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.

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favourite things | 4.17

favourite things 4.17/soundcloud holds songs by: Hejira feat. Lay, Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, Leifur James, Neue Grafik feat. Wayne Snow, Children Of Zeus, Lou Phelps feat. Kallitechnis, Future feat. Terrace Martin, Curren$y feat. T.Y., Freddie Gibbs, J Dilla feat. J Rocc, Homeboy Sandman, Ol Burger Beats feat. Chester Watson & Kent Loon, IAMDDB & Laura Ell, The JuJu, Richard Spaven feat. Jordan Rakei, Blue Lab Beats feat. Nubya Garcia, Gabriel Garzón-Montano feat. Karriem Riggins, S. Fidelity feat. Harleighblu, Quickly Quickly, (Conative) Clay, Kiefer, MFakka, DJ Harrison, Malik Abdul-Rahmaan.

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favourite things | 3.17

favourite things 3.17/soundcloud holds songs by: Bei Bei & Shawn Lee, Clutchy Hopkins & Fat Albert Einstein, Yazz Ahmed, Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Collocutor vs. The Expansions, Henry Wu, Alfa Mist, Butcher Brown, Jonah Levine Collective feat. Mndsgn, Elusive, Lojii & Swarvy, Bryant Dope, McKinley Dixon, Children of Zeus, HWLS, Freddie Gibbs, Madlib feat. MED, Joey Bada$$ feat. Schoolboy Q, Cohenbeats feat. Quelle Chris, Ol Burger Beats feat. Oliver The 2nd & Ivan Ave, Kiefer, Sugi.wa, Joey Fatts feat. Curren$y & JMSN.

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Lojii & Swarvy | Due Rent

„Due Rent“ is a collaborative double album by solo artists Lojii & Swarvy. Written and recorded in the summer of 2016 in L.A. by the two Philadelphian transplants. Lojii says „this tape is a score to being a broke nxgga in AmeriKKKa (emphasis on the KKK) – full of dreams and hustlin‘ to make ‚em happen, but dealing with the everyday pressures of making ends meet. A.K.A trying to pay rent.“ Raps by Lojii, beats and all instruments by Swarvy. Mastered by Brad Fischer, executive producer Kenny (Fresh Selects).

Available on Bandcamp – Stream below.

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Madlib | Bad Neighbor Instrumentals

Bang Ya Head Entertainment is gearing up to release the Instrumentals to the critically acclaimed Bad Neighbor LP by MED and Blu. All beats produced by Madlib. 15 banging instrumentals and 3 bonus beats for your enjoyment. Everything Madlib creates is innovating but the production on Bad Neighbor LP is timeless. Also listen to the unreleased track „The Turn Up“ featuring Oh-No below.

Available on Bandcamp

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A Journey Into Deep Jazz Vol. 2

If Music’s Jean-Claude returns for a second spellbinding edition of ‚A Journey Into Deep Jazz‘. Going even deeper than volume 1, this triple vinyl pack is one to truly lose yourself in, with several of the tracks running over 12 minutes in length – Sparrow’s ‚Latin Black Funk‘ even over 20 minutes! The obscure gems contained on this compilation have either flown under the radar or remained out of print for many years, so there are bound to be fresh treats here for even the most obsessive collector. Dense without being over-challenging, raw yet enchanting, ‚Deep Jazz Volume 2‘ is a collection of soul-stirring rarities to nourish the spirit.

Released February 24, 2017 – Available on Bandcamp.

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Collocutor | The Search

To follow-on from the acclaimed Collocutor debut album, ‚Instead‚, Tamar (Collocutor) has written ‚The Search‘ and together with her seven piece ensemble and On the Corner Records released at the end of 2016.

„Collocutor is an opportunity to explore musically all the cultural connections which are part of being a human being, particularly in the 21st century, in somewhere like London, where you do meet everyone from everywhere. If you’re open-minded you’ll have the opportunity to engage with them and find out which bits of each other’s cultures connect and make sense“ – Tamar Osborn

„The Search“ is available on Bandcamp.

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Jonah Levine Collective | Attention Deficit

Trombone and piano player Jonah Levine’s debut album is now available on Alpha Pup Records’ jazz imprint World Galaxy. „Attention Deficit“, follows up stellar World Galaxy releases from Ronald Bruner Jr., Josef Leimberg and Miles Mosley.

