re: downcast euphoria

Wire: Your music seems to be about the after effects of Rave, about never actually experiencing it.

Burial: I’ve never been to a festival. Never been to a rave in a field. Never been to a big warehouse, never been to an illegal party, just clubs and playing tunes indoors or whatever. I heard about it, dreamed about it. My brother might bring back these records that seemed really adult to me and I couldn’t believe I had ‘em. It was like when you first saw Terminator or Alien when you’re only little. I’d get a rush from it, I was hearing this other world, and my brother would drop by late and I’d fall asleep listening to tunes he put on.

Wire: I suppose your contact with Rave through your brother is what makes your records so mournful: you know what is missing now, whereas others might not even know what they are missing.

Also, some interesting tidbits about his sound sampling, of matches, lighters, video games sounds (ammo dropping, level ups) et al.

R.I.P Mark Fisher. From an old interview with Burial published back in 2007 in The Wire.

Recent releases by Keysound Recordings

Via Blackdown (here)

Also check out the two lost classics Skream tracks below on an upcoming new 12 ” (for the first time) on Keysound Recordings.


Also Martin features a great interview with Benga, Skream and Artwork in December 2009 wherein I discovered that Skream, Benga and Artwork all have a “supergroup”(?) called Magnetic Man (Myspace here) which is is a “live electronic music project. They perform using three Apple Macbook Pro computers, one playing drum samples and loops, one playing basslines and the third playing lead sounds and samples.” Via Wikipedia (here)

Via Blackdown (here)

Music 2009 List

An assortment of things I have been listening to over the last year, that I really enjoyed.

Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavillion.

For example this track; (Bluish)

Assorted London urban bass and dread such as The Bug, Kode 9 and Space Ape as well as the Purple Wow sounds coming out of Bristol. All, featured on probably my best musical purchase in a long while the 5: Five Years of Hyperdub compilation.

For example these tracks;

(Jah War ft Flowdan) from The Bug’s London Zoo, (Sine) from Kode9 & The Spaceape’s Memories of the Future, (Need You) by Darkstar and finally (You Don’t Know What Love Is) by 2000f & J Kamata.

Purple Wow and other sounds previously mentioned and collected (here) by me.

Old School classics like Goodie Mob’s 1995 Soul Food.

For Example this track; (Sesame Street)

And Only Built 4 Cuban Linx PT II, Raekwon The Chef’s newest masterpiece. A few years late but never selling us short.

For Example this track; (Ason Jones)

5: Five Years of Hyperdub and assorted things

Via this Dusted Magazine review of 5: Five Years of Hyperdub the recent compilation released by Hyperdub I was alerted to the fact that Kode9 (Hyperdub label founder) is also a Lecturer in Music Culture at University of East London. In this capacity he (Steve Goodman) is releasing a book entitled Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear (see MIT Press here) which will  “explore these uses of acoustic force and how they affect populations”.

Sounds like a book to buy.

Related is this profile of Kode9 by Dan Hancox in the Guardian (here)

Particularly like this quote from the article

The new Hyperdub sound is all about synthesisers: sci-fi melodies as the host for this restlessly progressive London dance aesthetic. “It’s like hearing circuitry crying,” Goodman has said of this recent output

Additionally, I was alerted to this video of Linton Kwesi Johnson (aka LKJ, born 24 August 1952, Chapelton, Jamaica) who is a British-based dub poet, reciting his poem “Five Nights of Bleeding” lyrics for which can be read here.