• Numan, Race Against Time

    Numan - Race Against Time

    Reviewed by Keith Pishnery Source: (Little White Earbuds)

    <b> Numan </b> - Race Against Time

    The artificiality of electronic music has long been seen as a hurdle to overcome. There are vastly different ways musicians have dealt with this, from sampling live instruments to amping up the plastic elements and playing off the absurdity of the sounds. However, some artists use the synthetic so seamlessly with the organic that they blur the line between them beyond recognition. Numan Khan, a new Planet Mu signing, is one such artist. The angular
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  • iTAL tEK - Midnight Colour

    Ital Tek - Midnight Colour

    Reviewed by Matt Fernell Source: (The Silent Ballet)

    <b> Ital Tek </b> - Midnight Colour

    Ever since its inception, Planet Mu has been a wickedly sinister and terrifying place: a world inhabited by intelligent maniacs wielding aural weapons of startling power and troubling menace. Take Venetian Snares as a prime example. For many years a stalwart of the Mu roster, Aaron Funk has produced some of the most truly worrying music of the last decade. Whether it be the majestic genius of the pigeon-inspired Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett, or
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  • Album Review: Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In

    Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In

    Reviewed by Padraic Halpin Source: (Ragged Words)

    <b> Solar Bears </b> - She Was Coloured In

    For better or (usually) worse, modern instrumental music tends to be lazily lumped into one of two categories: either you swell some of your instruments like Mogwai, or you use none at all, and toe the cinematic line. While Dublin/Wicklow duo Solar Bears may have committed everything on this, their debut LP, live to tape, they very much fall into the latter category. However, you don’t need to recognise a snippet of Jack Nicholson’s voice at the
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  • DJ Roc: The Crack Capone

    DJ Roc - The Crack Capone

    Reviewed by Tom Lea Source: (Fact Magazine)

    <b> DJ Roc </b> - The Crack Capone

    DJ Roc is a veteran of the Chicago juke scene that you’ve presumably heard tons about recently. If you haven’t, you can easily google it.

    The Crack Capone is his first full album with a worldwide release, via Planet Mu. It’s the second juke long-player that Mu have put out, after DJ Nate’s, and the two make for an interesting contrast. There are plenty of similarities between them, the most obvious (ignoring structural ones like drums
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