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PinkHalf-Speed Mastered For Audiophile-quality Reproduction.
Double LP Packaged In A Stunning Heavyweight Spot-Color Jacket.
"Ironically, this patchwork of 12-inch singles is Kieran Hebden's most delectable album-as-album." - The Boston Phoenix
"Pink is a triumph and the new high-water mark for one of this generation's finest producers." - XLR8R
Four Tet's brilliant 2012 collection finally available on vinyl.1. Locked
5. 128 Harps
7. Peace For Earth
8. Pinnacles$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Late Night Tales: Four TetKieran Hebden's contribution to our renowned series of compilations redefines the word eclectic". From sun-kissed 60s psychedelia (Manfred Mann, would you believe?) to cosmic jazz, to skull-crunchin' hip-hop (Gravediggaz) and Terry Riley's tape-loop cut-ups, seriously entertaining and even educational take on the chillout comp - as well as a peek at the myriad influences that are at work in Hebden's own music as Four Tet.
Highlights include Icarus' digital jazz deconstructions, the indescribable beauties of Linda Perlhac's Parallelograms and Koushik's woozy funk workouts.
All in all, a rare treat composed of, er, rare treats. Thoroughly recommended. Also includes an exclusive cover version of the Jimi Hendrix Castles Made Of SandLP 1
1. Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Haunted Feelings
2. Koushik - Battle Rhymes for Battle Times
3. Hal Blaine - Wiggy (Edit)
4. Manfred Mann's Chapter 3 - One Way Glass
5. Terry Riley - Music for The Gift (Part 2)
6. Max Roach (M'Boom) - January V
7. Tortoise - Why We Fight
8. Gravedigazz - 2 Cups of Blood
9. Linda Perhacs - Parallelograms
10. Four Tet - Castles Made Of Sand
1. Joe Henderson - Earth
2. Madvillain - Strange Way (Koushik'sRemix)
3. J Saunders - Tinkle
4. Jef Gilson & Malagasy - Valiha Del
5. Smoke - Griffo (Edit)
6. Fairport Convention - Tale In Hard Time
7. Manitoba - 219 Beverley$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
There Is Love In You (Awaiting Repress)There Is Love In You is Four Tet's first full-length album in over four years and is his fifth LP to date.1. Angel Echoes
2. Love Cry
4. Pablo's Heart
6. This Unfolds
8. Plastic People
9. She Just Likes To Fight$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Exchange Sessions Vol.1Kieran you probably know from his more popular moniker of Four Tet or from his time with the seminal post-rock instrumentalists Fridge. Reid was the drummer on Martha & The Vandellas' Dancing In The Streets. Along with his Motown sessions, he's recorded and performed with James Brown, Miles Davis, and Fela Kuti, and he had a lengthy tenure in the Sun Ra Arkestra, along with putting out his own solo records. This meeting of rhythmic minds between Hebden and Reid is a free jazz odyssey sure to melt minds as much as knock down barriers. It's quite a compelling listen with melodic music textures and steady rhythms. The whole affair breathes and swings, daddy-o. Look for Volume II in the spring.1. Morning Prayer
2. Soul Oscillations
3. Electricty and Drum Will Change Your Mind$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PauseFour Tets now classic albums of the electronic genre, Pause (2001) and Rounds (2003), are available again on gorgeously rich vinyl.
Originally created as a side-project from his group Fridge, Kieran Hebden's solo work as Four Tet has explored cutting edge electronica using source material from jazz, folk and field recordings. His 2001 effort, Pause, explicitly borrows from the rich sonic firmament of '70s acoustic-based, instrumental music.
Applying a dizzying array sample-driven manipulations and other DSP processes, Hebden utilizes his computer, not so much as an editing tool, but an improvisational instrument in its own right, summoning improbable electro-acoustic textures that appear to live and breathe in the same auditory space.1. Glue Of The World
2. Twenty Three
3. Harmony One
5. Leila Came Round And We Watched a Video
7. Everything Is Alright
8. No More Mosiquitoes
10. You Could Ruin My Day
11. Hilarious Movie Of The 90s$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Morning / EveningThe new album.
Produced by Kieran Hebden between August 2014 & February 2015.
