Stream: Trabajar - LTO

I've been meaning to post this track from Bristol musician LTO for a few days but have only just really got around to it. There's a lush loose and flexible sound to Trabajar that you can't help but want to move to - it's gorgeously mechanical and yet also feels so alive. There's more than a hint of Autechre and Ricardo Villalobos to this...

Having first rose to attention as part of the Old Apparatus Collective in 2011, LTO is a solo project. Trabajar is taken from LTO's second solo release, the EP No Pasa Nada, which is due on Injazero Records soon. The titles Trabajar and No Pasa Nada are both Spanish verbs and the influence of LTO's journeys across South America is clear not just in the titles, but in the sound and atmosphere of this music. Trabajar is intricately planned and thrillingly alive. Love.

Stream: Borders - The Half Earth

The Half Earth has just released this lovely breathless track on Soundcloud in advance of his forthcoming EP Light Breaks In. The Half Earth, real name Conor Stephenson, is a native Sheffield musician and this is the first track to be previewed from the EP since Glass, a track that gained over 20,000 plays on Soundcloud when it was put online ten months ago.

During that time Stephenson has been busy working with producer Rich Cooper, who has previously worked with Mystery Jets and Banks, to turn early demos into fully formed numbers like Borders. Expect swirling orchestral emotions with touches of electronic and folk-influenced production.

You can catch The Half Earth on tour with Lucy Rose (see the dates on her Facebook page).