Release Info

AMJ to release Heartbeat with RSD

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Heartbeat EP

Here come the AMJ Collective with their next vinyl offering to be released on Mon March 16th.

Heartbeat …. a powerhouse of a tune dropping the nyabinghi rhythm.

Features the drum and bass duo of Mark Spence and Andy Clarke, horns by Michel Padron and African flute from Dramane Dembele.

With Rob Smith at the controls, this is another tasty delivery from the AMJ-RSD crew. Flip side brings a chilled steppers in Blue Mountain, guest strings courtesy of Cuban trio Patricia Flechilla, Xotchil Lopez and Indira Perez.

Stay tuned for more info and some tasty excerpts…

Clychau Dibon released in France and Switzerland today!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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http://musique.fnac.com/a7168262/Catrin-Finch-Clychau-dibon-CD-album

Clychau Dibon est la rencontre heureuse et inespérée entre la harpe celtique de la galloise Catrin Finch et la kora (la harpe africaine) du sénégalais Seckou Keita. Un conte de fées, de bardes et de bons esprits au service d’une quête de partage musical.

Réunir dans un même écrin, les sons mêlés de ces deux instruments si éloignés et si similaires est une idée qui a fait son chemin dans l’esprit de John Hollis, co-producteur du disque, depuis les années 80 lorsqu’il sillonnait l’Afrique mandingue en compagnie de Toumani Diabaté. Et certaines idées ont la vie dure ! Ce projet de rencontre, tel un écho du passé ressurgit lors de discussions entre John Hollis et Dilwyn Davis (Théâtre Mwldan de Cardigan, Pays de Galles) qui partageaient la même vision afro-celtique du mariage des cordes et qui deviendra l’autre co-producteur de l’album. Mais pour donner sens et corps à cette démarche il convenait de le faire avec les meilleurs représentants de chaque discipline.

Catrin Finch, « reine de la harpe », harpiste officielle du Prince de Galles d’un côté, Toumani Diabaté, génie malien des 21 cordes de l’autre. La rencontre est planifiée, répétitions, concerts. Malheureusement les évènements au Mali ont eu raison de la présence à temps de Toumani pour les répétitions. C’est Seckou Keita qui prit le relais et échangé avec Catrin sur le répertoire. Une vraie rencontre entre les deux artistes. Les concerts de Catrin et Toumani furent un triomphe et Seckou, invité sur scène par le duo affirma un charisme époustouflant, une élégante puissance de jeu ainsi qu’une humilité déconcertante entre ces deux monstres sacrés. Comme une évidence, en 2012, Catrin et Seckou décidèrent de consommer ensemble ce mariage de cordes et d’enregistrer cet album de feu.

Seckou Keita, naît en 1978 et grandit à Ziguinchor, capitale de la Casamance, au Sud du Sénégal. Il est élevé dans la maison des Cissokho, ses grands parents maternels, dans la pratique et la fabrication de tous les instruments traditionnels, kora, percussions diverses (seourouba, sabar, djembé). Famille de griots, les Cissokho sont des joueurs de kora. A l’âge de sept ans il construit sa première kora, à quatorze il apprend et restitue le répertoire mandingue. Egalement excellent percussionniste, il s’installe en Angleterre en 1998, base arrière de ses multiples tournées internationales. Catrin Finch quant à elle, sensiblement du même âge que Seckou, découvre la harpe à l’âge de 5 ans, quand elle assiste au concert d’une harpiste espagnole. Elle est subjuguée. Elle entame alors un cursus traditionnel et à 9 ans, elle a déjà terminé sa formation. Elle continuera de se perfectionner avec l’une des harpistes les plus renommées du pays, Elinor Bennett. A l’âge de 19 ans elle sera invitée à jouer à Buckingham Palace et deviendra entre 2000 et 2004 la harpiste officielle du palais. A ce titre elle ne cessera de voyager et de représenter son pays dans de multiples manifestations culturelles. Grâce à son statut et sa notoriété elle entend changer l’image qui est généralement celle de la harpe. Elle entend prouver à travers ce type de projet que la harpe n’est pas seulement un instrument médiéval très codifié mais également un incroyable vecteur d’émotions et de partage.

Deux artistes, deux cultures mais un héritage commun, celui des instruments à cordes au son de cristal, mais aussi deux pays imprégnés de cette tradition des bardes d’un côté, des griots de l’autre.

On y transmet les valeurs par le récit, l’oralité, la musique, la poésie. A l’écoute de l’album, on est estomaqués par cette alchimie, le résultat est saisissant, chaque titre, qu’il soit un traditionnel gallois ou une composition de Seckou est restitué comme s’ils les avaient toujours joués ensemble. Un album à mettre entre toutes les oreilles.

CLYCHAU DIBON

Clychau, en gaélique signifie la cloche, les Dibons sont des oiseaux présents notamment le long du fleuve Niger en Guinée. Ils vivent en couple pendant la journée et se séparent toutes les nuits pour retourner dans leur arbre respectif. Au petit matin, lorsqu’ils veulent se rejoindre, l’un chante et l’autre répond en volant vers lui. Ces appels ont été entendus par des chasseurs et restitués à l’aide de percussions. Ce rythme dibon accompagne généralement le retour des fermiers au village. Le dibon est aussi le nom donné à la deuxième corde de la kora.

