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Mixtape: Fractured Air – July 2019

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We’re honoured to be premiering an exclusive new piece of music from Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Thomas Bartlett. The fiddler and pianist from legendary supergroup The Gloaming, are due to release their debut album as a duo later this year via Real World Records. ‘Kestrel’ is such an incredibly beautiful sonic exploration wherein the inner dialogue between the fiddle and piano inhabits a deep and sacred space, which feels so natural and free. The duo have already announced shows in Cork and London during September 2019.

Also featured this month is the gifted Stockholm-based composer Kali Malone’s new organ recordings: ‘The Sacrificial Code’ is an exceptional new body of work from this special artist. London-based solo artist Sarathy Korwar’s forthcoming sophomore full length ‘More Arriving’ is an exceptional genre-bending and deeply affecting journey, incorporating rappers from Mumbai and New Delhi, spoken word and his own Indian classical and jazz performances. Also featuring: sublime new ambient releases courtesy of Kyle Bobby Dunn, Loscil, Christina Vantzou and Benoit Pioulard (via his Viul guise). Radiohead’s Thom Yorke’s latest studio album and UK folk singer Sophie Crawford are some more of this month’s essential music. Treasured Icelandic group Múm’s debut album gets a richly deserved 20th anniversary re-issue treatment (including reworks from Kronos Quartet and Hauschka).



 

Fractured Air – July 2019

01. Mark Renner‘The Gold and the Mud’ (Self-released)
02. Sophie Crawford ‘A Miner’s Life’ (feat. Oliver Coates) (Self-released)
03. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh And Thomas Bartlett‘Kestrel’ (Real World Records)
04. Ordnance Survey‘Adaptation’ (Scintilla Recordings)
05. Sage Caswell – ‘Way Out West’ (2MR)
06. Viul‘Decem’ (Disques d’Honoré)
07. Loscil‘Equivalents 7’ (feat. Secret Pyramid) (Kranky)
08. Jane Weaver‘Arrows’ (Loops Variations) (Fire Records)
09. TRjj‘Phob’ (Stroom)
10. Arthur Lyman‘Return To Paradise’ (HiFi Records)
11. Greg Foat ‘Of My Hands’ (Athens Of The North)
12. Kely Et Basth‘Andosy Mora’ (Strut)
13. Dr. John‘Mama Roux’ (ATCO Records)
14. Sarathy Korwar‘Bol’ (Leaf Label)
15. Shabaka and the Ancestors‘Joyous’ (feat. Shabaka Hutchings) (Brownswood Recordings)
16. Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky – ‘Watch the Time’ (Sacred Bones)
17. Kyle Bobby Dunn‘Infinite Escalators’ (Past Inside The Present)
18. Doxa Sinistra‘The Other Stranger’ (Enfant Terrible, Trumpett)
19. The System‘Find It In Your Eyes’ (Music From Memory)
20. Yutaka Hirose‘Taiko’ (wrwtfww)
21. Múm‘Smell Memory’ (Kronos Quartet Rework) (Morr Music)
22. Minor Pieces‘Rothko’ (FatCat)
23. Christina Vantzou‘Lava’ (Ken Camden Remix) (Self-released)
24. Thom Yorke‘Runwayaway’ (XL)
25. Coil‘Fire of the Mind’ (Threshold House)
26. Kali Malone‘Sacrificial Code I’ (iDEAL Recordings)

Guest Mixtape: Resina (Poland/130701)

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To coincide with the release of last month’s utterly compelling ‘Traces – Remixes’ EP via the essential 130701 imprint, world-renowned Polish cellist and composer Resina’s follow-up to last year’s ‘Traces’ full-length, we are delighted to present a special guest mix compiled by the revered Warsaw-based cellist. Across the EP’s sprawling sonic terrain, Resina’s cello-based compositions get re-imagined by four of her favourite artists, that in turn, explore further into the heart of human emotion and the spectrum of life itself.

