There was more to country music legend Hank Williams than boozing and a difficult marriage, y’know
Tomorrow Hits Today
Plodding would-be dangerous Leeds big beaters in lost-plot scenario...
No, things aren't going too well in the media-literate, big-beat brotherhood. The conscientious thuggery peddled by the likes of Bedlam Ago Go and Dust Junkys has failed to affect anyone remotely familiar with Crimewatch. Now, somewhat belatedly, the three Hooligans swagger on to the scene with their twisted home truths and, um, eclectic musical styles. Still... scary breakbeat 'mayhem'? Tales of brutal urban reality? Is a theme appearing? That'll be the ubiquitous soundtrack-to-an-imaginary-film device, then.
A film without a plot, clearly. For on 'Naked City Soundtrax' our heroes flounder from socially-aware big beat ('Stoned Island Estate') to tinpot drum'n'bass ('Agenbite Of Inwit') and Orb-like twittering with nary a sighting of the point, let alone a fully-fledged agenda. Meanwhile rapper Martin Diver's bouts of specious rhetoric are occasionally risible: "In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king", he muses. Be afraid. Or don't bother.
Only the deep house and rubber funk of 'Dead Sea Surfing' suggests that this is, in fact, supposed to be dance music. And it's not that dangerous at all, actually. Just rather dull.
Antony of Antony & The Johnsons is now Anohni, and she makes relevant, uncringey protest music
Thomas Cohen moves on from the death of his wife, Peaches Geldof, with a compelling and sophisticated solo album
Drake’s fourth album sticks to his trademark murky sound – but his downbeat introspection remains gripping
Australian psych maniacs King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard have transformed into a mad metal band