This music was created on a laptop computer using the Ableton Live software to control & mix VST synthesizers & manipulations of found audio recordings.1. Morning Side
2. Evening Side$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Beautiful RewindIn 2012, the great kinda-dance producer Kieran Hebden, who records as Four Tet, released the sorely underrated singles collection Pink, which showed how close to straight-up dance music his productions could get without losing their exploratory spirit. But Hebden hasn't released a full-on album of new material since 2010s There Is Love In You.
That will thankfully change soon, as Hebden recently announced the impending release of the new LP Beautiful Rewind - and considering that he's never dropped a less-than-very-good LP, this is welcome news indeed.
- Tom Breihan (Stereogum)1. Gong
2. Parallel Jalebi
3. Our Navigation
4. Ba Teaches Yoga
5. Kool FM
9. Ever Never
11. Your Body Feels$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DJ Kicks: The ExclusivesOne of the most enjoyable parts of the DJ-Kicks series is being able to hear the exclusive new track (or tracks, as the case my be) from the compiling artist. Each new volume contains at least one piece of music not available anywhere else, from the elite list of artists who have contributed to the series.
Six years ago, !K7 collected DJ-Kicks tracks from artists including Kruder & Dorfmeister, Carl Craig, Thievery Corporation and others on the first collection of DJ-Kicks Exclusives. For this 2012 release, they collected exclusive tracks from the most recent mixes, spanning the last five years.
The new volume of DJ-Kicks The Exclusives features music only available on DJ-Kicks mixes from the likes of Gold Panda, Juan MacLean, Four Tet, Hot Chip, and more. Despite the eclectic list of contributing artists, the standard of quality for the music they have made for their mixes speaks for itself, and the tracks complement each other for a cohesive listen in their full un-mixed format.LP1
1. Four Tet Pockets
2. Henrik Schwarz Imagination Limitation
3. Hot Chip My Piano
4. Apparat Sayulita
1. The Juan MacLean Feel So Good
2. Soul Clap Lonely C feat. Charles Levine
3. Motor City Drum Ensemble L.O.V.E.
4. Gold Panda An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
RingerThe Ringer mini album is a 32 minute, four-track excursion into the kind of wide-open spaces you might find if you set out to make techno with an afrobeat/ krautrock sensibility. Ringer locks together gloriously rich synthesizer arpeggios; ôWing Body Wingö slips from crisp clusters of disco percussion to Steve Reich polyrhythms; and in between are another two euphoric ripples of sound, ôRibbonsö and ôSwimmer.ö The techno heartbeat comes from Kieran HebdenÆs regular DJ residences over the last couple of years as well as his ongoing collaborations with legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid. Whether in the studio or live, Kieran and Steve often click into the kind of deep 4/4 grooves that can depart in any direction with a little adjustment. Ringer carries that minimal pulse over into Four Tet, and while KieranÆs trademark recuttings of jazz breaks may be less in evidence, his feel for harmony and melody is, as always, unmistakable.1. Ringer
4. Wing Body Wing$14.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The SunBefore Four Tet was remixing Radiohead and Coldplay and before Adem was performing with David Byrne and Fairport Convention, they were breaking new ground as Fridge, a trio formed in 1996 with fellow schoolmate Sam Jeffers. After three critically acclaimed albums, they're back with The Sun, their most celebrated album yet. It's a dense, aggressive record that casually blends post-punk, left-field funk, free jazz, folk, noise, and Krautrock into one sound that, despite the years and each individual's development, is unmistakably trademark Fridge.1.Sun, The
3.Our Place in This
4.Drums of Life
10.Years and Years and Years....$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
RestorationThese days in rock n' roll, Canada is fertile ground. The Acorn is the country's newest export and already turning heads with their singularly muscular folk rock. On the Restoration 12, the band's cutting-edge cronies Four Tet and Born Ruffians join the fray, remixing 'Restoration' and 'Crossed Wires' from The Acorn's forthcoming full length album No Ghost, due 9/7/10 on Bella Union. Side A houses album highlights 'Restoration' and 'No Ghost.'Side A:
1. Restoration 3.23
2. No Ghost 3.21
3. Restoration - Four Tet Remix 5.53
4. Crossed Wires - Born Ruffians Remix 3.54$7.9912'' Single Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stubborn HeartStubborn Heart's self titled debut of stunning and surprisingly poignant electronic soul emotes heartbreak over broken beats and dark, atmospheric space. The clean, ghostly production coalesces with Luca Santucci's mournful vocal to positively ooze a bruised melancholy.
