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    Coloured LP Info: Indies 12” Silver foil metallic bag with black print. 12” 140g Crystal Clear vinyl. 12” sleeve with 5mm spine. Download card.

    The Cinematic Orchestra

    To Believe - Anthony Naples, Actress, Pépé Bradock & The Cinematic Orchestra Remixes

      In celebration of 2019's critically acclaimed album, 'To Believe', The Cinematic Orchestra release “To Believe Remixes”, two 12” vinyl releases featuring select remixes. “To Believe Remixes” is a carefully curated collection of tracks - featuring remixes and re-works made by some of The Cinematic Orchestra's favourite producers and artists, "It's one of the greatest privileges of a musician to invite artists who have inspired you to re-imagine your work".

      Coming a year since 'To Believe' was released, the diverse selection of artists includes electronic producers Actress and Moiré, composer Kelly Moran, keyboardist Dorian Concept, cellist and vocalist Lucinda Chua, avant garde legend Fennesz and contemporary pianist James Heather to name a few, all providing their own personal take on “To Believe” album tracks. A posthumous Ras G remix of ‘Lessons’ also appears plus previously released remixes from Ghostly signed LA Harp innovator Mary Lattimore, legendary house producer Pepé Bradock and Anthony Naples. 

      For me, Actress exists in a sparsely populated world of pure muses. Throughout musical history you have people at the very forefront of a generation or culture. Artists who relate to a time and environment rather than appeal to specific genre constraints of an fleeting aspect of club culture. Artists who truly put 'art' before anything else - often challenging the norm and usually way ahead of what the general consensus then later terms as cool. I put Darren Cunningham in this class, alongside Bowie, Kate Bush, Prince, Jamal Moss, AFX, Burial and Madonna. A grand statement I know but as the esteemed producer reaches album number five his artistic focus and future vision is unrivalled. The simplest you could say about "AZD" is that it’s art - the unique creation of a unique mind. There will be few more distinctive, brilliant or visionary suites of music released in 2017. Shimmering through a holographic prism its opening trilogy of tracks shines with new industry and broken societies; mixing dissonance with rhythm unceremoniously. Side B twists and churns through a multitude of audio processes, the very fabric of time space audible as Actress switches our receptors onto maximum sensitivity; offering up two painfully current club cuts in the process ("X22RME" & "Runner"). As side C slide gracefully in with the neo-orchestration of "Falling Rizlas" Actress prepares us for the demonically epic "Dancing In The Smoke" which defies categorization entirely, spinning old school hip-hop vox through an audio spiralizer and swirling metallic washes. Side D opens with the alluring "There's An Angel In The Shower", fluttering electronics gentle serenading us through highly emotive micro-chords. Finally "Visa" sees the Actress depart us in spritely, mischievous form, playful arpeggios rambunctiously motoring away as Cunningham pours hot white noise and electromagnet shards over the recording medium. It's been another awe inspiring, and at time uneasy vision of the future and how it's gonna sound, but Actress welcomes in the new with a wry smile and comforting gaze.



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      2xColoured LP Info: Available to independent retailers as a deluxe 2LP edition pressed on clear vinyl and housed in a metallic silver bag outer sleeve.

      Darren Cunningham’s eagerly‐awaited new album is an adventurous, ultra-modern, thoroughly British affair, rummaging about in the inner lives of house and techno, and brilliantly elaborating the accomplishments of his debut, "Hazyville". Determinedly off-the-map and resistant to pigeonholing, Cunningham is an enigmatic and playful figure, citing Francis Bacon and Monet as inspirations alongside Theo Parrish, Anthony 'Shake' Shakir, Daft Punk, ‘binary codes and numeral systems’, and The Avengers (!) He's a hard man to pin down - somehow a key player in the post-dubstep diaspora and yet not there at all - but everything comes across in his shape-shifting, richly textured music. For "Splazsh" the fog has lifted, the sounds are less submerged than on "Hazyville", but still sticky and close - a signature combination of exuberance and introversion, luminescence and puzzlement. Worlds of disturbance and melancholy revolve giddyingly inside the insidious funk of tracks like "Get Ohn" and "Lost". A range of musical influences is redrawn, from speed garage ("Always Human") to grime ("Wrong Potion"), with none crowned king. There is a reflectiveness - the ambient drift of "Futureproofing", the Radiophonic judder of "Supreme Cunnilingus" - in amongst the industrial, synth-wave flavours of "Casanova", and the stirring, stately "Maze". In love with the mysteries of groove and repetition, "Splazsh" is both a culmination and a new beginning for Actress, a substantial and eccentric work from a brave and coolly individual artist.

      Fear Of Music are Jo Rose (vocals/guitar), Ali Esmaail (bass), Mike Ward (guitar) and Rick Morgan (drums). They formed as schoolfriends, took their name from a seminal Talking Heads album, and together, they're out to give British rock its soul and spirit back, and power up their hometown of Manchester with some rocket-fuel riffs. With the spirit of The Smashing Pumpkins, the screech of Placebo, the scale of (yes) Muse and the conscience of Manic Street Preachers, but also the grace of Jeff Buckley and the hysteria of Pixies, Fear Of Music mine a virgin sound all of their own.


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