Album highlight Poof kicks things off, as Bourne’s pitch-corrected voice wails over a beat that dances gracefully around genres: he steps into groggy trap territory before sliding into slick R&B. There’s a quiet buoyancy to Bourne’s production – it bounces along rather than ratchets up tension for colossal drops. He maintains this mid-tempo vibe across tracks such as the velvet-smooth Lovers, although the hook-laden Guillotine incites a young man to charge the stage in excitement. Bourne has none of it, however, and tosses him back before resetting the track. … [Read more...] about Pi’erre Bourne review – rapper-producer with an eye on Kanye’s crown
The only sartorial effort I ever make is to check that my pyjama bottoms are buttoned up whenever a delivery man knocks at the door. And every three or four days, I look in the mirror, see old Mr Steptoe from Steptoe and Son staring back at me, and give myself a quick shave … [Read more...] about CRAIG BROWN: My No1 rule for scruffs? Do up your jim-jams!
During Du Pré's final days, Williams was not aware of her brother and sister being around to support her, although Hilary claims they were always there for her. He said: 'Of course, I wasn't there 24 hours a day; maybe they came a few times and we didn't know about it. Two of her great friends, Cynthia Friend and Diana Nupern, who also died young, used to visit her every day. They were like sisters to her. Perlman or Zukerman, all her musical friends who lived abroad, would come to see her every time they were in London. Not Piers and Hilary - I got the impression really that she had left her family, or they her.' … [Read more...] about ‘It’s macabre. It’s sick. My friend Jackie has been betrayed,’ by John Williams
The Sabres of Paradise – Inter-Lergen-Ten-Ko II (1995) There’s no real consensus as to the best entry point for Weatherall’s catalogue, but I’d wager that the Sabres of Paradise, his short-lived trio with Gary Burns and Jagz Kooner, is a natural starting point. Sabresonic (1993) and Sabresonic II (1995) function like a map of club music, encompassing bleep and bass, depth-charge dub techno, progressive house epics, trance via Goa and Frankfurt, and even downtempo detours into the chillout room. Inter-Lergen-Ten-Ko II manages to get everything under a nine-minute roof with an almost symphonic approach, a breaksy soundsystem punisher that features live percussion and oddball effects to send you west. Though a committed psychonaut in the mid-90s, Weatherall still had an acute sense of when something was a little too much. The dramatic rave vocal treads a fine line of naffness, but is ultimately anchored by the reinforced steel of the production undergirding it. A … [Read more...] about Andrew Weatherall: 10 of his greatest tracks
Vunipola was rested when England began their Six Nations campaign with a disappointing defeat by France but his return coincided with a victory against Scotland. Jones does at least have options at loosehead with Ellis Genge impressing off the bench in both Six Nations matches so far and Joe Marler also at his disposal. … [Read more...] about Mako Vunipola out of England’s Six Nations showdown with Ireland