Danielle de Picciotto & Alexander Hacke | Unity

 

„UNITY“ is a meditation soundtrack by Danielle de Picciotto & Alexander Hacke. During their long years of nomadic traveling Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke have resorted to meditation and yoga practice to remain centered in spite of a restless lifestyle. After being asked by many fans worldwide if they would compose a soundtrack suitable for spiritual and body work, they have now finished an album with this intent.

The album is the Hacke -de Picciotto mixture of drones, throat singing, spoken word, violin harmonies, electric bass guitar and soundscapes with an extra dose of “bow chime” and Indian harmonium. The album contains three extended pieces of music each 20 minutes long specifically composed to accompany yogic exercise and to induce a meditative state.

Order on Bandcamp, stream below.

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Fabiano Do Nascimento | Tempo dos Mestres

„Tempo dos Mestres“ (Time of the Masters) is the second album from the tireless, young Brasilian guitarist Fabiano Do Nascimento. It finds its roots in the depths of the Amazon rain forest, passed down through generations of Native Brasilians, and is imbibed by the Afro-Brasilian culture that arose after Portuguese colonization. It is the third Brasilian album released on Now-Again, following Seu Jorge and Almaz and Do Nascimento’s debut Dança dos Tempos. Do Nascimento’s is joined on Tempo dos Mestres by his long time percussionist, Ricardo “Tiki” Pasillas on trap drums and percussion, and Sam Gendel on saxophone and flute. Vocals are performed by Thalma de Freitas and Carla Hasset.

The album was produced and mixed by Dança dos Tempos producer Luther Russell, who recorded Do Nascimento and his band directly to a 1/2″ Ampex tape machine with engineer Jason Hiller. It was sparingly mastered by Elysian Masters to focus on the subtleties of the performances. Do Nascimento’s fans include legendary percussionist Airto Moreira, who recorded Dança dos Tempos and can be found playing live with Do Nascimento. “He’s Brazilian but (his mind is) from a place in Brazil that is not common.” Moreira states. “Fortunately, we still have some musicians who like to play music and who like to touch the instrument and who like that energy!”

Released on Now-Again Records, available on Rappcats.

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the gaslamp killer | instrumentalepathy

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With many new roads traveled over the last few years, The Gaslamp Killer is back with the full-length LP „Instrumentalepathy“. The new LP features Gonjasufi, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Niki Randa, Kid Moxie, Mophono, Amir Yaghmai and The Heliocentrics.

As many know, GLK used the triumphs of battling a near death experience three years ago when shaping his debut Cuss Records album. A handful of the tracks were even captured from his bed, unable to walk, with morphine running through his veins and staples in his body. A musical illumination that one could argue helped save his life and steared him towards the achievements he has accumulated with his live band The Gaslamp Killer Experience. Instrumentalepathy marks the catalyst point of an important road for GLK and the electronic community at large.

„Instrumentelephy“, like his latest releases, continues down the rabbit hole of his debut full length Breakthrough (Brainfeeder) and the recent live record with his band The Gaslamp Killer Experience. Molding psychedelic ethos and heavy drum breaks with the traditional music language of his ancestors and the futuristic landscapes of modern electronica, GLK continues to push the boundaries of contemporary music.

Releases September 16, 2016 via Cuss Records, available on Bandcamp.

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sonzeira | tam tam tam reimagined

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„Tam Tam Tam Reimagined“ is another album to come from Gilles Peterson’s Sonzeira project. The second album picks up where the first one left off. Where Brasil Bam Bam Bam brought together the all-stars of Brazilian music, this album focuses on a key moment in the country’s history; a record made at a crucial moment serves as the jumping off point for an open-ended project of musical reimagining.

Released in 1957, Tam Tam Tam celebrates a distinctly Afro-Brazilian culture that was later suppressed following a coup in the early 1960s that led to a military dictatorship. From sparkling recreations of the atmospheric original to reverb-laden dub, the album takes a magpie-like approach to re-interpreting the most exciting aspects of Prates’ postcard of Brazil to the world. Tam Tam Tam Reimagined forms another part of the Sonzeira project’s aim to take apart and reassemble the pieces of what makes Brazil’s music so unique.

Releases July 15, 2016, available on Bandcamp.

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soul sok séga

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Séga is the traditional music of Mauritius (a small island off the coast of Madagascar) and is known as the “blues” of the Indian Ocean. The music was born during the 17th to 19th centuries by African slaves seeking relief from harsh conditions in sugar cane fields and on colonial land by dancing to improvised music incorporating rhythms from their homelands in West Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar or Madagascar. From these diverse African influences sprang a new, insular dance and music, the séga.

Following excursions into rare tropical and island sounds with the Sofrito series, and the Haiti Direct and Calypsoul 70 albums,Strut Records presents a collection exploring the incredible séga sounds that emerged from Mauritius during the 1970s, Soul Sok Séga, compiled by DJ duo La Basse Tropicale (Natty Hô and Konsöle), based in the neighbouring island of La Reunion.

Available on Bandcamp via Strut Records.

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the gaslamp killer

gaslampkiller-experience

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

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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

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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

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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‘

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„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

Ondatropica

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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a soul cal disco special

Egon's Radio Nova Mix - A Soul Cal Disco Special

France’s Radio Nova just broadcast Egon’s exclusive Soul Cal mix stream it below or via Radio Nova’s podcast page. Included in the mix are a few unique companions to our definitive survey of America’s best, independent, 70s soul-ensembles, „Soul Cal“ in stores now.

Egon’s Radio Nova Mix – A Soul Cal Disco Special

Tracklist:
1. Anubis – Anubis
2. Cross Bronx Expressway – Help Your Brother
3. Apple & Three Oranges – Love Brings Out The Best In You
4. Hamilton Movement – She’s Gone
5. Key & Cleary – What It Takes To Live (from Soul Cal)
6. Mixed Feelings – Sha La La (from Soul Cal)
7. Elephant Sunrise – Sugar Free
8. Courtial – Losing You
9. Pure Essence – Wake Up (from Soul Cal)

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rocket juice & the moon

rocket juice & the moon

Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur), Tony Allen and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) founded their supergroup „Rocket Juice and the Moon“. During the last year the group recorded a couple of dozen instrumentals, the final 18 tracks on the album features Erykah Badu, M.anifest, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and the Malian keyboardist Cheick Tidiane Seck. It’s a mix of Afrobeat, Afrofunk and pure Funk. Tony Allen gives that touch of Africa. The voices of Albarn and Badu, when she’s implicated, are perfect for this kind of music, and they adjust to the beat. Purchase via iTunes.

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the tel aviv session

The Touré-Raichel Collective - The Tel Aviv Session

Israeli superstar Idan Raichel and Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré first met at an airport in Germany in 2008 while both were on tour. From this chance encounter an artistic kinship was born, culminating in an unscripted recording session that took place one afternoon in November 2010 in a small Tel Aviv studio. Joined by Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian calabash player Souleymane Kane, Idan and Vieux improvised a masterful selection of songs that capture the unbridled creativity and inspired collaboration of these four brilliant musicians. The Touré-Raichel Collective was formed and the songs they recorded are the foundation of the album „The Tel Aviv Session“.

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make it fast, make it slow

Rob - Make It Fast, Make It Slow

After Analog Africa’s reissue of Rob’s first album „Funky Rob Way“ last year, Soundway Records are this year releasing its follow-up recorded the same year (1977) in Ghana, „Make It Fast, Make It Slow“, and all the deep afrofunk lovers out there are shouting of joy, throwing their hats in the air! Release date is 26th March, pre-order here.

Tracklist:
01. Loose Up Yourself
02. Make It Fast, Make It Slow
03. Not The End
04. I’ve Got To See You Again, Lord
05. He Shall Live In You
06. But You
07. Bargain
08. Back On You

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voices of jamaïca

blundetto - voices of jamaïca

New mixtape by Blundetto with some of the best high level vocals from Jamaïca. Two exclusive tracks off Blundetto’s upcoming new album (release February 13th) „Warm My Soul“ and „Rocky Road“.

Tracklist:
01 Intro With Don Camillo
02 Warm My Soul – Blundetto with Courtney John
03 I’m The One To Blame – John Holt
04 You Just Got to be in love – Boris Gardiner
05 Lonely Soldier – Gregory Isaacs
06 The race – The Gladiators
07 Mongo walk – The in crowd
08 You’re not good – Ken Boothe
09 Won’t come easy- Seeny & The Wailers
10 Be thankful – Donovan Carlos
11 Lucky man – Courtney John
12 We people- Nicky Thomas
13 When the lights are low – Joya Landis (blundedit)
14 Mr wind – Ken Boothe
15 Reform Institue (version) – Gregory Isaacs
16 Adis Abab – Wackies all stars
17 Rocky Road – Blundetto dubplate with Don Camilo
18 Voices re-dub-a-dub – Blundetto with Hindi Zahra