Archives: March 2016

READ — RJD2 Gives A Tour Of His Home Studio

March 31st, 2016


“Last week, the Columbus, Ohio-based RJD2 dropped his sixth studio album, Dame Fortune. Recorded at the tail-end of a 13-year stint in Philadelphia, it’s being billed as a spiritual sequel of sorts to the producer’s 2013 album, More Is Than Isn’t. By many accounts, Dame Fortune is RJD2’s tribute to soul music, in the way More Is Than Isn’t felt partly like a tribute to the Los Angeles Beat scene—though you don’t need to listen to either them that closely to hear elements of both. Ever since 2002’s era-defining breakout Deadringer, RJD2 has become synonymous with his ear for unexpected juxtapositions and larger-than-life climaxes; it’s a technique at the heart of the genre he’s skewed closest to since the beginning—hip-hop—and a hallmark of any obsessive record collector with an ear for the half-forgotten diamond in the rough. But the artist né Ramble Jon Krohn isn’t just a collector of dusty pop culture moments—he’s also a collector of synths. A passionate one: he’s been building out his own home studio since 1997, as well as restoring and building his own instruments since 2004. When he packed up his bags and relocated to Columbus last year, he took his entire arsenal of vintage instruments with him.” — via Thump

Check out the full feature HERE, or stream ‘Dame Fortune’ in full below!

LISTEN — Bombino ‘Azel’ + Tour Dates

March 30th, 2016


“At this point, Bombino — a.k.a. Omara Moctar, a Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from northern Niger — is an old hand on the international scene. It was more than a decade ago that cassettes of his music circulated in the Tuareg communities clustered around the Sahara Desert. Ten years ago, he traveled to the U.S. to record a session (with The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, no less) and then start touring these shores as a sideman with a Tuareg band. But his career in the U.S. and Europe as a solo artist has been in full force for a while now; it was five years ago that NPR Music presented him in a full concert from New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge.” — via NPR

Listen to ‘Azel’ in full below, and check out the tour dates!

3/24/2016 – Burlington, VT – ArtsRiot
3/25/2016 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
3/26/2016 – New York, NY – Africa Now at The Apollo
3/29/2016 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
3/30/2016 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
3/31/2016 – Athens, GA – Slingshot Festival
4/1/2016 – Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival
4/2/2016 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
4/3/2016 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
4/5/2016 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hifi
4/6/2016 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
4/7/2016 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall – supporting Galactic
4/8/2016 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues – supporting Galactic
4/9/2016 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue – supporting Galactic
4/11/2016 – Louisville, KY – The New Vintage
4/12/2016 – St Louis, MO – Old Rock House
4/13/2016 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
4/15/2016 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
4/16/2016 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
4/17/2016 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
4/20/2016 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
4/21/2016 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
4/22/2016 – Oakland, CA – New Parish
4/23/2016 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
4/24/2016 – Santa Cruz, CA – Kuumbwa Center
4/27/2016 – Grass Valley, CA – Center for the Arts
4/28/2016 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
4/29/2016 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
4/30/2016 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial Theatre

READ — Adan & Xavi Talk About Their Collaborative Album, ‘Adan & Xavi y Los Imanes’

March 29th, 2016


“Damn Adanowsky! Back at it again with the sexy, acoustic jams! But he’s not alone this time. In one of the best surprises of the year, the French-Chilean-Mexican artist and his fellow Frenchman and longtime friend Xavi Polycarpe of the band Gush teamed up to write and record a new LP. “You know, at the beginning we were not supposed to do an album,” explains Adan of the 10-track album Adan & Xavi y Los Imanes. “We were in Spain, playing music, and we said ‘ah, we should do an album,’ like we should record together. Just songs like this in a house.” The album gives the pair equal time on vocal duties at five songs each. Xavi plays some classic rock and pop à la Harry Nilsson and Badfinger as is his proclivity with Gush. Adan does his usual sexy crooning in Spanish while Xavi sings mostly in English with a little French thrown in for good measure.” — via Remezcla

Click HERE to read the whole feature, or check out one of the tracks from Adan & Xavi y Los Imanes below!

WATCH — Ry X “Only”

March 28th, 2016


“Teaming up once again with long-time collaborator Dugan O’Neal, Los Angeles-based Ry Cumings, aka Ry X, co-directed the vibrant new video for “Only,” the hush-toned first track from his long-awaited debut solo album, Dawn. Known originally as one-third of electronic three-piece The Acid, and one-half of Howling, the Australian-born talent is proving he can do it alone, having just played at this year’s SXSW festival ahead of a European tour this spring.” — via Nowness

Watch the video for “Only” below!

LISTEN — The Range “Copper Wire”

March 27th, 2016


James Hinton’s The Range has shared the latest cut from forthcoming new album Potential, out March 25th on Domino, in the form of ‘Copper Wire’. Hinton says of ‘Copper Wire’, which features vocals from a young London rapper called Kruddy Zak: “I think a lot of my favorite lyrics on Potential allude to coming to terms with a difficult time in your life – that moment of acceptance when you finally allow yourself to drop your guard and admit you’ve been hit with something hard. Zak’s verse has a piece in it that states ’09 was emotional / it’s a memory / I wish that everything was still the same’ and that hit me particularly deeply as that was the year I lost my mom. Writing this song was the first time I ever talked about that moment in my music, and I think it was an important step in dealing with how I was feeling to finally get some words about it down on paper.”

Listen to “Copper Wire” below!

WATCH — Royce da 5’9″ “Tabernacle”

March 26th, 2016


“The buzz has been huge for Layers, the first new album from Royce da 5’9″ in five years. Lead single “Tabernacle” dropped earlier this month and has been the object of praise pretty much across the board, including landing a spot on DMM’s weekly SoundCloud mix. In the newly released video for “Tabernacle,” directed by Motor City auteur Chris Chynoweth, Royce unpacks a pivotal day in ’97 on the road from mere existence to real personhood. On that day Royce lost his grandmother, gained a son, and met Marshall Mathers. The whole vibe of the production is related with a bemused half-smile and clear-eyed tone that says life is just some mysterious chaos. As the grubby splendor of the Masonic Temple area morphs to meet the needs of the narrative, Chynoweth gives us a distinctly Detroit video to match what is shaping up to be some of the best music of Royce’s career.” — via Detroit Music Mag

Watch the video below!

WATCH — Little Scream “Love As A Weapon”

March 25th, 2016


Little Scream (aka Laurel Sprengelmeyer) has detailed Cult Following, her new album and first for Merge Records. It features Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten, the National‘s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Owen Pallett, TV on the Radio‘s Kyp Malone, and Mary Margaret O’Hara. Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry is credited as her creative partner, having assisted with the music. The album is out May 6 via Merge in the US and Dine Alone in Canada. She’s also released the video for “Love as a Weapon,” which you can watch below. Directed by Dan Huiting, it features voguing, sign language, choreographed dancing, and Little Scream in rapidly changing outfits.” — via Pitchfork

Watch the video below!

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