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All Tomorrow’s Parties: End Of An Era Part 2 (live at Pontin’s)

Fuck Buttons at ATP 2013Camber Sands, Sussex 29 November-1 December 2013

So it came, as the subtitle says, to the very end of an era for All Tomorrow’s Parties on the English coast. Returning full circle to Pontin’s at Camber Sands where it all kicked off 13 years ago (barring the festival’s origins with Belle and Sebastian‘s Bowlie Weekender a year earlier in 1999 at the same spot), ATP brought out its glad rags and old friends to take rock and roll and variations thereof on a musical jaunt to the seaside one last time.

With recent line-ups often being somewhat less enticing than the earlier events and with declining numbers apparently attending, it’s not such a surprise that the time when holding an off-season indoor festival four times a

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23 Skidoo – Seven Songs/Urban Gamelan

Label: Ronin Format: CD

There’s no denying 23 Skidoo their place among the innovators at the interface of Eighties post-Industrial Funk, World Music and general experimental groove development. It’s one of those mysteries and licensing which has no doubt kept their back catalogue out of print for more than a decade, so these re-releases on their own Ronin imprint are thoroughly welcome, and it’s always nice to have a long-awaited return into the roots of modern musical forms emerge to wider availability.

Seven Songs - sleeve Seven Songs, co-produced by the unholy trio of Genesis P-Orridge, Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson and Ken Thomas (for some reason masquerading as Tony, Terry and David), has many of the hallmarks of a time when the serious work of mashing all forms of music up against each other was well under way, but not yet glossed-up and over-marketed as

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23 Skidoo – 23 Skidoo

Label: Virgin Format: CD,2LP

23 Skidoo - sleeve Sad to say, this self-titled return after all those years in over one and a half decades really isn’t all that interesting; at leats, not as much as it should be, especially considering that the Industrial Funk pioneers have got a legend in the shape of Pharoah Saunders for a couple of tracks. It’s all so easy listening now, by comparison to what the cutting edge of music is really like these days. 23 Skidoo seemed so much more adventurous when everyone and their digital dog weren’t in on the act; they helped create the post-genre musical scene after all, but now…

Well, having said that, opener “Freezeframe” is quite reverberative as a calling card, and “Dirty Lo”, with Ragga toasting from Major and loping beat among the drizzly brass samples and sundry mutterings from the

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