Onra – Fundamentals

I’m just through a first listen to Onra‘s latest album and as you probably expected, it’s a beauty. Like his 2010 album Long Distance, the new record takes you back to the sounds of the past, in my case that’s the time when I discovered my love for hip-hop of the late eighties and early nineties. Among the many collaborators are Black Milk, Olivier Day Soul, MC Melodee, Suzi Analogue. For a quick impression of what the record sounds, check out my favourite tracks 5, 6 and 8.

“Fundamentals” is out today and you can get your copy from All City, HHV, iTunes and all good record stores.

Dorian Concept – Empty Everything (But You)

Radio presenter, DJ and overall great person Mamiko Motto teamed up with our favourite Irish label All City (well, that’s an easy, if not an obvious pick) to put out a new compilation. Titled Amada, I guess you can call it a spiritual successor to the Beat Dimensions compilations — on the terms of 2013. So it’s maybe no suprise to find the likes of James Pants, Mwëslee or Dorian Concept are among the 13 featured artists. And since there’s still no word about the (supposedly finished) album from the latter, we’re more than happy to present his track off the compilation.

Amada will be in stores on November 8, 2013 and it will be available on vinyl, CD and (wild guess) digital.

Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo

Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo - Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo
In the decade since Parisian beat-maker Arnaud ‘Onra‘ Bernard bought his first MPC in 2003, he has not only explored several distinct music genres, but, with his already impressive discography of six full length albums, helped shape their development too. After releasing ‘Tribute‘, his debut collaboration with Quetzal, Bernard began work on the project that would elevate his status as a one-to-watch beatsmith, returning from a trip to Vietnam with a haul of 30 records from the 60s and 70s. ‘Chinoiseries‘, the album born from this find, replayed masterfully chosen Chinese samples with a signature neck- snapping swagger. ‘The Anthem’, the LP’s standout flip, quickly became an alternative anthem of choice for many a discerning DJ and currently boats over 600,000 YouTube plays.

Concept albums culled from Bollywood samples, 80s soul cuts and a ‘Chinoiseries’ sequel followed, but it is Onra’s latest project that has caught even his most clued up compadres off guard.

Over the last couple of years, Onra has been performing live shows with Buddy Sativa, who adds live keys to his infectious MPC antics, and, during rehearsals, the pair discussed their mutual love of jazz. ‘Indica’, their first collaborative lean in this direction, appeared on Sativa’s ‘Deus Ex Machina‘ LP on Favorite Records in 2011. Since then, their experiments continued, and this week, thanks to All City Records, a spiritual, deep jazz LP under the Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo alias will be released.

The album opens with ‘Universe Is Love’, a tribute to Lonnie Liston Smith, whose ‘Visions Of A New World’ album is one of Onra’s personal favourites. The creative process employed on this cut and throughout the set begins with a crafted drum track or bass tone, onto which sheets of instrumentation are layered; mistakes, anomalies and off-kilter happenings are encouraged and embraced. The lone vocal on this otherwise instrumental outing comes from Brooklyn poet Aja Monet on ‘The Time is Now’, an introspective, questioning delivery that recalls the Nation African Liberation Arts Ensemble‘s masterpiece, ‘Children’.

A chance meeting with the late artist Mati Klarwein‘s son at an exhibition in Dublin led to the completion of this coveted package: the LP is beautifully housed by Klarwein’s ‘Conceptual Tree‘ painting, joining the ranks of other landmark albums graced by Klarwein’s magnificent art, including Miles Davis’ ‘Bitches Brew‘, Santana’s ‘Abraxas‘ and The Last Poets’ ‘This Is Madness‘.01. Universe Is Love
02. UFO Paradise
03. Dark Karma
04. 360°
05. The Muse Inside
06. Endangered Species
07. Honey, Hash, Rose
08. The Garden Of Heavenly Delights
09. The Time Is Now
10. Cos (x)
11. Untitled (afrojazz)
12. Wandering, Wondering

After a one week delay, the album should be in all good music stores starting tomorrow. Pre-order your copy from All City, Rush Hour (LP or CD), Juno or HHV.

Words by Gavin Kendrick

Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo – Honey, Hash, Rose

One of the best things I had the pleasure listening to for a couple of weeks is the latest project by Onra and his long-time collaborator Buddy Sativa: the Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo. It’s a fantastic album paying its respects to some of the greatest spiritual jazz records out there, even the cover artwork was commissioned from the estate of the legendary Mati Klarwein (Bitches Brew, anybody?) You might have heard the snippets mix before, now there’s a full track to stream, and on Monday you can walk into your record store and pick it up on 12-inch vinyl.

XLR8R Podcast by Krystal Klear

The week already saw some truly stunning mixtapes, FACT Magazine gave us Juan Atkins and Resident Advisor’s Floating Points podcast was on repeat all day yesterday. But – I want to put the spotlight on this one from Krystal Klear. I could’ve sworn he already delivered a podcast for XLR8R, not that I would mind a second.

