Sep 30, 2008

Around The World (48)

Hello, no bail out yet for the Wallstreet crooks, and now the jewish Haneka holiday takes precedence, by the time the congress returns a couple of additional trillion dollars may have left the virtual books. Those banksters created a real mess and to keep talking about bad morgages is an outrage, these account-with the house value not taken into account just a draction of the costs, no its these CDO's and the virtual value of these go into the tens of air..but good enough to get those banksters their cash bonusses. And now the cat is out of the bag, and as the wallstreet banks have deseased banks and insurance companies all over the world with their poison deals, the banks have quarantined themselves..ergo the moneyflow has been arrested.

Ok, you're here today for Around the Worldmusic, well last week we were in the desert..of sand, this week we crossed over to the snow desert of Northern Canada where Tanya Tagaq Gillis was born and her grandmother provided her the genes to become a throat singer-songwriter. She came into contact with Bjork, these two clicked and Tanya got the chance to expose her skills to the world, this resulted in world tours with Bjork and the Kronow Quartet and the recording of an award winning album..Sinaa...

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Tagaq - Sinaa ( 05 ^ 95 mb)

Animalistic grunts, growls and gasps. Earth-rumbling groans. Ethereal whispers and euphoric wails. A lot of provocative things come out of Tagaq’s mouth. But something you won’t hear escape from the Inuk throat singer’s lips is any talk of representing her native traditions. Tanya Tagaq Gillis (Tagaq) is from Cambridge Bay (Ikaluktuutiak), Nunavut, Canada, on the south coast of Victoria Island. After attending school in Cambridge Bay she went, at age 15, to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to attend high school where she first began to practice throat singing. She later studied visual arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and while there developed her own solo form of Inuit throat singing, which is normally done by two women.

As Tagaq is quick to remind newcomers to the genre, Inuit throat singing is more of a competition than a musical practice. Two participants, usually women, stand face to face and produce a complex series of vocal sounds and rhythms, repeating motifs that often imitate the sounds of nature and wildlife. Each tries to trip up the other, and the game ends when one either cracks up or is out of breath. The songs that have evolved from it are some of Canada’s oldest compositions. Meanwhile, the material on Tagaq’s award-winning debut CD, Sinaa, qualifies easily as some of the freshest, featuring intense vocalizations in both English and Inuk, at times mixed with tribal beats.

Somewhat surprisingly, Tagaq’s exposure to throat singing came not in her hometown but while she was away at art school in Halifax. “When I was growing up in Cambridge Bay, it wasn’t happening,” she recalls. “Nobody spoke the language any more either.” But one day, a care package arrived at her college apartment from her mom, stuffed with “socks, Mr. Noodles and some cassette tapes and CDs of throat singing she had tucked away.” Suddenly, the girl whose first record purchase was Michael Jackson’s Thriller, who grew to love alternative rock and rave music, was grooving to a whole new sound. “I didn’t realize how homesick I was until I got those tapes,” she explains. “Those songs I had never heard, but I knew them, I understood them. It was the sound of home.”

Tagaq, whose grandmother was a singer-songwriter and who had always loved performing, was immediately inspired. She trained her singing voice, that quickly developed into a forceful tool for Tagaq to compose her own material. Eight of the 12 tracks on Sinaa are originals, improvisations based on throat-singing techniques but leaping forward into unknown territory, like the first spring step off the ice floe.

A fortuitous connection had Tagaq's singing at an art festival in Inuvik taped and land on Björk's desk. She enlisted Tagaq as part of a Northern chorus for her 2000 world tour, which brought the Canadian singer her first worldwide exposure. But the pairing may have had an even greater impact on Björk, whose 2004 disc Medulla was made (almost) entirely from vocalizations. She even brought Tagaq into the studio for back-ups, where the pair accidentally co-wrote the experimental lullaby “Ancestors.” The track appears on Sinaa, an album that was recorded in Spain over three days in 2004 and on which she attempted to produce and capture every noise she could imagine.

The disc, features txalaparta drumming by duo Ugarte Anaiak and has won three Aboriginal Music Awards, but, as Tagaq stresses, it is not traditional music. What I’m doing is following an emotion that drives me. I am not trying to represent the North. This is a completely selfish expression. I’m from Nunavut, so it’s a big part of me. But I’m also a very sexual person, I’m hedonistic, I like spicy food, hot baths, sweaty, intense sex. Her innovative, solo style of throat singing seeks to push the boundaries of emotion and to express the primitive instincts she believes still reside deep within our flesh. She describes her evolution over the past six years as a process of going deeper and deeper into her performance to the point where she virtually “leaves her body” and lets the expression take over.

In 2005, her CD entitled Sinaa (Inuktitut for "edge") was nominated for five awards at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. At the ceremony on 25 October 2005, the CD won awards for Best Producer/Engineer, Best Album Design and Tagaq herself won the Best Female Artist award. Sinaa was nominated for the 2006 Juno Awards as the Best Aboriginal Recording.

She appeared live with the Kronos quartet at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall and joined them this fall in Austria. Sadly, while she has toured across Europe and much of Canada, she rarely gets to perform in the North. Between gigs, plans for the follow-up to Sinaa are well on their way. The singer wants to take much more time with it, going “deeper in all directions” and incorporating new sounds, instruments and vocal styles along with the throat singing. Her upcoming album, Auk/Blood will feature collaborations with Mike Patton, among others.

01 - Sila (3:28)
02 - Still (3:11)
03 - Qimiruluapik (2:02)
04 - Qiujaviit (3:04)
05 - Surge (3:24)
06 - Ancestors (4:08)
07 - Uvinik (2:54)
08 - Ilunikavi (3:02)
09 - Seamless (3:01)
10 - Origin (2:42)
11- Suluk (3:50)
12 - Breather (5:27)

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Sep 29, 2008

Canadia 2056

Hello, still busy updating..looks like ill be finished with that before the end of the week, next update post, Japan Series is in comments as have been previous updates this last week. Check them out or just surf my blog...

but first.. the saga continues and i hope the number of fans will increase as the story unfolds more hilarious reasonings ..the coming 27 minutes

In the year 2056 the US has declared war on the Ipampilashians and has sent the American armada to destroy their planet. Canada has sent its only ship, The Canadia, in support of the American mission but the Canadia is not a warship. It's a maintenance ship (they change light bulbs and plunge toilets). Max Anderson is the first American ever to be stationed on the Canadia. He was put there by the American admiral (his mother) to toughen him up but keep him out of any real danger. The only thing that Max and the crew of the Canadia agree on is that no one wants him there..

Episode 7:

The Canadia receives word that their budget is being cut and the Captain has to decide what to trim. Doc Gaffney isn't happy with his decision and takes drastic action.

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Canadia 2056 - 07 (20mb)

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Sep 28, 2008

Sundaze (48)

Hello time for another Sundaze, unfortunately pages keep disappearing , why ? if i only knew. Just reposted an old Eight X (42)aswell,, as an add on to the previous day..sigh with all the re-uploading going on i can really do without this mess. Coming up some mid-nineties ambient from the creative duo behind Global Communication who set their first foot under this moniker with this remixalbum. ....Higher Intelligence Agency went north and recorded Polar Sequences in sync with nature and Biosphere ...finally a 94 compilation showing where Global Technological Innovations in electronic music went at the time....

Note in comments you'll find a listing of the Wavetrain series updates

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Global Communication - Pentamerous Metamorphosis (93 ^ 306mb)

Time flies, it's eleven months ago i had a Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton weekend @ Rhotation 3 with Jedi Knights , their Theory of Evolution Sampler, Reload and Global Communication
In the summer of 1994 Dedicated finally released Global Communication's 76:14 a rhythmic, warm, and spacious, with graphics and song titles that reflect Pritchard and Middleton's intent of making music that transcends language, border, and preconception. It was voted by the Guardian as the best ambient album of the nineties, and it has clearly influence a lot of musicians since its release. The months before they had used the moniker for the first time as they "retranslated from Blood Music by label mates Chapterhouse." Pentamerous was not available for some years as a true Global Communication stand-alone release, for the very reason that it was never intended to be that in the first place. Instead, this five-track effort was in fact nothing less than a complete makeover. The Global Communication remix job originally appeared as a bonus second disc with the U.K. CD version., until it got a standalone release in 1998.


1 - Alpha Phase (16:39)
2 - Beta Phase (10:49)
3 - Gamma Phase (11:45)
4 - Delta Phase (10:41)
5 - Epsilon Phase (11:18)

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H. I . A. and Biosphere - Polar Sequences (96 ^ 289mb)

Higher Intelligence Agency mastermind Bobby Bird started the project back in 1992 in Birmingham, England as a live experimental electronic project. Soon he and other members of the Oscillate Collective, a group of artists and musicians involved with the local club Oscillate Sound System, were taking their experimentation to unexpected musical and geographic locations. The sound falls somewhere between ambient and techno, with a healthy experimental streak running throughout. Breakbeats fall like manna from heaven as celestial melodies sky through the group's compositions. Truly a sensual, satisfying listen.

Since releasing their first '92 single, "Ketamine Entity" (which would later appear on the genre-defining compilation Ambient Dub Volume One), The Higher Intelligence Agency has emerged as a full-fledged creative force. The group has released a half-dozen albums, and has participated in a number of collaborative ventures. (1993) Colourform, (1995) Freefloater, (1996) Polar Sequences - with Biosphere (live), (1997) S.H.A.D.O. - with Pete Namlook, (1997) Nothing, (1999) S.H.A.D.O. Vol 2 - with Pete Namlook, (1999) Birmingham Frequencies - with Biosphere (live).

Tromso, 70 degrees north, in the Arctic region, in the middle of the most active northern lights zone. In summer time, land of the midnight sun. In winter, total darkness. In October 1995, as part of the annual Polar Music Festival, Geir Jenssen of Biosphere and Bobby Bird of The Higher Intelligence Agency, were commissioned by Nor Concerts to collaborate together on a musical project to take place in Geir's home town of Tromso, Norway. The brief was for them to perform three concerts, using sounds sourced from the area as the basis of the music - the machinery of the local mountain cable lift, the snow, the ice etc...

The performances from which this recording is taken, took place on top of a mountain above Tromso, in a cabin reached by the cable car, in which the audience were transported up the mountain in turn. This is a live recording from the 1995 Polar Music Festival, in Tromø Geir Jenssen's hometown. Recorded on the top of a mountain above the town, the music uses only samples sourced locally - people speaking at the festival, the cable car which brought people to the performance, the melting snow and ice, et cetera. The result is a stunningly accomplished and balanced piece, musically, technically, emotionally. It bridges uplifting, glacial sounds with a dark moodiness without ever becoming tired and clichéd, neither natural nor electronic, but somewhere out on its own. An absolute essential for all ambient heads and discerning listeners out there.

