Mixtape #87

We're ecstatic to start September with a very special selection of tunes picked by the incredibly talented and imaginative multi-instrumentalist and composer Quinta. The Quick of The Heart, her second album, is one of the most exhilarating, enchanting and engaging albums we've heard in a long time. Quinta is also part of the experimental arts quartet Collectress and regularly lends her wizardry skills and inventiveness to other projects, collaborating with many renowned artists and composing for theatre, contemporary dance and circus. So, press play and indulge your ears.

  1. Emily Hall – mantra [Bedroom Community]
  2. Sufjan Stevens – All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands [Sounds Familyre]
  3. Serafina Steer – The Valley [Static Caravan]
  4. John Adams – Shaker Loops: I. Shaking and Trembling [nonesuch]
  5. Albert Tétard & Daniel Barenboim & Luben Yordanoff & Claude Desurmont – Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps – 5. Louange à l’Eternité de Jésus [Deutsche Grammophon]
  6. Owen Pallett – E Is For Estranged [Secret City]
  7. Joan As Police Woman – Christobel [PIAS / Reveal Records]
  8. tUnE-yArDs – News [4AD]
  9. Scott Walker – Plastic Palace People [Philips]
  10. Baby Dee – Black But Comely [Drag City / Tin Angel Records]
  11. Errollyn Wallen – Photography: IV. Moderato Keep Very Rhythmic [NMC]
  12. Radiohead – Daydreaming [XL Recordings]

Mixtape #56 by Colin Stetson

The compositions of Michigan-born, Montreal-based sax magician Colin Stetson are staggering and intense, like nothing we've heard before. On stage, his extraordinary songwriting is distilled into powerful, physical and raw performances where he layers sounds relying solely on his saxophone and breathtaking circular breathing skills. Needless to say he quickly became our favourite undercover super-hero, so we're ecstatic to present to you the tracks that Colin Stetson has handpicked for us this month. Get ready for a journey through a bonkers vortex of references and genres, from Ivo Papasov and Mobb Deep, to Liturgy and Jimi Hendrix!


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Alarm Will Sound bring us the Radiohead – Steve Reich musical cocktail

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There are good reasons to be jealous of those who will be in the Big Apple on November 16th! We know that Bang on a Can and Alarm Will Sound love their city very much and most of their new stuff is premiered there. This time Jonny Greenwood impressed Reich with his guitar skills when performing ‘Electric Counterpoint’ in the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow in Autumn 2011. Reich, after much reflection and research, composed ‘Radio Rewrite’ – a piece inspired by Radiohead‘s ‘Everything in its right place’ and ‘Jigsaw Falling into Place’. The piece will be performed by Alarm Will Sound in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and it will also be streamed via Q2 Music at 7pm Eastern Time. Below is a taste of what’s coming.

Mixtape #42 by Poppy Ackroyd

When we first posted about the imaginative and enchantingly talented British composer and musician Poppy Ackroyd, we never dreamt she would one day get involved with our monthly mixtape. Since then, she released an outstanding debut album, Escapement, where she explores and experiments with the piano and the violin, mirroring her intricate relationship with the two instruments. Also, our dream came true and this month she picked and mixed seventeen stunning tracks, for your ears to indulge on.

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Radiohead dropping two unreleased tracks next Monday

RadioheadRadiohead announced today the digital release of ‘The Daily Mail’ and ‘Staircase’ next Monday December 19th. These two unreleased tracks were recorded earlier this year when Radiohead performed and broadcasted The King of Limbs as part of From the Basement sessions.
The live studio performance of King of Limbs: From the Basement can now be pre-ordered on Radiohead’s website. A DVD/ Blu-Ray is set to be released in the UK on January 23rd and in the US on January 31st.
This release will also include an unreleased performance of ‘Supercollider’ and a 32-page book featuring photographs by Steve Keros.

Radiohead have recently announced a world tour in 2012, you can see all the dates added so far here.

Whilst we wait for the release of ‘The Daily Mail’ and ‘Staircase’, you can watch Radiohead performing both tracks below.