I moved!

studio robot

lego robot!

Well, a lot has happened since my last post. With very little warning I discovered I had two weeks to find a new place to live and move. Luckily it’s all worked out well but it’s been pretty full on. I’m never overly keen on moving as it involves moving my records and equipment. It’s times like this you wish you had lighter interests. 🙂

So what have I been up to?

The studio is pretty much back together although I have less space here so I’m still moving bits around to get it as compact and workable as possible.

The workbench is still packed in boxes but I’ve got a collection of PCB’s winging their way to me soon so I need to get that sorted so I can set to work. Still got to finish the drone synth as well – unsurprisingly I haven’t done anything since discovering I had to move. It is playable as it is, but if I don’t keep on it I’ll never finish it.

new studio

new studio

On the music front I’ve made a few rather nice purchases recently.

Picked up a small pile of Kenyan 7’s which I’m pretty happy with. They’re a bit grubby but the vinyl looks good. Have had a bit of a listen and when I’ve have time to give them a good clean I’ll do a little mix with them. I’ve never heard of any of the artists but the music’s good.

The new Antibalas LP on Daptone is great. Quality afrobeat in the style of Fela. This albums not strayed far from the decks for the last few weeks.

Names You Can Trust have re-releases this white from a few years ago. Not sure if this is remixes of artists from the label or ‘naughty’ remixes by them. Either way both sides are potential dance floor dynamite.

Moving on to more electronic sounds I’m glad to see Rabih Beaini’s Morphine label back. I picked up his ‘The TEPCO Report‘ release as Morphosis a while ago which I loved. Redose-1 is just as good. In particular I’m loving Donato Dozzy’s remix of Spacepops. Finances permitting I’ll be picking up the Upperground Orchestra L.P. when I can. Like all their work, as far as I can tell, this is a live improvisation with members including Rabih Beaini on synths and Tommaso Cappellato on drums. And the preview clips sound great 🙂

A bit of Electro next. The split Exaltics/Morphology E.P. on Solar One Music is a fine peice of modern day Electro. Nothing ground breaking – it is what it is, but both artists are great at what they do and this is a fine release.

Aardvark’s E.P. on Skudge and Joy Orbison, Boddika & Pearson Sound’s E.P. on Sunklo are both great and are also well worth checking out.

After hearing a friend recommend him during our ill-fated trip to BLOC this year I’ve been checking out Midland recently and really liking what I’ve heard. Both his ‘Placement’ E.P. on AUS and the untitled white with Pariah are excellent. Also worth downloading is his mix for Little White Earbuds which has been on regular rotation on my mp3 player. It’s one of the best mixes I’ve heard in a while moving through many different styles and really taking you on a musical journey. Go and download it now….

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