Back in the days multi instrumentalist and band leader of the legendary Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Björn Wagner spent a few months in Trindad & Tobago where he became fascinated with Steel Drums. His initial intrigue with local steel pan music culture led him to learning the instrument both through help of local players and on his own. After he became proficient on the pans Björn had his own instrument built from a used oil barrel by legendary pan man Louis C. Smith. Upon returning home to Germany, Björn set out to blend the Tropical Steel into his already sharply honed Funk, Soul, and Hip-Hop sensibilities. The outcome is an updated take on a classic format, a truly unique sound.
Their first two recordings were covers of The Meters‘ ‚Look A-Py-Py‘ and ‚Ease Back‘ which they self released on a 45. Looking back on these two sides you can tell they were just getting their chops up for what was to come next. This is evidenced by how all hell broke loose when they went on to cover 50 Cent’s hit ‚PIMP‘ taking the DJ and vinyl collecting communities by storm. Many people thought the recording was the original sample and probably still do to this day when it is played. The original Mocambo pressing sold out quickly and is now a collector’s item fetching heavy prices when it changes hands. It was this tune that made the introduction between Björn and Danny Akalepse of Big Crown. They immediately hit it off and starting making plans to do a full length project with the band. » read more after the jump
Our friend Alpman released his newest track, „Only You Will Know“ is inspired by ethiopian funk and jazz music. It’s the start of his monthly digital series – hopefully he will release a new song every month. „Only You Will Know“ is now available on Bandcamp.
» Alpman is a solo musical project founded in 2011 by Gunes Alpman after his research on 1960’s psychedelic, funk and surfrock genres. «
Khruangbin is a three-piece band from Texas, formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Johnson on drums. Taking influence from 1960’s Thai funk – their name literally translates to „Engine Fly“ in Thai – Khruangbin is steeped in the bass heavy, psychedelic sound of their inspiration, Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool. Khruangbin’s debut album ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ is steeped in the bass heavy, psychedelic sound of their inspiration, Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool. The Texan trio is formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums.
“We feel like there is an ease that comes from being immersed in a space, away from the distractions of the city and everyday life. We make our music in a barn, in the Texas hill country, because it makes sense to us. Being there allows us to make music that comes naturally, and that’s what we wanted this album to be. We wanted to make a record that just let the music happen, and we hope that’s what you can hear.”
Khruangbin, a three-piece band from Texas, dropped their second EP. The new EP is entitled ‚The Infamous Bill‘ and is released on October 6th via Late Night Tales label. ‚The Infamous Bill‘ is a kind of funk-driven all instrumental experiment. Available online on iTunes or direct at Late Night Tales.
„Housed in a remote Texan barn, Khruangbin seem to bury deep within themselves. Sounding like little else around – a colourful fusion of groove-based crate-digging and blistering psych – the band fused their sound from lengthy, exhausting rehearsals.“ Clash
Later this month, Prince will release two albums on the same day, one solo LP entitled ‚Art Official Age‘ and ‚Plectrum Electrum‘ with his band 3rdEyeGirl. ‚Art Official Age‘ is produced and arranged by Prince and Joshua Welton. ‚PlectrumElectrum‘ is a recorded live-set by Prince and the three-piece band 3rdEyeGirl, consisting of Donna Grantis (Guitar), Hannah Ford Welton (Drums) and Ida Nielsen (Bass).
You can now stream two new tracks of the former album, ‚Clouds‘ featuring Lianne La Havas and ‚U Know with 3rdEyeGirl. Both albums are out on September 29th, pre-oder now on iTunes or Amazon. See the full tracklists after the jump.
Italian band 35 caliber are back with their original soundtrack of „Sogni di Gloria“ (Dreams of Glory), the new film by John Snellinberg. The film has already received two major awards for Best Film at the Rome Independent Film Festival and Worldfest-Houston 2014 International Independent Film Festival 2014 as best Film and best editing. The soundtrack to „Sogni di Gloria“ will be released on June 22nd on Ghost Records(Italy), available digitally as well as their previous releases on Bandcamp.
The soundcloud selection for march’14 holds another 41 great tracks by bklyn’s favourite artists, producers and beat-makers. Remixes by Kaytranada, Fink’s modern folk, jazz by BadBadNotGood, soul by Ruth Koleva and Lee Fields. HipHop songs by Mobb Deep and Freddie Gibbs, beats by Black Milk, Apollo Brown, and J Dilla. Check out our monthly selection “favourite things” on the daily updated soundcloud page.
In 2012 The Ruffcats released their first instrumental album „The Essence Vol. 1„. Now it’s time for Volume 2 which you can download for free on Bandcamp. „The Essence Vol. 2“ bridges the time until the release of „The Essence Vol. 3“, a krautfunk masterpiece from Germany’s hardest working backing band. Out on May 2.
After his debut last year on KEPT records, Alpman is about to release his new EP. „Alpman and the Midnight Walkers“ will be a out later this year. They’re also out, playing some live shows in their hometown istanbul. We’ve selected some tracks and put them together into a „Alpman Selection“, listen below. Be sure to follow us on soundcloud for further tracks and information.
Mr Bongo reissued The Incredible Bongo Band’s „Bongo Rock“ and the follow up album, „Return of The Incredible Bongo Band“, for the first time since 1974. Those LPs has been sampled by Bentley Rhythm Ace, Fatboy Slim, Macy Gray, Group Home and Koushik. They’re now reproduced on heavyweight 180g vinyl and in top-quality Japanese sleeves. Stream „The Return…“ below and order your vinyls at on Mr Bongo.