Taken from debut album Digital Scars, Black Circle is a guitar, sample, hyper-beat mosaic that packs all the visceral punch of rock at its incendiary best. Guitar-driven and groove-laden, the music's glistening sonic edge is both glacial and warm, somewhere for rock and rave to meet in pursuit of instant gratification. Baker's vocal cuts through the dark, bruised backdrop like an errant search light giving the music a sense of direction and purpose. Black Circle's dirty, brooding rocktronica radiates energy and vitality that, having already featured on CSI: New York, is clearly ripe for tv and film soundtracks. If this track is anything to go by, Bristol has a new set of underworld heroes.
Black Circle is out on Monday October 13th on Subvertical Records as a download only (iTunes, Napster and most other digital networks).
The T Minus 50 bulldozer is rumbling into town, and not a moment too soon, driving the latest crop of lo-fi wastrels onto the wayside. They are the ultimate panacae for those who like their guitars accompanies by sample cut-ups and low-slung bass and breaks. Picking up the trail trodden by UNKLE, Sneaker Pimps, Leftfield, Radiohead and Massive Attack, T Minus 50 are propelling the art firmly forward.
At the centre of the storm are Timo, triple-tasking on programming, guitar and vocals, with Mace providing seismic sub lines on bass and Neil "Quin" Watkins, assiduously looking after drums and triggering. Their chance meeting in 2005 produced the impetus to turn Timo's embryonic tracks into fully grown, gold plated monsters they now are. The recent recruitment of the gorgeous Ms.Sarah Dean injecting a tasty slice of vocal sassy-ness and femininity in to the mix, the foursome is now complete and the band are set to tear a hole in the landscape of 2009.
Vocals, guitar, programming