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Kitten Pyramid
Uh-Oh (Kitten Pyramid)

Kitten PyramidFrom alt-indie meets Mariachi (‘Chester’) via marrying industrial chanting with Beatle-esque everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-ism (‘WHALE’) to bucolic psychedelia (‘Red Shoes’) and that’s just the first three tracks! Crimeny! There’s still brass bands, yelled choruses, massed strings, folky strumming, punky blatter and several bouts of outright proggy behaviour. Trying to fit this into a neat little box is like trying to hang onto a hyperactive greased up deaf guy. Suffice to say this is one hell of a lot of good ideas vigorously elbowing each other out of the way and Uh-Oh easily kicks most of this month’s other releases squarely in the balls.
Ray Harper

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King Crimson
Larks' Tongues In Aspic: 40th Anniversary Series (DGM/Panegyric)

King Crimson The latest in the ongoing 40th anniversary series with yet another contender for their finest hour, the highly experimental and occasionally thunderous Larks Tongue In Aspic – once again featuring a re-mastered new stereo mix plus extra tracks and a DVD featuring new 5.1 surround mix with original and new stereo mixes in hi-res stereo. However it’s the 30 minutes plus of unseen footage of the band live (taken from German TV show Beat Club), that really intrigue, and if Jamie Muir’s ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ percussion clattering occasionally irritates, Robert Fripp, David Cross, Bill Bruford and John Wetton are on fine form.
Paul Riley

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King Tubby
Balmagie Jam Rock (Probe Plus)

King TubbyThere have been some doubts cast, on certain reggae blogs, concerning the veracity of this album’s authorship (i.e. is it really King Tubby?). Well I’m no musicologist so I’m not able, with any degree of certitude, to confirm or deny these doubts, but to these uneducated ears everything herein would sit very nicely alongside the great man’s current body of work and if you, like most of us nowadays, are keen to rebuild your vinyl collection then this is a genuinely terrific piece of late ‘60s early ‘70s rootsy dub featuring a who’s who of reggae musicians and, amongst others, the vocal talents of Prince Far I and I Roy.
The Oracle


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King Crimson
Discipline: 40th Anniversary Series (CD + DVD-A) (Panegyric)

King CrimsonAs has been alluded to before in these pages there has been a deal of debate about which is the best KC line-up, and whilst this writer will admit to enjoying numerous ports of call in the Crimson journey none fills him with as much joy as this unalloyed classic featuring the newly reconvened 1981 line up of Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Tony Levin and Adrian Belew, put simply it still sounds like nothing else recorded before or since that date. This line up would go on to make further fine music but nothing as astonishing as this their first effort, now augmented by additional 5.1 and stereo mixes plus several video’s.
Ray Harper

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King Crimson
In the Wake of Poseidon: 40th Anniversary Series (CD + DVD-A) (Discipline)

King CrimsonThe debate continues to rage (or it does around here), which is the best KC line-up Court, Red or Discipline? This mellotron heavy follow up to the mighty In The Court... (the latest in this uniformly fine expanded and re-mastered reissue series) found the band in major disarray, having shed Ian McDonald, Michael Giles and with Greg Lake on his way out the door to join ELP – although he does still sing on the album. The results however, whilst not quite up to their astonishing debut, are a more than worthy addition to the KC canon, ‘The Devils Triangle’ their version of Holst's 'Mars: Bringer of War' from The Planets Suite is downright spooky.
Ray Harper

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Trudy Kerr feat. Ingrid James
Reunion (Jazzizit)

Trudy Kerr feat. Ingrid James Two old friends who can trace their career arcs back some twenty years to their early days in Australia where they sang together in - the 16th most livable city in the world apparently - Brisbane. Old pals getting back together for a bit of an old sing can of course be a bit of an exercise in treading water but not so here as the ladies balance what was clearly a lot of fun to do with some real classy moments ably assisted by pianist Tom Cawley, bassist Geoff Gascoyne, and drummer Sebastiaan de Krom. Reunion also raises more than one wry smile (check the remodelled 'Soft Shoe'), and closer 'Waltzing Matilda' is just flat out lovely.
Paul Riley

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Klak Tik
Must We Find A Winner (Safety First Records)

