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#126 Bulk VanderHooj

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 02:13 PM

Light of India...one of my favorite electronic songs ever.

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 02:35 PM

Poppy Seed!



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Posted 03 January 2019 - 05:52 PM

Poppy Seed!


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 04:02 AM   Best Answer

ZIQ004
Horse Opera
3 Cornered Room
Released 02-11-1998
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Planet Mu site: https://planet.mu/re...-cornered-room/
Planet Mu Store: https://planetmu.ble...3-cornered-room
Spotify: https://open.spotify...sQZOGhlnawH1cPg


About the album:
Debut album from Spymania affiliate Steve Taylor aka Horse Opera. After Horse Opera’s contribution to the Mealtime comp on Mike Paradinas’ Planet Mu label, We were expecting Three Cornered Room to be more of a tweaked out drum ‘n’ bass workout than it actually is. Instead, Horse Opera lead us on a trek through 30 minutes of Vibert-ian style hip-hop. Rarely touching anything resembling drum n’ bass, Three Cornered Room is full of squelchy synth lines, 808 kicks, and slightly mutated breaks. The CD runs the full gamut, from a half-hearted take on the Prince motif “Sexy MF” to somewhat of a remix (?) of a few older A Tribe Called Quest tracks on the closing “House of the Jazz.” More than just an update to the current crop of abstract headz, Horse Opera could hold its own against the best of the current crop of break manipulators.
About the artist:
Steven Marcus Taylor has appeared on Spymania as Steev & T3 Perm Leech, Ill as Hoarse Operator but his best known material is undoubtedly his work as Horse Opera on Planet Mu. He first came to light on a tape sent to me by Hardy from Spymania when I was compiling the Mealtime compilation (on old Planet Mu/Virgin) and his classic Utility Fog was a highlight of that release. It re-appeared in remixed form as Agility Dog on his 8 track mini album 3 Cornered Room (ZIQ004).
Steve is continuing his good work in the name of electronic music with his Hand On The Plow label recording with Laszlo Beckett as Beckett + Taylor and also the synth DIY website Thonk.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:12 AM

I didnt even know this album existed... and overall it seems like this album got little to no attention which is a shame. "30 minutes of Vibert-ian style hip-hop" sounds like i'd be bored to tears but the description is not very accurate, actually I really enjoyed this album. Much more dynamic and inventive than I thought it would be, specially from Sexy MF onwards

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 12:54 PM

Schis-A-Ning and the title track are great, never liked the other tracks on this much though. You're right, it's not really all that Viberty.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:56 AM

ZIQ003
Tusken Raiders
Bantha Trax Vol.2
Released 29-03-1999
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Planet Mu site: https://planet.mu/re...tha-trax-vol-2/
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ZIQ006
Tusken Raiders
The Motorbike Track
Released 03-05-1999
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Planet Mu site: https://planet.mu/re...otorbike-track/
Planet Mu Store: https://planetmu.ble...motorbike-track
Bandcamp: https://mikeparadina...motorbike-track
Spotify: https://open.spotify...nT4WFWW7N8LTbwQ

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He of many monikers, Mike Paradinas, returns to his Tusken Raiders alias to put out these two new 12″s on his own Planet Mu imprint. Bantha Trax vol.2 does not resemble the original Bantha Trax released by Clear records in the least. What we have actually has more in common with Panacea and the Position Chrome crew. Yes, it is over the top, brutal dark drum and bass. And hey, to make the package complete, you get song titles like “Death” and “Ice Nine” and cover art work that looks more like Norwegian black metal than anything else. The first track, “Banthacid,” starts off the EP as a somewhat bland two step drum and bass track, save for the extremely dark yet amazingly funky bass line. Halfway through, it erupts into fractured Amen breaks and massive distortion. A good opener track. “Ice Nine” follows a similar line, but has a more Ray Keith/Penny Black feel to it with very dense and unsettling distortion. The secret to this track though is to focus on the melodic ambient sounds in the background. It finds it’s way to the surface a couple of times evoking the familiar Mu-Ziq sound. Flip over to side two and the trouble starts. Pansy puts you directly into the cover artwork. As you walk through the dark cemetary at night, a dense fog surrounds and evelops you. All your childhood nightmares resurface a huge Amen break explodes and a zombified bass line rips you apart, and sends your heart racing a couple more b.p.m.’s faster than the beat. This get’s my vote as the standout track of the four. Just a huge, huge track. Finishing up the EP is “Death.” Following Pansy and with a title like that, you would think this would send you to the rubber room wrapped up like a Christmas present. But, while “Death” does not pummel you into a basket case, it does confuse you with erratic drum programming, while the bass line prods and pokes you into a dark corner until you have completely surrendered.


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props to mike or whoever wrote that for saying a track is "somewhat bland" on the press release

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 02:20 PM

What’s the deal with Motorbike Track being under Tusken Raiders alias when it was originally µ-Ziq and on the Royal Astronomy LP and 12” promo?

