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Mixtape: Fractured Air – June 2020

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June’s mix features the hugely anticipated debut solo LP by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Bear. Released under the American drummer and multi-instrumentalist’s Fools moniker, “Fools’ Harp Vol. 1” is available via the forever dependable Music From Memory label. What’s immediately apparent on listening to the album’s thirteen tracks (more will be made available shortly, via a cassette edition with bonus tracks) is the considerable gestation period these compositions undertook (Bear plays every instrument himself) before bearing fruition as a fully formed record. Recorded in between Grizzly Bear tours, the album took it’s final shape over a six week period in summer 2019, the results are a breathtaking insight into this truly independent and wholly creative spirit whose technical ability and improvisational spirit shines throughout his Fools’ debut.

Another masterful drummer in the contemporary independent music scene is the ever-prolific New York-based artist Greg Fox. “Contact” is released by the hugely influential RVNG Intl label and sees Fox traverse even further sonic boundaries – always tirelessly seeking to push the envelope further with each subsequent work – creating one of the year’s most defining records in the process.

Other 2020 gems included here are courtesy of the celebrated cellist and multi-instrumentalist Rebecca Foon (the Saltland composer releases her first album via her own name, once again via Constellation); extraordinary South Korean cellist Okkyung Lee releases the majestic “Yeo-Neun” (Shelter Press); Julianna Barwick returns with the magnificent “Inspirit” from her much anticipated “Healing Is a Miracle” album (Ninja Tune); world renowned drummer Jim White (Dirty Three, Xylouris White) joins acclaimed American guitarist Marisa Anderson for the breathtaking collaborative album “The Quickening” (Thrill Jockey).


Fractured Air – June 2020 Mix

01. Yasuaki Shimizu“Seiko 3” (Light In The Attic)
02. Yoshiaki Ochi“Ear Dreamin’” (Light In The Attic)
03. Inventions“Spirit Refinement Exploder” (Temporary Residence)
04. Hiroshi Yoshimura“Creek” (Light In The Attic)
05. Nicolas Jaar“Gocce” (Other People)
06. 2814“恢复” (Dream Catalogue)
07. Giuseppe Ielasi“8” (12k)
08. DJ Python“oooophi” (Incienso)
09. Minor Science“Polyglottal” (Whities)
10. Jamie xx“Idontknow” (Young Turks)
11. Four Tet“Insect Near Piha Beach” (Text)
12. Hood“They Removed All Trace That Anything Had Ever Happened Here” (Domino)
13. Warren Ellis“Time to Run, Time to Drive” (Mustang OST, Milan)
14. Bill Callahan“Circles” (Drag City)
15. Jim White and Marisa Anderson “The Quickening” (Thrill Jockey)
16. Xylouris White“Inland” (Drag City)
17. Batsumi“Moving Along” (R & T)
18. El Wali“The People of El Aaiun” (Sahel Sounds)
19. Hailu Mergia, Dahlak Band“Embuwa Bey Lamitu” (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
20. Fools“Nnuunn” (Music From Memory)
21. Greg Fox“Ill Being” (RVNG Intl)
22. Julia Kent“Imbalance” (The Leaf Label)
23. Hildur Guðnadóttir“Fólk fær andlit” (Deutsche Grammophon)
24. Okkyung Lee – “The Yellow Porcelain Bird” (Shelter Press)
25. Daniel Ögren“Levi” (Sing a Song Fighter)
26. Julianna Barwick“Inspirit” (Ninja Tune)
27. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds“Leviathan” (Ghosteen Ltd.)
28. Jóhann Jóhannsson“The Navigators” (Last And First Men OST, Deutsche Grammophon)
29. Arvo Pärt, Paul Hillier “My Heart Is In The Highlands” (perf. Else Torp, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent) (Harmonia Mundi)
30. Rebecca Foon – “Another Realm” (Constellation)


Mixtape: Fractured Air – May 2020

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Featured in May’s mix are a number of 2020 gems, some reissues, film scores & old favourites.

