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The National - CD
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I'm going too keep simple-This album is effing amazing!! Wow i feel bad i missed this,without a doubt one of the best albums ive heard in years!! Ive not stopped playing this today,it's pure brilliance,ahh just cant stress how good it is!! Bloodbuzz Ohio is such a powerful track it had me choked! Wow.Even if you don't consider yourself an upwardly mobile stiff with minor social anxiety, the National make it sound grand, confusing, and relatable.Just BUY IT!!
Inception: Triple Play
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Watched this yesterday and was blown away!! Has to be the best film ive seen this year.Nolan has done a fantastic job,i was totally sucked in while watching and just wanted more and more!! Dreams within dreams?? yeah i know but lets go deeper!! thats all i'm saying,the effects were amazing and acting was superb from all cast members .Also the music was amazing and i'll be buying the soundtrack aswell!!....I cant recommend this enough.
Walls - CD
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Just a stunning album!! loved every minute of this,another classic on the Kompakt label,SUPERB BUY IT NOW you wont be disappointed.
Groove Armada - CD
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Consider Groove Armada electro-pop's last stand. The duo is so far removed from the genre's heyday it's impressive that they've remained more or less intacT/and more impressive that stadiums are still bowing to their squelchy, screechy synth exposition. Black Light is their sixth studio release, and unlike the gluey, glazy bedroom recordings that define the current electronic landscape, it takes pride in polishing its songs to a mirror shine.
Take the single "Paper Romance," a five-minute synthesizer kaleidoscope in which, amid an utterly exhilarating guitar scuttle, SaintSaviour delivers the fearless lyric, "I don't wanna take a chance on your paper romance anyway." The song feels unmistakably crafted, sewn together in a studio and designed from the ground up to deliver the most stimulating listening experience possible. Definitely a far cry from, say, Neon Indian.
Black Light sounds like it was buzzed in from of the early 2000s, completely and happily uninfluenced by the preceding years of dance music development. It ends up being an acutely traditional Groove Armada album: The token slow jam ("Shameless") and the droning, delirious lover's romp ("I Won't Kneel") are all here, crushed with those familiar slabs of grimy, effusive, and occasionally lovelorn electro. No, it doesn't push the genre forward; in fact, it probably pushes it back, but Black Light impeccably delivers on everything you could possibly want from the 14-year-old band.
InCarCables Premium 24K Gold Plated HDMI Cable / 1.5 Metre
What a great cable!! Very well made,and the picture it produces on my xbox is PERFECT!! So if your looking for an HDMI cable,this is the one you should get.
Massive Attack - CD
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This is MA at there best,after the not so good 100th window,although it did grow on me in the end,Heligoland is genius!! Martina Topley-Bird and Guy garvey to name but a few,just make this album even more enjoyable.I found myself lost in this album in my own world!! Id say it's a cross between Blue lines & Mezzanine,which cant be a bad thing hey? Highly recommend you buy this!!
Esem - CD
Serial Human is Bulgarian George Marinov's second album, this time released by Merck Records. Those expecting a natural progression from his Enveloped album on DeFocus are in for a shock. With only a few exceptions, Serial Human explores altogether darker terrain than Enveloped. Glittering washes and percussion are replaced by jagged, metallic synths that reverberate and resonate with menace.
Like its predecessor, Serial Human has an extremely strong opening that sums up in one track everything that is to follow. In this case it is the robotic "Tjiccli," a far more dance floor friendly track than Esem has put out before. "Tjiccli" is full of nervous energy, neon synths and a dark but instantly memorable melodic backbone that builds to a powerful, searing climax making this one of the most essential Esem tracks ever.
Serial Human contrasts with its predecessor notably, however, in its structure and coherence. This album has a much more obvious narrative structure and theme than Enveloped and thus, despite the chasms that separate the musical styles on offer here the album flows wonderfully. Following on from the first track are the luxurious, pulsing loops of "Cee" and the glittering, space-travel soundtrack "Bleece," both of which feature the more familiar, trademark warmth, complexity and emotional character of Esem's earlier work. These two full-bodied tracks blend together seamlessly. Then comes the shock. Almost a soon as the album has begun, "Swift Urban Departure From What Was Once An Innocent Soul" heralds a dark interlude - a complete shift in tone of the music, to one entirely in keeping with the title. The sound of a tram arriving and departing from a station is swiftly followed by chilly, echoing drips of harsh, metallic percussion which is followed immediately by "Sofiatram As I Hear It" that features three minutes of what is presumably the distorted sound of the Sofia tram rumbling by. Then it's back into Serial Human proper and a darker mood emerges, driven forward by another dance floor friendly track, "Square Lamp" with thumping, driving bass and Esem's usual gift for the considered and dramatic build-up. "Outburst Nue" is drenched in cavernous atmospheres with strikingly deep reverb that flows into "Kyves Ivrload," a genuinely creepy number that slowly distorts beyond all recognition.
