Category: Magazine Sixty reviews

  • Fletcher – Blurred Lines EP – Ausblick

    Fletcher – Blurred Lines EP – Ausblick

    Within seconds you get the feeling that something is going on here. It’s down to that rough and tumble bassline plus shuffling yet gritty drums, all of which are offset by a hauntingly beautiful pulse of emotive keys. Then the hi-hat hits. Then differing textures makes their presence fully felt across the brilliant title track.…

  • Danny J Lewis – Night Tales 2 – Just Underground Recordings

    Danny J Lewis – Night Tales 2 – Just Underground Recordings

    I don’t encounter stories, written down in words, set to the accompaniment of music as often these days. Maybe drifting back to a bygone era when such things were important, or perhaps it’s just a means of reflecting the abundance of film soundtracks jostling for position in the twenty first century. In light of which…

  • Ensemble Ex Materia – EP – Arpaviva Recordings

    Ensemble Ex Materia – EP – Arpaviva Recordings

    The four souls making up Ensemble Ex Materia demonstrate the art of the possible to the ninth degree. Taking sounds and manipulating their presence in real-time lends the music the persception of being in the moment as atmosphere’s unfold, conjuring up the danger of the unknown in the process. Or to put that another way,…

  • Osmo Lindeman – Electronic Works – Sähkö Recordings

    Osmo Lindeman – Electronic Works – Sähkö Recordings

    There is quite often more to the world than first meets the eye. It seems to happen after a gentle scratch under the surface revealing names not readily caught in the net. Quite why they slip through isn’t always apparent, or fair to them and their memory. But here we are in 2023 listening to…

  • Xqui – melting ice with ice – Wormhole World

    Xqui – melting ice with ice – Wormhole World

    After gazing at the immersive cover art for what seemed like an age I finally pressed start. To which I was greeted by caustic, mind-bending rays of synthesizer landing at the point where you can instantly see the ice melting scenario unfold. Mercifully however, Cherry Red Neon Blues soothes the tension a touch next as…

  • Fabiano do Nascimento – Mundo Solo – Far Out Recordings

    Fabiano do Nascimento – Mundo Solo – Far Out Recordings

    Fabiano do Nascimento sounds like a musician playing with his heart and soul. On the sleeve, inside and out. The airy enhancements enacted by machines only come as an extension to that original integrity. Adding grace and space to the language of sounds as they fill the room with brushstrokes of emotion, colouring rainbows amid…

  • Before Brillo Box or Banana: Music With The Album Cover Art of Andy Warhol -El records

    Before Brillo Box or Banana: Music With The Album Cover Art of Andy Warhol -El records

    I’ve spent countless hours over the years thinking about Andy Warhol’s Art so much so that I’ve not given much thought to the music he liked. This collection of music pieces together tracks from albums which Warhol designed, or was involved with designing the covers for, when cover art was just that, Art. Before hitting…

  • Kirk Barley – Marionette – Odda Recordings

    Kirk Barley – Marionette – Odda Recordings

    Contrast always feels like the best of intentions. Especially given so many things are almost exactly the same. The same arrangements of landscapes of endless familiarity for you to lose your sad reflections in. Or the same sounds inevitably sounding all the same. However, Kirk Barley turns it all upside down in due course by…

  • Stro Elliot – La Villa – Def Pressé Editions

    Stro Elliot – La Villa – Def Pressé Editions

    It’s also the ability of music to lift and transform mood which is yet another fascinating, invaluable asset in the artistic canon. Maybe it should be prescribed. That’s the thing I love about this album’s opening shot, Mondays’ Generation as it sings and dances, celebrating, confirming. Then you listen to the piano adorning HHOT and…