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Bonobo’s Black Sands reissued in 10th anniversary edition

On limited red vinyl with a new cover image, and liner notes from Bonobo.

Bonobo’s Black Sands is being reissued in a 10th anniversary edition, via Ninja Tune this December.

Read more: Inside Bonobo’s massive vinyl collection

Reflecting on the album’s sound a decade later, Bonobo shares, “this was the post-dubstep era. Elements of House and 2-step. All wonky and joyful. It was fun and progressive.

The reissue features a new cover taken by Bonobo in the Lake District during last year, and comes on red vinyl with new liner notes by the artist himself.

It follows Ninja Tune’s release of Actress’ Karma & Desire album – one of our favourite releases of October.

Pre-order Black Sands here in advance of its 4th December reissue, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

Side A

1. Prelude
2. Kiara
3. Kong
4. Eyesdown (feat. Andreya Triana)

Side B

1. El Toro
2. We Could Forever
3. 1009

Side C

1. All in Forms
2. The Keeper (feat. Andreya Triana)
3. Stay the Same (feat. Andreya Triana)

Side D

1. Animals
2. Black Sands

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Omar-S explores his influences and music career in new exhibition

Taking place in his own “party store” – an ode to Michigan’s corner shops, as well as the Detroit neighbourhood HQ his family owned.

Omar-S has launched a new virtual and physical exhibition, called Omar S: Conant Gardens Party Store, opening this October.

Operating as both a physical show as well as an interactive website, Conant Gardens Party Store explores the influences that have shaped Omar-S and his music, bringing together arcade games – including ones he has modified with custom sound effects, films, records, Detroit music memorabilia, and related paraphernalia.

In doing so, the exhibit “offers an unprecedented look into the universe of an artist who seldom discusses historical influences, and has often presented his work as strictly in the present.”

Alongside Conant Gardens Party Store, Omar-S is also putting out a new mobile video game called Record Packer, which he’s scored himself.

Omar S: Conant Gardens Party Store will run online, and at Red Bull Arts Detroit from Thursday 29th October through Sunday 20th December 2020, with several online and in-store events scheduled to take place alongside the exhibition.

Head here for more info.

Photo credit, in order of appearance: Collection of Omar S., Photo by Sal Rodriguez. Photo courtesy the artist and Red Bull Arts; Games for Atari 2600 Jr., 1986. Manufacturer: Atari, Inc. Collection of Omar S. Photo by Sal Rodriguez. Photo Courtesy Omar S and Red Bull Arts; Original Conant Gardens Party Store Sign, Collection of Omar S. Photo by Sal Rodriguez, Photo courtesy the artist and Red Bull Arts; Gorgar, 1979. Design: Barry Oursler. Artwork, Constantino Mitchell, Jeanine Mitchell, Collection of Omar S. Photo by Sal Rodriguez, Photo Courtesy Omar S and Red Bull Arts.

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Samii fuses soul, r’n’b and broken beat on debut EP, Figuring It Out

Incoming on Dego’s 2000black imprint.

Vocalist and songwriter Samii is releasing her debut EP, called Figuring It Out, via Dego’s 2000black label this November.

Read more: Sounds Of The Studio with Dego

Looking to her own experiences of love and loss, Samii presents Figure It Out as “an ode to self-discovery.”

Across its four-tracks Samii brings together elements of soul, house, r’n’b, disco, and jazz-inflected broken beats.

Figure It Out follows 2000black’s release of Degos’ The Never Seen On Wax Jams vol 2.

Pre-order a copy here in advance of Figure It Out’s 27th November release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Wake Me Up
2. Spaced Out Summer Tours & Back Again
3. Here to Luv Myself
4. For too long

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Trees Speak mix krautrock with no wave and lo-fi on Shadow Forms

“Drawing on the cosmic nighttime magic of Arizona…”

Trees Speak, aka Daniel Martin Diaz and Damian Diaz, are releasing a new album called Shadow Forms, via Soul Jazz Records this October.

Read more: Kosmischer Läufer’s Top 10 Krautrock records to run to

Shadow Forms sees the duo working with elements of ’70s German electronics, New York no wave, and lo-fi guitar.


Listen to ‘Large Array’:


According to Soul Jazz, the album also “draws on the cosmic nighttime magic of Arizona’s natural desert landscapes.”

Shadow Forms marks Tree Speak’s third album, following their Ohms LP, which was also released on Soul Jazz.

