alexis davis | the other numbers

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Alexis Davis are: DJ/Producers Mecca:83, Simon S, Spinnerty, and MC Replife. It’s been three years since the Alexis Davis project released their debut release „3“ out into the world. Since then the group have continued to work behind the scenes on new material and to explore new directions for their music. „The Other Numbers“ is a collection of singles, unreleased and demo material catalogs the highlights from the 2012-2015 era: a selection of singles, unreleased and demo tracks that document the evolution of the Alexis Davis sound. Consider this the precursor to their forthcoming release „2“.

All tracks written, produced & arranged by Alexis Davis Additional Vocals on „Closer To Ubiquity“ by Cecelia Stalin Live instrumentation on „Take It There“ and „Mecca – Live Dub“ by the Patricia Marx Band.

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carlos niño & friends | flutes, echoes, it’s all happening!

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„Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!“ is the fourth in an ongoing series of highly collaborative records by Carlos Niño & Friends, and features Madlib, Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Iasos, Luis Pérez Ixoneztli, Dexter Story, and more.

Los Angeles’ Carlos Niño is the exalted producer, composer, percussionist, DJ, ensemble orchestrator, and mentor who has traversed the multitude of music scenes the city has birthed within the last two decades. Host of the influential Spaceways Radio (1995-2015) on KPFK in Los Angeles, his curation of playlists run in complete parallel to his original compositions and collaborations collected on this album: “Psychedelic Love Music and classic, obscure and experimental recordings from around the world!”. This is Space Collage Hybrid music!

Worldwide release date is set to April 22nd, out on Leaving Records. The vinyl will be available exclusively at Stones Throw, digital pre-oder now on Bandcamp. Listen to the title track „It’s All Happening“ featuring Madlib, Jamire Williams and Dexter Story, strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson after the jump.

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favourite things | 3.16

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The ‚favourite things‘ playlist for april 2016 holds 25 new tracks. The collection includes songs by Terrace Martin feat. Kamasi Washington & Rose Gold, Nicholas Payton feat. Butcher Brown, Taylor McFerrin feat. Robert Glasper and Thundercat, Flying Lotus feat. Thundercat, Yusef Lateef, Moses Boyd Exodus, Sigmund Washington, Satsum, Iamnobodi, Kaytranada feat. Karriem Riggins & River Tiber, Black Milk & Nat Turner, Miles Bonny, River Tiber feat. Pusha T, BJ The Chicago Kid feat. Jay Rock, Chuck Inglish & Blended Babies feat. Aston Mathews, Samiyam feat. Action Bronson, Guilty Simpson, Homeboy Sandman, Jimi Tents, Ta-ku, Dil Withers, Elzhi, Joey Bada$$, Jordan Raf and Tom Misch with Jordan Rakei.

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black milk & nat turner | the rebellion sessions

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Black Milk returns alongside his band Nat Turner, with Aaron „Ab“ Abernathy on keys, Malik Hunter on bass, and Zebulun „Z“ Horton on drums. „The Rebellion Sessions“ is a live instrumental LP, jazz-funk opus recorded over the span of one week.

On „The Rebel,“ Black adds a verse to an instrumental off The Rebellion Sessions entitled “4 Blacks“, listen after the jump. The album will be released digitally on April 4th. Pre-Order The Rebellion Sessions on iTunes.

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terrace martin | velvet portraits

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„Velvet Portraits“ is a wide ranging record with a common distinct style. With a core band of Terrace Martin on sax, Curly Martin on drums, Brandon Eugene Owens on bass, and Robert ‘Sput’ Searight on Keys, „Velvet Portraits“ also features appearances from Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Thundercat, Rose Gold, Tiffany Gouche, Marlon Williams and more. Recorded in Omaha Nebraska and Los Angeles, Velvet Portraits portrays the evolution of Martin as a player, producer, and a musician with a deep sense of history.

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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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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.

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j dilla | the diary

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Back in 2013, it was announced that „The Diary“, a lost J Dilla vocal album made at the turn of the millennium, was being reassembled for a posthumous release. (The announcement was accompanied by a 12″ featuring the previously-unheard „Anthem“ b/w „Trucks.“) now, the LP was given an official release date.

Constructed over the past decade from mixes and masters culled from J Dilla’s personal archive, The Diary features rapping from Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Kenny Wray, Bilal, Frank and Dank, Boogie, Kokane, and Nottz. The production was handled by Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Supa Dave West, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, and Bink!, among others.

The Diary will be out April 15 via his own label Mass Appeal and Dilla’s PayJay imprint, thanks to the support of Dilla’s estate.

Read the interview with J Dilla estate creative director Eothen Alapatt via Rollingstone.com.

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favourite things | 12.15

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The final ‚favourite things‘ for 2015 holds 1:35 hours of music by artists and producers such as Kadhja Bonet, Sigmund Washington, Pacific Yew, Tropico, Little Simz x BadBadNotGood, SMR, DJM, Sampa The Great, FloFilz feat. Ivan Ave, Anderson.Paak feat. The Game & Sonyae Elise, S. Fidelity feat. Tesla, Bluestaeb, Butcher Brown, Freddie Gibbs feat. Black Thought, Flitz & Suppe, Chester Watson, Jewbei, Monte Booker feat. Ravyn Lenae, Blitz the Ambassador, Kwabs feat. Zak Abel & Tom Misch, Iamnobodi, Seven Davis Jr feat. Mono Poly, Session Victim, Portico, and Ólafur Arnalds with Nils Frahm.

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nxworries | link up & suede

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NxWorries are singer Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge, released their EP on Stones Throw Records. The EP includes the new single “Link Up,” “Suede” and “Droogs,” a Knxwledge remake of the Anderson .Paak single, along with instrumental bonus beats.

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