Count To Ten: Drum & Bass Illustrations and Record Sleeves

“… drawing a fine line between the sublime and the ordinary, the initial presentation criteria have been the aesthetic quality of the imagery, the nature of its production, the relationship to the music on the record and obviously my personal attachment …” Something completely different for the last post of 2016; instead of the musicContinue reading “Count To Ten: Drum & Bass Illustrations and Record Sleeves”

A Thousand Beautiful Things: Inside the Blu Mar Ten albums

“Musically it’s the same button we’ve been pressing since day one, trying to find that particular and delicate place between sadness and hope. We rarely find it, exactly, but we come close sometimes. It’s like what they say about jazz players, always trying to find the ‘lost chord’ …”  – Interview for UKF, November 2016.Continue reading “A Thousand Beautiful Things: Inside the Blu Mar Ten albums”

Short Trips (down memory lane)

“Modern, cinematic takes on ambient electronica and vintage aesthetics, sprinkled with bitter-sweet nostalgia” In the dawn of the 90s emerged a new musical hybrid, fusing various elements and structural forms of electronic music, relying upon composition, experimentation and innovation rather than adhering to formulaic standards associated with specific genres and styles. Free from dance-floor reactionsContinue reading “Short Trips (down memory lane)”

Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #7): UB40 – Until My Dying Day (Icons remix)

“Until My Dying Day was a tune UB40 had written, which was touted to be the theme for the latest Bond film at the time (GoldenEye) …” By the first half of the 90s, UB40’s constant touring had taken its toll and the band was ready for a well-earned rest. During their sabbatical, several ofContinue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #7): UB40 – Until My Dying Day (Icons remix)”

Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #6): Voyager – Hypersleep

“I work for the company. But don’t let that fool you; I’m really an okay guy.” “A track that has stood the test of time and will still be a classic even if you wake up after a 57-years hypersleep” Celebrating the 20th anniversary since the seminal ‘Hypersleep’ first saw the light of day, aContinue reading “Tracks I Wish I’d Written (issue #6): Voyager – Hypersleep”

Ancestral Voices – Night Of Visions: Inside the album

“.. the name (Ancestral Voices) comes from the idea that knowledge and wisdom are passed down aurally, sonically, and experientially into our time for us to learn the laws of Nature …” – excerpt from an Ancestral Voices interview for XLR8R Ancestral Voices is the side-project of British producer Liam Blackburn. Widely known in theContinue reading “Ancestral Voices – Night Of Visions: Inside the album”

Beastie Respond – Back To The Future

“ … a contemporary take on  80’s aesthetics, analogue synthesizers, flamboyancy and neon lights; a diverse canvas of nostalgia, audacity, luminescence, aspects and aspirations …” Beastie Respond is the recording alias of Danish producer Tobias Pedersen. He made his discography debut in 2011 for the bass music label Teal Recordings. After two singles on Teal,Continue reading “Beastie Respond – Back To The Future”

Beastie Respond Jumps The Q

“… I never set out to achieve something particular. I was listening to lots of electronic music when I first started writing my own, and for completely selfish reasons I wanted to create something that I enjoy myself. Something I felt was missing. I still feel like that. That and the acknowledgement I get for my workContinue reading “Beastie Respond Jumps The Q”

Count To Ten: Intrigue Music

“Intrigue came about from a desire to put on liquid funk nights in Bristol and showcase our sound. After a few years it developed into a record label, which was something I’d wanted to do since getting into production back in 2000.” – Ben Payne The fifteenth installment of the blog’s “Count To Ten” seriesContinue reading “Count To Ten: Intrigue Music”

Pact Infernal – The Descent

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here” “… A haunting sci-fi lullaby that quickly escalates to the soundtrack of the worst nightmare…” “The Descent” is the discography debut of Pact Infernal, a new production outfit hidden behind a veil of anonymity and mystery. Inspired from and thematically based on the epitome of medieval literature “DivineContinue reading “Pact Infernal – The Descent”