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Nightports w/ Tom Herbert - album out now
Published 13 May, 2022 by DM

The sweeping Nightports w/ Tom Herbert album is out now. This is Nightports' third instalment in their series of collaborative albums, following Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne and Nightports w/ Betamax.

Tom Herbert made his name as the bass player in Mercury Music Prize-nominated bands Polar Bear and The Invisible, and has become an in-demand collaborator and session musician, including work with Adele, Lana Del Rey and most recently The Smile. Having honed his craft holding the low-end down in some of the most forward-thinking British groups of recent times, and also appearing on some the biggest tracks of the last twenty years, Nightports w/ Tom Herbert brings Herbert’s command of the double bass into the spotlight.

Watch Tom Herbert explain the Nightports manifesto, and then dive into the album in your various digital places.

You'll find CD copies of Nightports w/ Tom Herbert in UK and European shops now, the limited edition vinyl in die-cut sleeve is slightly delayed but will land in the next week or so. You can order both on Bandcamp now. Physical release for the rest of the world will now be July 29th.

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Murcof - Martes 20th anniversary vinyl reissues
Published 13 May, 2022 by DM

Murcof - Martes 20th anniversary vinyl reissues

Murcof's seminal debut album, Martes, was released twenty years ago today. We're marking the occasion by reissuing his first three albums on vinyl. Out of print for many years, these albums have been hugely influential in the worlds of minimal and ambient electronic music in their use of modern classical instrumentation, and are significant landmarks in the history of The Leaf Label. Each of the reissues is presented in a new gatefold sleeve featuring updated artwork, with Remembranza and Cosmos featuring fully remastered audio, and Cosmos including a previously unreleased bonus track.

“When I started working on the first Murcof tracks in 2001, I had primarily been playing dance music under the name Terrestre,” Fernando Corona recalls. “Although it was a lot of fun, I felt like something was missing. Martes was born as a reaction to this feeling, a need to make more intimate or personal music to try and balance things out. That year, Nortec Collective were invited to play at Sónar festival in Barcelona. I burned a few CD-Rs and brought them with me, hoping I would find a nice home for my new project. If memory serves me, I met Tony Morley of The Leaf Label at a small club called FonFone. I gave him a demo, had a brief chat and wished for the best. I got an email from him a couple months later and off we went!”

Corona worked closely with Alex Gámez on the remasters for Remembranza and Cosmos, which were then cut by legendary mastering engineer Stefan Betke in Berlin.

Strap in for format details...

Martes + Utopía (20th Anniversary Edition)
- Ocean Blue vinyl 3LP (300 copies) - exclusive to Bandcamp & Norman Records
- Indies only Cloud White vinyl 3LP
- Black vinyl 3LP

Remembranza (2022 Remaster)
- Correos Red vinyl 2LP (300 copies) - exclusive to Bandcamp & Norman Records
- Indies only Laurel Green vinyl 2LP
- Back vinyl 2LP

Cosmos (2022 Remaster)
- Voyager Gold vinyl 2LP (300 copies) - exclusive to Bandcamp & Norman Records
- Indies only Lunar Silver vinyl 2LP
- Back vinyl 2LP

Bandcamp editions are available to pre-order now including a three album bundle.

The three albums will be released on vinyl in October 2022 in the UK and Europe and December for the rest of the world. Martes + Utopía is a repress of the expanded 2016 3LP reissue, now in a gatefold sleeve with updated artwork by the original designer, Rubén Alonso Tamayo. Remembranza and Cosmos are reissued on double vinyl in new gatefold sleeves with fully remastered audio.

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Matthew Bourne - 'Asaf' single
Published 11 May, 2022 by DM

The second taste of Matthew Bourne’s new album Irrealis is out today. Listen to ‘Asaf’ here.

“’Asaf’ is gifted to musician Asaf Sirkis,” Bourne explains. “Along with Shri Siram and Dušan Petrović, we played together at the Garana Jazz Festival in August 2020. I’m sure most of us can remember exactly what we were doing around that time, and there was a sense of the intrepid, or an auspicious quality to the whole exercise of making this meeting happen, and its imprint was considerable.”

In anticipation of the release of Irrealis, Bourne has shared a playlist of prepared piano inspirations to whet your appetite.

Irrealis will be released May 27th worldwide digitally, and physically in the UK and Europe. The physical release for the rest of the world is July 29th. Pre-order the strictly limited black vinyl LP now – just 750 copies for the world.

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Nightports w/ Tom Herbert - 'October' single/video
Published 12 April, 2022 by DM

Listen to the second single from Nightports’ collaborative album with double bass maestro Tom Herbert. ‘October’ takes a more abstract approach to previous single ‘Arcs’, and demonstrates the power and physicality of the instrument. If it’s power and physicality you’re after, watch the video produced by Leeds based film makers GOOD BOY! – an elegant portrait of a master at work.

“Recording the music for the Nightports album was a very straightforward and enjoyable experience for me,” Herbert explains. “I had nothing to prepare or learn and just spent a relaxed, if intensive, day of recording with Adam and Mark, who just let me improvise, occasionally throwing in a suggestion or idea for me to explore. They had the difficult job of sifting through the recordings and editing and shaping it into a coherent piece of work! I had very little memory of what I had played and I had no idea how extreme Adam and Mark were going to get with their production, so whenever they sent me anything it was always a surprise. I’m very proud of this music. It really feels like a great balance between and representation of my playing and their vision.”

The Nightports w/ Tom Herbert album release has moved to May 13th for the digital album worldwide and physical in the UK and Europe. The physical release in the rest of the world is now July 15th. This is due to delays in manufacture and transport of stock. Pre-order now on limited edition vinyl LP or limited edition CD via Bandcamp or your local independent record shop.

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