1 - Cimmerian Shaft (13:11)
2 - Snapshot Survey (8:21)
3 - White Lightning (10:13)
4 - Countdown To Darkness (6:21)
5 - Corona (9:55)
6 - Meltwater (9:18)

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VA - Global Technological Innovations (unreleased 1) ( flac 353mb)

01 - Sandoz - Ocean Reflection (8:50)
02 - Infinity - Think Quick (Remodel) (9:45)
03 - 2000 & One - Sensitive Space (5:05)
04 - Geep, The - The Geep (Goddess Of My Soul Mix) (5:46)
05 - Clip Talk - A.M.D. (8:29)
06 - max 404 - 6am In Eindhoven (7:14)
07 - As One - Asa Nisi Masa (6:39)
08 - Quadrant - Dytiq (6:52)
09 - Underground Resistance - A Moment In Time (3:08)
10 - Underground Resistance - Mindpower (2:44)

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Sep 27, 2008

Rhotation (48) Into BPM

Hello, Im not sure what is going on, but lately pages have gone missing from my blog, 2 weeks ago it was Alphabet Soup (T) , this week Updatepage 3 and last weeks Into BPM (47). Now i dont know if these are a blogger faults or someone has found a way to attack blogs this way, and has decided this is a fulfilling mission in life. I sure hope not.

As for todays BPM post we're in Electro territory again..starting with Fischerspooner which sounds better then Spoonerfischer ..the names of the duo behind the moniker that have featured many more performers in their life shows. They're sensational shows on the New York scene became the talk of the town from which they emerged assurely and with a well recieved # 1 album....Adult took the hard touring road aswell to build a name, here's their official debut Anxiety Always.....Over the big pond we find a former gamedesigner that turned his attention to music and is meanwhile working on his fourth album in 5 years. Vector Lovers is likely a term from his old game designdays, however it's a one man show....across the channel we find a trio Sex In Dallas, not quite electropop or electroclash yet with some trashy discoid bounce, the French like to be differente...

NOTE the rest of the Rhotation updates are found in comments page Canadia - 6 as the Update (3) page itself has is silent about how that is guess too much traffic...well i will be posting the updates in comments now so check them you'll find the sunshine series updates in comments...tomorrow the wavetrain updates .if you see a ^ at the end of the file it means its been upgraded aswell.

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Fischerspooner - #1 (01 ^272mb)

The new wave/electro-pop troupe Fischerspooner was formed in New York City in 1998 and has come to incorporate multimedia, strange handmade costumes, dancing, and performance art. Originally a duo formed by classically trained musician Warren Fischer and video-artist and experimental theater performer Casey Spooner for an impromptu rendition of their makeshift track "Indian Cab Driver" at the Astor Place Starbucks, the group grew to over 20 performers, most of whom are dancers and guest vocalists. The group uses the stage antics of David Bowie and traditional mainstream pop vocalists, along with the campy electronics of Giorgio Moroder or Depeche Mode and vocoders of Trans Am. By the time of their 2000 eponymous debut, Fischerspooner was a certifiable sensation in downtown New York City art galleries and clubs. The single "Emerge" topped European charts, invited a six-song remix EP, and won Fischer and Spooner invitations to international fashion, art, and society happenings. Their debut album, #1, originally titled Best Album Ever, has been released on several record labels

In 2005, Odyssey, the band's second album, was released to critical acclaim. The album featured more structured songs that weren't really electroclash, but more accurately electropop. Hitmaker Linda Perry, intellectual Susan Sontag, and Madonna producer Mirwais all made appearances.The lead single, "Just Let Go", featured live drums and guitars, a very different sound than heard on their first album.

01 - Invisible (5:13)
02 - The 15th (3:56)
03 - Emerge (4:46)
04 - Fucker (4:53)
05 - Turn On (4:23)
06 - Tone Poem (4:13)
07 - Ersatz (3:55)
08 - Horizon (5:06)
09 - Natural Disaster (4:47)
10 - Emerge (Adult mix) (4:52

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ADULT. - Anxiety Always (03 ^ 431mb)

ADULT. began releasing albums in 1998 under the pseudonym "Plasma Co." Initially, the band members were uncredited and not publicized, but by the time Anxiety Always was released, ADULT. was listed as husband-and-wife team Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus. Both btw have art degrees, Miller has a painting degree, and Kuperus a photography degree. Miller and Kuperus are also the founders of the Ersatz Audio record label. The two debuted their Adult. project in November 1998 with the Dispassionate Furniture EP, Entertainment, followed a year later, while their song "Lost Love" appeared on the Ersatz Audio various-artists 12" Oral-Olio a few months earlier, in June 1999. After another 12" EP, Nausea, and compilation appearance, The Forgotten Sounds of Tomorrow ("Silent Property," "Human Wreck"), both in 2000. Ersatz Audio released the debut Adult album Resuscitation, in 2001. Most of the 14 songs on Resuscitation were culled from previous releases, primarily the 12" EPs, many are versions or mixes exclusive to the CD. By this point, Adult. had become widely known and were quite renown within the techno underground. ADULT. gained popularity while touring constantly in the United States and releasing all of their material independently. They toured with Trans Am in 2002, and in May 2003, the band made its first headlining tour in the United States; gigs across Europe followed soon after.

Adult.'s first full-length of all-new material, Anxiety Always (2003), was very well recieved. Miller and Kuperus promoted Anxiety Always with tours of Europe and the U.S. throughout 2003 before withdrawing from the spotlight for much of 2004. Then, rather surprisingly, Adult. moved to the Chicago label Thrill Jockey, via which they released an EP, D.U.M.E. (2005), and full-length, Gimmie Trouble (2005). When launching their tour in support, ADULT. announced that they had become a trio with the addition of guitarist Samuel Consiglio. The trio was short-lived—Consiglio left the band at the start of 2006.

Miller and Kuperus took some time off before returning in 2007 with another Thrill Jockey release, Why Bother? Adult. returned to their original husband-and-wife membership for the noisy album, and they commenced widespread touring almost immediately
As of 2007, Miller and Kuperus have focused their attention more on recording and touring, and less on their own label; the last few ADULT. releases have been distributed by Thrill Jockey Records rather than Ersatz Audio.

01 - The Cold Call (2:50)
02 - Shake Your Head (4:23)
03 - Glue Your Eyelids Together (4:10)
04 - Blank-Eyed, Nose Bleed (3:28)
05 - Turn Your Back (3:01)
06 - People, You Can Confuse (4:58)
07 - Nothing Of The Kind (4:38)
08 - Nervous (Wreck) (4:15)
09 - We Know How To Have Fun (5:23)
10 - Kick In The Shin (5:29)

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Vector Lovers - Vector Lovers (04 * 293mb)

Born in 69 in Reading(UK) Martin Wheeler started recording in his teens , influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk, Depeche mode and Suicide. He became a computergame designer at the age of 16 developping some 25 games for the ZX spectrum, Ataro Nintendo and Gameboy before returning to music with the release of his first single (Electrobotik Disco / Girl + Robot) as Vector Lovers in 2003. The following 7", featuring the now classic 'Tokyo Glitterati' on Static Caravan Records won support from leftfield DJs worldwide, including John Peel and Mute Records founder Daniel Miller. A self-released 12" that summer, 'Roboto Ashido Funk EP' featured on the covers of DJ magazine and Jockey Slut, prompting offers from both major and indie labels, and finally seeing Vector Lovers signing to seminal Glasgow techno label, Soma Records.

Three albums later, Vector Lovers production work has seen collaborations with artists including Tracey Thorn, Ladytron, Husky Rescue, Alex Smoke, Diefenbach, Tim Wright, The Black Dog, Slam, Funk D'void, Transparent Sound, and My Robot Friend.
Whether rocking thousands of partygoers at T in The Park or improvising a silent film soundtrack at the National Film Theatre, Vector Lovers continues to create beautifully crafted electronica, quirky techno, and emotionally resonant synth pop.Currently working on his fourth album Martin spends most of his time recording at home in Berlin, where he lives with his wife and two children.

01 - Girl + Robot (5:13)
02 - Tokyo Glitterati (4:18)
03 - Telecom Meltdown (4:32)
04 - Electrobotik Disco (4:51)
05 - Funk & Droid (5:10)
06 - Electrosuite (7:46)
07 - Yamanote Sundown (6:16)
08 - Futures In Plastic (5:02)
09 - Kissed You By The Fountain (2:35)
10 - Lake Nocturne (3:31)
11 - Metrolux Forever (4:39)
12 - Solitaire (4:17)

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Sex In Dallas - Around The War ( 04 ^ 238mb)

Sex In Dallas (Adrienne Walter, Jean Marc Soulat & Mohini Gesiweiller) are French born electro slackers. They formed in 2003 in Paris and combine elements of Punk, House, Hip Hop, Detroit Techno and turn it into a dark but fashionable electronic longplayer. Not quite electropop or electroclash, their influences come from a more refined corner of the pop globe and, despite dipping at times into a trashy discoid bounce, there are some ace moments here - like the grimey, filthy bassline driven 'Lost In LA Playa' or the Barbara Morgenstern-esque cutesy of '5 O Clock'.

Founded 2003 in Paris and driven by the idea to make a different sound compared to Daft Punk, Air, Phoenix and typical french house music that made french electronic music so popular. Following their highly recommend (John Peel, Laurent Garnier, Andrew Weatherall, Miss Kittin to name a few) 12 inches Everybody Deserves To Be Fucked and Berlin Rocks 1 +2 here is the debut full lenth album Around the War. S.I.D. combine Punk, House, Hip Hop, Detroit Techno and turn it into a dark but groovy electronic longplayer.

A second album featuring Biladoll . Toured the world, from Turkey (Indigo Music Hall, Istanbul) to Ukrainia (Kaif Club, Kiev), from Sao Paulo (Vivo Festival) to London (The End), from Stavanger (NU Music Festival) to Bucarest. Played live in Berghain-Ostgut, Berlin. SID is although a dj team. Realized recently a dj mix for the UK mag "Dazed & Confused".

