Matthew Herbert's latest offering isn't made entirely from sampled food sounds, but as with that record, the musical innovator has a bone to pick on his latest album. Besides being a dense palate of avant-jazz, There's Me and There's You is, at its heart, a collection of protest songs whose subjects span the Iraq war, climate change, religion, monarchy... pretty much everything that shows up on the front page of BBC news every morning. "The Story," which aims its pointer at economic inequality, was created from a collection of mainstream media products, including The Sun newspaper, gossip magazines, and a Madonna album. "This track is about the absence of anything of consequence in so much of our media," Herbert says. "It's part of a collective failure of the imagination, and a determined and considered plan by corporate media companies for it to remain that way. That's part of my responsibility as an artist, to try and reconnect those dots." As usual, Herbert is backed by his inimitable Big Band, featuring some of Britain's best musicians.
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Remember Home Video? Warp Records is responsible for discovering the duo of David Gross and Collin Ruffino, who later released 2006's No Certain Night or Morning on Defend Music. It's been a minute since we've heard a peep from these guys, but amid all the CMJ madness happening this week, word came through that a new EP is due out next month. This will be the first release from the band since 2006, and we're liking the new musical direction, which is starkly different from the band's earlier, more minimalist work. "I Can Make You Feel It" lives up to its name, given that we've been sitting here all morning with the track on repeat, pondering the complex combination of electro rhythms and mournful lyrics about loneliness and self-medication via alcohol. It's all weirdly depressing and stimulating at the same time. Jennifer Marston. Photo by Sarah Wilmer.
The members of the Zizek collective sure know how to keep themselves busy. Besides running a weekly party in Buenos Aires, Argentina, touring North America (twice), and releasing a steady stream of free mixtapes (including a top-shelf podcast for XLR8R), the crew has also started its own record label, ZZK Records. Only a handful of releases have seen the light of day so far, the latest being Pibe Cosmo, the debut album from El Remolón. After honing his microsampling skills for years as an IDM and minimal techno artist, El Remolón decided to tackle Latin rhythms, like cumbia and reggaeton. "La Bonita" is a perfect example of the results, as the song's delicate melodies and childlike vocal samples eventually give way to a lazy cumbia beat. Next week El Remolón will be heading across the Atlantic as part of Zizek's first-ever European tour. He'll be joined by compatriots Villa Diamante and El G. Dates 10/29-11/2 Seville, Spain - World Music Exposition (WOMEX) 11/07 Oslo, Noway - Oslo World Music Festival 11/13 Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCII 11/14 Rotterdam, Netherlands - WORM 11/21 Barcelona, Spain - Club Nitsa 11/27 Zaragoza, Spain - Zaragoza Latin Festival 11/29 Malmo, Sweden - The Rumble 12/04 London, England - Movimientos 12/05 London, England - Secousse w/Radioclit
Deadbeat’s Scott Monteith, a life-long Canadian and recent Berlin transplant, has been releasing his minimal dub and house juice for labels such as Cynosure, Musique Risquee, ~scape, and Spectral, among others, since 2000. “Night Stepping” is a minimal dub number off his most recent offering, Roots and Wires. The song ripples warmly with low-key vibes and a comfortable tempo punctuated by muted blips of cheery synth, intricate clicking and reverberated clacking. Deadbeat’s grooves are alive and kicking. Words by Lulu McAllister. Photo by Lars Borges.
The physical disc of Deerhunter's third full-length, Microcastle, is still slated for a release date of October 28 in North America and October 27 throughout the rest of the world, but due to internet leak drama earlier this year, most fans have already heard and made a call on the band's latest offering. Few would argue it’s not a straightforward indie rock affair, heavily influenced by Bradford Cox’s Atlas Sound side project, which has occupied much of his time of late. The gauzy arpeggios and effects-laden guitar chords on this track remind of 2008’s Let the Blind Lead Those Who See but Cannot Feel, while the wistfully repeated chorus, “to get older still”, is, in typical Cox fashion, as moving as it is cryptic. Photo by Kasey Price.
The original version of this track says much in favor of the argument that Nottingham, U.K.-based outfit Late of the Pier isn't just another dance-rock foursome to be written off in the blink of an eye. In fact, the track is less dance-rock than it is experimental pop that explores the possibilities of both guitars and laptop-generated sound on an equal level, and it's fun too. Andy Meecham (a.k.a. the Emperor Machine) chose to focus on the more electronic side of things for this remix (hardly a surprise), stripping the vocals, upping the snares, slowing the tempo, and letting the whole thing ride to a grinding halt at the end. It's a much more haunting affair than something you'd throw on at an afternoon house party, but nonetheless shows off the band's versatility when it comes to the remixes. Photo by Jon Bergman.
When winter hits Indiana, there isn't much to do besides drive around the slush-covered, four-lane roads and attempt to not freeze. Or, if you're David Adamson, you release an album that's as off-kilter and bizarrely enchanting as the state the he hails from. Ropechain marks his second full-length for Adamson under his Grampall Jookabox moniker, and his first for Asthmatic Kitty. A high-energy amalgamation of hip-hop and rock, with a distinct bluesy flavor (albeit, a really twisted kind of blues) the album's frantic pace makes you wonder if the man behind its production hasn't gone a little off his rocker, as evidenced here. Photo by Craig McCormick.
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