Kaidi Tatham live at Jazz Re:freshed

We used to do this more regularly, but I don’t recall any decent recordings of Kaidi Tatham at what’s he’s doing best: playing the keys. The fine people of Jazz Re:freshed uploaded this one moments ago, it shows Kaidi playing at one of their concerts back in 2011. The first track is Do What You Gotta Do taken from In Search of Hope, not sure about the second.

Note to Adam and Bunny: Great job, love how the video looks!

Polyklinik – Good Evening

Hmm, I guess the fine people at Svetlana sent me the Polyklinik EP when it came out last October, but why did I never listen to it?

The video however is fairly new, directed by Shelf Index and the aesthetics are my kind of thing. Sorry for not mentioning the release earlier, but gladly you can still buy the digital over at Bandcamp!

SBTRKT – Surely

Here’s a true rarity only a few people got a hold of when the SBTRKT album was first released. The track Surely was part of a limited package, consisting of the full LP, the CD version and a bonus 7-inch with just that tune.

You would already have to pay ridiculous prices for this bundle, but at least you can stream it from SoundCloud for the very first time.

Dimlite & Julian Sartorius – Live at New Morning

Back in September 2011, Parisians Sonotown invited Dimlite alongside drummer Julian Sartorious to play at the city’s New Morning club.

In the clip above you hear them playing New, Better Pain (free download!) and No Lights Still Rock.

My 2011 Picks

Happy New Year to all of my readers, I hope 2012 will be a good one. It should easily be better than last year, at least when it comes to my private life: in 2011 I was robbed and later I suffered an ear stroke, possibly as a late reaction to the robbery. But well, we’re not talking about my private life so much, let’s talk about music!

In the first year of this blog, I wrote an article on best-of lists and I still think they’re kinda ridiculous. However, I also think it can be of benefit for those who only read this blog every now and then and wonder what good music they might have missed. I tried to limit each list to 5 items, because otherwise I wouldn’t know where to stop as 2011 was another year of rich releases. So without further ado, here are my personal top releases.

Albums:
Thundercat – The Golden Age of the Apocalypse
Dimlite – Grimm Reality
Zomby – Dedication
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Hyetal – Broadcast

EP:
Floating Points – Shadows EP

Tracks:
Arkist – Rendezvous
SBTRKT- Pharaohs
Ossie – Set The Tone
Actress – Harrier ATTK
Mr Beatnick – Synthetes

Mix CD:
Kutmah – The New Error 2

Mixtapes:
Jamie xx – Essential Mix
Jamie xx – Guestmix for Benji B
Dauwd – Clashmusic Podcast
FaltyDL – Fader/MoMA PS1 mix
Apparat – Groove Podcast

An honorable mention to Elzhi’s Elmatic, as it’s a more than worthy tribute to the classic debut album by Nas – and it was available for free throughout the year.

Mount Kimbie – Carbonated

I remember having seen Mount Kimbie‘s video for Carbonated when it first appeared several months ago. Turns out I never bothered to post it. My bad, it’s a really nice video so I’m going to share it with everybody else who hasn’t seen it.

Like the videos for Before I Move Off and Would Know, this one was directed by Tyrone Lebon.

Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness (Onur Engin Edit)

Here’s one track I can never get enough of, be it the original, the live version or this new edit by Onur Engin. For Swedish label G.A.M.M. he reworks two classic tracks by Kool & The Gang and James Mason and you’re invited to listen to the former… to give you a bit of a feeling for the weekend to come.

You can literally walk into a record store after work and pick up the release on 12-inch. Or you can order your copy from Juno, Rush Hour or Groove Dis.

emanative & Ahmed Abdullah – Lions of Judah (Four Tet Re-Edit)

Many will associate Lions of Judah with Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide, as it opened the show week after week for a period of time. So it’s maybe no surprise his own Brownswood imprint releases a new version as tribute to Steve Reid, the American drummer who passed away last year.


The new version was recorded by emanative and comes with a Four Tet re-edit on the flip. As you might know, Kieran Hebden had a special relationship with Steve Reid himself, the two recorded several albums together between 2006 and 2008, a live recording was released only recently.

