DATACIDE 5 – record reviews

all record reviews published in issue nr.5, winter 1998/1999. [Read more →]


The Pop Group: We Are All Prostitutes (Radar CD)
Simultaneous to the release of new tracks by Mark Stewart (featuring re-mixes by Alec Empire etc.) this CD draws tracks from an earlier phase of Stewart’s recording history. Though more widely acknowledged for his uncompromising collaborations with renegade hip-hop musicians like the Sugarhill label’s Keith LeBlanc and Skip McDonald, the Pop Group, famous for their politically motivated funk-combo work, show, in retrospect, just how such cut-up, scratch-fest classics as the auto-dissolving Veneer of Democracy came about. [Read more →]


X-Ecutioners: X-Pressions [Asphodel]
Mix-Master Mike: Anti-Theft Device [Asphodel]

It may perhaps be an indication of the renewed currency of electro that has led some hip-hop practitioners to revisit the roots of their genre and discover anew the beauties of the beat box and of scratching; a kind of ever present picking up of the ‘Bambaataa Mission’. That electro led to hip-hop is hardly a point worth stre#ssing, but a couple of recent releases on New York’s Asphodel label show that hip-hop, perhaps being carried in the slipstream of the Wordsound label’s openness towards experimentation, is mutating and bringing into collision some of the differing elements of its tradition. On the otherhand it’s probably best not to loose sight of the fact that visibility is mediated, and, even without much of a handle on the hip-hop scene, it must also be a case of hip-hop elements continually subsisting beneath exposure and the generalisations of category that they induce… [Read more →]

Mediation – noise, politics & the media

Simon Reynolds : Energy Flash (Picador 1998)
Rob Young : Harder! Faster! Louder! (The Wire, Issue 176, October 1998)
Crash! (Sleazenation, Vol 2 issue 10, November 1998)
DHR Part one (self-published newsprint ‘98)

Solidified, black on white, the story becomes a history, simplified, made to fit a convenient discourse, a discourse that is primarily journalistic and has little to do with what is actually happening in the real world (a world that postmodern media types are confident doesn’t exist). [Read more →]


It seems suiting that since capitalism has erected its own code of ethics, it should continue by giving life to new archetypes. One in particular is what we will call “the contaminated hero”-an individual so sickened by the current system that they seek to wake up the masses by infiltrating mass media, and letting the truth be known. This “hero” inevitably falls all too soon into the trap of infection and degradation that only capitalism can offer. Both a new comic, Channel Zero, and Immediatism by Hakim Bey address the issue of pure intentions drained of life by the vampyric system of mass media and corporate domination. [Read more →]

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