favourite things | 1.16

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The january soundcloud-playlist holds 27 tracks by: Diggs Duke, ThisIsJBird, Pacific Yew, Philippe Edison, The Internet, Brandee Younger, Gloria Ann Taylor, Lack of Afro, Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Alpman, Sampa The Great, Erykah Badu, Kirkis & Mndsgn, Tom Misch, Conehead 錐頭, Aso, MicroA, BUDABRO$E, Dil Withers, House Shoes, Mick Jenkins feat. BADBADNOTGOOD, Anderson .Paak, Donchano, Josh Hey, Stainless Steele feat. Danny Watts, FloFilz, and finally DJ Jazzy Jeff.

» You can stream the playlist ‘favourite things 1.16‘ here.

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havana club rumba sessions

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Gilles Peterson’s „Havana Club Rumba Sessions“ is a collection of remixes from a roster of producers spread across locales as wide as South London to Japan and beyond. Berlin-based Max Graef & Glenn Astro deliver a kickdrum-sprung workout that pays testament to the free and easy hip hop beatmaking in a style that’s long been their m.o.; Motor City Drum Ensemble’s four-to-the-floor arrangement loops things up into a hypnotic slow burn; Japan’s Daisuke Tanabe & Yosi Horikawa tease out the rhythm to a careful balance between percussion and undercurrents of bass; France’s débruit ratchets up the tempo in a beautifully polished rework that slots the click of the percussion into a steady bounce; Pablo Fierro takes things in similarly intense fashion in a pared down mix geared for the dancefloor at peaktime; Canada-based Poirier keeps things steady with delicate melodies adding an emotive edge.

The final mixes are by four of the producers involved in the 22a beatmaker collective, the first of which is by Reginald Omas Mamode IV who folds the Cuban rhythm into atypically disjointed construction; Tenderlonious spaces out gentle chords and a vocal from Daymé Arocena to keep things sparse.

Releases on March 11th – Streaming after the jump.

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philadelphia summer of ’64

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To celebrate the Residency Philadelphia Summer of ’64 series, the guys from Paxico Records released a compilation featuring Sigmund Washington, MoGiLLaH, Stainless Steele and Josh Hey.

„Over the past summer, Residency and Paxico Records curated a series of performances to pay tribute to the Summer of 1964 in Philadelphia and all the monumental music that was recorded in that time. Looking to Yusef Lateef, John Coltrane and Stan Getz for inspiration, contemporary hip hop artist reworked those recordings and played them live at Sarah’s Bar all summer long.“

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favourite things | 12.15

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The final ‚favourite things‘ for 2015 holds 1:35 hours of music by artists and producers such as Kadhja Bonet, Sigmund Washington, Pacific Yew, Tropico, Little Simz x BadBadNotGood, SMR, DJM, Sampa The Great, FloFilz feat. Ivan Ave, Anderson.Paak feat. The Game & Sonyae Elise, S. Fidelity feat. Tesla, Bluestaeb, Butcher Brown, Freddie Gibbs feat. Black Thought, Flitz & Suppe, Chester Watson, Jewbei, Monte Booker feat. Ravyn Lenae, Blitz the Ambassador, Kwabs feat. Zak Abel & Tom Misch, Iamnobodi, Seven Davis Jr feat. Mono Poly, Session Victim, Portico, and Ólafur Arnalds with Nils Frahm.

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sons of kemet | lest we forget what we came here to do

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Sons Of Kemet are born of many vital elements – including a name that nods to ancient Egyptian culture, and a line-up that comprises some of the most progressive 21st-century talents in British jazz and beyond. Band-leader, composer and sax and clarinet don Shabaka Hutchings (himself named after a Nubian pharaoh-philosopher) brings together his fiery vision alongside London-based bandmates Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford and latest addition Theon Cross.

