Friday, March 12, 2010

15th March 2010 Releases

F Energy Distortion
1. Intro 2. Shift* 3. Poka 4. Energy Distortion 5. Another Place* 6. 0907 7. See The Light 8. Forever 9. Hologram* 10. On The Corner
11. Chillin' 12. Spacewalker 13. Perspectives (*CD-only tracks)

F Energy Distortion Part 3:
A. 0907 B1. Poka B2. Forever
C. See The Light D. Confined System (Vinyl Exclusive track)
7EVEN 2x12" (7EVEN 014)

7even Recordings is proud to present the stunning debut album from French beat master F: ‘Energy Distortion’. Florent Aupetit discovered Drum'n'Bass as a teenager, an early enthusiasm which pushed him straight out to buy records and a pair of decks. Slowly after he set foot on the production path, and began producing Drum'n'Bass tracks on fruity loops. He began to develop a passion and deepen an interest in the emergent style of UK underground music called Dubstep, and eventually started producing Dubstep tracks as recently as 2008. His growing love for Techno, and other minimal forms of Dub led him to combine elements of both musics with Dubstep, with stunning results. French dubstep pioneer and 7even Recordings label head Greg Gouty was immediately captivated by the impeccable levels of production and fresh beats streaming from this talented newcomer.

Traversing different worlds, atmospheres and vibes, including classic unreleased tracks (0907, Poka, On The Corner, Confined System and Hologram) and brand new, unheard material (See The Light, Chillin’, Perspectives and Funk Injection), beautifully cut and loudly mastered by Shawn Joseph and Jacko Adams at Optimum Studios in Bristol, the team resposible for 2009 albums by Martyn and 2562. Packed in a crisp, ultra-fresh cover by Parisian designer David Lollia aka Synaptic, ‘Energy Distortion’ by F is a great album of Electronic Music, a fine listen or spin in multiple formats.

The CD and Vinyl Editions each contain exclusive tracks for the fans. The Vinyl Edition consists of the sampler 12” and two beautiful double 12”s. Heavy weapons for the dancefloor, and a great album for music lovers!

A. Sweetz (2005 Flex)
AA. Angry World

Keysound 12"
(LDN 016)

Great anticipation has been building since news filtered out about this new Keysound plate. Two lost classics from Skream are contained, 'Sweetz (2005 Flex)', which as the title suggests is a beat dating back to 2005, really melodic and showing a significant Detroit influence. On the flip is 'Angry World', which is cinematic and swung in a manner most reminiscent of foundation dubstep pioneers Horsepower Productions. Both tunes hark back to a formative early era of dubstep, the times perhaps most associated with Brixton club 3rd Base : an era that we think Dusk and Blackdown will never stop loving. The artwork features, at Skream's own request, a capture of the renowned Big Apple store, epicentre of the dubstep scene.

Muscle Memory EP:
A. Flat Top Muscle
AA. Memory Man
Caravan 12"

Laying low in the cut after the much lauded 'Recession Vol.1' mix album and his wrily-titled futuristic crossover 'Euro Dance Hit', Caravan label head honcho Julian Smith aka October returns from deep studio retreat with possibly his best, certainly most forward thinking dance floor record to date. As always October takes a big slice of his inspiration from the Detroit techno sound of the 80's and early 90's which is clearly evident on the second cut on this plate in particular. However you simply cannot ignore his perhaps more euro-centric dub tendencies and broken-beat rhythm principles that always inform his overall composition and production ethos.

'Flat Top Muscle' is designed for tomorrow's dance floors as well as those murkiest darkest dub corners. Full of analogue synths, vintage guitar pedals, a funk-pulsed Moog bassline and vintage drum module programming, this track is laced with October's distinct signature. Militant in its delivery, this is a killer cut - set to make a big impression on the start of 2010.

'Memory Man' is definitely the deeper track of the two, warming up the midrange with Detroit-style techno pads and delayed synth lines. Smith again provides that distinct crossover sound injecting some serious broken half-steps as well as his usual meticulous beat and bass programming. This is straight up heavy business to say the least and has already gained support across the globe from the likes of Ewan Pearson, Scuba, Skudge, Sigha, Ripperton, Kevin Gorman amongst others.

Monday, March 8, 2010

8th March 2010 Release

Clang Sayne CD
(CSCD 001)

We receive many unsolicited distribution submissions at Baked Goods, and Winterlands by Clang Sayne turned up late last year in our postbag with no fanfare or self-aggrandisement – which is a great shame, because this is an album that really needs to be heard. Imagine Tim Buckley’s Starsailor and Lorca band with Julie Tippetts channeling Tim’s drama and languor; imagine Beth Gibbons backed by Comus featuring Blixa Bargeld on guitar; imagine Sandy Denny at her most fervent joining the sessions for Mark Hollis’ solo record…Winterlands sounds like all of the above and none of the above, an extraordinarily idiosyncratic conception in its own right, and as oblivious to the restrictions of genre as all of the artists mentioned.

Clang Sayne are songwriter and founder Laura Hyland (voice and acoustic guitar), James O Sullivan (electric guitar ‘and objects’), Peter Marsh (plucked and bowed double bass) and Matt Fisher (percussion), and Winterlands was recorded live in single takes over 3 days of recordings, without edits or overdubs. The band have all played in jazz and improv in the past: Laura began singing in Dublin in the late 90s before moving to London, O Sullivan is guitarist with sound improvisation group TETRAS, Peter Marsh has played everything from industrial avant rock to Breton folk music, and Matt Fisher recently performed with the Steve Waterman Quartet. The lyrics are either Laura’s own or settings of literary texts as varied as Anais Nin, Dorothy Parker, William Stafford, and an anonymous 8th century Japanese poet. But this seemingly ‘serious’ background gives no hint of the sheer joy in playing these four musicians enjoy – there is an organic wholeness throughout that belies their basis in improv, every note demonstrating a confidence and a control that is deeply self-assured, while never either dry or ‘difficult’. Each song occupies its own very self-assured world, and each track is essential to the overall pacing of the record as a whole. These are definitely songs, despite their literary basis, and any knowledge of the latter is not necessary to respond to Winterlands on a purely visceral level.

Winterlands was initially released quietly last year, and ‘A Death And A Vision’ featured on the Wire Magazine’s October 2009 Wire Tapper CD; Baked Goods are proud to be able to present this album to the larger audience it surely deserves. This is an album that could have been recorded at any point between 1969 and the present day, music that transcends the background of its contributors or any expectation a listener might bring. What can seem formless can suddenly coalesce into a riff, a rhythm or a melody, and then head off into other planes of there, while still retaining an understated or unstated wholeness; Laura’s voice can whisper, soar, hiss or click, but never deviates from the discipline and the focus that Clang Sayne demonstrate throughout. This is simply wonderful and exciting music, constantly surprising, and ultimately an affirmation of the indefinable power of pure music and musicianship to take the listener to a whole other place.

UK live dates (more TBC) :

11 March
Jambouree Bar, Cable Street Studios, Limehouse, London, E1W
18 March
Biddles Bros Bar, Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0QR (free entry)
29 April
The Luna Lounge, Church Lane, Leytonstone London E11 1HG
12 June
Resonance FM present Clang Sayne Live Studio Session, Hello Goodbye 104.4fm
17 June
Acoustic Suicide, The Gladstone, Lant St, London (free entry)