Oct 30, 2008


Hello, as deletions continue (20 pages thusfar) i've been thinking what to do about it, as the persons responsible remain anonymous and refuse to simple ask to remove the offending item. You'll find more about all this at Transgloballs together with a tip how you can be independent of Google actions against (music)blogs Check it out !.

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain.The festival is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year". Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

Now then, i'm not really into halloween but i had this album on standby for sometime and thought by myself...Edgar Allen Poe the man who wrote gothic horror stories and ended miserably like a true great writer he was. Those were the days..anyway it inspired Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfsun to put his writing to music and even though concept albums had been declared out at the time, managed to convince enough people-like me to buy the album and make it a goldrecord...11 years later after the Alan Parsons prokject had been closed , he got to partially rerecord/remix the album, including a voluntairy contribution by Orson Welles, all for the CD release...both are here now, last year a remasterd double pack of both versions was released. I've added a reading of The Raven by actor Christopher Walken to both versions.

In October 1967, at age 18, Parsons went to work as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road Studios, and first garnered significant industry exposure via his work on the Beatles' 1969 masterpiece, Abbey Road. Parsons subsequently worked with Paul McCartney on several of Wings' earliest albums; he also oversaw recordings from Al Stewart, Cockney Rebel, and Pilot, but solidified his reputation by working on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. He was known for going beyond what would normally be considered the scope of a recording engineer’s duties. He considered himself to be a recording director.

He founded The Alan Parsons Project with producer and songwriter (and occasional singer) Eric Woolfson in 1975. The Project consisted of a revolving group of studio musicians and vocalists, most notably the members of Pilot and (on the first album) the members of American rock band Ambrosia. Unlike most rock groups, the Project rarely performed live, although they did release a number of music videos. After releasing ten albums, the Project dissolved after 1987, and Parsons continues to release work in his own name and in collaboration with other musicians; Parsons and his band now regularly tour many parts of the world.

The Project debuted in 1975 with Tales of Mystery and Imagination, a collection inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe; similarly, the science fiction of Isaac Asimov served as the raw material for 1977's follow-up, I Robot. With 1980's The Turn of a Friendly Card, a meditation on gambling, the Alan Parsons Project scored a Top 20 hit, "Games People Play"; 1982's Eye in the Sky was the Project's most successful effort, and notched a Top Three hit with its title track. While 1984's Ammonia Avenue went gold, the Project's subsequent LPs earned little notice, although records like 1985's Vulture Culture, 1987's Gaudi, and 1996's On Air found favor with longtime fans. Time Machine followed in 1999. After taking a five-year hiatus, Parsons returned in 2004 with A Valid Path.

As well as receiving gold and platinum awards from nearly every country in the world, Parsons has received eleven Grammy Award nominations for engineering and production. In 2007 he received a nomination for Best Surround Sound Album for A Valid Path. As of 2007, he tours under a revised name, The Alan Parsons Live Project, presenting world-spanning concerts performing material from his most recent album as well as selections from the original Project.

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Parsons, Alan - Tales Of Mystery And Imagination V (76 ^ 98mb)

The album is an insight into the life of American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), as seen through the eyes of Parsons and Eric Woolfson, an admirer of Poe's work and at whose instigation the Project (as it was titled during its embryonic stages) was undertaken. The lyric content of the album incorporates many adaptations of Poe's work.

The album's avant-garde soundscapes kept it from being a blockbuster, but the interesting lyrical and musical themes — retellings of horror stories and poetry by Edgar Allan Poe — attracted a small audience. Critical reaction was often mixed.
This album was released in U.K. originally with a different name. Simply called "The Alan Parsons Project" it was successful enough to achieve gold status but later that year the same album was released under the name of "Tales of Mystery and Imagination"

01 - A Dream Within A Dream (3:43)
02 - The Raven (Voc.Leonard Whiting) (3:58)
03 - The Tell-Tale Heart (Voc.Arthur Brown) (4:42)
04 - The Cask Of Amontillado (Voc.John Miles) (4:29)
05 - The System Of Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether (Voc.John Miles) (4:12)
The Fall Of The House Of Usher ( 06 -10) (15:13)
06 - Prelude (5:51)
07 - Arrival (2:36)
08 - Intermezzo(1:06)
09 - Pavane (4:44)
10 - Fall (1:07)
11 - The One In Paradise (Voc.Terry Sylvester)(4:21)
Christopher Walken reads Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven (8:29)

Parsons, Alan - Tales Of Mystery And Imagination (87 ^ 99mb)

In 1987, Parsons completely remixed the album, including additional guitar passages and narration (by Orson Welles) as well as updating the production style to include heavy reverb and the gated drum sound of the 80s. The CD notes that Welles never met Parsons or Collaborator Eric Woolfson, but sent a tape to them of the performance shortly after the orignal album was released in 1976. The original multitrack masters were transferred from a Soundcraft "Saturn" analog machine to a Sony 3324 DASH format 24 track recorder. May and June 1987

01 - A Dream Within A Dream (Instrumental) (4:13)  
02 - The Raven (Voc.Leonard Whiting) (3:57)
03 - The Tell-Tale Heart (Voc.Arthur Brown) (4:38)
04 - The Cask Of Amontillado (Voc.John Miles) (4:33) 
05 - The System Of Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether (Voc.John Miles)(4:20)
  The Fall Of The House Of Usher (Instrumental)
06 - I Prelude (Narrator - Orson Welles) (7:02)
07 - II - Arrival (2:39)
08 - III - Intermezzo (1:00)
09 - IV - Pavane (4:36)
10 - V - Fall (0:51) 
11 - The One In Paradise (Voc.Terry Sylvester) (4:46)
Christopher Walken reads Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven (8:29)

Oct 28, 2008

A P (02) Around the World

Hello, some more around the world, this time around Brittany (France), singer Denez Prigent , well versed in the classic, often tragic, melancholic songs of his region choses for his second album, Me zalc'h ennon ur fulenn aour ( i keep a spark of gold within me) to crossover and incorperate some danceelements giving his bretonfolk a more contemporary feel .

one of the several youtube live vids available, i've chosen E Trouz Ar Gêr (track 6 on the album)

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Denez Prigent - Me' Zalc'h Ennon Ur Fulenn Aour ( 97 ^ 156mb))

Denez Prigent, born 17 Feb , 1966, is a French singer from Santec, in Finistère region of Brittany, he discovers traditional Breton music in the late 60's, and specially the gwerzioù which he learned from his grand-mother. He also learned the kan ha diskan from Alain Leclère and will make his first appearance as a singer in a fest-noz at 14 years old. In 1987, he wins the kan ar bobl award. After a few years work in a local radio, during which he collected a huge amount of gwerzioù and kan ha diskan songs, he finally steps into a professional singer status as he performs during the Transmusicales, a rock festival, in 1992 and prooves that the a-capella breton tradition singing can move all kind of audience. Dressed in black and a hand on the ear, his singing is deeply rooted by his accent. This same year, he records his first album, Ar gouriz koar (the wax belt) primarily made up of songs has cappella, featuring traditional songs and compositions by Bernez Tangi, Denez Abernot or Yvon Gouez.

Denez records his second album Me 'zalc' H ennon ur fulenn Aour (I keep in me a spark gold) in 1997. This album before gardist interfering compositions traditional inspiration and new electronic music (jungle, trip hop, house…) gains national and international success. Today, this album became a classic.Denez keeps on going this way by modernizing the living tradition (and does it very well) but also keeps with his famous a-capella songs or kan ha diskan songs together with Louise Ebrel.

In 2000, sees a new album Irvi (Ways of scum). Electronics is always quite present there, but above all it's an album of duets. Denez Prigent invites Bertrand Cantat the singer of Noir Desire, LISA Gerrard the singer of Dead Can Dance as well as the jazzman Louis Sclavis, the viellist Valentine Clastrier and the bell ringer of uilleann pipe Davy Spillane emblematic figure of the Irish music. The song “ Gortoz has ran ” which opens the album will be integrated in the original soundtrack of the film Black Hawk Down ( Ridley Scott). After a series in concerts, Denez Prigent records a Live with the Festival Interceltique of Lorient in August 2001

In 2003 he released , Sarac' H (into Breton, name given to the rustle which the wind in the foliage makes), his fifth and thusfar last album. One finds again there LISA Gerrard but also Yanka Rupkina the soloist of the Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices, Karen Matheson and sami Mari Boine. Denez Prigent also invites celebrates it player of Bouzouki Donal Lunny, Nabil Khalidi one of the uncontested Masters of the Arab lute and the violonists virtuosos Ronan Pinc and Farhad Bouallagi. This opus gained a strong recognition by the public aswell as the critics.

01 - An Droug-Red (6:29)
02 - An Hentoù Adkavet (5:43)
03 - Copsa Mica (Lodenn 1) (4:03)
04 - Copsa Mica (Lodenn 2) (4:27)
05 - Brall Ar Rodoù (4:35)
06 - E Trouz Ar Gêr (4:35)
07 - Ur Fulenn Aour (4:44)
08 - Kereñvor (5:52)
09 - An Iliz Ruz (4:54)
10 - Al Lagad Foll (4:42)
11 - Ar Wezenn-Dar (7:25)
12 - Ar Rannoù (17:04)

diet version
Denez Prigent - Me' Zalc'h Ennon Ur Fulenn Aour (* 99mb)

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You may have noted that more (10)pages have been taken down by blogspot , unfortunately the anonymous persons that complained never took the trouble asking me to taken down the album they claim hurts their wallet...more then the current financial/housing malaise..it is clear to me that the source is the UK , the real pity is that the other unchallenged albums and all the write ups dissappear aswell. So hereby i challenge the deleter to just comment and request the deletion of the contested link..this btw has happened twice in the past two years and i obviously complied. Please, whoever you are stop this cause of action. Rho

Oct 27, 2008

Canadia (11)

Hello, after last weeks crash onto a lifeless earth season two sees the crew of canadia in a depressive state but.....

