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  • Alice Coltrane has died

    Jan 15 2007, 11h23

    The wonderful Alice Coltrane died on Friday. A very sad day for music.
  • The 2006 Review

    Dez 22 2006, 17h40



    I've just posted my Best Of 2006 list, and I was going to post it here, but it is too much like hard work, so you can just click here to check it out.

    The list features albums by Joanna Newsom, Svalastog, Geir Jenssen, Clark, Various productions, Thomas Strønen, Svarte Greiner, Max Richter and many more.

    Merry Christmas everybody, and best wishes for 2007.

    themilkman
    www.themilkfactory.co.uk | londonmilk.blogspot.com
  • MAR06: Jimmy Edgar and Chris Clark interviews

    Mar 4 2006, 16h43

    themilkfactory #76 | Contemporary music for contemporary people
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk




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    INTERVIEWS
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    JIMMY EDGAR Pret-A-Danser
    Interview with Jimmy Edgar
    22-year old Detroit resident Jimmy Edgar is already a veteran of the electronic music scene. After releases on Isophlux and Poker Flat, in early 2002 Miami’s M3rck label heard his tracks and immediately released his first full-length album - My Mines I under the ‘dual alter ego’ Kristuit Salu vs. Morris Nightingale. Two EPs on Warp Records followed. Never one to follow the rules, Edgar’s creative horizons have refused to be confined by music. As a graphic designer, photographer, and fashion designer with his own clothing label, he truly lives up to the term polymath. In between his other projects, he has somehow found the time to put together his debut album for Warp. He also managed to talk to Stuart Aitken about DJing in whorehouses at the age of 15, how he refuses to be a computer nerd, and his habit of matching fake moustaches with women’s underwear.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/interviews/jedgariw.htm


    CLARK The Artist Formerly Known As…
    Interview with Chris Clark
    Chris Clark burst on to the electronic music scene with his 2001 album Clarence Park, released while he was still a student at Bristol University. Two years later his second album Empty The Bones Of You seemed to confirm that Clark would carry the flag for the traditional Warp Records sound. His latest material has been a long time coming however. In the interim much has changed at Warp with guitar bands such as !!! and Maximo Park moving to centre stage. As a new mini-album is unveiled, with the promise of another full-length not far behind, so it is revealed that the artist formerly known as Chris Clark has dispensed of his first name. Clark stopped off in a freezing phone box outside his tour bus in Glasgow to talk to Stuart Aitken about pegging it around Birmingham on his bike, why he’ll never be as commercially ubiquitous as Mylo, and why he believes in forcing people to belly flop into his world.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/interviews/cclark_2_iw.htm



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    ALBUM OF THE MONTH
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    MOUNTAINS Sewn
    Follow-up to Mountains’s debut album of last year, the Brooklyn-based duo dare questioning their original scope and apply entirely different rules to create an impressive piece of work.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/mountains_sewn.htm


