NEWS ARCHIVE FOR JUNE 2020
Laurence Pike - new album, single and videos
Published 3 June 2020 by DM


Listen to the new and timely Laurence Pike single 'Nero' - a moment of contemplation in a particularly tumultuous world. The single is accompanied by two complementary motion-capture videos by Australian artist and film-maker Clemens Habicht, including an innovative interactive version. Official video on YouTube.

Pike continues in a rich creative vein with the release of Prophecy, his third solo album in as many years, following Holy Spring (2019) and Distant Early Warning (2018). Created in response to Australia’s recent catastrophic fires, the music on Prophecy adopts the working formula of ‘one-take’ studio performances for drum kit and sampler; channelling the moment through Pike’s singular, organic use of electronics, and intuitively constructed arrangements.

Read Pike's powerful statement on the making of the album here.

Prophecy is released on 24th July. Pre-order on limited edition yellow vinyl, CD and digital. There are also bundles of all three albums available on Bandcamp.

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Matthew Bourne - 1674
Published 5 June 2020 by BW

Matthew Bourne has put together an intimate EP of improvisations for Fender Rhodes and Roland Space Echo especially for Bandcamp day. "The recordings are unadorned by lavish post production or any kind of attempt to make them into something else by enhancement," Bourne explains. "I hope that you will enjoy 1674 as a snapshot of two pieces of equipment playing themselves". You'll also find new CD, vinyl and download bundles of his previous work here.

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Nightports w/ Betamax out now
Published 12 June 2020 by DM


Nightports' collaborative album with the mighty Betamax of The Comet Is Coming is out now. It's the second in a series of albums by Adam Martin and Mark Slater featuring sounds produced by just one performer and their instrument, in this case drum kit and percussion. It follows 2018's Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne. Leaf's little black book is very much open...

“We wanted to make a record that places focus and detail on the instrument typically positioned at the back of an ensemble,” Martin observes. In doing so they’ve arrived at an album with all the energy and dynamics you’d expect, suffused with a keen sense of melody and emotion. Betamax’s innate command of the drums and Nightports’ sympathetic approach to recording and arrangement have created a fitting ode to the instrument.

Listen to Nightports' drum/electronics inspirations playlist here.

Watch Betamax perform 'Sparke' in lockdown here.

Nightports w/ Betamax is available on limited edition black vinyl in a beautiful die-cut sleeve, CD and digital.

There is also a bundle of the Nightports w/ Betamax and Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne albums on Bandcamp.

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Sarathy Korwar (feat. Zia Ahmed) - 'Turner on the 20'
Published 19 June 2020 by DM

Listen to Sarathy Korwar's brand new track 'Turner on the 20', which features vocals by Zia Ahmed, whose cutting social commentary was central to last year’s More Arriving album and live shows. In a country currently tearing itself apart in how it recognises its colonial past, timely doesn't even come close. Read Sarathy's statement about the motivations in creating the track and pay what you feel to download on Bandcamp.

Bandcamp are marking Juneteenth (June 19th) by donating their cut of revenue to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund up until 8am BST on Saturday, while Sarathy is donating proceeds from the track to The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

More Arriving has just been nominated for Best Independent Album at this year's AIM Awards. Sarathy is in great company alongside Nick Cave and Kim Gordon. Richly deserved.

sarathykorwar.com | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Live Dates | theleaflabel.com/sarathykorwar
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Szun Waves - Three EP
Published 19 June 2020 by DM

Szun Waves have put together an EP exclusive to Bandcamp for Juneteenth, with all proceeds going to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. It features 'Slow Motion' which was only available on the vinyl edition of 2018's New Hymn To Freedom, plus two previously unheard tracks from the the album sessions at James Holden’s Sacred Walls studio.

Download Three on a pay what you feel basis.

There's a new Szun Waves album in the works. More news soon.

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