Hey Typical! Books on Tape

His excellent album impressed us […] and this is pretty much more of the same. Absorb, USA

Love electronica? Love Books On Tape. Hate electronica? STILL love Books On Tape. Logo Magazine, UK

Hey Typical!, as featured on this special 10" release, is the original “laptop” version of a track from his new Deathbomb Arc CD entitled Throw Down Your Laptops. Books on Tape fans will find their surefooted hero in prime shape here! Two more songs are included for your enjoyment: Oceania (a live favourite) and the oven-fresh Track and Field Song. Attention: new musical forms are being explored in here! And it’s groovy! And it’s on 120 gram blue vinyl, no less!

  • No Type
  • IMNT 078 / 2003
  • UPC/EAN 771028807819
  • Total duration: 17:35

120-gram blue vinyl

Hey Typical!

Books on Tape

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In the press

  • Suefo, Mana Mana, January 1, 2004
  • Sheikh Ahmed, Absorb, December 1, 2003
    His excellent album impressed us […] and this is pretty much more of the same.
  • T™, Black, no. 33, November 1, 2003
  • SVS, Rif Raf, October 14, 2003
  • AW, Groove, October 1, 2003
  • Fela Lewis, Logo Magazine, September 15, 2003
    Love electronica? Love Books On Tape. Hate electronica? STILL love Books On Tape.
  • Von Falk, Somamag, September 11, 2003
  • Jean-François Micard, D-Side, September 1, 2003
  • veg.b, Raveline, September 1, 2003
  • Enfermo Records, Beat People, August 30, 2003
    … un genio de la ciencia del auricular.
  • David Cantin, Le Devoir, August 23, 2003
    … on ne peut tout simplement pas passer à côté du Bleak 1999 de Tomas Jirku
  • Tobias C van Veen, e/i magazine, June 26, 2003
    … unique mélange of IDM and country music.
  • Frans de Waard, Vital, no. 375, June 18, 2003
    The three tracks on this 10" are up to the expectations…
  • bleed, De:Bug, June 13, 2003
    Tja, Breakbeatrockout mit Indiebasslauf und Beatmusikorgel.
  • Trax, March 18, 2003

Kritikàk

Suefo, Mana Mana, January 1, 2004

A Todd Drootin által életrehívott Books on Tape formáció mindenképpen kielégíti a kiadója által támasztott feltételeket, miszerint alkotásai elég nehezen skatulyázhatóak be. A kanadai mûvész beatpunk néven jellemezte saját számait, ami nagyjából fedi is a valóságot, de ezzel együtt valami elektronikus dologra gondoljunk és akkor már képben is vagyunk. Helyenként a Kid 606 ugrik be, a váltások és a gegek terén, de itt azért nincs akkora zúzás, sõt az Oceania címû szám már majdnem downtempo, lehet rá bólogatni is. A 120 grammos, strandpapucskék bakelit 3 figyelemreméltó dalocskát tartalmaz a többit pedig a hamarosan megjelenõ, második Books on Tape nagylemez rejti.

Review

Sheikh Ahmed, Absorb, December 1, 2003

His excellent album impressed us jaded twats here at Absorb towers and this is pretty much more of the same. Calling his style of music ‘beatpunk’ - combining the energy of rogue punk with the instrumentation of electronic music - seems an apt name to give it. It’s a name that could also be shared by several other artists as well, who seem to be taking cues from electronica’s experimentation and wrapping it around their indie.

The title track is heavy stuff; like Dj Shadow battling with organs and lo-slung b-lines. Coming on like a spy movie theme replete with that all essential zither vibe. Oceania is inverted funk; growling chords dirty what is otherwise a laid back diversion. Track and Field Song is a superb way out of here. Just a melting pot mix of sub-rave style chords, playful melodies and a bizarre cacophony of vocal snatches. Take heed from Mr. Books: throw down your laptops!

His excellent album impressed us […] and this is pretty much more of the same.

