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ESKA – ‘Gatekeeper’ EP

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2013 by dk

EskaPossessing one of the best and most memorable voices in the UK right now, ESKA weaves together diverse musical elements – hints of folk, soul, psychedelica and electronica can all be heard on ‘Gatekeeper’ – and pairs them with stirring lyrics, born from burning passion, which traverse scenes from church stories and rituals. With this debut release, ESKA has created something pure and timeless which echoes past traditions while at the same time managing to surprise with its stunning originality.

ESKA’s music has already created a buzz; receiving strong radio support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, who made the EP’s title song his track of the week on his BBC 6 Music show, Jamie Cullum, from BBC Radio 2 who described ‘Gatekeeper’ as “an unbelievable track, that will be hard to beat in 2013” and BBC Radio London’s Robert Elms who recently featured a sensational live performance of ‘She’s in the Flowers‘.

Having built an inimitable reputation as a writer and performer through collaborations with such legends of the game as Grace JonesCinematic OrchestraZero 7 and Bobby McFerrin together with performances in some of the world’s most famous venues and festivals, it’s time to discover ESKA’s own unique sound in full force on her new EPWith co-production on two tracks coming from electronic star Matthew Herbert, who has previously remixed tracks for BjörkR.E.M. and Yoko Ono‘Gatekeeper’ is sure to be unlike anything heard all year.

Prepare for the secret to be let out of the bag on November 20th with one of the year’s most hotly anticipated releases. With the buzz surrounding the ‘Gatekeeper’ EP building to a roar, it’s time to discover ESKA.


Zoon van snooK – The Bridge Between Life & Death +The Verge of Winter [Lo Recordings]

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2013 by dk

Zoon van snooK - The Verge of WinterZoon van snooK – The Verge of Winter
[Lo Recordings]
Released April 15th, 2013
The Verge of Winter’ is the first single to be taken from Barcelona- (via Bristol) based producer Zoon van snooK’s forthcoming second album ‘The Bridge Between Life & Death’. Released on the 15th of April on Lo Recordings, the single features remixes from isanand Sir Doufus Styles.
Recorded partly in Iceland, partly in Bristol, the album features 11 tracks of fragile electronics, found sounds, field recordings and collaborations with Icelandic artistsAmiinaBenni Hemm Hemm and Sin Fang and will be released on May 20th.
Lead single ‘The Verge of Winter’ is the perfect introduction to an album whose delicate melancholic blend of ancient and modern music, perfectly mirrors the beautiful yet eldritch landscape that inspired it.

To complete the EP van snooK hand-picked artists to remix the track:

“The first single includes remixes from isan, whose music I’ve known intimately for many years and whose remix of múm I included on a special hour-long Icelandic mix for Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel Radio; and Sir Doufus Styles, whose work with Flaming Lips, Neon Neon and Cate Le Bon render him over-qualified, but who was chosen more specifically on the back of his remix of Super Furry Animals’ ‘Slowlife’ – not only my favourite band, but my favourite song of theirs.”
Having previously released a critically acclaimed album on LA’s Mush Records and remixed artists such as James Yorkston, Darwin Deez and Fujiya & Miyagi, ‘The Bridge Between Life & Death’ sees Zoon van snooK further take his mix of ‘oddtronica’, found sounds and acoustic instruments to a whole new level, creating an album that stands apart in splendid isolation from much of today’s electronic music.

Zoon van snooK - The Bridge Between Life & Death

Zoon van snooK – The Bridge Between Life & Death [Lo Recordings] 
Released May 20th, 2013

It seems to me that there are no such things as ‘concept albums’ anymore – just ‘albums’ and ‘collections of songs to be played in any order’. This is vexatious to the spirit.” – Zoon van snooK

‘The Bridge Between Life & Death’ is the second album from Barcelona- (via Bristol) based producer Zoon van snooK. Recorded partly in Iceland, partly in Bristol, the album features 11 tracks of fragile electronica, found sounds, field recordings and collaborations with Icelandic artists Amiina, Benni Hemm Hemm and Sin Fang and will be released on May 20th, via Lo Recordings.

