Archive for the ‘Krautrock’ Category

Lives Of Angels

Monday, November 5th, 2012

This slice of DIY dark-wave from ’86 just got reissued and is a fantastic addition for anyone looking for some brooding, bummer-rock for a long Fall train-ride. Originally home recorded from ’81-’83 by a U.K. based husband and wife duo, the “Elevator To Eden” album was initially released on cassette. It was picked up a few years later and re-tooled for a vinyl release, but the band had issues with the mixes and the record sunk into obscurity until Dark Entries reissued the original cassette mix this year. Sitting somewhere between early Factory Records releases and the synth-driven, minimalist cold-wave scene, Lives Of Angels has a hint of krautrock and a million other things hidden between the lines.

Lives Of Angels – Ascension
Lives Of Angels – The Rock Drill

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Modeselektor

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

After a long 4 year wait, the Berlin-based duo Modeselektor returns with their 3rd LP, this time on their own label, Monkeytown.  The album is bizarre and really runs the gamut of styles, but you can hear the constant undertones of angular German electronic production.  Heavy electro tunes like Evil Twin showcase the duo’s production skill with the high energy lead synth playing in odd time against the rhythm.  This is instant classic techno, but it’s a little too weird to go mainstream.  This is highlighted by their choices of guest vocalists; in addition to the usual suspect Thom Yorke, avant garde rappers Busdriver and Antipop Consortium lay down abstract verses over spacey Techno.

All in all the album sounds more like a collection of singles, each an experiment on a concept, and that’s great for an electronic group accustomed to releasing singles and EPs.  Modeselektor is on tour supporting the album, and I highly recommend going to see them live.  I caught their show in Montreal over the summer, and it was absolutely insane; they didn’t even hit the stage until 1:30am.  Pre-sale went quickly, and I won’t be surprised if it sells out, so I’d get a ticket sooner than later.  SF people, I’ll see you at 1015 Folsom, Friday the 13th!

Modeselektor – Shipwreck (ft Thom Yorke)
Modeselektor – German Clap
Modeselektor – Berlin

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Bonus:
Video for Evil Twin (featt Otto von Schirach)

Spank Rock

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Remember the first Spank Rock album from a few years back? It basically broke “B-more / Philly Club” to the masses and the crew enjoyed some mild success with tours and DJ mixtapes. Years passed and we never got a proper follow-up; the producer, XXXChange was doing things with Mad Decent, and MC Spank Rock (as he is now known?) just kind of disappeared. Well apparently, he was in Berlin, recording some high-energy avant-rap with European Techno wizards, Boys Noize. It’s like everything good about Major Lazer without any of the bullshit irony or culture co-opting; minimal raps over house and dancehall beats with heavy dance-club influence.

The new album gets bonus points for the incredible name: Everything is Boring and Everything is a Fucking Liar. Boys Noize produced most of the tracks on the album, though XXXChange is back for a few. It’s a change of pace from the formulaic B-more sound, but keeps the high energy dance vibe perfectly. The fact-paced, filthy raps fit perfectly over the monster analog synths and booming 808 beats. Glad to hear this bizarro MC doing something new while retaining his integrity. Side note: I can’t believe nobody sampled Can’s “Vitamin C” in such a major way until now, but check out Energy for the best possible use of that sample.

Spank Rock – Energy
Spank Rock – Ta Da
Spank Rock – #1 Hit

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Bonus:
Spank Rock – #1 Hit (This is literally the best/weirdest video I’ve seen all year)