01 - Crazy Dogs (3:52)
02 - Berlin Rocks (5:42)
03 - 5 O' Clock (5:44)
04 - Around The War (2:54)
05 - Lost In La Playa (5:22)
06 - Everybody Deserves To Be Fucked (4:02)
07 - Song Of The Beach (3:27)
08 - Georgio (4:15)
09 - Golden Chains (4:04)
10 - Clerk Work (4:52)

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Rhotation (47) Into BPM reposte
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well as mentioned , the third page in 2 weeks goes missing. Google hasnt got a clue or helpdesk of here's last weeks Into BPM (47) ..without covers

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The Prodigy - Music For The Jilted Generation (94 ^ 531mb)

Howlett, the prodigy behind the group's name, was trained on the piano while growing up in Braintree, Essex. He began listening to hip-hop in the mid-'80s and later DJ'd with the British rap act Cut to Kill before moving on to acid house later in the decade. The fledgling hardcore breakbeat sound was perfect for an old hip-hop fan fluent in up-tempo dance music, and Howlett began producing tracks in his bedroom studio during 1988. The Prodigy's name was a moniker Liam had chosen as a tribute to his first analogue synthesiser, the Moog Prodigy. An initial 10-track demo by Liam Howlett, put together on a Roland W-30 sequencer keyboard. It was picked up by XL Recordings after Howlett played several tracks to XL boss Nick Halkes in a meeting, and an initial 12" pressing of "What Evil Lurks" was released in February 1991. It became a major mover on the fledgling rave scene in 1990. After Howlett met up with Keith Flint and Leeroy Thornhill (both Essex natives as well) in the growing British rave scene, the trio formed the Prodigy later that year.

Six months later, Howlett issued his second single "Charly," built around a sample from a children's public-service announcement. It hit number one on the British dance charts, then crossed over to the pop charts, stalling only at number three. Two additional Prodigy singles, "Everybody in the Place" and "Fire/Jericho," charted in the U.K. during late 1991 and early 1992. these were soon followed by the band's first full length album, Experience, a landmark release in the history of British rave music. Howlett released an anonymous white label, bearing only the title "Earthbound I". Its hypnotic, hard-edged sound won wide underground approval. Many former critics of the band were astounded when Howlett finally acknowledged responsibility for the record He had released the white-label single to fool image-conscious DJs who had written off the Prodigy as hopelessly commercial.

After several months of working on tracks, Howlett issued the next Prodigy single, "No Good (Start the Dance)." In 1994, the Prodigy's second album, Music for the Jilted Generation, was released entering the UK album charts at #1. album displayed a wider spectrum of musical style with heavy techno and breakbeat-based tracks complemented by the concept sequence The Narcotic Suite, and rock-oriented inclinations ("Their Law", featuring Pop Will Eat Itself). The album also continued Prodigy's allegiance to breakbeat drum'n'bass; though the style had only recently become commercially viable (after a long gestation period in the dance underground), Howlett had been incorporating it from the beginning of his career. It was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize although Howlett had reaffirmed his dedication to making The Prodigy a 'hard dance band', commercially successful but without compromise.

The Prodigy spent much of 1994 and 1995 touring around the world, and made a splashy appearance at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival, proving that electronica could make it in a live venue. The group had already made a transition from the club/rave circuit to more traditional rock venues. Flint's newly emerged persona -- the consummate in-your-face punk showman and master of ceremonies for the digital-age crowd -- Meanwhile the band had augmented their line-up with guitarist Jim Davies ( later Pitchshifter)

March 1996 the Prodigy released "Firestarter" it entered the British charts at number one, the video was almost banned due to complaints about arson fixation; many Top of the Pops viewers also complained that Keith Flint had scared their children. In the middle of the electronica buzz, the Prodigy dropped their third album, The Fat of the Land. Despite rather obvious attempts to court mainstream rock fans, the album entered both British and American charts at number one, shifting several million units worldwide. The Prodigy were getting considerable airplay on rock stations with their track "Smack My Bitch Up," and were getting even more negative backlash for the song. Time-Warner, Prodigy's parent company, was feeling the heat from the National Organization for Women (NOW) over the track. To top it all a rather graphic video was produced that made it to the no1 spot as the most controversial videos ever to air on MTV..duh, meanwhile Wal-Mart and Kmart took the album of the shelves as they didnt want their female customers reminded of how they get smacked up at home..(presumably )..

1999 saw the release of The Prodigy's Dirtchamber Sessions Volume 1, a DJ mix album by Howlett, produced as an official record of a successful guest appearance on the British Radio 1.The Prodigy's fourth studio album, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned was released on 23 August 2004 (14 September 2004 in the USA.) A precursory and experimental single, "Memphis Bells", was released in very limited numbers, followed by the traditional release of the single "Girls". The U.S. version of the studio album contained a bonus track; a remix of "Girls" entitled, "More Girls". Maxim and Keith Flint were still in the band but they weren't to be found on the album. Instead it featured guest spots from Oasis' Liam Gallagher, Kool Keith, Twista, and actress Juliette Lewis. Flint and Maxim did join Howlett for a worldwide tour to support the album that launched in October 2004. In 2005, the band released a compilation album, Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005, which included a remix of their 1994 single "Voodoo People". According to the band's website, the band is currently at work on their fifth album.

The Prodigy - Music For The Jilted Generation (flac 394mb)

01 - Intro (0:46)
02 - Break & Enter (8:24)
03 - Their Law (6:41)
04 - Full Throttle (5:03)
05 - Voodoo People (6:27)
06 - Speedway (Theme From Fastlane) (8:56)
07 - The Heat (The Energy) (4:28)
08 - Poison (6:42)
09 - No Good (Start The Dance) (6:18)
10 - One Love (Edit) (3:53)

The Prodigy - More Music For The Jilted Generation 2 (flac 426mb)
------The Narcotic Suite-----
11 - 3 Kilos (7:26)
12 - Skylined (5:58)
13 - Claustrophobic Sting (7:12)
14 - Break And Enter (2005 Live Edit) 4:59
15 - Their Law (Live At Pukkelpop) 5:28
16 - No Good (Start The Dance) (Bad For You Mix) 6:50
17 - Scienide 5:50
18 - Goa (The Heat The Energy, Part 2) 6:05
19 - Rat Poison 5:32
20 - Voodoo People (Dust Brothers Remix) 5:55

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The Crystal Method - Vegas ( 97 ^ 383mb)

Although Jordan and Kirkland are both from Las Vegas, Nevada, the band was formed in Los Angeles, California, in the early-'90s L.A. rave scene. Drawn in by its youthful idealism, Jordan and Kirkland became absorbed by L.A.'s underground club culture and began knocking out tracks inspired by their experiences. On the strength of one of their demos, Crystal Method signed to Steve Melrose and Justin King's City of Angels imprint in 1994, and their debut single, "Keep Hope Alive," appeared soon after. It became something of an anthem due to the endless barrage of remixes and alternate versions that appeared. The pair's demand to be taken seriously as a band (as opposed to the enforced anonymity of most techno acts) extended to incessant live performances. Crystal Method's increasing popularity both in the clubs and among radio jocks led to a deal with Geffen affiliate Outpost Recordings in 1996. The group's debut LP, Vegas -- an unabashed party record bathed in acid, funk, rock, and big beat hip-hop -- appeared in mid-1997 and sold very well. There was some discussion as to whether the band took their name from methamphetamine (the street name of which is "crystal meth"). In the 1999 documentary Better Living Through Circuitry, it was made clear during the interview the name was a drug reference.

The Crystal Method did most of their earlier production work in an underground shelter referred to as "The Bomb Shelter" in the front yard of a rented house they once shared as roommates. Before production began on Legion of Boom in 2004, they moved the studio into the garage of the rented house. The follow-up to Vegas, Tweekend, was released four years later, and the duo inaugurated a series of mix albums (Community Service) in 2002. In 2005, their third studio album, Legion of Boom, was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Electronic Music/Dance Album". This marked the first time the Grammys offered such an award. It was followed by their soundtrack to the film "London Landing" a year later. Meanwhile their music has appeared in several tv shows, adds and in videogames, reaking plenty of dosh i would think. In June 2006, the duo released Drive: Nike + Original Run, the mix was made to accompany any aspiring athlete's workout session . The album was only available on the iTunes Music Store until June 26, 2007, when it was given a physical release to Best Buy stores, and was re-released on CD in 2008 with four bonus tracks. Jordan and Kirkland currently host a radio show called Community Service which airs Friday nights on Los Angeles' Indie 103.1, featuring electronic music.

01 - Trip Like I Do (7:34)
02 - Busy Child (7:25)
03 - Cherry Twist (4:25)
04 - High Roller (5:29)
05 - Comin' Back (Voc.Trixie Reiss) (5:39)
06 - Keep Hope Alive (6:12)
07 - Vapor Trail (6:31)
08 - She's My Pusher (5:41)
09 - Jaded (Voc.Trixie Reiss) (7:05)
10 - Bad Stone (5:09)

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The Youngsters - Lemonorange ( 01 flac 509mb)

Hailing from Montpellier the dynamic, electronic duo The Youngsters consist of Gil le Gamin and Olivier M; Mr Gamin a DJ, record shop owner and founder of the G-Funk label and Olivier a passionate music composer. Gamin juggles a busy DJ schedule with his store Z'appies and his label G-Funk. As a band, perhaps they hold the world record for the shortest 'how we came to be' story which goes something like...Olivier took a demo tape in to Gil's shop and er...a fortnight later they were working together. That was way back when at the beginning of 1999. Initially releasing their music through Gamin's label before signing to Laurent Garnier's infamous F Communications imprint. With the backing of a major independent label, the duo was set share with the world their infectious techno rhythms.

Motivated by a solo maxim, 'Make people dance', The Youngsters with Lemonorange have composed an album full of authority and affection for anything that might fall into the arena of techno. Whilst the sounds on this record are familiar, it's unlikely you've heard them combined with such understanding and aplomb.Chunky, deep piano grooves on the excellent "Choose" nestle comfortably along side the rougher, more acidic cuts such as "Friperie Connection" and "Abusive Melody" in a album inspired by a love of the music from Detroit. With the likes of Laurent Garnier, Alex Kid and Aqua Bassino, the F Comm stable is rearing nothing but pedigree acts. With Lemonorange The Youngsters can feel right at home there.

