Watch Christina Vantzou’s video for new single ‘Red Eel Dream’

Following the magnificent and immersive ‘Surreal Presence (for SH and FM)’, Christina Vantzou has shared a second single titled ‘Red Eel Dream’. Flowing with mystery, the new track is taken from her upcoming record No.5, set for release on November 11th through Kranky. ‘Red Eel Dream’ comes with a video made by Eva L’Hoest in collaboration with Vantzou and you can watch it below.

s t a r g a z e announce new album, One, featuring compositions by Tyondai Braxton, Nik Colk Void, Greg Saunier, Arone Dyer and Aart Strootman

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s t a r g a z e‘s upcoming One is one of the albums slated for release this year that we’re eagerly anticipating. An orchestral suite, the record was composed for the Berlin-based experimental ensemble by a phenomenal cast of musicians, Tyondai Braxton, Nik Colk Void, Greg Saunier, Arone Dyer and Aart Strootman.  “We tried to think of composers who knew s t a r g a z e’s musician well from previous live interactions, who had an appreciation of classical music, and who are known as innovative, flexible producers”, explained the ensemble’s conductor André De Ridder. “We wanted those who could think of the recorded parts as something that could also be ‘processed’ afterwards and manipulated. These tracks were open to development at every step, and no two pieces followed the same method or style. The only constant was remote collaboration.”

One is set for release on November 25th through Transgressive Records and we can already hear the first cut from it, ‘Recollection Pulse #3’ , composed by Nik Colk Void, who other than being one half of Factory Floor and one third of Carter Tutti Void, is also known for her work using modular systems, voice and guitar. She comments:

“Working alongside this collective of classically trained musicians brought me out of my comfort zone as a modular synth artist. I lean towards assertoric compositions built via the appreciation of chance happenings through improvisation, and the recording it was a challenge too; feeling blindfolded to the outcome, we began to naturally bend our known rules and experience a crossing which was far more reliant on emotion rather than direction.”

Clocking in at just under ten minutes, ‘Recollection Pulse #3’ is a monumental cut that summons a sense of the infinite and we can’t stop playing it.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2022: Kuunatic

There’s less two months 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.

Kuunatic

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Performing Sunday 13th November (Curated by Animal Collective)


Formed in Tokyo in 2016, Kuunatic is the tribal-psych trio of Fumie Kikuchi (keys and vocals), Yuko Araki (drums and vocals) and Shoko Yoshida (bass and vocals). Sonically diverse, their unique sound is an amalgamation of each member’s different musical and cultural background. Their transcending debut album, Gate of Klüna, came last year through Glitterbeat Records and we can’t wait to see them performing it live at Le Guess Who?. We’ve asked them what other bands they are looking forward to and Fumie, Yuko and Shoko each picked an artist respectively. Read on to find out!

 

Les Filles de Illighadad

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Performing Friday 11th November (curated by Animal Collective)

 

Moor Mother & billy woods performing ‘BRASS’

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Performing Saturday 12th November (curated by CURL)

 

Goat

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Performing Saturday 12th November

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 10-13 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Sunda Arc tease second album with new single ‘Distant Siren’

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Sunda Arc, the duo of brothers Nick Smart and Jordan Smart, have a new album on the way, following their 2020 debut Tides. Entitled Night Lands, it arrives on November 18th through Gondwana Records. A beautiful record, Night Lands takes cues from techno, electronica, neo-classical and post-rock and it “channels Nick and Jordan’s love of electronic and dance music, without losing any of their deep musicality”, as the press release describes.

Alongside the album announcement, Sunda Arc have released the first single ‘Distant Siren’. They comment:

“This was a track that went through many iterations, as we were playing with different moods to frame the main melody. We ended up settling on more of an urban and dark sound world, with the bass clarinet representing a more hopeful melody struggling to emerge throughout the track in different ways. This track I think feels like taking an early morning journey on a night bus; the thoughts and feelings and sights and sounds that emerge and fall back into the darkness.”

‘Distant Siren’ comes with an accompanying video directed by Daniel Halsall and you can watch it below.

Gala Drop return with third studio album Amizade

Eight years on from the release of II, Portuguese outfit Gala Drop are back with a new album entitled Amizade, which means friendship. Now a trio comprising Afonso Simões, Nelson Gomes and Rui Dâmaso, Gala Drop crafted the album following a residence at gnration. According to the press release, “never before had the band been so blatantly dubby … or lined up distinct historical moments from the UK’s hardcore continuum – pianola in rave euphoria and cut up vocals”.

