Review: Edinburgh's Hidden Orchestra are back on Tru Thoughts with that fine jazz-ambient crossover, a particular strain of pseudo electronica that pretty much no one else has ventured down. This is primarily because this kind of stuff is rather complex to put together - a tune like "Still" requires you to appreciate the intricacies of jazz drumming while still being in tune with the looseness of drone and sparse sonics. There's a tougher edit which follows, and a total ambient mix without drums! Beautiful.
Review: The solo project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Joe Acheson, Hidden Orchestra's third album "Dawn Chorus" is centred on a collection of birdsong and other field recordings made around the UK and further afield. These ten tracks not only feature recordings made from around the world, but various international instruments too, including harp, glockenspiel, Turkish mey, clarinet and cello. The album's release was recently teased with the remarkable "Still" and now we have nine more haunting and evocative cinematics fusions of sparse drones, rolling and loose drums and melancholic instrumentation and of course, those harmonious birds.
Aldo Vanucci - "You're All Show" (feat Kylie Auldist - Dr Meaker remix) - (4:41) 178 BPM
Featurecast - "Ego Tripping" (feat Farina Miss - Deekline & Ed Solo remix) - (4:40) 170 BPM
Robin Parris - "Feeling Alright" (feat Kelly Hayden - instrumental) - (4:15) 174 BPM
Review: Is there no end to Jalapeno's flavour range? Constantly splashing their signature funk to any genre or corner of the dance they feel, Brighton-nee-London indie Jalapeno dust off the handsome array of D&B originals and remixes they've released plus a selection of brand new cuts such as Serum's sublime homage to De La Soul & Chaka Khan's "All Good" and a chilly graveyard staunter from Cybass ("Departure") Other highlights include Max Sedgley's Moulin Rouge-burning soul-stamper "What've I Got To Do", Dr Meaker's instant-smile inducing party-primed remix of Aldo Vanucci, Technimatic's sunset twist of Ephemerals and the unabashed vibes of Deeline & Ed Solo's Featurecast remix. And that's not even half of it. Tasty.