Dark Star (Personable version - edit) - (20:08) 65 BPM
Review: Examining seminal ambient works from Harold Budd via his work on All Saints, this remix package brings a wisely curated host of modern artists in to deliver their own strung out tributes to an influential contemporary of Brian Eno et al. Patten takes to "Mandan" with a slow rising spirituality, gently feeding in threads of percussion to merge with the thick slurry of synths, winding up with a very harmonious cacophony of sound. Odd Nosdam meanwhile turns to his usual arsenal of fuzzy drone business as he tackles "Feral", the pitch bends taking on a transcendental nature as they stretch out into the ether. M. Geddes Gengras' Personable project opts for a sprawling 20 minute version of "Dark Star" that uses the ample running time to unfold a story of high drama, tension and beauty that creates a mastery out of gently discordant melodies.
Review: Originally released on Brian Eno's Opal label back in 1990, City: Works Of Fiction is one of the finest works from Jon Hassell, an American-born composer whose blend of acoustic instrumentation and electronic techniques gave birth to this curious blend of '80s pop rhythms and free-jazz structures. All Saints' reissue package goes a step further than most labels, including a live recording, demos and rarities and a number of remixes from contemporary artists. Bass Clef, patten, 808 State and No UFOs all make for respectful remixers, who deliver some very intriguing results.
Review: Laraaji Nanananda, also known as Edward Larry Gordon to his nearest and dearest, is undoubtedly a part of the UK movement that has put the 'new' in 'age'. Historically a part of the All Saints label, to which he returns this week with this new LP - Bring On The Sun - Laraaji was kicking back with artists like Brian Eno, Jah Wobble, Jon Hassell, and the rest of the wider Opal crew back in the day. He's continued to be a fundamental pillar of the imprint ever since and, more widely, of the constant influence that ambient music seems to have on the masses. His particular strain is often referred to simply as 'Laraaji music', and this is once again true of this new album. While there is plenty of designer ambient out there, Laraaji's quality of drones seem to have something timeless abot them, where it's difficult to tell what age, what place and what sort of story lies behind them. Truly meditative vibes here. Hotly recommended, as always.
Sun Gong (The Bell Of It EDIT By Turn On The Sunlight) - (3:03) 148 BPM
Change (Jitwam's Campfire edit) - (3:34) 136 BPM
Ocean Flow (Seahawks Deep Drift mix) - (4:07) 145 BPM
Review: All Saints Records present an exclusive new Record Store Day album comprising remixes and DJ edits of material from Laraaji's recent Sun Gong and Bring On The Sun LPs. Laraaji is a musician, mystic and laughter meditation practitioner based in New York City, who creates trance-inducing jams on a modified autoharp processed through various electronic effects. Story has it that the legendary Brian Eno saw him playing one night in Washington Square Park and invited him to record an album for his seminal Ambient series. He has gone on to release a prolific series of album for a wide variety of labels - in recent years he has been collaborating with a new generation of underground musicians, most notably on the album he recorded for the acclaimed FRKWYS series with Blues Control. Sun Transformations connects the new age ambience of Laraaji's music to the kaleidoscopic cut-ups of the LA beat scene via re-works from the likes of Ras G, Dntel, Mia Doi Todd and Dexter Story.
Review: All Saints are simply a sublime imprint. From Brian Eno to the latest Jon Hassell compilation, they've always got something up their sleeve. This time it's two prime reworks from Peaking Lights and our man Jamal Moss who remix the legendary Roedelius, and it doesn't get much better than this. The former transforms "Puente" into a wacky, dubbed-out monster, while Hieroglyphic Being goes almost balearic on his transformation of "Remember".