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Genre pick of the week Cover of An Introduction by Jacob Gurevitsch.
Three years ago Danish guitar player and highly acclaimed session musician Jacob Gurevitsch made his solo debut with ‘Lovers In Paris’, a sweetly melancholic single which conquered sunsets worldwide and earned a place in many quality compilations and has over 10 million views on Youtube. Roll forward to 2018 and this stunning track now heads up the Danish guitarist’s first vinyl album, on Kenneth Bager’s renowned Music For Dreams label. The original album of “Lovers In Paris” album entered the iTunes chart at #1 position in Denmark and was (back then) being hailed as one of the Records of the Year by the Balearic Community. And the success story continues. With over 2 million monthly streams Jacob Gurevitsch is a name to watch. This vinyl debut album ‘An Introduction’ consists of selected works from the “Lovers In Paris album, a few from his “Cinematica” Ep and some from his forthcoming album “In Search Of Lost Time.”  One could say A kind of Greatest Hits. 10 melodic and beautiful originals.

‘Mexican Margarita’ is a truly impressive piece of guitar work with superb bongos and bass - already an essential tune for any Balearic collector - and the recently released single ‘Spanish Inquisition’ a current DJ Harvey fave, shows his technical and compositional ante into the world of Flamenco. ‘Mapa De Soledad’ and ‘Poesia Del Mar’ both gorgeous and moving Mediterranean-flavoured ballads full of emotional keyboards, soulful strings and accordions. The indelible upbeat of ’Motive Loco’ and elegiac cinematic ‘In Search Of Lost Time’ remains memorable long after listening and this hits the nail on the head.

Jacob Gurevitsch the guitar player and composer has a unique sensibility to write themes and melodies that transcend time and sound like divine interventions. 

Holy onto your underpants pop pickers, a mysterious Ukranian cometh correcteth with a new series of odd-ball Japanese pop, eastern tropicalia and Oriental paradise music.

First installment comes on heavy 180g 10" vinyl and features some beautifully constructed jazz-funk, decorated with a dreamy Japanese (?) vocal while keys and sax players find a complete unison. Playful but skilled, it epitomizes the effortless yet perfect accomplishments that Japanese renditions of Western styles achieved. Often surpassing the very templates they were inspired by. Number one in the set - don't miss out - super limited copies and our resident Japanese expert says the source material's to die for.


Ltd 10" Info: Super limited 10"

2nd EP from tenebrous Parisian named Beige. This, the 5th Global Warming EP opens with the deeply psychedelic and tectonic crawl of "Unboxing". Packing concentric acid lines, heavy gated drums, worm-hole like fx swirls and a mind melting aesthetic Beige makes his impact felt from the very beginning! Esoteric star Don't DJ contributes a suitably wild and wicked remix, letting a widget off under the stems and frothing the whole thing up with an injected dose of nitrogen. Elements drift in and out of time as the Berlin producer attempts to tear the whole thing apart through electromagnetic static discharge - has to been heard to be believed!

"Ghost Producer" opens side B with something equally as noxious - technoid beat patterns and helicopter blade synths cutting through a thick digital soundbed with claustrophobic hammer drums with plenty of Belgian-inspired throb. Acid Arab deploys a more skewiff rhythmic template to the theme; along with winding Arabic lead lines and a soaring intensity. Blinding stuff here every single track a full on immersive experience in its own right. Recommended!

Alexis Georgopoulos / Jefre Cantu Ledesma

Foreign Affairs - Inc. Woo & Felicia Atkinson Mixes

Emotional Response close the year on a high with "Foreign Affairs" - a limited edition special remix 7-inch single featuring reworks from Alexis Georgopoulos & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma's "Fragments of A Season" album by Woo and Felicia Atkinson.
Last year's ""Fragments of A Season"" represented a unique chapter in both artist's canon. Georgopoulos, who released the Arp album "Zebra" in June this year and Cantu-Ledesma, who released "On The Echoing Green" in October 2017 - both on Mexican Summer and to critical acclaim - wanted to stretch out and create a discrete work. A peripheral listen to "Fragments" revealed a resonant album of delicate, ambient vignettes, suggesting a Balearic take on Vini Reilly, Young Marble Giants and other poetically-minded, minimalistic post-punk era bands.
The Brothers Ives aka Woo were a major influence on the album's makers and so AG and JCL are thrilled they've submitted a beautiful reworking of the album's "Marine". Whereas the original sounded like Marine Girls and The Gist getting together for a nice beach day jam, Woo's rework transforms it into pulsating track of glistening proportions. Percolating synths, some guitar and clarinet - the true classic, idiosyncratic Woo-ification - creates a woozy, romantic, impossible to categorize slice of Balearic meets dub atmospherics.

