Galactic atmospheres cushion hep-cat vibes, after-hours sessions pitting astral brass with cosmic guitar, gypsy jazz and bluesy gospel. Buzzing between Avant Theater and Night Club Improv, Burnt Sugar’s exceptional love-making scenarios are carnal caramels.

    Burnt Sugar Website

    Mi Ami - Watersports

    Mi Ami - Watersports

    Mi Ami
    Watersports
    Label: Touch and Go Records

    Melting high-voltage punk and urban jungle funk into electrifying, hypno-rave aerobics, Mi Ami goes new-wave native, bending rules with explosive results. Feline yelps bite wobbly bass, cat-scratch guitar stab at throbbing, bobbing drums: post-nuclear trance-rock waking up hot and sweaty. “Watersports,” attacks passionately, floating on tightropes, half adenoidal epilepsy and half neo-disco voodoo.


    Zu - Carboniferous

    Zu - Carboniferous

    Zu
    Carboniferous
    Label: Ipecac Recordings

    Dazzling whirlwinds of Doomsday dance tunes, Zu’s reflex riffs crunch synchronized thunder under monolithic squeals. Clawing at the consciousness, “Carboniferous,” is a tense, impervious box of monster heartbeats, skyscraper squalls and jet-propelled demolition derbies. Cornered rampage, bulldog sax, slam-dunked stomps and Troglodyte upper-cuts pitch howling bursts of Armageddon’s pleasure while praying mantis prog-rock chases armor-plated algorithms.

    Zu WebsiteZu Wiki

    Anni Rossi - Rockwell

    Anni Rossi - Rockwell

    Anni Rossi
    Rockwell
    Label: 4AD

    Twittering lyrics flutter past brittle riddles and pickled patty-cake pizzicato. Rossi’s enchanting ellipses are modern, quaint, hermetic and open-hearted. Her oblique chamber-folk rocks as her twisted art-pop talks, poems restlessly squirming in well-scored precision. Spiraling violas, cymbal-less rhythms, melodies touched by vocal yodeling – “Rockwell,” covers strange terrain visiting scenic vistas, cozy burrows and paisley meadows.

    Anni Rossi WebsiteAnni Rossi Wiki

    Sholi - Sholi

    Sholi - Sholi

    Sholi
    Sholi
    Label: Quarterstick/Touch and Go

    Paralyzing prayers, guitar acrobatics and nervous percussion roast dark skeletal textures, colliding powerful free jazz tempos against ancient aspirations, ghostly hopes and driven intuition. Sholi’s toreador torpedoes swoop and climb, effervescent chords dance over stranglehold beats; indie-rock tapestries shrouding thick forests of skitterish transmissions. Ballistic mysticism in clanging anchors, spidery threads and moody transcendence.

    Sholi WebsiteSholi Wiki

    Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows

    Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows

    Bell Orchestre
    As Seen Through Windows
    Label: Arts & Crafts

    Studied silences cultivate cacophony as, “Windows,” moves among bright lights and shadows, cinematic snapshots bursting with instrumental chutzpah. From glassy passages to race-car rhythms, BO’s quasi-classical motifs mate, molt and mutate into soundlab experiments, displaced soundtracks and theatrical interventions; elegant pools of acoustics preceding curious Keystone comedies and flowering romances

    Bell Orchestre WebsiteBell Orchestre Wiki

    Micachu & The Shapes - Jewellery

    Micachu & The Shapes - Jewellery

    Micachu & The Shapes
    Jewellery
    Label: Rough Trade Records

    A cauldron of mashed rapture, ripped mixtures and proto-punk busking bursts in brazen bombshells of cartoon brilliance, Micachu’s thrift-shop chops squawk and rock in impish waves of innovative grime. Brandishing outlandish vision, fashioning attractive contraptions, producing funhouse party rondos, “Jewellery,” clanks, clatters and contorts, delivering sly, kinetic inventions that surprise and delight.

    Micachu & The Shapes Website

    Gramercy Arms - Gramercy Arms

    Gramercy Arms - Gramercy Arms

    Gramercy Arms
    Gramercy Arms
    Label: Reveal Records

    Members of GUIDED BY VOICES, DEAD AIR and LUNA join former DAMBUILDERS’ Dave Darby, creating sterling gems of seamless harmonies, polished verse and unruffled melodies. Deceptively uncomplicated, Gramercy Arm’s well-placed hooks, easy-going vibe and nonchalant competence makes this laidback super-group a fine driving buddy, navigating romance’s rocky road through unerring skill and pop-rock diplomacy

    Gramercy Arms Website

    It Hugs Back - Inside Your Guitar

    It Hugs Back - Inside Your Guitar

    It Hugs Back
    Inside Your Guitar
    Label: 4AD

    Still waters run deep as England’s IHB conjure hypnotic layers of guitar and organ, breaking into chaos, generating finely-wrought furies and methodically singing unassuming tunes in a lulling subtlety of soothing translucence, unwavering slow burns and eerie, organic calm. Purring modestly in mildly narcotic splendor, the warm and fuzzy, “Guitar,” gently disarms.

    It Hugs Back Website

    Ida Maria - Fortress Round My Heart

    Ida Maria - Fortress Round My Heart

    Ida Maria
    Fortress Round My Heart
    Label: Upper 11 Records

    Connecting directly with electric aplomb, this lusty Norwegian spitfire scrambles past pretense to wrap sorrow inside a whirlwind of impatience, anger anchored by short, sharp beats and straight-faced sizzle. Unleashing a flood of splintering skiffle wedged between catchy sledgehammer pop and love-torn ragdoll rock, the explosive, “Fortress,” tears down all walls.

    Ida Maria WebsiteIda Maria Wiki

    Wolff - The Brass Ceiling

    Wolff - The Brass Ceiling

    Wolff
    The Brass Ceiling
    Label: Wolff and Tuba

    Tribal tuba, soupy loops and plundering drums concoct cosmic gumbo as Wolff’s two-man army churns out chugging, interstellar funk; splicing catacomb vocals to interstellar samples for uniquely alien rhythms and bombastic, monastic panache. Mind-boggling combinations result as, “Brass,” triumphantly crashes past ordinary categories for squishy, trippy robo-soul that grooves to subterranean funk.

    Wolff Website

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