Taylor McFerrin – Postpartum (Dorian Concept Remix)

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.

Carlos Niño & Friends – It’s All Happening!

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.

Jameszoo – Flake

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!

Tim Hecker – Castrati Stack

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.

emanative – Love In Outer Space (Live at Cafe Oto)

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!

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!

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.

Leon Vynehall – Midnight On Rainbow Road

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.

Dorian Concept – 11.04.2012 (Zanshin’s Reschedule Mix)

Following the official Joined Ends Remix EP and a interpretation by Dim Grimm (formerly Dimlite), here is more unofficial business by the way of Zanshin. One half of Ogris Debris and as such label mate with Dorian Concept, the Viennese producer shares his very own version of “11.04.2012”, a track that was part of last year’s Joined Ends album on Ninja Tune.

You can download this in its full glory (and for free) from Zanshin’s SoundCloud page.

The Orb – Moonbuilding 2703 AD (Teebs Moon Grotto Remix)

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!

Levantis – Jamaican Greek Style

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 most excellent 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.

Pre-order on Bandcamp or the NinjaShop.

Wiley – Step 2001

My life has become more enjoyable since I ignored Zomby on social media and re-focused on the reason I came to love him in the first place: his music. His latest production is a remix of Wiley’s Step 20, the latest addition to Big Dada’s recent series of records reworking the London MC’s back-catalogue. Previous entries included reworks from Actress and Special Request, and this new one will be available from September 24, 2015.

Pre-order from the NinjaShop!

Lnrdcroy – Sunrise Market (Extended Mix)

Much in the vein of one of my favourite releases last year, Sandopolis by Hashman Deejay, comes more new music out of Vancouver. Well “new” – the short version came out first in May last year, when 1080p released the Lnrdcroy album Much Less Normal on cassette and digital. Since then, Scotland’s Firecracker Recordings pressed it on vinyl, with “Sunrise Market” missing entirely. However, the extended version was part of the first Rhythms Of The Pacific EP, released in October 2014.

I remember hearing this, I believe on the Pender Street Steppers show on Rinse, but wasn’t aware it’s been out for such a long time!

Kuedo – Vertical Stack

So there’s a new EP from Kuedo coming out at at last at the end of this month, his first new music since 2012’s Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space on Planet Mu. And while there’s still a strong dystopian touch in his music, it sounds slighty different, the synthesizers seem to be sharpened up a bit, much like his remix for Dorian Concept from earlier this year.1. Vertical Stack
2. Border State Collapse
3. Boundary Regulation (feat. Egyptrixx)
4. Case Type Classification
5. Eyeless Angel Intervention (feat. Mind:Body:Fitness)
6. Event Tracking Across Populated Terrain (feat. Roly Porter)
7. Cellular Perimeter

The full EP titled „Assertion of a Surrounding Presence” will be out on July 31st and marks Kuedo’s debut on his own Knives label.

Steve Spacek – Fate

Something new from Steve Spacek and taken from his forthcoming release titled „Natural Sci-Fi” (whether that’s an album or an EP remains unclear!) I suggest you follow his label S P A on Bandcamp to hear it first hand when it’s coming out.

And while we’re at it, let me remind you of Kutmah’s special Spacek mixtape from earlier this year, in which he plays music from throughout Steve’s discography.

(cheers Rucyl!)