Order Shadow Forms here, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Large Array
2. Tear Kisser
3. Those Who Know
4. Transforming
5. Automat
6. False Ego
7. Communication
8. Crystal System
9. Agonize Signal
10. Magick Knives
11. Shadow Forms
12. Outtake 3
13. Transmitter

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Galdre Visions explore the healing power of music on debut EP

Inspired by Celtic mysticism, outer space, and New Age.

Galdre Visions have released their self-titled debut EP, via Leaving Records.

Galdre Visions is comprised of musician Olive Ardizoni, sitarist / vocalist / composer / producer Ami Dang, artist Diva Dompé and harpist / composer Nailah Hunter.

Collectively inspired by Celtic mysticism, outer space, and New Age, “each member of the group provides a unique sonic lens with which to view the realms beyond this world. Each member’s music recalls the sound of organic life in a different way,” explains Hunter.

Remotely collaborating during the Coronavirus pandemic, their self-titled EP fuses ethereal vocals with new age sensibilities, sitar, field recordings, and ambient – to explore the healing power of music.

Galdre Visions follows Leaving Records’ release of Maral’s Push LP earlier this month.

Order a copy of Galdre Visions here, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Living Space Station (Bad Dream)
2. Super Passiflora
3. Moon Ferns
4. The Sun Will Rise Again

Photo by: Missy Malouff

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Khruangbin helm latest instalment of LateNightTales series

Spanning Nigerian reggae, South Korean rock, Japanese mellow groove, Belarusian pop, spoken word, and beyond.

Khruangbin are the latest artists to take the reins of LateNightTales’ compilation series.

Read more: Global funk outfit Khruangbin on the Iranian records that shape their sound

Their edition features 15-tracks, traversing from Nigerian reggae, Japanese mellow groove and South Korean rock, to Belarusian pop and spoken word, as well Khruangbin’s cover of Kool & The Gang’s ‘Summer Madness’.

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It follows the release of Khruangbin’s Mordechai LP – one of our favourite albums from July.

Pre-order LateNightTales: Khruangbin here in advance of its 4th December release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

Side A

1. Carlos Santana – Illuminations
2. Brilliantes Del Veulo – I Know That
3. Nazia Hassan – Khushi
4. Kelly Doyle – DRM

Side B

1. Sanulim – Don’t Go
2. Maxwell Udoh – I Like It
3. David Marez – Enseñame
4. Gerald Lee – Can You Feel The Love

Side C

1. Justine & The Victorian Punks – Still You
2. George Yanagi – 「祭ばやしが聞こえる」のテーマ
3. Песняры – Зачарованная моя

Side D

1. Khruangbin – Summer Madness (Exclusive Track)
2. Paloma San Basilio – Contigo
3. Roha Band – Yetikimt Abeba
4. Tierney Malone & Geoffrey Muller – Transmission for Jehn: Gnossienne No 1

Photo by: Alexander Kellner

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Roza Terenzi launches new label, Step Ball Chain

With the first EP featuring D. Tiffany and Saoirse.

Roza Terenzi, aka Katie Campbell, has launched a new label, called Step Ball Chain.

Read more: Inside Saoirse’s record collection

Exploring a range of genres and sounds, the imprint will focus on both her own music as well as collaborations with artists and friends.

For its first release, Campbell has stepped up with a new 12″ called Stylish Tantrum, featuring collaborations with D. Tiffany and Saoirse.

It follows the release of her debut LP Modern Blissone of our favourite albums in April.

Pre-order Stylish Tantrum here in advance of its 16th November release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Side A

1. Cosmology
2. Stylish Tantrum

Side B

1. Roza Terenzi & D. Tiffany – Chosen Family Feud
2. Illusions
3. Roza Terenzi & Saoirse – Sxc Saloon

Photo by: Toni Yotzi

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Berlin Atonal releasing 19-artist compilation, More Light, on 5×12″

Featuring Gerald Donald’s XOR Gate alias, Galya Bisengalieva, Lafawndah, Caterina Barbieri, Laurel Halo, Nkisi, and more.

Berlin Atonal is releasing a 19-artist compilation, called More Light, on 5×12″ this January.

Read more: Laurel Halo crafts sonics for digital-age deterioration on Possessed score

With its physical festival, as well as the projects and collaborations that accompany it, cancelled due to coronavirus, Berlin Atonal decided to relaunch its label.