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.

Season 2 Canadia: 2056 - Episode 11

Six months after their fateful return to Earth, the Canadian maintenance ship Canadia and her crew lay in ruins. The captain has deserted his post, Anderson and the Robot have gone off seeking answers, Faverau tries to hold on to the past and Lewis is left to try to put it all back together. They have all but given up hope that the human race can survive. Until a sign from above reaffirms their belief in the human spirit... kind of.

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Canadia 2056 11 (20mb)

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Oct 26, 2008

Afterposts (Sndz 2)

Hello Sundazers a really mixed bag today, a movie, Zeitgeist Addendum spilt in 4 parts for easy download in the AVI format,last time the aVI had some problems on some platforms but this time i recoded with another offer today Format Factory a very handy tool to convert many different, video and sound formats, together with the tool i used to get the movie, the youtube downloader , furthermore two very nifty converters lame and oggdrop...Finally some meditive music TUU and All Our Ancestors would be proud if we manage to free ourselves from the debt slavery...it wont be easy consideringmany still prostrate themselves for kings and queens and schizo religions..

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Zeitgeist: Addendum, a 2008 documentary film produced by Peter Joseph, is a continuation of the film Zeitgeist, the Movie. The film relates the corruptive nature of the Federal Reserve System in the United States, the CIA henchman for corporate America and others, concluding with the advocating of the Venus Project, created by social engineer Jacque Fresco. The movie premiered at the 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles, California on October 2, 2008, and was released free online on October 4, 2008.According to director Peter Joseph, the film "attempts to locate the root causes of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution". In conclusion, Addendum stresses the need for belief systems to embrace the ideas of emergence and interdependence and outlines concrete steps that can be taken to weaken the monetary system.

In contrast with the first Zeitgeist, The Movie, Addendum caused some stir as the makers lay out a vision to strive for, which is as it should be, only the ideas portrayed didnt go down to well with some smallminded egomaniacs..unsurprisingly i might add. The FACT that there's plenty of renewable (almost free) energy around has been kept from the world for decades, and im not talking about zeropoint energy but solar, wind, geothermic there is plenty but it cant be controlled like energy has been and there lies the opposition..the controllers...Now machines have been getting a bad rap as these have been used in this world to keep the workforce down, but machines have no ego and these can do almost anything in providing humans with food, building shelter provinding healthcare.. The idea being if everyone is provided for the drive to commit crime and corrupt and wage war is taken away...and humans can concentrate on expressing themselves...obviously these ideas sound very dangerous to the ego driven competitors so you'll here them shout communism which it aint, its closer to libertarianism, its about all men have equal rights, it's about money don't matter.

Zeitgeist Addendum I (AVI 81mb)

Zeitgeist: Addendum is separated into four parts. The first part criticizes the practice of the Fractional Reserve Banking system. And in a very simplistic way the film tries to convey how the Federal Reserve creates money, and what each dollar bill represents --that is, debt. The film goes on to present a case for how the Fed loans this newly created "debt money" to the U.S.treasury in exchange for bonds. In sequence, the money received from the Fed ends up as deposits in commercial banks, which through the fractional reserve system is multiplied and turned into interest baring loans. The film comments how "absurd" such a system is, since the interest that must be paid for the bonds can only create a perpetual cycle of debt

Zeitgeist Addendum II (AVI 85mb)

The second part is a documentary style interview with John Perkins, in which he describes his role as a Economic Hitman (EHM). He helped CIA and the ruling political/corporate elites who have worked to undermine legitimate foreign regimes who put the interests of their populations before those of transnational corporations

Zeitgeist Addendum III (AVI 112mb)

The third part describes the Venus Project, a proposal created by Jacque Fresco. The film promotes the Venus Project as a sustainable solution for mankind on earth. Its main goal is to produce a "resource-based economy" using modern technology.

Zeitgeist Addendum IV (AVI 126mb)

Part IV states that everything wrong with the world is "fundamentally the result of a collective ignorance of two of the most basic insights humans can have about reality - the 'emergent' and 'symbiotic' aspects of natural law." The film then suggests actions for "social transformation", such as boycotts of large banks, the mainstream media, the military, and energy companies, rejecting the political structure and "creating critical mass".

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4 Easy and Free Quality Converters (24mb)

Here's some of the software i used to get Zeitgeist to you. First there's the youtube downloader a free and easy tool to get flv videos..not just from you tube..it has transcoding and splitting capabilities aswell..great find i would think

What is YouTube Downloader?

It's software that allows you to download videos from YouTube and many others and convert them to other video formats.
The program is easy to use, just specify the URL for the video you want to download and click the Ok button!
It also allows you to convert downloaded videos for Ipod, Iphone, PSP, Cell Phone, Windows Media, XVid and MP3.
You can use YouTube Downloader to download the videos of your choice from home, at the office or in school.
YouTube Downloader it's easy to use, the interface is intuitive. Simply copy and paste the video URL and press Ok button. The window of download will appear.

-Download videos from YouTube, Google Video, MySpaceTV and many others
-Allows you to access YouTube videos for which you need to be 18+ years of age
-Converts video for Ipod, Iphone, PSP, Cell Phone, Windows Media, XVid and MP3
-Provides the ability to cut and select the output quality of converted videos
-Uses the FFmpeg engine to convert the videos
-Plays videos downloaded in Flash
-Extremely easy to use

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Second here is Format Factory, extremely useful transcoding video and audio files, allthough the high-quality sound settings are not (128)

Whether you haven’t heard of this particular file format that you have on your desktop or you haven’t got the appropriate tools on your system, Format Factory is what we recommend trying out, it’s a freeware and probably the last file conversion tool you will ever need to search for! Format Factory currently handles 12 types of video formats, six audio types, eight image formats and DVD/ISO conversions.

As you can see, it doesn’t look difficult to use, in fact quite simple, although spiked with format-icons and a big banner announcing the program’s name for no reason other than to put lipstick on the pig. The left navigation menu has collapsible links to the various formats you can convert to, based on type: video, audio, image, mobile device, and ROM device. Below the massive title banner, the central pane sports decorative icons until you start the conversion process.Once you’ve selected your files, you can change the output quality to presets or custom settings. Hit Start on the Toolbar of the main window to begin the process, which is surprisingly fast for smaller video files. FormatFactory excels at batch conversion without error. It does, however, eat up much of your processor while it’s running even one conversion, and for some reason considers 128k high quality..which makes it rather unsuitable for me, however my advice convert to wave and from there use the conversion tools and quality you want, my oggdroptool goes to 512k and plenty of lame/mp3 converters around like the lamedrop i include here.

This here is the latest version of Format Factory 1.55

Key features:
· All to MPG/AVI/3GP/FLV/MP4.
· All to MP3/OGG/WMA/M4A/WAV.
· Rip DVD to video file.
· MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP format.
· Support converting all popular video,audio,picture formats to others.
· Repair damaged video and audio file.
· Reducing Multimedia file size.
· Support iphone, ipod multimedia file formats.
· Picture converting supports Zoom,Rotate/Flip,tags.
· DVD Ripper.
- It has multilangual (35) support

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Finally two extremely useful coding progs, and the lame/oggdrop neednt be installed at all these work right away, Lamedrop even recodes my oggfiles directly to MP3..That said you'd be surprised how many MP3 players play Ogg even if its rarely listed....you should try


oggdropXPd is a drag-and-drop Ogg Vorbis encoder/decoder/player for the eXPerienced user. Features include compression from lossless files (Monkeys Audio, LPAC, FLAC, WAVPACK and OptimFROG -(check rarewares.org for needed dll's), auto-tagging, renaming of encoded files, setting of advanced encoder parameters, use of VorbisGain tags on decode, playlist (.m3u) creation, and others.

Playback also supports multi-channel in the same way. A further option is added to downmix multi-channel to stereo for decoding to file, or playback. The multi-channel mapping conforms to the Vorbis I Specification.


LameDropXPd is a practical frontend for LAME that makes things easier to the user, as there is no need to know about command line usage: most LAME settings are reachable on a graphical interface. Besides encoding WAV files to MP3, it can transcode Ogg Vorbis files, decode MP3 files to WAV, and auto-tag the files it encodes.

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Tuu - All Our Ancesters (94 ^ 250mb)

Deep, ancient atmospheres. A rich combination of the exotic and the electronic. A mystical, magical travelogue exploring old, hidden dimensions. Tuu are Martin Franklin on water drums, clay pots, tibetan bells and gongs, Rebecca Lublinski on flutes, and Mykl O'Dempsey with synths and samples. The result is a music that is dark and strangely unsettling, generally rhythmic but never funky, slow but never heavy. This is a good disc to listen to focus your attention within and reach out to the world around you. It is extremely peaceful, relaxing and not in the least bit boring since the exotic nature of the instruments holds your attention quite well. This music shadows the distant past, the unknown future and the mystery of life. This here is one of the originally released  limited edition of 500 with a hand-made metal and paper slipcase

1 - Shiva Descending (8:56)
2 - All Our Ancestors (7:36)
3 - House Of The Waters (4:42)
4 - Stillpoint In Motion (5:24)
5 - Rainfall (7:56)
6 - Illumination (4:28)
7 - Triple Gem Of Wisdom (8:02)

Oct 25, 2008

Afterpost (02)

Hello, something to get you started this weekend . How many socalled micro samples can become more then the sum of it's parts... in fact, the result is rather asthonishing. French Canadian artist Akufen shows his way and his is a path well worth exploring....

