Monday, 28 November 2011

Audio Texture Radio Show - November 25, 2011

The epic 'Myrtle Avenue', in all it's 10 minute future boogie glory, taken from the new Floating Points EP, kicked off this weeks show and why not it's a wonderful thing. Rather more deranged, yet quality, slow-mo house then followed from Kowton and the aptly named 'Dirty Little Bomb'. Pole seems to be well and truly back after a prolonged absence with another release on his Pole Music imprint and as you can hear the 'Aue' A-side is another twisted dubwise winner and led rather nicely into the great new kooky beats of Paper Tiger's new cut 'Send Me'. Blundetto then threw down the soul vibes with a nice little version of 'Hercules' before the Stones Throw dynamic duo of Jonti and The Stepkids combined to great effect on 'The Days Have Turned'.

Now we don't normally drop too much drum and bass but we had to sneak in some recently unearthed Plug material from the mid 90's which is still sounding fresh and about to drop on Ninja Tune before 1000names provided some nice boogie beats from their new album on Project Mooncircle. Mecca:83 then showed just how soulful modern beats can be given the right sample source before Madlib combined nicely with Freddie Gibbs on one of the beat maestros more straight up hip hop cuts.

Some of the more interesting 4/4 offerings then closed the show up kicking off with Serph's new alter ego Reliq and some crazy layered melodic breaks before Photonz darkened the mood and destroyed the dance with 'Wall' which then led into the Euro disco delights of Mellophonia and 'Sky Glide'.

Floating Points - Myrtle Avenue (Eglo)
Kowton - Dirty Little Bomb (Teal Recordings)
Pole - Aue (Pole Music promo)
Paper Tiger - Send Me (Jus Like Music promo)
Blundetto - Hercules (Heavenly Sweetness music)
Jonti feat The Stepkids & Illa J - The Days Have Turned (Stones Throw freeload)
Plug - Feeling So Special (Ninja Tune promo)
1000names - Water Resistant Rakete (Project Mooncircle promo)
Mecca:83 - With You (Freeform)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Deep (Stones Throw promo)
Reliq - Continuity (Noble promo)
Photonz - Wall (Don't Be Afraid promo)
Mellophonia - Sky Glide (Lo Recordings)

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Audio Texture Radio Show - November 18, 2011

The show kicked off with some jazz killers and the charity fundraising deep funky jazz vibes of Emanative & Ahmed Abdullah with Steve Reid on drums who's foundation, set up by Gilles Peterson to help poor musicians, the money goes to. If you didn't know Steve Reid died has he didn't have the money to pay his medical bills to treat his lung cancer, who says America doesn't need medicare? Nat Birchall followed with a killer from his soon to be released album on Gondwana and it's possibly his best to date, which is saying something as we loved his first two for the label. Deep jazz hip hop beats were then the order of the day courtesy of Hey!Zeus from their jazz soaked new release.

Taprikk Sweezee had turned us onto the fact that E/A/R/L had just put out a great album of beats for a limited amount of time and we're very happy to have hit the download deadline as it was better than a lot of paid for releases. Mr. Sweezee then provided the abstract future soul from his new excellent new album of remixes which led very nicely into some ambient beauty courtesy of Tokyo residents, Illuha. Dimlite then showed why he is one of the most interesting beat makers around with his multi-influenced, sprawling yet very together sound of 'Heroine Roof' - bring on the album.

Some of the deeper house cuts around were then the order of the day kicking off with George FitzGerald who seems to be saving his best cuts for Hotflush. The KiNK remix of Prommer & Barck's, 'Journey' is a lovely deep twisted affair which led into one of our favourite Mr. Scruff tracks ever 'Bounce', looks like he's getting deeper with age. Outboxx's 'Aporia' then provided a lovely melodic, but with a bit of cheeky extra bass weight, end to the show.

