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.
Bristolian musician and producer Pete Cunningham has swung from jazz-inflected house to house inflected-jazz since his long player ‘Sometimes In Space’ as Ishmael was released by Church in 2015. Having been fully Ensemble-d up for the past few years, the band pierces the lines of jazz with electronic flourishes and ready-for-action grooves. ‘A State Of Flow’ also features collaborators in the shape of vocalists Holysseus Fly and Yama Warashi, and acclaimed horn player Yazz Ahmed.
Listen to Ishmael Ensemble’s International Tribe mix for WWFM.
‘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
Clever Austin (born Perrin Moss) is the self-taught multi-instrumentalist and co-producer behind Hiatus Kaiyote. His debut album ‘Pareidolia’ is a genre-bending sonic and emotive pilgrimage with virtuosic, percussive groove at its core. Conceived via countless nights in his home studio, it dreamily roams across 18 tracks which slowly unravel with the cinematic feel of a movie.