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Akufen - My Way (02 ^ 467mb)

Akufen is the musical pseudonym of Montreal, Canada based artist, Marc Leclair. Leclair makes electronic music that is often described as minimal house, minimal techno, glitch, click hop, or microhouse. Leclair's pseudonym comes from the French word for tinnitus (ringing of the ears), acouphène.

Since 1999, Akufen has been amassing a thick stockpile of 12" releases for labels like Perlon, Background, Traum, Oral, Trapez, and Force Inc. With influences ranging from Bootsy to Mancini to Moroder to Reich, Leclair's productions veer from challenging experimental techno to pop-oriented micro-house. For most of the tracks on 2002's My Way, his first full-length album for Force Inc., Leclair employed a technique he referred to as "microsampling." Leclair would spend hours of each morning recording material from AM/FM dials and a shortwave, and he would then use those recordings as fodder for his productions, splicing seconds into minute fragments (consisting of voices, song snips, acoustic guitar flicks, and all sorts of unidentifiable moments) and applying them to danceable, hook-heavy house tracks.

In 2004 released Blu tribunL a glitch/minimal album together with Freeform and the Rip-Off Artist, each bringing in four tracks, later that year he delivered a well recieved mix album, Fabric 17. In 2005 Marc Leclair returns under its own name with the release of Musique pour 3 femmes enceintes (Mutek) and proves that he had more than one card up in his sleeve. With the skillful integration of instrumental tones and outer-space noises, he built extended and dreamlike pieces that defy time.
Akufen obviously has been on the road quite a lot djing and doing remixes which left working on the new album and developping his label, Musique Risquée (risky music), squeezed by his obligations as a familyman.

01 - Even White Horizons (5:28)
02 - Installation (8:04)
03 - Skidoos (8:58)
04 - Deck The House (6:05)
05 - Wet Floors (6:18)
06 - Heaven Can Wait (5:05)
07 - In Dog We Trust (7:37)
08 - Jeep Sex (6:06)
09 - My Way (6:29)
10 - Architxtures I (7:08)
11 - Whore House (6:52)
12 - Little Hop Of Horrors (5:35)

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Oct 24, 2008

Afterpost (grooves)

Hello, im back for another Afterpost, first i want to thank you all for the kind comments , furthermore i wish to tell you that in case this blog goes off line or goes private (havent decided yet) the place to go is transgloballs where all Rho-Xs data on how to join or get hold of all data i've posted on the blog in RTF format. Might be a good idea to bookmark transglobal, or rip the blog yourselves whatever. As i said posting will be irregular, and today i have a compilation album made by a man who's done some 60 albums since 85, he knows what he's doing and this one wasn't even listed, possibly as it came with Muzik Mag spring 03. Gilles Peterson's focus has always been Modern Jazz music, with a strong emphasis on its use in a club environment, mixed with associated music styles.(anything from dub and reggae through jazz, nu-jazz, funk, soul, neo soul, to drum and bass, house, broken beat, hip-hop, Jazz-funk, latin, bossa nova, samba and beyond.)


Gilles Peterson'(born 64) attended The John Fisher School, in the mid- and late- 1980s, living among the South London suburban soul scene in the early eighties, Gilles would avidly listen to listening to Level 42, Earth Wind & Fire, Central Line and the heavier, deeper pirate stations such as Radio Invicta. This inspired him to set up his own station - literally an aerial suspended between a tree and a phone box - playing an eclectic mix of jazz, funk, reggae, soul and early electro. By a stroke of luck, Radio Invicta needed a new transmitter, so Gilles swapped his for a regular show on the station.

At the same time, Gilles was a regular shopper at DJ Paul Murphy's Palladin Records. Murphy also DJ'd at Camden's Electric Ballroom, and his knowledge of rare, killer power jazz tunes and rare Afro-Cuban fusion was further inspiration for Gilles, who took over the decks when Paul left. Once ensconced upstairs in the Electric Ballroom, Gilles' understanding and insight into jazz, funk and soul grew exponentially. Gilles soon began to play at Nicky Holloway's Special Branch night at The Royal Oak.

1985 saw Gilles releasing the Jazz Juice (streetsounds) compilation series, collecting together many of the jazz tracks Gilles had been playing over the past few years. EMI Records soon called on Gilles to put together a series of inspired collections showcasing jazz label Blue Note's best artists resulting in 'Blue Bossa Vols. 1 & 2' and 'Baptist Beat' , which became the motivation for the hugely popular 'Blue' series of Jazz compilations.

During this period, Gilles had also been working on new pirate radio projects before 'going legit' with the BBC Radio London which was the first legal station he worked for, hosting a show called 'Mad On Jazz'. After leaving Radio London in 1986, Gilles started his Sunday sessions - 'Talkin' Loud' & 'Saying Something' - at Camden's Dingwalls. Co-hosted by Patrick Forge, these ran for five years. Coinciding with the emerging acid house scene, the sessions became a natural magnet for post clubbing come-down kids.

Shortly afterwards, Gilles started the Acid Jazz label, but after two years he felt the sound, the music and name was becoming a mod thing, a retro thing.' And so the approach from Phonogram was welcome , and he set up a new label Talkin' Loud records in 1989 . Gilles got the chance to echo his own diverse tastes and the label saw releases from the likes of Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, the Galliano.

Back on air, Gilles' show on London's Jazz FM was axed in 1990 after he played 'inappropriate' music and made statements supporting peace during the Gulf War. Soon after, he joined the newly-legalized Kiss FM. His Sunday evening WorldWide slot proved one of the most popular on the station and he stayed there for eight years until he joined Radio 1 in 1998. From 1998 to the present, through his BBC show Worldwide, Peterson has continued to stretch the musical boundaries. The show has always highlighted both new, but more importantly for the audience it is supposed to serve, older and often very rare records from the late-1950's to 1980's. In fact every three months or so, Gilles dedicates a whole show to older vinyl releases in a special version of his show he subtitles a Brownswood Basement. In August 2004 the show moved from Wednesday (midnight til 2am) to an earlier Sunday slot (11:00 to 01:00) In September 2006, Peterson's show on Radio 1 was moved from Sunday night to Wednesday night (more precisely the early hours of Thursday morning), 02:00 to 04:00 (GMT) where you can pick him up every week and not to worry.

Widely acclaimed as a musical tastemaker, Gilles spreads his influence on music listeners around the world mostly through the Worldwide radio show on BBC Radio 1 and besides he also does another version of the show which gets syndicated to radio stations all over the world. Parallel to this, his frequent DJing gigs around the world also have cemented a worldwide following. In 2006 Gilles and Freshly Cut, a French event production company from Montpellier, collaborated to create the unique Worldwide Festival. This started out as a small intimate festival during the summertime in the coastal town of Sète in France. Meanwhile it hasbeen expanded to three festivals, in London, Shanghai and Sète in 2007. In 2008 it will have expanded to take place in London, Beijing, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Singapore and Sète.

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Gilles Peterson - Broken Folk Funk Latin Soul (03 ^ 410mb)

01 - Kuusumun Profeetta - Kovin Lentaen Kotiin Kaipaan (7:05)
02 - Cinematic Orchestra, The - All Things To All Men (feat.Roots Manuva) (10:42)
03 - Dani Siciliano - Come As You Are (5:13)
04 - Mr. Scruff - Come Alive (5:13)
05 - Harmonic 33 - Where Have They Gone? (3:36)
06 - Asheru - Mood Swing (feat.Talib Kweli) (4:47)
07 - Lone Catalysts - Destiny (feat. the 3rd) (4:05)
08 - Two Banks Of Four - Unclaimed (4:41)
09 - Micatone - Sweet Child (4:29)
10 - Underworld - Twist (5:27)
11 - Infekto - Left Hand Jazz (5:46)
12 - Osunlade - Touched My Soul (4:51)

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Oct 21, 2008

Looks like the end

Hello, well all my reupdating seems to have attracted the real leeches that live off artists, i suppose you have to expect that this blog will be closed any day now..well i enjoyed sharing and as i said before was winding down Rho-Xs.  Obviously the fact that i stay far away from new titles or the MP3 format technically doesnt matter. You can say goodbye at mail.nu /Rho-Xs if you feel like it...best of luck, Rho

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Oct 20, 2008

Canadia (10)

Hello, we continue with the first seasons finale of Canadian 2056, not to worry season two will follow next week.

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.

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Episode 10 Season Finale:

An illegal upload adversely affects the computer. The Canadia finally reaches the planet Ipampilash, but Faverau and Pickens can't agree on what to do. Anderson and Lewis take matters into their own hands when the Captain is unable to answer the call of duty. Faverau comes across a Canadian on board the USS Pickens and brings them back to the Canadia.

Canadia 2056-10 (20mb)

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Oct 19, 2008

Afterpost (Sndz)

Hello Sundazers one to chill out, a great compilation from Toytronic, Neurokinetic. Rounded warm melodies and sharp cold electrostatic beats work the tension between electronic music and soul .

