Archives: June 2016

WATCH — SAFIA “Zion”

June 25th, 2016

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Australian indietronic act SAFIA is about to release its long awaited full length debut album, which is expected to be released later this year via Parlophone and Warner Music Group. The band has unveiled an instrumental new track called “Zion” as a prelude/introduction before the arrival of the next official single and follow-up to the recent jam “Make Them Wheels Roll”, released back in April.

Check out the video for “Zion” below!

LISTEN — BADBADNOTGOOD “Lavender (ft. Kaytranada)”

June 25th, 2016

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“Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD have shared a delightful new track called “Lavender” that they made with their dear friend Kaytranada. The track evolves as it goes — there are three or four acts — but it is held together by boingy synths, an off-kilter sax line, and an easy-going groove. It’s a little bit psychedelic and kind of jazzy, too. “We made ‘Lavender’ amongst many other songs and samples with Kaytranada in our home studio, Studio 69,” BBNG told The FADER in an email. “Kay started the idea as a beat with our drum breaks and some synth melodies. Then we recut the drums and synth to formulate a song with more sections. Kay came back to Toronto and gave us that hot lead melody as well as percussion and we all finalized the arrangement. It’s an incredible honour to call Kay a close friend of ours; he is a talent like no other.”” — via The FADER

Listen to “Lavender” below!

WATCH — A Tribe Called Red “Stadium Pow Wow (ft. Black Bear)”

June 24th, 2016

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“There’s no experience more thrilling than hearing A Tribe Called Red‘s ingenious blend of traditional and synthetic sounds blaring through top-shelf speakers. And with every stomp-stomp-clap on their new track, “Stadium Pow Wow,” the Canadian First Nations DJ crew — featuring new member 2oolman, and with the help of Manawan, Quebec drum group Black Bear — makes a bid for being on arena jockey playlists across North America. It would be a fitting sonic reclamation of space, given Deejay NDN‘s advocacy to end the use of racist caricatures and mascots in sports culture. Tribe explained the significance of the track to The FADER, via email. “This song represents a new era for A Tribe Called Red. It’s not the first song that we have released with 2oolman or Black Bear, but it feels very special to us because it was one of the first songs we worked on with 2oolman and also the first time we worked closely with a drum group. Doing that was the realization of a dream that the band has had for years, and we are super thankful to Black Bear for being open minded about it.”” — via The FADER

Watch the video for “Stadium Pow Wow” below!

WATCH — Atmosphere “Ringo” + Tour Dates

June 24th, 2016

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Minneapolis hip hop heroes Atmosphere have announced their seventh studio album Fishing Blues, out August 12th on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Producer Ant and lyricist / rapper Slug have been making music together as Atmosphere for over 20 years and have managed to continually tweak and strive to perfect their formula, while neither straying too far off their path, nor resorting to playing it safe and that holds true on the new set. Fishing Blues is a collection of songs that both define and redefine the Atmosphere sound and features 18 new tracks written and produced by Atmosphere with appearances from DOOM, Aesop Rock, Kool Keith, The Grouch, deM atlaS, and more.

Watch the first video from Fishing Blues, “Ringo,” below, and grab yourself some tickets to one of the shows!

TOUR DATES:
7.02 – Chicago, IL @ Mamby On The Beach +
8.06 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion ^
8.13 – Somerset, WI @ Summer Set Music & Camping Festival +
8.19 – Wasaga Beach, ON @ Center of Gravity Festival +
9.02 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater ^^
9.08 – Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre **
9.09 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre **
9.10 – Calgary, AB @ One Love Music Festival +
9.11 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall **
9.13 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub *
9.14 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
9.15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo *
9.17 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater *
9.18 – Bend, OR @ Midtown Ballroom *
9.19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
9.20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic *
9.23 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park *
9.24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Shrine LA Outdoors ***
9.26 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee *
9.28 – Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Brewing Company *
9.30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *
10.01 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory *
10.02 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma *
10.03 – Billings, MT @ Babcock Theatre *
10.05 – Fargo, ND @ Fargo Civic Center *
10.06 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium *
10.08 – Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium ^
11.07 – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theatre *
11.09 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre *
11.10 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *
11.11 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place *
11.12 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA *
11.14 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
11.15 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
11.17 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
11.18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *
11.19 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues *

+ Festival Tour Date
^ Supporting Pretty Lights
^^ Brother Ali, Lifter Puller, Lizzo, Plain Ole Bill & Last Word
* Brother Ali, deM atlaS, Plain Ole Bill & Last Word
** Brother Ali, Plain Ole Bill & Last Word
*** Dilated Peoples, Aesop Rock, Brother Ali, deM atlaS, Plain Ole Bill & Last Word

LISTEN — Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien Talks ABBA, Prince, and More with Dave Okumu of the Invisible

June 23rd, 2016

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“For this edition of the Ninja Tune podcast, and the first of two parts, we have a very special guest in Ed O’Brien of Radiohead interviewing his good friend Dave Okumu of The Invisible. With Radiohead recently releasing “A Moon Shaped Pool” album and The Invisible releasing their own album in “Patience” the two met up at Roundhouse studios with regular producer DK to talk about their respective creative processes. In the words of Dave Okumu “i was lucky enough to spend an afternoon chewing the fat with Ed O’Brien. Ed is someone who has had a powerful influence over me both through his role in one of my best loved bands but also as a friend. it’s difficult to be in the presence of someone so warm, open and generous without wanting to explore a broad range of topics. i’m sure if someone hadn’t hit stop, we would still be in the bowels of the roundhouse chatting up a storm right now!””

Listen to the interview HERE, or listen to a few selections from The Invisible’s forthcoming ‘Patience’ below!

LISTEN — Nico Yaryan ‘What A Tease’ (via Billboard)

June 23rd, 2016

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“When Nico Yaryan went on tour with his high school friend and fellow multi-instrumentalist Hanni El Khatib, he discovered his two greatest loves: guitar and a student from Amsterdam that sparked a miles-apart romance and an unlikely story. The Los Angeles-based artist explores both of his heart’s desires on the forthcoming album What a Tease, and now he’s teamed up with Billboard to stream the album in full ahead of its June 3 release date.” — via Billboard

Listen to ‘What A Tease’ in full HERE, or enjoy the track “You Belong To Me” below!

READ — Kutiman’s ‘6am’ Reviewed By The Guardian

June 22nd, 2016

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Ophir Kutiel is an Israeli multi-instrumentalist who has spent chunks of the past decade digging around on YouTube for amateur recordings and splicing them into audio-visual harmony for a series called ThruYou. Before the first instalment, which went viral in 2009, he released an accomplished debut album, heavy on funk, psych-rock and Afrobeat, with dashes of reggae and jazz. Roughly the same ingredients go into his long-awaited follow-up, but 6am feels better integrated and grander in scope. The eastern ululations on She’s a Revolution, the spaghetti western guitar on Shine Again, the sweeping strings on Dangerous combine to cinematic effect, evoking a scuzzy desert epic where peril and intrigue are offset by the sheer exuberance and warmth of Kutiel’s playing.” — via The Guardian

Listen to “Shine Again (ft. Adam Scheflan)” from ‘6am’ below!