José James – The Greater Good

The original is taken from José’s second album Blackmagic, here comes a version of “The Greater Good” produced by French beat honcho Fulgeance. Probably, no hopefully, coming out on Brownswood Recordings soon, make sure you leave some feedback.

In other news, José James and Belgian jazz pianist Jef Neve are currently preparing a new album on Verve Records. Titled “For All We Know”, it will be out on May 11, 2010.

José James – Warrior (Jus Wan Remix)

The Warrior Remixes from José James have been pushed back for three weeks to April 12, 2010. Following the remix from Sbtrkt, the other two mixes have now been added to the Brownswood page on SoundCloud, including this from Jus Wan.

Jus Wan is San Franciso based Justin Shields, a producer of deep dubstep sounds, whose previous releases include an amazing 12-inch on the Apple Pips label. You can check him out on SoundCloud or MySpace.

Apr 11, 2010 The 12-inch is out now, get your copy from Rush Hour or Juno

José James – Warrior (Sbtrkt Remix)

Here is another tune from one of my favourite new producers in 2009, London’s Sbtrkt. This time he puts hands on “Warrior”, the next single from José James which will be out on March 22, 2010.

Sounds a lot like Benga’s Emotions you might say – and I agree. Further remixes of “Warrior” are coming from San Francisco’s Jus Wan and drum & bass producer Rockwell.

Apr 11, 2010 The 12-inch is out now, get your copy from Rush Hour or Juno

José James – Code

As reported, the new José James album is finally in stores. His label Brownswood has uploaded a new video for the Flying Lotus produced “Code”.

The video was directed by Mike Vargas and Moni Pineda of Friends We Love.

Weekly Bits 4/2010

Some long awaited releases have been on sale since last week. José James‘ second LP Blackmagic was delayed a couple of times already, but now it’s finally available on CD.

LA’s Stones Throw label has two new releases out now, one of them being the 5-LP box set of Dâm-Funk’s album Toeachizown. The second new offering is quite a surprise to me, it’s the instrumentals of Mayer Hawthorne‘s A Strange Arrangement.

Paul Pre, the man behind the latest podcast, is about to launch his club night Vast and now offers his own podcast series. You can listen to the first three on Mixcloud.

Meatskull have posted this very exclusive mixtape from Massive Attack’s 3D. Back in 2002, this was a give-away to the first 200 attendees of a Nocturne club in Bristol.

More than six hours of music are featured on this recording of a Move D party in Switzerland. Fans of deep house and minimal techno need to grab this 529 megabyte monster!

Chances are high you will find me tuned in on Lukid’s Ustream channel on Monday evening. Lukid, Bullion and Luke Vibert are now featured on a new 12-inch on Ghostly. Limited release, be quick!

Dazed Digital have posted some of Carlos Nino’s favorites. That’s favourite bands, labels, websites and books.

The RBMA in London will kick off real soon and together with Resident Advisor, they curate this special event. Carl Craig, Moritz von Oswald, Matmos, Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwartz – what are you waiting for?

And speaking of books, the author of my favourite novel The Catcher in the Rye, Jerome David Salinger has passed away this week. Rest In Peace!

José James – Blackmagic (Simbad Dub)

Here comes an unreleased remix of the José James track Blackmagic. It was made by London-based producer Simbad, who already contributed the Izmabad remix with his counterpart Karizma.

The track is available for download from Simbad’s SoundCloud page. Make sure to leave a comment if you like the tune.

Mixtape Monday #7

Just when I finished last week’s post, Sonic Router posted an interview with Tokimonsta, accompanied by a nice mixtape. As you might know, she is currently touring through Europe, check out her MySpace for dates.

Speaking of dates, I want to make sure my London based readers don’t miss this Thursday’s concert of Build an Ark at Cargo. The lovely Beyondjazz crew dedicated their latest radio show to the Ark’s very own Carlos Niño, so don’t sleep on this.

More fresh beats out of Los Angeles come from Take aka Sweatson Klank (via YSK) and the Low End Theory podcast makes a return with Daddy Kev and Diabase on the decks.

Kirk Degiorgio, the man behind countless monikers including As One, The Beauty Room and Offworld, has put together a minimal set for Little White Earbuds. It contains many of Kirk’s more recent productions like ART-8 and Isomer Shift.

To give José James upcoming album some more spin, Gilles Peterson has put together a brand new podcast. You probably haven’t heard the latest 12-inch yet.

Hyperdub’s LV has mixed a selection of dubstep, hip-hop and even jazz for French magazine TSUGi.

Musique Large has two new treats for you, La Mixette 13 was mixed by Paul Pre and Vol 14. by Swede:art (hint).

As last, I give you two unusual mixes. First is the 100th FACT podcast put together by Norwegian disco-krautrocker Lindstrøm. Bodytonic invited Sven Weisemann to do a “classical-meats-electronic” mix for their podcast.

José James – Blackmagic (Remixes)

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As second album from José James has been delayed for a release in early 2010, fans of the New York jazz-singer will be delighted to hear that his new single Blackmagic (Remixes) will come out on November 1st. The original version of Blackmagic is the second co-production with L.A.’s Flying Lotus, following a track from last year.

For the remixes, Brownswood picked some more heavy-weight artists, including the much talked about Joy Orbison, Untold and Izmabad.01. Blackmagic (Joy Orbison’s Recreation)
02. Blackmagic (Untold remix)
03. Blackmagic (Izmabad 118 remix)
04. Blackmagic (Dop remix)
You might have been among the lucky ones, that got the Untold remix from FACT’s limited give-away. The Izmabad version is still available for streaming on the Kspace site.

Juno already has the digital release available for pre-order, the 12-inch should follow soon.

And then there’s this promo video from Kswiss. Don’t ask me for its purpose, I just know it existed on YouTube for a while already and it looks quite nice.

Nov 30, 2009 From Simbad comes another remix of the track, which you can download here

New episodes of 120 Seconds

Friends We Love have uploaded a bunch of new episodes of their documentary series 120 Seconds. The latest additions include José James, Zap Mama, Nickodemus and jazz-legend Chico Hamilton.

Be sure to check out their past episodes as well, featuring Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova’s Alex Barck, N’Dea Davenport and many more.

José James – The Dreamer For Club Lovers

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The Moodyman/Westbeech remixes (BWOOD034) just saw a worldwide release, Japan already gets all the remixes on CD-only album. It includes both IG Culture remixes of Blackeyedsusan (BWOOD025), the Flying Lotus collaboration Visions of Violets (BWOOD029), two remixes from Simbad (BWOOD028 plus an unreleased version) and another from Yam Who.01. Spirits Up Above (Simbad’s Deep Remix)
02. Love (Ben Westbeech Remix)
03. Blackeyedsusan (IG Culture 4 Beat Refit)
04. Spirits Up Above (Simbad’s Cosmic Boogie Remix) *
05. Desire (Moodymann Remix)
06. Blackeyedsusan (IG Culture Bruk 4 Love Remix)
07. Spirits Up Above (Yam Who Remix) *
08. Visions Of Violet (with Flying Lotus)

* previously unreleased There’s no information whether a worldwide release will follow, but experience tells me otherwise. Chances are there will be copies floating around on Boomkat or Juno.