Year: 1998

  • Komeda – What Makes It Go?

    (North Of No South Records / Pinnacle NONSCD65) Author: Jyoti Mishra <jyoti@dial.pipex.com Date: 1998/12/03 Forum: uk.music.alternative Now, this is more like it. I’d never heard of them before but within the first two songs I was hooked on this album. The first track, ‘Binario’ starts with some Isan-y woodpecker coughs and then this crazy semi-slap…

  • The Notwist – Shrink

    The Notwist – Shrink (Duophonic Super 45s DS45-CD23) Forum: uk.music.alternative From a totally different angle, I guess this lot are doing the same as Komeda. The electronic sounds they use are far more torn and crunchy, revelling in obvious aliasing and hooting. But they mix these well with ‘conventional’ instruments. Track 2, ‘Chemicals’ reminds me…

  • Whale vs. Moloko

    Forum: uk.music.alternative Again, after recommendations from Ant and other ukmaers, I bought the Whale album ‘All Disco Dance Must End In Broken Bones’ (Hut CDHUT52) the same day I bought Moloko’s ‘I Am Not A Doctor’ (Echo ECHCX21). Both albums are, in their own ways, bloody bonkers. This is their greatest similarity and the rather…

  • Spearmint vs. Belle & Sebastian

    Forum: uk.music.alternative I bought Belle & Sebastian’s ‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’ the other day and didn’t like it enormously. I know that’s tantamount to treason round these parts and I’ll get lynched at dawn but I have to be honest. It starts well with ‘It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career.’ This is…

  • Boards Of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children

    (Warp/Skam Warpcd55 / skald1) Forum: uk.music.alternative Well, after many endorsements from Mark and toe, I ordered this from Soundclash and…. It’s amazing. I can honestly say that this record is the closest I’ve heard in terms of aesthetic to Kraftwerk. Unlike Komputer, BoC don’t pastiche K, but they share the same melodic sensibility and sonic…

  • Warp, Harthouse, Sprawl

    Forum: uk.music.alternative (sorry for the repost – pipex is being arse) I’ve finally got round to following some of the recommendations in the bzangy groinky thread and have bought: We Are Reasonable People – Warp …which is another Warp compilation. It’s brill, and I think I even prefer it to the old Artificial Intelligence comps.…

  • Cappadonna, Sunz of Man, Big Punisher

    (Now that I’ve moved to Norwich, I have access to all the hip hop I’ve been wanting to buy for ages…) Finally got that Jurassic 5 album and it’s good. The obvious first comparison is to De La’s ‘3ft High’ period but there’s other things in there as well. Some of the early Del (TFH)…

  • Fila Brazillia – Power Clown

    Oooh, this ties with the Warp comp for being my fave today. Apparently FB got bored with doing house so they decided to go insane with a couple of guitars and a load of samplers and then release the bugger. Which is exactly what I want more bands to be doing. This is where today’s…

  • The Big Idea

    Author: Jyoti Mishra Date: 1998/08/06 Forum: uk.music.alternative I got a copy of the Big Idea’s new single from Mr. Wayne Artex himself this morning. It cheered me up loads because it’s poppy, bizzarre and not even vaguely trying to be hip-bleedin’-house or schmindie. Overall, it’s very synthpop, which is, of course, cool by me. The…

  • The Orchids & Mcarthy

    Author: Jyoti Mishra Date: 1998/07/27 Forum: uk.music.alternative more headers author posting history I was tidying up and put on the Orchids’ ‘Epicurean’ CD comp. I haven’t listened to it for ages. What a great band they were. I only wish some of the “indie” chancers knocking about nowadays could write tunes as good as ‘Something…

  • Tedious Rambling Post About a Load of CDs I’ve just bought

    Date: 18/5/1998 Forum: uk.music.alternative Whilst on a flying visit to beautiful, sunny and much-maligned Norwich I have bought the following: First the old stuff: YMO Best Of and Naughty Boys Oooh – I had to. Dirt cheap (6ukp for both) and dead good. As soon as Computer Games (Theme From Firecracker) came on, I was…