Kaytranada | 99.9%

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Montreal-based artist/producer Kaytranada’s new album ‘99.9%’ will be out on May 5th via XL Recordings. He announced the album on Benji B’s Montreal Special show on BBC Radio 1. The LP holds 15 tracks and features guest appearances by BADBADNOTGOOD, Karriem Riggins & River Tiber, Syd of the Internet Band, Vic Mensa, Craig David, Goldlink, Alunageorge, Phonte, Anderson.Paak, Shay Lia and Little Dragon.

The album is called 99.9% because as Kaytranada says: „I am never satisfied with my album and I am very indecisive.“ Fans have been asking for this full-length over the past few years he has been discussing for an equally long period of time so it makes sense that he would title the album this symbol of just barely incompleteness.“

Listen to the track ‘Bus Ride“ featuring drummer/producer Karriem Riggins after the jump. Pre-oder now on XL Recordings or iTunes.

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gregory porter | take me to the alley

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Gregory Porter announced a follow-up to his platinum-certified, grammy-winning, „Liquid Spirit“ album. He will release „Take Me To The Alley“ on May 6th. Watch the 1-mic, 1-take in-studio performance of the new single “Don’t Lose Your Steam” live in-session at Capitol Studios below.

Pre-order your copy of the „Take Me To The Alley“ LP on iTunes today and get ‚Holding On‘ and ‚Don’t Lose Your Steam‘ in advance.

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al dobson jr. | rye lane vol. II & III

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Al Dobson Jr. returns to Rhythm Section International with his debut full length LP. Spread over 28 tracks and clocking in at just under one hour, this body of work provides a glimpse into the mind of one of the UK’s most talented, enigmatic producers.

Al Dobson’s debut mini album marked the inauguration of Bradley Zero’s fledgling label back in 2014, proving to be a breath of fresh air to the london scene with it’s loose, undefinable sound and unique approach to production.

As a newcomer, Al Dobson Jr.’s music didn’t remain a secret for long, with major global tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Theo Parrish, Dego, Alex Nut and Osunlade being early adopters. As with other key releases on 22a and Izwid, it didn’t take long for Rye Lane Volume 1 to go from obscure debut to cult classic, propelling the artist and the label onto the international platform. At once a continuation and evolution of the sound, Rye Lane Volumes II & III offers a deeper exploration into the Al Dobson Jr universe, moving with ease through tempos and textures but never losing that effortless magic that makes ADJ stand out from the crowd.

Out March 18th on Rhythm Section International via Bandcamp. Stream after the jump.

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favourite things | 2.16

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The soundcloud-selection playlist for february holds approximately two hours of new music. Part one starts with jazz by Jaimeo Brown Transcendence, Binker & Moses Boyd, Heliocentrics, Byron The Aquarius, Sol Monk feat. Roy Hermon, Mop Mop, Meeting by Chance, Pete Josef, DJ ATSUSHI aka creekMUZIK, Philippe Edison & The Black Luster Quintet, Jaleel Shaw feat. Dres of Black Sheep, and Culross Close. Part two features new music by Swarvy, Al Dobson Jr, Mo Kolours, Bastien Keb, Botany, Dibia$e, StayReal!, Bonobo, S. Fidelity, Joey Bada$$, Rome Fortune, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Leon Bridges, Jamie Woon feat. Kaytranada, Suff Daddy feat. Iamnobodi, and De La Soul feat. Tall Black Guy.

Stream all playlists of  ‘favourite things‘ here.

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the heliocentrics | from the deep

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Following „Last Transmission“, their collaboration with Melvin Van Peebles, the Heliocentrics finish off their trawl through the vaults of tracks recorded at their old digs – Quatermass Studios – with psychedelic tinged funk and jazz instrumentals first heard on Gaslamp Killer’s HELIO X GLK EP, tracks Rolling Stone describes as “sprawling, with percussive patterns that suddenly morph into extraterrestrial sound blasts and opaque, detouring patterns.” Heliocentrics‘ new album „From The Deep“ is now out Now Again Records, vinyl and mp3 are available on Rappcats or iTunes.

