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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Four years have passed since these tracks were recorded at various Caribou live shows in Belgium and the UK, now Dan Snaith is selling them for a good cause. What makes this EP stand out is the line-up involved in the Caribou Vibration Ensemble: Four Tet and James Holden on synthesizers, Ahmed “Sinkane” Gallab on drums, a three piece brass section, flutist, and Dan Snaith himself on vocals, synth and electric guitar.
Ah, that Kenny Dixon Jr guy, never ceases to amaze, don’t you think? And since I don’t even know what to say after watching this, let me leave you to his showmanship and a final note that his supporters on stage are none other than John Arnold and Jeremy Ellis.
Not only my favourite tune on the last Julia Holter record, but also the track giving me the chills while hearing it live (and before the album release.) So, this one gives you a slight impression of that feeling, a live version of “Hello Stranger”, a cover of the 1963 Barbara Lewis hit single, recorded during rehearsals.