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The shimmering bliss of labelmate Ian William Craig’s breath-taking remix of ‘In’ serves the achingly beautiful centrepiece. Looped cello lines become beautifully interwoven with the Vancouver artist’s glorious vocal melodies – creating a symphony of timeless bliss and unfathomable beauty. Tape artifacts are masterfully implanted deep inside the slipstream, creating an otherworldly sound world  of post-classical rapture.

The hypnotic ‘In In’ is further transformed by Icelandic composer Ben Frost with added drumming elements, further heightening the cinematic atmosphere and charged intensity of Resina’s original composition. Swells of vocals and synths are distilled in the track’s shape-shifting and continually morphing elements that reveal endless moments of complete transcendence.

Berlin-based Lotic takes ‘In In’ to a completely new world of playfully rhythmic electronic wizardry. Serbian ambient artist Abul Mogard’s epic remix of ‘Trigger’ expands space and time, as beguiling ambient waves fade beautifully into the headspace, before a crescendo of scintillating noise fills the void. These fascinating remixes give new perspectives on Resina’s deeply moving and inspiring sonic landscapes.

‘Traces – Remixes’ EP is out now on 130701.

 

Resina – Fractured Air Mix – July 2019

01. Christina Vantzou – ‘Glissando for Bodies and Machines in Space’ (Kranky)
02. Ben Frost – ‘Touch the Heart’ (SATV Music)
03. BNNT – ‘The Last Illiterate’ (Instant Classic)
04. Zamilska – ‘Front’ (Untuned Records)
05. Lotic – ‘Distribution of Care’ (Tri Angle)
06. Emilie Levienaise-Farrouche  – ‘Persephone’ (130701)
07. M8N – ‘Through the Waterfall’ (SADKI REC)
08. Abul Mogard – ‘The Sky Had Vanished’ (Ecstatic Recordings)
09. Resina – ‘In In’ (Ben Frost Remix) (130701)
10. Ian William Craig – ‘Some Absolute Means’ (130701)

‘Traces – Remixes’ EP is out now on 130701.

https://resina.bandcamp.com/

http://130701.com/

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July 3, 2019 at 10:20 am

Guest Mixtape: Julia Kent (Canada/The Leaf Label)

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To coincide with the release of “Temporal”, the world-renowned Canadian cellist and composer Julia Kent’s majestic fifth studio album, we are excited to present a very special guest mix compiled by one of independent music’s true treasures. The New York-based composer – originally best known as cellist for Antony and the Johnsons and member of the cello-driven group Rasputina – has quietly amassed a monumental body of solo work since “Delay”, her 2007 debut full-length. Each subsequent recording never ceases to amaze in it’s immense artistic vision and graceful execution, all the while revealing Kent as one of the most consistently fascinating artists making music today. 

Spanning a breathtaking spectrum of some of the world’s most innovative contemporary composers, Julia Kent’s guest mix beautifully blends modern classical, electronic, ambient and experimental spheres to wondrous effect. “Temporal” is available now on The Leaf Label.

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Tracklist:

01. Jessica Moss“Fractals (Truth 4)” (Constellation)
02. Sarah Davachi“Third Hour” (Ba Da Bing!)
03. Resina“Procession” (130701)
04. Kelly Moran“Halogen” (Warp)
05. Galya Bisengalieva“Tulpar” (NOMAD Music Productions)
06. Helena Hauff“Entropy Created You And Me” (Ninja Tune)
07. Barbara Morgenstern “Brainfuck” (Staatsakt)
08. Fatima Al Qadiri“Breach” (Hyperdub)
09. Jlin “The Abyss of Doubt” (Planet Mu)
10. Zora Jones“Too Many Tears” (Fractal Fantasy)
11. Holly Herndon & Jlin“Godmother” (feat. Spawn) (4AD)
12. Gudrun Gut“Boys Keep Swinging” (Monika Enterprise)
13. Kali Malone“Arched in Hysteria” (Hallow Ground)
14. Félicia Atkinson & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma“Indefatigable Purple” (Shelter Press)
15. Christina Vantzou“Sound House” (Kranky)

