Various Artists – We Out Here (Brownswood)

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Listening to Gilles Peterson on 6Music recently it was easy to get the impression that the music scene in New York is where it’s at as far as new jazz…

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Album review: Field Music – Open Here (Memphis Industries)

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Field Music are brothers David and Peter Brewis from Sunderland in the north of England and Open Here is their seventh album in 14 years, not a bad work rate…

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Album Review: Nils Frahm – All Melody (Erased Tapes)

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Funkhaus frequencies I discovered Nils Frahm just before he stopped touring to concentrate on building a new studio, it was bad timing especially when the full glory of his live…

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Looking back over a great year

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We look back over some of our favourite moments of 2017. Not only did we launch PX, our first ever noise cancelling headphones to universal critical acclaim, but we also…

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Album review: Thomas Stronen Time is a Blind Guide – Lucus (ECM)

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Textural fluctuations It seems to be in the nature of Norwegian musicians to collaborate far and wide. Maybe it’s coming from such a sparsely populated country or perhaps it’s just…

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Film soundtrack review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018)

Music

An intimate score with dark connotations Having already garnered four awards at this year’s Golden Globes, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, with its emotional and politically charged plot with delightful…

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Album Review: Dr Lonnie Smith – All In My Mind (Blue Note)

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Soul soothing music Dr Lonnie Smith is neither a doctor nor a Sikh, apparently he took up both affectations “for no particular reason”, but the turban does help him stand…

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Society of Sound – January 2018 Les Amazones d’Afrique

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In this first Society of Sound blog for 2018, Valerie Malot from 3D Family, talks about the project Les Amazones d’Afrique whose album Amazone Republique is this month’s release. Malot’s…

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How we made Stornoway’s farewell live album – Society of Sound

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The current release on Society of Sound captures a very special moment in time: the final ever gig by the band Stornoway. After a hugely successful ten years together Stornoway…

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The New McLaren Senna: Uncompromising Sound

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Bowers & Wilkins and McLaren have joined forces to bring ‘True Sound’ to a whole new class of car: The McLaren Senna. Described as “the ultimate track car for the…

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Album Review: Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (XL)

Music

Through a glass darkly Thom Yorke’s second solo album was originally released in September, 2014 but only as a download on bandcamp. Now that he has decided to tour the…

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Film Soundtrack Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Music

Business as usual for John Williams with sparkling sound design adding to the magic Perhaps the most anticipated film release of 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally reached…

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Album Review: James Holden & The Animal Spirits – The Animal Spirits (Border Community)

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Cosmic debris British electronica wunderkind James Holden has an impressive reputation in the remixing business, he has worked his magic on releases by New Order, Radiohead, Madonna and fellow trailblazers…

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Album Review: Sufjan Stevens – The Greatest Gift (Asthmatic Kitty)

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Another beautiful release It’s hard not to be touched by the music of Sufjan Stevens, his vulnerable, plaintiff style makes you care and gives the impression of total honesty. Not…

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Our favourite tracks of 2017

Music

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to look back over this year’s releases from musicians old and new. So we’ve gathered together our favourite 20 tracks from the…

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Society of Sound: Mammal Hands winter playlist

Music

Mammal Hands are the Society of Sound artists for November and during this month subscribers can download the band’s third album Shadow Work. To coincide with the release the three…

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Album Review: Anouar Brahem – Blue Maqams (ECM)

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Melodic modes In the month when ECM finally caved into pressure for their music to be available on commercial streaming platforms Tunisian Anouar Brahem released his tenth album for the…

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Interview: Kate Bailey, curator of ‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Music

Kate Bailey talks technology and opera, the future of the art form, and what gives her sleepless nights. From British rock in the 1950s to Russian avant-garde theatre design, Kate…

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Album Review: Gun Outfit – Out of Range (Paradise of Bachelors)

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Prairie poetry Apparently this, Gun Outfit’s fifth album is an “Orphic-Gnostic suicide drive towards the hallucinatory vanishing points of the Southwestern desert, debating the denouement of the decaying American dream.”…

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Society of Sound: Mammal Hands production notes

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Society of Sound’s November act Mammal Hands hark from the remote English town of Norwich, but their sound, style and energy suggests something wholly different. The band’s engineer George Atkins…

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Album Review: Lost Horizons – Ojala (Bella Union)

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Hopeful return Lost Horizons is a collaboration between two movers and shakers of the eighties and nineties, Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas, the former was bass player in the Cocteau…

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