Conformist – Lifestyle Bible


It has been three years since British electronic weaving producer Conformist released his debut album Paid to Fake It to swiftly draw attention and acclaim. It was a weird and often psychotic tapestry of sound and samples which simply ignited the imagination as enjoyably as it did ears. Now the Cardiff born conjuror is back with its successor, the equally as dramatic and compelling Lifestyle Bible. It is more of the same creative adventure but with a new honing of inventiveness amid greater suggestive collages of sound.

Conformist is the project of Michael Simmons, who as mentioned stirred up attention with the 2013 release of Paid to Fake It. Written between 2014 and 2016, the Jerome Schmitt (Alt-J, Diplo, Mr Scruff) mastered Lifestyle Bible is an unrelenting flickering of sound and incisive sampling, a non-stop parade of textures and aural suggestiveness but with a tightness to its weaves and greater rounded character to its songs which insists Conformist is a proposition if not necessarily ahead of the game is certainly weaving its own creative field.

The previous album drew comparisons to the likes of Steinski, The Dust Brothers, Avalanches, and Aphex Twin. They are references again easy to offer up for Lifestyle Bible but as suggested Simmons is honing a unique proposal with every new track. As opener Trust Exercises entangles ears, swiftly a new air of adventure to the album escapes its creator, the track virtually creating its weave before ears as strands of electronic intrigue and twisting samples interlock and unite as it emerges. Repetition and sonic psychosis only add to the brewing landscape of persuasion, all elements tempting rather than forcibly taking attention but successful all the same.

artwork_RingMasterReviewThe following industrially stalked electro punk romp of Rock n Roll Dead Man slips straight out of the final lure of its predecessor, quickly parading commanding beats as hooks and strands of sound wind around the imagination. Again it is a perpetual stabbing of sounds bound in melodic mischief; like a disorientated rocker lurching from hook to hook with endearing prowess before stepping aside for new single Komputer Jenerated and its funk ‘n’ roll swing of electronics. There is a whiff of Yello to the devilry soon baiting and enslaving the senses, its sudden stop and go moments and off kilter twists all adding fuel to one fiery captivating ride.

Next up Harm Hides at Home is a slower bloomer though straight away it has ears fully engaged but it is with every passing minute and listen that layer by layer it reveals its compelling depths whilst coming over with fresh character each and every time whilst swinging from the same constantly seductive vine of melodic enterprise.

The variety within the album continues as the warped presence and psychosis of Life! Death! Prizes! clambers psychotically across the senses and imagination before the excellent A Snake Eating Its Own Tail saunters through ever magnetic creative circles, each rotation a writhing web of electronic provocation with a flavoursome touch of Pop Will Eat Itself to it.

The album is completed by the screwy exploits of firstly Art Colony, a pixilated jungle of beats and electronics which again inescapably conjures new adventures within thoughts with every listen, and lastly the enveloping melodic and sinister drama of the Nothing Important Happened Today. Intimate in its haunting proposal courted by ominous noir lit shadows, the track is almost a baiting of the emotions; a daring of thinking all is well as dangers lurk in an encroaching sombre dark.

It is a fine and compelling end to another great proposition from Conformist. Lifestyle Bible is an album which will trap and excite all who like their imaginations to be twisted and turned inside out by their electronic music, as well as their eager ears.

Lifestyle Bible is released October 14th through Consumer Consumer Records @—cd-album/10915384

Pete RingMaster 07/10/2016

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Ooberfuse – Secret Tattoo


Having recently returned from a prestigious Nashville songwriting camp sponsored by the UK government (UK Trade and Industry), the band part of a small number handpicked UK artists working with Nashville’s songwriting royalty, electronic pop duo Ooberfuse unveil their new single in the shape of the magnetically alluring Secret Tattoo. It is a vibrant smile on the senses; a song which bubbles and simmers like a pot of warmed honey as sweet as it is compelling.

Ooberfuse artwork_RingMasterReviewThe Woolwich based Ooberfuse is the creative union of Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson, and a project which has seduced much of the world across hundreds of gigs including performing to an audience of 2 million in Madrid and playing for hundreds in one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious favelas. They have toured across the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Canada, the Philippines, and Iraq whilst stirring up support from the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Sister Bliss (Faithless), Ministry of Sound, BBC Introducing’s Tom Robinson, and Amazing Radio’s Jim Gellatly. Following the successful trip mentioned at the start, Ooberfuse has UK spotlights in their sight again with Secret Tattoo, the successor to their praised 2015 single Fall and a song inspired by the thought, “Although love hides its face away from the gaze of a loveless world it nevertheless sprays, like urban graffiti, colourful designs on the flesh of the human ear.”

