Sebastian Rochford Curates
Published 1 September 2011 by BWL

Polar Bear's Seb Rochford has been selected to curate a special five-day festival of music at The Vortex, running from October 5-9. Taking its cue from John Zorn's programming at The Stone, every year The Vortex will be inviting artists to curate a season exploring their creative interests and influences.

Kicking off proceedings on Wednesday 5 will be a double bill from Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari, an Indian tabla player, and improviser and drummer Mark Sanders, followed on the Thursday by duo Kit Downes and Seb Rochford. Friday and Saturday explore Rochford's love of hiphop with an all-star line up featuring Jehst, Young Fresh and MC Mikill Pane. For the final night, Seb has selected two internationally-acclaimed musicians, Ranjana Ghatak and Zoe Rahman for a double bill which will explore many genres from jazz to south Asian classical. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit The Vortex website.

Seb will also be performing with Polar Bear's balloon master Leafcutter John and others as part of Rhythm Of Strings on September 11 at The Village Underground, London. The project, which debuted earlier this year, is a unique collaboration experimenting with percussion, guitar, strings and electronics.

Jyager Bear saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings' band Sons Of Kemet (which features Seb Rochford on drums) will also be performing at The Vortex on October 12.

Stream Roll The Dice's In Dust
Published 6 September 2011 by BWL

Roll The Dice's new album In Dust is released next week but Self-Titled is streaming the record now along with a track-by-track commentary, furthering the stark and oracular narration to the duo's In Dust film. Click here for the feature.

The album will be in the shops on CD and limited edition double LP (with CD) next week, but it's shipping from our online store now, and is also available now as a digital download. It's also available as a download from iTunes (UK, US) and Amazon now (UK, US).


Matthew Bourne Plays London Jazz Festival
Published 8 September 2011 by BWL

Matthew Bourne teams up with London Sinfonietta again on November 18 for the London Jazz Festival. The project, 'Written/Unwritten', was premiered earlier this summer at London's Kings Place and puts together the differing worlds of improvisation (Bourne) and composition (London Sinfonietta). Lithuanian composer/percussionist Vladimir Tarasov will also appear. Click here for full details.

Before then, you can catch Matthew at London's Bishopsgate Institute on October 28 where he will open for the Marc Ribot Trio, with additional support from Mayming (Seaming To and Semay Wu).

For all Bourne's forthcoming appearances, go to our live page.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums 'Fight For Me' Remix 12"
Published 14 September 2011 by BWL

Earlier this summer, the German label Philomena released a bootleg 12" featuring a remix of a track by Wildbirds & Peacedrums. 'Fight For Me', from Rivers, was remixed last year by Manuel Tur, and then picked up and re-edited by Innervisions DJ Dixon. They then released the remix on Philomena, backed with a remix of a track by Little Dragon, in a beautifully packaged limited edition of 500 12" singles for the world, available only through their mail order service, Muting The Noise.

When we heard the remix we loved it, and we've managed to get hold of a box of them to sell through our own shop. We understand that these are now the very last available copies of this release in the world. So don't sleep on this one!

Additionally, we're making the 12" available with a free download of the Wildbirds track, and the remix is also available to buy as an individual download (wav/mp3), exclusively through Leaf. You can order it here now.