Snake-Eaters debuts Fred Ho's Saxophone Liberation Front, featuring composer Ho on baritone saxophone and Hafez Modirzadeh (soprano), Bobby Zankel (alto) and Salim Washington (tenor). Darker than Blue, inspired by Curtis Mayfield's song, We the People Who are Darker than Blue, employs shifting meters (including a blues section in 11/8 and 11.5 /8), 12-tone serialism, compound meter ostinati, and Lydian chromatic approaches to orchestration. Ho's Yellow Power, Yellow Soul Suite coincides with the soon-to-be publication of the Drs. Roger Buckley and Tamara Roberts' festschrift by the same title, and includes the previously recorded "Fishing Song of the East China Sea" (originally a flute trio with bass violin on the out-of-print recording by Fred Ho and the Asian American Art Ensemble, Bamboo that Snaps Back; and the now-defunct Brooklyn Sax Quartet recording The Far Side of Here), as well as Afro-Asian adaptations of other Asian folk songs.
Hertfordshire lad born and raised Xspance (aka Myles Webb) delivers his debut album for Stripped Recordings entitled “Warm Horizons”. The self-taught music producer has a burning passion and love of electronic music which has always intrigued and driven him forward to produce and develop his own style of electronica. Influenced by the likes of Ulrich Schnauss, Jon Hopkins, Apparat, M83, Tycho, Lamb, Way Out West, Project Skyward, Faithless, Echaskech, Joey Fehrenbach his aim is to create a world of beautiful sounds to stir the emotions within you, those emotions that give you inner warmth, move you with impulse and leave you wanting more. With this album, he certainly has gone a long way to achieving his goal.