01 - Slow (6:35)
02 - Illogique (7:06)
03 - Spanish Harlem (4:30)
04 - Flightcase Pour Criquets (5:54)
05 - Lost In Palavas (5:23)
06 - Choose (6:40)
07 - Anxious Boy (5:00)
08 - Doutes Et Certitudes (5:27)
09 - Friperie Connection (5:56)
10 - Abusive Melody (5:37)
11 - Dub Cham Mé (4:36)
12 - Smile (5:14)

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Sep 26, 2008

Into the Groove (47)

Hello, the weekend is ahead and that means getting into some early eighties dance grooves today. First up, a woman born on the same day, in the same small town and with the same surname as one of america's famous folksingers, Woody Guthrie, still family. Gwen however was into music aswell, singing and composing. Friends Sly & Robbie are all over Padlock as is the presence of the stardance producer Larry Levan, who also appears as one of the remixers on the next vinyl, Night Dubbing. Imagination crashed on the scene, scored a series of big hits and then dissappeared again, but they left us some memorable tracks...Finally another then starproducer Jellybean he quickly went from DJíng to remixing and along the way scored some major hits for others ..and himself..though he didnt sing himself...he did have the looks...must have been a real heartbreaker, one of his flames he remixes , she sings her mainly selfpenned songs about her and their experiences..i added that album ..just for fun...

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Gwen Guthrie - Padlock (82 ^ 478mb)

Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma and raised in Newark, New Jersey. In school, she studied classical music, and her father began teaching her piano when she was eight years old. By the early 1970s, she had joined vocal groups such as the Ebonettes and the Matchmakers, meanwhile working as an elementary school teacher. When a backup singer scheduled to sing on Aretha Franklin's 1974 single "I'm in Love" fell ill, Guthrie took the vocalist's place beside Cissy Houston; thus Guthrie would happily state that her career on record began "at the top".

Guthrie soon began moonlighting as a singer of commercial jingles, sometimes with her friend Valerie Simpson (of Ashford & Simpson fame). A songwriting partnership with Patrick Grant resulted in Ben E. King's comeback single, "Supernatural Thing", and "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", covered by numerous artists. Together they wrote seven tracks on the Sister Sledge's 1975 album Circle Of Love: Guthrie continued to write with a variety of partners, and supplied backing vocals to many recording sessions. Working with Peter Tosh in the late '70s, Guthrie befriended reggae stars Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, who invited her to Nassau to record vocals for an album they were producing. Hearing her unique voice in the studio, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell inked her to a contract, and the Dunbar/Shakespeare project, assisted by David Conley of Surface, became her first solo release, a self-titled LP. . She was dubbed "The First Lady of the Paradise Garage" as several of her songs became anthems at the venue, helped by the frequent and dynamic performances she gave there. She soon teamed musically with famed Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan. Who produced her third album Padlock (85)

Guthrie is probably best known for her 1986 dance anthem "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent", a self-written and -produced track which garnered some controversy for lyrics such as: Her single "Can't Love You Tonight" boldly addressed AIDS at a time when the disease was a taboo subject, and she was an ally to the gay community, and people with AIDS long before the masses caught up. Proceeds from the single went to the AIDS Coalition. Guthrie was more involved in the writing and production. Hot Times was Guthrie's final LP release, hitting the streets in 1990. Like the previous LP, she wrote nearly everything, except for a moving remake of Stephanie Mills' "Never Knew Love Like This Before." Guthrie died on February 4, 1999, of uterine cancer in Orange, NJ

01 Peanut Butter (Prelude) 0:11
02 Hopscotch 8:13
03 Seventh Heaven 7:22
04 Getting Hot 4:36
05 Getting Hot (Prelude)0:14
06 Peanut Butter 6:03
07 Padlock 6:55
08 Hopscotch (Larry Levan Remix Instrumental)7:23
09 Seventh Heaven (Album Mix Of 'Portrait')4:15
10 Padlock (Album Mix Of 'Portrait')4:47
11 Getting Hot (Original 12" Version)5:34
12 Peanut Butter (Original 12" Version) 4:58
13 Padlock (Larry Levan Remix - Short Vocal) 3:52
14 Hopscotch (Album Remix Of 'Portrait') 5:13

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Imagination - Night Dubbing ( 83 ^ 310mb)

Imagination were a trio from the U.K. that put a synthesized and often clubby spin on soul groups from the '70s. In fact, a couple of '70s groups have direct ties to Imagination; Leee John and Ashley Ingram spent time during that decade playing supportive roles in the Delfonics and Chairmen of the Board, prior to Imagination's formation. Along with drummer Errol Kennedy, vocalist John and bassist Ingram formed the group in 1981. By the end of that year, they already had their first album released and a minor hit in the form of that album's title track, "Body Talk." The group's second album, 1982's In the Heat of the Night, was their most successful, spawning a trio of U.S. R&B chart hits in the form of "Just an Illusion" (number 27), "Music and Lights" (number 52), and "Changes" (number 46). Those singles were even more popular in their home country, with the first pair reaching the Top Five.

The remix collection Night Dubbing appeared the following year, as did the group's third proper album, Scandalous. Following this the success of the group in the UK waned, but they continued to perform, tour and record until the early 1990s. John went back to acting and recently re-surfaced in the reality TV show Reborn in the USA. Ingram also enjoyed success as a songwriter for Des'ree. John remained active in the entertainment industry, continuing his recording career as a solo artist and collaborator. Since the group's split, several compilations have been released.

01 - Flashback (4:47)
02 - Just An Illusion (6:34)
03 - Music & Lights (5:31)
04 - So Good, So Right (4:25)

05 - Body Talk (4:41)
06 - Heart 'N' Soul (4:00)
07 - Changes (Rmx Larry Levan) (6:23)
08 - Burnin' Up (4:53)

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Jellybean - Wotupski!?! ( 84 ^ 409mb)

John Benitez's mother emigrated from Puerto Rico in the early 1950s and settled in the South Bronx ( N Y). She raised three children as a single mother, Benitez being the second child. Born in New York City, he grew up enjoying listening to music, his sister, Debbie, nicknamed him Jellybean as his initials are J.B. and from the saying "Do you know what I mean, Jellybean?"
When he relocated to Manhattan in 1975, he became immersed in the growing disco scene and soon became one its best DJs as well as an early producer with his own reel-to-reel machine. After appearances at the clubs Experiment 4 and Xenon, Benitez moved on to such prestigious showplaces as Studio 54 and the Electric Circus. With the dawn of the '80s (and the death of disco), he continued DJing with a residency at Manhattan's Fun House (beginning in 1981), and also hosted a dance show on New York's WKTU..

Benitez started to remix singles, Stephen Bray of the group Breakfast Club went to Benitez for a remix. This led to Benitez being introduced to Bray's girlfriend and band mate at the time, Louise Ciccone. A romantic relationship developed between the two that lasted about two years. Benitez became involved with producing and remixing a bulk of the tracks on Louise Ciccone's debut album in 1983. After this fruitful partnership, both went their seperate ways, eventually Benitez remixed songs for such artists as La India, Whitney Houston, George Benson, Shalamar, Jocelyn Brown, Patti Austin, Sheena Easton, Talking Heads, James Ingram, Hall & Oates, Billy Joel, The Pointer Sisters, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. In 84 he released Wotupski!!?! from his album "Sidewalk Talk" became a hit and the Bside showed the classic electro..the mexican. His 1987 debut album Just Visiting This Planet featured Jellybean in his usual production role though his name appeared on the sleeve; despite the mainly unknown guest vocalists, the single "Who Found Who" with Elisa Fiorillo became another Top 20 hit. His second album, 1988's Jellybean Rocks the House, was a much tighter affair though it featured no hits.

Benitez produced and released music under the Jellybean moniker; in total he has placed nine songs in the Top 10 of the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including three number ones. He has employed many vocalists to sing on his productions including Madonna, Elisa Fiorillo, Steven Dante, Adele Bertei, Richard Darbyshire and Niki Haris. His 1984 cover of Babe Ruth's "The Mexican" (for which he recruited the vocals of its original singer, Janita Haan) is regarded as a pivotal moment in the electro-hip hop underground scene. He had solo hits with "The Real Thing" (UK #13 in 1987), "Who Found Who" (UK #10 in 1988), and "Just A Mirage" (UK #13 in 1988). Currently, Benitez owns Jellybean Productions, JB Recording and JB Publishing. On September 19, 2005, Benitez was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements as a DJ.

01 Compromise (Voc. Vernon Smith) (6:30)
02 Sidewalk Talk (Voc.Madonna) (6:07)
03 Dancing On The Fire (Voc. Audrey Wheeler) (6:47)
04 Was Dog A Doughnut (7:50)
05 The Mexican (8:42)
Bonus Mexican EP
06 The Mexican (Dance Mix) 8:44
07 The Mexican (A Cappella) 2:28
08 The Mexican (Funhouse Mix) 8:24
09 Hip Hop Bean Bop (Bonus Beats) 2:47
10 The Mexican (Short Version) 5:15

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Louise Ciccone - I    (flac 263mb)

01 - Lucky Star (5:37)
02 - Borderline (5:17)
03 - Burning Up (4:48)
04 - I Know It (3:40)

05 - Holiday (6:08)
06 - Think Of Me (4:53)
07 - Physical Attraction (6:37)
08 - Everybody (4:48)

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Sep 24, 2008

Eight-X (47)

Oops, it's Eight-X again, must be midweek.Well the re-upping went smoothly today, Wavetrain looks to be all live again by thursday even a slight makeover and extending here and there..Today we start with a band from the netherlands that got off to a good start with their debut album, ran into trouble with the recordcompanies with their second and when the third only garnered critical acclaim they threw in the towel, made on a next to nothing budget Just Can't Sleep brings across the nervous consequences that can bring and its clear the guys had been exposed like their peers to the jittery first two albums of the Talking Heads .....The Jam had eighteen consecutive Top 40 singles in the UK, from their debut in 1977 to their breakup in 1982, including four number one hits need i say more..this is a 02 compilation of their sound...that's entertainment.....The rain Parade looked to be going places but then when you're from LA it's hard to stick together with everything thats going on there, so in the end it was just three albums and the live album here..Beyond The Sunset though you'd hardly notice it was live, recorded in the land of the setting sun (obviously) ....

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The Tapes - You Just Can't Sleep (79 ^ 95)

Late 77 (ex-)students Fred Hermsen (voc), Rolf Hermsen (gitar), Michiel Brandes (gitar), Igor Roovers (bass) and Dick van der Vaart (drums) founded The Tapes. After it turns out Fred ain't a singer his brother Rolf takes over and Fred concentrates on the management and writing lyrics. they get labelled as the Dutch Talking Heads, but the bands musical interests extend well beyond to funk, jazzrock and pop. In 78 they record "You Just Can't Sleep" with a minimal budget on a 8-track recorder. Despite the demo quality the album is well recieved and sells well. This gets them noticed by major label Vertigo that take over the distribution from the Plurex label.

