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by Timothy Gabriele

4 Oct 2010


Yes, this is the same Blame (Conrad Shafie) who used to cut insane jungle anthem like “Music Takes You” and “Antemia (with Justice)” on Moving Shadow, now with Tinchy Stryder and company singing over a decidedly nu-trance commercial backdrop as grime continues to seek its place on alongside radio-friendly pop mostly by mimicry. The astronaut in the video, alone at what seems like the end of the world seems a nice, if out of place, post-apocalyptic touch, but the concept is ruined by the arrival of unexpected visitors. Is this trash or not? I can’t decide.

by Timothy Gabriele

3 Oct 2010


Buzz about Darkstar’s eventual debut has been building since the release of the “Need You/Squeeze My Lime” on Hyperdub in 2008. Now, with North around the corner, they’ve released their first single, a cover of The Human League’s “You Remind Me of Gold”, shortened here to just “Gold”.  As the video above illustrates, the song and video are both stunning and early reports suggest that North might just be the best thing to drop from Hyperdub since Burial’s Untrue.

by Timothy Gabriele

1 Oct 2010


Donaeo, who most know from 2009’s Funky House anthem “Party Hard” returns with the boastful “I’m Fly”. Rumor has it he even samples a fly on the track too, but the reason you’ll watch or listen, as per “Party Hard” is that insane riddim.

by Steve Horowitz

1 Oct 2010


If Norma Jean Baker were still alive, she would be well into her 80s today. But even though Marilyn Monroe has been dead for more than 45 years, her performances live on and keep her eternally young. This is one of her most famous roles, as Lorelei Lee singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in Howard Hawks’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She is bubbly, coy, sophisticated, and innocent in turns as she dances through the number. Her body moves with clock-like syncopation clad in a pink wrapper, but Marilyn’s smile gives everything away. She expresses pure glee, and one cannot help but smile back at her insouciance. No wonder so many people continue to worship her. No wonder so many artists continue to pay tribute to her work. The Queen is gone, but she’s not forgotten.

by Timothy Gabriele

30 Sep 2010


The Google is connected to the government…Continuing in the vein of M.I.A’s cryptically revolutionary statements, miss Maya has crafted a new video that speaks of connections, without actually saying anything about them. Confoundingly enough, this short (less than a minute) video even has its own website.  However, MIA’s well-publicized baggage aside, this brief piece plays a bit like an early Cabaret Voltaire sound audio-terrorist sound collage, subversive sonically.

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