Monday, 24 September 2012

OceanLab - Sirens of the Sea (2008) Review


The dearth of proper bands complete with vocalists is something I consider to be a real issue for electronic dance music as an artform. While there are many excellent singer-songwriters who have created some amazing songs as a collaboration with other musicians and producers including some of my favourites, the over-reliance of these producers on collaborators can be a significant drawback for the coherence and integrity of album output. Therefore bands like OceanLab are always a pleasure to encounter, delivering top-notch artistry, professional production and a great voice in one package. Sirens of the Sea is the group's first, and only, album.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Kosheen - Kokopelli (2003) Review

Kosheen's second album, released in 2003 to much anticipation after the success of Resist, is the album that surprised fans, annoyed detractors and mystified commentators with the unexpected style jump from the Bristolian drum and bass and trip hop of the first album to a new rock inspired electronic album. This album is the missing link in my Kosheen review articles and thus demands a review.



Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Hot Right Now vs Back in Time: DJ Fresh Review

So. You're DJ Fresh. You just had a UK number one single, making history by taking both dubstep and drum and bass to the top of the chart for the first time. You did it with a song that combines some of the core elements of both genres with a classic pop song structure and by teaming up with a powerful singer-songwriter with a solid background in UK dance music, Sian Evans of Kosheen, who helps you neatly crossover into pop territory while deflecting too many accusations of selling out. Things are looking good. Surely you go to repeat that approach again?

Friday, 7 September 2012

Kosheen - Get a New One, Mannequin and Spies (2012) Singles Reviews


Well finally the day approaches for the release of Kosheen's fourth album, after a wait of over five years from the release of Damage. I have heard a fair number of preview tracks by this point from Soundcloud and elsewhere, but more importantly two full singles have been released and at least one or two more should be expected. To prepare for the album release I'm going to give my thoughts on the two released singles and their remixes, and also discuss the unreleased "Spies" which we got a preview of back in February.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

My thoughts on the new episode of Doctor Who

My thoughts on "Asylum of the Daleks" are a few lines down in the background colour. Don't highlight it if you don't want it spoiled.


Monday, 3 September 2012

Markus Schulz on his forum about the importance of radioplay


I saw this is r/trance today and thought it was definitely worth posting.


Schulz released his new album yesterday, a massive 23-track* album about half instrumental and half full songs. The reaction of his forum fans was enthusiastic about a few songs but critical or apathetic about the bulk of them and there were many complaints about the radio-friendliness and the saminess of the sound and how little he stands out from the crowd at the moment. After 11 pages he responded to this with a fairly long post explaining the importance of radio airplay and chasing the mass market. It's a long post so I'll sum it up here.


To summarise his point, he's saying he does try to keep it real with some tracks but he has no option but to make commercial tracks or he won't get played on the radio and therefore he won't get booked to play clubs either and his career will dry up.

He also points out that it's not just about radio play - the more commercial Avicii style sound is genuinely better received in the vast majority of cases in his experience than a more traditional trance sound, and therefore he has little problem choosing a vast number of satisfied fans over the grumbles of a few die hards. He says the reason the album is so long is to provide some variety and placate both groups of fans.


I can see his point, it makes perfect sense to me. Doesn't mean I have to like it though. What does everyone else think?


*Not another one!This post is reposted from the boyinaband.com forums