Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Brownswood Basement Session)

Just a little something to get you in the right mood for the weekend. Watch three minutes of Roy Ayers performing his classic good vibes song “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”, taken from the 1976 LP of the same name.

Roy Ayers will be performing at this year’s edition of the Worldwide Festival, which kicks off next Monday, July 6th.

(via Worldwide)

Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid – Strings Of Life

Kieran Hebden’s own Text Records is about to release a much anticipated piece of music in collaboration with the late Steve Reid. The track in question is a rework of Derrick May’s seminal “Strings of Life”, released in 1987 (!) under his Rhythim is Rhythim moniker. Hebden and Reid performed their cover version almost 20 years later at the 2006 Green Man Festival.

A limited 12-inch will be “available soon” with hand-printed sleeves designed by Marta Dos Santos, and once again all proceeds will go to the Steve Reid Foundation.

Kendrick Lamar – Alright

Alright. Here is one great video from what I think we can call a major rap artist. Imaginative, beautifully shot, crisp. Nothing to say about the music, you probably all heard Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly by now — and if you haven’t, here’s a good reason to do so. Video directed by Colin Tilley.

Dego & Kaidi – EP2

Ever since Dego turned his back on New York to return to the UK, the 4hero co-founder and 2000Black label-head has been as busy as in his early days. The last couple of months alone saw several new releases on Rush Hour, Sound Signature and, of course, his own label. As of this week, the second Dego & Kaidi on Eglo Records adds to his impressive discography. The track you can hear above was teased for months (months!!) by Eglo co-founder Alexander Nut, and now you finally pre-order the vinyl directly from the label’s Bandcamp store. One more word about the artwork, which is once again the work of Sassy J, who designs her own clothing line and is a magnificent DJ.

Pre-order your vinyl copy today and it will ship on June 17th today, the same date goes for the digital release. Don’t sleep!

Helena Hauff – Sworn to Secrecy Part II

Looks like the summer holidays are near, the time of the year when hardly any music is coming out. So, today Werk Discs announced the release of Helena Hauff‘s debut album “
Discreet Desires”, and it will be released in early September. I don’t know, the word early doesn’t change the fact that September is far in the future. Anyway, above you can listen to a first track from that very album, and hopefully more will be revealed in the next two months. If you can’t wait, you can pre-order the album on Helena’s Bandcamp store today!

Thundercat – Them Changes

It was a bit of short notice, just before the weekend, that Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label announced the release of a new mini-album by fellow bass player and singer Thundercat. Among the six tracks on “The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam”, there is the wonderful track you can hear above.

So, if you’re not madly into Thundercat’s work already, this should serve as an excellent appetizer. Available from the NinjaShop, Bleep or iTunes. Digital only from what it looks like — sad face.

Mndsgn – Camelblues (In the dungeon)

Los Angeles’ Stones Throw label just shared this Dungeon Session by Mndsgn, Swarvy and, erm, Knxledge. The track is “Camelblues”, easily my favourite from Mndsgn album “Yawn Zen” and the video was shot by Ross Harris, who also did the official music video.

Also, please take a look at the In the dungeon website, where you will find a couple of similar videos by different performers.

Space Is The Place 40th Anniversary Package

Sun Ra

Earlier this year, Harte Recordings successfully funded their 40th anniversary package of Space Is The Place, the Afrofuturist sci-fi film starring Sun Ra and his Arkestra. This limited edition release contains the restored versions of both the original and the uncut version on DVD, a book with never-seen-before photos, essays, interviews and comments, and the soundtrack on CD or vinyl, including previously unreleased music from the film.

It appears the vinyl bundle was only available for backers of the project, but you can buy the CD package from a variety of online stores including Rush Hour, Super Viaduct or Amazon.

Actress scores short film for Tate

There’s yet another collaboration between visionary producer Actress and the Tate Modern. Following his stunning contribution to the DJ-Kicks series last month, the Werk Discs founder has scored a short film about American painter Agnes Martin, a glimpse of which you can hear in the trailer above. If I’m not mistaken, the film was shown at the exhibition‘s opening last week, not sure possible about re-runs.

(via FACT)

Dego – Dimensions 2015 Mix

When was the last time Dego had such a momentum? The Two Pages period? The dawn of his 2000Black label? In any case it’s a good thing! Following his recent appearance on Benji B’s show and several NTS Live shows, London’s veteran producer is back for another mixtape for Dimensions Festival. The mix features music “inspired by Claude Young & Titonton Duvante”, namely classic Detroit techno and proto-broken beats.

Also watch out for what’s coming at you in the next couple of months, as Dego has several releases lined up, including a new album and his second EP with Kaidi Tatham on Eglo. Theo Parrish released another EP by the two longtime-collaborators earlier this month, and there’s a new 2000Black EP on Rush Hour.

Dorian Concept – Fold

Vienna’s Dorian Concept is back with a new track, or an out-take from the recording sessions for his last album Joined Ends. The track also serves as a reminder for this Saturday’s (sold out) live show at London’s Roundhouse, where Dorian plays in support of Cinematic Orchestra.

Last month, Ninja Tune also release the Joined Ends Remix EP, featuring notable tracks by Kuedo and Bibio.

Onra – Fundamentals

I’m just through a first listen to Onra‘s latest album and as you probably expected, it’s a beauty. Like his 2010 album Long Distance, the new record takes you back to the sounds of the past, in my case that’s the time when I discovered my love for hip-hop of the late eighties and early nineties. Among the many collaborators are Black Milk, Olivier Day Soul, MC Melodee, Suzi Analogue. For a quick impression of what the record sounds, check out my favourite tracks 5, 6 and 8.

“Fundamentals” is out today and you can get your copy from All City, HHV, iTunes and all good record stores.

Kamasi Washington & Miles Mosley – MK 1

It’s amazing to see what Flying Lotus and his Brainfeeder label pulled off with the release of the Kamasi Washington debut album. When was the last time someone made the kids listen to a jazz album?

With “The Epic” finally available, the guys at Kinda Neat put out a new podcast episode talking to the L.A. saxophonist and the video above features a live improvisation that serves as a great teaser.

Cid Rim – Charge

Earlier this year, Vienna’s Affine Records released a new record by Cid Rim, his first on the label since 2005’s Full Nelson EP. The label has now revealed a video for its title track, directed by long-time collaborator Gregor Lehrl.

If you haven’t heard any of the music on Charge/Kano before, make sure to check out Jameszoo‘s remix as well.

You can grab the full release from Bandcamp, Bleep or iTunes.

Lifted – 1

Five months into 2015 and I got my second contender for album of the year, following John T. Gast’s Excerpts on Planet Mu. Bill Kouligas’ PAN continues to be one of the most innovative labels in recent years and this debut album by Lifted is a prime example of their wonderful work. Lifted is an ongoing collaboration between Beautiful Swimmer’s Max D and Matt Papich aka Co La, and the record features guests such as Jordan GCZ (Juju & Jordash) and ambient producer Gigi Masin. The resulting music is as varied as its ingredients: jazz percussion, ambient synths, and the piano; “1” does not fit into genre definitions, it breaks them up and re-arranges them beautifully.

The album is out now and available from the PAN shop, Boomkat or iTunes. Highly recommended!