Dave Harrington (of Darkside with Nicolas Jaar) debuts his first solo endeavor, the Dave Harrington Group, with Become Alive. Inspired by the classic jazz albums of the late '60s and early '70s, which experimented with contemporary studio recording techniques and effects, Harrington assembled about a dozen players and recorded days of improvised material, later manipulating it into something that, while fundamentally live, takes full advantage of Harrington's penchant for electronic manipulations of organic sound, applying the same conceptual approach he takes with his heavily effected live-sampling guitar work. Each track is the unique product of Harrington's unorthodox musical make-up -- jazz training and ability; a collaborative, free-minded spirit; and a personal vision of mixing and post-production techniques to tie it together. "Each track is always me interacting with other people, sometimes just one or two . . . sometimes ten. There was flute, vibes, organ, fender Rhodes, guitar, bass, two drummers, percussion, sax . . . just full-on, over-blown energy. I took all that and treated it as raw material in the mixing stage . . . But when you have ten people in a room, you can only edit so much. Everything is in every microphone anyway -- it's all connected, so it's about turning it into whatever it wants to be." "It's all just about making improvisational music in a way that is personal and true," offers Harrington when asked about his specific influences. "Derek Bailey is one name I will mention, though, because he has very little to do with what I do stylistically. He really wrote the book on free improvisation guitar playing -- it was not jazz, not swing and not rock, it was just pure personality. Nobody else could do it. That's something I hear in the records that most inspire me -- when you don't hear something and think, oh, well that's this thing, when you just hear the ideas coming straight at you." Much of the initial mixing and editing of the album was done during the height of Darkside touring, as Harrington recalls: "Nico and I were improvising together on stage basically every night. It was a very focused period of time. Ultimately, this album is very personal. This is my first LP with my name on it. It's me and a dozen of my favorite musicians and closest friends. That was the spirit of making this record... Bringing people together and playing, improvising, being present."
Recorded in New York City between 2011 and 2015.
Following on from his Nymphs II 12" and a free album Pomegranates, Nicolas Jaar continues to make up for lost time on his solo work with Nymphs III, a 12" comprised of two (lengthy) tracks 'Swim' & 'Mistress' which were both recorded between 2011 and 2015 in New York, released on his Other People imprint. Swishing ambience and gently plinking keys glide over the thumping dance beats on 'Swim', whilst on 'Mistress' the piano moves to centre stage and the dance beats take a step back.
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Limited vinyl LP pressing features white scratch-off ink and a 25 cent piece cased in a plastic outer sleeve. Each copy will be unique, as the quarter will move around the plastic sleeve in transit creating it's own pattern. This is intentional, so any scratches that appear on the front cover when the vinyl arrives is a result of this. 2016 release. Sirens is the highly anticipated second full-length LP from Nicholas Jaar, the Chilean-born electronic music producer, mixing engineer and DJ. A prolific artist with a wide palette of talents, Jaar spent his teenage years in dance music circles in New York City, where he now resides. In 2011, he released his debut album, the critically-acclaimed Space is Only Noise. In 2012, he was contributed to BBC Radio 1's prestigious 'Essential Mix' series, winning 'Essential Mix of the Year'. Jaar is the founder of the New York based imprint Other People, releasing music and spoken word by a diverse group of artists ranging from Lydia lunch to Ezekiel Honig.
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