Liam’s Recommendations

11th February

Bandshell – “Caustic View” (Liberation Technologies)

Last year I recommended King Felix’s “Spring EP”  the debut release by Mute sub label Liberation Technologies and wasn’t disappointed, it even made No.5 in my Top Ten Alternative Releases of 2012. The “Caustic View” EP is the third release on Liberation Technologies and promises to be another top quality release. Check out the bleeps and bloops of ‘Perc’ below:

Foals – “Holy Fire” (Warner Bros)

The Oxford post-rock/indie quintet return with their third album “Holy Fire” off the back of two fantastic pre release tracks in ‘Inhaler’ and ‘My Number’ which both combine Foals trademark emotive melodies with tough grooves that recall “Remain In Light” era Talking Heads. This might just be the album that finally converts me to the Foals cause.

18th February

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “Push the Sky Away” (Mute)

The new album from the band is their first since 2008, though band members have been busy with the Grinderman side project and composing film soundtracks. Cave says the album explores for how “on the internet profoundly significant events, momentary fads and mystically-tinged absurdities sit side-by-side and question how we might recognise and assign weight to what’s genuinely important.” The album was produced by Nick Launay and recorded at La Fabrique a mansion in the South of France. Watch the breathtakingly beautiful Gasper Noe directed video for “We No Who U R” below:

Jamie Lidell – “Jamie Lidell” (Warp)

Jamie Lidell returns with his self titled fifth album in this month, pre release tracks like “What A Shame” finding him returning to the electronic sound of his first two solo albums. Could he make another “Multiply” (2005) a unique blend of soul and funk influences twisted up using the latest music technology? Whatever Lidell comes up with he’s got me very excited about this album.

25th February

Atoms for Peace – “Amok” (XL)

This side-project/super group features Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Flea (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), legendary session musician Joey Waronker and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. In recent interviews the band have revealed that the album combines both live and electronic drums and is influenced by the Afrobeat rhythms of Fela Kuti. The tracks that are currently floating around the internet also suggest that the electronic sounds of Thom Yorke’s solo album “The Eraser” (2006) though there’s more warmth to the Atoms for Peace songs.

Kirsty’s Recommendations

15th February

Apparat – Krieg und Frieden (Mute)

The electronic music producer returns with an album based on a German theatre production of Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace, directed by Sebastian Hartmann. After Hartmann asked Apparat, born Sascha Ring, to contribute music to the project, the producer then spent four weeks working with a 30-piece ensemble in an empty factory alongside Apparat’s live band members Philipp Timm and Christoph Hartmann. After the piece’s final performance Ring, C. Hartmann and Timm transformed the soundtrack into a work for album release. Ring says of “Krieg und Frieden”, “It’s the first record ever that didn’t hurt at some point. It’s full of imperfection because it was made by humans.” He goes on to describe the album as “a bit of a weird record with not many beats and lots of drones.”

18th February

Petre Inspirescu – fabric 68 (Fabric)

Romanian producer Petre Inspirescu will follow in the footsteps of Ben Klock and Zip with the 68th instalment of Fabric’s mix series. The details so far reveal that like the editions from Villalobos and Shackleton, the DJ/producer will use only his own unreleased material on the 15 track mix. Inspirescu has built a strong reputation as a supplier of intricate, minimal house and techno. He says of “fabric 68”, “I recorded the mix at home and arranged only from my own productions, as I wanted to try to offer a more classical touch to the music I make for the dancefloor and to present it to people.” Adding, “Some of the songs were recorded more than one year ago, maybe two, and some recently. The songs include recordings with a trio (violin, cello, piano) in my studio, other instruments, voice (soprano) and modular sounds.”