NEWS: An island-hopping pair: Seahawks on KPM + Coastlines

With the first signs of Spring gently surfacing, we announce 2 albums that should be soundtracking your longer days for months to come: Seahawks’s sun-kissed contribution to the hallowed KPM library series and the slo-mo beach jazz of Coastlines form a harmonious, Balearic-tinged pair.

2020 marks 10 years since Ocean Trippin’, the first Seahawks release, and Island Visions is the perfect distillation of the sounds, sights, textures and moods that Jon Tye and Pete Fowler have been exploring over the last decade. Sunrise to sunset condensed to two sides of an LP. The normal rules of space and time don’t apply here.

From the grooves of Brian Bennett to the moog vibrations of Mike Vickers, the lush textures of Les Baxter to the experimental sounds of Delia Derbyshire and David Vorhaus, this new music channels sounds and moods from across the KPM universe.

Coastlines is the self-titled long player from the new Japanese production unit of DJ and producer Masanori Ikeda and solo artist, session musician and Cro-Magnon keyboard player Takumi Kaneko.

The pair wanted to make laid-back listening music for now, laying Takumi’s playful keys over Masanori’s widescreen balearic jazz-fusion to conjure beautiful and breathtaking “coastlines”.

Originally a CD only release in Japan, this double LP vinyl version for the rest of the world is a limited pressing of just 500 copies.

Island Visions and Coastlines will be released on the 17th of April, and are available for pre-order now at . Here you’ll find extensive release notes and soundclips for all tracks.

Matt Mead

Matt Mead

Freelance writer who likes anything with heart and soul