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  1. So here we go, I'll start with a rather unusual one in that this album is not new and a disc that's been on my shelf for a dozen years unplayed only to be rediscovered this afternoon when a trawl through the thousands of CD's and LP's for something different caught this wee snapper in the net, purely at random. I’d completely forgotten what it was like except a vague recollection that I didn’t dislike it. Full Fathom Five + Topology. ‘Future Tense’. Verve Records Now I know that comparing artistic works may be judged as insulting to the artist as all would say their work is original and should be judged on its own merit but due to my not being any kind of writer’s derriere-piece I find it necessary to put across my view, so apologies in advance. FFF is (were) a Brisbane band that, in 2004 became +T for the purpose of this one-off collaboration, ‘Future Tense’. Goodness knows why I bought it at the time (from Trax) probably on a whim which I always have done over my album buying lifespan, and reckon I played it once or twice, was underwhelmed, put it on the shelf, and forgot about it. Shame really, upon resuscitation I’ve found it to be something of a gem. Cinematic Orchestra and Hidden Orchestra are nothing new to SNA readers, they are the polished diamonds of the Jazz / orchestral / dance / electronic scene. (Anyone got a better genre description for them?) FFF+T have quite a bit of those two guided lilies in Future Tense but the polishing was never really finished, a rather more raw, harder edged feel to the music is evident, less processed perhaps. This maybe a good thing, not necessarily always, just occasionally hinting at amateurism though never less than interesting with no outstanding duff tracks. Not sure whether this combo should be classified as an orchestral group with tech / electronic influence or vice versa. They mostly have the balance pretty even with a tilt toward Fourtet, Aphex Twin. The confusion may put-off both camps but being a fan of both it’s double the appeal for me. A couple of tracks veer on the edge of the dreaded Avant-Garde or experimentalist e.g. ‘5 Minutes From Machine’ but thankfully never push the boundary to breaking point. Stand-out tracks for me are the trip-hoppy ‘FFS-1 (5 Notes)’ ‘Stress Positions’ and ‘Out In Out’ (4 minute intro, 4 minutes of tune) with a nod to the delightful closer ‘Spiral Coda’. The sound quality of the CD is excellent. Clear instrumentation, dynamic and strident with a well spread soundstage and swooping speaker swapping electronic sounds to keep the train recording enthusiasts happy. I’ll give this one 8.5 out of 10
  2. Rarely a topic starter I'm not sure that this one will be welcome or not, or indeed if it's been done before and died a death. It was prompted by my following of the various "........ spinning" threads and often thinking 'OK so you’re listening to this or that album but WHAT'S IT LIKE!' 'what is it you enjoy (or not) about the recording'. Being left to wonder what the poster's opinion of the music is can be quite frustrating if it's something you've never heard before or an artist you've never heard of. Hopefully there are others amongst our brotherhood that are similarly inclined and are prepared to give a go at review. Don’t be reluctant or bashful, whether a full-on ‘War and Peace’ piece or a brief summary, all commentary is welcome.
  3. (1st sentence ) When Michael Clarke start his commentary it’s time to put on something that is worth listening to. I so very much identified with this, - much of the sport I watch on TV is accompanied with music rather than the mind numbing commentary. Never something deep and meaningful that requires full attention though.
  4. Also, Mathias Eick who was the main man in Jaga is now solo and his Skala album is superb sounding. 'Tis on ECM though.
  5. Jaga Jazzist; - a fantastic band, great music but not great recording. I have 'What We Must' and 'One Armed Bandit' on CD and 'Starfire' on vinyl but either way the music sounds compressed, crowded and bleached. Damn shame.
  6. You should send this to the band Foobar, they are quite possibly blissfully unaware. They also may not give a shyte but just maybe. They must have a website, facebook etc. means of communication.
