The last project of the late singer/songwriter Gavin Clark, most known for his works with Clayhill and the many vocal collaborations with UNKLE. Just before Clark sadly passed earlier this year, he was working on a concept album loosely based on his own life. With ex-UNKLE members Pablo Clements and James Griffiths (Toydrum) the album was finished off and also given a premier as part of Shane Meadows soundtrack to the show ‘This is England 90‘ Continue reading “Gavin Clark The Evangelist”
Released last Friday (29th Jan) Iceberg is the debut album from Stillhead on Here and Now Recordings. A nicely chilled deep and ‘dubby’ sound with an almost cinematic approach. The title being apt for the chilled feel to the music but the project is meant to reflect a Nordic influence. With Danish electronic acts like Lulu Rouge, Trentemøller, Mike Sheridan and Icelandic Tonik Ensemble and Kura being a great source of inspiration.
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Michael Fakesch and Chris De Luca form Munich based outfit Funkstörung (pronounced “foonk-shteuroong”) Their 2015 self titled comeback album (after 10 years of silence) drew my attention purely for the label it was released under. Monkeytown Records is a small electronic music label founded by Sebastian Szary and Gernot Bronsert of Modeselektor, another favourite of mine, so I wanted to give them a go!
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Another one of those “this cover looks interesting” finds that came up good…Jordy Asher’s R&B/Soul/Rap efforts under the guise BOOTS found himself being signed to Jay Z’s label Roc Nation in 2013 after producing Beyoncé’s self titled fifth album. 2015 saw the full length release of AQUARIA. Continue reading “BOOTS – AQUARIA”
Another name that kept popping up through my search for some nice ambient dub-techno was French artist Laurent Bisch AKA Fingers In The Noise. After producing music for 20 years, Laurent now lives a more sedate life with his wife and children in the south of France, devoting his spare time to composing music in his ambient, dub, deep and experimental style.. Continue reading “Fingers In The Noise”
Coming straight off the bat from my last post about Cut Records, after I had worked my way through most of their extensive back catalogue, I did my usual of heading over to Last.fm and typing in a few of their artists to find some similar sounds. Martin Nonstatic was one name that kept cropping up over and over. Born in the Netherlands and now residing in Germany, Martin has moved away from live performances with synth hardware and drum machines to concentrate on more studio based productions with his deep dubby atmospheric soundscapes with sublimely subtle techno beats.
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Carrying on from my search for Synkro similar music, I stumbled across Latvian based net-label Cut Records. Started in January 2011 by DFRNT (aka Stillhead), electronica net-label Cut was set up to provide free music with an emphasis on quality. In 2014, they switched to a subscription based model. A brave step for such a small net-label but a forward thinking move for the digital downloading age that we all now live in. The quality of their releases is top notch, only time will tell if they can keep on releasing under the subscription model.
DJ Joe McBride AKA Synkro was yet another recommendation from a friend but this one took me on quite the journey of discovering new artists, unheard of (by me) until I started digging through older Synkro tracks. Another artist playing around the 2-step, future garage, electronic scene but also delving into the ambient, futuristic ether. This immediately appealed to me and I started asking around if anyone knew of anyone else similar……I found quite a bit
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