Known for his singular and intricate guitar work, Martyn Heyne also shines in other settings and projects. The German multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer has worked and collaborated with a slew of other artists, including Nils Frahm, Lubomyr Melnyk, Dustin O’Halloran, Efterklang, The National, Peter Broderick and many more.
Following last year’s mini-album Shady & Light, Heyne is ready to follow it up with his debut full-length entitled Electric Intervals. The record arrives on November 17th through !K7‘s new imprint 7K! and we can already wrap our ears around the magnificent ‘Carry’. The track comes with a video produced by FELD. Watch it below.
There’s less than a month to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.
Performing Friday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Basilica Soundscape
Photo: Ebru Yildiz
The incredibly talented, versatile and daring drummer Greg Fox is a percussive force who has played and collaborated with an array of stellar artists, including Guardian Alien, Liturgy, Colin Stetson, Dan Deacon, Man Forever, Zs and Ben Frost, who is also performing at Le Guess Who?. Just last month, Fox released his second album, The Gradual Progression, with one of its main influences being the very jazz legend who is also gracing the stages of Le Guess Who? this year, Pharoah Sanders. Read on for a list of three acts Fox will definitely be catching at the festival.
Performing Saturday 11th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by James Holden
Photo: Liz DeLeo
Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And stay tuned for more artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.
LA based producer, composer and keyboardist John Carroll Kirby may only be about to release his debut solo album, Travel, but he has been involved in many other projects for years. He has performed and collaborated with artists like Solange, Shabazz Palaces’, Blood Orange and Kirin J Callinan, to name but a few. The upcoming Travel features ten tracks, each one taking its name and mood from a different place. One of them is ‘Poroy Station’, a tropical track setting us on a journey to Machu Picchu. Take a listen now.
Bibio has a new record on the way called Phantom Brickworks, following last year’s A Mineral Love. Featuring nine new tracks, the record arrives on November 3rd through Warp. As is usual with Bibio’s releases, he offered some words about the it:
“I don’t believe in ghosts but I do believe places can be haunted by meaning. Places change, not always for the better and not always by natural, benevolent or politically sound means. A place can be charged with atmosphere because of what it has been through or what it has been.
Phantom Brickworks is a collection of mostly improvised musical pieces, that for some years now, have provided me with a mental portal into places and times – some real, some imaginary, some a combination of both. Human beings are highly sensitive to the atmospheres of places, which can be enhanced or dramatically altered when you learn about the context of their history. Echoes and voices can sometimes be heard, in some way or another. Places sometimes have things to say.”
The delicate, magical and eerie ‘Phantom Brickworks III’ is the first single lifted from the album and it comes with a perfectly paired video, also made by Bibio.
Sudan Archives popped up on our radar earlier this year, through the spectacular line-up for the upcoming Le Guess Who? Festival. Inspired by Sudanese fiddlers, the self-taught violinist and vocalist combines West African rhythms with electronic music and R&B. Earlier this summer, she released her debut self-titled EP through Stones Throw. On the back of it, Sudan Archives has recently shared the wonderful and enveloping single ‘Water’. The track is offered with a video featuring footage from a trip to Ghana where she taught music production to kids.
“Teaching the kids at the North Star School with The Taiwo Fund was a dream come true and the main reason we traveled to Ghana. I launched a three day music production workshop and kids easily adapted to electric drum kits because they are already skilled drummers at their school. I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to go and teach the skills I’ve learned and inspire the students to create with the tools that they already have.”
The video is directed by Eric Coleman. Watch it now.
Sudan Archives is crossing the Atlantic for her first European tour this November. Take a look at all her stops below:
9th November – Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
10th November – Ancienne Belgique, Belgium, Brussels
11th November – Olympic Café, Paris, France
13th November – Camden Assembly, London, England
15th November – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, England
17th November – New Fall Festival, Dusseldorf, Germany
19th November – New Fall Festival, Stuttgart, Germany
The release of Colleen‘s new album A flame my love, a frequency is just around the corner. Following the first enticing single ‘Separating‘, the French multi-instrumentalist and composer has shared a marvellous new track from the album called ‘Winter dawn’. It comes with a video directed by Connor R. Burke. Watch it now.
A flame my love, a frequency is out on October 20th through Thrill Jockey