We’re really happy to share an exclusive track from the hugely anticipated new album by beloved Irish songwriter Brigid Mae Power. “You Have A Quiet Power” is taken from the Fire Records album Head Above The Water (out 5th June), recorded at Glasgow’s The Green Door and co-produced by Power, Peter Broderick and Alasdair Roberts. “Head Above The Water” is yet another masterful and soul-stirring album by the Galway-born artist, destined to be among the top of many end-of-year lists for 2020.

As always, much gems surface on the wonderful Bandcamp, and this month’s mix features the fascinating Anticlines Outtakes”  by Europe-based, Colombian-born artist Lucrecia Dalt, comprising the stripped back sketches and outtakes to her breathtaking “Anticlines” full-length from 2018 (released on the legendary RVNG label). The intimate 7-track e.p. provides a fascinating insight into the aesthetics and practice of one of independent music’s true treasures.

Brooklyn musical institution RVNG Intl continues to deliver utterly unique and singular releases: Russian artist Kate NV’s heavenly avant pop masterwork “Room for the Moon” comes out on 12th June; Michele Mercure’s latest anthology of exceptional analogue cassette recordings is lovingly compiled on “Pictures of Echoes” and Sign Libra’s spring release “Sea to Sea” is the Latvian solo artist’s compelling fourth world infused contemporary pop sphere of exquisite sounds.

Other 2020 treasures include: Spirit Fest’s stunningly beautiful “Mirage Mirage” (Morr Music), Japan Blues’ single “Kotonoid” (Bandcamp), the brilliant “Strange To Explain” by the ever-brilliant indie kings Woods (Woodsit), The Soft Pink Truth’s “Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?” (Thrill Jockey), Inventions“Continuous Portrait” (Temporary Residence), Golden Retriever & Chuck Johnson’s “Rain Shadow” (Thrill Jockey), Christina Vantzou and John Also Bennett’s marvellous sonic odyssey continues (under CV & JAB) with “Landscape Architecture” (Bandcamp).

Also featuring film scores by Warren Ellis; Mica Levi and Colin Stetson.

Fractured Air – May 2020 Mix

01. Warren Ellis – “This Train I Ride” (This Train I Ride OST, Invada Records)
02. Mica Levi “Monos” (Monos OST, Invada Records)
03. Colin Stetson“Friday’s Child” (Age Out OST, 52Hz)
04. Brian Eno & Jon Hassell “Chemistry” (Virgin Records)
05. Lucrecia Dalt – “Let My Touch” (Anticlines Outtakes, Bandcamp)
06. Sign Libra – “Sea of Islands” (RVNG Intl)
07. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – “The Steady Heart” (Ghostly)
08. Bitchin Bajas – “Angels and Demons at Play” (Drag City)
09. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – “Shifting Sands” (Reprise Records)
10. Woods – “Strange to Explain” (Woodsist)
11. Maston “Swans” (Be With Records)
12. Mankyy “Subscribe” (Unscene Music)
13. Nina Simone “Fodder In Her Wings” (Verve Records)
14. Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari “Poem 1” (Dub Store Records)
15. Harry Mudie – “Full Dose of Dub” (Moods International Records)
16. Uschi Classen With Robert Owens – “Only In Your Eyes” (Nwachukwu Innervision 1) (Beats In Space)
17. Kate NV “Marafon 15” (RVNG Intl)
18. Portable – “Surrender” (feat. Lcio) (Needwant Recordings)
19. Lee Noble – “New Year” (Bandcamp)
20. Batsumi “Anishilabi” (Matsuli Music)
21. Spirit Fest – “Mirage” (Morr Music)
22. Japan Blues“Kotonoid” (Bandcamp)
23. Mdou Moctar“Ibitlan” (Sahel Sounds)
24. Michele Mercure “Rhythm Of Life” (RVNG Intl)
25. Vazz “Cast Reflections” (STROOM)
26. Benoit Pioulard“If I could be anything I’d be nothing” (Bandcamp)
27. The Soft Pink Truth “May Increase” (Thrill Jockey)
28. Clerk 5“Intro (World Premiere)” (The Unscene)
29. Inventions – “Calico” (Temporary Residence)
30. The Sea and Cake – “Lyric” (Thrill Jockey)
31. CEEYS, CONTSTANT PRESENCE, Peter Broderick, Daniel O’Sullivan “Nothing Special” (THESIS)
32. Brigid Mae Power – “You Have A Quiet Power” (Fire Records)
33. Golden Retriever and Chuck Johnson“Lupine” (Thrill Jockey)
34. Kate Tempest “Hold Your Own” (Republic Records)
35. CV & JAB“Stone Circle” (Bandcamp)
36. Lee Hazlewood – “Wait and See” (Reprise)

