Papernut Cambridge – Mellotron Phase: Volume 1

Lovely sounding music, sometimes reminiscent of The Moody Blues at their finest, with a contemporary edge…

“This is an instrumental production music library album made for Ravenwood Music Ltd. With the exception of drums, bass guitar, percussion and the echo guitar on Riviera, all the instrument sounds on this record were made originally by a Mellotron or one of its contemporary tape/disc based playback instruments.
The sounds were picked from GForce’s M-Tron Pro tape libraries including those for the Chamberlin, Optigan, Orchestron, and the complete Streetly Tapes collection. Almost exclusively the basic, mono, unedited patches were used to preserve the tone and functionality of the original instruments. Parts have sometimes been layered or doubled to produce composite sounds. Tuning issues have sometimes been addressed, sometimes not.
Drums were recorded with two microphones – kick and overhead. Bass was overdubbed direct through Logic’s Amp Designer.
Mix effects and processing used: GSI Type 4 spring reverb, GSI Watkat, Waves Kramer Pie compressor and Waves Real ADT. Tape phasing effects were achieved by manually manipulating the varispeed on a duplicated mix running alongside the original.”

‘Mirta’ by Chroma Falls

The release of Chroma Falls’ debut single ‘Mirta’ on Land Recordings, reveals a passion for the spatial aspects of electronic music. The richly layered track possesses its own vivid sense of scale which is expertly balanced with a seemingly instinctive empathy, something that has led to comparisons with acts such as Jon Hopkins, Rival Consoles and Gold Panda. The video for ‘Mirta’ which was created by visual artist Nicholas Matthew Elstran, expertly matches this aesthetic with its cryptic textures, landscapes and human forms.

Lomea – Narratives

Here’s four tracks from Lomea, the new project from composer and producer Rich Keyworth. Narratives is the result of two years’ worth of creative musical exploration; combining sampled sounds and field recordings to create texture and rhythm with his trademark multilayered acoustic guitars and analogue synths, all processed via extensive use of guitar pedals and FX. The end-product is a blend of richly evocative and hypnotic soundscapes, slickly arranged alongside often intense and intricate electronic beats.

E3 – To The End

As the needle drops, a haunting overdriven voice cries out from a cavern of distorted marimba pulses. “People sell them souls for a slice of bread…” A stark statement of realness, conviction, and the choices we all make. This is sound system music for the citizens of the world, welcoming the struggle and darkness that unites.

With “To The End” E3 creates a meditative musical darkness enveloped fully in the spiritual warmth of syncopated sub bass, rolling watery hi-hats, chopped vocals that sing like a call to prayer amidst powerful throws to the dub siren.

Channeling the DIY spirit of both Jamaican sound system culture and American punk rock,  E3 aka Ezra E Ereckson is a long time staple of West Coast sound system music. Based in Portland, Oregon together with his wife, artist and designer Tracy Harrison (Polygon Press), they run the renowned ZamZam Sounds, a vinyl only label releasing exquisite DUB music from across the world, packaged in stunning hand-printed jackets.

Coppice Halifax – Dripping Earth

Here’s a very limited release of monumental proportions. Dripping Earth, a sprawling and ambitious project of 24 different Impressionistic variants of a single hour-long piece. Released as a 24 CDR box set this is optimized in every possible way for personal use in the home, as a room enhancer, as a sleep aid, a travel companion, a backdrop to an open window, a mood setter or even just a headphone odyssey for you to walk through your part of the world with.