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The LA label Stones Throw has held a high watermark in the quality of its musical output in the world of hip-hop, and in its latter years, beyond the fringes of rap, into punk, electronica, outsider music and jazz. It has been consistently referenced into the fabric of posts on this site, since I started…. Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

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Jon Dark and Julie Chance’s music as Kool Thing to date, has shapeshifted in forms between a range of touchstones: elements of ’80s electronic, ’90s indie, brooding cold electronica and everything in-between. Constant throughout has been the presence of both members’ chanting double vocals; distinctive and hypnotic. The Berlin-based band’s self-titled debut album solidifies the… Read more »

Posted on March 7th, 2013

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Around 1998, when my music tastes were turning towards the wider world, electronic music was captivating my consciousness. When you’re a 16 year old, your music collection is about as subtle as a Thunderdome compilation but interesting stuff was creeping in: Squarepusher, Boards Of Canada, Aphex Twin, LFO, anything on Warp basically and Rephlex Records…. Read more »

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Posted on June 20th, 2012

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Italians Do It Better were one of the first record labels to make a significant name for themselves through music blogs in the early days of the format circa 2007 and 2008. The label’s well-maintained blogspot, which is still in effect, became essential reading for bloggers who were interested in obscure heritage and rarely-heard artefacts… Read more »

Posted on May 11th, 2012

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In attempting to gather my thoughts into a coherent piece after experiencing Tomorrow In A Year, The Knife-soundtracked Charles Darwin opera which was performed in the Cork Opera House over the weekend, I must dispense an obvious caveat straight away: I know almost nothing about opera. It may be a centuries old artform but I… Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2011

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