MAGIC MIX

Balearic . Yacht Rock . New Age . Downbeat

WEEK STARTING 22 Dec

Genre pick of the week Cover of Clouds by Gaussian Curve (Gigi Masin, Jonny Nash, Young Marco).

Gaussian Curve (Gigi Masin, Jonny Nash, Young Marco)

Clouds

Music From Memory's fourth release sees the Amsterdam based label taking an exciting sidestep with the release of “Clouds”, an album of contemporary music recorded in spring 2014. “Clouds” is the debut album of Gaussian Curve, a collaboration between Italian ambient pioneer Gigi Masin, Land Of Light’s Jonny Nash and Marco Sterk (also know as Young Marco).

Each of them established in their own rights, the three musicians from Italy, UK and the Netherlands, came together during a weekend long recording session in April of this year.Without preconceived ideas and developed around often purely intuitive improvised jams, the eight tracks on the album are all 'one take' live recordings. With Gigi Masin on Rhodes and piano, Jonny Nash on guitar, melodica, synths and trumpet and Marco Sterk on synths, rhythmic structures and production duties, the three of them succeed in developing a musical language all of their own.

Recorded in the heart of Amsterdam's Red Light district, the album reflects the unusually warm spring and the buzz from the open windows that filled the derelict downtown studio space during that particular weekend. Whilst on the more introvert late night compositions the music quietly soars, reflecting the brooding melancholy of an evening in that particular part of the city. With a heartfelt simplicity “Clouds” is a record of an inspired meeting of unique souls and unique surroundings.

Brand new wax from Denmark’s acclaimed Music For Dreams imprint featuring two artists new to the label - Bonnie & Klein and Coyote. Hailing from Greece, Bonnie & Klein debut with three impressive cuts including future sunset classic "Total Blue" - already receiving maximum support from the likes of Moonboots and Phil Mison, this gentle summery melody conjures up perfect Cafe Del Mar moments with its dreamy pads, lush keyboards and beautiful accordion. Also "Coral" which follows the same route - another sunset chill-out gem with a Mental Generation/ Double Fantasy feel - and finally "Demode", a great bass-heavy slo-mo White Isle dreamscape with gorgeous flute. Also making their first foray onto Music For Dreams are Is It Balearic? dons Coyote with the superb "Gitarra", a flamenco/ Spanish guitar-laden, percussion-driven chugging monster of a track with huge Balearic dancefloor appeal.

Charlatans front man and O.Genesis Label boss Tim Burgess releases a limited edition Remix EP of his 2014 Record Store Day release ‘Oh Men” on O.Genesis Records.

Remixes come from The Other Two (Stephen & Gillian from New Order), Peaking Lights, Grumbling Fur (who recently remixed The Charlatans “Talking in Tones”), The Invisible Conga People and Carter Tutti.

The 12” is strictly limited to 500 copies Worldwide

Crosley

Record Player CR6020A Revolution - Orange

    Taking the record player "out of the box", Crosley's Revolution turntable truly fits the word in every way. It is a turntable of firsts.

    The first battery powered Crosley turntable and the first with a platter smaller than a teacup saucer. Where other record players must be kept in their designated place, the Revolution practially begs to join you on every journey. Users can tote this two speed turntable with them to vinyl swaps, to a friend's house, or record digging trips to charity shops and flea markets.

    Featuring a USB hookup for easy analogue to digital transfer, the Crosley Revolution will allow users to free their favorites from the grooves for digital enjoyment across a variety of devices.

    This small but mighty turntable also features a headphone jack, and a pair of earbud headphones.

    - NP4 Diamond Stylus Needle
    - Portable Turntable
    - Hi Tech ABS Construction
    - USB Enabled For Connection to Windows Equipped PC
    - Belt Driven Turntable Mechanism
    - Manual Tonearm
    - Software Suite For Ripping And Editing Audio Content
    - Plays 2 Speeds - 33 1/3 And 45 RPM Records
    - Headphone Jack
    - Earbud Headphones
    - Battery Powered (6 AA) (BATTERY ONLY, NO AC FACILITY)
    - Inputs - None
    - Output - USB

    Crosley

    Record Player CR6020A Revolution - Turquoise

      Taking the record player "out of the box", Crosley's Revolution turntable truly fits the word in every way. It is a turntable of firsts.

      The first battery powered Crosley turntable and the first with a platter smaller than a teacup saucer. Where other record players must be kept in their designated place, the Revolution practially begs to join you on every journey. Users can tote this two speed turntable with them to vinyl swaps, to a friend's house, or record digging trips to charity shops and flea markets.

      Featuring a USB hookup for easy analogue to digital transfer, the Crosley Revolution will allow users to free their favorites from the grooves for digital enjoyment across a variety of devices.

      This small but mighty turntable also features a headphone jack, and a pair of earbud headphones.

