VARIOUS ARTISTS - How to Kill The DJ [Part Two]
[Kill The DJ / Tigersushi, www.killthedj.com]

VARIOUS ARTISTS
ROJO - Tachan - CD Compilation by Nosordo

Glasvocht - Nosordo - We're for the Unknown, Unbought & Unbossed

[Nosordo, www.nosordo.com]

PULSEPROGRAMMING
Tulsa for One Second - Remix Project

[Aestheticss, www.aesthetics-usa.com]


I know I've said this before, but I'll bore you again with the obvious. Compilations are only as good as the cream of the artists appearing within their realms. How do you spot the perfect compilation for your dreary summer night? "How to Kill The DJ [Part Two]" is the perfect starting point. Two DJs originating at Sub Club from Glasgow - JG Wilkes and JD Twitch - mix it up on two discs worth of some of the most crazed music you're bound to hear. What I mean by crazed is the mix on the first disc simply called "Optimo" is a brazen and lunatic concoction of beats and rock'n'roll vibrations from extreme musical backgrounds. How do you reconcile Funkadelic's "Wars of Armageddon" with Laibach's "Decree"? Then, the mix heads into John Carpenter's "The End" and from then, it just goes through chaotic changes in scenery that in all fairness make no sense at all. Everyone gets equal share in this bizarre mix - from Revolting Cocks, The Stranglers, Cameo, Akufen, Soft Cell, Miroslav Vitous to Art of Noise. My favourite is the lead in between Nurse With Wound's "Two Shaves and a Shine" and Blondie's "Atomic". This is big beat for the head as well as the feet. Consider this thinking man's "Stars on 45" [for those of you not old enough to remember the 70's, Stars on 45 were mega mix 12" produced back in the days, where all sorts of crazy shit went down]. Ultimately though, the winner in this compilation is the second disc called "Espacio". It is here that the original tunes have an opportunity to shine on their own merit. Sure, this is still a mix tape of sorts, but the flow is done well and the choice of tunes is absolutely flawless. To start with, we get Angelo Badalamenti's haunting "Mulholland Drive Theme", which is appropriately followed with Arthur Russell's bitter-sweet but dark "Another Thought". This tune, then segways into The Balanescu Quartet's sombre re-make of Kraftwerk's "The Model". The clever moments here just don't stop. Just when you think you'd heard the best piece, there's a better one just on its heels. Sun City Girls' psychedelia-induced "Opium Den" is a real hoot as is The Monk's rising anthem "I Hate You" [which The Fall covered in the late 80's]. I don't have particular favourites here as it's difficult to pick favourites from the cream of the crop. Enough said. This is one compilation no household can be without this fall. As the two-cowboy picture on the front cover almost wants to say, "this town is only big enough for these two CDs". Period.

"Rojo - Tachan" is a collaborative effort between the Spanish audio magazine Rojo and Norwegian label Nosordo. What does it present, you ask? Hmmmm….the short answer would have to be, favourite tracks by the CD's compiler Tomas Melinder. The long answers is a little bit different. These tracks have very little to do with each other. Other for the fact that each one somehow - in its small little way - attempts to break some barrier and can easily be called new music [or dangerous pop music, if you prefer the term]. Son of Clay and his "Spring to Come" gives us a dense, processed fuzzy guitar sound sculpture that makes you all squirmy in your stomach. Tsukimono's "Small is Beautiful [For E.F. Schumacher]" is at the other end of the spectrum. Their whirly guitar schisms are like some sort of an amplified hummingbird flying in front of our ears. Further on, Cineplexx's "Blue Glue" is a melancholic wonder of acoustic delights. Kritine Barrett "Marie Rosa" is a delightfully light piece that features overlapping violins and a stimulating vocal that takes you away to another continent. The compilation ends on a sour note with Gros, who give us an interpretation of an acoustic version of heavily swooshy guitar. The cherry on top of the music is the gorgeous latex pussy cover designed by Boris Hoppek. It's funny how the term post-pop came about in certain press material that arrived with the CD. What's next then, you ask? Post-music or just simply pre- void?

