Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Defy The Ocean - Myopic - EP Review

Defy the Ocean has released another EP called Myopic.

The music is a combination of fast thrash like in Neolithic or the slowish doomsayer groove in Invaders.

The last two songs The Hunter has a loose and mis-stepped beats structure, while The Tide has a nice mellow introduction and is probably the lead track on the EP, considering it is just over ten minutes long.

Myopic is available @ Bandcamp

Friday, 27 May 2016

Kill The Messenger - Film Review


Kill The Messenger is based on a true story about the American government who were exposed in dealing with the importation of cocaine to help fund the CIA's operation in Nicaragua, Central America.

Gary Webb [Jeremy Renner] a Pulitzer Prize award winning journalist with the Mercury News Tribute blows the lid of this scandal after a meeting with the wife of drug dealer Norwin Meneses who was due to face trail. She gave Gary Webb a transcribed document from the US Department of State conversion about these cocaine deals on behalf of the CIA operation in the Central American country.

Since the fall of the Cuban President Fulgencio Batista's rule in 1959, which led to Castro and the Communist gaining power, American foreign policy was to quash any communist uprising or socialist political parties from gaining power in basically America's backyard.

During the 80's Communism or extreme left views was gaining power in Nicaragua and America decided that they had to be stopped, so through the CIA the political parties and paramilitary groups most famously The Contras were funded to fight the Marxist Sandinistas regime. To help fund these expensive anti-Communist operations and projects they needed some serious money. Americans thirst for cocaine had skyrocketed since the late 60s and 70s that it would make the vast amounts required to keep Communism and the old Soviet Union [USSR] from gaining any more land in the Americas, as Cuba was more than enough held in Communist hands and supported by arch-rivals the Soviet Union now Russia.

Unfortunately while Gary Webb thought he had a story of mass public importance and credibility, taking on the American government especially the CIA was to have a disastrous effect not only on his career but also on his family.

The American government sought to discredit him and his documents of the CIA and American government's involvement in importing millions of dollars of cocaine in its pursuit of fighting communism in Nicaragua.

While this tactic worked against Gary Webb, it was years later that the truth eventually came out about the CIA's involvement in cocaine trafficking in a 400 page CIA report acknowledging their involvement and operations at that time in Nicaragua.

Gary Webb wrote a series of published articles about his findings, which eventually was made into a book called Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion.

Nick Schou wrote Kill The Messenger: How The CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, which this film is based on. 








Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Filth - Film Review





Filth is a controversial film - due to the fact that the slang word for the police is 'pig' and from the outset the film's image sets up the story of one policeman's journey, mainly of destruction.

From the opening scene we meet the main character that the film is based around Detective Bruce Robinson [James McAvoy], who is a rather unkempt, smoking, snorting and generally dirty looking man.

Right from the start you are bombarded with scenes of dirty filthy sex, which escalates into drug taking by blackmailing with threats of arrest from the local drug dealers.

Blackmail extends to having sex with borderline minors to lonely and desperate housewife's, which are his colleagues he's trying to out do in the race to get the promoted job at his police station.

You are left in shock and while laughing you're thinking 'Am I really witnessing this extreme story' and another more worrying thought, 'This has probably happened' amongst police officers worldwide.

There are very funny scenes one in particular concerns a Christmas party that gets drunkenly silly but hilarious as it includes a photocopier machine taking the best or biggest penis photocopy picture and the winner is unexpectedly rewarded with a fellow female colleague called Size Queen [Polly McIntosh]. Let's just say it isn't all cracked-up to be!

You get beyond the middle of the film and waiting for some more outrageous shenanigans, but instead you get to the root cause of this outlandish behaviour and the consequences of this destructive lifestyle.

You get some rather psychedelic scenes of people with animal masks on that keeps you wondering what the relation to these characters and inner thoughts of Detective  Bruce Robinson are, as he sits in his psychiatrists Doctor Rossi's [ Jim Broadbent] room for his periodic anti-psychotic drug treatment. Though they are his demonic thoughts and fears concerning a family tragedy sometime ago.

The hopes of his job promotion slowly slips due to him being investigated and despised by Detective Superintendent Amanda Drummond [Imogen Poots] trying to undermine and cause complete havoc amongst his fellow police officers.

Having tried to do a good deed that didn't go to plan Detective Bruce Robinson now demoted to Constable is left feeling rather low, which ends in just a shocking twist as he lived!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Rene Benton - Xpressions Too!!! [Shört Storeez ] - Album Review

Rene Benton album Xpressions Too!!! [Shört Storeez] is a mixture of rock, metal and acid-rock-jazz instrumental compositions.

