While most of us in the West are acquainted with Haruomi Hosono as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra, back in Japan his vast body of work outside of the band is well documented. There, he enjoys a revered status as a solo artist, an innovative producer and a pioneer of electronic music. Yakob Bakker walks us through some of the more compelling work Hosono has put out over his illustrious career.
In everyday life Shane Burmania has the grateful task as event programmer for The Rest is Noise, a concert series for the weird and wonderful in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. He also curates programs in contemporary music for the Korzo Theatre in The Hague. Shane has a soft spot for any music with hints of cosmic, futuristic and transcendental sounds. Here are Shane’s picks for February. Sit back and enjoy.
Gaussian Curve – The Distance (excerpt)
Music from Memory teases with this excerpt from Gaussian Curve’s forthcoming album The Distance. Two and a half minutes of bliss. I’m very much looking forward to their Amsterdam live debut at The Rest is Noise on April 29th.
Die Wilde Jagd – “Drachenfels”
Of all the deep tracks in Vladimir Ivkovic’s outstanding RA mix (which is absolutely worth your time), this track by Die Wilde Jagd especially stands out for me. Its intensity just grows and grows, the sound opening up as the track progresses, like your ears clearing up after a tough flight.
Arthur Russell – “Home Away from Home” (Andy Stott Refix)
Arthur Russell and Andy Stott may seem like an odd combination, but the result of Andy Stott’s Refix (what a terrible word choice) is really stunning in its resonating contrasts. This track first appeared in Andy Stott’s 2012 Boiler Room set and has since found its way to Modern Love’s Soundcloud.
Joanne Robertson – “In Here I Go”
Joanne Robertson is a London-based artist, guitarist and singer. I know her through her work with Dean Blunt, with whom she has collaborated on many live shows and recordings. January was a good month because she posted a new track.
Mohamed Mazouni – “Je N’aime Pas Le Jour Je N’aime Pas Le Soir”
I discovered this track via Maoupa Mazzocchetti’s Soundcloud account.
Pharmakon – “Transmission”
In these worrying times I find myself listening to darker music. Somehow it expresses the current feeling of discomfort. The artist’s statement, which you can find at the bottom of Pharmakon’s Bandcamp page, calls for “EMPATHY, EMPATHY, NOW!”.
Life Garden – “I Comeforth By Day Singing”
The amazing Lullabies for Insomniacs – a label run by Izabel – keeps on releasing very special hidden treasures, such as this.
Milan W. – “Contender”
Milan W. is one half of Mittland Och Leo; in my opinion he’s one of many good things currently coming from Belgium.