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Blackdown
25-08-2010, 05:19 PM
Deserves own thread. LP kick off interview with 9 (http://hyperdubrecords.blogspot.com/2010/08/darkstar-interview-by-kode9.html).

pantha
25-08-2010, 05:57 PM
cant wait for this

Blackdown you played an amazing darkstar tune on rinse about a year ago, is that gonna be on the album? i think it was 'automating' but it sounds diffrent to the version darkstar gave away this year..

Blackdown
25-08-2010, 07:49 PM
they gave automating away? oh ffs.... no neither versions are on it.

Corpsey
25-08-2010, 08:21 PM
London sounds like a confusing place.

alec.tron
25-08-2010, 10:26 PM
Yay, anticipation went up some notches again, can't wait to hear it.
Although, as my hopes for this are continuously rising again, they're bound to get crushed I fear....
curse the self hype. I really must learn to be more zen like... already ruined a perfectly good Mt Kimbie album for meself.
c.

Diggedy Derek
26-08-2010, 12:58 PM
I'm still getting my head around this album. The vocals sound a bit like the Junior Boys or something.

Alfons
26-08-2010, 01:23 PM
Yay, anticipation went up some notches again, can't wait to hear it.
Although, as my hopes for this are continuously rising again, they're bound to get crushed I fear....
curse the self hype. I really must learn to be more zen like... already ruined a perfectly good Mt Kimbie album for meself.
c.

2nded,


I'm still getting my head around this album. The vocals sound a bit like the Junior Boys or something.
That is a good thing right?

Diggedy Derek
26-08-2010, 01:40 PM
Oh, some of the JB's stuff is fantastic, yeah. Something's not clicking with this so far though. Will give it time.

Blackdown
26-08-2010, 01:58 PM
The vocals sound a bit like the Junior Boys or something.

not checked it yet but always hoped it would sound a bit like this. uncanny given 9's connections to the JBs...

boo
26-08-2010, 01:59 PM
it's absolutely awful. and please stop with the JB's comparisons, unless you're referring to their later stuff. They died after Last Exit.

mms
26-08-2010, 02:28 PM
it's absolutely awful. and please stop with the JB's comparisons, unless you're referring to their later stuff. They died after Last Exit.

yeah right.

Diggedy Derek
26-08-2010, 03:50 PM
Regarding JBs... I definitely agree they dropped off after Last Exit. Second and third albums still have some good moments, but it lost something somehow...

boo
26-08-2010, 04:42 PM
yeah, right. when johnny dark stopped doing the beats they went significantly worse.

but back to Darkstar, how the hell did this pass the A&R filter? I'm a chronic hyperdub fanboy and this album just feels soooo wrong.

rubberdingyrapids
26-08-2010, 06:02 PM
quite like what ive heard of this so far. reminded me a bit of yeah, junior boys, as well as hot chip in places, but also the solo album made by one of the guys from air that came out a few years back. can see this album getting a lot of indie kid love.

tom lea
27-08-2010, 02:36 PM
co-sign on junior boys falling off a bit, but this album is great.

stephenk
27-08-2010, 06:01 PM
ahh, a little worried about junior boys comparisons. hopefully this isn't too sappy.

looking forward to the john roberts remix, one of my favorite house producers right now.

Sick Boy
27-08-2010, 06:09 PM
Another co-sign here for the Junior Boys losing the plot a bit, though I thought that there were a couple cuts of that album Morgan Geist did with the singer that were quite good. Excited for this Darkstar LP, but cautiously so. I don't really know what to expect.

boo
27-08-2010, 07:51 PM
ahh, a little worried about junior boys comparisons. hopefully this isn't too sappy.

looking forward to the john roberts remix, one of my favorite house producers right now.

it's incredibly sappy :mad:

john roberts mix could be really nice tho

Dusty
27-08-2010, 07:59 PM
At what point does a label owners dedication to that labels musical direction get muddied by the artists going off on a tangent?

So Kode9 loves the earlier work of Darkstar and sends them off to record an album, they come back telling him about a change of line up, a new singer and present him with a CD chock full of JB tinged indi-fodder. It has to be an uncomfortable moment as he looks into their little glowing hope-filled faces whilst listening to it in his big label boss chair, elbows on the Simon Cowell-style desk he's just had installed, fingers steepled in front of his face.

Not heard it yet mind, maybe its fucking awesome.

grizzleb
27-08-2010, 09:53 PM
At what point does a label owners dedication to that labels musical direction get muddied by the artists going off on a tangent?

So Kode9 loves the earlier work of Darkstar and sends them off to record an album, they come back telling him about a change of line up, a new singer and present him with a CD chock full of JB tinged indi-fodder. It has to be an uncomfortable moment as he looks into their little glowing hope-filled faces whilst listening to it in his big label boss chair, elbows on the Simon Cowell-style desk he's just had installed, fingers steepled in front of his face.

Not heard it yet mind, maybe its fucking awesome.I've not heard the album so this is purely speculation but I'm sure Kode 9 would be happy that they've given him an album that isn't just straight up dubstep. More likely for Burial style psuedo-popularity amongst the Guardian crowd..?

I'm looking forward to this album a bunch though - I loved their Videotape cover and I've heard inklings the album is in a similar vein...

mistersloane
27-08-2010, 10:58 PM
At what point does a label owners dedication to that labels musical direction get muddied by the artists going off on a tangent?

