Here it is, the last post on this blog my fourth and final best of list. The criteria is fairly simple relying on twenty (+ three honourable mentions) releases I liked. No splitting into genre styles or ranking them numerically. Just simply the art and where to buy it. It's safe to say 2020 has … Continue reading Best of 2020 and farewell.
The latest release in the "exquisite corpse" that is the Laaps release schedule comes from Japanese sound artist Tomotsugu Nakamura with his fifth album "Literature". While the first two releases in the series from The Alvaret Ensemble and FEAN where more abstract the recent duo of Danny Clay and Nakamura have continued to pursue an … Continue reading Tomotsugu Nakamura – Literature.
"The members of Minamo (Keiichi Sugimoto and Tetsuro Yasunaga) have known Moskitoo (Sanae Yamasaki) for many, many years and have worked together in all sorts of ways. They have not, however, performed a live set or recorded together before what has become Superstition. Superstition is a gathering of close friends creating music they love to … Continue reading The Catch Up Pt. 5.
This post is a snapshot of releases that came out on the fourth and fifth of June. It shows the diversity of material received and also the amount of submissions which may indicate why some releases take a while to be covered. "The somewhat blunt and remote title ‘Strängar’ (meaning Strings) was an intentional … Continue reading June 4 / 5 – Attilio Novellino / Danny Clay / Swartz Et / Machinefabriek & Anne Bakker / Adriaan de Roover / Mathieu Karsenti / Lauge .
At this point in time supporting small labels is important. With what is going on in the world including lock down, isolating and in some places institutions like the post office closing their doors, music is one of the things can provide an escape from 'the real world'. So, I have done this post, … Continue reading A Bunch of Labels Pt1.
One of the more prolific artists of our time is Dutch experimentalist Rutger Zuydervelt aka Machinefabriek who also records in various trio, duo and other variations. His music is not one that can be forced into a corner and this is seen through his more abstract compositions and his various soundtrack work for dance, film … Continue reading Machinefabriek – An Interview With Rutger Zuydervelt + FEAN – II.
"The Alvaret Ensemble is the improvisatory collective based around Greg Haines (piano), Jan Kleefstra (voice, poems), Romke Kleefstra (guitar, bass and effects) and Sytze Pruiksma (percussion). "Ea" is the group’s third album, after releasing the acclaimed self-titled double debut and the second album "Skeylja" in respectively 2012 and 2014 on Denovali Records. "Ea" was … Continue reading The Alvaret Ensemble – ea.