Architecture is the aesthetic design of spaces, buildings, structures,…the arrangement of volumes within space.
Architecture opts to combine aesthetics with practicality …
Art with robust construction…
Aesthetics is a matter of taste and mode of expression, robustness a matter of technical knowledge and delivery.
Aural architecture is all about a wisely selected bunch of background sounds to the life of the listener.
Throw your arms around imagination and quality!
August the 14th today! Summetime coming to an end? Not yet you say, and you are right! More scorching hot days ahead of us and reggae is gonna help out some…! Any type of music for that matter really. Brains are boiling as we speak (!) and making the right decisions requires concentration, patience and clarity. Tough combination to acquire at this heat, but there you go, this is the equation. So chill sisters & brothers!
the thorns don’t seem so sharp
when the flowers are in bloom
holding on in the dark, like two little spoons
Lace Curtains – Police Brutality
· Grace Aclanda
She comes from London. Acladna, is of Bajan, English and Egyptian heritage, and weaves together psychedelia and soul, embalmed with electronic elements. She came out with the sweetest set of forward looking, warmest pop for this here time. Dubby electronics engorged with soulful vocals and out of this universe synths is the sound of “Afterlife”. In her own words: “I like to explore moral conundrums and create tension by juxtaposing light, colourful music with a dark subject matter as I feel it is a great way of portraying the dysfunction of human nature. And that’s what I tried to achieve through this song, a song that transported my imagination to another realm whilst having a very earthly subject. It’s essentially a story of someone who wants to not have to worry about money and someone else who wants to end their life so they can be reunited with the one they love. And although one could empathise with these desires, are the right way forward?”
Darkstar have put music out on Hyperdub, Warp and 2010 Records. With three long play releases (North, Hyperdub, 2010 / News From Nowhere, Warp Records, 2013 & Kirlees Arcadia, 2015), they’ve rocked and shook the cradle of psych pop. They have a new album (Foam Island), to be hitting the shelves next month. A remarkable note should be made on the production credits undertaken by none other than Richard Formby, legendary producer for bands like Cud, Spectrum, Telescopes, Hood, The Wild Beasts and other modern (mainly) northern England indie villains. Our ears are wide open.
· Helena Hauff
This fine German techno princess from Hamburg, has been prolific enough over the last years to reach the point of releasing her debut Discreet Desires through Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune in September, following a saw soundwave line of dancefloor infectious singles and dirty beats productions. That certain ratio of dark, fuzzy but rhythmically strict & luscious micro-beat sophistication is flowing in the veins of this crispy techno dame. Respect.
Russian kids of intense indie obscura and shoegaze party mood sound builders are out to conquer the groove needy neighborhoods of Europe. Saint Petersburg is the place of this beautiful vast and frozen land. Their cited influences are shoegaze giants Lush, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins as well as freestyle electronic pioneers Sabres Of Paradise & Krautrock legends Cluster, Popol Vuh. Of course what comes out the other end is rightfully their own and offers a UK aurally medicated side of modern Russian youth culture crop.
The lineup: Igor (bass), Lyubov (vocals), Sergey (drums), Rustam (synths, electronics), Roman (guitars).
Mononome belongs to the new-wave of Greek electronic hip-hop producers. He samples, he mixes, he lays a fine rainbow of compelling beats and sounds. A sweet puzzle of electronica and hip hop that makes the hip move and the legs shake! Warm, fuzzy and soulful his music is treated by analogue musical machinery only. Our ears are as grateful as our body is!
· Lace Curtains
The brainchild of Harlem‘s Michael Coomer, has another personal project full of inter-relations socio-analysis and emotional burden confessions in the shape of big red kissing lips telling guitar driven tales in the tense of pop perfect. A personal obsession, both albums by Lace Curtains remain handy in our record collection’s “closer to the turntable box”. The melodic hooks that make breathing stop, the deep cutting sensitive lyrical stories about love, sex, lost love, losing oneself completely and dealing with urban injustice(s). It is rather a musical setting that connects and makes sense only when it connects, only for the person experiencing the connection. But I’m sure there’s plenty of us!
· Lace Curtain
Internet’s vast database is sometimes revealing of stuff you might find while looking for something else. Such is the case here, as very closely named to our previous entry are Lace Curtain that is the project of Australian wizards Mikey Young, Dave West and James Vinciguerra. The trio, who are involved in a myriad of punk and garage bands including Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control and Rat Columns, veer in an entirely new direction on this 12″ for Mexican Summer. Each side shows the band approaching electronic music with a diverse interpretation that encompasses elements of disco, krautrock and synth pop. From the outset those drum machine patterns are locked in tight, boosted by deep, pummelling synths and basslines that could seemingly play out for eternity. West’s vocals drift in and out of each track, cloaked in a foggy club ambience that only further enhances this release’s air of nonchalant cool.
· Lower Dens
Lower Dens are an American indie pop band from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The band was formed in 2010 by Jana Hunter, Geoff Graham, Abram Sanders and Will Adams. Lower Dens has released three albums: their debut on Gnomonsong and a follow up album on Ribbon Music. Their third album, Escape from Evil, was released on March 31, 2015 on Ribbon Music. The band came about accidentally when Jana Hunter tried forming a backing band to take a break from her solo touring. Their recorded debut outcome progressed after many gigs and of tunes created waves of glory among the faithfull. “Every song is different but we do try to make decisions democratically, and try every idea and then decide by majority what choices we make.”
· Natalie Prass
Natalie Prass is an American singer-songwriter from Richmond, Virginia. Her self-titled debut album was released on January 27, 2015 through Spacebomb and Columbia Records. She attended an arts magnet high school in Norfolkand later the prestigious Berklee College of Music for a year before transferring to Middle Tennessee State University in 2006. Her songwriting started right there and then. She released an EP, Small & Sweet, in 2009 and a second EP, Sense of Transcendence, in 2011. On January 27, 2015, she released her eponymous debut album on Spacebomb and Columbia Records.
· Rubber Records – Cool, Calm & Collected
Fifteen years ago Athenian indie label Rubber Recordings, assembled a fine compilation of Greek artists of urban electronica that really gelled together and provided the perfect soundtrack for the summer. That summer and every summer since. Some of the contributors remained in history, others wrote more of it. In any case, we feel it is a duty of ours to shed aural light upon this aural delight. The label is now defunct as far as we know but you may find info about its awesome releases here:
Have a nice weekend y’all!
dif-tor heh smusma