Tues 3rd Feb 2009
Bad Timing presents
MAX TUNDRA + BEN BUTLER AND MOUSE PAD + UM + DJ NOCHEXXX
The Soul Tree, 1-6 Guildhall Place (near the Corn Exchange) Cambridge, 8-11
Tickets: 7.50 adv/9.00 door,
Junction Box Office 01223 511511
Eclectic electronic pop masterpieces with sweetly hyperactive vocals from the man who you might have seen single-handedly opening for the Hot Chip in October.
His latest album 'Parallax Error Beheads You' (which took a full six years to perfect) is the craziest, most accomplished jumble of genres and chord changes he has ever created. Effortlessly warping together every electronic and dance genre with a soul of pure pop, the result is a bit like Yellow Magic Orchestra, Scritti Politti and Steely Dan being remixed by Mouse on Mars. Ben Jacobs forces more ideas into four epic minutes than most bands have in an entire album.
BEN BUTLER AND MOUSE PAD
Ben Butler makes bizarrely funky rhythmic 256-colour electropop which has the likes of 1970s studio megalomaniacs such as Vangelis, Alan Parsons, or even ELO stashed in its record collection. BB&MP is the new project of Joe Howe (Gay Against You, Germlin), previously seen in Cambridge alongside the likes of DJ Scotch Egg, Kevin Blechdom and Ove Naxx. His newest alter-ego comes out of recent time in Berlin collaborating with Momus.
'[like] the shy hyper-intelligent cousin of a couple of popular French dance acts also raised on unhealthy doses of weirdo synth music, experimental disco and coffee black like sin' www.20jazzfunkgreats.co.uk
(Gagarin Records, Tripel, Strange Lights)
One of Cambridge's best-loved cult solo artists, these days UM is actually just as likely to be seen playing in Berlin or Hamburg whose Gagarin label has recently release a collected LP drawn from his more-than 2000-song backcatalogue.
'Junk shop electronica from a one man mind mental, there's some seriously barmy, disjointed vibes bouncing around in these bendy but catchy grooves. John Callahan, early Baby Bird, Wevie Stonder, Felix Kubin ... are handy reference points.' Norman Records