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VA - Neurokinetic ( Toytronic compilation) (00 ^ 99mb)

01 - Dude - Wave1 (6:40)
02 - CiM - Shift (4:26)
03 - Arovane - Actrel (5:43)
04 - Funckarma - Nushuz (2000 Mix) (5:12)
05 - Mr. Projectile - Impregnator (7:10)
06 - Gimmik - Wavefiles (5:43)
07 - Abfahrt Hinwil - Syntax Data (3:30)
08 - M - Francoise (1:07)

VA - Neurokinetic ( Toytronic compilation) 2 ( ^ 94mb)

09 - Multiplex - Compuphonic (Edit) (3:53)
10 - Num Num - Fictional Reality (5:06)
11 - Proem - Glass (4:21)
12 - Quench - Charge (5:31)
13 - Novel 23 - Blink Run Away To East (3:42)
14 - M-Tec - Nitch (5:33)
15 - Digitonal - Drencrom (4:24)
16 - Fizzarum - Microphorus (5:22)

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Oct 18, 2008

Afterposts (1)

Hello, as announced last week i'm going to take it a lot easier from now, that's not to say i'll stop posting..i still have months to go on the canadia 2056 series and besides that i've chosen a new format, Afterposts. This means i'll be extending previous posts with more titles, these will appear at the frontpage and later be integrated into the previous post... I noted that zShare has been off line these last days, i hope they can fix their problems soon, if not ..sigh

Today as it's a case of needing to kick the habit, i still have a trio for your pleasure...and looking at last tuesdays interest for Sherwood's On-U Sound Crash Mix, which i admit triggered some for me aswell and has me posting three titles from the ON-U crews, first up Gary Clail he was the warm up at On U gigs and as it turned out had plenty to say about the politics of scarcity and he back his mouth sang about where his heart is and its befitting that currently he's doing just that what he sings about in the opening track of the album here, providing food clothes and shelter..he made 4 albums backed by the On-U Sound System (=TackHead) Emotional Hooligan is an apt title and crocodile eyes my favourite track....Next up Andy farley , he came the same way as Gary Clail..on the trail from Mark Stewart all from Bristol, Andy's distictive voice became big in Japan as his introductions to On U work were welcomed warmly..He like Gary Clail cared about the world and all the injustices going on, in the end he made one solo album Vertigo and after that slowly retreated towards Bristol where he died late into the nineties. Poet sensetiveties probably had much to do with that untimely death, but he left us his voice and safe mentioned contributions one 12"and an album.....finally the guys who backed the artists mentioned above, TackHead (=slang for homeboy) under the direction and production of Adrian Sherwood, never more so then here on the Sound Crash slash and mix by Sherwood, who was very exited and satisfied about the result, let your speakers go all out too...

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Gary Clail and On-U Sound System - The Emotional Hooligan (91 Flac 350mb)

Gary's preceding On-U life, held career in roofing, used cars, hanging round with gypsies before Mark Stewart introduced him, (as he did Andy Farley) to the On U scene. During the mid to late eighties Gary Clail became a regular warm-up for all types of On-U gigs - with his crowd calls This came both as a welcome relief for devotees of On-U Sound and also as an unexpected bonus. The real impact of Gary was to introduce and roadtest new On-U rhythms and tunes, and also to reversion old favourites. He usually lived in the studio when he was not on the road.

Gary made his first vinyl appearance back in October 1985 on the thinly veiled speed track "Half Cut for Confidence" By the following year Gary appeared on the World Label, the imprint was a venture between the TackHead boys and John Loder of Southern Studios, the tune was "Hard Left" with Gary taking the main credit. 1988 saw the release of "Reality" with the credits reversed and Gary as featured vocalist. Gary then went on to negotiate future material through Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto label. This union was to result in "a consummation devoutly to be wished", Gary's actual appearance on TOTP, together with the wonderfully over the top Alan Pillay, when "Human Nature" became a number 10 UK chart position (by far the highest placing for an On-U act in its own right).

The "End Of The Century Party" album was basically Tack>>head complemented by a few mates with Gary as lead vocalist. The name TackHead Sound System could no longer be used as the band were shaping up for their, eventually, abortive major label flirtation.. The On-U Sound System proved a good substitute as that was actually what Gary was doing in the first place! The album was a follow-up to "TackHead Tape Time" effectively a greatest hits compilation released the year earlier via Nettwerk. "Beef" opened up the set and was to be radically reworked for its appearance as Gary's first single on Perfecto.

Continuing Gary's long-running theme of delivering lyrics concerning socially concious current issues "Privatise Pts 1 & 2" was particularly hard-hitting. Indeed the issue of privatisation was at its height under the Thatcher administration with the question raised "where would it all end?". Gary Clail's presence on the On-U Sound scene from the late eighties certainly brought a new feeling of energy to the live gigs and although is vocal stylings can be objectively said to be limited, he certainly got the best out of his bag for these tunes and the earlier singles.

While Gary's time under the wing of BMG / Perfecto probably brought him his biggest commercial successes, helped in no small part by the remixing talents of Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne in giving some of his tunes more dancefloor friendly edges, the partnership was to be short lived. While BMG's first "Emotional Hooligan" album in 1991 sold well, a combination of Clail's unrealistic belief that he was now a fully-fledged pop star, coupled with a lack of new musicial direction and particularly his record companies increasing dis-interest in promoting him saw an acrimonious parting in 1993. In particular the almost complete lack of promotion of the following "Dreamstealers" album left a bitter taste of major label dealings in both Clail's and Sherwood's mouthes.

A new deal was struck with Yelen Musiques in France for 1995's album "Keep The Faith" which was generally well received and featured more of Clail's characteristic lambasts against injustices of the world before he slipped quietly out of the music scene in the late 1990s. He went on to buy a church in Penzance, England convert it into a guest house and then run it for several years. The most recent word is, however, is that he is living on a boat at Saltford, between Bristol and Bath, and is working at a hostel for homeless people in Bath.

01 - Food, Clothes And Shelter (4:18)
02 - Pt. 2 Monk Track (5:11)
03 - Escape (4:20)
04 - The Emotional Hooligan (3:43)
05 - Magic Penny (2:49)
06 - Human Nature (Oakenfold & Osborne On The Mix) (6:15)
07 - Crocodile Eyes (4:25)
08 - Rumours (4:40)
09 - Beef (The) (Oakenfold & Osborne's Future Mix) (5:30)
10 - Temptation (Parts 1 & 2) (9:58)
11 - False Leader (Parts 1 & 2) (8:42)

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Andy Fairley - System Vertigo ( 92 Flac 248mb)

A somewhat mysterious figure, Fairley came to the attention of Adrian Sherwood at On-U Sound via the Mark Stewart and Gary Clail Bristol connection. During the 1989-1993 period his voice was a familiar feature of Sherwood productions for particularly Gary Clail, Dub Syndicate and Keith LeBlanc and numerous other one-off guest appearances. When not reciting his own verse in full, he was often sampled for use in-the-mix, often regaling the sonic qualities of the recording or giving a MC-like shout to the artist, On-U Sound or Sherwood personally. Andy Fairley was not so much a musician or a singer as a modern-day poet. A shrewd observer of the injustices and insanities of the modern world, his prose often tackled head-on issues of the moment such as the state of politics, privatisation and the plight of the underclasses.

The Japanese radio station J-Wave 81.3 at one time broadcast an exclusively On-U Sound show, Tunes From The Missing Channel, once a month. Sherwood and the On-U crew of the time consequently became very involved with providing fresh content and guest presenters for it. Fairley provided a whole series of samples exclusively for use on the show, and some of these went on to appear as linking sequences on the eternally hard-to-find 1993 spin-off "Tunes From The Missing Channel" compilation released only in Japan .

Andy was introduced to On-U Sound by Gary Clail in the mideighties, this lead to him making contributions(voacal samples) to the Tackhead tape Time album in the mideighties. This lead to further contributions, even writing credits on Keith Leblancs/Tackhead album Stranger Then Fiction. In 89 he featured on gary Clail's End Of The Century album a year later his first 12 " was issued , backed by DubSyndicate, Lack Of Education/Precinct Of Sound.

Andy's only credited 'solo' album was the underrated 1992 "System Vertigo" set (ON-U LP61) - essentially a collection of his writings set to solid rhythms built by Sherwood et al. at On-U Sound. Like so many On-U contributors before him, Fairley left the fold in the mid 1990s and vanished back into the Bristolian ether from which he had emerged. Sadly little else was heard from or about him until news of his death seeped out in 1999. An unmistakable, irreplaceable and much missed wordsmith had taken his last breath of the as yet unprivatised air.

01 - I Stopped The Clock (4:34)
02 - System Vertigo (4:23)
03 - Ghost (4:10)
04 - The Election (Part 1) (6:02)
05 - You Look At Life (4:56)
06 - Precinct Of System (2:17)
07 - Audio Visual Attack (3:58)
08 - The Election (Part 2) (2:15)
09 - A Nation Responds (0:30)
10 - Fun + Games (1:22)
11 - The Song Of The Phoenix (2:17)
12 - False Starts (4:28)

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Tackhead - Sound Crash (Sherwood's Slash 'n Mix) ( 06 Flac 340mb)

In the late 1970s, Wimbish, Leblanc and McDonald were members of the house band for the Sugarhill Records record label and the trio of hip-hop artists known as Sugarhill Gang. They were also the musicians playing behind DJ Grandmaster Flash's 1982 hit "The Message" (the vocal was by Melle Mel) and another hit "White Lines".

