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GIUGNO 2019

AGOSTO 2019

BIOSPHERE
"Senja recordings"

The Senja Recordings is a collection of various outdoor recordings and studio improvisations recorded on the island of Senja, Arctic Norway, between 2015 and 2018.
Boomkat: "Geir Jenssen yields a most Biosphere of Biosphere recordings with this new album recorded on a Norwegian island within the arctic circle".
[ file under: field recordings ]

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FRIEDRICH SUNLIGHT
"Sag es erst morgne"

A balmy autumn evening in London: I'm nestled in the crowd of a sold out show at The Lexington to witness one of Louis Philippe's rare performances. The opening act, Friedrich Sunlight, hits the stage. Right from the first notes of the opening song, I listen spellbound. Catchy "Ba-ba-bas" and unbelievable arrangements pull me and the others closer to the front: Who is that? I'm amazed but yet, can't understand a single word being sung: The singer, gifted with a soft, distinctive voice, sings everything in German.
[ file under: field recordings ]

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BRANDT BRAUER FRICK
"Echo"

Three German sound architects reinventing techno with acoustic instruments, on stage and on disc. Their unique featuring on Echo their new album is Catherine Ringer from cult band Les Rita Mitsouko.. Brandt Brauer Frick’s influences range from minimal masters Steve Reich and Philip Glass to Ricardo Villalobos. Their 5th album is impeccably produced, a masterly burst of dynamism and precision, revolving around on club music, between serene minimalism and irresistible groove. Echo is Brandt Brauer Frick’s classic sound.
[ file under: future sound of jazz ]

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FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB
"Bandana"

Madlib, the prolific producer and adept sampler with a record collection spanning all genres and eras and Freddie Gibbs, the gravel-voiced braggadocios rapper, a vocal athlete. As a pair, they exude a natural chemistry and craft an alchemical music. Reunited after their widely celebrated 2014 album Piñata, Gibbs and Madlib are back with Bandana, a brand new collaboration for 2019.
[ file under: jazzy hip hop ]

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HOT CHIP
"A bath full of ecstasy"

A Bath Full of Ecstasy is a fresh, invigorating and essential new chapter in Hot Chip's career, taking in their huge breadth of influence and melody as only Hot Chip can. You can hear the pleasure the band had in creating this album and they want to pass on that feeling to the listener. It is time to get lost in A Bath Full of Ecstasy.
[ file under: synth pop ]

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GRACE LIGHTMAN
"Silver eater"

Silver Eater’ sees Grace work in collaboration with longtime mentor and co-writer, Patrick J Pearson as well as Ben Baptie (Moses Sumney, Lady Gaga) who produced the album. Grace describes her sound as one part ABBA, two parts Twin Peaks and beginning her solo career with a flurry of stellar releases including ‘Fangs’ which garnered her a wealth of fans as well as praise from the likes of NME, Clash and The Line of Best Fit and saw her perform shows throughout the UK and Europe.
[ file under: so eighties ]

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KINKAJOUS
"Hidden lines"

Kinkajous' debut album 'Hidden Lines' is a compelling mix of tonalities and influences, drawn from their London home. The band has condensed their diverse experiences from across the artistic spectrum – orchestral to jazz, world and electronic – into a transcendental exploration of sound and time.
[ file under: future sound of jazz ]

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LOSCIL
"Equivalents"

Vancouver’s ambient great Loscil returns with handfuls of foggy atmospheric saturation in Equivalents, his 12th solo album and 9th for long-term supporters at Kranky.
[ file under: ambient drones
]
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REV MAGNETIC
"Verses universe"

The album reflects a cosmos of transformative sound references ranging from My Bloody Valentine to Lemmy-era Hawkwind to ABBA and Vaughan Williams to Stravinsky into its 11 otherworldly tracks. While touring the world as guest multiinstrumentalist with Mogwai, Luke Sutherland used the downtime to sketch a bunch of songs. Once home, he recorded them with the help of Audrey Bizouerne (Gift Horse) bass, Sam Leighton (drums) and Gregor Emond (guitar).
[ file under: shoegaze ]

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JEFF MILLS
"Moon: The area of influence"

Jeff Mills has released a new album called Moon: The Area Of Influence, this July 30th via Axis Records. The 2xLP will celebrate the 50th anniversary of N.A.S.A.'s Apollo 11 and the first lunar walk, exploring the relationship humans and the solar system have with the moon.
[ file under: electronica ]

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SKINNY PELEMBE
"Dreaming is dead now"

On his album, multi-talented wonder Skinny Pelembe meditates on grief, heartache, stunted aspirations and fresh possibilities in post-recession Britain. A patchwork of personal and musical touchstones, the Johannesburg-born, Doncaster-raised artist weaves together memories and observations, sun-dazzled California folk diced with the murkier corners of the UK dance lineage. It’s an exaltation of flawed, multi-faceted Britain, its imperfections and contradictions held up to be seen and celebrated.
[ file under: psycho soul ]

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GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW
"Vweto II"

