Review: Marc Nguyen Tan was updating krautrock tropes in disarmingly ice-cool style way before the popular renaissance for such stylistic moves began, yet he's been somewhat quiet in the last ten years since his original label - Trevor Jackson's Output - folded. Indeed, some of the material on his fourth album 'The Rain' hails from not long after that period, having hung in limbo, yet these nocturnal soundscapes never sound dated or mannered. Without many interjections from his trademark understated vocals, these songs take a more experimental and free-flowing bent, yet remain the ineffable Gallic mystique by which he made his name, marking a welcome return to the fold for this charismatic figure.
We Are Only Dancin' (previously unreleased version) (6:23)
Love Season (4:49)
Ambient Discotheque (6:25)
Night Paradise (3:54)
De To Re Mi (6:21)
Review: For a brief period in the early 1980s, Colored Music - the duo of Atsuo Fujimoto and Ichiko Hashimoto - burned brightly. They released one critically acclaimed album on Japanese avant-pop label Better Days before vanishing into obscurity. Individual Beauty draws together previously unheard of alternate versions of the duo's eponymous 1981 EP, unreleased tracks and a handful of archival solo productions. It's an eclectic and hugely enjoyable affair, with the Japanese duo flitting between experimental ambient soundscapes, heavy no-wave proto-techno ("Heartbeat (Unreleased Version)"), mutant funk ("We Are Only Dancing"), head-in-the-clouds hypnotism ("Ambient Discotheque") and more raucous, post-punk disco insanity (the decidedly crunchy "De To Ri Mi").