My first reaction when I saw the cover artwork of the forthcoming Thundercat album was this: This is madness! It wasn’t my intention to quote lines from Frank Miller, but the express joy at its most extreme. If this new record is half as mad, as in genius, as that look on Stephen Bruner’s face, he will easily surpass all the expectations one could have for that record. The list of collaborators seem to confirm we’re on the right track: Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, and Kenny Loggins. That’s right, Kenny Loggins!
Titled “Drunk”, the new album will hit stores on February 24th, accompanied by an extended world tour. Pre-order here!
We’re only one week away until Illum Sphere‘s second album “Glass” drops on Ninja Tune, and so the label reveals a third preview on their SoundCloud page. Not exactly a preview to the album, but a remix from one of this tracks, delivered by Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being.
For more Illum Sphere related news, make sure to check out his guest-mix on the latest Hessle Audio show!
Swiss label Ripl Music revealed the first piece from the forthcoming new record by Misel Quitno, his first original work since 2007’s Sleep Over Pieces Vol. 1 (which had Sassy J on vocals?!) If you didn’t know, Misel is a, erm, “good friend” of Dimitri Grimm otherwise known as Dimlite. You better read about their story over on the official release page, because I’m going to play a part in this 😉
The track above is only the first half of the new release, and we hope we don’t have to wait too long for the second one to be revealed. Get it directly on the Ripl Bandcamp shop!
On the occasion of the digital release of our new record, we wanted to remind you of Mike Slott’s remix of “Under / When Someone Is Drowning You…” (compare it to the original!). If vinyl isn’t your thing, and you even can resist the quality of a lovingly handmade product, you might be interesting in hearing it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music and all those places. We thank you for your support!
CDR X Dimensions is, as the name suggests, a collaboration between the long-running producer’s night CDR and Croatian festival Dimensions. Together they are about to release their first vinyl release, CDR X Dimensions: Dimension Sounds, which should be out later this month. One of the tracks featured on the record comes from an old favourite of our’s, London’s multi-faceted producer K15, and it’s probably reason enough to hit the pre-order button over at Juno.
I don’t even remember the last talk about Dim Grimm’s “Cite” album, it has been way too long. The Swiss producer formerly known as Dimlite hasn’t updated the videos from that session in more than two years. I’m a patient guy, I can wait. If you’re not of the patient kind, I’ve got good news for you: Dim Grimm just uploaded a new EP to his Bandcamp page, his first official release in manyyears. That’s five tracks for only €4, do I need to say more? Go and buy this!
And if you missed it before, check out that Dim Grimm mixtape from earlier this year.
Portland’s Fresh Selects just unveiled their new Digital 12-Inch series with this incredibly suave piece by Dolphin. I know what you’re asking: what’s a digital 12-inch?! I’m sorry, I can’t answer that, maybe I don’t even care. What I can answer though that this “package” contains two track by the Baltimore-based multi-instrumentalist and singer and is available for $1 – yes, one dollar! – from the Fresh Selects Bandcamp. And if you’re into that, why not check out last year’s Young Black Mind as well?
Don’t let the title confuse you, apparently Warp’s own patten has decided to reset the counter for his long running series of edits (volumes eight and seventeen came out in 2014). But that’s just the details, what’s more important is the music.1. J$tash x Andy Milonakis x Kohh – Hiroi Sekai (2014, Relax Records)
2. Cocteau Twins – Suckling The Mender (1988, 4AD/Rough Trade)
3. Tim Hecker – No Drums (2011, Kranky)
4. Rihanna – James Joint (2016, Roc Nation)
5. Boards of Canada – Amo Bishop Roden (2000, Warp Records)
6. Death Grips – Warping (2016, Harvest/Third Worlds)
7. Cypress Hill – I Want To Get High (1993, Columbia/Ruffhouse Records) / dialogue & additional sound – Beverly Hills Cop 3 (1994, Paramount Pictures) / My Bloody Valentine – Instrumental B* (1988, Creation) *via Public Enemy – Security Of The First World (1988, Def Jam/Columbia)
8. Julianna Barwick – Nebula (2016, Dead Oceans)
I recommend you download these as soon as you can, before anyone decides to take them down!
A little more than half a year after Sam Shepherd released his debut-album as Floating Points, the London-based musician and producer just announced the next release on his own Pluto label. “Kuiper” is the title track of the EP of the same name, an eighteen-and-half-minute long, what sounds to me like the result of an incredible band jam. For the last couple of weeks, Sam has been touring North America for a live tour with band mates including Eglo’s own Kirkis on guitar, Jim Orso (East Coast dates only) and Leo Taylor on drums, Susumu Mukai on bass, and Alex Reeve on guitar. After my first listen, I started wild guessing who else might be on the record: James Holden, Four Tet, maybe Caribou?
Catch Floating Points with his band live across his remaining dates, and mark your calendars on July 22nd, the release date of the new Kuiper EP.
Update: The date above applies to the vinyl only, the digital release is available now!
Having seen both Dorian Concept and Taylor McFerrin at last year’s Worldwide Awards, it’s inevitable to wonder if that’s where the idea for this remix was born. Somewhat an odd choice to remix the intro to Taylor’s 2014 album “Early Riser”, one of my favourites of that year. Enough talking, let’s get that remix while it’s available as a free download – at the cost of your email address.
There has been a lot of exciting music coming out on Leaving Records and it seems like every week the label operated by Matthewdavid reaches to new heights. The latest announcements has been the forthcoming album by Carlos Niño, which is going to feature a cast of long-time collaborators such as Miguel Atwood-Ferguson or Dexter Story, as well as new age composer Iasos, Brainfeeder-signed saxophonist Kamasi Washington or the legend Madlib.
Titled “It’s All Happening!”, the album will be in stores on April 22nd, and you can listen to a first teaser above.
About a month ago, Dutch producer Jameszoo spilled the beans that he signed with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, with his debut album to follow in May. Today, it was revealed that album will go by the name of “Fool” and a first teaser was shared. You can hear it above. If it sounds familiar, you’re one of the observant kind, since the track made an uncredited appearance in the fantastic Dekmantel Podcast, which is already four months old.
I can’t say how excited I am for the record or how happy I am for James, erm, Mitchel. Also, in my humble opinion, Brainfeeders yet strongest signing from the old continent. Looking forward to listen to the full album when it drops on May 16th. Have to say I’m slightly worried about the missing vinyl option on the NinjaShop, but you might not be. Go, pre-order!
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.
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!