If "Marine" is all midday sun, intoxicating and potently optimistic, Atkinson's remake represents the literal and figurative flip, bringing out the overcast dreaminess to "Cleo". Sounding like an outtake from a Rohmer film, or perhaps Cocteau Twins and Broadcast having a picnic in Biarritz, the version veers between abstraction, celluloid ambiguity and suggested narrative. Atkinson's reworking adds poetry of the tune (quite literally!) with her soft vocal under-gliding to perfection. Representing a temporary idyll, a meeting point where cobblestone streets lead to the sea. At nightfall, a discotheque heard in the distance. The morning mist burns off. Only such memories remain.

Following up two expertly written 12"s that actually played more like mini-albums, comes this sprawling debut LP from Swiss modular overlord Benjamin Kilchhofer. To say artist and label have had a quick ascension to stardom is somewhat of an understatement, with Fact, RA and many other tastemaking websites listing the label and artist in the Best of 2017 lists - but we were there first folks!

A double album across 20 (!) tracks, it perfectly encapsulates Kilchhofer's electro-biotic futurescapes - other world exotica and interplanetary fauna. If Kilchhofer's world is created by pieces of modular equipment - sequencers, filters, CV-control devices etc, then it's surely populated by a hybrid of organic and electronic lifeforms - cyborg birdsong, mutant frog croaks and the hiss of electro-static solar winds permeating through each and every track as Kilchofer navigates the plasma-stream cutting right through the centre of this cybernetic rainforest.

Adjectives and abstraction aside, the album skirts between bedroom electronica, nu-exotica and experimental styles: Don't DJ, RAMZi and label mate Burnt Friendman all spring to mind, as does NY duo The Books; however these are merely vague comparisons: Kilchofer's world exists solely on its own.

Although slightly too expansive and almost difficult to navigate, this simply opens up this epic long player for multiple listens; as if joining a route at different stages up and down river, riding the boat, then jumping off at different docks. The first disc eases us into the terrain, atmospheres and soft undulations, while disc two sees more rhythmic content introduced; signaling a deep immersion in the environment. Once you've reached the end of the record a content feeling of deep resonance with artist and record are reached. I strongly recommend taking psychedelics to this breathtaking 'diary' of work.


Matt says: One of my favourite artists and labels of 2017 returns with a nothing short of epic double album, detailing Kilchhofer's rich and evocative sonic world. One for mushroom season make no mistake!


2xLtd LP Info: Double LP with beautifully detailed, hand drawnn inner sleeves by Jake Fried and a detailed insert by Benjamin Kilchhofer.

Mori Ra

Brasserie Heroique Edits Part 6

Aside from lauding it over us all with his endless supply of high demand Japanese doubles, Mori Ra is also a top grade DJ hero and editor of unparalleled talents - as you'll see here. Mori gets the sixth installment of the excellent "Brasserie Heroique" series underway with the shoulder rolling cosmic chug of "Cheeks" - a should be Afro-cosmic classic from the land of the rising sun. Low slung bass, irresistible polyrhythms and light jazz guitar licks form the perfect groove, while the overdriven Japanese vocal leads us to a moment of ecstatic Balearic beauty. Mint. A2 smasher "Half Body" ups the tempo a little and pulls you into a weirdo-disco wormhole of J-pop chipmunk vocals, techno-tropical percussion programming and aboriginal acid wobble before blasting away the cobwebs and the last of your sanity via a siiiiick e-funk bassline. On the flip, "Mirage" should keep the Carhaart kids happy, locking ambient pianos and sentimental guitar licks into some tough and tumbling house percussion, before "Plataeu" powers us to a climax with circular mallets, a Nu Groove drum grid and subtle touches of jazzy deepness. All killer no filler firepower for the advanced DJs.


