Matthew Bourne Live Videos & Album Launch Ticket Competition
Published 16 January 2012 by BWL

We've just released five rather wonderful videos of Matthew Bourne performing pieces from his upcoming Montauk Variations album (out February 6). Filmed at Leeds College Of Music in December, Bourne plays tracks from the album including Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile' and a brand new composition, 'Unloved'. Jazzwise premiered the first video earlier this week.

London's Café OTO hosts the album launch for Montauk Variations on February 15 and Leaf alumni Icarus have just been confirmed as support. Promoters Eat Your Own Ears have offered us a pair of tickets to the show for one lucky reader. All you have to do is email us the answer to this ridiculously easy question with your name and contact number, using the form here.

What instrument is Matthew Bourne best known for playing?

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 12 February.

Polar Bear's Seb Rochford Launches Singles Club
Published 23 January 2012 by BWL

Polar Bear's Sebastian Rochford has launched a brand new monthly singles club under the banner 'Days And Nights At The Takeaway'. Each single will feature a different collaborator (or collaborators), backed with an exclusive remix of the track, and the singles will be released on the last Friday of the month throughout 2012, beginning this Friday (January 27).

The tracks will all be recorded in Seb’s studio in a former takeaway in London (hence the project name). We’re looking at some pretty spectacular guests working with Seb throughout the year, and the music is going to be extremely varied, as you might expect.

The first release in the series is a collaboration with LA poet & singer Gina Loring and British Indian vocalist Ranjana Ghatak, entitled ‘Love A Sacred Path’. The track comes complete with a superb remix by Keysound/Hyperdub mainstays LV. It’s perhaps not what you’d expect from him, but Rochford’s long immersion in the worlds of hip-hop and dubstep has been increasingly apparent since the release of the Common Ground collaboration with UK MC Jyager in 2010, and his production work with rapper Mikill Pane in the last year. You can stream the tracks below and buy from our shop (tracks will be available for download from Friday).

The artwork for each release takes the form of an imitation takeaway menu, and the visual reference is carried through to the project’s dedicated blog. There will be a series of live events around the project in London, featuring Polar Bear and special guests.