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Microtronics - Volumes 1 & 2

    As well as a wonderful collection of the sessions Cargill and Keenan played at Maida Vale from 1996 to 2003, there are two seperate outings only previously available from Broadcast on tour. The brilliant Microtonics sees the duo lurch from avant off-kilter electronic pop to drastic skittering bunker techno, via flickering folktronca. There are pieces here that are clear influences on bands that have come since, and is yet another piece of the puzzle in the notoriously prolific output of one of the greatest electronic outfits around. A constantly confounding and suprprisingly cohesive selection, considering the gap between the two halves of the cut. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: A beautiful reissue here, perfectly collecting together two EP's only available from Broadcast's 2003 and 2005 tours. Wonderfully off-piste and quintessentially Broadcast. Sounding and looking wonderful too, what more could you want?

    TRACK LISTING

    01 Microtronics 01
    02 Microtronics 02
    03 Microtronics 03
    04 Microtronics 04
    05 Microtronics 05
    06 Microtronics 06
    07 Microtronics 07
    08 Microtronics 08
    09 Microtronics 09
    10 Microtronics 10
    11 Microtronics 11
    12 Microtronics 12
    13 Microtronics 13
    14 Microtronics 14
    15 Microtronics 15
    16 Microtronics 16
    17 Microtronics 17
    18 Microtronics 18
    19 Microtronics 19
    20 Microtronics 20
    21 Microtronics 21

    Broadcast

    Mother Is The Milky Way

      Another wonderful tour-only oddity from Broadcast, issued finally on LP and CD. This one is from 2009 and sees the duo at their most experimental, resulting in some of their msot arresting moments, fractured wisps of melody wrought out of clattering breakbeats and woozy psychedelic swirls both distorted and monolithic. There is little argument from anyone that they were a talented pair, and though this takes a little getting used to, it's even more evidence that their innovative way of doing things resulted in the most sublime of results. Shadowy and percussive, deeply psychedelic and wonderfully weird. 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: I love broadcast, and I love the way they write music. It's never what you expect but it's ALWAYS worth listening to. This one from their 2009 tour is no different, and as a listening experience is both cathartic and richly rewarding. A weird and wonderful journey.

      TRACK LISTING

      01 Creation Day The Travel Flute Way
      02 In Here The World Begins
      03 Elegant Elephant
      04 Through The Gates Of Yesterday
      05 Milling Around The Village
      06 The Aphid Sleeps
      07 Growing Backwards
      08 I'm Just A Person In This Roomy Verse
      09 Never Trust A Rusty Bolt
      10 Innocence In Orbit
      11 Mother's Milk Means Music [At Home In The Universe]

      Broadcast

      Maida Vale Sessions

        Broadcast shaped the modern electronica scene with their clever and effective juxtaposition of library and psychedleic sounds of the 60's with a modern edge, culminating in one of the most distinctive and emulated sounds of my musical experience. Keenan and Cargill have written some of the most effecting pieces of music of the last couple decades and this brand new collection sees a full-scale issue of the various shows they've played at Maida Vale over the years. This much needed rarity comes on both double vinyl and CD and is a perfect track of their development, and a wonderful document of their skills as live performers. 

         

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: An essential document of the famously wonderful Broadcast live experience, with a selection of their best tracks committed to tape. One part of a trio of exciting Broadcast rarities, and long overdue!

        TRACK LISTING

        John Peel - 6th October 1996
        1. The Note [Message From Home]
        2. Untitled [City In Progress]
        3. Forget Every Time
        4. World Backwards

        Evening Session - 1st March 1997
        1. Come On Let’s Go
        2. Look Outside
        3. The Book Lovers
        4. Lights Out

        John Peel - 9th February 2000
        1. Long Was The Year
        2. Echo’s Answer
        3. Where Youth And Laughter Go

        John Peel - 19th August 2003
        1. Pendulum
        2. Colour Me In
        3. Minim
        4. Sixty Forty

        Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird

        These 13

          These 13 is a little bit folk, a little bit gospel, a little bit bluesy, a little bit Hank, a little bit hill country, but most emphatically, it is all heart. Andrew Bird and Jimbo Mathus have climbed the height of their creative ladders in this collection of soul-strung songs, both lyrically and musically, a synchronicity between the two that feels joined in some special imaginative place that can only be visited by the best of songwriters. All songs written and performed by Andrew Bird + Jimbo Mathus  and produced by Mike Viola. Themes: Connection, Humanity, Geography and Collaboration.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Poor Lost Souls
          2. Sweet Oblivion
          3. Encircle My Love
          4. Beat Still My Heart
          5. Red Velvet Rope
          6. High John
          7. Stonewall (1863)
          8. Bright Sunny South
          9. Bell Witch
          10. Dig Up The Hatchet
          11. Jack O' Diamonds
          12. Burn The Honky Tonk
          13. Three White Horses And A Golden Chain

          Broadcast

          The Noise Made By People

          Vinyl re-press of debut album from Broadcast, originally released on Warp in 2000.

