Archives: October 2015

LISTEN — Strange Talk ‘E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N’ + Tour Dates

October 23rd, 2015

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“As Strange Talk delves into new styles and sounds with this EP, it’s fitting that the first track is called “Something’s Bout To Change.” The EP also features the song “Painted In Gold,” which was released this past summer.”E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N tells the story of our journey over the last few years and where we are as artists,” Sidhu tells Billboard. “We wanted to evolve our sound and take a more electronic direction, and we’re passionate about the new music we’re creating. We’ve never been more driven with our music as we are now, and we hope that’s evident in the songs, the art and videos, and our live show.”” – via Billboard

Check out the EP below, and then scroll down for tour dates!

10/16 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
10/17 – The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
10/20 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
10/21 – Last Exit – Phoenix, AZ
10/22 – Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
10/24 – Limelight – San Antonio, TX
10/27 – 529 Club – Atlanta, GA
10/28 – U Street Music Hall – Washington D.C.
10/29 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
10/30 – Le Poisson Rouge – NYC
10/31 – World Café – Philadelphia, PA
11/01 – The Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY
11/02 – Flour City Station – Rochester, NY
11/03 – The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
11/04 – BAR – New Haven, CT
11/05 – Belmont – Montreal
11/06 – The Drake Hotel – Toronto
11/07 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
11/08 – The Rave – Madison, WI
11/09 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
11/10 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
11/11 – Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO

READ — Seinabo Sey Makes Empathy Thrilling on ‘Pretend’

October 22nd, 2015

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“Sey, who comes from both Swedish and Gambian heritage, has been working on her first full-length following two acclaimed EPs for almost three years, as she explained to SPIN this summer. The lengthy buildup might seem to go against the haunting “Younger” refrain, but the result is well worth the time she poured into it. Pretend turns out to be an enticing fusion of her wintry, pop-paradise homeland, and the West African musical roots she picked up from her father, the late Maudo Sey, all tempered with raw empathy; her masterful pop-soul captures depressive moments and makes them soar.” — via Spin

Read the full write up on Sey’s album, ‘Pretend,’ HERE, and check out the video for “Younger” below.

LISTEN — Trackstar the DJ “Jewel Runner Mixtape”

October 21st, 2015

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“Indeed it is true that we are a week into tour but better late than never: I present for your enjoyment the Jewel Runner Tour mixtape. I’ve dropped more merch than mixes lately–including my SKRATCH FAN snapback collabo with DJ Q-Bert and the RAPFANxRTJDJ T-shirt–but it all starts with the music, so I had to put something together for the tour. The project features tracks from all four acts, including Boots’ Meow the Jewels remix and RTJ’s late night television performance with TV On The Radio, as well as incredibly dope exclusives from Fashawn and Cuz Lightyear. Mike and El did some light hosting in classic WRTJ fashion, and the artwork was expertly handled by the great Ian Klarer, who also did the tour poster and last year’s tour mix cover, among other things.” — via Trackstar the DJ & Mass Appeal

Listen to “The Jewel Runner Mixtape” below!

LISTEN — Grupo Fantasma “Roto El Corazon”

October 20th, 2015

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““Roto Corazon,” premiering at Wax Poetics, is “a deep cumbia with Perivian chicha-style guitar/organ, and featuring big mambo brass with the baritone sax out front and some electronic touches,” says Pablo “DJ Bongohead” Yglesias, who wrote the liner notes. “Kino Esparza uses his expressive tenor voice to detail a romantic revenge story where the take-away is: a broken heart can go both ways. Now you will suffer as you have made me suffer!” — via Wax Poetics

Listen to “Roto El Corazon” below!

LISTEN — BK-One “B-Boy Break Maschine Mini-Mix”

October 19th, 2015

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When producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist BK-One was invited to lecture at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota, he performed a showcase of his music, DJing a hip-hop set of some of his Rhymesayers productions, with rappers Brother Ali, I Self Devine, and Toki Wright joining in as guests. He also wrote and performed two original pieces with students of the brass and woodwinds department, as well as performing his song “Tema Do Canibal” from his album Rádio do Canibal. Last but not least, he DJed a ten-minute mix of classic hip-hop and old-school breakbeats (heard here) using two turntables and Native Instruments’ Maschine, while a squad of nine b-boys and girls performed a choreographed dance routine. BK-One’s new project, Bones & Beeker, is a mix of hip-hop-inspired production and hip, harmony-rich songwriting. The self-titled album drops on November 13 on Wax Poetics Records.

WATCH — Doomtree “Heavy Rescue”

October 19th, 2015

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“Minneapolis, Minn.-based, Indie hip-hop collective Doomtree have released a video for their song, “Heavy Rescue,” which is taken from the group’s most recent album, All Hands. The video for “Heavy Rescue” was directed by Doomtree member P.O.S., who’s given name is Stef Alexander, along with the collective’s longtime collaborator Isaac Gale shooting and editing the music video. “Heavy Rescue” appears to depict a rural environment with shots of green vegetation and a flowing river. But, there is a sense of an impending accident as various people are shown to be on an actively used railroad bridge that spans the aforementioned river, during a dark and rainy evening. Additionally, as a cautionary note to viewers, there is a depiction of what appears to be a girl’s suicide attempt by drowning. But, the girl in question is pulled out of the water and given medical attention, which saves her life.” — via Mxdwn

LISTEN — Caravan Palace “Russia”

October 18th, 2015

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“While they’re not yet as well known in North America, Paris’s Caravan Palace have become something of a sensation in their home country. And it’s not difficult to imagine why: it only takes a few seconds of “Russian,” from their third LP—the whimsically titled <|°_°|>—to hear echoes of early-twentieth-century Left Bank bohemianism, set as it is to a decidedly modern dance beat. That the French, who are notoriously enamored with their own history when they’re not dispassionately breaking from it, would eat this up is hardly surprising. What is surprising is how well the sound works. While “ragtime EDM” seems like the kind of genre signifier that could have popped out of a particularly piquant random name generator, “Russian,” which we’re proud to premiere today, excels beyond the (admittedly massive) novelty factor. It may be in large part due to singer Zoé Colotis, who couches her vocals in a kind of semi-hushed coo more reminiscent of Cibo Matto than, say, Irene Bordoni. With the thump and twirl of Charles Delaporte’s upright bass and Hughes Payen’s violin galloping behind her, Colotis deftly folds her melody into the gaps of the rhythm.” — via Flood Magazine

Click HERE to listen to “Russia” or check out “Comics” below!