ghostface killah | twelve reasons to die II

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Adrian Younge announces the release of „Twelve Reasons To Die II“, starring Ghostface Killah, featuring Raekwon, RZA, Bilal, Vince Staples and more.

Where the first installment of „Twelve Reasons To Die“ was based in 1960s Italy – detailing the machinations of the feared DeLuca crime family – Part II inhabits the grimy streets of mid-1970s New York City. Descendants of the DeLucas are running the city, but a powerful, younger crime syndicate is percolating, commanded by black gangster Lester Kane (personified by Raekwon). As Kane’s power grows, he takes on the DeLucas and a bloodbath ensues. Kane has always known the legend of Tony Starks, who was killed by the DeLucas in Italy and whose remains were partially used to create twelve vinyl records. When played back in the “old world,” the Ghostface Killer rose and destroyed the Italian faction. This plays into the story’s conclusion at the end of Part II.

The storyline for Part II is vividly brought to life with the help of Younge’s never-endingly evocative and unique brand of cinematic, psychedelic soul. The music – on which Younge himself plays upwards of 10 instruments on certain songs – was recorded strictly on analog tape, to bring out the true grit of the ‘70s era that provides the Twelve Reasons backdrop.

Out 10th July on Linear Labs, pre-order digital on iTunes, vinyl direct. Stream some tracks below.

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opez | dead dance

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Describing their style as „Latin Desert & Funeral Party“ music, Opez clearly go their own special way. But listen to the debut album „Dead Dance“ and you will find that this path is quite an exciting one. Set in a haunting environment of acoustic instruments and an expertly stylish production, the twelve songs recorded by Italian musicians Massi Amadori and Francesco Tappi are a journey into a twilight world of emotion and imagination.

With additional musicians like Fabio Paglierani, an expert in dub who brings a echoing twist to the sultry groove of „Adriatica“ and „Carlos Primero“ or Fabio „Mocambo“ Tozzi who puts „Estelita“, „Diavolanza“, „Malinco“ and „Libre“ into an authentic Fifties environment “Dead Dance” is a band affair. The vocals of Annalisa Bartolini on „Carlos Primero“ and „Sangoda“, as well as Dimitri „Didi“ Mazzs on „Malinco“, add to the complete picture.

Out on Agogo Records, available at Bandcamp, HHV or iTunes. Stream the entire album below …

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thundercat | them changes

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Thundercat, aka bassist Stephen Bruner, has been busy in the past two years as a featured contributor on Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, and Kamasi Washington’s new albums. Next week, he’ll release a new solo effort—his first since 2013’s „Apocalypse“. Flying Lotus co-produced half of the tracks on The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam. Herbie Hancock provides keyboards on „Lone Wolf and Cub“. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Mono/Poly also contributed to the record.

The EP „The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam“ is coming on June 22nd via Flying Lotus‘ label Brainfeeder.

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es-k | mantras in motion

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Es-K grew up in a creative environment surrounded by music and art. As a young child his father would help him “sequence” songs on the keyboard, and by the age of five he had picked up his first instrument. At 15 he had his first copy of beat making software and by 16 he had his first MPC. When he was 17 he moved to Vermont where his passion for making beats continued to grow. In November of 2011 he signed his first track with Cold Busted and the rest, as they say, is history. His innate creativity and salient worth ethic is exemplified through his monthly Spontaneous Grooves series, where each instrumental is created in one sitting – the result being truly “spontaneous” and diverse tracks. Es-K currently manages a tobacco shop, continues to release music through Cold Busted, and works with various artists around the world.

His new album „Mantras In Motion“ is now out on Cold Busted, available on Bandcamp.

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anthony mills & clefco | supplicate

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Austrian record label Hector Macello introduces the debut album „Supplicate“ by singer Anthony Mills and producer Clefco. Get „Supplicate“ for free on Bandcamp – you can also stream the entire LP after the jump … »

„… freestyled hierglyphic repertoire by Akron born, NYC sharpened, and Stockholm based Anthony Mills meet eleven genuine beats masterfully produced by Viennas own Clefco.“ (via Hector Macello)

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slum village| yes!

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Slum Village is about to release their new album „Yes!“. The LP holds nine tracks produced by beatmaker J Dilla with guest appearances from Bilal, De La Soul, Illa J, Black Milk, Jon Connor, Phife, BJ the Chicago Kid and J Ivy. The album set for release on Barak Records and will be out on June 16th. Available now for pre-order on iTunes.

Stream the entire 12-track LP after the jump.

„Yes! sounds like progressive vintage soul, a perfectly blended stew with a dash of the past (Dilla & Baatin), a quarter-cup of the future (Young RJ) and topped off with the secret ingredient (me) and a top-notch supporting cast,“ T3 tells Rolling Stone of the album. „Yes! is comfort food for the summer – enjoy!“ Young RJ adds that the LP was „made for Slum Village fans, the true lovers of feel good music!“ via Rolling Stone

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miscJAZZ#2

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‘miscJAZZ#2′ is the sequel of 2013 mix „misc„. Featuring productions by some of our favourite producers, the recent compilation is a 56 minute jazz/hip-hop-fusion journey for the eased moments. We hope you enjoy this mix.

Full tracklist and Player after the jump / You can also listen on Soundcloud or Mixcloud.

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favourite things | 5.15

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The soundcloud-playlist for may 2015 contains 19 tracks and 1:06:02 selected tracks/remixes/productions by: Adrian Younge, Karolina & Loren Oden, Bilal, Ghostface Killah, BadBadNotGood & Island Riot, Slum Village, Je$u$, Devaloop, Blunt One, CoryaYo, Hubert Daviz, Adam Santoya, JuJu Rogers, Lion Babe & Suff Daddy, Jordan Rakei x Kiran Kai, Beauville, Es-K & Loupo, Flako feat. Dirg Gerner, Dorian Concept, Clarinet Factory & Hidden Orchestra.

» Music Player after the jump.

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skydive trio | sun moee

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The Skydive Trio is a good, old-fashioned guitar trio that is solidly rooted in a melodious landscape, and is nourished by rich harmonies and the sonorous guitar wizardry of Thomas T. Dahl. His playing surfs on the rhythmic waves made by Finnish drummer Olavi Louhivuori (Oddarang, Tomasz Stanko) and Norwegian bass player extraordinaire Mats Eilertsen (Tord Gustavsen). The members of the SkyDive Trio have worked together as part of a larger band for a number of years, and it shows. All three play on Mats Eilertsen’s Radio Yonder (2009) and SkyDive (2011), as well as in Eilertsen’s major work “Rubicon”, which had its world premiere at the Vossa Jazz Festival in 2014.

„Sun Moee“ was recorded at Village Recording Studios in Copenhagen, and was produced by the band members themselves. This is an inspired jazz album from a rock-solid trio. Out on HUBRO, available on iTunes or Grappa.

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