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.
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.
Whenever summer approaches, I reach for my dub records more often for an appropriate soundtrack to the pressing heat. And since it’s not far from there to dub techno, here’s a my favourite mixtape of the month. Berlin-based production duo youANDme, who put together a two hour mixtape full of deep and dubby sounds for the Inverted Audio podcast.
More uptempo sounds can be heard on the latest XLR8R Podcast, selected and mixed by Apron Records-founder Funkineven. Since I missed it before, let me also throw in their previous podcast by Call Super.
I don’t know why I was so surprised, but I’ve really become fond of the new Prins Thomas album (listen on Spotify). Give it a try, if you haven’t! The Norwegian DJ and producer dropped by the Beats in Space to play records for more than an hour.
Listen to a recording of Andrés, who played for more than four hour last May in Cologne’s Roxy club.
Some long awaited releases have been on sale since last week. José James‘ second LP Blackmagic was delayed a couple of times already, but now it’s finally available on CD.
LA’s Stones Throw label has two new releases out now, one of them being the 5-LP box set of Dâm-Funk’s album Toeachizown. The second new offering is quite a surprise to me, it’s the instrumentals of Mayer Hawthorne‘s A Strange Arrangement.
Paul Pre, the man behind the latest podcast, is about to launch his club night Vast and now offers his own podcast series. You can listen to the first three on Mixcloud.
Meatskull have posted this very exclusive mixtape from Massive Attack’s 3D. Back in 2002, this was a give-away to the first 200 attendees of a Nocturne club in Bristol.
More than six hours of music are featured on this recording of a Move D party in Switzerland. Fans of deep house and minimal techno need to grab this 529 megabyte monster!
Chances are high you will find me tuned in on Lukid’s Ustream channel on Monday evening. Lukid, Bullion and Luke Vibert are now featured on a new 12-inch on Ghostly. Limited release, be quick!
Dazed Digital have posted some of Carlos Nino’s favorites. That’s favourite bands, labels, websites and books.
The RBMA in London will kick off real soon and together with Resident Advisor, they curate this special event. Carl Craig, Moritz von Oswald, Matmos, Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwartz – what are you waiting for?
And speaking of books, the author of my favourite novel The Catcher in the Rye, Jerome David Salinger has passed away this week. Rest In Peace!
Just when I finished last week’s post, Sonic Router posted an interview with Tokimonsta, accompanied by a nice mixtape. As you might know, she is currently touring through Europe, check out her MySpace for dates.
Speaking of dates, I want to make sure my London based readers don’t miss this Thursday’s concert of Build an Ark at Cargo. The lovely Beyondjazz crew dedicated their latest radio show to the Ark’s very own Carlos Niño, so don’t sleep on this.
More fresh beats out of Los Angeles come from Take aka Sweatson Klank (via YSK) and the Low End Theory podcast makes a return with Daddy Kev and Diabase on the decks.
Kirk Degiorgio, the man behind countless monikers including As One, The Beauty Room and Offworld, has put together a minimal set for Little White Earbuds. It contains many of Kirk’s more recent productions like ART-8 and Isomer Shift.
To give José James upcoming album some more spin, Gilles Peterson has put together a brand new podcast. You probably haven’t heard the latest 12-inch yet.
Hyperdub’s LV has mixed a selection of dubstep, hip-hop and even jazz for French magazine TSUGi.
As last, I give you two unusual mixes. First is the 100th FACT podcast put together by Norwegian disco-krautrocker Lindstrøm. Bodytonic invited Sven Weisemann to do a “classical-meats-electronic” mix for their podcast.
Karen P’s Broadcasting and the Red Bull Music Academy are hosting a night at London’s Cargo, that could easily turn out to be the event of the year.
On November 19, the legendary IG Culture will bring his highly acclaimed (and possibly much overlooked) Zen Badizm album to the stage. He will be joined by another West London legend, the keyboard genius Kaidi Tatham of 2000black, Neon Phusion and Bugz in the Attic fame. Also on stage will be long-time companion Akwasi Mensah and Eglo affiliated singer and past RBMA participant Fatima.
If you haven’t pissed your pants yet, let me tell you that Carlos Niño will fly in from Los Angeles to take over the stage with Build an Ark just after that. They will be presenting their new album Love Part 1 and of course songs from the previous ones.
Tickets are now available, for further infos please visit Cargo’s website. For those that can’t make it, RBMA is supposed to record the evening or parts from it – fingers crossed.
There is no way I could summarize the work of Carlos Niño in just one paragraph. The Los Angeles based producer, arranger, composer and musician is involved in Build an Ark, Ninja Tune’s AmmonContact, The Life Force,What’s The Science? or Hu Vibrational. His latest EP on Stones Throw payed tribute to J Dilla by interpreting his music with a full orchestra and was later performed live. Some call him a driving force of the L.A. music scene. With his wide repertoire he is surely one of the most gifted producers.
His latest work is titled High With A Little Help From and is put out under the name Carlos Niño & Friends. What started as a record session with fellow Build An Ark members, turned into a wonderful journey through analogue ambience and field recordings. Among the friends on the record are longtime collaborators Gaby Hernandez, Dwight Trible and Dexter Story.
The album offers a set of reoccuring themes, atmospheric waves like the sound of the sea or that of children playing, stretching throughout the album like on a cinematic soundtrack. You will listen to this all over again, the album is not about its individual tracks, it’s the product of all of them. However, there are differences, ranging between an electronic, almost dubby track like Aquarius to an Elliot Smith reminiscent Rabbit Island, between the chants of Dwight Trible to peaceful harps and soft pianos.
Let’s start with the good news: A strictly limited 12-inch with remixes made by Dimlite will be released in the last week of February on the Zurich based Ish label.
The vinyl exclusive EP features a remix of Hot Heavy Heat by Carlos Niño (Build an Ark, AmmonContact etc.), an “ecstatic arpeggio-synth-theme that receives its much deserved space on a shiny disc of plastic.” On the flipside it’s once again the Flying Lotus, whose track Auntie’s Lock/Infinitum from the Los Angeles album gets the Dimlite treatment. You can listen to both tracks on the label’s website.
The bad news concern the album Prismic Valuta Rising. On his MySpace page, Dimlite writes that it will not be available anytime soon. It’s my assumption, he hasn’t found an appropriate label yet. Let’s hope things get sorted out for him! There is still another album with Prefuse 73 in the making (confirmation), which could now preceed his solo work.