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  1. It's okay to park those carbon-frame bikes out front. It's a safe neighbourhood since gentrification. Bottom left guy is busy designing the new Instagram logo. He and a team of 100 people have been at it solidly night and day for three months. It's a huge project, bringing all the design teams together.
  2. Picture the scene. Middle-Class suburbia. Sunday lunchtime. Andrew is just finishing washing the Prius. There will be time for a bit of waxing too. Laura has sent the kids off to her mother and is now busying herself with the new Latté Machine they bought from Amazon Prime because it was free delivery. Andrew has the app on his iPhone so they can shop all day if they want. After lunch, they decide to take a trip to their local Gap clothing store in the shopping mall only 10 km away. The mall plays this really inoffensive muzak that lulls shoppers into a sort of embryonic bliss that makes them more susceptible to impulse purchases. Andrew knows all this because he majored in Psychology from Stanford. Muzak came to prominence in the late 70s and early 80s. Andrew is actually a fan and once enjoyed George Winston's albums on the Windham Hill label. He scrolls through his iTunes playlist for something new and finds just the thing for a Sunday drive. "What's that inoffensive, bland drivel that makes me want to slip into a coma?" asks his wife of five years. Andrew smiles and turns to her. "Ah, it's the new Tycho album."
  3. This album is okay, nothing more. I do like the Agelast remix. I think the overall quality is nowhere near Impossible Star but I feel like nearly all the tracks were originally pieces that weren't considered strong enough to be included on there. Still good to have some new MBM.
  4. Agelast is a completely new interpretation on this album. Love it.
  5. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, ambient architect Brian Eno will release a remastered version of his album Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks alongside a new album of original compositions. For All Mankind takes its name from the 1983 documentary by Al Reinert, for which the original Apollo album was intended to accompany. Check out the stunning visuals for a new track, ‘Like I Was A Spectator’, now. The new album features 11 new instrumental compositions, and sees Eno working alongside both his brother Roger and Daniel Lanois for the first time since the recording of Apollo. Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks – Extended Edition, which includes both the remastered edition of Apollo and For All Mankind, arrives on July 19 and will be available digitally, on CD and vinyl.
  6. Please, Joyrex. Lots of folks on here probably take an inordinate amount of time over choosing their carefully considered avatar (Guilty as charged).
  7. What's with the round avatars? YouTube links seem broken?
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    New Thomas Harris novel in two weeks. "Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked it for years. Leading the pack is Hans-Peter Schneider. Driven by unspeakable appetites, he makes a living fleshing out the violent fantasies of other, richer men. Cari Mora, caretaker of the house, has escaped from the violence in her native country. She stays in Miami on a wobbly Temporary Protected Status, subject to the iron whim of ICE. She works at many jobs to survive. Beautiful, marked by war, Cari catches the eye of Hans-Peter as he closes in on the treasure. But Cari Mora has surprising skills, and her will to survive has been tested before. Monsters lurk in the crevices between male desire and female survival. No other writer in the last century has conjured those monsters with more terrifying brilliance than Thomas Harris. Cari Mora, his sixth novel, is the long-awaited return of an American master." https://geni.us/bGsad
  9. Bumping this album up again because it's good and some folks may have missed its faded beauty. [bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=3329386671 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small track=1573353102]
  10. I picked up this last week. I don't know how to describe it. Boomkat said: It's a whirlpool of fugged-out hallucinations and severely down-pitched vocals with an altered, kaleidoscopic quality - for our money the project's finest hour, residing somewhere between Popol Vuh, Hype Williams, and the knackered smudge of Andy Stott’s classic 'We Stay Together'. Very enjoyable if you like any of the above. https://boomkat.com/products/voyage-sacrifice
  11. Given the quality of the two tracks, that's probably a wise move.
  12. Not feeling these two new tunes. Recall sounds like an experimental piece of noodling that should have never made it out of the demo sessions. Still pretty hopeful the album will be very good.
  13. Warp lifers Plaid return with their 10th LP. Polymer is a baker’s dozen of tunes that finds the duo of Ed Handley and Andy Turner showing off all of their tricks. Crafted under the manifesto ‘Polyphony, Pollution and Politics’, Polymer manages to synthesise this trio of concerns into a set of stirring electronic compositions. Unsurprisingly for a record so heavily concerned with the current socio-political climate, there are times when Polymer can be an intense listen. Quite a few of these tunes feature the sort of wheezy, pensive synth play that crops up in the work of Oneohtrix Point Never. The fact that this is frequently wed to choppy breakbeat techno rhythms (think Clark) only heightens the air of dystopian unease that skulks in the background of the LP. However, the ‘Polyphony’ that the group lean on here also spawns some gorgeous moments. An entry like ‘Maru’ chains propulsive beats together with some sparkling harmonies in a manner that recalls Modeselektor or Apparat. It is a clouds-parting moment, one where the worries that plague Polymer lift and the listener is swept away by the simple beauty of Plaid’s music. Handley and Turner repeat the magic several times across the track list, and these computer ballads bring Polymer close to the sort of records Mark Pritchard has been crafting of late. As they have done time and again throughout their career, Plaid draw a human warmth from their machines on Polymer. https://bleep.com/release/128327-plaid-polymer
  14. Warp lifers Plaid return with their 10th LP. Polymer is a baker’s dozen of tunes that finds the duo of Ed Handley and Andy Turner showing off all of their tricks. Crafted under the manifesto ‘Polyphony, Pollution and Politics’, Polymer manages to synthesise this trio of concerns into a set of stirring electronic compositions. Unsurprisingly for a record so heavily concerned with the current socio-political climate, there are times when Polymer can be an intense listen. Quite a few of these tunes feature the sort of wheezy, pensive synth play that crops up in the work of Oneohtrix Point Never. The fact that this is frequently wed to choppy breakbeat techno rhythms (think Clark) only heightens the air of dystopian unease that skulks in the background of the LP. However, the ‘Polyphony’ that the group lean on here also spawns some gorgeous moments. An entry like ‘Maru’ chains propulsive beats together with some sparkling harmonies in a manner that recalls Modeselektor or Apparat. It is a clouds-parting moment, one where the worries that plague Polymer lift and the listener is swept away by the simple beauty of Plaid’s music. Handley and Turner repeat the magic several times across the track list, and these computer ballads bring Polymer close to the sort of records Mark Pritchard has been crafting of late. As they have done time and again throughout their career, Plaid draw a human warmth from their machines on Polymer. https://bleep.com/release/128327-plaid-polymer
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