Archives: April 2017

READ — Ondatrópica Interview w/ OkayAfrica

April 23rd, 2017

Ondatrópica is a Colombian supergroup lead by Mario Galeano, of Frente Cumbiero and Los Pirañas fame, and the British DJ Will Holland (also known as Quantic).

Last month, they released their anticipated second album, Baile Bucanero.

For their self-titled first album, released five years ago, Galeano and Holland reunited the incredible but forgotten musicians of Colombian tropical albums from the glory days of vinyl. They recorded together, resulting in of the most nostalgic and danceable records in a long time.

In Baile Bucanero, Ondatrópica tried to repeat the formula, this time going deeper into the Colombian Caribbean and the island of Providencia. Part of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, this small island (called “Old Providence” in the local English creole) is home to five thousand people, many of which claim raizal ancestry, that is, to be descendants of the African slaves that the British brought to plantations on its various Caribbean colonial possessions.”

— via OkayAfrica

Check out album track “Lazalypso” below, and check out the rest of the OkayAfrica feature HERE.

LISTEN — Night Drive “Rise And Fall (Classixxx Remix)”

April 22nd, 2017

“It’s never fun to watch a relationship fizzle out, and it’s even less enjoyable to be in the middle of that disaster, but the drama can lend itself to some pretty funky rhythms. Night Drive‘s “Rise and Fall” is a testament to that. The synth-heavy single has a relentless beat that pushes one away from the “sudden unavoidable end,” as the duo puts it, even though walking away is always hard.

What’s not hard, however, is letting Classixx turn said break-up anthem into an even chiller, disco memory.

“Classixx reinterprets the song through the lens of that same person reminiscing about the incident many years later while chilling on a beach and sipping a martini,” Night Drive says in an emailed statement. “Sure, it was sad and heartbreaking, but it’s hard to stay sad while in the Cayman Islands.”

“We laid down some drums and live percussion, then we did one, long take jamming over that wth Mike on bass guitar and me on an electric piano,” the duo’s Tyler Blake says in an emailed statement. “We were feeling the groove and liked some of the imperfections, so we left them in. Our initial pass was more abstract, but the band helped us bring it back a little closer to the original material. It was a pretty collaborative effort through email. I like how it still sounds a little rough around the edges though. Sometimes that’s where the charm lies.”

There’s a touch of late-’80s, early-’90s soft jazz to the groove. It’s sophisticatedly sweet. It definitely makes that relationship in the mirror seem much farther away.”

— via Billboard

Listen to the “Rise And Fall (Classixxx Remix)” below!

LISTEN — Jidenna On What It Means To Be ‘The Chief’ (via NPR)

April 21st, 2017

“The 2015 hit “Classic Man” introduced the world to Jidenna. His look matched his sound: three-piece suits, polka-dotted ascots and red hair slicked down in a wave that would’ve made Nat King Cole jealous. At one point, a friend’s manager took him aside and said he thought Jidenna had a ton of potential as an artist — but there was just one problem.

“He said, ‘You’re too perfect,’ ” Jidenna says. “And man, that stuck with me.”

So for his first full-length album, the singer and rapper found himself drawn back to his roots: Nigerian highlife singers and the story of his father, who passed away seven years ago.

“My father would tell the story like this,” Jidenna says. “He said, ‘You were conceived in Nigeria, and then I brought you to Wisconsin to make damn sure that you and your mother — make sure you had the blue passports.’ ”

With his Nigerian dad and Bostonian mother, Jidenna spent his childhood moving across cities, continents and boundaries. Now, he’s released his debut album, The Chief.”

— via NPR

Check out the NPR piece below, or click HERE for the full feature.

WATCH — Eyedress “High St. Drive By”

April 20th, 2017

“[Eyedress‘] Manila Ice is an extensive body of work — almost 17 songs, each teeming with feeling. Throughout, he spins whimsical daydreams and nightmares; mellifluous compositions about living in fear, ecstasy, insecurity, romance, and depression. On songs like “Manila Ice” and “Separation Anxiety,” he makes passing references to drugs and corruption — activities that are currently under severe governmental crackdown in the Philippines — over sunny, relaxed beats. With his soft synths, melodic guitars, and melancholic lyrics paired with gentle vocals, Vicuña’s visions on the album are hazy, but also a method of healing. After the intense year he’s had, which he details in below, he solemnly tells me his music is only possible as a result of his closest relationships.

In the video for “High St. Drive By,” Vicuña recruits his buddies — vocalist Jess, rapper Akio, and keyboardist Lustbass — for an adventure in experimentation. He captures them in surrealist landscapes through a fisheye lens in a song about being lonely, lost, and guilty, while having feelings for someone who deserves better than their current relationship.”

— via The Fader

Watch the video for “High St. Drive By” below, or read the rest of the interview/feature with Eyedress HERE.

WATCH — Gabriel Garzón-Montano “My Balloon”

April 19th, 2017

Gabriel Garzón-Montano has dropped the official video for “My Balloon” directed by Santiago Carrasquilla. “We filmed this video on location in Cartagena and Las Islas del Rosario in Colombia. It’s a series of portraits of a heartbroken couple who are in beautiful places at the wrong time,” Gabriel comments.

Dubbed “one of the most promising artists of 2017” by NPR, Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Garzón-Montano is on the heels of his critically lauded debut album Jardín via Stones Throw Records. Following a sold-out UK/EU tour and eight-show run at SXSW that “dripped with old-school soul,” Gabriel is set to kick off a full national tour on May 8th that starts with a sold-out show in Los Angeles.

Check out “My Balloon” and U.S. tour dates below!


5/8: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/10: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
5/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour (Sold Out)
5/13: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
5/15: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
5/16: Seattle, WA @ Crocodile *
5/17: Vancouver, BC @ Gastown *
5/20: Montreal, QC @ Phi Centre
5/30: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
5/31: Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
6/3: Boston, MA @ Sinclair
6/30: Toronto, ON @ Revival
* = w/ JMSN

WATCH — NxWorries “Scared Money”

April 18th, 2017

NxWorries, aka the duo comprising Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge, have released a new music video for their single, “Scared Money.” Set in 1988, the new video pays homage to the 2002 film Paid in Full. At one point, .Paak plays an unenthused dry cleaner employee. “Scared Money” appears on NxWorries’ excellent debut album Yes Lawd!. The new video also features an unreleased Knxwledge remix of “Best One,” taken from an upcoming Yes Lawd! remix album.”

— via Pitchfork

Watch “Scared Money” below!

LISTEN — Actress ‘Dancing In The Smoke’

April 17th, 2017

Actress has unveiled his new single, ‘Dancing In The Smoke’. Taken from the UK artist’s fifth album, AZD, which is due for release on April 14, the new track is concerned with “that moment in the club, in the side room which is less habituated where the music is more diffused from the main club, smoked out and disorientating.”

“The DJ has locked on a groove,” continues Actress in the press release, “and you’re there in your own space pulsing with the music. As the different spaces start to merge and turn with the effects of your prescription for the night, that alien cacophony of lasers and tone trip the buzz for a flight into that kind of euphoria that only spacing to the rhythm of the metropolis can bring.””

— via Fact Magazine

Listen to ‘Dancing In The Smoke’ below!

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