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Flying Lotus Announces New Album ‘Flamagra’ + “Fire Is Coming” feat David Lynch

April 17th, 2019

Nearly half a decade has somehow elapsed since the last Flying Lotus album—the Grammy-nominated cadaver tetris of You’re Dead! During that intermission, the multi-disciplinary Los Angeles artist has remained in constant orbit, collaborating with Kendrick Lamar on the classic To Pimp a Butterfly, directing and writing the Sundance-premiered comic horror hallucination Kuso, and producing much of Thundercat’s Drunk. He’s also nurtured his Brainfeeder imprint into the most consistently innovative record label of the decade. Yet throughout that span, there was the matter of his next full-length statement.

Enter Flamagra – a work that sweeps up every quantum advance and creative leap of the last dozen years of Lotus’ career and takes them even further; the Warp release encompasses hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, global dance music, tribal poly-rhythms, IDM, the L.A. Beat scene, but it soars above a specific vortex whose coordinates can’t be accurately charted. Other than to say that it is a Flying Lotus record, perhaps the definitive one. An astral afro-futurist masterpiece of deep soul, cosmic dust, and startling originality.

Flamagra features (in order of appearance): Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Little Dragon, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, David Lynch, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Toro y Moi, Solange and more.

LISTEN – Marie Davidson “Work It (Soulwax Remix)”

April 17th, 2019

Legendary Belgian duo Soulwax – otherwise known as 2manydjs – propel Marie’s spoken text, tongue-in-cheek mantra for the workaholic generation over their own inimitable reworking of the original track.

Recently hailed by the New York Times as having become “a minor anthem [from] one of the best dance records of the year” in their recent list of “25 Songs That Matter Right Now”, Marie Davidson’s ‘Work It’ has become one of the defining tracks of her acclaimed “Working Class Woman” album. Released on Ninja Tune in 2018, the record drew high praise from the likes of The Guardian (“one of the biggest pleasures in contemporary electronic music”), Pitchfork (“a record slated in a milieu of chaos, loftiness, and beauty”), Resident Advisor (“Davidson’s catchiest material to date”), and was cited as one the releases of the year by the New York Times, Pitchfork, Mixmag, Resident Advisor, Crack Magazine, FACT, Pop Matters, The Quietus, Bandcamp and many more.

WATCH – Pieces Of A Man “Nothing To Lose”

April 17th, 2019

“Nothing To Lose” is the debut single from Manchester six-strong soul collective and Tru Thoughts newest signee, Pieces of a Man. Electronically manipulating and pushing the sonic boundaries of a conventional soul band, the group creates immersive textured soundscapes, built with elements of hip-hop, funk, R&B, gospel choirs and neo-soul.

“Nothing To Lose” is a smooth/slick R&B instrumentation meets gospel anthem, with a hook that elevates the song to the heavens. Cited by the band as one of the most “soul-affirming recording sessions of their career”, the track features a wealth of talent including Harleighblu (Tru Thoughts), Misha B (X-Factor), Amp Fiddler (George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic), Tyler Daley (Children Of Zeus), Andrew and Eloise Bridge — true Manchester veteran gospel and R&B veterans, and Penny Nichols.

LISTEN – Nate Mercereau “Joy Techniques” ft Terrace Martin

April 16th, 2019

Multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter Nate Mercereau debuts his new single “Joy Techniques” featuring Terrace Martin (Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, YG) – listen below!

“Joy Techniques” is the title track from Mercereau’s forthcoming debut album by the same name, out July 12th on How So Records. The track features echoes of Mercereau’s guitar-synth reverberating between Martin’s saxophone. In anticipation and celebration of the release of this single, Mercereau will play an ongoing monthly residency at Los Angeles’ The Virgil, first Sundays beginning May 5.

