Sunergy

The 13th installment of Rvng Intl’s FRKWYS series brings together synthesists Suzanne Ciani, who has been recording and releasing since the early 1980s, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, who released her third album on Western Vinyl earlier this year.

Fortuitously (as is the freaky way), Smith and Ciani were discovered to be neighbors in the small coastal community of Bolinas, California. The two had become close friends, bonding over their experience as woman musicians and, more unusually, their shared passion for the Buchla synthesizer. The music of Sunergy embraces this kinship, with Ciani and Smith respectively performing on the Buchla 200 E and the Buchla Music Easel, two modern configurations of the innovative instrument developed in the ‘60s by Don Buchla.

FRKWYS Vol. 13 will be out tomorrow (September 16, 2016) and can be bought directly from the label and all good record stores.

Also, take note of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith In The Studio, a FACT Magazine-produced video from earlier this year.

Selectors: Sassy J

We’ve all seen plenty of artist portraits in our life, but seldom have they been as intimate and exciting as this one about Swiss DJ and selector extra-ordinaire Sassy J. Her mixes have been hard to ignore in recent months, as she’s been featured everywhere from Resident Advisor, Libra Mix, Dimensions Festival and most recently Crack Magazine, so it’s nice to find out some more about the wonderful being that she is. Big up to Inverted Audio for this lovely portrait on one of greatest out there!

Mark Pritchard – Beautiful People

If you haven’t pressed the play button yet, think of the video for “Beautiful People” as an animated version of the Mark Pritchard album cover, yet more music-video than those teaser animations that made the rounds before the album came out. The Michał Marczak directed video coincides with the release of the first single taken from the said album, and for those that haven’t heard it yet: it features Radiohead’s Thom Yorke on vocals. Order your copy on vinyl or digital from Bleep!

Also for those that haven’t heard the album, make sure to check out the wonderful radioshow by Mark, in which he plays 2 hours of music that inspired the album.

Floating Points live on KEXP

End of lasst May, while touring through the United States, Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points played a extended live session on Seattle radio station KEXP. Running for over 45 minutes, the session includes the two cuts from his album Elaenia, as well as his brand-new single Kuiper released a couple of weeks ago.

If you’re stateside, you can catch Floating Points and band on further dates in late August and September. This tweet has all the details!

The Last Panthers (Copenhagen Sessions)

So far this year, there aren’t actually that many albums in my favourites yet. Among them are true standout records, The Composite Moods Collection by Dalhous and Clark’s soundtrack for The Last Panthers. Taken from the latter, Chris Clark has posted a video on his website, a medley of songs from the album recorded during a live session in Copenhagen.

“The Last Panthers” was released in March 2016 on Warp Records. It’s available in all major formats on the Bleep store, as well as Boomkat, HHV or Clone

Shobaleader One plays “Squarepusher Theme”

The year was 1997, when I first got in contact with the music of Tom Jenkinson, more precisely his then new Squarepusher album Hard Normal Daddy. And as it often goes, your first contact with something new (or very different) leaves a special mark in your musical life, and to this day I consider it my favourite of his albums. My favourite Squarepusher tune, however, has to be “Squarepusher Theme” from the 1996 EP “Squarepusher Plays…”, discovered by myself only several years later. Fast forward 20 years and here is a new live rendition of the said tune by Jenkinson’s band Shobaleader One, who will play a couple of dates in the UK and Germany in May. If you like what you hear (and see), find out more about the tour on the Warp website.

Real Scenes: Los Angeles

The latest entry in Resident Advisor’s Real Scenes brings us to the City of Angels and features the likes of Matthewdavid, Dam-Funk, Sun Araw, the Dublab crew, Camella Lobo of Tropic of Cancer or M. Geddes Gengras as our guides through the city’s night life and music scene. What makes this rather interesting is the absence of certain artist you’d expect to appear in this video, diversifying and expanding one’s image of the city – after, what, four or five documentaries on the L.A. beat scene.

Mark Pritchard – Sad Alron

It’s been a while since Mark Pritchard delivered a series of badman tunes for Warp throughout 2013. Finally, the label revealed its plans to release „Under The Sun”, the first LP under his legal name, to be released on May 13th, 2016.

The album will feature the stellar “?”, previously released on Ho Hum Records in 2009 and a longtime favourite of mine. The first new track that was revealed with the announcement is “Sad Alron”, which you can see in the video above, directed by Jonathan Zawada.

