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Immersive audio-visual exhibit LUX: New Wave Of Contemporary Art opening at 180 Studios

Featuring 12 artists including Carsten Nicolai, Hito Steyerl, a’strict, and Julian Knxx.

SUUM Project and Fact are presenting a new audio-visual exhibition called LUX: New Wave Of Contemporary Art, opening at 180 Studios this October.

LUX expands the boundaries of how innovative audio-visual technology can transform interactive and immersive art, across 13 large scale installations created by 12 artists and collectives.

Blurring the lines between physical and virtual worlds, LUX features the debut of newly commissioned works including: BLUESKYWHITE, a large-scale site-specific installation by Es Devlin; Black Corporeal (Breathe), a critical examination on the relationship between materiality and the black psyche by Julianknxx; Flower Meadow, a new kinetic media sculpture by Swiss studio for media architecture studio iart; Morando, a new work by celebrated Korean collective a’strict.

The exhibition will also feature the UK premiere of Refik Anadol’s Renaissance Generative Dreams; Carsten Nicolai’s 2014 work unicolor; Cecilia Bengolea’s 2018 animated-sculpture video series Favorite Positions; the UK premiere of Hito Steyerl’s video installation This Is The Future – soundtracked by Kojey Radical and Susumu Yokota; works by Cao Yuxi, Random International, and Universal Everything.

LUX, meaning ‘light’ in Latin, focuses on the artistic presentation of the myriad different characteristics and the nature of hope that light embodies.

“The artists in LUX are working at the very cutting-edge of digital technologies, using artificial intelligence, generative and interactive algorithms, dimensional sound and optical illusion to create a new kind of artistic experiences.” – Dr. Jiyoon Lee, LUX Curator and Director of SUUM Project.

Part of an ongoing series with LG OLED ART, LUX is curated by Jiyoon Lee in collaboration with Fact and sponsored by LG.

LUX: New Wave of Contemporary Art runs from Wednesday 13 October 2021 – Saturday 18 December 2021.

Head here for tickets and more info.

Address and Opening Hours

180 Studios | 180 The Strand, Temple, London, WC2R 1EA

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday

Tuesday: 11am – 7pm
Wednesday: 11am – 7pm
Thursday: 12pm – 8pm
Friday: 12pm – 8pm
Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 7pm

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Listen to a Lee “Scratch” Perry tribute mix by Dennis Bovell

Featuring previously unheard collaborations between the two artists, and music from Scratch’s back catalogue.

Following the news of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s death, Dennis Bovell has paid tribute to the late artist in his Dub On Air radio show.

Across two-hours, Bovell plays previously unheard collaborations between the two artists, as well as tracks from Perry’s prolific career.

Listen to the show in full above, and check out ten essential Lee “Scratch” Perry records here.

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Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (10th September)

Silky r’n’b, pumping highlife, hypnotic techno, and more.

This week’s rundown is by VF’s Gabriela Helfet and Lazlo Rugoff, alongside Alice Whittington, Emily Hill, and James Hammond.


Albums


anaiis

This Is No Longer A Dream

(Dream Sequence Recordings)

Due: 10th September

The perfect sonic elixir to lead you from summer into autumn, London singer anaiis’ ethereally silky, vocal-led r’n’b makes its way to longplayer form in her debut LP, This Is No Longer A Dream. Released on her own Dream Sequence Recordings imprint, it sees anaiis enlisting Chronixx, Topaz Jones, Sjava, Jay Prince, CKTRL, Onyx Collective, Jesse & Forever, Azekel, Julian Knxx, Jenny Brough, and Rafael Pavarotti to realise her beguiling, creative visions. Stay tuned for how she transforms these tracks into soaring live iterations too. – GH


Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes

Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes

(We Are Busy Bodies Canada)

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Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes is a vinyl-only reissue of Etubom Rex and the Nigerian Artistes’ 1973 self-titled album, featuring legendary trumpet virtuoso Etubom Rex Williams playing with one of his many bands. Williams was a prolific artist and a figurehead of Nigerian highlife, rubbing shoulders with Louis Armstrong and at one point boasting the late great Sir Victor Uwaifo as a band member. Featuring lightly plucked guitars, exquisite vocal harmonies, and at times even jazzy trumpet solos with a wah-wah mute, the album is truly a joy from start to finish. Primed for clinging onto those last rays of sun to. – AW


Midori Hirano

Soniscope

(Dauw)

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Purveyor of breathtaking gossamer pianoscapes via an electronic touch, Midori Hirano returns with Soniscope. As with previous albums, this is a record to get lost in. Traversing from hushed magic to emotive builds and beyond, sit down close your eyes and make sure you devote ample time to taking all Midori has created in. – GH


Park Hye Jin

Before I Die

(Ninja Tune)

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The release of Park Hye Jin’s Before I Die on Ninja Tune has been long anticipated. Her debut album comes after a string of successful singles and EPs, which have garnered ever-growing support worldwide. The South Korean artist who now resides in LA maintains her downtempo, spoken-word meets hip-hop aesthetic, while also approaching a space that resembles iconic moments in K-pop history, something heard most prevalently on ‘Where Did I Go’. Elsewhere, ‘Sex With Me (DEFG)’ gives futuristic Galcher moments whilst also being a bouncy kick drum dance floor number in its own right. Though still honing her voice as a producer, this latest offering demonstrates a more complete vision of her sound. – EH


Annea Lockwood

Becoming Air/Into The Vanishing Point

(Black Truffle)

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Recontextualizing the performer/composer relationship, Becoming Air/Into the Vanishing Point finds veteran composer Annea Lockwood developing two distinct pieces with collaborators Nate Wooley and the piano and percussion quartet Yarn/ Wire. Created in line with the highly-nuanced approaches of the performers, with Becoming Air the focus turns to extended technique and Wooley’s trumpet performance, which re-configures conventions of brass, breath and electricity into a tangle of intimate and curious frequencies. Shifting to ecological concerns on the reverse, Into the Vanishing Point is propelled by the deeply troubling global collapse of insect populations. Performed by Yarn/ Wire and their veritable array of sound making objects, frequencies familiar to those of insects and frogs abound and expand into intricate webs of sound that frame ideas of biodiversity in a musical context. – JH


Felisha Ledesma

Fringe

(Ecstatic)

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Felisha Ledesma’s Fringe presents a pair of electroacoustic daydreams that feel tailor-made to a spell of balmy weather. Playing out as an intuitive patchwork of loops and interconnected sounds, both tracks were made using the ASQR software synth that Ledesma developed with Ess Mattisson. Managing to sidestep the pitfalls of ambient music as a vehicle of autopilot lull, Ledesma’s craft balances its oneiric qualities with its ability to prick up the ears through textural minutiae and diaristic compositions. – JH


Laura Nyro

Go Find The Moon: The Audition Tape

(Omnivore Recordings)

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In the summer of 1966, a then 18-year old Laura Nyro auditioned for music producer Milt Okun and A&R honcho Artie Mogull. While the recordings remained in the vaults for years, Go Find The Moon finally presents them for the first time, bringing together previously unreleased tracks and covers, plus a stripped-back rendition of ‘And When I Die’. More than just an audition, Go Find The Moon is an intimate glimpse into Nyro’s early life, and one perhaps best summed up in her own words: “All I ask of living is to have no chains on me.” — LR


Singles


Kempston Hardwick

Step With Me

(Distant Horizons)

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London-based producer Kempston Hardwick makes a case for an extended summer with balmy new EP Step With Me. Exploring various hues of the house spectrum, Hardwick blends together rhythmic drums, “late night grooves”, and vocal samples to transport us to a glistening beach. — LR


Anastasia Kristensen

Volshebno

(Houndstooth)

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Melodic techno and percussion that has you teetering on the edge of your seat shines through in this three tracker from Anastasia Kristensen. Returning to Fabric’s imprint Houndstooth, the Danish producer flexes the depth of her musical prowess on Volshebno, demonstrating an affinity with all the beautiful textures of electronic music as ambient introductions bounce into squelchy bass lines. ‘Volshebno’ sits on the techno spectrum leaning into some acidic drums whilst ‘Voice Within’ is dubbed out with the spatial ethos of a post punk anthem closing the ep with stretched ‘Volshbeno’, cinematic with a jungle flair. – EH


RICMHO

Por Cuete

(Drumma Records)

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Welp, it’s Villalobos at his minimal best, teaming up with long-time friend and Santiago-based producer, Umho. Chilean imprint Drumma Records re-releases the duo’s 2016 collaborative track ‘Por Cuete’, with two new remixes from label boss Felipe Valenzuela on the B-side. – AW

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A guide to turntable cartridges and the best budget models

How to keep your records on point.

You could have a brand-spanking-new fancy turntable with a brand spanking new fancy amplifier, and sublime set of speakers, but without a great cartridge, you’ll be scratching your head asking why you’re not getting the best sound possible.

Into the world of cartridges!

Phono cartridges are the component that attaches to the end of your tonearm, and makes direct contact with your record. Cartridges are often incorrectly referred to as needles. However, the needle, or stylus, is within the cartridge, and directly transfers the sound into your turntable. This makes it an extremely important aspect of the quality of sound you are getting from your system.

Upgrading your cartridges is also one of the easier and more immediate ways you can improve the sound profile of your audio set-up.

There are two main types of cartridges: moving magnets and moving coil. Both have their pros and cons. When choosing any type of cartridge system we advise you to either test them in person or make sure the online description matches what kind of sound profile you are looking for.

In Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge systems, a vibrating set of magnets vibrate closely to coiled wires. MM cartridges typically have a higher output, a stylus that can be replaced easily, and are usually sturdier in design. While they sound great, they are typically heavier than moving coil cartridges. This means they press down more deeply into your record and as a result are oftentimes less detailed than Moving Coiled cartridges in way they travel along the grooves.

With Moving Coil (MC) cartridge systems, a set of coils are attached to the cantilever and move within a field of permanent fixed magnets. As opposed to MM cartridges, MC cartridges are less heavy which results in a more detailed and accurate sound. Their flaw lies in that they are very delicate. As a result, when the styli wears down you have to replace the entire cartridge instead of just the individual stylus.

Amongst the types of styli, there are two that are commonly found: elliptical and spherical/conical.

Elliptical styli are larger in size, and fit more broadly into the groove of the record, which allows for more precise tracking, improved frequency response, improved distortion reduction, and phase response. These styli also wear down faster.

Spherical/conical styli put more pressure onto the record, and have a smaller contact area when compared to elliptical styli. Spherical syli aren’t usually as detailed sounding as elliptical when compared at similar price points, but these syli typically don’t wear down as easily, and are commonly not as expensive.

Below we walk you through 8 best budget cartridges. Take note of whether you are solely buying a cartridge – which you need to attach to a headshell before placing onto your tonearm – or a cartridge and headshell combined. (NB: Prices below range from £49- £299.)


Audio Technica AT-VM95E Phono Cartridge (w/ Elliptical Stylus)

Price: £49.99

Pros: Durable and sturdy, with numerous stylus upgrades available

Cons: Can be difficult to attach cartridge to headshell, especially if you’re new to the game

Verdict: Solid cartridge

A step-up from ‘basic’ cartridges that can be further customised to suit your needs, the Audio Technica AT-VM95E Phono Cartridge is a solid and affordable model with an elliptical stylus. The cartridge stylus is also upgradable, meaning you can swap out the stylus with 78rpm, DJ-oriented, and audiophile options as well. Upgrade or not, the Audio Technica AT-VM95E Phono Cartridge will serve you well. It is also tried and tested to survive accidental, house-party-drunken-needle-hammer-punches too.


Grado Prestige Black 3 Cartridge

Price: £99

Pros: Elliptical diamond stylus, hand-assembled Cons:

Cons: Stylus can be challenging to replace

Verdict:Expect the same level of audiophile attention Grado brings to its headphones to its Prestige Black 3 cartridge.

While Grado may be best known for its superb, audiophile-quality headphones, the company’s cartridges carry the same attention to high-quality sound detail that made the brand such a reputable name. For £99, Grado utilises its optimized transmission line technology to cancel out unwanted distortion and resonance. Paired with a diamond elliptical stylus, this results in a detailed sound that allows the best harmonic qualities of your records shine through.


Pioneer PC-X10

Price: £108

Pros: Durable, spherical stylus, 9.5mv output

Cons: If you’re planning on using this to DJ, you’ll obviously need one for each turntable.

Verdict: A quality cartridge system that is fine-tuned for skip resistance, has a high output, and is made with DJs in mind

Getting in to the world of DJing vinyl requires numerous technological considerations. Enter Pioneer’s PC-X10 – a high-quality spherical stylus cartridge that allows you to back cue and scratch without the fear of breaking your needle. Whether you’re just starting out or playing your first gigs, this is a great-sounding, handmade-quality cartridge that will work well both with records or a vinyl-integrated, digital system.


Ortofon 2M Blue Moving Magnet Cartridge

Price: £189

Pros: Crisp, warm sound, elliptical nude diamond stylus, easily changeable stylus upgrade system. (If you have a 2M red cartridge already, all you need is the 2M blue stylus.)

Cons: N/A

Verdict: An affordable audiophile cartridge that is tough to beat at this price.

Ortofon’s 2M Blue features an elliptical nude diamond stylus that is directly attached to the cartridge’s cantilever. This means that the sound it picks up from the record is getting directly transferred from the vinyl record to the stylus, and into the turntable without interference. The result is better tracking, and an amazingly clear sound profile. With an emphasis on the highs and mids, the cartridge also delivers a warm and detailed sound.


Clearaudio Concept V2 MM Phono Cartridge

Price: £200

Pros: Clear, detailed sound

Cons: Fixed cartridge system, meaning that if stylus breaks, you have to buy a new cartridge.

Verdict: With 40+ years of cartridge manufacturing experience, Clearaudio shows its experience with a clear, detailed, all-around sound with their Concept V2 moving magnet phono cartridge.

Clearaudio Concept V2 MM Phono Cartridge is a well-rounded moving magnet that boasts clear and detailed sound. This is accompanied by tight bass that knows its place, and allows both high and mid-range frequencies to shine through. The cartridge also features a lightweight aluminum body, and an elliptical stylus that allows the cartridge to have non-harsh treble in its sound profile.


Sumiko Olympia

Price: £225

Pros: Moving Magnet, tight sound, hand-crafted in Japan

Cons: 4.0MV output

Verdict: A versatile all-rounded cartridge that will be a great step up in sound and performance from base model, packaged, and starter cartridges.

Sumiko offers a wide array of solid cartridges at affordable prices – including less expensive alternatives to the Olympia for those on a tighter budget. While the Olympia is indeed affordable, its sound is anything but cheap. A tight, and punchy profile sits at the forefront of this moving magnet cartridge’s sound. When listening to your records using this cartridge, you can also expect a refined sound that limits resonance, transparent sonics, and nuances that pop. Upgrading is also made super easy thanks to the range of styli within the same line can be interchanged, so if you want to hear what Sumiko’s Moonstone and Rainer cartridges sound like, all you have to do is change the stylus.


Denon DL 103 R

Price: £299

Pros: Moving Coil

Cons: Pre-amplifier with moving coil option needed

Verdict: Great quality moving coil cartridges aren’t often affordable. Denon challenges this notion with the DL 103.

The original DL 103 R was used for radio broadcasting back in 1962. Denon added an ‘R’ to its name, and created a cartridge that takes refined technology from its past and brings the model into the present day. 6N copper coils wounded to absolute precision gives a beautifully natural detailed sound to this cartridge. For its price, this is a hard cartridge to beat, with the caveat that you need an equipped pre-amplifier that can amplify a moving coil output to use it.


Audio-Technica AT-OCN9XEN

Price: £300

Pros: Dual moving coil, nude elliptical stylus

Cons: Pre-amplifier with moving coil option needed

Verdict: Another affordable, and great quality moving coil option – this time from Audio Technica.

As mentioned, moving coil cartridges are often on the pricier side. Audio Technica steps up to the plate with an affordable, dual moving coil cartridge that boasts a nude elliptical stylus. Special coils paired with a reversed V-shaped formation allow low pressure to be applied on the stylus, resulting in less distortion overall. It also features a lightweight aluminum body that reduces unwanted vibrations and resonance plus independent threaded coils for clear and accurate channel separation. All of these elements come together to give you the kin dof accurate sound detail that only a moving coil system can offer.

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Bluetooth Speaker

September 2021

Back in 2013, I had a strong relationship with Logitech because I was reviewing most of its pioneering Bluetooth speakers. Somehow, likely due to a change in personnel, I regrettably lost touch with the company. My first impressions of its products were highly positive, and I followed their progress online as the firm re-established itself as Ultimate Ears. Recently, I made contact with them again, and I’m happy to review the Wonderboom 2, the smallest Bluetooth speaker in the manufacturer’s line-up. At $99.99 (all prices USD), it’s an attractive, affordable companion for outdoor activities.

