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September 07, 2002


Two fab new CDs arrived in the post this morning.

The first, a copy of the reissued Coldcut 'Journeys By DJ', still dazzles with the brilliance of the records chosen, and the order they were combined. And, unlike so many of the mix CDs you get today, is actually a *journey*. It's got ups, downs, lefts and rights. Not just an hour of the same old thumpety thump. Highly recommended and deserves all its plaudits as one of the greatest mix CDs of all time.

The second, 'Belong' by Spooky is likely to be a bit less familiar. Well, okay, it's downright obscure. Spooky were absolute gods in their little world back in '96. They'd had an album called 'Gorilla' that was okayish, but then they came back with three EPs - 'Stereo', 'Clank' and 'Shunt', followed by the album 'Found Sound'. They increasingly took the view that they didn't want to use any synthesisers, any sample CDs, any bits of other peoples records, or any drums. Instead they created concept techno tracks such as 'Central Heating', based entirely on the sounds of radiators being hit, taps opened, pipes hit etc etc etc - and it was fab. Ambient, faintly mediaeval in places because of the wierd harmonics, but genuinely musical.
And they're back. Matthew Herbert's kind of taken over the reins on the sample-based music...and taken it into a house direction, so they had to find something new to do. The result is a bit Clannad-y, a bit trancey, a bit musique concretey. Top.

Posted by Tom Dolan at September 7, 2002 11:38 AM

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I, too, remember Spooky, for those were the years when I avidly read the music press weeklies.

God, I feel old . . .

Posted by: Vaughan at September 7, 2002 09:24 PM

Any chance I could pay someone to dub & mail me the "Found Sound" CD? I've been looking for it for a while, but can't find it.

Posted by: Jacob Wunsch at September 18, 2003 08:03 AM

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