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Shiny Machines: New music by Happy Music Radio Hour

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By Laurence Rosier Staines in New Music on Wednesday 7 August 2013

The second video from Happy Music Radio Hour’s EP, The Chicago Manual of Style, features mechanized robot arms, gameboys, nuclear explosions, clones and spaceships, which is entirely appropriate given the subject matter of the song. Set to a relentless Kraftwerkian beat, is it an indictment of technology? A celebration? A portent of the approaching singularity? Whatever […]

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Do Ya Wanna: new music by Happy Music Radio Hour

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By Laurence Rosier Staines in New Music on Friday 14 December 2012

This is my own electro-pop ‘supergroup’ Happy Music Radio Hour’s first single, which we constructed out of robot guitars, handclaps and retro parties. The band itself features members of Hermitude and Tin Sparrow (amongst many others), and the self-produced video clip includes goose lamps, robot dancing, roller skating and stop motion. This comes ahead of […]

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New music by Toyko band Zazen Boys

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By Laurence Rosier Staines in New Music on Friday 14 December 2012

The new album Stories from Tokyo math-rock fourpiece Zazen Boys is an extension of the same progressive-funk mania that characterised 2008′s Zazen Boys IV but is perhaps even better. This track, built solely around an undeniable twitchy groove, occasionally sounds like a nervy, modern Japanese XTC. Go forth.

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