Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Retiree 'Gundagai'

So I came across this one a few days back & have not been able to leave it alone since - it's pretty had play after play after play & I'm excited to hear more very soon. Gundagai comes from Retiree, a 4-piece from Sydney. It's a slightly off-kilter pop sounding track (you might draw comparison to the likes of a certain Mr. Russell) filled with a wealth of gorgeous melodies & tropical rhythms 

Available to purchase now, watch the incredible video to Gundagai directed by Jack Peddey below. Be sure to stay tuned for more news on The Place EP set for release on Rhythm Section International (UK) & Plastic World Records (Aus/NZ)

Monday, 18 May 2015

Lianne La Havas 'Unstoppable'

A chance now to feast your eyes & ears on some brand new material from wonderfully talented UK singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas.

If, like myself, you have a particular soft spot for La Havas, you'll be thrilled to know she has a new album on the way. Titled Blood, her next project is due out on July 31st with this track Unstoppable being the first glimpse at what might be in store.

Watch the video to Unstoppable released last week, below. It oozes class. Blood available to pre-order here

Werkha 'Colours Of A Red Brick Raft' LP Preview

'Really damn excited' may be somewhat of an understatement if there were a word or phrase to summarise feelings toward hearing the full forthcoming album from Werkha. The first single release was last week & which features tracks from his debut LP Colours Of a Red Brick Raft, due out on Tru Thoughts in around a months time. If either of them are a blueprint for the full album then we are most certainly in for a treat. 

Having developed a bundle of support & fans - during the last 18 months especially - the Manchester based producer & musician has a real unique sound & feel to his work that I hope through release of this LP will propel his music even more to the forefront of peoples ears. For those not familiar, Werkha makes what I'd say falls under electronic music. He always seems to maintain a real air of light-heartedness, coming from a direction that combines of jazz, soul & african influences - put simply, it's interesting, exciting & fun stuff. 

The first of the two in the single which was released officially on May 11th is titled Dusk. It features Bryony Jarman-Pinto who's mesmerising vocal work winds in amongst some wonderfully charming strings & a subtle downtempo electronic beat - it's a great introduction. Watch Dusk being performed in full from a session at Red Bull Studios recently below

Also shared with the worlds ears is Falling Through The Wall, a slightly more up-front instrumental with a floaty vocal chop that dips in & out of a rainbow of effects & oscillating bass sound that you can help but nod along to.

Available to pre-order via Etch Shop & iTunes now, Colours Of A Red Brick Raft is set for release on Tru Thoughts on June 8th. 

SumoChief X Poppy Ajudha 'Running Away'

A chance now for a listen to some incredible new stuff from SumoChief. I've been a fan of theirs for a while now (rewind to the Yancey Boys days) & with each listen everything they come with seems to grow & grow in sound & stature.

The latest, is a collaboration with vocalist Poppy Ajudha, who's voice floats along beautifully over Running Away. It's a notably a more upbeat track than what I would have expected from the SumoChief guys, but by no means is that a negative thing. Running Away is bustling with soul, carries the smoulder of jazz & then progresses in tempo, with a bass heavy leaning toward two-step garage style swing to it.

You'll be able to catch them live at this year's Tramlines Festival on Friday evening as part of the bill for Banana Hill at The Harley which also features the brilliant Henry Wu of another south london collective, 22a. Most definitely one not to be missed.

A shoutout is in order for Joss Dakin who was on artwork duties for the release, producing a great illustration to coincide with an equally great piece of music. Listen in full to Running Away by SumoChief & Poppy Ajudha below be sure to keep a look out for news on fresh work from them both very soon.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Outboxx 'Gift of Life'

Always great to hear new music from Bristol natives Outboxx & their latest work is most definitely following suit. Titled Gift of Life this soulful house cut is perfect for the Summer & features a long time collaborator of theirs, Naomi Jeremy on vocal duties

Taken from a forthcoming project Under The Lights on Futureboogie due out later this month (May 25th to be exact) you can grab a listen via the stream below

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Dego 'It Don't Get No Better' ft. Sharlene Hector

A chance now for a look at the video to a track from UK don Dego titled it don't get no better featuring vocals of Sharlene Hector & taken from his forthcoming LP The More Things Stay The Same on his 2000 Black imprint. 

Watch the video in full below & also still just over a week to check out the recent Benji B show where Dego was in as a special guest & provided a guestmix for the show.

The More Things Stay The Same is due out on May 26th & available to preorder from the 2000 Black bandcamp page now

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Kartell 'All I Have' ft J-Rican

Into this in a very big way. It's effortlessly cool, with a bassline & groove to it that you just can't help but move to. Nothing that you wouldn't already expect from the don that is Kartell. Titled All I Need, the track features a smooth-as-hell-voice-like-velvet vocalist by the name of J-Rican. 

It's taken from the forthcoming Tender Games EP from Kartell that is set for a June 1st release on French label Roche Musique. Definitely one you'll have on repeat. Grab a listen in full below & be sure to look out for news on the full EP release in the coming weeks

Oversea 'Oversea Dub'

Something new I came across this morning for you to get into now by a producer that goes by the name of Oversea with the great progressive, thumper of a track titled simply Oversea Dub. Be sure to keep a look out for more.

Listen in full via the stream below

Monday, 11 May 2015

Sharp Veins 'Inbox Island' EP (Glacial Sound 004)

The latest from Irish label Glacial Sound is released today in the way of the brilliant Inbox Island EP by Sharp Veins.

The 6 track EP, available both digitally & physically, is a voyage through an amplitude of sounds. Inbox Island clocks in at 17 minutes in total & the way Sharp Veins presents an almost otherworldly audial landscape across the EP that somewhat seamlessly shifts between moods & tempos, most certainly gets me excited to hear a longer piece of work from him. Stand out right now is a track half-way in titled Missing Sun. 

Shouts definitely due for Glacial Sound - once again coming through with another great release to add to their catalogue (recommend heading over & checking out a recent interview & guestmix for Truants.)

You can listen to tracks via the stream below & be sure to make your way to the Glacial Bandcamp page to get hands on the Sharp Veins Inbox Island EP

Friday, 8 May 2015

Jaisu 'A Long Player'

This week saw the release of A Long Player, the latest LP from Scottish producer Jaisu released on Astral Black. Available both digitally & on vinyl, the LP is a journey of beat-driven instrumentals, samples & chops across 12 tracks that have been receiving a whole bunch of support of late - for good reason too.

You can stream the album in full via the Astral Black bandcamp player below plus we recommend checking out a recent interview with him for a feature titled Still Digging over at Hyponik

Lotic 'Surrender'

A chance now for a listen to some fresh new work from Berlin based Lotic. Grab a listen to the track titled 'Surrender' below along with some new dates where you'll be able to catch him over the next month or two

15.05 tri angle records' 5th anniversary @ 23 wall street, nyc
22.05 hollywood ball @ schwuz, berlin
30.05 transeuropa festival @ hildesheim
31.05 berlin festival @ arena park
04.06 progress bar @ the basement, brighton
13.06 torstra├čen festival @ acud, berlin
18.06 tba @ toronto
19.06 berlin current @ beursschouwbourg, brussels
26.06 rinse fm x xoyo @ xoyo, london
+ more dates tba

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