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Sunday, July 31, 2016

On my radar: Róisín Murphy’s cultural highlights

The musician on the glories of Soviet and Dutch architecture, Mark Rylance’s orgasmic acting and the thrilling subversion of Fat White Family

Born in County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1973, Róisín Murphy relocated to Manchester with her family at the age of 12; three years later, her parents moved back but she remained in the UK. From 1994 to 2003, she was one half of trip-hop duo Moloko with her then partner, Mark Brydon, releasing their debut album Do You Like My Tight Sweater? in 1995. In 2005, she released her debut solo album Ruby Blue, followed by Overpowered in 2007 and Hairless Toys, which earned a Mercury prize nomination, in 2015. Murphy’s new album Take Her Up to Monto is out now and she headlines at the Globe theatre on August 15 as part of a series of concerts curated by Lauren Laverne.

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Nao: All We Know review – retro soul debut with funk to spare

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An assured first offering from the east Londoner combines fast sonic cuts and painterly production with defiantly old-school touches

R&B and its close cousin, soul, have been plunged in the deep freeze for some time. Glacial minimalism has held sway for half a decade, not just in the deeper pockets of the nocturnal economy – where it has been percolating for at least that amount of time again – but the mainstream too. By mainstream we’re talking latterly popular former outliers such as Frank Ocean and the Weeknd (particularly before I Can’t Feel My Face, which rebranded him as accessible pop). Ice maiden Rihanna has led the female charge; FKA twigs refashioned the more recherché end of the genre over here. Copyists are too numerous to list.

The song Girlfriend steals, very respectfully, from Prince; on it, Nao sounds like an angel deep in a vat of syrup

Related: Nao review – back to the funky future

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by Kitty Empire via Electronic music | The Guardian

DM Stith: Pigeonheart review – brilliantly compelling

(Octaves/Outset Recordings)

DM Stith’s second album arrives seven years after his excellent debut, and though there have been stints in Sufjan Stevens’s live band and collaborations with others, it’s easy to imagine this record swallowing up much of that time. A dizzying range of sounds and ideas are compressed within its 12 tracks, and its lyrics suggest a painstaking process of self-exploration. If that sounds heavy-going, in a way it is: Rooster is full of clatter and distortion; War Machine has the strained intensity of solo Thom Yorke. But Stith creates musical friction in a way that’s brilliantly compelling, and there are passages of calm here too. Summer Madness, in particular, shimmers with impressionistic beauty.

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by Ally Carnwath via Electronic music | The Guardian

Friday, July 29, 2016

PrototypeLA Brings Dixon, KiNK & more to the Arts District 10/9

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When I first saw this lineup drop on Facebook, I was pretty shocked.  LA’s Lot 613 and associated shows are known for bringing the heat, but never have they done it on this level.  Three of the underground electronic music kings in Dixon, KiNK and Danny Daze headline one of the best bills to grace LA in some time.  Along with that onslaught are relative newcomers Weval, whose self-titled album is hands down one of the best of 2016.  Resident trio Droog and Jeniluv round it out.  I have no more words in me;

Grab your tickets here.  

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Jax Jones – House Work (Live) ft. Mike Dunn & MNEK [Video]

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I’ve heard this track played out live a few times, and it’s an absolute hammer.  Jax Jones and MNEK really hit the nail on the head with this one.  Big fat bass line, tough vocal samples, prickly overlying percussion — really no weak part of this track.  For the official video, they decided to release a quasi-live performance version.  It’s pretty cool to see the environment in which this track was allegedly conceived.  Check it out!

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Amine Edge & Dance “Get Dat” Ahead of HARD Summer

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With a year that has included performances from Coachella to Cream in Ibiza, showcases for their CUFF label, and a grip of fresh releases, the French duo, Amine Edge & Dance, have been thriving, and they’re primed to continue on their ascent for the second half of 2016. They recently announced a North American tour, including appearances at HARD Summer this weekend, New York’s Flash Factory, Canada’s Shambhala Music Festival, and more in the coming weeks (full list dates after the jump).

Additionally, Amine Edge & Dance have also unveiled plans for their forthcoming album, Past Before Future, that is a collection of 10 unreleased singles and remixes of some of their favorite artists, including Drake and Kreayshawn (full tracklist after the jump). They’ve started rolling out the album, and today, they dropped the second song, “Get Dat.” Enjoy their newest offering below, along with a handful of other Amine Edge & Dance jams for your listening pleasure.

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Tour Dates:
7/29 @ 301 / El Paso
7/30 @ Bungalo / Dallas
7/31 @ HARD Summer
8/2 @ Euphoria / Portland
8/4 @ Tier / Orlando
8/5 @ Flash Factory / NYC
8/6 @ Shambhala

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Jerry Folk – Stanley (Feat. Tommelie WoodzSTHLM)

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Jerry Folk has been showing us a different side of his production chops with his past few releases, this one being my favorite of the bunch.  “Stanley” has really endearing chord progressions coupled with airy & elegant vocal stabs — making for a really nice tune.  It’s future bass without being so in your face about it, if that makes sense.  Sometimes soulful sometimes deep, this one changes as it breathes.  Take a listen for yourself and grab a free download to play on your iPod .

