Chalk Hill Blue

Released today is Will Burns and Hannah Peel’s quite extraordinary Chalk Hill Blue album. It is Record of the Week at Drift who wrote;

Record of the Week is an album we just adore. Will Burns and Hannah Peel have collaborated for the amazing Rivertones label and their Chalk Hill Blue LP is rare and utterly captivating. Produced by Erland Cooper, it's a record of electronic ruralism, channeling lives threaded through the chalk landscapes of Southern England. Hannah's futuristic electronic minimalism washing around Will's quietly intense poetry.

Read Tom Bolton’s review on The Quietus, and Richard King’s on Caught By The River.

Hannah Peel and poet Will Burns team up for a moving and original record exploring the troubled landscapes of England and the mind
— The Quietus
a record that explores the space of bare horizons, the space between people in various sates of consciousness and the space of an empty head
— Caught By The River

Couldn't be more thrilled to have them playing live for us at Sea Change in our Church. It was in fact one of the very first things we booked.

VIDEO: Will Burns and Hannah Peel - Change

 

Tomorrow - Friday 21st of March 2019 - sees the release of Will Burns and Hannah Peel’s extraordinary collaborative Chalk Hill Blue album. They have released a video for Change, one of the albums many many magic moments.

 

Directed by Kieran Evans
Artwork by Chris Turner

Chalk Hill Blue is out tomorrow and available to buy at all good record shops… like Drift.

Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes

We’re delighted to announce that director Michael Cumming will be introducing and screening his film Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes at the 2019 festival.

Made from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his personal archive, the film shares insights into the process of making the legendary TV series Brass Eye. Michael directed both of the pilots and the series and, over a two year period, witnessed the highs and lows of Brass Eye from a very personal perspective. The session will be at the Barn Cinema, a unique 15th Century venue on the Dartington Estate.

[Oxide Ghosts] offers a well-judged and very rare insight into [Brass Eye’s] making, encapsulating the fun and covert excitement that went on while the project was still under wraps, before all the legal wrangling kicked in. If you’re an admirer of the show and the opportunity should arise for you to see Oxide Ghosts, have some self re-cocking-spect and do so without hesitation 
— Chortle

The film is designed solely for live screenings and is made up almost entirely of never before seen footage. Oxide Ghosts carries the blessing of Chris Morris and provides a rare glimpse of his extraordinary working practices. Michael will be doing a Q&A after the film – spilling beans, shattering myths and letting a few cats out of the bag. This film & Q&A session are a must for fans of the series but will appeal to anyone with a curiosity about how great comedy is made.

OUT NOW: Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

 
 

Deep breathes now.... The Comet Is Coming. And how! The Mercury Music Prize-shortlisted futurist jazz voyagers (one of the most vital and progressive UK bands around) return today with Trust In The Life Force Of The Deep Mystery and it is nothing short of stunning. There are sections of crunching beats and synths with Shabaka's sax in driving force, then there are moments of spiritual exploration and serenity, with the sax taking long searching journeys. That's not to say that Danalogue and Betamax are simply a rhythm section. They have created complex and minimal soundscapes that work beautifully with King Shabaka that really go somewhere special. An instant classic and an album that we will be revisiting all year and beyond.

Buy a copy now over at Drift.

“The cosmically minded group featuring rising jazz saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings dances to the apocalypse and pleads for humanity.” - Pitchfork 7.8

“This is hardcore music for a generation weaned on rave and grime, jazz’s cutting edge. The comet isn’t coming, it’s arrived.” -
The Observer ★ ★ ★ ★

”in taking the music around them and repurposing it for something more futuristic, The Comet Is Coming have made a mini masterpiece; exhilarating, authentic and, most importantly, a joy” - Loud and Quiet 9/10

“Though rhythmically powerful, it's Hutchings's fluttering, forceful sax that is the totem around which this album prances with energy and adventure. And it's a blast” - Q Magazine ★ ★ ★ ★

The constantly shape-shifting and explosive dynamics of this brutal yet accessible blaze of glory are borne from a collaboration that's instinctive, primal and alchemical, effortlessly outclassing the competition” - Mojo ★ ★ ★ ★

”The result is pulsating electronic music that draws from the spontaneity and invention of free jazz” - Uncut ★ ★ ★ ★

Black Country, New Road live for Mary Anne Hobbs

Black Country, New Road were live in session for Mary Anne Hobbs today on her (excellent) 6Music show.

You can listen again to the ‘Near Future’ session here: www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00036bp
The band are on just after the 90 minute mark.

A clean version of Athen's, France and Sunglasses both live and sandwiching a John Cooper Clarke track was glorious radio.

 
Black Country New Road