Sarathy Korwar - KALAK
Published 16 August, 2022 by DM

Sarathy Korwar - KALAK

Sarathy Korwar returns with new album KALAK. The follow up to the politically charged, award-winning More Arriving is an Indo-futurist manifesto - in rhythmic step with the past and the present, it sets out to describe a route forward. It celebrates a rich South Asian culture of music and literature, which resonates with spirituality and community, while envisaging a better future from those building blocks.

Recorded at Real World Studios with meticulous production by New York electronic musician, DJ and producer Photay, who translates these communal rhythms and practices into a timeless and groundbreaking electronic record. There’s a spirituality and warmth at play in the polyrhythms, group vocals and melodic flourishes.

The KALAK rhythm is the fulcrum upon which the 11-track project balances. After an intense period of reflection and note-making, Korwar boiled this down to the circular KALAK symbol.

“The discourse around futurism is often deeply rooted in Eurocentric ideas of the world,” Korwar explains. “Much like Afro-futurism, Indo-futurism is moving the focus to the global south. In South Asia, culturally, we envisage our relationship to the future and the past in ideas of cyclicality. For example, karma as a concept. Time doesn’t have to flow in a line but can be understood to flow in a circle.

“In music, there’s an inherent hierarchy when you talk about left to right and top to bottom. I started thinking about a rhythmic notation system that was circular. These patterns started forming over time, and the more I thought about that, and the kind of symbolism that they began to have, I realised that this would be the core of the record.”

Lead single ‘Utopia Is A Colonial Project’ is accompanied by a nocturnal, neon-lit dance video by Elliott Gonzo (Perfidious Productions), starring award-winning choreographer/dancer Botis Seva. Based on Thomas More’s book from 1516, Korwar takes the idea of this imagined land of perfection and flips it on its head.

“Utopia can be seen as a diagram for colonisation,” Korwar says. “Ideas of utopia are intrinsically linked to the mindset of settler colonialism. It comes from seeing the natural world as an inanimate resource rather than a living, sentient being. We need to be anti-utopian, and anti-dystopian. We need to be able to imagine futures drastically different to the kind of ‘utopias’ that are being sold by right-wing populist politicians in South Asia and beyond.”

The final part of the KALAK project is realised in the cover artwork by New Delhi-based designer Sijya Gupta. Korwar and photographer friend Fabrice Bourgelle took a light sculpture of the KALAK symbol on a road trip around Southern India, through Chennai, Pondicherry and Auroville. The evocative shots appear on the cover of the various formats, with each one offering a different angle on the country, continent and culture that inspired the album.

KALAK will be released on November 11th in three vinyl editions (on black, dark green and, for a special Dinked Edition, crystal clear vinyl with rotating card KALAK rhythm wheel) and a CD, each featuring a different cover image. All formats include an 8-page booklet, created by Sijya Gupta, with Korwar’s notes on the concepts behind the project. There are exclusive T-shirt and cork/rubber turntable mat bundles available on Bandcamp.

Pre-order/pre-save here. | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Live Dates |
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Szun Waves - 'In The Moon House'
Published 09 August, 2022 by DM

Szun Waves - 'In The Moon House'

With Szun Waves’ new album, Earth Patterns, just under two weeks away, the trio of Luke Abbott, Laurence Pike and Jack Wyllie release new single ‘In The Moon House’. It’s a piano led moment of stillness after the altogether more stratospheric singles ‘Exploding Upwards’ and ‘New Universe’ which have preceded it.

The Dinked Edition of the album is looking very smart indeed. Limited to 500 copies, it’s pressed on orange vinyl with black splatter, with a screenprinted PVC outer sleeve and a 16-page photobook containing images by Dom Harwood, numbered in the Fibonacci sequence. These are only available from select independent record shops.

The CD, black and indies only brown smoke vinyl editions are available to pre-order on Bandcamp, with a new T-shirt design available individually or as part of a bundle.

Earth Patterns will be released August 19th. | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube |
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Szun Waves - 'Exploding Upwards' video
Published 06 July, 2022 by DM

Szun Waves - 'Exploding Upwards' video

The second single from Szun Waves’ expansive new album Earth Patterns is out now. ‘Exploding Upwards’ is accompanied by another lavish video by Dom Harwood, which takes us further into Szun Waves’ world of glistening orbs and molecular division.

Earth Patterns will be released August 19th. In addition to the CD and digital album, it will be available as three separate vinyl variants. The black vinyl and (indies only) brown smoke vinyl editions include a spot varnished cover, printed inner sleeves and a download code. The Dinked Edition is pressed on orange vinyl with black splatter, and limited to 500 copies, adding a screenprinted PVC outer sleeve and a 16-page photobook containing images by Dom Harwood, numbered in the Fibonacci sequence. | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube |
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Matthew Bourne - Irrealis out now
Published 27 May, 2022 by THD

Matthew Bourne's playful new album, Irrealis, is out today. It’s prepared piano, but not as we know it…

Having prepared his instrument for work on another project, Bourne took the opportunity to use the set-up to let loose, before returning the piano to its original state. A few minutes into these improvisations, he decided to hit the record button. With no real idea what these pieces would add up to, we’re given a rare snapshot of Bourne playing for his own enjoyment - his innate sense of melodicism shining through the percussive clatter and altered tunings.

“These tracks were made moments after recording some pieces for another project - caught impulsively and without alteration of the preparations, whilst also on the precipice of velleity,” Bourne explains. “This is the place from which much of my work tends to emerge. At the conclusion of each piece, there seemed an impetus to continue onto the next, and again to the next.”

“Irrealis refers to an event that hasn't occurred, or at least hasn't yet occurred,” Bourne continues. “I liked the idea that what I’m doing is something of an unreality - the end result is never audible to me at the time.”

Bourne has penned a blog post about the process of making Irrealis. If you’re keen to stay up-to-date with Bourne’s work, it’s worth keeping an eye on his blog page, as he distances himself from the hustle and bustle of social media. Who could blame him?

Irrealis is available from your favourite digital music provider now. Unfortunately, the limited edition vinyl LP has only just landed in the UK, so it won’t be in UK and European shops for another week or so, and the rest of the world will take longer. Such is life. Order from Bandcamp, and we’ll have it with you as soon as possible. | Twitter | Facebook | Live Dates |
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Sarathy Korwar : KALAK (BAY 125)
Sarathy Korwar

Szun Waves: Earth Patterns (BAY 119)
Szun Waves
Earth Patterns
Matthew Bourne: Irrealis (BAY 117)
Matthew Bourne

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