‘Tides’ is the debut album from Manchester-based producer Matt Brewer aka Frameworks. Since the release of his first EP ‘Vanish’ back in 2012 and ‘Old Friend’ in 2013, Frameworks has been building a loyal following for his atmospheric and haunting compositions.
‘Tides’ sees him joining the dots between instrumental hip hop heroes Aim and RJD2, the epic soundscapes of Cinematic Orchestra and the deft songwriting of Bonobo. Previous collaborators Rioghnach Connolly and JP Cooper return for the album with two tracks apiece. Rioghnach gives a captivating vocal performance on lead single ‘Calm The Still Night’ and the brooding ‘Dawn’, whilst JP brings raw soul to ‘Old Friend’ and ‘No Place To Hide Away’. The bedrock of the album is instrumental with Frameworks’ trademark string-laden productions taking in cinematic jazz (‘Patience’), folk (‘End’) and more uptempo fare in the shape of ‘Breathing Light’ and ‘A New Sun’. Tides’ shows just how accomplished Frameworks is as a producer and composer, showing a lightness of touch and genuine song-writing talent that few can emulate.
Coming 23 March 23rd on First Word Records. Available at Bandcamp. » Stream the entire album after the jump.
Jazzist, composer, and bandleader Kamasi Washington’s upcoming “The Epic” is unlike anything jazz has seen, and not just because it emanates from the boundary-defying Brainfeeder, which isn’t so much a label in the traditional sense as it is an unfurling experiment conducted by the underground producer Flying Lotus. The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly ten-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet – including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin, keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Cameron Graves, and trombonist Ryan Porter. Patrice Quinn’s ethereal vocals round out the ensemble. »Read the full description on Ninja Tune«
The Portico band consisting of Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack Wyllie, are about to release their LP on Ninja Tune. “Living Fields” features guest performances by close friends of the trio, Jono McCleery, Joe Newman (Alt-J) and Jamie Woon. “Living Fields”, released 6 April 2015 on Ninja Tune.
“Portico make music which moves forward towards distant places while offering rare intimacy as well, arriving somewhere between structured pop songs and a disintegrating ambience, a unique blend of the sublunary and the celestial. Reverb drenched piano meshes with swathes of studio noise while vocals float high above a world of textural atmosphere. Drum machines crisply puncture the air around shimmering arpeggios of synth and electric bass. You can be untethered, detached in space only for a moment of detail to rush into focus. Melancholia and euphoria sunk into each other.” via Ninja Tune
Most of the tracks in the “favourite things 2.15″-selection are well known to the bklyn-audience. The february-collection holds 29 tracks and 1:56hrs of selected songs out of our monthly soundcloud research.
Featuring: Eska, Leon Bridges, Ghostpoet, Phil France, Dabrye, Melanie De Biasio, The Cinematic Orchestra, Lapalux, Romare, Jonwayne, Flako, Mo Kolours, Henry Wu, Pazmal & Corey Chase, Brady Watt, SWARVY, C.Scott, KA-YU, Freddie Joachim, Jordan Rakei, Tom Misch, FloFilz, Ivan Ave, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, Rapper Big Pooh, Fulgeance & DJ Scientist, Joey Bada$$, Cannibal Ox, L’Orange, Declaime and Robert Glasper.
UK singer ESKA finally releases her self-titled debut album on April 27th. ESKA weaves together diverse musical elements – hints of folk, soul, psychedelia and electronica and pairs them with stirring lyrics, born from burning passion. She created something pure and timeless which echoes past traditions while at the same time managing to surprise with its stunning originality. In the UK, ESKA’s music has already created a buzz; receiving strong radio support from tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Lauren Laverne and John Kennedy. The self-titled debut album ‘ESKA’ hosts production credits from British electronic artist Matthew Herbert, Louis ‘slipperz’ Hackett and Dave Okumu of The Invisible.
Stream four tracks of the LP after the jump.
Out April 27th, available at Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.
After a bunch of collaborative releases with the likes of FloFilz, Katharsis & Zen-Zin, here’s finally a solo album by Pawcut. Featuring mic guests Pseudo Slang, Billy Woods, Zen-Zin and more. Out on Radio Juicy and Urban Waves. Available at hhv.de or Bandcamp.
Action Bronson‘s major-label debut album “Mr. Wonderful,” is coming! Since the first leak back in may 2014, “Easy Rider” (Prod. Travis Mitchell), and two others shares “Actin Crazy” (Prod. Noah “40” Shebib & Omen) and “Terry” (Prod. by The Alchemist), the LP will be released on March 24th. “Mr Wonderful” recorded throughout 2014, was produced by several high-profile record producers, such as The Alchemist, Mark Ronson and Noah “40” Shebib. The album has guest appearances by Big Body Bes, Meyhem Lauren, Chauncy Sherod, Chance the Rapper and Party Supplies.
“It’s not just an orgy of Rap, it’s an orgy of music. But there is an orgy or Rap. I say the first six songs would be the illest Rap album that ever came out.”
“Mr Wonderful” is available March 24th on VICE/Atlantic LP – pre-order it at iTunes or Amazon.
The Chilean producer Flako will soon release his long awaited debut album ‘Natureboy’. Under his aliases Dirg Gerner, Natureboy and Flako, he released several tracks and productions for Eglo Records, Blue Note, Mooncircle or Apollo.
Flako explained the title of the LP as followed: “I’m not religious. Nature is the only thing I really believe in. The sun and water are the two things that I find worth worshipping. There’s nothing without the sun, and there’s nothing without water.”
‘Natureboy’ 2LP will be out on London’s records label Five Easy Pieces, on March 23rd – Pre-order at Bandcamp or iTunes.
Pawcut now released his free prequel EP “Smoke Break” to his upcoming LP “Maverick”. All tracks produced, mixed and mastered by pawcut himself. The EP features cuts by DJ Access and remix versions by Edo G and Massive Attack. Out on Radio Juicy, available on Bandcamp. “Maverick” LP drops February 27th, pre-order now on HHV.
Melanie De Biasio‘s acclaimed new album ‘No Deal’ will be released as ‘No Deal Remixed’ on February 23rd. Gilles Peterson called upon some of the most exciting names across the jazz, electronic and indie worlds to rework Melanie De Biasio’s acclaimed new album No Deal, including EELS, The Cinematic Orchestra, Hex, Jonwayne and Seven Davis Junior.