Le Guess Who?’s Who 2018: STUFF.

There’s just a few days 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.

STUFF.

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Performing Friday 9th November at De Pastoe Fabriek, curated by Shabaka Hutchings

Belgian instrumental five-piece STUFF. have been purveying their own unique sound, embracing songwriting and improvisation, and blending disparate genres like jazz, hip-hop, funk and electronica into sonically grabbing, dance-oriented tracks. Irresistibly groovy and joyous, the quintet’s second album Old Dreams, New Planets, originally released last year, received a full worldwide reissue this year through Gondwana Records. Raved for bringing a party to the stage every time they play, we just can’t wait to experience it firsthand. And we asked them what other artists they are most looking forward to seeing at Le Guess Who?. Find out below.

RP Boo

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Performing Sunday 11th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Moor Mother

“He has some of our favorite footwork beats out there.”

Neneh Cherry

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Performing Saturday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

“Very curious about her new music/album!”

Colin Stetson

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Performing Thursday 8th November at Janskerk

“Huge sounds, would love to see him live.”

Photo: Ebru Yildiz

Kelsey Lu

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Performing Saturday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

“Very intriguing, free-spirited and sensational.”

Photo: Vincent Haycock

Soichi Terada

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Performing Saturday 10th November at WAS.

” A very very cool producer. What would it be like live?”

Serpentwithfeet

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Performing Friday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg

“Some of the most remarkable and deep spiritual voices right now.”

Kadri Gopalnath

Performing Sunday 11th November at TivoliVredenburg

“His distinct alto saxophone sounds so wonderful and sweet. His suprisingly modern take on classic Indian carnatic music is a joy for the ear! I could listen to him all night.”

Le Guess Who? will take place 8-11 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.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2018: Manu Delago

There’s just over a week 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.

MANU DELAGO

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Anoushka Shankar & Manu Delago with MO Strings
Performing Saturday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

Photo: Lukas Lorenz

Known as a pioneer of the hang, with a staggering technical ability and boundless creativity, Manu Delago is one of the most interesting contemporary musicians, experimenting and expanding what can be done on the instrument. Parasol Peak is his latest album and film, a giant sonic venture recorded with an ensemble of seven musicians on a mountaineering expedition in the Alps. A highly in demand musician both on stage and in the studio, the percussionist and composer’s gifts were first noticed by Björk, and he has performed and recorded with an impressive list of artists, including Anoushka Shankar, Poppy Ackroyd, the London Symphony Orchestra, The Cinematic Orchestra, Ólafur Arnalds, and many others. Following on from his collaboration with Anoushka Shankar, the pair will bring a special performance to Le Guess Who?, with the Metropole Orkest Strings conducted by Jules Buckley. Needless to say we can’t wait for this performance, and we asked Delago which bands he’s most looking forward to. Find out below.

 

Colin Stetson

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Performing Thursday 8th November at Janskerk

“Colin is an incredible musician. It’s almost unbelievable that he’s creating the sounds you hear. I particularly love his album with Sarah Neufeld.”

 

Serpentwithfeet

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Performing Friday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg

“I fell in love with his music after I heard the track ‘Four Ethers’. It’s a brilliant rework of the legendary ‘Symphony Fantastique’ by Hector Berlioz. “

 

STUFF.

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Performing Friday 9th November at De Pastoe Fabriek, curated by Shabaka Hutchings

“We are sharing the same booking agent who made me aware of this brilliant and highly energetic band. Check them out!”

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 8-11 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.

Colin Stetson scores new series ‘The First’

New music from sax super hero and composer Colin Stetson is always marvellous news. After composing the soundtrack for Hereditary last Spring, Stetson has scored a new series called The First, which debuted this month on Hulu. His music was crucial for the series as a creative element, as Executive Producer Beau Willimon explains:

“More than anything, it was Colin Stetson’s music that inspired the creation of The First. His compositions and performance style were unlike anything I had ever heard. They take you on a vast journey, both epic and intimate.”

Stetson also commented on it:

“The music of The First is built on a foundation of stark and intimate qualities as exemplified by much of my solo saxophone repertoire, enhanced and expanded upon in every direction, from the epic orchestral character of horn and low brass fanfare, to the fragility and humanly intimate nature of muted solo piano. The breadth and scope of the overall narrative, comprised of these many real and extremely human stories of ambition, of love, and of grief and loss, has made it possible for me to fully explore such a multitude of aural approaches, resulting in a score which is as sonically and stylistically disparate as the personal stories of each of our characters, woven together by the common thread and themes of this grand shared purpose and of the sacrifices made by all in it’s service.”

The soundtrack came out last Friday on New Deal/Record Collection, with a vinyl edition due out later this winter. The chilling and magnificent ‘The End’ is now available to stream. Take a listen below.

Colin Stetson shares new track ‘In the Clinches’ from upcoming solo album

Colin Stetson - In The ClinchesSax super-hero Colin Stetson gets us every time with his extraordinarily staggering and powerful compositions. After teasing his new solo album, All This I Do For Glory, with the sublime and breathtaking ‘Spindrift’, Stetson got us even more excited offering a new track called ‘In the Clinches’. Here’s what he had to say about it:

“For those who have heard ‘Spindrift,’ this track is in all ways it’s antithesis. I always try to build into the arc of an album some point of juxtaposition, and this one is where that happens. Whereas ‘Spindrift’ is serenity and expanse, ‘In The Clinches’ is violence and immediacy. I wanted the experience of the song to be one of total immersion like the listener is inhabiting the instrument itself, hearing and feeling it from the inside out. There’s this hyper-realised, exaggerated character to the percussive sounds and a brute brashness to the sound of the horn. If ‘Spindrift’ is a memory of a peaceful past then ‘Clinches’ is the fear of a future of struggle. The present is that point of silence between the two.”

‘In the Clinches’ also comes with a live video shot and edited by Derrick Belcham. Watch it now.


All This I Do For Glory is out on April 28th through Stetson’s own 52Hz label via Kartel Music Group.

Colin Stetson announces new solo album All This I Do For Glory

Colin Stetson - SpindriftYou’ll know by now that we’re huge fans of sax super-hero Colin Stetson. Last year he released a dream of an album, SORROW: A reimagining of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony, based on the Polish composer’s 1997 classic piece, featuring an incredible cast of musicians including Sarah Neufeld, Rebecca Foon, Greg Fox and Gyda Valtisdottir amongst many more. In 2015, Stetson released a marvellous collaborative album with Sarah Neufeld following his 2013’s outstanding New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, which was one of our Album Picks of the Year, and remains an absolute favourite. So we couldn’t be happier to know that four years on from this solo record, the Montreal based composer and multi-instrumentalist is ready to unveil its follow-up, All This I Do For Glory. Drawing influences from early nineties electronica of artists like Aphex Twin and Autechre, the album’s sounds and imagery are described as being “more tangible and immersive than previous offerings”. As the press release explains, the album “is a reasoning and exploration of the machinations of ambition and legacy, an examination of the concepts of afterlife, and the first half of a doomed love story in the model of the greek tragedies”.
All This I Do For Glory was also engineered and mixed by Stetson and it will see the light of day on April 28th through his own 52Hz label via Kartel Music Group.

The wonderful news comes paired with the album’s first single, the sublime and breathtaking ‘Spindrift’ and an accompanying video shot and edited by Derrick Belcham.