2016 ten CD set. Trials Of Eyeliner is the definitive overview of Marc Almond's career, and the fact that Almond himself has personally curated the collection, allied to the 189-strong track listing, suggests that this is no exaggeration. Neal X, Almond's longstanding writing partner/musical director (and former Sigue Sigue Sputnik guitarist), supervised mastering of the tracks recorded over five decades between 1979 and 2016. This anthology is divided into three themed sections.
The LateNightTales series is an easy gateway for those interested in finding where an artist's influences lie – with volumes that are curated by Jamiroquai, MGMT, Belle & Sebastian, and Lindstrøm, among many others – and Röyksopp's contribution showcases the Norwegian duo's love of analog synthesizer tones…
In their own ways, Zidane and Les Revenants are some of Mogwai's finest work, so it makes sense that Atomic – an album based on their music for the BBC 4 documentary Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise and their first release after the departure of John Cummings – follows suit. The band's tenth album recalls not only Zidane and Les Revenants but the fearsome sweep of Jóhann Jóhannsson's Fordlandia, another unflinching look at humankind's capacity to discover and create equally constructive and destructive technology.
At a slickly run massage centre in Nanjing, sight-impaired massuers and masseuses are employed in a wonderful environment that's an oasis outside of mainstream society.