Here’s a look at the full tracklist:01. ?
02. Give It Your Choir (ft. Bibio)
03. Infrared
04. Falling
05. Beautiful People (ft. Thom Yorke)
06. Where Do They Go, The Butterflies
07. Sad Alron
08. You Wash My Soul (ft. Linda Perhacs)
09. Cycles Of 9
10. Hi Red
11. Ems
12. The Blinds Cage (ft. Beans)
13. Dawn Of The North
14. Khufu
15. Rebel Angels
16. Under The Sun

Ask yourself: What could possibly go wrong pre-ordering a copy of that?

Fulgeance – G.I.T.E.M.

I was just thinking about the first time, we had music from Fulgeance on this site. Then I noticed that back then, it was still common to mention an artist’s MySpace page. That was a long time ago!. It’s good to know he’s still around, busy as ever with his many disguises, quite probably the busiest Frenchman in music. And if his signing to Ed Banger Records is an indicator, he’s doing more than well.

So, there’s a new Fulgeance EP out on Ed Banger, titled “The Phoenix”. Émile Sacré did the video for one of its tunes and I think it’s a beauty!

Broken Vibes, the long-lost documentary about Broken Beat

In December 2006, a trailer to a documentary called Urban Vibes has been uploaded to YouTube. I remember running into the French film crew at the Notting Hill Carnival the summer before and was eager to watch the documentary once completed. Years passed and occasionally I remembered it, searched on Google, but while it was marked complete, I never ended up seeing it. Eventually, I forgot about it.

And then today, the unthinkable happened. Bored at work, I scrolled down my Instagram feed and ran across an interesting post by Mr Beatnick. Another search of Google, not expecting anything, I came across the full documentary which is now available for stream on Vimeo On Demand. Rebranded “Broken Vibes”, you can rent it for only €2 and stream it in Full HD for 48 hours! If you need to be convinced, watch an extended clip the trailer above.

Four Tet live-set at Boiler Room

It hasn’t been for the first time that Kieran Hebden graced the Boiler Room with his music, but this latest video shows him playing one of his rare Four Tet live-shows. Listen to music from his last couple of releases, going as far back as his 2010 album There Is Love In You to my all-time favourite Beautiful Rewind, finishing off with the majestic Morning. Visuals provided by Squidsoup.

Turn up the music, switch into fullscreen, sit back and enjoy!

Co-Op Studio Session

The day following last year’s Boiler Room-hosted Co-OP reunion, broken beat veteran producers IG Culture, Seiji, Alex Phountzi and Jazz re:freshed host Adam Rock were joined by torchbearer Henry Wu for a recording session at Play Deep Studios. Whatever comes out of this, I’m sure many of you are craving for more. Will keep you updated if there are any news on this!

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.

Miles Ahead

Oh my, how long has it been since the rumors about a Miles Davis first surfaced? Years! I’m always a bit cautious when it comes to biographies about musicians, or just any other artist. Sure, they’re often interesting, but then I often crave for a decent in-depth documentary on that person instead of taking the shortcut of a Hollywood adaptation. It’s different with Don Cheadle’s take on the life of Miles Davis, titled Miles Ahead after the album, but not revolved around it (I remember teasers from the Kind of Blue recording session.) Cheadle is not only taking on the role of Miles himself, he also directed the movie, and from the looks he did a hell of a good job, both in applying an appealing visual quality to the movie and, more importantly, performing convincingly.

The preliminary ratings for the movie on IMDb (7.7), Rotten Tomatoes (73%) and Metacritic (64%) make hope the high expectations are met. “Miles Ahead” is set for a U.S. release on April 1st, 2016.

Karriem Riggins & J Rocc in the Dungeon

Like every year in February, musicians and DJs around the world celebrate the work of the late J Dilla with special performances, mixtapes or live shows. Acclaimed drummer Karriem Riggins and J Rocc play a little live improvisation at the Stones Throw warehouse, also known as The Dungeon. Filmed on a 360° camera, you can literally turn your heads if you’re a lucky owner of an Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard or any other virtual reality head mounted display. Otherwise, flipping around your mouse will do just fine.

Also, Stones Throw will be releasing a 10th anniversary edition of J Dilla’s seminal final album Donuts.