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Four Tet: 871/Parallel review – chaotic ambition with bells on

Delivered... Damien Morris | Scene | Sun 17 Jan 2021 4:00 pm

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Veering from squalling howls to symphonic loveliness, Keiran Hebden’s two new albums are equally rewarding

In recent weeks, producer Kieran Hebden’s Four Tet has released two new songs with Thom Yorke and Burial, alongside these two new albums. Each track on 871 and Parallel is prosaically numbered in sequence, which hints these are end-of-year data dumps. The horrendous, squalling howls of 871’s opener 0000 871 0001 do little to dissuade this impression. At a time when every cough is a gunshot, you may prefer more felicitous sounds than Hebden scouring his hard drive clean with a metal mop.

Thankfully, most of 871 is rewarding, if occasionally derivative. Its music mostly dates back to 1996, and you can hear the teenaged Hebden essaying plangent shoegaze, ambient techno and trip-hop with varying success and an awful lot of bells. Twenty-five years on, its chaotic ambition sounds comfortingly nostalgic. Parallel is leaner, more purely melodic, and has the advantage of Parallel 1, a glorious 27-minute indulgence which begins unexceptionally then gently wears you down with its symphonic loveliness.

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Yvette Janine Jackson: Freedom review | John Lewis’s contemporary album of the month

Delivered... John Lewis | Scene | Fri 15 Jan 2021 10:00 am

(Fridman Gallery)
The composer’s two new works, exploring slavery and homophobia, are like immersive non-visual films

On paper, the latest album by electro-acoustic composer and installation artist Yvette Janine Jackson isn’t the most inviting of propositions for these miserable days. It features two lengthy soundscapes: the 23-minute Destination Freedom is a sonic representation of a slave ship crossing the Atlantic; the 20-minute Invisible People is an aural collage that confronts homophobia within African American communities.

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1930s Soviet optical synthesis animation looks positively futuristic after 4K restoration

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 13 Jan 2021 10:00 pm

It's synthesis from paper - sounds crafted quite literally by hand, using drawn animation, then optically synthesized. But after this 4K restoration, it's clear how much these 1930s inventors were ahead of their time.

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Watch a hacked DJ technique made with karaoke tapes, by Ōedo Technica

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 12 Jan 2021 7:58 pm

Vinyl? CDJ? Meh. Hand-mixing and "scratching" karaoke cassette tapes on hacked machines as a new form of strange pop music DJing? Now we're talking. Behold the YouTube channel of 大江戸テクニカ (Ōedo tekunika).

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Farhot: Kabul Fire Volume 2 review – gut-shaking sonic collage | Ammar Kalia’s global album of the month

Delivered... Ammar Kalia | Scene | Fri 8 Jan 2021 9:00 am

(Kabul Fire Records)
The Afghan-born producer skilfully explores his heritage with an unruly collage of vocal samples blended with diasporic sounds

For producer Farhot, the cut-and-paste method of sampling in hip-hop serves as an apt symbol for the assembly of his immigrant identity – he sought asylum in Germany from his native Afghanistan in the 1980s and has not returned since. He first made his name with productions for the likes of Talib Kweli, Isaiah Rashad and Nneka that echoed the melodically driven US rap of the early 2000s and particularly the work of DJ Premier and Pete Rock. His first solo release, Kabul Fire Vol 1 (2013), was a scattershot mixtape homage to his childhood home, weaving in dub influences, rattling drum machine loops, Afghani folk samples and features from Kano, Ms Dynamite and Talbi Kweli.

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Take in an ultra-chilled live ambient set by Nairobi’s KMRU, and learn technique, too

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 7 Jan 2021 5:38 pm

Let's give New Year's Day one more try. Over three hours of live-streamed pristine ambient delicacy from rising star KMRU should fit the bill. Immerse yourself, and then if you feel the need to make your own sounds, catch a workshop or other inspiration, too.

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The KLF reissue music for first time since 1992

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas | Scene | Fri 1 Jan 2021 4:12 pm

Singles compilation Solid State Logik 1 appears on streaming services and YouTube years after being deleted, with further reissues anticipated soon

Rave-pop iconoclasts the KLF have released their greatest hits on to streaming services and YouTube for the first time, and have hinted at further music to follow later this year.

An eight-track collection entitled Solid State Logik 1 has been released today, including 1988 No 1 novelty single Doctorin’ the Tardis, 1991 UK No 1 dance anthem 3am Eternal, and the Top 5 hits Last Train to Trancentral and America: What Time is Love? also released that year.

Related: Return of the KLF: ‘They were agents of chaos. Now the world they anticipated is here’

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For Those I Love: Ireland’s potent new poet of grief

Delivered... Aniefiok Ekpoudom | Scene | Fri 1 Jan 2021 7:00 am

Recalling the delivery of the Streets and the music of James Blake, David Balfe’s project is a cathartic document in the wake his best friend’s death

When the Irish recession of 2008 shattered the country’s economy, communities from Dublin’s inner city neighbourhoods of Coolock and Donaghmede were struck hard. The frank lyrics of David Balfe, under the pseudonym For Those I Love, illuminate a generation who emerged from the wreckage.

