Mentioned this track in the Weekly Bits before, it’s taken from the latest 12-inch by Juan Maclean under his Peach Melba disguise. While I have to say I don’t fancy any other tracks, this version really does it for me – and should do it for any other Rhythm & Sound/Maurizio follower.
So unless you want to pick up a copy on vinyl (try Clone or Boomkat), you can still download this track over at XLR8R.
If you like the music featured on this blog and you’ve been out in London, you know Plastic People as the first address for underground music. Be it the FWD parties, Tony Nwachukwu’s CDR events or IG Culture’s CoOp club, they all take (or in the latter case took) place at the same address in Shoreditch. It now seems Plastic People’s license is currently reviewed by the London Police, threatened to close its doors forever. To stay updated on the events and to learn how you can help, join this group on Facebook.
This is what happens, when you try to ignore Valentine’s Days and any related links passed to you on Twitter: I completely overlooked Hudson Mohawke‘s slow jams mix for LuckyMe.
Stumbled across a couple of interviews this week. No Depression’s Jay Hayes had the rare opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Betty Davis. The Okayplayer forum collected questions for Dego of 4hero and 2000Black fame, you can read it on his blog. While we’re at 4hero, let me also mention Knowledge Mag’s Week In The Life of 4hero with Marc Mac.
Lots of videos from the London Red Bull Music Academy are there to discover on their YouTube page. One of the highlights is the concert of Henrik Schwarz & Bugge Wesseltoft at the Royal Festival Hall.
The all new Armchair Dancefloor mix features a guest-spot from Blue Daisy, one of the names to look out for in this year.
Another free download is taken from the highly recommended Mind Over Matter Remixes from Greymatter. You can grab the TRG Remix of “Believe In Something” from his SoundCloud page.
And lastly, I read this article on FACT Magazine with great interest: Basic Channel‘s Mark Ernestus is about to launch a new label called Dug Out, specialized in reissues of classic reggae records.
The third installment of Deutsche Grammophon‘s Recomposed series comes from techno godfathers Carl Craig and Moritz von Oswald (Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound). Together the joint forces of Detroit and Berlin put their hands on classical material from Maurice Ravel and Modest Mussorgsky. Now, I would understand anybody’s scepticism towards such projects, but Craig and von Oswald treat the samples with respect, using them to compose their own arrangements, slowly progressing into an electronic, orchestral something. Still, though parts from Ravel and Mussorgsky are present, the final outcome resembles more the works from the likes of Steve Reich, Philip Glass or last year’s album-collaboration between Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christian Fennesz. Whether it’s how Carl and Moritz reacted to each other, or it’s just the awstruck the originals may have caused – together they achieve to create a new exciting sound which is neither much like any Carl Craig or Basic Channel production.
The album consists of an introduction six Movements and one more interlude, but basically it should be considered as a whole, one track. Having had access to Deutsche Grammophon‘s immense back-catalogue, Craig and von Oswald picked the works Rapsodia Espanola (Ravel) and Bilder einer Ausstellung (Pictures of an Exhibition, Mussorgsky). What a struggle it must have been whether to attempt Bolero or not!01. Intro
02. Movement I
03. Movement II
04. Movement III
05. Movement IV
07. Movement V
08. Movement VI
So how do you review this? It’s difficult! Basically you either like it or not, but you definitely have to take time for a good listen to get a chance to like it. As I said, think of it as one track – you don’t have a skip button anywhere, it’s a one hour journey. And that’s why Recomposed works so well, because it takes its time to build up a performance. The standout track is clearly Carl Craig‘s Movement V, the absolute climax of the journey, perfectly combining the two worlds of electronic and classical music. Everything before was a just-but-necessary introduction to that point. Oh, rumour has it that Ricardo Villalobos was asked to do a remix of this. The finale is von Oswald‘s attempt on this combination of the old and the new. Movement VI blends in and turns the performance in a new, a more ambient direction with soft strings and a conga-beat.
Not quite news, but prior to the album release, the two collaborators have been performing live with a classical ensemble at Berlin’s Staatsballet. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to track down any footage from the performance, but with Carl Craig releasing live-recordings recently – maybe one of the tracks will make it on a release?
Now how will you get Recomposed? There’s the standard CD, but also a very beautiful vinyl double longplayer. Suprisingly, digital downloads are not available from Deutsche Grammophon‘s own web-shop, but you can buy a copy on iTunes.
Oct 29, 2008 here is a video of Carl Craig performing with orchestra in Paris