Last October guitarist and composer Samuel Hällkvist released Variety of Rhythm, a record that instantly got us under its spell. For the Copenhagen based Swedish musical wizard, the word prolific seems a bit of an understatement; Hällkvist has already contributed to more than 20 albums. With immense technical skills and an audacious and experimental approach to composition and improvisation, his work spans genres from jazz and country to metal and electronic. So we're ecstatic to have him at the helm of this month's mixtape, a collection of tracks filled with discoveries, surprises and beauty. We warmly recommend you jump aboard right away!
Lars Hollmer – Stråk [Krax]
Markus Reuter feat. Sonar & Tobias Reber – Condition I [Ronin Rhythm Records]
Steve Reich – Sextet: 3rd Movement [nonesuch]
Shitney – Magnetosphere Shower [ILK Music]
mu-neujohn – Dynamismo [Impulse]
György Ligeti – Musica Ricercata 7: Cantabile, Molto Legato [Verso]
Nick Bärtsch’s Mobile – Modul 29 [Tonus-Music-Records]
Ukandanz – Lantchi Biyé [Dur Et Doux / Bigoût Records]
Terry Riley & Nice Opera String Quartet – Derveshum Carnivalis [Sri Moonshine Music]
Art of Noise – The Army Now [Island Records / ZTT]
Jerusalem In My Heart have always dazzled us with their powerful and entrancing compositions, exploring and merging traditional Arabic music with electronic influences. Founded over a decade ago by prodigious and adventurous musician, composer and producer-in-demand Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, they are currently a performative audio-visual duo with Charles-André Coderre creating live projections on 16mm film. Ahead of the forthcoming 11th edition of Le Guess Who?, for which they are one of the guest co-curators, we are thrilled and honoured to unveil this special mixtape lovingly assembled by Radwan. Serving as a window into their extraordinary curation, it features music from each of the unique artists they have invited to perform. Now it's time to listen.
October is here and with it comes a very special selection of tracks picked by Emily Hall, the marvellous and infinitely creative British composer. She won us over with her 2015 concept album/opera Folie à Deux, which was one of our Album Picks of the Year. So we asked her to put together a mixtape with some of the artists and bands that have inspired her and the stunning mix she sent us journeys through a myriad of genres and styles, with artists from the likes of Anna Meredith and Oliver Coates to Mara Carlyle and Lady Maisery. Enjoy!
Anna Meredith – Something Helpful [Moshi Moshi]
Oliver Coates – Another Day [PRAH Recordings]
Mara Carlyle – How It Felt To Kiss You [Ancient & Modern]
Mesadorm – Drink You [Babylegs Records]
Olivia Chaney – Blessed Instant [Nonesuch]
Mira Calix – The Stockholm Syndrome [Warp]
Kronos Quartet with Bryce Dressner – Little Blue Something [Anti-]
Lady Maisery – This Woman’s Work [RootBeat Records]
Ties Mellema: Jacob Ter Veldhuis – Grab It!
Oliver Coates – Tommib Help Buss [PRAH Recordings]
Nadia Sirota – Etude No.3 [Bedroom Community]
Laurie Anderson – O Superman [Warner Bros.]
Håkon Austbø and Olivier Messiaen- I. Regard du Pere [Naxos]
Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim – West Side Story: Tonight [United Artists]
We're ecstatic to start September with a very special selection of tunes picked by the incredibly talented and imaginative multi-instrumentalist and composer Quinta. The Quick of The Heart, her second album, is one of the most exhilarating, enchanting and engaging albums we've heard in a long time. Quinta is also part of the experimental arts quartet Collectress and regularly lends her wizardry skills and inventiveness to other projects, collaborating with many renowned artists and composing for theatre, contemporary dance and circus. So, press play and indulge your ears.
Emily Hall – mantra [Bedroom Community]
Sufjan Stevens – All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands [Sounds Familyre]
Serafina Steer – The Valley [Static Caravan]
John Adams – Shaker Loops: I. Shaking and Trembling [nonesuch]
Albert Tétard & Daniel Barenboim & Luben Yordanoff & Claude Desurmont – Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps – 5. Louange à l’Eternité de Jésus [Deutsche Grammophon]
Owen Pallett – E Is For Estranged [Secret City]
Joan As Police Woman – Christobel [PIAS / Reveal Records]
tUnE-yArDs – News [4AD]
Scott Walker – Plastic Palace People [Philips]
Baby Dee – Black But Comely [Drag City / Tin Angel Records]
Errollyn Wallen – Photography: IV. Moderato Keep Very Rhythmic [NMC]
Russian trio Gnoomes have been making waves with two excellent albums drawing from genres like psych rock, prog and krautrock. The band crafts hypnotic, cinematic and blistering music and their second album Tschak!, released earlier this year, features a more expansive sound palette, including a bunch of old Soviet synths. So we are delighted to present this month's mixtape, compiled by Gnoomes. Like a mesmerising trip, their mix makes for an incredibly immersive listen encapsulating their own influences and styles.
Lower Dens – Brains [Domino]
Harmonia – Veterano [Brain]
Arthur Russell – You And Me Both [Rough Trade / Audika]