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Alluvium

    ‘Alluvium’ is the fourth album from C Duncan, Glasgow’s classically trained multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, released through Bella Union. After the haunting raptures of Architect (2015), the Twilight Zone-inspired reveries of The Midnight Sun (2016) and the richly melodic Health (2019), Alluvium is a sublime palate-refresher for Duncan (C for Christopher), brimming with revitalised fluency: a warming dispatch from the daylight zone, if you like.

    TRACK LISTING

    Air
    Heaven
    We Have A Lifetime
    Bell Toll
    Lullaby
    Torso
    Pretending
    You Don’t Come Around
    I Tried
    Sad Dreams
    Alluvium
    Earth
    The Wedding Song
    Upon The Table

    Duncan Marquiss

    Wires Turned Sideways In Time

      The Phantom Band guitarist, Duncan Marquiss's instrumental solo (ad)venture finds electronic guitar manipulations intertwine with wandering acoustic ambience. With one foot in 1970s Germany and the other in the woods, rivers and mountains of northeast Scotland.

      “I like it when music builds itself up in an organic fashion,” says Duncan Marquiss. “When it just seems to emerge and almost writes itself.”
      This natural, intuitive and free flowing approach is evident all across the debut solo album from the multi-disciplinary artist. From tender yet sweeping acoustic moments to experimental electronic guitar manipulations, the album feels like a ceaselessly sprawling exploration of texture and tone. Despite veering into what sounds like electronic ambient soundscapes, the entire album is rooted in the guitars. “I enjoy trying to stretch the guitar as an instrument,” says Marquiss. “That reflects my playing style, always trying to make the guitar sound different, or create non-guitar like sounds.”

      Marrying earthy, textural acoustic instrumentals that feel rooted in open landscapes, with those that capture the pulse and hum of a populated metropolis (Marquiss resides in Glasgow). The album was recorded in Aberdeenshire in Marquiss’ parents' garage. “Apart from the wind and the swallows nesting in the eaves there’s not many distractions around,” he says. This is a solo record that goes right to the very essence of Marquiss as an artist. The expansive yet intimate sounds he’s created here stem from the same peaceful isolation of where it all began.

      There’s a cosmic touch tracing back to 1970s Germany (Michael Rother solo, Cluster, Harmonia, Popul Vuh soundtracks) that infiltrates much of the album, alongside some of its more pastoral textures, with Marquiss citing a wide range of listening habits. These include Bruce Langhorne's The Hired Hand, Jim O Rouke's Bad Timing, Arthur Russell and Laurie Spiegel.

      Despite containing no lyrics, the album feels rooted in narrative and development. As the album unfolds the acoustic guitar becomes more prominent over the electric, almost as if nature is slowly taking back and growing over abandoned human-made structures. A record that, despite being experimental in tone and essence, retains a very human and natural touch throughout. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Marquiss' solo record sees the Phantom Band guitarist pulling out a soaring selection of expansive ambient melodies skilfully wrought out of the guitar, resulting in an evocative and hypnotic selection of 70's synth influenced neo-folk gems.

      TRACK LISTING

      SIDE A
      1. Drivenhalle
      2. C Sweeps
      3. Fixed Action Patterns
      SIDE B
      4. Tracks
      5. Murmer Double
      6. Wires Turned Sideways In Time
      7. Minor History

      General Ehi Duncan And The Africa Army Express

      Africa My No. 1

      This single features a key track from Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. Originally released to domestic markets in 1987. The titular track is taken from a difficult to attain LP by Nigerian reggae artist Ehi Duncan. Here he explores a more up-tempo electronic afro funk / reggae-disco direction. Poking organs, a hugely anthemic hook, delicately picked guitar lines and super warm bass, not to mention the brilliant lyrics; all combine to make this tribute to Africa one that you won't forget in a hurry!

      Captain Planet provides 2 classy modernised versions. The tracks transition between tight organic reggae funk, afro disco & the fatter electronic beats offered by today's production methods.

      Debut release from newcomer label Canopy out of New Zealand. Compiled and conceptualized by label head DJ Sumosui.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Huge Benin boogie record from '87 given a new lease of life here via Canopy. The label have chosen this tribute to Africa their debut release - so things are looking good under the Canopy!

      TRACK LISTING

      Africa My No. 1 (Captain Planet Remix Ft Ibibio Horns)
      Africa My No. 1 (Captain Planet Marimba Vibes)
      Africa My No. 1

      Jay Duncan Ft Ben Vince

      In Limbo - Inc. Ricardo Villalobos Remix)

      London-based DJ and producer Jay Duncan collaborates with saxophonist Ben Vince on her debut release for Phantasy, introducing two wildly imaginative compositions alongside a simmering remix from Ricardo Villalobos.

      From the first notes of brass, quickly melting into a lucid shuffle, it’s clear that ‘In Limbo’ exists on its own terms. Vince's virtuoso playing, a feature of former collaborations with the likes of Joy Orbison and Mica Levi, is here gradually manipulated by Duncan into a hugely ambitious trip. This meditative and mysterious approach draws listeners deeper into a liminal, minimal space somewhere between the Fourth World as imagined by Jon Hassell and four AM on a dancefloor in South London.

      Duncan deftly raises the tension for the title track’s more percussive and arguably club-ready sibling ‘Anti-Purgatorio’, drawing out almost impossibly taut and inventive rhythms constructed around wormholes from which spill Vince’s instrumentation, washed downstream amid slippery modulations and a distinctive
      analogue atmosphere.

      Ricardo Villalobos adds to his own superlative history of remixes with a characteristically trippy take on ‘In Limbo’. Spanning nearly fifteen-minutes, the legendary Chilean-German innovator subtly reimagines this ambitious record in form true to both his own musical heritage as well as Duncan’s futurism.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Recommended if you're into hi-tek bass, smudged garage and future-breaks. Think Sunklo, Aiwo, Eclipse Tribez & Hessle Audio etc.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. In Limbo
      A2. Anti-Purgatorio
      B1. In Limbo (Ricardo Villalobos Remix)

      Glasgow’s prodigious talent C Duncan released his critically acclaimed and Mercury Prize nominated debut full-length ‘Architect’ last July, wrapping up an extremely successful first year with a headline tour and stunning sell-out performance at Union Chapel.

      Follow up 'The Midnight Sun’ sees the bedroom producer return with a more expansive and experimental second offering, blending electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with his signature layered vocals and dreamy instrumentation.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Pulsing sidechained synthetic swells and driven bass throbs are joined by soaring, angelic vocal echoes and shimmering falsetto sweeps. In parts delicate and restrained, but gracefully segued into comforting and glimmering shoegaze/pop masterpieces. A relaxing and tenderly flourished collection of ambient gems.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Nothing More
      2. Like You Do
      3. Other Side
      4. Wanted To Want It Too
      5. Who Lost
      6. On Course
      7. Last To Leave
      8. Do I Hear?
      9. The Midnight Sun
      10. Jupiter
      11. Window


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