CFCF ‘Liquid Colours’

‘Liquid Colours’ is a new-age-ambient-jazz-jungle album by Canadian producer CFCF. Sequenced into a continuous soundtrack, composed over 15 movements, the album attempts to evoke the spirit of ’90s commercialised DnB. CFCF admits: “There’s a risk of coming off like an ironic-hipster-trash-peddler, but I have genuine affection for this stuff because it is dripping with undeniable life and sincerity”. This affection is clearly audible over the 42 minutes and translates to a stunning album.

‘Liquid Colours’ is available digitally now, and released on vinyl soon.

“Liquid Colours started just like The Colours of Life, as a simple challenge to myself to see if I could follow through on a continuous 40 minute suite in one style. Much like COL, it was a break in working on another more involved, complicated album. I was interested in ‘corporatized’ pop jungle — totally inauthentic to the genre’s roots. The jungle tracks on ‘Ray of Light’, Everything But The Girl, Towa Tei, Bahamadia, each member of YMO has respectively released some solo work exploring the genre. Bill Laswell plowing his fucking bass over a DJ Spooky remix of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion or something. TV interstitials, ads. At its most oversaturated, jungle and d’n’b was briefly the sound of capitalism. In fact once while I was in the middle of working on the album I had to make a call to some customer service line or other, my bank or something, and the on-hold music sounded exactly like this record I was making! I really knew I was onto something then.” – CFCF

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Greeen Linez ‘Strange Energy’

Greeen Linez return after four years with their fourth album ‘Strange Energy’, travelling through “gauzy electro, swirling raincoat rock, shuffling subterranean pop and windswept Balearica”. The more sombre, reflective mood – a sign of the times – to this outing is in contrast to most of the duo’s previous output as GL, but no less atmospheric and addictive. Those craving something a little more shiny will be rewarded with the final two tracks, which boost the 80’s synth funk level to the heights of GL’s earlier records. ‘Strange Energy’ is out now on cassette and digital via Diskotopia.

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Carmen Villain ‘Both Lines Will Be Blue’

Carmen Villain is the project of US born, half-Norwegian, half-Mexican singer/songwriter Carmen Hillestad. New album ‘Both Lines Will Be Blue’, out now on Smalltown Supersound, is a beautifully ethereal and dreamlike experience.

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Bartosz Kruczynski ‘Baltic Beat II’

Three years after ‘Baltic Beat’, Polish musician Bartosz Kruczyński is back with a follow up of more pastoral, Balearic, Reich-esque, ambient lushness on an audio adventure through the meadows and forests of his native land.

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Prins Thomas ‘Ambitions’

‘Ambitions’ is Prins Thomas’ 6th album and his second solo album for Smalltown Supersound (plus two duo albums with Bjørn Torske and Bugge Wesseltoft). ‘Ambitions’ picks up from where he left off with ‘Principe Del Norte’ – still ambitious, but the tracks are shorter, more melodic and more concise.

“The sun rises, the sun sets. This collection of new songs wasn’t intended as an album at first. It gathers up loose ideas sketched down on my computer or hummed into my handheld recorder in the last 2 years with a shifting work environment, from hotel rooms in San Francisco, backstage in Osaka, on a plane from Miami to Chicago, my garden patio, and finally my B15 Studios in Asker.

The common thread was found later during overdubbing and reworking these sketches under the critical ears of label boss Joakim Haugland. Most of the tracks were finalized in the studio at the same time as my previous collaborative album with Bugge Wesseltoft. Bugge even kindly joins in on the album’s closing track “Sakral”.

Ambitions is my 6th album and I would like to thank the following people for their direct inspiration: Jon Christensen, Jaki Liebezeit, Haroumi Hosono, Daniel Lanois, Eberhard Weber, Shinichi Atobe and Ricardo Villalobos
Prins Thomas, February 2019

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