The sounds of noise, jazz on the dance floor, Japanese pop, analog vibe and more.
This week’s recap is produced by Gabriela Helfet and Lazlo Rugoff of Vinyl Factory, alongside James Hammond and Emily Hill.
(The vinyl factory)
After the work of Ryoji Ikeda who took American military Morse code and planetary sine waves as the raw material for locked grooves, his latest version crosses the spectrum of noise. Aside from their “unwanted” abilities, these colorations that change from red to black may be familiar to some as ambient sleep aids or as tools for making music, or even for masking other sounds. For Ikeda, they present the fundamentals of information theory which, by their random nature, give an âindex of the richness of our livesâ. – JH
The RYOJI IKEDA exhibit – a multi-sensory exploration of light and sound – is now open at 180 The Strand.
The Japanese outfit CHAI creates “NEO-KAWAII” on their latest album, WINK, for Sub Pop, an indie staple. Drawing inspiration from Mac Miller, the Internet and Brockhampton, the quartet merges lo-fi r’n’b and hip-hop influences with pop-rock and dance-punk. – L / D
The tunnel and the clearance
(Thrill Jockey Records)
In an effort to maximize creativity through the use of minimal tools, Colleen harnesses the potential of analog instruments, a Yamaha organ keyboard and Moog effects on her latest album. The Tunnel and the Clearing presents a tranquil mix of analog vibe, swirling touches and the serene voice of Colleen. – L / D
Mica Levi’s debut solo album, Ruff Dog, sees its first vinyl offering, on self-released pressing via Micah. Combining dreamlike grunge and pop sensibilities, Levi’s creepy, textured world is imbued with a haunting emotional tone. – L / D
Georgia Anne Muldrow
(FORESEEN Entertainment / Epistrophik Peach Sound)
Georgia Anne Muldrow returns to her VWETO series for her third opus. This latest album is a groove-driven journey that injects “jazzy Afrofuturism” into moments of soul, funk, psychedelic and retro synthesizer. Designed to be “played when you give birth outside after a long period of soul searching to get what you need”, VWETO III comes at an extremely opportune time. – L / D
Dutch label Knekelhuis resurrects the sounds of obscure 80s no-wave disco on Electronic party. Having released their only album, Job, in 1982, “Party” consists of three of the notable tracks alongside six unreleased tracks, which were previously lost to forgotten cassettes. The version has been lovingly restored, bringing new life and truly supreme quality. I have to say that kind of release makes me incredibly excited, the versatility of the synths, stretched lyrics somewhere somewhere between wave-steeped techno and synth pop. Its danceable, daring and captures a true zeitgeist. – EH
Pak yan lau
Amassing a collection of detuned toy pianos, gong stems, prepared harps and metal tubes, Bakunawa is the sonic and unconventional result of Pak Yan Lau working with a new ensemble. Taking different approaches from either side, the first piece lets metallic tones ring out, while on the reverse, toy pianos take over, channeling the aforementioned noise into a play of polyrhythm and gamelan. – JH
Elka aka Emma Kirby – London-based DJ, producer and label manager – debuts on iconic Ninja Tune sub-label Technicolor with Euphoric melodies. Composed of five tracks, Euphoric melodies explores moments of intimacy against flourishing desires to be present and in public, which are still predominant themes in our existence in these abstract times. âAlexandraâ is a thrilling build of young hedonism – she bubbles with heat, inviting the listener in and allowing your body to recalibrate. While “Burnt Orange” is tender, it sums up feelings for loved ones while being a bit of an anthem. – EH
Melodies Record Club # 001: Four Tet selects
Melodies International launches its Melodies Record Club – mini-compilations curated by DJ and artist cut to 12 inches – with an absolute bombshell from Four Tet aka Kieran Hebden. With two jazz tracks prepared for the dance floor, its A-side is Hebden’s favorite ‘De I Comahlee Ah’ by Jackie McClean and Michael Carvin. For the occasion, Melodies is purchasing the original soundtracks of the complete recording, with the entire 12-minute version released for the first time. (The album version was shortened to fit the LP.) On the reverse, Chris McGregor’s song Brotherhood Of Breath, âMRA,â takes things on a more spiritual level. – GH
‘Want to jump’
(Soul Jazz Records)
Soul Jazz launches a new series delving into the legendary archives of Studio One with Marcia Griffiths “Feel Like Jumping”. Uplifting and gentle, let “ Feel Like Jumping ” act as a sonic teleportation device to keep you away from wind and hail (if you’re in the UK, that is) dropping you straight into sunnier weather. In addition to the original melody, the 12 âalso includes a dub version on the flip. – L / D