During a visit to New York City, to help with a remix, London-based producer Sherwood (already noted in the dub music scene) met Leblanc, and they began to collaborate. Soon the trio of Wimbish, Leblanc and McDonald were producing tracks on Sherwood's On-U Sound record label. One of their earlier collaborations was as "Mark Stewart and the Maffia", which featured Stewart, former member of The Pop Group on vocals and their first LP produced under that name As the Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade was amongst the most industrial, noise-oriented and uncompromising of the group's output.

Later to join forces with Tackhead, was Gary Clail, who as MC for the touring version of the On-U sound system would shout and rant over Tackhead's live playing, and both were then mixed live by Sherwood to produce a wall of sound effect that was highly novel for the mid-1980s. They released one LP Tackhead Tape Time in 1987 as "Gary Clail's Tackhead Sound System" and some of the most distinctive and well-known Tackhead tracks (some were released as 12-inch singles) date from this period particularly: "What's My Mission Now?", "Mind at the End of the Tether" and "Hard Left". These tracks combined funk basslines, hammerblow percussion and Sherwood's trademark sample-laden dub production and represent the defining Tackhead sound.

During this period Leblanc also produced two solo LPs: Major Malfunction (1986) (inspired by the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster) and Stranger than Fiction (1989), which although credited to Leblanc, featured all the rest of members of Tackhead. Around this time the group began to gell as a band, and started adding vocalists to what had been up until then a largely instrumental affair. On the first Tackhead LP, proper, Friendly as a Hand Grenade, vocalist Bernard Fowler joined the line-up and many older instrumental tracks re-appeared with lyrics. In 1990 Tackhead mounted a world tour which probably marked the zenith of the band's commercial success. The follow up album, 1991's Strange Things (the first on a major label, EMI), despite some praise for harder-edge singles such as "Dangerous Sex" and "Class Rock" was not as well received by critics. Many followers of the group were disappointed by the more restrained production, less industrial and more mellow R&B elements. Yet the album was still experimental enough that it did not gain as wide an audience as had been hoped and the band was dropped from their record label shortly after.

Despite not recording any new material as Tackhead since, group members continued to record as the backing band or along with various Sherwood-led On-U Sound productions artists such as Gary Clail's solo efforts, African Head Charge, Dub Syndicate, New Age Steppers and others. Subsets of the group have also appeared in various guises such as the Strange Parcels, Barmy Army and the blues-oriented Little Axe. In addition to continuing to collaborate with Sherwood and the On-U Sound record label, each of the other members continues to lead active solo careers. Wimbish has recorded solo material as well as forming the short-lived Jungle Funk, a live drum and bass outfit, and is in demand as a session bass player. McDonald leads the Little Axe project, and Leblanc runs a record label and plays with a jazz outfit, Noah Ground.

"It's so good, you're gonna cry." That's what Adrian Sherwood said when he finished mixing 'Tackhead Sound Crash', a compilation mix like the 'On-U Sound Crash' Adrian did for Beat Records in Japan. Adrian Sherwood considers 'Tackhead Sound Crash' to be a totally new record. "It's the best Tackhead thing ever", says Adrian. "It's wicked." He totally reworked

01 - Intro "Free" (0:48)
02 - Mind At The End Of Its Tether (1:30)
03 - What's My Mission Now? (2:06)
04 - Ghost (1:47)
05 -Mind At The End Of Its Tether Pt. 2 (1:07)
06 - 1/2 Cut For Confidence (0:55)
07 - Ticking Time Bomb (2:02)
08 - Heaven On Earth (0:44)
09 - Ticking Time Bomb Pt. 2 (0:12)
10 - Heaven On Earth Pt. 2 (0:47)
11 - Mechanical Movements Pt. 2 (2:21)
12 - I Stopped The Clock (0:53)
13 - Bop Bop (0:52)
14 - King Of The Beat (3:01)
15 - Move It (0:09)
16 - Body To Burn (0:16)
17 - D.J. Programme (3:42)
18 - Disconnection (2:51)
19 - Rochester (1:55)
20 - Audio Visual Attack (1:07)
21 - Man In A Suitcase (2:22)
22 - Dreamworld (0:57)
23 - Get This Beloved (0:36)
24 - Gamesmanship (1:52)
25 - Get Move Of This (1:38)
26 - Einstein Pt. 2 (2:18)
27 - Hard Left (1:59)
28 - No Hands On The Wheel (0:47)
29 - Listen Good Drummers (0:57)
30 - Free Again (0:46)
31 - This Is The Night (1:38)
32 - Bastard Son Of Fats (1:19)

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Oct 17, 2008

Into The Groove (50)

Hello, the last Rhotation post is coming up ..I couldn't leave out Prince from the Into the Groove theme, he's totally dominated the eighties and still sells millions of tickets and albums, a creative genius, sadly captured by a religious sekt at a time of personal trauma..the loss of his thusfar only child..Any way these days his goons police the internet as reproduction of images is against the will of his god Jehovah..sadly that creature is a deranged alien general who's beset this world with endless ruins..with the help of his luitenants, Gabriel being the best known, he btw dictated the Koran to Mohammed. The reason is simple, had those initial servants made images of their 'lord' we would have known what he really is, to mask all that an across the board ban was issued....but i digress here. Prince's heyday for me were his days with the Revolution, i bought a lot of his work then, so a compilation of some of his 12 "singles looked a good idea, i managed to obtain an original Black Album back then aswell, had good connections those days, so i post it here aswell....Prince apparently shocked himself somewhat with that album and so his next official releases were much more soft and erotically tinged , specially the Scandalous Suite EP and the dreamy I Wish You Heaven..

The thirty year career of a very productive artist like Prince is hardly easy to summise, books have been written about his career, so this tale here, though long for Rhotation norms, remains an overview..

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 7 June 1958, to John L. Nelson and Mattie Shaw. John was a pianist and songwriter, and Mattie was a singer. He is named after the Prince Rogers Trio, his father's jazz band, and as a boy he was called Skipper. After the birth of his sister Tyka in 1960, Prince's parents gradually drifted apart. After they formally separated, he had a troubled relationship with his stepfather that resulted in his running away from home. Prince lived briefly with his father, who bought him his first guitar, and later he moved in with a neighborhood family, the Andersons, befriending their son, Andre Anderson ( André Cymone).

Prince and Anderson joined Prince's cousin Charles Smith in a band called Grand Central that they formed in junior high school. His initial contributions were as an instrumentalist in what was a mainly instrumental band that played clubs and parties in the Minneapolis area. As time went by and Prince's musical interests broadened, he found himself producing the arrangements for the band. Before long he became the band's front man. By the time Prince entered high school, Grand Central evolved into Champagne and started playing original music already drawing on a range of influences including Sly & The Family Stone, James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Miles Davis, Parliament-Funkadelic and Jimi Hendrix. At one point Prince was a student at the Minnesota Dance Theatre.

In 1976, he started work on a demo tape with producer Chris Moon in a Minneapolis studio, with the patronage of Owen Husney, who ran a campaign promoting Prince as a star of the future, the resulting bidding war was eventually won by Warner Bros. Records, that offered him a contract and were the only label to give Prince creative control of his songs. Prince released his first album, For You, on 7 April 1978. For You was the first major-label album released by Prince, his first of many for Warner Bros. Tommy Vicari was the executive producer. This album, like most of his career, was not recorded with a band; Prince purportedly played all 27 instruments on the album though they were different types of string, percussion, and keyboard instruments.The majority of For You was written and performed by Prince. This was the first of Prince's albums containing the now ubiquitous legend: "Produced, Arranged, Composed and Performed by Prince." Prince spent twice his initial advance recording the album, which sold modestly and made the bottom reaches of the Billboard 200. He used Prince's Music Co. for publishing the songs from this album.

By 1979, Prince had recruited his first backing band featuring Andre Cymone (Anderson) on bass, Gayle Chapman and Doctor Fink on keyboards, Bobby Z on drums, and Dez Dickerson on guitar. Prince intentionally enlisted a multi-racial, mixed-gender group, much like the backing band of one of his greatest influences, Sly Stone. In October 1979, Prince released his self-titled second album Prince, which reached #4 on the Billboard R&B charts, and contained two R&B hits. In 1980, Prince released Dirty Mind, again entirely self-recorded and released using the demos of the songs. On tour, Lisa Coleman replaced Chapman in the band, who felt the sexually explicit lyrics and stage antics of Prince's concerts conflicted with her religious beliefs. He released the album Controversy in 1981, with the single of the same name charting internationally for the first time. In February of 1981, Prince performed "Partyup" on the now-infamous season six episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Charlene Tilton . Starting with the album Controversy, Prince used Controversy Music for publishing his songs, which he would use for his following sixteen records until Emancipation in 1996.

In 1981, Prince formed a "side project" band called The Time, that released four albums between 1981 and 1990, with Prince writing and performing all instruments and backing vocals throughout. The band's vocals were led by Morris Day. In the eighties Prince would also collaborate with Vanity, Apollonia and Sheila E. He also wrote hits for artists such as Sheena Easton, Celine Dion and The Bangles. Prince's own recordings would be covered in hit versions by diverse artists. In 1982, Prince released the 1999 double-album which "broke" Prince into the mainstream in the US and internationally, selling over three million copies. The title track was a protest against nuclear proliferation and became his first top ten hit internationally. Around this time Prince began crediting his band as The Revolution, which consisted of Dez Dickerson on guitar, Lisa Coleman and Doctor Fink on keyboards, Bobby Z. on drums, and Brown Mark on bass. Dickerson left the band and was replaced by Wendy Melvoin, a childhood friend of Lisa. The band members were known for being solid musicians and a strong live act, nevertheless their talents would be used sparsely in the studio.

