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Hero BrotherPressed On 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl At Optimal (Germany)
Comes In Heavyweight Jacket With Black Poly-Lined Audiophile Dust Sleeve, Credit Insert, And Pull-Out Art Poster
Sarah Neufeld is a violinist and composer based in MontrÉal, Canada. Best known as a member of Arcade Fire, she is also a founding member of the acclaimed contemporary instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre and has performed and recorded with many other groups, including The Luyas, Esmerine and Little Scream.
Neufeld began developing pieces for solo violin in a more formal and focused sense in 2011, though she has made improvisation and solo composition part of her process and practice since first picking up the instrument at a young age. Neufeld counts Bela Bartok, Steve Reich, Iva Bittova and Arthur Russell among the formative influences for her solo work, in tandem with an ear for the textures and sensibilities of contemporary electro-acoustic, avant-folk and indie rock music.
Neufeld's debut solo album Hero Brother indeed channels all of the above, flowing through shifting atmospheres and oscillating between restrained, stately ambience, emotive Études, and raw kinetic energy. Small touches of wordless vocalisation, harmonium and piano supplant the violin in a few places. The album was recorded in Berlin by pianist and producer Nils Frahm, with Neufeld's performances captured in a number of locations with site-specific acoustics, including an abandoned geodesic dome, an underground parking garage, and the legendary Studio P4 orchestral recording hall at the broadcast complex of the former GDR.1. Tower
2. Hero Brother
4. You Are The Field
5. Breathing Black Ground
6. They Live On
7. Wrong Thought
8. Right Thought
9. Sprinter Fire
11. Below$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SketchesClassically trained pianist, violinist, producer, and composer, Poppy Ackroyd turned heads in the neo-classical world with her previous works Escapement and Feathers, as well as her involvement in Hidden Orchestra (Tru Thoughts). Advocated by giants of the genre, Hauschka and Nils Frahm, the unique musician has returned with a mini-album to be released on Bjork's label One Little Indian Records.
The songs serve to reintroduce listeners to Ackroyd's most stunning pieces from her previous albums, all of which have been reworked into 'acoustic' solo piano arrangements alongside four brand new unheard pieces, which offer a taste of a new forthcoming record.
The record, aptly named Sketches, due to its stripped down nature, is bejeweled by thematic undercurrents - birds are the inspiration for three of the tracks, which are to be released together as the lead singles from the album.
'Birdwoman' and 'Glass Sea' feature field recordings of birds and the ocean, recorded on Brighton Beach and North Rona respectively. 'Feathers' is the title track of my second album Feathers says Ackroyd, discussing the theme of birds.
'Feathers' is a piece about hope - 'Hope is the thing with Feathers' (Emily Dickinson), 'Birdwoman' is a reworking of a piece I originally wrote as a soundtrack to a silent film based on a Siberian folk tale, and 'Glass Sea' attempts to capture the feel of a boat trip I took to the remote islands of North Rona and Sula Sgeir, North of the Outer Hebrides. The ocean was unusually still, reflecting the sky like a sheet of glass, but the sky became busy with birds as we approached the islands.
Ackroyd is a keen collaborator, having created soundtracks for film, dance, physical theater and radio. The artist won a BAFTA for an animation soundtrack that she wrote and performed in 2015. Through studying contemporary classical piano works and listening to electronic music, Ackroyd developed a unique compositional style, using contemporary pianistic ideas whilst also inhabiting the world of sound beyond the keyboard, using unconventional techniques to 'play' other parts of the instruments as well.
Talking about the recording of Sketches, Ackroyd said: The songs were recorded just outside of Brighton at Retreat Studios, close to the sea on the edge of the village, surrounded by hills, fields, and wildlife. As if by magic, it began to rain just before I began to record the track 'Rain', and ended shortly after I finished. You can hear the rain build and then die away with the music on the finished piece.
I have loved creating this solo piano album. There are normally all these layers that I use to create a world of sound, that I love to build and sculpt, but there is something really special about communicating simply through the instrument alone. With other layers there is always something to hide behind, with only the piano you can just focus on your technique and expression, everything feels very audible and exposed and that is very exciting, especially in a live context.1. Resolve
8. Glass Sea
10. Trains$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Death PeakClark returns this spring with Death Peak. The album deftly weaves together the various threads of his extensive work, intertwining euphoric melodies and visceral rhythms of warehouse rave with newer vocal and choral elements.
