Looking for something to blow away the cobwebs with? The new LP from Squarepusher might just be the ticket.
Be Up A Hello will be his first album in five years, released on January 31 via Warp. It sees Tom Jenkinson reflect on the impact of his years raving, with the result that the album draws heavily on acid house, techno and rave, whilst looking to the future. The tracklisting is as follows:
A1. Oberlove A2. Hitsonu A3. Nervelevers A4. Speedcrank A5. Detroit People Mover B1. Vortrack B2. Terminal Slam B3. Mekrev Bass B4. 80 Ondula
The first two tracks from the album have been unveiled: ‘Vortrack’ was released just before Christmas, and ‘Nervelevers’ was released today.
Last month, I managed to write fourteen posts, the most I had done in a calendar month in over four years. I am going to try and keep this up more frequently. Amazingly, the blog will be fourteen years old in July…
Flicking around earlier, I came across the BBC Sound Of 2020 longlist (you can check it out here if you’re so inclined). Giving Arlo Parks a listen, I was really pretty impressed by what this nineteen year old Londoner has to offer, such as the recent five track Sophie EP:
Her music draws on many sources and influences (not all of them musical, either), and seems to be being pitched as somewhere between hip-hop and emo. To these ears, there’s much in common that might classify it as soul, too, or maybe we all need to step away from the categorisations before the artistry at work gets ignored. The reality ios that Arlo Parks is very special and very distinctive. Are you paying attention?