Lojii & Swarvy | Due Rent

„Due Rent“ is a collaborative double album by solo artists Lojii & Swarvy. Written and recorded in the summer of 2016 in L.A. by the two Philadelphian transplants. Lojii says „this tape is a score to being a broke nxgga in AmeriKKKa (emphasis on the KKK) – full of dreams and hustlin‘ to make ‚em happen, but dealing with the everyday pressures of making ends meet. A.K.A trying to pay rent.“ Raps by Lojii, beats and all instruments by Swarvy. Mastered by Brad Fischer, executive producer Kenny (Fresh Selects).

Available on Bandcamp – Stream below.

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Madlib | Bad Neighbor Instrumentals

Bang Ya Head Entertainment is gearing up to release the Instrumentals to the critically acclaimed Bad Neighbor LP by MED and Blu. All beats produced by Madlib. 15 banging instrumentals and 3 bonus beats for your enjoyment. Everything Madlib creates is innovating but the production on Bad Neighbor LP is timeless. Also listen to the unreleased track „The Turn Up“ featuring Oh-No below.

Available on Bandcamp

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A Journey Into Deep Jazz Vol. 2

If Music’s Jean-Claude returns for a second spellbinding edition of ‚A Journey Into Deep Jazz‘. Going even deeper than volume 1, this triple vinyl pack is one to truly lose yourself in, with several of the tracks running over 12 minutes in length – Sparrow’s ‚Latin Black Funk‘ even over 20 minutes! The obscure gems contained on this compilation have either flown under the radar or remained out of print for many years, so there are bound to be fresh treats here for even the most obsessive collector. Dense without being over-challenging, raw yet enchanting, ‚Deep Jazz Volume 2‘ is a collection of soul-stirring rarities to nourish the spirit.

Released February 24, 2017 – Available on Bandcamp.

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Collocutor | The Search

To follow-on from the acclaimed Collocutor debut album, ‚Instead‚, Tamar (Collocutor) has written ‚The Search‘ and together with her seven piece ensemble and On the Corner Records released at the end of 2016.

„Collocutor is an opportunity to explore musically all the cultural connections which are part of being a human being, particularly in the 21st century, in somewhere like London, where you do meet everyone from everywhere. If you’re open-minded you’ll have the opportunity to engage with them and find out which bits of each other’s cultures connect and make sense“ – Tamar Osborn

„The Search“ is available on Bandcamp.

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Jonah Levine Collective | Attention Deficit

Trombone and piano player Jonah Levine’s debut album is now available on Alpha Pup Records’ jazz imprint World Galaxy. „Attention Deficit“, follows up stellar World Galaxy releases from Ronald Bruner Jr., Josef Leimberg and Miles Mosley.

Jonah Levine’s time studying under jazz legends such as Kenny Burrell and James Newton reveals an important road towards the creation and release of Attention Deficit. Time spent with Anderson .Paak before his career shifted towards stardom is another important road. All of Jonah’s collaborative access points over the years have been integral elements to the creation of Attention Deficit, including recordings and live stints with Leonard Cohen, The Game, Ed Sheeran, Anderson .Paak, Josef Leimberg, Nx Worries, MNDSGN, Iman Omari, Ryan Leslie, Jeff Parker, Bennie Maupin, Chris „Daddy“ Dave, George Watsky and Shafiq Husayn. All of these voices and more carry influence over Attention Deficit, brought together with a culturally integrated collective that includes Emile Martinez (trumpet, flugelhorn), Josh Johnson (alto saxophone), Owen Clapp (upright & electric bass), Jonathan Pinson (drums) and Kiefer Shackelford (piano).

Available on Bandcamp – stream the album below.

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Bastien Keb | 22​.​02​.​85

22.02.85′ is the new album from Bastien Keb. Initially conceived as a concept album about a stripper lost in the city (like a straight-to-video follow up to Showgirls), ‚22.02.85‘ has a distinctly nocturnal edge to it. The city at night, lost in a crowd, abandoned petrol stations, empty kebab shops, broken florescent lights. Like a half-forgotten dream, familiar yet unnerving. He says all the songs are all about girls apart from two about a big lug. You may catch a phrase here and there but the context is all in the feel: „There’s a melancholy edge, but I don’t wanna depress people. Sad but hopeful? If that’s possible.“

A guitarist first and foremost, Keb also plays trumpet, bass, drums, piano, flute and more – many borrowed donated or found instruments. Layering and pitching his voice to imaginative effect, you might feel an influence of Bon Iver or Jai Paul but in truth it’s more indebted to The Impressions or The Delfonics. Keb makes a living writing music for TV and film and you’ll hear hints of cinematic direction throughout. The soundtracks of Isaac Hayes taped from Madlib’s second hand SP-303 for a re-scored Twin Peaks. Recorded by himself in Leamington and Hackney he discloses – „I don’t really mic shit up proper, so I gotta go lo-fi. Warm, fuzzy, dirty and honest; an antidote to over-production and over-analysis.“

Released March 3, 2017 –  Available on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 2.17

favourite things 2.17/soundcloud  holds songs by Thoma, Christian Scott, Blood Wine or Honey, Jamil Jamal, Halal Cool J, Flako, Loveturl, Natty Reeves, JBird, Will Sessions feat. Allan Barnes, Tom & Laura Misch feat. FloFilz, Kiefer feat. David Otis, Iojii & Swarvy, Steve Lacy, JMSN, Shiboski, Jonwayne, Lou Phelps feat. KALLITECHNIS, Oddisee, Cookin Soul, Little Dragon, and Mndsgn.

Stream the entire playlist after the jump »

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Alfa Mist | Antiphon

Created around a conversation with his brothers, the London producer and pianist player Alfa Mist blends melancholy Jazz harmony with alternative hip-hop and soul. Featuring vocals by Kaya Thomas-Dyke and Jordan Rakei. The entire album is recorded, mixed and mastered at Pinkbird Recording Co. „Antiphon EP“ is released 3rd March, available from Alfa’s Bandcamp page. Continue reading