‘Temporal’ is out now on The Leaf Label.

https://www.juliakent.com/
http://www.theleaflabel.com/

Mixtape: Fractured Air – January 2019

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Our January mix features a host of sumptuous sonic gems that surfaced – for the most part – throughout last year. Vital reissues from Amercian dream pop artist Happy Rhodes (Numero Group); Robert Rental’s sublime post-punk explorations culled from 1980 demo tapes (Optimo Music) and Dublin artist Stano’s seminal 1983 solo debut released on Dublin’s Allchival re-issue imprint.

More sensational African funk emanates from the formidable Berlin Habibi Funk imprint (the label’s latest two releases are featured). With thanks to the XLR8R top tracks of 2018 piece, we’ve been introduced to the remarkable ambient opus ‘Nothing To Loose’ by DJ Healer, released last year to widespread acclaim. Peter Broderick (with a little help from his friends) has released his eagerly awaited “Sings Arthur Russell” album. His gorgeous rendition of “The Ballad Of The Lights” closes out our January mixtape.

Thanks as always for listening.


Fractured Air – January 2019

01. Christina Vantzou“Glissando for Bodies and Machines in Space” (Kranky)
02. DJ Healer“Great Escape” (All Possible Worlds)
03. Cucina Povera“Demetra” (Night School)
04. Eno Moebius Roedelius“Old Land” (Skyclad)
05. Beverly Glenn-Copeland“Color Of Anyhow” (Super-Sonic Jazz Records)
06. Sarah Davachi“Gloaming” (Ba Da Bing!)
07. Thom Yorke“Open Again” (XL Recordings)
08. James Heather“Ruqia” (Echo Collective Rework) (Ahead Of Our Time)
09. Djrum“Sparrows” (R&S Records)
10. GOSSIWOR“Fields of Helyon” (5 Gate Temple)
11. Severed Heads“Gashing the Old Mae West” (excerpt) (Ink, Virgin)
12. Lucrecia Dalt“Tar” (Jan Jelinek Remix) (RVNG Intl)
13. Happy Rhodes “When The Rain Came Down” (Numero Group)
14. Jinjé“Solace” (Kicks & Drums Records)
15. Robert Rental“Moving My Blue” (Optimo Music)
16. Kamal Keila“Al Ashafir” (Habibi Funk)
17. The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr“Shaikan Music” (Habibi Funk)
18. Noname“Blaxploitation” (Self-released)
19. El Perro del Mar“Walk On By” (Saint Etienne Remix) (Self-released)
20. Leon Vynehall“Envelopes (Chapter VI)” (Ninja Tune)
21. Yves Tumor“Licking An Orchid” (Warp)
22. Stano“Out of the Dark, Into the Dawn” (Scoff / Allchival)
23. Stuart A. Staples“Step into the Grey” (City Slang/Lucky Dog)
24. David Shire“Theme From The Conversation” (The Conversation OST) (Intrada)
25. Barnes & Trost“Holidays in the Old City” (LM Dupli-cation)
26. The Beach Boys“All I Wanna Do” (Reprise)
27. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith“Tides III” (Bandcamp)
28. DJ Healer“End of the World” (All Possible Worlds)
29. Peter Broderick & Friends“Ballad Of The Lights” (Pretty Purgatory)

