Hawthorne Headhunters – Luv Galactic

California’s Hawthorne Headhunters new album is due on Plug Research and here’s a track that reminds me of those days when the Bugz in the Attic album came out.

Titled Myriad of Now, the album is available as of today on iTunes.

Souleance – La Belle Vie

New material from Souleance and I first look-out to their debut album “La Belle Vie” soon to be released on First Word Records.

You can look forward to collaborations with Shawn Lee, Raashan Ahmad and Homecut or proceed straight forward to Bandcamp where you can listen to further tracks and pre-order the item, same goes for iTunes.

As for the video, it was directed by French artist Émile Sacré!

DVA – I Know

Leon DVA Smart starring at you throughout an entire video, that alone is kinda hilarious already. The song featuring singer Natalie Maddox is also one of my favourites from the forthcoming album, so let’s give it a proper listen.

Title Pretty Ugly, the album will be out on Hyperdub on March 20, 2012. Until then, you can stream it in full on Hype Machine.

IG Culture – Soulful Shanghai

IG Culture - Soulful Shanghai

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One of the most underrated cats in the music world to has to be IG Culture. I sometimes think he’s not too unhappy with that status, but there were times when I was worried he might have given up music to focus on making videos. As of today, we all know that’s not the case, as Kindred Spirits announced his new longplayer (The Many Districts Of) Soulful Shanghai.

Among the many collaborators are a couple of familiar faces. Bilal Salaam was already featured on Zen Badizm (hey, that’s my first post ever!) and Akwasi Mensah made his mark on records such as Kaidi Tatham’s Feed the Cat and several of Dego‘s projects. There are plenty more names listed and frankly speaking I don’t know any of them. The snippets however sound most promising, as versatile as IG’s twenty years of making music.01. Can’t Believe It feat. ID4
02. Truth feat. John Robinson
03. Core Exit feat. Bilal Salaam
04. Talkin’ Bout Mine
05. Black Rennaissance feat. Akwasi Mensah
06. Futures Back feat. K Banger
07. Take It There feat. K Banger
08. The (blessed) Mizells feat. Akwasi Mensah
09. Half Black Half Japanese feat. John Robinson
10. Bluff and Fold (Gamble and Bluf)
11. Catalog Pieces feat. John Robinson
12. The Revolution Will Not Be Tell Lie Vise
13. Do The Math feat. ID 4 Windz
14. A Tangible Dream feat. Bilal Salaam
15. Outsider (the lite) feat. Eagle Nebula
16. Whats Happening feat. K Banger
17. The Kikanju Baku Peace Arkestra

I’m very excited about this album, it’s too good to see IG Culture back at what he’s best at. What I couldn’t track down is the exact release date. According to HMV Japan, Soulful Shanghai will be out in April. The guys of Machine, who are once again responsible for the cover-art, confirm it loosely with a release in the first quarter of 2012. In any case you can place your pre-order today directly on the Kindred Spirits website!

May 16, 2012 The album is out now on LP and limited to 1,000 copies, the CD is still a pre-order item

May 23, 2012 Also available on iTunes

Wiley – Scar/Money Man

Ouch, how long have we been waiting for Scar to finally come out? I actually did a quick search on Google and among the first hits was Benji B’s Best of 2009 show. Two thousand and nine!

As Mark Pritchard has uploaded this snippet on SoundCloud, the new Wiley album practically around the corner. Big Dada will release Evolve Or Be Extinct on January 19th -yes, that’s next Thursday- on triple vinyl, CD and digital download. According to Mark, there will be a Harmonic 313 remix of Money Man soon after.

I don’t like posting snippets, but you got to big up Mark Pritchard for the creative snippet. It serves its purpuse, but at the same time you can enjoy listening to it multiple times!

June 20, 2012 According to Berlin-based HHV both tracks will be out on vinyl in the last week of June!

Bonobo – Eyesdown (Machinedrum Remix Edit)

Here’s an edit of the Machinedrum remix to appear on the forthcoming Bonobo remix album. I’m not the biggest Bonobo fan and I’m often skeptical when it comes to remix albums, but a look at the featured artists and a listen at the snippets quickly got me excited about this one.

Among the remixers are FaltyDL, Mark Pritchard, Floating Points, Blue Daisy and I could stop here and buy the album already, but let me also mention ARP101, Cosmin TRG and Mike Slott.

A look at the full cast plus snippets are available on the Black Sands Remixed page. There you can also pre-order your copy on 3xLP, CD (plus bonus 5-inch) and digital download.

Speaking of downloads, you can download that Machinedrum edit from above in exchange for your email.

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

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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.

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.

Fulgeance – London Falling

Hailing from the south of France, Fulgeance has to be considered one of the leading figures in the beat scene. This coming November sees the release of his debut album To All Of You on German imprint Melting Pot Music and as of today you get a first taste from it.

Watch out for more details and (hopefully) a review of the record before it drops on November 11, 2011.

Kuedo – Severant

As you should know by now, Planet Mu has finally released Kuedo‘s much anticipated solo debut Severant this week. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it by now, but the snippets sounded most promising and early reviews confirm that impression.

