Monday, 13 April 2015

Kamasi Washington 'The Epic' (BRAINFEEDER)

Real excited to hear this in full, it's a new project from LA jazz musician Kamasi Washington forthcoming on Brainfeeder titled The Epic. Due out on May 5th, The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington.

Listen to the beautiful Miss Understanding & check out the full tracklist below from the album available to pre-order

The Epic Vol.1: The Plan
1. Change of the Guard 12:16
2. Askim 12:35
3. Isabelle 12:13
4. Final Thought 6:32
5. The Next Step 14:49
6. The Rhythm Changes 7:44

The Epic Vol.2: The Glorious Tale
1. Miss Understanding 8:46
2. Leroy and Lanisha 9:24
3. Re Run 8:20
4. Seven Prayers 7:36
5. Henrietta Our Hero 7:14
6. The Magnificent 7 12:46

The Epic Vol.3: The Historic Repetition
1. Re Run Home 14:06
2. Cherokee 8:14
3. Clair de Lune 11:08
4. Malcolm’s Theme 8:41
5. The Message 11:09

Sir Spyro Presents: The Grime Show w/ Jammz & Mic Ty

Over recent months we've been constantly checking re-ups of Sir Spyro's Sunday evening dosage of Grime on Rinse FM & have certainly not been disappointed. Spyro has always been up there with the best, as far as pushing new Grime sounds go - but in addition to that, of late he's had a bag of MCs come through & touch mic on his show to devastating effect.

On the most part it's been a lot of MC's that are new to us - seeing & hearing fresh faces on the scene is a breath of fresh air & testament to the wealth of talent that can quite often & easily go amiss. One of the recent(ish) revelations that have been bubbling nicely for a little while now, is the pairing of Jammz & Mic Ty. MCing with an exciting flow, energy & delivery & then Jammz also producing trakcs to equally high quality, expect to hear more over the course of this year & beyond. Jammz put out an EP recently titled 'Hit Then Run' that we'd recommend checking out as an introduction to what he's about if you haven't yet come across his work.

Take a moment to watch back Jammz & Mic Ty going back to back on a live Spyro set from his show below

Asante Hunter 'Finding Found'

The work of Asante Hunter was put on our radar recently & we're most definitely diggin' it. For those not familiar, he is a self taught multi-instrumentalist hailing from South London, who's sound demonstrates a whole host of influences that come together perfectly in his latest EP 'Finding Found.' 

Switching between spoken word and witty wordplay over classic hip hop style productions, the seven track EP is one not to be slept on. Grab a listen in full below to Asante Hunter's 'Finding Forever' EP, available to download on iTunes now & be sure to stay tuned for news on fresh material in the future

We're celebrating Record Store Day for the first time at our recent home-from-home Picture House Social this weekend. 
Full info here

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Funktionslust - A Different Street

More new music for your lug'oles. This time it comes courtesy of a duo by the name of Funktionslust that were put on our radar recently and have been really enjoying this week. 

Their newest work, titled A Different Street is hard to pin-down, sitting somewhere between pop and more left-field sounds. The experimental tones present themselves in a host of mechanical sounds and clunks draped over a progressively melodic production courtesy of producer and multi-instrumentalist of the duo Joe Gillick, woven wonderfully in amongst vocals of Sage Redman. 

It's a real great demonstration of what I'm finding exciting in contemporary popular music at the minute - slightly unconventional in production with its rawness and sharpness but also quite adventerous and unafraid in how vocals are entwined around all of this. A mention also for the great artwork by Rebecca Ounstead who's exhibition Tassles 'n' That I managed to catch at Sheffield's Bloc Projects as part of her recent residency there.

All in all, we're most definitely looking forward to hearing more from Funktionslust. Listen to A Different Street for yourself in full below and be sure to keep ears to the ground for more from them hopefully in the not too distant future. 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Lapalux Fader Mix

With his album Lustmore set to drop on Brainfeeder in a couple of weeks (April 6th to be exact) the British producer this week gives further insight into what to expect from the full album with a track titled Puzzle featuring the stunning vocals of Andreya Triana which is streaming now over on FACT

You can also listen below to his recent mix for Fader which embarks on many twists and turns throughout featuring cuts from the likes of Portishead, Kelela, Kendrick Lamar and Ratking among others. Enjoy

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Jeen Bassa_22a005

I'll start by saying this, if you're not yet aware of 22a, get familiar. The South London imprint are relentless headed by Tenderlonious their roster includes a handful of releases from the likes of Mo Kolours, Henry Wu, Al Dobson Jr, Reginald Omas Mamode and the latest in their catalogue coming courtesy of Jeen Bassa. 

