leon bridges | coming home

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Leon Bridges‘ first strides as a retro-soul artist prompted comparisons to R&B legends like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. A singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Bridges performed in and around Fort Worth, Texas and stirred up music industry interest with analog recordings, produced by Justin Block and Austin Jenkins of White Denim. Signed to major-label Columbia, his first singles — including a rich ballad written about his mother — appeared in February 2015 with a sound that evoked mid- to late-’60s soul.

His debut album “Coming Home” will be released on 23rd June and is now available for pre-order at iTunes or Amazon.

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hubert daviz – o alta perspectiva

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May 28th sees the 5th anniversary of Hubert Daviz masterpiece “Proceduri De Rutina” from 2010, which has only been available as a limited LP (500 copies pressed). To celebrate this day Hubert has asked some of his producer friends to revisit the album: Dexter, FloFilz, Tbrck, Max Graef, Wun Two and Hulk Hodn. On May 28th 2015 Melting Pot Music will re-release “Proceduri De Rutina” as a double LP, holding the original tracks plus remixes.

Available on Melting Pot Music, HHV or digital at Bandcamp. Preview tracks after the jump …

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bishop nehru | the nehruvian ep

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NY’s young age Bishop Nehru dropped off his 8-track EP as a prelude to his upcoming album. Later this year he will make his debut on Mass Appeal Records with a new album executive produced by Nas. Download “The Nehruvian EP” for free here – stream after the jump.

“Its crazy to me that i’m a completely different person right now than displayed in these songs but I never want you missing a moment of a way that I feel. Try to understand… Try to connect… & Most of all Enjoy.”

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georgia anne muldrow | a thoughtiverse unmarred

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Georgia Anne Muldrow‘s forthcoming “A Thoughtiverse Unmarred” is produced entirely by Chris Keys. Her very first all-rap album will be released on May 19th via Mello Music Group. Listen some tracks of the album after the jump – watch the official video to “Great Blacks” on YouTube. Pre-order via Bandcamp and iTunes.

“The prophetic soul artist offers a singular voice, yet belongs to a storied lineage. Listening to this record, you can hear the echoes of past oracles: Billie Holiday, Alice Coltrane, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill. But the wisdom and narrative reflect Muldrow’s most personal revelations.”

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dude26 | lindenau

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dude26‘s instrumental album “Lindenau” is number three in the HHV-KEATS contemporary beat-series. Dude 26 is a beatmaker from Leipzig/Germany, his new project holds 14 tracks featuring Rufus Grimes, Chop Ross and  Freekee, mastering by Martin Glos.

“Fresh new label straight outta the Kiezes of Berlin. Each volume is dedicated to the Kiez (hood) and beats of a contemporary beatsmith.”

Listen to the album after the jump – Order on Bandcamp or direct on HHV.

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favourite things | 4.15

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Our monthly soundcloud playlist “Favourite Things 4.15″ contains 23 tracks and 1:14 hours of music by artists such as: BluntOne, nepo, KA-YU, FloFilz, Hubert Daviz, Wun Two, Dexter, Swarvy, Freddie Gibbs x KAYTRANADA, Nomine, Emanative, Four Tet, Roots Manuva, Sonzeira x Werkha, Lapalux feat. Andreya Triana, Frameworks, Annabel (lee), Bahamadia x aCatCalledFRITZ, Jonwayne feat. Anderson Paak, Suff Daddy, Kàhmi Wan, Nugat, Mecca-83 x Tom Misch, Saga x Marco Polo, JR&PH7 x Chuuwee x Blu x Brenk Sinatra, DistantStarr x IAMNOBODI.  » Music Player after the jump.

For more listening-experience, check out our soundcloud page.
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annabel (lee) | by the sea and other solitary places

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Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s renowned poem of untimely death, Annabel (lee) muses on the refrain “in a kingdom by the sea…” as she whispers from beneath the currents, “I shall never leave you”. The duo project, from Annabel (lee) and Richard E, invokes the haunting classicism of Claude Debussy and Erik Satie, intermingled with the quiet folklore of Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell, tipped with the jazz stylings of Miles Davis and Billie Holiday.

Annabel and Richard met despite being divided by the Atlantic Ocean. She, a New York-based vocalist, was searching for a way out of the madness of monotony, singing jazz and cabaret standards by numbers. He, a London-based Yorkshire-man, was a highly respected though discontented dance music arranger/producer who knew it was only a matter of time before he would chance upon the river of uncharted waters. She no longer suppressed her enduring appreciation for English prose and poetry (as a child, she would spend countless days in a dreamlike state, memorising and reciting classics to anyone who would listen, often quietly to herself), and it was that love and ability to best express herself via her own poetic writings, combined with her vocal prowess, that allowed Annabel to creatively break free. His admiration for all things William Blake (in addition to similar artistic forms of Romanticism), combined with production and arrangement skills, paved the way for a distinct and definitive project of endless possibilities.

Available now on vinyl and digital at Ninja Shop.

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jonwayne is retired

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Los Angeles’ hip-hop beatmaker Jonwayne eventually became an MC out of necessity. After making his debut in 2011 with the beat tape Bowser, released by Alpha Pup Records, he released the mixtape I Don’t Care which, seeing as no other MCs were readily available, featured his own rapping. In 2012 he signed with the Stones Throw label and released the instrumental album “Oodles of Doodles”. His first release for the label as an MC came in 2013 when he dropped the aptly titled “Rap Album One”. His new EP entitled “Jonwayne Is Retired” is now out and available on iTunes.

Watch the official Video to “Minerals & Gems” and listen to “Green Light” featuring Anderson Paak after the jump …

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roots manuva | facety 2:11

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Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva is back after two years locked in the studio brewing up new music. The single “Facety” is produced by fellow UK maverick Four Tet.

Facety is patois slang for someone being rude – a barefaced cheek referenced by the insistent, cockney rhyming lyrical snip – ‘boat race’ – that makes up the chorus. Another of electronic music’s most exciting voices, NYC producer Machinedrum, provides the beat for the B-Side, Like a Drum. In his inimitable words, the single is ‘a wee Spring warmer in voodoo coptic dialect shape shifting: the remit the same as ever in awakening one’s inner, modern-day Sun Ra, ODB and Kate Bush on an overdrive of “doing because we can’t help ourselves…’

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