Mixtape: Fractured Air – April 2020

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It’s been a while. The beautiful light of spring has finally descended upon us; filling the void (of current circumstance) with birdsong, blooming flowers, blue skies and all signs of glittering life. Even though nature does not mirror the dark surface that permeates all of our lives at this present moment; remember all things must pass. These days offer moments of introspection and quiet: to be at peace with your own self during this slowed down, prolonged period.

The art of music remains a trusted constant. Light In The Attic’s lovingly assembled compilation of Seattle-based recording engineer Kearney Barton is an exceptional document of divine pop, soul and R&B spanning the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. ‘Architect of the Northwest Sound’ is filled with a seamless array of timeless musical discoveries.
Another essential compilation is Morr Music’s soon-to-be-released ‘Minna Miteru’: collection of hard to find music from the Japanese independent scene, compiled by Saya, who plays in the iconic duo Tenniscoats. We have an exclusive track (peformed by Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong) on this month’s mix.

The L.A-based composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s shape-shifting sonic explorations continue to evolve on her Ghostly debut ‘Expanding Electricity’: an epic and enriching foray into visionary fourth world dimensions. Essential. Russian electronic musician Kate NV’s forthcoming full-length ‘Room for the Moon’ on Brooklyn music institution RVNG Intl represents another singular voice in the contemporary musical landscape of today.

The debut collaboration of Australian drummer Jim White (Dirty Three/Xylouris White) and renowned guitarist Marisa Anderson arrives soon on the legendary Chicago label Thrill Jockey (and first single ‘The Lucky’ offers the first glimpses into this enchanting body of work). Cellist Helen Money’s new Thrill Jockey full-length and Rebecca Foon’s latest Constellation solo release are things of beauty and boundless magnitude.

Inventions is the immense collaborative duo of Matthew Robert Cooper (Eluvium) and Mark T. Smith (Explosions In The Sky). Their new single ‘Outlook for the Future’ is a joyous, uplifting sonic voyage. “What is your outlook for the future?” is asked beneath colourful woodwind patterns and rhythmic pulses, before an elderly female voice responds: “I don’t worry about the future”. Live in the present: in the here and now. Music never ceases to surprise and awaken something deep inside of us all.


Fractured Air – April 2020 Mix

01. Ann Wilson & The Daybreaks ‘Through Eyes and Glass’ (Light In The Attic)
02. Maki Asakawa ‘No Ga Kowai’ (Honest Jon’s)
03. Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong ‘Party On A Floating Cake’ (Morr Music)
04. Kate NV ‘Sayonara’ (RVNG Intl)
05. Inventions ‘Outlook for the Future’ (Temporary Residence)
06. Group Listening ‘A Little Lost’ (PRAH)
07. Cate Le Bon & Group Listening ‘Here It Comes Again’ (Mexican Summer)
08. Hamish Kilgour ‘Crazy Radiance’ (Ba Da Bing!)
09. Arthur Russell ‘You Did It Yourself’ (Audika)
10. Yves Tumor ‘Gospel For A New Future’ (Warp)
11. El Michel’s Affair ‘Rubix’ (Big Crown Records)
12. MF Doom ‘Ninjarous’ (30th Century Records)
13. Four Tet ‘Something in the Sadness’ (Text)
14. Cucina Povera ‘Saniaiset’ (Night School)
15. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ‘Expanding Electricity’ (Ghostly)
16. Laraaji ‘Hare Jaya Jaya Rama II’ (Numero Group)
17. Drab City ‘Working For The Men’ (Bella Union)
18. 24 Carat Black ‘You’re Slipping Away’ (Numero Group)
19. Pentangle ‘Light Flight’ (Sanctuary)
20. Jim White and Marisa Anderson ‘The Lucky’ (Thrill Jockey)
21. Enablers ‘Even Its Lies’ (Lancashire And Somerset)
22. Helen Money ‘One Year One Ring’ (Thrill Jockey)
23. Rebecca Foon ‘Ocean Song’ (Constellation)
24. A Winged Victory For The Sullen ‘Adios, Florida’ (Ninja Tune)
25. Brian Eno ‘Deep Blue Day’ (Editions EG)
26. Tropical Rainstorm ‘Flying Bird’ (Light In The Attic)
27. Aoife Nessa Frances ‘Less Is More’ (Basin Rock)
28. Dark Arts ‘The More Things Stay The Same’ (STROOM)
29. Windy & Carl ‘Crossing Over’ (Kranky)
30. Colin Self ‘Once More’ (RVNG Intl)

