Category Archives: Luminous

Sloth Racket at Cafe Oto this October

A quick post to make you aware of the just-announced Sloth Racket album launch at Cafe Oto on 10th October! Tickets are on sale now for this special night – our first gig at Oto – where we’ll celebrate the release of our next album. The as-yet-untitled album is currently in progress and I’m very happy with the direction it’s going…

(Also pleased with the new collage-y image above that I put together for this gig!)

Hold Music out today!

It’s out there! The cr-ow-tr-io album was released today on Luminous. I’m really pleased with how this has turned out. Available as a CD (with one-off hand-printed sleeves) and digital album…

cr-ow-tr-io – Hold Music available to pre-order

Ahead of our performance at hcmf// next week, the first album from cr-ow-tr-io is available to pre-order from Luminous today! It’s a collection of short tracks carved out of long improvisations that Tullis, Otto and I recorded in 2019. You can read more about the trio and the album on the Luminous website – and pre-order the album as a CD and/or digital album over on the label Bandcamp site. You’ll also find three tracks streaming there, so have a listen…


For the CD sleeves I’m experimenting with stencilling and a set of neon paints to create a few different colour options. Each sleeve has its own unique variation of the design and I’ll select one randomly when you order. Pre-ordered CDs will arrive in time for release day on 10th December.

Guest presenting The Efpi Show – 21st June 2021

I’m very happy to be a guest presenter on The Efpi Show, a fortnightly radio show from the label Efpi Records – home of the first album of my own compositions Quadraceratops back in 2014. The show goes out today, Monday 21st June at 5pm on Camp Radio, and will be up on Mixcloud afterwards. [Edit: the Mixcloud player is below! And the page is here.]


Below is a complete tracklist from my episode, and I’ve included links to places where you can buy the music either direct from the artists or from their labels. Sometimes I couldn’t find the track/album in question, but I did find a place where the artist was selling other/more recent work, so I included those links. Some of the tracks are old pop songs that are widely available in the usual places…

Also on the show is an unreleased Ripsaw Catfish set recorded over JackTrip earlier this year, and an interview with Dee Byrne about her new Deemer + 1 album on Luminous.

Hope you enjoy the show! I had a lot of fun putting it together.

The Efpi Show with Cath Roberts, 21st June 2021

Camp Lo – Luchini AKA This Is It (from Uptown Saturday Night, 1997)
Andrew Weathers Ensemble – A Mountain Of Snakes, The High Plains, A Knee In The Earth (from The Thousand Birds In The Earth, The Thousand Birds In The Sky, 2020)
Rogue Three – I Really Kronenberged Up The Whole Place (from No Meat On Bumblebees, 2018)
Elliott Smith – Condor Avenue (from Roman Candle, 1994)
Okkyung Lee – Two Perfectly Shaped Stones (from Ghil, 2013)
MF Doom (prod. Flying Lotus) – Lunch Break
Deemer + 1 – Clear Seeing (from Aftermath, 2021)

[Interview: Dee Byrne]

Deemer + 1 – Kinetic Frenetic (from Aftermath, 2021)
Veruca Salt – Spiderman 79 (from American Thighs, 1994)
Silence Blossoms – King Of Everything (from Silence Blossoms, 2014)
Nut Club – Cheekbones (from December 2013, 2014)

[Ripsaw Catfish – Unreleased JackTrip set, February 2021]

Left-Handed Tapedeck Mix
(originally side A of a cassette mix for Sophie Cooper’s mixtape exchange in the first 2020 lockdown)
Ryoko Ono – pAq (from Alternate Flash Heads, 2015)
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Never A Day In Vain (from Early, 2009)
Laura Cole – Outgoing Vessels (from Enough, 2018)
Stephanie Richards – New Moon (from Fullmoon, 2018)
The Breeders – I Just Wanna Get Along (from Last Splash, 1993)
The B-52s – Dry County (from Cosmic Thing, 1989)
Max Tundra – Lights (from Mastered By Guy At The Exchange, 2002)
Scarub – Wishful Thinking (from Savvy Traveller, 1999)
Beck Hunters – Yes And No (from Has It Been Found?, 2019)

New Luminous website and Deemer + 1 release

It’s done! I’ve been working on a website for the Luminous label for quite a while – and it’s now live at luminouslabel.co.uk. The label has been going for six years, so it feels good to give it an independent online presence as well as its collection of nested Bandcamp sites. Along with the new mailing list (see previous post), the site will be the primary place for all label activities. Speaking of which…
The new album by Deemer + 1 is available to pre-order today, in advance of its 4th June release on Luminous. They are also doing a live show on release day to celebrate the album, which is a collaboration with Johnny Hunter. Head to the Deemer Bandcamp site to order these things…

New mailing list for the Luminous Label

I haven’t been blogging much recently – apologies – but I’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes work with not much to show for it yet! Some of this has been working with Dee on the label, and we’ve got some nice plans for the rest of this year. It feels good putting some more energy into Luminous, and one thing that I *can* point to now is that we’re setting up a new mailing list for the label. This will be a dedicated email list for updates on releases and any other label-related activity. So if you’re interested in hearing about what we’re up to, you can subscribe now using the shiny new form I just made. There will be a first email relatively soon announcing some exciting stuff….

Out today! Exabout: Live in Ramsgate

A new Sloth Racket live album is released today on Luminous! Obviously 2020 hasn’t quite gone as we’d planned, and so instead of touring this year we are putting out this lovely recording from our 2019 tour.