Fuelled by exposure to the likes of Björk, Sigur Rós and múm, ‘The Bridge Between Life & Death’ is the result of a long-standing fascination with Iceland; a fascination that finally led the producer to make the pilgrimage to Europe’s rocky outpost armed with his sound recorder.

“In 2009 I finally managed to pull off the big trip: from the South West of England to the South West of Iceland. I knew it would be a great opportunity to gather the requisite sounds on which to base a whole new album.

I was able to collect recordings from the centre, port and outskirts of Reykjavik, and the surrounding South Western area. From national parks to canyons; from hot springs to glaciers; from folk songs to folklore… I love being able to use an entire field recording. As well as the principal subject, all the glitch rhythms on the album are created from the unintentional background noise or static created whilst capturing it. It’s the musical equivalent of blasting meat off the bone with a high-pressure hose – nothing is wasted.”

The resulting album perfectly captures the otherworldly nature of the island, its beautiful yet forbidding landscape laid down in the delicate, crystalline melodies, ancient and modern coming together as van snooK pieced together what would become ‘The Bridge Between Life & Death’.

“The title comes from a bridge in Kópavogur that the locals call so because it has the nursing home on one side and the cemetery on the other. The album is themed around birth and death and each song is a chapter in the overall story, taking in sub-plots inspired by Greek/Nordic epic poetry; biblical tales; spirits; outlaws; and unique aspects of the terrain and indigenous animals.

The album opens with ‘From the Cradle’, which is built around a recording of me playing a sound cradle (a big wooden throne that has tuned strings all around the back and sides of the chair); and follows the passage of life through to the album’s end track ‘The Gaits’, which was written as the final song around the time that a very good friend lost his son, its title relating both to the gates of ‘Heaven’ and the unique extra gaits that Icelandic horses have.”

The album provided van snooK with the chance to work with some of his favourite musicians such as Amiina, Sin Fang and Benni Hemm Hemm- who contributed a field recording of his family in a cabin, far from the city. The album’s Icelandic connection even extends to the artwork, a painting by Halldór Ragnarsson of Seabear produced especially to capture the spirit of the album.

Download:Dobie – Twitter Riddim

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by dk

Dobie is a legendary figure in British bass music and beyond. From working on the first two Soul II Soul albums, he went on to produce London Posse’s all-time classic “How’s Life In London?” before recording a solo LP for Pussyfoot, “The Sound Of One Hand Clapping,” which went some way to defining the “trip hop” sound now enjoying something of a rebirth. In between he has remixed everyone from Bjork, Massive Attack, Les Negress Vertes and Tricky to Gangstarr, Wooky and Wiley and recorded for a host of labels including Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood and BBE, as well as producing and mixing for the aforementioned Roots Manuva. And that’s before you even get into his time as a legendary skateboarder and a photographer of that crowd as well as the nascent UK hip hop scene. A truly amazing figure, his role in Black British culutre from the ’90s onward is a story waiting to be told. His new album, “We Will Not Harm You,” will be released on Big Dada in February 2013.

Download:Dobie – Twitter Riddim

MATTA – Foundry (OUT Jan 14th)(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2013 by dk

