London producer Romare is finally about to release his first full-length album via Ninja Tune on February 23rd. The debut LP entitled ‘Projections’ is described as ”Voodoo Ray reworked by DJ Shadow… its drumming littered with infectious swing, its samples illuminating and attention-gripping, its atmosphere pronounced and consistent, and its riffs and hooks heavy.”
The norwegian collective Jaga Jazzist released a special vinyl box to celebrate their 20th anniversary this year (2014). The limited edition vinyl box set featuring a special reissue of the 2002 landmark album “A Livingroom Hush” four previously unreleased demo cuts from those recording sessions as bonus digital downloads. Also in the box: two crisp 12″s featuring exclusive reworks based on elements from the album Jaga Jazzist Live with Britten Sinfonia from a stellar cast of remixers, Warp Records stalwart Clark, breakbeat scientist Machinedrum, Brainfeeder’s Teebs, Mellowdrone founder Jonathan Bates, composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Werkdiscs’ Moiré, Hoya:Hoya co-founder Illum Sphere, and Stockholm’s Invader Ace. Extended sleeve notes by John Kelman (All About Jazz) come in a beautiful 24 page booklet with archive photography documenting the rise and rise of this iconic collective.
Our monthly installment of the soundcloud selection holds 42 tracks/2:30hrs of new music. The ‘Favourite Things 11.14′ features tracks, productions and demos by musicians such as Silk Rhodes, JMSN, Anderson Paak, Street Rat, Harris Cole, FKJ, James Tillman, Leon Bridges, Al Dobson Jr., FloFilz, Pawcut, Iamnobodi, Wun Two, Tom Misch & Carmody, Stray, The Stand4rd, Funkadelic & Soul Clap, Skinshape, Romare and Bonobo.
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You can now stream the forthcoming 3-track EP by Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote. “By Fire” is a update of the hip-hop-jazz-r&b fusion sound by the Hiatus collective. More tempo, more synth. Read the complete interview they did with Red Bull Music online. “By Fire” EP is set to be released on December 2nd, 2014
The full length album “Choose Your Weapon” is dropping March 31st, 2015.
After almost two years of touring his fifth album “The North Borders”, Bonobo returns with the “Flashlight”. Listen to “Flashlight” and “Pelican” two songs of the three track EP. Release via Ninja Tune, pre-oder 12″ vinyl and MP3 direct.
»The Flashlight EP’s three songs are of the highest musical calibre, leaving the listener begging for more, and suggesting that Bonobo’s next full-length will see him take another giant leap forwards. In the meantime, Simon Green is touring North America with his blistering DJ set, ahead of a final, fittingly grand North Borders show at Alexandra Palace on 28th November.«
Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Recordings return with their latest instalment of the much loved Bubblers Series. Volume 11 contains tracks by Gogo Penguin, Mirror Signal, Hector Plimmer, Kuage, Al Dobson Jr., Billie Black, To Be Frank, Like, James Tillman, Zackey Force Funk, Photay, Moonchild, A/T/O/S, JWhy, Evan, Nick Hakim, Segilola, and Nightports. Pre-order now on Bandcamp, release is November 18th. Stream some of the tracks in our soundcloud below.
Known as something of a musical clairvoyant Gilles Peterson has built an unparalleled reputation for unearthing hidden gems and new and exciting talent over the course of his amazing career.
The soundcloud selection for october’14 holds 48 great tracks by some of bklyn’s favourite artists, producers and beat-makers. The set ’10.14′ contains productions by HISANOVA, NeguimBeats, Melodiesinfonie, King Thelonious, Jaze Baqti, Tom Misch, Iamnobodi, Monk, 20Syl, Submotion Orchestra, Kaytranada, Fulgeance & DJ Scientist, Es-K, Big K.R.I.T, Agnes Obel, any many more. Check out our (almost) daily updated soundcloud page.
UK producer Swindle released his debut EP “Walter’s Call” on Gilles Peterson’s label Brownswood Recordings. Available on 12” vinyl or digital on Bandcamp.
» … he also played piano for the Mala in Cuba Live shows in 2012/13, a testament for his ability to waver between styles and genres impeccably. As well as this, Swindle holds a key role in the Butterz label and Collective, and has produced for the likes of Roll Deep and Footsie. Now well known for his dynamic live shows, Swindle’s sound is truly unique and constantly developing. With ‘Walter’s Call’, Swindle dives straight in at the deep end with sirens and footwork inspired drums, gradually building themes of energetic brass brilliance into the mix. Seamlessly produced, this sets the EP off to a blazing start, introducing the influences of early 20th century chaotic jazz, which run throughout. ‘Summer Fruits’ is a track that begins with a gentle and disarming piano tune, swiftly developing into a lively melodic combination of well delivered vocal samples and prevailing brass rhythms. It gets your feet moving and renders the feeling of an easy sunny afternoon, with smooth harmonious flows combined with bursts of energetic flare resonating his influences. Disjointed classic house piano chords kick off ‘Smash N Grab’, which again carries Swindle’s distinctive bouncing sound. At one point calm, then at the next in full swing, it’s just as much of a roller coaster as the rest of this smashing EP. «
Bonobo’s upcoming live album will be released in deluxe packaging with a CD, a 70 page hardback book of photographs and stories from members of the band, as well as a bonus DVD featuring glimpses of hi-speed photography. There will be standalone CD and 2LP edition too, it’s an exhaustive, beautifully captured record of the show. The audio and video were recorded and filmed at The Roundhouse in London and in the incredible Pula Arena, a genuine Roman Amphitheatre. In addition, some of the tracks on CD are handpicked from breathtaking live radio sessions that happened whilst on tour. Packaged with the DVD will be moments of documentary footage filmed as the tour reached California.
When Skalpel was releasing their debut album on Ninja Tune in 2004, Poland was just accessing the EU and NME described the music duo as an exotic oddity from a faraway land. After 10 years and with 2 nu-jazz classic albums under their belt („Skalpel“ and „Konfusion“) that put Poland on the electronic genre map. Skalpel, well respected and recognized is back with a new release in yet again an important moment in history when the Polish Prime Minister becomes the new European Council President .
On their previews releases Skalpel „resurrected the dusty and smoky spirit of 60s and 70s Polish Jazz and then re-imagined it for 21st century audiophiles”. The new album ‘Transit’ shows that the producers‘ imagination takes them much further beyond Polish inspirations creating a truly international blend. They do not limit themselves to Europe but also reach for music of American continents and take a journey across Asia. Eastern European melancholy intertwines with Mediterranean warmth.Transit is about transition – from one music genre to another, from sample-based music to programming and electronic production, from black and white to full colour spectrum, from dark to bright, form low-fi to hi-fi. Finally from Ninja Tune to their own imprint PlugAudio.
‘Transit’ is about communication: conquering literally borders between countries but also metaphorically between music styles the world over. It’s about communicating with fans through emotions, feeling and soul.
Out October 10th, order on Bandcamp.