Archive for March, 2013
Kode9, Burial and BBC Radio 1 already played his only one official release “Natalie’s Song”, but our new artist Reark is still not very well known. His marvellous track was released on the cult label 4AD and was pressed on a limited, one-sided etched 10′. With it only getting one pressing, it sold out almost immediately.
Reark debuts on Filigran with an astonishing new production in the similar vein. Mesmerizing work indeed.
Ambient Jazz Ensemble is the new project from Colin Baldry, a TV, film and advert-music composer for over 20 years. Colin is a gifted producer – his work seamlessly fuses traditional and electronic music, making it come to life. He has written and recorded an album of beautiful, yet edgy, orchestral electronic jazz for Here And Now Recordings featuring such greats as;Neil Cowley on piano and Finn Peters on saxophone. Neil Cowley was the keyboardist in the Brand New Heavies before forming the legendary Neil Cowley Trio. Finn Peters has worked with many greats from DJ Spinna to Bill Frisell, Sa Ra to Sam Rivers, Joyce and many more.
This four-track introduction to Ambient Jazz Ensemble includes a remix by Kirk Degiorgio, plus two from Simbad.
Legendary composer, producer, DJ and label boss Kirk Degiorgio set up his label Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART) in the early 90s, releasing music from Carl Craig, Aphex Twin, Black Dog and Stasis. He himself has released music on many labels including Planet E, R&S, Versatile and Mo Wax. Kirk Degiorgio also founded The Beauty Room, an epic production inspired by such greats as Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell and Charles Stepney. Their second long player has just been released by Far Out Recordings.
Multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer Simbad is very well respected amongst his peers in the world of good music. His incredible range as a producer spans from big band jazz to heavy Jamaican dancehall reggae, bouncy hip-hop, to sick broken-beat & techno. Having worked and played with the likes of Tony Allen, Marque Gilmore, Keziah Jones, Julien Lourau, Ron Trent, Talvin Singh, Bugz in the Attic, Jimpster, and Robert Owens, he’s releasing music as Simbad plus other projects; Heal, Twitch, Beatkeepers, Dreadpoet, Loose Ensemble, Marathon Men, Mowgly, Les Barons, Soul Fever, Izmabad (with Karizma) and Mala In Cuba.
Oscillating and reverberating chaotically through sonic orbs and polyphonic sound textures, The Sign of Four is a new creative concept from the Natural Yogurt Band’s Miles Newbold.
Hammer, Anvil, Stirrup is the debut album from The Sign of Four on Jazzman Records and is spread exquisitely across 2×10″ LPs in hand-printed sleeves, digipack CD and digital download formats.
Recorded live at Chicken Shack studios in Nottingham, real musical instruments are used to create a swirling jungle of throbbing palpitations evoking the spaced-out vibes of an unsound mind. It’s an infectious fermentation of debauched instrumental chaos, sometimes calming, but often unnerving, that will leave the listener bewildered, wide-eyed and gasping for more.
The 11-track album also contains two tracks from Sun Suite, an alternative incarnation of The Sign of Four, that see out the release in a less chaotic fashion, a sonic antidote to the preceding pandemonium.
Welcome to the hylomorphic world of The Sign of Four.
Starting this, the second release on the label, is Future Roots & Echonic‘s track ‘Oak Tree‘. Filling the void with a large wobble owing to immense sub pressure, the top end counter-attacks with skitterish percussion and a broken down jungle beat. Tight and unforgiving, ‘Oak Tree‘ is a sparse stepper with a distinctly cheeky edge.
Previously heard on labels renowned for their love of the dark minimal side,Marukomu steps up to the plate on the flip with ‘Emerge‘, his take on this release’s obsession with tight, techy vibes. Glacial snares shatter through a thick bass fog as the track progresses and the tension slowly builds. A minimal masterpiece frozen to the core.
Dark and challenging, both tracks perfectly realise AutomAte Deep‘s ethos of releasing cut-throat tracks with individuality. Never play the easy game, that’s the AutomAte way.