MATTA - Foundry (OUT Jan 14th)Matta is Andy Brookes & James Wilson, who specialise in the darker, twisted end of Dubstep. Matta came together in 2009 when they met at Music College and have being going from strength to strength since then. Over the last few years they have played huge gigs such as the Secret Garden Party festival (sharing the stage with Nero, Flux Pavillion &  DJ Fresh) as well
as gigs all across Europe including France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Holland, Russia and even Lebanon amongst others.These DJing achievements are matched by those in the production arena with a pile of hit releases including ‘Release the Freq’ which has so far had over 1.7 million views on Youtube and Vimeo. They’ve also had their tracks used on adverts for Audi and Childline.
Overall they’ve had a huge impact on the Dubstep scene with their music gaining support from a huge list of stars from in and out of the Dubstep scene including Bjork, The Prodigy, Rudimental, SKisM, Foreign Beggars, Mistajam, Annie Nightingale, Adam F, RacknRuin, N-Type, High Rankin, Happa, Laurent Garnier, Kissy Sell Out, Calvertron, Virus Syndicate, Stereo MCs, Akira Kiteshi, Stanza (True Tiger), Ed Solo, Truth, J:Kenzo, Stenchman, Walsh, Broken Note, Eddy Temple Morris, Reid Speed (Play Me records), Tim Ismag, DJ Leila (Warp Records).

Björk “Mutual Core” Teaser Trailer+Stream Matthew Herbert Remix

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2012 by dk

Bjӧrk’s new music video for “Mutual Core” will make its worldwide premiere on MOCAtv on November 13th, 2012.


Bjork – Mutual Core [Matthew Herbert Remix]

Bjork Dedicates “Declare Independence” To Pussy Riot+FREE PUSSY RIOT public reading

Posted in News with tags , , on August 16, 2012 by dk

August 16th @ 7:30pm EDT, on the eve of the trial’s verdict,Pussy Riot’s inspirational court room statements will be read by supporters of the Free Pussy Riot movement, including Chloe Sevigny, Eileen Myles, Karen Finley, Johanna Fateman, Mx Justin Vivian Bond (+ others to be announced) info here.
The event is co-sponsored by Amnesty International & Breslin Bar and Dining Room at
Liberty Hall at Ace HotelProduced by JD Samson and

The verdict for the Pussy Riot trial will be stated on Friday August 17 @ 3pm Moscow Time (8am EST). ALSO: There will be a march and rally on Friday, info here. Free Pussy Riot encourages any artists / activists to join on Thursday evening and Friday in solidarity with the three detained women, Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich of Pussy Riot.
In support for the release of the members of the feminist performance Art group Pussy Riot; Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich.

Bjork Dedicates “Declare Independence” To Pussy Riot

Masterpiece mixed by Andrew Weatherall

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2012 by dk

Andrew Weatherall is to electronic music what James Brown is to soul. The master of reinvention, the humble godfather and a true leader of our time, this quintessential gentlemen cares so little about following he is light years ahead of the pack. Now he digs deep to share his influences from across the ages for the special Masterpiece series, spanning three discs of inspirational treasures.

Following the likes of Gilles Peterson and Francois K, Masterpiece brings you legends from the world of music. Who else could join the dots between styles so vast a resume as acid house, rockabilly, electronica, techno, post punk, deep house and countless unclassifiable rare cuts than the man who has been collecting records for over three decades with no regard for their origin or trends.

A campaign started by his army of fans to crown him the new John Peeland award him his own BBC Radio show had the media in a spin to support it. That’s because Weatherall is a maverick, never a people pleaser he has made many an unpopular choice during his thirty plus year career, but he stands by them and for that he has been crowned the ultimate music selector and king of the dancefloor.

His colourful past is an entangled mess of flirtations with the underground and the elite. Early involvement at London’s first acid house club Shoom, remixing rock stars such as Bjork, Friendly Fires, My Bloody Valentine, Happy Mondays, and not to forget the illustrious production of Primal Scream’s landmark early 90s album ‘Screamadelica’ has been offset with regular experimental triumphs as Two Lone Swordsman, Sabres of Paradise and others as Weatherall humbly shies away from the limelight and is beckoned into the sub-terrain to develop the dark sounds he has become known and respected for.

Predictably it’s impossible to classify the material Weatherall has picked for Masterpiece. From The Horrors to Kasper BjorkeTornado Wallace to Cut Copy, and Todd Terje to Toddla T, each disc showcases his unique ability to veer between styles and never quite be noticed. Heavily peppered with his own edits and remixes, it’s an honest representation of his imaginative and unpredictable take on a sound that spans generations.