After the support tour Dick van der Vaart quits as drummer, and returns to studying medicine. Peter Meuris takes over. That summer (79) the follow-up album "Party" is recorded under guidance of the american producer Don Willard. The assumption was that the same deal as the last album would be made but Phonogram (Vertigo parent) but the major is nolonger interested. In the months that follow The tapes try to sell the ready made album to record companies home and abroad without result. Finally the american Passport label offers them a contract. Spring 1980 Party is finally released, the sound is obviously much better, the tracks have gained more depth. 

The third album, On A Clear Day, is recorded spring 81 and produced by John Leckie (Human League, XTC, Magazine) members of the Nits are in support. The album gets a worldwide release but the despite good reviews it sinks as first hour fans no longer recognise the Tapes from the previous albums and it fails to find a niche. The On A Clear Day promotion tour sees Mathilde Santing(Eleveld) as vocal support aswell as support show. 1982 sees the end for the Tapes as they've become desillusioned from the lack of a reversal of fortune bandmembers become Mathilde Santing's backing band.

01 - A Little Trick We All Know (3:37)
02 - Live Girls / Dead Girls (3:56)
03 - Scars (3:18)
04 - At The Wheel (4:49)
05 - Voices Of Time (3:53)

06 - Call Me (4:02)
07 - Who's Responsible (3:27)
08 - Dancing On A Red Carpet (3:27)
09 -You Just Can't Sleep (5:11)
10 - The Best Of My Fate (3:52)

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The Jam - The Sound Of The Jam ( ^ 188mb))

The Jam formed in Surrey, England in 1972 in Woking. The line-ups were fluid at this stage, consisting of Weller on guitar and lead vocals together with various friends, the line-up began to solidify in the mid 1970s with Weller, Foxton, guitarist Steve Brookes and drummer Rick Buckler. In their early years, their sets consisted of early American rock and roll covers. They continued in this vein until Weller became fascinated with mod music and lifestyle. They went out and bought black suits and started playing Motown, Stax and Atlantic covers. Eventually Brookes left the band, and was not replaced, inviting Weller to develop a combined lead/rhythm guitar style. 

In the following two years, The Jam gained a small following around London, becoming one of the new lights on the nascent punk scene. Though they shared an "angry young men" outlook, short hair, crushing volume and lightning-fast tempos, The Jam wore neatly tailored suits where others wore ripped clothes, played professionally where others were defiantly amateurish. They really stood out from their punk peers. They were signed to Polydor Records by Chris Parry in early 1977. On 29 April 1977, Polydor released The Jam's debut single,"In the City", which charted in the Top 40 in England. In early May, the band released their epinomous debut album. Like those of The Clash and the Sex Pistols, the album featured fast, loud and pointed songs.

After the non-LP single "All Around the World" nearly reached the UK Top 10, The Jam, having achieved a notable following in such a short time, was pressed to produce more material quickly. Their second album, This Is the Modern World, was released later in 1977. Despite displaying more stylistic variety than before, including some ventures into introspective pop, This Is The Modern World was not widely praised. However, when John Peel first heard the album, he played it in its entirety on one show

In March 1978, the band released "News of the World", a non-album single that was both written and sung by Foxton. It charted at #27 in the UK, and was the band's second biggest hit to date. The Jam released their next single, the double A-side "David Watts" b/w "'A' Bomb In Wardour Street". "David Watts" was a cover of the bouncy Kinks classic; Weller and Foxton traded lead vocals throughout the song. It wasn't until their next single, "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight", that The Jam really regained their former critical acclaim. The song was a dramatic account of being mugged by thugs who "smelled of pubs and Wormwood Scrubs and too many right-wing meetings." Around this time, The Jam slimmed their team of two producers to one, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven, who helped develop the group's sound with harmonised guitars and acoustic textures. The Jam released their third LP, All Mod Cons in 1978.

The Jam released "The Eton Rifles" in advance of their new album. It became their first top 10, rising to #3 on the UK charts. November of 1979 saw the release of the Setting Sons album, another massive UK hit, and their first chart entry in the U.S. The album began life as a concept album about three childhood friends, though in the end many of the songs had political overtones.
The band's first single of 1980 was intended to be "Dreams of Children," due to a labelling error, however, the a- and b-sides of the single were reversed, resulting in the more conventional "Going Underground", the single's planned flipside, getting much more airplay and attention than "Dreams of Children". As a result, only "Going Underground" was initially listed on the charts, although the single was eventually officially recognised (and listed) as a double A-side by the time the release reached #1 in the UK.

Sound Affects was released in 1980. It was influenced by current post-punk bands such as Joy Division and Wire. Paul Weller said that he was influenced by The Beatles' Revolver and Michael Jackson's Off the Wall also. Weller allegedly wrote "That's Entertainment", in around 15 minutes upon returning (under the influence) from the pub. Despite being only available as an import single, it peaked at #21 on the UK charts, an unprecedented feat. It is now arguably The Jam's most celebrated song and despite the group's lack of commercial success in America, it even made Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. The album was a #2 hit in the UK and peaked at #72 on the US Billboard charts, their most successful American album. 

The 1982 release The Gift — the band's final LP — was a massive commercial success, peaking at #1 on the UK charts. It featured several soul, funk, and R&B-stylized songs; most notably the #1 hit "Town Called Malice," which boasts a Motown-style bassline somewhat reminiscent of The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love". The song included organ work by Steve Nichol, who later became well known as a member the R&B group Loose Ends. When "Town Called Malice" reached number one the group had the honour of performing both it and its double A-side, "Precious" on TOTP - the only other band to be accorded this honour being the Beatles. After the string-laden soul ballad "The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)" peaked at #2, the band followed with their finale and another #1, "Beat Surrender". The Beat Surrender EP had success in the British charts, and both its graphic design and music resembles early Style Council releases. After a farewell tour of the UK Weller disbanded the group.

Weller, who felt he had done all he could with The Jam, then formed The Style Council with Mick Talbot of The Merton Parkas. After they split up in 1989, Weller went on to pursue a solo career.

The Jam - The Sound Of ( ^ 188mb)

01 - In The City (2:19)
02 - Away From The Numbers (4:03)
03 - The Modern World (2:31)
04 - David Watts (2:56)
05 - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (4:01)
06 - It's Too Bad (2:37)
07 - To Be Someone (2:30)
08 - Mr. Clean (3:29)
09 - English Rose (2:50)
10 - The Butterfly Collector (3:09)
11 - The Eton Rifles (3:59)
12 - Private Hell (3:51)
13 - Thick As Thieves (3:40)
14 - Smithers-Jones (3:01)
15 - Saturdays Kids (2:53)
16 - Going Underground (2:56)
17 - Start! (2:31)
18 - Liza Radley (2:32)
19 - Pretty Green (2:37)
20 - Boy About Town (2:00)
21 - That's Entertainment (3:34)
22 - Tales From The Riverbank (3:26)
23 - Town Called Malice (2:54)
24 - Ghosts (2:10)
25 - Carnation (3:29)
26 - Beat Surrender (3:25)

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Rain Parade - Beyond The Sunset ( 85 ^ 87mb)

Among the L.A. groups dubbed Paisley Underground (Dream Syndicate, the Bangles, Three O'Clock), Rain Parade were the closest to being the real deal for their use of psychedelic flourishes thoroughout their first album. The band was founded by college roommates Matt Piucci (guitar, vocals) and David Roback (guitar, vocals) in 1981, originally as The Sidewalks. David's brother Steven Roback (bass, vocals) joined the band shortly thereafter. David and Steven had been in a band called The Unconscious with neighbor Susanna Hoffs ( Bangles.) The band soon added Will Glenn (keyboards and violin) and later Eddie Kalwa (drums). 

Their first single, "What She's Done to Your Mind," was a certifiable hit on college radio, and the band quickly followed with their debutalbum, Emergency Third Rail Power Trip. For 1984's Explosions in the Glass Palace, the band lost David Roback to Opal, but John Thoman took over and Mark Marcum filled in for the departed Eddie Kalwa. The re-formed band recorded the live album Beyond the Sunset (1985) and Crashing Dream ( 1985). This album was supported by a European tour, underwritten by Island Records, and garnered good support in smaller club venues, yet the band would disband in 86, with Piucci forming Gone Fishin' and later joining Crazy Horse. The band reformed in 1988 to finish off a double album they had started, but it was never released. The rest of the band formed Viva Saturn. After Rainy Day, David Roback formed Opal, and later Mazzy Star.

Recorded Live at Shibuya Hall, Tokio (12-16-84)

01 - Night Shade (2:49)
02 - Prisoners (3:32)
03 - This Can't Be Today (4:00)
04 - Blue (2:32)
05 - Eyes Closed (2:37)
06 - Ain't That Nothing (4:05)

07 - Don't Feel Bad (3:21)
08 - 1,5 Hours Ago (4:10)
09 - No Easy Way Down (6:27)
10 - Cheap Wine (5:03)

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Sep 23, 2008

Around The World (47)

Hello, Around the Worldmusic crosses over from the desert with a crossover artist Rachid Taha, he's been on the music scene for more then 25 years now so this collection is just a small part of his oevre..a teaser....btw the Sunshine posts are all live again.
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Rachid Taha - The Collection( ^ 180mb)

Rachid taha was born in Oran, western Algeria, and spent the first ten years in the town of Sig. The war and corruption had his father decide to move the family to France in 1968. After a village adolescence Rachid moved to Lyon, where he met likeminded and formed "Carte De Séjour". In 1981, while living in Lyon, France, Taha met Mohammed and Mokhtar Amini. The three of them, Rachid, Djamel Dif and Eric Vaquer would later form the band "Carte De séjour" (Green Card) and record their first album Rhorhomanie in 1984. Their second and last LP entitled Ramsa (Five) was released in 1986 and included their famous and ironic cover of Douce France, originally sung by Charles Trenet. The band dissolved in 1989.

A trip to Los Angeles has him record a demo with Don Was but it didnt get hime a recording contract. Undeterred by this setback, Rachid decided to take a break from the music scene and go back to his Algerian roots in Oran. He had not given up the idea of launching a solo career, however, and continued to work on a new demo tape - which would finally result in his debut solo album. Named after a famous immigrant area in Paris, the album "Barbès" was released in 1991. But, unfortunately for Rachid, the Gulf War broke out shortly after the release of "Barbès" and French radio stations judged his Arabic songs too 'sensitive' to play during the war with Saddam Hussein.

