New Charles Webster album
Charles is currently working on a new artist album for a q2/2019 release....it will be released worldwide on all formats.
The album features a selection of amazing vocalists and collaborators...
Vocalists include : Shara Nelson, Ingrid Chavez,Terra Deva,Thandi Draai, Sio , Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse....with guest appearances from Burial and Martin Iveson.
Charles Webster remixes
Charles has remixes currently avaliable or forthcoming for: Ingrid Chavez, UNA , Luka Sambe and Filterbear, Kid Grimm, Lehar, Paul Randolph, Luka, Aeonix (subtract)...
Webster Wraight Ensemble remastered and expanded album.
The highly anticipated remastered (in wonderful 24bit by Martin Iveson) and expanded edition of the "No Lucky Days' album will soon be avaliable.
there will also be remixes of the album...by some great friends - Pepe Bradock, Dean Dacosta, High Skies, Kuniyuki, Juju and Jordash, James Duncan and John Daly and Frawl.
Some press for Webster Wraight Ensemble -'No Lucky days'
The first E.P of music from Charles and Emilie Chick's new Love Tapes project will be released soon..
Some records, they just floor you. Phuture's "Rise From Your Grave", that one got me. The first time I heard Run-DMC the music hit me so hard I was unable to eat for three days afterwards. "Misled" by Moodymann. The Durutti Column's "Circuses & Bread". Venom's "Black Metal". "Baby Be Mine" off Thriller. The Nintendo theme tune for RoboCop. Some music just instantly hits.
No Lucky Days is a record of this type. In terms of instrumentation and production, it's an exceptionally good work. But it's a universe away from self-regarding coffee house acid jazz. There's lush production - harp and woodwind are deployed well here - bucolic vibe - but the lyrics go right into everyday urban life, where 'no-one seems to notice the darkness around'. The word darkness is sung almost as if it's meant to say 'doubtness'. Full marks to Emilie Chick for the vocals on this.
I love all of this record, but The Ruins of Britain is especially good, as is Rise which starts off as spoken word, kind of tomb of the unknown (millions of) factory worker(s) stuff- and ends up with a full three minutes of the word "nothing" repeated by an opera style chorus. Well it would be that but for (after three minutes of 'nothing' - Cage reference?) you suddenly get the words "ghosts forgotten".
This is powerful stuff. After all, who are these 'ghosts, forgotten'? Us, that's who. The chimney sweepers, prostitutes, farmhands, unemployed people, minimum wage kids, pensioners, care workers. Dreamers.
There are some heavy themes in this work. But it's not about defeat. Final track Nature and Light wraps up the record with advice on optimism - 'To survive, be alive/ Every wind bends every branch/ on higher trees of wisdom".