Electronic music duo Coldcut share epic ambient album with Mixmaster Morris
Boards of Canada, Autechre, Cold Cut, Mixmaster Morris
Image credit: Fefe Talevara
Launched with a double single—Suzanne Ciani’s“Morning Spring” & Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s“Mt Baker”—and set for full release on 19th November (LP, CD and Digital), ‘@0’comprises a collection of ambient tracks curated and sequenced by Coldcut (on LP and Digital) and mixed by both Coldcut and MixmasterMorris (on CD), bringing together some of the pioneers of ambient music alongside current artists spearheading the genre. Featuring an incredible lineup of new ambient and classical recordings, all released for the first time as part of the ‘@0’ compilation is music from: RyuichiSakamoto, SuzanneCiani, Steve Roach, JuliannaBarwick, ImogenHeap—whose ‘The Happy Song’ is remixed by Coldcut—A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Laraaji, SigurRós—with close collaborator of the band PaulCorley providing a ‘Liminal’ re-work of ‘Rembihnútur’—KaitlynAureliaSmith, HelenaHauff, SkeeMask, DanielPemberton&FSOL, JamesHeather, Specimens, NailahHunter, Rovo & System 7, Ned Scott (The Egg), Noodreem, Mira Calix, ObayAlsharani, DavidWenngren, ill-esha, YakHerder, NDiPA X Flex Machina, Double Cushion, Irresistible Force, FRKTL, ANNA and Coldcut themselves.
Speaking with Matt Black (one half of Coldcut) on the project and its creation he explains that: “‘@0’ refers to that liminal state experienced many times where my mental and emotional stability was not solid and it felt like teetering on a zero axis about to fall into depression, or more rarely, mania. I found that ambient music, by making no psychic demands, often opened some space and with its soft fascination, subtly raised the energy, helping to avoid that downward spiral and navigate slowly up and out. @0 is a balance point.”
Several pairs of tracks from the compilation will be released over the coming weeks, partnering a more established name in the world of ambient music alongside a relative newcomer. Out now for ‘EP1’, modular synthesis pioneer Suzanne Ciani’s“Morning Spring” arrives alongside Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s“Mt Baker”, named after the glacier-covered volcano found in the Cascade Mountain range in Washington. This will be followed by ‘EP2’ featuring “The Drift Home” by seminal American ambient composer Steve Roach which will be released alongside “Beethoven 250”an ambient soundscape from acclaimed duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen. The final release, ‘EP3’will come from legendary Japanese composer RyuichiSakamoto, with a new live-recording of his 1999 track “Aqua”, originally performed as part of his ‘Playing the Piano for the Isolated’, and James Heather with a new version of “And She Came Home”, with piano re-recorded on a Bosendorfer Grand and additional strings. The final track on the digital release is a reworking of Coldcut’s classic 90’s ambient track “Autumn Leaves”.
‘@0’ will be released on Ahead Of Our Time on 19th November (LP, CD and Digital), with a visual version of the CD mix to follow at a later date. Artwork is by Brazilian artist Fefe Talavera.