Plus new music from Bonobo, Martyn, Matthewdavid & more.
In September 2014, Austrian musician and producer Dorian Concept will present his second album Joined Ends, listen to the first track, "Draft Culture".
With layers upon layers of breathtaking chords, weighty bass lines and hypnotic synth phrases - the album sits somewhere between a floating lucid dream and a deep trip into a synaesthetic wonderland.
Whilst working on this album he cut down on touring and distanced himself from his signature club sound to put his mind on what was to become a two year journey. The self-taught keyboarder and multi-instrumentalist also studied Sound Design & Music Production at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences which helped inform his unique approach to production.
For Joined Ends, he dropped his trademark MicroKorg and started working with new gear, building the album around a Wurlitzer electric piano and a handful of analogue synths. He also weaves his own vocals throughout. Sequencing only the beats, he based his songs on material he recorded live and then sampled. Concept says, “I’ve always been a fan of reduction, so working with analogue gear was a way for me to put my focus back on playing. It feels like my first musical cycle is closing and the start of a new one.
Joined Ends brings the feeling of the artist at his most free.
Joined Ends released 22 September on LP, CD and download
premieres "Some Jazz Shit" from FaltyDL's epic new album In The Wild alongside the second video in the "In The Wild" video project - a collaboration with British artist Chris Shen examining the spatial and technological reproduction of sound and video.
Viewers of their short films are encouraged to film their screens as they watch and upload the result to the "In The Wild" video timeline at faltydl.com/inthewild, as such taking FaltyDL's music out into the wild.
His most profoundly personal and honest record to date, In The Wild drops on 11 August (12 August in US). He tours Japan, Europe and the US through July, August and September 2014, with full dates below.
Fri 18 Jul @ Circus, Osaka, JP - TICKETS
Sat 19 Jul @ Unit, Tokyo, JP- TICKETS
Sun 3 Aug @ Oval Space, London, UK - TICKETS
Fri 15 Aug @ Jaeger Oslo, Oslo, NO - TICKETS
Sat 16 Aug @ Strom Festival, Copenhagen, DK - TICKETS
Sun 17 Aug @ Lydmar Hotel, Stockholm, SE - TICKETS
Tues 19 Aug @ Hetk, Tallinn, ST - TICKETS
Thu 18 Sept @ Majestic Square, Madison, US* - TICKETS
Fri 19 Sept @ Metro, Chicago, US* - TICKETS
Sat 20 Sept @ Wrongbar, Toronto, US* - TICKETS
Tues 23 Sept @ Paradise, Boston, US* - TICKETS
Weds 24 Sept @ Pearl Street Nightclub, Nothamption, US* - TICKETS
Sat 27 Sept @ Orange Peel, Asheville, US* - TICKETS
Sun 28 Sept @ Marathon Music Works, Nashville, US* - TICKETS
* Tour support for Bonobo
This summer London's opens its doors to the inaugural immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames showcasing work from Amon Tobin, Björk, Theo Parrish, to name a few.
This immersive and interactive project brings together for the first time a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, all pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. It also looks at the dynamic developments in the areas of creative coding and DIY culture and the exciting creative possibilities offered by augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies and 3-D printing.
The project runs from 3 July through to 14 September with advanced tickets currently on sale from the Barbican website.
Ninja Tune is an independent record label based in London, England, created in 1990 by the duo known as Coldcut: pioneers of the emerging hip-hop/electro scene in the eighties. Inspired by a visit to Japan, Matt Black & Jonathon More primarily created Ninja Tune to release music of a more underground, experimental nature, free from the restraints placed on artists by major labels (the restraints they themselves experienced during brief stints with Arista and Big Life.)
Their initial releases were quickly heralded by the press and music afficionados simultaneously. The five volumes of 'DJ Food - Jazz Brakes', saw Coldcut adopt a different moniker in order to release the hypnotic, instrumental hip-hop they'd been working on. Hugely influential on the burgeoning electronic music scene, the releases are still regarded as classics to this day.
Ninja Tune went on to achieve notoriety for its singularly irreverant, funky style and commitment to eclecticism. Despite the releases having a shared attitude and ethos, a constantly growing roster of very different sounding artists was key to the label's success. The darkly imagined, melodically industrial d&b of Amon Tobin was contrasted by the playful, colourful funk of Mr Scruff; DJ Food's line up encompassed Strictly Kev and PC, who went on to craft boundary breaking electronica. In 1997, journalist Will Ashon founded Big Dada as a hip hop imprint of Ninja Tune, and the sub-label went on to release classic records by Diplo, Roots Manuva, Wiley and Spank Rock, amongst others.
With the musical and multi-media, cut n' paste innovation of Black and More, the studio know-how and musical expertise of artists such as Bonobo, Illum Sphere, Actress, Kid Koala and The Bug, the graphic vision of Openmind, and the sound business practices of the label managers and employees, Ninja Tune has grown into a label that prides itself on producing quality music while serving its artists in a way that no major label would. Satellite offices have opened in Los Angeles and Montreal, and the label has established an excellent reputation and strong networks across the globe.
Ninja Tune now also acts as an umbrella for other creative hot houses such as Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, and the brilliant Werkdiscs, the label founded by Actress. In this way, Ninja continues to release uncompromising, forward looking music in the highest quality packaging and most professional fashion. The label's aim is not to be underground, but to win the most exposure possible for the most exciting music there is.