Hidden Orchestra | Wingbeats

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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.

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Myele Manzanza | One Point One

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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.

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John Ellis | Evolution: Seeds & Streams

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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.

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josef leimberg | astral progressions

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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.

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yussef kamaal | black focus

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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.

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shabaka & the ancestors | wisdom of elders

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„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.

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darkhouse family | solid gold

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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.

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favourite things | 6.16

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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.

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sarathy korwar | day to day

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The extraordinary debut album from percussionist, drummer and producer Sarathy Korwar – „Day To Day“ – fuses traditional folk music of the Sidi community in India (combining East African, Sufi and Indian influences) with jazz and electronics. It’s a collaborative release by Ninja Tune with The Steve Reid Foundation – a charitable trust established by Brownswood / Gilles Peterson with the dual objective of helping musicians in crisis and also supporting emerging talent. » read more on Ninja Tune.

Releases July 8th on Ninja Tune, available online at Bandcamp.

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badbadnotgood | IV

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BADBADNOTGOOD has just released news that they are following up their 2014 project „III“ with „IV“ out on record label Innovative Leisure on July 8th. „IV“ is the Young Canadian Jazz groups fourth studio album. Last year, they released a collaboration with Ghostface Killah entitled „Sour Soul“. On their upcoming release they feature guest appearances by Colin Stetson, Kaytranada, Mick Jenkins and also Charlotte Day Wilson.

Listen to the newest tracks „Time Moves Slow“ featuring Sam Herring and “Speaking Gently”, which has the hip-hop loving jazz trio working their smooth, sunset-coloured magic.

Pre-order via Bandcamp.

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30/70 collective | cold radish coma

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30/70 is a nine-piece exploratory soul collective from Melbourne, Australia. The band with singer Allysha Joy released „Cold Radish Coma“ in late 2015. Their 15-track deep debut is best described as polyrhythmic time structures, astrological explorations of 1970s funk and generally good vibes polished with strange electronic flourishes. Stream the entire album below

„Cold Radish Coma“ is out on Moontown Records, available digitally and vinyl via Bandcamp.

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melanie de biasio | blackened cities

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After her second release „No Deal“ back in 2013, Belgian singer Melanie de Biasio is back with her new EP „Blackened Cities“. „Melanie de Biasio’s 25 minute-long track „Blackened Cities“ is already attracting whispers suggesting it could be ‚her masterpiece.‘ Inspired by the post-industrial landscape of her home-town Charleroi, Blackened Cities finds unexpected hope rediscovered in cities such as Manchester, Detroit and Bilbao.“ Watch the teaser clip below.

Released through Play It Again Sam on 20th May, order on iTunes.

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favourite things | 4.16

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The soundcloud selection ‚favourite things 4.16‘ holds two hours of brand new music. Including songs and productions by artists such as Jameszoo featuring Arthur Verocai, Sarathy Korwar, BADBADNOTGOOD, Braxton Cook, ThisIsJBird, 2LATE, Stro Elliot, Ding, Mecca:83, KA-YU, Little Simz, Remi with Sampa The Great, Syd from the Internet, The Invisible with Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Barney Artist and Jordan Rakei, Alexis Davis, Ivan Ave, De La Soul, DJ Manipulator, Smoke DZA & Flying Lotus, Bishop Nehru, J Dilla & Bilal, Snoop Dogg, Action Bronson, DJ Shadow featuring Run The Jewels, Romare, Henri Texier remixed by Bonobo, Fink on Grasscut and the Owiny Sigoma Band.

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mammal hands | floa

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The new Mammal Hands album, „Floa“ will be released on Gondwana Records on May 27th. Produced by Matthew Halsall and recorded/mixed/mastered by George Atkins at 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester the album also features string players from The Gondwana Orchestra on tracks ‘In The Treetops’ and ‘The Falling Dream’. You can catch the band live in the UK on tour (tour dates). Pre-order „Floa“ online on Bandcamp on vinyl or digital.

Watch the official video to the first lifted track „Hourglass“ here, or listen after the jump.

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jameszoo | fool

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Inspired by classic albums by Steve Kuhn, Arthur Verocai, and Robert Wyatt, Van Dinther aka Jameszoo released  his debut album „Fool“ on the Brainfeeder label.

» With „Fool“, Van Dinther has created an album that doesn’t follow any direct rules. An album composed and arranged “on purpose” that still retains a wonderful naive quality. “It bothered me at first to not have the same background as most of the musicians I speak highly of, but I realise now it has its own value, it can be interesting.” «

Alongside Verocai, Dafé, and Kuhn, the album features a stellar cast of classical and jazz musicians including pianist Niels Broos, drummers Julian Sartorius and Richard Spaven, bass guitarists Raphael Vanoli and Stephen Bruner (aka Thundercat), and saxophonist John Dikeman. Release date is 13th May 2016, out on Brainfeeder.

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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.

Stream all playlists of  ‘favourite things‘ here.

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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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gregory porter | take me to the alley

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Gregory Porter announced a follow-up to his platinum-certified, grammy-winning, „Liquid Spirit“ album. He will release „Take Me To The Alley“ on May 6th. Watch the 1-mic, 1-take in-studio performance of the new single “Don’t Lose Your Steam” live in-session at Capitol Studios below.

Pre-order your copy of the „Take Me To The Alley“ LP on iTunes today and get ‚Holding On‘ and ‚Don’t Lose Your Steam‘ in advance.

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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.

Stream all playlists of  ‘favourite things‘ here.

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