“I’ve been with people whose families had lost their livelihoods because of the recession,” says the 29-year-old. “At that younger age you don’t have the vocabulary, but you see that displacement, and you think: ‘Why are we suffering? Why has this happened to us?’”

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For Those I Love: Ireland’s potent new poet of grief

Delivered... Aniefiok Ekpoudom | Scene | Fri 1 Jan 2021 7:00 am

Recalling the delivery of the Streets and the music of James Blake, David Balfe’s project is a cathartic document in the wake his best friend’s death

When the Irish recession of 2008 shattered the country’s economy, communities from Dublin’s inner city neighbourhoods of Coolock and Donaghmede were struck hard. The frank lyrics of David Balfe, under the pseudonym For Those I Love, illuminate a generation who emerged from the wreckage.

“I’ve been with people whose families had lost their livelihoods because of the recession,” says the 29-year-old. “At that younger age you don’t have the vocabulary, but you see that displacement, and you think: ‘Why are we suffering? Why has this happened to us?’”

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Irish drill, jazz violin and supermarket musicals: 30 new artists for 2021

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes | Scene | Fri 1 Jan 2021 7:00 am

From the ferocious hardcore punk of Nicolas Cage Fighter to the ultra-meditative ambient of KMRU, discover new music from right across the pop spectrum

Which new artists are you excited for in 2021? Leave your recommendations in the comments below.

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Irish drill, jazz violin and supermarket musicals: 30 new artists for 2021

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes | Scene | Fri 1 Jan 2021 7:00 am

From the ferocious hardcore punk of Nicolas Cage Fighter to the ultra-meditative ambient of KMRU, discover new music from right across the pop spectrum

Which new artists are you excited for in 2021? Leave your recommendations in the comments below.

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2020 music: give yourself a break and love listening again with these Pairing Mode picks

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 1 Jan 2021 12:07 am

When you can't necessarily make sense of time, but feel the need to mark its passage, there is the entire discipline of music. David Abravanel returns for year-end Pairing Mode picks and words on why you should give them deep listening.

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‘All that mattered was survival’: the songs that got us through 2020

Delivered... Guardian music | Scene | Thu 31 Dec 2020 11:00 am

Butterflies with Mariah, Bronski Beat in the Peak District, Snoop Dogg on a food delivery ad … our writers reveal the tracks that made 2020 bearable

When it came to lockdown comfort listening, there was something particularly appealing about lush symphonic soul made by artists such as Teddy Pendergrass and the Delfonics. But there was one record I reached for repeatedly: Black Moses by Isaac Hayes, and particularly the tracks arranged by Dale Warren. Their version of Burt Bacharach’s (They Long to Be) Close to You is an epic, spinning the original classic into a nine-minute dose of saccharine soul. But their cover of Going in Circles, another Warren exercise in expansion, is their masterpiece, reimagining the Friends of Distinction original as a seven-minute arrangement with stirring strings and beatific backing vocals that builds into a story about lost love that transcends the genre’s usual parameters. A perfect, if slightly meta, balm for the repetitive lockdown blues. Lanre Bakare

Related: AG Cook: the nutty producer behind the decade's most divisive music

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‘All that mattered was survival’: the songs that got us through 2020

Delivered... Guardian music | Scene | Thu 31 Dec 2020 11:00 am

Butterflies with Mariah, Bronski Beat in the Peak District, Snoop Dogg on a food delivery ad … our writers reveal the tracks that made 2020 bearable

When it came to lockdown comfort listening, there was something particularly appealing about lush symphonic soul made by artists such as Teddy Pendergrass and the Delfonics. But there was one record I reached for repeatedly: Black Moses by Isaac Hayes, and particularly the tracks arranged by Dale Warren. Their version of Burt Bacharach’s (They Long to Be) Close to You is an epic, spinning the original classic into a nine-minute dose of saccharine soul. But their cover of Going in Circles, another Warren exercise in expansion, is their masterpiece, reimagining the Friends of Distinction original as a seven-minute arrangement with stirring strings and beatific backing vocals that builds into a story about lost love that transcends the genre’s usual parameters. A perfect, if slightly meta, balm for the repetitive lockdown blues. Lanre Bakare

Related: AG Cook: the nutty producer behind the decade's most divisive music

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Darkness, mixed: sonic reflections for Threads*Palestine

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Wed 30 Dec 2020 6:40 pm

In dark moments, sometimes the most vital gesture is acknowledging uncertainty and feeling. So as we pass the milestone of one year into the next, I'll be talking through some mixes alongside our year-end music review.

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