Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Minneapolis Finding Novyon represents the new new coming out of The Twin Cities, with a vibrant, lo-fi flare. Finding Novyon has made a string of mixtapes and now his grind is paying off with a musically diverse #TheFoodNetwork. He also brings in some talented friends in Allan Kingdom, Metasota, Pysmun, The Rotation, DJ Frank Castle and others. It will be available on bandcamp and physical copies very soon. Shout out his crew The Rotation and Made for putting them on my radar.
Finding Novyon -#TheFoodNetwork-stream
Finding Novyon ft.Metasota -"Did It With Soul-mp3
Minneapolis avant-rap duo Kill The Vultures recruit Channy Leaneagh of Polica for a non-album track "The Jackal". Kill The Vultures new record Carnelian, out October 23rd on TGNP.
Kill The Vultures ft. Channy Leaneagh of Polica -"The Jackal"-mp3
Monday, September 28, 2015
Woke a new project of Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces & Thundercat release their first song "The Lavishments of Light Looking" featuring Parliament-Funkadelic's George Clinton for Adult Swim Single series.
Woke (Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces & Thundercat -The Lavishments of Light Looking-mp3
Friday, September 25, 2015
VIlla Rosa the collaborative project of Minneapolis Muja Messiah & Maria Isa return with "Let It Off", produced by EQtheSound & BXCKonBLAXCK. Following the duo's busy past few years with Maria Isa's appearance in indie film Strike One and her most recent release last years Valley of the Dolls, and Muja Messiah's critically praised 2014 release God Kissed It The Devil Missed It and 2015's Angel Blood Soup. The new record LeMuria, will be the follow up to their 2011 debut Blood Diamond Island and Exotic Paraphenalia EP from 2012. Also check out their podcast, Muja Messiah's The Godcast with P Murda, and Maris Isa & Arianna Genis' Latina Theory.
Villa Rosa (Muja Messiah & Maria Isa) -"Let If Off"--mp3
Rhymesayers Atmosphere collaborates with fellow RSE artist deM atlaS. Next week, Atmosphere kick off their Fortunate Europe Tour with special guests deM atlaS and DJ Adatrak.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Danish/ Los Angeles producer/artist Tomas Barfod connects with Copenhagen producer Sekuoia, and duo Kill J on lo-fi, minimal, dreamy vocal post-club track "Glass Slipper". From Barfods' upcoming Glory EP on Friends of Friends available November 13th.
Tomas Barfod ft. Sekuoia And Kill J -"Glass Slipper"-mp3
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Semi Hendrix is a new collabo with WEst Coast veteran Rass Kass & producer Jack Splash (Plantlife) make their debut with "Breakfast At Banksy's" on the inventive Mellow Man Music Group. Their full length Breakfast At Banksy’s includes guest spots from Cee-Lo and Raheem DeVaughn, Alice Russell and others.
Semi Hendrix (Ras Kass & Jack Splash) -"Breakfast At Banksy's"-mp3
Sunday, September 20, 2015
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Monday, September 14, 2015
Adult Swim’s 2015 Singles series continues with brand new DOOMSTARKS from Doom & Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah. As their heavily expected collaborative project gets close to finishing we get a peek with "Lively Hood. This should please fans of both, the track is available as a limited edition physical 7" via GasDrawls.
DOOMSTARKS (DOOM & Ghostface Killah) -"Lively Hood"-mp3
Friday, September 11, 2015
NYC's DJ Premier formerly of Gagngstarr debuts his band The Badder on new track "BPATTER". Premier recently told Rolling Stone "The band is just another extension of what I will continue to do, which is to make hardcore raw beats."
PRhyme ft. Jay Electronica -"To Me, To You (produced by DJ Premier)"
Two of Minneapolis leaders of the new school Sophia Eris (GRRRLPRTY) & Psymun (The Stand4rd) collaborate on "Fight/Love" with production from Psymun. They have a nice chemistry looking forward to hearing more from them.
