Kamasi Washington & Miles Mosley – MK 1

It’s amazing to see what Flying Lotus and his Brainfeeder label pulled off with the release of the Kamasi Washington debut album. When was the last time someone made the kids listen to a jazz album?

With “The Epic” finally available, the guys at Kinda Neat put out a new podcast episode talking to the L.A. saxophonist and the video above features a live improvisation that serves as a great teaser.

Kamasi Washington – Re Run Home

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.

Thundercat – Tron Song

Taken from his 2013 album Apocalypse, watch this hilarious new video Thundercat video directed by Adult Swim’s Eric André. VHS, Mortal Kombat, cats and lots of love (and laughs) — what else do you need?

Matthewdavid – In My World

The cover artwork for Matthewdavid‘s new album “In My World” on Brainfeeder already left me speechless, but the video for the record’s title track puts a cherry on top of it. Crazy stuff. I’m not gonna say any more, just watch this and LOL with me!

Matthewdavid – Perpetual Moon Moods

Despite having posted a track before, I almost forgot there’s going to be a new Matthewdavid album on Brainfeeder, his second album on the label since 2011’s Outmind. Well, to get you over the next couple of days until its release, the LA-based producer shared a new track on his SoundCloud page, a cover version of the Mary Jane Girls’ All Night Long.

Titled “In My World”, the album will hit your favourite record store on July 1st, 2014. Pre-orders available on the NinjaShop or Bleep.

Matthewdavid – In My World

Shouts to @tedikuma for sharing a new tune by Leaving Records founder and dublab radio-host Matthewdavid. Apparently, the Los Angeles-resident is working on his second album for Brainfeeder, titled “In My World” and due for a release on July 1st, 2014. Fans of James Pants, Bullion or Jonti: this is one for you!

Also, make sure to check out Matthewdavid’s previous album on Brainfeeder, 2011’s “Out of Mind” (Spotify link).

Teebs – Holiday (feat. Jonti)

I wasn’t too convinced after hearing the first track from Mtendere Mandowa’s new album on Brainfeeder, but this new one featuring Jonti I like much better. Looking forward to hear what Teebs has come up with on the entire record. Titled “Estara”, the album is available for pre-order and will be in stores worldwide on April 7, 2014.

Thundercat – Evangelion / We’ll Die

Before people wasted their time one Facebook, they did so on a site called MySpace. And while Facebook is already on its own decline, Justin Timberlake is putting his money on the “new” MySpace. A year and a half after the MySpace relaunch, I actually ended up on the site for the first time to watch the new Thundercat video you can see above (unless you’re on a mobile device–how about that, Justin?)

Directed by Mochilla co-founder Brian Cross (aka B+) on California’s Bombay Beach, the music is taken from Thundercat’s 2013 album Apocalypse and spans over two of its wonderful songs.

Chrysalis

Attention people, because Nick Rutter‘s short film “Chrysalis” is quite possibly the best music video of the year. Beautifully captured moments of adolescent life in suburban Britain, dealing with emotions such as love and hurt, and an increasingly violent element—somewhat reminiscent of Chris Cunningham. The visual and the narrative quality makes it easy to forget that all of this works as the backdrop for an all new single by Lapalux, though the music fits the mood of the film pretty good. I guess it all makes sense to call this a “short film”.

Off Main St. with Thundercat

Off Main St. is a new “long-format music series dedicated to documenting musicians” and the first artist covered is Brainfeeder’s Thundercat. Watch the bassplayer as he talks about his comic book obsession, how he got his name, visiting Amoeba Music and playing music at The Echoplex.

Lapalux – Without You (Alternate Version)

Whether you’re a big follower of Lapalux or not, chances are that you heard (and liked) Without You taken off his Brainfeeder-released debut album Nostalchic. If you liked that, then take a good listen to this alternate version he shared on his SoundCloud page last night.

Thundercat – Heartbreaks + Setbacks

We’re excited to hear that the follow-up to Thundercat’s brilliant The Golden Age of Apocalypse is only a couple of months away. Together with the track you can hear above, Brainfeeder shared the news with Pitchfork alongside a full tracklist and forthcoming live dates. Titled Apocalypse, the new record is once again produced by Flying Lotus and will be out on July 8th (July 9th in the U.S.)