  7. Here's one CD from a large batch that I got from Dada Records in Perth, 'Lope and Antilope' by Get the Blessing, and probably the best of them. Now I know some on here won't accept any band that use electronics are true Jazz artists so you purists may need to string a garlic band around your necks and load the silver bullets 'cos I reckon this is an awesome jazz recording. I've been into a more modern - 21st century style of jazz and love artists such as Bugge Wesseltoft (especially his collaborations with Laurent Garnier, Henrik Schwarz etc.) Nils Petter Molvaer and others that since the mid-nineties have teased the limits of jazz with electronics and samplers without losing the soul of the genre. With this recording the non instrument and electronic sounds used are very much in keeping with the Jazz ethic (IMO) and being new to the band (though they've been around for some time) I will explore their music further.
  8. So...... Lifted (plagiarised?) this post from my topic https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/284367-buying-albums-best-sites-to-use/ just because I've gone from seeking and buying to actually listening Dada's have been good to their word and got back to me on Tuesday, below is their considerable efforts to find my selection and good on 'em. Arve Henriksen – Chiaroscuro Rune Grammofon label is no longer available through local channels, would be $45 (ouch!) out of Europe/Norway Sly And Robbie meets Nils Petter- Molvaer with Eivind Aarset and Vladislav Delay – Nordub available to order $31 Trio Elf – 746 Stocked this years back but looks like it is now out of print Mammal Hands – Floa out of stock confirming price with supplier but was $30-32 from memory Mammal Hands - Shadow Work in stock $35 The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble. – Here be Dragons stocked this years ago but now looks like it is out of print Collocutor-The Search. Was vinyl only and deleted. Would still be available digitally on the On The Corner bandcamp https://collocutor.bandcamp.com/album/the-search (and looks like they are possibly going to do a repress of the vinyl) Bristopia. – Get the Blessing available to order confirming price but probably around $32 Sarathy Korwar Upaj Collective, - My East is Your West. in stock $21 Nubiyan Twist – Jungle Run currently on order, waiting on stock listed at $2 Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas available to order $22 Food - Mercurial Balm available out of Europe for $26 Richard H Kirk ‎– Dasein. out of stock but still listed $26 Get the Blessing - Lope and Antilope in stock $30 Mark De Clive-Lowe Heritage Mark De Clive-Lowe Heritage II The local Australian distributor is only running the vinyl of these two new Mark De Clive-Lowe titles, CDs listed in the states at around $35-36 but might be able to get them cheaper, will advise Bought this morning and spent the arvo listening;- Get the Blessing - Lope and Antilope This is a fantastic album, bears comparison to a tougher edged Cinematic Orchestra occasionally, flavours of EST maybe, hard to pin down as they are their own beast. So good I played it twice. Sarathy Korwar Upaj Collective, - My East is Your West. Then this! wow, what a trip. I love Indian / electronic crossover e.g. Nitin Sawney, Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh etc. and crossover world in general but Indian jazz of this style and quality is something else altogether. Mind-blowing good. Also ordered the vinyl of Mark De Clive-Lowe Heritage Looking forward to that arrival. Will probably drip-feed myself with most of the others over the coming months starting with Bugge & Prins. Many thanks to Chris at Dada, looks like my on-line ordering of music will have to wait awhile yet.
  9. Bought this morning and spent the arvo listening;- Get the Blessing - Lope and Antilope This is a fantastic album, bears comparison to a tougher edged Cinimatic Orchestra occasionally, flavours of EST maybe, hard to pin down as they are their own beast. So good I played it twice. Sarathy Korwar Upaj Collective, - My East is Your West. Then this! wow, what a trip. I love Indian / electronic crossover e.g. Nitin Sawney, Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh etc. and crossover world in general but Indian jazz of this style and quality is something else altogether. Mind-blowing good. Also ordered the vinyl of Mark De Clive-Lowe Heritage Looking forward to that arrival. Will probably drip-feed myself with most of the others over the coming months. Many thanks to Chris at Dada, looks like my on-line ordering of music will have to wait awhile yet.
  10. Thanks MrB, - could be an expensive few days coming up. Dada's too are still giving it their best. Update confirmed a few prices MAMMAL HANDS FLOA $33 GET THE BLESSING BRISTOPIA $34 and no joy on a cheaper source for the Mark de Clive-Lowe's CDs around the $35-36 mark, vinyl would be $32 for "Heritage I" and $35 for "Heritage II" Cheers Chris Dada Might just go for the Vinyl on MdC-L, been You-tubing him and really like his style.