Off the back of his split EP with Henry Wu (still super stoked at being able to get hands on a copy before they all flew out..) Bassa's latest follows similar suit - soulful, cosmic sounding grooves that you'll struggle to ever get bored of. 

There are many things I really love about the 22a Collective at the minute - there are no airs or graces about anything they do. From the music to the presentation, it's too the point. It's honest. It's simple. And most importantly exciting and original. 

Currently sold out (surprise, surprise...) be sure keep eyes firmly peeled for news on the repress coming soon and listen in full to the latest in the 22a catalogue from Jeen Bassa

Vorres - They Called Him A Pimp (Amen VIP)

A chance now for a listen to new music from London producer Vorres that I heard recently on the Sunday night show over on NTS, The Hot Selection and haven't been able to leave alone since.

Released yesterday via Vorres Bandcamp page titled 'They Called Him A Pimp' the track is a juke edit of soul & funk singer from the Bay Area, Darondo's hit 'Didn't I' and it's absolute fire. Grab a listen to the radio rip below and be sure to head over here to get you're hands on the full version

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Joker - The Mainframe (Album Preview)

For all that have been under a rock the past month or two, Joker has a new album coming out very soon & we can't wait. With a super impressive back catalogue behind him already (take a look, there'll be a bunch of tunes that'll make you go 'oohhhh yeahhhhh, he did that') his forthcoming LP titled The Mainframe is set to be a sharp reminder that the Bristol-based producer is still one of the top dons in the UK electronic scene right now.

Feast your eyes on the teaser video below which features a host of previews & snippets of tracks you can expect to hear on the album from Joker due out on his own label Kapsize on February 16th. Pre-order now via iTunes & Boomkat

O'Flynn - Tyrion/Desmond's Empire (Blip 001)

Always good to hear about early plans for a project from friends, even better to see it become an actuality - exactly what's happened here with Blip Discs, a new label started by our friend Tom.

Blip 001 features two heavyweight dancefloor-ready cuts from UK producer O'Flynn. The first, Tyrion, is packed with lively drums & percussion that give it a great energy - making it near impossible to not move to. On the flip is Desmond's Empire, an ever-so-slightly off-beat number that progresses magnificently into a crescendo of bass, African vocal chants & delightful synth melodies for good measure.

Available as of next week digitally as well as a limited 12" vinyl (pre-order now from Red Eye, Juno & Eastern Bloc) you can stream the lead track via the soundcloud player below & be sure to keep an eye/ear out for more from Blip Discs

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Lapalux | Closure (ft. Szjerdene)

News and previews emerged last week of new material lifted off of a new forthcoming project from the brilliant Lapalux, set for a release on the illustrious Brainfeeder record label. 

The track, titled Closure, features stunning vocals from singer Szjerdene & is most definitely making us excited for the album Lustmore which is due out in early April. You can pre-order the album here with an instant download of Closure available & stream the track in full below

Dibiase | Flip Session vol.3 [88]

Real hazy head nod business from the one like Dibiase. More from him here

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Nico Virides x Hurricane

A chance now for a look at some work from London-based photographer Nico Virides & a recent shoot he did with our guy Hurricane. Really feeling the simplicity of the imagery - particularly the way Virides makes use of light, shadow & silhouette. 

Peep more images from the shoot below along with more from Nico Virides here & if you haven't already, check the work of Hurricane over on his soundcloud

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Kalis Uchis | Por Vida EP

Kalis Uchis came onto our radar last year following coverage on Lily Mercer's Rinse FM show & with a few tracks & teaser videos over the past few months. 

This week sees the release of her EP Por Vida & features tracks produced by the likes of Tyler The Creator, Kaytranada & BADBADNOTGOOD among others. Stream Por Vida in full via the soundcloud player below

01 Sycamore Tree (Intro)
02 Call Me [prod. Tyler, the Creator]
03 Melting [prod. Alex Epton]
04 Lottery [prod. Alex Epton]
05 Know What I Want [prod. Bunx]
06 Rush [prod. Kaytranada & BADBADNOTGOOD]
07 Ridin Round [prod. Bunx]
08 Speed [prod. Tyler, the Creator]
09 Loner [prod. Caleb Stone]

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.