out now: Quinquis featuring Gareth Jones – Adkrog [Mute]

 

Artist:
Quinquis featuring Gareth Jones

 

Title:
Adkrog

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
I1STUMM474

 

Release Date:
30th November 2021

 

Format:
download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
Adkrog

 

Press Info:
Mute have announced the newest signing to the label – QUINQUIS (aka Émilie Tiersen) – and share the first taste of what to expect from the multidisciplinary Breton artist.

Over two albums and several years Émilie recorded and released under the name Tiny Feet but the recent name change, which pays homage to her personal and family history by referencing her maiden name, represents a fresh start musically.

The first track released on Mute, ‘Adkrog’ – which aptly translates as ‘Start Again’ -showcases QUINQUIS’ soothing yet unpredictable pulsations, feeling as though a new world is awakening and working out its newfound surroundings. “It’s about finding the energy in environment and nature,” she explains. “When I was feeling desperate, I sat outside and I prayed for nature to give me some answers. This song is about that – if you just let go then nature gives you an answer.”

She goes on to explain, “Murat’s video is the counterpoint to the track. When the mind is stuck indoors, it starts looking for an answer from the outdoors”

With new material planned for release in 2022 – a collaboration with producer and artist Gareth Jones (Sunroof, Liars, Depeche Mode and Apparat) – QUINQUIS [pronounced kɛ̃kis] kicks off 2022 with a performance at Eurosonic Festival in Groningen on 21 January before embarking on a tour with collaborator, husband and labelmate Yann Tiersen. A headline dates has been announced at St Pancras Old Church, London on 16 February, and a European tour with Algiers follows in May.

 

Snippets:
soon

 

Video:
“Adkrog”

 

Recommendations:
Gareth Jones’ “Electrogenetic” on Calm + Collect
our features about releases on Mute and sublabels

 

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out soon: Anita Lane – Sex O’Clock [Mute]

 

Artist:
Anita Lane

 

Title:
Sex O’Clock

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
STUMM183

 

Release Date:
21th September 2001 (original release)
10th December 2021 (re-release)

 

Format:
CD, vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Home Is Where The Hatred Is

A2.
The Next Man That I See

A3.
Do That Thing

A4.
I Hate Myself

B1.
A Light Possession

B2.
I Love You, I Am No More

B3.
Like Caesar Needs a Brutus

B4.
Do the Kamasutra

B5.
Bella Ciao

 

Press Info:
“Lane’s work immortalises important themes of human experience, holding awkward and difficult feelings up to the light, to see them in all their imperfect beauty and wonder.” – The Quietus

Mute have announced details of the 20th anniversary reissue of Anita Lane’s second studio album, Sex O’Clock, set for release – for the first time on vinyl – on 10 December 2021.

Initially released in 2001, work began with Anita Lane on the reissue before her untimely passing earlier this year, at the age of 61. The album has long been considered under-appreciated, with The Quietus recently asserting that Lane’s exploration of sexuality was way ahead of its time.

The album – honest, funny and often melancholic – features stand out tracks ‘The Next Man That I See’, ‘Do the Kamasutra’ and an acidic cover of Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Home Is Where the Hatred Is’. Recorded with long time musical partner, Mick Harvey, the album was the final release in a solo career that began in 1988 with the release of the Dirty Sings EP.

Emerging from Melbourne’s post-rock scene, Anita Lane was one of the co-founders of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, co-writing ‘From Her To Eternity’, the title track of their debut album and ‘Stranger than Kindness’ from Your Funeral… My Trial. Arriving in London in 1980 with The Birthday Party, she’s credited with co-writing several of their tracks – ‘A Dead Song’, ‘Dead Joe’ and ‘Kiss Me Black’ before re-locating to Berlin. There followed a series of collaborations that included work with Einstürzende Neubauten, Chrislo Haas, Gudrun Gut and Die Haut, a memorable cover of ‘These Boots Were Made for Walking’ with Barry Adamson and vocals for Mick Harvey’s first two Serge Gainsbourg albums, Intoxicated Man and Pink Elephants.

After her unexpected passing in April 2021, tributes were paid from around the world from a host of artists, with Nick Cave remembering Lane as “the smartest and most talented of all of us, by far”.

