alpman | only you will know


Our friend Alpman released his newest track, „Only You Will Know“ is inspired by ethiopian funk and jazz music. It’s the start of his monthly digital series – hopefully he will release a new song every month. „Only You Will Know“ is now available on Bandcamp.

» Alpman is a solo musical project founded in 2011 by Gunes Alpman after his research on 1960’s psychedelic, funk and surf rock genres. «

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skinshape | oracolo


Will Dorey aka Skinshape is back, with new tracks from his forthcoming album ‚Oracolo‘. Listen to „Old Days“ featuring Ivan Kormanak on the drums and „Mandala“ after the jump. Released on 1st December via label Beatnik Creative. Pre-order from iTunes.

You can still stream his self titled debut-album „Skinshape“ on Bandcamp.

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esmerine | lost voices


Montréal chamber rock ensemble Esmerine return with the new full-length album „Lost Voices“, the most dynamic and incendiary record of the group’s career, following its highly-acclaimed and Juno award-winning 2013 release „Dalmak“. Led by co-founders Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) on various mallet instruments and Rebecca Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Saltland) on cello, Esmerine also includes drummer/percussionist Jamie Thompson (The Unicorns, Islands, Little Scream) and multi-instrumentalist Brian Sanderson.

„The fifth album from the Montreal chamber rock collective is a beguiling mass of dialled-down post-rock, classical figures and exploratory soundscapes… At its most muscular (the driving electric guitars of „19/14“) or its most tender (the delicate „A Trick of the Light“), ‚Lost Voices‘ manages mood and melody with a deft and hypnotic grace. „My Mama Pinned a Rose On Me“ introduces marimba and even here, where texture takes precedence over melody, the whole remains dynamic and taut. ‚Lost Voices‘ takes time, on occasion, to breathe and relax but it steadfastly avoids the indulgence of ‚ambient‘ or wanton noodling. Beyond words, beyond beautiful.“ – The Skinny

Released October 16h, available through Constellation Records.
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knowsum | hyasynthus


The Hi-Hat Club returns with Volume 7 of the Melting Pot Music producer series. The new record „Hyasynthus“, will be delivered by the 22 year old german producer Knowsum. Released November 27th, available at Bandcamp and HHV.

„Fast forward to 2015, an instrumental hip-hop record is not so special anymore. Everybody and their mother is doing beats now – from boom- bap to future beats to whatever. The scene has never been more vibrant and great records are dropping left, right and center.“

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va | label love vol. 7


The seventh installment of Label Love is available. Presented by veteran electronic soul label Tru Thoughts, and carefully curated by the imprint’s US label manager Jasmine De La Paz, „Label Love Vol. 7“ showcases 16 free tracks from nine labels around the world. 

Volume 7 presents music from Erased Tapes, Five Easy Pieces, Finders Keepers, Soundway Records, Strut Records, Tru Thoughts, World Circuit, ZZK Records, and !K7. This rare selection brings cuts from Sun Ra Quartet, Jane Weaver, Quantic Presents The Western Transient, Rival Consoles and Flako, to name a few.

Free download at bandcamp.

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favourite things | 10.15


„favourite things“ for October 2015 contains 1,4 hours of selected songs and productions from soundcloud by artists such as Skinshape, Willie West, The Mighty Mocambos, Moonchild, Josa Peit, Natty Reeves, Toonorth, Illa J, Tom Misch, Flight (Energy), Mndsgn, Melodiesinfonie, an Ewing x Flamingosis, Es-K, Ivan Ave, Bluestaeb, Brenk Sinatra, Aso, Dregs One & Ill Sugi, 14KT & Tall Black Guy, Reginald Omas Mamode IV, SHEPHERD, DO£ BOY, Wu-Lu & Andrew Ashong, Polyester The Saint, Med, Blu & Madlib, Cavanaugh, Roots Manuva, NAO, Glass Animals & Joey Bada$$ and DJ Krush.

Check out the latest selections on our consistently updated soundcloud page.

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reginald omas mamode IV | we are the universe


Reginald Omas Mamode IV beatmaker from London returns with his new EP ‘We Are The Universe’ on the record label Five Easy Pieces. The lead track „In This Case (Get Over Yourself)“ premiered on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Show – you can listen to that track and to „Can You Dig It“ below.

» Reginald Omas Mamode IV is a man of simple pleasures: soul sounds, peoples and stories, brothers, friends and family. It’s a philosophy that rubs off on his music, not just in his lyrics but in his production techniques that is notable by its lack of computers. « – Gilles Peterson

Reginald Omas Mamode IV  – ‘We Are The Universe’ EP is out 20th November on Five Easy Pieces. Pre-order from Bandcamp.

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j dilla | dillatronic


The late, great J Dilla is rightly celebrated as one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, in part because his ear for music was so diverse and expansive. From the smooth, soulful soundbeds he laid down for A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, The Pharcyde, Common, The Roots, and D’Angelo to the hard-edged, synth-heavy tracks he crafted for Busta Rhymes, Jaylib, Oh No, and Phat Kat, Jay Dee’s music continued to grow and evolve throughout his brief time on this planet. 

Now, a fresh batch of those creations will be made available to the world for the first time, in the form of the latest official J Dilla release, „Dillatronic“. Presented by Ma Dukes and compiled by DJs Alien Villainz, „Dillatronic“ contains 41 rare instrumentals that showcase Dilla’s undeniable electronic influences. J Dilla’s music was impacted by the diverse musical history of Detroit – the birthplace of Techno and one of the most important cities in the history of electronic music.

Stream the entire LP after the jump – Pre-Order on
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rodrigo amarante | cavalo


After the indefinite break of „Los Hermanos“, in 2007, Rodrigo Amarante began to devote himself to the Orquestra Imperial, and the group Little Joy, who founded together with Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro. After the release of the first album of the trio in 2008, the band was on tour in Brazil and around the world by 2009. Living in Los Angeles, in a place where he was unknown, Amarante then began to write about this „exile“ and to know again its nature, forming what would become horse (cavalo).

The 2013 released album „Cavalo“ was recorded in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and contains tracks sung in three different languages: Portuguese, English and French, plus some Japanese verses in the title track. Amarante alone recorded most of the album, which features the participation of former bandmates, as Rodrigo Barba, Fabrizio Moretti and Devendra Banhart.

Full album stream is available after the jump. Available on iTunes.

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med, blu & madlib | bad neighbor


MF DOOM, Aloe Blacc, Hodgy Beats, Anderson Paak, Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk join MED and Blu over 100% Madlib beats.

A couple years ago Blu got a few Madlib instrumentals and put together a few demos. The rough collection became the foundation of what would become „Bad Neighbor„. MED, a longtime collaborator of Madlib, put the pieces together, bringing together an impressive group of MCs and vocalists to complete the album.

Listen and see the full tracklist after the jump.
Released on October 30th, pre-order on Rappcats or iTunes.

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