Vista Chino- Peace

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By Ben

The ‘K’ Word…It is unavoidable I’m afraid…

Vista Chino is not Kyuss (mostly for legal reasons) but there is enough Kyuss present in their personnel and sound for them trade off the aforementioned legacy. But in doing so they potentially risked mortally wounding a mythical monster, and as a huge Kyuss fan I was worried that may turn out to be the case.  Read more…

Chase and Status – Brand New Machine

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By Andrew

What a weird album. I mean its fucking brilliant, but its not what the label says. Or more to the point, last I heard, Chase and Status were going metal. Yeah that’s fucking right, M.E.T.A.L. ‘Brand New Machine’ is not the case at all. In fact, it could possibly take the top honours for dance album of the year here at SSMB. This has every element I want in a dance album. Attention to detail, eclectic styles and genre hopping and true and essential love for the electronic beat…Continue reading…

Goldfrapp- Tales Of Us

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By Stewart

Goldfrapp have spent the past decade teasing us.  Their 2002 debut ‘Felt Mountain’ is rightly regarded as indispensable, but since then the London duo have bounced uneasily between electro-pop, ambient melancholia and trip-hop without ever quite delivering the baroque masterpiece we know they’re capable of.  Read more…

Mantra – Telling Scenes

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By Andrew

Mr Rob Tremlett is back again under the moniker of Mantra. After the ill-fated but criminally underrated Illzilla, all the remaining artists went out on their own. Mantra is by far the most popular of the illzilla breakers, with Mista Savona being the only other of any recent note. The third album by Mantra, Telling Scenes, is by far his best and perfects a formula he started way back when.…Continue reading…

The Bloody Beetroots – Hide

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by Andrew

The Bloody Beetroots are interesting. Or should I say, Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo is interesting. The Italian born and classically trained musician/producer is an enigma. Aside from the rather obscure tattoo “1977” on his chest (his birth year and the birth year of punk) and his signature donned Venom mask, not much is really known about Rifo. He has been in and around the post punk scene throughout Europe and even his foray into electro was fairly low key. Originally being picked up by Steve Aoki and Dim Mak Records, he has now released only his second album under the Ultra Records label out of the US. And boy is it fucking good…Continue reading…