28 October 2013

Durutti Column Kooky Re-issues

Two Durutti column titles 'A Paean to Wilson' and 'Vini Reilly' will be re-issued in jewel cases towards the end of this year.

Both contain the original artwork and will feature as two disc sets with the same material as the original digi-packs.

They will be available at a lower price and we hope to have them on sale in the kooky shop next month.

18 October 2013

Nightingales Project - A Kooky Various Artists release

Nightingales - A project supported by various artists to be released Spring 2014.

These birds return in the mid-end of April every year from Africa to breed. I am looking to release the album March 2014 - just before the nightingales return to the UK.

I recorded nine minutes of the male Nightingale birdsong during breeding at an ancient wood, near my home.

We have offered the piece of music to various artists from different backgrounds to see what they will come up with from it. The brief is to use the song however they like just so long as it is used in some part.

I will need all finished parts by the end of 2014 at the latest. I already have a few finished songs delivered and anticipate having twelve tracks in total - more will be posted here as I have news.

Rae Howell and Eugene Skeef - 'Heavy Forest Air' Kookydisc 36

'Heavy Forest Air' a live spontaneous musical collaboration between Eugene Skeef and Rae Howell (Sunwrae) is to be released by Kooky on compact disc and via digital download at the end of 2013.

Recorded live by Jared Miller at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, it was an impulsive venture in a hall filled with percussion instruments that began as an experiment following an intensive three-month winter music residency.

The three tracks are suitably bound by Eugene's stylish labyrinth of rhythms on all things percussive and Rae's minimalistic prowess on marimba and vibraphone.

Heavy Forest Air is a mellifluent sound world, unclassifiable, yet superbly ceremonious. Eugene serendipitously changes between udu, congas, gongs, water bowls and many other drums, providing solid, yet continuously surprising rhythmic backbones to Rae's creations on melodic percussion. 

Rae has also collaborated with another Kooky favourite New Buffalo on the release 'Trigger'.

She is however best known though for her Sunwrae Ensemble which has played many shows across Australia where her live shows have received much critical acclaim engaging and visually stimulating, Sunwrae stylishly captivate audiences with textured with persuasive rhythms and spectacular improvisation! Howell's compositions are a rare treat, crossing the boundaries of classical, jazz and cinematic music with surprising immediacy and vibrancy rarely experienced in contemporary music today.

See Sunwrae here.