SAMPHA ‘PROCESS’ A FILM BY KAHLIL JOSEPH
Young Turks and Apple Music are delighted to announce the release of Process, a film about the London musician Sampha by Kahlil Joseph (Pulse Films).
After premiering at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Underground Museum and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Process is now available exclusively on Apple Music. The 37 minute film is a rich, widescreen visual contextualization of Sampha’s acclaimed 2017 debut album of the same name.
Process was filmed in January 2017 between Freetown, Sierra Leone and Morden, south London. Both places have deep personal significance for Sampha, Freetown being the hometown of Sampha’s parent’s (and the city where many of the Sisay family still reside), while Morden is the outer London suburb that Sampha grew up in after his parents relocated to the UK. Process’s vivid narrative intertwines footage and performance from both places to stunning effect.
Process is directed by the Los Angeles artist and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph. The Emmy and Grammy nominated director is famed for his work with some of the world’s most exciting and forward-thinking artists, including Beyonce (‘Lemonade’), Flying Lotus (‘Until The Quiet Comes’), FKA twigs (‘Video Girl’) and Kendrick Lamar (‘m.A.A.d’).
Speaking about Process, Sampha says “It’s been a genuine pleasure collaborating with Khalil on this film. He has such a unique visual language and has found such a beautiful way to tell this story.”
As one of the UK’s most enigmatic young artists, Sampha has previously lent his vocal, production and songwriting talents to a whole range of standout releases, from homegrown UK contemporaries such as SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Lil Silva and Jessie Ware to world-renowned superstars like Beyonce, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Solange and most recently on Drake’s More Life release. His debut album, Process, was released in February 2017 via Young Turks to widespread acclaim. Now existing in both musical and film form, Process is Sampha’s defining artistic statement to date.
Produced by Pulse Films & Gamma Wave Films
Edited by Parallax Cinematography by Chayse Irvin, CSC
Production Design by Nathan Parker Choreography by Marjani Forte
Costume Artist / Stylist: Ibrahim Kamara
Executive Producers: Larry Jackson, Alexa Dedlow, Scott Seviour, Cayce Cole, Marisa Clifford, Caius Pawson
Produced by Onye Anyanwu & Rik Green
Written and Directed by Kahlil Joseph
Music by Sampha
Starring: Venice Constantine King, Miriama Kamara, Hawa S. Bangura. Duval Timothy
Aldous Harding Announces New Album
Following the recent single Horizon – a lover’s call to arms which also features on her 4AD debut – a new track and video goes online today.
Party was produced with the award-winning John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) in Bristol, a world away from Harding’s New Zealand home. As well as contributions from Parish, Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas lends vocals to the aforementioned ‘Imagining My Man’ and Party closer ‘Swell Does The Skull’.
Igniting interest with her eponymous debut album released just two years ago, Aldous Harding quickly became a name murmured on many lips. She’s known for her sinister torch songs, gentle laments and eerie odes delivered with a charismatic combination of hubris, shrewd wit and quiet horror. Party introduces a new talent to the stark and unpopulated dramatic realm where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside.
‘Imagining My Man’ is an intensely intimate listen as Aldous explores the curiosity of a lover’s idiosyncrasies. The video was created by ‘Horizon’ director Charlotte Evans and once again draws focus on Harding, tracking her movements throughout the city of Auckland.
“It has a fluidity that works nicely. I couldn’t think of anything that would work better. I want people to feel calm, I was just trying to look friendly. It was also lovely being driven around Auckland City, I hadn’t done that in a while.” says Harding.
To celebrate the release of Party, Aldous Harding will be bringing her captivating live show to North America in June. Canadian dates are listed below
June 11 – MONTREAL, QC, Le Divan Orange
June 12 – TORONTO, ON, Velvet Underground
July 31 – VANCOUVER, BC, The Biltmore
August 2 – CALGARY, AB, The Palomino
SUFJAN STEVENS, BRYCE DESSNER, NICO MUHLY AND JAMES MCALISTER JOIN FORCES FOR PLANETARIUM, OUT JUNE 9 ON 4AD
A completely reimagined version of the project originally undertaken years ago and performed in various iterations around the world, Planetarium unites Stevens’ vocals, McAlister’s beats, Dessner’s guitar performance, and Muhly’s instrumental compositions—part rock odyssey, part electronic experiment, part classical opus.
Conceptually, Planetarium revolves around the cosmic ideas Stevens’ lyrics explore: mythology, astrology, science, astronomy and the intricacies of human consciousness.
The album began when Dutch concert hall Muziekgebouw Eindhoven commissioned Muhly to create a new piece and he enlisted friends Dessner, Stevens and McAlister, all of whom had been looking for the opportunity to collaborate on a larger scale.
After sketching the framework of the song cycle and performing the piece as a band—flanked by a string quartet and seven trombones—in various forms, the quartet put the project on hold for several years. Returning to the raw material in 2016, Stevens and McAlister reversed their typical process, taking recordings of the live show and adapting to the studio. “We had recorded all the arrangements and the live parts in a studio after our last performance,” says Stevens, “so years later when we all kind of settled down, we said, ‘let’s open Pandora’s box.’”
Stevens and McAlister worked to arrange Muhly’s symphonic framework and Dessner’s guitar virtuosity alongside their own lyrics and beats. Stevens became the driver behind the “song” part of the song cycle, his unique voice providing a clear and coherent center of gravity for the whole project.
In the time between Planetarium’s conception and release, Muhly wrote a new viola concerto and a commission for the Metropolitan Opera; Dessner released Trouble Will Find Me with The National, toured extensively and moved to Paris; and Stevens recorded and released Carrie & Lowell and, with McAlister, toured the album worldwide.
3. Halley’s Comet
7. Black Energy
12. Kuiper Belt
13. Black Hole
15. In the Beginning
FUTURE ISLANDS Launch New Track ‘Cave’ + Lyric Video
The chest-pounding ‘Cave’ speaks directly to the bruised but brave romantic in each of us. For a unique spin on a lyric video, the band enlisted American sign language interpreter Jonathan Lamberton to sign ‘Cave’’s lyrics. Listen to the track in full here and watch the video below.
The Far Field is released worldwide on April 7th.
PERFUME GENIUS ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM NO SHAPE, OUT MAY 5
Perfume Genius, nom de poster-wraith of musician Mike Hadreas, will release his fourth album, No Shape, May 5 on Matador Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Blake Mills, mixed by Shawn Everett.
With his new songs, Hadreas goes even further, merging church music, make out music, R&B, art pop, krautrock, and queer soul into his take on stadium anthems, completing the journey from critically acclaimed underground hero to fully fledged pop auteur.
First single ‘Slip Away’ encapsulates this bold, expansive and sophisticated sound, marrying powerful and intimate song craft with a newfound visceral and immersive sonic gusto.
Directed by frequent Björk collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang, the video for ‘Slip Away’ is a phantasmagorical narrative painting come to life, depicting the intimate relationship between two sisters, one of whom is played by Perfume Genius.
Of the album, Hadreas says: “I pay my rent. I’m approaching health. The things that are bothering me personally now are less clear, more confusing. I don’t think I really figured them out with these songs. There’s something freeing about how I don’t have it figured out. Unpacking little morsels, magnifying my discomfort, wading through buried harm, laughing at or digging in to the embarrassing drama of it all. I may never come out the other side but it’s invigorating to try and hopefully, ultimately helpful. I think a lot of them are about trying to be happy in the face of whatever bullshit I created for myself or how horrible everything and everyone is.”