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The haunting beauty of plunderphonics, field recordings and sonic art

Maverick composer Janek Schaefer delves into his personal archives to deliver an era-spanning mix introducing the experimental art of found sound, from Brian Eno and John Cage to DJ Shadow. Back in the early nineties, while I was studying architecture in Manchester and well before I discovered my interest in sound, I learned about the importance of context in creative process and production. I was drawn to artists like Gordon Matta-Clark, Rachael Whiteread, James Turrell and Andy Goldsworthy who worked with the materials around them in-situ. I also taught myself how to develop and print photographs with my inherited Nikon F1, capturing the light/image of a situation in a fraction of a second, and using the camera as a tool for adventure to explore my environment, to bump into chance observations.

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Berlin party crew Oscillate is launching a new label

The first 12″ features D. Tiffany and Roza Terenzi, plus a killer rework by Jayda G.

Berlin’s Oscillate is launching a new record label called Oscillate Tracks this November.

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14 compilations from the Jazz Reference series released on vinyl for the first time

With records by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald and more.

14 compilations from Francis Dreyfus’s Jazz Reference series have been released on vinyl for the first time.

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London jazz crew Steam Down Orchestra on the magic of collective creativity

Inspiring a burgeoning young scene, from Deptford to the international masses.
Steam Down are a multi-disciplinary arts and music collective that hold down a residency at Buster Mantis in Deptford, South London every Wednesday, alongside one-off shows around the city and the United Kingdom.

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Soul Jazz records announces Lovers Rock compilation on 2xLP

A soundtrack for Kingston sunsets.

Soul Jazz Records will continue its Studio One compilation series with Lovers Rock – a double vinyl collection featuring artists including Sugar Minott, Alton Ellis and Marcia Griffiths – out this November.

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The story of David Bowie's early years told in new BBC film

David Bowie: The First Five Years marks the third film in a trilogy directed and produced by Francis Whateley, following David Bowie: Five Years and David Bowie: The Last Five Years . The 90-minute documentary will feature rare archival and performance footage alongside exclusive interviews with Bowie's family, former bandmates, collaborators and friends. It also includes a report from the BBC's Archives from an audition in November 1965 under the band name David Bowie and the Lower Third. According to the BBC's 'Talent Section Group' Bowie had "quite a different sound", but "no personality", "not particularly exciting" and "will not improve with practise." Thankfully for us, Bowie didn't listen to the ill-advised opinions of the BBC 'Talent Section Group'.

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The untold story behind one of the most sampled breaks in history

Who were Skull Snaps and why did it take forty-five years to find out? In early 1973, a trio of musicians yet to be called Skull Snaps went into New Jersey's Venture Sound Studios to record an album. It didn't take long. Laying down each track in a single take, the record that became Skull Snaps would go down in hip-hop folkore, featuring one of the most sampled break beats in history. But while the drum intro for 'It's A New Day' would lay the foundations for tracks by everyone from The Pharcyde, Eric B. & Rakim, Digable Planets, Common, Ol' Dirty Bastard, to massive chart outfits like The Prodigy, Linkin Park, and even Alanis Morissette, the band behind Skull Snaps - Samm Culley, Ervan Waters and George 'Buzzy' Bragg - were written out of history, lost behind that sample and that iconic, unusual, macabre album cover.

Read more - 3 weeks ago

Aretha Franklin limited edition 6xLP box set announced

Featuring a rarities album with 11 stunning demos and outtakes on vinyl for the first time.

A new 6xLP box set collecting Aretha Franklin’s studio albums and recordings during her “Atlantic Years” is being released this December via Rhino Records.

Read more - 3 weeks ago

Listen to Ruby Savage's London x Chicago x Detroit mixtape

From Quincy Jones to Moodymann, via Chaka Khan.

“When music is from the heart it becomes a universal language that surpasses the barriers of genre,” London-based DJ and label boss Ruby Savage told Stamp The Wax earlier this year.

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Ragnar Kjartansson's The Visitors soundtrack repressed on vinyl

The sold-out 5-panel vinyl edition is back by popular demand.

The soundtrack to Ragnar Kjartansson’s spell-binding 9-channel video installation The Visitors is being repressed on vinyl for the first time, via The Vinyl Factory and Bel Air Glamour records.


Read more - 4 weeks ago

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