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Album Premiere: Hejira – Prayer Before Birth

Born from a two-year stint of rigorous recording and writing in their south London studio, the ‘House of Dreams’, Hejira‘s debut full-length, Prayer Before Birth, rings out with all the clarity and concision you’d expect from a band who, as individuals, have racked up a rather impressive resumé …

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New Track: Hejira – ‘Litmus Test’

There’s an interesting dichotomy at work in ‘Litmus Test’: the second single to be unveiled from London four-piece Hejira‘s debut album, Prayer Before Birth. It is at once both a stark, vocal-led exorcism and a churning, groaning dirge; finding an unwashed beauty in either guise. Ruled by sheets …

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Album Review: Matthew Herbert – The End of Silence

Ras Lanuf, Libya, 11th March 2011. A battle is being fought. This is the starting point for Matthew Herbert‘s gripping work of sound art, The End of Silence. Herbert uses an auditory fragment of this event, a momentary recording made by photographer Sebastian Meyer, as the point …

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Video Premiere: FEMME – ‘Double Trouble’

Ah, the debut double A-side: that most confident of introductory salvos. With her premiere duet of tracks, South London vocalist and producer Laura Bettinson, aka FEMME, unleashes a dyad of delights: the groovesome, swooning ‘Double Trouble’ and the lurching, seductive ‘Educated‘. What more would you expect though …

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MPFree: Hauschka – ‘Radar’ (Michael Mayer Remix)

Ahead of FatCat giving Hauschka‘s Salon des Amateurs remixes a full CD release on April 2, we felt the time was right to shine a light on one of the most beguiling mixes appearing on the set: Michael Mayer‘s minimal techno reworking of ‘Radar‘.

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Preview – Herbert’s comprehensive collection “Herbert Complete”

Further to our piece on his celebrated album “Bodily Functions”, we at Notion are thrilled to have two more nuggets of delight to share with you in anticipation of the release of Matthew Herbert’s box set “Herbert Complete”. With a track listing in excess of 130 songs, spanning over …

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Premier: Herbert – “You Saw It All” (DJ Koze Remix)

Herbert is a name that doesn’t really need an introduction, but to say that he is a pioneer of electronic music is a good place to start.  He innovated the idea of using real sounds and incorporating them into music.    Hell, we just posted recently about the celebration of his …

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A Celebration of “Bodily Functions”

Matthew Herbert released “Bodily Functions” in 2001 and combined all of his ambitions as a house musician into one massively ambitious album. With sounds of teeth clacking and various other bodily noises, Hebert’s tracks hit some kind of strange euphoria that make it a classic.

In celebration of this classic …

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The Velvet Underground’s John Cale Chats with RBMA

John Cale‘s been around for a while, but he’s hardly left since his founding of The Velvet Underground.  He recently had a stint at London’s Rough Trade East and did an interview with Red Bull Music Academy, where he talks about, well, more or less anything he can …

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Interview: Matthew Herbert

His album has got animal activists’ organic knickers in a spectacular twist, with some branding the record an act of brutal torture before even unwrapping the CD’s cellophane packaging. But prolific denunciation from animal lovers aside, a month after Matthew Herbert’s album release and this electronic pioneer continues to fight …

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