Kritiek

SVS, Rif Raf, October 14, 2003

Vers vocht uit de druipende uiers van het Canadese No Type-label. Het duo Coin Gutter maakt niets ontziende, hard industriële en dan weer sacrale elektronische ambient en noise, vaak doorspekt met moderne compositie. Denk aan Yannis Kyriakides in een remix door Merzbow.

Oeuf Korreckt is, ondanks zijn lullige groepsnaam, een bijzonder groovy elektronicacollectief dat met scherpe, licht industriële ritmes erg doeltreffend uit de hoek komt. Alleen jammer van die introverte, weinig verheffende productie.

De sampling-artieste Diane Labrosse werkte de voorbije tien jaar met klinkende namen zoals Ikue Mori, Martin Tétreault en Zeena Parkins. Elektronicafreak A_Dontigny was dan weer lid van het beruchte collectief Napalm Jazz. Tesamen brengen Labrosse en Dontigny spannende, verrassende en verontrustende elektronica -en ambientpassages die je het best beluistert met de deur op slot en het huisalarm op extra sensitive.

We Remain Faded van Headphone Science is de meest beklijvende release bij No Type. Met zijn mix van stuiterende hiphop en aan flarden gesneden raps leunt dit project van Dustin Craig nog het meest aan bij Prefuse 73. Maar de epische soundtrackmuziek die Craig in zijn composities verstopt, sleept deze plaat weg uit het avanthophoekje.

Twee erg leuke 10inch-vinylletjes zijn die van de Zweedse Claudia Bonarelli en de Amerikaan Todd Brooks a.k.a. Books on Tape. Met respectievelijk wollige clickhouse en punky elektrobeats zetten zij de street credibility van No Type extra in de verf.

Review

Fela Lewis, Logo Magazine, September 15, 2003

A tough one to track down, this, but well worth the effort, for Los Angeles’ Todd Drootin is a genius. Vaulting praise, but entirely warranted, because here Books seems to take his inspiration from libraries, creating music based around both the punctuation and the plot he’s found in any random tome. The savagery of his electronic percussion echoes commas, colons and full-stops, guiding the listener through his dense (entirely instrumental) narrative, taking you by the hand into a cold, hard underworld where nothing is as it seems and danger lurks around every corner. Love electronica? Love Books On Tape. Hate electronica? STILL love Books On Tape.

Love electronica? Love Books On Tape. Hate electronica? STILL love Books On Tape.

Tonträger

Von Falk, Somamag, September 11, 2003

Books on Tape ist Todd Drootin aus NYC. Sein erstes Album Throw Down Your Laptops erschien auf dem Label Deathbomb Arc. Vorliegendes, blaues 10” Vinyl bietet einen kleinen Vorgeschmack auf das ebenfalls in Kürze folgende Album Books on Tape Sings The Blues.

Todd ist mit Punkrock aufgewachsen, dass hört man auch in seiner Musik, die er selbst als „Beatpunk” bezeichnet. Die drei Tracks auf Hey typical! bieten eine rockige Mischung aus Breakbeats, Punk-bzw. Indiegitarren, TV-Samples und Electronica-Elementen, gelegentlich versetzt mit abgedrehten Orgelsounds. Klingt zwar alles ziemlich noisy, raw und dirty, aber so recht konnte mich Hey typical! noch nicht vom „Beatpunk” überzeugen. Bleibt abzuwarten, was das Album bringt…

Kritik

veg.b, Raveline, September 1, 2003

Discos

Enfermo Records, Beat People, August 30, 2003

Dustin Craig es un californiano que se esconde tras el pseudónimo de Headphone Science. Su faceta como remixer es mas conocida que la de productor en solitario, y actualmente esta trabajando en varios proyectos junto a Books on Tape o Martindx. Dustin empezó su carrera como productor publicando sus trabajos por net-labels, es el caso de Foundations Reflected que salio por Subverseco (allí conoció a los Books on Tape), o Distorted Joyholes que lo hizo por Illmatik vibes. Este trabajo por el net-label canadiense afincado en Montréal No Type, es un compendio entre el hip-hop, es el caso de los cortes por nombre Games y Larcenous, el dub digital en Air Bubble Material y clicks and cuts con toques drill&bass y two step en Life Struggles Constant. IDM en definitiva la que nos ofrece todo un genio de la ciencia del auricular.

