Erik Satie – Old Sequins And Ancient Breastplates Historical Recordings 1926-1961 – él Records

Diving into the ocean of Erik Satie’s musical world is like diving for pearls. A rapturous, immersive experience capturing the essence of the senses as they rush by. His music was always remarkable and remains so. Explosively quiet as much as it is exhilarating this incredible collection works spans decades. At times reflective, at others dancing around the corners. Listen to Obstacles venimeux (below) from 1914 as it prefigures the likes of Monk’s playing. Refresh the resilient, sublime notes of No. 1 Lent and the emotional triggers ignited via Gnossienne No.1 or, of course, Gymnopédie No. 1 amongst many, many others for pure beauty.

The compilation also boasts rare recordings of his inspired works alongside magnificent sleeve notes guiding your entrance this other world. There is also a telling discussion between John Cage and Morton Feldman titled: In conversation regarding Satie and Noise in the Environment. Perhaps that is a good starting point too.

Release: August 19
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/erik-satie-old-sequins-and-ancient-breastplates-historical-recordings-1926-1961-4cd-box-set/

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Reggie Dokes – Universe Speaks – Still Techno

You can hear the sound of history being rewired throughout Reggie Dokes outstanding Dance Your life Away as if it depended on it. This is about the resolute power generated by electricity as sizzling notes get intertwined, reimagined and then retold. The word future springs readily to mind. Then, Mind follows exploring the spaces in-between accompanied by jazzy stabs and smoky, questioning voices. The positively joyous Feelings is next with an alternative spring in its step driven by uplifting chords plus the cool pulse of drum machines while clearly feeling in a celebratory mood. Finally the title track ends on a more introspective note signifying a journey touching upon the highs and lows of existence, never feeling tired or played out, to complete this standout set of compositions.

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Tim Eder & Fossar – Distant Voices – Stolar

Two things strike me about Stolar. The first being that their covers always send you to a sense of time and place, the other that the music they release always touches deeply. Tim Eder & Fossar continue in that vein with warm keys contrasted by thumping drums and vocal hints all pointing to heaven. The OHM does similar things in more wonderful ways allowing the atmospheres to climb into the foreground as the percussion builds in intensity. A first rate remix that explores the body and soul of Distant Voices.

Release: September 2
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https://stolar.bandcamp.com/

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TAYA. & Quackers – One Day Around The Sun – Rebellion

This is brilliant and I say that advisedly. There’s an unnerving whir underpinning all of this which only adds to the simmering tension as brutal bass smoulders and tough drums fly. There is also a sense of jazz operating at the edges alongside a deft, bluesy guitar which only lends One Day Around The Sun even more distinctive flair on this collaboration with Quackers. Elevate sees TAYA go solo adding vocals and a passionate melodic touch to the likewise tough rhythm section.

Release: August 5
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https://www.crosstownrebels.com/releases/?wpv-release-category=rebellion

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Pedro Capelossi – No One Left Behind – Loot Recordings

Great production from Pedro Capelossi whose latest three numbers occupy the space provided by the always noteworthy Loot Recordings. The title track begins not surprisingly with a probing, introspective arrangement of sounds including tough drums and bass augmented by a timely breath of pads and yearning piano adding tasteful colour. The remix comes from Nhar who adds a funkier bassline to the equation while retaining the originals quiet essence. Next, Vivid Cream continues its attack on the senses with more deep reflection amid expansive atmospheres. This time Nodo supplies the remix by adding a sizzling electronic battery and extra fiery percussion, leaving the outstanding and final original number from Pedro Capelossi, Soul Breaker to end via a smouldering array of late night sounds.

