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It’s that time again…

October 8, 2010

Just a quick post to plug the new issue of AU. It’s out around the place now and we have published a list of stockists in Dublin here. Be quick though – it’s flying out. Or you can always subscribe.

On the cover, as you can see, we have Cee Lo Green while there are also big interviews with Ice Cube, Karl Hyde from Underworld and Randy Randall from No Age. We also have Kiran Acharya with his own inimitable look at the creationism debate, following on from Northern Ireland Culture Minister Nelson McCausland‘s provocative pronouncements.

Elsewhere in the mag, you’ll find a feature on fixed gear bikes (we ask, are they for dickheads?), as well as And So I Watch You From Afar, Les Savy Fav, Shit Robot, Yann Tiersen, Solar Bears, Isobel Anderson, Torche, Therapy?, Darkstar, Timber Timbre, Mount Kimbie, The Frames, William Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, HEALTH, and more.

Phew.

You can now read the mag online by clicking here.

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My EPs of 2009

January 8, 2010

I’m – finally – going to post my Albums of the Year list shortly, but first I’ll start with ten EPs and singles that helped to soundtrack my year, since I’m not including them in the main list. Inclusion is based on them being standalone releases, not lifted from an existing full-length album. But it’s pretty loose. And there’s a bonus at the end which doesn’t apply.

1.

MOUNT KIMBIE
MAYBES
HOTFLUSH

Here’s a link to a piece I wrote about the London electronic duo on iheartau.com recently.

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/MOUNTKIMBIE

2.

WASHED OUT
LIFE OF LEISURE
MEXICAN SUMMER

Click here to read a piece about the wonderfully named Ernest Greene, for Washed Out is he. And he is fantastic.

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/THEBABEINTHEWOODS

3.

CRIMEA X
PHOROS
HELL YEAH!

“Lead track ‘10pm’ is the pick – it builds from a repetitive synth arpeggio into a euphoric floorfiller, all sexy bass, housey piano stabs and the constant patter of bongos bubbling under the surface.”

From my review of the EP on iheartau.com
Click here for the feature I wrote in the mag.

(I can’t find a video for any of the tracks, other than the one remix I don’t really like! Give me a shout if you find one.)

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/CRIMEAX

4.

JOY ORBISON
HYPH MNGO
HOTFLUSH

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/JOYORBISON

5.

WALTER JONES
I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU
DFA

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/WMJ3

6.

SKREAM
BURNING UP/MEMORIES OF 3RD BASE
DIGITAL SOUNDBOY

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/SKREAMUK

7.

MOUNT KIMBIE
SKETCH ON GLASS
HOTFLUSH

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/MOUNTKIMBIE

8.

HELIOPAUSE
MOMENT OF RECOGNITION
FURIOUS TRADESMEN

(I shot this video myself! Apologies for terrible sound, it was just done using my stills camera)

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/WECOMEFROMBELFAST

9.

NOT SQUARES
AYE YO PA/IYOUUSIT
RICHTER COLLECTIVE

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/NOTSQUARES

10.

NO AGE
LOSING FEELING
SUB POP

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/NONOAGE

BONUS TRACK!

BURIAL
FOSTERCARE
HYPERDUB

This track appeared on the excellent 5 Years of Hyperdub compilation towards the back end of this year, and following Burial’s collaboration with Four Tet earlier in 2009, it reaffirmed in my mind that the man is a) a genius and b) working on something pretty special. It’s now over two years since Untrue, so let’s hope we get a third album in 2010. This track, though not exactly a progression in his sound, is getting me positively moist in anticipation. What he does, he does better than anyone else, so he can keep on doing it indefinitely for all I care. Enjoy.

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/BURIALUK

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AU60: Mount Kimbie breaking act piece

November 17, 2009

Great to be able to write about these guys – one of the best new acts I’ve heard this year. Their Maybes EP is genuinely stunning. Seek it out.

MOUNT KIMBIE

MEMBER: Dom Maker, Kai Campos
FORMATION: London, 2008.
FOR FANS OF: Flying Lotus, Burial, Hudson Mohawke.
CHECK OUT: Maybes and Sketch On Glass EPs, out now on Hotflush.
WEBLINK: www.myspace.com/mountkimbie

You’ll be hearing a lot more from these two young Londoners. As Mount Kimbie, they emerged from nowhere at the start of the year with one of the finest electronic releases of late, debut EP Maybes. And then in the summer, they followed it up with a noticeably different follow-up in Sketch On Glass. Four tracks on each and not the merest hint of a dud. But why so good? Well, despite the handy little For Fans Of line up there, they really don’t sound like anyone else. Maybes, especially, is a revelation. Heart-stoppingly beautiful, it touches on dubstep, hip-hop and electronica but winds up inhabiting a space all of its own, where found sounds mingle with rich basslines and skittering beats, all overlaid with haunting, near-impercptible vocals and submerged underwater. It’s quite extraordinary. Sketch On Glass changes things up with bright synths, harder hitting grooves and instant gratification, but we must evangelise no further, and rather insist that you proceed forthwith to your favourite download retailer and buy both. Right now.

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AU60 is out now!

October 12, 2009

au60-web

Hi all, the latest issue of the mag is out in newsagents and record shops now, and that’s the rather lovely cover up there. I interviewed Andrew Hung from Fuck Buttons for a two-page feature in this issue, plus I had the lead album review (Girls, magnificently illustrated by Mark Reihill in his first commission for the mag), an In The Studio Piece with Strait Laces, Breaking Act pieces on the excellent Washed Out and Mount Kimbie, reviews of albums by Why? and Lightning Bolt and live reviews of Electric Picnic (bit of a whirlwhind weekend-in-400-words job) and The Bug.

Click here for details of what else is in the mag. Neill Dougan’s interview with Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound/Deerhunter) is especially entertaining! There’s also a great career retrospective of Yo La Tengo in History Lessons (Ira Kaplan interviewed by Tom McShane) and a Respect Your Shelf where Steven Rainey picks out the best of Nick Cave‘s back catalogue, musical and otherwise. As ever, the mag is £3.50 in NI (+GB where sold) and probably €4-5 in the Republic.

As the new issue is now out, I’ll be posting up my work from issue 59 over the next couple of days.

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