June 02016 on Audioxide

01.07.02016


Old western blues, East Coast hip-hop, experimental void rock, and African-inspired funk joined hands last month; just another step in our march towards lasting world domination peace. We’ve juggled reviews of two old favourites with two oddball releases, and been rather pleased with the decision. Nas’s Illmatic and Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, temples for their respective genres, have been a delight to return to—and for some of us, discover. At the behest of our good friend Gabriel, who joined us for the verdict, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra’s wry and charming Something Blue brought some new blood to the party, and while Swans frontman Michael Gira is now a stately 62 years old, his group’s new release The Glowing Man boasts all the fearlessness and innovation one could ask for (plus a little extra, frankly).

Andrew led the way with articles, reflecting on albums old (The Avalanches’ Since I Left You) and new (Flume’s Skins), with André asking where The Strokes go following the release of their Future Present Past EP. Meanwhile, Fred whinged about the rhetoric surrounding DMCA reform. There is a picture. Things have been ticking along nicely in our little pocket of noise. Here’s to the same and more in the July.

 

Album reviews


Something Blue

June 8th

ROB HERON AND co. // SOMETHING BLUE

The songwriting is dynamic and fun, the group is delightfully tight on a technical level, Heron’s lyrics are sprite and clever, and I can barely enjoy any of it because it’s like I’m hearing it through a wall.”

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IllmaticJUNE 15TH

NAS // ILLMATIC

For those looking to get into hip-hop, I would show them Illmatic ahead of any record at my disposal. Better rap albums have been released since, but none have captured the heart and soul of hip-hop quite like this.”

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The Glowing ManJUNE 22nd

SWANS // THE GLOWING MAN

It’s a rewarding experience, if not always a pleasant one. Whatever it is Swans are doing in The Glowing Man, they’re doing something. It’s healthy for ears to be bombarded with music like this every now and then.”

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Remain in LightJUNE 29th

TALKING HEADS // REMAIN IN LIGHT

This is one for the audiophiles. Under the Midas wing of Brian Eno, Talking Heads juggle African genres with Western experimentation and innovative digital play, glazing the whole affair with almost delirious David Byrne lyrics and delivery.”

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aRTICLES


June 1st
Album cover for Flume - Skin

FLUME COVERS CONSIDERABLE GROUND WITH ‘SKIN’

/Andrew

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Since I Left YouJune 3rd

A RETROSPECTIVE LOOK AT THE AVALANCHES

/Andrew

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Future Present PastJune 6th

THE STROKES CONTINUE THEIR SEARCH FOR A SOUND

/André

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DMCA Rabbit HoleJune 27th

THE DMCA RABBIT HOLE

/Fred

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