Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Minotaur Shock - Accelerated Footage

I was a little late to the game when it comes to discovering Minotaur Shock (aka U.K.-based electronic musician David Edwards). I remember hearing a couple of remixes that he did and thinking they were cool, but I didn't stumble across his album Maritime until a year or two after it had been released. I'm definitely glad I did though. For the most part he produces fairly chilled out instrumental tracks, often mixing in horns, violins and other instrumentation. I could see this being too close to techno for some people, and too aimlessly ambient for others, but somehow it hits the right sweet spot for me. Each song has just enough of a hook to keep me coming back for more. You can download the new album Amateur Dramatics over on the official site for about $12 U.S., or you can pay for individual songs based on complex criteria such as technical difficulty, additional musicians and replay value! How's that for putting a price tag on art?

» Bonus Track: BATS
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Polysics - Digital Coffee

Every time I turn around, there's a wacky new album from Tokyo's Polysics out there, waiting to be discovered -- the only problem is tracking down an actual copy of it. Although they've had a few brief brushes with North American success, for the most part they are just content to pump out new releases over in Japan where they have a pretty big following (their label, Ki/oon Records, is owned by Sony). Their last two albums, Karate House, and now We Ate The Machine, have both been released on MySpace Records here in North America, but I don't think many people have had a chance to hear them. We Ate The Machine is their 8th full length album, and they certainly aren't showing any signs of mellowing out (the track "Digital Coffee" is about as appropriately titled as you can get). I'm pretty stoked to be seeing these guys in Toronto next month to ring in my 30th birthday!

» Bonus Track: Blue Noise
» Bonus Track: Pretty Good
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Monday, October 06, 2008

El Ten Eleven - Fat Gym Riot

El Ten Eleven are a two-piece band from L.A. who play instrumental music with an ethereal and futuristic sheen to it. Tim Forgarty lays down the drums, while Kristian Dunn plays a killer doubleneck guitar/bass. Although their music is sometimes mistaken for being electronic, they make a point of keeping it strictly to guitar, bass and drums filtered through various effects pedals. Their new album These Promises Are Being Videotaped was released in July, and is supposedly an attempt to take things in a "dancier" direction. But hey, if you ask me, there's no reason why you couldn't dance to their first two albums either! Seriously, if you haven't heard these guys yet, check 'em out, especially if you're a fan of Trans Am or Turing Machine. They even threw in a Radiohead cover on their latest album... how can you resist?

» Bonus Track: Paranoid Android (Radiohead cover)
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