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Eluize returns to Craigie Knowes for new album, Gone

A melting point of spacey electro, abstracted vocals, and techno.

Eluize is releasing a new album, titled Gone, via Craigie Knowes this October.

Across its eight tracks, Gone brings together stripped back melodies, otherworldly vocals, spacey electro and techno to create “a rich garden of colour and sound.”

Alongside the album, Eluize also recently launched a mentoring programme focusing on supporting womxn, non-binary and trans people in electronic music production, performance and label management – head here for more info.

Gone follows her last album Confide, also released on Craigie Knowes.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of Gone’s 19th October release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Ennui
2. Relinquish
3. Wasn’t Ready
4. Hideaway
5. Supposed
6. Enervation (Energized Edition)

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Iranian classical music meets dub and post-punk on Maral’s debut LP

Featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry and Crass’ Penny Rimbaud.

Maral is releasing her debut album, titled Push, via Leaving Records this October.

Across the LP, Maral weaves a collage of Iranain classical music and folk samples through post-punk, punk, noise, and dub influences.

“I try to incorporate the philosophy behind Iranian classical music, the importance of improvisation, by letting my samples play around with each other until they become friends. And if they click, that makes a good song,” explains Maral.

The album also heavily features the Iranian lute instrument setar, with Marla noting its quiet nature “allowed it to flourish during times of invasion when Persian culture and music was banned and needed to be played/passed down in secret.”

Push features contributions from Lee “Scratch” Perry and Crass’ Penny Rimbaud.

It follows Maral’s Mahur Club mixtape, released on Astral Plane Recordings last year.

Head here in advance of Push’s 14th October release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Kerman Wobble
2. Protect U (feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry)
3. Push
4. Dashti
5. Bushehr
6. Sweet Thing
7. No Type
8. Aziz-E-Man
9. Jadoo
10. Sweet vs. Heavy
11. Let the Distortion Sing
12. Vortex in Love
13. Lita’s Song
14. They Not They (feat. Pennyt Rimbaud)
15. Salam

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Making of The Beatles’ Let It Be explored in new official book, Get Back

With previously unpublished photographs and intimate conversations from the recording sessions.

The making of the The Beatles 1970 album Let It Be is explored in a new book called Get Back, forthcoming in August 2021.

Read more: Peter Jackson explores the creation of Let It Be in new film

The book takes it start following the release of the bands’ self-titled album in 1969, and journeys through Let It Be’s recording session, culminating in their final performance on top of the Apple Corps office building in London.

Across 240 pages, Get Back brings together over 200 photographs – many of which previously unpublished – alongside conversations taken from over 120 hours of Let It Be’s studio sessions.

The book is being released as a companion to Peter Jackson’s forthcoming documentary of the same name, and features a foreword from Jackson himself.

Let It Be is the first official book linked to the band since 2000’s The Beatles Anthology.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of Let It Be’s 31st August publication.

Photo credit: Linda McCartney/Paul McCartney

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Brian Eno’s film and TV soundtracks collected in new compilation

Including his work for Derek Jarman, David Lynch, Danny Boyle and more.

Brian Eno is releasing a new 2xLP compilation collecting his film and television soundtrack work, titled Film Music 1976 – 2020, via UMC this November.

Read more: 15 artists on their favourite Brian Eno records

Spanning over fifty years, the compilation features his soundtrack work for films directed by the likes of Derek Jarman, David Lynch, Ralph Bakshi, Peter Jackson, and a Slavoj Žižek documentary.

Alongside his film work, Eno’s compositions for TV shows including Top Boy, Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, and Danny Boyle’s Mr Wroe’s Virgins are also included.

Film Music 1976 – 2020 follows the release of Eno’s soundtrack to Gary Hustwit’s 2018 Dieter Rams documentary for the first time, this August.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of Film Music 1976 – 2020’s 13th November release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Side A

1. Top Boy ( Theme ) – from Top Boy – Season 1
2. Ship in a Bottle – from The Lovely Bones
3. Blood Red – from Francis Bacon’s Arena
4. Under – from Cool World
5. Decline And Fall – from O Nome da Morte

Side B

1. Prophecy Theme – from Dune
2. Reasonable Question – from We Are As Gods
3. Late Evening in Jersey – from Heat
4. Beach Sequence – from Beyond The Clouds

Side C

1. You Don’t Miss Your Water – from Married to the Mob
2. Deep Blue Day – from Trainspotting
3. The Sombre – from Top Boy Season 2
4. Dover Beach – from Jubilee

Side D

1. Design as Reduction – from RAMS
2. Undersea Steps – from Natural World – Hammerhead
3. Final Sunset – from Sebastiane
4. An Ending ( Ascent ) – from For All Mankind

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McIntosh unveils new solid state amp and vacuum tube pre-amp, the MC830 and C8

Based on designs from the 1950s and 1960.

McIntosh is releasing a new solid state amplifier, the MC830, and a new vacuum tube pre-amplifier, the C8, this September.

Read more: The making of McIntosh’s iconic amplifiers


The MC830

The 1-channel, solid state amplifier features an output of 300 watts into 8 ohms and 480 watts into 4 ohms.

MC830 also includes McIntosh’s power guard technology, which monitor’s the amplifier’s output signal to protect your speaker – and the company’s sentry monitor protection, which automatically stops the MC830’s output stage before the current exceeds safe levels.

