Thursday, 19 February
"Portland, Oregon’s sonic explorers Eternal Tapestry have always had a feeling of interplay between their impressionistic music and the dense forests that surround their hometown, but on their newest album, Wild Strawberries, they take that naturalistic inspiration to a new level. Wild Strawberries is a massive double album, which was recorded in a secluded cabin under the shadow of Mount Hood in Zigzag, OR. The Zigzag River flowed nearby, and the group spent time between takes learning about the area’s floral make up and relaxing under the stars. This idealistic lifestyle, however … Read more
"Petite Noir, the South African producer, multi-instrumentalist, and genre-defying performer, is set to release a brand 5-track EP entitled The King Of Anxiety. Born Yannick Ilunga, to a Congolese father and Angolan mother, the artist known as Petite Noir has been making his unclassifiable, joyous music in various iterations for a number of years now. Previous singles "Til We Ghosts", "Noirse" and "Pressure", and his band Popskarr, in addition to collaborations with his friend Spoek Mathambo, garnered him online attention in 2013 and 2014, leading to his signing with Double Six. He is currently at work on his debut full-length album, due for release in 2015."
Heavyweight hook-up from Ghostface Killah and Canadian jazz trio BadBadNotGood, produced by Frank Dukes (Eminem, 50 Cent, Drake). Imagine a hip hop noir directed by David Lynch and featuring MF Doom and Danny Brown; you can almost inhale the silver chronic fog of 'Sour Soul'. Dripping with expensive-sounding strings and Gainsbourg-via-Badalamenti vibes, the production is authentically classic and cinematic and provides the perfect backdrop to stage Ghostface's vivid, timeless storytelling. On paper, the jazz-trio plus Wu Tang MC formula could be enough to send heads fleeing, b… Read more
"16 previously unreleased early home recordings from Iron And Wine, this is the first in a series gathering covers, live sets and curiosities from his own Black Cricket Recording Co. label. This first release taps into a set of songs created before Sam was Iron And Wine. These 16 songs came to life at the same time as those selected for Iron And Wine’s debut album ‘The Creek Drank The Cradle’ (Sub Pop, 2002). Performed and recorded at home on a 4-track cassette. Digitally transferred from the original cassettes and packaged in gatefold artwork featuring the ‘Bird Of Paradise Quilt Top’ (licensed from the American Folk Art Museum)."
"Scattered Into Light is the Mush debut from the Luxembourg based electronic act, Sun Glitters. The eleven-track album remains true to the glitchy r&b and deep tech-house sound that has blasted Sun Glitters into the consciousness of electronic music fans over the last two years. Stuttering beats and wobbling synths are soft-focused through a sun-bleached lens in a way that will appeal to synth-pop, ambient, and dustup fans in equal measure. Scattered Into Light is the first Sun Glitters release to completely integrate a vocalist, as Italian ingenue Sara Cappai lends her talents to ov… Read more
"Recorded at The Pool Studios and Abbey Road in London and, once again working with exclusive archive footage from the British Film Institute, the new record will tell the story of the American & Soviet space race from 1957 – 1972 via the duo’s eccentric mix of guitar-driven electronica, propulsive drumming and spoken word samples culled from this rich period of modern history. The Race For Space follows Inform – Educate – Entertain, Public Service Broadcasting’s debut album."
"Since 2000, founder Sam Hillmer has remained Z's purveying constant, and with the addition of loose-limbed, meditative percussionist Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien, Man Forever), and virtuosic avant-classical guitarist and composer Patrick Higgins, the band has found its epochal lineup. The trio's vision is crystallized on Xe, Zs' first full-length featuring the new trio, and first proper since 2010's critically acclaimed New Slaves. Hillmer, Fox and Higgins-three supremely heavy sages who exchange their pulsating phraseology with a mind-blowingly telepathic bent-in one room, nailing Xe in one miraculous l… Read more
"After collaborations with Robert Wyatt and PJ Harvey amongst others, multi-instrumentalist Pascal Comelade teams up with Jack White faves Les Liminanas. It's been noted that their are traces of Serge Gainsbourg, Beck, Stereolab, Gospel, Yeh-Yeh, guitar fuzz freakouts, and Nugget's-era stompers in the Limiñanas music. All of which may be true, but Limiñanas' sound is irreverent and singular. The band’s fusion of traditional French “ye ye” stylings with the cigarette-smoking cool of the New York underground of the late-Sixties has dazzled listeners since it’s inception making the live unit the toast of concert stages worldwide."
