Most people will probably know Manuel Sepulveda for his work as Optigram, the name under which he designed pretty much every record sleeve put out by Hyperdub. That body of work clearly overshadowed his other operations, including co-founding and running the Citinite label for more than a decade. Today marks the 10th anniversary of their first release and yet it’s a sad day, since they decided to pull the plug and call it “goodnite”.
There’s a new website that let’s you revisit (or discover)twenty releases from the last decade, not all of them actually realised. Some of the unreleased music can be listened to on this special mixtape.
Jimmy Edgar – Hot Raw Sex (Complexxion remix)
Jesse Saunders – On & On (unreleased 1984 remix)
Lil’ Kenny – Straight to Your Head
Mynk Rychardz – Human Robots (Gosubs night dub)
Lil’ Kenny – Cyberlove
Robert O’Dell – Love Me… Can You Hear Me?
Gosub – Slave to You
Robert O’Dell – Miles & Miles
Gosub – Black Nova (AUX 88 remix)
Mynk Rychardz – Blastin
Complexxion – Intro 7
JLin – 808
JLin – Downtown
Rozzi Daime – Dirty Illusions
Mynk Rychardz – Hang Glyde
And if that ain’t enough, make sure to check Manuel’s radio show from last year, in which he played some more lost music from the label.
I don’t even remember the last talk about Dim Grimm’s “Cite” album, it has been way too long. The Swiss producer formerly known as Dimlite hasn’t updated the videos from that session in more than two years. I’m a patient guy, I can wait. If you’re not of the patient kind, I’ve got good news for you: Dim Grimm just uploaded a new EP to his Bandcamp page, his first official release in manyyears. That’s five tracks for only €4, do I need to say more? Go and buy this!
And if you missed it before, check out that Dim Grimm mixtape from earlier this year.
Let me give you a quick update on some mixtapes I enjoyed in the last couple of days, because it’s really been a while since we last did this.
In between her busy tour schedule, Switzerland’s finest DJ Sassy J put together a new mix for Dazed. Make sure to click that link and read the interview and catch her playing festivals all over Europe.
Speaking of festivals, the Dekmantel guys asked Andy Votel to contribute to their Selector Podcast series. The Finders Keepers label head delivers a two hours mix of “Turkish-only female funk/psych/disco/surf!”
And lastly check out a rare mixtape by broken beat innovator and producer extra-ordinaire IG Culture.
Portland’s Fresh Selects just unveiled their new Digital 12-Inch series with this incredibly suave piece by Dolphin. I know what you’re asking: what’s a digital 12-inch?! I’m sorry, I can’t answer that, maybe I don’t even care. What I can answer though that this “package” contains two track by the Baltimore-based multi-instrumentalist and singer and is available for $1 – yes, one dollar! – from the Fresh Selects Bandcamp. And if you’re into that, why not check out last year’s Young Black Mind as well?
Following the release of the highly anticipated Mark Pritchard album “Under The Sun”, the man himself stepped up for a two hour radio-show on NTS Live, playing music influencing his sound, the new album and over-all favourites. From Steve Reich to Moondog, Delia Derbyshire to Krzysztof Penderecki, Siouxsie & The Banshees to The Cure, this is a much recommended listen. Finally available on Mixcloud, for those who missed it live!
Don’t let the title confuse you, apparently Warp’s own patten has decided to reset the counter for his long running series of edits (volumes eight and seventeen came out in 2014). But that’s just the details, what’s more important is the music.1. J$tash x Andy Milonakis x Kohh – Hiroi Sekai (2014, Relax Records)
2. Cocteau Twins – Suckling The Mender (1988, 4AD/Rough Trade)
3. Tim Hecker – No Drums (2011, Kranky)
4. Rihanna – James Joint (2016, Roc Nation)
5. Boards of Canada – Amo Bishop Roden (2000, Warp Records)
6. Death Grips – Warping (2016, Harvest/Third Worlds)
7. Cypress Hill – I Want To Get High (1993, Columbia/Ruffhouse Records) / dialogue & additional sound – Beverly Hills Cop 3 (1994, Paramount Pictures) / My Bloody Valentine – Instrumental B* (1988, Creation) *via Public Enemy – Security Of The First World (1988, Def Jam/Columbia)
8. Julianna Barwick – Nebula (2016, Dead Oceans)
I recommend you download these as soon as you can, before anyone decides to take them down!
End of lasst May, while touring through the United States, Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points played a extended live session on Seattle radio station KEXP. Running for over 45 minutes, the session includes the two cuts from his album Elaenia, as well as his brand-new single Kuiper released a couple of weeks ago.
