I’m not sure why I have been under the impression that Far Out Recordings had been on a hiatus for some time (they weren’t!) They certainly released a lot more music that ended up on my radar in recent months and it often felt like in the “good old days”, when they married love for Brazilian music with fresh producers like Henry Wu or Tenderlonious.
Anyway, the London-based label crowns its decade-long success with their 200th release, a long-lost album by one of Brazil’s finest, the living legend of Hermeto Pascoal, who was once described by Miles Davis as “the most impressive musician in the world.”
Recorded in just two days in 1976, at Rogério Duprat’s Vice Versa Studios, São Paulo, the sessions featured Hermeto’s go-to ‘Paulista’ rhythm section: Zé Eduardo Nazario (drums), Zeca Assumpção (bass) and Lelo Nazario (electric piano), as well as saxophonists Mauro Senise, Raul Mascarenhas and Nivaldo Ornerlas, guitarist Toninho Horta and vocalist Aleuda Chaves. Hermeto decided he would record with this particular group following a show at Teatro Bandeirantes, during which an almost spiritual musical connection amongst the group was realised.
“Viajando Com O Som” is available today on vinyl, CD and digital and can be purchased an the Far Out Bandcamp store and all good record stores. And if you’re in London and wondered what to do tonight, why not check out the release party at TRC.
It has already been a long three years since Flying Lotus released his last album You’re Dead, but there have been several signs (new live dates, for instnace) that made me wonder if there’s new music coming at us soon. Most promising of all is the unveiling of this new music video, which ends with the word “Shudder” in bold red letters – possibly the album’s name.
So much for speculation, let this not keep you from enjoying this living collage directed by Winston Hacking.
Dim Grimm, or Dimlite as he’s used to be called, released the follow-up to last year’s Perlissop EP. That’s seven new tracks available for only €4 on his Bandcamp page. And that’s all there is, folks. Hope you enjoy!
First premiered at SXSW this year, Brett Whitcomb’s documentary on Suzanne Ciani finally comes to theatres throughout the U.S. in August, with oversea dates hopefully following soon after. While the name Ciani rings a bell with those who have an interest in 1980s ambient and new age music, most recently a collaboration with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, her sounds have made an impact on the mainstream through countless commercials, video games and feature films. If the trailer got you excited, make sure to check out her YouTube channel and, of course, her discography.
Only a few days after we repressed a series of oopsie daisies and various other flora, (please check it out!), Auckland’s Christoph El Truento has released a new mixtape on his Bandcamp store. Titled it’s been ________ lately, you can stream the 25 beats in full or buy them for only about $4. Don’t sleep!
My first reaction when I saw the cover artwork of the forthcoming Thundercat album was this: This is madness! It wasn’t my intention to quote lines from Frank Miller, but the express joy at its most extreme. If this new record is half as mad, as in genius, as that look on Stephen Bruner’s face, he will easily surpass all the expectations one could have for that record. The list of collaborators seem to confirm we’re on the right track: Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, and Kenny Loggins. That’s right, Kenny Loggins!
Titled “Drunk”, the new album will hit stores on February 24th, accompanied by an extended world tour. Pre-order here!
If you haven’t had the chance to check out what’s likely going to be remembered as one of the top jazz albums of 2016, take a look at this recording from the Brownswood Basement. Also, let me tell you that Black Focus is finally available on vinyl again, so no more excuses!
And lastly, if you’re in London or plan to go around Christmas, make sure to go and see Yussef Kamaal play live at Phonox on December 18!
There’s probably no need to tell anybody about Yussef Kamaal anymore, the hype machine has been running for weeks. I don’t care too much about a hype anymore, there’s been to much of that in my life and oftentimes it ended in nothing but disappointment. Hype has sort of become a standard tool in our already oversaturated tool. The good news is, that Yussef Kamaal’s debut is impeccable. The pair concisting of United Vibrations drummer Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu manages to attract the heads as well as the new generation of jazz listeners, and they do so with the versatility and their ability to groove. Both qualities that have been lacking on other fore-runners of this new jazz revival, say Kamasi Washington’s much hyped album.
Listening to “Strings of Light” and “Yo Chavez” has been enough for me to click on that shiny buy button, but with every listen there’s a new tune that grows on me, that I didn’t seem to pay attention to at all. My favourite album this week and available through Brownswood.
We’re only one week away until Illum Sphere‘s second album “Glass” drops on Ninja Tune, and so the label reveals a third preview on their SoundCloud page. Not exactly a preview to the album, but a remix from one of this tracks, delivered by Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being.
For more Illum Sphere related news, make sure to check out his guest-mix on the latest Hessle Audio show!
Swiss label Ripl Music revealed the first piece from the forthcoming new record by Misel Quitno, his first original work since 2007’s Sleep Over Pieces Vol. 1 (which had Sassy J on vocals?!) If you didn’t know, Misel is a, erm, “good friend” of Dimitri Grimm otherwise known as Dimlite. You better read about their story over on the official release page, because I’m going to play a part in this 😉
The track above is only the first half of the new release, and we hope we don’t have to wait too long for the second one to be revealed. Get it directly on the Ripl Bandcamp shop!
On the occasion of the digital release of our new record, we wanted to remind you of Mike Slott’s remix of “Under / When Someone Is Drowning You…” (compare it to the original!). If vinyl isn’t your thing, and you even can resist the quality of a lovingly handmade product, you might be interesting in hearing it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music and all those places. We thank you for your support!
Fortuitously (as is the freaky way), Smith and Ciani were discovered to be neighbors in the small coastal community of Bolinas, California. The two had become close friends, bonding over their experience as woman musicians and, more unusually, their shared passion for the Buchla synthesizer. The music of Sunergy embraces this kinship, with Ciani and Smith respectively performing on the Buchla 200 E and the Buchla Music Easel, two modern configurations of the innovative instrument developed in the ‘60s by Don Buchla.
FRKWYS Vol. 13 will be out tomorrow (September 16, 2016) and can be bought directly from the label and all good record stores.
CDR X Dimensions is, as the name suggests, a collaboration between the long-running producer’s night CDR and Croatian festival Dimensions. Together they are about to release their first vinyl release, CDR X Dimensions: Dimension Sounds, which should be out later this month. One of the tracks featured on the record comes from an old favourite of our’s, London’s multi-faceted producer K15, and it’s probably reason enough to hit the pre-order button over at Juno.
For more than two decades, Joe Davis’ Far Out Recordings introduced the world to some of the most beautiful music to ever come out of Brazil. Among their early releases was the first CD release of José Mauro’s 1970 album “Obnóxious”, a record that’s rightfully been called “A holy grail” by Gilles Peterson. Unfortunately, little is know about Mauro’s life, it’s all rumours and speculation. What is known though, is that unlike many other rebellious musicians of his generation, he decided against fleeing the country during the military repression that lasted for two decades, a fact that serves as basis for more dramatic theories.
Despite all this sadness, there’s good news for fans of his music – and fans of Brazilian music in general. 22 years after the release of the CD version, Far Out announced the another reissue on vinyl and various digital formats (including CD) for September 23, 2016. If you need one reason to pre-order the album, listen to the touching “Exaltacão E Lamento Do Último Rei” below.