FRKWYS Volume 8 is a cosmic collaboration

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The latest release of the FRKWYS series is a collaboration between Blues Control and Laraaji. “Awakening Day” starts the two-sided album off with a strong, ambient, space-like feeling that you can easily get lost in. A cosmic force has certainly brought Russ Waterhouse, Lea Cho (Blue Control) and Laraaji together to create a galactic journey of music and sound. The duo of Watherhouse and Cho formed Blues Control in Queens and have recently relocated to Pennsylvania. Laraaji, the grandfather of the group, has been recording and performing since the late '70s. While playing in Washington Square Park back in the day, Laraaji was “discovered” by Brian Eno and soon went on to release Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, as part of Eno's Ambient series. Laraaji has an incredible track record of albums and collabortions spanning over the past few decades. The three musicians amazingly created and recorded the whole album in one day, improvsing themes and sounds to release another strong installment of the FRKWYS series.

FRKWYS, a spin-off of legendary '40s record label, Folkways, started back in 2009 with the intention of creating reinterpretation and collaboration within electronic music. Volume 8 creates an audible journey through time and space with a total of four tracks and two bonus songs. As with every FRKWYS release, the Volume 8 LP is packaged in thick black jackets with two-color adhesive wrap, and the cover, as always, is a toned photo of the collaborators. LP, CD, and cassette will release November 15 and digital download is available November 29 at You can listen to “Awakening Day” below.

Blues Control & Laraaji – Awakening Day by RVNG Intl.