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]

tUnE-yArDs premiere video for ‘Water Fountain’

tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain

With only two weeks to go for tUnE-yArDs to release their third album, Nikki Nack, they’ve paired the excellent first single, ‘Water Fountain’, with a fittingly colourful and fun-filled video. Joel Kefali, who directed the video, explains how the idea for it came about.

“When Merrill approached me wanting to make a video with a Pee-Wee’s Playhouse vibe I had to say yes. I’d had plenty of ideas for a kid’s show that had been waiting to see the light of day. I didn’t want to make a straight homage piece; there are moments of nostalgia in there but the video is our own modern, manic, collage of a kids show. Like many great kids shows I wanted to cram in as many ideas as possible and sneak in the occasional wink to the art world, contemporary and historic. The musical dynamic of “Water Fountain” lends itself perfectly to the concept and I think this video is best viewed while consuming a big bowl of cereal. Then again, what isn’t?”

Watch the video for ‘Water Fountain’ below and grab Nikki Nack when it drops on May 6th via 4AD.

tUnE-yArDs announces new album Nikki Nack, teases it with Megamix

tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack MegaMix

To coincide with her birthday today, tUnE-yArDs‘ Merrill Garbus has shared other news well worth celebrating – the band’s third full-length album entitled Nikki Nack. It follows tUnE-yArDs’ outstanding and widely acclaimed 2011’s W H O K I L L and it will hit stores on May 6th via 4AD.
To spice things up, Garbus is offering a taste of Nikki Nack in the form of a two-and-a-half-minute mash-up, the ‘Nikki Nack MegaMix’, featuring several songs from the album.

In other related jubilant news, and in support of the upcoming album, tUnE-yArDs have also announced a number of live dates, both in the US and Europe, with a stop in London on May 12th at Village Underground.

Now listen to the ‘Nikki Nack MegaMix’.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band unveils two collaborative tracks ahead of new LP

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Take Me To The Land Of HellYoko Ono and her Plastic Ono Band have announced the release of a new full-length album entitled Take Me To The Land Of Hell. Yoko’s new effort features stellar collaborators including Sean Lennon, Yuka C Honda, Keigo “Cornelius” Oyamada, Hirotaka “Shimmy” Shimizu, Questlove, Michael Leonhart, Jared Samuel, Lenny Kravitz and Andrew Wyatt, to name but a few.
Produced by Yoko, her son Sean Lennon, and Cibo Matto’s Yuka Honda, Take Me To The Land Of Hell is due out on September 17th via Chimera.

“My new album comes at a very special time for me”, said Yoko about the forthcoming album. “The energy I have right now, and the desire to continue to make as much great work as I can, is really moving me forward all the time. This album is the culmination of a lot of ideas I’ve been having over the last few years and I feel proud to release it at such and exciting time of my life.”

Take Me To The Land Of Hell is also glowing with the talent of other very special guests on the two excellent tracks that have recently emerged, ‘Tabetai’ and ‘Bad Dancer’. ‘Tabetai’ features tUnE-yArDs and the latter features Beastie Boy’s Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond and also marks their first work together since the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch last year.  Listen to both tracks beneath.

Mixtape #41 by Royal Canoe

We've fallen for Winnipeg's six-piece ensemble Royal Canoe and their unique rhythm, joyful tunes and energetic live performance a long time ago. So we've asked them to soundtrack the month of August for us, and befittingly, they came up with a summery feast. Swooping from Jurassic 5 to Al Green, through 16 tracks filled with nothing but the best genre hopping sounds, this mixtape will get you grooving in the sunshine.


Mixtape #37 by PIKI

From the heart of Oakland, CA, comes a pacemaker of a man, Sam Ospovat, a tremendous drummer and percussionist with his finger in many pies. This month, as PIKI, his solo project incarnation, he cooked for us a mixtape filled with fresh, local ingredients, topped with some American staples and a sweet European icing. Bon appétit!