          "After being mired in the studio for nearly three years, Broadcast returned with their first proper full-length album, The Noise Made by People, a collection of more shimmering, weightless pop that is nostalgic for yesterday's visions of the future but remains on the cutting edge of contemporary music. Where their early singles (collected on 1997's Work and Non-Work) painted small, quaint portraits of their retro-futurism, The Noise Made by People delivers their sound in widescreen, filmic grandeur. Richly layered yet airy pieces like the album bookends, "Long Was the Year" and "Dead the Long Year," seamlessly blend symphonic, electronic, and pop elements into smoky, evocative epics, while synth-based interludes such as "Minus One" and "The Tower of Our Tuning" present Broadcast's more detached, scientific side. Likewise, Trish Keenan's air-conditioned vocals sometime suggest a robotized Sandie Shaw or Cilla Black, but her humanity peeks out on "Come on Let's Go" and "Papercuts." "Echo's Answer" and "Until Then" are two of the other highlights from the album, which despite all of its chilly unearthliness, is a noise made by (very talented) people." - All Music.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1 Long Was The Year
          A2 Unchanging Window
          A3 Minus One
          A4 Come On Let's Go
          A5 Echo's Answer
          A6 Tower Of Our Tuning
          B1 Papercuts
          B2 You Can Fall
          B3 Look Outside
          B4 Until Then
          B5 City In Progress
          B6 Dead The Long Year

          Broadcast

          Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The New Age

          Vinyl re-press of 2009 collaboration between Broadcast and their longtime sleeve designer Julian House (also co-founder of the Ghost Box label) to create a unique mini-album pulling in both collaborators' unique sense of melody and love of library music and film scores.

          From their beginnings in Birmingham in 1995, Broadcast's aesthetic has remained a combination of their love for film, library music and electronics with psych-pop colour – a style which has gained them an enthusiastic fanbase including musicians such as Flying Lotus, Tim Gane from Stereolab, Grizzly Bear, Atlas Sound and DangerMouse. Long time friend of the band and renowned artwork designer Julian House (aka The Focus Group) is co-founder of the Ghost Box label, which in the last few years has birthed a cult of its own with releases reflecting its creators' obsessions with library music, English folklore and the eerie feel of vintage programmes for schools and colleges. His music as The Focus Group offers some of the most enchanting distillations of all the above, instantly complementing Broadcast's own long-standing aesthetic. As well as being a long-term visual collaborator with the band, House has provided visuals and artwork for Stereolab amongst many others.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1 Intro / Magnetic Tales
          A2 The Be Colony
          A3 How Do You Get Along Sir?
          A4 Will You Read Me.
          A5 Reception / Group Therapy
          A6 A Quiet Moment
          A7 I See, So I See So
          A8 You Must Wake
          A9 One Million Years Ago
          A10 A Seancing Song
          A11 Mr Beard, You Chatterbox
          A12 Drug Party
          A13 Libra, The Mirror's Minor Self
          A14 Love's Long Listen-In
          B1 We Are After All Here
          B2 A Medium's High
          B3 Ritual / Looking In
          B4 Make My Sleep His Song
          B5 Royal Chant
          B6 What I Saw
          B7 Let It Begin / Oh Joy
          B8 Round And Round And Round
          B9 The Be Colony / Dashing Home / What On Earth Took You?

          Broadcast

          Work And Non Work

          Vinyl re-press of the 1997 album from Broadcast.

          This was their first album on Warp, a handy compilation of three singles released on various different lables; 'Accidentals' on Wurlitzer Jukebox, and 'Living Room' and 'The Book Lovers' EP on the Duophonic label.

          These early tracks showcased the early rumblings of their evocative blend of 60s pop, film soundtracks, psychedelia and avant noises.


          TRACK LISTING

          A1 Accidentals
          A2 The Book Lovers
          A3 Message From Home
          A4 Phantom
          A5 We've Got Time
          B1 Living Room
          B2 According To No Plan
          B3 The World Backwards
          B4 Lights Out


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