Rescate 137 / Muddlin Gear

They both release solo albums within one week of each other.

As [a]Cristian Vogel[/a] and [a]Jamie Lidell[/a] regroup to finalise the details of the second Super_Collider album (its gestation protracted by Lidell‘s migration from Brighton to Berlin), both release solo albums within one week of each other. But while Super_Collider‘s debut, ‘Head On’, was a genuinely exciting proposition – a delirious alchemy of house, funk and soul – only Vogel, on his seventh lone venture, scales similar heights of electronic innovation.

On the other hand, [a]Jamie Lidell[/a]’s ‘Muddlin Gear’ is an album – and we use that term generously – that languished in a box in the Spymania office for several years before Warp offered to release it, envisaging Lidell, rightly, as a long-term investment. After one listen, your tolerance of pointless avant-electronica, pretty sturdy up till now, collapses to its knees sobbing, as Lidell skeedaddleedoowaps aimlessly through a lot of very bad fuzzy freestyle noodling that single-handedly makes [I]The Fast Show[/I]’s Jazz Club sketches seem like the apex of man’s musical endeavour. 2/10

Play both these records together and you’ve probably got the great lost Super_Collider album. If you’re only going to play one, however, best make it Vogel‘s.