Patrick says: Mori MF Ra you brilliant mentalist! We've buzzed off every single release Mori's put out, but this latest offering for "Brasserie Heroique" eclipses the competition with full scale cosmic majesty. Psychedelic, groovy, deep and danceable, this is gonna be in heavy rotation at our Talking Drums parties.

Kolour LTD celebrate 15 wonderful years by announcing the end of the label - booo! No way guys! :(

For one last hurrah, they've brought in Australian house meisters The Posse to supply a final installment of sun-blushed house beauty. Previously gracing Piccadilly favourites Ken Oath with one of the twelve inches of 2017 (!!!) the four tracks on offer here are equally sublime, burning off into an infinite sunset as the waves lap at your naked feet and the cocktail bar busys into activity behind you. There's Juliet Mendoza, who supplies some seductive vocals for the wavy neo-house sway of "Just Go With It" - one of the EP crowning glories. Honestly - you need this record in your lives! 


Matt says: We heart The Posse! Fabulousness as ever from this Ozzy crew, second flawless joint by them.

Last time Prins Emanuel flexed his musical muscles on Copenhagen's vibrant Music For Dreams he delivered 'Arbete / Fritid' a double LP of analogue disco, Balearic boogie and leftfield house soaked in inventive melody, multi instrumentation and studio wizzardry. A big hitter with Balearic beards, disco heads and anyone with; a) taste and b) ears, the debut delight set a very high watermark for the Swedish producer. So, it's with complete incredulity that I sit here and tell you that "Diagonal Musik" is even better!
Over the course of eight delicate and divine compostions there's nary a kick drum in sight. In fact, Prins Emanuel ignores the dancefloor entirely, swapping the studio trickery for the honesty and immediacy of an entirely acoustic approach. Guitar in hand, accompanied by the most subtle of organic percussion, the Swede strums, picks and slides his way through a gorgeous set of jazz-folk instrumentals. Think autumn leaves, rain on the window pane and cold coffee - cigarette smoke and a tear stained moleskine. If you'd told me this was a lost folk private press from 70s Europe, I'd be calling Basso and demanding he source me a copy. Forget genres, labels, press or playlists, "Diagonal Musik" is absurdly beautiful; and when you're old(er) and gray(er) you'll still be listening to it.


Patrick says: I've been a big fan of Prins Emanuel for a long time now, and his weirdo disco gem 'Arbete / Fritid' has been in my record box ever since it came out. Here he throws us the most delightful curveball, dodging the dance floor and delivering eight gorgeous acoustic guitar compositions. Intimate, otherworldly and deeply evocative, this is the kind of record you'll listen to until the day you die.

By 1981, after four years of DIY electronics, it was time for a change. For Philip Sanderson that change came in the form of film. At first, requests came from friends for soundtrack work, and by the end of the decade he was making short experimental 16mm films himself. "On One of These Bends" is a collection of unreleased songs, soundtrack work and obscure cassette only pieces from the 80’s which reflect Sanderson’s shift in focus. It was a departure from the industrial music he had been making with his group Storm Bugs, having more in common with Nino Rota and Henry Mancini, albeit as seen through a DIY lens, and with a reel- To-reel orchestra comprised of an EMS VCS3, vibraphone, DX7, Roland SH- 101, Roland TR-606, tape delay, acoustic guitar, fretless bass and Yamaha FB-01.
On two numbers, Philip jokingly asked an American chanteuse to “sing it like a cross between Streisand and The Shangri-Las”, and to his surprise she did, the results sounding like a loungey AC Marias, or a lost early Crépuscule recording by Anna Domino. Counterpointing this are tracks such as "E For Echo" made with just an acoustic guitar, and the very first piece Bright Waves which combines the choral vocal talents of Nancy Slessenger with a Revox tape delay system, originally released on his own label Snatch Tapes, under the pseudonymous duo Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey.
This album is presented with the ‘picture turned down’ so to speak, and as such the music acts as a kind of memento mori for the absent moving images, and maybe even for the decade itself. Remastered from the original reels, DMM pressing.


Patrick says: Canadian digger and esoteric auteur Brandon Edward Horcura invites us into his Seance Centre once again, this time to enjoy the spectral sounds of Philip Sanderson. Moody acoustic guitar compositions blur into hazy ambience and fractal electronics as Sanderson embarks on a journey to a new musical plane.

