Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Air Max '97 | Fruit Crush EP (LMNL005)

Liminal Sounds this week released their latest EP with which they welcome back Air Max '97. Following on from his debut 'Progress And Memory' the latest, titled 'Fruit Crush' is a 3 track EP that perfectly showcases the progression in Air Max '97s sound.

The lead track 'Fruit Crush' & 'Shape Cut' play against each other well, with differing tempos to each & the wealth of curious twists & turns throughout make it an intriguing listen. It's all slightly alien sounding, but still bustling with a bunch of bass, synths & drums to maintain the energy. 

The 3rd track on the flip, 'Armour Form' sees a collaboration with fellow Australian producer Strictface, another who is taking a lot of well-deserved praise for a distinctive take, especially in his use melody, in Grime right now. Their collab on the track works a treat, it's a high-octane affair full of sharp snares & scattered crashes & most definitely one built for the club.

Check the Fruit Crush EP from Air Max '97 in full via the stream below. Out now & available now on 12" via Bleep / Juno / Kudos & digitally through Junodownload / Boomkat / iTunes / Amazon / Kudos courtesy of Liminal Sounds

Murlo | Jasmine EP (Mixpak Records)

Murlo has fast become one of the most recognisable producers out of the UK in recent months. With his exciting & without doubt distinctive approach to establishing a sound that incorporates a host of his influences, his productions sit somewhere between Garage, R&B, Dancehall & Grime.

Mixpak this week announced news of the first of a series of EPs Murlo will be putting out with them in the Jasmine EP - a full original vocal release that features the wonderful Gemma Dunleavy.

Due out on February 4th, you can pre-order now & get full info via Mixpak plus full previews below.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Mo Kolours | How I (Rhythm Love Affair)

The year 2014 was a real good one for Mo Kolours & the rest of the 22a crew & last week previews of a track taken from a new forthcoming release on one of our favourite labels, One Handed Music, emerged.

'How I' is full of energy & heavy percussion that make it hard not to move to, with beautifully addictive vocals that wind & loop throughout to top things off nicely. As mentioned, it's the first track taken from a new EP which will be available on 12" & digitally courtesy of OHM in early March.

You can get in early & pre-order the EP here or catch the video teaser below along with soundcloud stream to hear the track in full

Friday, 23 January 2015

Dele Sosimi | Sanctuary (Titeknots Remix)

It's Friday & this is most definitely a welcoming way to bring in the weekend - some upbeat free downloadable afrobeat niceness courtesy of Wah Wah 45's. Check full info & get your hands on it via soundcloud stream below
Wah Wah 45s are proud to present the first remix to emerge of their new signing, and afrobeat legend, Dele Sosimi! 
Mysterious south coast producer, and Tru Thoughts recording artist, Titeknots delivers a powerful punch with his club friendly re-work of Dele’s first single for Wah Wah 45s. As a beat-maker who prides himself in making ‘house music for dancers, not head-nodders’ he comes through with a dance floor destroying mix that sets Dele’s rasping vocals against typically incendiary drums, percussion and dramatic strings to create a sure fire club banger. 
Born in Hackney, East London, but soon to return to his parents’ native Nigeria at the age of four, Dele Sosimi was schooled and raised in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s shadow at the height of early 70s afrobeat. Having been chosen by Fela to join his band at somewhat of a tender age, he was still a young man when sharing Fela’s Glastonbury stage in 1984, and became both Musical Director for both Fela’s Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti’s Positive Force. 
After Fela’s passing in 1997, Dele went on to concentrate on his own solo career and, with diligent patience, carved out his own afrobeat crown. In London, where he now resides, his Afrobeat Vibration all-nighters are charged with his passion, labours and his unrelenting spirit and deliver Fela classics alongside his own compositions from his first two studio albums, Turbulent Times, and Identity.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

#asif | Nick Knight / Simon Foxton

Dwight Sykes L.U.S.T. Productions | If You Want My Love (PPU 7")

L.U.S.T. stands for Love- Unity- Soul- Trust, a family production company from Stone Mountain Georgia native Dwight Sykes. "If You Want Me" even features a rap from Dwight's daughter. 7" single is backed with "You That I Need" from his debut LP Songs Volume One on Peoples Potential Unlimited.

