The BBC Late Junction Sessions: (Un)Popular Music 45rpm 2LP
45rpm Double LP!
Michael Fremer Rated 8/11 Music, 8/11 Sonics!
The Late Junction collaboration sessions pair people from different musical
backgrounds, who have never previously worked together, and put them into the
studio for a day to work jointly on new pieces of music. This album gathers a
selection of unique recordings from this ongoing series of exciting
collaborations for BBC Radio, the majority of which were recorded all analogue
at BBC Maida Vale Studios. They represent part of an incredible body of work by
a wide variety of musicians from all around the world.
"Step away from your predictable audiophile fare and consider this double
45rpm LP set from the U.K.'s Gearbox Records of artists you've mostly never
heard of playing music you've probably never heard either.
"BBC Radio 3's "Late Junction" is a late night radio show that pairs people from
different musical backgrounds who have never before worked together and gives
them a day in the studio to come up with something collaborative. And yes, much
of the material here was originally recorded to analog tape.
"Nic Luscombe, one of the show's hosts assembled with Gearbox's Darrel Sheinman
this 11 song collection culled from the show's archives and mastered by Sheinman
and Caspar Sutton-Jones at Gearbox on a Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700
series amps, Western 3DIIA cutting head and Telefunken U73B tube limiter (plus
some other stuff).
"The only musicians you may have heard of are John Paul Jones, who collaborates
with Erland Dahlen on "Piece No. 5" and British pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole
who was paired with Norwegian fiddle player Nils Økland. I never heard of any of
the others but perhaps you have.
"The selection that stopped me cold was rapper-poet Kate Tempest paired with
Elysian String Quartet, who achingly recites "Where the Heart Is"—a performance
that's kind of a modern day "Holiday In the Sun" by The Sex Pistols. Ms. Tempest
shines a light on the "no future" life of hopelessness experienced by many young
people today in the United Kingdom. It's enjoyably bleak.
"There are collaborations between African folk and British jazz musicians and a
really unique one between organist Martin Baker, who is a Master of Music at
Westminster Cathedral and songwriter, composer and producer Simon Fisher Turner
who created in the cathedral vast electronic atmospheres. Germany based AGD and
Gudrun Gut produced a piece about building things. The combo of vocals and
electronics produce some really fun deep, room shaking bass.
"All of the chosen music makes for fascinating listening and the sonics are
superbly transparent and immediate. The double LP set is attractively gatefold
packaged and well-pressed too. Easily found online and guaranteed to please both
the music lover and audio enthusiast you are." - Michael Fremer, Analog
Planet, January 3, 2018
• 45rpm Double LP
• Gatefold jacket with die-cut cover
• Mastered by Darrel Sheinman and Caspar Sutton-Jones at Gearbox Records
• Cut on Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA
cutting head and Telefunken U73B tube limiter; Masalec master contral and
equalisation, monitored on Audio Note equipment
1. Eska, Jesse & Louis Hackett - Many People Of The Songbird
2. AGF & Gudrun Gut - Drilling An Ocean For You
3. John Paul Jones & Erland Dahlen - Piece No. 5
1. Diabel Cissokho, Kadialy Kouyate & Finn Peters - Talibe
2. Kate Tempest & Elysian String Quartet - Where The Heart Is
1. Simon Fisher Turner & Martin Baker - Citius Altius
2. Brandt Brauer Frick & Tanya Auclair - Bolt Of Light
3. Tunng & Tinariwen - People Folk
1. Seb Rochford, Chartwell Dutiro, Leon Abrahams and Jyager - Leo
2. BJ Cole & Nils Okland - Jeg Har Sa Lun En Hytte
3. Ana Silvera, Maya Youssef & Laura Moody - Greenwish Pier