Flying Lotus – Phantasm

When there’s a new video for a song from an album released two years ago, that can only mean one thing: the next Flying Lotus album can’t be too far away! And while I’m sure we all have reason to be excited about that, I don’t mean to speak any low of Markus Hofko‘s masterpiece for “Phantasm”, a song featuring Laura Darlington and taken from Until The Quiet Comes. Having been a film student himself, Flying Lotus has always proven a good hand and choosing collaborators to work with, and I’m sure Hofko’s video for Mega Wagna by Débruit played some part in it.

So, this all may or may not be one part to get the PR machine rolling. If the outcome looks as great as this video, I’m willing to take it (alongside a possible new record!)

Karriem Riggins – Round The Outside

Taken from Karriem Riggins latest album Alone Together, watch what Tuomas Vauhkonen and Jeremias Nieminen came up with in their crazy stereoscopic video for Round The Outside. I’m thankful for the reminder, as I still haven’t given the record a proper listen, something that I fear to be a terrible mistake! If you haven’t either, you can stream it on Spotify or go straight for the vinyl version.

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GoGo Penguin – Fanfares

GoGo Penguin – Fanfares

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GoGo Penguin probably isn’t the ordinary name for a jazz trio. Though, and that could legitimize the chosen band name, the trio is everything but ordinary itself. GoGo Penguin – Chris Illingworth on piano, Grant Russell on bass and Rob Turner on drums – is a Manchester-based trio who just released their debut album Fanfares on Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana Records.

The three classical trained musicians met at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. After playing frequent gigs and jamming in the studio to new sounds they founded GoGo Penguin in 2009. As a trio the already performed with acts like Polar Bear, Django Bates and Acoustic Ladyland. As individual musicians they have performed and worked with the likes of Luke Flowers (Cinematic Orchestra), Jon Thorne (Lamb), or Andy Sheppard. Furthermore they cite a diverse spectrum of artists such as Massive Attack, Bad Plus, Brian Eno and Debussy as their influences.

The seven songs strong Fanfares is an inspirational ride through a fusion of driven and energetic contemporary jazz, melodic harmonies and a touch of electronic elements. The atmospheric opening track “Seven Sons of Björn” is a wistful tribute to Esbjörn Svensson, the mesmerizing “Last Words” is inspired by Aphex Twin while others are by Miles Davis, Chopin or Einojuhani Rautavaara, a Finnish composer of classical music. All these different ingredients and the synergy of three open thinking musicians cause a powerful debut album.

You can listen and purchase the album at Bandcamp.

My Dry Wet Mess – Stereo Typing

My Dry Wet Mess – Stereo Typing

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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.

Flying Lotus – Tiny Tortures

As if the unmasking of Captain Murphy hasn’t been enough Flying Lotus news for a day, Warp has unveiled the second video off Until The Quiet Comes. It was directed by David Lewandowski, who has previously worked with some bigger artists and did the opening titles for Tron Legacy, and stars actor Elijah Wood. Probably inspired by my namesake’s mutation in the movie Akira?

November 30, 2012 If you’re interested in how this was done, take a look behind the scenes. This also confirms that the video was inspired by Akira!

Captain Murphy – Duality

Captain Murphy - DualityLast night at Low End Theory, one of the more recent mysteries has been revealed: Flying Lotus himself is Captain Murphy. There has been some speculation about his involvement behind the scenes, but nobody could have expected him to be hiding behind that beard. So, now that we know there is also an official download for the beat tape, which also means that you probably caught a YouTube rip before.

01. Disciples
02. El Topo (Prod. Alejandro Jodorowsky)
03. Mighty Morphin Foreskin (Prod. Flying Lotus)
04. The Ritual (Prod. Just Blaze and Jeremiah Jae)
05. Between Friends Ft. Earl Sweatshirt (Prod. Flying Lotus)
06. Children of the Atom (Prod. Madlib and Flying Lotus)
07. Jalapeños (Prod. Jeremiah Jae)
08. Gloe (Prod. Jeremiah Jae)
09. The Killing Joke (Prod. Flying Lotus)
10. Hovercrafts and Cows (Prod. Flying Lotus)
11. Gone Fishing Ft. Jeremiah Jae (Prod. Flying Lotus)
12. Drive Thru (Prod. SAMIYAM)
13. Immaculation Ft. Azizi Gibson and Jeremiah Jae
14. The Prisoner (Prod. Teebs)
15. ___BONUS Shake Weight (Prod. TNGHT)

Actually, make that two downloads, one for the deluxe version and another for the instrumentals. Comes with separate artworks for each of the tracks, too!

December 3, 2012 Watch Captain Murphy and Earl Sweatshirt performing Between Friends live at Low End Theory, video courtesy of Theo Jemison

The Gaslamp Killer – Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun

The collaboration between The Gaslamp Killer and Dimlite is one of the highlights on Breakthrough, the debut album from the LA-native and Brainfeeder-affiliate. Watch the Twin Peaks-inspired video for the track directed by Phil Nisco.

In other Dimlite related news, you might want to check his new video for Peg, a track taken from his Abscission EP and (probably) the follow-up to this video.

Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe – Kidsuke

Kidsuke - Kidsuke

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If you are one of our more regular readers, you likely heard about the name Kidsuke by now. The project is the brainchild of Tokyo’s Daisuke Tanabe and UK producer Gerard Roberts, better known as Kidkanevil, an admirer of the Japanese culture and member of the Ninja Tune affiliated Stateless. Both are also alumni of 2010’s Red Bull Music Academy in London, where they met for the first time in person and where the idea for a collaboration sparked. Two years later, following many file transfers and two meetups in Tokyo and London, Berlin’s Project Mooncircle has released the album.

