Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
The rappers sound like they're flipping out in flotation tanks....
It takes a brave band to mess with the Wu Tang Clan, let alone rip them to shreds and hang their entrails on a wind harp. This, however, is what Funkstvrung have done on 'Reunited', the startling highlight of this fine collection of remixes. Michael Fakesch (German) and Chris De Luca (Italian) are one of those electronica teams who comprehensively destroy their source material: it's to their considerable credit that, on 'Additional Productions', they manage to make Finitribe, Bjvrk, scratching champion DJ Craze, an unappealing-sounding record called 'Children Of The Rave Solution' and the aforementioned Wu all sound identical.
And great, as it happens. The closest comparison to Funkstvrung's frighteningly-detailed collages of tranquil and pretty tunes overwhelmed by squitting and skittering (a)rhythms is Autechre. But Fakesch and De Luca's trump card is to introduce a human voice into the aesthetic carnage: hence the Wu-Tangers discovering there are more disturbing sounds to be confronted than that creaky old harpsichord sample. And hence Bjvrk wandering lost in the dystopian soundscape of their 'All Is Full Of Love' remix, the logical next step on from 'Homogenic''s clinical freakiness.
Throughout, there's the impression Funkstvrung (German for radio signal disturbance, incidentally) are working very, very hard indeed to sound new and unfettered. Amazingly, they almost always succeed.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin