the gaslamp killer | instrumentalepathy


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


„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


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


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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