Episode 20 - Go After
- 01. Aiya - Go
- 02. GoGo Penguin - Hopopono
- 03. Alaskan Tapes - Familiar Rooms
- 04. Belle Mare - Dark of My Evening
- 05. Beyond The Wizards Sleeve - Black Crow
- 06. The Amber Herd - Northern Sky
- 07. vōx - Claws
- 08. Adolescent - About Love
- 09. Kije Manito - Majestaju
- 10. La Vif - All In White
- 11. Surma - Maasai
- 12. GOSTO - My Bad (EP Version)
- 13. Pollyn - Don't You Want My Love
- 14. Leyya - Butter
- 15. Alex Smoke - All My Atoms (CW_A Remix)
- 16. NUAGE - Moment After Moment
It’s been an astonishing couple of years for Manchester based trio GoGo Penguin (drummer Rob Turner, double bassist Nick Blacka and pianist Chris Illingworth). Their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, deeply propulsive bass lines and electronica-inspired drums has seen them shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and fuelled their exhilarating live shows from Manchester to Montreal and Paris to London. They’ve written and performed a new score for Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi and collaborated with noted choreographer Lynn Page for a Gilles Peterson-curated night at the Barbican. And in the midst of all this they’ve signed a multi-album deal with Blue Note Records, the most famous jazz label on earth. Their new album is called Man Made Object and it’s the sound of a band confidently pursuing their own path. “The title is partly inspired by my fascination with ideas of robotics, transhumanism and human augmentation,” says pianist Illingworth. “We’re recreating electronic music on acoustic instruments. It’s like a man-made object that has become humanised and it seemed like a good album title, one that also means something different to each of us, and hopefully to each listener.”
Indeed, although they're predominately an acoustic piano trio, GoGo Penguin’s music draws from many areas of contemporary electronic music, one where you can hear arcade game bleeps, glitchy breakbeats, hypnotic Aphex-style melodies, grinding bass lines and a rumbling low-end. It has been described as “acoustic electronica”, a term which perfectly sums up their modus operandi. “Many of the songs on this album started out as electronic compositions that I made on sequencing software like Logic or Ableton,” says drummer Turner. “I’ll then play it to the band and we’ll find ways of replicating it acoustically.” And it is that ability to synthesis the seemingly disparate influences of electronica, jazz and classical music into their own unique musical DNA that gives GoGo Penguin such an instantly recognisable and compelling sound. One that is set to reach an even wider audience with the release of Man Made Object on February 5 2016.
Belle Mare is a collaboration between songwriters Amelia Bushell and Thomas Servidone. The duo met at an open mic in Brooklyn during the winter of 2012, and recorded an EP that was released the following year.
With the addition of Tara Rook (Keyboards), Rob Walbourne (Drums) and Gary Atturio (Bass), Belle Mare performed a live video session at Manhattan’s Electric Lady Studio, at which they caught the attention of Grammy-winner Tom Elmhirst and Ben Baptie.
Elmhirst offered the band his studio at Electric Lady to record with Baptie as producer, and began work on what will be their debut full-length album, with sessions spanning the better part of two years. Now set to arrive late summer 2016.
The first fruits of those sessions came to light last year with the singles, “Cicada”, released in February, which BULLETT called, “the most beautiful song of the month,” and “Dark Of My Evening” in November, a ‘Track of the Week’ by Interview Magazine. Belle Mare also collaborated with director Nicole Mackinlay Hahn on the video for “Cicada”, which premiered via The New York Times’ T Magazine last April, chronicling a stunning journey of the women of Burkina Faso.
While preserving the foundations of their songwriting and maintaining the stark minimalism of their previous work, Belle Mare’s first album is new territory for the band. Compositionally diverse arrangements, and instrumentation more in line with their live performances, resulted in a far more expansive sound. Although the results are dramatically different, the sincerity and fragility of Bushell’s voice resonates distinctly throughout the album, as do the themes of longing and the passage of time.
Prior to their full length, Belle Mare released the aforementioned EP, The Boat of the Fragile Mind in April of 2013. A collection of eight songs described as “spaciously eerie” by SPIN. The EP was written and recorded by the duo in the modest confines of Servidone’s Brooklyn apartment. It is a strikingly different experience from the Electric Lady recordings, conjuring “a sense of timeless unbeholden to a specific time.” (Eric Danton, Listen Dammit).