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Inventions ‘Inventions’ (Temporary Residence Ltd)
Inventions is the inspired collaboration between Portland, Oregon-based Matthew Cooper of Eluvium and Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky. Interestingly, Cooper hasn’t been a member of any “band” since he was a teenager; while no member of legendary Texan post-rock outfit Explosions In The Sky has ever released material outside of EITS. The inception for Inventions began when Cooper invited Smith (already longtime friends and labelmates) to collaborate on a song for Eluvium’s double album ‘Nightmare Ending’, released last May via Temporary Residence. Through Inventions, Cooper and Smith’s intriguing eponymous debut album reveals eight majestic tracks imbued with otherworldly sonic terrains steeped in beauty, pain and hope.

‘Inventions’ is available now on Temporary Residence.


Yann Tiersen ‘∞ (Infinity)’ (Mute)
‘Infinity’ is french composer Yann Tiersen’s latest album and follow-up to 2011’s ‘Skyline’, which set for release this May via Mute Records. Last year Tiersen curated — and participated in — a special centenary celebration of Louis Feuillade’s Fantômas series at the Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris (Tiersen was joined on the lineup by Tim Hecker, James Blackshaw, Loney Dear, Amiina).

‘Infinity’ is released by Mute on May 19th in the UK (May 16th Germany/Australia, May 20th USA/Canada).


Ryley Walker ‘All Kinds Of You’ (Tompkins Square)
‘All Kinds Of You’ is the hugely anticipated debut album by Chicago’s Ryley Walker, available now via Tompkins Square (William Tyler, Daniel Bachman, Mark Fosson). At only 24 years of age, Walker has already established himself as one of the most exciting prospects as both an accomplished singer/songwriter and guitarist. Recorded in Chicago by Cooper Crain (guitarist/keyboardist in Cave), ‘All Kinds Of You’ features the gorgeous ‘The West Wind’ (previously released as a 3-song 12″ EP last November), while Walker cites the influences of Tim Buckley, Bert Jansch and Tim Hardin.

‘All Kinds Of You’ is available now on Tompkins Square.


Brigid Power-Ryce ‘I Told You The Truth’ (Bandcamp)
Recorded in St. Nicholas’ Church in County Galway, Brigid Power-Ryce’s ‘I Told You The Truth’ is a gorgeous new set of songs confirming Ryce as one of the most special musical talents on Irish shores. The church-setting and early morning recordings add a warm intimacy to proceedings, while Ryce’s immense talents as both vocalist and musician takes center stage. Across seven heavenly tracks — from the dreamy folk offering ‘Where Are You Tonight?’ to the sublime ukulele-led title-track, the spirits of both Sibylle Baier and Vashti Bunyan are brought to mind.

‘I Told You The Truth’ is available to buy HERE, and listen HERE.


