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.
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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.
Hidden Orchestra is the solo studio project of multi-instrumentalist composer/producer Joe Acheson. The album features drummer Tim Lane and Jamie Graham, pianist/violinist Poppy Ackroyd and long-time collaborators including harpist Mary Macmaster, cellist/saw player Su-a Lee and Czech bass clarinettist Jiri Javurek.
Although written for sampling, the pieces included on the “Wingbeats” EP stand on their own as individual compositions, striking elements coming to the fore in each one. And each source track tells a story: of birds fluttering in to feed on crumbs in a rural British garden, or flocking in a hedge in the snow in the French Alps; of an imaginary string orchestra; of a suspenseful, early-hours piano jam; of a spot of instrument shopping in Istanbul while on tour; of a sleepy village engulfed by an exhilarating early-morning dawn chorus, rounded off with church bells.
Out on Tru Thoughts, available at Bandcamp.
First Word Records present ‘OnePointOne’ from Myele Manzanza, recorded live at the legendary Blue Whale in Los Angeles. The son of a Congolese master percussionist, New Zealand born Myele first gained international attention as one third of NZ soul act, Electric Wire Hustle. After six years of performing, recording and touring with the band that he formed, he left in 2013 in order to release his solo debut ‘One’ (BBE).
The album features the stellar talents of pianist/programmer Mark de Clive-Lowe, and the Quartetto Fantastico string quartet led by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite For Ma Dukes), virtuoso bassist Ben Shepherd and guest vocalists Nia Andrews and Charlie K. As well as live takes on some of the material from his debut album, there are covers of Theo Parrish, Jill Scott and the late, great Bobby Hutcherson, capturing an intimate performance from a fearless artist at the hub of the resurgent West Coast Jazz scene.
Released November 11th, 2016 – Available on Bandcamp.
John Ellis was a founder member of legendary The Cinematic Orchestra and contributed heavily to their albums „Everyday“ and „Man With The Movie Camera“. He has also worked with the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and Lilly Allen and led his own trio and big-band. His Gondwana Records debut „Evolution: Seeds & Streams“ is a cinematic masterpiece drawing on jazz, dance and Malian music. Watch the video for „“ below and pre-order the album on Bandcamp.
Releases november 11th, on Gondwana Records.
Trumpeter and composer Josef Leimberg released his debut full-length „Astral Progressions“. Leimberg gained a unique level of traction with his work on the multiple Grammy Award winning Kendrick Lamar LP „To Pimp A Butterfly“. Credited under the LoveDragon moniker with Terrace Martin, his time with „To Pimp A Butterfly“ only represents a small fragment of his accomplishments. His collaborative resume over the decades is astounding, consisting of production, writing and feature credits with Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Robin Thicke, Shafiq Husayn, Funkadelic, Freestyle Fellowship, Dr. Dre, Murs, King Tee, Suga Free, Saafir and Busdriver. These connections have undoubtedly spread life all over Astral Progressions.
Leimberg’s debut album features an array of innovators and game changers in modern progressive music. Kamasi Washington, Bilal, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kurupt, Terrace Martin and Miguel Atwood Ferguson are just a small list of the brilliant minds that make the Astral Progressions outing special. Many of the featured artists became with the LP through world renowned creator Shafiq Husayn. Leimberg would connect with various musicians associated to his camp through studio recordings, gigging and rehearsals, building on his compositions in a very organic and social way.
Out October 7th on World Galaxy Records – Stream after the jump.
The borders between London’s musical tribes have always been porous. For Yussef Kamaal, the sound of the capital – with its hum of jungle, grime and broken beat – has shaped a self-taught, UK-tipped approach to playing jazz. In the states, the genre’s long-running to-and-fro with hip hop – from Robert Glasper to Kamasi Washington – has reimagined it within US culture. On Black Focus, Yussef Kamaal frame jazz inside the bass-saturated, pirate radio broadcasts of London.
Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of ‘70s jazz-funk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it’s a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes – and approach to playing – are indebted to Thelonious Monk’s piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham.
Yussef Kamaal will release his debut album „Black Focus“ through Brownswood records on November 4th.
„Wisdom of the Elders“ was recorded in Johannesburg in 2015 on one of many trips Shabaka Hutchings took there to immerse himself in the country’s rich musical heritage. The album is a psalm in nine parts. An episodic unfurling of a sonic journey across the Atlantic.
“The grand scheme of this album is to present the musical language that I normally associate with my UK bands in the context of SA musicians and musical sensibilities,” – explains Shabaka Hutchings.
Eight men in a studio in Johannesburg; one tenor sax, one alto sax, one trumpet. One on vocals, one on ivory, one bass, one on percussion and one the drums. 800 million voices. 700 years. Millions of bones cracking under the weight of 22 false free years. Innumerable tiny sparks. One uncontrollable blaze.
Available September 16th, order on Bandcamp. Stream after the jump.
First Word Records introduce the new EP from their latest signings Darkhouse Family. The production duo consisting of Don Leisure and Metabeats have previously released music through Fat City and Earnest Endeavours, building up a dedicated fanbase that includes Gilles Peterson, Gaslamp Killer and Lefto. The „Solid Gold EP“ is the start of a new chapter for the pair, exploring fresh textures and BPMs within the beats scene.
Available on Bandcamp, stream below.
Our soundcloud-selection for june 2016, „favourite things 6.16“ holds 1,5 hours of new music.
The Set features tracks through various styles of music, by artists and producers such as Jonwayne, Sigmund Washington, Black Milk, Snoop Dogg, A Country Called Earth & Yassin Bey, Jeedo, DJ Shadow featuring Nils Frahm & Matthew Halsall, Kuba Kapsa Ensemble, Jono McCleery by Anthony Valadez, Chet Faker, Sarathy Korwar, The Yussef Kamal Trio, DâM-FunK, SWARVY feat. Versis & Melanie Charles, FloFilz, Twit One, Sumthin Gunny, Freddie Joachim, René Schier, Tom Misch, Sonzeira, Lion Babe feat. Angel Haze, Selah Sue by MNDSGN, Jeff Parker and finally Lady Wray.
Check out the latest selections on our consistently updated soundcloud page.