Prince's 1984 album, Purple Rain (concurrent with the film of the same name) sold more than thirteen million copies in the US and spent twenty-four consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200, and the Academy Award-winning film grossed more than $80 million in the US alone. Two songs from Purple Rain, "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy," topped the US pop singles charts and were hits around the world, while the title track reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Prince simultaneously held the spots #1 film, #1 single, and #1 album in the US. It was the album's song "Darling Nikki" which inspired Tipper (unconvenient truth) Gore to found the Parents Music Resource Center. The center has enacted the mandatory use of a warning label ("Parental Advisor, Explicit Lyrics") on the covers of records that have been judged to contain language or lyrical content unsuitable for minors.(obviously she'd never listened to Frank Zappa before..wink).

In 1985, after the U.S. Purple Rain Tour, which was a smash hit in the US and Canada, Prince released Around the World in a Day, which held the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart for three weeks. In 1986, Prince released the album Parade. The first single, "Kiss," would top the Billboard Hot 100. At the same time, "Manic Monday" by The Bangles, which Prince had written under the pseudonym "Christopher Tracey," reached #2. Christopher Tracy was the name of Prince's character in the movie "Under The Cherry Moon," for which Parade served as a soundtrack. Prince both directed and starred in the movie, which largely flopped. Following the film and album, Prince returned to touring with a stripped-down show, he embarked on his first full scale European Tour in the summer of 1986. He closed the tour in September in Japan, his first appearances in the country. At the end of the tour, Prince disbanded The Revolution, although retaining band member Matt Fink on keyboard. Added to the backing band was Boni Boyer on keyboards, Sheila E on drums, Levi Seacer, Jr. on bass, and Miko Weaver on guitar.

Sign o' the Times, released in 1987 as a double album, reached the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 and achieved the greatest critical acclaim of his career, The double album was a synthesis of three projects from 1986, including some work with The Revolution. The bulk of the tracks originate from the final Revolution project known as Dream Factory and a later solo project called Camille. These projects, along with some other songs merged into a 22-track, 3-LP opus called Crystal Ball. Prince's record company, Warner Bros. Records, balked at the idea of a 3-LP album, and forced Prince to trim the album down. The result was Sign O' The Times, which quickly became widely regarded as Prince's magnum opus amongst fans and critics alike.was the best album of the 1980s. Following the albums' release, Prince launched the Sign o' the Times Tour in Europe

In 1987, Prince planned to release The Black Album, a funk-oriented album whose erotically-charged lyrics and club-focused beats were perceived by many as his attempt to woo back the black audience he was supposed to have lost as a result of his mid-80s forays into pop, hard rock, and psychedelic rock. The album remains legendary in Prince's career after its release was canceled at the artist's behest mere days before its release date. Though many already manufactured copies were supposed to be destroyed, several escaped and became the source for numerous bootleg editions. The album circulated through the bootleg underground music world and was not given an official release until 1994.

The 1988 album Lovesexy is considered Prince's "spiritual" answer to the "dark" The Black Album. Lovesexy performed disappointingly on the US charts, reaching only #11 on the Billboard 200, but it reached #1 in the UK. In 1989, Prince provided and released the soundtrack for Batman, which returned him to #1 on the US album charts. The worldwide hit-single "Batdance" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while another track, "Partyman," became a popular song with the film's audiences. In 1990, Prince released the film Graffiti Bridge, a sequel to Purple Rain that performed poorly at the box office. The release of Diamonds and Pearls 1991 gave Prince his fifth US number one single with the song "Cream." Diamonds and Pearls debuted Prince's new band, the New Power Generation, that featured rapper Tony M., Rosie Gaines on vocals, Michael Bland on drums, Levi Seacer on guitar, Sonny T on bass, and Tommy Barbarella on keyboards.

Prince's twelfth album was titled with an unpronounceable symbol (later copyrighted as Love Symbol #2).[15] It reached the top ten of the U.S. album charts. In 1993, he also changed his stage name to the Love Symbol, which is a combination of the symbols for male (♂) and female (♀). Because the symbol was/is unpronounceable, he was often referred to as "Symbol," "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince," or simply "The Artist." In 1993, at the request of Warner Brothers, Prince released a 3-CD greatest hits compilation entitled The Hits/The B-Sides. Two new songs, first "Pink Cashmere" and then "Peach," were chosen as promotional singles to accompany the compilation album. Unfortunately, neither the album nor singles performed as well in sales as Warner Bros. had hoped

n 1993, during negotiations regarding the release of Prince's album The Gold Experience, a legal battle ensued between Warner Bros. and Prince over the artistic and financial control of Prince's output. During the lawsuit, Prince appeared in public with the word "slave" written on his cheek.In 1994, Prince's attitude towards his artistic output underwent a notable shift. He began to view releasing albums in quick succession as a means of ejecting himself from his contractual obligations to Warner Bros. The label, he believed, was intent on limiting his artistic freedom by insisting that he release albums more sporadically.

Chaos and Disorder, released in 1996, was Prince's final album of new material for Warner Bros., as well as one of his least commercially successful releases. Prince attempted a major comeback later that year when, free of any further contractual obligations to Warner Bros., he released Emancipation. The album was released via his own NPG Records with distribution through EMI. While certified platinum by the RIAA, some critics felt that the sprawling 36-song, 3-CD set (each disk was exactly 60 minutes long) lacked focus, and might have worked better as a single or double disc. Prince released Crystal Ball, a 4-CD collection of unreleased material, in 1998. The distribution of this album was disorderly, with some fans pre-ordering the album on his website up to a year before it was eventually shipped to them, and months after the record had gone on sale in retail stores. The Newpower Soul album released three months later failed to make much of an impression on the charts.

In 1999, Prince once again signed with a major label Arista Records to release a new record, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic. In an attempt to make his new album a success, Prince gave more interviews than at any other point in his career. Nevertheless Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic failed to perform commercially. A few months earlier, Warner Bros. had also released The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, a collection of unreleased material recorded by Prince throughout his career, and his final recording commitment on his contract with Warner Bros.

On 16 May 2000, Prince ceased using the Love Symbol moniker and returned to using "Prince" again, after his publishing contract with Warner-Chappell expired. For several years Prince primarily released new music through his Internet subscription service, NPGOnlineLtd.com (later NPGMusicClub.com). Two albums that show substantive jazz influence were available commercially at record stores: 2001's The Rainbow Children and, later, the 2003 instrumental record N.E.W.S. In 2002, Prince released his first live album, One Nite Alone... Live!, which features performances from the One Nite Alone tour. The 3-CD box set, which also includes a disc of "aftershow" music entitled It Ain't Over!, failed to chart. During this time, Prince sought to engage more effectively with his fan base via the NPG Music Club, pre-concert sound checks, and at yearly "celebrations" at Paisley Park, his music studios.

In April 2004, Prince released Musicology through a one-album agreement with Columbia Records. This deal gave Prince most of the royalties, the album did well in the charts. The supporting Musicology tour was 2004's most profitable grossing $ 88 million. Further highlighting the success of the album, Prince's Musicology went on to receive two Grammy wins. In late 2005 Prince signed with Universal Records to release his album, 3121, on 21 March 2006, it became an immediate success and gave Prince his first #1 debut on the Billboard 200 . In November 2006, Prince opened a nightclub named 3121 in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. He performed weekly on Friday and Saturday nights until April 2007 when his contract with the Rio ended. August 2006, Prince released Ultimate a double disc set containing one CD of previous hits, the other of extended versions and rareties.

On 8 May 2007, Prince announced that he would play 21 concerts in London over the summer. The "Earth Tour" included 21 nights at the 20,000 capacity O2 Arena. Tickets for the O2 Arena were priced at £31.21 (including a free copy of Prince's latest album), in order to make the concerts "affordable for everybody." It sold out very quickly..28 June 2007, the UK national newspaper The Mail on Sunday revealed that it had made a deal to give Prince's new album, Planet Earth, away for free with an "imminent" edition of the paper, making it the first place in the world to get the album. The date chosen was 15 July 2007. This move sparked controversy among music distributors and has also led the UK arm of Prince's distributor, Sony BMG, to withdraw from distributing the album in UK stores, clever recordshops on the other hand stocked thousands of Mail on sundays..btw for those in the UK, this weekend there's a Tina Turner's classic, Private Dancer as a bonus..

On 14 September 2007, Prince announced that he was going to sue YouTube and eBay because they "appear to choose not to filter out the unauthorized music and film content which is core to their business success. On 5 November 2007, several fan sites of Prince formed Prince Fans United to fight back against legal requests made by Prince to cease and desist all use of photographs, images, lyrics, album covers and anything linked to Prince's likeness. While Prince's lawyers claimed that the use of such representations constituted copyright infringement, the Prince Fans United claimed that the legal actions were "attempts to stifle all critical commentary about Prince. The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against Prince's music company because he demanded that YouTube remove a video of a 13-month-old boy dancing as 29-seconds of "Let's Go Crazy" plays on a CD player in the background. The video is a home movie shot by the child's mother in the family's rural Pennsylvania kitchen. Ah well Jehovah in action, very sad a great star loaded with money and affinity of millions of fans.

