The rather amazing Elements Two is available for pre-order now. The album is a compilation, one of five, to celebrate Japanese label Home Normal’s 5th birthday. With over 60 artists from their past, present and future involved, this five disc compilation is raising money for 5 different charities close to their heart. All profits from Elements Two (水) will be donated to The British Heart Foundation who fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease. I was very pleased to have a y0t0 track feature on the disc that supports coronary health, given my own cardiac pacemaker…
The other discs support:
The Archway Foundation, a charity that was set up by label founder Ian Hawgood’s father, which aids those who suffer from loneliness through outreach, social events, and befriending.
Habitat Japan, who help to build houses for people who lost their homes in Sendai and Fukushima.
Kalaweit, who save the gibbons of Indonesia and their habitat. In addition to this they also educate the local community about deforestation, as well as the dangers of increased use of palm oil leading to a rapid destruction of their habitat and continuing loss of biodiversity.
ecoACTIVE, an innovative environmental education charity with a reputation for using hands-on, practical and fun approaches to explore complex issues of sustainability.
To further celebrate, the label is holding a birthday party of sorts at Cafe Oto in London on Friday 21st March. Tickets are £5 on the door, £10 advanced:
Not a regular occurrence here, long wordy posts, but a bit has been happening over the last few weeks and in the interests of brevity it may be best to push all the boats out at once…
Firstly, the quite amazing “Wolven (A Modern Interpretation)” by Ian Hawgood is now out through Komu/Hibernate and can be located here - http://hibernate-recs.co.uk/project/ian-hawgood-and-friends-wolven-a-modern-interpretation/
It was an honour to be involved in such a mighty collaborative effort; Aaron Martin made the whole thing sing, Dag Rosenqvist as usual puts everyone to shame, and the reworks by bvdub are something else. Strongly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already, and the CD looks great.
Secondly, “nijisousaku” has recently ticked over 400 downloads - thank you to all who have taken the time to have a listen, thanks also to those who donated when downloading. It’s appreciated. In related news, “Armstrong” was recently featured in a mixtape by the excellent blog Son Of Marketing, which can be found here - http://www.sonofmarketing.it/myamxtape32013/
Thirdly, The Rothko Chapel gathers steam - first track went out as part of Tessellate’s mammoth Earthtones compilation here - http://tessellaterecordings.bandcamp.com/track/the-carrefour-plane - Pete and I just finished work on an interesting piece for an installation in NZ, and other very talented contributors have been giving other tracks some shape behind the curtain. Aiming for a release by end of year. Perhaps a double album…..
Last but by no means least, new Hessien material is in the wings. The masters sound great, and we’ll have details about it as soon as they come to light.
Over the coming weeks I’ll be turning my hand to some remix work with an old friend, working on some production music for a local studio and starting on a new y0t0 project based around post-WWII immigration/radio broadcasts. Plenty to keep busy with.
Hope all are well.