Priced at £3,000 the MC830 measures 12.2″ x 9.5″ x 16″, and weighs 21.8kg.


The C8

The pre-amplifier is powered by four 12AX7a vacuum tubes. It includes one balanced output, two unbalanced analogue inputs, one moving coil input and one moving magnet phono input – as well as bass and treble control.

Priced at £2,700, the C8 measures 12.2″ x 7.6″ x 16.2″, and weighs 8.2kg.

Both products will go on sale this September.

Head here for more info on the MC830, and here for the C8.

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Airy dub meets house on Fantastic Man’s debut LP, Utopioid

“A vacation through an imaginary pleasure-dome”…

Fantastic Man is releasing his debut album, titled Utopioid, via Mule Musiq this October.

Read more: Inside Tokyo audiophile bar and record shop Studio Mule

Written between 2019 and 2020, Utopioid draws on sci-fi influenced electronica, house, airy dub, and breakbeat.

Utopioid follows his Body Hurt 12” earlier this year, which was also released on Mule Musiq.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of Utopioid’s 9th October release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Superhighway
2. Mazes feat. Memphis LK
3. Earthshine
4. Subztance
5. Utopioid
6. Diaspora
7. Forbidden Fiction
8. d’Oxygen
9. Antiboudi

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Rave Scout Cookies has published its first handbook

Exploring how POC and LGBT+ communities have shaped the rave scene, harm reduction and more. 

Multimedia platform Rave Scout Cookies is publishing its first handbook, straightforwardly titled The Rave Scout Cookies Handbook #001, this October.

Read more: From dub to the club: The rave artwork of Junior Tomlin

Beginning with an exploration of the influence of POC and LGBT+ communities in the rave scene, the text moves through harm reduction advice, recommended reading and listening, and a collection of archival flyers.

The handbook also features interviews with artists and collectives including ALKHEMY, Por Detroit, Ariel Zetina, and Justin Cudmore.

“There’s something for everybody: mystic, skeptic, historian, futurist, and ravers alike,” shares Rave Scout Cookies.

Head here to purchase a copy of the handbook in advance of its 5th October publication.

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Marina Rosenfeld uses 7-microphone installation recordings in Deathstar

With piano bursting through amplified silences.

Marina Rosenfeld is releasing a new album, titled Deathstar, via Félicia Atkinson and Bartolomé Sanson’s Shelter Press imprint this October.

Watch next: Exploring the turntable as an instrument

Launched in 2017, for the Dearthstar project Rosenfeld hung a multi-microphone array from the ceiling of Frankfurt’s Portikus gallery. The installation continuously recorded for four weeks, routing its signal through live-processing software to be subsequently replayed through four speakers.

Rosenfeld reworked these recordings to compose the album with bursts of piano darting out of heavily amplified silence.

Deathstar follows Rosenfeld’s collaboraitve LP Vertice with Ben Vida, released in May.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of Deathstar’s 16th October release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. INSTALLATION
2. NOTATION 1
3. NOTATION 2
4. ORCHESTRATION
5. REDUCTION

Photo by: fabonthemoon

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Kenyan sound artist and producer KMRU “journeys through the dust of time” on Jar

Bringing together delicate, celestial ambient with found sounds.

Sound artist and producer KMRU, aka Joseph Kamaru, has released a new album called Jar, via Seil Records.

Read more: Sound Fields: Adventures in Contemporary Field Recordings

Described as a “ journey through the dust of time,” across Jar KMRU merges “found sounds, analogue warmth and granular dreams.”

As with all Seil Records releases, 10% of proceeds will be donated to charity, with profits from Jar going to Afrorack.

Jar follows KMRU’s contribution to Extra Muros / FLEE’s Extra Muros – Kenya compilationone of our favourite albums in September.

Head here to purchase a copy of Jar, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. degree of change
2. time of day
3. life at ouri
4. ulmma
5. note 43
6. behind there
7. space of uncertainty
8. change of degree

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Brownswood releasing Mexican jazz musician Tino Contreras’ latest album

Heady tunes from the 96-year-old drumming legend.

Mexican jazz musician Tino Contreras is releasing a new album, titled La Noche de los Dioses, via Brownswood this October.

Born in 1924 in Chihuahua, in Northwest Mexico, Contreras’ fascination with drums began at an early age, supported by his father who led the OK Jazz Band orchestra. Later moving to Ciudad Juárez, Contreras soon formed his own orchestra.

As well as releasing his own albums, Contreras went on to share a stage with artists including Art Blakey, Louis Armstrong and Dave Brubeck.

La Noche de los Dioses features Contreras on drums, Valentino Contreras on electric bass, Jaime Reyes on piano/Keyboard, Emmanuel Laboriel on electric guitar, Luis Calatayud on soprano/tenor sax, Eduardo Flores on bongos, Carlos Icaza on harmonic arps/percussion, and Marco Gallegos on acoustic guitar

Ultimately, the album is “a celestial reflection of the universe that we call home,” explains Brownswood.

It follows the label’s release of Zara McFarlane’s Songs of an Unknown Tongue LP.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of La Noche de los Dioses’ 24th October release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

Side A

1. La Noche de los Dioses
2. Máscaras Blues
3. Naboró
4. Malinche

Side B

1. El Sacrificio
2. Al Amanecer
3. Niña Yahel

Photo by: Arturo Rodríguez Torija

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