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Låpsley review – beguiling R&B spells and powerhouse vocals

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Thu 31 Mar 2016 12:48 pm

Heaven, London
All too immaculate on record, the 19-year-old Liverpudlian electro auteur showed some welcome rough edges


Sometimes artists can arrive just too fully formed. That certainly seemed to be the case when 19-year-old Liverpudlian singer-songwriter and electro auteur Holly Lapsley Fletcher, AKA Låpsley, recently unveiled her buffed and scrupulously tasteful debut album, Long Way Home.

The record is an immaculate masterclass in the strain of blanched, spectral R&B that now appears to be de rigueur for all artily inclined electronic artists in the wake of the successes of James Blake and the xx. Purportedly a breakup album, it laments its maker’s loneliness and heartbreak while appearing not to have a musical or emotional hair out of place.

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Låpsley review – beguiling R&B spells and powerhouse vocals

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Thu 31 Mar 2016 12:48 pm

Heaven, London
All too immaculate on record, the 19-year-old Liverpudlian electro auteur showed some welcome rough edges


Sometimes artists can arrive just too fully formed. That certainly seemed to be the case when 19-year-old Liverpudlian singer-songwriter and electro auteur Holly Lapsley Fletcher, AKA Låpsley, recently unveiled her buffed and scrupulously tasteful debut album, Long Way Home.

The record is an immaculate masterclass in the strain of blanched, spectral R&B that now appears to be de rigueur for all artily inclined electronic artists in the wake of the successes of James Blake and the xx. Purportedly a breakup album, it laments its maker’s loneliness and heartbreak while appearing not to have a musical or emotional hair out of place.

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Hudson Mohawke review – ferocious, apocalyptic electro

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Fri 11 Dec 2015 1:43 pm

Roundhouse, London
With synths that screech like air brakes and crushing, abrasive beats, a night of Mohawke’s musical maximalism is both exhilarating and wearying

Hudson Mohawke has quite the double life going on. A go-to studio alchemist for US hip-hop and R&B royalty including Kanye West, Drake and Lil Wayne, the 29-year-old Scottish producer – AKA Ross Birchard – is also a purveyor of ear-bleeding electro for longstanding yet cutting-edge UK label Warp.

Mohawke is known as a musical maximalist, which is a polite way of saying that he lumps prodigiously distorted beats on top of each other, as if playing techno Jenga. Heavy sub-bass lines, granite synths and sped-up vocals wrestle for supremacy: it’s fair to say that he is not big on significant pauses.

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Hudson Mohawke review – ferocious, apocalyptic electro

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Fri 11 Dec 2015 1:43 pm

Roundhouse, London
With synths that screech like air brakes and crushing, abrasive beats, a night of Mohawke’s musical maximalism is both exhilarating and wearying

Hudson Mohawke has quite the double life going on. A go-to studio alchemist for US hip-hop and R&B royalty including Kanye West, Drake and Lil Wayne, the 29-year-old Scottish producer – AKA Ross Birchard – is also a purveyor of ear-bleeding electro for longstanding yet cutting-edge UK label Warp.

Mohawke is known as a musical maximalist, which is a polite way of saying that he lumps prodigiously distorted beats on top of each other, as if playing techno Jenga. Heavy sub-bass lines, granite synths and sped-up vocals wrestle for supremacy: it’s fair to say that he is not big on significant pauses.

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Hudson Mohawke review – ferocious, apocalyptic electro

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Fri 11 Dec 2015 1:43 pm

Roundhouse, London
With synths that screech like air brakes and crushing, abrasive beats, a night of Mohawke’s musical maximalism is both exhilarating and wearying

Hudson Mohawke has quite the double life going on. A go-to studio alchemist for US hip-hop and R&B royalty including Kanye West, Drake and Lil Wayne, the 29-year-old Scottish producer – AKA Ross Birchard – is also a purveyor of ear-bleeding electro for longstanding yet cutting-edge UK label Warp.

Mohawke is known as a musical maximalist, which is a polite way of saying that he lumps prodigiously distorted beats on top of each other, as if playing techno Jenga. Heavy sub-bass lines, granite synths and sped-up vocals wrestle for supremacy: it’s fair to say that he is not big on significant pauses.

