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 Actually, I wanted the other one...

 

 

 

 

         
 

And there was this review from Hawkzine 61 what I couldn't get on the previous page


I don't have an e-mail for Yishai Swearts and I can't read the Hebrew text on what might be their website. The best laid mice of men with plans, eh? Anyway, they did some seriously excellent metal, so if anyone is in contact with them, please let me know. Ta kissy kissy.


 
 

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This compilation was put together by Mick Magic and as such is a wild
fusion of styles from the world's musical underground.  After struggling
for so long it's good to finally see Mick making some progress with this
excellently put together album which also features very humorous inner
sleeve comments on each artist in Mick's own inimitable style. For the EM fans amongst you there's the darkly rhythmic style of Dark Star with `Masterplace` and the Electro-industrial flavoured `Guardian
Angel` from Cosmic Dance Society. T.M.R.'s `Sister Jodi` is an  excellent spacerock styled piece like a more up-to-date and polished Dr. Phil.  If Ozrics-inspired rock is your thing then check out Grass Harp's `Vertigo` which also sounds a little like Gong of course or perhaps you'd prefer the wonderfully named Love In A Plague and `Freak` which also owes a nod towards spacerock realms. A number of the tracks, though are very rockish, sometimes straightforwardly so in the case of Into The Abyss` and their `Born To Be Wild` soundalike (well nearly) `Lunar Drive` and the intense grunge of Eye or the 70s inspired rock of Earth (even the name harks back to that era!) and their track `Schlaflos`.  Neo offer a storming psychedelic number with `Master & Slave` while the hippies amongst you will go nuts for the

closing `Real Love & Communication` by Steve Andrews & Ned Zero (with help from Diva Den on `heavenly vox`), where they come across as two modern day minstrels in Stonehenge and the personal friends of King Arthur that Andrews claims them to be.  Definitely on the odd side is the offbeat Country  and Western (from a Berlin band?) of Lord Litter and the lo fi postpunk of `Pissing Diamonds` from The Stinking Badger Of Java (another great name!) and the abstract percussive base that heralds Idiom's `Joch McGregor`.  Portugal's Ras.Al.Ghul offer an ethnic spiced spacey piece in the form of `Qual` and there you have it, quite possibly the most weird and wonderful compilations you'll ever set eyes on.   
Of course, such a wide range of musical styles means that very few people will be moved by all the pieces featured here but if you're of an
adventurous mindset and want to check out some new sounds then this comes highly recommended and I'm sure Mick Magic will love you forever if you purchase a copy of your own!!      C. J.

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This review was taken from issue no.26 of the highly respected electronic music magazine, Sequences, as edited by Mick Garlick.

(UPDATE)


 

 
 

Oh, be still, my pounding ego. Yeah, go on, take the piss all you like, but I was actually quite proud (so I bought a copy) to find myself included in the International Who's Who In Music from 1998/9 (which edition is pictured here) onwards. I may have had a fairly minor musical career in the grand scheme of things ("Appearance on BBC Radio 5" rather sums it up, I think!), but I take this as a victory for us all, this says the underground matters. Look, I'm on the same page as Madonna! We're like neighbours. She never writes, she never calls...

 
         

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