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The Tape-beatles – Synthety No. 5: Good Times

Label: Staalplaat Format: CD

Good Times - sleeve detailStepping to an appropriately martial, mechano-deconstructed beat, The Tape-beatlesGood Times weaves a mix of political speech snippets, training-film educational banalities delivered with the wooden certitude of a rigid economic concentration on accumulation of capital and the promotion of that greatest lie of all, free-market competition, into a sometimes thumping orchestral soundscape. Delay is the key, as fragments of a cultural canon splinters in the guts of the very technology capitalism worships above all else. Electronics turned back on the blind idiot money men who fund their developers – it has a nice ring of just desserts to it.

How much of this is going to affect anyone not already disenchanted (to say the least) with the way things work in the allegedly developed economic systems of globalisation is debatable. However, The Tape-beatles have thought of

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The Tape-beatles – The Grand Delusion

Label: Staalplaat Format: CD

The Grand Delusion - sleeveOriginally released in 1993, The Grand Delusion takes as its themes the very idea of the American nation as a construct of media and cultural signifiers, especially as contextualised by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent events of the Gulf War. As a work of what The Tape-beatles mockingly trademark as Plagiarism®, the record also served as the soundtrack to their triple-screen 16mm film presentation of the same name, and brims with energetic venom directed at the powers that be in what was establishing itself as the dominant world military and economic force at the time of its recording.

As the title indicates, every opportunity to shred the braggadocio and self-aggrandising statements of Americas politicians and their partners in cultural control is taken with multi-media assault and battery in mind. Sometimes the

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