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Loka - Passing Place - out on Ninja Tune



Loka Passing Place
Loka - Passing Place
(CD/Digital) Ninja Tune ZENCD175/ZENDNL175, 2011-11-28

Loka, Ninja Tune's cult psychedelicists, purveyors of cinematic music that disturbs and troubles and intrigues rather than comforts, return with a new album, Passing Place. With many acts finding considerable critical acclaim in the music world right now through adventures in the outer reaches of psychedelia/jazz/classical, it's worth remembering that Loka have been ploughing this field with stunning results ever since their debut track on Ninja Tune's 10th birthday compilation Xen Cuts in 2000 when they emerged from the same fertile alt-Liverpool scene as Pop Levi, Zukanican and Super Numeri. The debut album proper was Fire Shepherds in 2006. Since that album, co-founder Karl Webb left Loka, leaving Mark Kyriacou to carry the banner. Mark re-grouped with members of the live Loka band and went about sketching out ideas later to become Passing Place… The result is their most confident and cinematic album yet. Less claustrophobic and inward than before, the new album has a wide-screen, rolling hills vista feel to it. It is an album seeped in reflection, but containing a wide-eyed thinking of the days to come. Welcome to the timeless world of Loka. And as a bonus, there's an exclusive mix made by Loka for Paris DJs, The Daily Bread, to download here.

Loka Passing Place
Loka - Passing Place
(CD/Digital) Ninja Tune ZENCD175/ZENDNL175, 2011-11-28

LOKA Featuring Lido Pimienta "Beauty in Darkness" by Lido Pimienta

Tracklisting :
01. Entrance feat. Sera Baines
02. As The Tower Falls feat. Eleanor Mante
03. The Tower
04. The Art Of Burning Bridges
05. Sam Star feat Eleanor Mante
06. The Beauty In Darkness feat. Lido Pimienta
07. Temporary External feat. Lido Pimienta
08. The Sound Stars Make
09. Attrition Exposed feat. Lido Pimienta
10. No Water
11. Mirror Image Opposite
12. Exit

Links :
Exclusive mix made by Loka for Paris DJs, The Daily Bread
Loka : official | discogs | facebook | myspace | soundcloud | twitter
Ninja Tune : official | facebook | french promo agency | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

2011 Live Line-Up :
Mark Kyriacou - Keyboards and Electronics
Tom Sumnall - Bass Guitar
Ian (Budgie) Jones - Drums
Eleanor Mante - Vocals
Nikos Papanagiotou - Drums
Jaci Williams - Vocals
Stu MacDonald

Press Release :
Passing Place…"somewhere to stop and reflect on past events, draw a line under them, and move on…"

Strictly Kev (DJ Food) "The new album is beautiful it seems to exist in a space and time that I can't place. I hear shades of jazz, classical, brass band of course, that conjures up images of Britain but there are also strains of medieval folk music and even radiophonic synth work".

Loka, Ninja Tune's cult psychedelicists, purveyors of cinematic music that disturbs and troubles and intrigues rather than comforts, return with a new album, "Passing Place". With many acts finding considerable critical acclaim in the music world right now through adventures in the outer reaches of psychedelia/jazz/classical, it's worth remembering that Loka have been ploughing this field with stunning results ever since their debut track on Ninja Tune's 10th birthday compilation "Xen Cuts" in 2000 when they emerged from the same fertile alt-Liverpool scene as Pop Levi, Zukanican and Super Numeri. The debut album proper was "Fire Shepherds in 2006. Since that album, co-founder Karl Webb left Loka, leaving Mark Kyriacou to carry the banner. Mark re-grouped with members of the live Loka band (Tom Sumnall - bass, Ged Hawksworth - drums, Catherine Norman - keyboards and Ray Dickaty - sax) and went about sketching out ideas later to become Passing Place. The initial sketches were made in 2008 in a rented rehearsal space in the old Big Issue building in Liverpool. These sketches were then taken to Thighpaulsandra's (of Julian Cope, Spiritualized and Coil fame) Aeriel Studios in the depths of rural south west Wales for colouring in. Thighpaulsandra played an integral part to the making of the album as he engineered, co-produced and assisted in the scoring out of the brass band layers. Once the foundations were recorded the additional layers were added over the following year. The album was mixed and completed back at Aeriel Studios and then subsequently mastered by the legendary Kevin Metcalfe.

The result is their most confident and cinematic album yet. Less claustrophobic and inward than before, the new album has a wide-screen, rolling hills vista feel to it, perhaps most beautifully realised with Anglesey's brass ensemble Seindorf Beaumaris Band on instrumental tracks such as "The Art Of Burning Bridges," "Exit" and "Sound Stars Make". "Passing Place" also showcases great use of vocals too to augment their considerable instrumental nous; main single "Sam Star" sounds like Broadcast after munching an acid blotter and staring at a Boyle Family light show featuring the voice of Eleanor Mante and Nikos Papanagiotou on drums. The dark motorik groove of "The Beauty In Darkness" and "Temporary External" both feature vocals by the Columbian singer Lido Pimienta and brass layers once again by the Seindorf Beaumaris Band, with the latter song coming on like the soundtrack to an anticipatory biopic of Robert Wyatt, made while he was still a school boy. There is a lot of top-level musicianship on show on "Passing Place". Take the section "As The Tower Falls" and "The Tower", which share a certain jazz/rock high-energy propulsion with that of label-mates Jaga Jazzist, and shows Loka can do varying tempos effectively during the course a full-length. It is an album seeped in reflection, but containing a wide-eyed thinking of the days to come. Welcome to the timeless world of Loka.

Catch Loka on tour throughout November…

Biography :
Loka evolved from studio experiments between Mark Kyriacou and Karl Webb back in 1999. The duo signed to the Ninja Tune label a year later and their first track 'My life's in these bottles' appeared on Ninja Tune's 'Xen Cuts' Compilation. The single 'Beginningless' Followed and in 2006 Loka released their debut Album 'Fire Shepherds' to rave reviews. Gigs and a radio session for Giles Peterson's Radio 1 show followed as well as a Live performance at the Colchester signals film festival and headlining the jazz night at the Liverpool Music week. Loka also took on remixing duties, on Blockhead's seminal track 'Sunday Séance' turning it into a breathtaking 6 minutes of a full on live jazz drum orchestrated epic.

Loka has now grown from the duo that started out in 1999 into an eight piece live monster. The Line up now includes: Guitar - Karl Webb, Keyboards and electronics - Mark Kyriacou, Keyboards - Catherine Norman, Bass Guitar - Tom Sumnall, Drums - Ged Hawksworth, Percussion - James Pagella, Tenor/soprano saxophones and flute - Ray Dickarty and Trumpet - Rory Gordziejko.

As well as playing at the 'Synch' music festival in Athens Greece in July 2007, Loka will be touring Canada in August through to September 2007, culminating with a performance at the prestigious Guelph Jazz Festival.

Loka are in the process of writing and composing their second album and will continue to perform and develop their material.
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RD RD ·  16 October 2011, 14:52

The 2011 live line up will also include Ray Dickaty on saxes / flute.

ILL COMMUNICATION ILL COMMUNICATION ·  23 November 2011, 14:00

tune into 106.6 north manchester fm to hear exclusives tracks from the LOKA album.

tuesday 29th november - 7-9pm

listen live online on the link - http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=htt...

or get the mixcloud - http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=htt...


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