His personal life hasnt been that glamourous, plenty of liasons obviously. He married his backup singer and dancer, Mayte Garcia, on Valentine's Day, 1996. They had one son, possibly named Gregory, who was born with Pfeiffer syndrome and died shortly after birth. Shortly after Prince approached funk bassist Larry Graham, one of his childhood idols, with questions about his Jehovah's Witness faith. In a later interview, Graham stated that Prince was in need of Biblical answers and advice and that Graham was glad to answer. Prince apparently became very interested in the religion. He was baptized by Jehovah's Witnesses in 2001, marking his formal conversion to the faith.By that time he had been divorced from Mayte for 2 years. He married Manuela Testolini in 2001 in private ceremony but she filed for divorce in May 2006. Maybe Prince should reread the new testatement and asap leave those servants of a servant of the devil, Jehova Witnesses.

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Prince And The Revolution - Twelves (84-86 ^ 314mb)

A compilation of 12'"'s Prince released with The Revolution, i note that this version of America was initially intended for Around The World but was edited down to 4 min to accomedate the record company.

01 - Lets Go Crazy (special dance mix) (7:33)
02 - Raspberry Beret (extended) (6:34)
03 - Erotic City (dance mix) (7:22)
04 - America (original) (21:43) still ogg
05 - Pop Life (fresh dance mix) (6:13)
06 - Kiss (extended) (7:16)
07 - Mountains (extended) (10:02) still ogg

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Prince - Black Album ( 87 ^ 259mb)

The Black Album is a Prince record that was originally planned for release in December 1987, as the follow-up to Sign o' the Times. Referred to as The Funk Bible by preceding press releases, and in a hidden message within the album itself, the work seemed to be a reaction to criticism that Prince had become too pop-oriented.

The album had no printed title, artist name, production credits or photography; a black sleeve was all that came with it. On promotional copies, only a song listing and catalog number—25677—were printed on the disc itself Here are the known pressings that where supposed to be released. Just before the Black Album was released to the market, Prince recalled all copies and abandoned the entire project, leaving roughly 100 European promotional copies in circulation, and several US copies that would be widely bootlegged in the coming years. The German pressing is well known among collectors but hard and expensive to get. After cancellation rumours surfaced that a box of fifties copies made his way out of the Alsdorf record plant. German version (Cat: 925 677-1) Well i got one those ripped here.

Despite the mystique surrounding it, the Black Album has typically been viewed by fans and critics as a somewhat pro forma, rushed effort by Prince, although it is treasured by aficionados of the artist's funkier side, being as close to a straight funk album as anything he had recorded. The opening track also mentioned the title of the album as being The Funk Bible, which was a consideration during work on this project. The title refers both to the album's all-black cover design and to Prince's attempt to earn back his credibility among the Black pop audience with a release that was heavier on rhythm than its last few predecessor. The album features one of the most shockingly unusual Prince songs, "Bob George," in which he assumes the identity of a cursing, gun-wielding alter ego who murders a woman and dismisses the figure of Prince as "that skinny motherfucker with the high voice. Rumors and hearsay abound as to why the release was derailed; Prince became convinced that the album was evil or represented an ominous portent, or according to Per Nilsen, respected author of several books on Prince, Prince decided to scrap the album after an experiment with the drug MDMA (Ecstasy) that resulted in a bad trip. (must have been bad contaminated Ecstasy) Whatever..

01 - Le Grind (6:48)
02 - Cindy C (6:16)
03 - Dead On It (4:33)
04 - When 2 R In Love (3:55)

05 - Bob George (5:37)
06 - Superfunkycalifragisexy (5:57)
07 - 2 Nigs United 4 West Compton (7:01)
08 - Rock Hard In A Funky Place (4:17)

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Prince - I Wish U, The Scandalous Sex Suite ( 88/89 ^ 247mb)

01 - Scarlet Pussy (6:09)
02 - I Wish U Heaven (Part 1, 2 & 3) (10:13)

The Scandalous! Sex Suite

03 - The Crime (6:24)
04 - The Passion (6:17)
05 - The Rapture (6:39)
06 - Sex (7:02)
07 - When 2 R In Love (4:02)

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Oct 14, 2008

Around The World (50)

Hello, Around the Worldmusics returns to the source with a twist because whats on today is two very different approaches/reflections of the dubreggae input of the sixties and seventies. Adrian Sherwood build a well acclaimed label on his productionwork, though it took the internet to really bring it home as before, in the eighties, the On U sound was considered marginal..alas..Still they kept going and their independance..What we have here is a mix album of sorts the grand old masterproducer did giving an overview of 25 years of ON U.....Technokillers Basic Channel never were that far away from dub when slowing down their strict 4-to-the-floor beat into a hypnotising slowmotion their Rhythm and Sound 12"s and cd compilations attracted ever more attention from the reggae dubscene and meanwhile they've gained much respect therein. Listening to their beats almost has you high without the weed. On See Mi Jah they bring on some oldskool Studio One singers together with some Berlin based singers to vocalise the album....another superb result and give that bassknob a swing...

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Rhythm and Sound - See Mi Yah ( 05 Flac 315mb)

The awesome production talents of Mark Ernestus and Moritz von Oswald have already set the world ablaze once, twice, three, four times with the seminal work as Basic Channel and the splintering into microscopic, heavyweight offshoots by way of the M series (Maurizio on proud display), Main Street (Chicago rhythms floating into dub), Chain Reaction (reduced, spacious techno blueprints), Rhythm and Sound (largely instrumental dub coloured mountains of space) and, of course, Burial Mix (vocalists brought forth, reggae re-invented). It's hard to over-emphasise just how important this music has been on everything that has taken place in electronic music since.

Rhythm & Sound released a series of 10" records on Burial Mix and 12" records on Rhythm & Sound, both labels distributed by Hardwax. Von Oswald and Ernestus' Rhythm & Sound recordings are much more dub-influenced and less techno-orientated. The late-'90s Rhythm & Sound productions emphasized the dub-reggae aesthetic Thus, the Rhythm & Sound records, which often featured reggae vocalist Paul St. Hilaire(Tikiman), weren't quite as popular or well-known as the duo's Basic Channel recordings, which instead retained their popularity over the years, becoming quite legendary and oft-cited within the techno scene. Nonetheless, Von Oswald and Ernestus' Rhythm & Sound work prevailed into the early 2000s, being compiled onto listener-friendly CDs, Showcase (1998) and Rhythm & Sound (2001). The Versions (2003) See my Jah (2005) Powerful revisions of the dub sound, stripped down, full of space, dynamic range, and shimmering with analog wash and broken textures. The hallucinating, strict 4-to-the-floor beat of techno was sacrificed for a unique sound, hallucinations in slowmotion. It's the improbable connecting factor between the stern German electronic heritage of Karlheinz Stockhausen and Kraftwerk and the loose Caribbean culture . Dirty, deep and powerful , in short essential roots dub.

"See Mi Yah" is a classic one riddim album, using a riddim that is as much rooted in their technodub works as it is in their more dub-reggae oriented work. Opening this album is Studio One veteran Willie Williams who contributes the title track "See Mi Yah" what follows is an aural trip and a must have for any serious reggae, roots and dub listener.

01 - Rhythm & Sound feat.Willi Williams - See Mi Yah (3:56)
02 - Rhythm & Sound feat.Jah Cotton - Dem Never Know (3:56)
03 - Rhythm & Sound feat.Koki - Rise And Praise (3:48)
04 - Rhythm & Sound feat.Freddy Mellow - Truly (4:11)
05 - Rhythm & Sound feat.Rod Of Iron - Lightning Storm (5:50)
06 - Rhythm & Sound feat.Sugar Minott - Let Jah Love Come (5:12)
07 - Rhythm & Sound feat.Walda Gabriel - Boss Man (3:33)
08 - Rhythm & Sound feat.Bobbo Shanti - Poor People Must Work (3:29)
09 - Rhythm & Sound feat.Ras Donovan & Ras Perez - Let We Go (4:26)
10 - Rhythm & Sound feat.Paul St. Hilaire - Free For All (4:26)
11 - Rhythm & Sound - See Mi Version (4:00)

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VA - On-U Sound Crash, (Adrian Sherwood's Slash 'n Mix) (06 Flac 369mb)

On-U Sound Crash' is a mix compilation Adrian Sherwood iniytially did for Beat Records(Japan) .It featues re-sequenced back-catalogue tracks, overlaid with additional samples and other snippets from his On-U Sound and Hitrun archive. The tracks featured are often segued or parts of different original versions spliced together. To long term ONU Sound followers, it is doubtful this album will be indispensible or an essential purchase since it compiles old catalogue material -- and though it is presented as a remix album, a few "woooshes" swirling sounds and "pings" overdubbed here and there on original tracks does not really meet the definition of a remix release.

This album compiles old On-U Sound catalogue material presented as a megamix with minimal overdubs and shows what kind of an evolution a label can go through in 25 years. The mix takes you from ONU's post punk Slits period , with the PIL influenced Vivienne Goldmann/Viv Albertine "Private Armies" composition. Members of John Lydon's PIL and The Slits hammer out this track, which sounds like an outtake from the groundbreaking "Metal Box." Onto the highlights from Adrian Sherwood's influential On-U-Sound label feature loads of dub workouts from Gary Clail, Tackhead, New Age Steppers, Bim Sherman, Mark Stewart & The Mafia, Dub Syndicate, Dr. Pablo, African Headcharge and many others. Keeping in mind that this release holds a selection taken from the label's complete back catalogue, there is of course some clutter inserted but on the whole the material holds well the road. For diehard ONU Sound completists and relative newcomers who want a reliable overview and introduction to the strange pleasures and distortions of AMS's label.