I like Bantha Trax Vol.2 alright, got a lot of good memories attached to that record but rarely listen to it anymore.
Motorbike Tack is still an absolute banger though. I always remember it being in an episode of The Trip with NASA footage of animals experiencing zero gravity in the ‘vomit comet’

Edited by Moebius, 11 January 2019 - 02:22 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2019 - 03:55 PM

i'm a sucker for DnB but those 4 tracks on bantha 2 range from 'alright' to 'I don't want to listen to this ever again' (that's just Ice Nine tbh). Nothing really remarkable here tbh, as far as dndb goes.. not the structure, not the breaks, not the basslines... it's not shit or anything mind you. It's just perfectly mediocre

'the motorbike track' kinda sounds like muziq trying to go pop/big beat, kind of, at least for the first 3 minutes. Probably my fav track of the bunch. The Other Track is remarkable in how mike took a totally throwaway beat and bassline and ran with it for 8 minutes, put it on the bside, and didnt even give it a proper title. Thats confidence, good for him

kinda disappointed considering the first bantha trax is one of my favorite muziq releases, one of the few I really enjoy

anyway...

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 04:00 PM

ZIQ008
Capitol K
Sounds Of The Empire
Released 05-07-1999
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Planet Mu site: https://planet.mu/re...-of-the-empire/
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Sounds of the Empire sees Capitol K making tweaked-out electronic sound collages that bristle with as much ear-pleasing melody as they drip with innovation. Kristian Craig Robinson and Cliff Harris weave loads of ringing synth sounds with layers of more traditional instruments and sound effects toward a most moody atmosphere. Songs like “People” boom with heavy bass and crash and stutter via dark samples. Unlike knob-twisting peer Luke Vibert, who plays with samples and electronics in a similar yet lighter way, Capitol K never lets their samples get out of hand. Capitol K’s samples add crazed depth to the songs, rather than acting as elements toward some catchy goal. The album attacks fiercely at times. “People” is again a good example; after four minutes of interesting dabbling, the duo deploy an armada of evil drum’n’bass madness. One of Capitol K’s best traits is that they’re not afraid of pop hooks. Many of their dark electronic contemporaries can’t claim that characteristic in their music. “Lagoon” is so fragile and gentle in its acoustic foundation that it threatens to turn into a New Order song at any second. The vocals on “Janome Home” are a brilliant change of pace, as the song achieves the blissed-out state Leila was attempting with Courtesy of Choice. One imagines Tim Burgess singing to music by Bjork. “Jump off the Box” comes like a more subtle Orbital. The album works on many levels; songs sound warm and inviting while still having raging, ominous souls. Bubbling cacophony rarely sounds this compelling. Sounds of the Empire is a stunning, confident debut which is full of riveting, accessible electronic artistry.
About the artist:
I was djing at the Sprawl club in London in mid ’98 when a girl came up to me and handed me a demo tape entitled “Capitol K”. I didn’t hear what she said (I was mixing in Urban Shakedown’s Arsonist VIP dub at the time) but I assumed it was hers. When I got home I put on the demo and it jumped out at me. It contained 2 tracks, “Jump Off The Box” which captivated me with it’s backwards guitar, mumbled vocals & hi-Q snare rolls and “Song For Belgium” which had thundering live drums and great smudges of tape manipulated atonal guitar loops (in dub). Well, this was not the sort of thing I was used to getting and I rang the number on the tape. Turned out it was this guy Kristian Robinson (and it was handed me by his flatmate who was also friends with Elf-Cut, the label where his debut EP was released). Over the next few months K sent me the remaining tracks which made up his debut “Sounds Of The Empire” which is still one of the best debut albums I have heard. His sound combines smudged electronics with lo-fi rock and the results are fucking great. Kristian is really an original artist doing his own thing.


Tracklist:

1. Song For Banana - 08:01
2. Little Submarine - 03:37
3. Janome Home - 04:28
4. Doe - 03:35
5. People - 05:18
6. Lagoon - 04:11
7. Song for Belgium - 04:47
8. Jump Off The Box - 04:35
9. Sounds Of The Empire - 04:32
10. Cosmonaut - 06:34



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Posted 14 January 2019 - 07:05 PM

that's a gr8 little album, I like

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 08:42 PM

I'm like a week or two behind but I finally listened to the Mealtime comp. It's got some good stuff in it, wasn't a bad track at all (and if you know me I always think there's a bad track somewhere) but really, surprisingly consistent, particularly for a compilation. But even with that, nothing much stood out, very much a sampler...guess that's the point, of course. Weakest track was maybe that Mr Angry remix. Personally liked the Jega track most, but again, all was pretty good. 



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Posted Yesterday, 08:48 PM

Love Sounds of the Empire. Song for Banana is a hell of an opener.



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