Jonah Levine’s time studying under jazz legends such as Kenny Burrell and James Newton reveals an important road towards the creation and release of Attention Deficit. Time spent with Anderson .Paak before his career shifted towards stardom is another important road. All of Jonah’s collaborative access points over the years have been integral elements to the creation of Attention Deficit, including recordings and live stints with Leonard Cohen, The Game, Ed Sheeran, Anderson .Paak, Josef Leimberg, Nx Worries, MNDSGN, Iman Omari, Ryan Leslie, Jeff Parker, Bennie Maupin, Chris „Daddy“ Dave, George Watsky and Shafiq Husayn. All of these voices and more carry influence over Attention Deficit, brought together with a culturally integrated collective that includes Emile Martinez (trumpet, flugelhorn), Josh Johnson (alto saxophone), Owen Clapp (upright & electric bass), Jonathan Pinson (drums) and Kiefer Shackelford (piano).

Available on Bandcamp – stream the album below.

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Bastien Keb | 22​.​02​.​85

22.02.85′ is the new album from Bastien Keb. Initially conceived as a concept album about a stripper lost in the city (like a straight-to-video follow up to Showgirls), ‚22.02.85‘ has a distinctly nocturnal edge to it. The city at night, lost in a crowd, abandoned petrol stations, empty kebab shops, broken florescent lights. Like a half-forgotten dream, familiar yet unnerving. He says all the songs are all about girls apart from two about a big lug. You may catch a phrase here and there but the context is all in the feel: „There’s a melancholy edge, but I don’t wanna depress people. Sad but hopeful? If that’s possible.“

A guitarist first and foremost, Keb also plays trumpet, bass, drums, piano, flute and more – many borrowed donated or found instruments. Layering and pitching his voice to imaginative effect, you might feel an influence of Bon Iver or Jai Paul but in truth it’s more indebted to The Impressions or The Delfonics. Keb makes a living writing music for TV and film and you’ll hear hints of cinematic direction throughout. The soundtracks of Isaac Hayes taped from Madlib’s second hand SP-303 for a re-scored Twin Peaks. Recorded by himself in Leamington and Hackney he discloses – „I don’t really mic shit up proper, so I gotta go lo-fi. Warm, fuzzy, dirty and honest; an antidote to over-production and over-analysis.“

Released March 3, 2017 –  Available on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 2.17

favourite things 2.17/soundcloud  holds songs by Thoma, Christian Scott, Blood Wine or Honey, Jamil Jamal, Halal Cool J, Flako, Loveturl, Natty Reeves, JBird, Will Sessions feat. Allan Barnes, Tom & Laura Misch feat. FloFilz, Kiefer feat. David Otis, Iojii & Swarvy, Steve Lacy, JMSN, Shiboski, Jonwayne, Lou Phelps feat. KALLITECHNIS, Oddisee, Cookin Soul, Little Dragon, and Mndsgn.

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Alfa Mist | Antiphon

Created around a conversation with his brothers, the London producer and pianist player Alfa Mist blends melancholy Jazz harmony with alternative hip-hop and soul. Featuring vocals by Kaya Thomas-Dyke and Jordan Rakei. The entire album is recorded, mixed and mastered at Pinkbird Recording Co. „Antiphon EP“ is released 3rd March, available from Alfa’s Bandcamp page. Continue reading

Karriem Riggins | Headnod Suite

For „Headnod Suite“, Karriem Riggins second album on Stones Throw Records, he expertly builds on his credentials with 29 tracks of pure hip-hop. Each track deftly crafted with swing that only a drummer would know. Swing is the weapon. And there’s always a message, be it verbal or instrumental. “Headnod Suite is a concept of several rhythmic ideas fused together,” Riggins says. “I wanted to explore the power of interludes and marrying different styles and harmony together.”

Common makes a reciprocal vocal appearance on the track “Yes Yes Y’all,” which gives way to literal grunts from James Brown and the 1-2 shot of “Trombone Love” and the 16-bit funk “Crystal Stairs.” If 2012’s Alone Together was right at the intersection of hip-hop and jazz, Riggins’ current path is less the jazz found in his family and career lineage, and more the hip-hop culture he found on his own.

Album out now – available on Bandcamp. Stream below.