Slim Media Player returns to Pacific Rhythm with a wonderfully original EP, "Quicksand", his first new material since 2016’s "Rhythms Of The Pacific Volume 3". The EP is the product of Slim Media Player & DJ D.DEE culling through 20+ hours of live jams recorded in Vancouver at Deep Blue Studios from 2016 to 2018.

The EP opens with the records namesake "Quicksand", a playful piece of peak-time material that’s quirky, uplifting, and dare we say a touch heart-warming. "Mouthfeel" comes through swinging but plays a touch more koi than the opener, serving as an effective tension-builder on the dancefloor that builds into a thoughtful groover with some light at the end of tunnel.

On the b-side S.M.P explores deeper territory with "Memory Bias (Nostalgia Mix)", an aquatic roller blanketed with warmth and a contemplative aire that stretches for nearly 9 minutes. The EP fades out with the gentle drift of "Tschüs", a warm swaddle that will quell your anxieties and affirm that there are indeed some things that are right in this world, this track being one of them.


Sil says: Future classic for you. The typical vinyl you can listen over and over - now and in 20 years time. It is deep and playful. Deep house as it should be!

Despite his status as a key figure in the history of Japanese ambient music, Hiroshi Yoshimura remains tragically under-known outside of his home country. Empire of Signs, a new imprint co-helmed by Maxwell August Croy and Spencer Doran, seeks to rememdy this with a much needed reissue of Yoshimura’s debut 'Music for Nine Post Cards'. Available for the first time outside Japan, this new reissue comes in collaboration with Hiroshi’s widow Yoko Yoshimura, with more reissues of Hiroshi’s works to follow in the future.

Working initially as a conceptual artist, the musical side of Yoshimura’s artistic practice came to prominence in the post-Fluxus scene of late 1970s Tokyo alongside Akio Suzuki and Takehisa Kosugi, taking many subsequent turns within Japan’s bubble economy afterward. His sound works took on many forms – commissioned fashion runway scores, soundtracking perfume, soundscapes for pre-fab houses, train station sound design – all existing not as side work but as logical extensions of his philosophy of sound. His work strived for serenity as an ideal, and this approach can be felt strongly on 'Music for Nine Post Cards.'
Home recorded on a minimal setup of keyboard and Fender Rhodes, 'Music for Nine Post Cards' was Yoshimura’s first concrete collection of music, initially a demo recording given to the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art to be played within the building’s architecture. This was not background music in the prior Japanese “BGM” sense of the word, but “environmental music”, the literal translation of the Japanese term kankyō ongaku [環境音楽] given to Brian Eno’s “ambient” music when it arrived in late 70’s Japan.
Yoshimura, along with his musical co-traveler Satoshi Ashikawa, searched for a new dialog between sound and space: music not as an external absolute, but as something that interlocks with a physical environment and shifts the listener’s experience within it. Erik Satie’s furniture music, R. Murray Schafer’s concept of the soundscape and Eno’s ambience all greatly informed their work, but the specific form of tranquil stasis presented on releases like 'Nine Post Cards' is still difficult to place within a specific tradition, remaining elusive and idiosyncratic despite the economy of its construction. This record offers the perfect introduction to Hiroshi’s unique and beautiful worldview: it’s one that can be listened to – and lived in – endlessly.


Patrick says: Consider yourself fortunate. Unless you were a) extremely lucky, or b) had a healthy lottery win, an original copy of this Japanese ambient gem would have been way out of reach. Lucky for us then, that new imprint Empire Of Sign have reached out to Hiroshi's widow and laid the path for a whole host of reissues, beginning with this beauty. A landmark on its 1982 release, the beauty of 'Music For Nine Postcards' stands almost unmatched after 35 years.


Ltd LP Info: Full reproduction of the original LP jacket and original liner notes in both Japanese and English.

Gravity Graffiti celebrates the tenth output in full effect with this unmissable double EP featuring illicit, under-the-counter fire-power from Telephones, Yoshinori Hayashi, DB.Source & Riccardo Schiro, Dynamo Dreesen, Oyvind Morken & Kaman Leung, Acidboychair.

*Puts on Chandelier Bing impression* Seriously, could this BE anymore showbiz? Literally a who's who of modern day sound shamans, it's a thoroughly all-star cast if you like it spiritual and ritualistic! Perhaps 'esoteric' record of the year. Buy the ticket, take the ride! Trip protection advised....

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