Klak TikFollowing the fractious split from 6 Day Riot co-founder Tamara Schlesinger, Soren Bonke (and how can you not love someone called Soren Bonke?), has headed off in a very different direction to his previous outfit, which may well explain why the split was necessary. So whilst 6 Day Riot are a resolutely upbeat affair Bonke is an altogether more sombre proposition, not that this is a bad thing, this really is genuinely a beautiful album, it’s just a lot of sombre to take in one sitting. Not unlike Elbow or Jim O’Rourke, but rather more quirky than both, we’re calling this Folkestra (are we? – Ed), and we suggest you have a listen (perhaps just not all at once).
Ruby Palmer

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Jorma Kaukonen
Relix Collection (Retroworld)

Jorma Kaukonen Part of North London indie label Retroworld’s re-release schedule collecting Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen’s solo work and also his work with Hot Tuna (both are double disc releases, both with the same title), this one collating the best of Kaukonen’s Relix label releases – amongst them Embryonic Journey, Magic Two and Too Many Years. For fans of the ‘frisco psych-scene it’s a great way to update worn vinyl and whilst it’s not all essential, Kaukonen is a pretty prolific bugger after all, these twenty seven tracks are a great way of dipping into Kaukonen’s back catalogue for those with only a vague interest.
Ray Harper

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King Cannibal
Let The Night Roar (Ninja Tune)

King CannibalNinja Tune seem to have cornered the market in magnificently deranged breakbeat driven hardcore at the moment (see also Bug and the Qemists), Let The Night Roar being the brainchild of one Dylan ‘Zilla’ Richards and best described as an unholy amalgam of grimy urban dubstep, industrial drum and bass and cut and paste sampladelica, this a dark, evil, brooding, altogether nasty piece of work and no mistake, the sort of album you really wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley with nods to Burial, Dave Clarke and DJ Shadow, and not unlike being repeatedly spanked around the back of your head with a shovel.
Drew Bass

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KTU
Quiver (Westpark)

KTUFans of King Crimson - and of course ProjeKct Three - will already be aware of Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto, those of you that have taken a step further will doubtless also have enjoyed their TU project and when you add to this the prodigious accordion playing skills of Kimmo Pohjonen from Kluster (not to be confused with the short-lived Krautrockers of the same name) you get a wonderfully skewed Crimson-esque prog-folk noise that demands to be slapped straight back into the player as soon as the heartbeat tom toms fade at the end of ‘Snow Reader’ and continues to grow in stature with each successive listen.
Paul Riley

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Steve Knightley
Cruel River (Hands On)

Steve KnightleyThe words criminally underrated are, erm, criminally overused in music criticism but if ever an artist deserves a wider audience in these days of windswept singer/songwriters it’s Steve Knightley. Sadly the 'folk' tag in the UK is still the kiss of death in marketing terms but Knightley is about as far removed from the faux-finger in the ear folk as punk was from prog rock, so if you’re the sort of person who likes your music current and your songs to actually say something (and say it well, with myriad verses and not just repetitious choruses), check this and Knightley’s other band Show Of Hands out.


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Kubichek!
Not Enough Night (30:30)

Kubichek!Given the fact that we’re all ancient here in the TM-Online bunker we tend to find most acts championed by those spotty tykes at the NME all a little too ‘heard it all before mate’ for our tastes, but occasionally they get behind something us old farts can dig as well, and all you ‘80s fans out there will find much to love about the latest guitar-noiseniks Kubichek! You’ll hear shades of early U2 and James, hell, let’s pin our colours to the mast and call it melodic angular post-punk racket draped with a heavy purple curtain of glacial post-rock guitar noise, ‘Start As We Mean To’ in particular is positively sky-scraping.


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K-Nitrate
Active Cell (MOMT)

K-NitrateCall it hard house, call it techno, call it industrial, we’ll even concede that you might call it electronica if you’re of an American persuasion, but if you’re into thudding, acid fried music which makes you dance like a monkey on a hotplate then you’re gonna love the latest from K-Nitrate. Fashionability be damned, genres be damned (in fact it was the idiotic genre-fication of dance music which helped sink it), if, like us, you miss the days when performers worked on dark stages with torches strapped to their bonces and you flung yourself around euphorically for hours on end then this is just the legal flashback you’re looking for.


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Jess Klein
City Garden (Ryko)

Jess KleinHailing from New York before becoming a fixture of the Boston folk scene in the mid ‘90s, Jess Klein’s career path was interrupted by a five-year break from recording in the early part of this decade. As no regular reader of TotalMusic-Online will have failed to notice, the folk-tinged singer/songwriter is not a quantity that’s in short supply right now, but the consistent quality of City Garden suggests that Klein could well find renown on a crowded scene. Kicking into gear with the emphatic third (title) track, the album goes on to mix whomping folk-rock with intimate acoustic reveries to impressive effect .