Equally inspired by 80's and 90's electronic music and 60's and 70's soul, Stubborn Heart never lose their passion for good pop music - everything from Hall & Oates to Timbaland. Recent comparisons have been drawn with the XX, Sbtrkt, James Blake and Four Tet.1. Penetrate
2. Better Than This
3. Two Times A Maybe
5. It's Not That Easy
6. Starting Block
8. Head On
9. To Catch A Spark
10. Need Someone$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Atlantis EPDrew Lustman aka FaltyDL releases his debut EP with Ninja Tune and its an absolute cracker. Over its four tracks he shows the range and grasp of rhythm, atmosphere and melody which have made him one of the most exciting producers in electronic music.
Title track Atlantis is distinguished by a complex, swinging, relentlessly danceable beat, unfeasibly low bass hits and a melancholic tune which sits somewhere between Four Tet and classic rave. Cant Stop The Prophet shows the DNA of Wagon Christ (an early influence) spliced with the sonics of post-dubstep and the restless energy of an ADHD toddler, ending with a first-love junglist wig-out. My Light, My Love, seemingly sampled and built out of the sonic spaces between notes and beats, is perhaps the deepest moment on an incredible EP, while The Sale Ends takes us once more back to the skipping feel of a fractured, interplanetary two-step.1. Atlantis
2. Can't Stop the Prophet
3. My Light, My Love
4. The Sale Ends$9.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-NIN-1921xSeven Davis Jr
UniversesFrom time to time a DJ or producer comes along who transcends a particular scene, bridges the gap between disparate movements and unites tribal music fans. Seven has that talismanic quality. His productions have a rawness a loose-knit, lolloping grove that seduces even the most steadfastly stubborn of hips. Seven is a unifying force and the well of support for his endeavors runs deep, from Mos Def to Four Tet to Julio Bashmore and way beyond. As an intergalactic soul record Universes delivered on all front, admirably showcasing the breadth and depth of SDJR's productions and the honesty and humour that makes his music so instantly recognizable. Catch him in this cosmos before he jets off to another time and space.1. Imagination
3. Sunday Morning
4. Everybody Too Cool
5. Good Vibes (featuring Julio Bashmore)
6. Be A Man (featuring fLako)
8. Afterlife (featuring Kutmah)
9. No Worries
10. Welcome Back$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-DOM-6516xSteve Reid Ensemble
DaxaarThis legendary jazz drummer (and former Black Panther) has played with the likes of Brown, Coltrane, Davis, Kuti, Sun Ra, and many more. He's also one of the most joyful and hopeful people on earth, still optimistic that bringing music to the people can help solve the world's problems. Daxaar is a series of improv sessions recorded with longtime collaborator and producer Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) on electronics. The ensemble also consists of keyboards, guitar, bass, trumpet, and percussion. The title is from an earlier spelling of Dakar, the Senegalese city where the album was made. ...nuanced afro-jams of hypnotic power - Q.1.Welcome
5.Big G's Family
6.Don't Look Back$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Body PillIt's amazing how much can happen in a short time frame. At the
beginning of 2012, Anthony Naples didn't have a song to his name; by
the end of that year, he'd been heralded as one of the city's rising
producer talents. The genesis was "Mad Disrespect" - a single that
dominated Brooklyn's underground electronic music scene from even
before its offical release. The track was a milestone for all involved. Not
only was it Naples' first single, but it also was the first track he'd
recorded, period. On a whim, he sent the track to Eamon Harkin and
Justin Carter, the founders of New York's respected Mister Saturday
Night series. A regular at their parties but an unknown to the duo,
Anthony caught the pair's attention with "Mad Disrespect," and ended
up as the cornerstone of label's inaugural release: the Mad Disrespect
Anthony's music caught the ear of a number of people that summer,
none more important than Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, who
commissioned Anthony to remix his single "128 Harps" - again,
Anthony's first remix at that point. From there on, things sped up. He
followed "Mad Disrespect" with a series of 12" released on a veritable
who's who of influential labels: Scotland's respected Rubadub label,
Four Tet's Text Records, Opal Tapes - all of which culminated in El
Portal, his EP for Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes imprint. Along the way,
he was invited to open for Four Tet at London's Fabric and invited to
play Berlin's prestigious Panorama Bar.\
And now, a little over two years later, comes Body Pill, Anthony Naples
debut full-length for Text Records. As Anthony tells it, the title comes
from a mangled English translation that caught his eye in a Japanese
vending machine. "When I ran the title past Kieran, and he said it just
sounded like a lost rave classic, but I thought in the end it makes
sense. The LP is a small dose of synthetic noises and rhythms."
