KCRW’s Album Preview offers a chance to hear new album releases in their entirety each week. The series showcases artists, composers and film soundtracks that are favorite selections from KCRW DJ’s. This week, enjoy Connan Mockasin’s Mexican Summer release, ‘Caramel’. Listen to the full album, HERE.
Illa J and Frank Nitt swing through the basement for a candid chat with Anthony Valadez, about the new album, the selection of beats and what it’s like recording in the middle of parades, honking cars, midgets and folks walking outside in beat to the recording sessions. They also get to know Illa’s journey as a musician and what it was like growing up in the Yancey house. Nitt breaks down the album and all the amazing guests on the new record “Sunset Blvd” which is out now on Delicious Vinyl.
The 30-year-old New Zealand psych pop master, Connan Mockasin recorded his newly release, 2nd album in a Tokyo hotel, and this time around, he’s feeling sultry. He closes out the bridge of ‘I’m the Man, That Will Find You‘ by cooing a mostly unadorned falsetto. After one careening moment of calm, he moans and launches into the belted chorus with its slinky R&B groove. Watch the new video for the track and catch him on his short North American tour. A full album stream Connan’s new album, ‘Caramel‘ is available courtesy of Fader.com.
CONNAN MOCKASIN on TOUR….
1/09/14 @ Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
1/10/14 @ Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY
1/11/14 @ Voyeur – Philadelphia, PA
1/13/14 @ The Drake – Toronto, ONT
1/15/14 @ Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
1/16/14 @ Echo – Los Angeles, CA
Just a few weeks ago, we were treated to a stream of “Sleeprunner,” the lead single from Manchester producer Illum Sphere’s upcoming Ninja Tune debut, Ghosts of Then and Now. And today, fellow Manchester resident and 2-step veteran Zed Bias, fresh off the release of his own Boss LP for Swamp 81, has given us the premiere of his remix of that track.Making for a graceful stunner that interweaves a slew of melodic lines over pummeling beats to great effect, “Sleeprunner (Zed Bias Remix)” will be included on Illum Sphere’s “Sleeprunner” single when it drops on December 9 via Ninja Tune. It can be streamed in full before then, below.
Bastard Jazz Recordings is proud to present the sophomore album Curiosities by New Zealand multi- instrumentalist and producer Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabs). An enticing sonic excursion that effortlessly transcends genre and geography, the release finds Echo flexing his dual-mastery of 60’s production techniques and modern dancefloor aesthetics, while also highlighting the vocal prowess of his soulful compatriots through a flowing blend of boogie-laced Funk, disco-primed Dub, futuristic Soul, and timeless African rhythms.
Fabs, known worldwide for his production work with NZ’s biggest Reggae export The Black Seeds, drew a groundswell of excitement around his debut solo album Melodies in late 2010. Curiosities picks up right where Melodies left off, with the sun-drenched psychedelic dub sounds of tracks like “Bohemian Idol” (featuring vocals by Toby Laing of Fat Freddy’s Drop), and the jerky funk vibes of cuts like “Digital Haircut” and “Street Knowledge”. The album provides a wealth of DJ fodder, with forward thinking 70s-inspired disco tunes such as “Molten Lava” (featuring the soaring vocals of Leila Adu), as well as analog Afro-infused burners like “What Is That Feeling” and “Put It In My Head” (complemented by the golden-voiced Mara TK of Electric Wire Hustle fame).
A diverse, yet grounded LP chock full of head-turning sounds, Curiosities further pushes Lord Echo’s repertoire into the realm of the inimitable, and is sure to pique the interest of discerning music lovers from down-under to the big apple.