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May’s mixtape features selections from a pair of the year’s most essential compilations: Alice Coltrane’s Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop) and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ retrospective set Lovely Creatures (Mute).
Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984-2014 comprises a gorgeous meticulously assembled archive – spanning music, previously unseen photographs, memorabilia and extensive archival footage – of Cave’s first three decades as frontman to the world’s most revered and significant bands: The Bad Seeds. Lovely Creatures is compiled by Cave and founding Bad Seeds member Mick Harvey, with additional help from the current Bad Seeds. On the announcement of its release, Cave issued the following statement via his website:
“There are some people out there who just don’t know where to start with The Bad Seeds. Others know the catalogue better than I do! This release is designed to be a way into three decades of music making. That’s a lot of songs. The songs we have chosen are the ones that have stuck around, for whatever reason. Some songs are those that demand to be played live. Others are lesser songs that are personal favourites of ours. Others are just too big and have too much history to leave out. And there are those that didn’t make it, poor things. They are the ones you must discover by yourselves.”
World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda is the spellbinding compilation of music made by the legendary composer, pianist and spiritualist Alice Coltrane with members of Sai Anantam Ashram in California during the eighties ad nineties. Much of the music here is culled from self-released tape cassettes released from the period. As Luaka Bop have said, the music from Turiyasangitananda is “inspired by the gospel music of the Detroit churches she grew up in, mixed together with the Indian devotional music of her religious practice, and even finds Alice singing for the first time in her recorded catalog. Originally only made available through her ashram, they are her most obscure body of work and possibly the greatest reflection of her soul.”
May’s mixtape also features new releases from: A Hawk And A Hacksaw’s Heather Trost who releases her sublime solo debut Agistri on June 2nd via LM Duplication; Animal Collective’s The Painters EP (Domino); Stockholm-based electronic duo Roll The Dice’s Born To Ruin (The New Black); “Wade In” by Julianna Barwick (part of the extensive Our First 100 Days benefit compilation); Wolfgang Voigt releases Narkopop via Kompakt, his latest ambient opus under his GAS guise and first for twenty years; Heather Woods Broderick’s gorgeous new 7” single “Home Winds” (recorded in response to the photographs of Benjamin Swett and published as a collaborative project between both artists by Planthouse Inc).
01. Steve Reich – “Come Out” (excerpt) (Nonesuch)
02. Daniel Brandt – “Eternal Something” (Erased Tapes)
03. Forest Swords – “Panic” (Ninja Tune)
04. Roll The Dice – “Cannonball” (The New Black)
05. Everything Is Recorded – “Washed Up on the Shore” (feat. Obongjayar and Warren Ellis) (XL Recordings)
06. Dirty Three – “Furnace Skies” (Bella Union, Anchor & Hope)
07. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Tupelo” (Mute, BMG)
08. Tom Armstrong – “Thunder Clouds” (Tompkins Square)
09. Slowdive – “Sugar for the Pill” (Dead Oceans)
10. GAS – “Narkopop 5” (Kompakt)
11. Biosphere – “Black Mesa” (Biophon)
12. Mount Kimbie – “Marilyn” (feat. Micachu) (Warp)
13. Mamman Sani – “Samari Da Yan Matan” (Sahel Sounds)
14. Umoja – “707” (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
15. Molly Nilsson – “About Somebody” (Dark Skies Association / Night School)
16. Heather Trost – “Agina” (LM Duplication)
17. Lukács István & Burka Sándor – “Szállj Le Hattyú” (Hungaroton)
18. Carla dal Forno – “Fast Moving Cars” (Blackest Ever Black)
19. Laurel Halo – “Jelly” (Hyperdub)
20. Jlin – “Black Origami” (Planet Mu)
21. Alice Coltrane – “Om Rama” (Luaka Bop)
22. Shabazz Palaces – “Shine a Light” (feat. Thaddillac) (Sub Pop)
23. Bobe Gáspár Ernő és Zenekara – “Becskereki Pipagyújtó” (Hungaroton)
24. Animal Collective – “Man of Oil” (Domino)
25. Julianna Barwick – “Wade In” (Our First 100 Days, Bandcamp)
26. Heather Woods Broderick – “Home Winds” (Planthouse Inc, Yebo Music)
27. Saltland – “Forward Eyes II” (Constellation)
Fractured Air is an online music webzine based in Cork, Ireland, which focuses on the best of independent music. Having started in July 2012, Fractured Air offers in-depth interviews, insightful reviews, original artwork and frequent mixes (including guest mixes), spanning the broad spectrum of today’s independent music scene.
Compiled by Fractured Air, May 2017.
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