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Welcome to Freq in 2017

Freq has been online in various forms since April 1998; this iteration has been around as of 2010, with an archive of older material available — see below.

Please scroll down and on for the most recent reviews; see also the archives index for 1998-2009 below while there is also an A-Z index of everything posted so far.

The bulk of the record reviews 1998-2008 are in the following pages — as time allows they are being converted to the newer, searchable format:
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Drew McDowall – Unnatural Channel

Dais

Drew McDowall - Unnatural Channel“This is what it’s like.” A softly whispered, wraith-like voice appears during one of the tracks and it’s an exemplar: this is one (relatively) short descent into a steaming woodland of madness. There’s great chasms opening up all over the land and we’re listening to ourselves being swallowed.

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White – White

Adaadat

White - WhiteWhite was the pairing of percussionist Shenggy Shen and guitarist and singer Zhang Shouwang, and this, their first album, was originally released in 2007. Now Adadaat have given White its first outing on vinyl, and it not only sounds but looks good ten years later, the striking cover image by Marcin Cybulski adding a Dada feel to the album.

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Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions

Constellation

Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent IllusionsThis is Do Make Say Think‘s seventh album for Constellation since their inception twenty years ago and the first in eight years and it is a glorious, Technicolor addition to their already wonderful pantheon. For me, no other band sounds like DMST

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

BMG

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Lovely CreaturesWhen Nick Cave experienced the tragedy above all tragedies as a parent in 2015, it would be no surprise that all artistic output would be set on hold. This compilation was in the process of being finished, but was yielded maybe because the need of finishing Skeleton Tree that came out last year.

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Prescott – Thing Or Two

Thoofa

Prescott - Thing Or TwoIf this was a knitting pattern it would be full of lopsided colour, tangled dimensions and probably more armholes than really necessary.

This second helping from Prescott has been well worth the wait. The musicianship is blinding, each track built up on little stabbing motifs playing footsie with Commodore computer tape loadings

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Radionics Radio: An Album Of Musical Thought Frequencies

Sub Rosa

Radionics Radio - An Album Of Musical Thought FrequenciesIt’s becoming a little unpopular, and there seems a tiresome insistence creeping in that music should stand for itself (I completely disagree), but I love electronic music that’s about something; I love a history and a context. The words surrounding a release are as important to me as the music within. Almost.

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Marc Ribot live at Café OTO

London 11 May 2017

Marc Ribot live May 2017There’s a scene towards the end of John Carpenter’s turbo-charged 1982 creature feature The Thing when the titular metamorph – just before being blown to shit by Kurt Russell’s vengeful sticks of dynamite – writhes and transmutes in all its slimy, gory glory.

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The Wolfhounds – Untied Kingdom… Or How To Come To Terms With Your Culture

Optic Nerve The Wolfhounds - Untied KingdomThere seems to have been a lot of bands returning to action over the last few years, but surely one of the most welcome must be The Wolfhounds.

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Damo Suzuki / The Cube Orchestra/ Agathe Max (live at The Exchange)

Bristol 12 May 2017

Damo Suzuki live May 2017French violinist Agathe Max warmed things up with a stunning set of looped riches, her bow floating with the gymnastic gait of a trapeze artist as she filled the canvas with different textures and tonal depths.

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Klaus Schulze – Androgyn

MIG Music

Klaus Schulze - AndrogynKlaus Schulze is one of the pioneers of electronic music; his expansive cosmic music from the 1970s changed the face of modern popular music, and along with Tangerine Dream, it gave the world the Berlin School sound.

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Einstürzende Neubauten (live at The Forum)

London 4 May 2017

Einstürzende Neubauten live May 2017Einstürzende Neubauten are a band very close to my heart — indeed, they reside in tattoo form on my left arm, so it’s literally a matter of inches. So I am delighted when, having given up on seeing what’s billed as a Greatest Hits set due to lack of funds, I find out at the last minute that I’ve been assigned to cover it for this esteemed organ (no giggling at the back).

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Aidan Baker and Karen Willems – Nonland

Gizeh

Aidan Baker and Karen Willems - NonlandLess is more, so they say. But as facile as that gnomic wisdom is to state, successfully — satisfyingly — putting it into practice, musically or otherwise, can be another thing altogether. This is what the pairing of Aidan Baker and Karen Willems achieves here.

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Map 71 – Gloriosa

Fourth Dimension

Map 71 - GloriosaSome of the best things come about from unplanned events: Lisa Jayne and drummer Andy Pyne (from Kellar, Medicine and Duty and more) first manifested as an impromptu performance at Supernormal in 2013 and this is their latest cassette together as Map 71

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Disco Inferno – In Debt

Rocket Girl Disco InfernoOriginally released as a 7″, a 12″ and an LP, these tracks were then compiled as a CD back in 1992 and have since been out of print for a long long time. Is this a 25-year anniversary re-issue? If so, it is one of the most worthwhile that I have seen in an age.

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Eurovision 2017

Eurovision 2017

It’s the time of year in Europe when days grow longer, spring blossoms multiply andthe Eurovision Song Contest heaves into view; which also entails Kev Nickells going through each and every entry with a vengeance.

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