Feel the buzz: the album recorded by 40,000 bees

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On Friday Caught by the River are releasing their first LP by Be titled ‘One.’

This four-track album imagines the sound of British summertime as heard by one of the most important members of the animal kingdom – the bee. A hypnotic conceptualisation of the life, work and living environment of the bee, “One” is a truly transcendental record – think Spacemen 3 recording a series of 21st century outdoor ragas for Touch Records and you’re somewhere in the right direction.

“One” is the soundtrack to artist Wolfgang Buttress’ multiple award winning UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo – an installation that highlighted the plight of the honeybee, focusing on the importance of pollination. The music on the record is a constantly changing and evolving symphony – the sound of a dialogue between bee and human.

The album was recorded by musicians Kev Bales and Tony Foster – a duo known for working with Spiritualized, Julian Cope, Dave Gahan and Mark Lanegan, amongst many others. Other musicians featured on the record include Jason Pierce, Youth, cellist Deidre Bencsik, vocalist Camille Buttress and Amiina (the string section regularly used by Sigur Ros). The recording sessions saw musicians improvising in the key of D along to a live audio feed of beehive sounds. Piano, Mellotron and lap steel were overdubbed later. The result is a unique piece of truly meditative music.

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Read an interview Wolfgang Butress over at The Guardian.  Plus, The Guardian are also streaming the album ahead of release here. 

There’s limited tickets left for the two up and coming shows at Nottingham Arts Centre on February 18th & 19th.

Event details & Tickets are available here. 

Purchase Be:One over on Bandcamp.

 

New Look!

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We’re EXTREMELY EXCITED to reveal that our old mate and super talented artist Pete Fowler has created a brand new design for the front of 5 Little Portland St!!

Almost exactly 2 years since his current design went up to mark our 15th anniversary, Pete has reimagined our beloved upstairs bar and stuck it across the front of the building. 

The new design goes up on TODAY and we’ll be around celebrating its genius on Friday night with 2 for 1 drinks until 8pm. Then heading down to the basement for the Sugarmen, Tuska and Britain + Heavenly Jukebox DJs

Heavenly Label Mates Night at Moth Club

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We’re pleased to be taking part in Bad Vibrations’ Label Mates festival again this year.

Taking place on the 12th of March, we’ll be bringing Gwenno, Amber Arcades and BRITAIN to Moth Club for what promises to be a special night.

Tickets are £8 and available via Dice here.

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Purchase Gwenno’s debut LP ‘Y Dydd Olaf’ here

Listen to Amber Arcades ‘Turning Light’

The Wytches to headline charity show in Brighton

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On the 20th of February, The Wytches are headlining a gig at Concorde 2 in Brighton in aid of Centrepoint Charity.

The gig is presented by Be Nothing, and also on the bill are TRAAMS, Abattoir Blues and Realms.

All proceeds from the event will go to Centrepoint, a homeless charity that “provides a safe place to live for more than 7,800 young people, aged 16-25, every year in London and the north east of England.”

Limited tickets are available here.

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Pete Fowler’s Decades of Lead

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We’re very excited to share the news that our good pal Pete Fowler is raising funds for his first book. Featuring hairy synth players, mythical galleons, battered sneakers and bizarre monsters, Decades of Lead will collate the best of Pete’s sketchbooks from the past 25 years.

The book is currently being funded over at Unbound, where you can pledge your support in exchange for a variety of rewards – including a cup of Pete’s pencil shavings and the opportunity to go for a curry with the man himself.

Watch Pete’s video appeal below: 

Pete also did a fantastic playlist of tracks for Lauren Lavern’s Desert Island disco on Friday morning. Tune in and get down here. 

 

Sounds of the Heavenly Jukebox…On Spotify

HVN-jukebox2-spotifyThis months playlist has been curated by Danny Mitchell, one arm of the Heavenly Jukebox.

It features a variety of music from the likes of Fat White Family, Nico, Boxed In, Damien Jurado, Nina Simone, Dirty Beaches and many more.

TUNE IN:

Plus, if you follow the playlist you can listen to Jeff’s tracks from last month, and keep up to date on what we have been listening too.

Caught by the River Social Club at Bush Hall

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Caught by the River recently announced that they will be returning to Bush Hall for another afternoon of words and music on Sunday the 28th February.

This instalment will feature Virginia Astley, performing poetry underpinned her daughter Florence Astley’s harp playing, for a very rare live appearance.

The London Sound Survey’s Ian Rawes will be presenting a collection of archive recordings representing the sounds of the city from decades past.

Amy Liptrot will be reading from her forthcoming memoir ‘The Outrun’ before discussing it with Emma Warren.

And of course poets in residence Will Burns and Martha Sprackland will be making a return.

Tickets are available here.

More info can be found on Caught by the River.