Prologue

After a great 2011 in which our views went through the roof and we got many more comments, I hope Sonic Fiction can continue to build on this. I hope that this is the year we finally get a constant dialogue going between us and our readers. From the outset I wanted to provoke debate and have been conscious to try to encourage this in my posts. It’s really encouraging to read and respond to positive comments and I hope the comments section and our Twitter feed become places where debates and conversations around Sonic Fiction’s content and music in general can be had. I will also try where possible to post more often, though this may come more through tweets rather than full posts. In addition to this our electronic music columnist Vier and I will both be recommending albums as well as singles, EPs, mixes, mixtapes and anything else we feel is worth your attention and readily available.

Thank you to everyone who reads the blog and thank you to all the commentors and followers.

Liam Flanagan (Sonic Fiction Editor)

Recommendations

Ekoplekz – “Westerleigh Works EP” out now (Perc Trax)

Ekoplekz was one of my favourite discoveries of last year even though it took me forever to get round to listening to him and I didn’t mention him on Sonic Fiction. This new EP is a bit of departure as it is his first release designed for the dance floor and features a remix from one of his heroes, Richard H. Kirk (Cabaret Voltaire). Expect the usual analogue noisiness but with a four to the floor backing.

Oliveray – “Wonders” out now (Erased Tapes)

As 2011 wound down I bought A Winged Victory for the Sullen’s eponymous debut album and it got a lot of spins in late November and December. Included with the CD was a code that could be used to download a free Erased Tapes sampler. So I download this and automatically had several new artists to check out. Oliveray is a collaboration between two of the Erased Tapes artists, new classical pianist Nils Frahm and multi instrumentalist Peter Broderick. If these two artists’ catalogues are anything to go by this could be a jewel in the label’s crown for 2012.

Matthew Dear – “Headcage EP” 16th January

(Ghostly International)

Ahead of his new album “Beams” due later in 2012, Dear will release a four track EP. For the first time Dear isn’t the producer, instead that is handled by Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid (Fever Ray, Glasser, Blonde Redhead) and on ‘In The Middle’ he hands vocal duties to Johnny Pierce of The Drums. Reviews suggest that this EP both picks up where Dear left off with “Black City” (2010) and folds current influences such as Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurel Halo and Autre Ne Veut into his dark techno pop mix. Find out if Sonic Fiction agrees next month.

Amadou & Miriam – “Dougou Badia EP” 23rd January (Nonesuch)

A new digital only EP from the Malian Tuareg legends that precedes their new album “Folila”  out on 26th March. The title track which features Santigold and Nick Zinner(Yeah Yeah Yeahs) can be heard here.

Errors – “We Have Some Faith In Magic” 30th January (Rock Action)

One of our favourite bands at Sonic Fiction are back with a new album. The first single ‘Earthscore’ is a three part epic. It starts off almost cinematic with big synth swells and pounding tom toms all topped off with reverb heavy vocal sighs, then it breaks down into a four to the floor rhythm, bubbling arpeggios and a typical Errors guitar and synth melodies. Then the guitar line descends giving way to an almost breakbeat style rhythm and new theremin style lead synth before finally clattering to a close. Though this is a lot to take in the first couple of plays it soon becomes clear this is a continuation of Errors’ evolution and that they’ve taken a leap forward that promises much for this album and their future. Lets hope they get the attention they deserve. Listen to ‘Earthscore’ here.

Harmonious Thelonious – ‘Listens’ 30th January (Italic Records)

Italic will release the follow-up to 2010′s Congotronics influenced ‘Talking’ with an new album that we at Sonic Fiction hope continues this artist’s unique combination of “American minimalism vs. African drumming vs. European sequencing”.

Loops Of Your Heart – “And Never Ending Nights” 30th January (Magazine Records)

After his career ascension with “Looping State Of Mind”, The Field (Axel Willner) has created the side project Loops Of Your Heart. The first single ‘Neukölln’ trades The Field’s emotive sound for a more apparent krautrock/kosmiche musik style and points to the direction “And Never Ending Nights” will take.

Still to come this month on Sonic Fiction:

Next week – 2012 through my (biased) eyes: Catch Up #1 – a look back at some album that were released in November and thus excluded from our Albums of the Year and have now been throughly disgested.

Later this month – Classics Critiqued: Basic Channel: BCD by Vier.

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