Listening to Kidsuke takes you to your old room at your parents’ house, one of the dearest places of your childhood. Through the first 10 minutes, you see yourself stepping through a hallway of memories, unfade images of your stuffed animals, happily remember melodies from that old music box. It’s a sound most familiar to you, yet the melodies are unknown. There is Aphex Twin’s precision, the quirkiness of Mouse on Mars, Dim Dim’s playful moments, or Teebs doing his chimes. But are these really happy childhood memories, or does the music edge towards the dark and the cynic? An old nightmare of yours?, a future noir-fairytale?, some weird anime plot? It’s not evidently a dark mood on the record, but it made me wonder about the musicians’ intentions at times. Kidsuke has its melancholic moments, yet there are optimistic tones as in both Harmonic parts (probably my favourites, too), sweet seductivons in Frogs In A Well or Ghostboy, the uplifting MoOoOoOn. Versatile yet consistent record, an album to that you can’t avoid listening on repeat. My verdict is you should buy this!01. IntroOoOoO
02. Nanotrees (Out In The Woods)
03. Frogs In A Well
04. School Chimes
05. SGstep
06. MoOoOoOn
07. Sine Flowers
08. Ghostboy
09. Tiny Concrete Block
10. The Other Day We Thought Of Our Friends…
11. Cherry Chimes
12. Ghostgirl
13. Harmonics pt. 1
14. Harmonics pt. 2
15. Super Deformed
16. The Last Train
You can get this fine record on limited orange vinyl 2-LP and several digital formats. Also available from retailers such as Bleep or iTunes, and there’s the full album stream on Spotify.

LV – Ultando Lwaka

Stylistically, the new LV video might not be up there with Sebenza, but the tune is so nice I’m going to post it anway. Like the previous video, the track is taken from the group’s new album on Hyperdub and features Cape Town’s kwaito house duo Ruffest on vocals.

One of my favourite albums this year, make sure to check it out if you haven’t by now!

Flying Lotus – Putty Boy Strut

The new Flying Lotus video is easily the best since the Beeple-directed Kill Your Co-workers came out two years ago (leaving aside the recent short film!) The new one was done by British animator Cyriak Harris (aka Mutated Monty) and it’s needless to mention it’s taken from the forthcoming album Until The Quiet Comes. You might also want to check out the mini-website that came with the video.

In the studio with Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks

There’s no doubt the forthcoming album by Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks will be good, a look at those names makes it clear already. Once you’ve watched the video and seeing them have a good time during their record sessions, you know the album won’t just be good – it will be great! I certainly had a smile on my face and I’m looking forward to more details on the new album. In the meantime, you can download these freebies if you haven’t already.

Lorn – Weigh Me Down

One of my favourite videos this year was maybe another Lorn video, the one for Ghost(s) with the animated head (check it out, if you haven’t!) Now here’s a new one for his latest single Weigh Me Down and it has that nice pixeled indie game look (more Swords & Sworcery than Dino Run!) It’s the work if Max Friedrich, who has previously created an animation borrowing Lorn’s music.

The Weigh Me Down EP has a couple of noteworthy remixes by Mike Slott, Illum Sphere and Mono/poly. The 12-inch and digital release came out earlier this week and await being picked up!

Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe – Kidsuke

Talk about a joint album by RBMA alumnis Kidkanevil and Daisuke Tanabe has been around for a while now, but an official announcement has only been made recently. Since then, Gilles Peterson revealed one of the album tracks, which will premiere on his own Browswood electr*c compilation end of September. As of today, there are some more snippets on Project Mooncircle‘s SoundCloud, the label that will release the full album on November 2nd, 2012. Listen to this!

1. IntroOoOoO
2. Nanotrees (Out In The Woods)
3. Frogs In A Well
4. School Chimes
5. SGstep
6. MoOoOoOn
7. Sine Flowers
8. Ghostboy
9. Tiny Concrete Block
10. The Other Day We Thought Of Our Friends…
11. Cherry Chimes
12. Ghostgirl
13. Harmonics Pt1
14. Harmonics Pt2
15. Super Deformed
16. The Last Train

You can pre-order Kidsuke on 2-LP or digital from Bandcamp or HHV.

Ages – Bryan

Ages - Bryan

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There’s an album lying on my harddrive since before the summer break, so it’s been around for a while now. It’s the work of Orange County-based Michael Lundy, released under his stage name Ages. And it’s one of those records you can easily get lost in, made of beautiful dreamscapes with lots of reverb – the right kind of music if you’re into Tropics or Hyetal (I’m sure I’m missing a lot of similar music!)01. What Happened to You?
02. I’ve Been Having Strange Dreams
03. Very Well Then…
04. Lisa
05. Esplanade (feat. MNDSGN)
06. The Spirit Sings
07. These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty
08. You’re On Your Own Again
09. I Don’t Mind the Word Moist
10. Senordrones
11. I Am the Earth (Intro to an Outro)
12. Outro (You Can’t Always Get What You Want)

As I said, Bryan is out for a while already. It’s a digital only release and you can get it from Boomkat, iTunes and many other places.

Mala in Cuba

If you watched the documentaries on the making of the Mala in Cuba album, you probably can’t wait to pick it up from your store when it drops on September 10th. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait that long to listen to it, as Mala decided to put the entire album up for streaming (listen above!) Quickness is asked if you’re interested in the vinyl box-set, as Gilles Peterson reports it’s almost sold out. I’m not sure if there will be a another vinyl edition, but it doesn’t look like it. Of course there’s no need to worry if you’re going for CD or digital purchase!

(via Twitter)