Sounds of the Season is the new series highlighting some of my favourite records of the current season – albums only, no single tracks! And while this year progressed rather fast before I really enjoyed a record, the Spotify playlist starts at eight LPs and will be updated throughout this season.
You can press play, but make sure to scroll down for some details about each record!
Clark – The Last Panthers (Warp)
The first record to conquer my heart this year, the soundtrack to British television series The Last Panthers.
A little more than half a year after Sam Shepherd released his debut-album as Floating Points, the London-based musician and producer just announced the next release on his own Pluto label. “Kuiper” is the title track of the EP of the same name, an eighteen-and-half-minute long, what sounds to me like the result of an incredible band jam. For the last couple of weeks, Sam has been touring North America for a live tour with band mates including Eglo’s own Kirkis on guitar, Jim Orso (East Coast dates only) and Leo Taylor on drums, Susumu Mukai on bass, and Alex Reeve on guitar. After my first listen, I started wild guessing who else might be on the record: James Holden, Four Tet, maybe Caribou?
Catch Floating Points with his band live across his remaining dates, and mark your calendars on July 22nd, the release date of the new Kuiper EP.
Update: The date above applies to the vinyl only, the digital release is available now!
So far this year, there aren’t actually that many albums in my favourites yet. Among them are true standout records, The Composite Moods Collection by Dalhous and Clark’s soundtrack for The Last Panthers. Taken from the latter, Chris Clark has posted a video on his website, a medley of songs from the album recorded during a live session in Copenhagen.
“The Last Panthers” was released in March 2016 on Warp Records. It’s available in all major formats on the Bleep store, as well as Boomkat, HHV or Clone
The first volume of Now-Again’s “Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977” was released on Record Store Day about two weeks ago, with a second volume set for a release in May.
Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s.
Each volume is accompanied by a book by Nigerian writer, musicologist, researcher and disc-jockey Uchenna Ikonne, the man who put the name William Onyeabor on the musical map for a larger audience, and who also put together Luaka Bop’s compilation “Who Is William Onyeabor?”
Vinyl heads take note that the first volume was a Record Store Day exclusive, so chances of getting remaining copies are highest at your local record store. The CD-version can be ordered from Rappcats, Boomkat, Sounds of the Universe or HHV.
Volume 2 is expected to be released on May 20th, 2016.
A couple of years ago, Austrian duo Ritornell graced our podcast with wonderful, moody guestmix, which combined all the qualities I appreciate about their own music: depth, warmth and a certain fragility. For those who don’t know, Ritornell consists of Roman Gerold and Richard Eigner, the latter who already collaborated with Nutriot-favourites Dimlite, Flying Lotus, Jameszoo, or Flako. Together, they just completed their third album, “If Nine Was Eight”, due for a release in the last week of April on German label Karaoke Kalk.
While I have a tendency towards instrumental pieces, or at least try to pick one or two favourites to share, I found it difficult in this case. Yes, the instrumentals “Silence of the Sirens” and “A Memory of Athens” are nothing short of beauty, but they only capture one aspect of the album. The vocals by Mira Lu Kovacs or longtime-collaborator Mimu Merz are something else though. So, in the player above you can stream all four tracks that are currently available, possibly increasing in numbers before the release date on April 29th, 2016. Pre-order the full album on Ritornell’s Bandcamp shop.
The year was 1997, when I first got in contact with the music of Tom Jenkinson, more precisely his then new Squarepusher album Hard Normal Daddy. And as it often goes, your first contact with something new (or very different) leaves a special mark in your musical life, and to this day I consider it my favourite of his albums. My favourite Squarepusher tune, however, has to be “Squarepusher Theme” from the 1996 EP “Squarepusher Plays…”, discovered by myself only several years later. Fast forward 20 years and here is a new live rendition of the said tune by Jenkinson’s band Shobaleader One, who will play a couple of dates in the UK and Germany in May. If you like what you hear (and see), find out more about the tour on the Warp website.
Having seen both Dorian Concept and Taylor McFerrin at last year’s Worldwide Awards, it’s inevitable to wonder if that’s where the idea for this remix was born. Somewhat an odd choice to remix the intro to Taylor’s 2014 album “Early Riser”, one of my favourites of that year. Enough talking, let’s get that remix while it’s available as a free download – at the cost of your email address.