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Fix It in the Mix: A Seven Nation Army of Me

September 2021

This month in “Fix It in the Mix,” I’ll focus on recording music, like modern pop and electronica, that’s primarily non-acoustic but may have one or a few acoustic instruments thrown in (including vocals, the original acoustic instrument).

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Summer on the Porch with Tom Petty and the Audio Pro Addon C5A Wireless Multiroom Speaker

September 2021

Whether the credit is due to his Florida upbringing or his longtime residency in California, singer-songwriter Tom Petty had an incredible knack for writing summertime anthems. Songs like “Even the Losers,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” and “The Waiting” had extra resonance when played on a car radio on a sultry day, and there was something related to yearning and the quest for freedom in many of his songs—or those he cowrote—that naturally led to the open road or the beach.

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Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (20th August)

Woozy pop, tense techno, and music for the soul.

This week’s rundown is by VF’s Will Pritchard and Lazlo Rugoff, alongside Alice Whittington, Emily Hill, and James Hammond.


Albums


Li Yilei

之 / OF

(Métron Records)

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London-based performance and sound artist Li Yilei explores time via analogue synths, field recordings, ambient, and string instruments on new album 之 / OF. While they began working on the album pre-COVID, the heightened importance and anxieties surrounding time that the pandemic brought to the surface unavoidably seeps into the record. And yet, while Yilei taps into themes of grief and emptiness, the metaphysical musings of 之 / OF are ultimately a reminder that time is not solely a constrictive force, but something far more fluid and organic. – LR


Cleo Sol

Mother

(Forever Living Originals)

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The UK has been enjoying a purple patch of neo-soul output, and that’s thanks in no small part to the contributions of Cleo Sol. Last year’s Rose In The Dark, as well as work with the critically-adored SAULT, has cemented Sol at the apex of this encapsulating amalgamation of soul, gospel, jazz, and hip-hop. New converts should seek out ‘Spirit’ – Mother’s perfectly-sculpted closer — for the ideal introduction. – WP


Aurita Y Su Conjunto

Chambacu

(MISSISSIPPI)

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It’s easy to get caught up in the fact that Aurita Castillo, the singer fronting this endlessly moving collection of cumbias and porros, was just six years old when these recordings were made back in the ’60s. But there’s nothing juvenile about these tracks: Castillo’s expertly-backed performances pack emotional depth and subtle inflections that even the most experienced singers might struggle to reach. — WP


Jeff Mills

Waveform Transmission Vol. 3

(Tresor)

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Having branched out from his initial work with Underground Resistance, Jeff Mills’ two efforts for the Waveform Transmission series are staples of early ’90s Detroit techno and surefire entry points into the more punishing side of Mills’ vast discography. Hitting as an instant injection of momentum, Volume 3 served as a launch point for further experimentation and the growth of a sound palette that has continued to expand up until the present day. A timely repress for a highly influential record. – JH


Deux Filles

Silence & Wisdom / Double Happiness

(Dark Entries)

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Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule, aka Deux Filles, lived a short yet mysterious life filled with grief and despair — which came to an untimely end in 1984, when they disappeared whilst travelling in Algiers. Except they didn’t. The pair are, as it happens, a fictional creation of arthouse duo Colin Lloyd Tucker and Simon Fisher Turner; but their invented story provides an apt frame for this tender, emotive music. DIY vocal samples, from a child talking, to abstract flashes of colour, are juxtaposed with soft piano and sweeping guitars to create diverse, cinematic melodies. First released in 1982, this is another example of a forgotten treasure brought to new ears by the excellent Dark Entries imprint, whose exceptional taste and pursuit of music continues to inspire. – EH


Awkward Corners

Amateur Dramatics

(Shapes of Rhythms)

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Following a string of EPs and singles, longtime NTS radio host Chris Menist presents his debut album as Awkward Corners. Menist is a heavy collector of South and South East Asian vinyl (so heavy that his shelves collapsed not long ago), and the influence of his far-reaching taste is evident in this fascinating take on library music – featuring elements of jazz, as well as traditional instruments from Africa and Asia. The drone of the shahi baaja stringed instrument, often associated with Pakistani devotional qawwali music, imparts a mystical and spiritual atmosphere, while on other tracks the clicking of a vintage drum machine provides structure for Menist and his guest performers, including Tamar Osborn (Collocutor, Maisha) on saxophone and clarinet. – AW


A Guy Called Gerald

Trip City

(Velocity Press)

