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“This album has been made very much in admiration of nature yet through a tinted window of manmade escapisc, spending more time in the British countryside, walking, photographing, listening and recording has certainly affected how I've been thinking and expressing myself in the studio - recalling the beauty in nature and the sadness of seeing it spoiled." – BIBIO
[ file under: folktronika ]

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"Ecstatic computation"

Caterina Barbieri is an Italian composer who explores themes related to machine intelligence and object oriented perception in sound through a focus on minimalism. The album revolves around the creative use of complex sequencing techniques and pattern-based operations to explore the artefacts of human perception. Following 2017’s acclaimed 2LP Patterns of Consciousness, Ecstatic Computation is the new full-length LP.
[ file under: editions mego ]

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"Cykada uniquely marry the experimentation and soulful elements of jazz with the rawness of heavy rock. It’s an infectious and thrilling ride." ~ Clash Magazine
"The release of Cykada, however, is going to strap a booster rocket to the band's profile." ~ All About Jazz
[ file under: jazz breaks ]

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Produced by a stable of some of Canada’s finest musical minds including DJ Kemo (The Rascalz), Chin Injeti (DJ Khalil, Eminem, Drake) and Daniel Lee (Hooded Fang), The Gumpion picks up where Soul Run left off, continuing her tradition of marrying classic soul with modern production styles.Since emerging on the international scene in 2017 with her debut Soul Run, Tanika Charles has revealed herself to be one of the best kept secrets in soul music.
[ file under: retro soul ]

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Using minimalism and space, FACS make abstract and modern art rock. Lifelike occupies a space in between the band's debut & Case & Leger's work with Disappears, applying minimalism & space in compositions that reside somewhere near the realms of post-punk, art-rock, shoegaze, industrial music & post-rock.
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"Are you a dreamer?"

The trio’s love of all things “old” is well known – they’ve tinkled ivories, played vibraphone, recorded with a Sennheiser microphone and a nod to everything from Fun Boy Three to Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Contonou, while still roaming somewhere between an ambient Eno and Cocteau Twins at a late-night soiree.
“Swedish exponents of dreamily lovely psych and lush, late-60s-style baroque pop.” The Guardian

[ file under: sweden airs ]

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Fennesz writes: “Its a simple story. i had temporarily lost a proper studio workspace and had to move all my gear back to a small bedroom in my flat where I recorded this album. It was all done on headphones, which was rather a frustrating situation at first but later on it felt like back in the day when I produced my first records in the 1990s. In the end it was inspiring. I used very minimal equipment; I didn't even have the courage to plug in all the gear and instruments which were at my disposal. I just used what was to hand.”
[ file under: glitches ]

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"You can't steal my joy"

Ezra Collective are five young Londoners; bandleader Femi Koleoso (drums), his brother TJ Koleoso (bass), Joe Armon-Jones (keys), Dylan Jones (trumpet) and James Mollison (saxophone). The band’s incredible musicianship and spirited, inclusive approach to music - which draws on afrobeat, Latin, hip-hop, grime and more - has seen them break out beyond the thriving UK jazz scene.
[ file under: folktronika ]

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"Henrik Gorecki: Symphony NO.3"

Portishead, the band Beth has fronted for nearly 25 years, was playing at the Sacrum Profanum festival in the reclaimed steelworks in Nowa Huta: a giant, forbidding industrial complex on the outskirts of one of Europe’s most beautiful and contradictory cities. On 29th November 2014, all the detailed and difficult work came to its conclusion at the National Opera Grand Theatre in Warsaw. The apparent simplicity of Górecki’s third symphony – its straightforward harmonies and rhythmic regularity – is belied by the score; this is not an easy piece for any of the performers.
[ file under: classical contemporary ]

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"There is no other"

Rhiannon Giddens turns her exquisite voice and sensibility toward this psychic territory on There is No Other, her new collaboration with the Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi. The duo's intellectual project links Giddens' usual field of inquiry, the folk instruments and traditions of the Afroamerican diaspora, with those of Turrisi, a pianist and master of the frame drum who dwells in the Mediterranean slipstreams from the Middle East and North Africa to Southern Europe.
[ file under: north carolina blues ]

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"Ancestor boy"

