I’m never quite sure about David Sylvian. Some of his music is sublime, but he has a tendency to take himself a bit too seriously, and sometimes his music gets a bit too over-thought and safe as a result. His first couple of solo LP’s are terrific though. ‘Taking The Veil’ is from the second. Apiento and I reworked it, stripping out most of the vocals and emphasising the rhythm section. I think it turned out pretty well.
David Sylvian – Veil (TIm H & Apiento Dub Version)
August 16, 2009
Andrew Hale of Sade/Sweetback has been kind enough to give Test Pressing this exclusive track. It was recorded under his Owl moniker and is very much along the lines of those lovely instrumental Sweetback tracks. Mellow mellow right on…
June 14, 2009
March 3, 2009
Post-modern classical music (stay with me) coming your way now on Test Pressing courtesy of Freeway Audio. I once set up a record label with some friends (we managed to release one record), but one of the projects I wanted to release was Freeway Audio, an artist I stumbled across via a friend in Sweden.
Freeway Audio is Jil Christensen. She studied at the New England Conservatory, wrote a piece for the American Symphony Orchestra, scored an opera, plays in a jazz ensemble, lives in North Carolina and makes modern classical music influenced by the likes of John Cage.
I asked Jil if we would be able to post some of her unpublished work and she has kindly given us four tracks from a soundtrack she produced. One of our favourite tracks here, ‘Maadi’, features vocals from Yazarah, a singer who has worked with Erykah Badu amongst others.
Anyway, you get the idea. This is forward thinking classical music, full of thought, and a melodic intent. Credit where credits due.
Freeway Audio ft. Yazarah: Maadi
Freeway Audio: Zamalek
Freeway Audio: Emmett Till
Freeway Audio: Heliopolis