Fascinating Things : Issue 54

Nearly back to normal after a week of melting lap-tops and internet drop-outs. It’s rather striking how vital PCs are these days in doing this sort of thing, you certainly miss ’em when they stop working properly.  Anyway things are OK now and I’ve a nice new HP Envy with Bang & Olufsen internal speakers which makes the music listening all that more pleasurable.

The timings for the podcasts have changed from this week onwards:

  • Sonic Attack goes out on a Monday from now on, but is still on Sin Radio on Thursday
  • Aural Delights stays on Wednesday, and is still on SIn Radio on Thursday
  • World of Jazz now goes out on a Friday
  • The Band on the Wall Playlists will be released on the first day of the month from now on.

All of this is to give me a bit more breathing space and to fit in with my other commitments.

And so here we go again with some recent news……..

My Graney “completist” radar must have been on the frizt when this below came out in 2013 as I hadn’t latched on to it until Dave posted something on Facebook recently, but to be fair to myself I don’t think Dave or Clare have made a huge noise about it, which is a surprise as it’s a marvelous 26 minute collection of atmospheric music. It’s their second soundtrack as far as I know, on the basis of this experience there may be more lurking out there. A combination of rock and jazz sounds make for a great listen. I’m really looking forward to seeing Dave live next week when he visits Salford for an intimate little gig, in a Joey Holts pub! What more could I ask for?

Liv, who sends me lots of new music to absorb,  has sent me a new tune to listen to,  and after an initial reluctance, it grew on me somewhat. The artist in question is Mira Aasma, a Gothenburg born vocalist. The song builds well, the arrangement is compelling, and that undercurrent of bass arpeggiator is rather groovy in a Giorgio M style..

MC Dälek a.k.a. Will Brooks, with the blessing of ex-member/co-producer Oktopus has revived Dälek with a new lineup which now includes DJ rEk on turntables and co-producer Mike Manteca on samplers and effects. The trio have returned with their signature mind numbing, genre bending blend of beats, noise and lyricism and are preparing to release the highly anticipated first official Dälek release since their last full-length, 2009’s “Gutter Tactics”. Titled “Asphalt For Eden”, the new album sees a new creative peak for Dälek and should widen the fan-base for this cult hip-hop band. Asphalt For Eden also marks Dälek’s first collaboration with progressive music label Profound Lore, who will release the album on April 22nd. I’m not normally a hip-hop fan but I always make an exception for this band because of their willingness to absorb more progressive musical elements.

And that’s your lot for this week….

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