"Every artist has a piece of work that niggles them—something that they wish they could redo, given the chance. It’s why Paul McCartney once reproduced Let It Be and why Kate Bush re-recorded Wuthering Heights for her best-of album. For the prolific Michael Chapman, that album is Window, the missing link in the series of Chapman’s early albums being reissued by Light In The Attic Records. Window sits just after the previously released Fully Qualified Survivor and Rainmaker, right before Wrecked Again. In 1970, signed to the hip Harvest label (home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett, among others),… Read more
Thursday, 12 February
Toronto's Egyptrixx heavily impresses with the expansive industrial sound designs of 3rd LP, 'Transfer of Energy [Feelings Of Power]'. Launched on his newly minted Halocline Trance label, it's a sleek mixture of tensile club constructions and sci-fi atmospheres shot thru with blazing pop signatures and hyperreal textures. Industrial is the keyword here - connoting imagery of classic, dystopian cinema and computer games in the pensive, pranging dynamics of the title track and lush, intra-dimensional refractions in 'Mirror Etched on Shards of Amethyst', while making sonic … Read more
Carter Tutti refresh their Chris & Cosey alter-egos in something of a dream project for their acolytes. Compiling last year's 'Remix Chris & Cosey' session with eight new studio reworks of Chris & Cosey live tracks, it underlines their output to date with a showcase of the original song's durability and, simultaneously, a display of current studio prowess. On the first disc, they apply a slippery mnodern chassis to the ghosts of eight songs, at best in the wormholing autobahn techno of 'Driving Blind' and an acidic re-rub of 'Dancing On Your Grave'. The remix suite is oilie… Read more
Joker continues to burn up that purple Bristol sound on his 2nd album, 'The Mainframe'. Wildly colourful but controlled with deadly steady hand, it presents a far more plush and intricate sound than the rest of peers still pushing a sound rooted in post-'06 dubstep/grime styles. In fact, he's pretty much a lone soldier in this case - fusing boogie, adult contemporary jazz motifs and cod ethno flutes to a bulky yet agile halfstep. Man clearly loves this sound and relishes it from the explosive dynamics and Casualty theme tune nods of 'Boss Mode' to the dichotomous clash of boogie niceness 'n nasty rave elements in 'Fuzz Bop'.
*3CD + DVD Box Set including a bonus CD /DVD in a rigid box* "Second release in the ‘History Of The Future’ duology, inc rare tracks and previously unseen footage. It’s a comprehensive, second closing compendium on the Orb’s illustrious history, before focus moves to their new album, planned for release on Kompakt during summer 2015. ‘History Of The Future Part 2’ starts after Alex Paterson left his major label experience with Island Records behind him and struck into the new millennium with different record labels, new and old collaborators and a volley of sonic experiments which… Read more
"Ibeyi deliver their self titled debut album. Produced by Richard Russell at his west London Residence La Revolution studio and released on XL Recordings. Ibeyi are 19 year old French Cuban twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz. They are daughters of the late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon and the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins combine modern pop, hip hop and electronic influences with the traditional sounds of their father’s Yorùbán culture."
The hiatus is over: Six Organs of Admittance rise again with a stunning new slab on Drag City three years since 'Ascent'. Conspicuous by his absence, Chasny seems to have spent his time regressing to birth a more primordial approach to the neck of the guitar, now returning with Noel Von Harmonson (Drums), Rob Fisk (Bass), and Charlie Saufley (Bass) to help flesh out, transcribe and unravel his cryptic dreams. The result is is looser, broader Six Organs of Admittance to the one we remember, adroitly feeling out lonely blues beside face-aching feedback throwdowns, doomy flamenco flouris… Read more
As reliable as the changing of the seasons, Perlon serve six slices of suave tech-house minimalism from Thomas Melchior, collecting his recent two 12"s. His first material for the label since 2011 offers extended tracks synching elasticated basslines to barely-there drums and ghostly oscillators, with crucial streaks of filtered strings luring us deeper into a rippling conga groove. Next, he ups the energy levels with a perky, super-stripped number reminding of Wolfgang Voigt's Studio One classics, before switching tack again to knotted b-line and swinging claps with properly … Read more
"The new album from Tropics, aka 27 year old Chris Ward, looks outwards, armed with a newfound confidence that foregrounds his vocal performance and songwriting. It’s a musical progression that mirrors a personal one: the early Tropics output was all made in the idyllic, if isolated setting of Ward’s grandmother’s empty house in the seaside town of Southsea, which he moved into after graduating from university to focus on writing and recording. He was alone there - “like, really alone. For days, I had literally no distractions.” Having moved to London in 2013, Ward now splits his time between the city… Read more
"Snow Ghosts return with their sophomore album, ‘A Wrecking’, the follow-up to their 2013 debut ‘A Small Murmuration’. Sharing a mutual influence of the shadowy elements of British folklore and the heavier side of experimental noise, a disparate array of references combines to form Snow Ghosts’ bewitching and intoxicating sound. Ross Tones (aka Throwing Snow) and Hannah Cartwright (Augustus Ghost) are now joined by multi-instrumentalist Oliver Knowles (EXES) to pool their individual inspirations, ideas and styles under the moniker of Snow Ghosts. Less focused on rhythm and more on melody and in… Read more
**Tectonic electronics, RIYL Emptyset, Paul Jebanasam, Alva Noto** "In contrast with the continual pursuit of achievement, that today's culture teaches us, the theme of Descent, found in many myths in the shape of the hero going underground to pass a period of solitude, is no longer represented. A cultural space existed in most traditional societies for such a period in a person's life and it was seen as necessary in order for the initiate to re-connect with their past and concomitantly with his collective unconscious, or humanity’s primordial existence. "Sarava Exu" was written throughout su… Read more
'Deterrence' is the formerly cassette-only 2010 release by Ricardo Donoso. It plumbs a darker, primordial space that pre-echoes the submerged qualities of his excellent albums for Digitalis, drawing us into abyssal zones of bleakest ambient electronics perfused with looming electro-acoustic structures that tesselate in the pitch blacknuss or scrape the clammy walls of his shapeshifting chambers.
"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."