Whether you’re undecided or still waiting for the mailman to deliver your physical copy, you can listen to the full album below.

Apart from the obligatory CD, LP and download, Planet Mu offers Severant as a limited cassette release. Of course it’s always best to support the label directly, but you can also get your copy from Bleep, Rush Hour or even iTunes.

Radiohead – TKOL RMX 1234567

Radiohead - TKOL RMX 1234567

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With the last of the seven TKOL RMX 12-inches being out on Monday, all tracks from the forthcoming double-disc TKOL RMX 1234567 have been revealed on Radiohead‘s SoundCloud profile.

Among the remixers of the band’s eighth studio album The King of Limbs is an all-star cast of (mostly UK-based) artists such as Jamie xx, Mark Pritchard, Four Tet, Pearson Sound, Lone, SBTRKT and many others. But all that shouldn’t be much of a surprise after all Thom Yorke has been involved in recent years: collaborating with the likes of Flying Lotus and Modeselektor, playing records on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide and the Mary Anne Hobbs radio show and even at reknowned Low End Theory. Not to forget the band’s office charts on their website.

So, let’s give you the opportunity to listen to the entire remix album as it will hit the stores in about two weeks time.

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Hardcore fans who still play CDs might be interested in the Japanese import of TKOL RMX 1234567 which is already available from HMV Japan (and soon on Amazon Canada. The rest of the world has to wait until October 10, the official release-date.

Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse

As if three weeks of listening time weren’t enough, I missed another chance to deliver a review on time. I’m sure you heard about this album by now, maybe even got yourself a copy. For those that didn’t, here’s one late review.

So the wait is over, the debut album from LA’s Thundercat is finally available in stores worldwide. And all the praise it received beforehand is justified. For Brainfeeder it’s the ultimate manifestation as a truly diverse label (and next up is Martyn!), one that brings different music to its audiences and embraces true musicianship. But let’s start at the beginning.

You should have heard about Stephen Brunner’s background by now: former member of Suicidal Tendencies, bassist for Erykah Badu and Sa-Ra Creative Partners (and that’s not all.) He connects Flying Lotus, contributes to his last album Cosmogramma and in return the Brainfeeder head produces his album.

01. HooooooO
02. Daylight
03. Fleer Ultra
04. Is It Love? and l
05. For Love (I Come Your Friend)
06. It Really Doesn’t Matter to You
07. Jamboree
08. Boat Cruise
09. Seasons
10. Goldenboy
11. Walkin’
12. Mystery Machine (The Golden Age of Apocalypse)
13. Return to the Journey

Cosmogramma was the first sign that Steven Ellison is interested in more than just making beats, he’s a real producer with the understanding what an artist is looking for. The Golden Age of Apocalypse doesn’t sound like anything you’d expect from Flying Lotus (but then who knows) and that’s actually a good thing. Like others said before me, it sounds indeed more like Thundercat’s hero George Duke, an organic sounding record with hypnotizing basslines and laidback grooves. The vocals reminded me of some of Donald Byrd’s albums .So it’s maybe no surprise you’ll find the George Duke cover For Love (I Come Your Friend), a song with true sing-along qualities that will hopefully put the album on the radar of occasional listeners as well. The same could be said about Walkin’, which suprised me at first with an disco beat that makes it stand out from the rest of the tracks. Despite only running for 37 minutes, the tracks blend nicely into each other and invite you to play this on repeat for a couple of days.

I spoke to several people about this album and interestingly we all agreed on its resemblance of some of IG Culture’s music (New Sector Movements and Likwid Biskit), though Thundercat will hopefully gain a wider audience with this record. One last thought that didn’t leave: imagine a collaboration of Thundercat and Kaidi Tatham, what brighter future could there be?

The Golden Age of Apocalypse is in stores since Monday, you can find it on CD, 2-LP and digital download. Try the Ninja Tune store, Bleep, iTunes or the source of your trust.

Kaidi Tatham – Kaidi’s 5ive

Kaidi Tatham - Kaidi's 5ive

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The second album in Jazz Refreshed‘s 5ives series comes from a true genius, the multi-instumentalist and keys player extra-ordinaire Kaidi Tatham. If you liked his last longplayer In Search Of Hope, you will find a similiar vibe on the five tracks on this CD only release.01. Don’t Hide Your Love
02. To My Surprise
03. Dyno
04. For All Love In Time
05. Organic Juggernaut

You can get your copy from the Jazz Refreshed website, and if it’s not too late yet, you can pick up a copy at today’s album release party at London’s Mau Mau Bar.

5 tracks, 5 pounds – highly recommended!

August 31, 2011 Turns out there’s a digital release of Kaidi’s 5ive available on Bandcamp

Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard

Just got this recommendation via Twitter, it’s the first video off Blood Orange‘s debut album Coastal Grooves. Reminds me a bit of Toro Y Moi and that’s a good thing.

The album will be out on August 8th via Domino Records, a set of remixes is already available. Check out the Krystal Klear remix below!

Oh, and the video was directed by Alan del Rio Ortiz.

(via We Are Selecters)