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One Dot Zero

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By Samuel Birtwistle in Cool Websites on Wednesday 7 December 2011

One Dot Zero is a great website showcasing contemporary visual arts projects based in London. I found it when researching alternative forms for my course in Film and Theatre. But it’s also a good outlet for filmmakers, amateur animators, or artists to get involved in.

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Tweak Bird: Lights In Lines

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By Samuel Birtwistle in New Music on Wednesday 7 December 2011

Tweak Bird are a two-piece garage rock band with a really nice groove and some great harmonies. Lights In Lines will be stuck in your head for a very long time. It seems to have an almost ‘stoner-rock’ feel but isn’t solely reachable for listeners who are high.

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Red Snapper: Bogeyman (off the Making Bones album)

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By Samuel Birtwistle in New Music on Tuesday 22 November 2011

Red Snapper are a great electronica band with some really rich melodies. Often drawing direct influences from jazz, integrating the double bass and saxophone. I’ve loved this band for a long time and recently found my old copy of Making Bones from 1999 and I can’t suggest it enough to any fans of fusion music.

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Finnish trance duo: Super8 & Tab

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By Samuel Birtwistle in New Music on Tuesday 22 November 2011

Duo Miika Eloranta and Janne Mansnerus from Finland had only been releasing singles until late 2010 when they released their album Empire, their philosophy being that the experience of their music is lost in studio recordings. On first listen, Empire is a fairly straightforward trance album. I stumbled upon it in a CD store, and […]

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Gruff Rhys: Shark Ridden Waters

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By Samuel Birtwistle in New Music on Friday 18 November 2011

Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals’ solo career. I simply couldn’t get enough of his latest album, Hotel Shampoo, when it came out. Shark Ridden waters was without a doubt my song for the summer, and after recently revisiting it, I remember why.

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Turquoise: the new single by London band Binary

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By Samuel Birtwistle in New Music on Thursday 3 November 2011

Binary is a small four piece band from London who I managed to catch at a small gig not long ago. A great way to show that dark, post-punk is definitely not dead. With echoes of Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen, their spacey brand of music feels so familiar but fresh.

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Collaboration between Burial and Four Tet

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By Samuel Birtwistle in New Music on Wednesday 2 November 2011

Two great artists coming together to make some great, dark, ambient electronica with garage-feel drum loops. As we know, the elusive Burial has been gathering more commercial acclaim after being nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2008. His style of tinny garage drums coupled with ghostly samples is a perfect fit alongside Four Tet’s often complex IDM or ambient straight electronica. The two have been combining a lot recently, producing great records, and even producing an EP with Thom Yorke of Radiohead which is also worth a listen.

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Sentimental Gentleman: the new single from Snailhouse

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By Samuel Birtwistle in New Music on Wednesday 2 November 2011

Snailhouse often don’t grab the listeners attention at first visit until their rather lounge/easy listening songs suddenly descend into synth guitar wails. The solo project of Mike Feuerstack of Wooden Stars definitely has some punch. His latest album, Sentimental Gentleman, is drowned in manageable complexities, made clear through the fantastic production from Jeremy Gara, drummer […]

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Bogdan Raczynski and Bjork: Who Is It

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By Samuel Birtwistle in New Music on Tuesday 1 November 2011

Bogdan Raczynski is an old name to many in the realms of “intelligent dance music” after his first release in ’99 under the wing of Aphex Twin’s Richard D James’ Reflex Records. Since his first release, he has rarely changed his form: creating heavy laden beats flooded with strained and strange vocals, often reminiscent of early Aphex Twin or Squarepusher.

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Gonjasufi: delta blues influenced, lo-fi hip-hop

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By Samuel Birtwistle in New Music on Tuesday 1 November 2011

I found out about this guy through his collaborations with Flying Lotus, a name familiar to any electronica fan and more-so through his work with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. Gonjasufi offers big breakbeats, with flashes of psychedelic made and found instruments.

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Bon Iver with Collections of Colonies of Bees and Pele

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By Samuel Birtwistle in New Music on Monday 31 October 2011

Volcano Choir is a collaboration between Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Pele, and showcasing hypnotic driving rhythms coupled with Vernon’s soaring voice over the dainty post-rock indie twiddlings of the other bands.

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Occupations: a short film by Lars Von Trier

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By Samuel Birtwistle in New Film on Monday 31 October 2011

Lars Von Trier has been in the news a lot recently after his ‘Nazi faux pas’ at Cannes. This is one of his short films from 2007, showing Von Trier doing what he does best. Taken from a collection of 33 short films, To Each His Own Cinema, we are yet again shot into Von […]

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