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September 29, 2006

Friday grab bag

This Jazztronik track kind of struck me as "experimental acid jazz", which doesn't totally make sense, but I guess that's why I liked it. From the 2005 release Samurai.

Jazztronik - Muddy Muddy

This song by The Squire of Somerton starts off sounding like something I would hate. By the end, it has become exactly the kind of thing I like. Word!

The Squire of Somerton - The Band

Here's a pretty swank track from Warp Records artist Clark, on the 2006 EP release Throttle Furniture. Mixing dance with a healthy (and thankfully minor) dose of glitch, this EP definitely had my head bopping.

Clark - Herr Bar

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week.

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September 28, 2006

Mekon

Some grungy, sexy, hard-charging techno today from Psychic TV alum Mekon, on his 2006 release Something Came Up.

Mekon - Boy Bitten (feat. Rita Brown)
Mekon - Something Came Up

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Le Hammond Inferno vs Ragazzi - Physical Workout
Boom Boom Satellites - Limbo
Billie Holiday - Solitude

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September 25, 2006

FortDax

FortDax is the first act I've heard since The Books that manages to so beautifully invoke the legacy of The Art of Noise. Too bad he's not planning on releasing any more tunes - but you may as well check out this wonderful ambient release from 2006 entitled Divers.

FortDax - Porzess Wolven
FortDax - C Conceit Knot Point Hanging...
FortDax - F.M.

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September 22, 2006

Matthew Herbert

Some cheesy neodisco goodness today from Matthew Herbert, on his 2006 !K7 release, Scale. I had no idea this formula was going to be so appealing to me, but I guess funky diva vocals and zippy string arrangements set to a tight beat still kinda works.

Herbert - Moving Like A Rain
Herbert - The Movers And The Shakers
Herbert - Birds Of A Feather

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week.

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September 20, 2006

"Nishi 100"

The excellent netlabel Nishi recently celebrated its 100th release with a big compilation featuring a wide range of artists and styles. The comp, like the label, delves deep into weirdo experimental ambient (not so much my thing), but just as often delivers really engaging IDM and techno. So grab the whole comp (it's free!) and prepare for some sifting. (The last track here really takes its time building, by the way, so be patient.)

Elektro Punc - Punc's Not Dead
K.D. Expression - Jaded
Kabana - Harvest

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Mike Ladd - Black Orientalist
Mrs. Miller - Queen Of The House
Busdriver - Lefty's Lament

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September 18, 2006

Something For Rockets

Quirky, slightly goofy indie pop today from the band Something For Rockets, on their 2005 self-titled release. This was another Pandora find; it's definitely something I would not particularly have sought out on my own, and I'm still not sure what I think about the album overall, but these tracks are enjoyable, and presented under the YMMV clause.

Something For Rockets - Might As Well
Something For Rockets - Tragic City

Recently on Comfort Radio:
They Might Be Giants - Thunderbird
Fantastic Plastic Machine - Pura Suadade
Fugees - Score

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September 15, 2006

Metro Area

Stumbled across this yummy disco-oriented techno from Metro Area recently. Apparently Kelley Polar does the strings on this album, and you can tell; but what drew me to the first track in particular were the silly, shimmery vocals. From their 2002 self-titled album.

Metro Area - Miura
Metro Area - Caught Up

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week.

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September 13, 2006

Fat Jon & Styrofoam

Electropop and hip hop - together again at last! I don't know who this Fat Jon chap is, but he and Arne van Petegem (Styrofoam) hung out for "just a few weeks" and put together a beautiful little slice of unexpected goodness. Allow me to officially encourage more of this stuff! It shouldn't surprise me any more when Morr Music delivers something that hits the spot so well for me. (In fact, if you're wondering, no, I do not collect a paycheck from them for pimping their records so often.) From the forthcoming release The Same Channel.

Fat Jon & Styrofoam - Acid Rain Robot Repair
Fat Jon & Styrofoam - Runnin' Circles

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Keiichi Suzuki - Satellite Serenade (Trans Asian Express Mix)
Boards of Canada - Nlogax
Torch Song - Slip Away

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September 11, 2006

Royce

On the 2006 album Tuff Love, Chicago band Royce puts together a weird fusion of "psychedelic jam band" and "downtempo hip hop". When it works, it really perks your ears up.

Royce - Vladimir
Royce - Milwaukee
Royce - City Heat

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Flunk - Blue Monday
Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay
Luke Vibert - Throbbing Snatch

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September 08, 2006

SinQ

On the 2006 album Passage, Monotonik artist SinQ delivers some delicious old school ambient. It's been a while since I checked in with the netlabel scene; nice to see a gem like this floating past.

SinQ - Who's Afraid Of Noises?
SinQ - Be Brave
SinQ - Are You There?

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week.

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September 06, 2006

Easy Star All-Stars

Together again at last: the songs of Radiohead, the sounds of reggae and dub. I can't say there was a glaring need for this album, but so what? It works. I missed out on the similar Dark Side of the Moon cover album, but on Radiodread, the Easy Star All-Stars (Easy Star Records being the culprits behind this release) take the imminently cheerful tunes from OK Computer and give them a reverb-soaked workout.

Easy Star All-Stars - Airbag (feat. Horace Andy)
Easy Star All-Stars - Paranoid Android (feat. Kirsty Rock)
Easy Star All-Stars - Climbing Up The Walls (feat. Tamar-kali)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Princess Superstar - Welcome To My World
Death From Above 1979 - Black History Month (Josh Homme Remix)
Garmarna - Euchari (Eucharius)

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September 04, 2006

Barbara Morgenstern

Delicious German electropop today from Barbara Morgenstern. Her new album is called The Grass Is Always Greener, and it feels a little bit more sprightly than the last record of hers I picked up, Nichts Muss, which became a moody staple in my house for a while. The new tunes are a bit more optimistic in tone, and still as lush and complex. After this, I'm sufficiently motivated to dig into her whole back catalog.

Barbara Morgenstern - The Operator
Barbara Morgenstern - Ein Paar Sekunden

Recently on Comfort Radio:
The Polyphonic Spree - Light And Day/Reach For The Sun (The Bees Remix)
Herbie Hancock - Bring Down The Birds
mic in track - Hey There Sweetie (take two)

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September 01, 2006

Fun-Da-Mental

According to the interwebs, the new Fun-Da-Mental album, All Is War, is "the year's most controversial album," with lyrics both brazen and nuanced - and apparently upsetting enough to warrant cries of "this guy's a terrorist!" from non-fans in the UK. (The album cover shows the Statue of Liberty hooded and wired up all Abu Ghraib style, if that gives you a sense of where they're headed here.) I can't comment on any of that, since my understanding of global politics is limited to a vague sense that people who live outside of America have these strange things called "different opinions". What I can say is that the beats on this disc are slamming, and the overall tone is aggressive and engaging.

Fun-Da-Mental - Electro G-Had (Punjab Style)
Fun-Da-Mental - 786 All Is War
Fun-Da-Mental - Ya La Li (The Leopard)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
cansei de ser sexy - fuckoff is not the only thing you have to show
Neulander - Blue Bird Party
tortoise - salt the skies

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