As one third of SA-RA Creative Partners Shafiq Husayn helped change the world, producing, writing and collaborating with a diverse cast of artists, from Common to Kanye, Jill Scott to J Dilla and Erykah Badu, the aspects of music that SA-RA helped reintroduce to Hip Hop and RnB can be heard today throughout the current musical climbate. Citing the influence of the greats like George Clinton, Prince, Herbie Hancock and Jimi Hendrix, Shafiq’s sky high level of quality and musicality is noted and admired all over the world. Featuring Anderson Paak (formerly know as Breezy Lovejoy) ‘It’s Better For You’ is the first song lifted from forthcoming album ‘The L∞P’, a project that includes collaborations with the likes of Hiatus Kayote, Thundercat, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Fatima and many more.
Due for release early 2015. The Single is now available now on Bandcamp.
Toronto based jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD recently announced their new album on Lex Records. ‘Sour Soul’ is a collaborative album with Ghostface Killah, produced by Frank Dukes. You can now stream the first two tracks, ‘Gunshowers’ featuring Elzhi (formerly of Slum Village) and ‘Six Degrees’ featuring Danny Brown.
BBNG also dropped ‘Velvet’ which will not appear on the upcoming album.
Official release-date is February 17th, out on Lex Records.
Khruangbin, a three-piece band from Texas, dropped their second EP. The new EP is entitled ‘The Infamous Bill’ and is released on October 6th via Late Night Tales label. ‘The Infamous Bill’ is a kind of funk-driven all instrumental experiment. Available online on iTunes or direct at Late Night Tales.
“Housed in a remote Texan barn, Khruangbin seem to bury deep within themselves. Sounding like little else around – a colourful fusion of groove-based crate-digging and blistering psych – the band fused their sound from lengthy, exhausting rehearsals.” Clash
Melvin Van Peebles, the filmmaker, musician, author behind the landmark movie ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’ and the trilogy of ‘Brer Soul’ albums he released in the 70s has teamed with the UK ensemble Heliocentrics to create an interplanetary space/love odyssey told in twelve chapters. For the Heliocentrics, “The Last Transmission” represents their third Now-Again album, following Out There in 2007 and “13 Degrees of Reality in 2013“.
»Van Peebles makes for the Heliocentrics’ ideal foil: he did graduate work in astronomy in Holland in the 1950s and maintains an avid interest in cosmology. The Heliocentrics, as their name conveys, draw inspiration from both the philosophic leanings of the likes of Stephen Hawkings and interstellar mysteries, like those surrounding the Malian Dogon tribe’s knowledge of the Sirius B star hundreds of years before it was discovered. Their music is as indebted to Sun Ra’s interstellar jazz as it is inspired by psychedelia’s spiritual expanse. »»
As previously announced – our man from Swanage, Skinshape aka Will Dorey is now about to release his self-titled 12″ vinyl on Melting Records.
»It explores genres such as funk, dub, psychedelia, electronica and more – all tied up over heavy drum and bass rhythms giving it something of a hip/trip-hop feel. The album has been recorded mostly in bedrooms and lounges, except the drums and some of the percussion being recorded in Will’s warehouse studio “The Arch” up in North London. The Skinshape sound is distinctive, rough-edged and vintage sounding. Whilst most of the instruments and vocals are performed by Will, guests do appear as either musicians or singers. Most notable are the haunting vocals of Anina on Stabo (singing in her native tongue Slovenian), and the soulful voice of London producer Aaron Paul on Sunday Morning.«
Releases October 13th on Melting Records, pre-order on Bandcamp.
Ryan Karazija has found inspiration in Reykjavik/Iceland. It’s this inspiration that epitomizes the sound of Low Roar, which Pigeons & Planes describes as ”wonderfully evocative music” and Acid Stag hails as the ”Icelandic version of Grizzly Bear”. After moving to the small Nordic community in 2010, Karazija wrote and recorded Low Roar’s debut, self-titled album. After releasing the album in November 2011, Karazija recruited drummer Logi Guðmundsson and the two toured Germany, Poland, Lithuania and a myriad of other European countries, eventually joining the Iceland Airwaves and ATP festival lineups, as well as supporting indie favorite Soko. Now with Leifur Björnsson on keys, Low Roar release their second album, ’0′, on on Tonequake Records, which features Icelandic darlings Amiina on strings and is co-produced by Andrew Scheps and Mike Lindsay
You can stream the entire album below, available on their website, iTunes or Amazon.
Bonobo’s upcoming live album will be released in deluxe packaging with a CD, a 70 page hardback book of photographs and stories from members of the band, as well as a bonus DVD featuring glimpses of hi-speed photography. There will be standalone CD and 2LP edition too, it’s an exhaustive, beautifully captured record of the show. The audio and video were recorded and filmed at The Roundhouse in London and in the incredible Pula Arena, a genuine Roman Amphitheatre. In addition, some of the tracks on CD are handpicked from breathtaking live radio sessions that happened whilst on tour. Packaged with the DVD will be moments of documentary footage filmed as the tour reached California.
‘The North Borders Tour – Live’ is released on October 6th 2014. Available on CD/DVD with 70-page hardback book, or ltd vinyl and audio download. Order now Bonobo Store, Amazon or iTunes
When Skalpel was releasing their debut album on Ninja Tune in 2004, Poland was just accessing the EU and NME described the music duo as an exotic oddity from a faraway land. After 10 years and with 2 nu-jazz classic albums under their belt („Skalpel“ and „Konfusion“) that put Poland on the electronic genre map. Skalpel, well respected and recognized is back with a new release in yet again an important moment in history when the Polish Prime Minister becomes the new European Council President .
On their previews releases Skalpel „resurrected the dusty and smoky spirit of 60s and 70s Polish Jazz and then re-imagined it for 21st century audiophiles”. The new album ‘Transit’ shows that the producers‘ imagination takes them much further beyond Polish inspirations creating a truly international blend. They do not limit themselves to Europe but also reach for music of American continents and take a journey across Asia. Eastern European melancholy intertwines with Mediterranean warmth.Transit is about transition – from one music genre to another, from sample-based music to programming and electronic production, from black and white to full colour spectrum, from dark to bright, form low-fi to hi-fi. Finally from Ninja Tune to their own imprint PlugAudio.
‘Transit’ is about communication: conquering literally borders between countries but also metaphorically between music styles the world over. It’s about communicating with fans through emotions, feeling and soul.
Out October 10th, order on Bandcamp.
The monthly “favourite things“-soundcloud expedition no. 9.2014 is a three hour playlist. The collection contains 48 selected tracks, productions and songs by artists such as Moods, Esta, S. Fidelity, 14KT, Herr Styler, Chief, Sola Rosa, Blockhead, Scrimshire, Flying Lotus, Bonobo, Daisuke Tanabe, Vanilla, Black Milk, Mammal Hands and many more. Check out the latest selections and the bklyn music (almost) daily updated soundcloud page.
The Black Opera’s new album “The Great Year” drops tomorrow, on September 30th on Mello Music Group. Produced by Tall Black Guy, Waajeed, yU, Arjun Singh, Jansport J, Slot-A and The Black Opera. (Pre-)order now on Bandcamp. Stream the preview tracks/album after the jump.
” The new album’s influences musically are as diverse as they are aesthetically. From tribal rhythms to overdriven synths and from pulsing drums to intimate vocals, The Great Year’s sound is distinctly its own. Taking on a modern day palette, TBO has envisioned a new world, musically. With orchestration from creative minds like Tall Black Guy, Waajeed, yU and Arjun Singh, The Black Opera have assembled a team to help them communicate their message to the world.”