The consistent quality of leftfield hip-hop, soul, and jazz label Stones Throw Records is unparalleled. “Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)” (Official Teaser) Out 2013. More info… Continue reading
Full-blast future-doo-wop neo-soul from Finland. Heikki Soini and Tiia Marjanen team up with rapper Ekow from Helsinki hip-hoppers the Megaphone State for a rare English-language excursion on “Love Affair.” The duo also… Continue reading
South African emcees and kwaito specialists Ruffest (pictured below) meet South London Hyperdub beatsmiths LV. This one has some serious bounce.
Relaxed rhymes from Homeboy Sandman that are so spacious you could sail a zeppelin in between bars and not even touch the sides. Flute loops and piano keys courtesy of the producer Jonwayne.… Continue reading
Boston bassist, composer, and producer Gizmo lifts souls with soul. More songs from Gizmo‘s latest album Red Balloon here.
Waves of Elliott Smith and Sigur Ros summit and swell on this song by Swedish melodic post-rockers Immanu El. “On Wide Shoulders” is graceful and driving, like the steady, patient course of a… Continue reading
Daytime disco duo Poolside uncover the neon nocturnal wildlife of urban Los Angeles. Download the ravey strut of “Only Everything” for free from the good folks at Scion AV here.
Brace yourselves for the incoming and imminent 90s house music revival. Expect loads more Crystal Waters house keys and Soul II Soul swing in your musical future.
Bristol, England goes boogie! Sure Thing is a live boogie funk outfit fronted by the legendary drum ‘n’ bass DJ and producer DJ Die (who also spins disco under the name Laminate Radio),… Continue reading
Edinburgh, Scotland’s electronic jazz collective Hidden Orchestra returns with “Vorka.” The title references Slavo Vorkapic, a well-regarded Serbian filmmaker who produced short montage pieces in the 1930s for Hitchcock and other film directors.… Continue reading
Wrongtom meets Deemas J meets East London meets hazy dubs meets surprisingly engaging 80s homemade reggae vibes. Love how from 3min 13sec onward Deemas J just decides to go and explore a… Continue reading
City Calm Down (great name) are a four-piece live electronic outfit from Melbourne, Australia, who have quite possibly titled their band after fellow Melburnians (real word, I checked) Architecture in Helsinki‘s song of… Continue reading
Sofa soul. Future funk. Naytronix is the solo project of Nate Brenner, bassist for tUnE-YaRdS and Beep. Fans of Jonti and Sonnymoon will no doubt dig. “Baby Don’t Walk Away” is second… Continue reading
Martin de Thurah‘s video for this voluminous, expertly written song is as imaginative and whimsical as that parping horn melody. “Who” appears on David Byrne and St Vincent‘s upcoming full-length, Love This… Continue reading
Songs about space always have a certain inherent beauty. “Spaceship” is taken from the forthcoming solo album New Broken Things by King Midas Sound vocalist Roger Robinson. Download the song for free… Continue reading
JJ DOOM is the collab between leftfield hip-hop’s rapper-producer Jneiro Jarel & London-born, metal-masked MC DOOM. Viewing notes: 1. Saying “Ello guv’nor!” in an overly angular Cockney accent is oddly satisfying. Dropping… Continue reading
London, Ontario, Canada’s Alex Fleming is Black Atlass. Bleak yet monumental, as castles often are.
There were two great songs released this summer that primarily concern themselves with telephones and calling someone, maybe. This is the one you can admit to liking. Funkineven & Fatima – “Phone… Continue reading
This video for Antwon‘s 2012 summer jam “Living Every Dream” manages to look and sound like a pitch-perfect recreation of everything 1993. I’m off to scour YouTube for taped VHS uploads of… Continue reading
Joining the dots. To get familiar with East London MC and former Roll Deep member Trim, listen to his track “Confidence Boost” as excellently reworked by James Blake under his Harmonimix alias. Here… Continue reading
August music in every sense of the word. This sublime soul-jazz cover of Junior Murvin’s reggae standard “Police and Thieves” will feature on Zara McFarlane‘s second album out… Continue reading
I never thought I would say the sound of a metal spatula banging on rusty basement pipes would be the future of music, but here we are. I also never thought Elmo… Continue reading
This beat. “When you appreciate someone else’s art, it makes your art better.”
