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.
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.
Following the year that marked the 20th anniversary of Goldie’s debut Timeless (Spotify) and in the wake of new material ahead, Gilles Peterson sits down with the Metalheadz founder to chat about past, present and future. The interview starts exploring the early musical influences, before heading over to more interesting topics such as meeting (and learning from) Marc Mac and Dego, his thoughts on producers such as Flying Lotus or Burial, the differences between the drum & bass and the broken beat scene, and –inevitably– the making of “Timeless” and the orchestral reinterpretation by the Heritage Orchestra last summer (see video below!) Over two hours of talk and music, leaving you with the wish for more!
The Vinyl Factory did a short documentary on Mike Paradina’s Planet Mu, the label he started 20 years ago as a subsidiary of Virgin Records. As you’d expect, the video features some archive footage and interviews with Mike, telling the label’s history from its humble beginnings, to the influence it had in putting dubstep and footwork on the musical map for many of us living outside the respective breeding grounds London and Chicago.
On of the busiest producers out there for sure, FaltyDL has released yet another 12-inch on Ninja Tune. Titled “Visceral”, it’s his second single on the label that features new work, the other being “Rich Prick Poor Dick” from September. Both records should still be available in all good record stores, I spotted copies online at Bleep and Juno.
The video above was directed by Wolfpack and Caroline Sodergren.
Lawrence le Doux marks his return on Vlek with “Pollution”, his second 4-tracker on the label following 2013’s “Terrestre”. The title track of the new EP received this wonderful stop-motion video by La Superette, which we simply had to share with you!
You can pick up “Pollution” from the label’s Bandcamp store, your favourite record shop, or on iTunes.
I’m still not 100% with the last couple of Prefuse 73 releases on Temporary Residence, but this video —an animation by Lilfuchs— certainly caught my attention. The track is taken from this year’s Forsyth Gardens, released in April 2015 and which you can stream in full under the given link.
A couple of days ago, our favourite Viennese label Affine unveiled their 14th release, a 7-inch by Sixtus Preiss going by the name of “Lololo”. One of the two versions on the record was now graced by the video you can watch above, an brilliant montage of footage showing various musicians (presumably found on the internet.)
The flipside of the same record, the original version, can be heard below:
If you like what you hear, you can grab the entire digital release for only €2 or pay €5.90 for the vinyl. Both are available from the Affine shop on Bandcamp.
Every now and then, Santa Monica’s KCRW radio station hosts live-sessions from musicians we love. Their latest addition is LA-native bass-player Thundercat, who I should have to introduce to any of you. Outside of his solo-work, he has gained a great following in recent years through his collaborations with Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar.
The relationship between the Chicago footwork scene and Kode9’s Hyperdub label deepens with the release of DJ Spinn‘s debut EP. Titled “Off That Loud”, a first video from the EP has been unveiled today, for a track featuring the late DJ Rashad and rapper Danny Brown.
I guess I liked quite a couple of bits on this new Knxwledge album on Stones Throw, and of course the album artwork is something I’m very drawn to. At the same time I often have troubles buying a record of beat tape proportions, with hardly a track extending the 2-minute mark — but that’s just me. Anyway, today Stones Throw unveiled this video by the ever amazing RUFFMERCY, so you know you’re in for a visual treat.
Just a little something to get you in the right mood for the weekend. Watch three minutes of Roy Ayers performing his classic good vibes song “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”, taken from the 1976 LP of the same name.
Roy Ayers will be performing at this year’s edition of the Worldwide Festival, which kicks off next Monday, July 6th.
Alright. Here is one great video from what I think we can call a major rap artist. Imaginative, beautifully shot, crisp. Nothing to say about the music, you probably all heard Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly by now — and if you haven’t, here’s a good reason to do so. Video directed by Colin Tilley.
There’s yet another collaboration between visionary producer Actress and the Tate Modern. Following his stunning contribution to the DJ-Kicks series last month, the Werk Discs founder has scored a short film about American painter Agnes Martin, a glimpse of which you can hear in the trailer above. If I’m not mistaken, the film was shown at the exhibition‘s opening last week, not sure possible about re-runs.