Music for the Masses 27 – 22 November 2004

Show 27 was, judging from the pictures and playlist, a blistering affair, involving lots of waving hands around in the air like I just didn’t care, and finally seeing Kraftwerk as the artist of the week.

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Show 27: Mon 22 Nov 2004, from 6:05pm-8:00pm

Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Kraftwerk.

  • Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
  • Tears for Fears – Shout
  • Röyksopp – Poor Leno
  • Utah Saints – Lost Vagueness
  • Télépopmusik – Genetic World
  • Sugababes – Too Lost in You
  • Kraftwerk – Radioactivity
  • Alpinestars – Green Raven Blonde
  • Vic Twenty – Kiss You
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Electricity
  • Heaven 17 – Dive
  • Wolfsheim – Kein Zurück
  • Dubstar – It’s Over
  • Kraftwerk – Computer Love (The Mix Version)
  • Ladytron – Blue Jeans
  • Komputer – Looking Down on London
  • Paul van Dyk feat. Vega 4 – Time of Our Lives
  • Yello – Get On
  • Wes – Alane
  • Kings of Convenience – Know-How
  • Tiga & Zyntherius – Sunglasses at Night
  • Audioweb – Into My World
  • Kraftwerk – Tour de France

Chart for stowaways – 13 June 2015

Here are this week’s top singles on the only chart that doesn’t count:

  1. Röyksopp – Sordid Affair
  2. The Beloved – Love to Love
  3. Hot Chip – Move with Me
  4. Camouflage – Shine
  5. Erlend Øye – Peng Pong
  6. MG – Europa Hymn
  7. Pet Shop Boys – Love is a Bourgeois Construct
  8. Depeche Mode – Fragile Tension / Hole to Feed
  9. Hot Chip – Huarache Lights
  10. Étienne de Crécy – Hashtag My Ass

Beginner’s guide to Honeyroot

For a couple of years, from 2005 to 2008, it looked as though Honeyroot might be one of the most interesting electronic acts around. But Glenn Gregory, who made up half of the duo, had better things to do, as Heaven 17‘s career was suddenly resurrected.

Key moments

Probably the minor melancholic hit they achieved with their cover version of Love Will Tear Us Apart, before they went back to doing whatever else it was they did…

Where to start

Kick off with the second album The Sun Will Come (2007) – every track is fantastic.

What to buy

That leaves you with just one album, the 2005 debut Sound Echo Location. You could follow that with EP1, which offers a couple of extra remixes.

Don’t bother with

The mashup We Don’t Need This Fascist State of Mind, which is both intriguing and misguided.

Hidden treasure

The one-off single It’s All Good (2008), presumably from the never-to-appear third album, which offers a brilliant uptempo variation on their sound.

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Archive Review – Garbage – Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)

In November 2001, I wrote a second review for Aberystwyth’s student newspaper The Courier, in exchange for a promo copy of the latest Garbage single. The review was never published, perhaps because it isn’t very good (although that probably shouldn’t have stopped it).

Garbage have always known how to craft the perfect pop track, and this latest single from their current album Beautiful Garbage is no exception. Inspired by some writer who I’ve never heard of (J.T. LeRoy), it features everything we know from Garbage, from the characteristic bleeps and boings to the grungy guitars. The single comes jam packed with new tracks and excellent remixes by the likes of Roger Sanchez and Howie B. It’s not exactly new ground for Garbage, but it’s far from textbook stuff, and if all the schoolchildren of pop learnt from this then nobody would have any cause to complain. 4/5

Moby – James Bond Theme

Moby‘s “re-version” of the James Bond Theme is fantastic. There, I’ve said it. It’s possible, even, that it’s better than the original, with its enormous acid bass and driving beats. You can disagree if you like, but you’re wrong. Here’s the evidence:

Banco de Gaia – Last Train to Lhasa

British electronic instrumentalist Banco de Gaia‘s second album Last Train to Lhasa (1995) reaches the ripe old age of twenty years this week. Banco de Gaia – real name Toby Marks – apparently joined the Tibet Support Group (this is according to Wikipedia, so take it with a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt), and decided to make an album in support of the Tibetan freedom movement.

Whether you sympathise with the sentiment or not, it’s difficult not to love the title track, which opens the album, as a guitar riff and chanted vocals carry you on a fantastic voyage for almost twelve minutes. It’s hypnotic and repetitive, but also varied enough to keep you listening, and also very beautiful.

You’ll hardly notice when this mixes into the distinctly Asian sounding Kuos, which feels as though it belongs somewhere high in the Himalayas. Or would, if they listen to a lot of instrumental trance music up there – it’s difficult to know. This is shorter, and a considerably less dramatic piece. It’s rather less memorable too, but the previous track leaves a lot to live up to.

Albums such as this one are perhaps better viewed as one whole, though, rather than the sum of their individual tracks. We’re definitely on a journey here, and China (Clouds Not Mountains) tells a vivid and evocative story of Tibet’s recent history, before mixing into the gentler and more subtle Amber.

The tribal Kincajou, also the second single after the title track, sounds almost out of place initially, until the sampled monastic-style chanting turns up, and again, as with most of the pieces on here, six or seven minutes seems like nothing at all as you drift along with the music. It really is exceptionally good.

White Paint is almost euphoric, and full of atmosphere and suspense, until the counter-melodies and arpeggios turn up halfway through. It mixes into 887 (Structure), a more repetitive piece, again with an atmospheric, almost chilling edge to it.

Disc two brings longer, more exploratory takes on KuosKincajou, and an additional piece called Eagle, but it seems to me that these are bonus tracks rather than core parts of the album (and anyway, one of them is 36 minutes long, and trying to think of things to say while listening to that would be a very tall order). Whether you think of it as one, two, three, or even four discs (see below), ultimately Last Train to Lhasa is an accomplished album, evocative and full of atmosphere.

You may still be able to find the original version of Last Train to Lhasa or the more recent digital edition, but at the time of writing there are rumours of a limited edition four-disc version which may prove to be the one to go for.