It wouldn’t be too bold to suggest that Andrew Weatherall is at his best when he has a companion by his side; his best DJ sets of recent years, for example, have often been ‘back-to-back’, infrequent gigs with Monsieur Smagghe complemented by the A Love From Outer Space sessions with long-time friend Sean Johnston, one half of electronic mavericks Hardway Brothers.
Dancing bears, persevering camels and meditative dogs all feature on the video for the lead track from the new album by The Asphodells.
Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay will release an album together as The Asphodells in January.
A little audio treat for you to enjoy this Friday afternoon courtesy of our friends over the Dalston Superstore, who in “an uncharacteristic display of forward thinking” managed to record Andrew Weatherall’s recent set in their basement sweatbox.
Keith Tenniswood will release his fourth album under the Radioactive Man moniker, with Waits & Measures due for release at the end of the month on the newly established Wang Trax label.
Cast an eye across the crème de la crème of new producers and DJs straining to poke their heads above the dance music melee that is 2012 and what do you see? It’s certainly a sprawling landscape – and one which appears to be almost drowning in a deluge of new sounds on a daily basis. There’s a rapidly expanding pool of producers, DJs and releases all shouting loudly – and, arguably, without saying much. It’s amid this aural backdrop that Movement, the second EP proper from young(ish) mop haired pup Daniel Avery, lands – and stands out like a refreshingly sore thumb. A surefooted use of analogue tools and heavy injections of machine-funk ensure it gracefully sidesteps much of the competition and finely straddles the tightrope between sounding suitably left and gloriously classic.
Walking through East London, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the barrage of lights, dirt and skirts is representative of life at its fastest and most empty – but Lord Sabre Andrew Weatherall, who toils in a bunker concealed deep under the streets sopping with lager and city boy nights out, is still in love with the place…
French imprint Astro Lab has remained an under appreciated gem of a label despite launching with a Pilooski release way back in 2007 and treating the more attentive vinyl acquirers to releases from such luminaries as Photonz, Hardway Bros and Mr Shake Shakir. Their latest reason for you to pay more attention comes via the musical mind of Timothy J Fairplay – who you may know as part of the excellent Kill The DJ regulars Battant or via his solo excursions on the Rotters Golf Club Boardroom compilation from a while back. Those unfamiliar should at least be impressed that the likes of Ivan Smagghe and Andrew Weatherall have been involved in some of Fairplay’s finest moments to date.
Newly inducted into the Astro Lab familia, Fairplay drops three cuts that pay homage to the OST icon John Carpenter. Whilst 70’s soundtrack synth odysseys of Carpenter and his contemporaries have been a much leaned on source of inspiration in recent times – with labels as diverse as Not Not Fun and Nang indulging with differing results – Fairplay’s own attempts definitely fall within the “oh gosh this is good” category. “Dawn” opens with the familiar brooding crystalline synth work that Carpenter specialised in, but crucially Fairplay embellishes the track with a low slung punk-funk sensibility that brings something different. Furthermore, there’s a pleasant variation to how Fairplay reveals his affection for Carpenter with “Different Land” taking on a delicate cosmiche feel – filled with expansive waves of ethereal synths veering above and beneath the laidback patter of drums, whilst the final simmering arpeggiated tension of “General Arrives” is complemented by a skeletal mid-tempo bump and warm throbbing bass.
Echoing previous releases on the label, Astro Lab match the original material with some fine remixes as the aforementioned Sir Weatherall opens the B Side with a typically unique treatment of “Sleigh Ride/Blizzard” which straddles the source with a muggy, druggy, languid techno vibe. Complementing this, Astro Lab’s London dwelling Portuguese correspondent ZNTN switches up the sounds of “General Arrives” – embellishing the rhythm with an ever changing percussive direction that will delight the more esoteric DJing ears out there.
UK news agencies have today been awash with news that the BBC digital radio station 6 Music is set to close by 2011.