In spite of this second setback Rachid Taha persevered with his solo career, returning to the studio in 1993 to record a second album, entitled simply "Rachid Taha". Produced by Steve Hillage, Rachid's new album featured a fusion of African and European music and a series of lyrics which were more sharply ironic than ever. Much to everyone's surprise the dance-oriented single "Voilà Voilà", proved a major hit . Two years later Rachid flew to London to record his third solo album with his old friend Steve Hillage. Released in 1995, the new album "Olé Olé" proved to be even more of a musical cross-over than Rachid's previous album, fusing Western techno beats and electric guitars with Algerian chaâbi, Mexican mariachis and the traditional Arab zither

The following year (98) Taha returned to the studio to record a brand new album entitled "Diwan". This fascinating album, produced by Steve Hillage, was made up entirely of covers, featuring Taha's innovative new versions of Middle Eastern classics. Taha returned to the music news in October 2000 with a critically acclaimed album entitled "Made in Medina". Recorded between studios in Paris, London, Marrakech and New Orleans, Taha's new album featured an infectious mix of rock, electro, voodoo trance and Arab sounds. Taha invited his old friend, guitarist Steve Hillage, to join him in recording "Made in Medina and assembled an eclectic list of guest stars, ranging from the all-women Moroccan group B'net Marrakech to Galactic, a band from Louisiana.

The next years saw himon a world tour Taha, he managed to get back into the studio in 2004 to work on a new album, "Tékitoi?" released in September 2004. Recorded between Paris, London and Cairo, the album featured Taha’s long-term collaborator, UK producer Steve Hillage, at the studio helm. As far as lyrics go, "Tékitoi?" found the Algerian-born rocker tackling highly topical themes such as corruption, war and racism. Taha, the musician who appears to be torn between traditional and modern sounds, took another trip down memory lane on "Diwan 2", a second album featuring covers of classics from his native Maghreb. The album, released in October 2006 and sung in a mixture of French, Arabic and “Francarabe”, conjured up evocative images of smoky cafés in Barbès, Oran and Cairo. It was produced by his old friend and collaborator Steve Hillage again and featured contributions from the Cairo String Ensemble. Last year saw the release of this compilation..

Rachid Taha - The Collection ( ^ 180mb)

01 - Ya Rayah (Party) (6:17)
02 - Rock El Casbah (Rock The Casbah) (4:36)
03 - Nokta (Point) (5:13)
04 - Voila Voila (5:16)
05 - Habina (We Love) (7:28)
06 - Kelma (Thoughts) (4:50)
07 - Bent Sahra (The Girl Of The Sahara) (7:13)
08 - Douce France (Sweet France) (3:40)
09 - Indie (India) (4:21)
10 - Jungle Fiction (4:04)
11 - Ida (If...) (5:58)
12 - Hey Anta (Hey You) (4:32)
13 - Barbes (4:26)
14 - Barra Barra (Outside) (5:48)
15 - Menfi (The Exile) (5:05)

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Sep 22, 2008

Canadia 2056 (6)

Hello, still busy update post coming up later, but first.. the saga continues and i hope the number of fans will increase as the story unfolds more hilarious reasonings ..the coming 27 minutes

In the year 2056 the US has declared war on the Ipampilashians and has sent the American armada to destroy their planet. Canada has sent its only ship, The Canadia, in support of the American mission but the Canadia is not a warship. It's a maintenance ship (they change light bulbs and plunge toilets). Max Anderson is the first American ever to be stationed on the Canadia. He was put there by the American admiral (his mother) to toughen him up but keep him out of any real danger. The only thing that Max and the crew of the Canadia agree on is that no one wants him there..

Episode 6:

Anderson pines for Connie, his first love. The crew loses the ability to navigate the ship when they are controlled by a cloud. The up side is that the cloud grants them wishes, the down side is that the cloud grants them wishes.

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Canadia 2056 - 06 (20mb)

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Sep 21, 2008

Sundaze (47)

Hello, Sundaze is up and today the tone is earthly ambient, besides that there's two limited editions...O Yuki Conjugate 's releases are all limited editions though these days they can be had at the limitless ITunes. Sunchemical was released as mini album with remixes of previous work, nevertheless the 50min disk has plenty of album qualities....Second Nature's disk is even more limited and the trio that made it never got together again , unfortunately as this should rank amongst the best ambient work they produced....Doug Wimbish has had a rollercoaster career, musically that is.When he finally got to releasing a soloalbum it reflected his more contemplative moods as the title says it all " Trippy Notes For Bass"

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O Yuki Conjugate - Sunchemical (95 ^ 247mb)

O Yuki Conjugate is an organic ambient musical group, instruments used include tongue drums, roto-toms, bongos, congas, "big bean," "found percussion," drum machine, wind chimes, loops, frying pan, bass guitar, samples, keyboards, fractal guitar, e-bow, flutes, chants, radio, wildlife, tablas, berimbau, nose-singing, and vocals. Their music, as apparent from this list, is percussive and inventive, but it is also atmospheric.

O Yuki Conjugate was formed in Nottingham in 1982 by multi-instrumentalists Andrew Hulme, Tim and Roger Horberry and Claire Elliot; inspired by the atmospheric guitar instrumentals of the Durutti Column, they began experimenting with keyboards and tape loops, adding percussion to the mix before debuting with the soundscapes of 1984's Scene in Mirage( lim. ed 500 copies). A three-year gap preceded the release of the follow-up, Into the Dark Water, good reviews limeted edition, 1000 copies the first of many extended absences from the contemporary music scene; only in 1991 did O Yuki Conjugate again resurface, issuing Peyote on the Projekt label. Undercurrents (re-issued In Dark Water), which assembled both older material and latter-day recordings, appeared a year later. The band split up with marriage and study taking presedence, Andrew and Roger continue.

When asked to do a show in the netherlands Tim returns Malcolm McGeorge, Dan Mudford and Peter Woodhead join and after some serious repetitionwork, the concert is a success and O Yuki is reborn a homestudio is build. Support slots for Biosphere and Higher Intelligence Agency bring them ahead and 1994's Equator is deemed superb. The group released Sunchemical, a collection of remixes,just 2000 copies nevertheless it got them a cease and desist notice from the american printing giant with te same name..duh. They release Primitive on Staalplaat. Roger Horberry moves the Amsterdam where he pursues solo projects Andrew Hulme meanwhile does his own á small good thing". Oh Yuki dissappears to the back ground.Hulme and Horberry additionally collaborated on dance music under the name Symetrics, with the former also heading the groups A Small Good Thing and Sons of Silence as well as recording Fell with Paul Schütze.

By 2004 Oh Yuki is revived as Hume and Jenkins finish recording a dirty ambient album and decide to use the Oh Yuki moniker, the album is finally released in 2006 as "The Euphoria Of Disobedience". The band described the new album as ''dirty ambient - multi layered, hyper textural and distinctly gritty''. Meanwhile the backcatallogue has been uploaded to Itunes aswell.

01 - Sulphur (S) (8:24)
02 - Niobium (NB) (6:59)
03 - Californium (CA) (10:27)
04 - Carbon (C) (7:00)
05 - Polonium (Po) (10:00)
06 - Bismuth (Bi) (7:04)

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Second Nature - Second Nature (95 ^ 237mb)

This is a rarety, just 1000 pressed, the names getting together here are well known enough, Bill Laswell, Atom Heart and Tetsu Inoue, latter two had released an album together shortly before, Flowerhead. Second Nature is... A series of sound environments that depict the world at micro level...", The trio have composed a work which is immediately original, invigorating, and captivating. This is true ambient music played by people who played long before you could buy a computer that would sequence everything for you. The album comprises of both electronic pulses and sampled sounds of nature. True to the title of the album, each of the tracks creates a "second nature". "Synthetic Forest", "Green Paste", and "Artificial Seaside" each reflect a mirrored world that Heart, Inoue, and Laswell have created. The worlds in Second Nature are vivid and lush. The colors of the foliage bleed in vibrant hues and the landscapes are massive and majestic...nevertheless the three never worked again as Atom Heart emigrated to Chili and went Coconuts , Bill has always something cooking and Tetsu

01 - Synthetic Forest (28:42)
02 - Green Paste (16:59)
03 - Artificial Seaside (16:29)
04 - Landing Cycle (6:25)

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Doug Wimbish - Trippy Notes For Bass (99 ^ 353mb)

Doug Wimbish was one of the 1980s' most versatile bassists, able to move from pop and mainstream rock session work to heavy metal, funk, and experimental music over the course of the decade; he continued in this vein through the 1990s before finally releasing his first solo album, Trippy Notes for Bass, in 1999.

Doug Wimbish made his first splash as the bassist in the house band of the legendary rap label Sugar Hill, backing Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five on their epochal Message album, among many others. As the ' 80s wore on, Sugar Hill found itself overtaken by hip-hop innovations outside its stable of artists, and its house band had already formed a productive relationship with British dub reggae experimentalist Adrian Sherwood. Wimbish, guitarist Skip McDonald, and drummer Keith LeBlanc began working on a variety of projects with Sherwood, including backing ex-Pop Group member Mark Stewart on his solo recordings and issuing their own 12" singles under the name Fats Comet. Major Malfunction was released in 1986 under Keith LeBlanc's name, although it was essentially a group collaboration; that group dynamic became official when the trio christened themselves Tackhead and began recording full-length works with Sherwood. However, their two albums -- 1989's Friendly as a Hand Grenade and 1990's Strange Things -- didn't quite capture the avant-garde Funkadelic-meets-Lee Perry experiments of their earlier work.

When Living Colour bassist Muzz Skillings departed his band in 1992, Wimbish was tapped as his replacement. However, after 1993's Stain, the group disbanded, and Wimbish returned to session work.. Wimbish also reunited with Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun in the experimental funk/electronica trio Jungle Funk. In 1999, Sherwood's On-U Sound label issued Wimbish's first solo album, Trippy Notes for Bass. Where his playing in most previous contexts has been wild, funky, and sometimes anarchic, drawing freely on jazz, dub, and punk influences, here he's in an almost contemplative mood. It's not that there are no beats -- . But the prevailing mood here is gently atmospheric, almost spiritual. "Glory" sounds like a field recording from an electronic rain forest; "Glorification Chant" sounds like a sort of North African qawwali. Those hoping for bone-shaking grooves and crazier-than-thou Adrian Sherwood mixes may be disappointed, but they shouldn't be -- this is a very beautiful piece of work.