      - NP4 Diamond Stylus Needle
      - Portable Turntable
      - Hi Tech ABS Construction
      - USB Enabled For Connection to Windows Equipped PC
      - Belt Driven Turntable Mechanism
      - Manual Tonearm
      - Software Suite For Ripping And Editing Audio Content
      - Plays 2 Speeds - 33 1/3 And 45 RPM Records
      - Headphone Jack
      - Earbud Headphones
      - Battery Powered (6 AA) (BATTERY ONLY, NO AC FACILITY)
      - Inputs - None
      - Output - USB


      Alain Goraguer

      La Planete Sauvage OST

        Animated sci-fi masterpiece La Planète Sauvage (a.k.a. Fantastic Planet), winner at Cannes Film Festival in 1973, is a bizarre and beautiful film. Towering blue-skinned figures, tiny humanoids in the midst of revolt, and druginduced Tantric sex transport viewers to a truly magical setting. Composer Alain Goraguer creates an equally hypnotic score from a palette of effects-laden guitars, flutes, Fender Rhodes and strings. While the lush arrangements are reminiscent of Goraguer’s collaborations with Serge Gainsbourg in the 1960s, space-age synth flourishes suggest a more psychedelic era.

        Moody vignettes flow together in tense, slow-paced funk rhythms and Baroque textures. It comes as no surprise that La Planète Sauvage has been cited as an influence on contemporary artists such as French duo Air and American hip-hop producers J Dilla and Madlib. Gorgeous, interplanetary soundscapes resemble the surreal meeting point between Pink Floyd’s Obscured by Clouds and Broadcast’s Future Crayon. This long out-of-print vinyl release features the original soundtrack recording and newly designed artwork. Recommended for fans of Ennio Morricone, Basil Kirchin and David Axelrod.

        • Classic 1973 space-age pop soundtrack from long-time collaborator with Serge Gainsbourg
        • Sampled countless times by J Dilla, Madlib and more
        • Newly designed artwork
        • Recommended for fans of Broadcast, Air and David Axelrod

        Jaga Jazzist

        '94 - '14

          The special edition fluorescent box set with foil-block Jaga Jazzist logo contains:

          - ‘A Livingroom Hush’ 180g clear vinyl LP.
          - Two 180g clear vinyl 12”s featuring exclusive reworks.
          - 24 page booklet with extended sleevenotes and archive photography.
          - MP3 downloads including four bonus unreleased songs from the ‘A Livingroom Hush’ sessions

          It's hard to believe that the Norwegian 8-piece band (founded on the Horntveth triumvirate - Lars, Martin and Line) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, in 2014. Not that there aren't other groups that have lasted as long, but look for a group whose primary composer was just 14 when the whole thing began, find a band where five out of its eight current members were there when everything started in 1994, and scope out one that has managed to remain as stylistically enigmatic and impossible to categorise as... well, you get the idea.

          And so we thought it fitting to mark the band's 20th year with a unique, limited edition vinyl box set featuring a special reissue of the landmark album 'A Livingroom Hush' (2004) with 4 previously unreleased demo cuts from those recording sessions as bonus digital downloads. Also in the box: 2 crisp 12"s featuring exclusive reworks based on elements from the album Jaga Jazzist Live with Britten Sinfonia from a stellar cast of remixers… Warp Records stalwart Clark; breakbeat scientist Machinedrum; Brainfeeder's sonic dreamweaver Teebs; Mellowdrone founder Jonathan Bates aka Big Black Delta; LA-based composer, orchestrator, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and producer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Cosmogramma, You're Dead, Suite For Ma Dukes, Build An Ark); Werkdiscs' rising star Moiré; Hoya:Hoya co-founder Illum Sphere; and Stockholm's Invader Ace.

          Extended sleeve notes by John Kelman (All About Jazz) come in a beautiful 24 page booklet with archive photography documenting the rise and rise of this iconic collective.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Box Set Info: LP + 2x12" box set.

          Earlier in 2014, Light In The Attic released the mysterious, bewitching "L’Amour", a 1983 private press record thought to be the only release by one of music’s true lost talents: Lewis. So lost, in fact, was Lewis, he eluded every effort to track him down. Scant details were known: just a series of possibly apocryphal stories about a sports car-driving Canadian with a model on his arm and a habit of skipping town when there were bills to be paid. Deciding that Lewis’ spider web-delicate songs demanded to be heard, LITA put the album out anyway, offering to present the due royalties to anyone who could prove they were Lewis.

          One sure thing was this: Lewis was a man of many names: Randall A. Wulff among them. Now LITA have either found another alias - or perhaps even his real name - on the sleeve of a completely unknown album. Sourced soon after the re-release of "L’Amour", "Romantic Times" is the 1985 follow-up to "L’Amour" - and it’s released as Lewis Baloue. The name may be slightly different, but this is absolutely our man: a familiar blond posing on the sleeve, a familiar, tortured voice pouring his heart out over languid synths and synthetic waltz beats.

