Plastic Anniversary is the newest addition to Matmos ' ever-growing canon of unconventional sample-based concept records. Following on from 2016's critically acclaimed Ultimate Care II (an album made entirely of washing machine samples) Matmos ' latest effort sees them embracing a slightly less limited sound palette - plastic. The field recording virtuosos have built this record from samples of anything and everything plastic, ranging from exercise...Read more
Kawaii has taken on a whole life of its own, permeating through all facets of Japanese popular culture: manga, clothing, toys, candy. All of it is influenced by and propagates the idea of kawaii. It's ubiquitous, inescapable, suffocating. It's everywhere. And while it's the driving force behind the behemoth that is J-Pop, fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon, there are emerging strains of music in which the idea of kawaii is being rebelled against...Read more
However, there were clues that he was thinking about a left turn, from the autotune tomfoolery of "Rattler" to the classic arcade neon designs of the tour merch. We should have seen Groove Denied coming. This is not a drill folks, Malkmus - he of the scarecrow lankiness and lovely shagginess - has gone and made a record that has about as much in common with the sounds of Sheffield in the early '80s as it does with The Grateful Dead. In other words,...Read more
Following a shrewd side hustle for which he didn't have to lift a finger -- Ofenbach's 2017 club remix of Never Twice single "Katchi" flung him to the top of pop charts across Europe -- Nick Waterhouse gets back to business with his self-titled fourth album. The singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer receives sympathetic co-production from Paul Butler, known most for work with Michael Kiwanuka and St. Paul & the Broken Bones, while his support...Read more
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