1. Brian Eno – An Ending
My all time favourite ‘non musician’ (his words). He lives up the road, so I occasionally see him out of my window. I always take it as a sign that it will be a good day 🙂
2. Laraaji – Unicorns In Paradise
One of my favourite live performers. If you get a chance to see him…go! Saw him in a church with Sampha the other week, it was sublime.
3. Can – Paperhouse
What a band. Made in a castle with better equipment.
4. Chihei Hatakeyama – Ferrum
My favourite Japanese artist right now. Warm ambience and deep listening,
5. Madeline Chatrand – Ani Kuni
Classic wig out tune. Dig that tambourine.
1. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Thousand Knives
There’s something so unbelievably refined about this record. Completely inimitable.
2. James Holden and The Animal Spirits – Each Moment Like The First
Like Miles-era Keith Jarrett playing Get Carter on a eurorack skiff in Sun Ra’s tree house.
3. Tel Jeroen – Robocop 3 (C64)
I listen to a lot of VGM at home but this intro blows my mind every time.
4. Emerald Web – Valley Of The Birds
“Visionary music on flutes and synthesizers”. Nuff said.
5. Waylon – The Sparrow
Where do I begin? Unbelievable in every sense.
Circle Sky – Love Hertz (Research & Development / BMG)
On Valentine’s Day, Research & Development is to release a special single entitled ’Love Hertz’ from singular electronic band Circle Sky, aka Richard Norris and Martin Dubka.Richard Norris, is a legendary producer and engineer who has worked with everyone from The Pet Shop Boys to Bryan Ferry and made cult electronic music as Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve with Erol Alkan and solo as The Time & Space Machine. His partner in Circle Sky is synth wizard Martin Dubka, who has produced for the like of Ali Love and Lou Hayter, who’s current single is picking up national radio support. Together the pair embrace a hypnotic approach with resonant loops, fluctuating sounds and pulsing moods, and mix a vintage analogue warmth with digital technology to cook up fresh new sounds. Their live show is a swirl of pulsing lights, racks of LEDs, wires, and synched vortexes exploding in technicolour. The project is fronted by an enigmatic ocal presence, as the duo synthesize their own phonic utterances into the emotive stylings of singer, Iris. The stunning new single is a real heartbreaker with tender synths washing over you as intimate vocals speak of the pain of love. Gentle rhythms slowly sweep you off your feet and carry you away in a heavenly melodic reverie that is magical and memorable in equal measure.
Out now… Circle Sky – Love Hertz (Research & Development / BMG) Cat No: 538478785