Thursday, 12 February
"In the wet heat of a Japanese summer, legendary musician Ryuichi Sakamoto was joined on stage by Taylor Deupree and the duo of Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date, known as Illuha. The Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media hosted the event as part of their 10 year anniversary which also included a captivating installation by Sakamoto called Forest Symphony. The days surrounding the concert brought the artists together for food, talk and exploration. Informal but meaningful moods that prepared them for performing together. The performance, an improvised set for piano, guitar… Read more
**File in your Romanian accordion virtuoso folder** "Marin “Tagoi” Sandu, bandleader of Bahto Delo Delo, is a Romani virtuoso accordion player and singer of the traditional lautari style in Romania. With guidance from his late father, Nicolae Neacsu, who was one of the founders of Taraf De Haidouks and a very respected violinist of his time, Tagoi started learning music from the age of eight. At 64, he plays and sings a large repertoire of Romani and lautari tunes. Tagoi still lives in the legendary village of Clejani in southern Romania with his wife. While he has dedicated his entire life to m… Read more
"Those who were fortunate to catch Phosphorescent at any of the their shows in 2013 can attest to the fact that this is no ordinary touring band. Built around the core of founding member / songwriter Matthew Houck, Phosphorescent has expanded from a loop-station based solo act into a fully fledged classic rock band to be held in the same regard as the likes of Crazy Horse. They spent most of 2013 touring behind their hugely acclaimed album ‘Muchacho’ and by the end of the year the band were at the peak of their powers. This 2CD / 3LP live album was recorded over the course of fou… Read more
*CD + DVD version including the original album in 5.1 surround sound, seven bonus tracks and four videos* '‘No More Shall We Part’ is the eleventh studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, originally released in 2001. It came after a four year break from recording following the critically acclaimed ‘The Boatman’s Call’ and the massive selling 1998 Best Of and showcases the virtuoso talents of the Bad Seeds, with elaborate instrumental sections on nearly every track.'
**Deluxe CD reissue with 5.1 and stereo DVD including bonus video content** Twelfth studio album from Nick Cave, and the realisation of one of his most accessable voice to date. Much has been said of Cave's problematic transition into middle age and his gradual creeping into stretches of sound that sometimes veer dangerously close to adult orientated rock. 'Nocturama' does, indeed, see Nick and the Seeds shedding much of their pre-millenial angst and sonic idealism in favour of a more sheltered study of love, family life and the comforts of stability. But while songs like '… Read more
*CD + DVD version includes the original album in 5.1 surround sound, four bonus tracks and three videos* '‘The Boatman’s Call’ is the tenth studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, originally released in 1997. The album is entirely piano-based and remains one of the most critically acclaimed releases of Nick Cave’s career.'
"It may be seven years since he released a solo record, but José has been anything but idle in that time. He’s delivered two albums with the band Junip, his more fulsome, electronic-edged, pop project and has toured with both the Berlin/Göteborg String Theory orchestra (in 2011), co-performing 11 reworking’s of his songs, Sidi Touré and played with Malian desert blues troupe Tinariwen (both in 2012). In 2013, Hollywood came calling when Ben Stiller commissioned José to work with Theodore Shapiro on the soundtrack to his remake of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and most recently, he’s c… Read more
"Already recognized as one of the principal profiles in techno, Joseph Capriati has established a reputation as a universally popular DJ and in- demand producer. The Neapolitan, now based in Barcelona, delivers an immaculately- hewn journey through upfront techno and tech- house from some of the scene’s biggest names."
