Thursday, January 30, 2014
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Neneh Cherry returns with Four Tet. From upcoming new record Blank Project, produced entirely by Four Tet, on Feb. 24th on Rough Trade (U.K.) and Smalltown Supersound (USA).
Neneh Cherry -"Everything"-mp3
Neneh Cherry -"Everything (Villalobos & Loderbauer: Vilod High Blood Pressure Remix)"-mp3
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Darkside, the collaboration of experimental electronic artist Nicolas Jarr and Dave Harrington. Darkside will be playing First Ave. Darkside's debut Psychic was on many year end charts. To Win tickets simply send the name of Nicolas Jarr's debut to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat. Jan. 18th
Darkside -"Paper Trails"-mp3
Kwabs is the latest U.K. export with a soulful, slight left turn. The upcoming Wrong Or Wrong EP, includes "Spirit Fade", "Last Stand" and a Ben Pearce remix of "Wrong or Right", available
Kwabs -"Wrong Or Right (produced by SOHN)"-mp3
Kwabs -"Last Stand"-mp3
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Minneapolis Astrud Gilberto fanatics Buffalo Moon release a sexy new track with equally sexy video. Buffalo Moon celebrate their new record Machista this weekend. City Pages has a feature Buffalo Moon find the plot.
Tickle Torture DJ set
Sat. Jan. 11th
Buffalo Moon find the plot
Monday, January 6, 2014
Minneapolis music wins as K. Raydio & Pysmun release their debut video from their stunning longplayer LucidDreamingSkylines. Directed by Sway Heavy. City Pages has review & pictures of record release show. Photo by Eric Hess.
K Raydio & Pysmun ft. Greg Grease -"Lobby Music"-mp3
Friday, January 3, 2014
Minneapolis soul stylist Sarah White releases a sultry new track with longtime partner Rico Simon Mendez. It's the first new music from her since returning from a few years in Brooklyn. Be sure to check out White's new band Shiro Dame.
Sarah White -"Create Found"-mp3
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Atoms For Peace -AMOK
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has been flirting with making the music that sounds like what he listens to. The problem with that is his audience mainly want Radiohead songs with guitars and sad lyrics. It’s 2013 and several years past Radiohead’s last relevant record in 2007 with In Rainbows, which followed Yorke’s solo debut with Eraser. Eraser was Yorke’s electronic playground, his fun personal record, and with this record it’s Eraser growing up. Much more accessible and enjoyable. Yorke is a well known fan of electronic wonder boys in relative new school producers Burial, Flying Lotus & Four Tet. And it’s here where Yorke draws his inspiration. Atoms for Peace was originally cobbled together as Yorke’s live band, featuring producer Nigel Goodrich, Fla, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco. Word in advance says after a late night of Fela Kuti and the very best marijuana–boom– a band is born, sort of. It’s still Yorkes show but he gets nice contributions from Radiohead mates in Goodrich and their percussionist Refosco along with Flea and Waronker. Dubbing the live effort Atoms For Peace and quickly recording a record with band. Well almost recording as band, well at least Yorke’s band. Yorke’s has spent the past few years making music that seems to represent a free spirit and sense of exploration.
Opening with the lightweight glitch of ”Before Your Very Eyes” Yorke tweaks intro guitar lines before quickly giving away to an electronic flurry of stops and starts hinting at older drum n’ bass. The first single sets the pace of the direction with “Default” loaded with galloping rhythms and electronic patches throughout. The strongest statement maybe be the simplest of lyrics as Yorke reflects “The will is strong/But the flesh is weak”. Yorke hasn’t sounded so clear and delicate as his falsetto on the sensuous ”Ingenue” as he softly beckons over the coolest runaway music “And you know it/Fools rushing in/Yeah /Well you know it./Who let them in/Yeah/Well you know it/Gone with a touch of your hand/Gone with a touch of your hand”. One of the more ambitious tracks ”Dropped”, is anchored by awkward rhythms as Refosco seems at home with Afro-Beat as Yorke brings the band to a spell, as he cries himself into a trance with hollow chants of “I don’t want to stop”. Than the song awakens and springs fourth that magic moment. Despite some great breaks and stutter grooves “Unless” feels like the score from a chase scene.
