Austin Peralta Trio at Warsoul Sessions

Watch an interview with the late Austin Peralta only days before his tragic passing. This was recorded at Warsaw’s Warsoul Sessions, where Austin and his trio played on November 3rd, 2012. In the interview, he talks about Chopin and other musical influences, travelling Europe, Brainfeeder, the meaning of music. And of course there are snippets from the live show throughout the video. Rest in peace!

Austin Peralta live at Futura

To commemorate the late Austin Peralta, Alpha Pups’ Daddy Kev has uploaded a recording of the full concert from the Endless Planets release party. The concert took place on February 11, 2011 and features Austin Peralta on keys, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on viola, Sam Gendel on the saxophone, Ryan McGillicuddy on bass, Zach Harmon on drums, and Earnest Blount on electronics. Witness 72 minutes of fantastic live jazz with an introduction by Flying Lotus.

Austin Peralta, 1990-2012

Austin Peralta, 1990-2012

When I first read about Austin Peralta‘s passing today, I was confused. Why would a young man leave us so soon? I don’t usually write about the dead, but in this case I was touched too deeply. Austin Peralta was exciting for many reasons. A young gifted musician born in California with a passion for jazz, that alone stands out in days like these. His father is a legend of his own, surfer and pioneering skateboarder Stacy Peralta, original Z-Boy, founder of the iconic Powell-Peralta brand, and director of Dogtown and Z-Boys, Riding Giants and the forthcoming Bones Brigade documentary. In his short lifetime, Austin released three albums, the last one came out on the forward-thinking Brainfeeder label. Despite label-head Flying Lotus’ own jazz background, it was a bit of an unlikely choice, an oddity, but it also widened the perception of Brainfeeder as a label releasing more than beats made in LA. More importantly, it put the name Austin Peralta on the map for a lot of people, including myself. The release of Endless Planets certainly played a part leading to collaborations with The Cinematic Orchestra, Thundercat, Teebs or Amon Tobin. I had the pleasure to see Austin perform live at the Worldwide Awards in London, probably my best concert all year. The joy of playing the keys was written over his face, it’s one of those attributes of a musician that touches me as much as hearing the music. It was a special moment, so much talent in one place and it made me wonder about the things to come. He left way too soon, but he will not be forgotten. May he rest in peace.

Brainfeeder put together a selection of his works and live perfomances on their website, there’s a recording from the Maida Vale session on Heidi Vogel’s SoundCloud, and of course I invite you to revisit this live jam with Taylor McFerrin or the rehearsals from the Endless Planets release party.

November 23, 2012 Found an old interview in L.A. Record

January 15, 2013 The L.A. Weekly has an extended article on Austin worth reading. Also, in case you missed it, watch his last interview at Warsoul Sessions

Weekend Mixtapes

Well, I think you really should listen to the mixtape made by K15, but then there were some others worth checking out as well.

I’ve been following the Modeselektor guys on Soundcloud for some time and I’m used to getting nothing but 1 minute snippets. But this week, they uploaded this 35 minute long mixtape by Anstam, who has been releasing several EPs on their 50 Weapons label.

Los Angeles’ Tom Wilson releases music under the names of Take and Sweatson Klank. He’s currently on tour in Europe and for Playground Magazine he did an interview and a guestmix.

Brainfeeder signed Austin Peralta, son of legendary skateboarder and filmmaker Stacy Peralta, released a wonderful Sun Ra tribute on All City Records. Dazed Digital spoke to the young pianist and he made them an Intergalactic Mix.

Another interview/guestmix combo comes by the way of Inverted Audio, who spoke to 7even Recordings founder Greg G. He plays some new material from the label, get his mix over here.

And lastly, check out the mix by Montreal producer Jacques Greene for Oki-Ni.

Update Forgot to include the Kutmah guestmix for Tom Ravenscroft

Taylor McFerrin & Austin Peralta Live Jam

Taylor McFerrin and Austin Peralta have a couple of things in common. Both are sons of legends of their own (Bobby McFerrin and Stacy Peralta), both built up a reputation of their own among music connaisseurs, and both are signed to one of the most forward thinking labels of our time: Los Angeles’ Brainfeeder.

At Taylor’s recent show at LA’s Little Temple, he asked Austin to join him for a live improvisation, all captured on tape by Theo Jemison (also check this.)

If you haven’t yet, make sure to listen to Austin Peralta’s album Endless Planets and Taylor McFerrin’s new EP Place In My Heart, both available now!

Endless Planets Release Party

Hanging out in Los Angeles and not sure what to do tonight? Well, it’s kind of last minute, but we just felt like we should recommend you the Austin Peralta album release party.

You might have heard his new album Endless Planets, which only came out this week on Brainfeeder. In any case check out the videos below.

The full band includes Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (viola), Sam Gendel (alto sax), Ryan McGillicuddy (bass), Zach Harmon (drums & tabla), Earnest Blount aka Ian Simon (laptop) and Austin Peralta himself on the piano.

