Hidden Orchestra – Archipelago Mixtape Part One

Over recent years, Hidden Orchestra have been the creators of truly amazing music that transcends genres. In December 2013 we were even lucky enough to see them perform live and it’s an experience that we’ll certainly never forget. To celebrate the release of their second album, Archipelago, which came out on Tru Thoughts Records in October 2012, Joe Acheson has released part one of a new mixtape, which is available for free download.

Like previous mixes it features all the variety of music that Joe has been listening to in the last year or so, much of which he has added to, mashed up or remixed, with lots of spoken word and field recordings. One of the themes is sleep, or the lack of it – and there’s a strong theme of imagined live collaborations – Kelpe with Thom Yorke, Floex with Maxi Jazz, Crunch with Kate Bush, Tinariwen and Guru with a heavy rhythm section, Ivor Cutler and Johnny Cash trading verses over Jan Johansson’s piano with added beats, Hauschka feat. Bob Marley, Steve Reich with vocals from John Lennon and Finsta Bundy, and so on.