Radio LBB: Woodwork Waxes Lyrical
Over the past 15 years Woodwork Music has developed a great reputation for working with diverse and extraordinary independent labels and artists for synchronisation.
Between them the staff have picked a favourite track from each of the labels on the current roster and wax lyrical about some of their selections below.
Read below to see who they've chosen for this week's playlist.
Andy Oskwarek - Creative Director
Basil Kirchin - Silicon Chip (Trunk Records)
Trunk Records has a history of unearthing unexpected gems, from lost or forgotten soundtracks to obscure kitsch, jazz and easy listening. Trunk are longtime champions of Basil Kirchin, a composer who was was a major influence on Brian Eno and whose compositions spanned jazz, ambient and avant-garde and often employed ground breaking production techniques. Even for an artist as versatile and uniquely talented as Kirchin “Silicon Chip” stands out as an anomaly in his catalogue - a futuristic funk monster recorded in 1979 that has it’s sights firmly focused on intergalactic dancefloors.
Murcof - Mir (The Leaf Label)
Leeds based The Leaf Label are one of the first labels Woodwork Music worked with and they have released records by the likes of Caribou, Susumu Yokota, Efterklang and The Comet Is Coming over their 20 year history. Mexican artist Murcof embodies the labels electronic and avant-garde tendencies. “Mir” combines treated plucked strings with scattershot electronics and alien sounding vocal samples to create a masterclass in sparse, otherworldly tension.
Dick Heatherton - Hey! Travellin’ Man (Golden Crest)
Golden Crest is an independent label founded in New York in 1956. They released some classic American music across rock ‘n’ roll, doo wop, jazz and R&B and their sound is full of warmth, romance and beautiful vintage production. Dick Heatherton’s 1963 track “Hey! Travellin’ Man” combines effortless cool with a healthy dose of charm and instantly transports you to another time and place. Grab a battered old suitcase, a Hawaiian shirt and get set for a musical adventure that sounds like it came straight out of a Wes Anderson film.
Scott Fair - Head of Synchronisation Licensing
Childish Gambino - Sweatpants (Glassnote Records)
New York label Glassnote Records have a mouth watering roster of artists, it’s hard to pick just one favourite track with acts like Phoenix, Half Moon Run and Flight Facilities in contention. But there’s so much to love about Sweatpants, from the status bragging line "I got a penthouse on both coasts, pH balance” to his catchiest of taunts “don't be mad cause I'm doing me better than you doing you”. The lyrics mark Gambino as a hip hop powerhouse and it's all set to an ear smacking track, best played LOUD.
Trans-X - Living On Video (TLP/Unidisc)
Here’s a Kraftwerk channeling slice of 1980s electronic gold, featuring everyone’s favourite plastic synth the Roland SH-101. It’s an over the top, campy delight that enjoyed a fair amount of success during the 80s. The glorious middle eight features some pretty ‘out there' filtering and some hugely satisfying synth soloing.
Mamuthones - Fire On Fire (Rocket Recordings)
Rocket Recordings specialises in esoteric rock, boasting a mind-blowing roster, including Swedish experimentalists Goat and the ingeniously named Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. If demented Italian psych is your thing however, then Mamuthones are a band you can fall deeply in love with. The song opens with a siren, a foreshadowing of the manic garage rock rollercoaster you’re about to ride, it’s so much fun and catchy as hell.
Sam Phillips - Senior Producer
Gwenno - Tir Ha Mor (Heavenly)
An otherworldly gem – which makes for perfect listening in 2018's extended Summer. A jewel in the crown of Heavenly Recording’s many recent releases, Gwenno’s "Tir Ha Mor" (“Land and Sea”) effortlessly treads the line between timeless mythic folk and modern psychedelic pop. The lead single from her recent Cornish language album shimmers and swirls like the clear green waters that surround England’s Southernmost county, with Gwenno’s hypnotic vocals lulling you into a trance like sunlight blinked from shaded eyes.
Portico Quartet – Index (Gondwana)
From Manchester’s Gondwana Records, one of the finest purveyors of jazz this country have to offer, I’ve picked another recent favourite, in the form of one of the Portico Quartet’s mysterious minimalist crossover tracks. “Index" is an intoxicating mix of heady sounds – all steel drums and weeping saxophone - blurring the boundaries of jazz and electronica and building towards a euphoric climax, leading jazz to ever more cinematic horizons.
Starless & Bible Black (Static Caravan)
Back in 2010, if you’d have been walking through Snowdonia and you’d heard sounds like these coming from a village hall, you might have done a double take at the Welsh mountain which loomed above you just to check you hadn’t accidentally been transported to the Appalachians. But it was there that Static Caravan’s Mancunian-French-Psych-Rock-Acid-Folksters Starless & Bible Black recorded their second album “Shape of the Shape” adding to the label’s now two decade plus legacy of Indie, Folk and Electronica gems. Taken from that record, “Hanging on the Vine” is a Neil Young meets Fairport Convention cosmic voyage, with singer Hélène Gautier’s warm vocals caressing a lovely line above the strumming guitars, Moog and space synths. Psilocybin optional…