Check out the events page on Facebook for details!

November 24, 2012 As of today, the entire concert is available for free download!

Austin Peralta – Endless Planets

Austin Peralta - Endless Planets

Cover Artwork

Flying Lotus keeps on broadening the profile of his Brainfeeder label with the latest release from Austin Peralta. Son of original Z-Boy and director Stacy Peralta (yes, also founder of Powell-Peralta!), Austin picked up playing piano at the age of 5 and already collaborated with artists such as Erykah Badu, The Cinematic Orchestra or Shafiq Husayn.01. Introduction: The Lotus Flower
02. Capricornus
03. The Underwater Mountain Odyssey
04. Ode To Love
05. Interlude
06. Algiers
07. Epilogue: Renaissance Bubbles

Born into a family of jazz musicians himself, Flying Lotus “got to hear this amazing record” and decided to release it on his label. Or as he puts it: “this is a step in direction of where I want Brainfeeder to go. True musicianship as well as some interesting electronics.”

Endless Planets is already available from all good stores, though only on CD or digital download. Get your copy directly from European distributor Ninja Tune, where you can also listen to snippets from the album.

Flying Lotus in for Benji B

As I’ve been away for a couple of days, let me start this week by posting some essentials from the last couple of weeks. Like this recent Brainfeeder takeover of Benji B’s radioshow. There were some excellent substitutes before, Domu comes to mind of course. With appearances from Teebs, MatthewDavid, Samiyam, TOKiMONSTA or label head Flying Lotus himself, it should be needless to say that this show is something really special.

Matthew David
Oscar McClure Contingent — Uh_idk
Matthew David — Know you’re not alone
Matthew David — Noche y día / San Raphael
Matthew David feat. Dogbite — International
Matthew David — All you’ll never know

Teebs
Teebs ft. Gaby Hernandez — Long Distance
Teebs — While You Doooo (Extended Version)
Teebs — Double Fifths
Teebs — Arthurs Birds
Bullion- Are You The One
Teebs — Humming Birds

Flying Lotus
Flying Lotus — Wax
Bilal — Levels
Pudge — Yung Infamous
Thundercat — Jamboree

Austin Peralta and Band (Live)
Austin Peralta and Band — Really
Austin Peralta and Band — Superfresh

TOKiMONSTA
TOKiMONSTA — Fall Dreams
TOKiMONSTA — Stigmatizing Sex
TOKiMONSTA — Tuesday (Edit Version)
TOKiMONSTA — Sa Mo Jung
TOKiMONSTA — Simple Reminder
kidkanevil — Lantern 1 (Daisuke Tanabe Remix)

Samiyam
The Residents — Hello Skinny
AZ — More Money, More Murder, More Homicide
Samiam — Pretend Roti
Master P — ½ On a Bag
Samiam — My Buddy
Roc Marciano — Raw Deal
Samiam — Where Am I?
Mobb Deep — Right Back At You
Raymond Scott — Unknown
Samiam — Dart Gun

Flying Lotus and Austin Peralta and Band (Live)
Flying Lotus — Mcrr
Flying Lotus — Dance of the Psuedo Nymphs
Flying Lotus — Clay – Warp Records

The show has disappeared from the iPlayer in the meantime, so you might want to listen to the stream above or download a copy to keep.

Weekly Bits 3/2011

The weekly bits are a great way to sum up a week of my Twitter posts. They are also a great excuse for being lazy and not writing articles for a week.

Brainfeeder has posted some give-aways titled Lunch Special II and Lunch Special III this week, fans of Jeremiah Jae watch out! They’re also giving a first preview to the forthcoming album by Austin Peralta, which really sounds like something.

The Leaf label has put together a 7-disc Caribou bundle, featuring previous albums, exclusive tracks and two DVDs. You can order it here.

As mentioned before, the new Pixelord EP will go on sale tomorrow. Read the interview in Knowledge Magazine and enter their competition to win copies.

LA’s Stones Throw is sharing a previously unreleased Jaylib track, well it was released not long ago on Madlib’s Medine Show #11.

Celebrating their 4th anniversary, Fine Art Records are giving away the Fabrice Lig album for free.

Not many mixtapes this week. You probably heard Morgan Zarate‘s guestmix for URB already. You also should have heard the Mark Pritchard podcast for Ho Hum before, if not you can now find it on Mixcloud.

But the best mix I’ve heard in a while is Jamie xx guestmix for Benji B. In case you missed it the first time around, you can still download it.

Thanks to 8bitch for posting Liz Copeland‘s in-depth interview with Drexciya‘s James Stinson. Originally recorded in 2002, just week’s before James passed away. The only ever Drexciya interview!

And finally, here’s a nice series of photos taken by Billy Monk at Capetown night clubs between 1967 and 1969.