If you’re stateside, you can catch Floating Points and band on further dates in late August and September. This tweet has all the details!
Sounds of the Season is the new series highlighting some of my favourite records of the current season – albums only, no single tracks! And while this year progressed rather fast before I really enjoyed a record, the Spotify playlist starts at eight LPs and will be updated throughout this season.
You can press play, but make sure to scroll down for some details about each record!
Clark – The Last Panthers (Warp)
The first record to conquer my heart this year, the soundtrack to British television series The Last Panthers.
A little more than half a year after Sam Shepherd released his debut-album as Floating Points, the London-based musician and producer just announced the next release on his own Pluto label. “Kuiper” is the title track of the EP of the same name, an eighteen-and-half-minute long, what sounds to me like the result of an incredible band jam. For the last couple of weeks, Sam has been touring North America for a live tour with band mates including Eglo’s own Kirkis on guitar, Jim Orso (East Coast dates only) and Leo Taylor on drums, Susumu Mukai on bass, and Alex Reeve on guitar. After my first listen, I started wild guessing who else might be on the record: James Holden, Four Tet, maybe Caribou?
Catch Floating Points with his band live across his remaining dates, and mark your calendars on July 22nd, the release date of the new Kuiper EP.
Update: The date above applies to the vinyl only, the digital release is available now!
So far this year, there aren’t actually that many albums in my favourites yet. Among them are true standout records, The Composite Moods Collection by Dalhous and Clark’s soundtrack for The Last Panthers. Taken from the latter, Chris Clark has posted a video on his website, a medley of songs from the album recorded during a live session in Copenhagen.
“The Last Panthers” was released in March 2016 on Warp Records. It’s available in all major formats on the Bleep store, as well as Boomkat, HHV or Clone
The first volume of Now-Again’s “Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977” was released on Record Store Day about two weeks ago, with a second volume set for a release in May.
Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s.
Each volume is accompanied by a book by Nigerian writer, musicologist, researcher and disc-jockey Uchenna Ikonne, the man who put the name William Onyeabor on the musical map for a larger audience, and who also put together Luaka Bop’s compilation “Who Is William Onyeabor?”
Vinyl heads take note that the first volume was a Record Store Day exclusive, so chances of getting remaining copies are highest at your local record store. The CD-version can be ordered from Rappcats, Boomkat, Sounds of the Universe or HHV.
Volume 2 is expected to be released on May 20th, 2016.
A couple of years ago, Austrian duo Ritornell graced our podcast with wonderful, moody guestmix, which combined all the qualities I appreciate about their own music: depth, warmth and a certain fragility. For those who don’t know, Ritornell consists of Roman Gerold and Richard Eigner, the latter who already collaborated with Nutriot-favourites Dimlite, Flying Lotus, Jameszoo, or Flako. Together, they just completed their third album, “If Nine Was Eight”, due for a release in the last week of April on German label Karaoke Kalk.
While I have a tendency towards instrumental pieces, or at least try to pick one or two favourites to share, I found it difficult in this case. Yes, the instrumentals “Silence of the Sirens” and “A Memory of Athens” are nothing short of beauty, but they only capture one aspect of the album. The vocals by Mira Lu Kovacs or longtime-collaborator Mimu Merz are something else though. So, in the player above you can stream all four tracks that are currently available, possibly increasing in numbers before the release date on April 29th, 2016. Pre-order the full album on Ritornell’s Bandcamp shop.
The year was 1997, when I first got in contact with the music of Tom Jenkinson, more precisely his then new Squarepusher album Hard Normal Daddy. And as it often goes, your first contact with something new (or very different) leaves a special mark in your musical life, and to this day I consider it my favourite of his albums. My favourite Squarepusher tune, however, has to be “Squarepusher Theme” from the 1996 EP “Squarepusher Plays…”, discovered by myself only several years later. Fast forward 20 years and here is a new live rendition of the said tune by Jenkinson’s band Shobaleader One, who will play a couple of dates in the UK and Germany in May. If you like what you hear (and see), find out more about the tour on the Warp website.
Having seen both Dorian Concept and Taylor McFerrin at last year’s Worldwide Awards, it’s inevitable to wonder if that’s where the idea for this remix was born. Somewhat an odd choice to remix the intro to Taylor’s 2014 album “Early Riser”, one of my favourites of that year. Enough talking, let’s get that remix while it’s available as a free download – at the cost of your email address.