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Killing Joke
Hosannas from the Basements of Hell (Cooking Vinyl)

Killing JokeThe Faithful will be reassured to heard that Jaz Coleman still roars like a man who has spent his life gargling rocks, and then forgotten to spit ‘em out, the patented Joke ‘driving a heavily laden lorry full tilt at a wall’ blunderbuss racket (a racket which Tool, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails certainly ‘borrowed’ from) is still intact, guitarist Geordie Walker injecting what spiralling melodies are to be found in this volcanic stew, Youth replacement Paul Raven and drummer Ben Calvert providing the reliable rumbling bedrock upon which such heavyweight building blocks are constructed, so no surprises, but no wimping out either.


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The Kooks
Inside In/Inside Out (Virgin)

The KooksBritpop may be about as welcome as a dose of herpes on a first date right now but never underestimate the power of a right good punchy melodic sing-a-long. Think Supergrass, The Small Faces or even early XTC – ‘Eddies Gun’ could easily have issued forth from Andy Partridges Swindon abode back in the late 70s - and you are in the general stylistic area. Add to that the twist much of the music press are getting their knickers in over the Kooks (especially on stage) right now and you can pretty much rest assured you will be hearing a great deal more from these bright young Brighton residents during 2006.


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Korn
See You On The Other Side (Virgin)

KornThe first album Jonathan, Munky, Donkey and Winky (those last two may be wrong) have recorded for their new label Virgin and their first new material since 2003's Take a Look in the Mirror, further refining their rap metal blueprint into Mazza Manson meets Nine Inch Nails territory and on the whole it works pretty well. Lyrically Mr D is still a bit of a whinger, complaining about politics (he’s not keen), religion (he’s not keen) and sex (he is keen but a bit of a misogynist), this is gen x nu-metal however and moaning is as necessary as the clonking great grooves, so no huge surprises but Korn ain’t treading water either.


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Kraftwerk
Minimum-Maximum (EMI)

KraftwerkAnyone lucky enough to have caught the German electro-pop pioneers’ on tour last year will attest to the power of the Kraftwerk live experience. While we await the full bells-and-whistles DVD account later in the year, this double CD – recorded largely at concerts in Eastern Europe – provides a thrilling sortie through their back catalogue, with several performances improving on the originals. The Man Machine now throbs with a window-worrying urgency, while the gleaming Numbers/Computer World sequence shows that the band has clung onto the architects’ plans for our old friend, house music. Bloody marvellous


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Mark Knopfler & Dire Straits
Private Investigations: The Best Of (Vertigo)

Mark KnopflerEveryone wants one, very few people ever manage to get one and most that do then spend the rest of their lives having to live up to having had one, we refer of course to the ‘era defining album release’. Thriller, Jagged Little Pill, Cracked Rear View or Knopfler and Co.’s Brothers In Arms, massive albums which then defined everything to follow, which in Kopfler’s case meant some lovely material from solo albums like Sailing To Philadelphia and The Ragpicker’s Dream getting overlooked, something this package happily rectifies proving his later, more or less unknown, material sits more than happily alongside the big stuff.

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The Kills
No Wow (Domino)

The KillsPossibly even sparer than well received debut (2003’s Keep On Your Mean Side) No Wow finds Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince once again crafting scuzzy rock racket from little more than tight leather trousers and badly applied lippy – oh yeah, and a drum machine. Think of a sparce Velvet-esque White Stripes fronted by PJ Harvey and you’re not a million miles wide of the mark, and although things do begin to tend towards the one dimensional by the close of play, this is still a belting racket and with a little judicious use of the skip control No Wow becomes a nie on perfect 20th century blues album.


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King Creosote
Rocket D.I.Y (Fence/Domino)

King CreosoteDisplaying a lyrical wit worthy of fellow countryman Ivor Cutler, Kenny Anderson, the man behind King Creosote – and guiding light behind the Fife based Fence Label – follows up his 2003 release (Kenny And Beth’s Musakal Boat Rides) with more 21st century folkadelica, or as Anderson himself describes it ‘songs with relatively few chords’, further insisting that ‘if a part can't be recorded in one take’, it should be dumped for ‘something simpler’. The consequence of this spare approach is a wilfully lo-fi but beautifully intimate record that makes you smile, gently rock in your seat and thank the lord for musical luddites.


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