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Xploding Plastix – Sports, Not Heavy Crime

I think there’s a lot to learn from bands that don’t fit into any easy category. Not because they are necessarily better than bands that do, but because they push the boundaries of what music is and can be. It’s when musicians make the effort to pursue something strange and unheard of, whilst still being able to play pleasant stuff, that you get some of the most rewarding albums I know. Norwegian duo Xploding Plastix are that kind of crazy people, and I’ve had a blast listening to Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents again, their first album, which I hadn’t heard in years. The first track on the album should give you an idea of what it’s about:

 

 

One of their first songs, Treat Me Mean, I Need The Reputation is another favorite of mine on the same album. Is this electronic music, downtempo, jazz or maybe nu jazz, a vast category where you can put pretty much anything that sounds unusual? Who cares; but if you like it, the flash player on their website is a good place to continue this musical journey.

 
Buy the album Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents on Amazon!

Dusk to Dawn – Emancipator

You may have heard Emancipator‘s (Douglas Appling) first album that came out in 2006, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough, which some crazy kid put as a full album on Youtube. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and go listen to it, it features some wonderful instrumental pieces that just drool of peace and, you know, feelings. It’s the nice side of electronic music, the one that doesn’t try to rape and kill you.

Now, if you’re the impatient kind, or you already know the first two, Emancipator‘s new album, Dusk to Dawn, is available on Bandcamp for streaming right now. You can also buy it for 10 bucks, which is better than spending it on crack cocaine – at least that’s what they tell me.

 

 

Buy the album on Amazon: Emancipator – Dusk to Dawn