The next mix instalment comes from London based dj duo Thick As Thieves. With a close ear on new music these two can often be found shifting the crates in a record shop. This mix comes without a track list and was made with 100% wax. Deep percussive house with a sprinkle of heavy hitters.
The time has come again for me to inject some respite from our usual electronic sounds as at long last the Magic Lantern’s debut album is about to land, and the band have kindly sent a promo copy for our lucky ears.
I first encountered the band during a hazy 5am show in a small tent at Secret Garden Party in 2009, and despite my inebriated state, was instantly arrested by their sound and have been eagerly awaiting a full release since. Last year whilst promoting their Cut From Stone Ep, I caught them again at Oxford’s The Cellar and had this to say.
The Magic Lantern draw on the vernacular sounds of traditional English folk music and weave elements of jazz and modern classical styles throughout to deliver one of the richest sounds I have heard in a while. The songs on A World in a Grain of Sand are immensely engaging both lyrically and musically and thus stand outside the bracket of the New-Folk scene which has become so popular (and tired) in the last few years. Violins, percussion, clarinets and some subtle electronics all help to elevate the music. If Nick Drake and Portico Quartet were to collaborate whilst drifting on a boat on the open sea, the Magic Lantern’s sound may emerge.
Singer Jamie Doe’s voice has become familiar like that of a friend’s, partly due to the fact that the record has been on repeat since I received it, but largely due to its soft immediacy and honesty. Below is the second track from A World in a Grain of Sand called Cut From Stone, a delicate track which builds subtly to deliver a glimpse of the jazz sensibilities explored elsewhere on the album.
The album is set to be released officially on the 6th of June, with digital copies available on all the usuals such as itunes and spotify. The band have also gone through a labour of love in creating hand-made physical copies (of which the image above is the artwork) which are available from the bands bandcamp page and at the album launch party tomorrow night, Friday 20th may, at the Dalston Boys Club.
KRL has kindly put this mix together prior performing in Oxford on Wednesday 11th May. Signed to wondrous Wolf Music, his productions are deep yet full of energy and contain melodic soulful vocals. The final Get Your Geek On event will also feature sets from Stopmakingme, Zoo Look, Flora Yin-Wong, residents and a secret special guest!!
01. Tim Hecker – ?
02. Andy Ash – Another World
03. Chicago Damn
04. Cottam – Sunrise Sunsent (Deep Space Orchestra Remix)
05. Hunnee – Took My Love
06. KRL – Theres Nothin You Cant Teach Me
07. Greymatter – Tesla
08. Moodyman – The Thief That Stole My Sad Says
09. Liquid People – Son of Dragon
10. Laid – Pray
11. Armando – 100′s of Disin You
12. James T Cotton – Ooochi Coo
13. Kyle Hall – After the Fall
14. Even TUell – Untitled
15. Tim Hecker- ?