XLR8R Podcast by Krystal Klear

XLR8R Podcast by Krystal Klear (download)
01. Henry Mancini – Lujon
02. Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy
03. Double Exposure – Everyman
04. Richard Jon Smith – Love Is What I’m After (Macello Giordani Edit)
05. Gino Soccio – You Move Me
06. Delegation – Heartache No.9 (Extended Version)
07. The Limit – Crimes of Passion (Extended Version)
08. Cornelius Oliphant – I Love You
09. The O’Jays – Put Our Heads Together
10. Raydio – Still In The Groove (Woody a.k.a. il Bosco Find)
11. Henderson & Whitfield – Dancin’ to the Beat
12. Le Knight Club – Holiday on Ice
13. Justice – Helix
14. Pitchben – Stand Up (Tiger & Woods Remix)
15. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
16. Metro Area – Caught Up
17. Guy Cuevas – Obsession (The Nassau Mix)
18. Krystal Klear – The Message Part One
19. Staygold – Justified
20. Krystal Klear – No Sweat
21. Krystal Klear – Soho Spritz
22. Prince – Erotic City
23. Secret Ingredients – Chicago Chicago
24. Kenny Dope – I Wanna Know
25. Nightcrawlers – Push the Feeling On (The Dub Of Doom)
26. Krystal Klear – We’re Wrong
27. Secret Ingredients – Takin Over Me
28. The Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes
29. Storm Queen – Look Right Through
30. Robin S. – Show Me Love (Kerri Chandler Remix)
31. Krystal Klear – From the Start
32. Wale feat. Miguel – Lotus Flower Bomb
33. Jimmy Edgar – Switch Switch
34. Lone – Crystal Castles 1991
35. Krystal Klear – Clove Dagger

Coming from XLR8R you can choose your preferred download format on their website!

Onra – A New Dynasty

Taken from the forthcoming Onra album Chinoiseries pt 2, Dublin’s All City label is giving us a first teaser to the record.

The download should make the wait for the release more bearable. Chinoiseries pt 2 will be available on vinyl, CD, cassette and digital download from November 15th on.

Tokimonsta – Alive

For the eighth installment of All City’s LA 10 series, Mike Gao and Tokimonsta each occupy a side on the 10-inch. Below you can listen to one of the tracks, there’s also a second track available on SoundCloud.

LA Series #8 is out now, get your copy from All City or Rush Hour!

December 15, 2010 All City is officially giving away the track “Park Walks”, you can download it for free!

All City Past, Present & Future Showcase

Om Unit has put together a mixtape for All City Records, showcasing both old and forthcoming music from the label. His selection contains music from last year’s 7×7 compilation, but also fresh new music from Tokimonsta, Krystal Klear, Musinah and Om Unit himself.

All City

All City Past, Present & Future Showcase mixed by Om Unit
01. Intro
02. Matthew David – Late Nite Lo Fi for Dak
03. Pudge – Awn My Dawn
04. Tokimonsta – Park Walks
05. Heralds Of Change – Work That
06. Take – Warm Ruin
07. Dimlite – Quiz Tears
08. Hudson Mohawke – Root Hands
09. Pudge – Blips Ahoy Mate
10. Mweslee – Jamas Jame Jamon
12. Dibiase – Spacely Sprockets
13. Fulgeance – Mamie Thè
14. Heralds Of Change – Ridin Chrome
15. Musinah – Lose My Fuse
16. Tokimonsta – Last Nights Blurry Memories
17. Om Unit – Lightgrids
18. Snowman – Rise
19. Onra – Wee Out feat. Buddy Sativa
20. Krystal Klear – Tried for your love
21. Devonwho -Keepthefunkalive
22. Knxwledge – Wait

You can grab the mix here, make sure to post a thank-you on their site.

My thanks go to Mymanhenri for posting this!

Joker – Digidesign (Om Unit Remix)

Following the massive Digidesign Remix, which is finally available on 12-inch, here is a brand new track from Om Unit. No release-date, but pounding beats you gotta fall in love with.

Apparently, the first revision of this post was about a track called “The Cold Blooms”. Shortly after posting the article, Jim decided to take down the track as it was a work in progress. As the 12-inch of his remix for Joker is still fresh, I’m going to post that track instead.

More new music from Om Unit is available on the upcoming Fabric compilation Elevator Music (check the preview), a new 7-inch on All City Records should be out soon!

Jan 06, 2010 The digital download of this remix is now available exclusively from Bleep

Weekly Bits 21/2009

Either I was sleeping or there’s simply not much I can write about this week. I’m afraid the former is true, but hopefully there are some interesting bits in for you.

Dimlite just released a new 7-inch on Dublin’s All City Records. It is part of the label’s beat series, which will result in a CD compilation later this year. Shook Magazine offers one of the tracks from Dimlite as download.

From Seiji comes another mixtape, this time entirely focused on UK funky. He also posted two new tracks for download, a remix for Waxolutionists and an original. If there was a proper RSS feed on his site, I’d be writing about this much earlier!

The guys from MOOVMNT have posted two nice remixes from Californian producer Take. There’s a track taken from the upcoming LA EP 3×3 from Flying Lotus and another for Mary Anne Hobbs’ upcoming compilation on Planet Mu.