'The combination of all their previous work and a steady live band has come together to form the great Henge Beat LP.
These guys have outdone themselves with this one. Musically it rests somewhere between late 70's UK new wave a-la Ha Ha Ha era ULTRAVOX and the "now sound" EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING Aussie garage that we all know and love.
Add a dash of hopeful Krautrock flavor and the recipe is a smashing success.
Tracklisting: 1. See More Glass 2. Retiree 3. One More Tonight 4. Hammer 5. Stonehenge 6. Carpet Rash 7. Shame Thugs 8. No Bibs 9. Meds II 10. Sunday Baker 11. Love Performance
Finnish band Jesse makes unsentimental and innovative music. What you hear on “Fluids”, released as a 12” picture disc album on Höga Nord Rekords, is the sounds of four creative brains’ journey into the music universe of the future.
Their music is influenced by earth and space – Jesse’s astral and cosmic disco is prospective, totally boundless, and vibrant of life and blood. The production sounds luxurious and helps the psychedelic qualities to shine through the sound.
Jesse, who with their first releases some ten years ago played fast and arrogant synth based music, now picks up influences from afro beat, funk and ambient but they’ve kept the electronic core of their sound – simple chord structures rest upon cool synthesized waves of sound, like a glider carried upwards on the thermals between the summits of the Andes.
Soft, pliable and mighty! Jesses music is dreamy but not unworldly and one thing that makes them special is their ability to place the listener on the edge of their safety zone. There, in the frontier, they explore the possibilities of cross over music.
With infectious melodies and razor sharp bars, rapper AWATE flows over psychedelic funk by producer, Turkish on debut album Happiness – a record written and recorded on bail. The MOBO supported artist weaves together stories from Maiden Lane Estate in Camden and his refugee experience to build on his reputation as one of London’s most visionary artistic forces.
'2018 will see the release of AWATE's debut LP, 'Happiness', written and recording in a two year period while AWATE was on bail for four cases which he was was eventually cleared.
The release has had support from Charlie Sloth on BBC 1Xtra, DJ Semtex on BBC 1Xtra, Matt Wilkinson on Beats1, The Line of Best Fit, Complex and MOBO and is entirely produced by Turkish of Dcypha (Sway, Tiggs Da Author). A rapper and producer from Maiden Lane Estate in Camden. Honing his craft from the age of 12, he made a name for himself at the legendary hip-hop spot, Deal Real at the age of 15.
AWATE learned from mentors such as Poisonous Poets rappers, Stylah and Lowkey, BBC 1Xtra's DJ Semtex and one of his heroes, Yasiin Bey. As a refugee from Eritrea via Saudi Arabia, AWATE's lyrics are a complex train of thought on subjects like self-esteem, racism, pride and class.
Building a reputation as an electrifying and engaging live performer, AWATE has toured worldwide with Lowkey since 2010 and has supported the likes of Jay Electronica, Ghetts, Big Daddy Kane, and Blackstar (Mos Def & Talib Kweli). He has also headlined and performed regularly at The Roundhouse as a Resident Artist at the iconic venue.
RIYL: Chris Franck, Turkish
Tracklisting: 1. Jewels 2. ACAB 3. Guillotines 4. The Ghetto 5. Wake Up Aneurin Bevan 6. An Intermission for the Struggle of Black Life 7. To Whom It May Concern 8. Incantation 9. Brutalism 10. Bianco 11. Fresh Product 12. Ghost
Here’s some sweet relief at last for hi-fi fans! Yes, Dope’s obscure ‘cassette-only’ album is now available on white vinyl, again from Bristol’s Environmental Studies record label.
Packaged in fluorescent orange and white, this limited edition LP of 500 copies features two side-long epics each of over 20 minutes in duration, and both tracks replete with that same gargantuan sonic overload of the band’s two previous releases.
Side One’s ‘The Dee Dee Ramone Story’ commences with Julian Cope’s epic tale of 21st century gender bending and sexual en-freeing before its low-key pulses become o’erwhelmed by the stratospherics of the Dope crew. Imagine very early Ash Ra Tempel through the filter of Brainticket’s LP COTTONWOODHILL, and then some … er, and then some more. Dope are The-Not-Back-Off Kids, for sure.
Side Two’s bumpy ‘Absalom & Ahitophel’ appropriates the sentiments of John Dryden’s epic poem from 1681, then feeds it all through Holy McGrail’s space echo to achieve what could be called the most true rastakrautpasta.
Get your online self down to the nearest record emporium and pronto –¬ this stuff has a long shelf life but it’s still best served fresh, all you prevaricators!
Tracklisting: 1. The Dee Dee Ramone Story. 2. Absalom & Ahitophe