I don’t even remember the last talk about Dim Grimm’s “Cite” album, it has been way too long. The Swiss producer formerly known as Dimlite hasn’t updated the videos from that session in more than two years. I’m a patient guy, I can wait. If you’re not of the patient kind, I’ve got good news for you: Dim Grimm just uploaded a new EP to his Bandcamp page, his first official release in manyyears. That’s five tracks for only €4, do I need to say more? Go and buy this!
And if you missed it before, check out that Dim Grimm mixtape from earlier this year.
Portland’s Fresh Selects just unveiled their new Digital 12-Inch series with this incredibly suave piece by Dolphin. I know what you’re asking: what’s a digital 12-inch?! I’m sorry, I can’t answer that, maybe I don’t even care. What I can answer though that this “package” contains two track by the Baltimore-based multi-instrumentalist and singer and is available for $1 – yes, one dollar! – from the Fresh Selects Bandcamp. And if you’re into that, why not check out last year’s Young Black Mind as well?
Don’t let the title confuse you, apparently Warp’s own patten has decided to reset the counter for his long running series of edits (volumes eight and seventeen came out in 2014). But that’s just the details, what’s more important is the music.1. J$tash x Andy Milonakis x Kohh – Hiroi Sekai (2014, Relax Records)
2. Cocteau Twins – Suckling The Mender (1988, 4AD/Rough Trade)
3. Tim Hecker – No Drums (2011, Kranky)
4. Rihanna – James Joint (2016, Roc Nation)
5. Boards of Canada – Amo Bishop Roden (2000, Warp Records)
6. Death Grips – Warping (2016, Harvest/Third Worlds)
7. Cypress Hill – I Want To Get High (1993, Columbia/Ruffhouse Records) / dialogue & additional sound – Beverly Hills Cop 3 (1994, Paramount Pictures) / My Bloody Valentine – Instrumental B* (1988, Creation) *via Public Enemy – Security Of The First World (1988, Def Jam/Columbia)
8. Julianna Barwick – Nebula (2016, Dead Oceans)
I recommend you download these as soon as you can, before anyone decides to take them down!
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!
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.
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!
The news about Tim Hecker‘s signing to 4AD has public out for some time, alongside an album announcement for April this year. Now things are getting more substantial with a first track taken from “Love Streams” to listen to. Apparently, the record features the same collaborators as on the predecessor “Virgins”, namely Kara-Lis Coverdale and Grímur Helgason, as well as the Icelandic Choir Ensemble.
“Love Streams” is set for release on April 8th, 2016 and accompanied by a set of live-shows through the U.S., Europe and Canada.
About a year ago, London-based jazz musician Nick Woodmansey aka emanative released The Light Years of the Darkness, an album taking a nod to the greatest figures in spiritual jazz. Released by the Steve Reid Foundation it featured cover versions of Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and, of course, Sun Ra. Two weeks ago, on January 29th, emanative and live-band brought that album to the stage of London’s Cafe Oto, with one of the highlights being their version of Sun Ra’s Love In Outer Space. Enjoy!
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!
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.
Gerd Janson’s impeccable taste in music is well-documented on two Computer Incarnations For World Peace compilations (I & II) and, of course, his DJ-mixes (make sure to check his appearance on the Hessle Audio show!) The spiritual successor to the mentioned compilations has to be the “Musik for Autobahns” series on Dutch label Rush Hour. Hot off the shelf, the second installment features the majestic tune by Leon Vynehall you can hear above. Reason for me to check, if not buy the record.
You can pick up “Musik for Autobahns” on CD and vinyl, directly from Rush Hour – or every good record store.
With “Moonbuilding 2073 AD”, legendary The Orb released one of the biggest surprises of the year (as in surprisingly good) on Cologne’s Kompakt label. If you haven’t given it a try before, please do so, it’s among my favourites for the year. There will be more surprises. The smaller one the mere fact that there will be a remix EP, the bigger one that one the remixes is coming out of sunny Los Angeles, courtesy of Brainfeeder-signed and long-time favourite Teebs.
No other remixers have been revealed as of now, neither the name of the remix EP. What we do know though is the release date and that’s on October 2nd, 2015. Keep your eyes peeled!
Playing with mystery is as old as art itself. And even when the mysterious isn’t the subject of art, the person behind the artwork has often become the mystery. From the writer picking a pen name to the performer cloaking his identity, it has been done for a long time. Yet, it feels like in recent years there has been an increase of this phenomenon, in particular the use of masks has become more of a gimmick, a marketing tool to increase the interest in or the awareness about an artist. As you can question the motives of an artist, what’s so comforting for the follower to reveal who is using a new name, a new face? Why do we seek the safety-net of a tracklist when it’s more adventurous to listen to something new and unheard, without prejudice?
Well, I don’t necessarily want to be part of that speculation, but it seems the internet has already decided about the true identity of Levantis. Though (or because) I have heard the same said about Rezzett, or in fact quite a number of artists on Trilogy Tapes, I don’t give much of a fuck. Let’s stick to what’s there, and so far there isn’t much more than a mostexcellent EP released on the said label. Earlier this week, Ninja Tune affiliate label Technicolour revealed its first album release, the 11-track “Romantic Psychology 1” by —you guessed it— the oh-so-mysterious Levantis. You can listen to a first track above, but I’m sure before its release on October 30th, there will be plenty more to be revealed.