The names people invoke when trying to describe Georgia Anne Muldrow are unavoidably, almost impossibly lofty: Nina Simone and Alice Coltrane, Erykah Badu and Ella Fitzgerald. Like its predecessor, VWETO II is an all-instrumental affair, reestablishing Muldrow as one of the most reliable crafters of sturdy, funky, spaced-out hip-hop working today.
[ file under: instrumental funk ]

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KATE TEMPEST
"Books of traps & lessons"

Kate Tempest returns with her third studio album, The Book of Traps and Lessons. The album was crafted with Rick Rubin and Dan Carey over the course of the past five years and is an intense 45 minute set of tracks that comprise a narrative thread. It follows Tempest’s previous releases, 2014’s Everybody Down and 2017’s Let Them Eat Chaos, both of which were shortlisted for Mercury Prize. Last year, Kate Tempest was nominated at The Brit Awards for Best Female Solo Performer.
[ file under: spoken word ]

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NERIJA
"Blume"

Nérija is Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Lizy Exell (drums) and Rio Kai (bass). Blume is a collection of compositions that perfectly encapsulates everything Nérija. Vibrant, engaging, infectious and truly current, Blume takes you on a sprawling wonderful journey, arriving at what is a majestic body of work of their personal and collective experiences and inspirations over the last half decade or so.
[ file under: contemporary jazz ]

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TENDERLONIUOS
"Hard rain"

This sparse but perfectly-populated masterpiece takes inspiration from J Dilla and echoes elements of vintage Blaze, Larry Heard and Carl Craig. Warm and soulful, but also spacious and clean, Tender extracts maximum flavour out of just a few ingredients.
[ file under: electro jazz ]

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PENELOPE ISLES
"Until the tide creeps in"

For every sibling band forged in rivalry, many others mount an unassailable genetic argument for keeping the music in the family. The latter is assuredly the case with Penelope Isles, a brother-sister-centred alt-rock quartet from Brighton whose debut album, Until the Tide Creeps In, is released through Bella Union. Formed around the chemistry between dual songwriters Jack and Lily Wolter, the quartet’s expansive DIY mix of translucent dream-pop, fuzz-rock guitars and indie-psych flushes comes lovingly dipped in exquisite harmonies and lustrous melodies: a combination so intuitive, you’d think it was in their blood.
[ file under: indie dream pop ]

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JANE WEAVER
"Loops in the secret society"

Jane Weaver’s multi-layered synthetics evolved into a welcoming slew with 2014’s ‘The Silver Globe’, continuing through to 2017’s ‘Modern Kosmology’. ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ is a re-imagined journey through parts of both albums, with new ambient pieces primed and polished; with new tangents explored in a lab-friendly blossoming of the Weaver vision that travels yet further into the psych of our future.
”Startling" - Drowned In Sound

[ file under: alternative ]

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RESAVOIR
"S/t"

Riding the ripples of their debut single Escalator (which BBC’s Gilles Peterson called a winner and Supreme Standards’ Tina Edwards likened to Radiohead on a Jazz trip), Chicago collective Resavoir return with their first full length effort. The self-titled album presents a juicy suite of elegantly-orchestrated lo-fi jazz instrumentals germinated from home recording experiments by the group’s producer/arranger Will Miller.
[ file under: impro jazz ]

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ROBAG WRUHME
"VenqTolep"

Robag Wruhme has never been a prolific producer of albums. It took him seven years to deliver a full-length follow-up to debut EP and another eight to get round to creating Venq Tolep, his latest album length exploration. So was it worth the wait? Undoubtedly! Beginning with the hazy grooves, gentle melodies and simmering strings and then drifts between slow-motion ambient pop , ethereal soft-focus deep house, intoxicating beat-free soundscapes and glitch-heavy workouts, both pastoral techno and the glistening IDM such as Plaid and Boards of Canada.
[ file under: electronica ]

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SOFT CAVALRY
"S/t"

The Soft Cavalry’s self-titled debut album is equally a labour of love, and the first record he’s masterminded from start to finish, with invaluable contributions from his wife, Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, on co-vocals and spiritual/practical guidance.
The band’s music is a particularly British brand of intense cinematic drama. Melodic and timeless, the album lands in the atmospheric dimensions between Pink Floyd, Talk Talk and Mansun.
[ file under: dream pop ]

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STEREO TOTAL
"Ah! Quel cinema!"

Finally, it's the awaited 2019 full-length by the French-German duo, residing in Berlin. The music once again draws on a variety of genres, including chanson, trash, disco, punk, rock'n'roll and Neue Welle. With its title meaning "What A Palaver", 'Ah! Quel Cinema!' is a totally entertaining affair!
[ file under: retro lounge ]

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ASH WALKER
"Aquamarine"

Ash’s production output is similarly exploratory: his journeys have taken him far and wide, from tunnels under the river Thames to recording local percussionists in the Atlas mountains of Morocco. Inspired by a deep dive of sounds from artists including Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, King Tubby, Bo Diddley, 4Hero, J Dilla, Pete Rock, Curtis Mayfield, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich; his first two album gained attention from the likes of BBC 6 Music DJs Gilles Peterson, Don Letts and Clash Magazine.
[ file under: funk soul 'n jazz ]

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