Guitars appear quietly as “Stuck Together Pieces” begins to ramble along with the exception of Yorke not bothering to actually finish writing the song, instead he gives the wicked toss-off lines “We don’t get away/ You don’t get away/We don’t get away so easily”. With perhaps his band in mind “Judge, Jury And Executioner” feels like its off a later day Radiohead record as Yorke’s voice soars ”Don’t worry, baby/ It goes right through me/ I’m like the wind and my anger will disperse…I went for my usual walk/Tell it like is/ Tell it like it was /Judge and jury, executioner”. Among the highlights “Reverse Running” is built on muted piano lines, an easy thump and a sexy baselines as Yorke delicately pleads “Pressed up to the glass/ All the things that you shouldn’t ask/But you see through me/ It doesn’t mean anything/ a meaningless plaything/ Reverse running. Closing with the serene beauty of post disco sexuality on “Amok”, a meditative flex successfully synthesizing his passions.
Yorke and company have a made a contender –Kid A it’s not– yet it’s still worthy without being weighty or taken too seriously which is a refreshing and satisfying as the rhythms and textures capture an overall sound design that is immaculate even with it’s faults, it expands and ignites whats great about Radiohead in the first place. Taking a risk. via Reviler
Kanye West – Yeezus
Mr. West returns with his sixth album, the follow-up to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. His new mantra is going full blast on cultural flashpoints, racial animosity, flagrant sexual content, out as usual to be the Michael Jordan of this music shit. For now, gone are the soul samples – West is going minimal electro with orchestral breaks, bending hip-hop’s broken parts or as he would say Black New Wave.
Yeezus opens with “On Sight”, where Daft Punk’s production brings some lightweight electro circus action, and Ye don’t give a fuck: “Black dick all in your spouse again, how much do I not give a fuck. Let me show you right now”. A more interesting collaboration with Daft Punk is “Black Skinhead”, based on a defiant military drum roll as West scowls “Stop all that coon shit, early morning cartoon shit, this is that goon shit. I keep it 300, like the Romans, 300 bitches, where’s the Trojans?, Baby we living in the moment”. On the most masterful moment of Yeezus West declares, “I Am A God” and goes hard: “Soon as they like you make ‘em unlike you, cause kissing people ass is so unlike you, the only rapper compared to Michael, so here’s a few hating-ass niggas who’ll fight you”. He calls out racism and black’s fascination with consumerism (the same consumerism he exists in/of) in “New Slaves”. “You see it broke nigga racism, that’s that ‘Don’t touch anything in the store’. And this rich nigga racism , that’s that ‘Come in, please buy more’.” What you want a Bentley? Fur coat? A Diamond chain?? All you blacks want all the same things…New Slaves” And, as record labels treat their uneducated black artist like idiots, West states: Y”all throwing contracts at me , You know niggas can’t read, throw him some Maybach keys, fuck it, cest la vie”, before he finishes with a distorted Frank Ocean melody. There’s “Hold My Liquor” with Justin Vernon and Chief Keef for a look back at love lost against winding synths. “Bitch I’m back….pussy had me floating, feel like Deepak Chopra”. The reggae induced “I’m In It” glides over a sinister RZA production. “Blood On The Leaves” and “Guilt Trip” take a nice trip back to the 808 ‘s and Heartbreak with a few flourishes of Auto-tune. “Blood On The Leaves” also features a Nina Simone sample from her anti-lynching protest classic “Strange Fruit”. “Send It Up” sounds like some 1980′ lost rap instrumental. Finishing the record with perhaps the most conventional track “Bound 2” where West is on his “Prom shit”. With The Gap Bands’ Charlie Wilson crooning on deck ”One good girl is worth a thousand bitches”. And there’s the sentiment.
