It’s great when you forget you had something to look forward to, like a Wispa Gold you’d left in the glove box, however, in the case of the new Kavinsky record I can’t help feel that the edges have started to melt. I’ve been a big fan of Vincent Belorgey since his ‘Teddy Boy’ EP, finally somebody was doing 80s exploitation movie soundtrack stuff and doing it well. This also brought with it a wave of standout remixes from the likes of SabastiAn and Justice and a pitch perfect appearance of ‘Nightcall’ in the outstanding “Drive” in 2011.
It’s now been over 5 years since we’ve heard any serious releases and although good music is good music, it would have been nice to hear from the Ferrari wielding maniac slightly sooner. So is it worth waiting for…? Sort of, ‘Protovision’, ‘Odd Look’ and ‘Rampage’ are what could be the start of a great album, but instead of wanting to don your driving gloves you’re left with what feels like a trip through Kavinsky’s dusty hard-drive. ‘Prelude’, ‘Blizzard’ and ‘Roadgame’ aren’t bad tracks, they just lack that authentic feel that made Kavinsky stand out. The MCing on ‘Suburbia’ doesn’t seem to work particularly well and the voice over for ‘Endless’, like Stickle Bricks and Lego, just doesn’t fit right.
As a die-hard Kavinsky fan there’s enough to get you going, but I wanted an album I could stick on in the car and as a law-abiding citizen still get the urge to be part of a police pursuit. (6.3)
Technically it’s not this year but I found this guy about a month ago, well worth a go.
Along with being a masterpiece in cinema, ‘Drive’ had one of the best soundtracks of the last few years. With bands like the Chromatics, Desire and College I was in my element, but I missed that the vocals on ‘A Real Hero’ were from Electric Youth so here they are, enjoy.
For me ‘Oi Oi Oi’ from Mr Ridha was one of the best dance albums of 2007 and an album I return to regularly. Although not as hard-hitting, ‘Out of the Black’ has a good mix of tracks from the Berlin based producer, with what seems like a big nod to some latter Daft Punk albums.
‘What You Want’ and ‘XTC’ aren’t the strongest of starts to an album, with an almost Chemical Brother feel to them, they don’t push any boundaries. Once you get to track three, it all looks a lot more “noisy”. ‘Missile’ has your foot stomping within a couple of bars and ‘Ich R U’ followed by ‘Rocky 2′ includes some signature Ridha distortion mayhem. The foot’s off the gas for the middle of the album ‘Circus Full of Clowns’ and ‘Conchord’ struggle to hold your attention and ‘Touch It’ and ‘Stop’, as well as being characters dropped from and 80s children’s TV series could of also been bonus tracks on ‘Human After All’. While ‘Reality and “Merlin’ fail to get the album really started again ‘Got It’, featuring Snoop Dogg does end the album on a surprising high note. (6.0)
Some really interesting stuff here, some of the tracks don’t gel or just feel a bit like demos, but both this one and ‘End’, from their self titled album have something to offer. Going to keep my eyes on these guys.
Filled with mysticism and dark thoughts the Tet is back on form!
Aun, the latest release from the Austrian experimental guitarist, Fennesz is another journey of rich controlled distortion with shimmering harmonics and atmospheric reverberation, but I still prefer Venice.
Love anything that takes me back to the good old days of Sega and the likes, this track does just that with a good measure of analogue mayhem to boot. Highly recommend the album, go hear…