Joy Techniques is the first release on Mercereau’s How So Records, with more to be announced soon. How So Records is a new partnership with Ricky Reed’s Nice Life Recording Company, a venture Mercereau describes as “a record label for seekers.
Based in Los Angeles, Mercereau’s performance, songwriting and production credits are wide-ranging, including stints as guitarist for Sheila E and Jennifer Hudson, and he’s collaborated on projects on projects with JAY-Z, Rhye, Lizzo, and joined forces with longtime friend and collaborator Ricky Reed to produce “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand,” “Bad Bad News,” “Beyond,” “Forgive You” and “If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)” on Leon Bridges’ Good Thing, which bowed at #3 on the Billboard Top 200.

HOW SO PRESENTS NATE MERCEREAU LIVE
May 5th The Virgil Los Angeles, CA
June 2th The Virgil Los Angeles, CA
July 7th The Virgil Los Angeles, CA
August 4th The Virgil Los Angeles, CA

Out Now = Intellexual = Nico Segal & Nate Fox

April 12th, 2019

Today, Nico Segal and Nate Fox release their inventive, shape-shifting new project Intellexual. Announced during an AMA on March 29th, Intellexual features contributions from Vic Mensa, Esperanza Spalding, Peter Cottontale, Raury, Grace Webber, Benny Sings, DJ Spinn, Francis Starlite, and Nico’s father Craig, among many others.

Watch the Nick Ray McCann directed visual inspired by Intellexual HERE or above.

WATCH – The 1865 “Buckshot” + Don’t Tread On We!

April 12th, 2019

NYC based blues-punk unit, The 1865, have released their debut album Don’t Tread On We!, as well as a video for their single “Buckshot”. Inspired by found images, “Buckshot” illustrates the emancipation of slavery, and what America in 1865 looked like. The band’s social justice motivated songs feature different explorations of life in 1865 America, a land living in the shadows of the fallen confederacy. The guitar driven riffs accompanied by lead singer, Honeychild Coleman’s sharp vocals will tantalize your earbuds and touch you at your core. Of the video, Coleman states, “”Drawing parallels upon suiting up with a gun = dignity = freedom , to modern day military career promises of economic freedom via thinly veiled academic gains, “Buckshot” is a black rebellion battlecry.”

With a departure from Mass Appeal’s typical hip-hop sound, The 1865 describe themselves as “Bad Brains meets Foo Fighters in a black woman’s hair salon for a cup of tea.” Formed in 2017 by musician/filmmaker Sacha Jenkins (The White Mandingos, The Wilding Incident), The 1865 came to life when joined by famed session musician/Pro-skateboarder Chuck Treece on drums and the Queen of Shoegaze Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman (Apollo Heights, Badawi) on lead vocals/baritone guitar duties. The band later added Afro-Brazilian bassist Flora Lucini (Maafa), and drummer Jason “Biz” Lucas (Dragonz of Zynth) to the mix. The result is The 1865, a band whose lyrics are just as impactful as their undeniable sound and what Jenkins says “was a great way to create contemporary music that spoke to the past, but also spoke to the same things that continue to happen over and over again in our country.”

WATCH – Pottery “The Craft” + Tour with Fontaines D.C.

April 11th, 2019

Pottery’s pointed, jittery post-punk sounded mighty promising on “Hank Williams” and “Lady Solinas.” The first two singles from their forthcoming No. 1 EP introduced them as the rare band that can comfortably conjure Wire and the Rolling Stones on the same track.This week they’re back with a video for “The Craft,” another impressive song off the EP.

“Welcome all to the world of man/ Monkeys controlling robotic hands,” Austin Boylan yelps. “Tell them all we’ve lost our tails/ Evolving on our way without a trail.” It’s a real hip-swinger that delves into trancelike psychedelia at the end. Meanwhile, directors Bronwyn Ford and Max Taeuschel have provided a suitably playful introduction to the group.–> READ MORE VIA STEREOGUM!

No. 1 is out 5/10 on Partisan Records + Catch them on tour with Fontaines D.C. this fall!

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