Review: Music On Vinyl has done the world a favour - or vinyl-loving ambient enthusiasts, at least - by offering up wax editions of Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook's work as Dark Side of the Moog. For the uninitiated, the German duo released a string of CD-only ambient albums under the alias over a 14-year period between 1994 and 2008. Volume six, subtitled "the Final DAT", first surfaced on Namlook's Fax label in 1997. It featured fellow ambient explorer Bill Laswell and features tracks that drift between spoken word-laden deep space soundscapes ("Part I"), trip-hop influenced late night shufflers ("Part II"), bubbly ambient trance ("Part III"), blissful ambient techno ("Part IV", with its sun-kissed guitar solos and spaced-out grooves) and widescreen electronic epics (the utterly sublime brilliance of 24-minute "Part V").
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - "Tommy's Rock Steady" (3:01)
The Techniques - "Drink Wine" (2:57)
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - "Hot Rock" (3:39)
Miller, Williams, Yount - "Release Me" (4:11)
Sam Jones/Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - "Hey Leroy" (3:03)
The Techniques - "Queen Majesty" (3:35)
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics/King Kurtis - "Soul Serenade" (3:13)
The Paragons - "Mercy Mercy" (2:59)
Phyllis Dillon - "Don't Touch Me Tomato" (3:04)
The Melodians - "You Don't Need Me" (3:08)
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - "Down Bond Street" (3:15)
Review: The Treasure Isle Recording Studio is unparalleled when it comes to some of the biggest rocksteady hits to come out of Jamaica. On this essential reissue, some of its greatest output is explored on tenor sax by Tommy McCook - an original pioneer of the sound and one of Jamaica's most celebrated musicians - and produced by the legendary Duke Reid of the Trojan Sound System. This is music from a golden era, when rocksteady outshone the more upbeat ska, and focus was shifted to song based material, with elements of r&b and blues all reimagined through a decidedly Jamaican lens.
Review: Mike Patton's mischievous first band had grown from the stuff of teenage tomfoolery to a band taken seriously as cross-genre pioneers and modern day progressive titans by the time they released this third album proper in 1999. Moreover, this proved to be yet another curveball, being by far the most melodic and pop-influenced thing the band had committed to wax. This being Mr. Bungle however, 'California' also took in movie-scores, doo-wop, Hawaiian music, circus themes and a good dozen other genres besides, confounding the listener even as it offered tunes your milkman could whistle, making for a fitting epitaph for a unique band.
Review: Krush's eighth - and last - album Jaku is up there with Endtroducing and Donuts in terms of seminal, influential and forward-thinking beat longer players. 10 years since its release and it still sounds as timeless, unique and exciting as it did in 2004. The slick licks of a young Mr Lif on "Nosferatu", the post-apocalyptic tension of "Univearth" the sludgy, swampy cosmic hip-hop of the Aesop Rock-featured "Kill Switch" and the unashamed sax sex of "Slit Of Cloud"..... Do we need to go on? Limited edition, 180g transparent vinyl; even if you already have this in your collection this is a very, very appealing investment.