Death Peak exposes the tension in Clark's musical vocabulary I love finding the fulcrum between opposites - I want my tracks to have sharp teeth, but you want to stroke them too. They sound ancient, but beamed in from the future, soft, corrosive. Album track 'Peak Magnetic' is a club-ready 4 am affair - vigorous, singular, hard to define. As Clark explains I wanted the kick to sound like some massive natural event, barely controlled, a boulder bouncing down a hill with birds tweeting around it. A complete mudball of a pulse that anchors everything to it through sheer mass. It makes me think of outdoor springtime raving. 'Catastrophe Anthem' features the voices of a children's choir eerily chanting the mantra, We are your ancestors. Clark has rarely used vocals before, but here every song has an element of human voice. Nearly all the tracks have some form of vocal recording on them. I only realized this late in the recording process. I get hypnotized by the human voice - the most perfect synth. Vocals can be a bit of an awkward hat, that producers wear to try and get attention. Death Peak voices are the opposite of that. The vocal elements are just another instrument in the mix. It's taken me awhile to get to this level of confidence with it.
Recently he released a split 12-inch with label mates Mark Pritchard & Bibio and worked remixes with the likes of Nils Frahm and Max Richter. Significantly, Clark has turned his hand to scoring. He released the foreboding cinematic soundtrack to the 2016 BAFTA nominated Sky Atlantic series 'The Last Panthers' and composed a score for Macbeth at the Young Vic theatre. Late in 2016 he composed 'Enter The Void' for especially The Echo Society orchestra, conducted by Joe Trapanese (M83 & Daft Punk collaborator) and performed at the historic Ace Theatre, LA. Clark signed to Warp in his late-teens. His studio sound has evolved and matured over two decades; although he would say he's only just starting. His amorphous industrial noise has ever-grown and influenced producers, dancefloors and festivals around the world.LP 1
1. Spring But Dark
2. Butterfly Prowler
3. Peak Magnetic
5. Slap Drones
1. Catastrophe Anthem
2. Living Fantasy
3. Un U.K$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Mountain Will FallDJ Shadow, widely acknowledged as a crucial figure in the development of experimental, instrumental hip-hop, will return with 'The Mountain Will Fall' worldwide via Mass Appeal Records, his first full length release since 2011. The 12-track album finds DJ Shadow exploring new realms in addition to the deep samples and kinetic soundscapes that helped to launch his career 20 years ago. On 'The Mountain Will Fall' he's shifted further toward original composition, a vast experimentation of beats and textures, synthesizers and live instruments including horns and woodwinds. The album features Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall, Ernie Fresh and more.1. The Mountain Will Fall
2. Nobody Speak (feat. Run The Jewels)
3. Three Ralphs
4. Bergschrund (feat. Nils Frahm)
5. The Sideshow (feat. Ernie Fresh)
6. Depth Charge
8. Ashes to Oceans (feat. Matthew Halsall)
9. Pitter Patter (feat. G Jones & Bleep Bloop)
11. Ghost Town
12. Suicide Pact$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Aventine (Awaiting Repress)'Aventine' is the second studio album from Agnes Obel. It is the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut album 'Philharmonics' (2010), which has sold 450,000 copies across Europe, achieving Platinum status in France and Belgium, five times Platinum in her native Denmark, where Agnes picked up five Danish Music Awards (the Danish Brits) in 2011.
Originally from Copenhagen, Agnes has lived in Berlin since 2006, where 'Aventine' was recorded at her Chalk Wood Studios between January and May this year. Like 'Philharmonics', the new album was written, arranged, and produced by Agnes, who provides piano and vocals. Anne M_ller, who has also played with Nils Frahm, adds cello, with Mika Posen of Timber Timbre playing the violin and viola on 'The Curse', 'Pass Them By' and 'Fivefold'. Robert Kondorossi of Budzillus plays guitar on 'Pass Them By'.
While touring 'Philharmonics' I kept on getting all these ideas for recording, and I wanted to explore the cello and other string instruments says Agnes of 'Aventine'. I recorded everything quite closely, miking everything closely in a small room, with voices here, the piano here - everything is close to you. So it's sparse, but by varying the dynamic range of the songs I could create almost soundscapes. I was able to make something feel big with just these few instruments.1. Chord Left
2. Fuel to Fire
5. Run Cried the Crawling
7. The Curse
8. Pass Them By
9.Words Are Dead
11. Smoke & Mirrors$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Richter: Berlin By OvernightTo coincide with Max Richter's Royal Albert Hall debut on 4th October, where he joins forces with Daniel Hope in one of the rare live occasions that sees
them together on stage, DG will release a new, eclectic REMIX EP.
