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Memorial Valley Massacre - Memorial Valley Massacre(Blu Ray)
Appearing in the dying embers of the 80’s slasher boom Memorial Valley Massacre is an enjoyable, at times tonally wonky, though not terrible original addition to the genre. The straight-to-video stalk ‘n’ slasher venture flip flops between the camp & comic, charming & cheesy- with deranged at points brutal killings, and a killer that managers to flick between the ridiculous & tragic- all topped off with a wonderful off-kilter easy listening synth soundtrack, that you’ll either love or hate. From the guys over at Vinegar Syndrome here we have a region A Blu Ray release- taking in the company’s normal great scan, and a few extras.
Colin Webster & Andrew Lisle - New Invention
New Invention is a visceral and often highly intense jazz record- that barely ever lets-up, in either its pace nor attack. The seven-track album brings together alto sax player Colin Webster, and percussionist Andrew Lisle. The CD release appears on the Belgium label New Wave Of Jazz and comes in their house style white & grey boxed mini gatefold.
Rubicon Quartet - Crosscurrents
Crosscurrents is an extremely apt title for this recent CD release from the Rubicon Quartet. As the album, often rapidly, shifts and swings between playful ‘n’ harmonic edged free jazz, and noised- up to angular improv. All making for a decidedly invigorating, yet often memorable record.
Urban Eden - Building Gardens From Concrete
Urban Eden is the project of the multidisciplinary artists Liz Helman and Dominic Hemy, and via the collaboration  the pair share their love of drones and subtly twisted soundscapes.
The Fu Manchu Cycle 1965-1969 - The Fu Manchu Cycle 1965-1969( Blu Ray boxset)
The Fu Manchu Cycle is a Blu Ray boxset bringing together the five films released by maverick British producer and writer Harry Alan Towers in the mid-to-late 1960s. For those not in know Fu Manchu was an oriental super-villain created by English writer Sax Rohmer- in all between the years 1913 & 1959 he penned thirteen novels featuring Fu. The character & it’s stories have very much of a pulp action/ adventure tone- the books and screen adaptions of the character are seen as racist- and to make it worse the Fu character has never being played by an oriental actor. For this take on the character, we have horror icon Christopher Lee playing the part of Fu- and on the whole, these five films are trashy & fun romps in pulp fiction, that turn slightly darker & nastier in the later films
Michael Lightborne - Ring Road Ring
Ring Road Ring is a twelve-inch vinyl release that brings together around half-an-hours worth of road field recordings captured by contact microphones attached to the concrete pylons around the Ring Road, which loops around the city of Coventry in the West Midlands. The recordings here go from untreated & lightly manipulated/ arranged- with the sonic pallet moving from melancholically droning, muffled almost beat like texturing, and churning industrial-like sonic constructions.

       
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