First Word Records present ‘OnePointOne’ from Myele Manzanza, recorded live at the legendary Blue Whale in Los Angeles. The son of a Congolese master percussionist, New Zealand born Myele first gained international attention as one third of NZ soul act, Electric Wire Hustle. After six years of performing, recording and touring with the band that he formed, he left in 2013 in order to release his solo debut ‘One’ (BBE).
The album features the stellar talents of pianist/programmer Mark de Clive-Lowe, and the Quartetto Fantastico string quartet led by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite For Ma Dukes), virtuoso bassist Ben Shepherd and guest vocalists Nia Andrews and Charlie K. As well as live takes on some of the material from his debut album, there are covers of Theo Parrish, Jill Scott and the late, great Bobby Hutcherson, capturing an intimate performance from a fearless artist at the hub of the resurgent West Coast Jazz scene.
Released November 11th, 2016 – Available on Bandcamp.
German label Heart Working Class presents an album of German and Austrian beat makers reimagining Paternoster’s incredible psych-rock opus. Berlin-based label owner, journalist and all-around music enthusiast Stephan Szillus, has just issued a remix album of the favorite 70s, underground Austrian album, featuring some of Austria and Germany’s underground beat-making heroes.
“In 2015 I embarked on a journey to find the remaining members of the short-lived Vienna underground band Paternoster, because my friend Eothen Alapatt of Now-Again Records wanted to re-issue their first and only record, one of Euro prog rock’s holy grails. I met Franz Wippel, the band’s mastermind and songwriter, and Paternoster was re-released as part of the Now-Again Reserve subscription service in April 2016. Around the same time I sent the master files to a few of my beatmaking friends from Germany and Austria, resulting in this collection of remixes and versions. From underground trap to throwback boom-bap and afro house — Paternoster still sounds very much alive, even 44 years after its release.”
Buy at HHV – stream three tracks after the jump.
Sampa The Great, Joey Bada$$, B-Side, Little Simz feat. Chucks & Remus, Illa J, Curren$y, Nemoy x Chief, Coldcut feat. Roots Manuva, Jonwayne, Brenk Sinatra, Run The Jewels, Sarathy Korwar x Emanative, KA-YU, Yussef Kamaal, Kerem Akdag, Hiatus Kaiyote x Taylor McFerrin x Paul White, The Cinematic Orchestra feat. Moses Sumney, Low Leaf, FloFilz.
Stream the entire playlist after the jump »
Lee Fields released his new album “Special Night” on Big Crown Records. The album was produced by Leon Michels and Thomas Brenneck, and brilliantly performed by the Expressions. „Special Night“ was written, recorded, mixed, and mastered entirely to tape in three weeks at the legendary Diamond Mine Studios in Queens, NY. It is also the first record in the Expressions catalogue in which every song was written jointly by Lee Fields and The Expressions.
“When I record, I make every song like I actually mean it. I mean every word I say. On Special Night I’m talking to my lady — literally, expressing the way I feel. You can tell if a song is real or not, and every moment I’m recording, those moments are real, this is a record about what people do in real life”. – Lee Fields
Listen to the entire album below. Out November 4th, on Big Crown Records, order online at HHV or direct.
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Lee Fields & The Expressions, DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Charles Bradley, Bobby Oroza, René Schier, Isaiah Rashad feat. Sir, Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Aaron Abernathy feat. Phonte & Black Milk, NxWorries, Josh Hey, Tall Black Guy feat. Yusef Rumperfield, Mndsgn, Dennis Ayler, Torii Wolf feat. Rapsody, Unda, White Glock, SumoChief feat. OthaSoul, Like, K-Lone & Ill Chill, Electric Wire Hustle, Kwesi, Beatmachinearon.
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Henry Wu & Tito Wun take the listener on a worldly journey with this collaborative release, recorded over seven days in the legendary former Kraftwerk studio “Electro Müller” in Düsseldorf. Henry Wu has collaborated with artists such as K15, releasing music on 22a, Eglo and Rhythm Section International to name a few. Tito Wun, also known as Twit One is a revered name in the German hip-hop scene. With his music released on Cologne’s Melting Pot Music, ava. and Money $ex Records, Tito’s sound perfectly expresses his love for jazz, funk and hip-hop.
The six tracks, all recorded live, with Pascal Schäfer (Sin & Soul Records) on flute and sax, Henry and Tito reconnect with the era that laid the cornerstone of modern dance music, while respectfully adding their signature texture and sound.
Available november 3rd via Bandcamp.
John Ellis was a founder member of legendary The Cinematic Orchestra and contributed heavily to their albums „Everyday“ and „Man With The Movie Camera“. He has also worked with the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and Lilly Allen and led his own trio and big-band. His Gondwana Records debut „Evolution: Seeds & Streams“ is a cinematic masterpiece drawing on jazz, dance and Malian music. Watch the video for „“ below and pre-order the album on Bandcamp.
Releases november 11th, on Gondwana Records.
Trumpeter and composer Josef Leimberg released his debut full-length „Astral Progressions“. Leimberg gained a unique level of traction with his work on the multiple Grammy Award winning Kendrick Lamar LP „To Pimp A Butterfly“. Credited under the LoveDragon moniker with Terrace Martin, his time with „To Pimp A Butterfly“ only represents a small fragment of his accomplishments. His collaborative resume over the decades is astounding, consisting of production, writing and feature credits with Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Robin Thicke, Shafiq Husayn, Funkadelic, Freestyle Fellowship, Dr. Dre, Murs, King Tee, Suga Free, Saafir and Busdriver. These connections have undoubtedly spread life all over Astral Progressions.
Leimberg’s debut album features an array of innovators and game changers in modern progressive music. Kamasi Washington, Bilal, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kurupt, Terrace Martin and Miguel Atwood Ferguson are just a small list of the brilliant minds that make the Astral Progressions outing special. Many of the featured artists became with the LP through world renowned creator Shafiq Husayn. Leimberg would connect with various musicians associated to his camp through studio recordings, gigging and rehearsals, building on his compositions in a very organic and social way.
Out October 7th on World Galaxy Records – Stream after the jump.
Last December, Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge put out the „Link Up & Suede“ EP, their first release as NxWorries. The Los Angeles duo have now announced their debut LP, „Yes Lawd!“, which will be released on October 21st via Stones Throw.
„On Yes Lawd!“, .Paak – who calls the album “my best work” – plays theatrically brash version of himself who sings like a ’70s superstar and talks shit like a stone cold player. But the performance is seeded with details from his life, which has seen a fair share of struggle and hard-won triumph. Meanwhile, Knx weaves a tapestry of sampled bits and live fragments—bass, brass and violin—that smooths everything over, reminding us that despite whatever struggle it took to get here… well, you already know the name: NxWorries.
Out October 21th, pre-order on Bandcamp, stream below.