LOKA
Fire Shepherds

[Ninja Tune, www.ninjatune.net]

Liverpool-based duet Loka take music they make and sift it through a cinematic filter. Through their use of sprawling, space-age beats and samples, on "Fire Shepherds" they create one of the most unique releases unleashed so far this year. Karl Webb and Mark Kyriacou create music that could pass for an updated version of Herbie Hancock's "Sextant" band from early 70's. It's scary how closely this stuff resembles that era long gone by and largely forgotten. We've got the horn section, rumbling bass lines, trumpets galore, thick slabs of keyboards and organs. On top of all of this, there is a string section that somehow accentuates the bright palette the duo works on. The tempo is far from being frenzied. In fact, this mid- tempo stuff is great to chill out to. This brand of jazz-rock fusion works well on every imaginable level. Whatever means this duo took to achieve their goals is fine with me. I couldn't care less if they stole and/or borrowed from every imaginable jazz fusion record from late 60's on. Who can actually tell what is original and what was appropriated from other records. Point is, the results are brilliantly fused and masterfully realized. Amalgamation of styles is complete. Loka look backwards to move their music forward. An unbelievably tight debut.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ The Thing - Live At Bla / The Thing w/Joe McPhee - She Knows...
+ eRikm - Sixpériodes
+ Toshiya Tsunoda - Ridge of Undulation
+ Nash Kontroll - Your Left Hand Just Expoded
+ Jacques Berrocal - Catalogue
+ Jason Kahn - Sihl
+ Rick Reed - Dark Skies at Noon
+ Mountains - Sewn
+ Robert Piotrowicz - Rurokura and the Final Warn
+ Insiememusicadiversa - Insiememusicadiversa
+ Makoto Kawabata - Inui. 3
+ Shalabi Effect - Unfortunately
+ Allen/Drake/Jordan/Parker/Silva - The All-Star Game
+ Parker/Budbill/Drake - Songs for a Suffering World
+ Yura Yura Teikoku - na.ma.shi.bi.re. na.ma.me.ma.i
+ AGF.3 + Sue.C - Mini Movies
+ Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra Of Bubbles
+ Do You Copy?
+ Datapunk Rockstars - Klartext / Anthony Rother - Compression
+ Terence Fixmer - Silence Control
+ Fovea Hex - Bloom
+ Gigolo Compilation Vol. 9
+ Markus Guentner - Lovely Society
+ Oliver Huntemann - Fieber
+ Modern Institute - Exellent Swimmer
+ Far Away From Jamaica
+ Kaito - Hundred Million Lights Years
+ Druga Strona Lustra - Język żywiołów
+ Daniel Meteo - Peruments
+ Mirror - Still Valley
+ Organum - Die Hennen Zaehne
+ Quintron & Miss Pussycat - Swamp Tech
+ Miller + Fiam - Modern Romance
+ Peter Grummich - Rave D'Amour / Jerry Abstract - Mudtsmut
+ Bodzin & Huntemann - Black / X-Lover - Lovesucker / Trike - Polytron / Hell Presents My Definition Of House Music: 33 1/3 Queen/Earth People
+ Asmus Tietchens - Seuchengebiete
+ Andy Vaz - Repetitive Moments Last Forever
+ Światogor - Tym Co Rodzimej Tradycji Wciąż Wierni
+ Květy - Jablko Jejiho Peř

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+ PROSWELL & WWCARPEN - Proswell & Wwcarpen / ANDREY KIRITCHENKO - True Delusion / ATOM AND PINK ELLN - Live - Volumes 2 & 3 / BAUCHKLANG - Barking News / Rhythm of Time / TOMAS KORBER / KEITH ROWE / GUNTER MULLER - Fibre
>> LOKA - Fire Shepherds
+ DARSOMBRA - Ecdysis
+ THE ETERNALS - High Anxiety - Remix EP
+ DISKAHOLICS - Live in Japan, Vol. 1 / IMPRACTICAL COCKPIT - To Be Treated
+ DAT Politics - Wow Twist
+ V.A. - Suburb the Record Label - Limited Edition Sampler, Vol. 1 / ROBERT RICH & IAN BODDY - Lithosphere / RICHARD GARET / DALE LLOYD / JOS SMOLDERS / UBEBOET - Territorium
+ THE APPARITIONS - As This is Futuristic
+ JOE MORRIS QUARTET - Beautiful Existence
+ MARBLE SHEEP - The Gate of a Heavenly Body / WATUSI ZOMBIE - Buddha Mask Experience / AURAL FIT - Livestock
+ DAVE REMPIS / TIM DAISY - Back to the Circle
+ PSYCHIC ILLS - Dins
+ SONNY SIMMONS - The Complete ESP Disk Recordings / The Traveller
+ MOLE HARNESS - A Present From The Future
+ JACQUES DEMIERRE / BARRY GUY / LUCAS NIGGLI - Brainforest
+ ODYSSEY THE BAND - Back in Time
+ SUN RA ARKESTRA - The Great Lost Sun Ra Albums: Cymbals / Crystal Spears ; Pathways to Unknown Worlds / Friendly Love ; When Angels Speak of Love / SUN RA - Spaceship Lullaby
+ MIMINOKOTO - Orange Garage
+ V.A. - Earsugar Jukebox Series
+ MAXIMO PARK - Missing Songs
+ FREDERIC LE JUNTER - Chansons Impopulaires
+ THE HERBALISER - Fabriclive 26 / CARL CRAIG - Fabric2

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Otwarta struktura - Tymański Yass Ensemble - wywiad
+ Najważniejsze są improwizacje - Sing Sing Penelope - wywiad
+ U szczytu energii - Pink Freud - wywiad