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Temple of Sound live preview new album / East Festival

PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:03 am
by Jamie Renton
CHILLI FRIED NORTH PRESENTS

TEMPLE OF SOUND – GLOBALHEAD ALBUM PREVIEW PARTY

LIVE ON STAGE: TEMPLE OF SOUND + VERY SPECIAL LIVE GUESTS

+ RESIDENT DJ: JAMIE RENTON

@ DARBUCKA
THURSDAY 6TH MARCH 2008, 8PM – 12AM

(PART OF THE EAST FESTIVAL)

Chilli Fried, London’s leading global beat session, invites you down to Clerkenwell’s coolest Bedouin basement bar for a preview of Globalhead, the forthcoming long-awaited 5th studio album from the acclaimed duo of Neil Sparkes and Count Dubulah AKA Temple of Sound. Combining beguiling melodies, hypnotic global rhythms, spoken words of wisdom and a bewitching culture-crossing sounds and samples, Globalhead is sure to be one of the hottest releases on the scene for this year. Tonight Neil, Dubulah plus some very special surprise guests will be performing tunes from the album in a unique live set

All this + resident DJ Jamie Renton spinning global beats and roots rhythms.


Tonight’s session is part of East a festival championing the best of East London. Running from 6-11 March, East features a programme of over 400 events across fashion, film, food, art, history and performance will celebrate the vibrancy, diversity and unique spirit of the area.
Taking place across three hotspots - Central East (Barbican, Spitalfields, Whitechapel), Hackney and Stratford - EAST invites you to explore new areas and visit new venues.
Participating partners include Barbican, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Museum of London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, and Serious - the music producers who are curating events across all strands.

Chilli Fried North, 8 PM – 12 AM, Thursday 6th March 2007 at Darbucka, 182 St John Street, London, EC1V 4JZ
£5 / £3 concs
020 7490 8772
Nearest Tubes: Farringdon / Angel


www.chillifried.com

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www.darbucka.com

templeofsound.org.uk

www.myspace.com/templeofsound

www.visitlondon.com/london/east/

PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:37 pm
by Jamie Renton
Just thought I'd bump this one back up to the top. Your chance to catch a one off semi-acoustic (no programmed beats) set from ToS (+ v. special guests).

I hope to see some of you Forumistas there.

Cheers

Jamie

PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:37 pm
by howard male
I'm going to try to get down there, Jamie - sounds intriguing - though I'm only familiar with their 'Colony No 1' album.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:26 am
by howard male
What an interesting gig. I say, interesting, because, if I'm to be honest, I wasn't really expecting it to be that interesting. I was initially expecting 90% of the 'performance' to be all programmed loops and samples with some live vocals. Then when I heard it was going to be a special acoustic set, so I shifted my expectations to 'tasteful and earnest.'

But as soon as I saw the giant balafon and an array of other earthy-looking African percussion instruments, my hopes were raised. Temple of Sound didn't sound like I've ever heard them sound before.

Bass and dubby rhythm guitar filled in the gaps between the clump, clunk and rattle of all the interlocking percussion instruments, and I was reminded, more than anything else, of the bare-bones sound of Nyahbinghi reggae.

Natacha Atlas's one song was the highlight though. Her velvet-toned, wavering voice seemed the perfect thing to set against this wood and stretched-skin chamber orchestra, and the slow ballad she sang was completely impossible to categorise - part lounge lizard kitsch, and part exotic, rootsy music from a previously undiscovered corner of the planet - like a piece of music one might dream, and then on waking, mourn its passing, as the concerns of the day consign it to oblivion.

Lets just hope it sounds as good on the forthcoming album - although I've heard the album sounds very different from the unique and hauntingly original performance we heard last night.