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    REVIEWS
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    AFX Chosen Lords
    Following last year’s Analord series of EPs, Richard D. James collects ten tracks out of the forty-one originals into one bite-size album chunk.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/afx_lords.htm
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    LORI CARSON The Finest Things
    Lori Carson’s Finest Thing album is a truly fascinating and unusual affair, combining comatose Americana and lingering ambient formations.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/lcarson_thing.htm
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    JIMMY EDGAR Color Strip
    Following the release of a couple of highly intriguing EPs over the last couple of years, Jimmy Edgar finally unleashes his utterly modern beats and tunes over a full-length album.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/jedgar_strip.htm
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    BURNT FRIEDMAN & JAKI LIEBEZEIT Secret Rhythms 2
    Burnt Friedman and legendary Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit reconvene, four years after their first collaboration, to deliver another fine slice of jazz-infused beatronica.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/bfriedman_rhythms2.htm
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    GLIM Aerial View Of Model / TAKUMA ITOI Quietude
    Released almost simultaneously on Karate Joe, Glim’s Aerial View Of Model and Takuma Itoi’s Quietude investigate similarly calm and atmospheric territories.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/glimtitoi_mq.htm
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    THE HOPE BLISTER Underarms & Sideways
    Follow-up to Ivo Watts-Russel’s Hope Blister’s album …Smile’s OK, Underarms was originally released on a very small scale, and is now re-issued with an additional CD of reworked version by German sound artist Markus Guentner.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/thb_underarms.htm
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    MATINEE ORCHESTRA Matinee Orchestra
    The project of Andrew Hodson, Matinee Orchestra is a sizzling patchwork of pop, jazz and folk all tied in together with delicate electronic touches.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/mo_epon.htm
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    MOHA! Raus Aus Stavanger
    Raus Aus Stavanger, the debut album from Norwegian free-improv MoHa!, morphs volcanically from low tech electronic trickles of sound to astringent, booming pulses, squalls of guitar feedback, and meteor storms of synthesized sound.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/moha_stavanger.htm
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    CONRAD NEWHOLMES Peppermint Styles
    Conrad Newholmes follows the release of his impressive debut EP last year with another generous serving of electronic-tinted instrumental hip-hop.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/cn_styles.htm
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    RANDOM NUMBER Golden Acre Sleeps
    The solo project of Leeds-based Matt Robson, Random Number showcases a promissing selection of styles and ambiences.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/rnumber_sleeps.htm
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    RUSUDEN Warm Human Antennea
    This sophomore album from Rusuden’s Justin Morgan explores a far wider sonic scope than its predecessor, and is filled with catchy hooks and quirky melodic tricks.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/rusuden_antennae.htm
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    JANEK SCHAEFER Migration
    Migration is an elegant and complex one-hour piece originally conceived as the soundtrack for a site-specific dance premiered opposite Grand Central station in spring 2005.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/jschaefer_migration.htm
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    SICKOAKES Seawards
    Swedish sextet Sickoakes follow a web-only release and a split EP with this impressive collection of sweeping instrumental rock.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/sickoakes_seawards.htm
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    SOFALOFA Mellifluous
    Debut album from Bathysphere Recordings co-founder Chris Cousin, AKA SofaLofa, Melifluous combines gentles electronic structures, sharp grooves and superb melodies into a truly enchanting collection of electronic compositions with added pop edge.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/sofalofa_mellifluous.htm
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    KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN Lisbon
    Recorded live in Lisbon during Keith Fullerton Whitman’s last European tour, this album is made up of one forty-minute long single track.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/kfw_lisbon.htm
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    WISP NRTHNDR
    This first Wisp release for Sublight is a luxurious collection of beats and beautiful electronic waves.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/wisp_nrthndr.htm
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    COLLECTED WORKS
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    VARIOUS ARTISTS EED 05
    VARIOUS ARTISTS London Electrics Vol. 1
    VARIOUS ARTISTS Suburb. The Record Label - Label Sampler
    VARIOUS ARTISTS Idol Tryouts Two
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews_express/0603.htm


    All this and all the usuals..


    Happy surfing!

    themilkman | Editor
    http://www.themilkfactry.co.uk
    London
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  • FEB06: Interviews with Coldcut, Ascoltare and Benbecula

    Fev 4 2006, 17h59

    themilkfactory #75 | Contemporary music for contemporary people
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk


    We've been away for a bit, but it is now time to get back to business, and this month, we've got a bumper edition of themilkfactory for you.


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    INTERVIEWS
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    Coldcut This Noise Is Under Control
    Interview with Matt Black
    Pioneers of the house/rave scene of the late eighties, Coldcut's Matt Black and Jonathan More have gone on to become one of the most forward-thinking and consistent artists of their generation. Having set up their own record label, Ninja Tune, in the early nineties, they have help shape the musical landscape of the last fifteen years by helping artists such as DJ Vadim, Mr Scruff or Amon Tobin to become household names. Ten years after their last album, Coldcut return with a brand new collection of tracks and collaborations. We caught up with Matt Black to talk about Sound Mirrors, remaining independent at all cost and the virtues of democracy.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/interviews/coldcutiw.htm


    Ascoltare Styling To The Bitter End
    Interview with Dave Henson
    Once a member of post-rock outfit Gwei-Lo, Cambridge-based Dave Henson is now behind electronic labels Tripel and Dubbel and has been gaining some recognition for his project, Ascoltare, first with his debut album, Visceral Vendor, released nearly two years ago, and then with a series of unforgettable EPs. Most recently, Henson teamed up with label-mate Peter Gregory (UM) to release a split album. We caught up with the man to talk about this latest project, what Ascoltare stands for musically, and also about the future and the difficulty of running a small independent label.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/interviews/ascoltareiw.htm


    BENBECULA In Organics
    Interview with Steve McConnell
    In 1999, Edinburgh was well known in the electronic music world as being the last known address of Boards Of Canada and, well, not much else… Two artists - Phase 6 and Beluga - sought to change all this, setting up the CDR label Benbecula. Initially concentrating on
    compilations of work from local artists, the label moved on to produce a number of landmark solo releases from artists such as Reverbaphon, Frog Pocket and the modestly named Christ. As a result Benbecula has seen its stock rise with invites to play international festivals, plaudits from all the best music mags and admiration from the late great John Peel. Steven McConnell has managed the label since 2000. Stuart Aitken spoke to him about the label's new CDR project, wind farms, obscure Scottish islands and the Scots' love of a good old singsong. Just don't mention Boards of Canada
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/interviews/benbeculaiw.htm



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    ALBUM OF THE MONTH
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    Prefuse 73 Security Screenings
    Guillermo Scott Herren continues to alternate full releases and mini-albums with this companion to last year's Surrounded By Silence.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/prefuse73_screenings.htm


