Despite the ongoing pressing plant chaos and ever increasing costs of making records, 2021 saw more than a healthy amount (!) of exceptional releases, on every genre and format imaginable. My previous blog post focused on the singles and here I will put my attention to my favourite albums and reissues. Early in the year…Details
After a bleak and blank 2020, ’21 was the year we returned to party and started dancing (collectively) again. It took what seemed like forever to get there, but when we did, what a spectacular release that was! A truly “special” moment which seemed to make the traversée du désert that preceded it almost worthwhile.…Details
Sometime in 2017, when my friend Kay Suzuki first came up with the idea of starting a high quality reissue label, asking a bunch of us to act as curators, the first idea that came to my mind was a project dedicated to gwoka in general, and gwoka moderne in particular. As a frequent visitor…Details
Cyril, Jeremy and I were recently asked to share some thoughts about Beauty And The Beat, from its genesis to the present day. It turned out to be a really interesting and in depth reflection about the influences and motivations behind this labour of love. Here are the links to the original articles. Part 1 Part…Details
Towards the end of November 2000 I landed in London with a backpack, one cassette tape and dreams aplenty. Years have mysteriously passed (who knows where the time goes?!) and here I found myself, as Londoner as can be, celebrating twenty years of trials and tribulations in the city. For 20 days (+ 1) in…Details
Music is the healing force of the Universe” This quote taken from Albert Ayler’s spiritual jazz masterpiece perhaps never sounded so accurate as it did in 2020. Most of us searched for solace in music in even deeper ways than ever. I for one spent even more time than usual consuming music, digging, seeking out,…Details
It is finally here: the project started at the tail end of 2019 has finally become reality with the release of a retrospective of Midonet’s career highlights on double vinyl and in full audiophile glory. Having tracked down Gratien in Noumea, New Caledonia, we’ve spent the best part of 2020 exchanging long emails as I…Details
Confinement obliged I’ve spent some time exploring new corners of the house lately, and that included going through some long neglected CD shelves and boxes. Found a few gems and many a memory along the way (Mazzy Star! Silver Jews!) and made this laid back lil’ mix out of it.