01 - Quasimodo (1:32)
02 - Perplex (5:11)
03 - Bedwood (5:19)
04 - Gangster (5:39)
05 - Just Another Minute (1:14)
06 - Arabic (Voc.Sussan Deyhim) Cat (4:38)
07 - Leave It Alone (4:56)
08 - Veneered (5:43)
09 - Glorification Chant (Voc.Sussan Deyhim) (5:54)
10 - Logdrum (4:11)
11 - Splash (3:38)
12 - Will & Skip (2:09)
13 - Glory (3:16)
14 - Daze (3:22)
15 - Pass It Around (1:20)

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Sep 19, 2008

Into The Groove (46)

Hello, Fridaynight disco coming up, after last weeks funk, time for someof the dance floor attacks of the seventies/early eighties...some say she invented disco, maybe not as such but her album Never Can Say Goodbye made a big statement in 1975 , side one mixed for the dancefloor and subsequently all three tracks became hits in their own right, amazing feat. Sadly 7 years later she fell victim to a religious fever, meanwhile she kept on singing i will survive and becoming a gay icon nonetheless...strange...Niteflyte was more of symbolic why by the end of the seventies there was this anti disco backlash..mainly in the states..producers, real musicians had taken over the format..not that it wasnt good you can convince yourself here, but somehow too establishment ..and formulised....finally the last big discobang no one could resist, Lipsync better known as Lipps Inc., in fact they led in a new kind of disco..even though they never got over their megahit and thus became a one hit wonder..Funkytown...simple and catchy, in a way the answer to the big hit the year before, M's PopMuzik.

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Gloria Gaynor - Never Can Say Goodbye (75 ^ 451mb)

Gaynor was a singer with the Soul Satisfiers, a jazz/pop band, in the 1960s. Her first solo single was "She'll Be Sorry/Let Me Go Baby" (1965).Her first real success came in 1975 with the release of her album Never Can Say Goodbye, which established her as a disco artist. The first side of this album consisted of three disco songs ("Honey Bee", "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Reach Out, I'll Be There"), with no breaks in between the songs. This 19-minute dance marathon proved to be enormously popular, especially at dance clubs. All three songs were released as singles via radio edits, and all of them became hits. This album was so instrumental in introducing disco music to the public, that many later believed that Gloria Gaynor had been the first artist to record disco music. "Never Can Say Goodbye" became the first song to top Billboard magazine's dance chart. So, in that sense, she was the first. Capitalizing on the success of her first album, Gloria Gaynor quickly released her second album Experience Gloria Gaynor later that same year. While this album was also successful, it was not quite as popular as her previous album in the mainstream.

For the next few years, Gloria Gaynor would only enjoy a few moderate hits. However, in late 1978, with the release of her album Love Tracks, she climbed the pop charts again because of her song "I Will Survive". Interestingly, it was originally the B-side when Polydor Records released it in late 1978. The A-side, a song called "Substitute", was considered to be more "radio friendly." Boston Radio DJ Jack King turned the record over and recalls being stunned by what he heard. "I couldn't believe they were burying this monster hit on the B-side", says King. "I played it and played it and my listeners went nuts." This audience response forced the record company to flip the songs, so that subsequent copies of the single listed the more popular song on the A-side. "I Will Survive". was awarded the first and only Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording in 1980

In 1980 and again in 1981, Gaynor released two disco albums which were virtually ignored in the US due to the backlash against disco, which began late in 1979. Surprisingly, neither albums' singles registered on Urban contemporary radio, where disco music remained popular. In 1982, she became a Christian and began to distance herself from a past she considered to be sinful. She would not release an album in 1982. In 1983, she released an album entitled Gloria Gaynor, in which she rejected disco for mid-tempo R&B and Pop style songs.

Gaynor would achieve her final success in the '80s with the release of her album I Am Gloria Gaynor in 1984. This was mainly due to the song "I Am What I Am", which became a hit at dance clubs, it made Gaynor a gay icon. However, her career went into sharp decline following this hit. She returned to the recording studio in 2002, releasing her first album in over 15 years, entitled, I Wish You Love. The two singles released from the album, "Just Keep Thinking About You" and "I Never Knew", both topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play. After almost 30 years of its release, Gaynor continues to ride the success of "I Will Survive", touring the country and the world over and performing her signature song on dozens of TV shows.

01 Honey Bee (6:01)
02 Never Can Say Goodbye (6:20)
03 Reach Out, I'll Be There (6:14)
04 All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin' (2:47)
05 Searchin' (2:54)
06 We Belong Together (2:51)
07 False Alarm (3:41)
08 Real Good People (3:03)
09 Honeybee (Columbia Single Version) 3:44
10 All It Took Boy Was Losing You (B-Side) 5:14
11 Come Tonight (B-Side) 2:38
12 Never Can Say Goodbye (Single Version) 2:59
13 We Just Can't Make It (B-Side) 3:16
14 Reach Out, I'll Be There (Single Version) 3:06
15 Honey Bee (MGM Single Version) 2:56

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Niteflyte - Niteflyte ( 80 ^ 316mb)

Sandy Torano spotted Howard Johnson singing in a local Miami Bar , they hit it off and together they formed Niteflyte in 1977. Niteflyte became an American disco group, but with the pretension of making real music with quality musicians and so on their debut album, co produced by 'Styx (!) producer Barry Mraz, you find among others David Sanborn and the Brecker Brothers doing their thing. They released an album on Ariola Records in 1979, which peaked at #59 on the Billboard Black Albums chart, and a single, "If You Want It", which hit #37 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Howard stayed with the group until the early '80's when he signed with A & M Records as a solo artist. His debut solo album, 'Keepin' Love New'

01 All About Love (4:35)
02 If You Want It (4:23)
03 Sunshine (5:44)
04 Make It Right (5:01)
05 Get On The Fun (4:14)
06 Tryin' To Find (5:13)
07 I Wonder (3:12)
08 Easy Come (6:06)
09 No Two Alike (3:51)

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Lipps Inc..- Mouth To Mouth ( 80 ^ 251mb)

Lipps Inc (pronounced like "lip sync") was a studio band that achieved one significant hit, "Funkytown" in 1980. The song is considered, by some, the last disco song to hit #1 in the U.S.

The group was formed in Minneapolis by Steven Greenberg, who wrote and produced all of the group's music, and who also played several musical instruments. Multi instrumentalist Greeenberg had played in several bands and had been trying to secure a production deal. He finally caught the interest of casablanca Records with a disco track called "Rock It".Casablanca asked Greenberg for a full album and he gathered a cast of sessionplayers that initially included David Rifkin, guitarist Tom Riopelle and Terry Grant on bass. Most importantly, he recruited lead vocalist Cynthia Johnson, former miss Black Minnasota. Mouth to Mouth was released in 1980, when Funkytown was released as the second single it became an instant hit. It spent 4 weeks at no 1 in the US and a major hit around the world.

Their further singles failed to match their initial success (their only other Hot 100 entry was "Rock It", which peaked at #64), The six-song release Pucker Up followed, featuring a disco remake of the British pub rock group Ace's hit ballad "How Long." which reached #4 on the U.S. dance chart. The album however didn't attract too much attention, and neither did the next Lipps Inc. full-length, Designer Music. The group released their final full-length album, 4 in 1983 it didn't cause a stir and Cynthia Johnson left for good that year. subsequently Lipps Inc. threw in the towel. Greenberg eventually moved into web design, and owns a profitable company still based in Minneapolis.

01 Funkytown (7:49)
02 All Night Dancing (8:16)
03 Rock It (5:38)
04 Power (8:10)
05 Funkytown (Single Version) 4:01
06 All Night Dancing (Single Version) 3:11
07 Rock It (Single Version) 3:20
08 Power (Single Version) 2:56

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Sep 18, 2008

Alphabet Soup II ( U)

Hello, time for another Alphabet Soup II, we say hello to U ..from the mists of time we see rising Uriah Heep, still touring i might add. Over the years they have released 21 studio albums, 12 live albums, 13 compilation albums and 27 singles and still touring to this day, althought there's just one original member left, Mick Box, that said some of the current line up have been part almost 3 decades now. Way to go....With our next band, their first strike took them almost all the way, set up as an open project The Unknown Cases just released the one album, Cuba a decade after their megahit's German re;ease hasnt reached Discogs...whats in a name i'd say ? Do you really think Usain Bolt would be the worlds topsprinter, if his father's name had been Snail ? I dont think so.. but i drift off ..The guys behind The Unknown Cases got distracted and entered the dance scene as Trance Groove, as such they released a considerable body of work.....finally Unkle , i was unpleasently surprised when my disk of Psyence Fiction showed damage which rendered the last 3 tracks unusable. Now i do have their other work so i switched to Never, Neverland. It didnt get the DJ Shadow status obviously, but it did produce a face, one that got numerous surgeries in the years following...i almost forgot..being a good customer i got slipped a CDR copy from the Revisited album..really dislike that strategy, very disrespectful to fans and early adopters to release the same album with a bonus remix disk one year later ..Well its here now, btw many many remixes followed, it was as if Unkle intentionally tries to push fans away. If not, they should have set up a website where there body of work is available for download and at reasonable prices....

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Uriah Heep - Live (73, flac ^ 420mb)

Uriah Heep's by-the-books progressive heavy metal made the British band one of the most popular hard rock groups of the early '70s. Formed by vocalist David Byron and guitarist Mick Box in the late '60s, the group went through an astonishing number of members over the next two decades -- nearly 30 different musicians passed through the band over the years. When Ken Hensley (guitar, keyboards, vocals) , bassist Paul Newton joined the pair and drummer Nigel Olsson got together with the duo Uriah Heep had taken shape.

Uriah Heep released their debut album Very 'eavy...Very 'umble (called Uriah Heep in the U.S.) in 1970. It introduced a heavy organ and guitar-driven sound, with David Byron's theatrical, dynamic vocals soaring above thunderous sonic backgrounds, although acoustic and jazz elements also featured in the mix. The album's title references the signature phrase of the Dickens character Uriah Heep ("very 'umble") from the novel David Copperfield from which the band took its name. After its release, Keith Baker became the group's drummer; he recorded Salisbury, the group's second album, before deciding he couldn't keep up with the band's extensive touring and was replaced by Ian Clarke. Their second album, Salisbury, was more squarely in the progressive rock genre, with its 16-minute title track featuring a 24-piece orchestra; it also included Lady in Black. Later that year, Ian Clarke was replaced by Lee Kerslake and Gary Thain replaced Newton to became the group's bassist. This lineup of Uriah Heep was its most stable and popular; beginning with 1972's Demons and Wizards, they released five albums between 1972 and 1975. Including the live album at hand here.