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    REVIEWS
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    Marvin Ayres Scape / Cycle - 12 Sketches For Recycling Piano Harmonics
    With these two very different projects released simultaneously, British musician Marvin Ayres explores a variety of ambient structure.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/mayres_scapecycle.htm
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    Pierre Bastien Pop
    With his second album for Rephlex, French sound artist Pierre Bastien continues to develop his weird and wonderful music-making machines.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/pbastien_pop.htm
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    Battles EP C / B EP
    Prefuse 73's favourite band, Battles, join Warp, collect their three
    previous EPs and kick post rock into next week!
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/battles_epcbep.htm
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    Bovaflux Where There Was Nothing
    Debut album for Bovaflux's Eddie Symons, Where There Was Nothing
    collect a series of minimal electronic compositions.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/bovaflux_nothing.htm
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    Coldcut Sound Mirrors
    Coldcut returns nines years after Let Us Play with another vibrant collection of sounds, ambiences, genres and collaborators. Sound Mirrors is the band's most complex and varied record to date.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/coldcut_mirrors.htm
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    Andrew Coleman Tony Alva's Hair
    Best known as drill act Animals on Wheels, Andrew Coleman has been focussing on more subtle and gentle soundscapes in recent years. For this third album released under his name showcases, Coleman takes his audience in yet another direction.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/acoleman_tah.htm
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    COPPÉ[artist] 9+10=10th Anniversary
    Released to coincide with her label's tenth anniversary, this bumper double album from Japanese future pop songstress Coppé collects previously unreleased material, remixes and brand new compositions.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/coppe_910.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/coppe_910.htm[/url]
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    Tod Dockstader Aerial #2
    For this second instalment in his series of odes to the short-wave radio, Tod Dockstader makes his presence noticeable as he articulates his collection of tracks into one long piece.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/tdockstader_aerial2.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/tdockstader_aerial2.htm[/url]
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    Double Adaptor Live At The Village Vanguard
    If the title hints at jazz references, the product of Double Adaptor's first effort finds roots in the most granular and harsh end of the electronic movement.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/dbladaptor_live.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/dbladaptor_live.htm[/url]
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    John Foxx Cathedral Oceans III
    With this latest offering in his long career, John Foxx affirms his sense for melody and takes his compositions beyond the realm of traditional ambient.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/jfoxx_coIII.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/jfoxx_coIII.htm[/url]
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    Anne Garner Re-making The Pearl
    Re-making The Pearl collects a series of remixes of tracks from Anne Garner's currently unreleased debut album. Here, the likes of Richard H. Kirk, Mixmaster Morris or Seán Quinn create a series of interesting versions.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/agarner_pearl.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/agarner_pearl.htm[/url]
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    Gaudi:Testa Continuum
    Perfectly in tune with the sound ethic of Em:t, Continuum relies greatly on space to flourish.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/gt_continuum.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/gt_continuum.htm[/url]
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    Johann Johannsson Dis
    The soundtrack of the film of the same name, Dis sees Icelandic modern classical composer Johann Johannsson sees him collaborate with a wide range of artists and collate an even wider section of genres.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/jjson_dis.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/jjson_dis.htm[/url]
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    Nightmares on Wax In A Space Outta Sound
    Four years on from his last album, Nightmares On Wax's George Evelyn revives his smoky grooves, dub, soul and funk for one more round in space.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/now_space.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/now_space.htm[/url]
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    Opsvik&Jennings Fløyel Files
    First collaboration between Norwegian bass player Eivind Opsvik and American guitarist Aaron Jennings, Fløyel Files combines acoustic and electronic into a stunning series of evocative vignettes.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/oj_files.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/oj_files.htm[/url]
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    Parallax Beat Brothers Autek
    Parallax Beat Brothers is a collaboration between multi-percussionist Pete Lockett and sound artist Scanner, and their first effort together is a truly uncompromising and fascinating piece of work.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/pbb_autek.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/pbb_autek.htm[/url]
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    Sinebag Près De La Lisière
    Sinebag's second album exists somewhere between something and nothing
    through collages of music and sounds.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/sinebag_lisiere.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/sinebag_lisiere.htm[/url]
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    Spunk En Aldeles Forferdelig Sykdom
    En Aldeles Forferdelig Sykdom, the third album by all-female experimental formation Spunk, is at once their most accessible, experimental and accomplished. A true achievement from a formation like no other.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/spunk_sykdom.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/spunk_sykdom.htm[/url]
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    Toy Toy
    The project of Britain's Alisdair Stirling and Norway's Jorgen Traeen, Toy sounds exactly as its names suggests, a combination of chirpy melodies and chaotic instrumentations.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/toy_epon.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/toy_epon.htm[/url]
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    SHORT CUTS
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    Richard H Kirk Fear (No Evil)
    Vizier of Damascus Badshadi
    Circadian Current
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/shortcuts/0602.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/shortcuts/0602.htm[/url]


    Happy surfing!

    themilkman | Editor
    [url=http://www.themilkfactry.co.uk nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactry.co.uk[/url]
    London
  • DEC05: Interview with Greg Davis plus all the best albums of 2005

    Dez 13 2005, 8h46

    themilkfactory #74 | Contemporary music for contemporary people
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk

    Before we get on with this month's issue, please be aware that we are taking a well-deserved break over Christmas and New Year. Therefore, the next issue of themilkfactory will be the February edition, which should go live toward the end of January 2006. Happy holidays and seasons greetings from us all.

