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21 Jul 14
The gist Exiled front-man doesn't let distance stand in the way of progress The music Kamal Rasool just can't catch a break. No sooner had he morphed his DIY bedroom project Flamingods into a full on proper 5-piece, he found himself banished from the UK due to "visa issues". Not one to be beaten, this record was put together globally, with band members sending in their parts over the internet. How romantic. But actually, the first thing that strikes me about Hyperborea is that it doesn't sound phoned-in in any way shape or from.
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07 Oct 13
Islet's Released By The Movement seems like their battle cry to staunch musical independence in the face of an uncaring industry. Released on their own label, Shape, the album starts with a gloriously confusing mix of rough and ready bossa nova intercut with sporadic distorted ramblings. Its male/female combo sounds like a duet between two beaten up old mixtapes. It shouldn’t really go together but it's helped along nicely by Stephen Black/Sweet Baboo's production which brings to mind those charmingly DIY early releases by SFA, Gorkys and the like.