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January 7, 2020

Happy Birthday to my dear friend Syd Barrett. The original psychedelic renegade. xM

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Luminate 2020 invite RVNG Intl and Spitfire Audio

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Mike Greenblatt Nine new Blues gems kick off 2020 in grand style

The blues is alive and well in 2020 as these nine releases can attest. From “The Godfather Of Swamp Pop” and a one-man band to blues from Australia, Chicago, New Orleans and Mississippi plus an underground dance craze from Belgium called Popcorn, you’ve got plenty to pick from.

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Wishing a very happy belated birthday to Chris Stein of Blondie!

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Freya Parr Nominees announced for 2020 BAFTA Best Original Score

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The nominees for the 73rd British Academy Film Awards have been announced. Those nominated for Best Original Score are: Thomas Newman for war epic 1917, a film captured in one continuous shot; Michael Giacchino for comedy Jojo Rabbit, set in the Nazi era; Hildur Guðnadóttir for psychological thriller Joker, inspired by the DC Comics character of the same name; Alexandre Desplat for Little Women, the recent adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott; and John Williams for the latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s nomination comes after her success at the Golden Globes earlier this week, when she became the first woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for Joker. This is her first BAFTA nomination, and if she were to be successful in this category, she would be the first individual woman to win the BAFTA for Best Original Score. In 2019, Lady Gaga won for her work on A Star is Born, alongside Lukas Nelson.

 

 

For John Williams, the BAFTAs are familiar territory, having previously been nominated for 15 awards in this category, seven of which he won. He has so far composed the scores for nine of the Star Wars films, but it was announced in 2018 that this would be his last with the franchise.

The other three nominated composers have also previously won BAFTAs: Michael Giacchino in 2010 for his score to the charming animated Pixar film Up; Thomas Newman for films including American Beauty, WALL-E and Skyfall; and Alexandre Desplat for a raft of films such as The King’s Speech, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Shape of Water and Isle of Dogs.

 

 

The winners of the 2020 British Academy Film Awards will be announced in a ceremony on 2 February 2020.

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Freya Parr Nominees announced for 2020 BAFTA Best Original Score

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The nominees for the 73rd British Academy Film Awards have been announced. Those nominated for Best Original Score are: Thomas Newman for war epic 1917, a film captured in one continuous shot; Michael Giacchino for comedy Jojo Rabbit, set in the Nazi era; Hildur Guðnadóttir for psychological thriller Joker, inspired by the DC Comics character of the same name; Alexandre Desplat for Little Women, the recent adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott; and John Williams for the latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s nomination comes after her success at the Golden Globes earlier this week, when she became the first woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for Joker. This is her first BAFTA nomination, and if she were to be successful in this category, she would be the first individual woman to win the BAFTA for Best Original Score. In 2019, Lady Gaga won for her work on A Star is Born, alongside Lukas Nelson.

 

 

For John Williams, the BAFTAs are familiar territory, having previously been nominated for 15 awards in this category, seven of which he won. He has so far composed the scores for nine of the Star Wars films, but it was announced in 2018 that this would be his last with the franchise.

The other three nominated composers have also previously won BAFTAs: Michael Giacchino in 2010 for his score to the charming animated Pixar film Up; Thomas Newman for films including American Beauty, WALL-E and Skyfall; and Alexandre Desplat for a raft of films such as The King’s Speech, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Shape of Water and Isle of Dogs.

 

 

The winners of the 2020 British Academy Film Awards will be announced in a ceremony on 2 February 2020.

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Russ Ryan Crate Minds: an interview with Mike Lewis (Rap & Soul / Lewis Recordings)

One of London’s unsung music & community heroes, Mike Lewis has been purveying quality records from all corners of the globe for decades. Through the years Mike has gone from retail buying, mail order running through to record label bossing and kindly took time out last week to discuss the inner workings of Lewis Recordings, Rap & Soul, and how his baby has evolved through the years…

Where did it all start and when you first started selling, did you picture where Rap & Soul and Lewis Recording would be today.

I’ve always loved records and started collecting in the early days of Hip-Hop and Electro. I would make regular trips to Groove Records and Hitman in Soho and realised there was a market for US imports. I got my first job in a record store aged seventeen in 1987 and soon started selling rap records on the side. I’d take out small ads in magazines like Echoes and Blues & Soul and send printed lists. It started as a way of funding my own collecting but in 1991 I started travelling to New York where I’d buy records specifically to sell. It was never meant to be a business. Through the nineties, I was a buyer at HMV Records on Oxford Street but Rap And Soul was growing on the side.

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Talk us through the progression from Rap & Soul to kick-starting Lewis Recordings.

