Khruangbin | Con Todo El Mundo

Formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums; Khruangbin’s sounds are rooted in the deepest waters of world music infused with classic soul, dub and psychedelia. Their 2015 debut album ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ was heavily influenced by 60’s and 70’s Thai cassettes the band listened to on their long car journeys to rehearsal in the Texan countryside. ‘Con Todo El Mundo’ takes inspiration not just from South East Asia but similarly underdiscovered funk and soul of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, particularly Iran.

Available now via Bandcamp.

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Black Flower | Intermediate State

Having released their critically acclaimed second album ‘Artifacts’ in early 2017, Belgium’s Black Flower return with a new 10” vinyl entitled ‘Intermediate State’.

The inspiration of came from Salvador Dali’s creative dreaming ritual. With a pair of scissors in his hand, he sat back, closed his eyes and slid into sleep. The moment his body and mind enter deep sleep, the scissors dropped and waked him up. Dali then started painting using the inspiration he gathered from his dreams. These paintings can be considered the result of an intermediate state between consciousness and subconsciousness, a zone between being awake and sleeping.

Available now on Bandcamp.

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Mast | Thelonious Sphere Monk

MAST’s Thelonious Sphere Monk is a cosmic journey reinterpreting the great Thelonious Monk Song Book in celebration of his 100th birthday. MAST tackles sixteen Monk compositions, including the acclaimed “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” “Straight No Chaser,” “Epistrophy” and “Well You Needn’t.” As well as more obscure titles like “Misterioso,” “Pannonica,” “Friday The 13th” and “Bemsha Swing.” MAST, aka Tim Conley, pays homage to the significant history of Thelonious Monk and his esteemed compositions while bringing them into the future using modern electronic bleeps, bloops, and beats. This is done in concert with the Low End Theory, Los Angeles beat culture Conley is a part of. Harmonious with the mystical and metaphysical hand painted cover art by Japanese artist Tokio Aoyama, each track created is a unique world unto itself and the listener travels from one musical planet to the next on the spaceship Monk.

Out on Bandcamp.

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Dabrye | Three​/​Three

All this changes in 2017 as Dabrye makes his long-awaited return with “Three/Three”, a razor-sharp rap album that brings to completion a prophetic trilogy. Mullinix’s incisive productions provide the backdrop for equally acute rhymes that run the gamut from intergenerational observations and being your best self to back alley deals and having fun in the ride. Guests include indie rap legend DOOM, whose previous collaboration with Dabrye remains a point of reference for many, Wu Tang storyteller Ghostface Killah, L.A word fanatic Jonwayne, and Long Island’s rugged surrealist Roc Marciano. Most importantly Three/Three is, much like its predecessor, an unfettered celebration of Detroit-area talent with Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, Kadence, Quelle Chris, Danny Brown, Shigeto, Clear Soul Forces and more all lending their touch to Dabrye’s return.

Available February 16, 2018 on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 12.17

favourite things 12.17 – MNP, Medline, Darkhouse Family feat. Esther, Dylema Collective, SO.Crates feat. Allysha Joy, Hovey Benjamin, Noah Slee feat. Wayne Snow & Rachel Fraser, Pacific Yew, Kuzich feat. Mei Saraswati, Kafari, Yellow Days feat. Rejjie Snow, Smino feat. Terrace Martin, Onyx Collective, 1Yi, DLyfa & Konnykon, DJM, Strangelove feat. Bellatrix, Dabrye feat. Roc Marciano Quelle Chris & Danny Brown, Harry Fraud feat. Action Bronson, Mick Jenkins, Cheflee, Lord Apex, Tusken. & Flitz&Suppe, Digitalluc, Es-K, Small Professor, FloFilz, J’san, Bassti feat. Nalim.

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favourite things | 11.17


favourite things 11.17 Om, ADB & DRB of Drumetrics, Noya Rao, Jitwam., Flockey Ocscor, Feelgood Experiment, Poppy Ajudha, Oscar Jerome, Darkhouse Family, Mick Jenkins, Blue Lab Beats feat. OthaSoul & Daniel Taylor, KALA, Nubya Garcia, EABS, Evidence, WESTSIDE GUNN & MF Doom Remix by Je$u$, Talib Kweli feat. Anderson .Paak, Madvillain & Four Tet, Kojey Radical feat. Shae, SiR & ScHoolboyQ, Jaze Baqti, Gabriel Garzón-Montano feat. Little Simz, Hello Skinny.

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Drumetrics | DRB-ADB-001


The Drum Broker teamed up with Drumetrics to bring you the digital version of their “DRB-ADB 001” release. Drumetrics is a collective of artist that produces sounds that can be categorized as a harmonious blend of electronic, psychedelic, funk music inspired by the minimal sound of Library Records from the 1960’s. The Drumetrics Collective DRB-ADB consists of Drummer Danny Ray Barragan (DRB), Bass/Multi-Instrumentalist Andrew David Barragan (ADB). This is a producers sampling dream of heavy warm drum & bass chops. From Deep Funk to Cinematic Down Tempo. All Engineered and Co Produced by Michael Raymond Russell (MRR), utilizing 1960’s vintage gear to capture the heavy analogue warmth.

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EABS | Repetitions

EABS debut album entitled “Repetitions (Letters To Krzysztof Komeda)” is a dedication to Polish Jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda. This album is an analysis of conscientiously selected compositions by Komeda between 1962-1967. EABS explores some of Komeda’s lesser-known compositions featured in ballet etudes, movies, short films, documentaries, animations and compositions illustrating Polish poems recited in German.

“The growth in popularity of jazz music in recent years has been described as a renaissance or new chapter for the genre. Attracting new audiences has seen a growth in acclaim for international artists including Kamasi Washington & The West Coast Get Down collective or BadBadNotGood. This resurgence has also been felt within british jazz scene. Musicians such as Yussef Kamaal, Shabaka Hutchings, Ruby Rushton, Nubya Garcia or Moses Boyd have put a new stamp on jazz music by fusing elements of classic jazz with modern sounds. Polish septet, EABS applies a similar philosophy to their music, blending traditional Polish Jazz with sounds from other genres, thus creating a new and personal interpretation of modern jazz.”

Stream below – Available on Bandcamp.

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