The second compilation for this Norwegian label arrives in the guise of "Glasvocht - Nosordo - We're for the Unknown, Unbought & Unbossed". This time around, the Norwegian label has joined forces with Belgian Gasvocht Records label to come up with a wonder of snippets that once again concentrate on the new and the adventurous. Believe me, there's plenty of variety to choose from here. For instance, Mapstation's "For Malmo" is a delicate electronic caress that gently tickles the ears and is reminiscent of a high-speed train moving through the countryside. Seth Warren and David Dupuis create a delicate rain like concoction of "Fraying Rain No Sleep", while Douglas Ferguson comes up with a psychedelic and drone-induced piece on "Dawning". Ljudbilden & Piloten's "Seventeen Curves / Five Lines" turns out to be a magical journey of delicate guitars, processed sounds, and gentle humming of synths. Considering this was supposedly an on- the-spot and loosely organized project, this still turns out to be a memorable compilation. "Tulsa for One Second - Remix Project" made it into this review simply going by the sheer amount of artists Pulseprogramming has touched over the years. Someone has in the past referred to their music as laptop- pop and to be honest, I think the term sticks quite well. Although Pulseprogramming is a real band - made up of musicians Joel Kriske and Marc Hellner along with graphic designer Hans Seeger and video artist Eric Johnson - this release is actually a mish-mash of various re-mixes the band has worked on. What I love the most about this is its smooth continuity. There are no large gaps in stylistic variations and certainly no cliffs to jump across in case one track or another upsets your sensibilities. The mesmerising softly uttered glory of Hood's "Blooms Eventually" goes head to head with Nudge's jittery interpretation of "Three Year Stone". Laub's take on "Tulsa Lebt", while featuring AGF's usually tender German vocals, also comes up with some chaotic, static-like programming to boot. Ultimately, "Tulsa for One Second - Remix Project" is warm electronica that covers you with a warm blanket and tugs at your heart strings. Absolutely perfect for those upcoming snow-filled nights.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Rova:Orchestrova - Electric Ascension
+ AMM - Norwich
+ Günter Müller / Jason Kahn/Christian Wolfarth - Drumming
+ Graham Halliwell - Recorded Delivery
+ Invisible Pyramid: Elegy Box
+ Mike Cooper - Metal Box
+ Peter Baumgartner / Christoph Schiller - Savagnieres
+ Tape - Mort Aux Vaches
+ Birgit Ulher / Lou Mallozzi/Michael Zerang - Landscape: recognizable
+ Mats Gustafsson / David Stackenas - Blues
+ Heathen Shame - Speed the Parting Guest
+ Nush Werchowska / Mathias Pontevia/Heddy Boubaker - Glotosifres
+ Renato Figoli - Ocho Al Puma
+ Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
+ Gigolo Freak Show
+ Ake Hodell - Verbal Braiwash and Other Works
+ Kalacakra - Crawling to Lhasa
+ Ghost - Metamorphosis: Ghost Chronicles 1984-2004
+ Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - Just Another Band from the Cosmic Inferno
+ Gigolo Showcase - P.Diddy - Jack U / Christopher Just - I'm A Disco Dancer - Remixes / Uhu - Constellation / Hell - Tragic Picture Show
+ Hanna Hartman - Longitude/Cratere
+ Hell - Grossenwahn 1992 - 2005 / Monotonie Durch Automation - NY Muscle Interpretationen
+ Innerstance.Beatbox - Your Eyes Are Like UFO`s, My Darling
+ Kone-R - Knob / I`m Dubious
+ LJ Kruzer - This Is How I Write
+ Lo-Fi Stereography
+ Alton Miller - Stories From Bohemia
+ Five Years Of Moon Harbour
+ Napsugar - Don't Blind Me
+ Editors - The Back Room
+ Octave One - Theory Of Everything
+ Savas Pascalidis - Relax Your Body
+ The Prodigy - Their Law - The Singles 1990 - 2005
+ Coloma - Dovetail
+ Box Jams
+ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Howl
+ V/A - Afryka
+ Berkut - Zli Pryvyczky
+ Roman - So Ghost?
+ Safety Scissors - Tainted Lunch
+ Sender Berlin - Unequal Arts
+ Signaldrift - Set Design
+ Sofa Surfers - Sofa Surfers
+ Stardub - Cut & Paste
+ Static - Re Talking About Memories
+ The Timeout Drawer - Nowonmaid
+ Trio Exklusiv - International Standards
+ Wojczech - Sedimente
+ Jar - Jar
+ Iwan Kirczuk - Spadczyna Zahinuuszych Wiosak
+ Julia Doszna - Immigrant
+ Bratskład - Bratosfera/Rapdarmo
+ Flit - Swit Takyj...
+ TNMK & Schid Side - Jazzy - Live in 44
+ Kulgrinda - Prusu Giesmes
+ AuIi - Sendzirdeju
+ Wahrnehmungen
+ Neo.Pop 05
+ lil - Epiphenomenon
+ Richard Bartz - Big

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+ RICH HALLEY TRIO - Mountains and Plains
+ SU LYN - Clay Angels
+ IN FLAGRANTI - Wronger Than Anyone Else
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+ PHILIP SAMARTZIS / GUNTER MULLER / VOICE CRACK - Wireless_Within ; GUNTER MULLER / STEINBRUCHEL - Perspectives
+ MARC HELLNER - Marriages
+ KPTMICHIGAN - KptMichigan
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+ RUBIN STEINER - Drum Major
+ DIJF SANDERS - To Be a Bob
+ STEVE RODEN - Oder Delias or Butterflies
+ MAZEN KERBAJ / SHARIF SEHNAOUI / CHRISTINE SEHNAOUI / INGAR ZACH - Rouba 3 i 5 ; MAZEN KERBAJ - BRT VRT ZRT KRT
+ VORPAL - An Incomplete Guide to Vorpal Music
+ SANHEDOLIN - Manjo icchi wa muko ; KEIJI HAINO - Konokehai fujirareteru hajimarini
+ JOHN LINDBERG QUARTET- Winter Birds
+ LULA CORTES e ZE RAMALHO- Paebiru
+ ALEXANDER TUCKER - Old Fog
+ THE LAPPETITES - Before the Libretto
+ ASWEFALL - Bleed ; AFETY SCISSORS - Tainted Lunch
+ JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER - Fig. 5 / Liberation
+ DR. ISRAEL - Inna City Pressure ; DR. ISRAEL PRESENTS DREADTONE INTERNATIONAL - Patterns of War
+ RAN BLAKE / DAVID FABRIS - Indian Winter
+ DEATH IN VEGAS - FabricLive 23 ; DIPLO - FabricLive 24
+ TIM BERNE'S BLOODCOUNT - Memory Select - The Paris Concert III ; MARC JOHNSON'S RIGHT BRAIN PATROL - Magic Labyrinth ; PAUL MOTIAN TRIO - At The Village Vanguard
+ HERIBERT FRIEDL - Bradycard
+ GERRY HEMINGWAY QUINTET - Double Blues Crossing
+ BAIKONOUR - For the Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos
+ CONFUTATIS - Built in Anger
+ DREKKA - Extractioning ; ANNELIES MONSERE - Helder
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+ SKALPEL - Konfusion
+ FME - FREE MUSIC ENSEMBLE - Cuts
+ MATTHEW SHIPP - One
+ MATS GUSTAFSSON - Slide
+ STUNT ROCK - This is Stunt Rock Volume Three
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