Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
This mid-90s group is a highly regarded, mellow groove coalition.
Their name was originally invoked as a gesture in support of the
Inuit people's struggle for their own homeland.
The four-piece band was based in Salford, Manchester.
ESKIMOS & EGYPT - WELCOME TO THE PAST (BALEARIC MIX)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
''I don't give a shit about the sixties.I'm just
obsessed with technology and i want to exploit it
and use it to the best of my ability.
I've always been a gadget-freak.I've got a real fetish
for well-designed things.Food processors,anything.
Cheap machines that help improve people's lives
are f***ing brilliant.''
Tony Martin (Hypnotone)
Melody Maker,April 20 1991
HYPNOTONE - QUASAR
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
In Oreanda they sat on a bench not far from the church,looked down on the sea,and were silent.Yalta was barely visible through the morning mist,white clouds stood motionless on the mountaintops.The leaves of the trees did not stir,cicadas called and the monotonous,dull noise of the sea,coming from below,spoke of the peace,of the eternal sleep that awaits us.So it had sounded below,when neither Yalta nor Oreanda were there,so it sounded now and would go on sounding with the same indifference when we are no longer here.And in this constancy,in this utter indifference to the life and death of each of us,there perhaps lies hidden the pledge of our eternal salvation,the unceasing movement of life on earth,of unceasing perfection.Sitting beside the young woman,who looked so beautiful in the dawn,appeased and enchanted by the view of this magical decor-sea mountains -clouds,the open sky,Gurov reflected that ,essentially,if you thought of it,everything was beautiful in this world,everything except for what ourselves think and do when we forget the highest goals of being and our human dignity.
From ''Lady with the Dog''
PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA - WILDLIFE
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Another pointless category thought up by journalists?
Actually no.It's a term thought up by the record-happy
types at Manchester's Eastern Bloc record shop.
For new Med think a new Balearic.Mediterranean music
aimed not at the dancefloor but the head.
Think the film soundtracks of E.Morricone or Fila Brazillia's
folsky D'n'B.Think deep house played next to the modern
classical of Penguin Cafe Orchestra.Think whole diaspora
of music that's linked by nothing more complex than it's
sheer sonic beauty.
"It's a return to the old Balearic vibe.Not the idea of playing
whatever you want ,but just play wonderful,spiritual,warm music.
It's a reaction against the hands in the air mentality."
Says Eastern Bloc's Mark Jackson.
It was Mark who came up with the name,pissing about in the shop
with fellow Bloc-head Richard 'Moonboots' Blithell.
'We've all been collecting this music for years,"says Mark,"and we
just wanted something to help people know what we are talking about.
We thought of 'Nuevo Flamenco',but we ended up with new Med ,u know
new Mediterranean,new meditation."
He's the first person who admit that it's not much to hang a musical
movement around ,seeing as he can only really name 4 people who are
into it: him,Richard,chill out DJ Phil Mison and Hugh Bryder(Scope).
The starting point was the awesome chill out selection of veteran
Jose Padilla,who has been playing everything from Leftfield to classical
for most of the last decades.But the Ibiza conjured up by a second
generation Balearic DJ like Phil Mison is the club folklore of eternal sunsets
and blissed out afternoons on the beach.
New Med might sound like trainspotty clique-let's face it,
it is a trainspotty clique-but when ambient has travelled so far down the
noisy road away from it's original chill ethic towards a the decidedly
unsettling ''illbient'',thank Christ there are still people interested in
seeking out music that massages your temples rather than pummels them.
Music has soul rather than intellectual pretensions.
Something you can enjoy at face value without having your preconceptions
challenged.So what's new Med?It's rather nice,isn't it?
Mr Lah-De-Dah Gunner.
OLD MED TEN
1.Rainer & The Grid - NOD 2 N20
2.Ten City - All loved out
3.John Martin - Sunshine better
4.Jepthe Guillame - Lakou
5.Baby Mammoth - EP
6.Thievery Corporation - sounds from the thivery Hi-Fi LP
7.Faze Action - Plans and Desings
8.Kruder & Dorfmeister - Fuck dub
9.Roy Davis Jr - Gabriel
10.D-Note - D-votion
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Hyde and Smith were members of Underworld
on its first incarnation as a rock band,
which went on a hiatus after 1990. In 1992,
the two grouped with Darren Emerson to record
electronic music. In the beginning stages
they decided to release their material both as Underworld
and as Lemon Interupt, in order to check public reaction
to their new artistic direction.
The new Underworld first released Eclipse/Big Mouth
double A side on Juniors Boy's Own as Lemon Interupt.
Balearic -minded,effortlessly melodic house that had Dj's
clawing past each other at the counter for copies.
LEMON INTERUPT - ECLIPSE