PRSNT – Modern Obscure Music

This is the soundtrack to the accompanying Art Book featuring a collection of writers and photographers thinking thoughts while encouraging you to do likewise. Feeling tantalisingly provocative, radically anti-reactionary, in fact Anti a whole bunch of things this collection of Art, Words and Music defiantly proves the point that what is said, seen and done can result in things changing, altering for the better of all. I guess it’s just hard to see the wood for the trees a lot of the time. Commenting on the nature of society and ways in which we consume material the project was devised by Created by Us and the Barcelona-based label Modern Obscure Music. In terms of sound each track ends around the thirty second mark resulting in the very modern sensation of wanting more, and then more. This in itself causes you to pause, to consider time, to question our over-indulgence?

Listening to the whole is an essential part of the process here, reminding me of that almost ancient act of daring to play an album the whole way through. No stop/ start, no checking your feed, no distraction. Which is almost a revolution in itself right now. Pieces are produced via a cross-section of styles, moods and imagination by twelve artists including in no particular order: Laurie Spiegel, Ryuichi Sakamoto alongside Visible Cloaks and Kelman Duran. From the tastefully haunting to more dangerously sonic this series of ideas are rapidly suggested, expanded, and then just as quickly as they arrived collapsed into the next electronic impulse. The use of the repeat play button is mandatory.

Release: April 16
Order https://modernobscuremusic.bandcamp.com/album/prsnt
https://prsnt.today

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Jamie Fielding – Under Sheets (Take Me Back) – Solid Grooves RAW

Hard to escape Jamie Fielding’s hot interpretation of liquid, undulating movement as this stripped down yet massively invigorating series of incendiary rhythms feels dangerously fiery/ inescapably funky. Expanding the horizon of sound to allow for the placement of excitable futuristic effects and tantalising voices the deeply intense drums, bass and assortment of stabbing synths create a rushed, breathless experience leaving you with the sensation of exactly what did just happen!

Release: April 9
Buy https://www.beatport.com/release/under-sheets-take-me-back/3343335
https://www.jamiefielding.com
http://www.solidgrooves.co.uk

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fourthlake – Transit – FACETTEN

EMPORE’s rather beautiful offshoot FACETTEN carefully collates music of a more sensuous variety. As evidenced on this new single from fourthlake (aka Christoph Vogel / Beat Freek) which is as much about subtle charm as it is about deeper reasoning. The drums almost seem there in the background as the atmospheric swirl of charming musicality persuades your imagination across the stereo spectrum. Matik’s Drum and Bass styled remix then adds extra flair into the energetic rhythms employed fusing the haunting landscapes of music together while sounding like the perfect compliment.

Release: April 9
buy https://www.beatport.com/release/transit/3316518
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Thomas Fehlmann – Böser Herbst – KOMPAKT

Produced as the soundtrack to a documentary by Volker Heise, ‘Herbst 1929, Schatten Über Babylon’, offering historical insight to the third season of the television series Babylon Berlin, Thomas Fehlmann has created a wonderfully evocative selection of music diving headfirst into the resolution of grainy atmosphere, lost memory and the sequence of time. Pieces like Mit Ausblick drip with a brilliant intensity, others like Umarmt pulse with distant drums accompanied by a more joyous expectation. Either way this is a particularly stunning listen that will transport your consciousness far and wide. A further expanse of narration amid motion then continues with tracks like Vulkan existing in the glitch of imagination looping noises that combine the opposites of warmth and icy despair, while others such as Abgestellt feel Minimal and jerky. Again it all plays in illuminating fashion provoking a deeper, soul searching response that isn’t always comfortable, yet is always sincerely rewarding.

Release: April 9
https://kompakt.fm
https://www.thomasfehlmann.com

Umarmt from Kinola Solari on Vimeo.

