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.
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!
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.
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.
Californian Georgia Anne Muldrow reveals another track from her forthcoming new album A Thoughtiverse Unmarred, released digitally via her Bandcamp store in mid-May. Also recently, a video for Great Blacks, another album track, has popped up on YouTube.
Get your free download of “Sans Vacay” over at Bandcamp.
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.