Song of the Week: The Cinematic Orchestra’s “Manhatta”

A perfect piece of instrumental music can totally transform my mood so much more than a pop song. In the case of a track like The Cinematic Orchestras “Manhatta”, it whisks me away to a lovely, far away place. It’s both comforting and exhilarating at the same time.

And, for DJs, tracks like this are essential for sewing together the fabric of a radio show as they are often used as “fill” music between sets, while the DJs announce the songs you’ve just heard.

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UK’s The Cinematic Orchestra like to take on big challenges.

Founder Jason Swinscoe dips his toes in many styles to create a sound that is bigger than its parts and flush with emotion and he has has long been intrigued by the link between vision and sound. Earlier the collective “re-soundtracked” the film “Man With A Movie Camera”.

Now, with the album “In Motion #1”, he invited some of his favorite musicians and producers to provide soundtracks to — or re-imagine — seminal worksby great avant garde film-makers. Find out more here.

(Side note: They are signed to the label Ninja Tune, who also released Kid Koala’s latest album — a fantastic, beat-heavy take on blues music called “12 Bit Blues” – earlier this year.)

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