The International Dibon

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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Catrin and Seckou's album will be released in the US via Sterns/Forced Exposure on the 13th May http://www.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/AAR.025CD.html

France and Switzerland will see the CD released on May 26th.

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita album now on pre-order

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The debut album from Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita is now availble for preorder exclusively from this site.
To order a copy and stream the featured track click here.

You can sign up to the newsletter and download a free track by clicking here.

To listen to previews of the tracks, please use the player below. Enjoy!

 

 

SIGN FROM AMJ released

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
SIGN FROM AMJ
The debut album from the AMJ Collective is now released. Sign features mixes from all four AMJ departments – Almighty Groove, Dub, RSD and Space.

Dub Maestro Rob Smith is no stranger to innovative sonic adventures, a Bristol man who emerged from the reggae scene of the 80s as a guitarist and engineer, later developing his craft as a producer, DJ and re-mixer. Known for his work in Smith & Mighty and More Rockers, now piloting his own unique RSD sound, Rob tours constantly, performing in many countries across the globe.

Space mixes
Jonathan Lane worked with the BBC for ten years, plying his craft as an engineer with Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4 and network TV. Afterwards he set up his own recording business in Bristol specialising in acoustic and classical music working with many artists from Andy Sheppard to the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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AMJ release Sign Of The Space

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Following on from the success of their Depth Drop and Sign Of The Dub 7" release and as a taster to the full blown album due in the Summer,  AMJ have now released Sign Of The Space. A fabulous ambient 4 track EP remixed by Jonathan Lane.

Jonathan Lane joined the BBC in 1979, plying his craft as an engineer for ten years with Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4 and network TV, working with many major artists and producers as well as presenters from John Peel and Paul Gambaccini to Kenny Everett and Terry Wogan.

In 1989 he left the BBC and set up his freelance studio and location recording business in Bristol. Working on countless classical and jazz sessions with figures including Andy Sheppard, Pewee Ellis, Sir David Willcocks, John Lill, Mark Padmore and ensembles such as the Solomon Trio, the Sun Life Band and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, he has developed a very fine understanding of acoustic instruments. In 1998 he began engineering sessions for producer John Hollis who brought a steady stream of international artists into the studio from Totó la Momposina and Cimarron to Billy Cobham and Asere, then finally the AMJ Collective.

AMJ is Andy Clark, Mark Spence and John Hollis. Brought together by reggae and motivated by a shared dub sensibility, they have been working with a collective of musicians from harpist Catrin Finch to kora player Seckou Keita (both of whom feature on these sessions) building a unique sound which they take into very different sonic and musical spheres.

Jonathan was given the challenge of ‘space mixes’, the concept being akin to dub but using subtle acoustic arrangement rather than relying solely on effects.  He responded by drawing on a lifetime of musical experience, from which he weaves a rich and innovative sound world. Enjoy the journey.

 

Seckou appears on Jazz FM CD and BA

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Seckou's track Hino will be appearing on the latest Jazz FM limited edition compilation available from Jan. The CD entitled "A world of Discovery" will also be carried on all BA planes in flight entertainment systems,on both short and long haul.
This album, which is the third in the series, consists of a unique selection of largely undiscovered tracks from many of the less known corners of the musical globe
Have a listen as you fly…
 

Depth Drop Digital Release: 12 November

Friday, November 9th, 2012

 Depth Drop and Sign Of The Dub by AMJ, previously only available as a 7" single, is now being released digitally.

Use the player above to order your copy!

RSD re-mix tracks from the AMJ Collective …..

Dub Maestro Rob Smith is no stranger to innovative sonic adventures, a Bristol man who emerged from the reggae scene of the 80s as a guitarist and engineer, later developing his craft as a producer, DJ and re-mixer. Known for his work in Smith & Mighty and More Rockers, now piloting his own unique RSD sound, Rob tours constantly, performing in many countries across the globe.

The trio that is AMJ, Andy Clarke (drums), Mark Spence (bass) and John Hollis (producer) have been building their new project called The Almighty Groove,  inviting a Collective of musicians from different places (Cuba, Colombia, Senegal etc) to record on their sessions – acoustic instruments and live performance being a main feature of the work.

 AMJ meets RSD is a new collaboration and Depth Drop the first single …..

Invited to delve into the AMJ Treasure Trove, Rob draws on his pallet of sounds and effects to take the imagination large. Warm and bass heavy, enter a world of sonic delight …..

Seckou Keita: Miro album released

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

We are very proud to announce that Seckou Keita's brand new album "Miro" is now available on iTunes and all other digital retailers. The actual CD will be available in the shops and on Amazon from the 8th October (although anyone going to the live shows will be able to get their's a little bit early… and get it signed too!). Please use the player to listen to previews of all the tracks and press the links below it to buy the album from your favourite store..

Toto track El Pescador for Womad 30th Anniversary release on Real World

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

We are honoured to announce that Toto's track El Pecador has been chosen for the WOMAD 30th anniversary celebration CD. This album is a celebration of the wonderful Real World artists who have performed at WOMAD over the years. The relationship between WOMAD and Real World Records was apparent from day one and almost all of Real World's roster have subsequently trod WOMAD's boards at some point. Quite a few, like Toto have done so many times. This 30-track tribute is an assembly of those Real World artists who've been most closely connected with the festival over the last three decades and we are proud to be a part of it!