Pendulum UK Tour & new album

Pendulum liveFollowing a sell out tour at the end of 2007, groundbreaking crossover dance act, Pendulum, return to the UK with their full live band experience for a UK tour in May.

Pendulum are also busy on the club scene through February, appearing at variuos UK and European clubs making guest DJ set appearances.

See Pendulm’s Official website for a full ist of live dates.

Pendulum formed in Perth, Western Australia in 2002, when producers Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen teamed up with local DJ Paul ‘Elhornet’ Harding. Their musical roots range from producing drum n bass, breakbeat and hardcore, to playing in punk and hardcore groups. Together the music mix is a powerful tour de force.

To hear a sample of Pendulum’s rock/thrash style drum n bass sound, visit the official Pendulum MySpace page.

Pendulum release their second album In Silico, on May 12th.

Susumu Yokota new album – Love or Die

When Radiohead release a new album there is plenty of publicity but for other equally essential artists with independent labels recording non-commercial songs, the internet can play a great role in spreading their work through word-of-mouth.

Susumu YokotaSusumu Yokota releases a new album in February, Love Or Die. For those of you not familiar with this prolific Japanese artist I would describe his music as sublime, beautiful, relaxing electronica music that spans a wide spectrum of influences and electronic genres from ambient to more beat-driven songs. What sets Susumu Yokota apart from most other electronica artists is his music has no boundaries, and often errs more towards classical than electronic music. The opening track on Love or Die is a good example of this. Yokota plays a dreamy rolling piano backed by a string section. A perfect way to start the day.

I was first introduced to Susumu Yokota in 2000 when I was fortunate to be give the album Magic Thread to review. Since then I have listened to most of his album releases, my favourites being Sakura (2000), The Grinning Cat (2001), Symbol (2004) and Wonder Waltz (2006). But Yokota has released many albums both as an artist and a house music dj.

Yokota’s albums regularly appear on his own Japanese label, Skintone, before being released on other labels worldwide. Leaf and Lo release his albums in the UK.

As if Yokota’s music isn’t far enough from the world of commercial pop music, the titles of each track on the new Love Or Die album sound more like paintings than song titles.

01 – for the other self who is far away that i can not reach [listen]
02 – a slowly fainting memory of love and respect,and hatred [listen]
03 – the loneliness of anarchic beauty achieved by my ego [listen]
04 – a heart-warming and beautiful flower will eventually wither away and become dir [listen]
05 – the sin of almighty god, respected and believed by the masses [listen]
06 – that persons hearsay protects my free spirit [listen]
07 – the things that i need to do for just one’s love [listen]
08 – the scream of a sage who lost freedom and love taken for granted before [listen]
09 – a song produced while floating alone on christmas day [listen]
10 – the now forgotten gods of rocky mountain residing in the back of the north wood [listen]
11 – the sacred ceremony concieved by chance from an evil lie [listen]
12 – the destiny fo the little bird trapped inside a small cage for life [listen]

There is plenty of awe-inspiring original music out there, away from the commercial plastic, money-making pop of the X Factor & Pop Idol. Susumu Yokota is one artist that everyone should listen to.

Susumu Yokota Official Website

Susumu Yokota – Love Or Die

When Radiohead release a new album there is plenty of publicity but for other equally essential artists with independent labels recording non-commercial songs, the internet can play a great role in spreading their work through word-of-mouth.

Susumu YokotaSusumu Yokota releases a new album in February, Love Or Die. For those of you not familiar with this prolific Japanese artist I would describe his music as sublime, beautiful, relaxing electronica music that spans a wide spectrum of influences and electronic genres from ambient to more beat-driven songs. What sets Susumu Yokota apart from most other electronica artists is his music has no boundaries, and often errs more towards classical than electronic music. The opening track on Love or Die is a good example of this. Yokota plays a dreamy rolling piano backed by a string section. A perfect way to start the day.

I was first introduced to Susumu Yokota in 2000 when I was fortunate to be give the album Magic Thread to review. Since then I have listened to most of his album releases, my favourites being Sakura (2000), The Grinning Cat (2001), Symbol (2004) and Wonder Waltz (2006). But Yokota has released many albums both as an artist and a house music dj.

Yokota’s albums regularly appear on his own Japanese label, Skintone, before being released on other labels worldwide. Leaf and Lo release his albums in the UK.

As if Yokota’s music isn’t far enough from the world of commercial pop music, the titles of each track on the new Love Or Die album sound more like paintings than song titles.

01 – for the other self who is far away that i can not reach [listen]
02 – a slowly fainting memory of love and respect,and hatred [listen]
03 – the loneliness of anarchic beauty achieved by my ego [listen]
04 – a heart-warming and beautiful flower will eventually wither away and become dir [listen]
05 – the sin of almighty god, respected and believed by the masses [listen]
06 – that persons hearsay protects my free spirit [listen]
07 – the things that i need to do for just one’s love [listen]
08 – the scream of a sage who lost freedom and love taken for granted before [listen]
09 – a song produced while floating alone on christmas day [listen]
10 – the now forgotten gods of rocky mountain residing in the back of the north wood [listen]
11 – the sacred ceremony concieved by chance from an evil lie [listen]
12 – the destiny fo the little bird trapped inside a small cage for life [listen]

There is plenty of awe-inspiring original music out there, away from the commercial plastic, money-making pop of the X Factor & Pop Idol. Susumu Yokota is one artist that everyone should listen to.

Susumu Yokota Official Website

Underworld Live Dates, New Single, New Album

UnderworldUnderworld return this Autumn with a new single, album & promotional tour. The new single, Crocodiles, is both interesting and familar. Using similar, if not a formularised approach to producing a commercial hit and precursor to the new album, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith are still miles above the rest of the rock/pop outfits that embraced and led the way in dance music crossover groups that began to filter through in the ealry 1990’s; and as such should be credited alongside Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. Infact, I would go as far to say, credit them with the baton passed on in the late 1980’s by the lesser known Renegade Soundwave, in pushing barriers and breaking the rules.

Since their groundbreaking and brilliantly titled third album DubNoBassWithMyHeadMan (1993) Underworld have walked a similar path to Radiohead, as in they have both continued to push the boundaries of whatever tag they have been labeled with. Neither have pandered to or craved commercial success in a way that has watered down their peers.

After last year’s film soundtrack to Breaking and Entering, the new album Oblivion With Bells promises to be a slight departure from previous releases in that Karl Hyde explains it will be more influence by experimental electronica influences and trends. I am personally hoping for an Underworld meet Trentemoller versus Fourtet with a seasoning of the lager! lager! lager! lager!

The Underworldworld tour started in the USA on 7th September and comes to the Ireland and the UK on 4th October where they play Dublin, Belfast, Southampton, Birmingham, Norwich, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester and London before heading off to Europe, South Korea and Japan.

Check Underworld Live website for full details.