Lions of Judah will be out on 12-inch on December 12th and you can pre-order your copy starting today. The release will be accompanied by a charity event in London two days after, keep your eyes open for details.

January 3, 2012 As mentioned on Twitter yesterday, the liner notes for the release are now online

Teebs – Cook, Clean, Pay The Rent (New House Version)

Hard to believe that Ardour, the debut album by Teebs, is already a year old. A personal favourite of 2010 and a record I -sort of- listen to on a daily basis as it holds my ringtone of choice. I don’t mind hearing some new music from the Los Angeles based artist and luckily the time has come!

The track above is taken from Collections 01, his new record on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. It’s out on Monday and you can get it on vinyl or as digital release.

Julien Dyne – Glimpse

Julien Dyne - Glimpse

Cover Artwork

Christmas is still a bit away, but here comes one reason to look forward to it. Japanese label Wonderful Noise sets the release for Julien Dyne‘s second album only a few days before fat old Santa comes crawling through your chimney.

To get yourself an impression, you can listen through 17 minutes of snippets by clicking the player below. I have to say, these sound most tasty and I can’t wait to get my hands on the full album!

01. Bent (intro)
02. Mask
03. Get Closer feat. She’ So Rad
04. Glisten Up
05. Thirts
06. Who Are You feat. Ladi 6 and Parks
07. Ernst
08. Rago
09. Creebin’ feat.Parks
10. Looseends
11. So Far feat.Mara TK
12. Toe
13. Koin3
14. Rubberneck
15. Inner Duplex 2
16. Candy Apple grey feat. Claire Duncan
17. Glim
18. Cheed
19. Slings (Outro)

Glimpse will be available in Japan starting December 21st, 2011. It looks like BBE is once again taking care for the rest of the world, they already released a first single off the album but don’t offer further infos on the new album. Wonderful Noise plans a CD-only release of Glimpse, with a vinyl EP following in February 2012.

King Midas Sound Documentary Part 2

With the King Midas Sound remix album Without You in stores since last week, Hyperdub also completes the documentary I mentioned here not so long ago.

Check reviews of the album on The Quietus, Pitchfork and The Arts Desk, or pick up a copy from Bleep or Boomkat.

RBMA Lecture: Erykah Badu

As I’m still catching up after some days abroad, here’s the lecture with Erykah Badu at this year’s Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid. You might have seen snippets before, but this is the full session of her talking to Now-Again‘s Eothen “Egon” Alapatt.

More and more sessions are coming in, you might have seen the Paul Riser, Carsten Nicolai and Addison Groove lectures before. To stay up to date, you best subscribe to the RBMA channel on Vimeo or keep visiting that site.

Fulgeance – Tokyo Blue Nostalgia

As we’re approaching the release of Fulgeance‘s debut album on Melting Pot, here’s another cut taken from To All Of You.

You might have figured by now that every track is dedicated to a city. Last time it was London, this time we give you Tokyo – a special dedication to some Japanese producers and probably my favourite track on the album!

To All Of You will be available November 11, 2011.

Sepalcure – Pencil Pimp

Just as I finished my post on Machinedrum, this email from Hotflush came in, announcing one last single before the self-titled debut album from Sepalcure finally sees its release.

While the title track will also appear on that album, the flipside I’m Alright is exclusive to this single and available as free download. You can pick up your copy starting in less than two weeks on November 7th, only to be followed by the album on the 21st.

Full Crate – Golden Glasses

While Full Crate is on leave of absence at this year’s RBMA in Madrid, he left us with his latest release, an EP on new Dutch label Wonderful Ear.

On Golden Glasses the Amsterdam based producer moves away from the soulful and embraces a more electronic, UK-inspired sound. The influences on the EP can be traced back to James Blake, Hudson Mohawke and to some of the new breed of British house producers. Press play and find out for yourself!

1. Fluffy Dragons
2. Joy
3. Wet
4. Cherrie Hats (feat. Chris Turner)
5. QCTA

The digital release is out now and available through iTunes or Amazon. For those preferring their music on a flat disc made of plastic, you can pre-order your copy at Rush Hour.