We’ve long been fans of the Munich jazz/out label ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) founded in 1969. Revisiting some of our favorites from the past few years including an interesting 2011 collaboration from minimalism techno whiz Ricardo Villalobos and experimentalist Max Loderbauer. Two CD’s and almost two hours later - still loving it. Running the timeline we’ll be visiting the excellent 2012 Marc Johnson recording Swept Away, and this year’s Chants from the Craig Taborn Trio. Killer stuff to start the mind’s gears to turning. ECM and a good read here.
Friday…. fun. From the old Ninja Tunes Xen Cuts triple disc set.. goodness! (click the black to listen)
Ambient? Sure we often let the SoundSystem rest and drift … and this is how it should be done! Research this am…… before pleasure.
It has been a while since we’ve heard from Bonobo…. April will bring the new “North Borders” record, and if Cirrus is any indication ~ it will be outstanding as usual. Fantastic video as well. Get excited.
One of our early introductions to electronic music was via the B.E.F. / Heaven 17. Still timely and really workable via remix. Some history via sythbritannia explaining the Human League connection. Good stuff.
Re-visiting ERALDO BERNOCCHI’s 2011 Winter Garden this am… a wonderful start to a winter day. ”The first “simultaneous” collaboration between renowned Italian musician and producer Eraldo Bernocchi, ambient pianist and musical icon Harold Budd and producer/guitarist Robin Guthrie, founder of Cocteau Twins and Violet Indiana… an incredibly refined, stratified, and precisely chiseled recording”
Yosi Horikawa / Chiba, Japan - Brilliant!!
Back in 1995, 1/3rd of Dee-Lite keyboardist Towa Tei put out a record called Future Listening. We wore the grooves out playing one cut off that release ~ Technova (above). It was killer, and why not: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Satoshi Tomiie, and vocals from Bebel Gilberto. We were happy to hear in a brilliant set (below) from a few weeks ago, is the drum & bass treatment of the tune. Great fun in the mix. Still solid. Several different versions out on the SoundCloud worth a listen.
We have tendency to head off the beaten track from time to time. That’s why we have our avant garde rotation. It’s a chance to reset, refresh and challenge the standard bounds of genre and pattern. It’s good for your brain, and your speakers! What’s on deck this am? Ryoji Ikeda. As featured above, very nice with the visual art, we are quite fond of Dataplex and Test Pattern. A deeper look here…
October 29th…. sounds quite nice for a curve-ball during those deep house sessions. New Ships especially!
Rhythm and Sound gems @ Boomkat ….. ohhh happy day! Easily some of the best dub we’ve ever heard ~ considered essential around here, and now the real deal with no edits. Aground / Aerial have are 20m of unreleased goodness.
“Upfront Exclusive - The original Rhythm & Sound EP’s, available digitally in full for the 1st time** For anyone who knows these records already - you won’t need much of a sermon from us about their stature and greatness. If you don’t know them - you’re in for a treat. Rhythm & Sound was the project that Mark Ernestus and Moritz von Oswald turned to after their seminal series of recordings as Basic Channel came to an end. From 1997 until 2002 the label released seven 12” EP’s which pretty much defined the direction so much electronic music would turn to in its wake - and it still continues to exert a colossal influence, for better or worse. It’s perhaps hard to remember over a decade later just how little these productions sounded like anything that preceded them - taking the essence of dub and breaking it down until all that was left was a vapour trail of melody and a colossal bass echo. We could spend an hour listing all the music that basically came along and copied this template in the intervening years but, the thing is, none of what followed comes anywhere near these productions in terms of substance, none of it has aged in the same way. “Trace” was the 6th release on the label and is the most epic in teh series - including over hgalf an hour of the most blissful music imaginable. The 22 minute version of “Imprint” has never been available on digital formats before, the ‘Compilation’ release featured a shortened edit.”
Headphone Amp ~ Nice with the Grados!