Crate Diggers are the Target for a new Record Collecting app
It’s a scenario most diggers and second hand record collectors will be aware of: you’re in a shop, garage or lock-up crammed with records, you pick out an item that looks like it could be a gem, but without a record player to try it on, any sleeve notes to guide you or any discogs listing audio to confirm your suspicions, you take a punt and buy it blind. You rush home, excitedly throw your new discovery onto the platter and… sheer disappointment. No tasty samples for your next beat, no lowkey grooves for your next vinyl-only bar session, just a quirky cover and a lingering bitter taste.
If you’re all too familiar with that outcome, then you’re the intended audience for the new Disco FM app, which aims to pull audio from across digital platforms, to give you the best chance of streaming a rare or unusual record before you buy it. The idea is to fill the gaps between Discogs, subscription streaming services and platforms like YouTube and Dailymotion, so that when you scan a barcode or photograph a cover, you’ve the best possible chance of being able to sample snippets from the record before committing to buying it.
Read a bit more about the app here and check out Adam Kvasnica’s super cool ‘crate digging in London’ mix below.
Lost Marvin Gaye Record Slated for Release
A collection of unreleased 1972 recordings by late soul legend Marvin Gaye is due for release in late March. Entitled You’re the Man, the album features material tracked in the wake of his socio-political concept record What’s Going On – an album that Motown founder Berry Gordy has described as “probably the greatest piece of work that Motown has ever put out” despite initially thinking the record could “ruin” Gaye. A remix of one of the album’s tracks by Nas and Amy Winehouse producer Salaam Remi is streaming now.
The Repeat Listen: Mark de Clive Lowe – Heritage
Tasting Notes: Chip Wickham – Shamal Wind, Takuya Kuroda – Rising Son, Terrace Martin – Velvet Portraits, Tee & Company – Spanish Flower, Ryo Fukui – A letter from Slowboat
‘For me albums are reflections of the artist’s journey and their lives,’ stated pianist and composer Mark de Clive-Lowe in a recent post to his social media followers. Although Heritage is his fifteenth record, it embodies that sentiment more deeply than Mark’s subsequent fourteen. The first of a two-part project informed by his Japanese heritage, it has a calm and spiritual air as well as weight and momentum, courtesy of his accomplished writing, playing and the contributions of his talented band of collaborators.
Electronics subtly shape this richly assembled project with trembling filters, stuttering delays and the occasional cascade of resonance responding to acoustic stimuli. Despite the compositions being steeped in historic ideas, there’s a decidedly contemporary quality that roots Mark’s sound in the now. Take his sensitive solo piano rendition of Japanese folk song Akatombo. Mark’s flow and voicings on the track contain an awareness of the contemporary styles that have shaped his approach to music, beyond the most tangible contemporary jazz influences.
Those contemporary flavours continue on Niten-Ichi, a song inspired by the story of formidable samurai warrior, Miyamoto Musashi. Programmed electronic hi-hats join a wash of shimmering, dubbed-out percussion, beautifully weaving into a mix of horns, piano and drums. A lick in the tezeta minor scale gives the track a sense of belonging to several cultures, given the Ethio-jazz and Arabic feel associated with those notes.
The gorgeous layers of rhodes keyboard on Memories of Nanzenji are another example of Mark’s ear for harmony – three lines setting the tone for a warm and grooving track that builds in intensity as it progresses.
There’s a nice variety of styles upon this record and the way Mark has backed each piece with a short tale about his experience of Japanese culture and the ideas that inspire his writing gives each a real sense of purpose and meaning. Although the work of late sixties and early seventies Japanese jazz and fusion artists are sensible reference points when approaching this album, Mark does well not to invest heavily in those styles; there’s a real stylistic signature to the record he has here sequenced.
Pianist, composer and Snarky Puppy member Bill Laurance released the first track from his forthcoming album this week. Entitled HAL, it is a musical dedication to the HAL 9000 computer – one of Stanley Kubrick’s most intriguing characters in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The track encapsulates the development in Bill’s sound and is a fine introduction to a project upon which he has played every instrument.
Barcelona-based producer JMII shared his daring, hard-driving new cut Modulation this week. A track bridging house, techno, electro and coldwave, its textures have a depth and organic feel and its genre-spanning quality gear it up for rotation in a range of clubbing scenarios.
Manchester’s W.H. Lung release a motorik, ten-minute cut today, replete with shimmering, John Squire-esque guitar tones and some pulse-raising instrumental passages. The track will open their forthcoming album, Incidental Music.
Addis Pablo, artist and son of reggae producer/melodica player Augustus Pablo, released a new video for EP track Melodica Rise this week. The video is steeped in his musical heritage, shot at the Rockers record shop on Orange Street in Kingston. Addis plays his melodica behind the counter, looking out to the mural of his father of the road.
Warp Records published a fantastic video for pianist Kelly Moran’s Halogen this week. Recorded live at Future Space in Brooklyn, New York – it provides further insight into Moran’s novel techniques of piano preparation, which bring a brittle, dissonant overtone to many of the notes she strikes. The movement of the music is complemented by Gabe Liberti’s flowing projections which are mapped to cover Moran, the piano and surrounding floor and backdrop.
Manchester-based outfit Errant Monks release a new video for their track Sdvig! today. Consisting of processed skull x-rays and fast-paced titles, it mirrors the energy and the immediacy of the music it accompanies.