As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2020.
It’s no secret we love Laurence Pike. A relentless drummer, phenomenal improviser and inventive composer, for the last two decades he has recorded and played with an array of bands, setting up his drumkit at the junction of electronic, jazz and post-rock. His 2018 debut solo album, Distant Early Warning, and its follow up, Holy Spring, both blew us away and made it to our Album Picks of the Year. Reacting to the catastrophic wild fires in his native Australia, Pike released his powerful third album, Prophecy, this summer. We asked him to put together this month’s mixtape and he wrapped up his “Pandemic Favourites” for us. An hour made up of the tracks he has found himself delving into as of late, this is the soundtrack we needed to end the year beautifully!
- Takashi Kokubo – 回廊の音楽
- Haji K – A White-Tinted Sky
- Paradise Cinema – It Will Be Summer Soon
- Hiroshi Yoshimura – Surround
- Finis Africae – Hybla
- Phillip Wilkerson – The Way Of Heaven
- Luke Abbott – Ames Window
- Lindsheaven Virtual Plaza – Polynomial Voices
- Kit Downes – Circinus
- H.Takahashi – Pollen
[Where To Now?]
Known for his membership in Portico Quartet and Szun Waves, and a range of other collaborations, multi-instrumentalist Jack Wyllie has unleashed a new collaborative project called Paradise Cinema, featuring Khadim Mbaye (saba drums) and Tons Sambe (tama drums). Paradise Cinema is also the title of their debut album, recorded in Dakar, Senegal. “I had a lot of nights in Dakar when the music around the city would go on until 6am”, described Wyllie about his experience. “I could hear this from my bed at night and it all blended together, in what felt like an early version of the record.”
Paradise Cinema will see the light of day on October 9th through Gondwana Records but we can already hear the wondrous title track. Wyllie explains the inspiration behind it:
“There are a handful of old cinemas in Dakar – these big modernist buildings dotted around the city built around independence. They’re old and derelict now, but feel to me like monuments to that period, when the city was flooded with utopian ideas about its potential futures.”
Take a listen to ‘Paradise Cinema’ below.