•September 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment
The Leveson Inquiry took lots of evidence on third party complaints from Women’s Groups, Travellers Groups and others who wanted to have the ability to bring third party complaints against newspapers (i.e. on behalf of groups, not individuals). Newspapers resisted on the basis that this would adversely affect their right to comment on events and issues by miring them in complaints. And the issue more than any other about which they were concerned was Israel and Palestine. It is therefore with some trepidation that I’m posting this track by Fold which seeks to donate all money from purchases of their track Human Again to providing medical aid to civilian casualties in Gaza. They say “We do not align ourselves with political entities – we align ourselves with human beings”. If that still seems too one-sided, given the rockets fired at Israel, can I suggest that you donate instead to Children of Peace which “seeks to protect all of the children and their communities in Israel and Palestine – regardless of culture, faith, gender or heritage.”
The tune’s great downtempo but in the circumstances that seems slightly beside the point.
Blurb: All money from purchases of this song will be donated to organisations providing emergency medical aid to civilian casualties in Gaza. The primary beneficiaries we have chosen are the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).
Please pay whatever you feel is appropriate for our song:
“The Middle Eastern Children’s Alliance is a non-profit organization working for the rights of children in the Middle East by sending humanitarian aid, supporting projects for children and educating North American and international communities about the effects of the US foreign policy on children in the region.”
“Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees. MAP delivers health and medical care to those worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement. Working in partnership with local health providers and hospitals, MAP addresses a wide range of health issues and challenges faced by the Palestinian people. With offices located in Beirut, Ramallah, Jerusalem and Gaza City, MAP responds rapidly in times of crisis, and works directly with communities on longer term health development.”
•September 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Here’s another deep house track from Tim Engelhardt, out on Parquet Recordings. Tim’s output this year has been low by his standards, this being only his third release. It’s therefore good to see something new, after the developments in his Liveset towards a more Detroit sound (here).
The release on Parquet is a double header with E-Spectro. Tim’s track is Immer, which translates as “always” or “forever”. Of it he says “dedicated to a special person, made with love as always.” The track has its root in deep house, as always, but follows the Liveset approach by branching out confidently into stranger techno and IDM shores. It’s a lovely lost groove track.
What of the other track that makes up the release? E-Spectro is a Russian producer and Broken Line is a lovely track. There’s a bit of techno and a bit of synth about it but knitted together superbly through a buzzing bass.
Blurb: following the success of our 2 Tracker EPs, here comes the next one with finest melodic sounds by the young german talent TIM ENGELHARDT and E-SPECTRO from russia with their massive follow-up single to “Black Light”!
25.08.2014 (beatport.com) / 08.09.2014 (all other shops)
•August 31, 2014 • 1 Comment
What is it with kids? You have an incredibly busy and active day. They’re tired and cranky come the evening. Next morning, up earlier than usual. Before I was up. Before I had any coffee. All too much. Need an early night with some ambient. Here’s two hours of low, slow, reflective goodness from Herd. This is more of his FSOL-style spun out ambient warped sound.
“Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the Weather.”
Terminal Radio 20.Featured on Future Music 29 /08/14 featuring mixes from Five Minutes Alone,Circular, Christine Webster. Herd, Adrian Moore and Akkya.
Artwork by Herd – jason-thomson.tumblr.com/
•August 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment
We had Kodomo’s Orange Ocean the other day, with the standout ambient remix provided by Loscil. It was so good, I thought I’d explore his work further. Free mix to download.
Loscil is Scott Morgan from Vancouver, Canada. Listening to his soundcloud wasn’t the unalloyed pleasure I expected. Some of his work is so fluid and ambient that it becomes overly smooth and soporific. It’s often better when he’s remixing other people’s work as he has something to work against. Here is an example, which is this older mixtape of other people’s work for the lovely blog A Strangely Isolated Place. This hour long mix has a beautiful rushing, tumbling flow, like time delay photography of a stream. It’s therefore no surprise that Scott says “Whether conscious or not, water has long been an influential factor in my work. There is something intangible, powerful, emotional, alluring and frightening about water.” Therre’s nothing frightening about this mix, just a seamless collection of downtempo but emotionally charged sounds.
01. Pan*American – Lights On Water (Quiet City)
02. Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto – by this river (summvs)
03. Marcus Fischer – Wind And Wake (Monocoastal)
04. Carter Burwell – Water Dream (Fur An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus)
05. Tom Recchion – Ship At Sea (Chaotica)
06. Ethernet – Seaside (144 Pulsations of Light)
07. Grouper – Down To The Ocean (Cover The Windows And The Walls)
08. Chihei Hatakeyama – Starlight Reflecting On The Surface Of The River (Minima Moralia)
09. Wes Willenbring – While My Lungs Fill With Water (Somewhere Someone Else)
10. Clouwbeck – The Water’s Burden (From Which The River Rises)
11. Brian Eno & Harold Budd – A Stream With Bright Fish (The Pearl)
12. Gavin Bryars – Titanic Hymn (Autumn) All Strings (The Sinking Of The Titanic)
•August 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment
A new drum and bass release on Different Records from Fixate. This is more of that GiraffeStep sound from Different, out this week. Lots of low end bass and arid beats. System Malfunction is love child of bleep and future bass with an IDM godmother. The less said about the tedious ragga on the other track, the better.
If you liked that, a podcast from some seriously out of it chaps on The BBQcast from Diffrent
Blurb: The 3rd instalment to the GiraffeStep series is a two track single from new comer Fixate who’s already secured some pretty interesting signings, but most of of all come with a serious selection of tunes. “Pum Pum” & “System Malfunction” have had support already from Rockwell, Sam Binga, Todla T, dBridge, Alix Perez and loads more.
A: Pum Pum
B: System Malfunction
Release date: 25th August 2014
•August 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment
A Kodomo single, out for a while but with such a fragile beauty, I thought I’d post. The Orange Ocean track is taken from the Patterns & Light LP which I reviewed at the start of the month. The track comes with remixes from Loscil, Anstam and Symbion Project.
The opening track is the real winner here, in the remix provide by Loscil. This is a totally horizontal ambient mix. It slowly emerges into view out of the haze, before allowing a soft piano motif to come alongside. Everything is hushed and the reverb so omnipresent that you feel as if you breath too heavily it’s gossamer structure will be broken forever. This is available as a free download from xlr8r.
After such a track the original feels almost cumbersome by contrast, that is until the synth motif gives it a neo-classical glacial grandeur. Anstam’s remix gives it a drum-based post rock feel. Symbion Project adds a welcome IDM crunch to the proceedings. But there’s no denying this is all about Loscil.
•August 28, 2014 • 2 Comments
Spanish producer John Talabot is one of those I see others intermittently raving about but whose work has never made me rush to explore more. Here, he takes on Bicep’s Satisfy in two remixes – one a free download. There’s something of the Weatherall slow disco groove about these that makes them rather appealing.
The Rainmix version is tagged as trance but that’s a bit of a misnomer. It’s one of those spaced out disco tunes that’s almost undanceably slow and off kilter. But it makes for wonderful listening. Music for sunrises. The Alt mix is a bit more uptempo and nu disco house cute. This isn’t on the proper release and is available as a free download via Bandcamp. I really ought to explore Talabot and Bicep further.
OUT AUGUST 26TH!
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