An eclectic selection of new favorites from Séance Centre, Warp Records, Club Romantico, Nothing But Net, and Into The Light Records.
Each week the global listening community gets bombarded with new releases, reissues and restocks. As music freaks who read these missives and are attuned to the bounty regularly arriving, we love sharing great sounds. Below are some particularly crucial new arrivals, a number of which will soon be available in the In Sheep’s Clothing shop.
You’ll Never Get To Heaven – Wave Your Moonlight Hat
The music made by the duo of Alice Hansen and Chuck Blazevic (aka Slow Attack Ensemble) harnesses negative space, echo and restraint to create sublimely dynamic songs. Like kindred spirits such as Broadcast, the xx, Young Marble Giants and Seefeel, Hansen Blazevic find both comfort and complexities in subtlety. They do so through synthetic and acoustic tones — fretless bass, marimba, piano, synths — channeled through a Chorus Echo tape delay and through a Revox reel-to-reel until songs float like microchipped feathers. On their fourth album, Wave Your Moonlight Hat, the duo cites as inspiration artists including Julee Cruise, This Mortal Coil and Young Marble Giants offshoot Weekend, which makes sense. Like You’ll Never Get to Heaven, each shares a desire to eliminate noise and distortion until all that remains is clarity of expression. – E. Little
Nala Sinephiro – Space 1.8
Caribbean-Belgian composer, producer, and musician Nala Sinephro’s debut release Space 1.8 weaves together future-facing jazz and mellow ambient moods that feel wholly new. Sinephro was only 22 when she recorded Space 1.8, but there isn’t an ounce of naivete within. Each composition carries its own personality, and brings to life a dynamic essence that effortlessly pulls listeners in. The album leans heavily on romantic waves of modular synthesis, but arranges them within organic instrumentation including the harp, saxophone, and trumpet. Fans of spiritual jazz and legends like Jon Hassel will find a home within this record, which is a perfect companion for deep listening in the colder seasons. – Tana Yonas
Sangre Nueva – Goteo EP
Here’s something a bit different from our usual program: Sangre Nueva is the new production “supergroup” composed of Kelman Duran, DJ Python, and Florentino. The group’s first release comes on Florentino’s new Club Romantico imprint and is a mixture of Latin reggaeton, Jamaican dembow, and ambient electronics, all contained within a polished package that could almost pass as pop music (we mean this in the best way). “The EP came about very naturally, musically speaking,” Florentino told Resident Advisor. “There wasn’t much discussion in terms of what was happening conceptually and emotionally on each track, nor was it needed.” Every track here is a winner, though we’re slightly particular to “Hurt” and “Sincero.” If you’re into this sound, we also highly recommend checking out Florentino’s NTS Show, which features some cheeky adverts, bootlegs, and talking segments. – Pheel
Teddy Bryant – In The Beginning
In the Beginning is the solo debut from South Carolinian singer, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Teddy Bryant. Bryant spent his past musical decade playing with his contemporary jazz band Urbyne, and released a collaborative neo soul LP in 2012 as Moonlight Ora. In the Beginning is entirely self-produced, and was recorded with the intention of creating a “dreamy concept of sonic realness, an ode to everlasting love.” Bryant explores this through lush contemporary street soul, digi, and neo-R&B that pays tribute to greats such as Sade, Prince, and Marvin Gaye, while also conjuring some of our underground favorites like Soul Connection, Special Touch, Dazzle, and Keni Stevens. Chock-full of ultra-smooth 808 rhythms and bouncy synth-funk basslines, the album’s pillowed with silky and lush synth pads that collectively form a modern groove record built for ‘90s soul lovers. – DM
Gianni Brezzo – The Traditional Heart
You may remember the name Gianni Brezzo from 2019’s excellent Masala Kiss LP on ISC favorite Growing Bin Records. Interestingly, Gianni Brezzo is not the name of a person, but the studio project of Cologne-based multi-instrumentalist Marvin Horsch. Jazz, moody atmospheres, and free improvisation serve as the center of Horsch’s Gianni Brezzo project and he continues his streak with a second full-length in 2021. The Traditional Heart has a looser, endearing, almost bedroom studio feel compared to his previous releases. “This time the process of making music was more important than the product. Not to allow even a thought regarding the effectiveness of the music; pick up the instrument on impulse and put it away again; record again. Finding a rhythm during the process. At home.”