va | label love vol. 7


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


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


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


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


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


‘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


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


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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