Saturday, 19 January 2013

Artful Dodger - It's All About the Stragglers (2000) Review

If you're British, but you have only a vague idea of what UK Garage is, there's a good chance it's because of Artful Dodger. Their string of Top Ten charting singles from 1999-2001 managed for the first time to bring this underground club sound firmly into the pop world and give it an accessible flavour, downplaying the dark and the choppy tone favoured by others in favour of keeping the R'n'B influence to the forefront, and polishing the arrangements and production to a very high level. The two men behind the name in 2000 were Mark Hill and Pete Devereux, and It's All About the Stragglers was their only album, released at the end of 2000 just as the mood of the scene was beginning to shift in favour of what would eventually become grime.


Sunday, 6 January 2013

Tritonal - Piercing the Quiet (2011) Review

I like a good bit of cheese now and again - as a blogger who wrote a recommendation for Lasgo's Some Things in the same article I praised Sasha's weird but wonderful Airdrawndagger and who likes Trance remixes of J-pop queen Ayumi Hamasaki, I assume this is probably obvious by now. I also don't like it when an artist wastes my time by making me endure two minutes of glitches at both ends of a ten minute track or throwing multiple near-facsimiles of the same song onto the disc, so with this in mind it's no wonder I think Piercing the Quiet is a hell of a fun album.