Kino Šiška and ŠKUC Buba present the cult British trip-hop duo LAMB returning to Slovenia with their new album “Backspace Unwind”. Twenty years is a long time to be making music people want to listen to. It’s also a timespan that would see many artists lose their creativity and let their creative palette run dry. Fortunately, this
Kino Šiška and ŠKUC Buba present the cult British trip-hop duo LAMB returning to Slovenia with their new album “Backspace Unwind”.
Twenty years is a long time to be making music people want to listen to. It’s also a timespan that would see many artists lose their creativity and let their creative palette run dry. Fortunately, this is not the case for Lamb. With the release of their sixth album comes another platter of electronic brilliance that sounds fresh and contemporary whilst still adding their own dusting of unique, synthy magic to each track.
The album was mostly recorded at Andy Barlow’s own recording studio, named ‘The Lookout’ due to its panoramic views of the South Downs, and that feeling of space and landscapes permeates throughout the album. There is also the undeniable sense of two artists who feel at home and comfortable in themselves and how they work with one another, with an ability to experiment, both in terms of the production and in how Lou Rhodes pushes her voice and the lyrics into new territory.
Although getting their start in Manchester, Lamb are more commonly associated with the Bristol-based trip hop sound that was popular during the 1990s. Aside from trip hop, their musical style is a distinctive mixture of jazz, dub, breaks and drum and bass, with a strong vocal element and, in their later works especially, some acoustic influences.
From the outset, it first appears that there’s extensive use of sparse looping textures, something that has become synonymous with 2014’s electronic music, giving the sense that Lamb might simply be trying to fit into a structure that has become so popular in the present. However, the duo have done something different and taken inspiration from other things that are happening in music today, plied them open and then moulded them into something of their own creation.
Bowrain is the stage name of Tine Grgurevič, a Slovene producer, composer and pianist.
In 2014 he recorded his debut album Far Out in his home in Amsterdam. With roots in jazz he approaches both electronics and piano in a fresh way combining influences without losing soul or feeling. Apart from creating his own work, he also composes music for video’s, installations and performances.
Before turning to electronic music, Grgurevič worked as a jazz pianist and composer and recorded his first jazz album Balcan Flavour in 2009 in Philadelphia. The album featured well-known musicians John Swana and Anwar Marshall and producer Jim Hamilton. His second jazz album Images of reality (2009) was successfully presented at Blues’n Jazz Festival in Luxembourg. One of his most significant jazz acts was Duet with Slavoj Žižek (2010), a dialogue between piano and speech.
In 2012 he started performing electronic music under the name Bowrain. In 2014 he recorded his debut album Far Out with the help of his friend and fellow producer Nikos Kandarakis. When playing live concerts, Bowrain performs solo or with the support of live musicians. He has supported main acts such as Garden City Movement and Jessy Lanza.
Apart from creating his own music, Grgurevič has composed music for art installations, performances and videos of artists Meta Grgurevič, Jaša Mrevlje Pollak and Lisa Vereertbrugghen. He performed his works in the Modern Gallery and Škuc Gallery in Ljubljana, Het Veem Theater and Melkweg in Amsterdam, the Graphic Biennale in Ljubljana and Uferstudios in Berlin. His latest commission is for the Slovenian Pavilion in the Venice Biennale in 2015.