Claire Courchene – Parallax

Sit back and relax to the unique tones of Claire Courchene and her upcoming EP, Parallax. The last time I heard the word parallax, I was researching names for one of my own albums. The word has meanings in mathematics and science and that ties in thematically with Claire Courchene’s music. She’s a classically trained cellist living in København and she has lent her multi-instrumental…

Jacob Collier, Cory Henry & the Metropole Orkest – Billie Jean (LIVE)

Witness an incredible multi-instrumental cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean starring Jacob Collier, Cory Henry, Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest. You don’t need to hear what I think about this, you just need to hear it. All I will say is it made me ugly cry from 0:00 to 8:10. Arranged by Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest in celebration of the legendary Quincy…

SONG FOR SUNDAY #85: Nils Frahm – Re

Nils Frahm’s Re is our Song for Sunday. Something mellow for your Sunday evening. Nils Frahm is a German composer and producer known for an “unconventional approach to the piano”, mixing multiple pianos, acoustic and electronic. His brand of electronic/classical hybrid music has won plaudits and on Re, he strips this all back to nothing up the upright in a sombre composition. Stream it below…

SONG FOR SUNDAY #76: Suite For Ma Dukes Orchestra – Untitled/Fantastic

The Suite For Ma Dukes Orchestra’s rendition of Slum Village’s Untitled/Fantastic is our Song for Sunday. Bus rides are easier when you have a gorgeous soundtrack to drown out the screams of children and the cacophony of the engine. The Suite For Ma Dukes Orchestra, comprised of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and a 60-piece orchestra, provided one of the many songs on shuffle; that song being Untitled/Fantastic….

Review: Fink – Fink Meets The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

We reviewed Fink’s Fink Meets The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. You may not have heard of the name ‘Fink’ – the stage name of Cornish songwriter and DJ Fin Greenall, but the probability is that you will have heard some of his works if you are at all eclectic in your music tastes. Greenall has written in collaboration with John Legend (he co-wrote 2008’s ‘Green Light’…

Happy 151st Birthiversary, Claude Debussy!

Google have crafted a doodle for the 151st anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth so we decided to look at some of his best sampled tracks. France had a rich history in late-Romantic and early 20th century (or impressionist) music, with world renowned composers such as Frédéric Chopin (Polish-born but gaining French citizenship in 1835), Maurice Ravel and Erik Satie pushed classical music into the 20th…

Sampleface Five: Classical Music Samples

We look at five great classical music samples from the likes of Slum Village, Nas and Big Pun. Classical music: stuffy old people (mostly from France, Germany or Russia) from a million years ago playing violins, pianos and horns. For the ignorant, that’s probably what the genre is perceived as because that’s pretty much what the media shows. It needn’t be that way; classical music…

12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop – Day 10

The antepenultimate Day 10 of 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we’ve finally leaped into the future. Well, 1994 anyway… NAS – Illmatic (1994) Produced by DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Pete Rock and others I previously proclaimed that Enter the Wu: 36 Chambers was the greatest Hip Hop album of all time, which is something I wholeheartedly stand by. But I think…

12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop – Day 7

Happy new year on Day 7 of 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and The Oynx is here… Bacdafucup – Onyx (1993) Produced by Chyskillz, Kool Tee, Jam Master Jay and Jeff Harris This debut album from Onyx made the sort of impact one more readily associates with a heavy-duty post-apocalyptic street assault. It’s an unequivocal album of violent thuggery and criminality, and a…