Sophia Eris & Psymun -"Fight/Love"-mp3
Minneapolis young Southside spitta Nazeem shares a new video for "Fuck Up" from his upcoming Niggas Don't Cry.
Muja Messiah ft. Nazeem -"The Rapture"-mp3
Atmosphere ft. Haphduzn, Nazeem, Mike The Martyr, Mally, Prof, I.B.E., Musab, and Sep Seven"Southsiders Remix-mp3
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Kamasi Washington – The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Los Angeles jazz scene veteran saxophonist, bandleader Kamasi Washington has put in a lot of work in various genres, particularly jazz, soul/funk & hip-hop. He won the John Coltrane Music Competition in 1999, which was a great achievement, but his time is now - after almost twenty years in the game as an artist, studio musician, live player, and band leader. Washington has emerged and like the company he keeps in Flying Lotus, Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner and Kendrick Lamar, he is a visionary. Washington's grand statement The Epic on Flying Lotus' indie Brainfeeder is his fourth record and first since 2008's Light Of The World, his third self-released record. The Epic is a three-hour journey through the history of jazz with a post-John Coltrane aesthetic. Washington's influence seems steep in revolutionary jazz. While Coltrane's influence is clear, there's also heavy doses of Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Sun-Ra and Art Blakey. Jazz is at once meditative, soaring, wandering and welcoming. His debut The Epic is indeed a moment, or rather a movement at its beginning. The Epic is a three-record set of astonishing work; a varied journey celebrating some of the art-form’s most compelling and innovative artists.
Washington's ten-piece band including bassist Thundercat and Miles Mosley, keyboardists Cameron Graves and Brandon Coleman, trumpeter Igmar Thomas, trombonist Ryan Porter, vocalist Patrice Quinn, Dwight Trible, and double drummers Ronald Bruner, Tony Austin & percussionist Leon Mobley all provide the collaborative effort that is essential to its existence. Record one opens with “Change of the Guard”, a swirling symphony. On “Akim” he delivers the spiritual. The gospel sorrow of “Isabelle” feels like a meditative ballad as does “Final Thought”. Smoothing things out with “The Next Step” , before closing with the soulful “The Rhythm Changes” with the spirited vocals of Quinn. The second record takes on a more revolutionary tone with “Miss Understanding” where Washington soars. There's the emotional “Re Run”, the mournful “Seven Prayers”, “Henrietta Our Hero” anchored by Washington's powerful yet understated refrain and singer Quinn's search for a savior “can I tell you a story”. The 12-minute “The Magnificent 7” serves as orchestral overture. The final record reprieves the Miles Davis inspired “Re Run Home” into a mammoth soul-funk freestyle. The Ray Noble standard “Cherokee” is bookend by the drama of Coleman's steering organ. He translates Debussy's “Clair de Lune” into a gorgeous ballad. “Malcolm's Theme” includes a sample of a Malcolm X speech, with uplifting, celebratory vocals before blowing into a fierce, adventurous, wandering saxophone whirlwind as Washington pays respect to the charismatic American original. Closing with soulful strut of “The Message”. “The Message” melds from groovy jam session into full-on funky scorcher.
Washington recently told The Boston Globe “It feels like we’ve been doing something for a long time that we believed in, but no one really knew about,” he says. “This part’s been hidden for generations - my dad, his friends, they were all brilliant. It feels like we’ve been living for a long time in the dark, and the sun just came out.” Washington's manifesto the 172 minute The Epic is a triumph in love, revolution, spirituality and celebration of black American art. Through jazz Washington has introduced a new way of thinking of an old art form. Washington's masterpiece delivers a blueprint in originality for young players and redefines the modern avant-guard. by Jon Jon Scott
Kamasi Washington -"Miss Understanding"-mp3
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
New York based, Honduran-American singer-songwriter, Lorely Rodriguez aka Empress Of does a indie/ left-field R&B run with "Kitty Kat", from her upcoming Me record on September 11th 2015 via XL Recordings/Terrible. Fader has a feature in their Grimes/Kehlani issue Alone In Mexico, Empress Of Finds Herself.