Emanative & Ahmed Abullah - Lions Of Judah (Brownswood promo)
Nat Birchall - Dance Of The Mystic (Gondwana promo)
Hey!Zeus - The Drones (Sichtexot & Chakra Sounds)
E/A/R/L - The Creek (Free Download)
Taprikk Sweezee - Eating At The Void (Error Broadcast)
Illuha - Kie (12K)
Dimlite - Heroine Roof (Now & Again promo)
George FitzGerald - Friends In High Places (Hotflush promo)
Prommer & Barck - Journey, KiNK rmx (Derwin promo)
Mr. Scruff - Bounce (Ninja Tune promo)
Outboxx - Aporia (Idle Hands promo)

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Audio Texture Radio Show - November 11, 2011

Some shows flow better than others, the tempos & styles just match and the mix is more natural but this weeks show is probably best described as a hotch-potch and it's none the worse for it. Discovery of the week has been Wechsel Garland a wonderfully diverse producer with a craftsmen's ear and a lightness of touch so we've included an older cut and a forthcoming tune from his excellent new EP. Now after the disappointment of missing the Portico Quartet in concert recently due to bad weather we are happy to report they are readying a new album and giving away a little taster which is boding well for next year's release. Kuhn then laid down some slightly odd but quality beats.

Owiny Sigoma Band are just about to drop another single from their great recent album in the form of some nice languid Afro pop and don't forget to check the great remixes as well. Kouyate and Neerman then kept the Afro flavour, jazzed it up and darkened the mood with a little taster from their eagerly anticipated new album, if it's anything like their first we'll be more than happy. The mysterious Dirk Gerner then confirmed his versatility and promise with 'My Queen' before Achilles belied their youth and rural location with some well crafted post rock, a band to watch for sure.

Ital Tek has jumped on the Juke/Footwork bandwagon with his new EP and it's great to see the Europeans adding some cultured production touches to this overly raw Chicago ghetto phenomenon. Pitchben then funked things up with a track from his great new album on Compost before we hit you with Gregory Porter again but this time given an excellent house rub from OpolopoRainer Trueby then kept the house vibes flowing with a lovely deep soulful cut from his super strong EP coming soon on Compost Black before we drifted out of the show and into a modern tribal haze courtesy of Burnt Friedman and Jaki Liebezeit.

Wechsel Garland Trio - Blind (Parapop Stereo)
Portico Quartet - Ruins (Real World FREE download)
Kuhn - Slime Beach (Civil Music promo)
Wechsel Garland - Hearts (Strzelecki-books promo)
Owiny Sigoma Band - Here On The Line (Brownswood)
Kouyate Neerman - Requiem pour un Con (No Format promo)
Dirg Gerner - My Queen (Ho_Tep promo)
Achilles - It's A Falcon Richard (A Future Without)
Ital Tek - Cobalt (Planet Mu promo)
Pitchben - Time Machine (Compost)
Gregory Porter - 1960 What?, Opolopo Kick & Bass Remix (Tokyo Dawn promo)
Rainer Trueby - Welcome To Our World (Compost Black promo)
Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit - 128.5 (Nonplace)

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Mauricio Maestro feat Nana Vasconcelos - Upside Down (Far Out)

Now we have written any blog posts for a while due to time constraints (we hope to change that soon) but we actually had no choice but to come out of writers exile when this sublime new album dropped through our inbox the other week, we just couldn't keep it under our hats.

Way back in 1976 Mauricio Maestro & Nana Vasconcelos found themselves in Paris recording the Visions of Dawn album with Joyce. It was an incredibly fertile time for Brazilian music with all sorts of western influences being assimilated into traditional Brazilian music and the burgeoning acid-folk scenes in Europe and North America weren't lost on these artists at the time. Tragically the project somehow got shelved until it was finally released 33 years later in 2009, also on Far Out.

Encouraged by Far Out label boss Joe Davies, Mauricio and Nana got back in the studio in Rio last year alongside guest vocalist Kay Lyra - hired to sweeten things up and now the follow up to Visions of Dawn is about to hit the shelves on November 16th, assuming all goes well and the release isn't put back until 2056. Here's a little taster of what went down in the studio:

Mauricio Maestro with Nana Vasconcelos - Upside Down Trailer from Far Out Recordings on Vimeo.

