Album of the Week: The Dead Bears - Newworldaquarium

I’ve been digging through my old hard drives for a while now, a few months back I started sorting the music folders. The aim is get rid of all the crap and discover some gold along the way. My memory is patchy, but I think I bought this album when I was living in Manchester and Chris was working at Boomkat. The more I try and access that memory the more clearly I can picture him telling me I needed to buy it.

It was an instant heart warmer, still is today.

Quick notes: Pleasing distortion. Dub techno signature sounds. House kicks. Phasic shuffle style. Haunting keys and melodic sample sprinkles. Some tracks feel like an intermission or passing soundtrack through moments. The build on every track is wonderfully subtle. Kicks are blaring at the front. Delightful panning across the sequencing – I’d savour this on headphones for sure. There is a strong diversity in mood across the album, feels like a journey.

Tracks to concentrate on:

  • Avon Sparkle is a stand out track
  • The Tide You Can’t Feel is dreamy
  • Trespassers is a driving 4/4 banger

Looks like there was a reissue and an adapted red overlay added to the artwork for that. I’m a massive fan of the white original above.

Written by
Lawrence Brown on 7th May 2022

Roland TR-909

In 2018 I put together a PechaKucha talk at NET-A-PORTER. I wanted to share my interest for music with the team and a journey down YouTube had led me to some pretty interesting stuff about this drum machine.

For a while I’d wanted to make a video version of the talk, below is a very rough first edit of that I’ve put together.


My editing skills need to come a long way to meet what I imagine this could be in my mind. I guess part of the creative process is learning to let go of the imagined quality level and putting your idea out, standing back and taking a breath.

Checklist for future edits

  • Add intro and ending, explain what a PechaKucha is
  • Link in all references and further reading
  • Create my own sound bed for voice over sections
  • Try swapping sound bed for music samples at lower volumes
  • Edit script to fit a regular pace for each slide
  • Move project from Screenflow to Adobe Premiere
  • Improve visual transitions and timeline
  • Research how to use samples in work for full referencing

Written by
Lawrence Brown on 27th August 2021