Days And Nights At The Takeaway 6: June

The halfway milestone in our year-long project, Days And Nights At The Takeaway, is reached with this epic, slowly unravelling piece recorded with acclaimed British Bengali sarod player Soumik Datta (the sarod is a smaller, more portable version of the sitar).

‘In Slow City’ is based on a raag called ‘Nat Bhairav’,” says Seb. “For this one I wanted to try something that was more of a live performance. I wanted to keep the piece close to how we played it, in the way it slowly grew, which is why it’s around fifteen minutes long.”

‘In Slow City’ has also been reworked by Seb’s Acoustic Ladyland bandmate, bassist Ruth Goller, who has transformed the original into a charmingly peculiar Syd Barrett-like song.

“I had a feeling Ruth would make something I would never ever expect,” says Seb, “And I absolutely adore what she did.”

Head over to our bandcamp now to listen and purchase the single as well as catch up on all the previous singles.

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Days And Nights At The Takeaway 5: May

As Days and Nights at the Takeaway enters its fifth month, we bring you a fabulous collaboration between Seb and Alice Grant. This isn’t the first time the pair have worked together however, having performed in Fulborn Teversham and Acoustic Ladyland.

“Working with Seb on Rini Gave Word was a special day,” says Alice of the recording, “It’s always a joy to work with Seb. It’s been a while since we’ve played together and it was so much fun and really inspiring, as always. I brought along the bare bones of a song I’ve been working on and he took the music in a completely different direction than I would have if I’d finished it on my own.”

Rini Gave Word‘, which is released today, takes a seed of cosmic folk and plants it in a bed of languid lo-fi electronics and percussion and features Alice on drums.

Seb explains “When we got the arrangement down I asked Alice to record some drums on it to which her reply was “but i dont play drums”. For me though, I had a feeling she would play something I would never think of, that would give the song a different feel and I loved what she did. Hearing people playing drums that don’t normally play has always been an inspiration to me and something that I also love about the instrument, the way that it can be so friendly in its first approach”

The bonus remix this month is by the uncategorisable and unique British musician and composer Simon Bookish, and it’s a winner.

Visit our Bandcamp to listen and buy the single now, and catch up on all the previous releases which include collaborations with Jehst, Gina Loring, Micachu and LV among others.

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Days And Nights At The Takeaway 4: April

Top UK MC Jehst is the latest co-conspirator for April’s edition of Days And Nights At The Takeaway, which is released today.

“Jehst is an amazing and unique MC – his lyrics are so imaginative, honest, fearless, playful and evocative, and delivered so you can hear every word,” says Seb. “The idea of this tune was to do something with him that was more primal and with no loops in it. I wanted all the elements to be live. I improvised the backing track imagining I was playing a song and thinking of the drums as the melody.”

Seb sent the track, Seven Nine Zulu, to Jehst, who finished the vocals in The Takeaway a week later.

“When I heard the beat it just put me in mind of classic B-Boy breaks, that ESG, Wildstyle soundtrack type of sound. Late ‘70s Bronx shit,” explains Jehst. “That definitely influenced some of the references in the rhymes and the title in particular which is a nod to the Zulu Nation and growing up on how that New York hip hop sound and culture developed, through the Cold Chillin’ years and all that. In my mind I could just hear that Kane, Rakim type of composed, serious flow, kinda how Black Thought from The Roots rhymes.”

Accompanying the track is a brilliant remix from percussionist Tom Skinner under his Hello Skinny guise. “Listening to anything tom does always inspires me and also humbles me as a drummer.”

You can listen to the tracks below and download them from our Bandcamp page.

 

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Days And Nights At The Takeaway 3: March

The next single from Days And Nights At The Takeaway, Sugah Sweet, is a collaboration between Seb and shadowy dubstep types LV (who also remixed the first release in the series), creating a bubbling hybrid of electronics, cut-up vocals and live drums.

“It was really amazing watching Si and Wil play together,” says Seb, “They’re so in tune with each other, it’s beautiful to see. Doing stuff with LV suddenly made me realise how much inspiration I’m getting doing these tracks with everyone, and how getting to know people by making music with them means that your instinct and trust become the most important parts of the creation.”

The remix this time is by the multi-talented Micachu, under her M.A.T.H.E.S. moniker

“Mica is for me a very special person – her music always inspires and moves me,” says Seb. “Her creativity constantly changes the way I feel about what music can be, and everything she creates is always so uniquely hers. I love what she created from our track.”

You can listen to the tracks below and download them now from our Bandcamp page.

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Days And Nights At The Takeaway 2: February

The second instalment of Days And Nights At The Takeaway, is released this Friday. The new track, ‘Faint Eligible Remains‘, is a collaboration with multi-talented London-based composer/producer/guitarist Leo Abrahams.

“We started this track by using a machine leo took round called the luminist garden,” Seb explains, “It’s like a little garden made of wires that reacts when you run your fingers through it or play some sound on it”

The sounds generated by this intuitive, looping soundboard device were then supplemented by piano (played by both musicians) and guitar.

As with all the singles in the series, the piece is backed with a remix, this time by fellow Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland-founder Pete Wareham. You can hear the tracks now and purchase them from this Friday (Feb 24) on our Bandcamp page.

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Welcome To The Takeaway!

Days And Nights At The Takeaway is a new monthly singles club, curated by Polar Bear‘s Sebastian Rochford, which will run throughout 2012. On the last Friday of each month (payday!), The Takeaway will release a brand new track, featuring Seb collaborating with different musicians every time. Each single will be backed with an exclusive remix.

All the tracks will be recorded in Seb’s studio in a former London takeaway (hence the name). Seb will be working with some spectacular guests so keep your eyes peeled on The Takeaway for news, photos and videos.

The first release in the series, ‘Love A Sacred Path‘ features American poet & singer Gina Loring and British Indian vocalist Ranjana Ghatakand a superb b-side remix by Keysound/Hyperdub mainstays LV.

“Gina and Ranjana had wanted to do something together for a while, and we made this track when Gina was over from LA for a couple of weeks,” says Seb of the hook-up, “This is what we made. Hope you enjoy it!”

You’ll be able to hear and purchase it on our Bandcamp page from January 27th.

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