Secret tattoo opens with a Yazoo like electro invitation quickly joined by the highly persuasive tones of Anderson. Backed by similarly alluring hues from St John, her voice dances on the senses; offering a warm siren-esque kiss on the ear as elegant and tempting as the weave of melodic synth cast suggestiveness around her. There is also a touch of Depeche Mode to the song as its meanders with purpose and resourceful enterprise across the imagination. Its body is slim, textures uncomplicated on the ear but together they create a pop song which lures the listener into a sultry embrace of emotive and electronic flirtation.

No demands are made by Secret Tattoo, just an invitation from Ooberfuse to immerse in its infectious charm; one easy to accept request.

Secret Tattoo is released April 29th

Upcoming Tour Dates:

9 May – London, Soho, Spice of Life

25 June – London, Hayes, Hayes Community Centre

6 July – Stonyhurst, Clitheroe, Stonyhurst College

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Hills N’ Pills – Delicious Nourriture

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Some bands breed their sound on one style of music adding their own twists and tweaks, others by crossing over genres, whilst there are some which create a kaleidoscope of diverse flavours and textures for their own creative instincts and imagination to explore. French metallers Hills N’ Pills definitely belong in the latter, turning familiar inspirations and essences into something torn and twisted with its own uniqueness. It is a fluid invention which goes to make their new EP Delicious Nourriture one of the most fascinating and thrilling encounters of 2015.

Hailing from Montpellier, Hills N’ Pills emerged in 2009 from the creative union of vocalist/keyboardist Salim Smili and guitarist Tricot Adrien. Subsequent years saw the release of the Extended Pourriture EP and its successor Experience Fioritures, as well as a number of line-up changes including the departure of Adrien. Equally a constant evolution in the band’s music emerged as more imagination, flavours, and boldness grew and drove their creative adventure. It has all led to a major triumph going under the name Delicious Nourriture. Like a deranged merger of System Of A Down, Skindred, Trepalium, and Hardcore Anal Hydrogen, to try and simplify things, the four track incitement is an epidemic of bedlamic alchemy which insists that Hills N’ Pills is to be seriously taken notice of.

The intoxicating drama begins with Decaled, vocals an instant coaxing quickly joined by intimidating rhythms and just as cantankerous scythes of guitar. The song’s first breath offers up that Skindred reference, ragga tenacity and provocation fuelling the brewing muscle and aggression of a rapidly gripping confrontation. The guitar of Nene Nihaw casts thick lures and spiky grooves on the senses whilst the dual vocal attack of Smili and Thibaud Van Den Berghe offer a perfectly balanced mix of raw, grouchy, and antagonistic variety. It needs little time for the song to also show the unpredictability in a Hills N’ Pills song, a Rage Against The Machine like expulsion leading to an electronic revelry led by the korg of Smili, which in turn opens up a canvas for the blues expression of Nihaw’s invention on strings to enthral from. Perpetually driven by the rousing and bruising swings of drummer Po Niaow and the throaty predation of Nico Diiiou’s bass, not forgetting sheer imagination across the band, the track provides an immense and thrilling start to the EP.

Hills N Pills cover_RingMaster Review   Similar hues colour the opening of Atchoum, a mix of RATM and (Hed) PE teasing thoughts right away but soon evolving into a System Of A Down spiced infestation of ears and appetite within a rabid groove metal tempest. The different traits continue to twist into and entwine around each other as the song shows more of its character, that Trepalium like death metal ferocity a thick ravishing feeding from the off-kilter liquor flowing through the creative veins of the song.

This Thing swings in next, vocal doodling a tempting into the volatile and busy heart of the uninhibited incitement consuming the senses and passions. The song is arguably the most straight forward offering on the EP but still breeds a belligerently captivating and diversity infested savaging layered with rich strains of metal variation, all laced a persistent virulence which takes no prisoners.

The release closes with Funky Shit where electronic flirtation seeds a multi-flavoured trespass of ever changing and gripping enterprise. Once more there is no ignoring the Serj Tankian and company’s inspiration though it is more the frontman’s solo exploits which comes to mind as the song immerses the imagination in its outstanding…well madness is probably the best description.

Delicious Nourriture hits the sweet spot straight away but over further listens is where the depth of the Hills N’ Pills invention and sound really reveals its glory, and where the lust in your pleasure is likely to show its hungry head.

The Delicious Nourriture EP is out now and available through most online stores.

Pete RingMaster 14/12/2015

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Mr Darklight – Into The Fury

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If the name Mr Darklight is familiar it is likely because you have already discovered his part in the electronic pop infection that is Masters of the Radio. Now the electronic musician/producer has unveiled his debut solo track in the shape of the captivating adventure of temptation, Into The Fury. It is a strange title as the piece of music never suggests turbulence ahead or within its heart, so possibly it is one moment in a larger journey, but what it does supply is a warm flight of imagination for ears and feet to feast on whilst casting cinematic suggestiveness for thoughts to run with.

