Time waits for no man

Its saturday night.  I’m home alone.  I’m getting drunk.  So business as usual (well, apart from the home alone bit since bex is usually with me, but lets not get pedantic).

And being bored i decided to look up my old blog to see if if its still clogging up the dataverse – and low and behold, here it is, like a dusty old 45 hidden at the back of your record collection waiting to be found and played again, to bring back memories of times long forgotten…..

Or something.

So 5 years have past since my last post.  Decided I might start posting shit again.  and by shit i mean nonsense. and by nonsense i of course mean interesting things that i have found or thought about or just wanted to share via a medium not called facebook.  And probably only i find interesting

But since i’ll be the only one reading this  blog that sounds awesome!

or something…….

Lets do this thing.  See you on the other side

5 Pieces of 7even

Ooh look.  More guilt free niceness.  This time from those kids at 7even.  5 tracks (surely it shoulda been 7 tracks) of bass heavy dopeness that deserves your attention.  gotta be worth the 1 minute it’ll take to enter your email address.  Doowit!

http://7evenrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/7even-exclusives-free-download-mini-compilation

Classify under Goodness!

Not posted much in ages because a) i’m too busy b) I’m too lazy and c) no fucker reads this blog anyway.

However its quite obvious the interwizzle needs another pointless page of data clogging up its dataverse so who am i to argue.

And what better way to rejoin the world of pointless blogging than with another link to some tasty guilt free download goodness.

18 glasses of future electronic vintage for those dance music connoisseurs who prefer their music full bodied.  Crack open the bottle, pour yourself a large glass and indulge in some real underground music.

Like most things of any quality, some of it is an acquired taste, but with dance underground luminaries such as SBTRKT, Burial, KODE 9 and their contemporaries you should find something to your tastes.

Assuming your tastes are proper underground electronic beats.  And why wouldn’t they be.

http://www.adultswim.com/promos/201109_unclassified/index.html

Bastion

Its been a long time since I’ve picked up and game and been drawn in instantly.  Its been even longer since a game has casued me to sit literally all day, and then into the early hours as night turned to morning, with that thought of ‘just one more level’.  And I can’t even remember the last time i was truly, and totally, blown away by a game after playing it.

Well yesterday, all those things happened in the space of a few hours (well, quite a few actually – did you not pay attention to the comment about sitting up late into the night) .

That game was the new XBLA title Bastion. And what a game!

After a tough week of motion capturing the narrative parts of my own game in sweden, playing Bastion was the perfect recovery.  And it also highlighted just how far the bar of XBLA is being raised, something me and my fellow Bloodforge creators are striving to do also.

Many games strive to be an interactive story.  Bastion is one that achieves this, and more.  From the moment the deep emotive drawl of the narrator kicks in you know this is something different and special.  And as you stand up in the very first move of the game and the narration adds this to his story you suddenly become aware this story will be created by.

Its an amazing thing to be working through a level with our narrator feeding your actions into his tale, his wonderful voice mirroring every fight and jump and move, drawing our hero (and you) deeper into the events.

And its this unfolding story that makes you want to keep playing, even when your wife, or your partner, or even your stomach, is telling you to stop and do something else.  You need to know where you’re going to take this story next, who you’rre going to meet, and to find out what and how the strange events your involved in are going to play out.

I was yanked in from the 1st chapter and wasn’t let go until the final scene played out.

And all this is accompanied by a seriously wonderful art style, that looks very simple but is like a constantly moving and changing piece of artwork.  Wandering through the different levels, the world building in front of your eyes as you move forward, you can’t help but be drawn into the beauty of a world destroyed by the Calamity.

Oh and the combat system and roleplaying elements are pretty good to – so simple and intuitive that your never distracted from the all important story your making.  You can simply run around having fun without even realising you are – only after you’ve stopped and assessed the last 7 hours do you discover just how much you’ve been enjoying hacking and slashing and shooting  and destroying the vast range of adversarys who block your way.

Bastion is one of those special games that will stay with me for ever.  Its like having Alan Moore, Salvadore Dali, and Shigeru Miyamoto all rolled into one sublime piece of computer game-cum-story-cum-artwork.

And for £12 you really need to get on the download.  Because if you don’t you might as well chuck that xbox in the bin since you’ve no right to own one.

If you don’t play this it would be a mistake – no -it would be much more than that.  It would be a ‘Calamity’!

Midland at it again

Midland should rename himself to Highland cos he is definately up there with the best DJ’s and dance producers around at the moment (sorry bad pun but it is Monday so work with me on this one).

Stumbled across another quality mix of his – a housey treat for all you lovers of things deep.  He starts early on in the mix with a cracking remix of the Bees, before cracking it up a notch beatwise.  Genius.  And the final track choice from Stubborn Heart to close the mix out is a perfect end to a great little selection.  Both can be checked out individually below along with some other highlihghts if you want a taster before downloading.

So come on (Tom*), get on the download and enjoy.

*Tom is the only one who reads my blog.  So I may as well refer to you in person mate.  ;o)

http://traffic.libsyn.com/urb/Midland_-_URB_Podcast_Final_192_KBPS.mp3

Chute(fall)

One of our artists at work pointed me in the direction of this amazing animation.  You should check it out too.  Or not – its your choice i guess. Me – i like this sorta stuff.  It makes me smile.

Pork Crackling

i love a bit of crackling – (ooh er missus and all that)  and a good piece of pork on a sunday for dinner is one of the greatest meals known to man.  Plus anyone whose been to a good hog roast will know the juicy pork baps (yes yes more inuendo) can’t be beat.

And so its fitting that some of my favourite music was created by the Pork Label.  Pork were without a doubt the undisbuted heavyweights of  downtempo goodness during the 90’s, and I spent many a night (and early morning) smoking myself into a haze with my partners in crime at the time (you know who you are), as the like of Fila Brazillia, Baby Mammoth,  the Solid Doctor and others played out on the speakers.

Without a doubt though it was Fila Brazillia who were the leaders of the Pork-meisters.  Cobby & McSherry tapped into something in their music – and the result was something very few have managed to replicate.  And i still rate them as one the best best remixers of all time (alongside Fourtet)

So last night I dug out some of Pork recordings tunes for a piggy themed meander down memory lane.  And like all great music it sounded as fresh now as it did the first time i heard it

So let your ears have some down time and hit play.