The extraordinary debut album from percussionist, drummer and producer Sarathy Korwar – „Day To Day“ – fuses traditional folk music of the Sidi community in India (combining East African, Sufi and Indian influences) with jazz and electronics. It’s a collaborative release by Ninja Tune with The Steve Reid Foundation – a charitable trust established by Brownswood / Gilles Peterson with the dual objective of helping musicians in crisis and also supporting emerging talent. » read more on Ninja Tune.
Releases July 8th on Ninja Tune, available online at Bandcamp.
BADBADNOTGOOD has just released news that they are following up their 2014 project „III“ with „IV“ out on record label Innovative Leisure on July 8th. „IV“ is the Young Canadian Jazz groups fourth studio album. Last year, they released a collaboration with Ghostface Killah entitled „Sour Soul“. On their upcoming release they feature guest appearances by Colin Stetson, Kaytranada, Mick Jenkins and also Charlotte Day Wilson.
Listen to the newest tracks „Time Moves Slow“ featuring Sam Herring and “Speaking Gently”, which has the hip-hop loving jazz trio working their smooth, sunset-coloured magic.
Pre-order via Bandcamp.
30/70 is a nine-piece exploratory soul collective from Melbourne, Australia. The band with singer Allysha Joy released „Cold Radish Coma“ in late 2015. Their 15-track deep debut is best described as polyrhythmic time structures, astrological explorations of 1970s funk and generally good vibes polished with strange electronic flourishes. Stream the entire album below
„Cold Radish Coma“ is out on Moontown Records, available digitally and vinyl via Bandcamp.
After her second release „No Deal“ back in 2013, Belgian singer Melanie de Biasio is back with her new EP „Blackened Cities“. „Melanie de Biasio’s 25 minute-long track „Blackened Cities“ is already attracting whispers suggesting it could be ‚her masterpiece.‘ Inspired by the post-industrial landscape of her home-town Charleroi, Blackened Cities finds unexpected hope rediscovered in cities such as Manchester, Detroit and Bilbao.“ Watch the teaser clip below.
Released through Play It Again Sam on 20th May, order on iTunes.
DJ Shadow, widely acknowledged as a crucial figure in the development of experimental, instrumental hip-hop, will return with ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ worldwide on June 24 via Mass Appeal Records, his first full length release since 2011. The 12-track album finds DJ Shadow exploring new realms in addition to the deep samples and kinetic soundscapes that helped to launch his career 20 years ago. On ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ he’s shifted further toward original composition, a vast experimentation of beats and textures, synthesizers and live instruments including horns and woodwinds. The album features Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall, Ernie Fresh and more
Pre-order your copy of „The Mountain Will Fall“ online today ahead of its June 24th release.
Hear Run The Jewels put in work on “Nobody Speak” and watch the video for title track „The Mountain Will Fall“ after the jump.
The soundcloud selection ‚favourite things 4.16‘ holds two hours of brand new music. Including songs and productions by artists such as Jameszoo featuring Arthur Verocai, Sarathy Korwar, BADBADNOTGOOD, Braxton Cook, ThisIsJBird, 2LATE, Stro Elliot, Ding, Mecca:83, KA-YU, Little Simz, Remi with Sampa The Great, Syd from the Internet, The Invisible with Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Barney Artist and Jordan Rakei, Alexis Davis, Ivan Ave, De La Soul, DJ Manipulator, Smoke DZA & Flying Lotus, Bishop Nehru, J Dilla & Bilal, Snoop Dogg, Action Bronson, DJ Shadow featuring Run The Jewels, Romare, Henri Texier remixed by Bonobo, Fink on Grasscut and the Owiny Sigoma Band.
Stream previous playlists of ‘favourite things‘ on direct soundcloud.
The new Mammal Hands album, „Floa“ will be released on Gondwana Records on May 27th. Produced by Matthew Halsall and recorded/mixed/mastered by George Atkins at 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester the album also features string players from The Gondwana Orchestra on tracks ‘In The Treetops’ and ‘The Falling Dream’. You can catch the band live in the UK on tour (tour dates). Pre-order „Floa“ online on Bandcamp on vinyl or digital.
Watch the official video to the first lifted track „Hourglass“ here, or listen after the jump.
The Kondi Band is blind piano player and singer Sorie Kondi from Sierra Leone with Rio-based producer Chief Boima. Boima saw an original video of Sorie which inspired him to get in touch and start a collaboration. The EP „Belle Wahallah“ forges a direct link between Techno born in the black cities of the American Midwest (where Boima grew up) and roots African music. Sorie Kondi may be playing an acoustic folk instrument from Sierra Leone, but he thinks about music as if he were a Techno producer. (Cover design by John Avanti)
The EP is set release for May 13rd 2016 on Strut Records/London. Pre-Order on iTunes or on Boomkat.
Stream the entire EP via Bandcamp below.
Inspired by classic albums by Steve Kuhn, Arthur Verocai, and Robert Wyatt, Van Dinther aka Jameszoo released his debut album „Fool“ on the Brainfeeder label.
» With „Fool“, Van Dinther has created an album that doesn’t follow any direct rules. An album composed and arranged “on purpose” that still retains a wonderful naive quality. “It bothered me at first to not have the same background as most of the musicians I speak highly of, but I realise now it has its own value, it can be interesting.” «
Alongside Verocai, Dafé, and Kuhn, the album features a stellar cast of classical and jazz musicians including pianist Niels Broos, drummers Julian Sartorius and Richard Spaven, bass guitarists Raphael Vanoli and Stephen Bruner (aka Thundercat), and saxophonist John Dikeman. Release date is 13th May 2016, out on Brainfeeder.
Alexis Davis are: DJ/Producers Mecca:83, Simon S, Spinnerty, and MC Replife. It’s been three years since the Alexis Davis project released their debut release „3“ out into the world. Since then the group have continued to work behind the scenes on new material and to explore new directions for their music. „The Other Numbers“ is a collection of singles, unreleased and demo material catalogs the highlights from the 2012-2015 era: a selection of singles, unreleased and demo tracks that document the evolution of the Alexis Davis sound. Consider this the precursor to their forthcoming release „2“.
All tracks written, produced & arranged by Alexis Davis Additional Vocals on „Closer To Ubiquity“ by Cecelia Stalin Live instrumentation on „Take It There“ and „Mecca – Live Dub“ by the Patricia Marx Band.
» Streaming and free download after the jump …