Certain movies in cinematic history stand as cultural sentinels, containing scenes which telegraph love, hope, humour, sadness… or unbridled horror and incomprehensible primordial fear as Stanley Kubrick’s film, The Shining, did upon release in the spring of 1980. The fact this dance macabre is orchestrated to one of the creepiest and haunting – yet temporally ambiguous – soundtracks in modern film history only bolsters its place in the pantheon of greatest movies of all time.
Sam Shepard, who works under the pseudonym of Floating Points, is releasing a new hybrid electronic-jazz album with saxophone legend Pharaoh Sanders on March 28 titled Promises. Put together under David Byrne’s Luaka Bop record label, the LP is a continuous piece of music in nine parts and is credited as a composition for saxophone, strings, keyboards and electronics.
London-based selector and creative influencer Donna Leake’s vinyl-only NTS Radio show is a window onto how a virtuoso assembles enigmatic jazz hooks. Whether of the spiritual, straight, rock, fusion, or psychedelic varieties, Leake’s uncanny ability to mix jazz with rock, Afro-disco, dub and boogie takes listeners on a genre-bending deep dive through an astral plane of the recherché every episode.
The Technics SL-1200 turntable could be considered the most influential piece of audio technology in modern history. With a legacy of artistic inspiration spanning five decades, its broadcast-quality build, authentic sound and ability to facilitate beat-mixing helped birth rap, hip hop and the modern disc jockey.