shabaka & the ancestors | wisdom of elders


„Wisdom of the Elders“ was recorded in Johannesburg in 2015 on one of many trips Shabaka Hutchings took there to immerse himself in the country’s rich musical heritage. The album is a psalm in nine parts. An episodic unfurling of a sonic journey across the Atlantic.

“The grand scheme of this album is to present the musical language that I normally associate with my UK bands in the context of SA musicians and musical sensibilities,” – explains Shabaka Hutchings.

Eight men in a studio in Johannesburg; one tenor sax, one alto sax, one trumpet. One on vocals, one on ivory, one bass, one on percussion and one the drums. 800 million voices. 700 years. Millions of bones cracking under the weight of 22 false free years. Innumerable tiny sparks. One uncontrollable blaze.

Available September 16th, order on Bandcamp. Stream after the jump.

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va | pacifics vol. 2


The second installment of UKNOWY’s „Pacifics“ holds beats by well known producers such as Lokke, Ahwlee, FloFilz, MFakka, Tropico, B8TA, vesa., Fitzroy, Lanzo, Murko, Gelanadius, Twit One, beatboxbandit, Awlnight, Peter Clinton, haNN_11.

Releases August 26 on UKNOWY music, available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 7.16


Woodkid feat. Nils Frahm, Nas & Erykah Badu, Saafron, Will Sessions, Josh Hey, Jonwayne, Eets, MFakka, René Schier, Tenderlonious, Mo Kolours feat. Jonwayne, Smino, Lxa, Digitalluc, Stro Elliot, Chris Keys, Beatboxbandit, Swarvy, Pink Siifu, Pablo Queu, AbJo, CRU, Mndsgn, Arima Eddra, Sampa The Great, Jesse Boykins III feat. Kilo Kish & Little Simz, A Tribe Called Red feat. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear, Kool Keith feat. Bars Murre & Dirt Nasty, Frankie Reyes.

Stream the entire playlist after the jump »

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darkhouse family | solid gold


First Word Records introduce the new EP from their latest signings Darkhouse Family. The production duo consisting of Don Leisure and Metabeats have previously released music through Fat City and Earnest Endeavours, building up a dedicated fanbase that includes Gilles Peterson, Gaslamp Killer and Lefto. The „Solid Gold EP“ is the start of a new chapter for the pair, exploring fresh textures and BPMs within the beats scene.

Available on Bandcamp, stream below.

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favourite things | 6.16


Our soundcloud-selection for june 2016, „favourite things 6.16“ holds 1,5 hours of new music.

The Set features tracks through various styles of music, by artists and producers such as Jonwayne, Sigmund Washington, Black Milk, Snoop Dogg, A Country Called Earth & Yassin Bey, Jeedo, DJ Shadow featuring Nils Frahm & Matthew Halsall, Kuba Kapsa Ensemble, Jono McCleery by Anthony Valadez, Chet Faker, Sarathy Korwar, The Yussef Kamal Trio, DâM-FunK, SWARVY feat. Versis & Melanie Charles, FloFilz, Twit One, Sumthin Gunny, Freddie Joachim, René Schier, Tom Misch, Sonzeira, Lion Babe feat. Angel Haze, Selah Sue by MNDSGN, Jeff Parker and finally Lady Wray.

Check out the latest selections on our consistently updated soundcloud page.

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sonzeira | tam tam tam reimagined


„Tam Tam Tam Reimagined“ is another album to come from Gilles Peterson’s Sonzeira project. The second album picks up where the first one left off. Where Brasil Bam Bam Bam brought together the all-stars of Brazilian music, this album focuses on a key moment in the country’s history; a record made at a crucial moment serves as the jumping off point for an open-ended project of musical reimagining.

Released in 1957, Tam Tam Tam celebrates a distinctly Afro-Brazilian culture that was later suppressed following a coup in the early 1960s that led to a military dictatorship. From sparkling recreations of the atmospheric original to reverb-laden dub, the album takes a magpie-like approach to re-interpreting the most exciting aspects of Prates’ postcard of Brazil to the world. Tam Tam Tam Reimagined forms another part of the Sonzeira project’s aim to take apart and reassemble the pieces of what makes Brazil’s music so unique.

Releases July 15, 2016, available on Bandcamp.

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mogillah | coney island


Check out Paxico Records upcoming new concept album by Brooklyn, NY grown producer Mogillah:

„Coney Island is a audio dedication to my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, but it also serves as a musical thank you card to all of my family and friends whose helped me become the man that I am today. This album is the end result of all the cold seltzer jam session with friends, long hours of perfecting my craft, different skills, advice and tips I’ve learn over the year from a wide arrangement of music friends and a sleep shortage because of my creative juice being on the verge of erupting if I didn’t pour them out of me.“ – Mogillah

„Coney Island“ will be released on June 21th via Ppaxico Records, pre-order available on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 5.16


The soundcloud selection ‘favourite things 5.16’ contains two hours with 28 songs and productions by artists such as Robert Glasper and Black Sheep Dres, 30/70 Collective, Patrick Page, Moses Boyd, Floating Points, Quiet Dawn, Jamila Woods, JMSN, Pawcut, Sly Johnson & TAGi, Kznc with Jasperino, Swarvy with Matt Houston & Josh Hey, A Country Called Earth aka Yasiin Bey, Jonwayne, Fredfades & Ivan Ave, or Chance The Rapper.

Stream the current playlist below and listen to all previous volumes of ‘favourite things’ at soundcloud.

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eleven into fifteen | 130701


Home to Max Richter, Hauschka, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Dustin O’Halloran, Sylvain Chauveau and more, FatCat Records’ 130701 imprint has played a peerless role in redefining the modern classical scene. The label will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary this year with the release of „Eleven into Fifteen“, a compilation of eleven unreleased tracks – one from each of the artists on the roster plus three new signings. A highlight from the pack is Dustin O’Halloran’s delicate and nostalgic piano track ‘Constreaux No.2’, to which you can listen below. Stream preview snippets of the album on FatCat Records website.

130701 will release „Eleven Into Fifteen: A 130701 Compilation“ on July 15th, 2016, order online here

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sarathy korwar | day to day


The extraordinary debut album from percussionist, drummer and producer Sarathy Korwar – „Day To Day“ – fuses traditional folk music of the Sidi community in India (combining East African, Sufi and Indian influences) with jazz and electronics. It’s a collaborative release by Ninja Tune with The Steve Reid Foundation – a charitable trust established by Brownswood / Gilles Peterson with the dual objective of helping musicians in crisis and also supporting emerging talent. » read more on Ninja Tune.

Releases July 8th on Ninja Tune, available online at Bandcamp.

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