And that doesn’t seem to be the end of the line, as Lotus announced working on a fusion album next.

Lapalux – Without You

Once you heard the new Lapalux material, his previous two EPs on Brainfeeder only seem like a warm-up excercise… and they kind of are. His debut album, titled Nostalchic, will be out on March 26 and here’s a first taster of what to expect. Watch the video for Without You, directed by Nick Ray Rutter and featuring vocals of Kerry Leatham.

My Dry Wet Mess – Stereo Typing

My Dry Wet Mess – Stereo Typing

Cover Artwork

Giovanni Civitenga, here using his My Dry Wet Mess alias, splits his time between music production and audiovisual art. In 2009, having relocated to Barcelona from his native Italy, he wrote a software programme for a sound-reactive video performance that caught the attention of Alfred ‘Daedelus‘ Darlington, and led to their collaborative experiments. Daedelus then signed Irrational Alphabet, Civitenga’s debut LP, to his Magical Properties imprint. Fans of this well received collection were soon disappointed at Civitenga’s subsequent departure from public sight. Spare a handful of bootleg remixes, there didn’t appear to be a follow up planned to this opening sonic statement.

And then, as unexpected as the sonic twists and turns contained within, Stereo Typing bolts from the esteemed Brainfeeder stable, an hour long collection of unsettling rhythms bound by Civitenga’s morphing, filtered synths. ‘Clappin’ Ears’ is the most accessible cut in the set, its gently bumping drum track and R&B vocals given the ubiquitous pitch-shift treatment combine for an almost dance floor friendly outcome.

Although punctuated with several similarly club focussed compositions, it’s the more adventurous tracks that slither between that give Stereo Typing its enveloping attraction. ‘Glue And The Love In It’ creeps along with repetitive, swelling synths and a slo-mo drum track that appears then fades away, until, just short of the track’s ending, the twilight vocals that make this album highlight so memorable descend.01. Berlin Stereo
02. Austere Coincidences
03. When We Were Wrong
04. Words I Didn’t
05. Lick
06. Mombasa Tutu
07. Clappin’ Ears
08. A Wrong Number
09. My Warped Tits
10. Bullshit Indeed
11. Glue and the Love in It
12. Nowhere Now
13. Prismas (feat. Eva Puyuelo)
14. Youth Reboot

Stereo Typing is available for purchase at Boomkat, Juno, Bleep, or iTunes.

Austin Peralta, 1990-2012

Austin Peralta, 1990-2012

When I first read about Austin Peralta‘s passing today, I was confused. Why would a young man leave us so soon? I don’t usually write about the dead, but in this case I was touched too deeply. Austin Peralta was exciting for many reasons. A young gifted musician born in California with a passion for jazz, that alone stands out in days like these. His father is a legend of his own, surfer and pioneering skateboarder Stacy Peralta, original Z-Boy, founder of the iconic Powell-Peralta brand, and director of Dogtown and Z-Boys, Riding Giants and the forthcoming Bones Brigade documentary. In his short lifetime, Austin released three albums, the last one came out on the forward-thinking Brainfeeder label. Despite label-head Flying Lotus’ own jazz background, it was a bit of an unlikely choice, an oddity, but it also widened the perception of Brainfeeder as a label releasing more than beats made in LA. More importantly, it put the name Austin Peralta on the map for a lot of people, including myself. The release of Endless Planets certainly played a part leading to collaborations with The Cinematic Orchestra, Thundercat, Teebs or Amon Tobin. I had the pleasure to see Austin perform live at the Worldwide Awards in London, probably my best concert all year. The joy of playing the keys was written over his face, it’s one of those attributes of a musician that touches me as much as hearing the music. It was a special moment, so much talent in one place and it made me wonder about the things to come. He left way too soon, but he will not be forgotten. May he rest in peace.

Brainfeeder put together a selection of his works and live perfomances on their website, there’s a recording from the Maida Vale session on Heidi Vogel’s SoundCloud, and of course I invite you to revisit this live jam with Taylor McFerrin or the rehearsals from the Endless Planets release party.

November 23, 2012 Found an old interview in L.A. Record

January 15, 2013 The L.A. Weekly has an extended article on Austin worth reading. Also, in case you missed it, watch his last interview at Warsoul Sessions