"Grey day celebration music for meshed afternoons; eleven strums and songs to savor as you wander till spring. Did Damon & Naomi dream them? Did I? Will you?” —Andy Zax People talk about Damon & Naomi as if they’re the raw infrastructure that remained after Galaxie 500 fell apart, a steel skeleton stubbornly standing after an earthquake. But when the pair began a new project, they weren’t nadjusting so much as starting from scratch. By the time they released More Sad Hits, they had grown enough as musicians and songwriters that they didn’t need to lean on stark sincerity and reverb-drenched emotin… Read more
Thursday, 05 February
**Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M. Photography by Traianos Pakioufakis and artwork by Bill Kouligas** 'Live Knots' presents two immersive live recordings of Oren Ambarchi playing the epic 'Knots' from 'Audience Of One' (Touch, 2012) in Tokyo and Krakow's Unsound Festival. Captured with alternately intimate and widescreen fidelity, the original elements of cyclonic guitar harmony and quicksilver percussion are twisted different ways across the two performances, exploring and testing every nuance of the track's framework. 'Tokyo Knots' intimately documents their show at SuperDeluxe in March 20… Read more
Root Strata founder, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma scales supernal heights of dream-pop and shoegazing noise bliss with 'A Year With 13 Moons' for Mexican Summer. We'll get it out right now - this is easily Jefre's magnum opus; a consolidation of all that we already loved about the incendiary romance of his work, boosted by a renewed sense of wonder and a catalytic clash of pop pangs fighting against avant garde instincts. Under a title inspired by a Fassbinder film, 'A Year With 13 Moons' is the result of a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, during which t… Read more
John Tejada adds a subtly effective layer of grit to his hypoallergenic tech-house sound in 'Signs Under Test'. Raising his tolerance for the infidelity and idiosyncracies of analog recording results heaps more space and atmosphere across all eleven tracks, lending his drums a sweet bite and loads of room for his modules to really spill and breathe. His melodic sensibilities and deftest drum programming /sequencing skills are in full effect, too. Whether rolling with AFXian lushness in opener 'Two 0 Two' or swinging with clipped electro drums and vaulted harmonies in 'Vaalbara', it's hard… Read more
"Country Music is the second album by prolific experimentalists Vision Fortune, and their first for ATP Recordings. Recorded during an intense two-month research residency, generously funded by the Cuatroquesos Foundation, in the idyllic yet remote region of Tuscany, Italy, Country Music is both a significant development and audible departure from the sound of the band's debut Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune. Blossom''s resigned and fragile vocal layers feature an appearance by the live-in maggiordomo, for example - whilst the percussion on 'Dry Mouth' was created solely from the … Read more
"On this album (electronic music) I am exploring the effect of the reverb in a different way than in my previous release (Spyweirdos "feeling of movement"). The reverb effect is perceived as a factor of the timbre of a sound as the time floats. The composition of this album is based on electronic sounds that have a unique timbre. The effect of timbre's uniqueness is that the listener does not have a clear reference of the sound and therefore no expectations for the reflections of the sound inside a room. Thus, the listener is not able to distinguish the clean sound (heard unde… Read more
Thursday, 29 January
Chicago's DJ Clent busts out a killer debut album of sub-heavy hyperfunk for Duck N' Cover - the world's first Footwork-only vinyl label. 'Last Bus to Lake Park' is alien jazz tech of the dopest order, hitting 14 tracks of fibrillating flux including link-ups with fellow Dance Mania veteran DJ Milton and footwork progenitor, RP Boo. We'll go straight for the highlights, a handful of Afro-futurist level-setters including the doubled-down G-Funk lean of 'The Wickedness', a blinding breakbeat and space-jazz rocket named 'Look Swole' with DJ Milton, and certainly the depth-charged sub pulse… Read more
**Immersively collaged and enchanting sound journey across the American south** "Herein sits a sound panacea for what ails you, me, thee… a collection of sound meant to place tiume, place memory in that space beyond remembrance… This recording represents a 25 day sojourn (#southernsojourn2014) I took through parts of the/my american south by am, greydog, thumb, through pecan trees, farm fields, rivers running me, dark allies, cemeteries people no longer visit… curious places below the mason dixon line: a segment of the globe more foreign to me than any other place… Read more
This is pretty special: an album of unreleased home recordings made circa 1982-83 by Liquid Liquid percussionist Dennis Young - aye, the same fella sampled on Grandmaster Flash's 'White Lines'. Edited and arranged in summer 2014, it illuminates 16 pieces primed for the heads and DJs, ranging from dubbed-up, extended No wave disco roll-outs, thru singeing synth escapades equally comparable with Craig Leon and Bruce Lacey, via a number of little guitar ditties and experiments. It's perfectly symptomatic of that febrile air of creativity surrounding New York in that era, keen to expand the peri… Read more
