Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records.
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Can’t believe there’s a new Slowdive song…and it’s soo damn good.
After 22 years, Slowdive return with “Star Roving”, their first new material since 1995’s ‘Pygmalion’, which will be released via Dead Oceans, worldwide. The band has been hinting at new music for some time and now the band can finally satisfy the ears of their patient fans. Featuring Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Christian Savill (guitar), Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals) and Simon Scott (drums, electronics), “Star Roving” embodies the effortlessness for which Slowdive is known — as the song progresses, it expands and contracts in ways that feel infinite. Singer Neil Halstead says: “When the band decided to get back together in 2014 we really wanted to make new music. It’s taken us a whole load of shows and a few false starts to get to that point, but it’s with pride and a certain trepidation we unleash “Star Roving”. We really hope folks enjoy it, it’s part of a bunch of new tracks we’ve been working on and it feels as fun, and as relevant playing together now as it did when we first started”.
Slowdive’s debut album ‘Just For A Day’ was released in 1991 by Creation Records and was followed by the band’s now revered 1993 album ‘Souvlaki’ and 1995’s ‘Pygmalion’ before disbanding. In the 22 years of their virtual disappearance, compilation albums have been released and the core members of the group have gone on to join other musical endeavours. In 2014, the band announced that they’d reunited and more new music would follow. Faithful fans will herald “Star Roving” as a critically worthy return.
As musicians get through their agreements some hang their hats up, some move onto newer goals/hobbies in life and a few even start their own labels. Mauro Remiddi aka Porcelain Raft decide just that, he welcomed Volcanic Field in the middle of last year releasing a few cassettes. Having met Mauro and him not knowing i’m writing this, i’m happy to see him shed the label. Labels aren’t for everyone and with that we all receive an innocent body of work.
1. The Earth Before Us
2. Distant Shore
3. Big Sur
4. Rolling Over
7. The Greatest View
8. Bring Me To The River
9. Accelerating Curve
10. The Poets Were Right
11. Zero Frame Per Second
250 limited edition color vinyl
New album ‘Microclimate’ out 3rd Feb 2017 on Volcanic Field
Like last year lists this year are all over the place, a lot of main stream rap again, really solid techno and again VERY happy to see a lot less of the soft boy beat stuff that clogged up the festivals, which makes me overwhelmingly happy. Here’s a few musicians that most of you know but made my year very enjoyable because of a DJ set, live set, a diverse DJ Kicks or a keeping an alias alive and well, enjoy!
Terekke reworks Mariah Carey’s cover of I Want to Know What Love Is
“It feels sad to lose people, even if you might not have known them all personally, it’s still a very heavy feeling. DIY spaces have been so absolutely central to my life creatively, communally and spiritually that it hurts to the core to see friends lose their friends. It’s more than i can put into words.”
I usually write-off all the pitched vocal tracks that clog up the electronic scene BUT this is a unique take, especially the intro.
‘THROAT’ is the new album by composer/producer Aaron David Ross (ADR). Arriving as the New York artist’s second release on PAN, ‘THROAT’ is made entirely from vocal sounds. It could only be crafted in the ultra-present; an age where the poetry of songwriting is flattened into catchy hooks. As words are sliced into sounds, ideas are reduced to sibilant syllables that still contain a range of emotional power, but deliver it in subversively different ways.
‘THROAT’ exploits these ways, borrowing vocal fragments from everywhere to collage a choral congregation of singing servers; pinging one another to create open-source equal-opportunity electronic pop music. Reichian polyrhythms EDM drop into Bieber-esque beatboxing. Hypothetical K-pop stars conduct holographic choirs in altruistic ritual. Virtual summer festival DJs transcode into pure phonemes; anthropomorphizing formant-shifted vacuums of communication. When you drop the cargo of making sense, you can go so much faster.
As a classically trained musician inspired equally by pop and contemporary art & technology practices, ADR’s work has distinguished itself through its formal deliriousness and playful tenor. Besides ongoing collaborations with an international community of vocalists, producers, artists and fashion designers, Ross releases solo recordings, composes music for film, TV and advertising, and maintains a practice of live performance and sound installation.
Gotta support some Polish-born guys on the blog, keep an eye on both of these names for 2017.
Earth Trax is half of Ptaki also The Phantom a.k.a. Bartosz Kruczyński.
Peckham’s finest are back with another 12″ custom built for discerning dancers. The SE15 label have looked to Poland for inspiration again and returned to the pool hall with a ridiculously good pair of subtle low-key rollers that traverse ethereal, barely-there house territory in the best way possible.
Comprised of Baltic-Balearic-Beat legend Bartosz Kruczynski and the man normally known as Matat Professionals, Earth Trax and Newborn Jr’s debut EP for the label, Sax & Flute, beams into the world on October the 14th.
Being kind souls, we’ve decided to let you have a listen to the A-side. Stream it right now! Yes, right now! Right this second!