Roni Size / Reprazent – New Forms

#Flashback It is 20 years to the day that the Mercury Prize winning album from 1997 was released. Roni Size / Reprazent’s timeless debut ‘New Forms’ changed music for us in a big way

It is 20 years to the day that the Mercury Prize winning album from 1997 was released. Roni Size / Reprazent’s timeless debut ‘New Forms’ changed music for us in a big way.

Roni Size brought the Bristol drum ‘n’ bass sound to a much wider audience’s attention with the fusion of electronic and live parts in a truly unique way. The recent reinvention and live performances have brought this sound to a whole new audience once again.

Originally released on Gilles Peterson’s trailblazing Talkin’ Loud imprint, not many albums can claim to have been as influential to us in our lifetimes.

machineheart – Cruel World

#NewMusic from Los Angeles, USA

LA chill-pop purveyors machineheart have released a pretty sublime EP ‘Cruel World’.

The EP includes the tracks ‘Stonecold’ which has been heavily repeated on radio DnV over the past six months. There’s also the beautifully atmospheric ‘B.B.H.I.T.’ and this throwback visualette which accompanies it.

machineheart ‘Cruel World’ is out now.

Amelia Airhorn – NY Is Red Hot

#NewMusic from New York, USA

Who is Amelia Airhorn? Let us tell you… On a dark, glittering summer night in 1992, a girl named Amelia Airhorn stepped into New York City nightlife and never came out. She’s a living and breathing sample, slipping in and out of the hectic thrill of the city – kicked up high-tempo on flashbulbs and disco balls, easing back into the heartbeat of a crowd dancing in a basement and a couple making their way uptown at dawn. She’s everywhere if you know what to listen for, and on this experimental concept mixtape, NYC-based electronic duo The Knocks and nu-disco producer and vocalist Skylar Spence catch Amelia Airhorn‘s silhouette.

We’re loving the delicious disco flavour on this latest offering from the power project.

Amelia Airhorn ‘NY Is Red Hot’ is out now.

Isobel Anderson – CHALK / FLINT

#Album #Review An album that offers a new layer of consciousness and contemplation with each listen

When you live in a fast paced, noisy city, the tranquility of an uncrowded space you crave when you need space to think and reflect can seem very distant. Whilst you may not be able to physically get out of your metropolis, there are certain sounds, smells and memories that can facilitate a mental escape. Isobel Anderson’s album ‘CHALK / FLINT’ is a collection of sounds that do exactly that.

For us this was an album that offered a new layer of consciousness and contemplation with each listen. Starting out with the sonic textures, we found ourselves moved between cliff top walks along stretches of deserted beaches (‘Flint Shingle’) and breaking dawns in misty fields as the world started to come alive around us (‘With You’).

Lyrically, the album raises points for discussion whilst simultaneously providing a base onto which you can arrange your thoughts. The track ‘_4284_’ tackles issues to do with body autonomy and abortion rights in Northern Ireland (Anderson’s adopted home) and the Republic of Ireland. ‘Motherchild’ highlights a mental conflict we are sure many people battle with – affordability of housing in places that we still insist on calling home.

The ability to craft music that enables such liberation of thought is powerful. CHALK / FLINT, Anderson’s fourth album, truly is a testament to the personal investment she has placed in understanding how sound can move us, and that is something this album absolutely achieves.

Isobel Anderson ‘CHALK / FLINT’ is out now.