Saturday, 18 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
It’s rare that we here at Truants would write about the same artist twice in the space of a week, but sometimes it’s just inescapable. Fresh from the release of the “Routes” album with Joshua Idehen, London trio LV have dropped another gem in the shape of their collaboration with folk artist Message to Bears and singer Zaki Ibrahim. The release, with one original and three remixes spread over two 12″s, is the most intriguing and rewarding set of singles I’ve heard this year. After LV and Zaki hooked up in the studio in South Africa, 2nd Drop Records, who previously put out LV’s “Don’t Judge” in 2009, made the inspired decision of drafting in Oxford folk act Message To Bears. The result is almost as if The Album Leaf or Efterklang added a stripped-back palate to a spaced-out London ting. ”Explode” is many things. A jagged, chunky scratch-like effect is complemented with a simple four-note piano phrase and a lilting, rising string line. Zaki, meanwhile, sings of how she has “shoulders in Burma, my feet are Creole”. Throughout the track her vocals drift in an out at different levels, almost as if she’s singing to distant versions of herself. All the while that simple piano phrase grows and fades, builds and dissipates. At little over three minutes, it’s a track that never outstays its welcome – in fact, like some of the tracks on “Routes”, you just wish it wouldn’t end. In a way, however, that’s something that makes this release special, as I’ll explain later.
Friday, 10 June 2011
Our friend, Gang Colours talks about his new EP, 'In Your Gut Like A Knife', on Brownswood, and features our most recent release 'Explode' by LV, Zaki & Message to Bears in his Sonic Router mix..... listen here:
Shout outs to Will (Gang Colours)
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Monday, 6 June 2011
The second release from south London based LV on 2nd Drop, but this one is a little different, you might say more international. Basking in the afterglow of their much hyped Kwaito inspired bomb, Boomslang on Hyperdub last year, the LV trio stick the brakes on and crank up the soulful vibes for this release.
With well established roots in South Africa, a recording session at the Red Bull studios in Cape Town saw LV record a number of vocal collaborations with the honeyed-voiced Zaki Ibrahim. Zaki's Canadian and Burmese heritage not provides her with striking looks but also politically charged ammunition for her lyrics.
The third angle of this collaboration is a young band from leafy environs of Oxford. After discovering Message to Bears on YouTube trying to make more dubstep / electronic music, 2nd Drop saw the opportunity to link the disparate groups together. Explode was created, with Message to Bears providing lush piano motifs and subtle strings.
First up is the mysterious Mothy with his Implosion redux. Sounding like Mount Kimbe on Novacaine, the original is dubbed, filtered and squeezed into a cerebral paste.
DJ Rum brings more than most to his remix duties, here displacing the vocal pacing and adding luscious strings, creating something really special.
With support from King Britt, Kristan J Caryl (Resident Advisor), Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Mary Anne Hobbs (XFM) and Martyn (3024). With beautiful illustrations by Will Scobie, this is one for the long summer days ahead.
Check: www.soundcloud.com/2nddroprecords for more info.
Also available on Chemical Records, Redeye Records and many more!