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Hudson Mohawke review – ferocious, apocalyptic electro

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Fri 11 Dec 2015 1:43 pm

Roundhouse, London
With synths that screech like air brakes and crushing, abrasive beats, a night of Mohawke’s musical maximalism is both exhilarating and wearying

Hudson Mohawke has quite the double life going on. A go-to studio alchemist for US hip-hop and R&B royalty including Kanye West, Drake and Lil Wayne, the 29-year-old Scottish producer – AKA Ross Birchard – is also a purveyor of ear-bleeding electro for longstanding yet cutting-edge UK label Warp.

Mohawke is known as a musical maximalist, which is a polite way of saying that he lumps prodigiously distorted beats on top of each other, as if playing techno Jenga. Heavy sub-bass lines, granite synths and sped-up vocals wrestle for supremacy: it’s fair to say that he is not big on significant pauses.

Continue reading...

Hudson Mohawke review – ferocious, apocalyptic electro

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Fri 11 Dec 2015 1:43 pm

Roundhouse, London
With synths that screech like air brakes and crushing, abrasive beats, a night of Mohawke’s musical maximalism is both exhilarating and wearying

Hudson Mohawke has quite the double life going on. A go-to studio alchemist for US hip-hop and R&B royalty including Kanye West, Drake and Lil Wayne, the 29-year-old Scottish producer – AKA Ross Birchard – is also a purveyor of ear-bleeding electro for longstanding yet cutting-edge UK label Warp.

Mohawke is known as a musical maximalist, which is a polite way of saying that he lumps prodigiously distorted beats on top of each other, as if playing techno Jenga. Heavy sub-bass lines, granite synths and sped-up vocals wrestle for supremacy: it’s fair to say that he is not big on significant pauses.

Continue reading...

Hudson Mohawke review – ferocious, apocalyptic electro

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Fri 11 Dec 2015 1:43 pm

Roundhouse, London
With synths that screech like air brakes and crushing, abrasive beats, a night of Mohawke’s musical maximalism is both exhilarating and wearying

Hudson Mohawke has quite the double life going on. A go-to studio alchemist for US hip-hop and R&B royalty including Kanye West, Drake and Lil Wayne, the 29-year-old Scottish producer – AKA Ross Birchard – is also a purveyor of ear-bleeding electro for longstanding yet cutting-edge UK label Warp.

Mohawke is known as a musical maximalist, which is a polite way of saying that he lumps prodigiously distorted beats on top of each other, as if playing techno Jenga. Heavy sub-bass lines, granite synths and sped-up vocals wrestle for supremacy: it’s fair to say that he is not big on significant pauses.

Continue reading...

Hudson Mohawke review – ferocious, apocalyptic electro

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Fri 11 Dec 2015 1:43 pm

Roundhouse, London
With synths that screech like air brakes and crushing, abrasive beats, a night of Mohawke’s musical maximalism is both exhilarating and wearying

Hudson Mohawke has quite the double life going on. A go-to studio alchemist for US hip-hop and R&B royalty including Kanye West, Drake and Lil Wayne, the 29-year-old Scottish producer – AKA Ross Birchard – is also a purveyor of ear-bleeding electro for longstanding yet cutting-edge UK label Warp.

Mohawke is known as a musical maximalist, which is a polite way of saying that he lumps prodigiously distorted beats on top of each other, as if playing techno Jenga. Heavy sub-bass lines, granite synths and sped-up vocals wrestle for supremacy: it’s fair to say that he is not big on significant pauses.

Continue reading...

Hudson Mohawke review – ferocious, apocalyptic electro

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Fri 11 Dec 2015 1:43 pm

Roundhouse, London
With synths that screech like air brakes and crushing, abrasive beats, a night of Mohawke’s musical maximalism is both exhilarating and wearying

Hudson Mohawke has quite the double life going on. A go-to studio alchemist for US hip-hop and R&B royalty including Kanye West, Drake and Lil Wayne, the 29-year-old Scottish producer – AKA Ross Birchard – is also a purveyor of ear-bleeding electro for longstanding yet cutting-edge UK label Warp.

Mohawke is known as a musical maximalist, which is a polite way of saying that he lumps prodigiously distorted beats on top of each other, as if playing techno Jenga. Heavy sub-bass lines, granite synths and sped-up vocals wrestle for supremacy: it’s fair to say that he is not big on significant pauses.

