The debut album from one of the most talked about electronic artists of 2011, New York producer Nicolas Jaar. Already highly regarded for his previously released EPs and remixes as well as running his own label clown and sunset and all before finishing university. Jaar was originally born in New York but soon moved to Santiago, Chile, where he was grew up listening to artists like Mulatu Astatke and Erik Satie, as well as Chilean-German electronic music producer and DJ Ricardo Villalobos who Jaar claims has been his prime influence. He returned to New York in his teens and by 17 he had released his debut EP The Student on the Wolf + Lamb label, which was met with great praise from critics.
Now the 21 year-old is releasing his first full length album, which draws on so many musical elements such as blues, jazz, ambient, classical music, minimal techno and house it’s hard to pin Space into any one genre. Despite it’s musical complexity Jaar’s debut doesn’t alienate the listener, his album is an experience. One can easily be submersed in the sounds of waves lapping the shore or get lost in the intricate melodies and vocal samples of french films and Ray Charles, which are all intertwined with down tempo beats and clicks. Space Is Only Noise is an album to lose yourself to.
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Space Is Only Noise is available to download here.
Last week I put on my grandmothers tea dress, styled my hair in victory rolls, drew on my stockings and prepared myself for a step back in time to 1940s London. The bi-monthly Blitz Party was set in an old victorian warehouse of the trendy Village Underground, Shoreditch, with its exposed brick work and high ceilings, an ideal location for 1940s London. The venue looked like the set of a WWII movie, complete with sandbags, searchlights, blackout curtains and oil lamps, set to relive the spirit of the Blitz.
As I entered it instantly felt like I had wondered into a hidden world of wartime glamour. Hundreds crowded in beneath the bricked arches of the East End, sporting an array of splendid costumes that both amused and intrigued. Ladies head to toe in vintage dress, land girl get-ups and nurses outfits topped off with a forties rouge pout. The gents looked dashing, some in their military uniforms, others donning flat cap and braces combos, all waving their union jacks with pride.
London's finest swing bands, performers and DJ's took to the stage and brought the night alive with retro sounds from a bygone era. Couples twirled across the floor showing off their most impressive jive and lindy hop moves.
Ration books replaced drink menus at the Spitfire bar where they served authentic kentish ale and a vast selection of gin cocktails.
Home made scotch eggs and doorstep sandwiches were on sale for those hungry soldiers. A nice gent in military gear handed us a block of mild cheddar, which went down a treat!
I would definitely recommend to all those looking for a unique night out in London, and want something different from the usual generic bar or club. For more details on upcoming events click here. Hopefully see you at next The Blitz Party for another night of wartime revelry and forties glamour.
Andy Butler is back with a new line up and a new label for Hercules And Love Affair’s second album Blue Songs. The only other member of the previous line up to remain is DJ Kim Ann Foxman, new members include singers Aerea Negrot and Shaun Wright and producer Mark Pistel. The album also features a guest appearance from Kele Okereke on the track Step Up.
The first self titled album Hercules And Love Affair was very well received by critics and was a breath of fresh air in the dance genre so the followup album was always going to be difficult, in-light of the previous’ success. Blue Songs has moved away from the rich disco/house sounds of the first album and more towards the sounds of late 80’s house. The house genre is explored and brought right up to date with the signature Hercules And Love Affair flair. The album is in no way as breakthrough as the first and at times feels a bit inconsistent with itself, especially the middle section of the album, but in my opinion, this is still a very good album and certainly any worries over the ‘difficult’ second album are forgotten. Well worth a listen.