Here we have some exclusive writing from Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher, bringing you one step closer to the thought processes behind the new album Ufabulum.
All of the music on ‘Ufabulum’ has a visual accompaniment and has been developed both as a stand-alone album release and a live show. From the inception of the project, Squarepusher has worked simultaneously on sound and picture, and as such represents a departure from the now ubiquitous tendency for musicians to buy in third party visual components for their live performances.
The project features a development of a longstanding aspect of his live work since 2005, namely a bespoke “video-synthesiser” that generates imagery according to control data and audio input. The imagery for each piece has two components, one of which is represented on a large LED screen and the other on a smaller screen mounted on a helmet worn by Squarepusher.
Continue reading track by track description by the man at the Daily Swarm
Gonjasufi steps up again with the inevitable remix album of ‘A Sufi and A Killer’. Titled, The Caliph’s Tea Party you can read the label bumpf below. Also on the cards with Gonjasufi’s name ‘pon it is a remix competition for anyone that wishes to take a stab.
So, The Caliph’s Tea Party was slowly summoned to life. Like the Caliphs of the Ummahs of the 7th century, orchestrating affairs from their palaces, Gonjasufi has assembled a collection of artists in his musical world and invited them to exchange ideas. In this spirit, the symbolic and musical centerpiece of the album, as well as its namesake, is the result of the mutual admiration formed between Gonjasufi and Broadcast and Focus Group. A bewitching, drastic re-working of ‘DedNd’ it takes the form of a suite of layered compositions and radiophonic transmissions.
Elsewhere, reinterpretations from new talents shine while established artists continue to surprise. Mark Pritchard channels Ennio Morricone with epic orchestral dystopia on his remix of ‘Ancestors’ while retaining the inherent gravity of Flying Lotus’ original production. Young guns Shlomo and Jeremiah Jae eschew their labeling as ‘beatmakers’ and tap into a fractured emotional core within ‘Change’ and ‘Holidays’, respectively, giving them new leases on life as subtly mechanized melancholia. Bibio smooths out the rough edges of ‘Candylane’ for a remix indebted to the 1980s R&B leftfield, while Brooklyn’s Bear in Heaven and Oneohtrix Point Never deal in heavy motorik meditations and ethereal musique concrete.
That The Caliph’s Tea Party lives up to it’s concept as a companion piece to A Sufi & A Killer is not only a sizeable accomplishment, but also a testament to the source material. Gonjasufi has emerged in 2010 as the most striking new voice in a vast musical landscape that continues to outrun true classification. With so many errant strands of creativity moving in all directions, it may well prove fortunate that a Caliph has been selected.
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Africa HiTech is Steve Spacek and Mark Pritchard.
Hitecherous is the new package.
Lash Out oscillates beyond reason, rubberoom style and the snare slaps you ’bout yer face, and slices of synths inject the grimey rave sentences, yeah it works.
One Two is pure bashment carnival rhythm vibes rolling about the place as Spacek takes the mic, while appropriate sound effects back up certain lyrics, cleaver. Scalper was telling about this creative production method, but never did I get around to it due to a faulty piece of kit. Anyway it bounces nicely, gals dem love it yes.
Warp is the label
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Yeah, him, that bad motherfucker whose voice delivered ‘Testament’ on the Flying Lotus album. His own album, ‘A Sufi & A Killer’ will be released in March next year via Warp. Three tracks from upcoming 2010 Warp albums are online over at the Guardian. Click ears should you wish to have a taste.