While there’s nothing here approaching the genius of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, still it swerves as a nice left turn, even for West. Its ending is rather anti-climatic. It feels like an long EP and like that one knockout punch is missing for the complete victory. It’s full of all things Kanye, it’s vibrant, thought-provoking, contradictory, defensive, celebratory ignorance, stunning, confusing, vulgar, menacing, exploratory, chaotic, political – all capturing Yeezus as an art project, and isn’t it art we want. Or claim to want. There’s excellent moments here on “Black Skinhead”, “I Am A God”, “New Slaves”, “Blood On The Leaves” and “Bound 2”, which all deliver various aspects of West ‘s cultural zeitgeist. The Yeezus appears to have multiple producers on every track making for a uneven journey. West wants the gold, and always gets there ususally on ambition alone, that’s cool however, but we want bangers from Yeezy. The bangers are here, just hard to find and often buried – and it’s a fantastic, if difficult addition to his evolving catalog. via Reviler.
James Blake – Overgrown
James Blake Wins Mercury Prize | News | Pitchfork
Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
Album review: Pusha T, 'My Name Is My Name' - latimes.com
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Arcade Fire, Reflektor, review - Telegraph
The Weeknd – Kiss Land
Review: The Weeknd - Kiss Land « PMA - Pretty Much Amazing
Interview: M.I.A. | The FADER
Poliça: Shulamith | Music Review | Slant Magazine
First Listen: Darkside, 'Psychic' : NPR
My Bloody Valentine- MBV
My Bloody Valentine: mbv | Album Reviews | Pitchfork
Album Review: Rhye – Woman | Consequence of Sound
Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound
As if the Smithsonian opened it's vaults to Minneapolis black music during the 1970's and discovered an unmarked era before Prince. Modern, or post mid- 1970's, Minneapolis music history boils down to Replacements, Husker Du, Prince, Time and all things connected to them. Purple Snow shines an excellent light and documents a rich musical history that seemed all but forgotten, at the very least undocumented. Many of the artist played in and around the Twin Cities capturing the energy and environment that produced Prince, Jimmy Jam Harris & Terry Lewis, Andre Cymone, Alexander O'Neal and many others who were musically related. Purple Snow collects the music that predated Prince's explosion. He even shows up on the opening track by 94 East playing guitar on "If You See Me", on the Lewis Connections'"Got To Be Something Here" he's on guitar and background vocals and on Music, Love & Funk's "Stone Lover" he adds guitar. Traveling through R&B's post funk pre synth period with shades of Parliament, Isley Brothers, Gap Band, Cameo and other acts of the era. In 1978, the same year Prince released his debut album For You, Twins owner Calvin Griffith was caught stating that the reason he picked Minnesota as the destination city for the Washington Senators' 1961 relocation was because “we found out you only had 15,000 blacks here.” This was the climate at the time.
Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound - Pitchfork
NME: Prince looms large over this 32-track history of an overlooked scene
Free Angela -various
A beautiful collection from the folks at Secret Stash Records who reissued this lost soul nugget.
Reviler Preview: Free Angela Reissue on Secret Stash Records
William Onyeabor – Who Is William Onyeabor
First Listen: William Onyeabor, 'Who Is William Onyeabor?' : NPR
Afrobeat Airwaves vol.2 -Return Flight to Ghana 1974-83-various
Afrobeat Airwaves Volume 2 // Return Flight to Ghana 1974-83
Kenya Special -various
Soundway Records present Kenya Special
Mind & Matter -1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement)
Minneapolis has long been seen as that little midwest town that garage rock and funk. What's not known is the black music scene that existed before Prince. There was tons of interesting musicians who lived here and moved here that was making music no one apparently heard outside of their circles. Imagine The Isley Brothers, Earth , Wind & Fire, Parliament, The Gap Band all rolled together. Light years ahead of various soul that led into the modern music, with an early look into what nurtured future Neo-Soul artist and their predecessors.