Release: August 5
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https://www.lootrecordings.com/releases/pedro-capelossi-no-one-left-behind/

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Gemini Revolution – Switching In and Out of Consciousness – 8D Industries

When you listen closely you can hear the sound of history reverberating in that timeless way certain frequencies do so readily. In this instance I like that I can hear influences being feed into the collective consciousness just as you can also determinedly hear the artists own unique imprint. As I increasingly review music without many drums based around mood or challenging atmosphere’s it can be hard to come up with something new to say but in this case the album’s title really says all that needs to be.

Spectral, which begins the release sounds like space unfolding. I Cause My Own Delay, features the twang of tasty bass guitar alongside acoustic notes deftly played. Beauty Quarks wobbles like freaky sci-fi. Slowly Gone offers a warm glow of uplifting introspection. South Pole, contrasts with a questioning that never quite gets resolved. Sentient Basic Music almost misses a kick drum below the pulsating bassline and modulating synthesizers as they open and close teasing out melody and Acid invention. Very cool.

Release: July 29
Buy https://geminirevolution.bandcamp.com/album/switching-in-and-out-of-consciousness
https://www.kosmiccity.com

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Adrian Mart & Markyno – Dividing Air – Our House

Diving headlong into a world undulating pads, brisk drums and all-round summer vibes this latest production from Adrian Mart & Markyno sounds warmly inviting. Although, perhaps the height of the arrangement is reached at the breakdown as vocoder voices wash over cool keys while letting your imagination run riot.

Release: August 5
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https://www.facebook.com/markynodjofficialpage
https://www.facebook.com/ourhousegroup/

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Moritz Fasbender – 13 Rabbits – Edition Dur / Kultur ManuFaktur Dussmann

The pervading sense of strangeness that greets you upon pressing play is most welcome in this world of bland ordinariness. Moritz Fasbender plays and treats the piano with a fizzy, grainy flair that teases and ignites the words classical, experimental and a few more in-between. At times cascading notes risk their all in the pursuit of the end objective. At others stabbing reverberation like that witnessed on Swifts takes flight in wildly different, creative directions expressing a searing, poignant beauty. Then there are moments like Last Airport that combine playful sound effects with strident melodies piercing the ether with a joyous explosion. Followed by the tense introspection of 1995, then the equally and wonderfully difficult Three Armed Men Leaving My House ends pretty much as the journey began. An excellent cause for unique celebration.

Release: July 22
Buy https://www.kulturkaufhaus.de/de/detail/ISBN-4252019300053/Moritz-Fasbender/13-Rabbits-Edition-DUR-05
https://www.friederikebernhardt.com/moritzfasbender

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FreedomB – Ladies From The Block – Roush Label

Like a shot of pure energy Ladies From The Block fires fast and lose serving sizzling percussion together with a magnificent, thumping kick drum. You will also hear snippets of voice but for the most part it’s the sheer, breathless instrumental excitement that takes hold. In ways, Rolling Twist does similar things but in more inventive ways as pads and stabs augment the rhythm section with a bolder, rugged bassline alongside colourful atmospheric flourishes lifting it all skyward.

Release: July 29
https://www.instagram.com/freedom_b_/
http://www.roushlabel.com/

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Galya Bisengalieva – Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive – One Little Independent Records

In a way everything becomes a soundtrack. You only need to be awake to hear it surround you. In this instance the series of pieces making up the album are set to accompany freediver Johanna Nordblad as she tries to break the world record for distance swam under ice containing one breath of air. Directed by Ian Derry for Netflix what becomes rapidly apparent are the elements of suspense and danger in attempting to reach such an incredible goal.

The score consists of combinations of piercing yet rousing strings, layers of atmospheric drones along with synthesized swirls plus recorded natural sounds to accompany the breath simulating the journey. It’s a stunning listen reflecting determination and commitment while also capturing the organic nature of endeavour, which at the same time casts an unnerving presence to watch over events. It is also about resolution and positivity as moments become crystal clear seeking to uplift your spirit. At others they become the polar opposite. Just like life is.

Release: July 22

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https://galyabisengalieva.com

https://www.johannanordblad.com

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