Naples says. Stylistically, the album draws inspiration from the city that
gave Anthony his start: New York. "I wanted to make a streetwise
record that was also solid and simple, like a brick or those weird
fluorescent light tubes in the subway. They give off this weird hum that
you hear only when you're alone in the station between trains late at
night. I wanted to make a record that evoked that experience."
Body Pill is a surprising album for Anthony, his most understated and
mature release to date. Body Pill opens with a wall of ambient noise on
"Ris," only to be overtaken by a modest synth groove. Ambient noise
washes over and eventually overtakes tracks like "Way Stone" and
"Pale" later on in the record. But that's not to say there aren't echoes of
Naples' work for Mister Saturday Night lurking throughout the record.
"Abrazo" feels like the natural companion to Anthony's earlier singles,
with elegant strings mingling with a deconstructed house-inspired beat.
"Used to Be" is arguably Anthony's largest beat to date whose rolling
hi-hats counterbalance the track's stabbing synths. The album's closer
"Miles" abruptly morphs from a lo-fi house anthem into a surprisingly
minimal synth soundscape, a microcosm of the record as a whole.1. Ris
4. Way Stone
7. Used to Be
8. Miles$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
XXThe XX arrive with their debut album XX, a whole new sound of love, loss and longing. The XX are a London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead guitar and bass guitar), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler). These four twenty year olds are childhood friends who formed while attending southwest London's Elliot School, an academy whose alumni also includes such acclaimed boundary-pushers as Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip. Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive '80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The XX's unique sound befits a band whose wide range of influences include everything from Aaliyaah to Cocorosie, Rihanna to The Cure, Missy Elliot to The Chromatics and Mariah Carey to The Pixies.
In an effort not to draw too much distance from the DIY aesthetic of their early demos, which were recorded in their bedrooms, they recorded their debut album XX under no one's watch, other than engineer Rodaidh McDonald, at XL Recordings' west London in-house studio. The result is a wash of sexy, coy, and sparse rhythms and melodies the likes of Robert Smith, Massive Attack and The Streets.
Vinyl also die cut with bonus track cover of Hot Like Fire.1. Intro
5. Heart Skipped A Beat
8. Basic Space
10. Night Time
11. Stars$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In ColourJamie xx will release his debut album In Colour on Young
Turks. The eleven track LP includes previous releases "Girl" and "Sleep
Sound" as well as forthcoming single "Loud Places," which features vocals
from Romy Madley Croft.
The release of In Colour comes on the back of an incredible six year
creative period for Jamie xx, which has seen him alternate effortlessly between
his role as founding member and producer of The xx, and creator
of more electronic and club orientated music as Jamie xx. A string
of acclaimed productions in recent years including debut solo single "Far
Nearer," remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Florence & The
Machine, production work for Drake and Alicia Keys plus We're New
Here - Jamie's seminal reworking of Gil Scott-Heron's final studio album -
hinted at what was to come.
