Miles Ahead

Oh my, how long has it been since the rumors about a Miles Davis first surfaced? Years! I’m always a bit cautious when it comes to biographies about musicians, or just any other artist. Sure, they’re often interesting, but then I often crave for a decent in-depth documentary on that person instead of taking the shortcut of a Hollywood adaptation. It’s different with Don Cheadle’s take on the life of Miles Davis, titled Miles Ahead after the album, but not revolved around it (I remember teasers from the Kind of Blue recording session.) Cheadle is not only taking on the role of Miles himself, he also directed the movie, and from the looks he did a hell of a good job, both in applying an appealing visual quality to the movie and, more importantly, performing convincingly.

The preliminary ratings for the movie on IMDb (7.7), Rotten Tomatoes (73%) and Metacritic (64%) make hope the high expectations are met. “Miles Ahead” is set for a U.S. release on April 1st, 2016.

Karriem Riggins & J Rocc in the Dungeon

Like every year in February, musicians and DJs around the world celebrate the work of the late J Dilla with special performances, mixtapes or live shows. Acclaimed drummer Karriem Riggins and J Rocc play a little live improvisation at the Stones Throw warehouse, also known as The Dungeon. Filmed on a 360° camera, you can literally turn your heads if you’re a lucky owner of an Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard or any other virtual reality head mounted display. Otherwise, flipping around your mouse will do just fine.

Also, Stones Throw will be releasing a 10th anniversary edition of J Dilla’s seminal final album Donuts.

Culross Close – Requiem + Reflections

It’s been wonderful to watch K15‘s career take off ever since our paths first crossed 10 years ago. The support from the likes of Kyle Hall or Alexander Nut’s Eglo Records sure helped him gaining a wider audience, but if you ask me, it was also inevitable for a talent like K15. And as if he hasn’t proven his versatility enough with his past projects, hip-hop to house as K15, broken beat as Wu15 (with Henry Wu), he has just finished a jazz album with his band Culross Close (he talked about it some years ago!)

You can listen to reflection on J Dilla in the player above, a first glimpse at the album that’s to follow later in February. Titled “Home”, it will be out on Japanese label Sound of Speed. Jazz lovers, don’t sleep!

Gilles Peterson chats with Goldie

Following the year that marked the 20th anniversary of Goldie’s debut Timeless (Spotify) and in the wake of new material ahead, Gilles Peterson sits down with the Metalheadz founder to chat about past, present and future. The interview starts exploring the early musical influences, before heading over to more interesting topics such as meeting (and learning from) Marc Mac and Dego, his thoughts on producers such as Flying Lotus or Burial, the differences between the drum & bass and the broken beat scene, and –inevitably– the making of “Timeless” and the orchestral reinterpretation by the Heritage Orchestra last summer (see video below!) Over two hours of talk and music, leaving you with the wish for more!

My Picks 2015

But of course we had to wait for the new year to actually begin choosing our favourites of 2015, we’re taking this seriously! So, I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are willing to go through yet another rundown for a year that’s already over. Surprisingly, my top 2 hasn’t change over the course of the year, and while my playlists for favourite tracks is longer than ever, the album list is comparably short this year. But let’s get to it, shall we?

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01. Lifted – 1 (PAN)
02. John T. Gast – Excerpts (Planet Mu)
03. Hunee – Hunch Music (Rush Hour)
04. The Internet – Ego Death (Odd Future)
05. Best Available Technology – Excavated Tapes 1992-1999 Vol. 2 (Astro:Dynamics)
06. Helena Hauff – Discreet Desires (Werkdiscs)
07. Helm – Olympic Mess (PAN)
08. Floating Points – Elaenia (Pluto)
09. Laurel Halo – In Situ (Honest Jon’s)
10. Mocky – Key Change (Heavy Sheet)
Compilation:
VA – Musik for Autobahns 2 (Rush Hour)
Reissue:
Doug Hream Blunt – My name is Doug Hream Blunt (Luaka Bop)
Rodinia – Rodinia (Now-Again)
EPs:
1. Henry Wu – Negotiate (Ho_Tep)
2. Thundercat – The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam (Brainfeeder)
3. Kelela – Hallucinogen (Warp)
Tracks:
01. Hunee – The World
02. Leon Vynehall – Midnight on Rainbow Road
03. Micachu & The Shapes – Oh Boy
04. NxWorries – Suede
05. Model 500 – Encounter
06. Pender Street Steppers – The Glass City
07. Thundercat – Them Changes
08. The Internet – Girl
09. Kelpe – Chirpsichord
10. Beat Spacek – Compact n Sleep
Label:
PAN (wait… again?)
Radio Show:
Hessle Audio w/ Ben UFO + Gerd Janson

Don’t forget, you can also listen to 365 favourite tracks for 2015 or our favourite albums of 2015 on Spotify. Enjoy!