Due for release on PEOPLE'S POTENTIAL UNLIMITED on 12 February 2015

Juce | The Other One

New(ish) Juce.

Experiencing Gnawa in Marrakech

A few months back I was lucky enough to catch an hour-long live stream from Marrakech of Maalem Mohamed Kouyou performing and it was an incredibly hypnotising experience - even just witnessing it through my laptop screen. I have little to no knowledge on Gnawa music, but most definitely enjoy it & want to hear & find out more. It's folky, repetitive, rhythmic with a real soulful feel to it.

In my quest to find out more, I came across a piece by Gabriel Szatan about Gnawa, its origins & intentions - along with a short video documenting a collaboration project of British electronic musicians & some Gnawa Musicians. Back in March of 2014 when Boiler Room took a trip to Morocco, they were accompanied by James Holden, Floating Points, Vessel & Biosphere to investigate & collaborate with the spiritual form of the local music known as Gnawa.

You can watch the video documenting their experiences below & also the full recording of the mesmerising Maalem Mohamed Kouyou performance.

Novelist & Mumdance - One Sec

A chance now for a look at the video to another track from the relentless Novelist x Mumdance collaboration emerged this week. 'One Sec' is taken from the EP on the same name released this week on the illustrious XL Recordings.

Directed by Simon Halsall, check out the dark, ominous & fantastically put together 'One Sec' video in full below 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Kieron Boothe | Wonder (prod. by Tom Misch)

Keiron Boothe is an artist that we have featured before & he's back again this time with some new stuff lifted from his forthcoming project 'Still Life II', due out in February next year.

On the same kinda tip as what we'd expect following his last mixtape, Boothe once again showcases his flawless flows & storytelling abilities over a soulful hip hop production courtesy of Tom Misch.

Watch the video to the track 'Wonder' below & be sure to stay tuned for more from Kieron Boothe in the coming months in the lead up to his next release

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Floating Points | Nuits Sonores

News of another release from the ever-wonderful Floating Points has surfaced in recent weeks along with previews now up online to bless your ears with. EGL041 sees one last release by the British producer before the year is out with the mesmerising 'Nuits Sonores' along with another, titled 'Nectarines' available to purchase as a 12" or digital download via the Eglo Records Bandcamp as of December 6th

Listen to Nuits Sonores via the soundcloud stream below

Tommy Vicari Jnr | Bring The Flowers

Came across some super nice stuff from Sheffield-based producer Tommy Vicari Jnr recently & this is some of his latest titled 'Bring The Flowers.' Real nice bumpy garage feel to it & will more than likely be trawling through his discography to find some more gems

Listen in full below & check more from Tommy Vicari Jnr here

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Sam Elsewhere | Elsewhere Music (dec 14)

Grab a listen to a new mix courtesy of Liminal Sounds bossman Sam Elsewhere. With releases from She's Drunk & Air Max 97 during the course of the year, Liminal definitely been one of our favourite labels about, so don't be surprised if the immaculate blend of both unreleased & familiar sounds has you gripped from the off.

The 40-minute mix contains cuts from the likes of Neana, Sudanim, Dark Sky & Bloom among others with mixing/blending/clicking + severe head-nodding on my part all occurring throughout. Get your hands on it via a free download & listen in full via the soundcloud stream below

Rosie Lowe | How'd You Like It

Chance now for a listen / watch of new stuff from the ever-fantastic Rosie Lowe. The video to the latest from the South London singer directed by WeAreUs premiered today on Dazed Digital & most definitely getting us pretty excited for a forthcoming album. 

Watch in full below & stay locked to everything Rosie Lowe-related here

Novelist x Mumdance | Shook

This week saw the announcement of some pretty big news in terms of British music with one of the UK's heavyweight labels, XL Recordings letting the world know about the forthcoming new project from Novelist & Mumdance to be released on the label in early 2015. 

January 20th is the date set for release of the '1 Sec' EP, further progression from the brilliant 'Take Time' that dropped this year.