  11. So...... Dada's have been good to their word and got back to me on Tuesday, below is their considerable efforts to fill my order and good on 'em. Arve Henriksen – Chiaroscuro Rune Grammofon label is no longer available through local channels, would be $45 (ouch!) out of Europe/Norway Sly And Robbie meets Nils Petter- Molvaer with Eivind Aarset and Vladislav Delay – Nordub available to order $31 Trio Elf – 746 Stocked this years back but looks like it is now out of print Mammal Hands – Floa out of stock confirming price with supplier but was $30-32 from memory Mammal Hands - Shadow Work in stock $35 The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble. – Here be Dragons stocked this years ago but now looks like it is out of print Collocutor-The Search. Was vinyl only and deleted. Would still be available digitally on the On The Corner bandcamp https://collocutor.bandcamp.com/album/the-search (and looks like they are possibly going to do a repress of the vinyl) Bristopia. – Get the Blessing available to order confirming price but probably around $32 Sarathy Korwar Upaj Collective, - My East is Your West. in stock $21 Nubiyan Twist – Jungle Run currently on order, waiting on stock listed at $25 Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas available to order $22 Food - Mercurial Balm available out of Europe for $26 Richard H Kirk ‎– Dasein. out of stock but still listed $26 Get the Blessing - Lope and Antilope in stock $30 Mark De Clive-Lowe Heritage Mark De Clive-Lowe Heritage II The local Australian distributor is only running the vinyl of these two new Mark De Clive-Lowe titles, CDs listed in the states at around $35-36 but might be able to get them cheaper, will advise So not the cheapest when compared to the on-line, for instance the Britopia is quoted at 13Pounds on Juno 10Pounds in Ian's link, so around $20 -25 but then add postage probably not far off, and maybe GST too?? I reckon I'll buy Dada's stock items and order in a couple of others with them. I do like the idea of supporting the local stores and still find buying through the 'net a pain. Definitely got a better handle on now though, may give it a go in future.
  12. many thanks Ian McP, Mr Buzz- Martin and Cliff. Havn't heard back from Dada's yet but will have a go at those links, may make a few purchases on line yet. I'll report back here if I have success anywhere.
  13. I find it weird with Amazon, and discogs too that they divert you to a list of different sellers in many countries that offer many different prices often crazy expensive then later add shipping. Seems a complicated way of doing things. Are there no (preferably Aussie) sites that have a central stores to order from? or that too hard these days. I did have a (dur moment) brainwave, and am sending the list to Dada records to get me quotes on the titles. Will be interesting to see how many he can locate and the kind of money he wants. May work out easier for a lazy luddite like me.
  14. I've always been a physical medium user for music, not really interested in downloaded albums, call me old fashioned and I'll agree, but not for me. Trouble is the CD / record stores just don't have what I want. I can spend hours thumbing through racks (especially at Dada's records, amazing selection) but rarely do I find exactly what I want. So buying online is increasingly attractive even though I'd rather spend my money I a b&m store. Advice please, for someone wanting to buy music as per the list below, all discovered after following links on here, RTR FM radio station or music mag reviews, what is the best site to get hold of these less than familiar titles and what are the difficulties / downsides of doing so for a cherry retaining music purchaser such as myself. Arve Henriksen – Chiaroscuro Sly And Robbie meets Nils Petter- Molvaer with Eivind Aarset and Vladislav Delay – Nordub Trio Elf – 746 Mammal Hands - Floa Mammal Hands - Shadow Work The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble. – Here be Dragons Collocutor-The Search Bristopia - Get The Blessing Upaj Collective - My East Is Your West Nubiyan Twist – Jungle Run Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas Food - Mercurial Balm Richard H Kirk ‎– Dasein. Get the Blessing - Lope and Antilope Mark De Clive-Lowe - Heritage Mark De Clive-Lowe - Heritage II
  15. During the wee small hours of no sleep due to the onset of an over-indulgence induced headache, this is one of a few albums that get played. Quiet indeed, peaceful and soothing, with just the right ambience to allow sleep if possible or entertain adequately if not.
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