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    INTERVIEW
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    Greg Davis The Music Of Sounds
    Interview with Greg Davis
    In just a little over three years, Greg Davis has become one of the most talked about experimental musicians around. His first album, Arbor, published in 2002 on Carpark Records, introduced his blend of acoustic folk and laptop manipulations, and was promptly followed by Curling Pond Woods, which showed some slightly poppier tones. Yet, the scope of Davis's work was to expand greatly with his more recent releases, ranging from calm evolving drones to live experimentations, either as a solo artist, or with artists as diverse as Keith Fullerton Whitman, Sebastien Roux or Steven Hess. We took the opportunity of the release of his superb collaboration with Paris-based Roux to catch up with Davis and talk about his already impressive body of work and his many approaches to music and sound.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/interviews/gdavisiw.htm


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    FEATURES
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    Minotaur Shock / Magnetophone The Birthday Party
    The Luminaire, Kilburn, London, Friday 19 November 2005
    Part of 4AD's 25th anniversary celebrations, which sees a wide range of activities this month, with the release of a compilation, a series of special releases and gigs in London, Kilburn's The Luminaire
    welcomes Minotaur Shock and Magnétophone for a one-off event.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/features/254AD.htm

    THE 2005 REVIEW
    Time flies when you're having fun says the proverb. It hasn't all been fun, but it seems like yesterday when we presented you our last year round up, and it is this time of the year already. Listening to
    some, it has been a rather rich year when it comes to music, while listening to others, it has been rather poor. Well, here at themilkfactory, we certainly think there has been some good and some not so good, but all in all, there's been plenty to talk about. We've welcomed new contributors and featured more albums than any of the previous years, yet, looking back, there are so many we've missed it doesn't ever bear thinking about… so here's the official year round-up from us… almost!
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/bo/2005.html


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    COMPETITION
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    We have three copies of Four Tet's Everrything Ecstatic DVD p for
    grab. Just click on the link bellow and answer the question to get the chance to win one of them.
    Competition ends 10 January 2006 at midnight GMT.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/win/fourtet.htm

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    ALBUM OF THE MONTH
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    Mark Clifford & Simon Kealoha Running Taper / Calika Small Talk Kills
    Me
    While Running Taper sees Calika's Simon Kealoha collaborating with Mark Clifford, best known for being the mastermind behind Seefeel, his solo album, Small Talks Kills Me also demonstrates great maturity as a solo artist.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/mcskcalika_2.htm