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Dom Servini at Bar 90 (Hackney Wick) on 13.08

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Wah Wah 45s Record Stall at The South Bank Centre on 13.08

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Wah Wah 45s at Pop Brixton on 12.08

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Dom Servini at Bussey Building (Peckham) on 06.08

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Dom Servini at Big Chill bar (London) on 06.08

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Too Many Zooz + Dom Servini DJ Support at Islington Assembly Hall (London) on 3.08

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Dele Sosimi at Beautiful Days Festival (Devon) on 21.08

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Dele Sosimi at Battersea Arts Centre on 18.08

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Dele Sosimi at Helden In Het Park (Belgium) on 04.08

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GDD PREMIERE: GERRY GONZA – LET ME DIP

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With about two weeks left till the unveiling of a much anticipated compilation release from LA/Paris based house label, Homerun House, up to bat is Gerry Gonza and Ania Iwinska with “Let Me Dip.” This original mix encompasses popular 909 snare rolls with a sweet driving bass that is sure to steer the evening into a night we’ll make poor decisions to. It’s the second track out on the brand new label that is home to some of house’s heavy hitters including Loud Luxury and Slowbødy who we spoke of last June. Start counting down the days and cop this FREE DOWNLOAD below!

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Dele Sosimi at The Forge (Camden) on 30.07

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Dele Sosimi at Tuckshop Summer Carnival 2016 in (London) on 29.07

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Stones Throw News: The Koreatown Oddity - FUCK DINOSAURS


The Koreatown Oddity - FUCK DINOSAURS

The Koreatown Oddity is a Los Angeles MC/Producer specializing in Raw Hip Hop Shit. He has an album coming out on Stones Throw in 2016. Here's the video for the first single, "Fuck Dinosaurs," directed by Alfredo Lopez with music produced by Vex Ruffin.

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No Stoppin' Dat Rockin' by Patchworks


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Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart is one of the top producers of today’s groove music scene. After playing as a bassist and guitarist for various bands, he started producing in the mid-nineties and has kept on mixing today’s technologies with the raw spirits of House, Electronic, Disco, Funk, Soul, Reggae & Jazz music’s golden years since then.

Following the trail of success left by his various projects as Patchworks, and under many aliases, he’s proved his musical ubiquity and unexpectedly stroke in various genres. Today, he’s back under the EDR Records’ umbrella, following up to his various EP for the label, and meanwhile pursuing a comeback to his early love for House music.

Many House music diggers would indeed remember that before Favorite Recordings was launched in 2006, Patchworks and Pascal Rioux produced many deep-house tracks on the Rotax Disques imprint. Besides since the late 90s, Patchworks has also collaborated with labels such as Q-Tape, or Still Music, delivering many clubbing hits such as “Million Toes”, “Sugar”, or “Minautor”.

On this 5 tracks EP, he delivers 4 killer tunes again, inspired by the Michael Jackson’s classic hit, “Rock With You”.



THE JAZZ CHILL CORNER The Jazz Community Mourns the Loss of Reade Street Records Musician and BMI Jazz Pioneer: Tenor and Baritone Saxophonist Charles Davis


THE JAZZ CHILL CORNER The Jazz Community Mourns the Loss of Reade Street Records Musician and BMI Jazz Pioneer: Tenor and Baritone Saxophonist Charles Davis

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Posted: 26 Jul 2016 08:05 AM PDT
Legendary Jazz musician tenor and baritone saxophonist Charles Davis has died on July 15, 2016. He was 83. Davis was a jazz musician, composer, performer and educator.

Born in Goodman, Mississippi, Charles Davis was raised in Chicago and graduated from DuSable High School before studying at the Chicago School of Music. Davis also studied privately with John Hauser. He played with Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Sun Ra, Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington, Philly Joe Jones, Shirley Scott, Illinois Jacquet, Elvin Jones and Ahmad Jamal to name a few. He also performed and recorded with Kenny Dorham, with whom he associated musically for many years.

He recorded and toured the world accompanying the Clifford Jordan Big Band, Barry Harris Jazz Ensemble, Aaron Bell and the Duke Ellington Tribute Orchestra, Roni Ben-Hur and the El Mollenium Band, the Charles Davis All Stars, Apollo Hall of Fame Band and was the musical librarian for Spike Lee's Mo Better Blues. In 1964 he won Downbeat's International Jazz Critics Poll for the baritone saxophone and in 1984 he was named a BMI Jazz Pioneer.

Davis was a saxophone instructor of private students from The New School; a teacher at the Lucy Moses School and for over 25 years was an instructor at Jazzmobile and also trained students internationally. He leaves behind his legacy in his recordings and his family: daughters Linda Harris and Talya Wilkinson, sons Louis Davis and Lewis Holmes, grandchildren Chantell Harris, Danielle Walker, Fyielle Howard, Rachelle Jennings and Shakeem Jennings, seven great-grandchildren, a host of relatives, friends, fellow musicians and students.

