Just don’t you worry, there are no wobbling basslines or trap music involved in the following. The photo for Teebs‘ latest show on dublab depicts the Chino Hills-based artist holding The Free Design’s folk album Heaven/Earth and that’s far closer to what you can expect in his 52-minutes show. A couple of funk and soul records, some hip hop beats. Just the perfect soundtrack for the beginning of Spring!
And since we’re talking about Teebs already, let me make sure you took a listen to his new Brainfeeder-released album Estara by now!
I wasn’t too convinced after hearing the first track from Mtendere Mandowa’s new album on Brainfeeder, but this new one featuring Jonti I like much better. Looking forward to hear what Teebs has come up with on the entire record. Titled “Estara”, the album is available for pre-order and will be in stores worldwide on April 7, 2014.
We don’t think that any fans of Prefuse73 or Teebs will truly need a reminder of the forthcoming Sons of the Morning EP, but if you do, we will gladly provide that service. Titled Speak Soon Volume One, the 7-track record is only about a week from release on the Prefuse73-founded Yellow Year label. Following an earlier teaser, the label shared this 11-minute video with further snippets from the EP. Again, that will be out next week or October 1st, 2013. And while we’re at it, we would like to remind you of the duo’s Boiler Room appearance from last year!
September 27, 2013 You can stream the entire EP over at Noisey
More than a month ahead of its release, Ninja Tune shares the Teebs from the forthcoming new Raffertie single. Rain is taken Sleep Of Reason, Raffertie’s debut album on the label released earlier this month, it will be out in stores on October 6, 2013. Pre-order from the NinjaShop and iTunes.
Almost unnoticed by myself, the third and final Road Kill compilation was released a couple of days ago. All of them came out in the last 6 months, all of them are worth checking out and a must-have for fans of the Los Angeles scene (though there are non-LA artists on it as well!) It might seem a bit predictable that I have picked the Teebs track, but you know how much I love his music.
I could live inside any of Teebs‘ tracks, what more comfy place could there be? Above you can hear his collaboration with Yuk, one of the tracks from dublab’s Light from Los Angeles compilation. All songs and videos of that project are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be downloaded and remixed under the same conditions.
I’m not quite sure when the project will be completed, but you can download the Teebs & Yuk track for the time being!
During last year’s listmania, it was Teebs‘ debut album Ardour that made it into our top album selection. A year later, the young Californian producer shares an alternate version of Autumn Antique which you can hear below.
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.
We’re already halfway through the first month of 2011, so you probably don’t want to hear about my favourites of 2010 – and I usually don’t either. Still there are two reasons for this post. First, the previous year had an amazing output of great new music. And secondly, I took it kinda slow last year, writing not many reviews or other special features. So let me take one last look at 2010.
Before we start, I want to point out I don’t list these in any particular order, but I created these categories.
I. The Unquestionables
Four Tet – There Is Love In You (Domino)
The year started with the release of Four Tet‘s fifth solo album There Is Love In You, in my opinion his best to date. That is probably because it both works on headphones and the dancefloor. Accompanied by remixes from Joy Orbison, Floating Points, Mosca, Caribou and Jon Hopkins, it should have been hard to miss the album. The overall quality made it clear instantly: this would remain a top spot by the end of the year.
Actress – Splazsh (Honest Jon’s)
Alright, if I had to pick just one favourite I’d have to go for the second album by Werk Disc founder Darren J. Cunninham, better known as Actress. Released in May, Splaszh leaves me with all kinds of weird feelings. It’s sinister and depressing at times, and it puts me in a state of hunger or sleeplessness. I can’t really figure it out , but I keep listening to it over and over again.
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma (Warp)
There is a whole generation now inspired by the music of Flying Lotus and 2010 saw quite some good attempts to stay in his vicinity. But with Cosmogramma Steve Ellison not only raised the bar, he changed the entire game. He could’ve continued just making beat instrumentals or work with any MC he likes. Instead he chose to make his music broader and richer on all sides. It’s maybe not as easy to get into, but once you’re there you know it was worth it.
II. The Unexpected
Gonjasufi – A Sufi and A Killer (Warp)
One might argue that sampling a bunch of old records and having a guy sing over them can hardly make a good record these days, I give you that point! Still, Gonjasufi’s debut on Warp has been on rotation for months. It kinda came out of nowhere and it’s the first Gaslamp Killer production that really got me. A great choice of samples and fitting vocals are the simplest ingredients imaginable, but they work terribly well.
Lone – Emerald Fantasy Tracks (Magic Wire)
Already the fourth album by Matt Cutler, but the first to be released on his own Magic Wire label. It’s a rather mellow dance album with strong links to late 80s/early 90s house music. However, the overall sound benefits from modern production techniques, so you won’t end up with a set of bleeding ears. Instead you will use the repeat function.
Teebs – Ardour (Brainfeeder)
The debut album by Los Angeles based Teebs had a perfect timing, for me anyway. At the time I was making my own experiences with the wonders of Northern winter. The bells, harps and other wonderful twinkles on the album seemed to be the perfect soundtrack while walking through snowed in European cities. Probably my favourite Brainfeeder release to date.
III. The Underrated
Ital Tek – Midnight Colour (Planet Mu)
There were probably a handful of albums that hit into a similar vein as Ital Tek‘s second album Midnight Colour. Ultimately, it was its melodic nature that made the difference to other strong records in the field – say Scuba’s Triangulation or F’s Energy Distortion. The album was also accompanied by a fine set of remixes by Ikonika and FaltyDL.
Sotu the Traveller – Left (self-released)
Probably the most overlooked record of the year, partly due to the bad timing (summer holidays) and for being self-released. To me it was a great relieve to hear the record, as I was suffering from an overdose of dark gritty beat albums. Along came Sotu the Traveller to deliver a super smooth record, stroking your ears at every minute. You can buy Left for a fair price at Sotu’s Bandcamp, where you’ll also find remixes by Daisuke Tanabe, Dynooo and Portformat.
Of course now that I got started, I could go on an mention the albums by Ikonika, Caribou or Shackleton’s Fabric 55. But then I’m quite happy with my selection and I already told you I take it kinda slow these days.
It took me only one listen to be convinced that Teebs‘ forthcoming album will be the best release on Brainfeeder this year. With a quality label like this, you might think that’s a bold statement to make, and usually I’d agree.
But then look at Teebs: Flying Lotus neighbour and Samiyam flatmate – how can that have no influence? More than just a talented musician, Teebs is also a painter (he did the cover art himself) and skateboarder.
So here comes his debut, only two years after completing his RBMA term and after having dealt with the terrible loss of his father. And it comes as bold as my entry statement. However, you’ll still have to wait for a about a month to get your hands on a copy.01. You’ve Changed
02. Bound Ball
03. Double Fifths
04. While You Doooo
07. Wind Loop
08. Lakeshore Ave.
09. Arthur’s Birds
11. Bern Rhythm
12. Felt Tip
13. King Bathtub
14. My Whole Life
15. Long Distance feat. Gaby Hernandez
16. Why Like This
17. Humming Birds
18. Autumn Antique
Just shortly before the album drops, Brainfeeder will release the single Why Like This, to which you can listen below.
The track is also available for free download and alongside Arthur’s Birds the only evidence of the album’s greatness.
Distributed by Alpha Pups, the single will be out on October 4th, followed by the album on the 18th.