FourFromFoodFridays #17.28

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Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:

Raymond Scott – Three Willow Park (Basta) 3xLP+booklet – A treasure trove of electronic experiments, jingles and curios with a 12×12″ booklet full of photos and info.

Various Artists – Popular Electronics (Basta) 4×7″ boxset – Facsimile copies of four 7″s of from the middle of the 20th century which would certainly cost you more than the €50 they want here if you could even find them, all held in a red velvet box with embossed title. Check the Basta site for more.

Nevermen – Mr Minute (Boards of Canada remix/instr) (Lex) 7″ picture disc – Physical release of the BOC remix, backed with an instrumental version.

Various Artists – Calibre Cuts (Calibre) 7″ – A recent discovery, a British disco medley with tape edits, rough loops, FX and dodgy ‘soundalike’ covers that Morgan Khan had a hand in from 1980 (beating Grandmaster Flash by a year).

FourFromFoodFridays #17.27 – Finders Keepers special

FourFromFoodFridays 17.26Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. Having a catch up with all things Finders Keepers this week, go here for even more… From top left:

Andy Votel – Gallic Magnetic and the Fractional Crystallization of Space Rock Part 1 (Mixcloud) – Fantastic space-themed mix of French prog / psych / electronic and just plain odd records alongside an exhaustive blog entry on the Oi Polloi website that will have you scrambling for the Discogs / eBay search function.

Andy Votel – Gallic Magnetic and the Fractional Crystallization of Space Rock Part 2 (Mixcloud) – and there’s more… as above, I don’t know where he finds the time.

Doug Shipton – Bile Over Substance (Soundcloud) Mix – Bonkers beats and brutal basslines, a mix made for Vice Romania, up to his usual high standard.

Finders Keepers Radio – Vinyl Vacation Road Trip (Soundcloud/iTunes/Mixcloud) – Latest episode of the crew’s essential podcast, a vinyl roadtrip with guest Stanley Chow

 

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FourFromFoodFridays #17.26Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:

Fracture – Cold & Rain (Cosmic Bridge) 12″ – Rolling thunder at 140 and 160bpm from his new EP on Om Unit’s label – pre-order options with print and/or T-shirt

The Heliocentrics – The Sunshine Makers (Soundway Records) LP – New soundtrack to the documentary film about the LSD makers

Various Artists – Apollo records classics (Solid Steel) Mix – My latest Solid Steel mix of classics from the 25 year old label

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe (Flightless/Heavenly) LP – still caining this amazing album

Mix of Apollo Records classics on Solid Steel

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I’m not sure if today’s generation of dance music heads know of the impact Apollo made on the electronic scene in the 90s, especially the first half. Apollo was the ambient offshoot of legendary Belgian techno label, R&S, set up to release Aphex Twin‘s ‘Selected Ambient Works’ a quarter of a century ago and distinguish the mellower, more experimental output from the harder, clubbier sounds of the parent imprint.

At that point Warp and R&S were neck and neck as purveyors of the finest electronica outside of the US, their catalogues combined yielding classic after classic of the genre. Although Warp may have ultimately collared Aphex as one of their main artists it was R&S who got him first for two EPs (Didgerydoo and Xylem Tube) and debut album (later followed by ‘Classics’, a compilation of the EPs and other cuts). Even though ‘SAW 1′ was his only release on Apollo it’s one of his most revered and stands up today as the pioneering work it was.

We were in the middle of the great ambient revival of the early 90s where The Orb and the Future Sound of London were making their early classics, Mixmaster Morris was championing all and sundry from the eclectic Rising High label and Pete Namlook’s Fax label was churning out an album a week from his base in Germany. Into this mix Apollo did battle with Warp’s Artificial Intelligence series with their own roster including David Morley, Biosphere, Robert Leiner, Sun Electric and Locust amongst others. The Designers Republic did many a sleeve for them as well just to add to the Warp comparisons.

The label also featured appearances from Global Communications, early Orbital offshoot Kinetic, The Orb, Andrea Parker, Model 500, The Irresistibe Force, Jam & Spoon, Cabaret Voltaire, John Beltran, Thomas Fehlmann, Dave Angel, Ken Ishi, Billy Ray Martin, Riz Maslen, Pete Namlook… the list reads like a who’s who of electronic and ambient music.