Berlin by Overnight by Max Richter is taken from Daniel Hope's latest album Spheres (2013) and will include 4 remixes by internationally acclaimed remixers, who were carefully selected and picked up on the nocturnal, minimal and repetitive atmosphere.
The international line up of remixers:
Efdemin: A dark sounding producer from Berlin, known for his minimalist musical approach, who regularly performs at clubs such as the Berlin Panorama
CFCF: A renowned Canadian electronic artists whose music alternates between the spaces of dance, ambient, pop and neo-classical who has already
remixed the music of artists such as Crystal Castles
Lorna Dune: One of the most versatile keyboardists & producers currently working in New York, with a background in classical, experimental, electronic,
and pop. Known for the creation and performance of new and experimental music
Tom Adams: A multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and songwriter based in Cambridge, who has recently scored the music for the Universal
Picture film The Knive that killed me whilst doing remixes for artists such as Nils Frahm1. Berlin By Overnight (from the Album Spheres)
2. Berlin By Overnight (CFCF Remix)
3. Berlin By Overnight (Efdemin Remix)
4. Berlin By Overnight (Lorna Dune Remix)
5. Berlin By Overnight (Tom Adams Remix)$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 (Awaiting Repress)"Mogwai have reached a position of calm, confident maturity entirely of their own" - The Independent
"One of Mogwai's strongest, most complete statements" - Clash
"A powerful and accomplished album" - Uncut
Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. is an EP of new songs and remixes. The EP contains three new songs stemming from the writing and recording sessions for their critically acclaimed album Rave Tapes, released earlier this year, alongside remixes of three songs from that record by Blanck Mass, Pye Corner Audio and Nils Frahm. The EP was recorded at the band's Castle Of Doom studio in Glasgow, by the band with Paul Savage.
Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. rounds off a sterling year's work for the Glasgow five-piece. Following the release of Rave Tapes in January, they completed a worldwide sell out tour, including two shows at London's Royal Festival Hall. The band released a comprehensive deluxe edition of their seminal 1999 album Come On Die Young via Chemikal Action in the summer, coinciding with a run of imperious festival performances that included headlining stages at Glastonbury and Latitude festivals.1. Teenage Exorcists
2. History Day
3. HMP Shaun William Ryder
4. Re-Remurdered (Blanck Mass remix)
5. No Medicine For Regret (Pye Corner Audio remix)
6. The Lord Is Out Of Control (Nils Frahm remix)$10.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Mountain Has Fallen EP'The Mountain Has Fallen EP features collaborations with Nas, Danny Brown, Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price and a brand new solo composition.
'The Mountain Has Fallen' starts with Systematic, DJ Shadow and Nas' first-ever collaboration together. The song debuted during the season premiere of HBO's Silicon Valley in April. Horror Show finds Shadow and Danny Brown collaborating for the first time over a jagged, haunting soundscape. Good News is a brand new composition, reminiscent of some of Shadow's more free-form, fractured work found on 2016's 'The Mountain Will Fall' full-length.
The EP closes with Corridors, a piece featuring Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price (who scored the 'Gravity' film). Shadow is a massive fan of his work, and Price wrote and programmed the string parts on the song.
From the start of my last album, I envisioned collaborating with other instrumentalists who operate outside of the bass and hip-hop realms, ultimately working with the amazing Nils Frahm and Matthew Halsall. Like many, I had always been enthralled by the soundtrack for the film 'Gravity,' and went about connecting with Steven purely as a fan. I was overjoyed when the opportunity to combine on a song came to pass. His ability to harness orchestral elements and join them with a sound design aesthetic made my contributions seem almost effortless, which is the mark of a fruitful partnership. - DJ Shadow, on Corridors
Turns out sometimes you should meet your heroes. Working with Josh to create 'Corridors,' hearing musical ideas and phrases come back to me twisted and skewed through the filter of his unique sensibilities, was an amazing experience. The mark of a good collaboration is when the track heads off in a direction you could never have imagined when working on your own, and no one puts a track together like DJ Shadow. It was an honour to work with him. - Steven Price, on Corridors1. Systematic (feat. Nas)
2. Horror Show (feat. Danny Brown)
3. Good News
4. Corridors (feat. Steven Price)$16.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now