emily king | the switch

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R&B singer Emily King is back with her beautiful third album, “The Switch”. Out now on her own label – available on iTunes and Amazon, full streaming below.

„It definitely feels like a reintroduction. Kind of like I can finally go outside and play after staying indoors for so long … I had a lot of time to write and re-write songs and sort through material, which was great and also drove me a little crazy. Patience was a challenge, because every day I felt the urge to share the music but the songs just weren’t developed enough.”

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declaime | andsoitisaid the instrumentals

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Georgia Anne Muldrow`s record label Someothaship recently released the instrumentals of Declaime aka Dudley Perkins‘ 2001 album „Andsoitisaid“. 14 tracks produced by Madlib, Kankick and Oh No. Listen to the beats after the jump – get them on Bandcamp.

Be sure listen to Declaime`s brand new album, released on June 6th. „Southside Story“, reflects Dudley’s eventful growing up & living at the Westcoast – the legendary Californian city Oxnard keeps a lot of exciting stories on hand. Only feature guest on this magnificent LP is Dudley’s wife Georgia Anne Muldrow aka Ms. One! Pproduction by Dudley himself together with Chris Keys! Continue reading

ghostface killah | twelve reasons to die II

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Adrian Younge announces the release of „Twelve Reasons To Die II“, starring Ghostface Killah, featuring Raekwon, RZA, Bilal, Vince Staples and more.

Where the first installment of „Twelve Reasons To Die“ was based in 1960s Italy – detailing the machinations of the feared DeLuca crime family – Part II inhabits the grimy streets of mid-1970s New York City. Descendants of the DeLucas are running the city, but a powerful, younger crime syndicate is percolating, commanded by black gangster Lester Kane (personified by Raekwon). As Kane’s power grows, he takes on the DeLucas and a bloodbath ensues. Kane has always known the legend of Tony Starks, who was killed by the DeLucas in Italy and whose remains were partially used to create twelve vinyl records. When played back in the “old world,” the Ghostface Killer rose and destroyed the Italian faction. This plays into the story’s conclusion at the end of Part II.

The storyline for Part II is vividly brought to life with the help of Younge’s never-endingly evocative and unique brand of cinematic, psychedelic soul. The music – on which Younge himself plays upwards of 10 instruments on certain songs – was recorded strictly on analog tape, to bring out the true grit of the ‘70s era that provides the Twelve Reasons backdrop.

Out 10th July on Linear Labs, pre-order digital on iTunes, vinyl direct. Stream some tracks below.

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opez | dead dance

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Describing their style as „Latin Desert & Funeral Party“ music, Opez clearly go their own special way. But listen to the debut album „Dead Dance“ and you will find that this path is quite an exciting one. Set in a haunting environment of acoustic instruments and an expertly stylish production, the twelve songs recorded by Italian musicians Massi Amadori and Francesco Tappi are a journey into a twilight world of emotion and imagination.

With additional musicians like Fabio Paglierani, an expert in dub who brings a echoing twist to the sultry groove of „Adriatica“ and „Carlos Primero“ or Fabio „Mocambo“ Tozzi who puts „Estelita“, „Diavolanza“, „Malinco“ and „Libre“ into an authentic Fifties environment “Dead Dance” is a band affair. The vocals of Annalisa Bartolini on „Carlos Primero“ and „Sangoda“, as well as Dimitri „Didi“ Mazzs on „Malinco“, add to the complete picture.

Out on Agogo Records, available at Bandcamp, HHV or iTunes. Stream the entire album below …

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thundercat | them changes

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Thundercat, aka bassist Stephen Bruner, has been busy in the past two years as a featured contributor on Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, and Kamasi Washington’s new albums. Next week, he’ll release a new solo effort—his first since 2013’s „Apocalypse“. Flying Lotus co-produced half of the tracks on The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam. Herbie Hancock provides keyboards on „Lone Wolf and Cub“. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Mono/Poly also contributed to the record.

The EP „The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam“ is coming on June 22nd via Flying Lotus‘ label Brainfeeder.

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es-k | mantras in motion

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Es-K grew up in a creative environment surrounded by music and art. As a young child his father would help him “sequence” songs on the keyboard, and by the age of five he had picked up his first instrument. At 15 he had his first copy of beat making software and by 16 he had his first MPC. When he was 17 he moved to Vermont where his passion for making beats continued to grow. In November of 2011 he signed his first track with Cold Busted and the rest, as they say, is history. His innate creativity and salient worth ethic is exemplified through his monthly Spontaneous Grooves series, where each instrumental is created in one sitting – the result being truly “spontaneous” and diverse tracks. Es-K currently manages a tobacco shop, continues to release music through Cold Busted, and works with various artists around the world.

His new album „Mantras In Motion“ is now out on Cold Busted, available on Bandcamp.

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anthony mills & clefco | supplicate

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Austrian record label Hector Macello introduces the debut album „Supplicate“ by singer Anthony Mills and producer Clefco. Get „Supplicate“ for free on Bandcamp – you can also stream the entire LP after the jump … »

„… freestyled hierglyphic repertoire by Akron born, NYC sharpened, and Stockholm based Anthony Mills meet eleven genuine beats masterfully produced by Viennas own Clefco.“ (via Hector Macello)

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slum village| yes!

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Slum Village is about to release their new album „Yes!“. The LP holds nine tracks produced by beatmaker J Dilla with guest appearances from Bilal, De La Soul, Illa J, Black Milk, Jon Connor, Phife, BJ the Chicago Kid and J Ivy. The album set for release on Barak Records and will be out on June 16th. Available now for pre-order on iTunes.

Stream the entire 12-track LP after the jump.

„Yes! sounds like progressive vintage soul, a perfectly blended stew with a dash of the past (Dilla & Baatin), a quarter-cup of the future (Young RJ) and topped off with the secret ingredient (me) and a top-notch supporting cast,“ T3 tells Rolling Stone of the album. „Yes! is comfort food for the summer – enjoy!“ Young RJ adds that the LP was „made for Slum Village fans, the true lovers of feel good music!“ via Rolling Stone

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