Their third album, "Look at Yourself", released at the end of 1971, included the single "July Morning". Subsequent releases would find the group's ever-shifting lineup (between 1969 and 1980, the band changed drummers five times, bassists four times, and lead singers twice) frequently exploring fantasy-oriented lyrical themes, often in lengthy, multi-part compositions, largely penned by Hensley, who would eventually come to dominate the band during his tenure. On December 8th 1975, New Zealand-born former bassist, Gary Thain, was found dead in his Norwood Green home, aged 27, having overdosed on heroin.

After David Byron left (replaced by John Lawton), Uriah Heep turned away from fantasy-oriented lyrics and multi-part compositions back toward a more straightforward hard rock sound typical of the era. The replacement of Lawton with vocalist John Sloman for the 1980 album Conquest didnt go down well, Ken Hensley departured in fury and left the group in a state of collapse. That would have been it were it not for Mick Box he soldiered on took aboard new members and Uriah Heep continued to tour and release both (occasional) studio and (frequent) live albums. The lineup was unchanged from 1986 until early 2007, being veteran Mick Box at the helm, Trevor Bolder on bass, Lee Kerslake on drums, vocalist Bernie Shaw and Phil Lanzon on keyboards. In early 2007 drummer Lee Kerslake had to leave the group due to ill health. In March 2007, the band recruited Russell Gilbrook as their new drummer, and immediately started recording a new studio album entitled Wake the Sleeper. Universal Music finally released Wake the Sleeper on June 2, 2008.

01 - Introduction (1:02)
02 - Sunrise (4:13)
03 - Sweet Lorraine (4:39)
04 - Traveller In Time (3:27)
05 - Easy Livin' (2:55)
06 - July Morning (12:03)
07 - Tears In My Eyes (4:41)
08 - Gypsy (13:59)
09 - Circle Of Hands (8:55)
10 - Look At Yourself (7:53)
11 - Magician's Birthday (1:14)
12 - Love Machine (3:26)
13 - Rock n Roll Medley (8:29)
-------Roll Over Beethoven
-------Blue Suede Shoes
-------Mean Woman Blues
-------Hound Dog
-------At The Hop
-------Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On
-------Blue Suede Shoes

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The Unknown Cases - Cuba (flac 439mb)

The Unknown Cases developed out of DUNKELZIFFER back then. The band name is a somewhat translation of the German word "DUNKELZIFFER" into English: We simply wanted to make music that was fun, without having to discuss and agree with five other band-members first. We wanted to take things in our own hands. This means being in charge and not shifting the responsibility to another band-member or like a guest-performer, but being responsible, and producing Helmut Zerlett and Stefan Krachten initially planned The Unknown Cases as a loose project, where new people could join at any time. New musicians from song to song. One day, they had the idea to call Jaki Liebezeit of Can to ask him if he'd join us in the rehearsal-room. Thats how the Can-members became our teachers, and that's why groove's always a priority in our projects. Through Can we got to know Reebop Kwaku Baah, former percussionist of Ginger Baker as well as bassist Rosko Gee (Traffic). The first time they were mentined was with the release of "Masimbabele" in 1983, trendsetter for ethno-dancefloor.

One of the biggest fans of the record was the legendary radio DJ John Peel - over several weeks, he played Masimbabele almost daily in his radio show on BBC Radio1. "A record you wish would never end" he moderated the single. The 12" made history as no other remained available in their original version and original packaging for a full decade as did Masimbabele. Meanwhile it's an expensive collector traded on eBay It influenced clearly tracks of other artists, be it in MARRS ( "Pump Up The Volume"), Ofra Haza ( "In Nin Alu"), Art Of Noise or Massive Attack. Peter Gabriel to released Masimbabele introducing Africa, a very successful World Music compilation on his Real World label, contributing significantly to global dissemination of the track.

Zerlett and Krachten didn't really plan to go onstage with The Unknown Cases at first it was a pure studio-project. Only later, in 1991, did we put together a band to tour with, which included Alex Heilhecker. In 1995 The Unknown Cases released their only album "Cuba". The title was inspired by the cover by Walter Dahn, which reminded us of pictures of Cuba. Besides others, Rosko Gee, former bassist of TRAFFIC and CAN (vocals in "She knows it"), as well as Dj Heli joined us and the rapper XL Singleton, whose single "Tequila" was a hit in France collaborated on it. The album includes tracks from over 10 years of work. Most of it hadn't been released until then. When will the next album be released - I don't know. By the way, The Unknown Cases also produced the music for the movie "5-Uhr-Schatten".

The cover of the Unknown Cases album "Cuba" was made by Walter Dahn (a student of Josef Beuys). Collaborations on several projects connected me to Walter Dahn, besides others the project #9 Dream. I've been a fan of his art for a long time, especially of his photography. The hyenas, by the way, are a picture of a piece in the Museum of Modern Art in New York." Another project of Zerlett / Krachten is Trance Groove one could say it's their main activity as they recenly released a sixth album, Orange.

01 - The Traveller (4:15)
02 - Stop the madness (4:27)
03 - Masinmabele (5:50)
04 - Mountains (6:04)
05 - (i'm an) Unknown case (5:27)
06 - Memowalk (3:54)
07 - If you want me to stay (5:50)
08 - Nenem auryn (7:01)
09 - T.M.Y.S (3:22)
10 - She knows it (4:00)
11 - Bogota boogie (dub) (7:01)
12 - Travel to the center of paradise (3:41)
13 - Monkey chant (3:22)
14 - Dal martino (2:54)

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UNKLE - Never, Never, Land (03 ^ 433mb)

Unkle (also written as UNKLE and U.N.K.L.E.) were founded in 1994 by school friends James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy. They were joined by Masayuki Kudo and Toshio Nakanishi of the Japanese hip hop crew Major Force. They also brought on board a host of collaborating artists, including Money Mark ( Beastie Boys), and the Scratch Perverts. Their first release in 1994 was the EP The Time Has Come, on Lavelle's recording label Mo' Wax.In 1995, while working on their debut album, Lavelle and Goldsworthy disagreed over the direction the music was taking. Goldsworthy wanted to continue with the Mo' Wax house style of earlier tracks, while Lavelle wanted to bring in singers, hip hop and rock artists. Goldsworthy left the group and went on to work with Belfast DJ and producer David Holmes. From these early sessions, Berry Meditation and several tracks with Money Mark and Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato Jr. were subsequently released as singles, and several without Lavelle surfaced on the album Major Force West in 1997.

Lavelle drafted in DJ Shadow to work on the debut album, and essentially discarded all previously recorded material. Lavelle and Shadow released Psyence Fiction in 1998 to critical acclaim. The album included collaborations with an all-star lineup including Thom Yorke, Mike D (Beastie Boys), Kool G. Rap, Jason Newsted (Metallica), Badly Drawn Boy and Richard Ashcroft (The Verve). Shadow left the group after touring Psyence Fiction and was replaced by turntablist group the Scratch Perverts, who deconstructed the album and performed it live on turntables in 1999.

In 2001, Lavelle, amid much work as a DJ, recruited singer/songwriter Richard File together they resurfaced as Unklesounds, with a DJ mix created for Japanese radio entitled Do Androids Dream of Electric Beats? This highlighted a new, more electronic direction the group had taken, and featured a number of tracks from Psyence Fiction, remixed in an ambient style. Richard File co-produced, played and sang on the second album, Never, Never, Land, released in 2003. The album again featured a number of high-profile contributors, including Ian Brown, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Robert Del Naja (Massive Attack) and Mani (The Stone Roses, Primal Scream) among others. Due in part to label changes (the album was variously released by Mo' Wax, Universal Island Records and Global Underground) and Lavelle's trademark insistence on multiple formats, it was not a major success.

Lavelle and File continued releasing mixes as Unklesounds. The mix album Edit Music for a Film: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Reconstruction, featuring movie samples and tracks from film soundtracks, was created for the After Dark 2004 event at the ICA London. A single CD version was handed out at the event, and it was released officially as an extended two disc set in 2005. In September 2006, Global Underground released Self Defence: Never, Never, Land Reconstructed and Bonus Beats, a CD box set of remixes and bonus tracks from the Never, Never, Land sessions, including tracks previously only available on the original DVD release of the album. It also contained remixes of a track mooted for their next album, featuring Ian Astbury of The Cult, titled "Burn My Shadow".

War Stories, the third album from Unkle, was released in summer 2007. The album again featured a number of guests including Josh Homme, Gavin Clarke, Robert Del Naja, Ian Astbury, The Duke Spirit, Autolux and Neil Davidge. Following the release of the single "Hold My Hand", Pablo Clements (of The Psychonauts) became an Unkle member. In January 2008 Unkle released More Stories, containing a mix of B-sides, remixes, unreleased War Stories session tracks, and music composed for the film Odyssey In Rome. The same month, Richard File announced he was leaving Unkle after 10 years' collaboration to pursue work with his new band, We Fell to Earth. Unkle's fourth full album titled End Titles... Stories for Film was released in July 2008. It includes collaborations from Chris Goss, Black Mountain, Philip Sheppard, Dave Bateman, Joel Cadbury, and James Petralli (White Denim). The album is described in the sleeve notes by Lavelle as "not a new album in the usual sense, but new music that has been inspired by the moving image."

01 - Back And Forth (0:54)
02 - Eye For An Eye (5:45)
03 - In A State ( Feat Jarvis Cocker ) (6:59)
04 - Safe In Mind (Please Get This Gun From Out My Face) (Voc.Josh Homme ) (6:21)
05 - I Need Something Stronger (4:08)
06 - What Are You To Me? (6:52)
07 - Panic Attack (5:13)
08 - Invasion (Voc.Robert Del Naja) (5:15)
09 - Reign (Voc.Ian Brown) (5:32)
10 - Glow (4:18)
11 - Inside (7:21)
12 - Awake The Unkind (Bonus Track) (4:34)

On October 24, 2004 an expanded edition entitled Never, Never, Land Revisited was released.

UNKLE - Never, Never, Land Revisited (04 ^ 469mb)

01 - Blackout (6:51)
02 - Tracier (2:09)
03 - Panic Attack (Ape Sounds remix) (6:08)
04 - Reign (Psychonauts remix) (9:44)
05 - In A State (DFA remix) (11:59)
06 - Invasion (Medway Vs Eva Coast To Coast remix) (8:41)
07 - Have You Passed Through This Night (9:35)
08 - Glow (Hybrid remix) (7:58)
09 - In A State (Sasha remix) (11:04)

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