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    REVIEWS
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    Alog Catch That Tottem! (1998-2005)
    Norwegian duo Alog follow the release of their third album, Miniature, earlier this year, with this fascinating collection of rare tracks.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/alog_tottem.htm
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    Another Electronic Musician Use
    Another Electronic Musician's Jase Rex follows a series of compilation appearances with his debut album on which he attempts to fully develop his blend of digitalia and narcotic electro-dub beats.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/aem_use.htm
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    The Boats We Made This For You
    Second album for The Boats, We Made This For You offers a series of miniature scenes built around sounds sourced from a single piano.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/boats_you.htm
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    Cocteau Twins Lullabies To Violaine
    Essential release from 4AD to coincide with their twenty-fifth anniversary, Lullabies To Violaine collects the integral singles and EPs released by the Cocteau Twins during their sixteen-year career.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/ctwins_box2.htm
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    Deaf Center Pale Ravine
    Follow-up to Deaf Center's debut EP released earlier this year, Pale Ravine shows a broader musical and atmospheric scope.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/dcenter_ravine.htm
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    Desormais Dead Letters To Lost Friends / Avia Gardner More Than
    Tongue Can Tell
    Two very different releases from Quebec City-based imprint Intr.version. While Desormais distill a jazz-influenced blend of post rock, Avia Gardner debut investigates classical-infused electronic
    formations.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/agdmais_tonguefriends.htm
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    Four Tet Everything Ecstatic DVD / Caribou Marino: The Videos
    While the Four Tet DVD is an audio-visual version of his album of the same title released earlier this year, Marino collects on one DVD the integral of the videos used by Caribou during his recent tour.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/ft_caribou_dvd.htm
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    Hulk Silver Thread Of Ghosts
    The first full-length effort from Dublin-based Hulk, Silver Thread Of Ghosts combines field recordings, electronics and acoustic instrumentations into a stunning collection of haunting melodies and atmospheres.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/hulk_ghost.htm
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    Icarus Carnivalesque
    With their latest offering, published on their own imprint, British experimental duo Icarus continue to challenge and entertain as they push the boundaries of their visionary sound further into uncharted
    territories.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/icarus_carnival.htm
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    Judith Juillerat Soliloquy
    Debut release for French chanteuse Judith Juillerat, Soliloquy combines digital synthesizers, beat boxes, guitars and piano into a
    soundtrack that, without any computer in sight, ensures it is her music that is heard and not her software.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/jjuillerat_soliloquy.htm
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    David Shea The Book Of Scenes
    American experimental composer David Shea returns with a far-reaching collection of short musical scenes.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/dshea_book.htm
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    Skalpel Konfusion
    Polish duo Skalpel return with their second slice of processed Eastern European jazz with added breaks, and this time, they present a much darker, seedier and soulful vision of late night smoky grooves.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/skalpel_konfusion.htm
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    UM Giraffe (Refined) / Ascoltare Fatty Parts For A Good Match
    Split LP featuring fifteen tracks from UM and one long collage from [artist]Ascoltare. Strictly limited and utterly fun. [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/umascoltare_split.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/umascoltare_split.htm[/url]
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    Won A Forest
    Won is the solo project of Paris-based Sébastien Llinares, and this, his second album, proves to be a truly inspiring piece of work.
    [url=http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/won_aforest.htm nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/won_aforest.htm[/url]
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    All this plus the rest...

    Happy surfing

    themilkman | Editor
    [url=http://www.themilkfactry.co.uk nofollow=yes]http://www.themilkfactry.co.uk[/url]
    London
  • New milkfactory group on Last.fm... come and join us

    Dez 7 2005, 11h05

    I have just created a milkfactory group, and would be very happy if you would join. We need 15 members for the charts to start working...

    http://www.last.fm/group/themilkfactory

    I hope to see you with us soon....
  • NOV05: Interviews with Magnétophone & Jackson

    Nov 10 2005, 22h58

    themilkfactory #73 | Contemporary music for contemporary people
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk



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    INTERVIEWS
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    MAGNETOPHONE Live & Let Live
    Interview with Matt Saunders
    Formed in Birmingham at the end of the nineties by John Hanson and Matt Saunders, Magnétophone presented, with their first EPs and album, a rather unusual and captivating musical vision, rooted as
    much in indie rock and obscure pop and it was in contemporary electronica. Five years on, the duo return a magnificent sophomore effort, just in time to take part in the festivities for 4AD's twenty-
    fifth anniversary. As they gear up to a unique live performance in London, we catch up with, Matt Saunders, one half of Magnétophone.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/interviews/mphoneiw.htm

    JACKSON AND HIS COMPUTER BAND See If I Care
    Interview with Jackson Fougeraud
    Paris-based Jackson Fougeraud is currently being tipped as one of the major talent to have come out recently. With a devastatingly clever and infectious first album, Smash, which follows a series of
    promising EPs, he explores a wide range of genres, ranging from classic techno to funk and electro. Here, he talks about how Smash was patiently assembled, working with his mother and four-year-old
    niece and creating definitive music.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/interviews/jacksoniw.htm


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    FEATURES
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    BROADCAST The Noise Made By People
    Broadcast live, Koko, London, Wednesday 28 September
    Following the release of their third and most intimate album, Tender Buttons, Broadcast return to the live environment to offer a fired-up version of their gritty space electro pop. The beautiful rococo
    Camdem theatre played host to the band's feisty London performance at the end of September.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/features/broadcast_2.htm


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    ALBUM OF THE MONTH
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    SUPERSILENT 7
    For this latest output, Supersilent were captured in their natural environment, at their rawest, most unpredictable and visceral, improvising live in front of a crowd.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/supersilent_7.htm