Continue reading...

Hudson Mohawke review – ferocious, apocalyptic electro

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Fri 11 Dec 2015 1:43 pm

Roundhouse, London
With synths that screech like air brakes and crushing, abrasive beats, a night of Mohawke’s musical maximalism is both exhilarating and wearying

Hudson Mohawke has quite the double life going on. A go-to studio alchemist for US hip-hop and R&B royalty including Kanye West, Drake and Lil Wayne, the 29-year-old Scottish producer – AKA Ross Birchard – is also a purveyor of ear-bleeding electro for longstanding yet cutting-edge UK label Warp.

Mohawke is known as a musical maximalist, which is a polite way of saying that he lumps prodigiously distorted beats on top of each other, as if playing techno Jenga. Heavy sub-bass lines, granite synths and sped-up vocals wrestle for supremacy: it’s fair to say that he is not big on significant pauses.

Continue reading...

Hudson Mohawke review – ferocious, apocalyptic electro

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Fri 11 Dec 2015 1:43 pm

Roundhouse, London
With synths that screech like air brakes and crushing, abrasive beats, a night of Mohawke’s musical maximalism is both exhilarating and wearying

Hudson Mohawke has quite the double life going on. A go-to studio alchemist for US hip-hop and R&B royalty including Kanye West, Drake and Lil Wayne, the 29-year-old Scottish producer – AKA Ross Birchard – is also a purveyor of ear-bleeding electro for longstanding yet cutting-edge UK label Warp.

Mohawke is known as a musical maximalist, which is a polite way of saying that he lumps prodigiously distorted beats on top of each other, as if playing techno Jenga. Heavy sub-bass lines, granite synths and sped-up vocals wrestle for supremacy: it’s fair to say that he is not big on significant pauses.

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New Order review – pure serotonin for an existential ache

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Tue 17 Nov 2015 1:33 pm

Brixton Academy, London
Dedicating Love Will Tear Us Apart to the victims of the Paris attacks, Sumner and co shimmer through an untouchable back catalogue of electro alchemy

“Vive la France!” says Bernard Sumner as New Order take to the stage with a large tricolore illuminated brightly behind them. The fervent applause goes on and on. It’s the fact that Sumner is such an everyman figure, and New Order the most human and empathic of bands, that makes his gentle words so moving.

The veteran Manchester group recently enjoyed their highest charting album in more than 20 years with Music Complete, a record that moves them firmly back towards the wistfully charged rave-pop of their 80s and 90s peak. The galloping synths and existential ache of tonight’s set opener, Singularity, evokes career high-water marks such as their 1989 Technique album.

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Xiu Xiu review – shuddering homage to Twin Peaks

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Fri 9 Oct 2015 4:26 pm

St John at Hackney, London
The Californian avant-noise trio treat Angelo Badalmenti’s celebrated David Lynch score to a dose of atonality and violence

It’s difficult to overstate the cultural impact of Twin Peaks 25 years ago. Transferring his art-house cinema ethic to the small screen, David Lynch’s cerebral, surrealist murder mystery series towered like a desert skyscraper over the wastelands of mainstream US TV drama.

A large part of the series’ appeal lay in the hypnotic, spectral soundtrack that won a Grammy for its composer, Angelo Badalamenti. Invited earlier this year to reinterpret that music for a Lynch retrospective at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Californian avant-noise trio Xiu Xiu are now taking their work on a world tour.

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The Moonlandingz review – fictional band stalked by Maxine Peake prove exciting in flesh

Delivered... Ian Gittins | Scene | Mon 31 Aug 2015 11:49 am

Lexington, London
Dreamed up by Eccentronic Research Council, fronted by two of Fat White Family, and obsessed over in a video by actress Maxine Peake – now the Moonlandingz are playing as a real band

Is it a band, is it a prank, is it a concept? There is something very meta about the Moonlandingz, a group who began life as a fictional construct yet now find themselves, through strange happenstance, edging towards a more conventional existence.

They began life as the central conceit on Sheffield electro-duo Eccentronic Research Council’s excellent recent concept album, Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine … I’m Your Biggest Fan. Its avant-garde psych-rock serves as the backdrop for Maxine Peake to play a stalker infatuated with a small-town Yorkshire glam-rock star, Johnny Rocket, singer with the Moonlandingz.

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