Amon Tobin – Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (Ninja Tune) I love Amon Tobin. He’s cool, his album art is always excellent, and he releases consistently brilliant albums. It’s fair to say he’s one of my favourite musicians around at the moment. His last album ‘proper’ (though this does technically count) was 2002’s Out From OutContinue reading “Thirty-six”


Little Brother – The Minstrel Show (Atlantic/WEA) While I have a pretty big rap collection, the depth of my actual appreciation extends, sadly, to ‘I know what I likes on my stereo’. I suppose there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but it does mean that I am ignorant of the various subgenres of the scene.Continue reading “Thirty-seven”


High On Fire – Blessed Black Wings (Relapse) The second full length from Matt ‘Sleep’ Pike’s current band throws a relative curveball for his long-time stoner fans. ‘Devilution’ opens things up with a battering drum intro that leads into such concentrated guitar attack that its staccato riffery is essentially Thrash Metal. The screaming, Lemmy-meets-early Hetfield,Continue reading “Thirty-nine”


Jason Forrest – Shamelessly Exciting (Sonig) Forrest (formerly ‘Donna Summer’, until some legal dealings intervened)’s reputation as the ‘nice Kid606’ has been somewhat usurped by the Kid going ‘nice’ himself in 2005. Such encroachment is little matter, as Jason always had quality in spades. While the Kid got slightly boring this year, Forrest… well, theContinue reading “Forty-two”