Archives: April 2016

LISTEN — Space Dimension Controller “The Wire Mix”

April 30th, 2016

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“As his moniker might suggest, there has long been a science fiction element to the work of Space Dimension Controller – otherwise known as Belfast based producer and DJ Jack Hamill. His full-length debut Unidentified Flying Oscillator (Acroplane Recordings, 2009) hinted as much, while its follow-up Welcome To Mikrosector-50 (R&S, 2013) was a fully fledged interstellar concept album following the attempts of galactic swashbuckler Mr 8040 to return to his home planet. Hamill’s new album Orange Melamine features material recorded in early 2008 – when Hamill was only 18 – onto a batch of unopened and degraded 1970s pyral cassette tapes. “A lot of the drum sounds were created from scratch in some granular programs and putting them onto the tapes really changed the sound of them,” he says. “Every track in each track was recorded separately onto one of these tapes at double speed and 200 per cent pitch, then the tape was recorded back into the DAW at half speed. Looking back at it now, I can’t believe how patient I was when making this album. It really took a long time.”” — via The Wire

Click HERE to listen to “The Wire Mix” or check out “Gullfire” below!

WATCH — Little Scream “Evan” (Traveling Tapes Session)

April 29th, 2016

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This is what happens, when you end up in a living room in Montreal with members of Timber Timbre, Arcade Fire, Michael Feuerstack and the most beautiful Little Scream. Enjoy this intimate live performance of EVAN, which will be on Little Scream’s upcoming new record Cult Following.

Check out the performance below!

WATCH — Boulevards “Move and Shout”

April 28th, 2016

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“In a super-funky video that’s saturated in retro vibes, Boulevards and director Ramon Zubia create a dance party for the artist’s buoyant track “Move and Shout,” premiering on Cool Hunting today. Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad) tells us, “The idea of the video was to make a ‘Boulevards and friends video.’ Having our own little DIY dance party in a Brooklyn warehouse, really enjoying ourselves.” With plenty of disco balls, gold streamers, glitter and sequins, the video’s real star is the dancing. No fancy choreography, just plenty of clapping, bopping around and even a Soul Train-style dance line. The song comes from Boulevards’ debut album Groove! which follows last year’s self-titled EP. Across the LP, Boulevards gives funk music a current day twist, while maintaining the genre’s essentials: sparkly highs, groovy bass lines, infectious hooks and an overarching fun and sexy style. The Raleigh, NC-born songwriter and performer is clearly influenced by the greats (Prince; George Clinton; Earth, Wind & Fire; Nile Rodgers and more) and while their freaky, good vibes can be felt in Boulevards’ music, he also takes notes from hip-hop and R&B—all the while remaining his own glittery, individual self.” — via Cool Hunting

Check out the video for “Move and Shout” below!

LISTEN — Max Graef & Glenn Astro “The Yard Work Simulator”

April 27th, 2016

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With the likes of Resident Advisor, Crack, Thump and The Wire singing their praises, Max Graef & Glenn Astro will release their debut album ‘The Yard Work Simulator‘ via Ninja Tune on 27th May 2016. “We wanted to make a dance record without the obvious components,” explains Max. The result is a 10-track trip through the pair’s deliciously warped psyche, channelled through a ton of hardware.

Listen to “Where The Fuck Are My Hard Boiled Eggs?!” and other album teasers below!

WATCH — Seven Davis Jr. “Church”

April 26th, 2016

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“The ‘Soul Controller’ himself Seven Davis Jr is back on Ninja Tune with another warped and wonderful EPs worth of twisted club bangers ready to tear up any club where an audience are ready and willing to have their horizons, and their heads, expanded. Dropping on the May 27th, ‘Dancing on the Sun‘ is yet more proof that Davis Jr is one of the most singular producers out there today. Taking in everything from glitched-out funk wooze to soul-inflected wonky house we’ve come to know and love, ‘Dancing on the Sun’ is top-tier stuff. We’re very excited to be bringing you a first look at the fantastic video for lead track “Church.” “Church” sounds like Moodymann if KDJ got bang into old UK hardcore records, and the video looks like the best trip you’ve had since that…sorry, mum, I’ll stop there. Just watch it.” — via THUMP

Watch the video for “Church” below!

LISTEN — Aesop Rock “The Impossible Kid” (Full Album Stream)

April 25th, 2016

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Aesop Rock‘s amazing new album comes out this Friday, but we’re too excited to wait any longer! We’re so eager to share The Impossible Kid with you that we’ve decided to release an early stream, so you can listen to the entire album now! As if the incredible music wasn’t already enticing enough, Aesop wanted to pair the tunes up with some visuals. Once again, he enlisted the talented director Rob Shaw, who masterfully crafted a shot-by-shot recreation of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining… in miniature! (And slightly sped up to match the length of the album). You’ve gotta see this!

Stream/watch “The Impossible Kid” in full below!

WATCH — Imarhan “Imarhan” + Tour Dates

April 24th, 2016

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“Compared to the distorted desert blues of Mdou Moctar or regional stars Tinariwen, the Algerian band – whose frontman Sadam is a cousin of Tinawiren’s Eyadou Ag Leche – have a different slant on their traditional music. “Their poetry and flow has a more integrally urban base than the ancestral tamashek poetry and traditional rhythms of their elders,” as the label explains, and you can hear the combination of traditional folk music with the funkier rhythms of West Africa and a certain youthful swagger. Their eponymous single comes with a video filmed by Dalel Ziour in their hometown of Tamanrasset, south Algeria. Imarhan’s self-titled debut album will be released on April 29 2016 via City Slang, and the band are about to set out on their first North American tour, beginning in Seattle on April 16.” — via FACT

Check out the video for “Imarhan” below!

TOUR DATES:

15.04 Portland – Roseland Theatre
16.04 Seattle – Vera Project
18.04 Arcata – Richard’s Goat
19.04 Sacramento – Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub
20.04 Big Sur – Henry Miller Library presented by FolkYeah
21.04 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall:
22.04 Claremont, CA – Pomona College
23.04 Venice, CA – Del Monte Speakeasy presented by Radio Afrique
24.04 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
28.04 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
29.04 Austin, TX – Levitation Festival
02.05 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
03.05 Chicago, IL – Schubas
04.05 Madison, WI – Frequency
05.05 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
06.05 Akron, OH – Musica
07.05 NYC, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
08.05 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s Alright

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