Hot off the Loopmasters press is the second funky instalment of Deep House & Garage samples, with a fresh Re-load of royalty free sonic inspiration aimed at all producers of Underground Bass music and comes packed with a brand new collection of freshly swung beats, deep pumping basses and uplifting melodies.
Australia’s All India Radio are an atmospheric downtempo outfit who have released a string of records that drift through trip-hop, ambient, and post-rock soundscapes with David Lynchian and science fiction vibes. Band founder and veteran musician Martin Kennedy launches into the great unknown today with the release of All India Radio’s new album Space, which The Big Takeover is thrilled to premiere here in its complete form…
Roland Pöntinen’s generously filled and beautifully engineered recital features three of Szymanowski’s most exotic and harmonically daring middle-period works together with a handful of Mazurkas that were composed near the end of his life. The Swedish pianist gives very persuasive accounts of these later more emotionally restrained pieces projecting their melodic lines with great sensitivity without disrupting their natural dance-like flow. his sense of forward momentum works particularly well in the more capricious movements of the Masques such as ‘Tantris le bouffon’ which is delivered with almost Bartókian stridency.
Rhino continues with their admirable excavation of the Atlantic vaults with this, their second round of some of the label's '60s jazz highlights. In the spotlight are such instrumental heavyweights as Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Eddie Harris, Charles Mingus, Hank Crawford, and Yusef Lateef, and on the vocal end there's fine work by Betty Carter and Mose Allison. Yes, this album might have a tough time competing with similar collections from the Blue Note and Impulse! imprints. But then again, those labels would be hard-pressed to come up with a selection as varied as this: From the truly idiosyncratic Ellington musings of Kirk ("Creole Love Call") to a taste of Aquarius age jazz by Charles Lloyd ("Dreamweaver: Meditation/Dervish Dance"), this 14-track disc truly runs the '60s jazz gamut.