Between The Cracks: Essential Music From Across The Board

Hello good people; we’re a day late, but we’re back with a new Between The Cracks selection to soundtrack your weekend. As always, 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.

Albums

Torth – Forget The Curse

Good to see Torth back with more of their late-night primed endeavours. Unhurried and languishing, the duo of Amelia Besseny and Cooper Bowman entice you into their dream world with ethereal vocals, weird field recordings, beautiful piano notes, playful drum loops, gentle guitar strums, soft strings, and sax. Across eight tracks, you can easily get lost in the aural wonderlands of lo-fi folk-pop, quirky pop and hazy trip-hop journeys such as ‘Phare’, ‘Flora’, ‘Forget The Curse’, and ‘On Valley Of Palms’. In a world of increasing distraction and chaos, ethereal and haunting music like this can be a welcome respite. It can help us to slow down, relax, and reconnect with our innermost thoughts and feelings. It can inspire us to create and explore our own unique places of imagination and emotion. Press play and enjoy this blissful escape.

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Joanne Robertson – Blue Car

AD 93 rummages around Joanne Robertson’s extensive archive of unreleased solo recordings, which echoes the artist’s beauty and intimacy with ten simple and minimalist compositions. The songs document the moments of reflection and emotion captured during their recording. Creating a musical diary allows Robertson to express her innermost thoughts and feelings in a way that acts as a form of therapy. A lovely listen.

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Aksak Maboul – Une aventure de VV (Songspiel)

Do yourself a favour and play this on today. Belgian avant-rock maestros Aksak Maboul are back with a new unique, quirky, genre-defying experience. The band revolving around Véronique Vincent and Marc Hollander made waves when they broke their 30-year hiatus in 2020 with ‘Figures’. Hollander’s eclectic musical arrangements provide the backdrop for Vincent’s spoken-word pieces. It also features contributions from Tuxedomoon’s Blaine L. Reininger and Stereolab’s Lætitia Sadier.

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Sam Gendel – COOKUP

The inimitable Los Angeles-based saxophonist and producer Sam Gendel returns with more innovative music. COOKUP finds Gendel interpreting R&B and soul hits released between 1992 and 2004, with ‘Didn’t Cha Know’, ‘Anywhere’, ‘Candy Rain’ and ‘In Those Jeans’ among the standouts. Not everything works but being that it’s Gendel, it’s still an exciting ride.

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The JuJu Exchange – JazzRx

Achieving better physical and mental health outcomes requires practising healthy habits daily, so The Ju Ju Exchange is here to provide the soundtrack to your wellness journey. Throughout the album, we are treated to 28 tracks that nourish the soul. The trio delivers an album that is a delight to explore.

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EP’s

ADJA – IRONEYE

Debut EP from Brussels-based creator, singer and performer ADJA is almost perfect in that we need an album’s worth of this stuff. Still, the five songs contained within IRONEYE offer us a glimpse of her unquestionable talent. Throughout the EP, she explores jazz, soul, gospel, and her ever-expanding and transforming perspective on life. What’s not to enjoy?

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 Neuro… No Neuro – liminal moments

He is known for his fierce independence as an artist. With another singular body of work, Neuro… No Neuro once again shines. liminal moments is an unusual but exciting trip and a must-listen for all ambient fans looking for a genuinely fresh approach to the genre.

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Sweatson Klank – Reverie

Whenever Sweatson Klank comes out with new music, we fall deeper in love with the Los Angels producer. That’s precisely the case with his latest offering, ‘Reverie’, a 5-track EP filled with his trademark laid-back, feel-good sound. The ambient endeavours that were the hallmark of last year’s critically acclaimed ambient album ‘Postcards’ are replaced with head-nodding beats, rolling baseline and thick boom-bap beats. OG fans of Klank will find lots to love here. 

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