Author Archives: JB

Automatisme ~ Terrain Reduction

The humble bonus track has long been part of the record companies’ artillery when it comes to attracting the poor suckers who still buy their music. Whether it was popping an extra B-side into a double 7” single package, or

Automatisme ~ Terrain Reduction

The humble bonus track has long been part of the record companies’ artillery when it comes to attracting the poor suckers who still buy their music. Whether it was popping an extra B-side into a double 7” single package, or

Cut A Lonely Figure ~ Sugimoto Seascapes

The artist name predates the argot of self-isolation and social distancing that are the watchwords of 2020, but it’s a suitably apt choice given the number of people who found themselves alone, not always by choice, before Covid19 began to

Cut A Lonely Figure ~ Sugimoto Seascapes

The artist name predates the argot of self-isolation and social distancing that are the watchwords of 2020, but it’s a suitably apt choice given the number of people who found themselves alone, not always by choice, before Covid19 began to

Ryuichi Sakamoto ~ The Staggering Girl

Matt Schrader’s Score was a 2016 documentary that offered an array of insights from composers and stories behind some of the most interesting and best-known movie soundtracks of recent years, as well as providing an all-too-brief look at the history

Ryuichi Sakamoto ~ The Staggering Girl

Matt Schrader’s Score was a 2016 documentary that offered an array of insights from composers and stories behind some of the most interesting and best-known movie soundtracks of recent years, as well as providing an all-too-brief look at the history

Steve Spacek ~ Houses

Some album titles can be ambiguous or misleading, sometimes relying on an in-joke or a pun. This is not one of those occasions. There’s no sense of misdirection with the excellent Houses, as Steve Spacek draws on his love of

Steve Spacek ~ Houses

Some album titles can be ambiguous or misleading, sometimes relying on an in-joke or a pun. This is not one of those occasions. There’s no sense of misdirection with the excellent Houses, as Steve Spacek draws on his love of

The Matthew Herbert Big Band ~ The State Between Us

The full name of the group is The Matthew Herbert Great Britain and Gibraltar European Union Membership Referendum Big Band – a little unwieldy perhaps, which is why it’s been conveniently hash-tagged as #brexitbigband for all your social media needs.

The Matthew Herbert Big Band ~ The State Between Us

The full name of the group is The Matthew Herbert Great Britain and Gibraltar European Union Membership Referendum Big Band – a little unwieldy perhaps, which is why it’s been conveniently hash-tagged as #brexitbigband for all your social media needs.

Szun Waves ~ New Hymn to Freedom

The concept of the ‘super-group’ is one that, thankfully, remains confined to rock-centric circles; it is, in a nutshell, a loose partnership of musicians from other bands who aren’t quite able to scratch the itch where they are at the

Szun Waves ~ New Hymn to Freedom

The concept of the ‘super-group’ is one that, thankfully, remains confined to rock-centric circles; it is, in a nutshell, a loose partnership of musicians from other bands who aren’t quite able to scratch the itch where they are at the

Djrum ~ Portrait With Firewood

The portents for Portrait With Firewood are unusual to say the least, particularly for a producer more associated with a series of releases that mostly combined cinematic samples and atmosphere with a dubstep-inspired late-night wooziness. Instead, Felix Manuel, who records

Djrum ~ Portrait With Firewood

The portents for Portrait With Firewood are unusual to say the least, particularly for a producer more associated with a series of releases that mostly combined cinematic samples and atmosphere with a dubstep-inspired late-night wooziness. Instead, Felix Manuel, who records

Bonniesongs ~ Strings

A single string can be a fragile thing, but together they can be mighty. A spider can get around with one gossamer thread but it won’t catch much, yet if it combines its lines into a web some unsuspecting fly

Bonniesongs ~ Strings

A single string can be a fragile thing, but together they can be mighty. A spider can get around with one gossamer thread but it won’t catch much, yet if it combines its lines into a web some unsuspecting fly