The UK's leading big band, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, were chosen by producer Mike Valentine for his exploration into the sound differences between direct cut vinyl and a multi-track analogue tape recording and mix done of exactly the same event. The album had to be recorded live so he had to choose a selection of music which would be of the perfect length. Valentine chose a recording studio which not only had a superb sounding space, but also an engineer versed in the black art of cutting live vinyl. Ultimately, he chose Air Studios with engineers Jake Jackson and John Webber. The Syd Lawrence Orchestra led by Chris Dean perform music consisting of eight pieces from the big band era, the creations of Glen Miller, Artie Shaw, and Benny Goodman played live at Air Studios. That recording is now available on CD - enjoy!
Swedish Pop outfit Little Dragon have announced their fifth studio album "Season High". It is the band's fifth album and first since 2014's Grammy Nominated "Nabuma Rubberband". It was announced via BBC Radio 1 today. "Season High" contains the production efforts of various producers, including Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford. "High" and "Sweet" have been revealed as singles from the album.
Killer new studio disc by this bad-ass, heavy power trio from California featuring Jamie Purpora on guitar. On Dragon Lady, the 11th Interstate Blues disc to land, the band tears into a brain-damaging set of 10 excellent, powerful, hard-hitting, lead guitar dominated tracks that kick serious six string ass from start to finish. Purpora is a fierce axe rippin' animal who lays down the heavy guitar law on this intense, balls to the wall riff:monster. Highly recommended to fans of all the other Interstate Blues discs and to all the serious guitar rock fanatics worldwide who like to rock guitar heavy.