We're not going to get into depth on each track as it really is an album you just need to listen to start to finish. Maestro has gone to town on the arrangements with words like sumptuous, lush, delicate, intricate, shimmering all coming to mind - the harmonies just wash over you ably supported by subtle psychedelic twists and turns. The percussion from Vasconcelos  is impeccable as you'd expect from someone voted best percussionist in the world 7 years running by the Downbeat critics poll and he is ably abetted by an impeccably arranged 10 piece orchestra that just melt into the background like the most natural thing in the world. Maestro darts in an out with his acoustic guitar and his easy vocal style. Apparently the idea was to create an album that stirred the mid '70s but is set in the backdrop of a liberated, prosperous Brazil but to these ears (and admittedly linguistic failings) it sounds like 1976 never went away.

All songs are Maestro originals except the lyrics of 'Todo os Santos' which were written by Joyce back in '77 and extract of classic 'Canto de Pajé' and were written over the preceding 40 years, starting way back in 1971. Apparently there is a follow up album already in the pipeline and all we can say is if it is anything like this then bring it on.

Far Out Recordings Website
Nana Vasconcelos Website (in Brazilian)
BUY(!) the record Here
Gregory Porterr smashes up the show right from the off with his incredible track '1960 What?'. and quite frankly soul/jazz just doesn't get much better. Normally we'd shy away from playing a 12.5 minute track in the show as it would take up too much space but this track has to be heard in it's entirety, pity it's not longer. Hip Hop with a twist was then the order of the day with the 'Run Shit' remix from the new Paul White - Rapping With Paul White remix album, remixed by the man himself. More quirky hip hop followed from Stan Smith and 'Disco Technic' another killer from the Boogie Vol. 2 compilation on Tokyo Dawn. Onra & Quetz then went back to the old school with a couple of lovingly crafted soulful  beats from their new Tribute album.

Now we're not usually bothered by new artists trying to sound like the original greats as they so often produce sub standard imitiations but Nick Waterhouse is doing a fine job sounding like he was one of the original R&B greats, watch him blow up next year we reckon. The uncompromising bluesy, country tones and lyrics of Purity Supreme then commanded the airwaves before Loka went all undefinable on the show with 'The Tower' from their forthcoming and equally undefinable Ninja Tune album.

A quick fire selection of some of the more interesting beats around were then the order of the day with new Planet Mu signing Keep Shelly in Athens getting the ball rolling with the chirpiests single from their new EP before Teebs came in with some great new dreamy beats from his new Brainfeeder which showcases a welcome broadening of his sonic palette and marked progression. Mux Mool then upped the tension  but kept the melody before Fulgeance dropped a taster of his new album on MPM. We then dropped another taster of the Julien Dyne album before Darling Farah hit the show with some great spacious, percussively alluring beats from his new Civil Music offering. The more avant garde jazzy vibes of Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Ghedalia Tazart then helped the show drift off into the ether for another week.

Gregory Porter - 1960 What? (Motema)
Paul White - Run Sht feat. Marv Won, remix (One Handed Music)
Stan Smith - Disco Technic (Tokyo Dawn promo)
Onra & Quetzal  - Brenton's Revenge (Project Mooncircle promo)
Onra & Quetzal - Stop, Walk On By (Project Mooncircle promo)
Nick Waterhouse - I Can Only Give You Everything (Innovative Leisure promo)
Purity Supreme - Dunderhead (Ash International)
Loka - The Tower (Ninja Tune promo)
Keep Shelly In Athens - Campus Martius (Planet Mu promo)
Teebs - LSP feat. Austin Peralta (Brainfeeder promo)
Mux Mool - Palace Chalice (Ghostly International freeload)
Fulgeance - Vilnius Bump (MPM promo)
Julien Dyne - Ernst (BBE promo)
Darling Farah - Model (Civil Music promo)
Jac Berrocal, David Fenech, Ghedalia Tazartes - Zilveli (Sub Rosa)