Anna Meredith‘s music is exhilarating and magnificent. An incredible electronic contemporary composer, producer and musician, she never ceases to surprise us. Bumps Per Minute: 18 Studies for Dodgems is her latest offering, an album described as “a full-throttle reinvention of the traditional fairground dodgems”, which is also part of the Dodge installation at London’s Somerset House. The idea came to life as a pandemic-friendly alternative for the ice rink at the main courtyard at Somerset House and can be visited and experienced this summer. If you’re not in London, you can still play the dodgems virtually at home on bumpsperminute.com.
Speaking about Bumps Per Minute: 18 Studies for Dodgems, Meredith said she “approached writing these 18 tracks like little exercises, making identities that are bold, playful and characterful but without beats, percussion or any acoustic elements and relying on my skills to create melodic and harmonic based energy.” She added:
“They’re also less about musical development than my orchestral work or material in my studio albums, these tracks are only themselves and unapologetically so, and that freed me up to unleash some pretty bonkers ideas, knowing it’s about these bold switches – like a sort of musical Whacky Races…”.
For a taste of what’s on offer, here’s ‘BPM 124’.
Bumps Per Minute: 18 Studies for Dodgems is out now through Moshi Moshi
We love Nightports’ sublime music. The inventive duo of British musicians and producers Adam Martin and Mark Slater approach their different projects with sets of pre-defined rules. Their recent EP, Wat Chedi Luang, was created using recordings from a unique day and place. Similarly, for their two previous albums, they only used sounds produced by a featured musician, discovering varied ways to explore and rework the artist’s music. Following their 2018 collaboration with Matthew Bourne, last year’s dazzling sonic collaboration, Nightports w/ Betamax, made it to our favourite Albums of 2020 and we simply can’t put it down. So we’re delighted they stitched together this phenomenal mix for us. Dig in!
Anna Meredith – Calion [Moshi Moshi] 0:00
Eli Keszler – Measurement Doesn’t Change the System At All [Shelter Press] 4:30
Coinciding with a handful of sold out shows in the UK earlier this month, electronic contemporary composer Anna Meredith shared a brilliant video to accompany ‘Sawbones’. The track is taken from her latest album FIBS, released last October through Moshi Moshi. Watch the video below, directed by Foxall Studio.
Anna Meredith is also taking her musical spark to the US, for a string of live dates in March. Check all her stops here.
We’re avid fans of electronic contemporary composer Anna Meredith, and ever since her debut EP, 2012’s Black Prince Fury, her music has stuck with us. Her incredible debut album, Varmints, came out in 2016 and now she has announced details of a long-awaited follow-up. Entitled FIBS, the album arrives on October 25th through Moshi Moshi. Speaking about the title of the record, Meredith described it as “lies — but nice friendly lies, little stories and constructions and daydreams and narratives that you make for yourself or you tell yourself.”
The news comes paired with the first single, the brilliant and boisterous ‘Paramour’, a song that as the press release describes, “sweeps, jerks and wrong turns pinning your ears to the speakers whilst heading for warp speed at a blistering 176 BPM before rounding the journey out with an (utterly unexpected) tuba-led half-time rock-out”. What’s more, Meredith has also unveiled an astonishing single-take video for it, featuring 1200 pieces of LEGO track. Ewan Jones Morris directs.
In other related news, Anna Meredith has announced a string of UK dates for February 2020. Check all her stops below:
Feb 3rd – LEEDS, Belgrave Music Hall
Feb 4th – MANCHESTER, Gorilla
Feb 5th – LONDON, EartH
Feb 6th – BRISTOL, Trinity
Feb 8th – GLASGOW, Art School
Feb 9th – COVENTRY, Arts Centre
Feb 10th – BRIGHTON, Old Market
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]
Australian trio PVT, formerly known as Pivot, had us right from the release of their debut album nearly a decade ago. Going even stronger today, brothers Richard and Laurence Pike and Dave Miller have a much anticipated fifth album, New Spirit, out next month. So we're ecstatic to start off 2017 with a mixtape put together by Richard Pike:
"I'm not sure how these have directly influenced New Spirit, but it's a selection of tracks that I found myself coming back to during songwriting. So I guess that means something. I avoided vocals in this mix because at the time I was only focused on finding the right sound palette, and letting my own lyrical ideas evolve over that palette. I otherwise have nothing against vocalists. This mix is very electronic. With a focus on futurism."