“Dust Yourself Off” is a high-class debut from an act who had not yet quite found the way to shape and mould their influences into their own sound. It was a great starting point and the first of six albums for Fantasy that allowed them to hone a very distinctive style, that made them one of the most popular soul/funk groups of their era.
Now in its 2nd Season, the story of archaeology fascinates both laymen and professionals. In these installments we accompany Ernst Herzfeld on his last expedition to Persepolis in 1923; we travel to Mexico with the man who cracked the code of the Aztec calendar; we visit the greatest pre-industrial city on earth at Angkor; we join Isidoro Falchi as he discovers proof of the existence of the Etruscans; and we watch Alfred Merlin found the discipline of marine archaeology when he discovers shipwrecks in the Mediterranean..
Laurel Halo will release her next album on Hyperdub in June. According to the label, Dust sees the artist return to songwriting after the abstract electronic sounds of her last few releases, such as 2015’s In Situ. The album features a collection of “loose and languid” songs, “sun-filled, melted and at times, heavy-hearted and obscure”. While Laurel Halo’s 2012 album Quarantine featured her own vocals, Dust sees her collaborate with a series of guest vocalists including Klein, Lafawndah, and Michael Salu. Recorded over two years at the EMPAC performing arts center in upstate New York, the album was recorded with the aid of live percussion, sub bass and electronics. Other musical guests on the record include Julia Holter, Max D, $hit and $hine’s Craig Clouse Eli Keszler, Michael Beharie and Diamond Terrifie.