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.
‘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
101 almost horizontal beachy hits.
‘La Cadenza’ is the third EP by Rudy’s Midnight Machine (aka Robin Lee from Faze Action) of slinky jazz, funk, disco and Balearic moves.
‘A Weekend Far Out’ is the debut album by duo S&W, released by the Dub Disco label – both from Berlin. The label share very little about the duo’s background but their blurb on the album is spot on:
“As the sun shines through the open windows and paints pictures of light on the walls. We hear waves of Mediterranean warmth tumbling over pacific synths and tropical drums – slowly synchronizing our pulse with the sound of the distant tide. We close our eyes and feel a little shiver running down our neck as the music starts soaring through our minds. We discover the faint idea of a smile on our face and take a slow deep breath. Inhale. And exhale. You and your thoughts, united in solitude. Dream as long as you like – this is our weekend far out.”