MDR Selects returns: a series that invites our favourite artists, labels, record stores and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. This time, we’ve got a pandemic flavoured, five-act-deep playlist from Rupert Clervaux, the Tara Clerkin Trio, James Marr, Joe Beedles & Rosa Methol.After their joint gig was cancelled due to Covid-19, the line-up have all clubbed together to pick out of some of the tracks they love and, with that extra time on their hands, have a particularly detailed and heart-felt write up for you.
In solidarity with Bandcamp’s choice today to waive their fees and contribute all of the purchase cost directly to artist, this Selects goes up as a Buy Music Club list as well as a Youtube playlist. It’s worth saying too, that many of these tracks don’t appear on Youtube. If you like it, support the artists through Bandcamp.
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Rupert Clervaux is a London-based experimental multi-disicplinary artist who has worked with Zoë McPherson, Beatrice Dillon and The Radiophonic Workshop. His debut album came out on Whities.
“Zoë is a great artist, collaborator of mine, and a very good friend. This totally gripping, muscular rhythm and vocal piece is from her excellent new LP, ‘States of Fugue’ – also the first release on her own SFX label.”
James Marrs is a recording artist, with releases on He For She x Femme Culture and Jacktone Recordings. He runs the Bristol-based record label, Laura Lies In, who released the Tara Clarkin Trio’s debut LP earlier this year.
Joe Beedles aka Native is a sound-artist straddling the lines between experimental, ambient, electronic and electroacoustic realms, working in soundscape, video and light.
Tomás Tello – Hijo de un Flautista
“The Tomás Tello album is brilliant. It recalls Jon Hassell’s fourth world stuff but sounds like more of a DIY 2020 bedroom production.”
“The track title says it all.”
“Crumb came on my Spotify recommendations when listening to Mac de Marco to chill tf out. Tip!”
The Tara Clerkin Trio are a Bristol-based group who released on Laura Lies In earlier this year. Their self-titled LP draws influences of blues, jazz, trip hop together into a smoked-out and very assured debut.
Tara Clerkin (Tara Clerkin Trio)
“I’m picking 2 that have cheered me up this week, and both have a particular bitter-sweetness to them that feels especially uplifting at the moment.”
Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet – Entr’acte
“This one has been stopping me in my tracks all week. The bit at 41secs makes my heart ache a little bit.”
Laurel Halo – Out
“I love a song that’s too short and all the sweeter for it, and this is one I return to regularly for a little hit of the feels. It’s got the perfect balance of happy/sad and feels almost accidental, in its own world made up of different spaces pasted together.”
Patrick Benjamin (Tara Clerkin Trio)
B.Rupp – homecoming dub
“This track is off a recent compilation put together by Noods Radio featuring a selection of their residents, and the whole thing is a sweet slice of some of the stuff coming out of Bristol at the moment, largely on the industrial end of things. This particular track hits that sweet spot between big on a dance floor and good in the background of a nice chill with some wine, and it’s ace. Definitely check out the whole compilation also, the tape’s sold out but there’s still a digital release going.”
“CoH is some kind of wizard when it comes to doing a hell of a lot with very little. This track is so sparse, but it doesn’t really feel like it. Also it features the posthumous voice of Peter Christopherson, who was in Throbbing Gristle and that which is cool. Also check out CoH’s album with Cosey Fanni Tutti.”
Karl Blau – Night Tide