The sound of a group at the very height of their power, flexing their ample muscle, Heligoland is the album Massive Attack had to produce for fear of fading further from relevance. Now we can all learn to love them once again. Piers Martin–Uncut
Electronica 1: The Time Machine is the eighteenth studio album by French electronic musician Jean Michel Jarre, released on 16 October 2015. It was recorded with the help of 15 separate collaborators, including Vince Clarke, Gesaffelstein, M83, Armin van Buuren, John Carpenter, Robert "3D" Del Naja of Massive Attack fame, Moby, Pete Townshend (from The Who) and the late Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream, the collaboration being one of Froese's last projects before passing away in the January of 2015.
Portishead's third album is initially more a record to admire than to love, its muscular synthesisers, drum breaks and abrupt endings keeping the tension high. But after several listens, Third's majesty unfurls. Propulsive Krautrock rhythms and German radio samples conjure up Eastern bloc minimalism in Silence, Small and the jaw-dropping We Carry On, while soft, organic textures add depth to the icy shallows elsewhere. When Deep Water appears, it is shocking: a minute and 33 seconds of sweet ukulele doo-wop that bring to mind a 78 discovered in a nuclear fallout. Elsewhere, the ominously titled Threads and Plastic show how strong Portishead have become.–guardian.co.uk
As a 5 year old Charlie Mc Mahon made his first didjeridu sounds. Aged 30 in 1981 he formed the iconic band Gondwanaland and in 2007 he is still in demand. Charlie recently did his Rhythm Organism tour of 18 club dates in Japan. He has stayed relevant by inventing new ideas for an old instrument. Nowadays he mainly plays the pitch shift DIDJERIBONE amplified with the FACE BASS, a seismic sensor. Thus enhanced his didj sound is melodic and powerful as he layers multiple didj riffs to create songs with names like Wobblin Goblin, Resonate the Head, Giddy. Rolling Stone magazine compared him to Massive Attack and Gus Gus. Audiences gasp when he hits the mic beat box style and demos a riff breathing at 125 breaths per minute then breathes that speed on his Didjbone, maintaining it for the whole song. A Rhythm Organism he clearly is. …