Due to the fact that Rene Benton has served in the US military there are a few tracks that resemble his experiences starting with the first track Push Pull, which is a fairly aggressive piece of music. Then you have the following tracks East Meets West that has some Arabic musicial phrasing going on. The intro to Drone 3.3 has some electronic signals effects on the guitar to kind of simulate the starting of this electronic remote control aircraft, while the chugging of the rhythm guitar is part of the mission and the lead guitar is the drone flting effortlessly high-up through the sky. Green Light Go! has a great adrenaline rush feel, well how would you feel if you had to jump out of an aeroplane? Exactly. Well these are the tracks that has been drawn on his global travels with his fellow US Marines.

You the get tracks that have a different feel like Nation Of Struggle, which changes tempo, notes and style within the composition.

Getting into the space race of completely changing Mankind through computer technology is expressed in Clone Theory.

The next crop of tracks Part Of Me, This Is Life, Thingsz Happen and V.U.S are more free flowing compositions that burst with perfect fluency and you hear how refined Rene Benton is whether playing raw or neoclassical lead guitar and how he crafts his instrument around what he wants to convey through his music.

Are you going to live or die is the theme of Lyfe Support, with added effects of the heart machine beeping and ambulance coming to the rescue.

Open Air is the last track and finishes the album on a high note.

Xpressions Too!!! [Shört Storeez] is available @ CD Baby

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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Fred Colombo - The Road EP - Review

Fred Colombo latest release is his The Road EP.

Looking over the notes to Fred Colombo you think you're going to listen to some heavy metal music due to his previous work, but he has chose to do something completely different.
 
Far from being music you step-down into the mosh pit you step into a room full of disco light balls and laser lights with smoke breaking-up the different colours and making them soft to suit the electronic pop with ever so slight raw elements that come through.

The track listings:

1.] The Gate Forever

2.] Kill Me

3.] Within

4.] Out There

5.] The Road

6.] Nightfalls on the Kingdom of You and Me

The Road EP is a twister because it takes you on a journey with some pretty dark lyrics and themes of trying to make sense of hopeless situations and trying, or rather hoping to survive and live somewhat a better existence. The notion of not being able to kill yourself but is more comfortable in allowing someone else to do the dirty deeds is pretty heavy going. But on the flip-side the music is colourful, bright and easily consumable, which twists your mind into enjoying these songs.

The Road EP is available @ Deezer

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Laura Comfort - Don't Ignore Me - Album Release

Laura Comfort has released Don't Ignore Me which in her own words is very personal resulting from a long relationship breaking-up. Bearing this in mind throughout the album Laura Comfort wants to experience her new found freedom and this is evident in the pop songs, Come Take A Ride, Cherry Lips and Take A Chance.

Majority of the tracks on Don't Ignore Me are pop rock numbers, and they quickly get you jivin' and leaving you in a good mood for the rest of the day.

Songs that reflect her new found liberty, but tells the story of things that have left an imprint on her is the ballad, It Hurts.

Quite clearly Before It's Too Late is a subject all of us will get to in our life, questioning ourselves and Laura's further reflective moments consumes the words in this track.

Addicted and I'm Going Crazy are electronic delights, the latter perfect for the hot summer days and disco floors.

Though Angelina Jolie wasn't written by Laura Comfort, the music kicks you into a bounce and the song deals with the fantasy of wanting to be someone else and to think Dame Angelina Jolie (high five to Great Britain) as she is now-known, that her lifestyle is full of glitz and glamour . But just to mention Dame Angelina Jolie has not only succeeded in her acting profession but the relentless campaigning on issues far removed from the comfort zone of America.

Many people can relate to the disco fusion song Was It Me. The questioning of why the other person didn't call-back, or want a relationship with you? The correct term would-be more commonly known as unrequited love.

If a woman gets confused with relationships then no wonder men get it wrong when it comes to the opposite sex, and Don't Ignore Me has good rhyming words that can make you smile if the lyrics hit home to you.

The finishing track Goodbye leaves you thinking whether Laura Comfort will return with another album, or is this it? Hope not. But that wouldn't be describing this haunting and delicate song about love lost and thinking about the past. The song can relate to broken friendships just as well as lovers falling out of love.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Carlone ft. Maddy Carty - Just U & Me - Single Review

Carlone being the DJ and instrumentalist techno wizard has teamed-up with a very talented young lady superb vocalist Maddy Carty to release their debut collaboration single Just U & Me.

The single version is pumpin' hot, with a kick drum beat that you cannot ignore, or will let you.

There is a club mix that brilliantly harks back to the days of proper house and club music.

Just U & Me is available @ Amazon MP3