I quit HMV to start Rap And Soul officially in 1996. Shortly after I started writing for Hip-Hop Connection Magazine and became a photographer for them. I’d go to NY for the magazine and started to make contacts with artists and labels. Off the back of that I started to promote their music in the UK. One such artist was a Queens emcee and school friend of Pharoahe Monch, Mr. Complex. He told me about a young kid he’d met in Boston called Edan. He mentioned me to Edan and one day I received a CDR from him with a Post-It note reading “Mr. Complex said you might like this”. I thought it was so good it was worth starting a label just to put his stuff out. We met in NY, went record shopping and signed a deal. I never thought the label would be a real thing so jokingly called it Lewis Recordings as a homage John Lewis, J Sainsbury’s etc.

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What’s your stand out moment from the label so far?

I guess it’s been one long stand out. Having records like Edan’s ‘Beauty & The Beat’, Stig’s ‘Kubrick’, Skinshape’s ‘Filoxiny’ and DJ Yoda’s ‘Home Cooking’ on the label let me know it’s all worthwhile. I’m lucky that all the artists are incredibly talented and people who work here are great at what they do. The label is a mix of everyone who’s walked through the door. I’m just the idiot who makes the tea.

Do you have a Holy Grail record?

I’m lucky enough to have bought most of the records I cherish as they came out. A test pressing of Edan’s ‘Beauty & The Beat’ would have been a Holy Grail record but luckily I put that out! The one that got away was a sealed copy of Rammellzee vs. K-Rob’s ‘Beat Bop’ on Tartown. I had a Profile Records promo but when a sealed copy appeared I took leave of my senses and started bidding. I topped out at $1,000.00. I think it went for less than $2k and I regret not bidding higher. I know a few people who have them but since there are only 500 in existence I’ll have to make do with a Get On Down reissue.

When did you start using Discogs and how do you use it in the day to day operations of Rap & Soul?

I started using Discogs for reference in its early days and first used it as a seller for Lewis Recordings titles. As time went by we started adding Rap And Soul stock and Geraldine who was running the day to day operations grew that side of it. She’s responsible for so many great things here. With so many users it’s become an integral part of how we sell. There’s something nice about a community of people who primarily love music. It’s the perfect platform for us.

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What can we expect from Rap & Soul and Lewis Recordings in the future?

Records will always be at the heart of Rap And Soul and Lewis Recordings so it’s great to have everything under one roof. We have a studio for DJ Yoda here too so you can expect more music from him. Skinshape has almost completed his next album and there’s a US Black Friday Record Store Day pressing of Edan’s ‘Beauty & The Beat’ on the way. New to the label are An Explore who make wonderful ambient electronic music and we’re lucky to have Leron Thomas join us. He wrote and performed on most of Iggy Pop’s ‘Free’ album and has worked under the name Pan Amsterdam. Rap And Soul is increasing its inventory every day so as long as there are record collectors we’ll be here!

A huge thank you to Mike for taking the time out to chat with us, for all things Lewis Recordings go check the label’s discography, and Rap & Soul’s digital crates!

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Freya Parr Free Download: Handel’s Samson from the Dunedin Consort

'John Butt has created the best Samson ever'

This week’s free download is ‘Total eclipse!’, an aria from Act 1 of Handel’s Samson, performed by tenor Joshua Ellicott with the Dunedin Consort under John Butt. It was recorded on Linn, and is the Recording of the Month in the January issue of BBC Music Magazine, on sale now.

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Michael_Beek Who composed the music for the BBC’s new Dracula series?

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If you’re yet to delve into the new three-part adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, then you’re missing a gruesome, lavish and sometimes comic treat. 

It comes from the pens of Sherlock writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, who have crafted another impressive take on a Victorian literature classic. 

For this latest small screen adventure they bring with them Sherlock’s composing team, David Arnold and Michael Price, who gave the eccentric detective some 21st-century swagger.

For this opulent, blood-drenched take on the Prince of Darkness, the pair take traditional orchestral musicians and spatter them with all manner of inventive effects. 

 

 

It’s a mix of murky orchestral dirges, some romantic sweep (thanks in part to cello and solo vocals) and a coffin-load of unusual sounds.

Soloists who appear in the score include London Sinfonietta cellists Tim Gill and Caroline Dale, electric cellist Peter Gregson and soprano Grace Davidson.

To say Arnold and Price brought everything but the kitchen sink is right, but if it’s ever too much it remains somehow just right. 

Like the writing and on-screen performances, it’s well balanced between comedy, drama and horror.

Arnold (who is perhaps best known for his James Bond scores) revealed at the series launch that they experimented with all manner of unsavoury sounds, including glass rubbing with real blood, coffin lid percussion and an ‘organ’ of screaming baby sound effects.

Regardless of any sound design gimmickry, the result is memorable, dramatic and sometimes downright terrifying. 

 

 

You can watch Dracula right now on BBC iPlayer in the UK, or on Netflix elsewhere in the world. David Arnold and Michael Price’s original music is available on Silva Screen Records from 10 January.

 

 

 

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