Reviewed by Gutta (gutterbreakz)
Just when I thought I had all the bases covered, I unwrapped the cellophane from one of the CDs that Mike P. sent me, placed the disc in the tray, pressed play and then stood back in awed amazement as a serious contender for Album of the Year was suddenly revealed in all it's glory. Wot a shocker!!
I was going to make some comparisons to everyone from Radiohead's Thom Yorke to Mercury Rev to Vangelis, but a quick google search reveals that this
Reviewed by sheikh ahmed (Fail)
Will take time to convince some, but this could be the hidden gem in Planet Mu's catalogue. OK, so those who have already indulged in the likes of Sigur Ros and The Flaming Lips will recognise the tone of plangency throughout the album. Comparisons are inevitable and occasionally it does stray too close (listen to 'Safety Man' and tell me you don't hear Mercury Rev).
But an interest in low-level coded rhythms and Mu-ziq approved distortion stops
Reviewed by James O'Brien (earlash.com)
Julian Fane's new album, Special Forces, opens with a track that suggests either The Joshua Tree or the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Actually, what it indicates is that Radiohead have forever altered what the first track of a pop record is allowed to sound like. Three-plus minutes of tom rolls and snaking keyboards with haunting ambient vocals give ways to organ chords, and that's Fane's "Disaster Location."
A deep-bellied cello
Reviewed by Maurizio Pustianaz (chaindlk.org)
Julian Fane is a young guy but he isn't an inexperienced musician. He could be young but he balanced the apparent lack of experiences, which common people would think a young guy could have, with creativity. SPECIAL FORCES is his first album and it contains so many moods and musical ambiences that you'll be surprised. Julian blends atmospheres a la Robert Wyatt (on "Safety man" and "Freezing in haunted water") with classical moments (see his piano
- Various - The Cosmic Forces Of Mu
- Venetian Snares - Defluxion
- Venetian Snares & Speedranch - Making Orange Things
- Joseph Nothing - Dummy Variations
- Hrvatski - Swarm & Dither
- Mu Allstars - Criminal
- Hellfish & Producer - Constant Mutation (Mixed)
- Leafcutter John - Microcontact
- Nicole Elmer - Beef Bouilion
- Tim Tetlow - Beauty Walks A Razor's Edge
- Phthalocyanine - 25 Tracks Fer 1 Track
- Leafcutter John - Concourse E.E.P.
- Luke Vibert - '95-'99
- Jega - Geometry
- Capitol K - Roadeater E.P.
- Kid Spatula - Full Sunken Breaks
- Jega & Kid Spatula - Unity Gain / Hard Love
- Capitol K - Sounds Of The Empire
- Slag Boom Van Loon - So Soon
- Tusken Raiders - The Motorbike Track
- Slag Boom Van Loon - Slag Boom Van Loon
- Jega - Spectrum
- Horse Opera - 3 Cornered Room
- Capitol K - Island Row