During the past week, Connexion Bizarre was updated with quite a few new reviews (one of them a massive "best of 2010" group review by our columnist Tom "Bad Sekta" Whiston) and our weekly podcast (also mr. Sekta's best "best of 2010" choices but in audio format). We also recommend several interesting free releases which caught our attention recently.
"Best of 2010" with music selection by (tracklisting | MP3)
Tom Badsekta - Best of 2010
The first podcast from me this year is my best of 2010 but the choices deserve some explanation, especially as I think there are a few records people might be surprised about in there. So, without further ado, I present my Top 10 records of the year, in no particular order...
Celluloide - Hexagonal
For all you synthpop lovers out there, especially if you like to flirt with electronic body music, or if you are rather moved by the voices of French ladies, this one would be a well-deserved addition to your collection. And if you only quite like synthpop, have a listen anyway, you might like what you hear.
Lucidstatic - Symbiont Underground
Despite the fluid shifts in mood each contributing artist brings to "Symbiont Underground", this double album is a pleasure to listen to, gathering influence from a broad spectrum of genres and laying it all out over two CDs of what remains, in essence, pure Lucidstatic nastiness, made all the more offensive via distillation through the ears and machines of some of the most talented collaborators in the evolving industrial community.
Tzolk’in - Tonatiuh
The broad spectrum of sounds created by Tzolk'in on "Tonatiuh" will appeal to followers of industrial, ambient and even some psytrance; it's a wonderful illustration of tribal sensibilities, executed in a contemporary, cutting-edge electronic medium. Powerful, stirring stuff, indeed.
zNo - I
As a whole, zNo is a good example of what characterizes some of the more aggressive and intelligent contemporary French underground electronics, especially metal-influenced industrial (without veering into rock territory) and comparisons to acts like Sonic Area and Le Diktat may come to mind.
Recommended Netlabel Releases
Aloo "Klangbild" (Astor Bell)
Cagey House "Flapper With Tuba" (Fwonk*)
Cagey House "Ratty Boo" (Bump Foot)
Eustachian "The Sphagnum Bog" (Grindcore Karaoke)
Tyler, The Creator "Bastard" (OFWGKTA)
Various "The Raban Compilation" (Raban/Cock Rock Disco)
And that's about it for this week's update. More to come next week...
All the best,
(editor, etc @ www.connexionbizarre.net)
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