Minimalism, repetition, loops, fuzziness, repetition, vagueness, dreaminess, repetition and repetition. Yes, it's the slightly-longer-than-usual Dronecast! Some of my very favourite music, featuring shoegaze, nu-gaze, techno, drum & bass, modern classical, drone-metal, post-rock and a disintegrating tape loop.
The Loftcast is back following a year off! In this episode I talk about and play some of the music I love that has come out of Bristol over the years. It's quite eclectic and my delivery is a bit rusty, but hopefully you'll enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.
Machiavellian evil! Theft, kidnap and drowning! Murder and revenge dismemberment! Corpses! Murder! Mass drowning! Hat-related murder! Adultery, duelling, murder, domestic abuse and decaptiation! Aggravated grevious bodily harm and milk-related bludgeoning! Home invasion, vandalism and murder! A serial killer with and amphibian-like brain! It can only be the return of the Loftcast after a frankly inexcusable delay!
Sorry, I know I've been a bit lazy, but it's all OK now because the Loftcast returns with the long promised mix of noisy, harsh, fast, repetitive, uncompromising, difficult, discordant and downright nasty tracks from the Lofthouse archives. Gabba rubs shoulders with thrash, droning indie exchanges blows with souped-up breakcore while happy hardcore and techno steal the radiators and wee in the bath. Hope you like it as much as I do.
The next bit of the 2011 review is finished! This wasn't supposed to be as long as it is, but I got carried away. There's a leaning towards the electronic, but that doesn't mean it's all bleeps and bonks... although there are a lot of bleeps and quite a few bonks in there if you want them. Anyway, there's some reggae, some drum and bass, some techno, some droney indie-electronica and a few choice items with actual vocals and everything! Plus my top 5 films and top 5 LPs of the year! Happy new year.
A new Loftcast has landed. Part 1 of a look back at the music I've discovered, re-discovered and loved over the last 12 months. This tends towards what snobby musos would probably refer to as 'real' music, so there's some ska, indie, folk, fiddle-swing, folk-country and reggae (but also some hip hop and electronica too). Part 2 will be mostly electronic and should be along in the next few weeks.
Back once again with the ill behaviour, it's Loftcast volume 4. From bluegrass to trip hop and Japanese pop to drum and bass, the common theme this time is loveliness. Sunshine vibes and soaring vocals, skipping beats and floating pianos, plus some of the finest acoustic guitar playing imaginable.
A 20 track, 97 minute odyssey into the world of the Amen break. Taking in early 90s jungle, late 90s drum and bass, early 00s jump-up and choppage from the last couple of years, this should be more than enough to satisfy even the most dedicated amen-lover. Before anyone complains that it's all a bit samey... of course it is, all the tracks use the same drums!
Straight outta Bristol, comes a podcast that'll smother your mother, and make your sister thinks it loves her. Yes, it's finally here, the Amen-cast has landed. The story of my favourite 6 second drum loop and its journey through gangsta rap and hip hop to jungle and dubstep, all told by a slightly posh-sounding bloke from the home-counties. (A supplemental additional Amen podcast will follow in case anyone wants even more tunes featuring the Amen break)
Music from film and TV soundtracks, as well as music that would have been on a soundtrack if the film had ever been finished. Pop, rock, orchestral, drum and bass, reggae and electronic music sit uneasily alongside each other. Includes more of me talking, and quite a lot of me geeking out about film facts and singing the praises of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
A collection of firsts, including great album openers, ground-breaking tracks and tracks from the first album I ever bought, music from the first bands I ever saw live and the first 12" I ever bought from an independent, dance-music record shop. Plus me talking in my posh telephone voice and saying "Ummm" a lot.