DaysAreNumbers – The Audio Report: In The Same Room
Hello everybody and welcome to The Audio Report! This is the place where you can check out what’s been tearing up my turntable or rather what I’ve been listening to when I’ve been walking down Tower Bridge Road during the past week or so. So, have I been sitting in the same room? Let’s find out!
David Cain & Ronald Duncan – March
Originally released in 1969 as a classroom education and improvised dance guide for children, David Cain and Ronald March’s The Seasons has finally been reissued on Trunk. With Radiophonic sounds and loops provided by Cain, along with the quite eerie poems and words recited by Duncan, this cult classic is an essential purchase for all you hauntology and BBC Radiophonic Workshop fans out there
Egisto Macchi – Camere Anecoiche
Round Table/Omni Recording Corporation have finally released the much-sought after Gemelli soundtrack, Il Futurbili, by Ennio Morricone’s most overlooked collaborator Egisto Macchi. Born in 1928, Macchi was involved in the astounding ‘Il Gruppo Di Improvvisazione’ with Morricone. He also composed scores for films such as LSD Inferno, Bandidos, The Assassination of Trotsky, as well as working on TV commercials with Mario Bava. This LP is a magnificent hybrid of avant-garde electronics and dark suspense-filled orchestral arrangements. Hurry, as only 500 copies have been pressed!
Julia Holter – In The Same Room
Nite Jewel member Julia Holter released one of last year’s most memorable records in the form of Tragedy, so it’s of little surprise that her 2012 follow-up, Ekstasis, is already shaping up to be one of the albums of the year. Inspired by mythology and that sort of thing, Holter manages to blend mad medieval vibez with some hallucinatory harmonies. Check out this Italians Do It Better-soundin’ harmonium ‘n’ whistle album track beauty below
The Utopia Project – File #1
The Burrell Brothers are among my house music heroes. The inspiration behind the legendary New York house label, Nu Groove, Ronald and Rheji are responsible for some mighty classics from the early 90s NY House scene through their many production aliases; from N.Y. House ‘n Authority to Aphrodisiac, the brothers’ output is quite simply incredible. Veering from raw and rugged to deep and soulful, Nu Groove had its own distinct yet never predictable sound. Utopia Project’s File #1 is the most uplifting of the lot.
It seems that the whole 90s house revival thing is gathering a pace this year, with Defected releasing classic house works by the likes of Murk and MK. So it’s kinda not surprising that the wonderful Rush Hour have decided to mark nearly 25 years since the creation of Nu Groove by releasing a compilation chronicling the label’s golden period from 1988 to 1992. Make sure you grab your copy here
Gloria Gaynor – I Kinda Like Me (Onur Engin Re-edit)
Here’s a not quite dance-around-your-handbags but more of a kick-your-handbags-gently-in–the-air track from the one and only Ms. Gloria Gaynor and I bet you’re surprised she did another song, let alone another female empowerment number!
Taken from her 1981 album of the same name, I Kinda Like Me is your standard early 80s disco track but this version is beefed up by Onur Engin, whose re-edit transforms the song into a stirring sophisticated dance number that would seriously burn up any sound system or dancefloor.
Andrzej Korzynski – The Man With The Pink Socks
I’m sure Alan won’t mind me saying that Andrzej Zulawski’s 1981 film Possession is amongst Days Are Numbers’ favourite films, so imagine my excitement when I discovered that Finders Keepers were planning on releasing the long-lost and much-sought after soundtrack from Andrzej Korzynski! No exact release dates have been confirmed but keep your eyes peeled on this very site for some Possession type loveliness! Not literally of course, there wasn’t that much loveliness in the film….