Lafawndah’s 2018 was filled with myriad musical highlights and successes - including a celebrated performance featuring peers Tirzah, Kelsey Lu and more at London’s South Bank in December. The debut full- length album is a bracing statement of intent, heralding an artist unbound in scope, scale, and intensity.
[ file under: neo soul ]

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Designer finds the Aldous Harding hitting her creative stride. After Party, Harding came off a 100-date tour last summer and went straight into the studio with a collection of songs written on the road. Reuniting with John Parish, producer of Party, Harding spent 15 days recording and 10 days mixing at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth and Bristol’s J&J Studio and Playpen.
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"Arrivals & departures"

During the promotion of the band’s previous LP, The Fine Art of Hanging On, Nick and their flautist Helen Whitaker went through a long process of separation. This displacement set the tone for the next 18 months, as Nick moved from one temporary accommodation to the next, writing and recording demos which would eventually become the foundation of their fifth full length album, Arrivals and Departures.
[ file under: indie pop ]

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Holly Herndon operates at the nexus of technological evolution and musical euphoria. For the album, she assembled a contemporary ensemble of vocalists, developers, guest contributors and an inhuman intelligence housed in a DIY souped-up gaming PC to create a record that encompasses live vocal processing and timeless folk singing, and places an emphasis on alien song craft and new forms of communion.
[ file under: avant garde ]

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"All that's left"

All That's Left is the 15th studio album from Ian Simmonds following 2015's ‘The Right Side Of Kind’. Starting his musical career in the 80's with the Sandals, Simmonds then moved on to producing as Juryman, Wiseintime and under his own name: Ian Simmonds.
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"Stockholm marathon"

Studio Barnhus is many things – a dj trio, a label, a studio on Barnhusgatan (Orphanage street) in Stockholm, a blob of colour splashed right onto the gray scales of modern dance music.
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Dwight Trible is a rarity. Few singing careers involve performing with the legendary likes of Pharaoh Sanders, Kenny Garrett and Charles Lloyd, whilst also producing and innovating music with today’s hippest artists, ranging from J Dilla to Kamasi Washington.
[ file under: jazz hop ]

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"Anthology of interplanetary folk music vol. 2"

Craig Leon revisits the extraterrestrial origins of civilization on Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon. Picking up where the pioneering electronic albums Nommos and Visiting (Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1) left off, The Canon traces the imparted knowledge of alien visitors as it spread from Africa across the ancient world.
[ file under: experimental ]

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"FRKWYS Vol. 15: serenitatem"

serenitatem, the fifteenth installment of RVNG’s intergenerational FRKWYS series, joins Visible Cloaks with Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano, trailblazers of the Japanese ambient music scene in the 1980s and 90s. While the music excels on an environmental level familiar in the collective’s individual works, serenitatem reaches a pure synthesis of artistic vision, futurist ambition, and occasionally, ancient polyphony.
[ file under: ambient sounds ]

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"Love & other hopeless things"

Five years after their last album Open Up Your Colouring Book, Glasgow’s magnificent Pearlfishers return with a brand new album. It’s their eighth on Marina Records, a superb comeback full of masterful, classic pop music, driven by main man David Scott’s exceptional songwriting and arrangements. The album kickstarts with its beautiful title track, a song in the tradition of British songwriters like Paddy McAloon and Michael Head, about ordinary people dreaming and drowning in the big city.
[ file under: pop @ his best ]

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"Titanic rising"

The Weyes Blood frontwoman grew up singing in gospel and madrigal choirs. “Classical and Renaissance music really influenced me,” says Natalie Mering, who first picked up a guitar at age 8. (Listen closely to Titanic Rising, and you’ll also hear the jazz of Hoagy Carmichael mingle with the artful mysticism of Alejandro Jodorowsky and the monomyth of scholar Joseph Campbell).
[ file under: folktronika ]

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"Legacy! Legacy!"

Woods, a Chicago-born poet, organizer, and consistent glory merchant, seeks to honor black people first, always. And so, Legacy! Legacy! A song for Zora! Zora, who gave so much to a culture before she died alone and longing. A song for Octavia and her huge and savage conscience! A song for Miles! One for Jean-Michel and one for my man Jimmy Baldwin!
[ file under: nu soul ]

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