Yussef Kamaal – Black Focus

There’s probably no need to tell anybody about Yussef Kamaal anymore, the hype machine has been running for weeks. I don’t care too much about a hype anymore, there’s been to much of that in my life and oftentimes it ended in nothing but disappointment. Hype has sort of become a standard tool in our already oversaturated tool. The good news is, that Yussef Kamaal’s debut is impeccable. The pair concisting of United Vibrations drummer Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu manages to attract the heads as well as the new generation of jazz listeners, and they do so with the versatility and their ability to groove. Both qualities that have been lacking on other fore-runners of this new jazz revival, say Kamasi Washington’s much hyped album.

Listening to “Strings of Light” and “Yo Chavez” has been enough for me to click on that shiny buy button, but with every listen there’s a new tune that grows on me, that I didn’t seem to pay attention to at all. My favourite album this week and available through Brownswood.

Illum Sphere – Red Glass (Hieroglyphic Being Remix)

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!

Misel Quitno – Seams of the days / Part 1

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!

Sunergy

The 13th installment of Rvng Intl’s FRKWYS series brings together synthesists Suzanne Ciani, who has been recording and releasing since the early 1980s, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, who released her third album on Western Vinyl earlier this year.

Fortuitously (as is the freaky way), Smith and Ciani were discovered to be neighbors in the small coastal community of Bolinas, California. The two had become close friends, bonding over their experience as woman musicians and, more unusually, their shared passion for the Buchla synthesizer. The music of Sunergy embraces this kinship, with Ciani and Smith respectively performing on the Buchla 200 E and the Buchla Music Easel, two modern configurations of the innovative instrument developed in the ‘60s by Don Buchla.

FRKWYS Vol. 13 will be out tomorrow (September 16, 2016) and can be bought directly from the label and all good record stores.

Also, take note of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith In The Studio, a FACT Magazine-produced video from earlier this year.

Mark Pritchard on NTS Live

Following the release of the highly anticipated Mark Pritchard album “Under The Sun”, the man himself stepped up for a two hour radio-show on NTS Live, playing music influencing his sound, the new album and over-all favourites. From Steve Reich to Moondog, Delia Derbyshire to Krzysztof Penderecki, Siouxsie & The Banshees to The Cure, this is a much recommended listen. Finally available on Mixcloud, for those who missed it live!

Sounds of the Season: Spring 2016

Sounds of the Season is the new series highlighting some of my favourite records of the current season – albums only, no single tracks! And while this year progressed rather fast before I really enjoyed a record, the Spotify playlist starts at eight LPs and will be updated throughout this season.

You can press play, but make sure to scroll down for some details about each record!

Clark – The Last Panthers (Warp)

The first record to conquer my heart this year, the soundtrack to British television series The Last Panthers.

Bleep | iTunes | Spotify

Dalhous – The Composite Moods Collection Vol.1: House Number 44 (Blackest Ever Black)
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Max D – Boost (Future Times)

Strong new solo LP from one half of Beautiful Swimmers and Future Times founder Max D aka Maxmillion Dunbar.

Bleep | iTunes | Spotify

Leon Vynehall – Rojus (Designed to Dance) (Running Back)

Not what I hoped to get after the mighty Midnight on Rainbow Road, yet a strong dance record. Designed to dance, he says.

Bleep | iTunes | Spotify

Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald – Borderland: Transport (Tresor)

If you ever liked these two cats, you can’t go wrong with this album. Very consistent quality and an overall nice build up.

Bleep | iTunes | Spotify

Mark Pritchard – Under the Sun (Warp)

Never underestimate this man, such a great record.

Bleep | iTunes | Spotify

Carlos Niño & Friends – Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening! (Leaving Records)

Leaving Records in 2016 – WOW! One of many great releases this year from Carlos Niño with friends Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Kamasi Washington, Madlib, Dexter Story, and Iasos.

Bleep | iTunes | Spotify

Jameszoo – Fool (Brainfeeder)

Ladies and gentlemen, please stand up and give another round of applause to this young man, Jameszoo. Well deserved, man!

Bleep | iTunes | Spotify

The Last Panthers (Copenhagen Sessions)

So far this year, there aren’t actually that many albums in my favourites yet. Among them are true standout records, The Composite Moods Collection by Dalhous and Clark’s soundtrack for The Last Panthers. Taken from the latter, Chris Clark has posted a video on his website, a medley of songs from the album recorded during a live session in Copenhagen.

“The Last Panthers” was released in March 2016 on Warp Records. It’s available in all major formats on the Bleep store, as well as Boomkat, HHV or Clone

Ritornell – If Nine Was Eight

A couple of years ago, Austrian duo Ritornell graced our podcast with wonderful, moody guestmix, which combined all the qualities I appreciate about their own music: depth, warmth and a certain fragility. For those who don’t know, Ritornell consists of Roman Gerold and Richard Eigner, the latter who already collaborated with Nutriot-favourites Dimlite, Flying Lotus, Jameszoo, or Flako. Together, they just completed their third album, “If Nine Was Eight”, due for a release in the last week of April on German label Karaoke Kalk.

While I have a tendency towards instrumental pieces, or at least try to pick one or two favourites to share, I found it difficult in this case. Yes, the instrumentals “Silence of the Sirens” and “A Memory of Athens” are nothing short of beauty, but they only capture one aspect of the album. The vocals by Mira Lu Kovacs or longtime-collaborator Mimu Merz are something else though. So, in the player above you can stream all four tracks that are currently available, possibly increasing in numbers before the release date on April 29th, 2016. Pre-order the full album on Ritornell’s Bandcamp shop.

Carlos Niño & Friends – It’s All Happening!

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.

Jameszoo – Flake

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!

Mark Pritchard – Sad Alron

It’s been a while since Mark Pritchard delivered a series of badman tunes for Warp throughout 2013. Finally, the label revealed its plans to release „Under The Sun”, the first LP under his legal name, to be released on May 13th, 2016.

The album will feature the stellar “?”, previously released on Ho Hum Records in 2009 and a longtime favourite of mine. The first new track that was revealed with the announcement is “Sad Alron”, which you can see in the video above, directed by Jonathan Zawada.

Here’s a look at the full tracklist:01. ?
02. Give It Your Choir (ft. Bibio)
03. Infrared
04. Falling
05. Beautiful People (ft. Thom Yorke)
06. Where Do They Go, The Butterflies
07. Sad Alron
08. You Wash My Soul (ft. Linda Perhacs)
09. Cycles Of 9
10. Hi Red
11. Ems
12. The Blinds Cage (ft. Beans)
13. Dawn Of The North
14. Khufu
15. Rebel Angels
16. Under The Sun

Ask yourself: What could possibly go wrong pre-ordering a copy of that?

Tim Hecker – Castrati Stack

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.

Culross Close – Requiem + Reflections

It’s been wonderful to watch K15‘s career take off ever since our paths first crossed 10 years ago. The support from the likes of Kyle Hall or Alexander Nut’s Eglo Records sure helped him gaining a wider audience, but if you ask me, it was also inevitable for a talent like K15. And as if he hasn’t proven his versatility enough with his past projects, hip-hop to house as K15, broken beat as Wu15 (with Henry Wu), he has just finished a jazz album with his band Culross Close (he talked about it some years ago!)

You can listen to reflection on J Dilla in the player above, a first glimpse at the album that’s to follow later in February. Titled “Home”, it will be out on Japanese label Sound of Speed. Jazz lovers, don’t sleep!