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Charlotte Spiral – New Light EP – Figure Skating

Seeking an escape into the other Amy Spencer’s poignant, fully charged voice breathes new life into the prospect of song writing as the words resonate deeply within the spirit of being human. Out Of Here is produced with Dan Carey (Speedy Wunderground) and plays a tender rendition of piano, gentle drumming and classical overtones in the form of string sounds let lose in the expanse of space. The title track explores similar themes, albeit with a little extra punch in the piano, also feeling warm like an invitation. Music to get carefully lost in…

Release: April 9
https://charlottespiral.bandcamp.com/album/new-light-ep
https://www.instagram.com/charlottespiral/

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MPESHNYK – THE LIES EP – Atjazz Record Company

The harshness of the EP’s title doesn’t equate to the beautiful music you discover inside. Infinite Consciousness begins proceedings free from drums as pads and sounds unfold in blissful ways that sequence the joy of bliss into moments. The contrasting, Levitation then adds the punch of percussion to a more uplifting, funky shuffle that is instinctively and musically compelling. The twang of deep bass then hits you in amongst heavenly treated keys on Broken, which again features the hot swing of rhythm. As indeed does the final sound of Brink of Disaster, an equally impactful, probing combination of fuzzy stabs, Nelson Mandela and cool reason.

Release: April 2

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https://www.atjazz.co.uk/label

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Afterlife – Baywatch – Subatomic

This excellent new EP from Afterlife does just what you would hope casting aside the expected, surprising your senses in a multitude of refreshing ways. Producing a lifetime of soul searching music is a quality in itself but when it comes in this calibre it’s something we can all join in celebrating. Fly opens the release via an illuminating flash revealing the promise of what this summer holds in store, feasting on emotions that are eloquent and elegant. Accompanied by a resolutely gentle pulse of electronic drums its swirling wash of instrumentation adds punch and clarity to the holiday of your imagination. Next is the tougher chug provided by the title track setting the tone racing as bigtime bass explodes across a wealth of fizzy synthesizers, then complimented by the emotional roller-coaster of The Bridge complete with its jazzy/ bluesy mind-altering brilliance. Lost Tribes completes the journey with liquid intensity bubbling, meandering across a whirlwind of probing keys that never leave you asking for more…

Buy https://www.junodownload.com/products/afterlife-baywatch/4967216-02/
https://www.subatomicuk.com

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Mason Bee – Lumito – Pollen Kit Recordings

The warm embrace of Mason Bee’s organically charged guitar and instrumentation allows space for his vocals to sing out in far reaching ways. However, it is the versions by Charles Webster which capture an expectation of getting my senses ignited occurring through the generous use of electrical frisson fusing funky, almost glitchy drum elements together with smoky horn blasts, soulful intent, plus a heavenly robust bass. The Dub which follows hits much heavier retraining the elements to perform in other equally intoxicating ways, leaving a rather wonderful Reprise to explore the true impact of voice alongside the sublime atmospheres readily generated.

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https://masonbee.bandcamp.com

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derek muro – cues – toucan sounds

The simple yet direct title of the album gives the impression of beginning and end but cues takes it inspiration from far beyond those points. What happens in-between is magical and awe-inspiring. Resolutely musical in nature, though radically departing from previous decades the emotional depth on display grabs your psyche turning it upside down. That’s not to say avant-garde because the sounds are so richly human that they tease out emotions in spades charging your memory with regret, your heart with expectation in happy/ sad ways like holidays in the sun. Not afraid of the voice either as New York City’s House Of Yes, Daisy Press appears in sky-reaching, blissful provocations on, rove (below). But never one for easy options you arrive at a more blistering ramble2 complete with rocky drumming and soaring saxophones. Leaving, root to take to stereo in rolling, quietly observant ways that will make your soul shatter. A perfect reflection…

Release: April 9
Buy: https://derekmuro.bandcamp.com/album/cues
https://linktr.ee/derekmuro
https://www.toucansounds.com

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Daniel Rateuke & AWEN – Gold (Manoo remix) – Madorasindahouse Records

A so obviously brilliant remix that it doesn’t really need me to tell you so. Manoo reworks the 2020 track with a darker, smouldering edge dissipating the senses while opening out its heart to accept new possibilities. The shuffling percussion gently builds amid the self-defining keys and of course with AWEN’s commanding vocals sitting notably on top it all pays testify to both body and soul. Next, the accompanying Instrumental version reveals new depths too capturing a trippy, invigorating rhythm section that proves equally inescapable.

Release: April 2
https://www.rateuke.de
https://www.awenlkmusic.com
http://www.madorasindahouse.com

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