Qu State of Play 2012

2012 is creeping to a close and Qu felt like patching together a mix of our favourite tracks of this annum. Listen to a loosely blended jumble of choice cuts here:


Tracklist and sleevenotes:

1. Eric Chenaux – ‘Amazing Backgrounds’
Just a perfect mix of close to the mic intimacy, bowed strings and searing electric guitar at the crossroads between songform and improvisation (Mark)

2. Triad God – ‘Pok’
Asa Chang meets Tupac in a wonderful, whispered, honeyed Killing Them Softly style. Triad God Soundtracked my trips to the London underworld in 2012 (Chiz)

3. Sun Araw & The Congos – ‘Open Up The Gate’ (live at Village Underground)
These towering full-beam harmonies brought a very real epiphany of joy and relief when illuminating the VU stage in June. 24 hours earlier I was lying in a rehearsal room corridor floor transcribing ‘Icon Give Thank’ lyrics for The Congos to sing, as two of them raced from Kingston to make it in time. They did, and for those who bore witness, time stopped (John)

4. Gareth Williams & Mary Currie – ‘Breast Stroke’
Home-taped English maverick pop brilliance from a welcome Blackest Ever Black reissue, would love to get hold of the dub of this (Mark)

5. Georgia Anne Muldrow – ‘Calabash’
Golden notes struck early in the year by this LA-based vocalist and wife of Dudley Perkins, with an LP called ‘Seeds’. Madlib chimed in with his best production for yonks, all soulful gleam, dust and bristle (John)

6. Francis Bebey – ‘New Track’
Bonkers Afro-synth odyssey for the dancefloor (Mark)

7. Ariel Pink – ‘Kinski Assassin’
His gloriously sketchy teenage tapes may have spawned ten trillion Insta-pop chumps, but the solid gold just keeps on coming from Ariel Rosenberg. ‘Mature Themes’ was the stuff of immature dreams, and its opening track was sutured to my brain all summer (John)

8. Tyme x Tukijo – ‘Akete, Akete’
A bright and wonky J-Pop earworm that evokes stumbling round Shinjuku in April, HD multi-sensory disjunct giving way to cherry blossom tranquilty and ramen noodle soups that had us tripping our tastebuds off (John)

9. Ashley Paul – ‘February’
The year I learned to listen to digital and my player says I listened to Ashley Paul’s Slow Boat album the most, I think I bought it in Feb. Also viewed a ton of b/w photos here (Chiz)

10. Josephine Foster – ‘Blood Rushing’
Most sung song… sung song. Care of Josephine Foster (Chiz)

11. Andrew Ashong – ‘Flowers’
When I first heard this I thought it was a 70’s original, but I should have recognised that loose and soulful Theo Parrish bump (Mark)

12. Some Truths vs Bugbrand – ‘Untitled’
Tested the massive main room Supersonic PA with this unreleased trk in Y Music session with Tusk (Chiz)

13. Sensation’s Fix – Fragments Of Light
This fervorous Florentine prog gallop was featured on RVNG’s lusty ‘Music Is Painting In The Air’ reissue (a favourite of the year), and previously eulogised by John Maus (John)

14. Andy Stott – Leaving
He played this track at The Cube earlier in the year and it was as intense an experience as it gets in there. On record it’s more blissed-out but still love this (Mark)

15. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland – 9
Efterklang in Cork, Patti Smith in Bath, Josephine Foster with full band at Cube, Joe McPhee with Chris Corsano at last, Zun Zun Egui at EOTR, the full uplifting/down tuned sounds of Sun Araw and The Congos + King Midas Sound System at Village Underground, Michael Hurley in a blue… but the one live show that I will never forget from 2012 is Dean and Inga at Power Lunches (Chiz)

RIP 2012
Edrija (Group Doueh) and Koudede (Group Inerane)

Dec 9th 2012. Bristol. A Special ‘Sunday Soak’

Hype Williams: Tufnell Park 24.11

Qu upcoming goods

Get ur tweak on

Jamal Moss is coming.

Micachu & Freeze Puppy

A marriage made in wonky pop heaven. More here

MV & EE with The Home Comfort Sound System in Bristol

Do not miss the MV & EE home-built sound/vision experience coming to The Polish Club this Sunday. Read all about it here.

James Blackshaw ‘We Who Stole The Dream’ video premiere

From the album Love is The Plan, The Plan is Death out now on Important

Video directed by Esther May Campbell
With Dot Williams, Sadie & Ruth Campbell
Camera – Sam Morris & Hogge
Gripping and crane building – Tall & Ali
Thanks to Sylvie & Ken

MV & EE interview by Kek-w & Home Comfort tour starts

Big thanks to Kek-w for his hot off the press MV & EE primer/interview which we are hosting.

Read it in full here.

Matt and Erika are about to embark on a European tour with The Home Comfort Sound System in which they are transporting their own custom-built PA and analogue/visuals rig on the road with them. The dates are below, with one or two further rural pit stops TBA!


MV & EE with The Home Comfort Sound System

07/09/12 Malmo, SE Inkonst
08/09/12 Gerlesborg, SE Gerlesborgskolon
09/09/12 Styrsö, SE Bratten Kök & Bar
10/09/12 Copenhagen, DK Huset KBH
11/09/12 Berlin, DE Festsaal Kreuzberg
12/09/12 Amsterdam, NL OCCII
13/09/12 Paris, FR Crypte de L’Eglise Notre-Dame la Croix
14/09/12 Hasselt, BE Sloowfest
15/09/12 Tilburg, NL Incubate Festival
18/09/12 London, UK Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
19/09/12 Birmingham, UK Custard Factory
20/09/12 Cragg Vale (Hebden Bridge), UK The Robin Hood
21/09/12 Glasgow, UK CCA
22/09/12 Manchester, UK Rowf! Rowf! Rowf! Festival
23/09/12 Bristol, UK Polish Club
25/09/12 Cambridge, UK Romsey Labour Club
29/09/12 Leeds, UK Wharf Chambers

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