The Foreign Exchange’s Phonte teams up with Median to take the hip-hop gospel door to door and make music video history by being the first to rap to camera while wearing bicycle helmets.… Continue reading
Katy B might have popularized the pop-dubstep template, but this goes one better by sounding far more subtle, underground, and woozy. Om Unit plays Stop Biting at Lo-Fi in Seattle on August… Continue reading
90s! Love everything about this. The Mad Men-like attention to historical detail is commendable, right down to the first few seconds of VHS fizz and the appearance of early 90s British youth television… Continue reading
Late-night boom-clap. More from Swiss beat-chef Chief here.
This anonymous duo from New York call their music “Tumblr glitch pop.” This description is spot-on. SO MANY IMAGES SO FAST.
Dubstep-influenced bass and drum patterns are sneaking into every genre of music in 2012. Leeds, UK band Alt-J‘s video for “Tessellate” is a gangstered reversion of Italian Renaissance painter Raphael’s “The School of… Continue reading
Brooklyn ambient rock group Family Band describe their music as “heavy mellow.” While Johnny Ollsin, Kim Krans, and Scott Hirsch’s particular brand of dark and solemn, starless sky indie is indeed heavy, mellow, and… Continue reading
I wasn’t sure at first but the filtered disco bleeps at 0:26 won me over. From Cornershop’s latest album Urban Turban. As solid gold as solid gold. As roller rink as the… Continue reading
While. I’m Not. Always. In. The Mood For. Spoken. Word. Poetry, this is pretty good. Superb soul-jazz beats and bass with a voice and flow that recalls a younger, laid-back Ursula Rucker. … Continue reading
Disclosure are two brothers from the UK who had their first single released on !K7’s Moshi Moshi imprint two years ago when they were just 16 and 18 years old. Since everyone… Continue reading
Like listening to the Beatles’ “Taxman” after enduring a sleep-deprived long-haul flight and landing in a remote, exotic, sun-heavy island paradise, no? “Like” the Nashville, TN psychedelic rockers on Facebook here. … Continue reading
Orlando Higginbottom (probably the most British name since Nigel Tufnel or Armitage Shanks) is a dance music producer from Oxford, UK, who also calls himself Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. “Well I say… Continue reading
Summer beat vibes. Out now on Bastard Jazz. Featuring music by Tensei, MonkeyRobot, Ta-Ku, Evil Needle, Teru, Chief, Jeriko Jackson, Buscrates, Floydcheung, Doc Illingsworth, Schecky’s Jazzy Tofu, and Tall Black Guy.… Continue reading
I’ve been obsessed with Ghana’s azonto rhythms and saying “chale” a lot ever since hearing E.L.’s dancey and ridiculously catchy “Obuu Mo.” Suffice to say I was extremely pleased to stumble upon Weird… Continue reading
I want to live in this video for a day or year. Already one of my favorite songs of 2012. If you appreciated the main sentiment of Friendly Fires’ “Jump in the Pool”… Continue reading
Going out clubbing in 2732. More from London’s Two Inch Punch here.
Still essential. Subliminally commanded to now go buy lots of flowers and general vegetation.
Anything produced by Kenny Dope gets my vote. Stay sharp.
Six different species of monkey were given six different species of synthesizer. This is what happened. (Sloth at 1:48 is way into some ambient minimal zoo-drone type flex.) YA YU has… Continue reading
One to grow on from Cologne, Germany’s DJ Adlib. Those drums, those fingerclicks and handclaps.
Topeka, Kansas slang for fronting or posturing. Solid, humble, honest, and refreshingly down-to-earth rap business. “I’m chilling in the cut/Can’t spill what’s in my cup/Cuz it’s cranberry-vodka, dawg, for real, it costs… Continue reading
I’ve mentioned Adam Bainbridge and the song “House” by his band Kindness before. Here’s the official video for the song, which is prefaced by a short treatise on the matter of pop music.… Continue reading
Not a million miles away from “Marka,” but still plenty heavy in its own right. Amen break that cuts in at 2:20 is a nice touch. Interesting move filming the sequel to… Continue reading
Production is tight. Oddisee delivers the goods once again. Grab Oddisee’s debut album People Hear What They See released on June 12 and download his remix EP Odd Renditions for free on… Continue reading
There are plenty of bands who try to emulate the instrumental post-rock, do-without-the-singer thing, but Explosions in the Sky do it better than all of them. Can’t wait to see the follow-up… Continue reading