It’s the full set from our gig at Arco Barco in Ramsgate, hosted by our friends Extra Normal Records. This was a really great night at a brilliant quirky seafront venue (accessed via a ladder!), where we shared the bill with Evan Parker playing a solo set. Anton Hunter was on recording duties and Alex Bonney has mixed it for this special live release.

The album is a digital-only release, our first one ever and mainly to keep costs down during these ‘times’. However, I had always planned to do new Sloth Racket shirts in 2020, and even with no tour I’ve gone ahead and got them made. There are three colours to choose from and a brand new scribbly logo design. The shirts are organic cotton, printed with eco-friendly inks by I Dress Myself in Frome. I’m really happy with how they came out – they are really soft and the print quality is excellent. The mockup image below shows the colours – head to the Bandcamp page for a size guide.

Hope you enjoy the music! I enjoyed listening through last year’s tour in the process of making it. Here’s to the slothtours of the future…

New duo album with Dee Byrne: DISEMBARK!

Disembark! is out today on Luminous. It’s the first duo release from Dee Byrne and me – I’m so happy to see it out there after the release (and a tour that was supposed to happen earlier this year) got derailed by the pandemic. It’s available now as a digital album, the thirteenth release on the label, with amazing cover artwork by Dee. I hope you enjoy the music! And keep an eye on Luminous over the course of this Autumn, as we have a few more things up our sleeves….

New live recordings site, and some Bandcamp recommendations

With all live music off for a while yet, I’m working on a new project that looks back at the gigs I’ve been a part of over the past few years. My hard drives are full of audio from past concerts, and in normal times I hardly ever had time to listen to them. In lockdown, or at least in the rare moments that I’m able to focus on working at something, there’s time to have a good dig around in the files and listen back to some sets. I’ve set up a new Bandcamp site that will act as a kind of scrapbook of old and raw live recordings from my archive. This will be a slow burner, but the first two recordings are up now – a solo set and a duo set with Seth Bennett, both from 2016. All the music on this site will be ‘name your price’, so there’s the option to pay on the door for these old gigs. The money will be split equally between the musicians on the recording.

As you may be aware of from seeing a billion social media posts, Bandcamp are giving artists some extra support during the pandemic by waiving their commission on the first Friday of the month in May, June and July. We have something in the pipeline at Luminous HQ for the July one, so keep an eye out for that. And as today is May 1st, I thought I’d pull together a few recommendations of music to check out and support some artists close to my heart…

Article XI – Live In Newcastle (Discus) / Anton Hunter – LUME Kestrel Online

I’m proud to be a member of Anton’s large ensemble, and it’s great to see a second release out there. This live album was recorded on our double bill large ensemble tour in 2017, at the mighty Bridge Hotel in Newcastle for Jazz North East. Featuring two previously unrecorded Anton Hunter originals! Anton is also releasing a brand new track TODAY, made in lockdown, with lots of us playing and a kestrel drawing by me…

Bathing Trio – Stretford – Bromley-by-Bow – Peckham

The excellent trio of Sam Andreae, Otto Willberg and David Birchall are making tracks together live over the interwebs. This is one of several improvised lockdown sets they’ve published so far…

Deemer – Live at the Vortex (Luminous)

Dee and Merijn are currently working on something new for Luminous, but check out this live set from 2016 if you haven’t already.

Kodian Trio – Live In Leeds (Raw Tonk)

The latest slice of Kodian Trio goodness on Raw Tonk Records, recorded by Chris Sharkey at LS6 Cafe.

Ti/om – The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Madwort Records)

This is a pretty special release, several years in the making. Ti/om went to the Isle of Eigg in 2016, staying in a bothy together for a week and recording these pieces. It’s lovely to see them surfacing now on Madwort Records.

Johnny Hunter – Pale Blue Dot (Northern Contemporary)

A four movement sextet suite by Johnny Hunter, recorded at the Lescar in Sheffield. A gig I wished I could have attended! The fourth release on the excellent Northern Contemporary label.

Venue fundraisers

It’s a very challenging time for music venues right now for obvious reasons, and they need our support if we are able. Hundred Years Gallery and the Vortex both have fundraiser Bandcamp sites, Martin Clarke’s oem label is raising money for Arch 1, and IKLECTIK has a page of fundraising music on its website. Here are some starting points…

Off Bandcamp, you could always become a digital member of Cafe Oto and support them while treating yourself to a year of amazing downloads.

I’m finding it hard to engage with the online world, and with everything that’s going on around us in the real world I’m struggling to even think about being creative. We all have to do what we do to get through this! I hope you find some sounds you love in this post, and that we can all be back out there listening to and playing live music again soon.

Tracks played on the Ambrosia Rasputin show…

Earlier today (Sunday 30th September) I was a guest on Ivor Kallin’s Ambrosia Rasputin Show on Resonance FM. It was a lot of fun chatting to Ivor and playing some tracks by friends and collaborators as well as some of my own, so I thought I’d post links here to the music I played. You can find the relevant albums on Bandcamp by clicking through on the embeds below. The whole show is available to listen to on Mixcloud, and also features two duo improvisations from Ivor (on viola) and me (on baritone sax) live in the studio.

We opened with a couple of my own pieces:

Then I played ‘Bone Machine’ by the Pixies! A classic track that I don’t need to link to here…

Next up was some Entropi:

And then some Article XI:

Some Birchall/Cheetham/Webster/Willberg:

And a track from the new album by Tom Ward and Adam Fairhall, the first release on Madwort Records:

To round things off I played Dee Byrne’s composition for Saxoctopus:

Big thanks to Ivor for inviting me! It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday lunchtime.