Ahead of Our Time
Coldcut are founders of Ninja Tune, the UK independent electronic music label. Ahead of Our Time was their original label before Ninja Tune and in 2016 was reopened autonomously as a channel, lab, and general playground to facilitate free expression of and experimentation with a range of music, ideas and interests. Bogus Order are Coldcut’s alter ego that release on Ahead of Our Time. BO’s discography can be found here.
James Heather announces Modulations: EP1
On June 9th contemporary pianist James Heather releases ‘Modulations: EP 1’ via the Ninja Tune imprint Ahead Of Our Time, which is Coldcut’s re-launched playground for free expression and experimentation.
These sparse pieces ebb and flow, slowly enveloping the listener in a subtly subliminal fashion. Heather’s minimalist approach allows the instrument’s rhythmic, tonal and melodic capability to take centre stage, offering an intimate encounter with the piano and its player.
‘Modulations: EP 1’ is the first in a series of EPs that showcase a versatile handling of assorted emotions and styles. The seven tracks are drawn from Heather’s large bank of self-penned music, which were written and recorded at different times and in various headspaces. ‘EP 1’ will be followed by an album in the summer, which represents a more unified body of conceptual work.
James Heather is one of the new school set of ‘post classical’ artists flourishing in the wake of the long, steady but recently accelerated success of figureheads like Max Richter, Ben Lukas Boyson and Jóhann Johannsson, and the wider public’s overdue but now burgeoning relationship with this varied genre.
In 1990, Bogus Order released Zen Brakes Vol. 1, the first ever Ninja Tune release. Last year saw the reemergence of Bogus Order with The Bullnose Step EP, and this year they unveil Zen Brakes Vol. 2, the sequel to a historic debut some 27 years ago via Ahead Of Our Time.
Alongside this release, Bogus Order will be unveiling Pixi, an iOS based artwork synthesis app from Coldcut built on the concept of Granular Synthesis that was used to create the album imagery. Currently, the app exists in two forms– a modular synth iPad version and a Player version for phones and pads. Zen Brakes Vol. 2 will include a player app featuring tracks from the album that users can interact with to create and upload pictures to accompany the music, allowing for visual remixes of their own images. The record will also see a limited edition CD release which will feature 10 different artwork cover variations to coincide with each track from the album.
You can read more about the Pixi app here ahead of Zen Brakes Vol. 2’s release.
Bogus Order – The Bullnose Step EP
Bogus Order, creators of Zen Brakes Vol. 1, return with a new 12” on Ahead Of Our Time – 26 years since the last release.
1. Bullnose Step
2. Ex Voto
3. It’s Up To You