The norwegian collective Jaga Jazzist released a special vinyl box to celebrate their 20th anniversary this year (2014). The limited edition vinyl box set featuring a special reissue of the 2002 landmark album “A Livingroom Hush” four previously unreleased demo cuts from those recording sessions as bonus digital downloads. Also in the box: two crisp 12″s featuring exclusive reworks based on elements from the album Jaga Jazzist Live with Britten Sinfonia from a stellar cast of remixers, Warp Records stalwart Clark, breakbeat scientist Machinedrum, Brainfeeder’s Teebs, Mellowdrone founder Jonathan Bates, composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Werkdiscs’ Moiré, Hoya:Hoya co-founder Illum Sphere, and Stockholm’s Invader Ace. Extended sleeve notes by John Kelman (All About Jazz) come in a beautiful 24 page booklet with archive photography documenting the rise and rise of this iconic collective.
Wun Two’s new instrumental album has now arrived. After “Rio” in 2014, “Penthouse” is the fifth album by the german producer. It is now available on tape or vinyl via Vinyl Digital, or digital on iTunes/Amazon. Stream some preview-tracks of the 35 minute relaxed LP. Artwork by Alex Brade & Alex Kunz.
Quartetto Fantastico is a LA based string quartet consisting of Chris Woods (Violin), Paul Cartwright (Violin), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Viola) and Peter Jacobson (Cello). The quartett is comprised of four musicians that think and play outside the box, covering a wide range of repertoire in various styles, from Classical to Jazz to Hip-Hop to Modern, including original compositions from the players. A large inspiration for the group is improvisation, whether in the context of a piece or as the basis for an entire section of the performance. Quartetto loves music and loves to share their amazing musical journey with audiences, leading to exciting, unpredictable, one-of-a-kind performances that present music in a fresh, dynamic, hip, exuberant way, affirming life and the power of music!
The debut “Sugah Daddy” dropped on saturday via the Red Bull Music Academy – now the whole album is available for streaming all over the web. After recent rumours D’Angelo finally deliver the long-awaited follow-up to 2000’s “Voodoo”. “Black Messiah” features contributions from Q-Tip, the Roots’ Questlove, Kendra Foster of Parliament Funkadelic, bassist Pino Palladino, also James Gadson on the drums. Purchase the album right now on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
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“Cave Art” is an engrossing blend of live covers from the DJM trio headed by Dominic J Marshall. The album covers hip hop and experimental electronic music from the likes of Jaylib, Flying Lotus, MF DOOM, 9th Wonder, and many other contemporary artists. Available on Bandcamp, out on Paxico Records.
Detroit producer and songwriter Christian Berishaj aka JMSN, released his new album “JMSN (Blue Album)”. The LP is his second release since the debut “Priscilla” back in 2012. Over the past years JMSN had some guest vocal-features, including Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, m.A.A.d. city”, Ab-Soul’s “These Days”, and Tyga’s “Hotel California”.
“The Blue Album is starting to take form and will continue to form in ways beyond myself. That’s what I love about music and life. It’s so unpredictable. It’s so fun to go with the flow of energy and watch things form as they always do.” JMSN
After his collaborative dub/jazz album with Prince Fatty, “Measures” is the second album this year by UK based Jazz producer Ben Lamdin aka Nostalgia 77.
»The original Nostalgia 77 Octet having been disbanded after the death of drummer Graham Fox. “Measures” sees Lamdin’s long time collaborator, bass player and arranger Riaan Vosloo stepping to the fore, bringing six original compositions. The pair’s aim was to produce an album ranging from the chaotic to the meditative. On ‘Measures’, Vosloo’s writing strikes a delicate balance between strong themes and free space for the improvisers – a perfect canvas for the impressive cast of Kit Downes (piano), James Allsopp (reeds), Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet), Tim Giles (drums) and Vosloo himself on bass. The record captures the fiery fluidity of the band’s live performances. The album contains nods to the two dominant influences on this group over the years, in renditions of Sun Ra’s otherworldly “An Island In The Sun” and British firebrand (and previous Nostalgia 77 collaborator) Keith Tippett’s “Thoughts To Geoff”.«
Swarvy links with bassist Jerry Thompson III and band mate Ryan McKenney to compose “Scotch,” his first official release of original, sample-free music. Channeling the grooves and moods of 70s jazz and funk, Swarvy shapes the raw instrumentation with modern production techniques to make an album that sounds distantly familiar, yet still new and unique at the same time.
Out now on Feelin’ music Switzerland, available on Bandcamp.
Our monthly installment of the soundcloud selection holds 42 tracks/2:30hrs of new music. The ‘Favourite Things 11.14′ features tracks, productions and demos by musicians such as Silk Rhodes, JMSN, Anderson Paak, Street Rat, Harris Cole, FKJ, James Tillman, Leon Bridges, Al Dobson Jr., FloFilz, Pawcut, Iamnobodi, Wun Two, Tom Misch & Carmody, Stray, The Stand4rd, Funkadelic & Soul Clap, Skinshape, Romare and Bonobo.
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Silk Rhodes is producer Michael Collins and vocalist Sasha Desree. The duo nurtured by NYC, are about to release their debut album on Stones Throw Records.
“Their voyage began in a 1997 Honda CRV turned DIY recording studio built to capture and share light-bulb moments as they happened. The approach was simple: run a microphone into loop pedal, connect the looper to the car stereo via cassette-tape adaptor, and start spitting out ideas. Then Collins and Desree, alongside a host of roving lunatics and pranksters, would broadcast their experiments to the streets, commenting on their observations in rhyme, soliciting ideas from strangers, and inviting people into the car to contribute vocals, or loop beats. These experiments spawned sound collages, and stream-of-consciousness hymns, as well an an electric boogie tune with nods to Joe Jackson and George Benson (“Face 2 Face”), and a lonesome ballad that sounds like a still-lost Donnie and Joe Emerson song produced by Gamble & Huff (“Pains”). Under the banner of Silk Rhodes, Collins and Desree challenge preconceived notions of what Soul Music is, can, and should be. Steeped in the human experience, Silk Rhodes debut is a collection of songs that exemplifies their free spirited vision for future soul music. A touchstone for exploring inner visions.”