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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va | label love vol. 7

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The seventh installment of Label Love is available. Presented by veteran electronic soul label Tru Thoughts, and carefully curated by the imprint’s US label manager Jasmine De La Paz, „Label Love Vol. 7“ showcases 16 free tracks from nine labels around the world. 

Volume 7 presents music from Erased Tapes, Five Easy Pieces, Finders Keepers, Soundway Records, Strut Records, Tru Thoughts, World Circuit, ZZK Records, and !K7. This rare selection brings cuts from Sun Ra Quartet, Jane Weaver, Quantic Presents The Western Transient, Rival Consoles and Flako, to name a few.

Free download at bandcamp.

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reginald omas mamode IV | we are the universe

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Reginald Omas Mamode IV beatmaker from London returns with his new EP ‘We Are The Universe’ on the record label Five Easy Pieces. The lead track „In This Case (Get Over Yourself)“ premiered on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Show – you can listen to that track and to „Can You Dig It“ below.

» Reginald Omas Mamode IV is a man of simple pleasures: soul sounds, peoples and stories, brothers, friends and family. It’s a philosophy that rubs off on his music, not just in his lyrics but in his production techniques that is notable by its lack of computers. « – Gilles Peterson

Reginald Omas Mamode IV  – ‘We Are The Universe’ EP is out 20th November on Five Easy Pieces. Pre-order from Bandcamp.

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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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favourite things | 4.15

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Our monthly soundcloud playlist „Favourite Things 4.15“ contains 23 tracks and 1:14 hours of music by artists such as: BluntOne, nepo, KA-YU, FloFilz, Hubert Daviz, Wun Two, Dexter, Swarvy, Freddie Gibbs x KAYTRANADA, Nomine, Emanative, Four Tet, Roots Manuva, Sonzeira x Werkha, Lapalux feat. Andreya Triana, Frameworks, Annabel (lee), Bahamadia x aCatCalledFRITZ, Jonwayne feat. Anderson Paak, Suff Daddy, Kàhmi Wan, Nugat, Mecca-83 x Tom Misch, Saga x Marco Polo, JR&PH7 x Chuuwee x Blu x Brenk Sinatra, DistantStarr x IAMNOBODI.  » Music Player after the jump.

For more listening-experience, check out our soundcloud page.
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roots manuva | facety 2:11

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Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva is back after two years locked in the studio brewing up new music. The single „Facety“ is produced by fellow UK maverick Four Tet.

Facety is patois slang for someone being rude – a barefaced cheek referenced by the insistent, cockney rhyming lyrical snip – ‘boat race’ – that makes up the chorus. Another of electronic music’s most exciting voices, NYC producer Machinedrum, provides the beat for the B-Side, Like a Drum. In his inimitable words, the single is ‘a wee Spring warmer in voodoo coptic dialect shape shifting: the remit the same as ever in awakening one’s inner, modern-day Sun Ra, ODB and Kate Bush on an overdrive of „doing because we can’t help ourselves…’

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frameworks | tides

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‘Tides’ is the debut album from Manchester-based producer Matt Brewer aka Frameworks. Since the release of his first EP ‘Vanish’ back in 2012 and Old Friend in 2013, Frameworks has been building a loyal following for his atmospheric and haunting compositions.

‘Tides’ sees him joining the dots between instrumental hip hop heroes Aim and RJD2, the epic soundscapes of Cinematic Orchestra and the deft songwriting of Bonobo. Previous collaborators Rioghnach Connolly and JP Cooper return for the album with two tracks apiece. Rioghnach gives a captivating vocal performance on lead single ‘Calm The Still Night’ and the brooding ‘Dawn’, whilst JP brings raw soul to ‘Old Friend’ and ‘No Place To Hide Away’. The bedrock of the album is instrumental with Frameworks’ trademark string-laden productions taking in cinematic jazz (‘Patience’), folk (‘End’) and more uptempo fare in the shape of ‘Breathing Light’ and ‘A New Sun’. Tides’ shows just how accomplished Frameworks is as a producer and composer, showing a lightness of touch and genuine song-writing talent that few can emulate.

Coming 23 March 23rd on First Word Records. Available at Bandcamp.
» Stream the entire album after the jump.

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portico. | living fields

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The Portico band consisting of Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack Wyllie, are about to release their LP on Ninja Tune. „Living Fields“ features guest performances by close friends of the trio, Jono McCleery, Joe Newman (Alt-J) and Jamie Woon. „Living Fields“, released 6 April 2015 on Ninja Tune.

„Portico make music which moves forward towards distant places while offering rare intimacy as well, arriving somewhere between structured pop songs and a disintegrating ambience, a unique blend of the sublunary and the celestial. Reverb drenched piano meshes with swathes of studio noise while vocals float high above a world of textural atmosphere. Drum machines crisply puncture the air around shimmering arpeggios of synth and electric bass. You can be untethered, detached in space only for a moment of detail to rush into focus. Melancholia and euphoria sunk into each other.“ via Ninja Tune

Available on iTunes, Amazon or at Ninja Tune.

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