More Light collects 19 artists on 5×12″, including: Alessandro Adriani, exael, Caterina Barbieri, Hiro Kone/Tot Onyx, Altar (Paul Jebanasam + Roly Porter), Lafawndah, HTRK, Laurel Halo, Lee Gamble, Nkisi, Galya Bisengalieva, and XOR Gate.

Alongside the compilation, Berlin Atonal have also released Mika Vainio’s set from its 2016 edition, with all profits going to the Alpha School for Boys in Kingston, Jamaica.

Head here to pre-order a copy of More Light, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Aho Ssan + Exzald S – Wondertomb
2. exael – Circle (Squishy Mix)
3. Tunes Of Negation – Unremembered
4. Lafawndah – A Walk Beside The Beast
5. Galya Bisengalieva – Aralkum
6. Alessandro Adriani – I Wish I Could Save You
7. Nkisi – La Parole
8. XOR Gate – Boolean Logic Gate
9. Abdullah Miniawy + Carl Gari – The Cyg
10. Vladislav Delay – Isonainen
11. Lee Gamble – Polis
12. Pablo’s Eye – A Way You’ll Never Be
13. LABOUR – The Hit Of Enlightenment
14. Peder Mannerfelt – Let’s Get Metaphysical
15. Caterina Barbieri – Sufyosowirl
16. Altar (Paul Jebanasam + Roly Porter) – Without Bodies
17. Laurel Halo – Terrain (Prototype 3c)
18. dBridge – Direct Reflection
19. Hiro Kone/Tot Onyx – DIN DIAN


Photo by Frankie Casillo.

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From toddlers to teenagers: The Covid Letters exhibition gives children a voice

Responding to the Coronavirus pandemic through art.

Sports Banger founder Jonny Banger has launched a new exhibition, called The Covid Letters: A Vital Update, running at The Foundling Museum through January 2021.

As the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic sent the UK into a national lockdown during March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent out letters to every household in the UK, urging all to stay home when possible.

In response, Banger invited young people under the age of 16 to draw on the letter to express their feelings.

“That letter was just a joke to me, so I put it in the hands of the kids, to see what they thought of it,” he explains. “I was just happy to let the kids have a voice.”

The Covid Letters collects over 200 of these artworks – with uplifting messages of support for NHS and key workers, alongside criticisms of the government, and the lack of PPE for healthcare workers.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to support the Christmas food bank run by Sports Banger & Friends, as well as The Foundling Museum’s work with disadvantaged young people, through the sale of Sports Banger merchandise and limited edition releases.

The Covid Letters: A Vital Update will run through the 17th January 2021.

Head here for more info, and check out a selection of the letters below.

Photo credit, in order of appearance: Kit, 3, Bristol © The artist; Vincent, 7, London © The artist; Ruby, 14, Manchester © The artist; Isla, 8, London © The artist; Roxy, 14, Derbyshire © The artist; Lorelei, 7, Colchester © The artist; Raahim, 12, London © The artist; Otto, 10, Stroud © The artist; Memphis, 3 and Niko, 6 months, Oxford © The artist.

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Post-punk meets electronica and jazz on The Diabolical Liberties’ debut album

With a cameo from Emma-Jean Thackray.

The Diabolical Liberties, aka Rob Gallagher and Alex Patchwork, are releasing their debut album High Protection & The Sportswear Mystics, via On The Corner this November.

Read more: Inside Emma-Jean Thackray’s record collection

Produced and recorded in sheds, train platforms, tubes, and a cafe, High Protection & The Sportswear Mystics explores elements of post-punk, electronica, jazz, blues, boom-bap, and breakbeat – as well as the sounds of hitting a plastic drainpipe.

High Protection & The Sportswear Mystics also features contributions from multi-instrumentalist Emma-Jean Thackray.

It follows On The Corner’s release of Planet Battagon’s Trans​-​Neptunia album.

Pre-order High Protection & The Sportswear Mystics here in advance of its 13th November release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Bigger Than You
2. Shopping Trolley Voodoo
3. High Protection featuring Emma-Jean Thackray
4. Crack the Skies of America
5. Sliders
6. Dancing Out My Modern Mind
7. Fix My Battery
8. Then We Were Money
9. Rudeboys in Outa Space
10. Strange World
11. Chicken Run the High Street

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