Arts and Social Grants, tips and tricks – if you work in the arts or with communities, or with a combination of both, this is probably something you’re in need of. In recent weeks various bodies from the Arts Council to private trusts and the National Lottery have started releasing funds for individual arts practitionersContinue reading “Arts and Social Grants, tips and tricks”
I heard a live preview of Natacha Atlas’s album STRANGE DAYS at an intimate gig in Blackheath earlier this summer. It was an extraordinary experience, hypnotic, transporting, musically accomplished, and unsettling too – a perfect metaphor for the times we live in. The album is out now, and its title – STRANGE DAYS – perfectlyContinue reading “Natacha Atlas – Strange Days”
Clarion Call was a large scale sonic artwork along Ipswich Waterfront in October 2018.
Harlem. The 1920s. ‘The Hustle’ was all that was on people’s minds because money was, literally, too tight to mention.
A soaraway vocal provides the backdrop to a sweet, tender story of friendship
A lament? A song of victory? A passionate plea? It’s probably a mix of all these and more – and it is enigmatic and remarkable. Moses Sumney: Don’t Bother Calling … and yes, those are his high notes.
For me, few voices are as magical as Elizabeth Fraser’s. The former Cocteau Twins vocalist has also worked with Massive Attack, Future Sound of London, Craig Armstrong and others. In each collaboration the curiously liminal quality of her vocals add a sense of mystery; of belonging and immersion, yet also of separation and something otherworldly,Continue reading “Elizabeth Fraser: Voice & Magic”
Great dubstep reworking by Phutureprimitive of a superb song from Massive Attack and Elizabeth Fraser. … and then this by Vaeya which transports the song to Goa.
Under Dubwood take the words of Dylan Thomas spoken by Richard Burton and mixes them with the studio sounds of King Tubby. The result is a curiously displaced psychedelic skank, putting Llareggub somewhere just outside downtown Kingston, Jamaica. Love it!
A great animation but also a wonderful diatribe against know-it-all dinner party guests. Tim Minchin is the writer and performer. This brings to mind some of those wonderful jazz poets Giles Peterson used to play, top dressed with the acid satire of Tom Lehrer.