Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man - Out Of Season
"Solo work from lead singer of Portishead"
The Reindeer Section: Son of Evil Reindeer.
"Arguably a Scottish "supergroup", The Reindeer Section are composed of members of virtually every decent band currently in existence north of the border."
The return of political rap
"Paris, the notoriously political rapper whose "Bush Killer" single caused a storm in the early 1990s, has returned, inspired back to the fold by the changes in America's political climate since September 11th. And, for many listeners who mourn the loss of hip-hop's politically-active days, it's not a moment too soon..."
Album: Alice Coltrane: Astral Meditations
"Often overshadowed by memories of her husband John Coltrane - the legendary saxophonist - Alice Coltrane's music subsequent to John's death displayed a formidable level of artistry, as well as an overt preoccupation with the cosmic and the spiritual..."
Mix: DJ Brelson: Space Combat Techno
"mp3 to download! The sort of fast and visionary techno that people like Underground Resistance produce is very close to my heart, and I've always found that it evokes visions of frenetic, intense space battles..."
Album: Adam F: Kaos
"Adam F, son of sixties pop rascal Alvin Stardust, has made something of a u-turn in his musical direction. Previously a reasonably placid drum 'n' bass artist, Kaos is about as far away from his first album as you can get as he teams up with a stunning roster of hip-hop names to create a dark, confident soundtrack to end of the world."
Orbital: The Altogether DVD
"Orbital released their sixth album, The Altogether, in April 2001. Never ones to shy away from innovation, the Hartnoll Brothers have now teamed up with leading lights from the new media world to create a DVD experience based on their latest work."
"The identities of UR's aquatic assault unit Drexciya have remained secret since their first appearance in 1993. But their audacious approach to techno and electro music, and their mysterious origins as a water-based life form allied to Earth's Resistance movement, have caused them to be a massively influential force in 1990s electronic music..."
Label: Underground Resistance
"The mysterious, prolific and highly imaginative Underground Resistance label has had an enormous, if subtle, effect on electronic music in the 1990s. Their fusion of science fiction, political thought, electronic funk and a cinematic sense of perspective is hard to explain in a single article... but here goes!"
Album: Other People Place: Lifestyles of the Laptop Café
"Released on Warp Records in 2001, and produced by an 'anonymous' Detroit artist, "Lifestyles of the Laptop Café" is ideal for the late-night reading of science fiction novels, or as the soundtrack for candle-lit romantic dinners with cyborg dates..."
EP: Quadrant: Quadrant Dub (Basic Channel)
"The sounds are like distant strings scattered throughout the sky, seen through the distortion of heat haze. It's like hearing a wonderfully delicate symphony from the opposite side of a GSV's service bay, the sounds shimmering and refracting on their way across."
EP: Quark: Second Earth
"Any techno fan who remembers going into record shops during 1993, and was repeatedly shocked by the quality of electronic music coming out back then, will most likely have tears come to their eyes when they hear this EP."
Album: X-102: X-102 Discovers The Rings Of Saturn
"The concept - Saturn's rings. The medium - vinyl. The representation - tracks on the records map to the gas giant's various rings and moons. The final track - "Ground Zero (The Planet)". The music - weird!"
Album: Marvin Gaye: I Want You
"One of the most genuinely sexual records I've come across (even more so than "Let's Get It On"), 1976's "I Want You" sounds like a forty-minute wet dream. But what would you expect from Marvin?"
"MTV Dance launch, 30th June 2001, The Ocean, Hackney"
Album: Parliament - Motor Booty Affair
"An underwater party - an 'aqua boogie' - is the setting for this appealingly bizarre 1978 album from George Clinton and his P-Funk team."
Review: Radiohead live
"One of the best bands of our times showcase new songs from Kid
as well as playing more familiar but no
less wondrous songs.."
Review: The Smashing Pumpkins live
"As the curtain falls we bid you all goodnight..."
Amnesiac: the take-no-prisoners review
"I don't like Radiohead much. I haven't done since The Bends, mainly because Thom Yorke sounds like he's complaining incomprehensively all the time. But people keep telling me to listen to Amnesiac, so I am doing right now and I'm going to offer commentary on how it goes..."