PennyBlackMusic Magazine - Catch of the Day 2 Review
V/A: Catch of the Day 2
Reviewed By: Jonjo McNeill
Label: Kipper Records
Back in 2005, we were introduced to a small indie called
Kipper. Their ‘Catch of the Day’ was an introduction
to their eclectic mix of lo-fi electro infused artists and
featured Mundane Music and Sanjuro77. 18 months on they’ve
been good enough to send out 'Volume 2', again looking as
if it was put together by an Arts and Craft group with an
excess of corrugated cardboard (and I mean that in a good
Mundane Music feature again. This time their ‘A Train
For You’ pulls together a beautiful echoing keyboard
with shimmering percussion and hip hop beats. It’s another
cracker from a superbly understated band. They really are
very, very good. Sanjuro77 also return, their ‘Night
Falls On Timperley’ follows the lead set with previous
'Catch of the Day' contribution ‘In The Company of Crows’,
and not just by including the word ‘on’ in the
title. Clearly preferring rhythm over melody, ‘Night
Falls…’ is, in essence, a bafflingly hooky stuttered
drum pattern, melded with electrostatic noise, sci-fi beeps
and crackling synth. It isn’t going to win an Ivor Novello,
but then Ronan Keating did so what are they worth anyway?
Scott Bruzenak contributes the Willy Mason-esque ‘Things
Change’, a pleasantly-stoned little acoustic number
with some gloriously ‘not arsed’ vocals. ‘Sleep
Facing East’ is a superb blissed-out electronic dreamscape,
opera vocals and trip-hop beats combining in the only way
opera vocals and trip-hop beats could, and its protagonists
the Gray are almost the best here.
Almost the best because that honour would have to go to Dupe
for their excellent ‘Silkworkers’, where they
take what could be one of Noel Gallagher’s cast-offs
and turn it into something unlike anything else since records
begun. Sparsely rhythmical drums and distorted screeches of
tuneful feedback soak the guitars, building to a bizarre organic
euphoria. Fabulous stuff.
'Catch of the Day 2' is four times better than 'Catch of
the Day', because there’re six more Kipper artists than
last time. With the exception of the perhaps-too-challenging-for-this-reviewer
DJ Wise (like a blind man hitting bin lids with a really confused
concept of timing) it’s another perfect collection.
Do what you have to this summer, but do it with these artists
as your soundtrack. Predictably outstanding stuff.
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