dj shadow | the mountain will fall

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DJ Shadow, widely acknowledged as a crucial figure in the development of experimental, instrumental hip-hop, will return with ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ worldwide on June 24 via Mass Appeal Records, his first full length release since 2011. The 12-track album finds DJ Shadow exploring new realms in addition to the deep samples and kinetic soundscapes that helped to launch his career 20 years ago. On ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ he’s shifted further toward original composition, a vast experimentation of beats and textures, synthesizers and live instruments including horns and woodwinds. The album features Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall, Ernie Fresh and more

Pre-order your copy of „The Mountain Will Fall“ online today ahead of its June 24th release.

Hear Run The Jewels put in work on “Nobody Speak” and watch the video for title track „The Mountain Will Fall“ after the jump.

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favourite things | 4.16

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The soundcloud selection ‚favourite things 4.16‘ holds two hours of brand new music. Including songs and productions by artists such as Jameszoo featuring Arthur Verocai, Sarathy Korwar, BADBADNOTGOOD, Braxton Cook, ThisIsJBird, 2LATE, Stro Elliot, Ding, Mecca:83, KA-YU, Little Simz, Remi with Sampa The Great, Syd from the Internet, The Invisible with Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Barney Artist and Jordan Rakei, Alexis Davis, Ivan Ave, De La Soul, DJ Manipulator, Smoke DZA & Flying Lotus, Bishop Nehru, J Dilla & Bilal, Snoop Dogg, Action Bronson, DJ Shadow featuring Run The Jewels, Romare, Henri Texier remixed by Bonobo, Fink on Grasscut and the Owiny Sigoma Band.

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mammal hands | floa

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The new Mammal Hands album, „Floa“ will be released on Gondwana Records on May 27th. Produced by Matthew Halsall and recorded/mixed/mastered by George Atkins at 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester the album also features string players from The Gondwana Orchestra on tracks ‘In The Treetops’ and ‘The Falling Dream’. You can catch the band live in the UK on tour (tour dates). Pre-order „Floa“ online on Bandcamp on vinyl or digital.

Watch the official video to the first lifted track „Hourglass“ here, or listen after the jump.

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the kondi band | belle wahallah

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The Kondi Band is blind piano player and singer Sorie Kondi from Sierra Leone with Rio-based producer Chief Boima. Boima saw an original video of Sorie which inspired him to get in touch and start a collaboration. The EP „Belle Wahallah“ forges a direct link between Techno born in the black cities of the American Midwest (where Boima grew up) and roots African music. Sorie Kondi may be playing an acoustic folk instrument from Sierra Leone, but he thinks about music as if he were a Techno producer. (Cover design by John Avanti)

The EP is set release for May 13rd 2016 on Strut Records/London. Pre-Order on iTunes or on Boomkat.

Stream the entire EP via Bandcamp below.

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jameszoo | fool

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Inspired by classic albums by Steve Kuhn, Arthur Verocai, and Robert Wyatt, Van Dinther aka Jameszoo released  his debut album „Fool“ on the Brainfeeder label.

» With „Fool“, Van Dinther has created an album that doesn’t follow any direct rules. An album composed and arranged “on purpose” that still retains a wonderful naive quality. “It bothered me at first to not have the same background as most of the musicians I speak highly of, but I realise now it has its own value, it can be interesting.” «

Alongside Verocai, Dafé, and Kuhn, the album features a stellar cast of classical and jazz musicians including pianist Niels Broos, drummers Julian Sartorius and Richard Spaven, bass guitarists Raphael Vanoli and Stephen Bruner (aka Thundercat), and saxophonist John Dikeman. Release date is 13th May 2016, out on Brainfeeder.

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alexis davis | the other numbers

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Alexis Davis are: DJ/Producers Mecca:83, Simon S, Spinnerty, and MC Replife. It’s been three years since the Alexis Davis project released their debut release „3“ out into the world. Since then the group have continued to work behind the scenes on new material and to explore new directions for their music. „The Other Numbers“ is a collection of singles, unreleased and demo material catalogs the highlights from the 2012-2015 era: a selection of singles, unreleased and demo tracks that document the evolution of the Alexis Davis sound. Consider this the precursor to their forthcoming release „2“.

All tracks written, produced & arranged by Alexis Davis Additional Vocals on „Closer To Ubiquity“ by Cecelia Stalin Live instrumentation on „Take It There“ and „Mecca – Live Dub“ by the Patricia Marx Band.

» Streaming and free download after the jump …

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food for my soul | vol. 51

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After a two years hiatus, i finally uploaded the new episode of bklyn’s ‚Food For My Soul‘ compilation series. #51 is a slow but powerful selection of soul by great artists such as Kool Blues, Black Merda, Lee Bonds, Eunice Collins, Albert Smith, Thomas East, or Eddie Finley. Unmixed 50 minutes of music – enjoy.

Listen below – Find more bklyn ‘Soul Food’ on Mixcloud.
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carlos niño & friends | flutes, echoes, it’s all happening!

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„Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!“ is the fourth in an ongoing series of highly collaborative records by Carlos Niño & Friends, and features Madlib, Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Iasos, Luis Pérez Ixoneztli, Dexter Story, and more.

Los Angeles’ Carlos Niño is the exalted producer, composer, percussionist, DJ, ensemble orchestrator, and mentor who has traversed the multitude of music scenes the city has birthed within the last two decades. Host of the influential Spaceways Radio (1995-2015) on KPFK in Los Angeles, his curation of playlists run in complete parallel to his original compositions and collaborations collected on this album: “Psychedelic Love Music and classic, obscure and experimental recordings from around the world!”. This is Space Collage Hybrid music!

Worldwide release date is set to April 22nd, out on Leaving Records. The vinyl will be available exclusively at Stones Throw, digital pre-oder now on Bandcamp. Listen to the title track „It’s All Happening“ featuring Madlib, Jamire Williams and Dexter Story, strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson after the jump.

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favourite things | 3.16

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The ‚favourite things‘ playlist for april 2016 holds 25 new tracks. The collection includes songs by Terrace Martin feat. Kamasi Washington & Rose Gold, Nicholas Payton feat. Butcher Brown, Taylor McFerrin feat. Robert Glasper and Thundercat, Flying Lotus feat. Thundercat, Yusef Lateef, Moses Boyd Exodus, Sigmund Washington, Satsum, Iamnobodi, Kaytranada feat. Karriem Riggins & River Tiber, Black Milk & Nat Turner, Miles Bonny, River Tiber feat. Pusha T, BJ The Chicago Kid feat. Jay Rock, Chuck Inglish & Blended Babies feat. Aston Mathews, Samiyam feat. Action Bronson, Guilty Simpson, Homeboy Sandman, Jimi Tents, Ta-ku, Dil Withers, Elzhi, Joey Bada$$, Jordan Raf and Tom Misch with Jordan Rakei.

Stream all playlists of  ‘favourite things‘ here.

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black milk & nat turner | the rebellion sessions

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Black Milk returns alongside his band Nat Turner, with Aaron „Ab“ Abernathy on keys, Malik Hunter on bass, and Zebulun „Z“ Horton on drums. „The Rebellion Sessions“ is a live instrumental LP, jazz-funk opus recorded over the span of one week.

On „The Rebel,“ Black adds a verse to an instrumental off The Rebellion Sessions entitled “4 Blacks“, listen after the jump. The album will be released digitally on April 4th. Pre-Order The Rebellion Sessions on iTunes.

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