Suns of Arqa, a world music outfit founded by Michael Wadada 40 years ago, boasts a sound that’s informed by dub, electronic music, and Indian classical. To date, more than 200 collaborators – everyone from Youth to John Leckie – have worked with the group.
SoA take a much deserved victory lap with the release of Heart of the Suns 1979-2019 (Interchill), a 13-track retrospective, out May 17.
We’re pleased to world premiere the video for the album’s opening track called “Gavati.”
Here’s director Brian Hyphen told us about the video:
“Often when you first hear a tune, it conjures up a vivid image that stays with you every other time you listen back to the same tune. I first heard ‘Gavati’ by Suns of Arqa in the early 1990s and was struck immediately by the sarangi intro, which instantly made me feel the warmth that you feel when sitting by a fireside staring into the fire, or sitting on a mountain watching a sunset. The bass and drums add a smoothness which I felt was best represented in black and white to contrast the vivid imagery of fire and the Sun. ‘Gavati’ remains one of my favorite Suns of Arqa works.”
To succinctly summarize the life and work of avant garde electronic musician/composer Robin Rimbaud (a.k.a. Scanner) is no easy feat.
In the early days of his career he utilized technology to transform voyeurism by using radio scanners to record people’s conversations. Born with a voracious appetite for music, Rimbaud moved on to helm multi-media projects since post-9/11 life made it difficult to travel with his gadgetry.
Since then he’s collaborated with classical musicians, music icons like Bryan Ferry and Laurie Anderson, and fashion luminaries such as Steve McQueen and Stella McCartney. He’s also curated events at London’s ICA and has worked with dance companies.
On September 29 Glacial Movements will present Scanner’s new full-length, The Great Crater. The album explores the tale of strange circles that were discovered in 2014 by a group of scientists flying over Antarctica.
We’re pleased to world premiere the video for opening track “Cast to the Bottom” directed by Uršula Berlot and Sunčana Kuljiš Gaillot. It’s a visually arresting animation that coalesces with the track’s evocative ambient soundscape.
New York City artist Jordan Sarah is the creative force behind audio-visual project DAS, an acronym for Dynamic Alpine Sexual. Merging his background as a playwright and techno producer, DAS’s five-track self-titled EP is a farcical concept about “ski legend” Dirk Dassler, an ’80s star who is at the top of his game and can seemingly do no wrong.
What’s also notable about the release – which is also an immersive play – is that it’s issued on The Umbrella, a newly launched record label helmed by the founders of Brooklyn pop-up nightclub Rinsed.
We’re excited to world premiere the video for “We Let Go,” which was directed by Sarah.
Watch the protagonist effortlessly careen down the slopes without a care in the world to the bouncy, synth-driven track. Watch women take off their fur coats to reveal bathing suits. Even watch people ski backwards! Will Dassler find victory in the end? Hit the play button below to find out.
In 2016 producer Lex Shellard and vocalist Lydia Kaye formed the downtempo act Kalahara in tandem with Black Echo Records. Their nascent musical partnership gave rise to the Wildfire EP, which included remixes by Howson’s Groove and Jabru & Landings.
The pair return on July 21 with “Augustine,” a mindfully deliberate affair, which is actually the first song Shellard and Kaye wrote together. Using the blueprint they etched out on their debut as their North Star, “Augustine” is a wonderfully sparse and aligns with their less is more ethos. Everything is inviting here — even the space between the notes.
We’re thrilled to world premiere the video for the song directed by filmmaker Craig Murray, whose list of credits include collaborating with Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. Murray’s wife is the video’s protagonist, and he beautifully incorporates stop-motion animation into the story.
Watch the view below and catch Kalahara’s debut live show in September, playing with the Festival No. 6 Orchestra conducted by Joe Duddell.