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Bonobo – The North Borders

Author: Colin | Published: 29/3/13

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Bonobo - The North Borders

Artist Bonobo
Title The North Borders
Label Ninja Tune
Year 2013
Design Artwork by Leif Podhajsky
Music Electronic
Notes Lovely deluxe box set from NinjaTune. Each of the album’s tracks occupies one side of the seven slices of 10″ vinyl. Nice abstract shapes and patterns, colours are echoed across the sleeves, box and three fold-out posters. It can be pre-ordered from the Ninja Tune website, it’s released at the beginning of April.
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Barnbrook speaks

Author: Colin | Published: 25/3/13
Previous Celer and Machinefabriek – Mt. Mitake/Maastunnel, Numa/Penarie, Hei/Sou Next Bonobo – The North Borders

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This is a really interesting film of Jonathan Barnbrook talking about his work with David Bowie. It’s well worth watching, in fact I wish it was longer. The Victoria and Albert museum has decided in its infinite wisdom to disable embedding of their videos in other websites (why?) so you’ll have to click on this link to view it:

https://vimeo.com/62172393

Celer and Machinefabriek – Mt. Mitake/Maastunnel, Numa/Penarie, Hei/Sou

Author: Colin | Published: 23/3/13
Previous Autechre – Exai Next Barnbrook speaks

Celer and Machinefabriek

Celer and Machinefabriek

Celer and Machinefabriek

Celer and Machinefabriek

Celer and Machinefabriek

Celer and Machinefabriek

Celer and Machinefabriek

Celer and Machinefabriek

Celer and Machinefabriek

Celer and Machinefabriek

Celer and Machinefabriek

Celer and Machinefabriek

Artist Celer and Machinefabriek
Title Mt. Mitake/Maastunnel, Numa/Penarie, Hei/Sou
Label Not On Label (Machinefabriek Self-released)
Year 2012
Design Will Long and Rutger Zuydervelt
Music Ambient
Notes Three 7″ singles, each of the six sides containing a single ambient composition. Each sleeve is a delightful collage, delicate, resonant, perfectly judged. Each disc comes in its own paper inner sleeve and with a postcard containing a download code which delivers both the MP3s and accompanying film. Celer’s Will Long is living in Japan – he provided the raw materials which Rutger then collaged and added typography – so it’s as collaborative as the music. As you can see from the initial images, Will sent them to me beautifully wrapped in pieces of Japanese newspaper. Lovely, lovely objects.
Also - Chubby Wolf – Ornitheology
- Celer
- Machinefabriek – Apollo
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Autechre – Exai

Author: Colin | Published: 16/3/13
Previous More Bowie Next Celer and Machinefabriek – Mt. Mitake/Maastunnel, Numa/Penarie, Hei/Sou

Autechre - Exai

Autechre - Exai

Autechre - Exai

Autechre - Exai

Autechre - Exai

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Autechre - Exai

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Autechre - Exai

Artist Autechre
Title Exai
Label Warp
Year 2013
Design The Designers Republic
Music Autechre
Notes This is sexy design. It’s wonderful to see the continuing association between The Designers Republic and Warp. The colour palette is less industrial and more natural – brown, green and blue and silver, each with a lovely sheen – which makes the blocky, pixel-like design all the more mysterious. There’s also a sense of the pharmaceutical about the typeface and layout. This vinyl edition is just beautiful.

The music is simply amazing. I’ve been a fan of Autechre since Incunabula and I rate Exai as their most delightful music yet, I’m tempted to say it’s their masterpiece, but I should go back and listen to Untilted and Confield again. I’ve listened to the whole album seven times so far and feel like I’ve just beginning to really appreciate parts of it while knowing there’s a lot more to discover. I’m praying I’ll get the chance to see them play live this year, I’m still kicking myself I didn’t see their London car park gig.

They played two five ten hour radio shows the other weekend. You can listen via autechre.ws.

It’s my birthday today, so here I am wishing myself a happy birthday.

Also On Hard Format
- Autechre – Quaristice
Autechre – LP5
- Autechre and The Hafler Trio – aeo3 and 3hae
- Autechre – EP7

Music reviews
- Autechre ~ draft 7.30
- Autechre ~ Untilted
- Autechre (Live, March 2005)

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More Bowie

Author: Colin | Published: 12/3/13
Previous Sun Ra – Nothing Is… Next Autechre – Exai

From my limited reading of the media, Bowie’s launch of his first album in a decade has been very successful. Here’s a recently tweeted shot of a newspaper ad:

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Images from Barnbrook’s blog, I really like this shot of the CD design:

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Do check out the other images.

Sun Ra – Nothing Is…

Author: Colin | Published: 11/3/13
Previous Sigur Rós – Inni Next More Bowie

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Continuing an occasional – possibly tremendously short-lived, who knows – series of posts sharing covers I like, here’s a striking one from Mr Ra.

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