These collaborative players have previously won major praise in celebrated acts such as Polar Bear, Hello Skinny, Melt Yourself Down, Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics, and Sun Ra’s Arkestra. Their new album ‚Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do‘ was released back in September 2015 and is available on Bandcamp.

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gogo penguin | man made object

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After their ‚v2.0‘ Mercury Prize shortlisted album, the UK trio GoGo Penguin, signed with iconic jazz label Blue Note Records and are set to release their label debut ‚Man Made Object‘ in early 2016.  The trio consisting of drummer Rob Turner, double bassist Nick Blacka and pianist Chris Illingworth is deeply influenced of music by John Cage, Massive Attack, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin, they’ve created their own new kind of sound.

“The title is partly inspired by my fascination with ideas of robotics, transhumanism and human augmentation, … We’re recreating electronic music on acoustic instruments. It’s like a man-made object that has become humanized and it seemed like a good album title, one that also means something different to each of us, and hopefully to each listener.” – Illingworth

Out 5th February 2016 on Blue Note Records, available for pre-order at iTunes.

nxworries | link up & suede

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NxWorries are singer Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge, released their EP on Stones Throw Records. The EP includes the new single “Link Up,” “Suede” and “Droogs,” a Knxwledge remake of the Anderson .Paak single, along with instrumental bonus beats.

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favourite things | 11.15

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Our monthly ‚favourite things‘ series is based of the constant digging through soundcloud. We hope the original soundcloud service will remain with us for a long time to come.

The November selection for 2015  holds 1:28 hours of music by artists and producers such as Thundercat, Nate Smith, BadBadNotGood, Rodinia, Amanaz, Chaka Khan, The Kondi Band, Levitros, Wu15, Swarvy, Scoop, Nxworries, MED feat. BLU and Madlib, Anderson.Paak, Freddie Gibbs feat. Black Thought, Toothtaker & Kaytranada, The Broken Orchestra feat. Lady Paradox, Ol‘ Burger Beats, Ivan Ave, Knowsum feat. Anne-Louise Hoffmann, Sarah Williams White, Columbia Nights, Freddie Joachim, Chris McClenney, Holden McOwen, Frank Liin.

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sarah williams white | of the new world

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„Of The New World“ is the debut LP from singer and producer Sarah Williams White. She’s part of a new wave of artists from her corner of London, includes artists such as Mo Kolours, Henry Wu and her brother Paul White. As a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Sarah cites influences including Jamie Lidell, Erykah Badu and PJ Harvey as well as more contemporary acts such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Jamie Woon and Thundercat. Her sound mixes soulful, intricate vocals with subtle beats and layered harmonies.

Stream after the jump – Purchase at Bandcamp, out on First Word Records.

„Over 12 tracks, this mini-album showcases Sarah’s range of abilities. Tracks like ‘Hum’ and ‘Winter Sun’ highlight her delicate yet powerfully soulful voice, whilst ‘Rainmaker’ and ‘New World’ show her ear for unusual beats and deft musicianship. Elsewhere the hypnotic interludes (‘Arrival’, ‘Adrift) would not be out of place in the more abstract work of her fellow South Londoners over at the 22a label.“

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the gaslamp killer

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The Gaslamp Killer announces „The Gaslamp Killer Experience: Live In Los Angeles“, a new album recorded live in one final take. The recording of the sold out performance took place on November 7th at the Mayan Theatre, just after The Gaslamp Killer’s near death accident and against the advisement of his doctor, friends and family.

The Gaslamp Killer curated a 15-piece band of incredibly talented Los Angeles-based musicians including Amir Yaghmai of Jogger on guitar, Kamasi Washington from The Next Step on saxophone, one of LA’s most sought after musicians, Gene Coye, at the drums and trumpet player Todd Simon, founder of The Angel City All-Star Brass Band. The recording captures the collaborative performance in which The Gaslamp Killer acted as a modern age conductor, using his iPad to interact wirelessly with the band.

Released April 18, 2015, available online.

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