Bastien Keb | 22​.​02​.​85

22.02.85′ is the new album from Bastien Keb. Initially conceived as a concept album about a stripper lost in the city (like a straight-to-video follow up to Showgirls), ‚22.02.85‘ has a distinctly nocturnal edge to it. The city at night, lost in a crowd, abandoned petrol stations, empty kebab shops, broken florescent lights. Like a half-forgotten dream, familiar yet unnerving. He says all the songs are all about girls apart from two about a big lug. You may catch a phrase here and there but the context is all in the feel: „There’s a melancholy edge, but I don’t wanna depress people. Sad but hopeful? If that’s possible.“

A guitarist first and foremost, Keb also plays trumpet, bass, drums, piano, flute and more – many borrowed donated or found instruments. Layering and pitching his voice to imaginative effect, you might feel an influence of Bon Iver or Jai Paul but in truth it’s more indebted to The Impressions or The Delfonics. Keb makes a living writing music for TV and film and you’ll hear hints of cinematic direction throughout. The soundtracks of Isaac Hayes taped from Madlib’s second hand SP-303 for a re-scored Twin Peaks. Recorded by himself in Leamington and Hackney he discloses – „I don’t really mic shit up proper, so I gotta go lo-fi. Warm, fuzzy, dirty and honest; an antidote to over-production and over-analysis.“

Released March 3, 2017 –  Available on Bandcamp.

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Karriem Riggins | Headnod Suite

For „Headnod Suite“, Karriem Riggins second album on Stones Throw Records, he expertly builds on his credentials with 29 tracks of pure hip-hop. Each track deftly crafted with swing that only a drummer would know. Swing is the weapon. And there’s always a message, be it verbal or instrumental. “Headnod Suite is a concept of several rhythmic ideas fused together,” Riggins says. “I wanted to explore the power of interludes and marrying different styles and harmony together.”

Common makes a reciprocal vocal appearance on the track “Yes Yes Y’all,” which gives way to literal grunts from James Brown and the 1-2 shot of “Trombone Love” and the 16-bit funk “Crystal Stairs.” If 2012’s Alone Together was right at the intersection of hip-hop and jazz, Riggins’ current path is less the jazz found in his family and career lineage, and more the hip-hop culture he found on his own.

Album out now – available on Bandcamp. Stream below.

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Jonwayne | Rap Album Two

After an intense period in his life, Jonwayne renewed his inspiration in music. He now released „Rap Album Two“, which is the sequel to 2013 „Rap Album One“ album (Out on Stones Throw Records). The album is now out on Authors Recording and available at Bandcamp. – Stream the full album after the jump after the jump »

Check out Jonwayne’s tourdates in 2017.

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favourite things | 1.17

favourite things 1.17/soundcloud  holds songs by Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Jonwayne, Kid Koala feat. Emilíana Torrini, Eeph, Joey Bada$$, CoryaYo, Golden Rules, Emune, Loyle Carner, Quickly, Quickly, Wale, Saga & Thelonious Martin feat. Fashawn, Stro, Pesnoo feat. MED, Oh No & DJ Romes, Relaén x Tusken, Josh Hey, DJM, Karriem Riggins, Daedelus, Pablo Queu, Knxwledge, Nohidea, Paul White, Mop Mop feat. Anthony Joseph x Kalbata, Maalem Mahmoud Guinia & Floating Points, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Sigmund Washington, Thundercat feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins, and Nate Smith.

Stream the entire playlist after the jump »

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DJM | Silences Garden

The new tape by Dominic J Marshall is a psychedelic trip through the producers mind of piano playing and beat making. Stream the full tape after the jump. Released January 15 on Uk record label Acorn Tapes, purchase at Bandcamp.

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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 | 12.16

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favourite things 12.16/soundcloud  final edition for 2016. The playlist features tracks by Eeph, Kasper, Bonobo feat. Rhye, 40 Winks, Kojey Radical feat. PW, Ab-Soul, Mick Jenkins feat. Kaytranada, Lupe Fiasco, Run The Jewels, Planet Asia feat. Ronello Cash, Little Simz, Elevated Soul, Yotaro, Eric Lau, Mndsgn & Sofie, Digitalluc, Bastien Keb, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Myele Manzanza.

Stream the entire playlist after the jump »

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Leonard Charles | Basement Donuts

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Down in scenic Auckland, New Zealand, tucked in a small basement studio, musician Leonard Charles & his friends paid tribute to J Dilla’s ’06 „Donuts“ release by re-recording the entire 31-track album on live instruments. Charles gives the tracks a modern funk reinterpretation on live bass, drums, clavinet, Rhodes & synths – sans any sampling of the original source or sourced material. Featuring vocals by Anji Toy, Adi Dick, Ruby Walsh and Georgia Anne Muldrow on the emotional tribute „Airworks“.

„Basement Donuts“ is available for digital download and as limited-edition tape on Bandcamp.

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Paternoster | Remixes and Versions

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German label Heart Working Class presents an album of German and Austrian beat makers reimagining Paternoster’s incredible psych-rock opus. Berlin-based label owner, journalist and all-around music enthusiast Stephan Szillus, has just issued a remix album of the favorite 70s, underground Austrian album, featuring some of Austria and Germany’s underground beat-making heroes.

“In 2015 I embarked on a journey to find the remaining members of the short-lived Vienna underground band Paternoster, because my friend Eothen Alapatt of Now-Again Records wanted to re-issue their first and only record, one of Euro prog rock’s holy grails. I met Franz Wippel, the band’s mastermind and songwriter, and Paternoster was re-released as part of the Now-Again Reserve subscription service in April 2016. Around the same time I sent the master files to a few of my beatmaking friends from Germany and Austria, resulting in this collection of remixes and versions. From underground trap to throwback boom-bap and afro house — Paternoster still sounds very much alive, even 44 years after its release.”

Buy at HHV – stream three tracks after the jump.

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va-pm.2016

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va-PM.2016-bklyn: Kendrick Lamar, Terrace Martin, Tablo x Joey Bada$$, Jay Rock, Logic, Earl Sweatshirt, Knxwledge, Barney Artist, JR&PH7 x Eric Biddines, Mick Jenkins x OnGaud, Robert Glasper x Illa J, Isaiah Rashad, Mac Miller, Smoke DZA x Flying Lotus, Herr von Schnitger … » Continue reading