There has been a lot of exciting music coming out on Leaving Records and it seems like every week the label operated by Matthewdavid reaches to new heights. The latest announcements has been the forthcoming album by Carlos Niño, which is going to feature a cast of long-time collaborators such as Miguel Atwood-Ferguson or Dexter Story, as well as new age composer Iasos, Brainfeeder-signed saxophonist Kamasi Washington or the legend Madlib.
Titled “It’s All Happening!”, the album will be in stores on April 22nd, and you can listen to a first teaser above.
The latest entry in Resident Advisor’s Real Scenes brings us to the City of Angels and features the likes of Matthewdavid, Dam-Funk, Sun Araw, the Dublab crew, Camella Lobo of Tropic of Cancer or M. Geddes Gengras as our guides through the city’s night life and music scene. What makes this rather interesting is the absence of certain artist you’d expect to appear in this video, diversifying and expanding one’s image of the city – after, what, four or five documentaries on the L.A. beat scene.
About a month ago, Dutch producer Jameszoo spilled the beans that he signed with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, with his debut album to follow in May. Today, it was revealed that album will go by the name of “Fool” and a first teaser was shared. You can hear it above. If it sounds familiar, you’re one of the observant kind, since the track made an uncredited appearance in the fantastic Dekmantel Podcast, which is already four months old.
I can’t say how excited I am for the record or how happy I am for James, erm, Mitchel. Also, in my humble opinion, Brainfeeders yet strongest signing from the old continent. Looking forward to listen to the full album when it drops on May 16th. Have to say I’m slightly worried about the missing vinyl option on the NinjaShop, but you might not be. Go, pre-order!
It’s been a while since Mark Pritchard delivered a series of badman tunes for Warp throughout 2013. Finally, the label revealed its plans to release „Under The Sun”, the first LP under his legal name, to be released on May 13th, 2016.
The album will feature the stellar “?”, previously released on Ho Hum Records in 2009 and a longtime favourite of mine. The first new track that was revealed with the announcement is “Sad Alron”, which you can see in the video above, directed by Jonathan Zawada.
Here’s a look at the full tracklist:01. ?
02. Give It Your Choir (ft. Bibio)
05. Beautiful People (ft. Thom Yorke)
06. Where Do They Go, The Butterflies
07. Sad Alron
08. You Wash My Soul (ft. Linda Perhacs)
09. Cycles Of 9
10. Hi Red
12. The Blinds Cage (ft. Beans)
13. Dawn Of The North
15. Rebel Angels
16. Under The Sun
Ask yourself: What could possibly go wrong pre-ordering a copy of that?
I was just thinking about the first time, we had music from Fulgeance on this site. Then I noticed that back then, it was still common to mention an artist’s MySpace page. That was a long time ago!. It’s good to know he’s still around, busy as ever with his many disguises, quite probably the busiest Frenchman in music. And if his signing to Ed Banger Records is an indicator, he’s doing more than well.
So, there’s a new Fulgeance EP out on Ed Banger, titled “The Phoenix”. Émile Sacré did the video for one of its tunes and I think it’s a beauty!
In December 2006, a trailer to a documentary called Urban Vibes has been uploaded to YouTube. I remember running into the French film crew at the Notting Hill Carnival the summer before and was eager to watch the documentary once completed. Years passed and occasionally I remembered it, searched on Google, but while it was marked complete, I never ended up seeing it. Eventually, I forgot about it.
And then today, the unthinkable happened. Bored at work, I scrolled down my Instagram feed and ran across an interesting post by Mr Beatnick. Another search of Google, not expecting anything, I came across the full documentary which is now available for stream on Vimeo On Demand. Rebranded “Broken Vibes”, you can rent it for only €2 and stream it in Full HD for 48 hours! If you need to be convinced, watch an extended clip the trailer above.
It hasn’t been for the first time that Kieran Hebden graced the Boiler Room with his music, but this latest video shows him playing one of his rare Four Tet live-shows. Listen to music from his last couple of releases, going as far back as his 2010 album There Is Love In You to my all-time favourite Beautiful Rewind, finishing off with the majestic Morning. Visuals provided by Squidsoup.
Turn up the music, switch into fullscreen, sit back and enjoy!