Growing Bin

Maat “Solar Mantra” (Growing Bin)

2020-05-21T20:50:09+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Any botanist will extol the virtues of cross-pollination, and musical hybrids are a Growing Bin speciality. For the latest release Parisian outfit Maât splice jazz with Balearic, dub, house and Afro to create a free thinking LP dedicated to world fusion fore-runners Codona.

If Singu found calm amongst the chaos of Tokyo for ’Siku’ (GBR017), then Maât map out a Sunday stroll through the sun dappled streets of the Parisian banlieue on ’Solar Mantra’. Humming reeds converge into a pre-dawn chorus before dewy sequences and drifting syncopation signal sunrise over La Vilette, a perfect place to start ‘The Walk’. Skirting the Périphérique, the Parisian ensemble pick out a street percussionist by Boulevard d’Algérie then detour to Pré-Satint-Gervais to draw a bassline out of the Metro Area, adding an Environ cool to the uptempo ‘Jaki & Bryn’. With icy bells, brooding guitars and melancholic vocals, ‘Feuglace’ transports Miko’s garten to the 20th arrondissement while the polyrhythmic patter and micro-tuned guitars of ‘Solar Mantra’ see out the A-side with a fourth world hymn.

Chakras cleansed and ready for a B-side rebirth, Maât take us dancing through Père Lachaise via organic house bomb ‘Quetzal Pacino’, an emotive exploration of rhythmic mallets, dreamy pads and propulsive bass, which moves like the Innerzone Orchestra re-arranged by Jon Hassell. Rest comes with the soothing pianos and swelling sine waves of the pastoral ‘Clarière’, a hazy homage to the noon sun on a clearing. Circular motifs, limber grooves and dubby bass mean we’re on the move again, slipping into Montreuil with the echo-drenched scat and firm back beats of ‘Mount Beuvray’, before ‘Llomé Dub’ takes us home in time for a cool beer and much needed smoke on the balcony. Acoustic guitar, lilting piano and a gorgeous female vocal ride the punchy bass and clattering drums to perfection, keeping us company until the day fades into a contented haze.

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Cass & Gianni Brezzo “Masala Kiss” (Growing Bin)

2020-03-07T06:53:13+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

“Emotional ambient, soft focus synthesis and pastoral programming from German duo Cass. & Gianni Brezzo on Hamburg’s Growing Bin. Hopeless romantic with GSOH seeks open minded audiophile for lifelong companionship. The style might change, but the quality remains the same in the Growing Bin. For this autumnal edition, the Hamburg label looks South West to Osnabrück and Cologne, home to Cass. and Gianni Brezzo respectively. Sharing an appreciation for emotive tonality and expansive texture, the two musicians make the perfect partnership on Masala Kiss, Brezzo’s timeless melodies only serving to intensify the signature sensuality of the Cass. sound. Despite the occasional polyrhythms, you’re hearing two hearts beat as one… Insistent and expressive, well-traveled opener ‘Jaybo’ joins the ethnic and esoteric with a new age optimism before giving way to the detailed ambience and good nature of ‘Umberella’, a brief pitstop on the road to the meditative ‘Imence Sense’. Alive with layered guitars, this opiated raga dances like hashish smoke in the evening sky, and then it’s up into the cloud forms of ‘Instabubu’ and ‘Autoscooter Love’, celestial serenades both off and on beat. Cass. and Brezzo set controls for the heart of the sun with the Friesean ‘Out Of Mind’, a cinematic exercise in precision sequencing and frequency control then start the journey home with the dewy bells and delicate waveforms of ‘Koli’. If you’re in need of a little new age funk for your poolside playtime ‘Helge’ and ‘Der Däne’ are on hand with the chunky bass and languid grooves, while a last-minute interlude provides a prenatal comfort and womblike warmth. I always cry at endings, and ‘Paterson’ provides pure emotional release in utterly Balearic fashion. Pensive guitar and euphoric synths meet on the waterfront as you stare over the ocean with all the people you love.” –Patrick Ryder

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Cass & Gianni Brezzo “Masala Kiss” (Growing Bin)

2020-01-09T21:46:35+00:00January 9th, 2020|

The style might change, but the quality remains the same in the Growing Bin. For this autumnal edition, the Hamburg label looks South West to Osnabrück and Cologne, home to Cass. and Gianni Brezzo respectively. Sharing an appreciation for emotive tonality and expansive texture, the two musicians make the perfect partnership on ‚Masala Kiss‘, Brezzo‘s timeless melodies only serving to intensify the signature sensuality of the Cass. sound. Despite the occasional polyrhythms, you‘re hearing two hearts beat as one…

Insistent and expressive, well travelled opener ‚Jaybo‘ joins the ethnic and esoteric with a new age optimism before giving way to the detailed ambience and good nature of ‚Umberella‘, a brief pitstop on the road to the meditative ‚Imence Sense‘. Alive with layered guitars, this opiated raga dances like hashish smoke in the evening sky, and then its up into the cloud forms of ‚Instabubu‘ and ‚Autoscooter Love‘, celestial serenades both off and on beat. Cass. and Brezzo set controls for the heart of the sun with the Froesean ‚Out Of Mind‘, a cinematic exercise in precision sequencing and frequency control then start the journey home with the dewy bells and delicate waveforms of ‚Koli‘. If you‘re in need of a little new age funk for your poolside playtime ‚Helge‘ and ‚Der Däne‘ are on hand with the chunky bass and languid grooves, while a last minute interlude provides a prenatal comfort and womblike warmth. I always cry at endings, and ‚Paterson‘ provides pure emotional release in utterly Balearic fashion. Pensive guitar and euphoric synths meet on the waterfront as you stare over the ocean with all the people you love.”

