Be kind and rewind

It’s been a lean few years for new artists in electronic music. Aside from dubstep, which went down the shitter pretty quickly, there hasn’t been much to get excited about. The IDM glory days are long gone. But one artist definitely bucking the trend is VHS Head. Emerging seemingly from nowhere in 2009, he has […]

My top five albums of 2011

5. Sigur Rós — Inni After a three year hiatus following the release of Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust, Sigur Rós have emerged with… an album of old material. Well, in fairness, it is the first serious attempt at a live album (although Hvarf / Heim had already sort of settled that need in […]

My top ten albums of 2011 (part one)

10. Steve Reich — WTC 9/11 Steve Reich’s piece, about the September 11 terrorist attacks, is similar in concept to the great Different Trains. The piece uses recordings of radio broadcasts made by air traffic controllers and fire officers made at the time of the attacks, moving on to interviews of New York residents talking […]

My top five singles / EPs of 2011

5. Venetian Snares — Cubist Reggae It’s been a while since I’ve bought any Venetian Snares material, but I was immediately drawn when I heard a clip of the opening track, Ever Apparent All Being Shoulder. One of those times where I hear a piece of music and think, it’s not quite like anything I’ve […]