To put things into context for anyone unfamiliar, XL Recordings are a label established in 1989 & that have worked with the likes of The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal, The xx, Radiohead, Beck & Jai Paul among others releasing music across the world & a variation of genres - which really is testament to the high quality on what these guys are doing. Listen in full below to the lead track on the release 'Shook' & be sure to stay tuned for more news on the 1 Sec EP

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Hyp 203: Tall Black Guy

Been bumping this heavily for the past week or so, it's the latest of Hyponik's podcast series with this instalment coming from none other than Tall Black Guy. Available also to grab as a free download via the stream below. Enjoy!
African American and 6 foot 5 in stature, Terrel Wallace’s production alias of Tall Black Guy is one of the most descriptive artist names in recent memory. A native of Detroit, Wallace made his bow in 2011 with a series of downtempo beat excursions, showcasing his love of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul and everything in between. With records such as 2012′s lush ‘Tall Black Guy Vs. Al Green’, he quickly started earning fans all over-with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Jazzy Jeff and Leffto amongst them. Bringing something fresh to the beats scene via an uncommon level of musiciality and technical proficiency, Wallace’s early work hinted at tantalising potential. 
Now living in the UK, Wallace still keenly feels the legacy of his hometown in his music-something that was made abundantly clear with the release of 2013′s debut TBG full length, ’8 Miles To Moenart’. The title of the record is a reference to the Moenart block that Wallace grew up on, and counts as the producer’s attempt to “…make music that would stand the test of time a lot like how Motown music has done”. Ostensibly a beat tape, ’8 Miles…’ stretches far beyond the usual scope of that format-taking in traces of Dilla, Dwele, Timbaland and many more for a musical journey that’s anchored by Wallace’s supreme level of technical ability. Rarely relying on the use of vocalists or rappers to get its point across, the music of TBG is richly expressive and soulful in a way that can’t be taught. 
Here on Hyp 203, he brings us a selection that takes in all the strands of his sound, with cuts from sometime Joey Bada$$ collaborator Odissee, Brownswood’s Diggs Duke and Philly Hip-Hop heroes The Roots, before rounding things off with a cut from himself.

Monday, 1 December 2014

2morrows Victory | Interlude

2morrows Victory are a group that we've featured in the past & are massive fans of here at PV. Things have been quiet for a while from them & anticipation has been building for some new material - they have most definitely delivered on that front. 

For anyone unfamiliar, they are a collective from South London, consisting of Rafael Powell & Greg B (a London based rapper hailing from Chicago) that I originally came across 2 or 3 years back now via Gilles Petersons Worldwide podcasts. A mutual love for cycling along with similar tastes musically, led to them starting a band that mould themselves around a slightly left-field fusion of hip hop & soul music.

Today they presented their newest work to the world, titled 'Interlude' listen in full below & be sure to keep eyes peeled for more forthcoming music & news courtesy of 2morrows Victory
"It's not a crime to sing your own song 
It's easy to become entangled in the views and practices of our world; but we know we are called to be unique. Relax and be 'you'."

A.Motion | Chills (DPM Records)

UK label DPM Records recently presented yet another dancefloor-ready release, courtesy of rising Garage producer A.Motion

'Chills' the lead track on the release from the London based producer & perfectly captures everything we've all come to know & love of the genre, with A.Motion putting his own twist on proceedings - catchy hooks & chords, matched with a sub-low swing that seem built for the club being a highlight. There's been a wealth of support & radio play across 1xtra, Rinse & Kiss FM from the likes of Flava D, Sinden, Dappa & more are testament to the fact that we'll without doubt be hearing more of the work of A.Motion in the future.
This year has proved to be pivotal for him with highlights elsewhere including the collaborative ‘If You Leave’ EP with Conducta on Bullet Train Records, appearing on a compilation for Tumble Audio and sharing a stage with the likes of Spooky, DJ Cameo and Scott Garcia at UKG Fest. 

The 2-track release on DPM also features a real tuff remix from Moony & rounds off a successful year for the London -based producer who is already looking to set 2015 alight with an up-coming track made with Royal-T that's doing damage in recent radio sets.  

Out now, DPM002 is available via all the usual outlets (iTunesJunoBoomkat & direct from DPM ) & you can hear both tracks in full via the stream below

We been quiet for a minute, but resurrecting things once again- be sure to keep eyes peeled for our rundowns on whats happening. 

Elsewhere, following our gig last month at The Bear Club, Luton with Ruane Maurice & Hurricane & also the artwork commission for the show, we produced a super limited run of a dope new hand screen-printed t-shirts as a collaboration between us by Luton-based illustrator Mr Derek. Full images below, available online here