With In Colour - a bold, celebratory, emotional record that features collaborations
with The xx band mates Romy Madley Croft ("Seesaw" and
"Loud Places") and Oliver Sim ("Stranger In A Room"), Young Thug and
Popcaan ("Good Times") and Four Tet ("Seesaw") - Jamie delivers his
definitive artistic statement.1, Gosh
2. Sleep Sound
3. SeeSaw (feat. Romy)
5. Just Saying
6. Stranger In A Room (feat. Oliver Sim)
7. Hold Tight
8. Loud Places (feat. Romy)
9. I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)
10. The Rest Is Noise
11. Girl$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fading LoveFading Love establishes an exciting new chapter for acclaimed British producer and DJ George FitzGerald, marking an expansion out from his blistering mainroom sets across Europe and the UK, and into the realm of songwriter / producer peers such as Caribou, Jon Hopkins, and Four Tet.
The album diverges from previously released club singles such as "I Can Tell (By The Way You
Move)" and "Magnetic" (both out on Double Six, 2013), submerging the listener into lush,
electronic pop songs. Its heartstring-tugging melodies generate physical, real emotion and
are perfectly suited for both headphones and the dance floor.
Fading Love is an outstanding debut album from an artist ready to be heard beyond the
clubs.1. About Time (Feat. Boxed In)
2. Full Circle (Feat. Boxed In)
3. Knife To The Heart
4. Call It Love (If You Want To) (Feat. Lawrence Hart)
5. Beginning At The End
7. Your Two Faces
8. Chrystallise (Feat. Lawrence Hart)
9. Frank Is Sleeping
10. The Waiting (Feat. Lawrence Hart)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
InsidesJon Hopkins is a musical shape shifter: a composer, pianist and a self-taught studio wizard. He makes big, bold electronic music using walls of synths, twinkling melodies and amorphous bass rumbles. As such his two albums have seen him labeled by the likes of ambient patriarch Brian Eno as an electronic innovator while an impressive sweep of artists from Herbie Hancock to David Holmes, not to mention contemporary choreographer Wayne McGregor, lo-fi folkster King Creosote and musical blue bloods Coldplay, have all called upon the 28-year-old Londoner's handiwork as a producer and composer.
On Insides, his Domino debut, Hopkins showcases an intriguing musical aesthetic to brilliant effect. Insides is about juxtaposition: natural, arcane textures welded to pulsing, hypnotic rhythms, beautiful acoustic melodies set against jarring bass. The music is reminiscent of the beautiful melodies and harsh dirty beats of other British artists like Four Tet, Squarepusher, Burial and Aphex Twin. Above all, Insides is an audacious album which boasts a magical aura all of its own.
Hopkins' talents caught the ears of Brian Eno, who enlisted him to work on his Another Day on Earth album and most recently on Coldplay's Viva la Vida. In fact, Coldplay were so taken with Hopkins' music, the band asked him to rework the track Light Through the Veins (from Insides) to bookend their album. The pairing eventually led to an invitation to Hopkins to join the band on its 2008 USA, European and Japanese tour, both as an opening act and pre-show DJ.1. The Wider Son
5. Colour Eye
6. Light Through The Veins
7. The Low Places
8. Small Memory
9. A Drifting Up
10. Autumn Hill$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WaterfallIt's safe to say since his emergence at the tail end of 2011 Evian Christ, aka Joshua Leary, has had a whirlwind two years. Off the back of his breakthrough mixtape "Kings And Them" which came out on Tri Angle Records in February 2012, the 24 year old, Ellesmere Port, UK native has produced on Kanye West's "Yeezus", collaborated with acclaimed conceptual artist Matthew Barney, released the notably abstract sound-piece Duga-3, performed around the world alongside the likes of Purity Ring, Actress and Four Tet and garnering positive reviews and features in global tastemaker press including Details Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Pitchfork and VIBE amongst many others.
Most notably, Evian Christ has signed a publishing deal with DONDA, run by Kanye West, where he will continue with his work as a producer.
His latest EP "Waterfall" finds Evian Christ exhibiting a creative restlessness that continues to make it harder to pigeonhole this young, evolving artist. On "Kings And Them" Evian Christ conjured up a sound that was influenced by hip hop as it much as it was by more ambient forms of music. On "Waterfall" Evian Christ has taken his unique sound into a far noisier and more aggressive territory.