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Few people can say that A Guy Called Gerald created a soundtrack to accompany their book. Trevor Miller is one of them. His account of London clubbing subculture in the ’80s is regularly referred to as the definitive acid house novel. Originally released in 1989, the book is getting a reprint along with all five accompanying tracks on vinyl for the first time. It’s classic acid Gerald at his best, coming out shortly after his seminal ‘Voodoo Ray’ single swept the scene. The book and the LP come together, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in a piece of clubbing history. – AW


Lorde

Solar Power

(Universal)

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Having already shared the song of the summer in the form of title track ‘Solar Power’, Lorde’s new album is finally here. Working with a woozier, more acoustic guitar-driven sound than her earlier, emotionally taut records, Solar Power is saturated with a sense of freedom: of just being ‘over it’. While occasionally Lorde slips into cringeworthy territory — “It’s strange to see you smoking marijuana / You used to do the most cocaine / Of anyone I’d ever met” — the album is one to be approached with generosity: emotional honesty is best not met with derision. – LR


Singles


Omar S & Andre Foxxe

The First One Hundred

(FXHE)

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Joining forces with Parliament-Funkadelic’s Andre Foxxe, Omar S’ latest single for his FXHE imprint is an assuredly funky affair. With its mix of drum loops, guitar and brass, ‘The First 100’ stakes out some upbeat grooves on the A-side, which are then doubled down on by the ebullience of ‘Dance Your Blues Away’ on the reverse. Accompanied by Amp Fiddler’s keys, the flipside ups the P-funk and Prince vibes a step further and comes as a wholehearted call to take the title literally. – JH


Cera Khin

Demons To Some Angels To Others

(LazyTapes)

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Lazy Tapes head honcho and techno wizard Cera Khin makes her production debut with a heavyweight four-tracker that channels the furious, sometimes menacing edge of her full-throttle DJ sets. Diving straight in with piercing synths and a heavy electronic kick drum, you’re immediately holding on for dear life as you plunge into these frantically exciting depths. Khin’s zesty finisher, the title track, is a peak-time classic balancing the bombast of big-room with touches of more melodic techno. – EH

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Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (13th August)

Dystopian footwork, explorative synthesizers, wafting UK garage, and more.

This week’s rundown is by VF’s Gabriela Helfet and Lazlo Rugoff, alongside Alice Whittington, Emily Hill, and James Hammond.


Albums


Joy Orbison

Still Slipping Vol. 1

(XL Recordings)

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Like Joy O’s Still Slipping EP that came before it, his first long player, Still Slipping Vol. 1, feels like a collage of memories – verging on soundscape terrain in parts and heady club-cut snippets elsewhere. The result is like a sonic wrinkle through Joy O’s pandemic limbo, one foot planted in his living room, and the other in a deep dance floor dimension. This latter dive into club-fare dips into both his house and techno beginnings, as well as his recent drill and grime forays, before woozily fading out like a radio gliding across a station. Slip into it. – GH


Jana Rush

Painful Enlightenment

(Planet Mu)

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Prepare yourself for what Jana Rush calls “dark experimental listening music” – starting with the ominous “Moanin'” which mainly features a drum machine and saxophone yet still envelopes you with its pulsing kick and free jazz stylings. A veteran from the 90s Dance Mania days, she casts aside any type of formulaic production on this release – deftly piecing together erratic percussion with chopped up vocals on a textured sonic landscape. Incredibly, Rush works in Detroit as a chemical engineer during the day and a CAT Scan technologist at night, but somehow still has the time and energy to produce a blazing album of dystopian footwork, juke, and experimental electronica. – AW


Kevin McCormick & David Horridge

Light Patterns

(Smiling C)

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Grappling with existential ennui? Look no further than the soothing and luminescent lo-fi of Light Patterns Kevin McCormick and David Horridge began their musical journey during the late ‘70s in Manchester, united in a decidedly different, and more delicate harmony to what was permeating the city’s sonic subcultures during that time. Mixing acoustic guitars and bass with effects and production techniques, the duo conjured an album that traverses hushed psychedelia, lo-fi, and ambient with a deft touch. “Light patterns in a glass dream, Sound fountains in a gentle stream, Smoked visions in another room, Form and fade all too soon…” – GH


Janet Beat

Pioneering Knob Twiddler

(Trunk Records)

