Review: Greg Foat and Warren Hampshire are two the UK's most interesting minds when it comes to contemporary jazz experimentation, and their recent partnership for Athens Of The North feels like exactly the right thing at exactly the right moment. With both artists capable of producing many alternate forms of jazz and additive rhythm, Nightshade: Library Music Vol.1, feels like one of their more introspective pieces of work to date, and allows both of them to stretch their aesthetic to its very limits, focusing more on the subconscious atmosphere created by the instruments rather than cheap thrills based on beats and 'dance'. This is a connoisseur's album, and we're glad that this kind of gear is still landing on our shelves. Bless.
Review: "Year of the Dragon" marks Windsurf member Samuel Milton Grawe's first album for some seven years under the Hatchback guise and it is nothing short of spellbinding. It sees Grawe mix and match a variety of complimentary influences - think space disco, cosmic rock, horizontal electronic jazz, slo-mo synth-pop, Balearica, 1980s library music and synth-wave - to create evocative, musically rich tracks that not only defy simple categorization, but also linger in the memory. Highlights include the dreamy, loved-up ambient cut "Onarimon" and "Year Of The Dragon", a 12-minute Balearic epic that reminded us of his early classics "Hatchback" and "White Diamond".
Alain Maclean - "Talking Judgement Day Blues" (2:55)
David Crosby - "Orleans" (1:35)
Buddy Holly - "Love Is Strange" (3:12)
After Dinner - "Paradise Of Replica " (Gods Waiting Room part 2) (2:47)
Lullaby Movement - "Ru-Ru (Sleep Little Baby)" (3:49)
Jeff Bridges & Keefus Ciancia - "It's In Every One Of Us" (exclusive track) (6:26)
Song Sung - "I'm Not In Love" (6:22)
Neo Maya - "I Won't Hurt You" (Gods Waiting Room part 3) (2:20)
BP Fallon & David Holmes - "Henry McCullough" (exclusive track) (4:55)
Documenta - "Love As A Ghost " (5:25)
Keith Fullerton Whitman - "Stereo Music For Acoustic Guitar, Buchla Music Box 100, Hewlett Packard Model 236 Oscillator, Electric Guitar & Computer" (part 1) (2:41)
Eat Lights Become Lights - "Into Forever" (Gods Waiting Room part 4) (5:25)
Geese - "Andrew Parsnip" (exclusive track) (3:54)
Die Hexen - "Gloomy Sunday" (exclusive track) (3:11)
David Holmes & Jon Hopkins - "Elsewhere Anchises " (feat Stephen Rea - exclusive track) (4:53)
Review: Treading an eclectic path through a twenty year career that's taken in everything from Detroit techno to vintage French ye-ye, from breakbeat-driven floor-fillers to krautrock epiphanies, David Holmes has made his name predominantly as an exemplary crate-digger and aesthete, whether soundtracking Steven Soderbergh movies or dishing our albums of his own. Thus, it comes as no surprise that this compilation - marking something of a personal journey for Holmes - is reflective of his status as an exemplary man of taste. Whether dispensing classics by the likes of David Crosby or Buddy Holly, unreleased original solo material or killer obscurities from everyone from modular synthesis cultist Keith Fullerton Whitman to Hollywood legend Jeff Bridges, this stylish nocturnal travelogue puts the listener resolutely in safe hands.
Jon Hopkins - "I Remember" (exclusive Yeasayer cover version) (4:16)
David Holmes - "Hey Maggy" (4:54)
Alela Diane - "Lady Divine" (5:09)
Last Days - "Missing Photos" (1:55)
School Of Seven Bells - "Connjur" (4:36)
Peter Broderick - "And It's Alright" (Nils Frahm remix) (4:32)
Four Tet - "Gillie Amma I Love You" (5:45)
Bibio - "Down To The Sound" (2:30)
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - "Requiem For The Static King" (part One) (2:40)
Helios - "Emancipation" (2:31)
Rick Holland - "I Remember" (exclusive spoken word piece) (3:17)
Review: The Late Night Tales mix series - going strong since way back in 2003 - never ceases to both amaze and please our eardrums when they're in need of a sonic massage. With legendary artists such as Fatboy Slim, Jamiroquai, Groove Armada, MGMT and many others on their roster, you just know it's going to be quality throughout. This time it's up to Domino man Jon Hopkins to give us an outlook onto his own tastes and musical influences. The selection is vast and varied, with everyone from Four Tet to Darkstar and even Peter Broderick featuring within. An incandescent blend of sci-fi electronica, tropical bass nuggets and lighter shades of drone-fuelled house. Quality.