Kid Koala | Music To Draw To: Satellite

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Kid Koala’s „Music To Draw To: Satellite“ is an uncharted musical journey for the legendary scratch DJ, producer, and composer. Kid Koala’s fifth studio album is an expansive work of ambient electronic soundscapes and chilling ballads sung by Icelandic artist Emiliana Torrini. Created during the gelid Montreal winter, its eighteen movements tell a tale of discovery and loss through the lens of lovers separated by an early space mission to Mars. An album of many firsts for Eric San, this inaugural volume in the Music To Draw To series features Kid Koala collaborating with a vocalist, writing lyrical poetry, and producing and performing all instruments. Satellite is the renowned audio-collagist’s first non-sample-based record, instead using an array of synthesizers, keys, guitars, strings, turntables, noisemakers and San’s inventive recording techniques to lay out this heartrending musical story. The output is in stark, beautiful comparison an ambient masterpiece: over 72 atmospheric minutes of stardust settling over Kid Koala’s trove of turntables and sentiment.

The Deluxe CD contains a 20-page booklet encased in a limited edition 80-page foil-stamped hardcover sketchbook. The 2LP gatefold vinyl comes with the 20-page booklet.

Pre-order „Music To Draw To: Satellite“ at Arts&Crafts, release date is  January 20th.

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favourite things | 4.16

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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.

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jameszoo | fool

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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.

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Kaytranada | 99.9%

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Montreal-based artist/producer Kaytranada’s new album ‘99.9%’ will be out on May 5th via XL Recordings. He announced the album on Benji B’s Montreal Special show on BBC Radio 1. The LP holds 15 tracks and features guest appearances by BADBADNOTGOOD, Karriem Riggins & River Tiber, Syd of the Internet Band, Vic Mensa, Craig David, Goldlink, Alunageorge, Phonte, Anderson.Paak, Shay Lia and Little Dragon.

The album is called 99.9% because as Kaytranada says: „I am never satisfied with my album and I am very indecisive.“ Fans have been asking for this full-length over the past few years he has been discussing for an equally long period of time so it makes sense that he would title the album this symbol of just barely incompleteness.“

Listen to the track ‘Bus Ride“ featuring drummer/producer Karriem Riggins after the jump. Pre-oder now on XL Recordings or iTunes.

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al dobson jr. | rye lane vol. II & III

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Al Dobson Jr. returns to Rhythm Section International with his debut full length LP. Spread over 28 tracks and clocking in at just under one hour, this body of work provides a glimpse into the mind of one of the UK’s most talented, enigmatic producers.

Al Dobson’s debut mini album marked the inauguration of Bradley Zero’s fledgling label back in 2014, proving to be a breath of fresh air to the london scene with it’s loose, undefinable sound and unique approach to production.

As a newcomer, Al Dobson Jr.’s music didn’t remain a secret for long, with major global tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Theo Parrish, Dego, Alex Nut and Osunlade being early adopters. As with other key releases on 22a and Izwid, it didn’t take long for Rye Lane Volume 1 to go from obscure debut to cult classic, propelling the artist and the label onto the international platform. At once a continuation and evolution of the sound, Rye Lane Volumes II & III offers a deeper exploration into the Al Dobson Jr universe, moving with ease through tempos and textures but never losing that effortless magic that makes ADJ stand out from the crowd.

Out March 18th on Rhythm Section International via Bandcamp. Stream after the jump.

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favourite things | 2.16

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The soundcloud-selection playlist for february holds approximately two hours of new music. Part one starts with jazz by Jaimeo Brown Transcendence, Binker & Moses Boyd, Heliocentrics, Byron The Aquarius, Sol Monk feat. Roy Hermon, Mop Mop, Meeting by Chance, Pete Josef, DJ ATSUSHI aka creekMUZIK, Philippe Edison & The Black Luster Quintet, Jaleel Shaw feat. Dres of Black Sheep, and Culross Close. Part two features new music by Swarvy, Al Dobson Jr, Mo Kolours, Bastien Keb, Botany, Dibia$e, StayReal!, Bonobo, S. Fidelity, Joey Bada$$, Rome Fortune, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Leon Bridges, Jamie Woon feat. Kaytranada, Suff Daddy feat. Iamnobodi, and De La Soul feat. Tall Black Guy.

Stream all playlists of  ‘favourite things‘ here.

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nomine | inside nomine

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Two years in the making and carefully sculpted and selected from 60 tracks, Nomine’s „Inside Nomine“ is finally available on Tempa Records. Stream the entire LP after the jump.

„One of Tempa’s most consistent and exciting artists to join the label roster in recent years, Nomine’s fusions defy categorisation. We’ve watched his murky world unravel over the course of EPs… But nothing could compare us for the complex web he’s weaved on his debut album. The off-beat percussive textured groove of „84600“, the pitched drum riff on „Stickman“ and the slinky-but-snakelike rhythm on „Menacer“ are just three of the eight delights on offer here. Tempa are having a fine year and Inside Nomine may be their crowning glory of 2015.“ – Juno Vinyl

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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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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.

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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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flako | natureboy

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The Chilean producer Flako will soon release his long awaited debut album ‘Natureboy’. Under his aliases Dirg Gerner, Natureboy and Flako, he released several tracks and productions for  Eglo Records, Blue Note, Mooncircle or Apollo.

Flako explained the title of the LP as followed: “I’m not religious. Nature is the only thing I really believe in. The sun and water are the two things that I find worth worshipping. There’s nothing without the sun, and there’s nothing without water.”

‘Natureboy’ 2LP will be out on London’s records label Five Easy Pieces, on March 23rd – Pre-order at Bandcamp or iTunes.

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projections

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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.”

Listen to some of his tracks after the jump. Pre-order the 2xLP, CD and download formats on Ninja Tune, iTunes and Amazon.

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’94 – ’14

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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.

More information about the release on Ninja Tune. The Vinyl boxset available online at the Ninja Shop, Bandcamp or Amazon. Check out the concerts!

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