          Remastered from a sealed, vinyl copy of the ultra-rare LP, the album was discovered in the vaults of DJ and collector Kevin “Sipreano” Howes in Vancouver, BC. It’s so rare that what is, at present, the only other known copy - found in the same Calgary store where Aaron Levin discovered a batch of sealed copies of "L’Amour" - is presently soaring into quadruple digits on eBay. Even engineer Dan Lowe, credited for working on the album at Calgary’s Thunder Road Studios, remembered little about the session other than that Lewis seemed to be “under the influence”. Yet the music is utterly captivating. The album further fleshes out the Lewis myth - we see him pictured in that white suit with his famous white Mercedes and a private jet too; we hear him focussing more intently on matters of the heart, and appearing to unravel in the process. The album paints Lewis, then, as being more like a David Lynch character than even his debut did, exposing the darkness beneath the sheen. The album is presently being readied for release to the throng of new fans Lewis has found, willingly or not. The man himself remains a total enigma.

          Synkro

          Transient EP - Clear Vinyl Edition

          Synkro AKA Joe McBride returns to Apollo for his fourth release on Apollo with the stunning 'Transient EP'. Inspired by his move from the bright city lights of Manchester back to his childhood home, this is music that aches with nostalgia and melancholy, Joe explains:
          “I wrote the EP in between moving house, I started the tracks in my old flat and finished them in my new house. After living and spending a lot of time in Manchester I decided that it wasn't for me, I moved back to a small town in Derbyshire where I grew up and this EP kind of reflects my journey.”

          Swooning pads set the scene for opener ‘Someone’, cut against plangent vocals and a stuttering breakbeat and humming sub bass, title track ‘Transient’ goes deeper with more lush yet desolate polyphony and strident percussive rhythms. ‘Contact’ strikes a more intimate and hopeful mood - repitched chords and dubbed out vocals allied to gentle jazzy percussion, while ‘Falling’ brings the listeners journey to an end with a spectral lullaby, emotive descending pads punctured with glassy drum claps.


          Munich's esteemed purveyors of fine groove based treats, Public Possession, close out the year with a collaboration with Tiago's Interzona 13 imprint for a one-off blast of esoteric dancefloor insanity. PP mainstays Tambien have shared many a memorable night behind the decks with Portugal's Tiago, so coming together on record was the next logical step. Using the magic powers of modern technology, Tambien and Tiago pinged material back and forth through the aether until they'd created two bonafide club killers! For the A-side cut, our crack team of dancefloor specialists fuse a dozen drunk breaks into a percussive shuffler underpinned by a rolling bassline. Menacing synth tones interrupt the party from time to time, but things remain light and groovesome thanks to the scratched hip hop vocals, which transport us to an alternate dimension where Norman Cook plays deep sets. On the flip we're treated to a percussive techno track which gradually builds from the deep with expansive pads, cosmic sequences and an undulating bassline which erupts in the second half. It's fair to say that all concerned have brought their a game to this release, signing off for 2014 with a bang and a banger!


          Technics

          Tec-Deck Heavy Duty Despatch Bag

            - Striking, black print of the World’s favourite turntable.
            - Unique Hi-Viz reflective strip
            - Sturdy, multi-purpose DJ despatch bag.
            - Made from heavy-duty, water proof tarpaulin
            - Dimensions - 37cm x 37cm x 14cm (holds 50+ x 12" Vinyl).
            - Adjustable, webbed shoulder strap
            - Mono buckle clasp-closure
            - Large zipped pouch compartment & extra document pocket
            - Made in the UK.
            - Official Technics merchandise

            Technics

            Tec-Deck Messenger Bag

              - Striking, silver print of the World’s favourite turntable.
              - Sturdy, multi-purpose messenger bag.
              - Dimensions - 37cm x 37cm x 14cm (holds 50+ x 12" Vinyl).
              - Shower Proof 210/Denier PVC
              - Adjustable, Webbed Shoulder Strap
              - Mono Buckle Clasp-Closure
              - Large zipped pouch compartment & extra document pocket
              - Made In The UK.
              - Official Technics Merchandise

              Technics

              Glow In The Dark Slipmats

                Classic Technics logo with two layers of phosphorescent ink on superior quality felt to really make the slipmats and your turntables stand out in the dark.

                Various Artists

                Songs Of Winter - Mixed By Dom Thomas

                Originally a cassette-only release, the one man mixtape machine that is Dom Thomas transfers his 50 minute 'Songs Of Winter' selection to CD. For this year end collection we're treated to a wonderful blended mix of lethargic, lysergic winter psych, folk and soul. As with all the compilations, mixtapes and CDs Dom has the musical knowledge to uncover some hidden gems, and an ear for a good mix and great programming. 'Songs Of Winter' is this week's not-on-Spotify winner. There's not many of these to be had (50 - FIFTY!!! - copies only), so buy now or cry later.



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