New Wax… (January ’18)
Written by Josh Aitman on 25th January 2018
With the bulk of January out of the way, we can finally look forward to that end of the month paycheck. Before it quickly disappears, get your chops into this month’s newest vinyl delights!
With the amount of good wax on the way this month and next, there’s slim chance your bank balance will remain healthy for that long. From Texan-Thai funk to cosmic hardware jams, variety is an understatement in our first edition of New Wax for the New Year…
Various Artists – We Out Here (Brownswood Recordings)
February 9th 2018
Documenting the inspiring effervescence of tomorrow’s jazz scene, Brownswood releases We Out Here, a compilation showcasing a selection of London’s finest young jazz musicians. Featuring breakthrough projects from Ezra Collective, Kokoroko and Maisha to solo works from Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones and Nubya Garcia, the double LP offers a ‘window into the wide-eyed future of London’s musical underground.’
Recorded over three days, We Out Here supports a new generation of jazz-influenced musicians, creating and collaborating to offer jazz in new and refreshing forms. For those who are yet to discover the creativity bubbling under London’s surface, reserve yourself a copy from Bandcamp or the Brownswood Website itself…
Penya – Super Liminal (On The Corner Records)
January 19th 2018
London based Afro-Latin electronic band, Penya, launch their third album; Super Liminal. Highly percussive by nature, their latest project is built upon rhythmic roots and experimental electronic landscapes. Beautifully sculpted call and response sections interject atmospheric brass blends throughout Super Liminal to create a selection of emotive pieces.
The dance floor primed and impassioned creations from Penya’s latest album presents an exciting number of musical meeting points that push the limits of today’s fusion culture. Elements of traditional and contemporary styles offer something truly unique, a dynamic that On The Corner hold close. Bound for the dance, catch Penya performing live this March at The Reeds, Liverpool’s latest hang-out thanks to global sound supporters, Wide Open and experimental jazz label, On The Corner Records…
Hailu Mergia – Gum Gum (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
February 16th 2018
Meet Hailu Mergia, the Ethiopian keyboardist and synth maestro set to release his first studio album in over 15 years. Originating in Adis Ababa, Hailu began playing the accordion at the age of 14. With a knack for flipping traditional folk numbers into funky modern melodies, Mergia became a key member of The Wailas Band, a group known for their polyrhythmic funk on tracks such as Muziqawi Silt which lead them to tour across the US with famed Ethiopian vocalist Mahmoud Ahmed.
Following on from Awesome Tapes From Africa’s repress of Mergia’s sought after 1974 album, Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument, the label rediscovering African diasporic music release his latest creation, Gum Gum. The 6 track LP could be a response to the recent resurgence in demand for his music. As the heightened connectivity of our global music network provides us with new sounds, veteran musicians can see new leases of life in their musical output.
Nils Frahm – All Melody (Erased Tapes)
January 26th 2018
Two years in the making, Nils Frahm presents his seventh studio album on the avant-garde, genre-defying label; Erased Tapes. Recorded in Berlin, the double LP provides an emotional journey through Frahm’s unique creative processes. Tending towards musical narratives, Frahm’s extended search for the perfect studio space, lead him to record this project in the historical 1950s East German Funkhaus building beside the River Spree, a magnificent space that allowed him to narrate a pathway through absolute musical freedom on his latest offering; All Melody.
‘Never exactly what it was planned to be’, this album explores the limitless emotionality achieved through Frahm’s unconventional piano techniques and its relationship to his surroundings. Partly recorded in ‘an old dry well in Mallorca’, the kaleidoscopic work of art is as magnificent as it sounds, forging classical instrumentation with experimental pathways in one outstanding solo project.
Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo (Night Time Stories)
January 26th 2018
Originating from Texas, the three-piece funk band Khruangbin takes its name from the Thai word meaning ‘engine fly’ a personification in itself of their intercontinental creative outburst. Crafting music deep within the Texan countryside or through the use of video calling when they are separated, the group take influence from a multitude of tripped out styles such as Surf Psych and Thai Funk.
Following a feature on Bonobo’s Late Night Tales Mix, the group landed a record deal with UK independent label; Night Time Stories leading to the release of their debut album. The Universe Smiles Upon You takes influence from the ‘60’s and 70’s Thai cassettes the band listened to before rehearsing in the Texan countryside. After only two years together, the trio are back with Con Todo El Mundo, exploring the sounds of funk and soul from cultures spanning the Mediterranean, South East Asia and the Middle East.
Nightmares On Wax – Shape The Future (Warp Records)
January 26th 2018
The versatile northern producer, Nightmares On Wax, releases a 12 tracker on Warp Records this January. Never straying away from the label, N.O.W. has been pushing music with Warp since the 80’s and has no sign of deviating with Shape The Future. Working with artists, producers and musicians along the way, Nightmares on Wax describes his latest body of work as a process of self-maturity, featuring the likes of Jordan Rakei, Sadie Walker and Andrew Ashong to compliment his style.
With his eight album release, Nightmares On Wax will take the Shape The Future on the road for an intimate run of shows that promises to be unmatched to their previous live performances. Liverpool, a city known to turn out in the masses for a N.O.W. appearance will be one of the locations for his latest tour, taking the main stage at The Invisible Wind Factory. Cop a ticket (and the release) before they’re gone…
Various Artists – Compilation for Dominica (Rhythm Section International)
January 15th 2018
As the worst hurricane on record ravaged Dominica in September 2017, the island was left in ruins; uninhabitable with a foreboding humanitarian crisis at hand. Over the past few months, disaster relief teams and aid charities have been working their way through the island to reach those most in need. All profits from the Compilation for Dominica will go towards Colihaut In Focus and Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund, two organisations seeking and distributing aid to Dominica.
The crew down at Rhythm Section have compiled this collection of 28 tracks with the best up and coming producers and artists. With half the RS crew of Dominican descent as well as a number of contributors to the release, this is a very personal release, with all profits going to charity. Rhythm Section affiliates have donated music towards the compilation, with Duke Hugh, Mallard and Contours all contributing, as well as heads such as NTS’ Ruf Dug and Multi Culti’s Dreems also featuring. Cop the release and if there’s a chance for you to donate more, then please do.
Opal Sunn – Opal Sunn II (Planet Sundae)
January 26th 2018
Opal Sunn burst onto the scene a few years back, with their improvised live sessions captivating audiences on the festival circuit. Following the release of their debut EP in February of last year, the Berlin based duo, made up of Al Kassian & Hiroaku OBA, have been channeling all their focuses into producing cosmic space jams out of synthesisers and drum machines.
A year since their last release, Opal Sunn return to Planet Sundae with a four track EP combining the rewards of improvised studio sessions with the energy of a live set. There is a clarity between the two releases, with Opal Sunn II taking a significantly deeper tip. Chameleon starts things off with rolling arpeggios that drift into space above a clean hardware low end, whilst Serafin maintains a gritty analogue demeanor with decaying synths and a cutting acid tinged melody. With early support from Andrew Weatherall, Ron Trent and Tim Sweeney amongst others, Opal Sunn are destined for an interstellar voyage.