 

Snippets:
soon

 

Full Track Streaming:
soon

 

Videos:
“Do That Thing”

“The Next Man That I See”

 

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all stuff on Mute – old and new

 

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out now: Desire Marea – Desire [Mute]

 

Artist:
Desire Marea

 

Title:
Desire

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
STUMM467

 

Release Date:
06th August 2021 (physical)
earlier (digital)

 

Format:
CD, vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
Self Center

02.
Zibuyile Izimakade

03.
You Think I’m Horny

04.
Tavern Kween

05.
Thokozani

06.
The Void

07.
Uncle Kenny

08.
Ntokozo

09.
Studies In Black Trauma

 

Press Info:
Desire Marea, newly signed to Mute and currently working on new material, has announced the vinyl and CD release of their debut album, Desire on 6 August 2021.

The album, available for the first time on vinyl and CD, was originally released digitally on Desire’s own imprint Izimakade records and serves as a captivating introduction to the singular and multi-faceted world of Kwazulu-natal born, multi-disciplinary artist Desire Marea.

Now based in Durban (South Africa), Desire (born Buyani Duma) was a founding member of Johannesburg collective FAKA. As FAKA, Desire Marea and creative partner Fela Gucci, toured the world extensively making their American debut scoring for the brand Telfar at NYFW, going on to achieve icon status by partnering with Versace to soundtrack their S/S 2019 menswear show before being included in the Vogue World 100 and Dazed 100 lists.

Desire is an exploration of loss, displacement, and the terrifying manifestations of love in the contemporary world. In the words of Ruth Saxelby’s 8.0 Pitchfork review, “their exploration of the divine takes them in a many-splendored multitude of stylistic directions, often within the span of a single track: liturgical drone, galloping club beats, existential noise.”

From the introverted exploration of intoxicating album opener ‘Self Centre’ and the galloping beats & operatic crescendo of ‘Zibuyile Izimmakade’, which means “The Gods Have Returned” in Zulu, the expansive exploration of spirituality and the divine on Desire is palpable, and skilfully interlaces snapshots from decidedly grounded human experiences.

Desire describes lead single ‘You Think I’m Horny’ as being about “a reflection of my romantic displacement in a city that’s home to the displacement of many,” whilst ‘Tavern Kween’ was inspired by Desire’s aunts who would go against convention to find freedom and empowerment in the usually male-occupied taverns in their hometown of Amandawe.

“It’s an ode to them, an ode for defiance and feminine manifestations everywhere, an ode to people who come alive at night, to people who enjoy being free and also an ode to people who are fierce about claiming their freedom.”

Mute announced signing Desire Marea earlier this year with founder Daniel Miller commenting: “I am enormously excited to be working with Desire and to be part of their remarkable career.” Desire added: “This is probably the highlight of my career thus far, to be supported by such an amazing label and such an exceptional team. I am very excited about the future.”

Now, this remarkable and hugely under-recognised debut will receive a full release on 6 August, with new work and live dates set to follow in due course.

 

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Videos:
“You Think I’m Horny (Single Mix)”

“Tavern Kween (Single Mix)”

 

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“Live at Alliance Française Ethekwini”

 

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out now: Stefan Tews – And When The Sky Was Pink [Easterdike Records]

 

Artist:
Stefan Tews

 

Title:
And When The Sky Was Pink

 

Label:
Easterdike Records

 

Cat#:
DIKE004

 

Release Date:
11th June 2021

 

Format:
download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
And When The Sky Was Pink

 

Press Info:
A song telling endless stories. Looking for the beauty of life on an adventurous journey. Inspired by and dedicated to one of the greatest bands of all time.

Stefan says:
Since the pandemic I did a lot more organic stuff and played more ‘real’ instruments. This is one of the results, my first psychedelic rock song “and when the sky was pink”. Took me quite a while to mix the sound. Maybe still a bit too fat at all but the ambitious 70s are somewhere hearable in it I think.

Do not play it on your fnckuig phone speakers!

Take your time and get into the story.

 

Full Track Streaming:
“And When the Sky Was Pink”

 

Special:
“United We Stream at Drittel Bar – 06-06-2020”

 

Recommendations:
sampler “DLSN002” w/ Stefan Tews track on Delusion
sampler “DLSN001” w/ Stefan Tews track on Delusion

 

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out now: Sunroof – Electronic Music Improvisations Volume 1 [The Parallel Series / Mute]

 

Artist:
Sunroof

 

Title:
Electronic Music Improvisations Volume 1

 

Label:
The Parallel Series / Mute

 

Cat#:
PSST5

 

Release Date:
21st May 2021

 

Format:
CD, vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
1.1 – 7.5.19

02.
1.2 – 30.5.19

03.
1.3 – 30.5.19

04.
1.4 – 18.6.19

05.
1.5 – 9.7.19

06.
1.6 – 7.5.19

07.
1.7 – 30.5.19

08.
1.8 – 2.3.19

 

Press Info:
Sunroof [Daniel Miller and Gareth Jones] have announced, after four decades of friendship and collaboration, the release of their debut album. Electronic Music Improvisations Volume 1, a collection of eight improvised modular pieces recorded as live in various studio spaces across London in the spring and summer of 2019, will be released on the newly revived Parallel Series of Mute on 21 May 2021.

