Mixtape #85

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche's 2014 glorious debut album wrapped together two mammoth-length jams into an exhilarating and infectious release. The Montreal based quartet's second outing, which came out earlier this year, is a dazzling experiment in kraut-funk goodness, packed with hypnotic and blistering grooves. And since we can't take our ears off both albums, we just had to ask the band to put together a mixtape for us!


  1. OOIOO – Shizuku Gunung Agung [Shock City / Thrill Jockey]
  2. White Noise – My game of loving [Polydor / Island Records]
  3. Kaitlin Aurelia Smith – Wetlands [Western Vinyl]
  4. Kara-Lis Coverdale – Touch Me Die [Sacred Phrases]
  5. Sarah Davachi – Wood Green [Students Of Decay]
  6. Eloïse Descazes, Eric Chenaux – La belle Endormie [three:four records]
  7. Karen Dalton – Katie Cruel [Paramount / Just Sunshine Records]
  8. M. I. A. – Come Walk with Me [N.E.E.T. / Interscope Records]
  9. Doris Norton – Norton Apple Software [Durium]
  10. Alice Coltrane – Keshava Murahara [Luaka Bop]
  11. Julie Byrne – Vertical Ray [Orindal Records]

Mixtape #83 by The Evil Usses

The Evil Usses are a band like no other. Their wild and exhilarating live shows flow fluidly between thoughtful composition and improvisation as they venture into a dense jungle of sounds and influences, clearing their singular path with sharp melodies and heavy grooves. All of this, as well as the wide dynamics and playful humour of this unique Bristolian quartet can somehow be found in the mix they made for us this month. Press play and enjoy!

  1. Dieterich & Barnes – Special Questions [LM Dupli-Cation]
  2. Der Maurer – Da Sacrae Symphoniae: Canzon A Suonar, N°4 [Trovarobato Parade ]
  3. Deerhoof – Siriustar [ATP Recordings]
  4. Jimi Hendrix – One Rainy Wish [Track Record / Reprise]
  5. Taos Humm – RC [Stolen Body / Howling Owl Record]
  6. Haruomi Hosono – Cosmic Surfin’ [Cosmic Surfin' / Passion Flower]
  7. Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo – Moon Gas [MGM Records]
  8. The Space Lady – Ghost Riders In The Sky [Night School]
  9. Strange U – Shots [High Focus Records]
  10. Smog – I am Star Wars! [Drag City / Matador]
  11. John Cooper Clarke – Evidently Chickentown [Epic]
  12. Captain Beefheart – When It Blows Its Stacks [Reprise]
  13. Eric Chenaux – Amazing Backgrounds [Constellation]
  14. Richard Dawson – The Bamburg Beast [Pink Triangle / Domino]
  15. Robert Palmer – Woke up Laughing [Island Records]
  16. Jib Kidder – Dozens [Weird World]
  17. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Envelop [Western Vinyl]

Mixtape #67 by Eric Chenaux

With a striking voice of gold and songwriting skills to match, experimental guitar virtuoso and songwriter Eric Chenaux conquered our ears and hearts a long time ago. His majestic songcraft, full of sincerity and simplicity, brims with rich enveloping beauty. Which is why we're over the moon to have him on this month's mixtape, hand-picking a few of his favourite artists and songs.


Eric Chenaux shares new video for ‘Poor Time’, announces UK tour

Eric Chenaux - Por Time

Eric Chenaux has unveiled a video for the utterly gorgeous ‘Poor Time’, directed by Eric Cazdyn. The track is taken from his divine album Skullsplitter, released recently via Constellation. Here it is.

In other related good news, the experimental guitar virtuoso and songwriter with a voice of gold is returning to the UK in late May, for a string of special intimate shows. Check all his stops below and don’t miss the chance to see Chenaux’s majestic and enveloping songcraft come to life.

23/05 – MacDevitts Studio, Reading
24/05 – Burning Bridges, Northampton
25/05 – The Eagle Inn, Salford w/ Irma Veo, Tekla & Dean McPhee
26/05 – Glad Cafe, Glasgow
27/05 – Fuse Art Space, Bradford (free entry)
28/05 – Cafe OTO, London w/ Oscilanz
29/05 – Raveningham Cafe, Norfolk w/ Laura Cannell

Eric Chenaux shares title track off forthcoming album Skullsplitter

Eric Chenaux - Skullsplitter

News of album releases due out in 2015 through Constellation keep on hitting us and we love it. The ever wonderful experimental guitar virtuoso and songwriter Eric Chenaux is the latest artist confirmed to be putting out a new record in the new year, entitled Skullsplitter. The follow-up to his majestic 2012’s Guitar & Voice, “confirms Chenaux’s singular aesthetic: genuine, natural, unaffected vocals gliding through slow, smoky melodies while electric and nylon-string guitars are deployed with adventurously experimental, dextrous, semi-improvisational technique and texture”, as the label puts it. Skullsplitter “unfolds like a weirdly bubbling but warmly welcoming bath.”

As with previous efforts, Chenaux shared once again production duties with his longtime recording engineer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart). Skullsplitter saw them employing techniques such as “physically swinging speakers and radical gating and panning to tease out further fluctuations in the barometer of the guitar sound.”

The title track is the first single to be unveiled and it serves as evidence that we are in for a treat in 2015. Listen to ‘Skullsplitter’ now and grab the album when it drops on February 17th.