01 - Dub Syndicate (Feat. Lee Perry) - Jungle Pt. 4 (2:21)
02 - New Age Steppers - Private Armies (Dub) (1:45)
03 - Gary Clail - 2 Thieves And A Liar (3:08)
04 - Mark Stewart & Maffia - Liberty City (1:29)
05 - Doctor Pablo & Dub Syndicate - Man Of Mystery (1:16)
06 - Dub Syndicate - Hey Ho (1:38)
07 - Dub Syndicate (Feat. Lee Perry)- Dubbing Psycho Thriller (2:05)
08 - African Head Charge - Hole In The Roof (2:09)
09 - Noah House Of Dread - Stand Firm (0:25)
10 - Dub Syndicate - Chemical Head (0:17)
11 - Tackhead - Mind At The End Of The Tether (1:29)
12 - Prince Far I, Creation Rebel & Bim Sherman - Frontline Version (Tribulation Dub) (2:13)
13 - Congo Ashanti Roy & Singers & Players - African Blood (2:37)
14 - Prince Far I / Singers & Players - Virgin (0:52)
15 - Creation Rebel - Beware (1:56)
16 - Creation Rebel - Creation In A Iration (0:17)
17 - Noah House Of Dread - Sellasie I (1:29)
18 - African Head Charge - Conspiring (1:59)
19 - Mark Stewart & Maffia - Jerusalem (1:34)
20 - Bim Sherman & Singers & Players - Revolution (1:42)
21 - New Age Steppers My Whole World (2:04)
22 - Mark Stewart & Maffia - Beneath The City Streets (0:52)
23 - Gary Clail & Barmy Army - Privatise The Air, Stadium Rock (2:10)
24 - Gary Clail & Andy Fairley - Half Cut For Confidence, Jack The Biscuit (2:11)
25 - Mark Stewart - These Things Happen (1:56)
26 - Congo Ashanti Roy & Singers & Players - Breaking Down The Pressure (2:37)
27 - Creation Rebel - African Space (1:51)
28 - Bim Sherman - Slummy Ghetto (2:12)
29 - Creation Rebel - The Dope (1:31)
30 - African Head Charge - In The Air (2:02)
31 - African Head Charge - Dinosaur's Lament (3:47)

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Oct 13, 2008

Canadia (09)

Hello, the new captain on the Canadia talks about the prospects for earth

and now.. 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 9:

The Captain takes drastic action when his relationship with the computer goes too far. Faverau gets a promotion.
Anderson and Lewis try to modify the robot. The captain uncovers the real reason the Americans declared war on the Ipampilashians. As they approach the end of the mission, the relationships between the crewmembers intensify.

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Canadia 2056 - 09 (20mb)

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Oct 12, 2008

Sundaze (50)

Hello Sundazers, as the final Rhotation unwinds some of the best parts, that had been kept, show. This Autechre special had been waiting in the wings for some time. There's 260 min for those that never got around to something they should have..listen to Autechre, choice in versions, in short no reason to forgo here. Admittedly it''s not regular Sundaze..some intense music there...


Brown and Booth formed the group in 1987 when they both lived in Rochdale. They began their career making and trading mixtapes between each other, and gradually moved on to their own compositions while collecting a handful of cheap equipment, most notably a Casio SK-1 sampler and a Roland TR-606 drum machine. Since then they have employed a wide variety of electronic instruments to create an evolving style.

Booth and Brown pronounce the name Autechre with a Rochdale accent ( "awe-teh-ker"). However, they have explained that the name can be pronounced in any way one sees fit. Booth explains: "The first two letters were intentional, because there was an 'au' sound in the track, and the rest of the letters were bashed randomly on the keyboard. We had this track title for ages, and we had written it on a cassette, with some graphics. It looked good, and we began using it as our name." They are also commonly referred to by the abbreviation "Ae".

Autechre have also recorded under various pseudonyms. One of the duo's earliest recordings was a 12" under the alias "Lego Feet", released in 1991 on Skam Records. The majority of Gescom releases, most of them on Skam, have been attributed to Booth and Brown, among other artists. Autechre helped initiate the All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in 2000, and were responsible for curating the 2003 festival.

Many describe Autechre's music as cold and austere, whereas others perceive a warmth and sentimentality that touches even the most cerebral pieces. Much of Autechre's music has a strong focus on complex rhythm, driving percussion, and meticulous sequencing. Often unusual rhythmic loops repeat and change incrementally, with the music constantly in transition. Sometimes patterns are set against one another, implying several time signatures at once. .Autechre's music creates a sonic environment that massages and stimulates our cortex directly In that sense, Autechrian communication takes place on two levels: sounds collide in a non- linear and anticyclical way within the piece (the first level), always maintaining a high amount of activity. This in part is transferred simultaneously to the listeners

Reactions to their music have varied. Many of their tracks contain complex or chaotic rhythms and close harmonies which some hear as random and noisy. Fans of their recent work tend to find the value of their music to lie in its unique fusion of rhythmic and melodic elements, percussive noises being tweaked to sound like they have pitches, and clustered, often enharmonic synthesizer patches implying numerous melodic lines and chord structures simultaneously. A recurring element in Autechre's work is the use of extremely short snippets of sound to create a fragmented, grainy effect.

Earlier this year they've released their ninth album Quaristice where Sean Booth and Rob Brown have definitely managed to harness the power of the neuron.

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Autechre - Incunabula (93, 78min ^ 471mb)

Incunabula, released by Warp Records in 1993, is the debut album by the electronic music group Autechre, and the seventh album in the Artificial Intelligence series. The album's title isformed of two Latin words meaning literally "in the cradle" or "in swaddling clothes". , the plural of incunabulum, the term used for printed books published prior to 1501, or more generally for something in its infancy or early stages or development.

Although Autechre's debut release doesn't totally display the full experimentation which would dominate their future albums and singles, it is still striking nonetheless. Lumped in with the "intelligent dance music" semi-genre popular at the time, Autechre doesn't hit the same levels as Orbital or labelmate Aphex Twin, but Incunabula still stands out as being both good dancefloor material and equally pleasant listening, and not simply new-age hash with a backbeat. "Kalpol Introl" sets the overall mood for the rest of the record, with a sharp blend of minimal but effective beats and bass combined with a variety of keyboard textures and understated melodies. From there Incunabula follows the same general tone; tracks often experiment with ghostly keyboard backing and mostly clinical beats combined with odd, individual touches.

01 - Kalpol Introl (3:18)
02 - Bike (7:57)
03 - Autriche (6:56)
04 - Bronchus 2 (3:33)
05 - Basscadet (5:23)
06 - Eggshell (9:01)
07 - Doctrine (7:48)
08 - Maetl (6:32)
09 - Windwind (11:15)
10 - Lowride (7:15)
11 - 444 (8:55)

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Autechre - Amber (94, 74min ^ 395mb)

Amber is fossil tree resin, which is appreciated for its slightly orangish yellow color and beauty. In small but noticeable ways on this, their sophomore release, Autechre begin to break from the clean, if at times obvious, artistic techno from their debut record, and reach instead toward something far more distinct. Sean Booth and Rob Brown weren't quite there yet, but their self-production is even more accomplished than before, and their instincts to steer away from overly polite electronic dance music come ever more to the fore at various points throughout Amber. Things are clearly starting to gel a little more here than on previous releases; the great leap forward becomes all the more logical in retrospect.
The sleeve is designed by Sheffield based design agency The Designers Republic. The cover photograph depicts mountain formations from Cappadocia in Turkey.

01 - Foil (6:04)
02 - Montreal (7:15)
03 - Silverside (5:31)
04 - Slip (6:21)
05 - Glitch (6:15)
06 - Piezo (8:00)
07 - Nine (3:40)
08 - Further (10:07)
09 - Yulquen (6:37)
10 - Nil (7:48)
11 - Teartear (6:45)

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Autechre - Tri Repetae (95, 72 min ^ 425mb)

Starting with the snarling, slow machine-funk of "Dael," Tri Repetae fully confirms Autechre's evolution into electronic noise kings. If not as immediately experimental as the fractured work by the likes of Merzbow, Tri Repetae expertly harnesses the need for a beat to perfectly balance out the resolutely fierce, crunching samples and busy arrangements, turning from being inspired by Aphex Twin to being equally inspiring in itself. "Rotar" does a particularly fine job on this front, with high-pitched sounds against low, distorted bass blasts -- and this only forms part of the percussion arrangement. The basic combination of soft melody and harsh beats are here as well, coming fully to the fore and resulting in such fine songs as the synth-string/organ wheeze laden "Leterel" and the quirky, sweet "Gnit." Nearly every track has a particular edge or element to it, making it eminently listenable and distinct. Tri Repetae stands as a varied, accomplished album, clear evidence of Autechre's unique genius around sound.

Autechre - Tri Repetae ( ^ 424mb)

01 - Dael (6:39)
02 - Clipper (8:34)
03 - Leterel (7:08)
04 - Rotar (8:04)
05 - Stud (9:40)
06 - Eutow (4:15)
07 - C/Pach (4:39)
08 - Gnit (5:49)
09 - Overand (7:33)
10 - Rsdio (10:08)

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The Anvil Vapre EP starts out with the absolute classic song of "Second Bad Viibel." Not only did the track feature a video by Chris Cunningham but it's nearly impossible to listen to the clunking, fuzzed-out epic without images of demented robots coming to mind. The EP also contains the amazing "Second Peng," which might be one of the creepier ambient/IDM tracks you'lll ever hear.

 Autreche - Anvil Vapre (flac   215mb)

1 - Second Bad Vilbel (9:45)
2 - Second Scepe (7:44)
3 - Second Scout (7:21)
4 - Second Peng (10:53)

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