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Eleventeen Eston “Delta Horizon” (Growing Bin)

2019-10-25T03:52:20+00:00October 25th, 2019|

Positivity’s easier to ruin than restore but Perth fantasy windsurfer John William Tanner’s elusive soft rock miniatures under the Eleventeen Eston handle evoke, in his own words, “a type of optimism and sincerity that exists (or did exist) in popular music, beyond any notion of nostalgia.”
Too true.

The 13 themes and pleasure cruises comprising Delta Horizon, his debut, exude a loose, relaxed warmth, cyclical and sun-soaked and spacious, like the soundtrack to some mythically faded new wave instructional hang gliding video.

Pastel piano melodies, funky phasered keyboard presets, rubber band basslines, and upbeat coastal Stratocaster hooks bop and weave atop lean session drum tracks, swooping from memory-hijacked Australian vacation-rock to sensual sky-lounge abstraction and back.

Certain sectionals feel in league with that dusky interzone of sleek psych and smooth jazz captured on certain late 80’s Innovative Communication releases, though Tanner’s own heroes hew more to breezy prog (Masayoshi Takakana) and afro-cosmos groove (Teo & Fabrizio Fattori).

Whatever the roots, Delta Horizon has been a repeat jam gem ever since we heard the roughs last year, and we’re stoked to share it wide. Expect more from this waverunner before long.

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Bartosz Kruczyński “Baltic Beat II” (Growing Bin)

2020-03-07T06:11:37+00:00July 5th, 2019|

“Birdsong and bright mornings announce the arrival of spring, and Growing Bin celebrate the season of rebirth with the return of a hardy perennial. In the three years since he introduced the world to his Baltic Beat, Bartosz Kruczyński has traded dub techno, Berlin electronics and jazzy Balearic on a string of highly regarded labels. Now the Polish musician is back in the Growing Bin, ready to take us on another audio adventure through the meadows and forests of his native land.

Vivid LP opener ‘Pastoral Sequences’ leads us down the garden path, around the lakeside and across the train tracks, striking a cinematic tone as gentle piano and subdued synth tones drift around natural field recordings. Dip a toe in the stream and feel the breeze between your fingers as you stroll towards the Balearic brilliance of ‘In the Garden’, a carefree cooler built on a subtle bossa rhythm, serene chords and chiming mallets. Bartosz reprises the aquatic grandeur of his first Baltic Beat on the immersive ‘Petals’, a selected ambient work where Tangerine pads underpin interlocking electronics and stately keys. Guitars ring out, Reich’s mallets ripple and well tempered piano drift over a thick sequence as ‘Voices’ propels us to the halfway point with soft power.

The B-side opens with the delicate hypnotism of ‘If You Go Down In The Woods Today’, a modern minimalist masterpiece alive with circular mallets and sultry woodwind, before ‘The Orchard’ paints an impressionistic vignette from the same palette. Shifting focus but not feeling Kruczyński takes us home ‘Along The Sun Drenched Road’ in two stages; the first a gorgeous combination of the acoustic and electronic where hints of dub techno sit beneath languid piano notes, the second an eastern tinged reprise of the album’s opening and a welcome return home before the storm breaks.”

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Eleventeen Eston “At The Water” (Growing Bin)

2019-04-19T02:17:57+00:00April 19th, 2019|

Under the tree In The Cave At The Water, there’s where youll find Eleventeen Eston savouring the shade since his 2014 debut LP Delta Horizon turned the spotlight his way. Taking shelter in the subterranean, the Perth musician has found a sound saturated with entheogenic splendour, growing something gorgeous from the grotesque. Finding a natural home on Hamburgs Growing Bin, Eston emerges into the daylight with a dreamy LP.

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Wolf Müller & Niklas Wandt “Instrumentalmusik von der Mitte der World” (Growing Bin)

2019-03-07T22:58:29+00:00March 7th, 2019|

Growing Bin burst into 2018 with a bang, crash and symbol splash, uniting a premier pair of percussion obsessives for a supernatural mission into the heart of the rhythm.
Dressed in the pitch black of Dusseldorf stands Wolf Mueller, master of the tropical drums and seven time Salon Des Amateur breakdance champion. Repping Cologne and Berlin is Niklas Wandt, Germany’s funkiest drummer and a mixed musical artist as adept in experimental jazz as demented Eurodance. Standing toe to toe in a no holds barred, no drum unstruck groove contest, these two titans will make you swing your pants like a Crash Bandicoot victory dance… so stretch out and step into ‚Instrumentalmusik von der Mitte der World‘.

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Shelter “Profoundeur 4000” (Growing Bin)

2020-03-07T05:43:19+00:00September 14th, 2018|

An underwater adventure by young Parisian Shelter. Where previous releases have seen the synth-obsessed Frenchman take his inspiration from Caribbean rhythms or Balearic attitudes. this marine missive sees Shelter turn to the lavish world of the library.creating his an alternate score to Jean Faurez 1960 documentary short.

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A.r.t. Wilson “Overworld” (Growing Bin)

2017-09-17T00:35:54+00:00September 17th, 2017|

Welcome to the New Age of New Age and enter the Overworld by A.r.t. Wilson aka Andras Fox. Originally recorded for the contemporary dance work Overworld by Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen it was released on tape in very limited quantities this april. Now it‘s available in „classy white“ and „pink lake“ vinyl from growing bin records.

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