Ian Johnson’s Inversions Skateboards

Ian Johnson's Inversions Skateboards

A couple of years back, we did a feature called Jazz & Skateboards, in which we talked to painter Ian Johnson and showcased some of his work. What lead to this feature were his skateboard designs for Western Edition, in particular the Miles Davis Quintet series and the Marvin Gaye tribute. Only a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across his brilliant Out To Lunch series, a tribute to the Eric Dolphy album of the same name and very hard to find – especially if you’re after the whole series.

This time, the chances to cop one (or all) of his skateboards are better, as the new „Inversions” series was just announced on Ian’s Instagram account. As always, it’s a jazzy affair featuring musicians such as Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra, and Bud Powell. All available from the Western Edition store and selected stores around the world. Be quick, as I’m sure these will soon be gone!

Anthony Naples – Bonobo

As heard on last week’s Benji B radio show, Anthony Naples has a new record coming out on his own Proibito label. The track you can hear above instantly caught my attention and I’m pleased to hear, that the full EP is now available for pre-order. Titled “Smacks”, the four tracks were made in four different cities, “one in NYC, one in Miami, one in Tokyo, and one in Berlin.”

Proibito 14 (13 was skipped for bad luck) and I’m sure it will sell out fast. Keep your eyes peeled.

µ20 (The Documentary)

The Vinyl Factory did a short documentary on Mike Paradina’s Planet Mu, the label he started 20 years ago as a subsidiary of Virgin Records. As you’d expect, the video features some archive footage and interviews with Mike, telling the label’s history from its humble beginnings, to the influence it had in putting dubstep and footwork on the musical map for many of us living outside the respective breeding grounds London and Chicago.

Earlier this year, Planet Mu released a compilation celebrating its anniversary with exclusive music from Kuedo, FaltyDL, Ekoplekz, Oriol, Machinedrum and many more.

FaltyDL – The Ah Track

On of the busiest producers out there for sure, FaltyDL has released yet another 12-inch on Ninja Tune. Titled “Visceral”, it’s his second single on the label that features new work, the other being “Rich Prick Poor Dick” from September. Both records should still be available in all good record stores, I spotted copies online at Bleep and Juno.

The video above was directed by Wolfpack and Caroline Sodergren.

Volume 20 – mixed by Abby Lee Tee

For the most observant of our long-time readers the name Abby Lee Tee might ring a bell. The Austrian producer hailing from the city of Linz has been making beats for a couple of years and most recently released an album title “By accident” with guest spots by Mieux, Affine-signed Wandl and Ritornell-collaborator Mimu Merz. What follows is an interview with the man, spiced up with snippets from his new record and lastly his guestmix.
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First of all, can you start by introducing yourself?
I’m a musician (producer & DJ) living in Linz, a tiny town in Austria, despite being the country’s third-biggest city. Beside any kind of sound, records and odd instruments, I’m also in love with silence, visual arts, books, my cats & otters.

I always like to ask about two key moments: do you remember the first time that you responded to music and when was it clear to get involved in makingmusic?
One of my first memories concerning music is my mum listening to Santana’s Black Magic Woman. Also, my older brother used to listen to some nice jazz records back then. Later on I got in touch with hip hop, mainly through skateboarding, radio and music television. Soon after I bought my first turntables and became part of the hip hop group Hinterland, leading from there to music production and a growing interest in other genres.

Tell us about an ordinary day in your hometown, Linz. What’s the city like?
As it’s not the biggest city (about 200k inhabitants), there’s not too much distraction, which makes it a good place to work for me. But for it’s size, Linz also got a remarkably big (independent) art scene, nearly everyone knows each other after some years of living here and you see a lot of different people (from different genres) collaborating with each other. While you can enjoy the river Danube’s beaches and the woods just minutes away from the centre, it’s also only a short hop of a bit more than an hour by train to vienna. And I still find interesting music at the local (second-hand) record stores.

You run a night called “the future sound”, how did this come up and who’s playing at your parties?
Starting point was a night called “The Future Sound of Vienna” in 2010 with Dorian Concept. After that my friend F!no and I teamed up to continue cultivating this kind of sound with a monthly club night, which we’ve been doing for more than 5 years now, hosting artists such as Prefuse 73, Dimlite, Jeremy Ellis, Shigeto, Nosaj Thing, Floating Points, Flako an Julian Sartorius.

Your album “by accident” was just released. Tell us about the process and what it’s about.
While working on the album for the last 1.5 years I bought and tried to work with a lot of acoustic instruments. Besides, I’ve always been into field recordings. After using at least a couple of samples back in the days, I’m now completely stuck into using my own sounds only. The title “by accident” also refers to the more or less randomly layered field recordings, building the foundation of most of the tracks. Also, I’m pretty happy about the lovely collaborations with Wandl, Mimu, Mieux and GC (the latter being responsible for mix and mastering), plus the perfectly fitting visual concept (artwork, video, A/V-show) by System Jaquelinde!

And what’s next in music, is there any new work coming up?
Besides gigs and guestmixes, I’m back into making remixes , but really looking forward to use all the sounds I recorded during the last months preparing the release. And there’s a “by accident” remix-album in the making.

Lastly, tell us about the mix you recorded.
It’s a pretty wild mixture of stuff which inspired me while producing “by accident”, focusing on the more ambient and weird kind of records.