'Depersonalisation' provides, somewhat ironically, an intimate introduction to Brisbane-based Nite Fields' contemporary shoegaze sound. Mixed by HTRK guitarist Nigel Lee-Yang, their debut album certainly shares some similarities with their Aussie counterparts - cavernous sense of space, icy drums, an elegiac pallor - but Nite Fields tend to a sweeter, yet forlorn sound implicitly influenced by The Jesus & Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins or Slowdive. Recorded in a range of unconventional spaces, from stairwells to closed down garages, it's deeply imbued with the atmospheres of what we'd perceiv… Read more
"Following his breakout instrumental project Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5, Lee Bannon released the project that would catapult him to becoming one of the most widely-recognized and diverse producers of electronic music. Never/mind/the/darkenss/of/it... is Lee’s highly-regarded experimental project, that shows why he is constantly defying genre restrictions, as he meshes electronic music, hip-hop, ambient sound and Drum & Bass. Never/mind/the/darkness/of/it is a major progression from Bannon’s previous work, as even hip-hop sites such as OkayPlayer raved “this ish is dope.” This … Read more
"For listeners who like: Aphex Twin, Clams Casino, Flying Lotus, Shlohmo, Squarepusher, DJ Rashad. Lee Bannon moved beyond hip-hop with his acclaimed full length release Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5. Pushing the boundaries of sound, Bannon flexes his production skills beyond the realm of hip-hop and electronic music, merging those genres with ambient sounds and Drum & Bass. Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5 features appearances by ProEra members Kirk Knight and Chuck Strangers, as well as Raider Klan member Matt Stoops. Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5, which is now available for the first time… Read more
"For listeners who like: Odd Future, Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Joey Bada$$, DJ Rashad, Kendrick Lamar. Acclaimed producer, Lee Bannon, got his big break in the hip-hop world while producing for artist such as Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Smoke DZA, Curren$y and more. Being taken under the wing of the Pro Era crew put Lee Bannon on the tour with Joey Bada$$ as his DJ, leading the duo to a celebrated performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Lee since has compiled his most popular productions for Joey and his team to create what is Joey Bada$$ / Pro Era Instrumentals V… Read more
Superconnection do that svelte, Teutonic minimal thing with bags of panache on debut album, 'La Mer'. Revolving experienced musicians from the Berlin and Vienna scenes - Hannes Strobl (bass), Hanno Leichtmann (drum programming), and Rupert huber (electronics) - they meld an uncluttered suite of arrangements finding the sweet spot between, say, To Rococo Rot and Steve Reich, or sounding out somewhere between Jan Jelinek and Radian. Thus, the atmospheres shift subtly between twilit Berlin glow ('Wasserfall') and sashaying Viennese elegance ('Say It'), with a dash of laidback, Balearic luft ('Mediterranes Klima') for good measure.
"For the Dodos "the best time to make a record is right after you've finished one" says vocalist and guitarist Meric Long. Having just wrapped up the sessions for Carrier, and fired up on the level of comfort achieved with brothers Jay and Ian Pellicci at Tiny Telephone studio, the duo immediately began laying to tape the batch of songs that would make up Individ. "The songs came together easily, there was not a lot questioning, just moving ahead with the feeling that we were on the right track. We were freed up to do whatever came naturally," says Long. And what comes naturally to the Dodos is crea… Read more
"Richard O’Flynn (drums, vocals), Norway’s Guro Gikling (bass, vocals) and Brazil’s Luis Santos (guitar, vocals), who met at university in Liverpool. A total democracy, the band write all music and lyrics together. Inspired by a shared love of hip hop and soul music, Guro calls their sound ‘psychedelic boogie’. For fans of Warpaint, Jungle, Fleetwood Mac, Cocteau Twins."
Thursday, 22 January
Future soul star, Steve White, makes a keenly awaited return with his first release under the Beat Spacek moniker. 'Modern Streets' is his finest work since the last burst of creativity which yielded the ace Africa HiTech project with Mark Pritchard and the excellent Black Pocket sounds for his brother dBridge's Exit Recordings. In a fair reflection of the 'Modern Streets', it was created entirely on iPhone and iPad and even sends a daily update of his morning jog to your email account. That last bit is actually b******s, but the album isn't. Rather than a showcase of studio pressure,… Read more
Raster-Noton present the brain-flossing results of Frank Bretschneider's calculated muck-about on the Buchla and Serge modular synths in Stockholm's hallowed EMS facility. 'Sinn + Form', translating to "meaning + form", is the Raster-Noton co-founder's attempt to simulate the "fundamentally chaotic world as we know it" via mathematical and physical theories - dynamical systems, probability theory, stochastic systems - in an extension of humankind's endless endeavour to "recognize this world and to describe, predict, control and change it." To our ears, the results flux wildly between al… Read more