Opening aptly with A Love From Outer Space’, an ode to the heart of this project, the name is also the title of his eclectic all night party alongside Sean Johnston that started in 2010 and became a cult night now found at festivals and clubs worldwide. The aim was to slow things down and never knowingly exceed 122bpm, working through spaced out treats, proto-house, industrial, rare dubs and and slo-mo beats.

The result is seductive and addictive, a must-have for train-spotters and a door opener for the newly converted. But most of all finally marks down the vision of one of the greatest musical innovators of our time.

Label: Ministry Of Sound
Cat no: MOSCD287
Distribution: Various
Released: Monday May 14th, 2012


  1. The Asphodells ‘A Love From Outer Space’
  2. Grinderman ‘Heathen Child’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  3. Timothy J.Fairplay ‘Sleighride’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  4. The Asphodells ‘Lost Cities’
  5. Hardway Brothers ‘Mania’s Theme’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  6. Kalidasa ‘Burstin’ Through’
  7. Craig Batley ‘Birdshell’
  8. Apiento ‘The Orange Place’
  9. Chida ‘Danca’
  10. The Horrors ‘Wild Eyed’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  11. Wooden Shjips ‘Crossing’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  12. Walls ‘Into Our Midst‘
  13. Timothy J.Fairplay ‘The Final Reel’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  14. Scott Fraser ‘A Life Of Silence’
  15. Mario Vierra ‘Cosmic Matter’
  16. Kasper Bjorke ‘Man From Venice’
  17. Bonar Bradberry ‘You Were Away (Space Ranger Hypno Mix)
  18. Rudy’s Midnight Machine ‘Ecstatic Love Machine’
  19. Midnight Savari ‘Phantom Galaction’
  20. Tornado Wallace ‘Insect Overlords’
  21. Sons And Daughters ‘Orion’ (Emperor Machine Remix)
  22. Cut Copy ‘Sun Gold’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  23. Bogdan Irkuk a.k.a. Bulgari ‘My Weakness’ (Prins Thomas Discomiks)
  24. Copyshop ‘Lipps’ (Pete Herbert Dub)
  25. Pacific Horizons ‘Stealing The Fire From Heaven’
  26. The Subs ‘Decontrol’ (Aquarius Heaven Remix)
  27. Black Light Smoke ‘Switchback’
  28. Soft Rocks ‘Magic Mikk’
  29. Martin Brodin ‘Badabing’ (Diskjokker Remix)
  30. Ajello ‘Crystal Babe’
  31. Name In Lights ‘Ur Oskunni’
  32. Brioski ‘Radio Anatomy’ (Emperor Machine Remix)
  33. Toddla T ‘Watch Me Dance’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  34. Todd Terje ‘Ragyshe’
  35. Primal Scream ‘Uptown’ (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
  36. A.R. Kane ‘A Love From Outer Space’

12.04.12 ALFOS @ Berkeley Suite, Glasgow
14.04.12 ALFOS @ The Tunnel, Milan
20.04.12 ALFOS @ Audio, Brighton
21.04.12 Rave On, Annecy, France
27.04.12 La Machine, Paris, France
28.04.12 The Sub Club, Glasgow
04.05.12 ALFOS @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
05.05.12 The Rocking Chair, Switzerland
12.05.12 Plissken festival, Athens, Greece
18.05.12 Bikini, Toulouse, France
19.05.12 Spring festival, Graz, Austria
25.05.12 Robert Johnson, Frankfurt, Germany
26.05.12 Panorama Bar, Berlin, Germany
01.06.12 Distortion festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
17.06.12 Lovebox festival. London
17.07.12 Electric Elephant festival, Croatia
21.07.12 Port Eliot Literary festival, Cornwall
28.07.12 ALFOS @ Dex, London
05.08.12 Les Electros D´Uzes
31.08.12 ALFOS @ Menagerie, Belfast
06.09.12 Dimensions festival, Pula, Croatia