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    AFX Hangable Auto Bulb
    Originally published as two extremely limited EPs then years ago, Hangable Auto Bulb part one and two have now been compiled onto one essential album.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/afx_hab.htm
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    CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE Periphery
    The debut album from Christopher Bissonnette is a striking dark and dramatic piece of work that combines stark electronics and minimal orchestral structures.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/cb_periphery.htm
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    VASHTI BUNYAN Lookaftering
    Thirty-five years in the making, Vashti Bunyan's second album is the perfect follow up to the amazing Just Another Diamond Day.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/vbunyan_lookaftering.htm
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    GREG DAVIS & SEBASTIEN ROUX Paquet Surprise
    Third in a collaborations released this year, Paquet Surprise sees Greg Davis team up with IRCAM composer Sebastien Roux for a stunning journey through sound and atmospheres.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/gdsr_surprise.htm
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    VLADISLAV DELAY The Four Quarters / THE DOLLS The Dolls
    On his latest solo project, Vladislav Delay offers a rather clinical vision of his usual sound, while his collaboration with AGF and Craig Armstrong, as The Dolls, often proves no more than a juxtaposition of
    characters.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/vddolls_4qdolls.htm
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    MAGNETOPHONE The Man Who Ate The Man
    Over four years after they introduced their highly deconstructed form of electronica, Magnéphone return with their sophomore album on which their flirt with rock structures through a series of collaborations.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/mphone_man.htm
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    BRIAN MCBRIDE When The Detail Lost Its Freedom
    When The Detail Lost Its Freedom is the debut solo album from Stars Of The Lid's Brian McBride on which he explore a wider sonic range than with his band.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/bmcbride_freedom.htm
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    THE ORB Orbsessions / Okie Dokie It's The Orb On Kompakt
    While Orbsessions Vol. 1 collects some previously unreleased material spanning fifteen years, Okie Dokie… sees Alex Paterson and Thomas Felhmann produce The Orb's most pertinent material to date.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/orb_sessionskpkt.htm
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    SUTEKH Born Again
    Born Again offers an interesting retrospective of various remixes by Sutekh, spanning over six years and spread over two volumes.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/sutekh_bornagain.htm
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    TRANSISTOR Relief
    Relief is the debut album from Mexican-based artist Edgar Medina, yet nothing here betrays the origin of this work. Instead, the music on this album is clearly the product of a global digital culture.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/transistor_relief.htm
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    TUSSLE Kling Klang
    On this, their debut album, San Francisco's Tussle get all groovy and offer an updated version of the Cabaret Voltaire and A Certain Ratio of the early eighties.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/tussle_klingklang.htm
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    THE VILLAGE ORCHESTRA Et In Arcadia Ego
    Best known for his involvement with Scottish electronic trio The Marcia Blaine School For Girls, Ruaridh Law presents his debut album as The Village Orchestra.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/tvo_arcadia.htm
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    Also this month in our infamous compilation round up:
    V/A Check The Water: Selections From The Leaf Label's First Ten Years
    V/A The Electric Institute
    V/A Mercury Scales: A Boltfish Recordings Compilation
    V/A SubVaritrax
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews_express/0511.htm



    All this plus the usuals...

    Happy surfing

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    http://www.themilkfactry.co.uk
    London
  • OCT05: Interview with Cristian Vogel

    Out 5 2005, 19h58

    themilkfactory #72 | Contemporary music for contemporary people
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk


    First, good news, we're finally back on normal emails. If you have
    tried to contact us over the last month and your email bounced,
    please drop us an email again, this time, it should get to us.

    Now, with this month's issue...



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    INTERVIEWS
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    CRISTIAN VOGEL Crunching Vogel
    Interview with Cristian Vogel
    Chilean-born, British brought-up and now resident in Barcelona,
    Cristian Vogel is emblematic of the internationalist nature of
    techno. He is often seen as a 'producer's producer' - although his
    public profile has never been particularly high (at least in the UK),
    his music is passionately loved by 'those who know', with his allies
    and supporters ranging from Andrew Weatherall to Detroit legends like
    Claude Young, James 'Suburban Knight' Pennington and Blake Baxter.
    While his musical partner in the criminally under-rated
    Super_Collider project, Jamie Lidell, has branched away from purist
    electronic music with his Multiply album on Warp, Cristian's latest
    solo record - Station 55 on NovaMute - is defiantly true to his
    techno roots. That's not to say, though, that it is relentless single-
    tempo pounding; it is full of melody, looking back to electronic
    pioneers like Kraftwerk and Vangelis whilst having a true futurist
    sheen that could only come from someone who is at one with their
    digital devices (it is telling that Cristian has a tattoo of a MIDI
    socket on his arm). It has more vocals than any of Cristian's eight
    previous solo albums, with guest appearances from underground
    individualists like Max Turner of the Meteorites/Puppetmastaz, Kevin
    Blechdom, and Franz Treichler from the Young Gods, all stitched into
    an abstract narrative which is sci-fi in the hallucinatory, riddle-
    like, exploratory William Burroughs sense of the term. Station 55
    flies the freak flag high for techno as it was originally formulated -
    rebellious, dense, hyper-intelligent and disconcerting but above all
    very, very funky.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/interviews/cvogeliw.htm



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    BIOSPHERE Dropsonde
    Follow up to last year's austere Autour De La Lune, Dropsonde
    sees Biosphere's Geir Jenssen returning to richer and more luxurious
    soundscapes and injecting jazz-inspired beats.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/biosphere_dropsonde.htm



