Tuesday, July 31, 2018

"Waltz No. 9" by Dubstar


18 years after calling it quits, Dubstar shows up with a new single via my Spotify Release Radar playlist.  I liked their blend of dark-ish pop in the late 90s, and this continues their style.  At the present time, their back catalog is totally unavailable on Spotify.

This is in my Spotify playlist 2018 Picks by DJ Rushton

Monday, July 30, 2018

"Hahaha" by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark


I was a big fan of OMD until they changed their style to become more overtly commercial in the mid 1980s.  I checked in over the years, even after their reformation in 2006, but have mostly stayed on the sidelines.

Then I happened across this - a sprightly instrumental with sampled voices buried at the end of a "B-sides and Bonus Material" album released in 2017.  It has all the earmarks of their earlier, experimental work, while being irresistibly poppy and commercial, and yet sounds modern and fresh.

This is in my Spotify playlist 2018 Picks by DJ Rushton

Sunday, July 29, 2018

"Semifinal" by The OO-Ray

I've been listening to The OO-Ray (Ted Laderas) since at least 2009 when he showed up on SoundCloud.  The Orrery, from his 2011 album Astoria, still gets regular plays by me.

Lately, I've been working my way through his latest album of cello+electronics and happened across this spectacular nugget of gorgeousness.  Among all the other sounds, I love the seemingly syncopated bass line in the first part, and the appropriate glitch near the end.  It's one of those tracks where I keep hitting the 'repeat' button over and over.

This is in my Spotify playlist 2018 Picks by DJ Rushton.

"Dealer" by Scott Walker




It's a dreamy, beautiful thing from the early 80s that bridges Walker's late 60's gloomy orchestral output and his descent into Euro intellectual industrial madness in the 90s to present.




Saturday, July 28, 2018

A Wire Of Knots - A Music Blog by Mark Rushton

Hi, I'm Mark Rushton.  

"A Wire of Knots" is my music blog.  

I'll be regularly posting music recommendations of old and new recordings here.  

Most music will have links or embeds to Spotify.

As you'll discover, my tastes are idiosyncratic and eclectic.  

I'll try to keep the writing as brief as possible.