Vocals / Amelia Bushell
Guitar / Thomas Servidone
Keyboards / Tara Rook
Drums / Rob Walbourne
Beyond The Wizards Sleeve
Beyond The Wizards Sleeve is the warped-Balearic-psychedelic-brotherhood of Erol Alkan and The Grid's Richard Norris. Created in 2007, part folk astronauts, part electronic neo-romancers, they do not remix, they Re-Animate. Adding cosmic perfection to artists including The Chemical Brothers, Daniel Avery, Interpol, Goldfrapp, Midlake, Peter, Bjorn and John and more.
The duo have released a quartet of vinyl EP's, compiled on the CD 'Ark 1' as well a collection of mixes 'Re-Animations Volume 1'. In 2012 saw them release the double A side vinyl only single of original music 'Black Noise' backed with 'Door To Tomorrow' (featuring Euros Childs) which sold out within days. Most recently, BTWS have reanimated the entire debut album by Temples, the 2014 number one Rough Trade shops Top 100 album of the year 'Sun Structues'. 'Sun Restructured' is the result - a continuous, stretched out trip which marked the 100th release on Heavenly Records.
The duo are working on more original sound lab experiments and reanimations for 2015. Watch the skies...
The Amber Herd
‘Conventional’ is not a word that applies to The Amber Herd. Formed in Nottingham in 2007 and consisting of members from all over the country who independently all converged on the East Midlands, drawing on influences from thrash metal to traditional folk whilst bringing life to the kind of vivid pictures and swirling soundscapes that LSD was designed for, The Amber Herd are anything but ordinary.
Headlining shows at major venues both at home and in London, BBC Radio Nottingham sessions, high profile support slots with the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen, Jesus Jones, Knifeworld, Delays, That Petrol Emotion, Ultrasound, CUD and more and festival appearances at Bearded Theory, Danfest, Headstock, Glastonwick (by personal invitation of Attila the Stockbroker) and High Voltage (having won a national competition to headline the acoustic stage) have led to the band being described in a variety of media as “Nottingham’s best kept secret?”, “an intriguing band with an eye for drama and melody” and “Mind blowing!”.
Whilst always a formidable live proposition, the band have not eschewed the studio, having released two double A side singles (the second of which, Thursday, was voted Notts Live radio’s number one song of 2010 in their annual top 50 run down), a five track ep (closing song Magnolia memorably featuring on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks) and the band's debut album Our Only Eden released in 2014. A 7' vinyl single of Kite was released on Tallbird Records for RSD 2015. The band released a new four track EP- In Cascade- on 22nd July 2016 and are currently promoting this with live shows.
Kije Manito in Amerindian means « a great spirit «. As in Charles Baudelaire’s "Les Fleurs du Mal" this evokes sharing and when Erhal Lacroix choose this name it was to highlight solidarity and unity.
His music is a mix of electronic glitch pop trendy and offbeat. His musical influences lie between funk, world music and hip-hop. From a very young age, he continues to perfect his technique and the album is mastered by Luca Pretolesi who has worked for Snoop Dog, Skrillex, Diplo. His first EP « Majestaju « is being released for the 8th September.
Get a cup of tea, curl up into the warmth of your bed, and pop on La Vif – an expert in creating tunes that defrost even the coldest of hearts.
La Vif is Courtney Luzmila, an outrageously talented twenty-three year old from Sydney’s Inner West that will make you question what you’ve done with your life thus far. Her background as a drummer and vocalist has led her to create ‘pulse pop’ – soft, ambient, tech-infused beats that transcend what pop music is meant to be.
There is a distinct vulnerability in her music; the combination of layered vocals, innovative use of guitars, and plenty of spacey reverb creates a sound that is strong and influential, yet simultaneously delicate. Her debut tune ‘All In White’ will have you wrapping yourself tighter in your blanket, cradling your fragile soul… only to throw that blanket off and break out in a disco groove. If that sounds contradictory, then you’d be one hundred per cent right – but it’s the kind of contradiction that La Vif thrives on.
Alexandra Koster (FBI Radio)
Débora Umbelino tem 21 anos e chega de Leiria, mas o que nos traz vem de locais bem mais exóticos.
SURMA é o seu projecto one-woman-band, onde domina teclas, samplers, cordas, vozes e loop stations em sonoridades que fogem do jazz para post-rock, da electrónica para o noise e nos levam para paragens mais ou menos incertas, com paisagens desconhecidas e muito prazer na viagem.
Os últimos quatro anos foram passados entre módulos de voz e contrabaixo no Hot Clube de Portugal e o início do curso de pós-produção audiovisual, os últimos quatro meses foram passados na estrada em mais de trinta concertos a solo, entre Portugal e Espanha, com um curto interregno para registar este seu primeiro tema, Maasai, onde conta com a produção de Emanuel Botelho (ex-Sensible Soccers) e mistura e masterização de Paulo Mouta Pereira (produtor dos Les Crazy Coconuts e músico de David Fonseca). O vídeo, concebido e gravado por Eduardo Brito ( que já havia realizado "Shoes For Man With No Feet" dos First Breath After Coma) conduz-nos numa viagem de procura e desencontro na cidade fantasma de Doel.
