Richard J. Birkin unveils new track from upcoming debut album Vigils

Richard J. Birkin - VigilsWe’re only a month away from the release of Richard J. Birkin’s debut album, Vigils. The Derbyshire composer and all round musical wonder had previously shared the magnificent album opener, ‘Vigil I’. Another track from the album, the incredibly beautiful, shimmering and delicate ‘Accretions’, emerged last week and it will surely sweep you away. ‘Accretions’ features Iskra String Quartet and it comes with an animated video made by Christopher Boote using chalk. Watch it below and make sure you grab Vigils when it’s out on March 11th through Reveal Records.

To celebrate the release of Vigils, Birkin has lined up a series of live shows around the UK in March, including a show in London at The Good Ship on March 22nd. Take a look at all the dates confirmed so far below:


The Heliocentrics announce new release Quatermass Sessions: From The Deep

The Heliocentrics -  Quatermass Sessions: From The DeepAll hail the return of The Heliocentrics, the London based psychedelic funk jazz collective, who are set to drop a new release next week. Following their 2013 album 13 Degrees of Reality, which was one of our Album Picks of the Year, The Heliocentrics released The Last Transmission in 2014, a heavenly collaboration with Melvin Van Peebles. Now they are ready to release Quatermass Sessions: From The Deep, an effort that sees the band “finish off their trawl through the vaults of tracks recorded at their old digs – Quatermass Studios with psychedelic tinged funk and jazz instrumentals”, as the press release describes. Quatermass Sessions: From The Deep arrives on February 19th via Now-Again.
Along with the release announcement, The Heliocentrics are teasing us with the first taste from record, the groovy, cosmic and entrancing ‘Night And Day’. We’re listening to it on repeat just as you should be.

ZA! drop video for ‘Badulake’, plus UK tour starts this week

ZAHaving just released their new album, Loloismo, and with a UK tour kicking off this week, Spanish experimental punk duo ZA! are offering a video for the album’s phenomenal lead track ‘Badulake’. ‘Badulake’ means cornershop in Spanish, which is the location picked for the video, as the band explains:

“The video is shot on a store near Spazzfrica Ehd’s apartment, owned by Rustem, a very nice neighbour that has a motto in life: “FÁCIL, FÁCIL, FÁCIL” (easy, easy, easy). He’s the main actor in the video. When we were acting as “the robbers” on the end of the video, 6 REAL & armed policemen entered the store to stop us: a neighbour saw the scene from his apartment and called the cops!”.

Watch the video below, directed by Jordi Castells & Aitor Garay.

ZA! are hitting the road this week for a string of UK shows including DIY Space For London on 12th February. Check all their stops below:

11th February – Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
12th February – Matinee show at Folkestone Quarterhouse
12th February – DIY Space For London, London
13th February – The Harp Restrung, Folkestone
17th February – Secret show TBA
18th February – MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
19th February – Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, Bradford
20th February – Picture House Social, Sheffield

Loloismo is out now via Sheffield DIY collective The Audacious Art Experiment and Hot Salvation Records.

Diminished Men share new track ‘Kudzu Mine’

Diminished Men

Photo: Frank Schmitt

Following the stunning and enigmatic ‘Oistros Dolorous’, Seattle’s Diminished Men have shared ‘Kudzu Mine’, a new cut from their forthcoming third album Vision In Crime. Featuring guest saxophonists Skerik Welch (Critters Buggin, Wayne Horvitz) and Neil Welch (Bad Luck, King Tears Bat Trip), ‘Kudzu Mine’ is even more tenebrous, mysterious and fierce, and “highly symptomatic of their sinister avant jazz correlations”, as the press release describes, naming it as a “highlight on an album that takes the listener on a frantic midnight ride on the wrong side of the tracks…”. Take a listen to ‘Kudzu Mine’ now.

Vision In Crime is out on March 4th via Abduction Records.

Porto’s NOS Primavera Sound unleashes full line-up

NOS Primavera Sound, the offshoot of Barcelona’s revered festival, is back in Porto for its fifth edition from 9th to 11th June 2016. The full line-up has been unveiled this week and the festival just keeps getting better, with the likes of Battles, Tortoise, PJ Harvey, BEAK>, Floating Points and Julia Holter amongst those gracing this year’s edition.

The three-day event takes place in Porto’s Parque da Cidade, a stunning urban park located next to a beautiful beach making it a privileged and idyllic location to soak up music and sun.

Take a look at the full line-up below, and if you didn’t already know, Porto is a treat of a city.

NOS Primavera Sound
The full festival ticket is on sale at the price of 90€. Head over here for tickets and more information.

Colin Stetson announces new album SORROW: A Reimagining of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony

Photo: Brantley Gutierrez

Photo: Brantley Gutierrez

Colin Stetson released a marvellous collaborative album with Sarah Neufeld last year, but his last solo album came out three years ago. The 2013’s outstanding New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, which was one of our Album Picks of the Year, is being followed up this Spring and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
The Montreal-based sax super-hero has announced the release of SORROW: A reimagining of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony, based on the Polish composer’s 1997 famous classic piece. Due out on April 8th via his own 52Hz label, SORROW is a dream come true for Stetson, who envisioned the project for two decades. Stetson assembled an incredible cast of musicians to bring this project to life, including Sarah Neufeld (violins), Rebecca Foon (cello), Greg Fox (drums), Gyda Valtisdottir (cello), Ryan Ferreira (guitar), Grey Mcmurray (guitar), Matt Bauder (saxes/clarinets), Dan Bennett (saxes/clarinets), Shahzad Ismaily (synths), Justin Walter (keyboards/EV) and his sister Megan Stetson (voice).
Here’s how he described the album:

“We all have those moments when we experience a piece of music that transforms us, and this was one of those moments for me. Over the years, I went on to listen to this record countless times, always determined to absorb every instance of it, to know it throughout and fully. And this dedication to a thorough knowledge of the piece eventually gave way to a need to perform it.

The concept was simple, and true to the original score. I haven’t changed existing notation, but rather have worked with altering instrumentation, utilizing a group consisting heavily of woodwinds, synthesizers, and electric guitars, as well as retaining an element of the orchestral in a string section of violins and cellos, which features prominent and decorated Canadian musicians Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre) and Rebecca Foon (Saltland, Esmerine).

My approach was “additive”, in that I imagined certain sounds or parts, though not present in the original, were (to me) extensions of the emotional core of the piece. For example, the instrumentation is rounded out by the most extreme of those sonic/timbral/musical additions, the drum set. Performed inimitably here by NYC drummer/percussionist, Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien, Z’s). My background and education in classical concert music is here, as well as a focus on group improvisation. The arrangement draws heavily from the world of black metal, early electronic music, and from my own body of solo saxophone music.

The result is an intact rendition of Henryk Górecki’s 3rd Symphony, though one which has been filtered through the lens of my particular musical aesthetic and experience.”

As a first staggering taste, Stetson is offering an excerpt of movement ‘I’ of SORROW, featuring Megan Stetson.  Listen to it below and watch the album trailer straight after.