Album review

Noriko Tujiko - Make Me Hard

Dubbed the 'Japanese Björk', Tujiko's second album for the Mego label suggests Tim Buckley's Starsailor or Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom after being diced and digitised for the 21st century. Make Me Hard offers nine oceanic lullabies for the glitch generation, a set of crackling electronic confections with sweet multi-tracked vocals taking centre stage amid candyfloss clouds of digital distortion and skittish, wayward beats. Despite the occasional whiff of shoegazing, this is remarkable stuff, brave, pure and intelligent in equal measure.

Rating: 3 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...