The lead track from "Waterfall", the hip hop laced 'Salt Carousel' may open the record with the sort of dreamlike serenity that typified the vast majority of Kings, but it's really the quiet before the storm as harsher, more abrasive elements rush in and dominate. On 'Fuck Idol' huge walls of digital distortion clash with code red beats that grow more and more frantic as the track progresses, while the title track is a blast of metallic dancehall dread that mutates multiple times over the space of 4 minutes into something truly epic.
Having spent the past year experimenting and challenging himself, and in refusing to simply duplicate a sound that garnered him so much attention to begin with and led one of, if the not, the world's biggest hip hop artists to seek him out, "Waterfall" finds Evian Christ growing in confidence as a producer and continuing to elude any sort of easy categorization.
Recorded partially in his hometown of Ellesmere Port and partially in New York, "Waterfall" was mixed by Noah Rubin (Pusha T, Wu Tang Clan) and mastered by Heba Kedry (The Mars Volta, Liturgy, Fis). Track 2, 'Propeller', contains a sample of 'Nine' by close friend and affiliate producer, Lukid.1. Salt Carousel
2. Fuck Idol
$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ultraista RemixesLIMITED EDITION OF 2,000 COPIES
Ultraísta Remixes compiles a year's worth of remixes from friends and collaborators within the ever-expanding Ultraísta orbit. Though some of these tracks have become social media sensations in their own right - collectively clocking more than two million plays on the band's Soundcloud and YouTube channels - Ultraísta Remixes has been perfectly sequenced to succeed as a stand-alone album (an alarmingly strong one, no less). Rarely do remix
albums have this level of quality control and seemingly infinite replay value.
Whereas Ultraísta's debut album commits to its palette with uncanny precision and devotion, Remixes explodes its individual parts and reveals the group to be equally compelling as techno powerhouse (Four Tet, FaltyDL, DC Sux), dark electro-pop (Zero 7, Zammuto, ERAAS, Canon Blue), experimental dance (Prefuse 73, Matthew Herbert), and even driving industrial rock (David Lynch in an inspired
NIN-meets-YYYs turn). The combination of all of these seemingly disparate parts makes for a surprisingly cohesive whole, and a remarkable companion to the original album.1. You're Out (Prefuse 73 Remix)
2. Smalltalk (Four Tet Remix)
3. Gold Dayzz (FaltyDL Remix)
4. Wash It Over (ERAAS Remix)
5. Party Line (Canon Blue Remix)
6. Easier (Zammuto Remix)
7. Static Light (Matthew Herbert Remix)
8. Bad Insect (DC Sux Remix)
9. Our Song (Zero 7 Remix)
10. Strange Formula (David Lynch Remix)$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blank ProjectFollowing last month's announcement that Neneh Cherry will release her first solo album in 16 years - a collaboration with RocketNumberNine, produced by Four Tet, and featuring a guest appearance by Robyn - Neneh is now ready to share further details of this forthcoming record with the world. The 10-track album, recorded and mixed over a 5-day period, will be titled Blank Project, and it will be out February 25th, 2014 on Smalltown Supersound. It follows 2012's The Cherry Thing, a collaborative record with free jazz, noise collective The Thing, which featured new versions of songs by The Stooges, MF Doom, Ornette Coleman, amongst others.
While her energy and demeanor may not have changed since the days of Rip Rig + Panic, musically, Blank Project is a departure from anything Neneh has previously done, initially written as a means of working through personal tragedy. What stands out upon first listen is the album's sparseness: loose drums and a few synthesizers are the only accompaniment to Neneh's wildly poetic, sometimes-spoken, sometimes-screeching, soul-flooded and raw vocals. The space created by this minimal aesthetic leaves room for occasional pistes and flurries of rapid, yet throbbing and thunderous instrumentation. Featuring combined elements of beat poetry, avant-electronica and beautiful vocal melodies, it's a record that uses simple ideas to create something entirely original. And despite the personal struggles, Neneh was working through in writing this new material, the songs are far from introverted.
