With so much good music coming through thick and fast, it’s easy for albums to drop online and go overlooked. No lengthy write-ups as who reads those anyway? We keep it short and to the point because you’re here to listen to the music! Check out our weekly mini-guide below and if you like what you hear, click the links and support the artists.
SAULT – UNTITLED (Rise)
We’ll keep this one short, and say click play. It’s SAULT, so you know it’s going to be good!
Tvii Son – Tvii Son
MIC (Music Inspires Change) is a label that’s always worth checking out and true to form their latest release is another killer! Ukrainian outfit Tvii Son expertly demonstrate their ability to traverse various genres such as dancehall on tracks like ‘Simple Ends’ and ‘Kilang’, scuzzy disco on ‘Am I’, twisted ragga on ‘Iryna’ or moody dub on the brilliant ‘Out of Vogue’ all with an added bit of pop flair. Fans of King Midas Sounds, Inga Copeland, Jay Glass Dubs should have a listen. This album will be high on many end of year lists. Essential release.
Maarja Nuut & Sun Araw – Fantasias for Violin & Guitar
Estonian violinist & singer Maarja Nuut & LA psychedelic experimentator Sun Araw hand in gentle, unpolished improvisations on their collaborative album ‘Fantasias for Violin & Guitar’ recorded live on location by Jackson Bailey aka Tapes. Despite its name, you’ll also hear Buchla magic, soft violin strings, gentle glockenspiel, and occasional bursts of electronica throughout this gorgeous release. Of the ten full tracks, only three are currently avaialble to stream, but if the reminder of the release is as good we’re in for a treat. A must-listen for fans of truly experimental improvised music.
Mary Lattimore – Silver Ladders
Mary Lattimore returns to Ghostly International, for her new LP Silver Ladders. The seven-song LP was recorded in collaboration with Neil Halstead (Slowdive) and saw the pair reforming three existing demos and improvising on the remaining four songs. Recorded in Cornwall over nine days at Halstead’s studio stationed on an old airfield and finds Lattimore exercising her usual command and restraint on the harp while Halstead provides flourishes of low-end synth and guitar. Based on the tracks we’ve heard Silver Ladders will bring us an extraordinary mixture of ambient indie tracks where we find Lattimore approaching her music from a fresh, and compelling new angle.
Mildlife – Automatic
The Australian masters of celestial jazz and krautrock return with a new LP after their 2018 debut, with a great release called Automatic. Sounding a lot tighter and even more danceable the seven tracks that make up the album brings us into a new phase (pun intended) for the band, whilst they still keep their essence intact. Packed full of energy with heavy synths and killer hooks, there are many highlights within the 41 minutes, especially ‘Rare Air’ and the closing title track. What a great return! Highly recommended.
Calabashed — Behold a Black Wave
The first offering from multi-faceted outfit Calabashed is pure new jazz and spoken word eargasm! This collaboration between Joshua Idehen and Alabaster dePlume come about after the pair met at TRC just before it closed as a live venue. Joining them is Maria Osuchowskam (harp), Donna Thompson (drums), James Howard (guitars) and Raimund Wong (tape & FX). If that wasn’t enough Danalogue (Comet is Coming, Soccer96) is on production duties. Every track oozes with dePlume’s folk jazz-infused sounds topped off by Idehen’s firey spoken word. Music to heal the mind and spirit.
Contours & Yadava — Cosmic Echoes
As the title suggests, Cosmic Echoes features six heavenly masterpieces of cosmic proportions that will send soothing sound waves to your ears. Borne out of numerous live jam sessions between producer/DJs Contours and Yadava the EP finds the pair fusing live percussion, bass, drum machine, synthesizers and field recordings to create a raw collection that serves as the perfect showcase for their immense talents. Well worth a listen.
Holy Tongue – Holy Tongue
London-based percussionist Valentina Magaletti (Vanishing Twin, Tomaga), and producer Al Wootton (TRULE Records, FKA Deadboy) connect as Holy Tongue for a 3-track EP built over an impromptu session in East London. Its eclectic mix of psychedelic, post-punk, and spiritual dub-dance is just perfect for a late-night session. Grab a spliff and choose any rum you like!
On The Corner – Door To The Cosmos
This is one not to miss; massively epic 25 track compilation from On The Corner! With a title that tips its hat to the otherworldly, afro-futurist jazzer Sun Ra’s infamous chant ‘dare to knock at the door to the cosmos’ the label drops its 10th full release and invits past and future family members for a hard-hitting collection that covers dub-inflected electronica, droid jazz, afro-centric bangers, bass music and more. An album to play big and loud!
Raw Tapes – Puzzles Vol. 4
Raw Tapes recently unveiled the latest instalment in their Puzzles compilation series. Marking the label’s fourth release in the series the collection features 20 artists: iogi, Masok, Liquid Saloon, KerenDun, Roy Reemy, Nitai Hershkovits, Jacquelyn West, Sol Monk, Amir Bresler, Beno, ECHO, GESHEM, Buttering Trio and Yudko. There’s something for everyone here as the upcoming 11-track release draws on a myriad of musical styles from beats, soul, hip hop, jazz, psychedelia and electronics. Excellent label, fantastic artist, amazing comp. Highly recommend!