Serial Human closes with the unpredictable "Tawn," which returns very much to the sound of the opening track. Beginning simply, it quickly adds layer upon layer of bleeps, stabs, spikes and clatters before slowly deconstructing itself into smoky, swirling ambience. Whereas Enveloped was a drifting, atmospheric, all encompassing and panoramically a beautiful experience, Serial Human is dramatic, severe, tense, relentless and hugely compelling. Esem's ability to stamp his mark indelibly on two such diversely themed albums is a testament to his talent and Serial Human is yet another essential Esem purchase.
Little King's Story
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There's an ambiguous aspect to kings that makes them more fascinating than politicians or peasants: it's the combination of responsibility next to the possibilities for indulgence. Little King's Story's diminutive aesthetic and title are misleading (this is a Huge King's Story) but lead to an equally fascinating trade-off, a game that begins gently before revealing its expansive scope, trenches of dark humour, and an irresistible joie de vivre.
You control a boy who's the new king of Alpolko, a minor region in the centre of the world, and has the ability to control his peasants. At first only two follow him, though this number will increase greatly, and your main interaction is throwing them at things. Throw a soldier at an enemy and he'll attack; throw a farmer at a hole and he'll dig; throw a miner at a rock and he'll hack it to pieces. It's not quite this simple, because every type of character will attempt to perform any task you throw them into (with varying degrees of success) - and changing your army around can only be performed in your kingdom, so it's rare to reach obstacles with the perfect team balance.
So while you need to be a considerable armchair general, you'll also need to roll up your sleeves and get on with the job in hand. After its initial challenges, Little King Story begins to twist the screws sharply, and only a canny and considered approach to its enemies and environments prevents your troops dropping like flies. Though there is levelling, and the (very) odd item to equip for a boost, the peasants are a delicate bunch and enemies are mostly brutes, so careful husbanding becomes the order of the day, especially against the superbly realised enemy kings and other bosses. And losing your followers never loses its sting.
The tone never loses coherence despite its range of registers, the overarching themes those of fairytales and discovery. This is complemented by the childish lunacy of the other kings (one challenges you because you're the king of the kingdom of 'Al-jerk-o', another is an alcoholic who just wants everyone to get drunk) and the general daftness of your villagers. More poignant is an undercurrent of responsibility, stupidity and tyranny, as you take charge of your citizens' fears (often literally hunting them down), sigh at their silly demands and prejudices, plan the next section of your conquest and dance with them when it works or hide in your castle if it fails. You couldn't call Little King Story deep, but its replacement of a linear narrative with a single objective that's accompanied by many discrete narratives besides is an achievement many games would do well to learn from.
Perhaps the game's greatest achievement, however, is a constant focus on you, the player, delicately changing the world as your kingdom expands. Every moment feels like it's been lavished with attention; Little King's Story is as rich as it is long, and it's a very lengthy game indeed. Its central mechanic is unique, its world unlike any other, and its completion a Herculean task. It's a game of rare quality, and exactly what the Wii deserves.
Bibio - CD
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Following the success of his debut album, fi, Wolverhampton, England's Stephen Wilkinson, aka Bibio, has assembled Hand Cranked, a fourteen track collection of idyllic found sound and lazy Sunday musical ramblings. The release maintains a stylistic bond with his debut, again focusing on his love for saturated guitars, warbling effects, and natural beauty, although this time with a slightly more whimsical feel. An increased confidence is also evident, both in the heightened virtuosity of Bibio's guitar playing and with his first appearance as a vocalist on the track, "Abberiw." With his first two albums, Bibio has established himself as an exciting new talent.Enjoy.
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Recommended to Mush by Marcus Eoin of Boards Of Canada, the debut release from central England's Stephen Wilkinson (aka Bibio) is a triumph of saturation, distortion, and musical obscurity. Comprised of seventeen ambient songs built on samples of his own work rather than the work of others, fi is rich in musical imagery. Using manipulated live instrumentation, field recordings, and a strong portion of effects, Bibio's musical influences - the Incredible String Band, Joao Gilberto, My Bloody Valentine, Tortoise, and the producers of Warp Records - seep into his compositions. Bibio's debut is a revelation in the emotional power of lo-fi ambient compositions and clearly establishes him as a producer who has developed his own unique voice.