… un genio de la ciencia del auricular.

Musiques émergentes - Non conforme et fier de l’être

David Cantin, Le Devoir, August 23, 2003

De l’électronique au rock expérimental, un portrait des sorties importantes et attendues

Encore cet automne, les musiques émergentes retiennent l’attention. La scène indépendante québécoise se démarque et revendique plus que jamais sa différence face à l’industrie dominante. À quoi peut-on s’attendre au cours des prochains mois? Quels seront les artistes ainsi que les albums à surveiller? De l’électronique au rock expérimental, on dresse un portrait des sorties importantes et attendues.

Chez No Type, on ne peut tout simplement pas passer à côté du Bleak 1999 de Tomas Jirku dans le genre IDM sombre et minimal. On a aussi hâte d’entendre l’électronique délinquante de Books on Tape, de même que les recherches plus pointues du duo Front (Jon Vaughn et Max Haiven).

… on ne peut tout simplement pas passer à côté du Bleak 1999 de Tomas Jirku

Review

Tobias C van Veen, e/i magazine, June 26, 2003

Blue vinyl piques my ears & this is weirdness indeed. Hey typical! furthers Todd Drootin’s exploration into his own unique mélange of IDM and country music. A dark, gritty feel rides dusky piano chords while drum-kit percussion plays background to obscure vocal & feedback samples. The flip is playable at either 33 or 45 breaks or d’n’b. Either way, the rolling paranoia found in the ubiquitous piano & Anton LeVay organ conjurs an American desert brimming with gun-toting rancheros. Perhaps Drootin is the Southern Twin to Canada’s Venetian Snares…

… unique mélange of IDM and country music.

Review

Frans de Waard, Vital, no. 375, June 18, 2003

A previous release by Books On Tape was reviewed in Vital Weekly 361 and here is it’s follow up, a blue vinyl 10" on the No Type label. Books On Tape is Todd Drootin from New York and sometimes works as/with Click Tracy, Dewey Decimator (with Kerri Kerrang), Sluts On Tape (with Eryk Salvaggio), Tape Science Version (with Dustin Craig, who is also Headphone Science, see our last week’s issue) and Box Social (with David Klotz of Fonda). As Books On Tape he works in the realms of dance music, but always with a very healthy dose of punk rock inspiration. The three tracks on this 10" are up to the expectations: a driving rhythm, packed with voice samples and police siren like synths. Music for the rougher edges of dance floors. The b-side Track and Field Song, which takes up the entire side might be a bit long, and maybe it would have been better to do four tracks instead of three on this record, and it would have kept the energy level higher.

The three tracks on this 10" are up to the expectations…

Kritik

bleed, De:Bug, June 13, 2003

Tja, Breakbeatrockout mit Indiebasslauf und Beatmusikorgel. Gelegentlichen Ausflügen in Electronicagefilde aber eben auch Bassgitarrenrockandroll. Irgendwie ist diese Zusammenstellung aus TV Samples, altmodischen Breaks, schwersüchtigem Reggeaflavor und Punk auf die Dauer aber eher was für Leute die es einfach und Oldschoolig lieben. Was bei Electronikafans vielleicht eher selten ist, nicht weil Shoegazersound nicht auch einfach und altmodisch wäre, sondern weil dazu einfach auch ein wenig zu viel von Punkrocksoundtrack hat. Auf dem gleichen Label erscheint aber auch in Kürze eine Claudia Bonarelli EP, also, Augen auf! 3/5

Tja, Breakbeatrockout mit Indiebasslauf und Beatmusikorgel.

Critique

Trax, March 18, 2003

Voilà un bien étrange 10" bleu… Mélange de postures rock, de basses punk et de bric-à-brac électronique, Books nous fait son tour jongleur, découpant en break’à’brak le carambolage des compositions de Rubin Steiner, Roudoudou, Funki Porcini, Woodentops et quelques anciennes références bigbeat. En quelques sorte, une réactualisation du son Cup of tea.

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