Andreya Triana is back with the release of her new EP called ‘Everything You Never Had Pt. II’. You can now listen to the title track and ‘Superlove’ which is the first song to be lifted off her highly anticipated album (due out in 2015). ‘Everything You Never Had Pt. II’ will be released November 17th on Counter Records, pre-order on Ninjashop or iTunes.
The Germany/Austria producer trio Betty Ford Boys, consisting of Suff Daddy, Brenk Sinatra and Dexter are about to release ‘Uppers / Downers’. The new 10″ is the first release since their 2013 album “Leaders Of The Brew School”. The trio dropped ‘So Fine’ for free which is the first of a few off of a limited edition 10″ being pressed up, available soon on Melting Pot Music during their “Retox Tour” in October and November.
Kindness, a one-man indie disco-funk-R&B band led by Adam Bainbridge recently released ‘Otherness’. His second full lenght-album features Kelela and Ade. ‘Otherness’ is out October 13 via Female Energy, available on iTunes or Amazon or direct.
»Splitting his time between London and Berlin, he cites influences that include American disco icons Arthur Russell, Larry Levan, and Leroy Burgess. The commercial recording debut of Kindness, “Swingin’ Party,” a disco-punk cover version of the Replacements song, was an MP3 blog favorite in 2009, as was its B-side, “Gee Up.” The first full-length, which was co-produced by Philip Zdar (of Cassius), followed soon after in the first quarter of 2012. World, You Need a Change of Mind was issued by Female Energy/Polydor and featured all the previously released singles as well as an unexpectedly lovely and dubbed-out cover of Anita Dobson’s “Anyone Can Fall in Love,” a song best known as the theme to the popular U.K. television show Eastenders. During the tour that followed, Bainbridge began to warm to the idea of collaboration and the exciting uncertainty that can come with it.«
UK producer Swindle released his debut EP “Walter’s Call” on Gilles Peterson’s label Brownswood Recordings. Available on 12” vinyl or digital on Bandcamp.
» … he also played piano for the Mala in Cuba Live shows in 2012/13, a testament for his ability to waver between styles and genres impeccably. As well as this, Swindle holds a key role in the Butterz label and Collective, and has produced for the likes of Roll Deep and Footsie. Now well known for his dynamic live shows, Swindle’s sound is truly unique and constantly developing. With ‘Walter’s Call’, Swindle dives straight in at the deep end with sirens and footwork inspired drums, gradually building themes of energetic brass brilliance into the mix. Seamlessly produced, this sets the EP off to a blazing start, introducing the influences of early 20th century chaotic jazz, which run throughout. ‘Summer Fruits’ is a track that begins with a gentle and disarming piano tune, swiftly developing into a lively melodic combination of well delivered vocal samples and prevailing brass rhythms. It gets your feet moving and renders the feeling of an easy sunny afternoon, with smooth harmonious flows combined with bursts of energetic flare resonating his influences. Disjointed classic house piano chords kick off ‘Smash N Grab’, which again carries Swindle’s distinctive bouncing sound. At one point calm, then at the next in full swing, it’s just as much of a roller coaster as the rest of this smashing EP. «
As one third of SA-RA Creative Partners Shafiq Husayn helped change the world, producing, writing and collaborating with a diverse cast of artists, from Common to Kanye, Jill Scott to J Dilla and Erykah Badu, the aspects of music that SA-RA helped reintroduce to Hip Hop and RnB can be heard today throughout the current musical climbate. Citing the influence of the greats like George Clinton, Prince, Herbie Hancock and Jimi Hendrix, Shafiq’s sky high level of quality and musicality is noted and admired all over the world. Featuring Anderson Paak (formerly know as Breezy Lovejoy) ‘It’s Better For You’ is the first song lifted from forthcoming album ‘The L∞P’, a project that includes collaborations with the likes of Hiatus Kayote, Thundercat, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Fatima and many more.
Due for release early 2015. The Single is now available now on Bandcamp.
Toronto based jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD recently announced their new album on Lex Records. ‘Sour Soul’ is a collaborative album with Ghostface Killah, produced by Frank Dukes. You can now stream the first two tracks, ‘Gunshowers’ featuring Elzhi (formerly of Slum Village) and ‘Six Degrees’ featuring Danny Brown.
BBNG also dropped ‘Velvet’ which will not appear on the upcoming album.
Official release-date is February 17th, out on Lex Records.
Khruangbin, a three-piece band from Texas, dropped their second EP. The new EP is entitled ‘The Infamous Bill’ and is released on October 6th via Late Night Tales label. ‘The Infamous Bill’ is a kind of funk-driven all instrumental experiment. Available online on iTunes or direct at Late Night Tales.
“Housed in a remote Texan barn, Khruangbin seem to bury deep within themselves. Sounding like little else around – a colourful fusion of groove-based crate-digging and blistering psych – the band fused their sound from lengthy, exhausting rehearsals.” Clash
Melvin Van Peebles, the filmmaker, musician, author behind the landmark movie ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’ and the trilogy of ‘Brer Soul’ albums he released in the 70s has teamed with the UK ensemble Heliocentrics to create an interplanetary space/love odyssey told in twelve chapters. For the Heliocentrics, “The Last Transmission” represents their third Now-Again album, following Out There in 2007 and “13 Degrees of Reality in 2013“.
»Van Peebles makes for the Heliocentrics’ ideal foil: he did graduate work in astronomy in Holland in the 1950s and maintains an avid interest in cosmology. The Heliocentrics, as their name conveys, draw inspiration from both the philosophic leanings of the likes of Stephen Hawkings and interstellar mysteries, like those surrounding the Malian Dogon tribe’s knowledge of the Sirius B star hundreds of years before it was discovered. Their music is as indebted to Sun Ra’s interstellar jazz as it is inspired by psychedelia’s spiritual expanse. »»
As previously announced – our man from Swanage, Skinshape aka Will Dorey is now about to release his self-titled 12″ vinyl on Melting Records.
»It explores genres such as funk, dub, psychedelia, electronica and more – all tied up over heavy drum and bass rhythms giving it something of a hip/trip-hop feel. The album has been recorded mostly in bedrooms and lounges, except the drums and some of the percussion being recorded in Will’s warehouse studio “The Arch” up in North London. The Skinshape sound is distinctive, rough-edged and vintage sounding. Whilst most of the instruments and vocals are performed by Will, guests do appear as either musicians or singers. Most notable are the haunting vocals of Anina on Stabo (singing in her native tongue Slovenian), and the soulful voice of London producer Aaron Paul on Sunday Morning.«
Releases October 13th on Melting Records, pre-order on Bandcamp.
Ryan Karazija has found inspiration in Reykjavik/Iceland. It’s this inspiration that epitomizes the sound of Low Roar, which Pigeons & Planes describes as ”wonderfully evocative music” and Acid Stag hails as the ”Icelandic version of Grizzly Bear”. After moving to the small Nordic community in 2010, Karazija wrote and recorded Low Roar’s debut, self-titled album. After releasing the album in November 2011, Karazija recruited drummer Logi Guðmundsson and the two toured Germany, Poland, Lithuania and a myriad of other European countries, eventually joining the Iceland Airwaves and ATP festival lineups, as well as supporting indie favorite Soko. Now with Leifur Björnsson on keys, Low Roar release their second album, ’0′, on on Tonequake Records, which features Icelandic darlings Amiina on strings and is co-produced by Andrew Scheps and Mike Lindsay