Led by a 16 year old keyboardist Jimmy “Jam” Harris. Laying down the blueprint for Questlove. Harris would go on to work with future partner Terry Lewis who would later become Grammy winning producers Flyte Time productions. Jam & Lewis would leave the The Time and start working with many of pop & R&B artist among them Cherrelle, Janet Jackson, George Micheal, Human League, Usher, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, New Edition & Rod Stewart.
Music & Matter captures the early inspirations. The first nugget is the smooth summertime “The Wonder Of It All”, another knockout is “I Don't Know Why (I Love You Like I Do)”. “Disco Child” goes in a more heavier funk range and “When You're Touching Me” brings that positive roller skating feel. They clean things up on “Virgin Lady” reaching for the The Stylistics style romance. Closing the record with the reflective “Now That I Don't Have You”. Minneapolis music is richer as jewels from it's recent past get discovered. Thanks to The Numero Music Group, who also released the dynamic Purple Snow compilation featuring a plethora of early Minneapolis funk, soul, and R&B sounds in a glorious package.
Mind & Matter: 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement) (Numero Group)
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Minneapolis based artist had an exceptional year, with interesting diverse records.
Greg Grease -Black King Cole EP
Greg Grease: I like to change people's minds. City Pages Hip Hip Artist of The Year 2013, The beats on Greg Grease's late-2012 release Cornbread, Pearl & G are a decidedly fresh mix of smoky turntablist throwbacks, jazzy loops, and psychedelic textures, but they're just the trimmings for his meaty rhymes. A master of cadence, mood, speed, and content, the Minneapolis rapper could have released all of the tracks a capella and they'd still glisten. "For what it's worth, I might record this verse and trash it/So if you hear this track then you know it's magic," he says on "Do It to the Death." Both his recorded work and performances echo this level of scrupulous quality control. Narratives on inner-city violence, domestic struggle, and the assertion of one's greatness have been a staple of rap lyrics for decades, but in Grease's ever-rolling flow they're reborn.
Greg Grease performs in The Current studios
Okayplayer Audio Premiere: Greg Grease “Black King Cole”
Greg Grease Gets No Realer on “Black King Cole” | URB
Picked to Click 2013 #2 Greg Grease
The Current 89.3 Album Review: Poliça, 'Shulamith'
Poliça: Shulamith | Album Reviews | Pitchfork
Polica delve into personal turmoil via City Pages.
Metasota -Black Friday
Black Friday: The 10 best Twin Cities rap albums of 2013 via City Pages
Metasota – Wu Forever | MADE
Marijuana Deathsquads -Oh My Sexy Lord
Marijuana Deathsquads come into the light | Star Tribune
Marijuana Deathsquads, "Vibrant Beast" | The FADER
City Pages Picked 2 Click #10 Vandam.
P.O.S. - POS/WDELH/MDS/RMX
Reviler POS/Marijuana Deathsquads: WDELH/MDS/RMX Review
Review: P.O.S- WDELH/MDS/RMX | Death Of The Blogger
Mally -Strange Rhythm
MaLLy - "Strange Rhythm" Review - Minneapolis Music | Examiner
MaLLy - Strange Rhythm [EP] Okayplayer
Picked to Click #1 Lizzo
Album Review: Lizzo - Lizzobangers | The Line Of Best Fit
Reviler Lizzo: Lizzobangers Review
Crimes -Thin Sunlight
Crimes Behind the Clouds
Up Rock -Let That Bass Shake
[ALBUM] Up Rock – Let That Bass Shake
Empire Status (Muja Messiah & Bobby Raps) -Empire Status
Empire Status: "We rap about the 1920s and modern-day Benghazi too"
Greenroom Magazine || Feature: Empire Status
K. Raydio & Psymun – LucidDreamingSkylines
Greenroom Magazine Premiere: Psymun & K.Raydio “Lobby Music” ft. Greg Grease
Okayplayer Audio Premiere: K.Raydio x Psymun – LucidDreamingSkylines
Inside K. Raydio's collaboration with Psymun