In this issue of our Xmas guide to essential vinyl buys we are revisiting the 90s (vastly overrated time if we talk about creativity in music) and paying tribute to two of the most important (and recently reissued) records that have defined the unstable continuity of decade's electronic and dance music. One is the "Old Testament" of ambient techno and the other is a perversely accessible collection of funerary nocturnes to one of decade's most feted sub-genres.Read More
This entry in our ongoing Xmas vinyl-buying guide concentrates on ethnographic folk curios that are generally combined under the slightly derogatory term of “world music” and some of the most intriguing artifacts from the ‘mondo bizarro’ of obscure easy listening and exotica.Read More
We continue our guide to the most desirable fetish-objects for the seasoned shellac hoarders. Now it’s the turn of guitar music lovers. We have decided to stick to the obvious choice of the long-awaited 17xLP studio albums collection by Germany’s supreme avant rock collective Can on Mute and too-long-out-of-print Halloween coloured-wax edition of the drone metal epic “Black One” by Stephen O’Malley’s Sunn O))).Read More
Timely for the gifts-heavy season there is a real abundance of options available for crate diggers, collectors and music lovers to choose from. Be it jazz, 90's electornica, obscure synth-pop, techno, easy listening, minimal wave, krautrock, world music, electro or more heady experimental stuff, any tastes are easily satisfied nowadays.
Here is our guide to help in picking out the real gems. We'll start with jazz, minimal wave and synthpop.Read More
Final five entries in our feature dedicated to 2013 Q4's most wanted electronic and experimental music reissues. This one focuses on rediscovered early 80's Buchla experiments by Charles Cohen on Rabih Beaini's reliable Morphine, long-awaited repress of main titles in Boards Of Canada illustrious back-catalogue, horror-soundtracks by Komeda and Harrisson just in time for Halloween, Artemiev's classic score for Tarkovsky, Cabaret Voltaire's fancy box-set and the latest issue in Jim O'Rourke's Old News series.Read More
Part two of three in our feature on just released and forthcoming hottest reissues and compilations in electronic and experimental music that deserve to be in your collection. Features Seefeel, Woo, The Haxan Cloak, Sensations' Fix and Trevor Jackson's compilation for Strut.Read More
It takes dedication to navigate through music release schedule these days. Especially for the uninitiated and even more so when it comes to more "esoteric stylings". To help in making decision on what deserves your attention in the next couple of months in electronic, experimental and dance music we have compiled the list of 15 most interesting and hotly anticipated compilations and reissues until the end of 2013. Part 1 of 3 features Popol Vuh, Theo Parrish & Black Jazz, Arthur Russell, Fluxion and Labradford.Read More
The unfortunate fate of music video genre may repeat the same sad story of discarded media carriers such as CD or something as useless as Blu-Ray. But if you can still insert discs in some older version of your Mac laptops, music videos stopped making sense since TV channels turned their back on the format.
Anyhow, once in a blue moon we still get to see some genuinely startling examples of the craft primarily supplied from the fringes of popular music. This time it's the turn of Pedro Maia's colour-saturated symbolism for Tropic Of Cancer, Dave Ma's balet-noir for Forest Swords and Jon Rafman's harsh art-piece for Oneohtrix Point Never.
There's definitely no shortage of aging big-name synth-pop and rock acts from the 80's touring to our locales this fall. Recent (slightly lacklustre) performance by Depeche Mode in Centre Bell, upcoming Pet Shop Boys show in Olympia, Simple Minds October stopover in Montreal's Métropolis.
Even with this abundance of incoming icons of the yesteryear it was somewhat unexpected to hear an announcement of My Bloody Valentine touring their new record with 2 stops in Canada. Another alt-music powerhouse of the late 80's crop, they had a very different and unique career trajectory.
While the rest of the world and especially Europe struggles to support increasingly expensive music and art festivals events, in Canada we can consider ourselves spoiled with a couple of well-curated and professionally-organized events concentrating on the ever-evolving intersection of electronic and experimental music with contemporary art. It may very well be considered a sort of consolation prize for the lack of any discernible local scenes or constant supply of imported talent.
East of the country has its pre-summer "fix" in the form of Montreal's Mutek, which seems to be more and more focused on distancing itself from purely dance music towards flashy live-performances with expensive light and sets. Meanwhile West Coast threaten to overshadow it with the speedy ascent of the rival New Forms Festival in Vancouver which takes place this coming weekend (September 12-15 2013) in city's various venues.Read More