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Jonwayne | Rap Album Two

After an intense period in his life, Jonwayne renewed his inspiration in music. He now released „Rap Album Two“, which is the sequel to 2013 „Rap Album One“ album (Out on Stones Throw Records). The album is now out on Authors Recording and available at Bandcamp. – Stream the full album after the jump after the jump »

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favourite things | 1.17

favourite things 1.17/soundcloud  holds songs by Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Jonwayne, Kid Koala feat. Emilíana Torrini, Eeph, Joey Bada$$, CoryaYo, Golden Rules, Emune, Loyle Carner, Quickly, Quickly, Wale, Saga & Thelonious Martin feat. Fashawn, Stro, Pesnoo feat. MED, Oh No & DJ Romes, Relaén x Tusken, Josh Hey, DJM, Karriem Riggins, Daedelus, Pablo Queu, Knxwledge, Nohidea, Paul White, Mop Mop feat. Anthony Joseph x Kalbata, Maalem Mahmoud Guinia & Floating Points, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Sigmund Washington, Thundercat feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins, and Nate Smith.

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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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DJM | Silences Garden

The new tape by Dominic J Marshall is a psychedelic trip through the producers mind of piano playing and beat making. Stream the full tape after the jump. Released January 15 on Uk record label Acorn Tapes, purchase at Bandcamp.

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Gabriel Garzón-Montano | Jardín

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On his debut LP „Jardín“, Gabriel Garzón-Montano sings of the struggles and uncertainties of living in America today, and the universal challenges of love.

A Brooklyn-born and raised child of immigrant parents, Gabriel’s aesthetic is an extension of his French-Colombian heritage. His influence is a pastiche of Bach sonatas, Cumbia records, and the machine gun funk that echoes up and down Nostrand Ave. His mother, a member of the Philip Glass ensemble in the 1990s, instilled within him a painstaking attention to detail that remains a hallmark of his process. “She is the reason that I love music,” he says. Her rigorous classical instruction formed the foundation on which he honed his skills over the years in the lab, copping Stevie’s changes, studying Prince’s lyrics, and absorbing the beat theses of Timbaland, Dilla, and Pete Rock.

Fans of „Bishouné“ will find familiar ground in the organic sounds and impressionist narratives of Jardín: the Moog-heavy “Fruitflies” reads as a lyrical epilogue to “Keep on Running,” while “The Game” brings the folkloric percussion of “Me Alone” home from Cartagena to Crown Heights. The enduring choruses of “Sour Mango,” “Crawl,” and “My Balloon” exhibit a melodic and compositional craftsmanship reminiscent of the fan favorite “Everything is Everything,” confirming Garzón-Montano’s innate pop sensibilities, and his knack for fusing a wide range of classic influences and cutting-edge ideas to create a sound all his own.

Available Januar 27th on iTunes or Stones Throw Records.

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Kid Koala | Music To Draw To: Satellite

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Kid Koala’s „Music To Draw To: Satellite“ is an uncharted musical journey for the legendary scratch DJ, producer, and composer. Kid Koala’s fifth studio album is an expansive work of ambient electronic soundscapes and chilling ballads sung by Icelandic artist Emiliana Torrini. Created during the gelid Montreal winter, its eighteen movements tell a tale of discovery and loss through the lens of lovers separated by an early space mission to Mars. An album of many firsts for Eric San, this inaugural volume in the Music To Draw To series features Kid Koala collaborating with a vocalist, writing lyrical poetry, and producing and performing all instruments. Satellite is the renowned audio-collagist’s first non-sample-based record, instead using an array of synthesizers, keys, guitars, strings, turntables, noisemakers and San’s inventive recording techniques to lay out this heartrending musical story. The output is in stark, beautiful comparison an ambient masterpiece: over 72 atmospheric minutes of stardust settling over Kid Koala’s trove of turntables and sentiment.

The Deluxe CD contains a 20-page booklet encased in a limited edition 80-page foil-stamped hardcover sketchbook. The 2LP gatefold vinyl comes with the 20-page booklet.

Pre-order „Music To Draw To: Satellite“ at Arts&Crafts, release date is  January 20th.

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favourite things | 12.16

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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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favourite things | 11.16

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The soundcloud playlist „favourite things“ for november holds tracks by Dustin O’Halloran, SHIGETO, Bardo Land, Joe Corfield, Isaac Hayes, Azymuth, Karriem Riggins, MELS, Tenderlonious, Bonobo, Lippi, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Josh Hey, Jeremiah Jae, Coldcut feat. Roses Gabor, Jaylib..

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