He has released multiple albums and is featured on over 100 recordings. Recent releases include "For the Love of Lori," a tribute to his late wife Lori Samet Davis with Steve Davis on trombone, Rick Germanson on piano, David Williams on bass, Joe Magnarelli on trumpet and Neil Smith on drums released in 2014 on Reade Street Records; "Blue Gardenia," with Cedar Walton on piano, Peter Washington on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums, released on Reade Street Records; "Land of Dreams," with Tardo Hammer, Lee Hudson and Jimmy Wormworth, released in 2007 on Smalls Records; and "Our Man in Copenhagen," released in October 2008, on Fresh Sound Records, with Sam Yahel, Ben Street and Kresten Osgood on which they play the music of Bent Jaedig.

A memorial will be held at Saint Peter's Church in New York City on September 24, 2016. 

For further information on Charles Davis please visit 

For information on the memorial please contact Chantell Harris. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to support the mission of Jazzmobile: to Present, Preserve, Promote and Propagate JAZZ. https://www.nycharities.org/give/donate.aspx?cc=2674

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URB Magazine: Johnny Popcorn – GO GO GO!


URB Magazine: Johnny Popcorn – GO GO GO!

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Posted: 26 Jul 2016 11:39 AM PDT
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Johnny Popcorn is a band led by Hezekiah, Jani Coral, Lloyd Alexander, Freshie and Clayton Crothers. Their upcoming album Totem Pole will be released on September 30th via Mad Dragon Records (pre-order).

The album seamlessly blends soul, blues, rock and hip hop and their first single for "GO GO GO!" is a great representation of their overall sound that they display on the upcoming album. It's a perfect song to start your week to and stay tuned for more news and music from Totem Pole.

Bonafide Magazine @ MSN: Listen: WeTalkMusic – Julia Holter & Braids


Bonafide Magazine @ MSN: Listen: WeTalkMusic – Julia Holter & Braids

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Posted: 26 Jul 2016 02:45 AM PDT
Listen: WeTalkMusic – Julia Holter & Braids

After the hugely successful first episode of WeTalkMusic featuring Bonobo and Hundred Waters, amounting over 100,000 plays and counting on Mixcloud, host and co-founder of Boiler Room, Thris Tian, returns for the second podcast of the series recorded at Arcosanti Festival, Arizona. Delving this time into the songs and sounds that have shaped acts Julia Holter and Braids.
Have a listen to the 50-minute musical education below.


Best New Tracks - Pitchfork: Moor Mother’s “Georgia+Mass” Turns the Electronic Collage Into Protest Art


Best New Tracks - Pitchfork: Moor Mother’s “Georgia+Mass” Turns the Electronic Collage Into Protest Art

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Posted: 25 Jul 2016 02:45 PM PDT



The genius of Camae Ayewa—musician, activist, organizer, curator, poet—has been percolating underground for the better part of a decade. As Moor Mother, the Philly-based artist has released some 100 recordings online since she began the project in 2012, masterfully reimagining the electronic noise collage as protest song. Ayewa makes beats, bashes punk chords, and raps, fusing these elements seamlessly with samples that have ranged from the late Maya Angelou reading her poem “A Brave and Startling Truth” to Fugazi’s “Waiting Room” bassline. Ayewa’s searing themes tie it together; her lyrics focus on systemic racism. “Malcolm X was my childhood hero,” Ayewa has said, and she has described the sound of Moor Mother as “blk girl blues,” “coffee shop riot gurl songs,” “project housing bop,” “anthropology of conscience,” “slaveship punk,” “death poems.”
The first Moor Mother LP, Fetish Bones, arrives in September, but the rhythms of “Georgia+Mass” are a fitting introduction. Ayewa says the eight-minute piece is about “investigating alternative methods of healing.” It rolls on like a deep meditation in gorgeous free jazz sax and cosmic textures, with a grounding om occasionally zipping in to rumble below the surface. Its joyful noise features samples from the gospel ensemble Georgia Mass Choir’s “Come in the Room” as well as of legends Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, plus 10 of her own tracks and a spoken clip about erasure. Ayewa’s music intends the opposite: “It has a lot to do with awakening memories,” she has said. You can hear history inside of it, building momentum, rolling into the future.

Stones Throw News: Mndsgn – “Ya Own Way”


Stones Throw News: Mndsgn – “Ya Own Way”

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Mndsgn – “Ya Own Way”
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  • July 26, 2016
New stuff from Mndsgn right here – “Ya own way.” Expect a new album later this year, unless we totally screw up. Until then, put this track on repeat and maybe catch one of these shows of his in Europe next week:

Wed, 3rd Aug: Oslo. Breakfast with Ringgo, a Boiler Room thing some place, some where, with Ivan Ave & Mutual intentions
Thr, 4th Aug: Oslo @ BLÅ with Mutual Intentions
Fri, 5th Aug: London @ Jazz Cafe with Nanna B & Sofie
Sat, 6th Aug: Paris @ La Ferme du Bonheur