Winding down around the early 00’s it was reactivated five years ago to release new music and this year sees the 25th anniversary of the label with a reissue of ‘Selected Ambient Works vol.1’ already in the shops. Search for Apollo on a digital service like Beatport however and you won’t find it although some of the titles are available under the R&S banner, best head to Discogs to flip through the seven pages of releases and discover the many treasures hidden in their catalogue. Or start with the mix they commissioned me to make from a personal selection of my favourites from back in the day to celebrate, which Solid Steel hosts exclusively from today.

Excerpts from The Search Engine 360 dome show this weekend

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The event is free and features all sorts of other dome content and demos, it’s at Cody Dock Cafe 11c South Crescent, London, E16 4TL this Saturday between 11am and 8pm, it’s free but you have to RSVP here

Here’s some screen grabs, imagine this wrapped around a dome and animated…
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FiveFromFoodFridays #17.25

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Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:

The Allergies – Entitled To That / Get Down On You (Jalapeno) 7″ – Northern Soul-styled summer smasher from the Bristol duo to set up album no.2. Drops in two weeks, pre-order now.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe (Heavenly / Flightless) LP – Absolutely insane concept album by Australia’s most inventive psych / prog / jazz / rock band

Ilia Gorovitz – Turmoil/Simmering With No End (Rassh Records) 7″ – Fuzzed up heavy beats out of Jerusalem

Bogus Order – Stooge (Ahead Of Our Time) DL – From Zen Brakes vol.2 – a follow up to the first ever Ninja Tune release 27 years later by the one and only Coldcut, full album out today.

 

FiveFromFoodFridays #17.24

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Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:

Si Begg – Blueprints (Shitkatapult) LP – Hauntological, radiophonical transmissions inspired by his grandfather’s old notebook.

Global Warming Records – Expanding Arid Zones (Bandcamp) Hand sprayed cover LP with a double album of experimental techno workouts largely played live by Franziska Lantz

Aeon Seven – Seven Breaks / Christian Madden – Everybody Get In Line (45 Live) 7″ – Two new releases from the 45 Live crew this week – get a discount when you buy both.

Paul Hartnoll  – Numbers (Electronic Sound) 7″ – Cover version of the Kraftwerk classic only available when you order the magazine from their online shop.

Two new 45 Live 7″s – Aeon Seven and Christian Madden

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Following the inaugural release of Boca 45′s ‘Soul on Top’ in late 2015, 45 Live has not one but two new releases out this week. A nifty little break-filled dance floor number by Aeon Seven and an organ and horn-led couple of cuts from Christian Madden – best known as keyboardist with The Earlies. Both tracks are taken from his latest album, ‘The Wrecking Place’, released earlier this year. and the B-side, ‘Eating It All’, is the one for me here with its spy jazz touches and spindly keyboard and odd meters.

45L7003 AAeon Seven serves up a slice of mid tempo wah-wah, horn and organ funk with accompanying Chuck D sample that will nicely slide into any dance floor set.

Get Christian Madden – ‘Everybody Get In Line’ here

Get Aeon Seven – ‘Seven Breaks’ here

Or get a 45L7002 & 45L7003 Double-pack offer at a cheaper price for both here

Elsewhere the 45 Live collective goes from strength to strength with festival appearances (this year’s Masked Ball was huge), an enlarged roster of nearly 25 DJs and a new night in Manchester at Band On The Wall from October. The fortnightly radio show on Dublab, hosted by Greg Belson, continues with the station recently gaining an FM license and I’ll have a new mix appearing over the summer.

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Si Begg album ‘Blueprints’

cover_strike164_grSi Begg‘s (aka Cabbageboy) new album, Blueprints’ (out June 16th via Shitkatapult) has a very interesting story behind it:
“The concept for the album sprang fully formed when Begg came across the notebook, a beautifully preserved leather-bound volume, annotated in his grandfather’s precise hand. The book was filled with meticulous diagrams of compressors and parallel air ducts, graphs recording comparative noise levels at different factories, statistical information detailing the thermal efficiency of power stations, alongside blueprints for futuristic machines yet to be built.”
There are some lovely videos to go with some of the tracks which definitely have a dose of the Ghost Box / Radiophonic about them.

