Testpattern is an early 80ies japanese duo, mostly forgotten since their output was quite scarce. Yet, a single album and a few compilation tracks should make them a valuable asset to your sonic library. They manage the surprising task of reminding us of Kid Creole, Chris & Cosey and Holger Czukay all at the same time. Enjoy!
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The DEC brings together 14 leading UK aid agencies to finance relief for people affected by major disasters in poorer countries. They never spend more than 5% of the money they raise on fundraising or promotion. Their member agencies never spend more than 7% supporting their aid efforts from the UK.
This means the MINIMUM spent on aid delivered overseas is 88%
D’marc Cantu appreared to our ears some five years ago on a 12″ that set the tone for the future of house music at least up until now. This early incarnation of the new holy trinity of jackin acid house put together Melvin Olihant (AKA Traxx), Tadd Mullinix (AKA James T. Cotton/JTC/Dabrye) and namely the very young mister D’Marc Cantu.
Under the X2 guise, the trio offered us this monster of a track :
That’s also when we realized he’d already been encountered alongside James T Cotton under the 2 AM/FM guise to great success on Spectral.
A coupla years later, he still sit by JTC’s side on his seminal second LP
He’s since appeared on numerous Creme Organisation EPs with amazing grace
With his first album set to debut next year, his name sure is ready to stand on its own as one of the most exciting name within dance music of recent memory if not further.
Until then, here’s the full version of his latest track we played a week ago in the show, 10X As Stong, which came out on the ever interesting Lux Rec. Buy it there!
Williams – Love On A Real Train (Version By Studio) - 12″ – Love On A Real Train – Love Triangle Music (2008) Call Super – Timora - 12″ – Staircase EP – Five Easy Pieces (2011) CCO - Love At The Speed Of Light – 12″ – The Secret Life Of A Transistor Bassline – Lux Rec (2010) Gerd & Elbee Bad – H.O.U.S.E. (Gerd‘s 2011 Ruff Dub) - 12″ H.O.U.S.E. – 4 Lux (2011) Ital - Only For Tonight (Dubout / Savior’s Love Megamix) – 12″ – Only For Tonight – 100% Silk (2011) Jon DaSilva feat Donald Waugh – Love Is All You Need (Braille Remix) – 12″ – Love Is All You Need – Hour House Is Your Rush Records (2011) Tommy Walker 3 - V Brains – 12″ – Dance, Music, Clubbing – Cyber Dance Records (2011) Funkbias – Heaven Sent – 12″ – Last Forever – Swamp 81 (2011) Majestys Pleasure – Temporary Life – 12″ – Majestys Pleasure Volume 3 – Majestys Pleasure (2011) Rob Mello – The Things You’re Doing (Vocal) – 12″ – The Things You’re Doing – Disco 45 (2011) Boddika – Grand Prix - 12″ – Split with Instra:mental – [NakedLunch] (2011) Drums Of Death – Love’s Labour’s Lost – 12″ – Black Waves EP – Civil Music (2011)
Ash Ra Tempel / Manuel Göttsching – Sunrain – LP – New Age Of Earth – Isadora (1976) Night Angles – Aerodynamour – 12″ – Aerodynamour – Force Majeure (2011) D’Marc Cantu – 10x As Strong – 12″ – V/A: The Definition Of Jak The Definition Of Hope – Lux Rec (2011) Bruce Gilbert – Net In The Feather – CD – The Shivering Man – Editions Mego (2011) Tiyiselani Vomaseve – Papa Vata Vuya Rini – 12″ – S/T – Honest Jon’s Records (2011) Nuove Proposte Sonore – Insiemi – LP – Nuove Proposte Sonore 1965-1972 – Die Schachtel (2011) Art Department Feat. Soul Clap & Osunlade – We Call Love (DJ Harvey Remix) – 12″ – We Call Love – Crosstown Rebels (2011) Neville Watson – One Four Green – 12″ – Split with Apiento – World Unknown (2011) Pursuit Grooves – Clueless – 12″ – Frantically Hopeful Sampler – Tectonic (2011) Gustaph – A Chicken Lips Malfunction! – 12″ – Same Thing – Regalia Recordings (2011) R/S (AKA Marcus Schmickler & Peter Rehberg) – Chicago I - LP – USA – Pan (2011) Christophe – The Force (Julio Bashmore Remix) – 12″ – The Force EP – Futureboogie Recordings (2011) Sir Stephen – Move That Body – 12″ – By Design E.P. – 100% Silk (2011) LA Vampires featuring Matrix Metals – So Unreal – LP – So Unreal – Not Not Fun Records (2011)
Yesterday, I wrote about both of my main interests (music and comics) meeting in the form of a strip about one’s relation to Nirvana‘s ear-opener. The amount of reaction I got from this post got me thinking about this topic furthermore, indulging in a quasi morbid and certainly painful time-travel experience, listening to Coil, Hole, Devo and of course the main guys…
For some reason, that reminded me of the fact Cobain had a daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. So I went looking and soon found she is all grown up now at 18 years old, and as lovely and darkly sullen as her parentage might suggest. She’s an aspiring artist who debuted in a 2010 art show under the pseudonym “Fiddle Tim“, and is also covered in tattoos, including one based on the work of one of my favorite cartoonist, the infamous Al Columbia whose Biologic Show and Pim and Francie still are deeply carved into my mind. Al columbia was also the artist supposed to take over from Bill Sienkiewicz‘s run on Big Number with Alan Moore.
Her sole music venture to date is a singing part on Amanda Palmer‘s Evelyn Evelyn project.
Mrs Palmer currently is the wife of Neil Gaiman, author extraordinaire of Sandman, American Gods, and who also took over from Alan Moore on Miracleman. This sounds like a future post on Alan Moore in the making
She also adorns a wolverine T-shirt on this photoset by photographer Hedi Slimane.
As the 20th anniversary of Nevermind approaches, music website and magazine SPIN has been assembling an impressive variety of coverage honoring the seminal Nirvana album. In addition to archival material from the magazine’s past and new testimonials from artists both contemporary and classic, SPIN commissioned The Believer and Mome cartoonist Jonathan Bennett to create a short autobiographical comic strip about his history with the album. Anyone who knows me well is familiar with the fact that this album is indeed the founding moment for most of my cultural growth since then. Discovering comics with Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Jamie Delano was probably the second most important moment as well. Jonathan Bennett, thank you.
Ironically, we played a recent Konrad Schnitzler track during the latest show, on friday the 5th. Konrad left us the next day, after a naty battle with cancer. He will be remembered for a long time, not just because of his stature within electronic music, but simply because we love his music. RIP