Hello there. I shared a link on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and a friend suggested I start "a weekly haido bandcamp and soundcloud newsletter!" So here it is. Not everything is "neuf", as the French might say, but it's still worth checking I think. Starting with....
Various Artists - For Isabelle
I came across Jehu and Chinaman when Dummy shared the weirdly wonderful Circuit Rider - Unit Holds stream. I bought the tape almost immediately, and since then I've been getting mailouts from the label. The most recent shared this name-your-price release, which the label boss, Steve Dewhurst, commisioned to mark his daughter's birth:
To celebrate the birth of my daughter, I commanded a host of my favourite artists to donate music to a compilation in her honour. Most of them acted fast, because a child's taste in music was at stake and my wife likes One Direction.
Within you might find nursery rhymes, fairy tales, meditative drone sleepers and the kind of fucked-up racket all cultured youngsters love so well.
Benihana - Patterns
This landed in my inbox on December 30 and I only got to listen to it now. I don't know about the Burial sample (of a sample) in 'Festivals', but otherwise it's quite nice.
Richard Colvaen - Dream
Sonic Router shared this lad. I'd like to hear more but it's just the one track. Instrumental hip-hop tempo electronica stuff.
Last Days - Satellite
I found this in the Headphone Commute "Best of 2013" section, which in turn I discovered from Seaworthy (who I came across after Ian Maleney shared a wonderful celebration of field recordings in 2013, yadda yadda). It seems the whole label (N5MD) is ambient/mournful pianos and strings whingebag stuff, which is perfect for me.
Preghost - Ghost Story
This is another example of great stuff from N5MD.
But going back to Seaworthy, everything on Flaming Pines seems great. Field recordings, mournful guitar twangs, the song of the rainbow lorikeet, it's full of that kinda stuff. It's run by Kate Carr, who also takes some great, earthy photography on her Instagram. They gave away Pastures by Tim Bass at the start of the year but it's back up to full price now. Worth it though, I listened to it about seven times in 24 hours. It's a new side to Australia that I hadn't encountered before.
The Ashes Of Piemonte - Winter's Fire
I found this on the HC 2013 list as well, it seems a bit more conceptual but it's lovely nonetheless. They've a subsequent album on their BC with five 30-minute-or-so tracks.
The Stranger - Watching Dead Empires In Decay
Also on the HC list, but I had heard this already. It's James Leyland Kirby, so you know it'll be great. I described Grey Day Drift as "like Twoism left in the woods for a while", and the response was "yes, with something feasting on its corpse".
The Seaman & The Tattered Sail - Light Folds
So this one's a bit mad. It's actually nine hours long, spread across a CD, double vinyl, and a DVD. There's a lengthy introduction to the work (it really is a work), but there's also an hour-long preview on Soundcloud that's much more easily digestible.
Moving on to Soundclouds then.
DJ TLR - The Wormhole Waitress
This is dark, ambient, pouding, EVVEEEE.
Mixed up in 014, some exoteric new (but perhaps not improved) stuff from the promo bins mixed up with some recent dark party faves and mind bending deep space echoes.
This is a hefty collection, and given the wide range of artists involved there's a lot of stuff going on. Something for everyone really. Personal highlights would be Leo Aldrey - NY Walk; August Rosenbaum, Jameszoo & Stephen Bruner - Fusion; and En2ak feat. Throwing Snow - There's Always Room For Cello.
'Various Assets - Not For Sale 2013' is a collection of some of the music that was made during the Red Bull Music Academy during four early summer weeks in New York City last year. The double CD contains 30 tracks composed, improvised and discovered by the 62 international participants and a cast of high-profile studio team members, who all got their fingers dirty on synths, Mellotrons, vibraphones, drum machines and anything else they could lay their hands on. Enjoy!
Juno Plus Podcast 78: DJ Richard
The latest Juno Plus mix comes from White Material boss DJ Richard. As he says himself: "This is mix is made up of records that have been in heavy rotation in my sets lately. There is no large concept to the mix; I really wanted to focus on tracks, specifically house records, that I have the most fun playing out. Just a bunch of really dirty 12”s" There's a lovely house track about 16 minutes in that samples 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', I think the Joanna Law version.
Beats in Space #712: Galcher Lustwerk & Young Male
Speaking of White Material, GALCHER EFFING LUSTWERK was on Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space this week with label mate Young Male. Nuff said, innit, etc. If you're looking for 100% Galcher Part II you'll be disappointed, but this does offer some new tracks as well as an insight into Young Male and Yung Galcher's influences and their operations. PS I didn't realise it's pronounced Galch-er, not Gal-shay. So there's that too.
Finnish producer Halvtrak, who last year released a 12" on Don't Be Afraid, put up three new tracks on his Soundcloud, titled Parálisis, Corpus Christi and Express Express (Mix 2).
Call Super's releasing a three-tracker on The Trilogy Tapes under the name Ondo Fudd. Blistering electro, banging techno, you know what to expect (once you know it's man like JR Seaton). 'There Will Be A Time' is just gorgeous.
I hope you've found something you liked here. If not, there may be something for you next week, provided I haven't gone too top-heavy with this opening edition. If you decide the whole thing isn't for you, let me know and I'll take you off the list.
All the best and have a wonderful weekend,