the kondi band | belle wahallah

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The Kondi Band is blind piano player and singer Sorie Kondi from Sierra Leone with Rio-based producer Chief Boima. Boima saw an original video of Sorie which inspired him to get in touch and start a collaboration. The album „Belle Wahallah“ forges a direct link between Techno born in the black cities of the American Midwest (where Boima grew up) and roots African music. Sorie Kondi may be playing an acoustic folk instrument from Sierra Leone, but he thinks about music as if he were a Techno producer.

The debut album is set release for May 2016 on Strut Records/London.  Listen to „Powehnd Bingade“ on Soundcloud below, and to a live performance on the latest Gilles Peterson Radio Show on BBC Radio 1.

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jameszoo | fool

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Inspired by classic albums by Steve Kuhn, Arthur Verocai, and Robert Wyatt, Van Dinther aka Jameszoo released  his debut album „Fool“ on the Brainfeeder label.

» With „Fool“, Van Dinther has created an album that doesn’t follow any direct rules. An album composed and arranged “on purpose” that still retains a wonderful naive quality. “It bothered me at first to not have the same background as most of the musicians I speak highly of, but I realise now it has its own value, it can be interesting.” «

Alongside Verocai, Dafé, and Kuhn, the album features a stellar cast of classical and jazz musicians including pianist Niels Broos, drummers Julian Sartorius and Richard Spaven, bass guitarists Raphael Vanoli and Stephen Bruner (aka Thundercat), and saxophonist John Dikeman. Release date is 13th May 2016, out on Brainfeeder.

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alexis davis | the other numbers

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Alexis Davis are: DJ/Producers Mecca:83, Simon S, Spinnerty, and MC Replife. It’s been three years since the Alexis Davis project released their debut release „3“ out into the world. Since then the group have continued to work behind the scenes on new material and to explore new directions for their music. „The Other Numbers“ is a collection of singles, unreleased and demo material catalogs the highlights from the 2012-2015 era: a selection of singles, unreleased and demo tracks that document the evolution of the Alexis Davis sound. Consider this the precursor to their forthcoming release „2“.

All tracks written, produced & arranged by Alexis Davis Additional Vocals on „Closer To Ubiquity“ by Cecelia Stalin Live instrumentation on „Take It There“ and „Mecca – Live Dub“ by the Patricia Marx Band.

» Streaming and free download after the jump …

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food for my soul | vol. 51

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After a two years hiatus, i finally uploaded the new episode of bklyn’s ‚Food For My Soul‘ compilation series. #51 is a slow but powerful selection of soul by great artists such as Kool Blues, Black Merda, Lee Bonds, Eunice Collins, Albert Smith, Thomas East, or Eddie Finley. Unmixed 50 minutes of music – enjoy.

Listen below – Find more bklyn ‘Soul Food’ on Mixcloud.
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carlos niño & friends | flutes, echoes, it’s all happening!

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„Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!“ is the fourth in an ongoing series of highly collaborative records by Carlos Niño & Friends, and features Madlib, Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Iasos, Luis Pérez Ixoneztli, Dexter Story, and more.

Los Angeles’ Carlos Niño is the exalted producer, composer, percussionist, DJ, ensemble orchestrator, and mentor who has traversed the multitude of music scenes the city has birthed within the last two decades. Host of the influential Spaceways Radio (1995-2015) on KPFK in Los Angeles, his curation of playlists run in complete parallel to his original compositions and collaborations collected on this album: “Psychedelic Love Music and classic, obscure and experimental recordings from around the world!”. This is Space Collage Hybrid music!

Worldwide release date is set to April 22nd, out on Leaving Records. The vinyl will be available exclusively at Stones Throw, digital pre-oder now on Bandcamp. Listen to the title track „It’s All Happening“ featuring Madlib, Jamire Williams and Dexter Story, strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson after the jump.

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favourite things | 3.16

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The ‚favourite things‘ playlist for april 2016 holds 25 new tracks. The collection includes songs by Terrace Martin feat. Kamasi Washington & Rose Gold, Nicholas Payton feat. Butcher Brown, Taylor McFerrin feat. Robert Glasper and Thundercat, Flying Lotus feat. Thundercat, Yusef Lateef, Moses Boyd Exodus, Sigmund Washington, Satsum, Iamnobodi, Kaytranada feat. Karriem Riggins & River Tiber, Black Milk & Nat Turner, Miles Bonny, River Tiber feat. Pusha T, BJ The Chicago Kid feat. Jay Rock, Chuck Inglish & Blended Babies feat. Aston Mathews, Samiyam feat. Action Bronson, Guilty Simpson, Homeboy Sandman, Jimi Tents, Ta-ku, Dil Withers, Elzhi, Joey Bada$$, Jordan Raf and Tom Misch with Jordan Rakei.

Stream all playlists of  ‘favourite things‘ here.

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black milk & nat turner | the rebellion sessions

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Black Milk returns alongside his band Nat Turner, with Aaron „Ab“ Abernathy on keys, Malik Hunter on bass, and Zebulun „Z“ Horton on drums. „The Rebellion Sessions“ is a live instrumental LP, jazz-funk opus recorded over the span of one week.

On „The Rebel,“ Black adds a verse to an instrumental off The Rebellion Sessions entitled “4 Blacks“, listen after the jump. The album will be released digitally on April 4th. Pre-Order The Rebellion Sessions on iTunes.

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terrace martin | velvet portraits

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„Velvet Portraits“ is a wide ranging record with a common distinct style. With a core band of Terrace Martin on sax, Curly Martin on drums, Brandon Eugene Owens on bass, and Robert ‘Sput’ Searight on Keys, „Velvet Portraits“ also features appearances from Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Thundercat, Rose Gold, Tiffany Gouche, Marlon Williams and more. Recorded in Omaha Nebraska and Los Angeles, Velvet Portraits portrays the evolution of Martin as a player, producer, and a musician with a deep sense of history.

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soul sok séga

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Séga is the traditional music of Mauritius (a small island off the coast of Madagascar) and is known as the “blues” of the Indian Ocean. The music was born during the 17th to 19th centuries by African slaves seeking relief from harsh conditions in sugar cane fields and on colonial land by dancing to improvised music incorporating rhythms from their homelands in West Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar or Madagascar. From these diverse African influences sprang a new, insular dance and music, the séga.

Following excursions into rare tropical and island sounds with the Sofrito series, and the Haiti Direct and Calypsoul 70 albums,Strut Records presents a collection exploring the incredible séga sounds that emerged from Mauritius during the 1970s, Soul Sok Séga, compiled by DJ duo La Basse Tropicale (Natty Hô and Konsöle), based in the neighbouring island of La Reunion.

Available on Bandcamp via Strut Records.

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marla | madawaska valley

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Marla is a German/Spanish singer-songwriter, her upcoming debut album ‘Madawaska Valley’ was recorded in Toronto and will be released April 8th via Melting Pot Music. Even though Marla sang her whole life, she never thought she’d pursue music. As her sister quit the guitar, Marla picked it and covered tunes until she started writing around the age of 15. Besides the fact that she played classical cello since age 6, she grew up with no musical background in her family.

Inspired by traveling the world, Marla is processing her lost love in these songs, softly picked on acoustic guitar. Her mellow dreamy melodies and deep airy voice might remind one of artists like Jessica Pratt and reminiscent Nico. After touring with David Celia in early 2015, she decided to record her debut album in Toronto with him as producer and sideman. She easily won over audiences playing from Toronto, over Montreal up to Halifax and all over Europe.

Out on April 8th via Melting Pot Music, available on Bandcamp.

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