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The Cinematic Orchestra

To Believe

    The Cinematic Orchestra are back with a definitive new album that explores a timeless question of vital importance in 2019 - what to believe? Founding member Jason Swinscoe and longtime partner Dominic Smith have enlisted album contributions from collaborators old and new: Moses Sumney, Roots Manuva, Heidi Vogel, Grey Reverend (vocalist on Bonobo’s 'First Fires’), Dorian Concept and Tawiah (Mark Ronson, Kindness). Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Flying Lotus, Anderson Paak, Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote) features on strings and photographer and visual artist Brian “B+” Cross collaborated with Swinscoe and Smith on the album’s concept. The record was mixed by multiple Grammy winner Tom Elmhirst (David Bowie, Frank Ocean, Adele) in Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Electric Lady Studios. The album artwork comes courtesy of The Designers Republic™ (Aphex Twin).

    In 2019 it is easy to see the band’s influence, jazz is all around us, London and LA have recently produced scenes more prolific than anyone expected; Kamasi Washington has been nominated for both Grammy and Brit Awards, Sons Of Kemet a Mercury Prize, BADBADNOTGOOD provide jazz soundtracks to high fashion shows and Kendrick Lamar has put the jazz palette at the top of the charts. When The Cinematic Orchestra released their critically acclaimed debut album “Motion” it helped pave the way for this moment, incorporating as it did an interpretation that had been lacking in the oeuvre and encouraging a new generation of musicians to break rules. “To Believe” doesn’t shy away from this ethos - its articulation of the band’s unique sonic language, encompassing not only jazz but the sort of transcendental orchestration combined with the elegant electronics of artists like Ólafur Arnalds and Floating Points, artists they have helped forge a path for, has never been more cohesive and compelling.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xDeluxe LP Info: To Believe deluxe edition vinyl including 180g clear vinyl and 180g white vinyl housed in roughboard sleeve with black foil detail and glossy printed inners. Art and design by The Designers Republic. Download code included.

    2xLP Info: To Believe double 180g black vinyl housed in roughboard sleeve with glossy printed inner sleeves. Art and design by The Designers Republic. Download code included.

    The Cinematic Orchestra

    A Caged Bird / Imitations Of Life

      Ninja Tune bring us the first new material from The Cinematic Orchestra in three years via a limited vinyl release of the Roots Manuva collaboration "A Caged Bird / Imitations Of Life". Claps and tambourines bring us into the room, where the downbeat ensemble gently tease out a skeletal fusion of thoughtful piano, solid percussion and moody electronics, made whole with Roots Manuva's philosophical flow and urgent strings. It's clear by now though that TCO don't trade in the linear, and soon enough the track explodes into syncopated drums, twinkling electronics and a drifting chorus, tugging every heartstring at once. Available on a limited vinyl with an instrumental and acapella on the flip, this is a welcome return for the electronic legends.


      The aptly named Cinematic Orchestra (TCO) were formed by J. Swinscoe back in 1999. Swinscoe arrived at London with a background playing bass and guitar in bands and DJing, as well as a head full of ideas and influences, such as his love of jazz bass players, rhythm sections and film soundtracks. Several albums and a decade later The Cinematic Orchestra are still going strong, with their recent "Ma Fleur" session the best yet. Now the "Late Night Tales" series gives Swinscoe a chance to bring together some of his influences, home-listening favourites and inspirations on this fine 18 track CD / LP. The likes of soul-jazz singers and players such as Eddie Gale, Terry Callier, and Wayne Henderson might be expected, but how about Flying Lotus, Thom Yorke, Steve Reich and Burial? The selection features a wonderful mix of old and new, covering everything from dubstep to minimalism, soul to easy listening, folk to breaks, plus we get an exclusive Cinematic Orchestra cover version featuring Fontella Bass.


      The Cinematic Orchestra

      Live At Royal Albert Hall

      On November 2nd 2007, Jason Swinscoe brought an enhanced line-up of the The Cinematic Orchestra, incorporating the 24 piece Heritage Orchestra, to the Royal Albert Hall and played a show to a sold-out crowd of more than 4000 people. With over 40 musicians onstage at times, Swinscoe and his colleagues used the show as a unique opportunity to open out his chamber pieces into intense, beautiful and exquisitely realised epics which left the huge audience baying for more. Featuring vocal contributions from Heidi Vogel, Lou Rhodes (formerly of Lamb) and Grey Reverend, plus the return of original member PC on turntables, an intense, beautiful night is captured here in all its glory. History as it's lived, human emotion, love and rapture. You can feel it in the hairs on the back of your neck.

      The Cinematic Orchestra

      Man With A Movie Camera

      Originally written for a one off live performance to accompany Dziga Vertov's classic 1929 Russian silent film 'Man With A Movie Camera', some of these tracks ("Evolution", "All Things"), and their 70s free-jazz inspired style went on to become the backbone of the "Everyday" sessions. Finally J Swinscoe and Co have gone into the studio and recorded the tracks (live) for this proper soundtrack LP.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      DVD Info: DVD (packaged like a hardback book, with an outer slipcase) includes all LP tracks and documentary, films of live recordings plus videos and gallery, biographies and weblinks.

      Shortly after releasing "Everyday", Swinscoe relocated from East London to Paris. Here he began work on the instrumentals which would form the basis of this new record. Having completed a rough version by early 2005, he gave this to a friend who came back with short story scripts in which each scene represented a story of a different time in life, expressing the emotions which underpin the journey from birth to death. Jason then took this and worked some more on the tracks, and in turn gave this back to his scriptwriter, the two aspects of the project developing alongside one another. The next step was to recruit suitable vocalists the project. These included the remarkable Fontella Bass (of "Rescue Me" and Art Ensemble of Chicago fame), ex Lamb singer Lou Rhodes and Patrick Watson, an up-coming vocalist from Montreal. Dealing with themes of loss and love, "Ma Fleur" is fertile ground for Swinscoe's brand of music-making, for while people have talked about what he does in terms of jazz, the truth is that the basis of his music has always been in raw emotion. From the achingly beautiful opener "To Build A Home" to the finale, "Time And Space", this is an album that combines a melancholic mood with a lush atmospheric backing and heartfelt vocals making for an ultimately uplifting, accessible experience. Essential!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd CD Info: Limited CD comes in rigid box sleeve with 12 card inserts.

      The Cinematic Orchestra

      Every Day

      Mind blowing second LP (i'm not including the remixes set) from J Swinscoe and Co. They're joined on three tracks by vocalists Fontella Bass and Roots Manuva, the other four are lush sweeping fusions of 70s style cosmic jazz, dreamy downbeat and nu-jazz. Very special... definitely one of the LPs of 2002!


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