gullbuy music review

October 21, 2003

  • Sascha Funke

    title:: Bravo label:: Bpitch Control

    The first full length by Berlin electronic music artist Sascha Funke. 'Bravo' follows many 12inch singles and compilation appearances. It is the mellowest Bpitch control album yet.

    'Bravo' is a record I was looking forward to quite a bit. This is not quite the dazzler I expected, but there are enough tracks I like on it for me to advise you to have a listen if you have a chance.

  • The Matthew Herbert Big Band

    title:: Goodbye Swingtime label:: Accidental Records

    Jazz meets electronic music in a studio. The first part of the album is strongly jazz oriented. The electronic influence is more present in the second half of the album.

    'Goodbye swingtime' expressions travel beyond its musicality to reach some strong political intentions. As Herbert mentions in his web biography, "the conceptual backbone of the album is political literature". As such, he uses sounds for explicitly political purposes.

  • Neue Heimat 3

    various artists label:: Ministry of Sound Recordings (Germany)

    What better way is there to spotlight the music featured at a nightclub then to create a cd compilation spotlight, and many nightclubs are doing just that. With the help of the German branch of the Ministry of Sound, the same label that brought us the Tech-Pop compilation of 2002, the nightclub Neue Heimat bring us volume 3 in their spotlight series of electro and technopop.

    I can't compare this volume to the previous two volumes because I haven't heard them, but I can say that volume 3 has got a whopping 30 tracks spread over it's two disc length, and it's definitely more of a hit than a miss, especially if you like your electronic pop music Germanic. Mostly names I have not heard of, but looking back on the first two volumes I see names I recognize, so I can only assume that these names on this collection will soon become more known in the weeks and months to come.

  • J.D. Robb

    title:: Rhythmania: Electonic Music from Razor Blades to Moog label:: Locust Music

    According to the cd sleevenotes from Rhythmania: Electronic Music from Razor Blades to Moog: "In 1941, at the age of 49, John Donald Robb walked away from a successful international law career, headed west, set up shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico and later founded the Rio Grande Electronic Music Laboratory."

    And thus J.D. Robb became one of the early experimental music composers. Thanks to the folks at Locust Music, we can once again hear the recordings he originally released on Folkway Records: Electronic Music: From Razor Blades to Moog (1970) and Triptych & Other Electronic Musical Compositions (1976).