Much in the vein of one of my favourite releases last year, Sandopolis by Hashman Deejay, comes more new music out of Vancouver. Well “new” – the short version came out first in May last year, when 1080p released the Lnrdcroy album Much Less Normal on cassette and digital. Since then, Scotland’s Firecracker Recordings pressed it on vinyl, with “Sunrise Market” missing entirely. However, the extended version was part of the first Rhythms Of The Pacific EP, released in October 2014.
I remember hearing this, I believe on the Pender Street Steppers show on Rinse, but wasn’t aware it’s been out for such a long time!
Life of a music blogger is nothing what you would imagine it. Unlike someone, let’s say, who writes about fashion, we don’t receive fancy dresses every other week. We get ugly emails advertising music we would never write about. Well, most of the time. To be honest, the moment when I started receiving promo emails was the moment when the fun in writing about music started fading away. Oh, the joy of discovery. It’s been a long time since music was only available on physical formats, and while it’s not all bad, I often feel that music lost some value in the process.
Anyway, it was only a couple of days ago that I received a package from the postman, my second in more than six years of blogging! Turns out it’s the new K15 2xEP that came out in late October on Kyle Hall’s Wild Oat imprint. I first met K15, or Kieron, in summer 2006 through a common friend, followed his music all over the years, eventually talked him into doing a podcast, and was mad proud when he was remixed by our musical hero Kaidi Tatham earlier this year. Next stop: Detroit!
I’m still listening to the second disc, but the first convinced me enough to write about it. Listening to the track above, techno producer Fabrice Lig was reminded of Titonton Duvanté, athe common friend of K15 and mine compared it to Mr Fingers. Well, both it’s true: the first record ventures into the past, references classic house music from the eighties, with one track sampling the early nineties anthem Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless); the second record is a deeper, more sincere look at what house music has to offer. There are a couple of more samples on the Wild Oats online shop, if you need more convincing. It’s also the only place I found that still has copies available.
Nectarines is the b-side of of Nuits Sonores and the EP holding both tracks is available digitally as of today, with the vinyl release following next week. You can pick up the download from the Eglo Bandcamp, Bleep, iTunes and maybe the digital store of your choice. Pre-orders for the vinyl at the former two stores include an instant download!
Will Bankhead’s Trilogy Tapes label has put out plenty of good music in 2014, I counted more than two dozens of 12-inches alone (plus mixtapes and collaborative releases!) But since the year isn’t quite over yet, watch out for more to come. Next in the pipeline is another one from Rezett, his third on the label following Zootie EP from earlier this year.
Listen to a first track in the player above before TTT032 lands in all good record stores on December 18, 2014!
Say hello to a new track from Floating Points, who continues to release EPs rather than treating us with some bigger work. But let’s don’t take the second half of the previous sentence too serious, if that was a complaint it was clearly on a very high level. The Eglo Records co-founder has won my heart since his very first releases, each shining for its high quality productions. This new one continues in that tradition, as you can hear for yourself.
The digital release will be out as soon as December 8, with the vinyl shipping a couple of days before Christmas. Choose the format of your liking from the Eglo Bandcamp store.
Going through my early-week routine of listening to new music, I stumbled across Sad City and his EP just released on Phonica Special Editions. Known as Gary Caruth to his parents, the Glasgow-based producer utilized sounds recorded in the Portuguese capital Lisbon to put together six equally deep and warm sounding tracks, all sharing the same melancholic undertone. Hard to pick a favourite, but check out the tracks “Scyphozoa” and “Slow” for a start!
A limited edition vinyl release is available now from Phonica and Bleep, the latter also sells a digital release.
Earlier this week, the new Doc Daneeka EP “From Mine To Mistress” was released on his own Ten Thousand Yen label. Two of the tracks feature rising star Seven Davis Jr. on vocal duties, one of them being the lush I Promise. Unfortunately, the Kon (of Kon & Amir fame) edit you can hear above is not part of package, so you have to stick with the stream taken from his SoundCloud page.
Ah, what can I say about the Madlib-produced Freddie Gibbs album. Released in March on Madlib’s Rappcats label, “Piñata” is still among my most regularly played albums of the year and my favourite hip-hop record in a long time. So, perhaps it’s needless to say I was pleasantly surprised to hear about a new single released, including the remix you can listen to above featuring guest verses by Action Bronson and Joey Bada$$. November 18th is the day when you can pick up the record on vinyl in all good record stores! If you’re in the U.S., also check out the tour dates for October and November.
The producer behind one of my favourite albums this year, Warp-signed producer patten, contributed a track for the new remix EP by his label-mate Kwes. Clearly my favourite among the remixes, but another track worth checking is new Kwes track “Hives II” featuring Chicago rapper Jeremiah Jae, another member of the Warp family. Buy ilpix. on Bleep, iTunes and Amazon, stream on Spotify.
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Following the teaser video in September this year, Liberation Technologies just released new music by London-based producer Lukid. I already expressed my love for the entire EP on Twitter, now you can find out for yourself. Crawlers is available now on 12-inch and digital download, or you can take a listen to the stream on Spotify.
Director Mark Prendergast is reponsible for this new Bambooman video, taken from his Dulcet EP released last May on Sonic Router. I don’t know, why do I feel like this is an overlooked release? If anything this clip is a reminder of what a blaster “Clasp” is, as is the rest of the EP. You can grab a copy on the label’s Bandcamp store.
Finally a sign of life from London-based producer Lukid, who we haven’t heard from since 2012’s Lonely At The Top album on Werkdisc (and what happened to those promised new Glum releases?) The new record is called “Crawlers” and will be out on September 29 on the Liberation Technologies label. First glimpse in that video by Nic Hamilton. Hungry for more!
I’ve already overused the word “mysterious” when it comes to Strange U, if not overall (damn those masks!) As little as I know about them, they appear to by a duo and they are signed to Alexander Nut’s wonderful Eglo label. I also think we have posted every single of their videos, because they make some of the most exciting hip hop coming out of the UK. In my not-always humble opinion. So, they have a new one coming out on Eglo and this is their latest video. You can cop the track on Bandcamp for a price of your liking. More to follow (mysterious ending!)
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Last year’s One EP was the first music by Los Angeles-based Seven Davis Jr. that caught my attention and eventually made his P.A.R.T.Y EP came out on Funkineven’s Apron Records an instant buy record. Earlier this week, the Classic Music Company released the follow-up, the Friends EP, which features the live edit of “One” you can hear above. Available in all good record stores!
New Zealander Christoph El’ Truento is one of the very few musicians whose genius I am confident to compare to the likes of Dimlite and Jameszoo. If you think that’s a bold claim, just listen to his album a series of oopsie daisies and various other flora released in October last year, a brilliant record (and criminally overlooked!) Since then, he released another album with hip hop group @Peace and a new solo EP. The latter was just released some weeks ago and deserves to gain him some listeners.
You can stream the EP in full in the player above or buy the digital release on Christoph’s Bandcamp store.