Daniel Miller (founder of Mute, the “accidental label” that began with the release of his own 7” single The Normal’s T.V.O.D / Warm Leatherette) met Gareth Jones, (the innovative and influential producer, engineer and artist) back when Miller asked Jones to work with him in late 1982 on what became Depeche Mode’s Construction Time Again. After the band had gone home for the day, they would stay on to work on their own sessions, a practise that continued and, by the mid-nineties Sunroof had emerged as remix project, reworking the likes of Can, MGMT, To Rococo Rot, Kreidler and Goldfrapp, and appeared on a compilation paying tribute to Neu!.

Back in 2019, Miller and Jones were heading to a György Ligeti concert at the Barbican and beforehand – as they often do when together in the same city – the pair spent a couple of hours improvising with modular systems. Unusually, this time they decided to record the session and over a pre-concert meal, Gareth asked a question that seems logical after all these years: “Are we actually going to make a record together before we die?”

The following day, they set themselves some rules: “We decided to get together to do a bunch of improvisations,” explains Gareth. “We said we’d work in a number of different physical spaces but always together, in the same room. We were keen to do shorter pieces because we were both very inspired by Chris Carter and Martin Gore’s electronic music projects, where the pieces were very concise and compact.”

Key to their manifesto was a distinction between an improvisation and a jam session. “With modular systems, you can just go on and on forever and never actually complete anything. Sometimes that’s okay – part of the joy of a modular is that you can just keep going indefinitely. But with this we were keen to actually finish something, so setting that timeframe became a really important rule for us.” adds Daniel.

Nothing was pre-planned, they didn’t rehearse, and the pieces were recorded as live performances using a limited number of channels. What they accumulated during the course of those 2019 sessions was a suite of evolving, restless pieces, each one containing layers of pulsing, atmospheric sounds.

The pieces on Electronic Music Improvisations Volume 1 have a timelessness evoking the classic sound of some of the earliest electronic experiments. They also sound resolutely modern. Even for the two players, their individual contributions are no longer obvious to them, nor is it actually necessary to separate who did what – the whole journey is what’s important, not the individual twists, turns and tweaks that happened along the way.

The album possesses a spirit, energy and discipline of improvisation and in these pieces, you can hear the almost symbiotic connection that they share, and the new sonic pathways and different, unexplored ways of working opening up in front of them.

 

Snippets:

 

Videos:
“1.2 – 30.5.19”

“1.3 – 30.5.19”

 

Special:
“Abbey Street 5”

 

Related Release:
single “1.1 – 7.5.19” on Mute

 

Recommendations:
Gareth Jones’ “Electrogenetic” on Calm + Collect
The Normal’s “Warm Leatherette / T.V.O.D.” on Mute
Populist’ “TtatLD001” on The Temple And The Low Dive
compilation “Hammahalle” w/ Daniel Miller track on Sisyphon
Visionist’ “A Call To Arms” on Mute
“Braid” by Sylph feat. Terence Fixmer on Mute
MG’s “The Third Chimpanzee EP” on Mute
Pole’s “Fading” on Mute
HAAi’s “Put Your Head Above The Parakeets EP” on Mute
Nicolas Bougaïeff’s ” Higher Up The Spiral” on Mute
Nicolas Bougaïeff’s “The Upward Spiral” on Mute
Daniel Avery’s “Love + Light” on Phantasy / Mute
“Illusion Of Time” by Daniel Avery + Alessandro Cortini on Phantasy / Mute
Alessandro Cortini’s “Volume Massimo” on Mute
Nitzer Ebb’s “Body Of Work” on Mute
Apparat’s “LP5” on Mute
Chris Liebing’s “Burn Slow” on Mute
Goldfrapp’s “Silver Eye” on Mute
ADULT.’s “Detroit House Guests” on Mute
New Order’s “Music Complete” on Mute
MG’s “MG” on Mute

 

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