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It’s hard not to pass up listening to a release called Pioneering Knob Twiddler. Janet Beat, the owner of the first commercially available synthesiser in the UK, was encouraged by her peer Daphne Oram to experiment and create eerie, original soundscapes worthy of a Forbidden Planet soundtrack. She even goes one step further, pairing analogue flamenco guitar and synthesised effects on ‘A Willow Swept By Train’. It’s a fascinating glimpse into history, trying to imagine the wonder and excitement upon hearing synthesised music for the first time in the 1950s. – AW


Francesco Cavaliere & Tomoko Sauvage

Viridescens

(Marionette)

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In praise of the colour green, Tomoko Sauvage & Francesco Cavaliere’s Viridescens finds the duo channelling the colour’s serene and phantasmagorical
elements into their unusual ensemble of amplified water bowls, bamboo xylophones, metallophones and synthesizers. Recorded at site-specific performances in Tokyo and Hong Kong that were adorned with greenness (from plant life to synth colour), with Viridescens the label and artists present “a more musical context” for the performances. In collaboration Sauvage’s water music draws back from lengthy swells of aquatic feedback, instead taking on a more playful and melodic approach in tandem with Cavaliere’s curious vibrations and electronics. Splishing and sploshing that primes the imagination. – JH


Jeff Parker

JP’s Myspace Beats

(International Anthem)

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Jeff Parker’s two most recent LPs for International Anthem, 2016’s The New Breed and last year’s Suite For Max Brown placed sampling and rhythm at thecore of his multi-instrumental approach. Where Suite For Max Brown operates on an intricate bed of live sampling, The New Breed was sparked by reworkings of Parker’s collection of Myspace beats and samples. It’s these beats and samples that make up this one-off vinyl pressing. With a palpable sense of fun and discovery intact, if Max Brown was a refinement and culmination of Parker’s sample-inspired music, these beats and sampled loops present part of its lo-fi, grooving inception. – JH


Steve Roach

Structures From Silence

(Telephone Explosion)

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A legend of synthesizer-driven ambient music, Steve Roach drew upon the beauty of pastoral Americana for his 1984 album, Structures From Silence. Designed as a soundtrack to relaxation and meditation, Structures From Silence appears almost as a sonic tabula rasa, allowing the listener to dissolve into the rolling hills of its healing world. – LR


Singles


Nala Sinephro

Live at Real World Studios with Edward Wakili​-​Hick & Dwayne Kilvington

(NTS)

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Nala Sinephro marks her debut vinyl release with Live at Real World Studios, via London’s own NTS. A sixteen-minute, unnamed improvisation, Sinephro recorded the piece on harp and modular synths, joined by Edward Wakili-Hick on drums, and Dwayne Kilvington on synth bass. A deeply spiritual piece that taps into the organic, free-flowing quality of improvisation,it appears akin to a river meandering across a field, unsure of its own destination, moving solely for the sake of moving. –LR


K-Lone

Tasty001

(Sweet N Tasty)

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Delicious UK garage cuts cooked up in K-Lones kitchen for Sweet n Tasty are cheesy and delightful all at the same time. Playing with cheeky vocals and, arguably, cheekier basslines this four tracker has an ode to the iconic Synders pretzels within its realm. Dancing strictly above 130BPM the 4×4 bangers are joyful demonstrating the young producer’s dynamic range, in contrast to his melodic experimental bass debut album Cape Circa on Wisdom Teeth. One thing is for sure, he knows how to whip up some wafters. – EH


Gradient

Dub Contours

(Outlaw)

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Gradient delivers a dubbed-out-techno four tracker special for Matthew Oh’s ninth release on Outlaw Records. An ode to the experimental rhythms of dub-techno pioneers such as Moritz Von-Oswald, these four killer tracks are dripping deliciously with sparse melodic chords over a steady kick drum. Buoyantly bouncing the ‘Contours’ delve into the realms of deep house, never settling but flirting with the idea. Swaying side to side with the deep rhythms, they are joyfully relaxed, steadily danceable, and exciting dub explorations for the seasoned producer. – EH

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Music Everywhere: JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

August 2021

It’s back to the familiar JBL cylindrical design this month with their newest addition to the Flip series, the Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker. As you might have guessed from the number, this popular series has been around for some time. The new model comes with a few improvements over the outgoing Flip 4, although it loses a few features as well. Still, at $119.95 (all prices USD), it’s one of the best little Bluetooth speakers around.

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