Teebs ‘E S T A R A’ (Brainfeeder)
The New York-born twenty-six year-old producer and painter Mtendere Mandowa AKA Teebs releases the glorious ‘E S T A R A’ this year, and follow-up to the dreamlike ‘Ardour’ from 2010. In the meantime, Teebs also put out ‘Collections 01’, a compilation comprising a collection of material, often ideas or vignettes, composed by Teebs for the Brainfeeder label (described as “neither EPs or full albums. Just mini collections of ideas..”). ‘E S T A R A’ is fluid, magical, blissful and always wholly engaging and utterly enriching.

‘E S T A R A’ is available now on Brainfeeder.


Greg Gives Peter Space (Erased Tapes)
Greg Gives Peter Space is the debut collaboration between longtime friends, American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick and UK composer Greg Haines, whose mutual passion for dub music channeled the spark for their debut mini album, to be released by Erased Tapes this June.
As Broderick has stated: “Greg and I became good friends while both living in Berlin, around 2009 to 2013. We spent countless late nights playing records for each other, dreaming the dream of good music. We talked a lot about collaborating and even put in quite a few hours at each other’s studios . . . but for some strange reason we never seemed to finish anything. Maybe we were just busy enough with our other projects and didn’t feel in any rush. But we certainly had it in mind that we’d like to finish something one day. And we are very proud to say that day is finally here!”

Greg Gives Peter Space will be released on Vinyl and Download via Erased Tapes on June 16, 2014.


WIFE ‘What’s Between’ (Tri Angle)
‘What’s Between’ is the long-awaited debut LP by James Kelly’s WIFE — best known as the sole permanent member and writer behind black metal outfit Altar Of Plagues — is due out this June on Tri Angle Records (Balam Acab, Forest Swords, Vessel, The Haxan Cloak). Previously, Tri Angle have released WIFE’s debut EP ‘Stoic’, heralding Kelly as a huge new talent and creative force in the electronic music scene. ‘What’s Between’ is produced by WIFE alongside The Haxan Cloak, lie & Roly Porter.

‘What’s Between’ will be released on June 10th via Tri Angle Records.


Alice Coltrane ‘A Monastic Trio’ (Superior Viaduct)
Originally released in 1968, Alice Coltrane’s ‘A Monastic Trio’ will be reissued via Superior Viaduct this May. ‘A Monastic Trio’ is a milestone record for many reasons: it was written in the year following John Coltrane (Alice’s husband)’s passing; it is also the first recording by Alice Coltrane as a band leader, it’s six original recordings echoing the spirit of her husband. As the late Amiri Baraka writes, “‘I Want to See You’ is a monastic piano concerto. With echoes of Europe…It has a solemnity and majesty to it… Yes, monastic is the word. The piano broods in its earth imagination.”

‘A Monastic Trio’ will be re-issued on 13th May 2014 via Superior Viaduct.


Rodion G.A. ‘Misiunea Spatiala Delta’ (Strut)
Fresh from the spectacular ‘The Lost Tapes’ set, issued by Strut last year to wide critical acclaim, comes ‘Misiunea Spatiala Delta’, an obscure hidden treasure in Rodion Rosça’s considerable songbook. Available for this month’s Record Store Day as a special limited edition vinyl release, ‘Misiunea Spatiala Delta’ is a long-lost film soundtrack originally written in the early eighties, only to be shelved at the last-minute. As Strut write: “Inspired by early ’80s Star Wars mania‚ Victor Antonescu had first created Misuinea Spatiala Delta (Delta Space Mission) as a domestic animated TV series in 1983. Despite recording a 15-minute prototype score, Rodion’s music was tragically shelved at a late stage, remaining an unreleased oddity in his archive until now.”

‘Misiunea Spatiala Delta’ is available on limited release now on Strut Records.


Trans AM ‘Volume X’ (Thrill Jockey)
Independent music’s beloved Trans AM release their magnificent tenth studio album this August via Chicago-based label Thrill Jockey. The trio have yet again effortlessly re-defined themselves to wonderful effect. ‘Volume X’ was recorded in spurts over three years, mostly at LCR Studios in San Francisco, and demonstrate the full scope of the immense talents of the legendary trio of Phil Manley, Nathan Means, and Sebastian Thomson.

‘Volume X’ is out 11th August via Thrill Jockey.