Empress Of -Kitty Kat"-mp3
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Sound Verite reviews Beach House - Depression Cherry
Since their breakout moment with 2010’s Teen Dream, Beach House has solidified its position as everyone’s favorite dreamy band. They managed to follow-up this modern classic with 2012’s equally beautiful Bloom. Now, Baltimore’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally return with their fifth album, Cherry Depression. Beach House is definitely consistent, they work in very measured terms, with understated guitars flushed in synths. I heard the record for the first time while in Cape Town, South Africa as I was sitting on an beautiful beach overlooking the Atlantic; location means everything and Beach House does sound good on the beach. As I was staring into the wonderful sunset with a bottle of wine, it sounded calming, adding to a feeling of escape from the world and all its complications.
Depression Cherry keeps everything slow and sprawling like all of their records. The opening track “Levitation” sounds exactly like every Beach House song that you love. The rush of guitars on “Strut” throws a minor curve ball. On “Space Song” Legrand pleads that she is right there with you, even from a distance “It was late at night you held on tonight….somewhere in these eyes, I’m on your side”. “Beauty Love” opens lovely, with pretty strumming guitars full of gorgeous melodies yet disjointed. “10:37” is cool, if incomplete and “PPP” works just like the “Levitation”, its feels like you’ve heard it and enjoy it still; it’s also rather long and wandering. The weeping “Wildflower” is hypnotic and brooding before closing out with cascading elegance of “Bluebird” and the lush “Days Of Candy”. There feels like something is missing, a knock-out punch, and epic moment perhaps, almost vague or maybe this is just fine. There’s no new ground broken here, which is just fine. They seem to coast along on the expectations that whatever they do will be grand. Beach House works as a comforter, you seem to think they actually understand your broken moments, the time when no one hears your cries.
Originally posted at Reviler Review: Beach House — Depression Cherry (Four Takes).
Beach House -Depression Cherry -stream
Los Angeles based former American Apparel model and back-up dancer for Kanye West Kacy Hill makes her G.O.O.D. Music debut with the lush, cinematic down-tempo of "Foreign Fields", not too far off from the many James Blake comparisons.
Kacy Hill -"Experience"-mp3
Thursday, September 3, 2015
NITE-FUNK a collaborative effort by Nite Jewel and Dam-Funk. The first track "Can U Read Me?" is the electro-funk jam you'd expect from these two. Dam-Funk's new record Invite the Light, get assist from Ariel Pink, Q-Tip,Snoop Dogg and others is out Sept. 4th on Stones Throw. There a nice feature in Pitchfork, "5-10-15-20-Dam-Funk" by Ian Cohen.
NITE-FUNK -"Can U Read Me?"-mp3
Minneapolis DJ Adora TOKYO the vibrant fashionista and DJ about town has laid down her marker and as a contender and new voice with her debut Lies Taste Good EP. Drawing from various forms of DJ culture to make her own soulful, electronica lane produced and written by DJ Adora TOKYO.
DJ Adora TOKYO -Lies Taste Good EP-download/stream
Trouble Knows Me a side project of Madlib with Sam Herring of Future Islands living out his b-boy stance. Available on limited edition vinyl, the artwork is by Gustavo Eandi & Jeff Jank, printed by Hit & Run. There are 15-20 variations on the covers, each printed by hand.
Trouble Knows Me - “Streetsweeper (Madlib Remix)”-mp3
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Minneapolis trio of Mike the Martyr, Muja Messiah & Finding Novyon go in over Mike The Martyr's stellar production.
Mike the Martyr x Muja Messiah x Finding Novyon -"In The Stars [Prod By Martyr]"-mp3