Amizade arrives on October 14th through GDRecords and ahead of it they have let loose the first single, ‘Monte do Ouro’. The track is offered with a video made by visual artist Sara Graça. Watch it now.

Masayoshi Fujita, Thiago Nassif, Cate Le Bon, Zs, Watkins/Peacock, Rival Consoles, Fulu Miziki Kolektiv, Estrella Morente, Lido Pimienta, Oumou Sangaré – the full line up of Le Guess Who? 2022 is announced

The stars will align again this November as Le Guess Who? fires up Utrecht’s musical life with four days of extraordinary music drawn from the widest musical spectrum. With just under two months to go until the 15th anniversary edition of the festival, the organizers announced today the full line-up adding 72 new phenomenal performers who join an already hefty bill co-curated by Animal Collective, clipping. and CURL

 

Le Guess Who? returns for its 15th edition in the quaint and historic city of Utrecht from 10-13 November and the organizers had already announced a stellar and ambitious bill rammed with musical treats for every imaginable taste. A festival rich with possibility, Le Guess Who? builds bridges across genres, generations and regions, delivering beautiful musical experiences.

Newly announced names that have caught our eye in particular include master vibraphonist, multi-percussionist, and composer Masayoshi Fujita, whose album Bird Ambiance topped our 2021 end of year list and many others, phenomenal multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Thiago Nassif with his compositions merging and exploring elements of no-wave, electronic music, tropicalismo, jazz, rock and pop, Welsh musician and producer Cate Le Bon who recently released her sixth studio album Pompeii and Columbian-Canadian musician and Polaris Prize-winning artist Lido Pimienta with her blend of cumbia with electronic music and art pop. This year’s edition will also see newly announced sets from Malian singer Oumou Sangaré, legendary avant-rockers Zs, ambient-folk artist Maria BC, the intimate and enchanting sounds of singer-songwriter and improvisor Joanne Robertson and self-described “eco-friendly-Afro-punk-collective” Fulu Miziki Kolektiv, a Kinshasa based orchestra who make their own instruments, costumes and masks out of trash. Also joining Le Guess Who?’s general festival line-up are high-powered Ghent-based duo Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul, showcasing Topical Dancer, their Soulwax-produced electronic debut album, traditional adungu and nanga harp master and singer Otim Alpha who whips up the dancefloor with Acholitronix, a high tempo dance music fusing traditional music from north Uganda with electronic production, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Yaya Bey, Slovenian acoustic folk avant-garde experimental band Širom and Spanish flamenco singer Estrella Morente performing with the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra. Known for the exhilarating energy of their live performances, Afrofuturistic jazz outfit Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids are returning to Le Guess Who? this November for their 50th Anniversary Celebration, a performance we wouldn’t want to miss. Also appearing are Surya Botofasina & Carlos Niño, fresh off the back of their utterly engrossing debut album Everyone’s Children, which pays tribute to Alice Coltrane, Dutch rockers Personal Trainer, Italian vocalist, composer, keyboardist and multimedia artist Jolanda Moletta, Huerco S., the project of American producer and DJ Brian Leeds with the freshly released Plonk, his first album in six years and french filmmaker and sound explorer Vincent Moon with his unique site-specific Live Cinéma performance.

Amidst the new exciting additions to Le Guess Who?’s 2022 line-up is a new program presented by DJ Fitz, the festival’s resident DJ. Appearing on his bill are entrancing electro-acoustic and kosmiche duo Watkins/Peacock, the unabashedly fun Colombian and Japanese art-rock duo Flash Amazonas with new album uva-uva just out last week, Lisbon’s Funkamente, Anadol, Quesadilla and Istanbul’s beatmaker Grup Ses.

There are new additions to clipping.’s curated program as well, who are hosting KMRU & Aho Ssan performing Limen, Manuka Honey and London-based musician and producer Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles, presenting his new album Now Is, set for release in October.

There’s a lot more on offer for the 15th edition of Le Guess Who?, including programs hosted by Batu, Bong-Ra, Moonshine, Kampala-based label Nyege Nyege and a plethora of other unmissable artists bound to hold the attention of curious minds.

Le Guess Who? 2022 takes place from 10-13th November in several venues throughout Utrecht. Festival passes are now sold out but there are still limited day tickets available via leguesswho.com/tickets. Full details of the line-up can be found on leguesswho.com.