• Leafcutter John - The Housebound Spirit

    Reviewed by Dave Stenton (iDJ)

    Leafcutter John - The Housebound Spirit

    The Housebound Spirit is an illustrative title: a severe case of aroraphobia led to this 15 track opus, which comprises almost exclusively of samples gleaned from within the homes of its producer, John Burton, over the past two years. So it's like Herbert's "Around The House" album, then? No. It's always possible to pinpoint Herbert's grooves and time signatures, no matter how wonky they are, but the same certainly cannot be said of Leafcutter John - and his
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  • Leafcutter John - The Housebound Spirit

    Leafcutter John - The Housebound Spirit

    ‘If it takes three years to get it right, then so be it!’ ‘Leafcutter’ John Burton’s second album has been, in his own word, long coming and the result of a painful creative process. Following on from the classic Microcontact, The Housebound Spirit is a more intriguing and challenging piece of work than its predecessor, yet, it also appears more consistent and accessible.
    Steering slightly away from the ambiences of his previous album, Burton presents
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  • Leafcutter John - The Housebound Spirit

    Reviewed by Kingsley Marshall (all music guide)

    Leafcutter John - The Housebound Spirit

    Having been attacked close to his East London studio, John Leafcutter began enduring panic attacks whenever he ventured outdoors, a condition that rapidly developed into a full-blown agoraphobia. The Housebound Spirit, his third album, is something a reaction to this syndrome, in taking the home as its source of samples. Like Herbert's Bodily Functions and Around the House, both of which assimilated similarly found sounds to create accomplished grooves, so Leafcutter
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  • Leafcutter John - The Housebound Spirit

    Reviewed by anil bawa (absorb.org)

    Leafcutter John - The Housebound Spirit

    "with public-sector housing largely discontinued, and much of it now in private hands, it may be that the city's creative potential will diminish, as artists, musicians and others are gradually displaced by members of wealthier but more time-pressured groups"

    "globalisation, rather than neutralising the significance of place, seems to accentuate its value"

    patrick keiller, the independent, may 9, 2002.

    "canetti notes that in a pack each member is
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