Dizraeli release ‘Never Mind’ and music video

Dizraeli and the Small Gods“Folk or hip hop? I don’t know, but Dizraeli and The Small Gods make me realise how wonderful it is to hear real English – fluent, witty and arresting”. The Times Saturday Review, March 2012

‘Never mind’ grabs you by the collar from the first bar of skittering folk guitars and vocal harmony, then pulls you into a stomping, headnod carnival of DJ Downlow’s twisting turntablism and Dizraeli’s elastic rap flow. The hook explodes into being like the Andrews Sisters on acid, led by Cate Ferris’ hypnotic voice and Bellatrix’s jaw dropping beatbox – it will turn in your mind for days. The track demonstrates all the humour, talent and genre fusion that makes this modern collective so great, and so very different.

The B side ‘The Little Things’ displays the darker, deeper side of this complex group; a perfect introduction to their forthcoming album. Diz’s honest, intelligent lyrical prowess is in full flood on this song dedicated to his nan.

Headed by award-winning rapper and multi-instrumentalist Dizraeli and featuring World Female Beatbox Champion Bellatrix, The Small Gods formed in autumn 2009 to tour Diz’s debut solo album ‘Engurland (City Shanties)’. Within a year the band had been invited to play on prestigious stages around the country, from Glastonbury to London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and had collaborated with artists as diverse as Chris Wood (2x BBC ‘Folk Singer of the Year’) and Shlomo (beatboxer and World Loop Station Champion).

In 2012, with a fresh set of songs and a brand new album on the way Dizraeli and The Small Gods continue to rise. They’ve already have a German tour, shows at the Barbican and Southbank Centre, several sellout gigs and two BBC Introducing live sessions under their belts, as well as a host of European appearances, main stage shows at many UK festivals and a set at the notoriously picky WOMAD.

The new single is a taster of what is to come from Dizraeli. With an album ready for release in 2013 together with a full UK tour – the seven piece’s reinvention of hiphop will be hard to ignore.

The Independent stated: “Laura Marling is introduced as one of the biggest folk singers of all time… It’s Dizraeli and the Small Gods, however, telling touching, funny stories of riots, atheism and Englishness though folk, rap, spoken word and hymns, who embody 21st Century folk”.

Anstam releases ‘Stones and Woods’ on 50 Weapons

Anstam - Stones and Woods“If ‘Dispel Dances’ was the journey deep into the heart of Anstam – then ‘Stones and Woods’ is the diary of living there.” – Anstam 2012

In the beginning, within the pre-social media and over saturated digital information world we live in today Anstam stood “deeply inspired by the coolness of Steve Reich, the inapprehensible progressive nature of all the Frank Zappa stuff and the brutal epicness of Norwegian Black Metal.”

With a passion for composition and notes over hardware and pattern based Techno Anstam took the hard road in the mid 90’s composing on an Amiga 500 with 8 bit sample cartridges. Using the computer as his orchestra the focus was bringing the cold dead 1’s and 0’s alive giving them the musicality and elegance of a performance. Creativity thrives within restrictions, forcing limited technology past its boundaries and re-writing what was previously possible. Producers like: Experimental Audio Research, Mike Ink and Squarepusher all provided focus for the early days of Anstam and set the bench level of the possibilities within electronic music.

As time went on Anstams state of mind was coloured by his social surroundings. Through studying, exhibiting contemporary fine art, playing concerts and releasing music; the initial feelings of it being a personal journey, an experiment of isolation were lost. ‘Dispel Dances’ was all about entering the unknown once again embracing all the “good or evil it could bring.”

‘Stones and Woods’ has tracks for the dark heart of forward thinking dance floors all the way to thick spacious textures with all the foreboding of Demdike Stare playing in an abandoned church late at night. Set out like an 80’s pop record every song tells its own story, while being more introverted and emotional than previous material seeing a more fragile side to the Anstam sound. The album opens with hard organic percussion reminiscent of label mate Dave Huismans dark broken beats accompanied by a horror soundtrack moving into arpeggiated xylophones and warped melodies. This is music that defies explanation; it rather demands your attention and willingness to immerse yourself in its depths, letting it guide you through the industrial yet organic world.

Sometimes a challenge but always rewarding 50 Weapons’ “Prince of Darkness” steps up once more showing everyone what’s possible in the ever changing electronic music landscape.

ANSTAM // Stones and Woods // teaser from ANSTAM on Vimeo.