the gaslamp killer


The Gaslamp Killer announces „The Gaslamp Killer Experience: Live In Los Angeles“, a new album recorded live in one final take. The recording of the sold out performance took place on November 7th at the Mayan Theatre, just after The Gaslamp Killer’s near death accident and against the advisement of his doctor, friends and family.

The Gaslamp Killer curated a 15-piece band of incredibly talented Los Angeles-based musicians including Amir Yaghmai of Jogger on guitar, Kamasi Washington from The Next Step on saxophone, one of LA’s most sought after musicians, Gene Coye, at the drums and trumpet player Todd Simon, founder of The Angel City All-Star Brass Band. The recording captures the collaborative performance in which The Gaslamp Killer acted as a modern age conductor, using his iPad to interact wirelessly with the band.

Released April 18, 2015, available online.

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rodrigo amarante | cavalo


After the indefinite break of „Los Hermanos“, in 2007, Rodrigo Amarante began to devote himself to the Orquestra Imperial, and the group Little Joy, who founded together with Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro. After the release of the first album of the trio in 2008, the band was on tour in Brazil and around the world by 2009. Living in Los Angeles, in a place where he was unknown, Amarante then began to write about this „exile“ and to know again its nature, forming what would become horse (cavalo).

The 2013 released album „Cavalo“ was recorded in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and contains tracks sung in three different languages: Portuguese, English and French, plus some Japanese verses in the title track. Amarante alone recorded most of the album, which features the participation of former bandmates, as Rodrigo Barba, Fabrizio Moretti and Devendra Banhart.

Full album stream is available after the jump. Available on iTunes.

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rivière noire


The Riviere Noire band consists of Orlando Morais, Jean Lamoot, Pascal Danaé from Paris, Rio and Bamako, is about to release their first EP. Below you can watch a live performance of their song „Bate Longe“, featuring Kasse Mady Diabate. The band wrote the song 15 minutes before Kasse Mady stepped in the studio. Pre-order now on Amazon. Out 20th Januar 2014 on Atmosphériques/Sony Music.

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red hot + fela


RED HOT dropped their upcoming Fela Kuti tribute album entitled „RED HOT + FELA“. The compilation is set to have various contemporary musicians and recording artists pay homage to the late great Fela Kuti, who unexpectedly passed away from complications brought on by the AIDS virus in 1997. The album features thirteen Fela tracks, all remade by popular artist from the likes of legendary afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, fellow drummer ?uestlove of The Roots, TV On The Radio members, Baloji, Nneka, Spoek Mathambo, Just A Band, Zaki Ibrahim, Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo and Akua Naura. The album is out on Knitting Factory Records. Order direct or on iTunes.

Get a free download of „Buy Africa“ featuring Baloji & L’Orchestre De La Katuba and Kuku here. The album is avaiable for streaming via npr.

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beach diggin‘


„Beach Diggin'“ is a sampler of 16 rare tropical groove tracks compiled by Mambo & Guts. Pre-order now on Heavenly Sweetness and download immediately an exclusive 50′ mix of the compilation by DJ Damage of the Jazz Liberatorz.

16 tracks are stamped on the pages of the record’s passport – boss nova, soul, jazz, latin, afro-funk and tropical, souvenirs of travels through North and Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean islands. Intoxicating tunes, radiant rhythms, velveteen vocals: Beach Diggin‘ is for sipping through a straw, wiggling your hips and shaking your pelvis to, and it’s made to bring bodies into friction. 

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Ondatropica is a musical collaboration lead by Mario Galeano and Will Holland. The foundation of the project was laid in a three week recording session at the legendary Discos Fuentes in Medellin, Colombia. It was there that over 40 musicians came together to revisit, revive and celebrate tropical music of the country.

An ‚Onda‘ is a soundwave, a charge of sonic energy projected out into the atmosphere. Musical explosions like Ondatropica don’t come out of nowhere, each participant of Ondatropica has their own history and experience contributing to the whole. This mix celebrates the music of the individuals that make up the Ondatropica collective and the diversity of Latin America’s tropical music scene. The mix features the music of Peregoyo y su Combo Vacana, Flowering Inferno, Residuo Solido, Afrosound, Grupo Canalon, Esteban Copete y su Kinteto Pacifico, Michi Sarmiento, Frente Cumbiero, Anibal Velasquez, Romperayo, Pedro Ramaya Beltran, Piano Negro, El Combo de Pepe, Alfredito Linares, Ray Perez and the Meridian Brothers!

Ondatrópica’s debut album was released on July 16th on CD, LP and digitally through Soundway Records Soundway Records and iTunes.

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fela live

fela kuti live in detroit 1986

Strut Records teamed up with New York’s Knitting Factory for the exclusive worldwide release of „Live In Detroit, 1986“, the first new Fela Kuti material to be issued since his final studio album „Underground System“, in 1992. Get a free download here and purchase the album direct via Strut or Amazon.

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