I'm in Paris for work. I did a radio show for Rinse France the other day. Listen here!
Jatinder Singh Durhailay & David Edren - Tea Notes
This release "is a celebration, a meditation, on both the beverage, and the communal time shared imbibing". Each track is both inspired by the given tea infusion and the area it's from. The sounds are built around a combination of stringed Dilruba and Taus and modular synths. It was originally released on tape and now it's getting the vinyl treatment. One to play as you sit and enjoy your favourite tea. But more than just background music. Dig in! Spend some time!
ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ - Aldis X-Drive
This is a wonderful track that's murky and uncertain, ghostly sounds that could be flutes in one universe lending a hint of melody while drones and pulses squeak with unease. The artwork that comes with it is a picture of some jelly worms discarded on some steps. There's something comical and morose about that image that really speaks to me.
Murlo - Ferment (Yamaneko's Flashback)
Yamaneko is someone whose music I will always share but it seems I haven't done that in a while. This remix is the apotheosis of his current sound, a 10-minute journey through ambient vistas, waves, winds and bird song all delicately panned and balanced to perfection. It bears little (but enough!) resemblance to the original track, and that distance lends it the perfect feeling of half-remembered nostalgia. The movements are each beautiful segments of wistful memoria, but the movement from about six minutes on simply speaks to me.
Beshken - Light Of Love (M. James Remix)
This feels like Forest Swords gone to the rave. If you know you know.
Davis Galvin - Arabesque I (The Way In)
This Version of Debussy's "Arabesque I" was created for Honcho Campout's The Way In. It's simply delightful. I can only imagine what it would have been like to hear it in a festival environment, especially one as special as I believe Honcho to be.
NB19: Local Time | Green
This is a really cool series of compilations curated by the Noise Bombing label and Corporal Tofulung. Each album is given a colour and that represents a time zone, although the artists no each aren't defined to a specific locale. This Green compilation features artist from Indonesia, Switzerland, Australia, the US, Ireland, Aotearoa and beyond. It features various takes on noise music, ranging from outright noisy to slightly poppy, abstract and loopy, folky, field recording-y and so forth.
Teo Mattress - Void Steppa
This is so good. Teo Mattress is a Canadian artist who put out a mixtape of house sounds for the Club Joyless label early this year. This is a slice of slow-burning deep house that's riven with bongos and congas. Free download too.
Nathaniel Young - Accosting Form, Pure Intent
Nathaniel Young, who's recorded under a variety of names, is behind the latest album on the still new-ish Mysteries of the Deep label. You may know the mix series. This album is a darkly impressive body of ~ambient~ works, but we're not just talking languid synths. The opening track thunders with ominous drums and buzzing electronics, while others deal in muted atmospherics that swell to unmeasurable throbs. "Comfort In Form" is perhaps most emblematic of this sound. "Communal Dysphoria", meanwhile, is a slow tread through dank sounds, like a dub techno reworking of Thomas Bangalter's "Paris By Night". "May I Speak Candidly?" is as beautifully hopeful as its title suggests, while "Graying Dawn" closes the album with muted uncertainty.
Patricia Wolf - Transport
Another 10-minute beauty, this moves from gentle synth play to strange choppy distortion, all led by whispered vocals.
THE TUESDAY NIGHT MACHINES - WÆVER
Here we have a release inspired by "the feeling of being sucked under water by big ocean waves". I'm not entirely certain that comes across throughout, there is indeed a feeling of weightlessness but there's something astronomical about it. Floating through a space station rather than underwater. But that's just the bleeps and screeches that I hear, and maybe I'm being aurally myopic. Maybe these sounds in fact represent the unknown sound of sea life. Either way it's a fascinating listen that's worth your time.
Ilana bryne - (You Make Me Feel) Mighty Seal
Speaking of sea life!! Ambivalent shared a video of a seal mewing happily the other day and said: "This is my favorite part of every Hi NRG Disco tune." Woman from Wisconsin Ilana Bryne responded that she would make a track with the noise entitled "(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Seal". True to her word, she shared the track this week. As you'd expect, it's a pumping disco track and the seal sounds are so well fitted it doesn't even feel like a gimmick! Top work as ever from Bryne.
oootini - Collected waves
Finally this week, here is an album from Irish artist oootini (whose given name is also Aidan, great name). It opens with some of that harsh-sounding modular, you know those tangible synth sounds that feel like blocks. As it progresses the sounds become softer and calmer, a nice balance between virtuosity and heart. Also like myself, Aidan is a parent, and he says that this collection of synths and field recordings was "Mixed late at night while everyone slept", which is beautiful.