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!
31st August 2017
Sweating, scorching, smoldering heat.
A few seconds before the official exit of the summertime, we begin to dream of the moment, as the heat is unbearable, unless one is by the water (pool/beach). The over-advertised holidays are a sign of one’s acquired job or lack thereof, a place where all classes clash, intersect and momentarily gaze upon each other. Those who can, leave the city for some far away beach. Those who stay occasionally devour on the empty streets and roll down on wheels smiling to the gentle breeze across their faces. For those who temporarily escape, it’s always a great feeling to be away for a while and return with a taste of super freshness in your soul!
- Wolf Parade
They returned last year from their long hiatus with some more of their superb indie-dream-pop! Their long awaited new album Cry Cry Cry, will come out via Sub Pop on October 6th. Valley Boy is a delicious hors d’oeuvre.
- Girl Ray
Latest discovery from the North London area, sweet and infectuous, and by their own words: Girl Ray is a North-London based trio. We love Pavement, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pixies, Cate Le Bon, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Hefner, and of course ABBA, Bowie, The Beatles and Beach Boys.
The goddess of modern experimental (& spiritual) electronic pop music is back with the showcase of a new station of expression in her journey of fearless stellar honesty from yesterday to tomorrow. Unforgiving persistence to follow an otherwise instinctive and natural environmental vision as per the connection of nature with humanity as a concept well within the core of her every release to date. Björk’s outcome is never single-layered or exclusively sonic. Her soon to come 9th album follows Vulnicura (2015), a deep and raw esoteric account of a 13 year relationship halt.
“I really like open situations – being on the dancefloor at three in the morning, losing myself, but also going to my cabin by the lake the next day and playing the flute. That, for me, is also utopia. Being in love, in the countryside, in nature, with the lake and the sky. That’s enough. You don’t need anything more.”*
*Dazed & Confuzed (Volume IV Autumn 2017)
- Acid Baby Jesus
Greek hedonistic garage connoisseurs, continue their solid and fiery walk on the path of their hearts, touring the world and reaching -soon- the release of their 3rd full length. Till then, and while they continue to tour the globe around and around, here’s a sneak peak from their forthcoming aural gift to this world.
- Mystic Braves
This heavenly bunch wander along the sandy dunes of far away. They come naturally from Echo Park, Los Angeles hence they are scientific enough about the sun and it’s joyful joys!
- Tabu Ley Rochereau
He was born Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu on 13 November 1937 or 1940 (!) and lived until November 30th 2013. Tabu Ley Rochereau, has been a leading African rumba singer-songwriter from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, leading the Orchestre Afrisa International (Afrisa = Africa and Éditions Isa, his record label). An irrestistibly delicious blend of Congolese folk, sprikled with Cuban, Caribbean and Latin America rumba. Through hyperactive years including a parallel political carreer, his legacy counts up to 3,000 songs and produced 250 albums! Post Mobutu 1997 finds him back in Kinshasa within the new government. He left this world in 2013. His music is gold in our ears!
- Jessy Lanza
Birthday approaching fast (Sept 3rd) for this refreshing electronic music producing Ontarian. With a handful of superb records already on her wall (Pull My Hair Back – 2013 / You Never Show Your Love – 2015 / Oh No -2016) she’s on a head on collision with the future, her arsenal full of wholegrain quality of the electronic pioneers of the past. Love.
From Poland comes this sweet sensation, which since their debut EP in 2009 have produced numerous musical items of poptastic well erm…Kamp-ness!
- Trojan Records
A special favorite from this life-changing label that has been the mediator to so many awesome Jamaican tunes and sweaty dance moves of happiness! The label was initiated by Chris Blackwell and Lee Gopthal in 1967 taking its name from the 1924 truck that Duke Reid used to carry his records to the soundsystem battlefields of the island.
- Cool, calm and collected
Athenian label Rubber Recordings will forever have provided us with the absolut soundtrack for yet another summer! We have switched between the two CDs over and over again with sweaty and salty fingers durting the last 3 months. Viva!
Amigas y amigos,
I leave you with a couple of soothing and soul replenishing tunes to welcome the sweet month of September.
First up it’s a magical tune by the Groove Armada from wonder-full 1998!
And last but not least, a funky gem from the latest project of none other than the grande Uncle Al Jourgensen of MINISTRY fame from his latest (re)incarnation which is Surgical Meth Machine and the closing track on their debut from 2016. A work throroughly produced in loving memory of Ministry’s late awesomely shredding guitarist Mike Scaccia.
A closely relevant but not necessarily always exact playlist on this week’s selections follows:
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