Saturday, 23 July 2016

Smith & Mudd - Gorthleck (Claremont 56)

So judging by their release schedule it would appear that Smith and Mudd have been living in an abandoned fisherman's hut in a secret Ibizian cala for the last few years not having released an album since 2009. That is until you realise this is just one alias amongst various pseudonyms that the duo have utilised, either together or separately, to release a steady stream of EPs and albums in that seven year period..

It has to be said that it has been well worth the wait. In those fallow years the duo have honed their craft and the production and song writing has reached a whole new level of maturity. If you know and love Smith and Mudd's previous records then don't worry the vibes have stayed the same, this album will be your new summer soundtrack and DJs at any musically discerning beach bar will be utilising several of the tracks to serenade the sun's decent into the sea over this and many summers to come. Quite how they managed that feat having decamped to humid, chilly old Scotland with a tight team of musical accomplices to record the album is a mystery - perhaps the album is a climatic cry for help?

What has changed with this album is the extra assuredness in the song writing that the duo seem to have developed. R&B, flamenco, kosmiche, folk, ambient, dub, classical & rock are all effortlessly interwoven to soundtrack that difficult transition from the beach towel to the bar stool with a sea view or the sofa to the corner shop for skins, depending on your luck. There really is a new found confidence in their musical expression and a better understanding on how to convey all those moods and moments without the aid of lyrics in this instrumental delight of an album. Where perhaps silence would have previously been filled by effects or slightly cliched synth (wishy) washes now instruments either solo or interlocking are given space to breathe and tell their tale. Not that there isn't a healthy amount of electronic tinkering during the recording just that these days it sounds far more complimentary than compensatory.

So as usual music is much better listened to than read about so get your ears around the album via the player below and see what you think.....

Monday, 18 July 2016

Lazy Dubs #1

So here is the first of The Slow Music Movement's Dub mixes and trust us there's going to be a few of these. Ever since the 60's in Jamaica dub has been gradually infiltrating the outer reaches of music production and, despite increased awareness due to the rise (and fall) of dubstep in recent years, it has never fully gained mainstream acceptance. Instead it's been lurking in the musical shadows adding it's staple traits and effects to outsider music across the genre spectrum and this mix attempts to highlight some of those backwater resting places for this most timeless of musical genres.

Vatican Shadow - Swords Over Paradise (Infrastructure New York)
Teichmann & Ukoo Flani - Whateverman Dub (Outhere)
Deadbeat - Ain't No More Flowers feat. Fink (BLKRTZ)
Blundetto - Above The Dub (Heavenly Sweetness)
T_A_M - You Don't Want To Look Back There (Apothecary Compositions)
Dr. Zygote - Lunar Dub (Black Acre)
Shantel - Bucovina, OMFO Dub (Essay)
Stillhead feat. Mu Vonz - Maybe We Ain't Dead (Here & Now)
Nomine - Lost Girl feat. Iustina (Nomine Sound)
Me Raabenstein - Ad (Nonine)
Root 70 - Get Things Straight, Instrumental (Non Place)
MM Studio - The Good Star Dub (Album Label)
Hidden Operator - Cloudy Dub (Kings Chamber)
Urich Troyer feat. Vin Gordon - Deadlock, Vin Gordon Version (4 Bit Productions)
Doomsquad - Farmers Almanac (Bella Union)

I hope you enjoy and if you do maybe you would think about sharing it on social media? This is just the beginning of The Slow Music Movement, we have big plans but any assistance along the way would really be appreciated. Talking of social media we are totally covered so connect & stay in touch. Facebook & Twitter are updated pretty regularly with musical tips & reviews appear on the blogs.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Lazy Days #2

So the second installment of the newly minted Lazy Days mix series is up for listening. As usual it is an eclectic selection of laid back grooves and tunes mostly from this year but this time I've also thrown in a couple of older tunes that helped to connect the disparate styles. It's not easy listening lounge designed to wash over you and a good listen or two will definitely be rewarded.

So from ambient to dubstep, hip hop to beats, deep house to Balearic, a couple of quirky leftfield pop numbers and a forgotten Zouk classic to finish - it's all here in a nice flowing mix which attempts to make sense of all the various styles.

I hope you enjoy and if you do maybe you would think about sharing it on social media? This is just the beginning of The Slow Music Movement, we have big plans but any assistance along the way developing interest in the project would really be appreciated. Talking of social media we are totally covered with just about every type of account you can think so connect and stay in touch. Facebook and Twitter are updated pretty regularly with musical tips and small reviews of great new releases appear on the blogs.


Olivier Alary - Yangtze (Fat Cat)
Kaiju - Burn Down Babylon (Deep Medi)
Clubroot - Low Pressure Zone (Lo Dubs)
Terem - Turn My Head (Bandcamp Self Release)
Your Gay Thoughts - Spitting Image (King Deluxe)
Strangers Of Necessity - Mass Appeal (Bandcamp Self Release)
Sly Johnson - Why feat. Rachel Claudio, Erik Truffaz & Valerie Delgado (Heavenly Sweetness)
Letherette - Suzette (Wulf)
Raphael Top-Secret - Love So High (Antinote)
David August - J.B.Y. (Counter)
Guiro Meets Russia - Ziggurat (Verlag System)
Jessy Lanza - Begins (Hyperdub)
Markus Stockhausen & Martux_m Crew - Mm02 (Resiliens)
Loose Ends - Hanging On A String, Frankie Knuckles Classic Club Reprise (Chair)
Ramon Pyrme - Vacance Union (Heavenly Sweetness)