Surma é um dos mais recentes nomes da Omnichord Records e o seu primeiro disco sairá no próximo inverno.
After months of hard work GOSTO will release his much- anticipated debut album ‘Memory Ivy’. After his release of two EP’s in the last two years, Roel Gosto Vermeer has obviously stepped up his game. With ‘Memory Ivy’ he has really put his whole heart into it. And that heart is pomping, breathing, shaking and very much alive. His music is intense and profound, dark and light-hearted. You want to start dancing and close your eyes and lay down in the marram grass at the same time. GOSTO picks you up and let’s you float on a nostalgic, almost psychedelic trip. He unites contradictions to a warm, uplifting mix that leaves nobody unmoved.
Inspired by musicians such as Flying Lotus, James Blake, Thom Yorke and Jeff Buckley, GOSTO succeeds to combine a variety of styles into a whole new authentic sound. Underneath the first introduction you’ll find warm bases, raw beats, deep synths and pure soul, all interconnected by the dark, almost hypotic voice of Roel.
This multi-instrumentalist writes, sings, composes and produces all his songs himself. Supported by his strong lyrics and talented live band, GOSTO guides you through his world: his travels, his chaos and is unconditional love for music. Ever since his debut EP in 2014 GOSTO made a big impression: GOSTO is performs as support act of Oscar & The Wolf, Thomas Azier and How To Dress Well, on Dutch national radio at 3FM, Radio 2 and 3voor12 Radio and he received critical acclaim on 22Tracks, DJ Broadcast, Noisey, The Daily Indie and Mercedez Benz Blog.
The single ‘My Bad’ from the EP ‘Coloured Silhouettes’ gets international airplay on radio’s in Germany, France, Sweden, UK and Japan. Spotify streams of the single already hit the 650.000 streams at the beginning of 2016. A big succes. With his mix of triphop, soul and electronical music GOSTO performed at national TV talkshow ‘De Wereld Draait Door’, Giel on 3FM and Tros Muziekcafé on Radio 2.
GOSTO plays more than 65 shows throughout the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, with memorable higlights such as 22Tracks Festival, Bevrijdingspop Amsterdam and Haarlem, Fuchsbau (Hannover) and CO Pop (Cologne).
Pollyn is hard to place into a specific genre. Born out of their mutual love for the sample-heavy 90’s electronic scene, Pollyn makes atmospheric music influenced by down-tempo, new wave, funk, world and traditional pop.
A three piece from Los Angeles, Pollyn consists of vocalist Genevieve Artadi, guitarist Anthony Cava, and beat maker/percussionist Adam Jay Weissman. Originally sampling old records to make their music, Pollyn has matured throughout the years incorporating live percussion, synthesizers, and vintage drum machines to their signature sound.
Since releasing their debut album, 2009’s This Little Night, Pollyn has been consistently playing shows through out the west coast, opening for bands such as Little Dragon, Dengue Fever, Entrance Band, as well as playing KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic & LA’s summer street festival, Sunset Junction. In 2009, they were the #69th most played record on KCRW and have remixed several high profile acts, including Gorillaz, Liquid Liquid, Buffalo Daughter, & Health.
Chaos vs. Routine, Woman vs. Man, Art vs. Pop
The sound of Vienna-based experimental / electronic-pop formation LEYYA, creates a foreign but familiar surrounding - spherical, floating but also violent and impulsive. The experimental combination of melancholy and electronic beats, lets two different worlds collide.
Hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, Dimitry Kuzmin aka Nuage is no newcomer to the producing world. Kuzmin began producing under the musical alias of Nuage six years ago with his early releases deeply rooted in drum and bass. His first solo release ‘Missing You’ was included in the Medschool ‘New Blood Compilation’.
His more recent productions have shifted in sound to encompass a wider range of influences and styles, in his own words “to express a broader spectrum of emotions”. Nuage’s first full length release, the incredibly vibrant and deep ‘Music Of Branches’ paid homage to the stylings of Garage, Deep House and 170BPM Eletronica, dropping on Dublin-based Absys Records. With a second LP ‘Print Of You’ released on American Translation Records, Nuage saw further records released on labels such as French imprint Roche Musique, Food Music and Blu Mar Ten.
Nuage continues to create emotionally charged, elevating music, channeling his love of various contrasting genres into his compositions, the end result of which is always a mutiformity of sonic brilliance.