- Catherine Graindorge – Eldorado
Catherine Graindorge is a Belgian violinist, violist and composer. Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Rokia Traoré), Eldorado is her second solo album. Gorgeous and haunting, Graindorge uses strings, harmonium and electronic treatments to explore intimate corners and widescreen vistas.
- dal:um – similar & different
- Krononaut – Scratch Test
Coming out of the fertile London jazz and experimental scenes, Krononaut is a richly textured new ensemble helmed by guitarist/producer Leo Abrahams and drummer Martin France. Their self-titled debut album released by Glitterbeat label imprint tak:til in the autumn of 2020 was widely acclaimed for its deep dive into uncharted sonic territory. Krononaut have now returned with an equally engaging 3-song digital EP entitled “Scratch Test.”
- Chuck Johnson – The Cinder Grove
The follow up to Johnson’s acclaimed Balsams album, The Cinder Grove delves further into the compositional possibilities of the pedal steel guitar. This halcyon collection of tracks draws on a wider palette of sounds, adding strings and piano, to dive deeper into the sound bath of Johnson’s meditative music. The Cinder Grove is a profound, affecting statement on the nature of loss and irreplaceability as well as a major addition to the canon of Johnson’s work.
- Pulled by Magnets – Entrance Gates
London-based sonic explorer Seb Rochford lets fly an immersive EP follow up to Pulled by Magnets’ lauded debut album “Rose Golden Doorways” (released earlier this year). A dark frontier where doom rhythms rub against haunted saxophone atmospherics, 4-time Mercury Prize nominee Rochford (Polar Bear, Sons of Kemet, Basquiat Strings), has created with this new trio, his most adventurous soundworld yet.
- Adhelm – Yasam Rose
Adhelm’s compositions investigate the spaces where insistent nature and bleak urbanity meet. The result is a compelling admixture of resonant percussion, processed field recordings and spectral electronics. His adventurous compositional processes and experiments echo musique concrète, Cageian indeterminacy and the deep listening ethos of Pauline Oliveros.
- Krononaut – Krononaut
Coming out of the fertile London jazz and experimental scenes, Krononaut is a richly textured new ensemble helmed by guitarist /producer Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Imogen Heap, Jon Hopkins) and drummer Martin France. The album features an esteemed group of collaborators and a sonic footprint that channels spectral ambiance, ‘fourth world’ expansions and a gorgeous slow-boiling pointillism.
- Pulled By Magnets – Rose Golden Doorways
Acclaimed London-based sonic explorer Seb Rochford unleashes a startling new band and debut album. The frontier where doom rhythms rub against haunted saxophone atmospherics. A 4-time Mercury Prize nominee (Polar Bear, Sons of Kemet, Basquiat Strings) Pulled by Magnets is Seb’s most sublime and provocative musical statement to date. Forget type, genre or influence: this is the start of a brand-new trip by one of the most questing musicians at work anywhere.
- Jon Hassell / Farafina – Flash Of The Spirit
Composer and trumpeter Jon Hassell has been an elusive, iconic musical figure for more than half a century. The first ever reissue and remastering of Jon Hassell & Farafina’s prescient, “Fourth World” masterwork. Propulsive Burkinese rhythms meet revelatory, ambient soundscapes. Co-produced with the legendary studio team of Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois.
- Širom – A Universe that Roasts Blossoms for a Horse
Slovenian ‘imaginary folk’ instrumental trio return with a kaleidoscopic third album ‘A Universe that Roasts Blossoms for a Horse / Svet, ki speče konju cvet’. Širom are all about the head and the hand, and the dark that always pushes against the light. Handmade and global instrumentation meets fearless sound exploration.
- 75 Dollar Bill – I Was Real
The NYC based duo of Rick Brown and Che Chen, creates hypnotic, pulsing music that weaves an ecstatic line from raw electric blues, Arabic modes and entrancing folk minimalism back to the streets of New York. The third album from these acclaimed NYC mainstays adds concise rockers, fuller orchestrations and mysterious textures to the band’s long, odd/deep grooves and microtonal tunings.
