Directed by Halls himself, ‘Aside’ is the third and final video from second album ‘Love To Give’. The Extended Edition of the record – featuring album outtakes, covers and new material, including an ambient collaboration with producer Richard Formby – is out now on iTunes. The original edition is still available on limited 180gm 12″/CD here.
Featuring on the upcoming reissue of ‘Love To Give’ and premiered today on Dummy, this collaboration between Halls and producer Richard Formby is “all effects, modulations, notes and patterns were created on the spot, one recording, no multi-tracking and no overdubs. It’s a brief snapshot.
“We were on tour and it was the morning after playing a show in Leeds,” says Samuel Howard, aka Halls. “Richard invited us to his studio in the city and we went there, all of us, and played around with his gear. Whilst he was showing the others the recording room, Ian and I started improvising on an old Farfisa keyboard. The keyboard was a bit broken, one of the keys only made white noise. Ian took the left-hand side and started playing an arpeggiated pattern of bass notes, fairly slowly, with his left hand. We added more patterns bit by bit, and by the time both our hands were playing arpeggiated patterns Richard had turned on the Revox – I think it was an A77 or a B77 – and was running effects through the recording too, a panned delay. We didn’t realise he was recording at the time, we only found out after. The improvisation was recorded on some knackered reel of tape, hence the distortions and alternating speeds. We kept playing until we couldn’t go on. It got quite intense in the studio..”
Halls’s sophomore album ‘Love To Give’ was originally released in February 2014. This August’s extended edition is a chance at a wider view of Samuel Howard’s vision for the album, including new original material, covers, reinterpretations, and an ambient collaboration with producer Richard Formby. Check out this cover version of Cat Power’s ‘The Greatest’, and the full extended tracklisting, below.
Halls plays London’s Hoxton Bar Kitchen on Friday 25th July (tickets), and the reissue is due August 18th.
Tracks 1-9 Original album tracks
10 Portrait In Blue
11 The Greatest (Cat Power cover)
12 Love To Give (In Blue)
13 Aside (Ides version)
14 21 Nov SE23
15 I Guess I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (Beach Boys cover)
16 The Wind
17 Farfisa Revox (Richard Formby collaboration)
Throwing Shade in session for Urban Outfitters, performing 19 Jewels EP cut ‘Sweet Tooth’.
New video for ‘Pure Life’ from the ’19 Jewels’ EP (order).
The ’19 Jewels’ EP launch party takes place on Thurs 5 June at the Scotch Of St James, London. Throwing Shade will be performing live, alongside fellow NTS Radio DJs Reverie, James Massiah, and producer Darq E Freaker. For FREE entry and more info visit this link.
May 03 Nottingham UK – Stealth VS Rescue
May 05 Leeds UK – Nation of Shopkeepers
May 06 Bristol UK – Start the Bus
May 07 London UK – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
May 08 Brighton UK – The Great Escape @ Blind Tiger Club (afternoon)
May 08 London UK – No Pain In Pop @ Cafe OTO (evening)
May 10 Brighton UK – The Great Escape @ The Green Door
May 14 – Grotteingen NL – Subsonic
May 16 – Rennes FR – 1988 Live Club
May 22 – Berlin DE – Monarch
Throwing Shade’s debut EP ’19 Jewels’ will be released through No Pain In Pop on 19th May 2014. Stream lead track ‘Sweet Tooth’ below.
1 Sweet Tooth (ft. Emily Bee)
3 Pure Life
4 Real Bad
Throwing Shade is a London producer and NTS Radio presenter. Following on from her ‘Mystic Places’ 12” (released on Kassem Mosse’s Omnira imprint in October ’13), this new EP, entitled ’19 Jewels’ offers a further, intoxicating glimpse at her unique “cosmic R&B” and “digital soul”. Drawing in iridescent strains of popular music – from African and Asian modes to the grimey axis of London’s contemporary sound narrative – Throwing Shade creates a diverse and abstract sound patchwork on ’19 Jewels’, intangibly borne in the here-and-now.
Following last November’s ‘The Ancient Tonalities of..’ debut for NPIP, we’re proud to share ‘Aika’, the latest Ukkonen EP.
Interpreting the original ‘Luomus’ piece as a soundtrack to a multifaceted narrative, filmmaker Sim Hutchins contemplates tragedy, bigamy, jealousy, perdition, salvation, rebirth and retribution through processed VHS visuals and digital manipulation.
Stream the full 28 min long EP below, and buy the limited handstamped 12″ vinyl or DL now direct from NPIP.
“The Montreal/Toronto trio take care to temper surrealism with folky, multicultural undercurrents, weaving the aboriginal music of their North Canadian upbringing into the visionary sounds of Gang Gang Dance, Fever Ray and Gazelle Twin. Subtly entrancing and sulphurous, ‘Kalaboogie’ stretches out like a volcanic winter, soaring over Doomsquad’s native Canadian wilds and effortlessly outpacing the long shadow of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.”
“Sleep isn’t always soothing – it can be tainted, restless, haunting. Phase one is drifting – phase two is hallucinating – phase three is descent – stage four is resolution. Sounds clash and are discordant, fragments drift closer and slip away from the foreground. These songs are a mix of sounds I associate with sleep.”
Halls second album ‘Love To Give’ is out now.