So Kode9 loves the earlier work of Darkstar and sends them off to record an album, they come back telling him about a change of line up, a new singer and present him with a CD chock full of JB tinged indi-fodder. It has to be an uncomfortable moment as he looks into their little glowing hope-filled faces whilst listening to it in his big label boss chair, elbows on the Simon Cowell-style desk he's just had installed, fingers steepled in front of his face.

Not heard it yet mind, maybe its fucking awesome.

Given you haven't even heard the album, I really think you should shut the fuck up. I hope you're proud of your conjecture when you wake up of a morning. That was a hideous thing to write. I hope people damn you before they've met you.

Dusty
28-08-2010, 12:47 AM
I was joking! I just found all the worrying about the JB comparisons quite amusing. Kode9 has clearly stated his mission to explore new styles with hyperdub. I say bring it on.


I would love it if he had an office like Simon cowell though.

mistersloane
28-08-2010, 05:08 PM
I was joking! I just found all the worrying about the JB comparisons quite amusing. Kode9 has clearly stated his mission to explore new styles with hyperdub. I say bring it on.


I would love it if he had an office like Simon cowell though.

lol sorry! Totally took that the wrong way. Apologies.

Dusty
28-08-2010, 06:30 PM
Its my own fault for rambling on in a vague childish sarcastic way.

Blackdown
05-09-2010, 09:11 PM
Can't stop listening to this album...

Blackdown
15-09-2010, 07:31 AM
Interview and feature (http://pitchfork.com/features/grime-dubstep/7859-grime-dubstep/).

gostwan
15-09-2010, 08:46 AM
Cant wait for this album. Two Chords is devastatingly good.

mos dan
16-09-2010, 11:52 PM
Can't stop listening to this album...

me either. i'm finding it really melancholy. i mean i can see why, having read the nine interview. i listened to it for the first time on a wet tuesday, after an, ahem, heavy weekend the night before, that made it all the more gut-wrenching.. what james says about london at the end is so moving, too.

michael
17-09-2010, 03:39 AM
Interview and feature (http://pitchfork.com/features/grime-dubstep/7859-grime-dubstep/).

Great read, thanks.

Just to be a picky bastard, no need for "[sic]" here, as it's grammatically correct: "The group of tracks on that initial album was [sic] different"

Woebot
21-09-2010, 09:07 AM
i like the instrumental stuff i've heard.

the "need you" track is very, very nice but i can't get with the untreated vocals quite.

Blackdown
21-09-2010, 09:50 AM
well, the album is about 80% processed vocals + "Aidy's Girl..." which is instrumental. it's a really strong album, been listening to it non stop.

joe.dfx
22-09-2010, 06:40 PM
"Our first [album] working title... was Check My Machine, after the Paul McCartney song. The group of tracks on that initial album was [sic] different... very much what people would expect from a Darkstar album. But personally we couldn't follow through with that. It felt that we were doing something to get it over with and not learning anything in return. It was a convenient route and to be honest [was] boring. We scrapped nearly all the album and started again. This was around late December 09.

i dont care if it was just 10 different versions of need you/aidy's girl, i still would love to hear the "first album's" material : (

out to them for doing what feels right though.

Nii-Teiko
23-10-2010, 02:29 PM
a bit of video showing Darkstar playing at the Hyperdub Takeover at Rough Trade East on the 22 10 10. just listen to that drone on Dear Heartbeat. it happens to be my less favourite lyrical track off North but really came alive here. was anyone else aware of a vocal version of Aidy's Girl...?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUErToW0bTU

want to see a full show now

The Almighty's Blessings

p.s full post morraw

rwtt
28-10-2010, 02:56 PM
i really nearly didn't buy it (i was a bit put off by the indie/boy band vibe but wanted to qualify for free P&P on Boomkat) but i'm SO glad i did, it's lovely. the only down side is that just after i received the CD and had been rinsing it for a day or so, i went down with norovirus, so at the moment all the songs are tinged with unwelcome flashbacks to being in a delirious fever, unable to sleep, vomiting into a cardboard box on the hour every hour while the same three-second snippet of "Under One Roof" plays in my head on a psychosis-inducing loop. but it's a great album!

4linehaiku
28-10-2010, 04:05 PM
i really nearly didn't buy it (i was a bit put off by the indie/boy band vibe but wanted to qualify for free P&P on Boomkat) but i'm SO glad i did, it's lovely. the only down side is that just after i received the CD and had been rinsing it for a day or so, i went down with norovirus, so at the moment all the songs are tinged with unwelcome flashbacks to being in a delirious fever, unable to sleep, vomiting into a cardboard box on the hour every hour while the same three-second snippet of "Under One Roof" plays in my head on a psychosis-inducing loop. but it's a great album!

Come on man, at least get a saucepan. Cardboard box is no kind of plan.

grizzleb
28-10-2010, 09:27 PM
i really nearly didn't buy it (i was a bit put off by the indie/boy band vibe but wanted to qualify for free P&P on Boomkat) but i'm SO glad i did, it's lovely. the only down side is that just after i received the CD and had been rinsing it for a day or so, i went down with norovirus, so at the moment all the songs are tinged with unwelcome flashbacks to being in a delirious fever, unable to sleep, vomiting into a cardboard box on the hour every hour while the same three-second snippet of "Under One Roof" plays in my head on a psychosis-inducing loop. but it's a great album!Hahahaha I've had the 'three second loop' thing when really ill before. Horrible.