Did a mix about ‘things ending, even weekends’ for the No Pain In Pop blog.
Since hosted at Dummy Magazine - with some kind “quite wonderful, and very essential listening” sentiment - and equally gushingly at ‘imagination incubator’ site FEELGuide, who accurately compare “the now infamous” NPIP to “a dog who would start wagging its tail and barking at the door an entire half hour before your dad got home”.
End of a long weekend in Toronto (currently working editorial and bookings at NXNE); Mickey Newbury, A Grave With No Name, Yoko Ono, Russell Haswell, Julian Casablancas, Lawrence English, Windy & Carl, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Red Alder and Women (RIP Chris Reimer) helping to fill in the gaps.
Centered around the close partnership of frontmen Max Clapps and James Hoare, The Proper Ornaments make a thrillingly taut and melodic pop indebted both to the sun balm’d West Coast (the Byrds, Brian Wilson) and the driving, terse rhythms of the British Invasion & C86 (the Beatles, Postcard Records). Their debut EP is out on 12” vinyl and DL through No Pain In Pop next week and is available to order here.
Spring’s ‘Erriapo‘ release through Uncharted Audio was an intriguing 17 minute introduction to the “house impressionism” of Finnish producer Ukkonen. More sunbled effets de soir broadstrokes here, as both tracks seemingly morph through time signatures - see his flexi-tempo experiment - frictionless; ’The Barbarian’ hitting an Axel Wilner epiphanous four minute mark and ’Primed’ building quicker over a frantic, slipping beat.
Lava strewn video for ‘Plurals’ by the ever-enigmatic patten, directed by Jane Eastlight. We’re proud to announce the London producer will perform a special audiovisual live show to celebrate the album’s release on January 19th 2012 (details and advance tickets).
There are currently huge delays at European pressing plants due to a backlog of represses from stock lost in the PIAS warehouse fire. Glad to have this release (‘Remarkable, one of the year’s most exciting debuts.’ - FACT; ’Among the albums of the year’ - Boomkat; ’Excellent’ - the Quietus; ’9/10’ - Drowned In Sound; ’4/5’ - Resident Advisor) in the shops, and either side of Arthur Russell and Lee Scratch, finally.