Time to relax, readers, as we listen to an exclusive Sunday Service mix from the almighty duo that are Coldcut. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight presents.
For many, myself included, Coldcut were integral to the formation of a musical identity. Jonathan More and Matt Black launched one of the most important labels in the history of electronic music – Ninja Tune – not only as a vehicle through which to release their own records under myriad aliases, but also as a bit of a ‘fuck you’ to the large music corporations that they felt were sucking the creativity out of the industry back in the 90s.
Their punk ethos has been present throughout their careers, and they have never been afraid of trying new things. Not just sonically; they develop music production software, be that their own Ninja Jamm or plugins for Ableton; their live shows are equally as about the visual aspect as well as the audio; and they have even had a hand in computer games, Matt Black providing graphics for the environmentally themed (and super-frustrating) platformer, Top Banana.
We are honoured to today be treated to a special second birthday edition of Sunday Service, as the seventh in the series has been recorded exclusively for you by Coldcut. You can check out the track-list at the bottom of the page, but first, we had a quick chat with the boys to see what they had been up to since we spoke to them last year.
Waveform: What was your thinking behind our ‘2nd Birthday Sunday Service mix’?
Coldcut: We wanted to bring the bliss… Mixing some new ambient tunes with some of the new UK jazz and a few old classics for good measure. All jumbled up in the Coldcut way!
Waveform: What have Coldcut been up to since we last spoke?
Coldcut: Busy working on our music app Ninja Jamm… It’s getting super funky & fun to play with. We’re looking forward to getting this one out soon! You can check out the demo for free via http://www.ninjajamm.com.
Waveform: You’ve recently been locked away in the studio…can you give us a hint as to what you’ve been working on?
Coldcut: We’ve hooked up with a charity called In Place of War. We went to South Africa and recorded a bunch of amazing local musicians, brought all the jams back to the UK, and have been working with various musicians here, including pioneer of Afrobeat and drummer Tony Allan, flute from Tenderlonious/Ruby Rushton and many more.
Waveform: Any plans to tour in the next twelve months?
Coldcut: Not at the moment. We want to finish these projects and then…maybe!!!!
North Atlantic Drift – Mountain Spectre
Build an Ark – Heaven
Sarah Vaughan – The Mystery of Man
Maya Jobarteh – Song of The Waterfall
Jenny Hval – Ritual Awakening
Chip Wickham – La Sombra (Spaceways Radio Edit + Additions by Carlos Niño)
Amira Baraka – Bang, Bang Outishly
Harmony Rockets with Special Guest Peter Walker – Atropos
J.J.Cale – Magnolia
Kate Bush – The Man with The Child in His Eyes
Ole Jensen & His Musicians – Exotica
Hampshire & Foat – Jasmine
Bonobo – Return to Air (Instrumental)
Terry Callier – Lazarus Man