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    ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Feels
    The sixth album from Animal Collective shows once again the band,
    here in full, applying their psychedelic tones onto a wide range of
    acoustic and electric songs.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/ac_feels.htm
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    BAÏKONOUR For The Lonely Hearts Of The Cosmos
    First opus for French-born and Brighton-based Baïkonour, For The
    Lonely Hearts Of The Cosmos is an impressive effort.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/baikonour_cosmos.htm
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    DEVENDRA BANHART Cripple Crow
    Free folk oddball Devendra Banhart returns with his fourth album in
    three years. More sophisticated than its predecessor, Cripple Crow
    shows Banhart's songwritting under a new light.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/dbanhart_crow.htm
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    BOARDS OF CANADA The Campfire Headphase
    The eagerly awaited third Boards Of Canada album is finally upon us,
    and sees the duo venturing into new territories while firmly
    reclaiming their original ground.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/boc_campfire.htm
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    HAUSCHKA The Prepared Piano
    For his second effort as Hauschka, Volker Bertelmann continues to
    combine delicate piano, lightly strummed guitar and electronic
    textures.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/hauschka_piano.htm
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    JACKSON & HIS COMPUTER BAND Smash
    Jackson delivers his long-awaited debut album on Warp and justifies
    the hype that has surrounded his earlier EPs.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/jackson_smash.htm
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    THE LAPPETITES Before The Libretto
    The Lappetites is the collaborative project of Eliane Radigue, AGF,
    Kaffe Matthews and Ryoko Kuwajima, and Before The Libretto is a
    platform for them to experiment with each other's usual sonic
    scope.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/lappetites_libretto.htm
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    ANDREW PEKLER Strings + Feedback
    Andrew Pekler's third album revisits piano vignettes from Morton
    Feldman. The original work is here entirely recontextualised and
    given a totally new structure.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/apekler_strings.htm
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    PORN SWORD TOBACCO Explains Freedom
    Porn Sword Tobacco's second album hints at the sonic ambiences of
    the likes of Colleen or Susumu Yokota.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/pst_freedom.htm
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    THE BLACK DOG The Remixes
    ZAINETICA People More Fuel
    RUSSELL HASWELL / HECKER Revision
    BENOIT PIOULARD Enge
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/shortcuts/0510.htm
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    All this plus the usuals...

    Happy surfing

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    http://www.themilkfactry.co.uk
    LondonBaïkonour
  • SEP05: Interview with The Black Dog

    Set 18 2005, 19h40

    themilkfactory #71 | Contemporary music for contemporary people
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk


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    THE BLACK DOG Hounds Of Love
    Interview with Ken Downie, Martin & Richard Dust
    The story of The Black Dog echoes that of the rise of the electronica movement in the UK. Originally the brainchild of Ken Downie, the project has seen many incarnations, the most recent with Richard and Martin Dust. The Dog recently released a couple of impressive EPs, and with the arrival of a new Black Dog album later this month, we caught up with the band to talk about everything from what's Downie been up to in the last ten years to recording Silenced, the jubilation of giving a wobble to a vinyl test pressing and car MOTs.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/interviews/blackdogiw.htm


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    BROADCAST Tender Buttons
    Broadcast return with their third album. Now a duo following the departure of their guitarist, the band swap their lush soundscapes for a much grittier sound.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/broadcast_butttons.htm


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    THE BLACK DOG Silenced
    Over ten years after Ken Downie went his own way, The Black Dog is a trio again. Silenced builds on the Dog's impressive legacy while introducing some new flavours. A welcome return.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/blackdog_silenced.htm
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    CLUE TO KALO One Way, It's Every Way
    For his second effort for Mush and Leaf, Clue To Kalo's Mark Mitchell adds plush psychedelic orchestrations and vocals to his melancholic electronic tones.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/cluetokalo_oneway.htm
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    GREG DAVIS & STEVEN HESS Decisions
    Greg Davis and Steven Hess team up for a sonic experiment built entirely around Hess's percussions and processed on Davis's laptop.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/gdsh_decisions.htm
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    EVGENIY DROOMOFF / SOUND MECCANO / DELRAY Volokno
    Multi-media-based project, Volokno is the collaborative effort of sound artist Evgeniy Droomoff, electronic musician Rostislav Rekuta, AKA Sound Meccano and visual artist DelRay.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/edsmd_volokno.htm
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    GOLDFRAPP Supernature
    Pop-world upper-class darlings Goldfrapp return with a third album that finds them stalled.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/goldfrapp_supernature.htm
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    THE HAFLER TRIO & AUTECHRE aeo3/3hae
    Second collaboration between the legendary Hafler Trio and Autechre, this album explores once again the connections between drone and glitch in two monolithic compositions.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/aeht_aeo33hae.htm
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    MARC HELLNER Marriages
    A tireless activist of the Chicago experimental Pulseprogramming's Marc Hellner finally collects for the first time his solo work on an album that constantly surprises and intrigues.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/mhellner_marriages.htm
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    HIMURO Mild Fantasy Violence
    Fourth album for Japanese musician Yoshiteru Himuro, Mild Fantasy Violence is quirky and hectic, yet shows enough control to retain the attention all the way through.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/himuro_violence.htm
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    MURCOF Remembranza
    With his second album as Murcof, Fernando Corona gets to work with real instruments and investigates more sombre musical territories.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/murcof_remembranza.htm
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    ODD NOSDAM Burner
    Best-known as one third of cLOUDDEAD, Odd Nosdam creates here a series of impressive atmospherics moments built around a vast array of sound sources.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/onosdam_burner.htm
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    PART 2 Live From The Breadline
    After years spend in the shadow of others, Part 2 finally steps into the limelight. Announced as the UK's urban music's best kept secret, Part 2 delivers on all fronts. Do believe the hype!
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/part2_breadline.htm
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    AOKI TAKAMASA + TUJIKO NORIKO 28
    Despite being dressed in clicks and glitch, this collaboration between Aoki Takamasa and Tujiko Noriko exults of humanity and proves to be one of the freshest things around.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/attn_28.htm
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    All this plus the usuals...

