Many moons ago we released a 7″ by The Books (mami 001) and to this day it remains one of our first loves.
Nick Zammuto from The Books appears to have been busy of late posting some amazing tracks for free on his site (Idiom Wind is a particular blinder), but what really caught our attention was this no-holds barred documentary on Haitian Vodou he’s recently soundtracked.
Take a look and let your eyes & ears get spirited away.
Antwerp – Equinox by make-mine
We have no idea why he’s called himself Antwerp, (we should ask), but what we do know is that this wide-eyed schizoid music maker has been firing up our imagination like no-one else of late. Maybe it has something to do with his fearless approach – “every accidental mistake we do playing music, generates new ideas and open the gates to the irrational” – or maybe it’s simply that over the course of his tracks, muted trumpets crash into lo-fi lying guitars while a sea of electronic pulses swirl beneath forever tumbling us up and down. Either way we’re made up to announce Antwerp’s ‘Equinox’ as our next release on July 25th. Pre-orders available now.
Back In 2007/2008 we released a couple of 7′s from frYars a young dark hearted Londoner who floored us with his uniquely surreal pop and elaborately lopsided lyrics, (think Dan Bejar of Destroyer) so it’s with great glee that we uncovered the news that he’s been working on album number 2 in Sweden and it’ll be seeing the light of day hopefully later this year. No word yet on which label will have the pleasure of putting it out but to celebrate its recording here’s a video from last year that we somehow missed the first time around. Welcome back soon frYars…
In celebration of our 20th release and generally getting our shit together (digitally speaking with the website and a mini-office coming soon) we’re giving you the chance to win our entire back catalogue. We’re incredibly proud of these 7 inches and the wonderful artists that have let us release them so we’re giving 1 of you the chance to win the lot, with 2 runners-up getting the chance to pick any 5 they want.
Plus all 3 winners will also get a few special Make Mine affiliated treats, that have never seen the light of day and others that have only appeared on the shelves of 1 shop in 1 city for a few days. All you got to do is head to our Facebook page and like us (which we hope you do so isn’t done under duress) or simply retweet this. We’ll be picking the winners at random next Sunday April 3rd. Best of luck.
Luckily they’ve created a handy little clip below that sums up everything we love about Sebastian Blanck, his music and his tender art and hopefully the picture above gives you an inkling of the abstract searing beauty that awaits you in Isca’s paintings.
If you happen to be in Sweden we’d seriously recommend swinging by and scoping out their collective works while you can. Time to start a petition for a London show?
A phantom film gets it’s epic score thanks to Spirit Spine who returns with his 3rd album Glossolalia and it’s no surprise it’s his most cohesive album to date. It’s all there in it’s digital dunes; the wreckage, the heat, the chattering sounds, the sunken steps, the parched delirium, and the slow drip crisis of faith.
No other album has come close to capturing a vision as wholly, beautifully and as deliberately this year as Glossolalia in our mind. We loved what Spirit Spine was doing before, but we really love what he’s doing now. Who needs film when you’ve got words & musical vision?
The Sounds of Sweet Nothing is a new label set up by our friend Ned which he’s been threatening to do for a few years now, so it’s not only good to see him finally get around to it, but it’s also a treat to see him come strutting out of the gates with already two essential releases for 2011.
The Unknown Mortal Orchestra release picked up a ton of press and sold out in a heartbeat so we recommend not dilly dallying on his second release by San Francisco troupe Whirl. A six piece mini-storm of shoegaze that consumes, obliterates, melds, mangles and generally reconfigures your face with their distressor ep.