Bonobo’s upcoming live album will be released in deluxe packaging with a CD, a 70 page hardback book of photographs and stories from members of the band, as well as a bonus DVD featuring glimpses of hi-speed photography. There will be standalone CD and 2LP edition too, it’s an exhaustive, beautifully captured record of the show. The audio and video were recorded and filmed at The Roundhouse in London and in the incredible Pula Arena, a genuine Roman Amphitheatre. In addition, some of the tracks on CD are handpicked from breathtaking live radio sessions that happened whilst on tour. Packaged with the DVD will be moments of documentary footage filmed as the tour reached California.
When Skalpel was releasing their debut album on Ninja Tune in 2004, Poland was just accessing the EU and NME described the music duo as an exotic oddity from a faraway land. After 10 years and with 2 nu-jazz classic albums under their belt („Skalpel“ and „Konfusion“) that put Poland on the electronic genre map. Skalpel, well respected and recognized is back with a new release in yet again an important moment in history when the Polish Prime Minister becomes the new European Council President .
On their previews releases Skalpel „resurrected the dusty and smoky spirit of 60s and 70s Polish Jazz and then re-imagined it for 21st century audiophiles”. The new album ‘Transit’ shows that the producers‘ imagination takes them much further beyond Polish inspirations creating a truly international blend. They do not limit themselves to Europe but also reach for music of American continents and take a journey across Asia. Eastern European melancholy intertwines with Mediterranean warmth.Transit is about transition – from one music genre to another, from sample-based music to programming and electronic production, from black and white to full colour spectrum, from dark to bright, form low-fi to hi-fi. Finally from Ninja Tune to their own imprint PlugAudio.
‘Transit’ is about communication: conquering literally borders between countries but also metaphorically between music styles the world over. It’s about communicating with fans through emotions, feeling and soul.
Out October 10th, order on Bandcamp.
The monthly “favourite things“-soundcloud expedition no. 9.2014 is a three hour playlist. The collection contains 48 selected tracks, productions and songs by artists such as Moods, Esta, S. Fidelity, 14KT, Herr Styler, Chief, Sola Rosa, Blockhead, Scrimshire, Flying Lotus, Bonobo, Daisuke Tanabe, Vanilla, Black Milk, Mammal Hands and many more. Check out the latest selections and the bklyn music (almost) daily updated soundcloud page.
The Black Opera’s new album “The Great Year” drops tomorrow, on September 30th on Mello Music Group. Produced by Tall Black Guy, Waajeed, yU, Arjun Singh, Jansport J, Slot-A and The Black Opera. (Pre-)order now on Bandcamp. Stream the preview tracks/album after the jump.
” The new album’s influences musically are as diverse as they are aesthetically. From tribal rhythms to overdriven synths and from pulsing drums to intimate vocals, The Great Year’s sound is distinctly its own. Taking on a modern day palette, TBO has envisioned a new world, musically. With orchestration from creative minds like Tall Black Guy, Waajeed, yU and Arjun Singh, The Black Opera have assembled a team to help them communicate their message to the world.”
Ben Howard is pleased to announce the release of his forthcoming second studio album. ‘I Forget Where We Were’ is the follow up to 2011′s ‘Every Kingdom’, it will be released through Island Records on the 20th October 2014. Pre-order CD/Vinyl direct or digital on iTunes or Amazon. Below you’ll find three tracks taken from the LP.
Leron Thomas currently makes major moves – with Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran (Blue Note) and Guts (Heavenly Sweetness) – he now released his collaboration LP with Malik Crumpler entitled ‘Take It..’. Out now on On-Point Records, available at Bandcamp (vinyl/digital), or on iTunes.
“Leron Thomas makes it clear with his latest project ..Take It that he has no intention of being bound by genre or held back by being independent. With a soulful electronic vibe Thomas delivers his most challenging album yet. Co-produced with Malik Crumpler, one would never guess this was recorded by the two, home-studio style in NYC. The tracks weave in and out with a knowing sense of chord progression, cutting wit and moments of hilarity. Coupled with new music videos, Thomas shows he has no intention of slowing down and has a seemingly endless pit of creativity.” -2013 live4ever.uk.com
Tokyo-based producer Daisuke Tanabe recently released ‘Floating Underwater’ on Ki Records/Cat-Eat-Mosquito. After his debut album in 2009 and the collaboration with Kidkanevil under the name Kidsuke, ‘Floating Underwater’ is his second full-length LP. Out on CD, 2×10″ vinyl and digital on iTunes. You can now stream the entire album on hypem.
UK-based hip hop and electronic producer Vanilla issued his new beat-tape entitled “Sweet Talk”. After 2011′s ‘High Life‘ in 2011 and followed by ‘Soft Focus‘ in 2012 the new tape is the third and final instalment of his soul-inspired series. It features 27 soul-sampling instrumentals produced over the past two years. Available on Bandcamp.
Adam Scrimshire just released the second volume of his “in between” series. ‘Forgotten Songs’ features six unheard songs. ‘Saltwater’ featuring Matthew Halsall was written and recorded just a few short weeks after his first album ‘Along Came The Devil One Night‘ in 2009. ‘Driftwood’, is an acoustic guitar track, he played it while recording ‘The Hollow‘. Modified Man, Fuselage, 7th Tide, A Place For Everything – all experiments.
“… but I myself have been fairly unsettled since then and don’t know what the next album step for me is if, in fact, there should be one at all. These were slated for a new and different project, but, I decided to clear the cupboards and get rid of everything, so here they are. Last time I kind of just pulled them together and put them out, this time I’ve tried to build something a little more cohesive for you – hopefully you can enjoy this while I decide what to do next!”