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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terrace martin | velvet portraits

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„Velvet Portraits“ is a wide ranging record with a common distinct style. With a core band of Terrace Martin on sax, Curly Martin on drums, Brandon Eugene Owens on bass, and Robert ‘Sput’ Searight on Keys, „Velvet Portraits“ also features appearances from Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Thundercat, Rose Gold, Tiffany Gouche, Marlon Williams and more. Recorded in Omaha Nebraska and Los Angeles, Velvet Portraits portrays the evolution of Martin as a player, producer, and a musician with a deep sense of history.

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soul sok séga

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Séga is the traditional music of Mauritius (a small island off the coast of Madagascar) and is known as the “blues” of the Indian Ocean. The music was born during the 17th to 19th centuries by African slaves seeking relief from harsh conditions in sugar cane fields and on colonial land by dancing to improvised music incorporating rhythms from their homelands in West Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar or Madagascar. From these diverse African influences sprang a new, insular dance and music, the séga.

Following excursions into rare tropical and island sounds with the Sofrito series, and the Haiti Direct and Calypsoul 70 albums,Strut Records presents a collection exploring the incredible séga sounds that emerged from Mauritius during the 1970s, Soul Sok Séga, compiled by DJ duo La Basse Tropicale (Natty Hô and Konsöle), based in the neighbouring island of La Reunion.

Available on Bandcamp via Strut Records.

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marla | madawaska valley

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Marla is a German/Spanish singer-songwriter, her upcoming debut album ‘Madawaska Valley’ was recorded in Toronto and will be released April 8th via Melting Pot Music. Even though Marla sang her whole life, she never thought she’d pursue music. As her sister quit the guitar, Marla picked it and covered tunes until she started writing around the age of 15. Besides the fact that she played classical cello since age 6, she grew up with no musical background in her family.

Inspired by traveling the world, Marla is processing her lost love in these songs, softly picked on acoustic guitar. Her mellow dreamy melodies and deep airy voice might remind one of artists like Jessica Pratt and reminiscent Nico. After touring with David Celia in early 2015, she decided to record her debut album in Toronto with him as producer and sideman. She easily won over audiences playing from Toronto, over Montreal up to Halifax and all over Europe.

Out on April 8th via Melting Pot Music, available on Bandcamp.

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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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