This year has seen us grooving to the likes of Majeure, Umberto, Xander Harris and a couple of likeminded artists. French Zombie Zombie even released an album of John Carpenter covers! I just wanted to remind the few who didn’t know that Alan Howarth played a major role in this whole horror movie synth music by being the true musician at Big John’s side. I know it’s Christmas time and we should be cheerfull, but a recent finnish movie reminded me there could be a huge dark side the this time of the year, so let’s celebrate this with the ultimate slasher music, and one of the most creepy if a little non-sensical movie of the 80ies
I wrote a review for the french Trax magazine May issue of the Xander Harris debut album, one of the most surprising and joyous release to come out of recent. I usually don’t care about albums. I think the format is deeply outdated, especially in pop/dance music. The few recent exceptions have been Traxx’s Faith, Actress’s Splazsh and Umberto’s Prophecy Of The Black Widow.
Not unlike Umberto, Xander (or whatever his real name is since Xander Harris is a Buffy Vampire Slayer character) dwells in the most figurative aspect music can be, bringing a very visual aspect to his compositions. From his titles to the sounds and the melodies, everything is there to reference the 80ies american slasher movies and John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness or The Thing. People have done it before, sure, but strangely enough, he manages to make it pass as dance music too.
Tracks such as Tanned Skin Dress or the epic End Credits made my day, but as I listened to the vinyl, I actually realized how good the whole album is, even the more abstarct or cheesy “songs”.
And now, not even a montha fter the album arrives a new single on 100% silk, the Not Not Fun sublabel responsible for the great Ital and Maria Minerva Eps amongst other things.
It is even more fun and danceable and should move quick, so don’t sleep on it!
And for you hardcore fans, exclusive K7 goodness!
The Black Angels – At Night – 10″ – Phosgene Nightmare – Blue Horizon (2011) Hans Reichel – Bonobo Beach – LP – Bonobo Beach: Some More Guitar Solos – FMP (1981) Shifted Phases – Scattering Pulsars – 2XLP – The Cosmic Memoirs Of The Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope – Tresor (2002) Henri Chopin – Les Souffles – LP – La Plaine Des Respirs – Tochnit Aleph (2007) Andrew Chalk – Spirit on the Staircase/Violin by Night – LP – Violin by Night – Faraway Press (2011) Xander Harris – Tanned Skin Dress – LP – Urban Gothic – Not Not Fun Records (2011) SBTRKT – Living Like I Do – 12″ – Living Like I Do – Young Turks (2011) Jon Hassell – Balia – LP – Earthquake Island – Tomato (1978)
A little chat with Jade from the Tralala Collective (Collectif Tralala), a young parisien crew organising a cool little event (ZS (The Social Registry, US) + Noyade (FR) + Agnes Mercedes (SWE)) on the 04/26, at Point B, a parisian venue.
Agnes Mercedes – Kiinocco – CDR – Melodic Fairytales (2011) ZS – Acres Of Skin – 2XLP – New Slaves – The Social Registry (2010)
Ricardo Miranda – Delayed Reactions – 12″ – Thank You Chicago EP – Reincarnation (2011) Fred Brown – House Whop (Re-Mix) – 12″ – House Whop – Rockin’ House (1987) Xander Harris – End Credits – LP – Urban Gothic – Not Not Fun Records (2011) The Focus Group – Open The Gate/Activity And Scales – LP – Sketches And Spells – Ghost Box (2010)
Vittorio Gelmetti – Ipotesi A – LP – Organum Quadruplum – Premier (1974) Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers – 7″ – I Follow Rivers – LL Recordings (2011) Jean-Louis Bucchi – Piedeplon – LP – Sunflower – Trema (1978) Belbury Poly – Insect Prospectus – LP – The Willows – Ghost Box (2011) Steve Poindexter – Jam The Body (1992 Original) – 12″ – The State Of Shock EP – Muzique Records (2010)
Hanno Leichtmann – Sitarfäden Revisited – LP – The African Twintower Suite – Dekorder (2011) Feedback – Goleador – 12″ – V/A Dust Is Dancing – Minimum Syndicat (2011) MZKBX – Out – 12″ – Going Back To Chicago – Karat (2011)