Si Begg – Blueprints (Observation 2 : Isometric Projection) from si begg on Vimeo.

He also did a mix for Darkfloor Sound’s Mantis Radio charting electronics and its evolution from the 1950s to present day, taking in Delia Derbyshire, Mika Vainio, Stockhausen, Daphne Oram, Cluster, Philip Glass, Negativland, Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter and even Hawkwind (it starts after the first hour).

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Alex Ross does The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine

ys_alexross I ran across these the other night, comic artist Alex Ross does realistic versions of the characters from the Yellow Submarine cartoon film. His take on the Love Glove, Blue Meanies and Jeremy the Nowhere Man are quite unsettling but beautiful. The single Beatle images are offered as sets of prints direct from Alex’s site but they’re not cheap! The long image at the top was offered last year by Dark Hall Mansion, see more details here.

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FourFromFoodFridays #17.23

FourFromFoodFridays 20.23Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:

Smoove – Main Sourced (Wack Records) 7″ – The ‘Breaking Atoms’ album recreated from the original sample sources to brilliant effect, his ‘Return of the Beats’ 45 from last year is still in the box.

Mongrels – Attack The Megalith (Invisible Spies) Hand sprayed white vinyl LP + insert / patch / badge – Attack The Monolith remix album with the usual high quality packaging by Kid Acne

Remaniacs (Audioboom) podcast – A new, balanced podcast for people who won’t just shut up and accept Brexit. Whether we like it or not, this is happening, be informed about what’s coming and how it will affect you.

Danny Ben-Israel – The Katmandu Sessions (Anazitisi Records) – Reissue of a crazed lost Israeli psych holy grail

FourFromFoodFridays #17.22

FourFromFoodFridays 17.22Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things I’ve been loving in the last seven days. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:
Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology (Fire Records) – Still listening to this excellent record, one of the best of the year so far.
The Heliocentrics – A World Of Masks (Soundway Records) – New album of vocal-led jazz, beats and electronics, yet another step in a new direction.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – King Gizz 360 (YouTube) – Watch the full 360 degree concert playing two sets of brand new and old material and move the camera about in any direction. Can’t wait to see them live in two weeks
Lingua Lustra – Myst (Where Ambient Lives) Three tracks of deep, dark ambience

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Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear bunker visit

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Seeing as it’s half term this week I thought I’d get my two out of the house and the city so, naturally, I opted to visit a secret nuclear bunker out in the countryside near Brentwood. The Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker is a spooky place and also soon to play host a second version of Alan Gubby’s play / album / gig, The Delaware Road (for more info on exactly what that is – please go here).

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For those lucky enough to see the first incarnation at the Reading Arts Club some 18 months ago I can assure you it won’t be a repeat performance but something else entirely. The line up has swollen to twelve artists, the venue will have several spaces operating simultaneously with performers on rotation on different levels and the audience will very much be entering into something to be explored and experienced rather than the narrative-led musical presentation of old. Think of a Cold War setting channeling the Radiophonics and music concrete of the sixties with added pagan and occult references, it’s going to be like some sort of underground (literally) happening where the DJs use tape instead of turntables.

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The story will still be a part of the night with Dolly Dolly‘s turn as Director General of The Corporation, a state controlled media organisation happening in one of the spaces, one he’ll be sharing with Ian Helliwell and myself throughout the night. There will be no headlining act, no support or warm up, every artist will contribute to the whole with the star of the night most likely being the venue itself. It’s spooky enough in the day, heaven knows what it’ll be like at night.
Tickets are selling steadily and are almost gone with at least one of the two double decker buses put on to ferry people up from London directly to the site having long sold out. Get yours here

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Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology LP

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The new Jane Weaver album is absolutely blinding, debuting at no. 50 in the UK charts this week too, the highest selling record in independent shops around the UK last week. Available on limited vinyl, regular, CD and digital, it’s an instant contender for album of the year lists. Buy it here

The artwork by Andy Votel is beautiful too, full of detail and tiny design flourishes, the foil printing being beautiful to touch.

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