Subscribe (iTunes)01. Julian Sartorius – Tscholi
02. Kutin / Kindlinger / Kubisch / Godoy – Introspection
03. Sun Ra – Atlantis
04. Brainticket – Era Of Technology
05. Shaolin Afronauts – Abyssinian Suite Part 1
06. Slow Riffs – Gong Bath
07. Jar Moff – Commercial Mouth
08. Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin – Instrumental Tourist
09. Toju Kae – Buscheli
10. Mischmeister M – My Brain Is Mashed Eggs
11. Julian Sartorius – Huli
12. Abby Lee Tee – Efeu
13. LV – Quick Return
14. Holden – Self-playing Schmaltz
15. Flako – Gone (reprise)
16. White Noise – Love Without Sound
17. Dimlite – Zoo In Fluttering Red Pt. 1
18. Tim Hecker – Amps, Drugs, Harmonium
19. LV – Carillon
20. Ages – Chances (Abby Lee Tee Remix)
21. Zanshin – Esmeralda The Swift
22. Downliners Sekt – Hors Phase
23. Rolf Liebermann – Les Echanges
24. E.S.T. – Contorted
25. Sculpture – Unhitch Your Program
26. Soft Machine – Out-bloody-rageous
27. Fred Jüssi – Lahemaa Lindude Hääli
28. David Fanshawe – Tarka The Otter O.S.T.
29. Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo – Untitled (Afrojazz)
30. Stereokonzert Der Vogelstimmen – ?
31. Alfred Klapper – Hirschbrunft
32. Dimlite – Stromausfall (interlude)
33. Electric Egypt – Kundalini
34. Prefuse 73 – The Last
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You can stream the full Abby Lee Tee album on his Bandcamp page, find more of his music on SoundCloud, and if you want to stay up-to-date, follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

Broshuda – Outlines

In a recent post, Oli Marlow of underground music blog Sonic Router announced his “retirement” from writing (uhm, or something like that), focusing on the label side of the brand. The label achieved to release an impressive body of work in last three years or so, and continues perform strong.

Their latest release “Outlines” is the work of designer-by-day Broshuda, 10 tracks of deep electronic music, featuring a collaboration with label mate B£AMS and Dimlite.01. Altar
02. Incense
03. Heatmap
04. Decoy Unit (Skit)
05. Outlines
06. Champagne (Skit)
07. Celebrity Skin
08. I Never Had A Sega
09. NKS
10. Show Me The Way (Outro) ft. B£AMS & Dimlite

Available from Bandcamp on black tape and digital.

Harmonia – Complete Works

Harmonia - Complete Works

News about a Harmonia box-set spread soon after the passing of Dieter Moebius. The short-lived German band, has often been called a “krautrock supergroup”, with it’s members borrowed from Cluster (Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and Neu! (Michael Rother), and admirers from the ranks of Brian Eno and David Bowie. The box-set consisting of 5 LPs, one of them unreleased, is now available from Grönland Records, the same label that put out the Neu! Vinyl Box years ago.Harmonia – Musik von Harmonia
Harmonia – Deluxe
Harmonia -Live 1974
Harmonia & Eno ’76 – Tracks And Traces
Harmonia – Documents 1975

Apart from the music, the box-set contains a 36-page booklet, poster and download codes. You can buy it directly from the Grönland store, Amazon (UK / US), or HHV. However, unless you’re a huge fan or collector with the necessary budget, I recommend seeking out the individual records on record fairs or online.

MED BLU MADLIB – Bad Neighbor

There’s little to say about a record with collaborators of the quality of MED, Blu, and Madlib. Nope, Madlib’s skills haven’t worn off. Yes, it’s great record. The incredible line-up includes guests such as MF Doom, Dâm-Funk, Frank Nitt, Oh No, Anderson Paak, Hodgy Beats… Why do I feel like trying to sell something that’s already sold?

Just go on, get your copy. Don’t let that fugly sleeve spoil the whole thing, just think about what Bo Diddley sang. You can buy this everywhere: Rappcats, iTunes, your favourite record store. Everywhere!

Wandl – Rap Remixes Vol. 1

The latest addition to Affine Records‘ impressive roster has been a young man going by the name of Wandl. You might already be familiar with his digital release on the label, or the remix for Okmalumkoolkat. A couple of days ago, he put out a bunch of unofficial remixes of rappers such as Danny Brown, Slum Village, Percee P, or Frank-N-Dank.

Get those 14 tracks from his Bandcamp while they’re still available!

My Name is Doug Hream Blunt

I had no idea who Doug Hream Blunt is, his music entered my life out of nowhere, just like William Onyeabor compilation did two years earlier. And so it’s once again Luaka Bop doing the introduction, the label founded by former Talking Heads lead figure David Byrne.

All I can leave you with are these two fantastic tracks taken from “My Name is Doug Hream Blunt”, the LP now available directory from Luaka Bop, and at your favourite record store. Oh, and iTunes… for the lazy ones.

Album of the week!