Finnish Experimental-House Producer Luomo Releases Convivial to Rave Reviews

Coming from a Convivial atmosphere certainly seems to be working well for Finnish experimental house producer Luomo, as the release of his fourth album has the web atwitter. For his latest on his own Huume Recordings, the man born Sasu Ripatti expanded his horizons beyond his usual vocalist, jazz singer Johanna Iivanainen, and enlisted a load of guest artists to join her. Some of the voices lent to Convivial include Sascha Ring (Apparat), Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) and a “secret guest” who simply calls himself Chubbs. The result is probably Luomo’s most diverse, danceable and exciting album yet.

While firmly rooted in the house/club genre, Luomo is a restless composer whose music is full of dark chasms and sharp edges, setting him apart from the pack. He is always looking for more ways to bend the pop music rules, deconstructing melodies and putting them back together in a way that captures tension and romance in shards of polished disco.  It is with that determined experimentalism that Ripatti approached Convivial.

Check out the synth-pulsing ballad “Love You All” below to hear it for yourself.

MP3: Luomo feat. Apparat – Love You All

Her Space Holiday Release XOXO, Panda, Stream Album on AOL Spinner

Taking the past two years to get back to his musical roots must have been good for Her Space Holiday mastermind Marc Bianchi, because his new Mush release XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival sounds like he’s having an awful lot of fun. Blogcritics says, “ ‘The Boys and Girls’ just might be the best pop song you’ll hear all year.” And now you can check the album out for yourself all week on AOL Spinner!

Stepping back from the computer that’s been such a huge part of Bianchi’s Her Space Holiday career has made room for him to experiment with loose and carefree arrangements of guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, shakers, glockenspiel, and drums – all of which lay the foundation for his vocal storytelling. XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival is a brilliant calling card for Her Space Holiday’s newly awakened alter-ego, and a watershed moment in his growth as a songwriter and performer.  Check out the ultra-catchy “Sleepy Tigers” below!

MP3: Her Space Holiday – Sleepy Tigers

Bohren & Der Club of Gorgeous!

After ditching their hardcore roots in skuzzbucket bands like 7 Inch Boots and Chronical Diarrhoea (yeah, you read that right), the German gents of Bohren & Der Club of Gore tried something totally new, totally different, and, as far as the Rind is concerned, totally fucking awesome. Emerging in 92, the crew offered up a bewitching genre-slay of music they rightly called, “an unholy ambient mixture of slow jazz ballads, Black Sabbath doom and down tuned Autopsy sounds.” And over fifteen years later, they’re still at it, re-shaping and refining their brand of blackened death jazz on their latest Ipecac release, Dolores . If there’s a remotely adventurous musical bone in your body, we highly reccomend checking this out.

MP3 : Bohren & Der Club Of Gore – Still Am Tresen

Le Grand Magistery’s Fall Releases

Following the much-talked-about July release, I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura from Detroit Indie-Pop outfit Pas/Cal, Le Grand Magistery will be dropping two more audible treats for us this fall.

First off is A Destination Unknown, the debut from Leeds-based artist A Cuckoo. Having played in respected bands The Blue Aeroplanes and The House of Love during his late teens, A Cuckoo already had several world tours under his belt by 17, and had performed on the main stages of such high-profile festivals as Glastonbury and Roskilde (alongside the likes of Nirvana). Taking a break from life on the road in his twenties, A Cuckoo took a quieter route, working full-time as a composer for the BBC and writing his own material off the clock. While at the BBC, A Cuckoo learned “how to orchestrate and how to paint sonic pictures” – two talents which influenced his solo work. Little by little, A Cuckoo compiled his solo efforts, debuting rough ideas on Myspace, and, inspired by a myriad of encouraging comments and messages, pursued his solo career more seriously.


Heidi Happy Will Put A Smile On Your Face

I usually don’t get too excited about music unless it features grating guitars cranked up to 11 or a pulsing beat that drives its way into my brain and legs. So you can imagine my surprise when a breathtakingly beautiful solo performance in Berlin by a young woman armed with nothing but her voice, a guitar and a portable xylophone in a cute little suitcase changed all of that quite suddenly.

Heidi Happy is her name, and she hails from Lucerne, Switzerland. While we know that Switzerland hasn’t got the greatest musical tradition, they have given the world cuckoo clocks, Roger Federer and Toblerone chocolate, so give them a chance! And those of you lucky folks who live in or around New York City will get the chance to experience the wonderful Heidi in person this week, as she plays a handful of solo shows during the CMJ Music Marathon in support of her new album Flowers, Birds & Home (Little Jig Records). Get ready to fall in love at the following shows:

Oct 20th: The Living Room 7:00pm

Oct 22nd: Googie’s Lounge 9:30pm

Oct 23rd: Pianos – Upstairs Lounge 8:00pm

The album is a heart-achingly beautiful blend of folk-tinged pop songs that will make you sad, happy, and make you wonder just how you’ve never heard of Heidi Happy before. Breathless comparisons are not always a good thing, as often the assumption is that someone is like, but not quite as good as, someone more famous. But with Heidi, I have no fear that this is the case. She’s up there with Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Björk, Keren Ann and KT Tunstall, and even has one distinct advantage over them already – I bet you none of them can yodel.