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j dilla | the diary

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Back in 2013, it was announced that „The Diary“, a lost J Dilla vocal album made at the turn of the millennium, was being reassembled for a posthumous release. (The announcement was accompanied by a 12″ featuring the previously-unheard „Anthem“ b/w „Trucks.“) now, the LP was given an official release date.

Constructed over the past decade from mixes and masters culled from J Dilla’s personal archive, The Diary features rapping from Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Kenny Wray, Bilal, Frank and Dank, Boogie, Kokane, and Nottz. The production was handled by Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Supa Dave West, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, and Bink!, among others.

The Diary will be out April 15 via his own label Mass Appeal and Dilla’s PayJay imprint, thanks to the support of Dilla’s estate.

Read the interview with J Dilla estate creative director Eothen Alapatt via Rollingstone.com.

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jaimeo brown transcendence | work songs

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Echoes of the past meet visions of the future on „Work Songs“, the follow up to Jaimeo Brown Transcendence’s arresting 2013 self-titled debut. From recordings of prisoners in Mississippi to stonemasons in Japan, the album brings renewed life to historical work songs through a mixture of powerfully evocative samples and new recordings. Comprised of drummer/producer Jaimeo Brown and guitarist/producer Chris Sholar, Jaimeo Brown Transcendence deftly weaves together the acoustic and the digital, compellingly connecting jazz and blues with contemporary rock, hip-hop and electronic music.
Stream the album „Work Songs“ below, available on Bandcamp.

nomine | inside nomine

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Two years in the making and carefully sculpted and selected from 60 tracks, Nomine’s „Inside Nomine“ is finally available on Tempa Records. Stream the entire LP after the jump.

„One of Tempa’s most consistent and exciting artists to join the label roster in recent years, Nomine’s fusions defy categorisation. We’ve watched his murky world unravel over the course of EPs… But nothing could compare us for the complex web he’s weaved on his debut album. The off-beat percussive textured groove of „84600“, the pitched drum riff on „Stickman“ and the slinky-but-snakelike rhythm on „Menacer“ are just three of the eight delights on offer here. Tempa are having a fine year and Inside Nomine may be their crowning glory of 2015.“ – Juno Vinyl

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bacao rhythm and steel band | 55

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Back in the days multi instrumentalist and band leader of the legendary Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Björn Wagner spent a few months in Trindad & Tobago where he became fascinated with Steel Drums. His initial intrigue with local steel pan music culture led him to learning the instrument both through help of local players and on his own. After he became proficient on the pans Björn had his own instrument built from a used oil barrel by legendary pan man Louis C. Smith. Upon returning home to Germany, Björn set out to blend the Tropical Steel into his already sharply honed Funk, Soul, and Hip-Hop sensibilities. The outcome is an updated take on a classic format, a truly unique sound.

Their first two recordings were covers of The Meters‘ ‚Look A-Py-Py‘ and ‚Ease Back‘ which they self released on a 45. Looking back on these two sides you can tell they were just getting their chops up for what was to come next. This is evidenced by how all hell broke loose when they went on to cover 50 Cent’s hit ‚PIMP‘ taking the DJ and vinyl collecting communities by storm. Many people thought the recording was the original sample and probably still do to this day when it is played. The original Mocambo pressing sold out quickly and is now a collector’s item fetching heavy prices when it changes hands. It was this tune that made the introduction between Björn and Danny Akalepse of Big Crown. They immediately hit it off and starting making plans to do a full length project with the band. » read more after the jump

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moses boyd | time and space

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Drummer, composer and producer Moses Boyd has worked and collaborated with the likes of Lonnie Liston Smith, Four Tet, Floating Points, Zara McFarlane, Giles Peterson, Kwabs, Jimmy Napes, Soweto Kinch and many more. Whilst leading his own outfits The Exodus and Solo Exodus. „Time And Space EP“ is the 2nd exploration of the relationship between man and the cosmos. Available on Kudos.

Theon Cross (Tuba), Artie Zaits (Guitar), Binker Golding (Saxpahone), Brother Portait (Vox), Moses Boyd (Drums, Compostion, Prodution).

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