    Happy surfing

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    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk
    London
  • AUG05: CocoRosie / Scanner interviews

    Ago 10 2005, 21h33

    themilkfactory #70 | Contemporary music for contemporary people
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk



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    CocoRosie Sisters Of Mercy
    Interview with Sierra & Bianca Casady
    With their first album, La Maison De Mon Rêve, sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady captured the imagination of many without even wanting it. The album was recorded in a bath tub in Sierra's Parisian flat, and, thanks to its fragile atmospheres, beautifully crafter melodies and car-boot sale instrumentation, proved a wonderful collection of accidental pop songs. This collaboration is however far from being just a lucky accident, as the pair's second opus, Noah's Ark, released in a few weeks time, proves. We took the opportunity of the sisters being in London for a few days to meet up with them in the bar of their Hide Park hotel to talk about everything from growing up separated to religion.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/interviews/criw.htm

    Scanner A Sound Philosophy
    Interview with Robin Rimbaud Scanner's Robin Rimbaud has been one an important figures of electronic music for the last fifteen years. With a body of work that covers far more and reaches far beyond that of the majority of his contemporaries, he continues to face us with everyday sounds and
    noises, revealing them under their least obvious angles. We caught up with the man as Swim~ are releasing an album by Githead, a project set
    up with members of Wire and Minimal Compact. An extremely busy and in demand musician, with many projects currently on the go, Robin Rimbaud
    nevertheless took the time to stop and tell us about his career, his vision and his projects.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/interviews/scanneriw.htm



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    CocoRosie Noah's Ark
    Barely a year after they unleashed the wonderful La Maison De Mon Rêve onto the world, Bianca and Sierra Casady return with this even more impressive second effort.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/cocorosie_noahsark.htm



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    Chin Chin Shallow Dive
    For their first effort, Chin Chin create a clever soundtrack around a mix of acoustic and electronic instrumentation.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/chinchin_shallowdive.htm
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    Keith Fullerton Whitman Multiple
    With his latest effort, Keith Fullerton Whitman returns to the roots of experimental electronic music and produces one of his most fascinating records to date.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/kfw_multiples.htm
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    Galaktlan Constance
    Estonian Taavi Laatsit follows his first album as Galaktlan with this beautiful follow up and affirms himself as one of the strongest contenders of the Eastern-European electronic scene.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/galaktlan_constance.htm
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    Githead Profile
    Formed by members of Minimal Compact and Wire, with Scanner's Robin Rimbaud on guitar, Githead is fuelled by the spirit of early eighties new wave, yet feels extremely contemporary.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/githead_profile.htm
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    RÖYKSOPP The Understanding
    The coolest Norgwegians around return with the follow-up to their multi-million selling debut album.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/royksopp_understanding.htm
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    Dwight Trible & the Life Force Trio Love Is The Answer
    A veteran of the music scene, Dwight Trible has worked with some of the biggest names around. This new project is the fruit of a collaboration with Ammoncontact member Carlos Niño.
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews/dtrible_love.htm
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    COLLECTED WORKS
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    V/A Doctor Who Vol 1: The Early Years 1963-1969
    V/A Doctor Who Vol 2: New Beginnings 1970-1980
    V/A Welcome To The Neo Golden Age: A Sound Exposure Vol. 1
    V/A Force Majeure
    V/A The Enlightened Family: A Collection Of Lost Songs
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/reviews_express/0508.htm


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    Broadcast America's Boy
    Seeland Wander / Pherox
    The Black Dog Trojan Horus EP
    Gimmik News From The Past
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/shortcuts/0508.htm


    Happy surfing


    themilkman
    http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk
    London