Mixtape #143

This year saw the birth of Collisions, a supergroup comprising neo-classical composer Tom Hodge, post-rock composer Ciaran Morahan and jazz composer and drummer Ollie Howell, all three accomplished and exceptional musicians and composers in their own right, with an already expansive experimental practice. Their joint musical venture yielded its first fruits in September with the release of a majestic, immersive, and cinematic self-titled debut album that hooked us at first listen. So we're over the moon to unfold the absolutely amazing and awe-inspiring mixtape they assembled for us reflecting some of their extraordinary influences.

  1. Brambles – In The Androgynous Dark [Serein]
  2. Laurence Pike – Daughter of Mars [The Leaf Label]
  3. Neil Cowley Trio – Death Of Amygdala (Christian Löffler Remix) [Phases]
  4. Kodomo – Orange Ocean (Loscil Remix)
  5. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Less Likely [The Null Corporation]
  6. Rival Consoles – Memory Arc [Erased Tapes]
  7. Jonny Greenwood – Tree Strings [Invada / Lakeshore]
  8. Bersarin Quartett – Staub und Sterne [Denovali]
  9. Fredric Robinson – Vamp Till Ready [BMTM]
  10. Max Cooper – Symmetry (Hidden Orchestra Remix) [Mesh]
  11. Boards of Canada – Reach For The Dead [Warp]
  12. The Dead Texan – Aegina Airlines [Kranky]
  13. Ben Lukas Boyson – Nocturne 4 [Erased Tapes]

Mixtape #42

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.


Hidden Orchestra premiere video for new single ‘Vorka’

We had already heard the stunning cinematic cut ‘Vorka’ from Hidden Orchestra‘s double A-side single ‘Vorka’ / ‘Spoken’ which drops this Monday September 10th.
Their somophore album, Archipelago, arrives a few weeks later, on October 1st, via Tru Thoughts.

‘Vorka’, named after Serbian filmmaker Slavo Vorkapic, has just been complimented with a video, directed by Lumen.
Speaking about the video, Hidden Orchestra’s lead member Joe Acheson said it “is a small tribute to the work of Vorkapic, whose pioneering work in the first half of the twentieth century made his name synonymous with the art of montage”. Acheson added that “the music for “Vorka” was originally created as a series of short episodes for a radio drama adaptation of a 1970’s Japanese sci-fi novel, and then combined into one track in a form of montage, so it felt fitting to reference Vorkapic in the track’s title.”

Here’s the video for ‘Vorka’.

Hidden Orchestra’s first single ahead of somophore album

The much anticipated second album by Edinburgh quartet Hidden Orchestra will arrive this fall. The upcoming album, entitled Archipelago, is due out on October 1st via Tru Thoughts.
According to the label, Archipelago sees lead member Joe Acheson “exploring and developing many of the themes from their debut while introducing new guest players, instruments and found sounds”.

Ahead of the new album, Hidden Orchestra will release the double A-side single ‘Vorka’ / ‘Spoken’ on September 10th.
Listen to “Vorka” below, a cinematic song featuring guest cellist Su-a Lee.