Review: In 1979, Cabaret Voltaire - then consisting of all three founder members, Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson - recorded a soundtrack for an experimental film "for two projectors" by Babeth Mondini. 40 years on, that soundtrack has finally been given a release. It's similar in tone to some of the Sheffield experimentalists' other soundtrack work from the period, offering discordant, unsettling and otherworldly sound collages that fuse heavily modified and processed instrumental parts (guitar, bass, drums, clarinet, saxophone) with tape loops, sampled dialogue and the band's ever-present electronic tones. Whether you're an obsessive Cabs fan or not, it's well worth a listen. This is, after all, a slice of previously hidden musical history.
Review: Over the last few years, the occasional studio collaborations between Factory Floor's Nik Void and Throbbing Gristle heavyweights Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti have proved to be faultless exercises in industrial music/techno fusion. They're at it again on third album "Triumvirate", a collection of dark, intense and mind-altering concoctions that veers from ricocheting, delay-laden alien funk ("T3.4") and surging, club-ready hypnotism ("T3.2", "T3.3"), to raw, Surgeon-esque assaults on the senses ("T3.5") and clanking, concrete-clad fare that recalls the best of Carter and Tutti's early '80s TG work ("T3.1", "T3.6"). There are few surprises, just a series of angry, on-point instrumental excursions that should delight all of those of an industrial persuasion.
Review: For the uninitiated, Maria Chavez is a "New York-based abstract turntablist" whose work often revolves around creating intricate electro-acoustic collages out of heavily processed snippets of vinyl noise. She's therefore the perfect artist to interpret Stefan Goldmann's "Ghost Hemiola", a double-pack of silent locked grooves whose only sound is whatever surface noise is audible on the records themselves. It's high concept stuff, but actually quite an interesting and absorbing listen, thanks largely to the way Chavez has processed, mangled and manipulated the barely audible noises found within Goldmann's locked grooves. Think bleeps, drones, hisses, echoing crackles and all manner of other weird, mind-altering noises, all arranged into one continuous, music concrete style "DJ mix".
Jarvis Cocker/David Cunningham - "The Interrogative Mood"
The Katzenjammers - "Cars"
Joseph & Louise Spence - "Won't That Be A Happy Time"
Andrew Wartts & The Gospel Storytellers - "Peter & John"
Bob Welch - "Don't Wait Too Long"
Alternative TV - "Cold Rain"
Serafina Steer - "Day Glo"
The Kings Singers - "After The Gold Rush"
Miranda July - "Rock Intro"
Morgana King - "It's A Quiet Thing"
Nina Simone - "Baltimore"
Art Garfunkel - "Waters Of March"
The Legendary Tigerman - "The Whole World's Got Eyes On You"
Cabaret Voltaire - "The Single"
Derek Cain/Derek Bowskill - "December"
Deanna Storey/John Brion - "Little Person"
Jake Thakray - "Old Molly Metcalf"
The Camarata Contemporary Chamber Group - "Gymnopedie No 3"
The Phoenix Foundation/Christopher Hitchens - "Corale/Thoughts On Religion"
Headless Heroes - "True Love Will Find You In The End"
Review: He will forever be known as the frontman of Pulp, but for many music lovers Jarvis Cocker has also won our affections with his erudite selections for his BBC 6 Music show. Entitled Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service, it ran every week from 2010 to 2017 and now a selection of his personal favourites get the compilation treatment. Reflecting the mood of most Sundays, the music is soothing, soft and mellow, but always high quality. There are stunning covers or Beyonce by Anthony & the Jonsons and Gary Numan's "Cars" on steel drums, plaintive piano pieces from John Baker and a classic from Nina Simone amongst a whole treasure trove of gems.
Alternative Theme From Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex
Nasa Arab 2
Theme From The Gay Mans Guide To Safer Sex
Review: Here's something to set the pulse racing: the first ever release of Coil's 1992 soundtrack to the VHS-only sex-ed documentary "The Gay Man's Guide To Safer Sex". It's always been something of an in-demand curio, primarily because it sees John Balance, Peter Christopherson and Danny Hyde not in industrial or experimental mode, but rather exploring the dreamy chord sequences and warming horizontal of ambient house (albeit with occasional nods towards acid jazz/proto trip-hop and what Hyde describes as "sort of progressive house"). It's very good, though, and comes with two tasty bonus cuts, "Nasa Arab" and "Omlagus Garfungiloops", which are vastly different versions of other soundtrack cuts. These were originally featured on a CD-only release in 1992.
Review: Following the release of his last album of synthesizer-driven imagined sci-fi themes, 2017's "Iteration", Seth Haley AKA Com Truise set about rebuilding his studio, refreshing his palette of sounds and developing a new approach. The result is "Persuasion System", a set of unsurprisingly synthesizer-driven tracks that feels warmer and more human than much of the producer's previous work. Of course, Haley's seemingly inherent melodiousness and obsession with bold aural colours remains at the forefront throughout, meaning that even more bittersweet moments - see "Ultrafiche Of You", "Privilege Escalation" and opaque ambient moments "Gaussian" and "Departure" - will leave listeners feeling suitably warm and fuzzy inside.
Review: The opening track on this album consists of a rough-edged descending synth stab that repeats over and over for a full two minutes. That, plus the lack of track titles, tells you right away that there are no artistic or commercial concessions being made here whatsoever: imagine Swans and Cradle Of Filth getting together in Squarepusher's studio to create a tribute to 'Metal Machine Music', and you're getting close to just how dark and deranged a collection this is. Don't expect: to hear any of these tracks on drivetime radio. Do expect: the 199 limited-edition copies to sell out quickly, mostly to folks who dress in black and own multiple Diamanda Galas albums.
Review: Trailed as a direct sequel to his previous solo album, 2017's "Avanti", "Volume Massimo" sees Nine Inch Nails member Alessandro Cortini offer up another immersive trip through droning guitar textures, repetitive synthesizer motifs, exotic sitar parts and fuzzy electronics. It's effectively a series of "maximal" instrumental soundscapes with sounds so large and layered they rise above the "meditative" tag pushed by Mute's PR team. This is no criticism, though, just a reflection that while contemplative at times, one of the most joyous things about the album is Cortini's ability to build thrilling walls of sound.