As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2018.
Eric Chenaux and Richard Youngs have crossed paths many a time. And it’s no surprise that the latest marvellous track to emerge from Chenaux, ‘3 Stars On Mountain of Doom’, serves as a tribute to Youngs. Chenaux explains:
“‘3 Stars On Mountain of Doom’ was recorded for Richard Youngs’ 50th Birthday for a limited edition of 1 compilation CD entitled 50 Years Of Youngs, curated by Madeleine Hynes. This recording is a montage-set inspired by Richard’s 3 Stars CDR and his wonderful song ‘Mountain of Doom.'”
Take a listen now.
It may be hard to find a more prolific musical polymath than the wonderful and inimitable multi-instrumentalist and improviser Richard Youngs. A restless sonic adventurer and highly versatile musician, his extensive and influential body of work encompasses well over a hundred solo and collaborative releases, on labels big and small, including his own No Fans. We're ecstatic he found the time to put together this month's mixtape, which is a unique insight into his myriad influences, or in Youngs' own words "All over the shop".
- Cocteau Twins – Blind Dumb Deaf
- Donald MacPherson – Lord Lovat’s Lament
- Kazuki Tomokawa – Storms in the Dead of Night
- Derek Bailey w/ DJ Ninj – N/JZ/BM (re-mix)
- Rosalia – Si tu supieras companero
- Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Disco 2100
[Strut / Art Yard]
- Religious Overdose – Control Addicts
- Armin Mieth: VI – Raum 1 (extract)
- Franco Battiato – Aria di rivoluzione
- Guillaume de Machaut – Ballade 33 Nes qu’on porroit (performed by Oxford Camerata)
- Van Der Graaf Generator – Refugees
[Charisma / Probe]
Ahead of the imminent release of Belief, the new album from Richard Youngs, and after being enraptured by his first single ‘Nebulosity‘, he’s teasing the album again. The wonderful and inimitable multi-instrumentalist and improviser has shared ‘Bewilderment’, an utterly gorgeous and poignant new song. Take a listen below and grab Belief when it’s out on March 2nd via O Genesis Recordings.
We’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of Belief, the upcoming album from brilliant and enchanting multi-instrumentalist and improviser Richard Youngs. He had already enticed us with the staggering first single ‘Nebulosity‘ and now he has made a video to accompany the song. Watch it below.
Belief is out on March 2nd via O Genesis Recordings.
There’s a very good reason to look forward to 2018, Glasgow-based multi-instrumentalist and improviser Richard Youngs will release a new album entitled Belief. Youngs’ music catalogue is extensive, with hundreds of solo and collaborative releases under his belt, including this year’s Paradise / In Love An Arc, the 12″ release from his collaborative disco project AMOR also featuring Turner nominated artist Luke Fowler, Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand) and Michael Francis Duch (LEMUR).
Set for release on March 2nd via Tim Burgess’ O Genesis Recordings, Youngs initially planned to send the record to ‘major’ labels and collect the rejection letters as an art project. But Burgess wanted to release it as soon as he heard it. He explains:
“Richard’s album came to me via his friend Daniel O’Sullivan. He gave me some of Richard’s songs and they completely bowled me over. I immediately asked if O Genesis could release it and he put me in touch with Richard. Belief is sublime gnostic pop and is the soundtrack to why I wanted to be able to release albums on our label.
O Genesis had recently released Daniel’s record (VELD) and it’s always difficult to know what an artist thinks of our label – they might just be being polite when they say good things. If someone recommends a friend or a band that is dear to them, then that is a perfect sign for me.”
‘Nebulosity’ is the first staggering single lifted from the upcoming Belief. “Nebulosity is about finding my way”, Youngs explained. “Although the lyric declares “no time for faith”, it is a song of self-belief.”
In other good news, and after being utterly dazzled by Youngs’ live show at Le Guess Who? last month, he is performing at London’s Servants Jazz Quarters on December 18th as part of a two-day Yuletide event also featuring Daniel O’Sullivan & Dream Lion Ensemble, Grumbling Fur, Alexander Tucker, Nik Void and Tim Burgess.