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Hey folks.. I've been pretty quiet on here for most of the last year. This is mainly because I was solidly in the studio working on my first album. And then I went on tour in the States, road-testing the album on big club systems and the odd outdoor festival rig. I was happy with how it worked, so now the album is released. It's streaming on all the normal platforms, or you can buy it from Bandcamp. No physical media yet, but a vinyl release will happen if it gains traction, and CDs possibly. https://nickholden1.bandcamp.com/album/on-holiday-by-mistake?fbclid=IwAR0bU7YjqtTaXTbetVE5p5Kg4zS-lEZ6ZXmGhDV0OrvzXvgk_Ew2e0R33kE I made a video for the first single as well, which I just noticed @Sumdumgi has already kindly posted in the What am I listening to.. thread, but I'll link it here as well: Particularly recommended for people with systems that communicate bass well! Cheers, Nick.
nick dartmoor posted a topic in Recorded MusicWell, here I am again, a year down the line, pondering the WAC once more. I've decided to look at a band that for me are one of the most exciting acts currently working in the UK. Hailing from Leeds, Submotion Orchestra, according to their website, create "A kaleidoscope of electronic bass music, entrancing vocals, ambient, jazz and dub that sits somewhere on an axis between Bonobo and London Grammar. Their unique music is at once delicate and heavy, spacious and dense, highly atmospheric but firmly rooted. Earth-shaking bass and drums combine with lush keyboard and trumpet textures to create the perfect backdrop for the fragile beauty of Ruby Wood’s vocals, and the celestial effects of producer Ruckspin. Formed in Leeds in 2009, the band quickly made a splash on the wider scene. Their live gigs left audiences open- mouthed, and their debut EP on Ranking Records drew a rave reaction from Gilles Peterson. Their now-legendary weekly residency at the tiny Hukaz Bar in Leeds gave fans the unique opportunity to see the band create new material up-close and personal." Their latest album, Colour Theory, is a bit of a departure, as their regular vocalist, Ruby Wood, has taken a step back, as she recently became a mum. I love the new album, and the current incarnation of the band, but for the WAC, I'm going to go one stage back from the present, to their previous album, Alium. This album is arguably the realisation of the style that they had been steadily crafting over the previous two albums, and perhaps their most coherent work. I have seen Submotion Orchestra live twice, and I highly recommend going to see them, if you like this. They are playing a particularly special show at the Albert Hall, in November, which sadly I will be unable to attend, but it promises to be excellent, and also will apparently feature the return of Ruby! http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2016/soundcrash-at-the-royal-albert-hall/ So there we are! I hope some people enjoy the album, or at least find it interesting. This band are what happens when virtuoso jazz musicians and a top-notch producer, decide to take the raw elements of the bass-music/dupstep era, and fuse them with live musicianship and quality songwriting. A unique act, who have been significant contributors to a live music revival born specifically from dance-music culture.