As many are aware, the stories from Neneh's early years are astonishing. She spent her childhood living 50/50 between a loft in New York and in the South of Sweden with her mother and stepfather, the legendary jazz musician Don Cherry. She's been lifted onto Miles Davis' lap, Allen Ginsberg regularly passed through their home in an evening and as she got older, she could pop in on Arthur Russell, Talking Heads and The Modern Lovers who all lived in the same loft complex in Long Island City New York. At 14, she started taking trips to Harlem with Ari Up of the Slits at a time when few would venture so far uptown. Soon after, she left home and moved to London, and spent the next 20 years inside the crucial developments in British subculture. As post-punk became the site of 80s Britain's artistic and political resistance, she helped form the anarchic multi-ethnic, multi-genre Rip, Rig + Panic, and she was one of the first to bring hip-hop culture to a British audience with "Buffalo Stance" and Raw Like Sushi. Although at points her career had brushes with the mainstream, Neneh remained staunchly counter-culture.
Through post-punk's adherence to mixed-race line-ups and anti-government stance, to UK rap's refusal of the conventions of pop, trip-hop's connection with the politicized elements of rave culture and, through 1996's Man, where Neneh introduced elements of Senegalese language to mainstream audiences for the first time via the mammoth "7 Seconds" single featuring Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, and now, with Blank Project, Neneh continues to arrive at moments in musical history when there is an opportunity to subvert ideas of popular culture. She is subverting once again, only this time, although this record is musically bold, Neneh sees the stasis she's challenging isn't musical or societal, but her own.1. Across The Water
2. Blank Project
4. Spit Three Times
8. Out Of The Black (featuring Robyn)
10. Everything$21.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ParallelogramsWhat's all the fuss about? If you've read any of the hundreds of articles in music mags and on the net about Linda Perhacs' sole 1970 LP Parallelograms, you'd be tempted to question its reputation. People talk about Parallelograms in much the same way that they talk about Nick Drake's Island albums, Swaddling Songs by Mellow Candle and Vashti Bunyan's sole LP for Phillips... as a life-changing musical experience, one that inspires them to create new works of art and to express their deepest emotions despite the risk. Sure, there's a lot of hyperbole out there about this record, and yet it's absolutely warranted. For just about 40 minutes, it will take you on a guided tour of a world that's far too beautiful to exist... but does.
Part of the effect of the album is in the incredibly sensitive production by soundtrack composer Leonard Rosenman. He facilitates some very non-traditional ideas and gets extraordinarily skilled musicians to execute them. Rosenman's willingness to work in intense collaboration with a wide-eyed studio novice speaks volumes about his desire to help create something truly original. Sundazed used a pristinely preserved master tape of the album as its source and meticulously remastered to reveal a deep and subtle soundscape that practically reinvents the listening experience even if you've heard Parallelograms a thousand times before. Listen to Steve Cohn's guitar lines and how they dance so delicately in and around Linda's vocal lines on songs like Dolphin. When you get to the end of side one, it's time to don the headphones. Every ride in the sonic theme park that is the song Parallelograms is free, and there are no lines!
As much as it's about the psychedelic production and gorgeous arrangements, it's about words. Linda Perhacs uses words like no one else, teasing and toying with them, spinning them into bright, joyous confections with her voice on songs like Porcelain Baked-Over Cast-Iron Wedding. Her words at times sound like ancient sacred poetry, translated for the first time into English and whispered in your ear by a true love. Listening to Call of the River and Delicious is as close as you'll ever get to hearing the Sirens' song without getting strapped to a mast first!
People like Devendra Banhart, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo & Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) and Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) have expressed their love of these recordings, and they've taken direct inspiration from it for their current work. Parallelograms has also encouraged a close re-examination of the genre. Let's hope record collectors never stop searching for the kind of magic they hear in Parallelograms. For psychedelic folk, you can start at perfect and go from there.
This Sundazed release is the definitive edition of this essential album.1. Chimacum Rain2. Paper Mountain Man3. Dolphin4. Call of the River5. Sandy Toes6. Parallelograms7. Hey, Who Really Cares?8. Moons and Cattails9. Morning Colors10. Porcelain Baked-Over Cast-Iron Wedding11. Delicious$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now