Author Archives: luke
Written by luke. Posted on September 4, 2009.
I don’t think there’s any getting around the fact that ‘Temporary Pleasure’, Simian Mobile Disco’s new offering, is not a good album. In fact, it may well be a bad album, or at the very least a disappointing and utterly forgettable one. Although, it would be difficult for any record, no matter how superlative, to [...]
Written by luke. Posted on September 2, 2009.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet, much like the email that delivered it to us. His name is Coralcola, he comes from the US, I’m almost positive he listens to The Field and with this track he’s served up a blissful 10 minute odyssey through muted beats, subcutaneous bass pulses, drifting loops and [...]
Written by luke. Posted on August 19, 2009.
Hold up the crazy train and lock up your pets and the fragile elderly, because the Bag Raiders are coming and they are a, um, menace to, uh, pets… and the fragile elderly… When I began that sentence I thought that I’d come up with a better way to finish it. I really did. Sigh. [...]
Written by luke. Posted on August 11, 2009.
I’ve been meaning to do another dubstep post for, well, ages, (it’s been 14 months since the first of what was at the time going to be many Dubstep Digests) but I was a bit hesitant because I’ve always been a little hazy on how the genre as a whole felt toward the idea of [...]
Written by luke. Posted on July 31, 2009.
Neon Indian! Doesn’t the phrase simply conjure up magical images of happy native Americans trading the land that was their birthright for expanded gambling rights? No? Just me then? Right you are. Who Neon Indian are, then, is an as yet unidentified duo from Austin/Brooklyn (although apparently the Austin connection is Alan Palomo from Vega/Ghosthustler) [...]
Written by luke. Posted on July 28, 2009.
It took its sweet ass time, but finally, oh so finally, Delorean’s (previous posts here, here and here… Yeah, I kinda like them, hey) stonking new Ayrton Senna EP has dropped on Fluo Kids’ excellent Fool House imprint. The name, as much as anything, seems like a bit of a nod of the head to [...]
Written by luke. Posted on June 30, 2009.
Recently I’ve been noticing the presence of a new strain of saturated, textured and lovely electronica on the scene; a sequence of increasingly sophisticated synth-laden riffs on the interplay between indie and electronic music. While this kind of borderline rock/electronic music is in no way a novel phenomenon (certainly Krautrock were arguably doing it 30 [...]
Written by luke. Posted on June 3, 2009.
I think one of the best things about the rapid ascendance of this current crop of electro-pop songstresses (see Boots, Little, Goulding, Ellie, The Diamonds, Marina and) is that they are, to a person, proving to be ripe, varied and exciting remix subjects. And we’re not talking just the straight up space disco/electro-house rewrites either; [...]
Written by luke. Posted on May 29, 2009.
I have no end of love for German electronica maestros Modeselektor, and am at least moderately fond of German minimal/IDM don Apparat, so when I heard that they were rekindling their German collaborative project Moderat (geddit? It’s a portmanteau!) I was very, very excited. So excited that I may have actually fallen off my chair. [...]
Written by luke. Posted on May 18, 2009.
Every time I look at the title of this blog, my mind flies back to the heady days of 2007; the year when electro first exploded into the mainstream, propelled forward on a wave of stomping house beats spliced with synth-rock and electroclash sensibilities. I remember thinking at the time how amazing it was that [...]
Written by luke. Posted on May 14, 2009.
This photo notwithstanding, I really like Evil Nine, and have done for quite a while. I was (electronically) coming of age in the nu-skool breaks scene just as their debut album ‘You Can Be Special Too’ really started making waves in late 2003, so from the get go their particular brand of stomping, rock-tinged, snare-kick [...]
Written by luke. Posted on May 8, 2009.
I think that when I look back at this grand music blogging adventure and start tallying up all the hits and misses of my career, the one that’s really going to sting was the time in June last year when I picked up a track called ‘Sleepyhead’ from the now defunct Good Weather for Airstrikes, [...]
Written by luke. Posted on April 30, 2009.
Well, I’m blogging while sitting in a lecture on the Law of Trusts. Welcome to the connected generation. The Field’s (or Alex Wilner’s) ‘From Here We Go Sublime’ was without doubt one of my albums of 2007. Kinda odd choice really, as up until that point I’d eschewed minimal like the plague, but there was [...]
Written by luke. Posted on April 29, 2009.
[with apologies to Lykke. You've been supplanted. For the moment.] Beyond the rampant ascent of dubstep, early 2009′s other major, more marketable trend seems to be coming in the form of a new breed of ultra-cute, female indie/electro-pop darlings. Think Little Boots, La Roux, Marina and the Diamonds and now the new entrant in the [...]