Category Archives: dance

Mind The Ether  – Shaman Elect (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s very easy to judge books by covers, or in this case bands by titles and upon seeing both the name of the band and the album, I have to confess that thoughts of some sort of dreadlocked, hippie-esque, stoner … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXVII : Paradigm Shift – Cyborg Asylum (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Cyborg Asylum has always been great at blending a sort of clinical, cold war, drama with a slightly apocalyptic musical vision. Their great art has always lain in their skill for looking at the political machinations and social choices being … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXVI : 100 Steps to the Shoreline – Dr Optimiser (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Combining futuristic jazz vibes, ambient EDM washes, alt-pop beats, electro-classical and film soundtrack riffs and motifs, it is hard to pin down 100 Steps to the Shoreline to any one genre but I always see that as a test to … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXIX : Ndakwikundira – Nattyva (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Rwandan born Nattyva is a great example of the cross-cultural nature of today’s music. Mixing the heat of her African roots with the more mainstream influences that surrounded her French-Canadian upbringing, her blend of bi-lingual pop is a wonderful reminder … Continue reading

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Magick Thing –  The Fell Swoop (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You could argue that The Fell Swoop’s sound is one that comes from a nostalgic place, from the golden age of soul, from a jazz and funk past and a disco dance floor of yesteryear. You could also argue, so … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXIV: Warm, Silky – Ant Cruze (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Well, this is a saucy little number and no mistake, something straight out of the Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg playbook I might add. For like the iconic Je T’aime it plays with the same idea of soft, sensual spoken … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXII: The Birthday Party –  The Kunig (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The Kunig, to paraphrase Forrest Gump’s mother, is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get. (You just read that in the requisite slow, southern drawl didn’t you?) Anyway, I say this because the … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCVIII : Dreams – The Kunig (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The forthcoming album, Kunigunda, from which Dreams is taken, is a wonderful and searching collection of sounds and styles, of free-wheeling across generic demarcations and of dipping into any and all musical styles which takes their fancy. Now, exploration is … Continue reading

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Kunigunda –  The Kunig (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

This latest 10 track slice of chilled loveliness from The Kunig comes from a very interesting place, one where psychedelic and progressive experiments of the likes of Tangerine Dream still float in the air above the more modern and mellow … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCVII : Refugee Child –  B Freed (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There was a time when music was used to highlight causes and drive issues, when protest singers had a point to make and disaffected punks and street corner hip-hop crews put their lives, longings and loathings into song and beat. … Continue reading

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