Archive for November, 2010

It’s a Blimmin’ Miracle!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Continuing today’s impromptu Leslie Nielsen-theme on Shinypixel, here’s an oddity.  Despite there never being – to my knowledge, at least – any gaming spinoffs of the franchises he starred in, the two collided when he once managed to grace the full back cover of ZX Spectrum bible Your Sinclair.

This appeared on the back cover of Issue 73, upside-down compared to the rest of the mag.  (Just like the Student Radio Awards magazine, actually, but that was two-mags-in-one.)   Presumably knocked up mega-quickly at the last-minute when an advert deadline fell through, I can totally sympathise with the frame of mind of its mystery author.  Those were the days.

Nice Beaver

Monday, November 29th, 2010

To mark the passing of uniquely excellent mirthster Leslie Nielsen, I’d like to bring to your attention perhaps the only tune on Earth that samples him.

Ricardo Autobahn’s TV/film samplefest The Golden Age Of Video features a certain Mr. Drebin at 2:06.  All together now…

Ricardo Autobahn – The Golden Age Of Video

They Really Weren’t Joking, Actually

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

So then, two-and-a-half hours out of West London, and there’s this…

Merry winter, everyone!

This Really Isn’t Necessary

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

I’m posting because it’s such a rare occurence, and won’t be happening again any time soon…

Exclusive! Hardcore Lives Giveaway – 3 classic EPs available now for free

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Get your free old-skool.  Get your free old-skool ‘ere.  (Well, the modern equivalent anyway.)

You read it here first.  I’m pleased to announce that Hardcore Lives! are re-issuing 3 of their previous EPs – 003, 005 and 008, for free over at HCL Records right now.  Yep, absolutely nothing.  That’s 6 tunes of breaks loveliness that originally you would have had to pay for.  Now you don’t.

While they’re all obviously worth picking up, my particular picks are ManBearPig’s Can You Old Skool? and T92’s Autimate.  The former is a glorious melange of piano, rap cuts and a breakbeat like banging saucepans against a dustbin.  The latter hinges on a gargantuan, growling bassline and a desire to lull the listener into a false sense of security, and then unleash terror.   To further entice you, there’s an earlier full review of T92’s EP here on Shinypixel.

Regular readers will of course realise that as I tend to favour the quirky standout tracks over traditional forms in much music, you can reliably assume that the other 4 tracks are good old solid hardcore breaks groovers to get your teeth into.

Kudos as ever to Pete & Richie at Hardcore Lives Records for bringing it all together.

3 free EPs at Hardcore Lives! Records