Inspired by the likes of Daft Punk, Devo, Fatboy Slim, Gary Numan, Giorgio Moroder, Jean Michel Jarre, John Williams, Kavinsky, and Mike Oldfield as well as going by the nature of Into The Fury film scores, Mr Darklight quickly fills ears with the emotive tones of the piano. Its poetic breath and touch is the seed to a gentle but purposeful stroll through an instrumental landscape ripe with melodic essences of OMD and Depeche Mode. Thoughts are soon whisked into a magnetic flight by synths as they spread their broad ambience around the continually enticing evocative hues of the piano.

In a way the piece is like a travelogue of internal reflection or external air bound adventure, all depending which way the imagination goes with the track’s electronic clues as the guide with each listen. It is an absorbing and thoroughly enjoyable first meeting with the solo Mr Darklight, and hopefully the beginning of many such outings ahead.

Into The Fury is free to stream now.

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Vienna Ditto – Hammer And A Nail


All seductions should come with a little essence of raw and dirty temptation and that is something you certainly get with the sound of Vienna Ditto, especially in new single Hammer And A Nail. The release is a sultry affair; a steamy and climactic persuasion but equally offers a mellow croon with intimate charm, a mix which simply enthrals and excites. The British band has been nibbling away at major attention for a little while now, with increasing success through their releases, but Hammer And A Nail might just be the spark to lure in the most potent of spotlights.

London based Vienna Ditto is the creation of Hatty Taylor and Nigel Firth, a duo meeting when the latter started teaching the former guitar when she was 11 years old. After a couple of years the two lost touch but a chance meeting in the street in 2009 sowed the seeds to their union as Vienna Ditto. Reaping and weaving the essences of smoky blues, psychedelic rock, and electronica for their fascinating sound, the pair has found interest and air play with the likes of BBC Radio One, BBC6 Music and XFM, as well as highly praising reviews across numerous publications. Now it is 10919057_10152609779061517_1589235084162101861_nthe new single’s turn to push the band on and lure more to join their already strong and devoted following.

Hammer And A Nail opens on a gentle caress of guitar within an electronic wind, a barren landscape already being suggested to the imagination as the continental vocal delivery of Taylor flames within the broadening climate. Melodies come with a sixties colour and character, something persistently and enjoyably spicing their songs generally, whilst Taylor‘s voice has, as everyone seems to mention, a bewitching Edith Piaf quality to its tempting. The song itself brings a Morricone cultured soundscape with a soundtrack cast by a fusion of The Animals and Portishead. It holds an atmospheric breath which swirls around ears and Taylor whilst the skills and invention of Firth provide a transfixing maelstrom of enterprise and expression which is almost tempestuous in character and compelling in its precisely sculpted beauty.

Hammer And A Nail is also a proposition which lingers long after its parting with the senses; worming under the skin, into the psyche, and ultimately into the passions with sublime efficiency. The single is truly a mouth-watering temptation from Vienna Ditto, their finest moment yet, and the next major step in the band’s spellbinding of the UK music scene.

Hammer And A Nail is available from February 23rd

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Tree Dwellers – Come Up and See

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    Tree Dwellers is a Manchester father and son partnership of whom we can reveal very little but what is openly apparent through the UK duo’s new single Come Up and See, is that they have a sound and presence which just feeds imagination and emotions with enthralling creativity. Brewing up an evocative and vivacious sound from a fusion of electronic spices with rock and funk juices, the band certainly on the evidence of their new release casts a festivity of sound and adventure which entices with organic bait.

Consisting of Mark and Jake Haslam, Tree Dwellers have the intent and vision to stretch and explore the boundaries between funk and electronica, enriching their exploration as shown on the single with exotic rhythms and highly vocal melodic ambiences. The result is a sound and release which takes thoughts on a sultry colourful adventure whilst providing a narration which sways and seduces like an erotic temptress within the captivating instrumental. As well as the single, the band appears on Melted ONE, a compilation featuring a range of artists who are uniting to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and The Teenage Cancer Trust; all the profits from its sale being donated to both charities.

Guitar and oriental words open up the emerging proposition, their instantly compelling lure soon reinforced by agitated scrubs of guitar and bass before everything falls into the arms of an elegance breeze of synths which with an almost glancing touch is itself infused with funk spawned enterprise from the guitars and bass. It is an intriguing picture with expanding hues but it is the joining of glorious mouthwatering strings with a shadowed almost growling tone to their beauty which ignites the imagination and passions without restraint. They make a gripping expressive attraction to the already enthralling scenery, steering the imagination into another thick evocative venture. With rhythms and a percussive dance which are chilled to their core and a smouldering glaze of melodic flames courting the flight of the colourful tango, the single is a delicious incitement and a piece of music which surely should find a place in the soundtrack of an upcoming World Cup presentation.

As said at the start, there is not much we can unveil about Tree Dwellers but plenty about their single to spark real eager anticipation of their future journeys and bewitchments.

The Melted ONE released Come Up and See is available digitally now on iTunes.


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