Domenique Dumont - People On Sunday
Published 15 September, 2020 by DM

We’re delighted to welcome a new signing with considerable pedigree to the Leaf stable. Domenique Dumont, whose hazy exotica albums Comme Ça and Miniatures De Auto Rhythm you may already be familiar with, is the thoroughbred in question. Released on Parisian electronic label Antinote, the records have garnered something of a cult following, and are well worth investigating if you haven’t done so already.

Dumont’s third album - his first for Leaf - is entitled People On Sunday, an original soundtrack commissioned to accompany the 1930 silent film variously known as Menschen am Sonntag, Les Hommes le Dimanche and People On Sunday. The film is a key work of interwar German cinema, based on a screenplay by Billy Wilder. Drawing on Dumont’s love of classical music, library music and early electronic experimentation to create a timeless sound, the album evokes a more innocent, carefree era conjured by wistful electronics full of warmth and melody.

“The film shows people and their surroundings shortly before all of it was destroyed,” says Dumont, who has previously composed for film. “Ironically, watching this movie with the eyes of today, it looks more surreal than documentary. And I can’t help but think and reflect about the times we are living in now. We might have similar desires people had a hundred years ago, but we now have a completely different approach to life.”

The title track is accompanied by a video featuring excerpts from the film.

People On Sunday will be released on various formats, including limited edition white vinyl LP (from independent shops only), black vinyl LP and limited edition CD. There is also a super limited edition silver vinyl LP available via Bleep and Bandcamp only. Pre-order here. | Twitter |
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Craven Faults - Live Works
Published 11 September, 2020 by DM

Craven Faults have collected the three extended live tracks recorded for Bandcamp Fridays, for the release of Live Works. They’ve now been mastered at Calyx and feature revised artwork. You’ll find it in all the usual online places.

Live Works is Craven Faults’ first foray into live performance.

Recorded and filmed during lockdown in the old textile mill Craven Faults calls home, this acts as proof of concept. Proof that these shadowy analogue journeys can translate live. Proof that a fixed start point, and set of rough coordinates is all that’s required. The destination is never the same. | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook |
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Laurence Pike - 'Ember' video
Published 19 August, 2020 by DM

Laurence Pike and visual artist Clemens Habicht continue their fruitful working relationship with a new video for ‘Ember’. Taken from the album Prophecy, which was recorded in response to the recent wild fires that devastated Australia, the track sees Pike weave his muted magic on drum kit, between triggered piano and vocal samples.

“The video accompaniment to ‘Ember’ is an evolution of the methodology established in previous collaborations on ‘Drum Chant’ and ‘Nero’” explains Habicht. “The shapes in motion again resemble print making abstractions of form that visually parallel Laurence's exploratory music. This video departs from a direct musical synchronicity of image and sound and captures another type of internal notation, using motion from an activity outside of performance.”

Prophecy is available now on limited edition yellow vinyl, CD and digital.

There is also an EP accompaniment to the album entitled Destiny, which is available to download exclusively on Bandcamp on a pay-what-you feel basis. | Facebook | Instagram | Live Dates |
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Sarathy Korwar - Best Independent Album at AIM Awards
Published 13 August, 2020 by DM

Sarathy Korwar - Best Independent Album at AIM Awards

The virtual champagne was flowing as Sarathy Korwar (virtually) walked away with the (actual) gong for Best Independent Album of the Year at the AIM Awards last night, for his album More Arriving. We’re delighted to see this record’s acclaim grow, and for it to continue to find a wider audience. Indo-jazz, Indian classical music, hip-hop, dub and spoken word are connected seamlessly while putting the voices of the South Asian diaspora front and centre. The themes of identity and the global movement of people connects on a deeply emotional level, and this is testament to Sarathy’s ambition, vision and hard work.

His collaborators also need a mention here: London-based poet Zia Ahmed, Mumbai rappers MC Mawali and TRAP POJU, Punjabi MC Prabh Deep, Jamaican-Indian rapper Delhi Sultanate, author Deepak Unnikrishnan and Indian classical singers Mirande and Aditya Prakash come together to paint a nuanced, knotted and diverse picture of South Asian identity. Sarathy’s band of Tamar Osborn on baritone sax and Al MacSween on keys plus spots by Chris Williams on alto-sax and Danalogue on synthesiser light the blue touch paper. Nick Woodmansey (aka Emanative) on co-production and mixing duties alongside Daniel Trachtenberg helped bring it all into sharp focus.

Sarathy is already working on the follow-up to More Arriving. In the meantime, there is a mango coloured vinyl edition in the works. It's available to pre-order now and will be in shops on September 11th.

Before that comes the Otherland 12”, which features two new tracks expanding on the themes explored on More Arriving, and two remixes. Otherland will be released on Record Store Day’s August 29th drop. | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Live Dates |
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Domenique Dumont: People on Sunday (BAY 127)
Domenique Dumont
People on Sunday
Craven Faults: Live Works ((PARCEL 198E))
Craven Faults
Live Works

Warmduscher: European Cowboy (DOCK 69)
European Cowboy
Sarathy Korwar : Otherland (DOCK 71X)
Sarathy Korwar
Laurence Pike: Prophecy (BAY 123)
Laurence Pike

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