Guest Mixtape: Echo Collective

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Founded by Margaret Hermant and Neil Leiter in Brussels only little more than five years ago, Echo Collective are one of the true shining lights of the contemporary modern classical scene. Echo Collective consist of classically trained and professionally active musicians based in the Belgian capital (Margaret Hermant, Neil Leiter, Yann Lecollaire, Hélène Elst, Charlotte Danhier, Gary De Cart and Antoine Dandoy). The group have collaborated closely with many of today’s most singularly unique artists including: A Winged Victory for the Sullen; Stars of the Lid; the late Jóhann Jóhannsson; Laniakea and Christina Vantzou. Earlier this year, Echo Collective released “Echo Collective Plays Amnesiac” via the 7K! label, a breathtaking reinterpretation of the 2001 Radiohead classic, which stemmed from a residency at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels during the 2016-2017 season, culminating in a live performance at the inaugural BRDCST festival in April 2017. Recently, Echo Collective performed their seminal live show at Primavera Sound, Barcelona to widespread acclaim. Compiled by Margaret Hermant (violinist and harpist for Echo Collective), she is also a member of the groups Bow and Quatuor Mp4.

 

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“Tribute”
compiled by Margaret Hermant, Echo Collective (Belgium)

Tribute to close friends and musicians whom I have had the chance to meet, to work with, or see on stage along my musical journey.

Echo Collective is a group that I founded with Neil Leiter in Brussels Belgium. Though we have our own musical projects, most of our work is collaborative. We have had the privilege to collaborate with artists like A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Adam Wiltze, Dustin O’Halloran, Christina Vantzou, Erasure, MAPS, Daniel O’Sullivan, Laniakea, to name a few. Through these collaborations, we are able to bring our background as classical musicians to bear in this new landscape of Neoclassical music. And often times, through the collaborations, we meet fantastic other musicians on the road. It really is an amazing gift to be surrounded by and working with such beautiful music and musicians.

This is the first time that I have been asked to make a published playlist. I chose to take the opportunity to share music by people we collaborate with, have met along the journey, or had the chance to see perform. And because I am a violin player, I really wanted to share music that was string based, and showed all the wonderful atmospheres that strings combined in different settings can make.

“This playlist is perfect for a good whiskey, a warm bath, or even a long drive. A companion to the beautifully simple moments in life.”
*Thanks to Neil Leiter, Steven De Vliegher

—Margaret Hermant, summer 2018


Echo  Collective – “Tribute” (Fractured Air Guest Mix)

01. Aphex Twin – “Aussois” (from Drukqs, Warp 2001)
02. Christina Vantzou – “At Dawn” (from No 4, Kranky 2018)
03. Jóhann Jóhannsson – “Odi Et Amo” (from Englabörn, Touch 2002)
04. Otto Lindholm – “Cain” (from In Death’s Dream Kingdom, Houndstooth 2018)
05. Echo Collective – “Hunting Bears / Like Spinning Plates” (from Echo Collective Plays Amnesiac, 7k 2018)
06. James Heather – “Ruqia” (from Stories From Far Away On Piano, Ahead Of Our Time 2018)
07. Jens Maurits Bouttery – “The Day The Dogs Disappeared” OST
08. Mau Loseto – “Hologram Intro”
09. Peter Baert – “Verdriet / Titels” (from Facades OST)
10. Adam Wiltzie – “Bring This Place To Life” (from Salero OST, Erased Tapes 2016)
11. Simon Lenski – “I Like This” (from Oh City, self-released 2016)
12. Mica Levi – “Love” (from Under The Skin, Rough Trade, Milan 2014 )
13. Hildur Guðnadóttir & Jóhann Jóhannsson – “Leaving Home” (from Mary Magdalene, OST)
14. Mica Levi & Oliver Coates – “Barok Main” (from Remain Calm, Slip 2016)
15. Prairie – “Elephants Will Rise Again” (from After The Flash Flood, Denovali 2018)
16. Piloot – “B1” (Radio Edit) (from Piloot, Piloot 2017)
17. Laurent Plumhans – “After” (from In Memoriam, Cypres 2018)
18. BOW – “Bryanbaum”
19. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – “I Am Consumed” (from The Kid, Western Vinyl 2017)

“Echo Collective Plays Amnesiac” is available now on 7K! Records.

https://echo-collective.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/collectiveecho/