- Park Jiha – Philos
Park Jiha’s debut album “Communion” – released internationally by tak:til last year – drew well deserved attention to the young Korean instrumentalist/composer’s vivid soundworld. The widely acclaimed album graced 2018 critics lists at The WIRE, Pop Matters and The Guardian. Her new album “Philos”– which she calls an evocation of her “love for time, space and sound” –is every bit as inventive, elegant and transcendent as her debut.
- Chris Brokaw – End Of The Night
- Chuck Johnson – Balsams
- Refree – La otra mitad
Raül Refree is one of the most acclaimed Spanish producers of the last decade. Working with ground breaking artists such as Silvia Pérez Cruz and Rosalía he has been at the forefront of the so-called “new flamenco” movement. He also collaborates with rock experimentalists like Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth – both playing in his band and co-producing Lee’s last album “Electric Trim.”
- Yonatan Gat – Universalists
Yonatan Gat is a guitarist, producer and experimental composer based in New York City. Gat’s second album – Universalists – is a conceptual and crafted snapshot of an artist evolving and experimenting, fusing the physical garage punk and freewheeling improvisational sounds of Gat’s past with elements of avant garde composition, electronic production and the signature sound of his genre-bending inimitable guitar.
- Park Jiha – Communion
Park Jiha is in the vanguard of new Korean music. She combines classical minimalism with the rootedness of Korean folk motifs and the dynamics of post-rock and contemporary jazz. Over the last few years a rising tide of new Korean artists have staked a place in the global music conversation. Groups like Jambinai, Black String and Park Jiha’s earlier duo 숨[suːm] have created exciting soundworlds.
- Jon Hassell – Dream Theory In Malaya
The first-ever reissue of Jon Hassell’s “Fourth World” masterpiece – originally released in 1981. Collaborators include Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel) and Michael Brook (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan). Beautifully re-mastered, with a bonus track (“Ordinary Mind”) and liner notes written by Hassell himself. The 4th release from Glitterbeat Record’s new label imprint: tak:til.
- Širom – I Can Be a Clay Snapper
The intertwining of diverse musical approaches, tools, histories of sounds and unbridled musical imagination and craftsmanship; these are the expansive guiding principles behind the Slovenian trio Širom. Hailing from Slovenia, Širom play vividly textured and mostly imagined folk music(s). Fusing handmade and global instruments with fearless sound exploration, the results are unbound by tradition or geography. Hypnotic, otherworldly & epic.
- Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society – Simultonality
An album of “pure motion.” Without sounding frenetic it is the most explosive Natural Information Society music on record, & without sounding over-determined it is Abrams’s most structured & thru-composed music yet. Much of it is also fast, a mass of densely patterned elements swiftly orbiting constantly reconfiguring centers that are variously harmonic & rhythmic, clearly stated or implied.
- 75 Dollar Bill – Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock
The NYC based duo of Rick Brown and Che Chen, creates hypnotic, pulsing music that weaves an ecstatic line from raw electric blues, Arabic modes and entrancing folk minimalism back to the streets of New York. Uncut called it: “An astonishingly potent next stage in an ongoing cultural exchange…magnificent; like a gnawa ritual that’s been convened by Junior Kimbrough.”
- Jon Hassell / Brian Eno – Fourth World Vol.1: Possible Musics
In the late 1970’s in New York, Hassell began to produce a series of astonishing albums where his trumpet explored both non-western modalities and dramatic sound processing. Brian Eno, who was living New York at the time was thrilled by Hassell’s debut album Vernal Equinox and sought out its creator. Eventually they began an in-depth collaboration that resulted in the classic album Fourth World Vol.1: Possible Musics.
- Laraaji – Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance
Widely celebrated at the time of its release in 1980 – as the third installment of Brian Eno’s emerging ambient music series (Ambient 1-4) – the album also brought with it an aura of mystification. An uncharted synthesis of resonating zither textures, interlocking, hammered rhythms and 3-D sound treatments (courtesy of Eno) “Day of Radiance” seemed to push open many doors at once, ambient music being only one of them.