Anoushka Shankar unveils first single from collaborative album, Between Us…, with Manu Delago & Metropole Orkest

Photo: William Ejam Maail

Four years ago, the Netherlands was gifted with live performances from master sitar player Anoushka Shankar and pioneer of the hang Manu Delago along with the 27-member string section of the Metropole Orkest under the direction of conductor Jules Buckley. We were lucky to be at one those enthralling performances at Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht, experiencing a cinematic and divine set by two exceptional virtuosos and an incredible orchestra phenomenally conducted.

Now they are releasing a live album recorded during their run of shows in the Netherlands, featuring material taken from Shankar’s four solo albums – 2005’s Rise, 2013’s Traces of You, 2015’s Traveller and 2016’s Land of Gold. Entitled Between Us…, the upcoming album is out digitally on July 8th with a vinyl and CD edition arriving on September 16th through LEITER, the label founded by Nils Frahm and his manager Felix Grimm.

A truly collaborative album blending classical Indian music with contemporary sounds, Between Us… sees Shankar continue to work with other musicians. “I really feed off working creatively with others,” she explained. “Something turns on in collaboration, in chemistry, in connection. It can feel like a dance, like we’re in something together.”

Speaking about long time collaborator Manu Delago, Shankar says:

“He’s just so central to some of these pieces. I’ve played them without him, but my favourite way to play them is with him. I feel a new element of my sitar come alive in that sound vibration that happens between our two instruments, like there’s one little wave I can only play with him. It feels utterly magical.”

Along with the album news, Shankar has unveiled the first spellbinding single, ‘Land of Gold’. Listen to it below.

For another taste of what’s on offer revisit the beguiling performance of Anoushka Shankar & Manu Delago with Metropole Orkest Strings at Le Guess Who?’s 2018 edition, directed by Nick Helderman.

Watch Will Samson’s new video for ‘Echo Spring’

Coinciding with the vinyl release of his sixth studio album, Active Imagination, electronic / folk artist Will Samson shared last week a new video to accompany the gentle and gorgeous ‘Echo Spring’. Directed and edited by Daisy Moseley, the video was filmed on 16mm and as Samson puts it, “it seeks to illustrate the album’s central themes of ancestral roots, belonging and identity.”

Grab Active Imagination now through Human Chorus and watch the video below.

In other related good news, and in support of the album, Will Samson has announced a string of European live dates kicking off in July and including a show in Porto at Maus Hábitos on July 15th. Head over here for all his stops and more info.

Lucrecia Dalt announces new album, ¡Ay!; shares first single ‘No Tiempo’

Berlin based, Colombia born civil engineer turned into sound artist, musician and composer Lucrecia Dalt announced today the release of her eighth solo album, ¡Ay!. Known for her fusion of Colombian sounds and experimental minimalism, on the upcoming album Lucrecia “conjures a new realm where the tropical bolero, salsa, and merengue music of her childhood in Colombia meld with her signature experimental sci-fi-inspired storytelling and production”, as the press release describes.

¡Ay! is set for releae on October 14th through RVNG Intl. and ahead of it Lucrecia has let loose the delicate and ethereal ‘No Tiempo’. The single comes with a gorgeous video accompaniment created by Aina Climent and Lucrecia with cinematography by AINA and a script written by Lucrecia. The video was filmed on Galatzó Mountain in Spain and co-stars collaborator Alex Rodriguez Lázaro. Watch it below.

Watch Compro Oro’s live studio recording of new single ‘The Lower 9th’

Back in April, pyschedelic jazz collective Compro Oro announced the release of their fifth album, Buy The Dip. The news came paired with the radiant and intoxicating first single ‘Ben Hur’. Now they are enticing us again with a new single called ‘The Lower 9th’, offered with a video from the live studio recording. Watch it below and watch out for the album release on September 2nd through Sdban Ultra.

GoGo Penguin share new track ‘The Antidote Is in the Poison’

Photo: Emily Dennison

As the release of GoGo Penguin’s new EP nears, pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Jon Scott are offering up another taste of Between Two Waves with new track ‘The Antidote Is in the Poison’. Speaking about it, Blacka says:

“The starting point for the track was taken from a sequenced pattern on a synthesiser, but we then switched everything back to the acoustic instruments and never used a synth on it at all”.

Listen to ‘The Antidote Is In the Poison’ now.

Between Two Waves EP out July 1st via XXIM Records/Sony

Danny Mulhern set to release new album, Singing Through Others, in September

With a catalogue busy with film and tv soundtracks since the early-2000s, British composer and multi-instrumentalist Danny Mulhern is gearing up to release his fifth album titled Singing Through Others. As with recent works, on the new album Mulhern continues to collaborate with the London Contemporary Orchestra. Described as a “meditation on relationships”, Singing Through Others takes its title from the words of poet and philosopher Nora Bateson, who also features on the record.

We’ll have to wait until September 16th for the album to be out through Enate Music/Kontor Media but luckily we can already hear the wonderful single ‘A Different Kind Of Blue’. Mulhern comments:

“I sense that our culture is pretty beset with cynicism. On Singing Through Others I wanted to carry a torch for earnestness, and explore a melodic and tonal side of neoclassical music. The 7/8 time signature of A Different Kind Of Blue seems to straddle convention and weirdness in a pleasing way. It has a more zoomed-out palate of sounds than my previous records. Using electronics, jazz and band instruments alongside the orchestral players. It’s a chilled and playful polyrhythmic piece, and one of my favourites on the album.”

The single is offered with an accompanying video directed, animated and conceived by Antony Barkworth-Knight. Watch it now.