Yesterday on March 29th, Berlin’s composer, producer and pianist Nils Frahms introduced the world to what should now be know as “Piano Day”, a holiday to celebrate this very instrument. On the occasion, you can download a new album entitled “Solo” on the Piano Day website. Erased Tapes also sells physical releases on CD and vinyl in order to provide funding for a unique instrument, the Klavins M450, a 4-meter high piano construction by David Klavins. All music on “Solo” was performed on an early prototype of the M450.
I suggest if you like the music, you consider a small donation to the funding of this wonderful project.
Ahead of the release of his new album on Planet Mu, Drew Lustman (aka FaltyDL) shares a cover version of Richard D. James’ Every Day. The original is taken from the 1995 AFX release Hangable Auto Bulb 2 and is also part of Warp’s reissue on CD.
The Drew Lustman album “The Crystal Cowboy” will be out April 20, snippets can be heard on the Planet Mu website.
Looking back, we’ve been writing about fLako‘s music for quite some time. From his humble beginnings on UpMyAlley and his own Kwatro imprint, the German-Chilean producer has come a long way. And if the expectations for his debut album “Natureboy” hadn’t been high enough, his guest appearance on Alexander Nut’s Rinse show made the last week before its release hard to bare.
Always having been a huge fan of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, this is the album track I want to share with you. However, you can actually go ahead and stream the entire album or pick it up from all good record stores.
Vienna’s Cid Rim has a new record out on Monday, this time released through his hometown’s Affine Records. Among the three tracks you will hear Cid’s trademark synth-lines and complex drum layers and a bugged out remix from Amsterdam’s Jameszoo, which is easily my favorite on the record. You can pre-order your copy today on Bandcamp or pay a visit to your favorite record store next week.
Dego and the usual suspects Kaidi Tatham and Akwesi Mensah have reunited under the name of 2000Black and are about to release their first EP on Amsterdam’s Rush Hour imprint. And whether it’s the name of this renowned label or the fruits of Dego’s creative exchange with FaltyDL, the most suprising element for me in this liaison is big music sites such as Resident Advisor or XLR8R are actually writing about it! A good thing since these cats have been overlooked way out too often in the last decade or so.
“Make It Hard” is one of three tracks on the EP, and you can pre-order your copy from the Rush Hour store. If I remember correctly, Alexander Nut was playing another new cut by Dego & Kaidi, taken from a forthcoming record on Eglo, their second following the self-titled debut from last year. Keep your eyes peeled!
Update Actually, Alexander Nut played the mentioned Dego & Kaidi track again last weekend
A little different vibe from Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD, uploaded “in support” of their SXSW 2015 show this weekend with Ghostface Killah. The tune is the b-side of a limited 7-inch released on Innovative Leisure. And since I couldn’t think of a better vibe to send you off into your well-deserved weekend, I hope you all have a great one!
It’s almost impossible these days to visit a music website without running across the name of Glenn Astro, the kid is just about everywhere! Not only does he have his debut album coming out in May, our friends at Moovmnt just premiered a track from his forthcoming Hologram EP on London’s WotNot. Listen to the remix by Henry Wu, who is another name to watch out for and who just released a new EP on Alexander Nut’s Ho Tep.
The Hologram EP will be out in early April, pre-orders are available from Juno.
Like with his own music, Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label avoids being stuck into a particular box. It has never been the L.A. beat scene thing that some people might have hoped for (and others might have feared.) The Martyn album seemed like an unusual choice at first, and definitely the jazz record by the late Austin Peralta. In retrospective it all makes sense and it’s exactly what makes good label great: to avoid the obvious and to surprise its listeners, helping them to think outside the box.
So here we are, less than two months away from the Brainfeeder’s second jazz record, the debut album by saxophonist and You’re Dead collaborator Kamasi Washington. This first track from “The Epic” was revealed to the world today and there’ll be 16 more when it drops on May 4th, 2015. And that’s far more than it might sound like, as the album stretches over three discs and runs for 172 minutes. Watch out!
Update: Also, don’t sleep on this video from a live performance by the Kamasi Washington Octet in L.A.
Joe Davis’ Far Out Recordings is yet to release another Brazilika compilation, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the label. A 12-inch with two of Marcos Valle‘s songs remixed will be released before the CD comes out later this month. The Theo Parrish’s remix was premiered on Boiler Room Debuts the other day, and if you haven’t heard it yet here’s your chance. The b-side comes from Bugz in the Attic engineer Daz-I-Kue, who revives his Bloodfire moniker for the remix.
The 12-inch will be out on March 23rd and can be pre-ordered from the Far Out store. Until then, you’re invited to listen to Gilles Peterson’s Marcos Valle special.
When this (totally unnecessary) sequel to Blade Runner was announced the other day, I could not help but fantasise about Kuedo doing its soundtrack, to me that’s the obvious choice. It’s unfortunate that such movie projects are not made to fill the hearts of fans with love, but to make a quick buck out of their nostalgia. Well, don’t be upset, it doesn’t help. I recommend pressing that play button above, then close your eyes and picture flying in a Syd Mead-designed flying car over dystopian Los Angeles.
The track you can hear above is already the third revealed from the forthcoming Dorian Concept EP, Joined Ends (Remixes). The release date has moved forward to April 6th, and you can already listen to the other remixes by Tim Hecker and Bibio. On top of that, don’t miss the unofficial interpretation by Dim Grimm aka Dimlite.
It’s been quiet about Dim Grimm (aka Dimlite) for some time, and so far I blamed the recording of his Cite album for it. However, only yesterday I found about his new Dym Quell Holo alias, but then again that’s a different story. Today, the official Dim Grimm is back with an interpretation of Dorian Concept’s “The Sky Opposite”, taken from last year’s Joined Ends album.
Ninja Tune is about to release the official Joined Ends Remix EP in late April, featuring Tim Hecker’s interpretation of the same track. In the meantime, Dim’s take is available for free download!
Following the self-titled debut and last year’s Zootie, Will Bankhead’s Trilogy Tapes is about to release a new Rezzett 12-inch towards the end of next week. You might remember we already shared the track Twizzta some weeks back, but the targeted release date was pushed back until now. Should you decide to order your copy directly from the TTT shop, you might also be interested in the Rezzett Live cassette.
K15 is on fire! Following last year’s excellent Bordeaux and Insecurities, the London-based producer inaugurates Kyle Hall’s new label No Room For Air with a 7-inch release. Already listed as sold-out on the label shop, you can pre-order your copy from Juno or Rush Hour. Big up Boiler Room for the premiere.
Of all the tracks on Dorian Concept‘s Joined Ends, one could argue that “The Sky Opposite” shares a lot of emotion with Tim Hecker‘s music. From that perspective I find it interesting to hear what the latter made of his remix, or that he even picked the track. Anyway, earlier today Ninja Tune revealed the release of the Joined End Remix EP , which also includes remixes by Kuedo, Nathan Fake, Bibio and Redinho, the last one being a digital exclusive.
Still a while to go until you can pick this up at your favourite record store, the remix EP will be out in late April. Pre-orders available from the NinjaShop and iTunes.
Following Steven Hall’s Arthur’s Landing project on SoundCloud, I probably heard more reworks of Arthur Russell‘s material than most people should. At least that’s what I thought until this track surfaced on my feed today. From what I make of the sparse information coming with it, this might or might not be an early (or stripped down) version of 1982’s “Clean on Your Bean”, which was released in version #1. In any case, the producer of the of the original, Peter Gordon, appears to have given his blessing on this as it will be part of a release called “Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals Directed by Peter Gordon”. There should be more information available before it comes out this April on London’s foom label.