Moody Waters – Three – self-release

Three is difficult. Not because it’s unduly awkward, or even too easy, but because it messes around with safe notions of genre to illicit music that feels tactile and occasionally dangerous to the touch. I don’t like every track on here but the vast majority pull on strings that ignite a flush of emotions, especially the more atmospheric numbers such as 656f6c6863 alongside the industrial turmoil of You and Me, and neat contrasts served by the blissful tones of rollin’ feat. Ylva Falk. The rugged end of funk is vigorously explored on the excellent Arrow of time Feat. B’licious and there are plenty of likewise pieces of music on here to firmly compliment that notion. Try, flashback Feat. Pleiadian sisters. Another reason to fully appreciate the spectrum of music Moody Waters has created is the sheer process of creative ingenuity at play throughout.

Release: September 9
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Christina Vantzou, Michael Harrison and John Also Bennett – Self-Titled – Séance Centre

Finding spaces to open up new directions is for me what these pieces are all about. They are not cosy consequences but heartfelt deliberations on the nature of being. As piano’s roll, treatments are added to effect an ever changing eloquence, touching upon a beautiful repose reaching out to quiet yet loud intensity throughout this remarkable landscape of emotional turmoil.

You can quite easily place yourself in front of the people actually creating all of this like a personal conversation is taking place. Maybe this music is about loss as it as much about belonging. It is most certainly a stunning tribute to being human.

Release: September 2
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SOYUZ (COIO3) – I Knew It (Feat. Kate NV) – Mr Bongo

Sounding very much like the heat of the summer sun on your face, I Knew It feels every part like happy days ahead. It’s in the rousing piano, just like it lies within Kate NV’s breezy vocal lines. Referencing the feel-good factors of celluloid and soundtracks this piece of music easily wins mind and soul.

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Afterlife – Mother Nature Land – Subatomic

Attention to detail. Attention to life. Afterlife continue a ceaseless soundtracking of the seasons with this latest collection which as the title states is a timely reminder of the importance of the source. Mother Nature Land pulses with strident drums and an almighty blast of heavenly persuasion in the form of cool chords, sweet strings and vocodered voices. Beautiful. James Bright’s excellent reworking of Rising Up follows criss-crossing the boundaries of breaks and Balearic most wonderfully, arriving packed full of rich heart-warming melodic exchanges.

The intensely primed Unity Gain plunges your circuitry inside a web of sonic fusion next combing elements of techno, bliss and pure liquid funk. Leaving the cool combination of Café del Mar resident, Ken Fan and Afterlife to serve up the ultra-smooth Ibango Dub featuring the most notable percussionist Trace Harris, a key inspiration behind the Ibiza collective Ibango Tribe, who together provide a crescendo of rhythmic paradise while seeking out a never-ending high.

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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
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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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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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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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