Archives: February 2017

LISTEN — Ondatrópica “Bogotá”

February 8th, 2017

“The track Bogotá was originally written by Michi Sarmiento in the early 70s after his first visit to Colombia´s capital, Bogotá. He never got to record the song at the time, but he kept the verses in his head throughout all these years. When Ondatrópica´s new record ‘Baile Bucanero’ came together, Michi found the perfect moment to release his love song to Bogotá. He gave the song a soca feel to stay in touch with the Caribbean vibes of Providencia, which is the island where we recorded the album.”

“Baile Cucanero,” will be released on March 10th on Soundway Records and strives to showcase a bit more depth into the cultural heritage of Colombia by blending Anglo, English & Spanish influences.

Will Holland aka Quantic & Mario Galeano are once again back at the helm of this project, which includes 35 musicians from different backgrounds, musical styles, and age groups.”

— via KCRW

Listen to “Bogotá” below!

WATCH — Kate Tempest “Europe Is Lost” + Tour Dates

February 7th, 2017

Kate Tempest has revealed the video for her powerful poem “Europe Is Lost“, which we’re premiering today on The Independent.

Produced by a fan (Manuel Braun), the video features hundreds of clips, from TV footage of the US election, Isis, the KKK, Trump, beauty pageants to apocalyptic film scenes.

The timing of the video feels pretty perfect given the current political climate – and Tempest’s talent for astute observations of hypocrisy in politics and the media shines particularly brightly on this track.”

— via The Independent

Watch “Europe Is Lost” below!


March 20 / San Diego, CA / Casbah
March 21 / Los Angeles, CA / Echoplex
March 22 / Santa Ana, CA / Constellation Room
March 24 / San Francisco, CA / Slims
March 26 / Boise, ID / Treefort Festival
March 27 / Seattle, WA / Neumos
March 28 / Portland, OR / Mississippi Studios
March 29 / Vancouver, BC / Fortune
March 31 / Calgary, AB / Commonwealth
April 2 / Minneapolis, MN / 7th Street Entry
April 3 / Chicago, IL / Lincoln Hall
April 5 / Toronto, ON / Mod Club
April 6 / Montreal, QC / Sala Rossa
April 10 / Boston, MA / Brighton Music Hall
April 11 / Philadelphia, PA / Boot & Saddle
April 12 / Washington, DC / U Street Music Hall
April 13 / New York, NY / Le Poisson Rouge

LISTEN — P.O.S Talks “Chill, Dummy” w/ Vocalo

February 6th, 2017

“Minneapolis Hip Hop artist P.O.S has recently released “Chill, Dummy” his most personal album to date. On it the Doomtree collective member manages to calm his anxiety around the socio-political state of the country and gives one of his most balanced efforts to date. P.O.S spoke to Jesse Menendez about the album and how a health scare changed his outlook and approach to music. “Chill, Dummy” is out now on Doomtree Records.”

— via Vocalo

Listen to the interview with P.O.S below!

WATCH — Run The Jewels “Tiny Desk Concert”

February 6th, 2017

“Like any good pair of twins, Run the Jewels have a freaky sort of unspoken fraternity. When El-P and Killer Mike strode in with their usual uniforms — Mike in a gold chain as thick as a garter snake, El in a fitted Yankees cap and pair of blue-mirrored sunglasses — the two didn’t have to do as much as nod to one another before upending three tracks from their latest LP, RTJ3, in strange and perfect symbiosis.

El-P (née El-Producto, née Jaime Meline) — rapper, producer, and all-around godfather of the backpacker scene of the late-90’s — and Killer Mike — known for guest features on tracks by Atlanta’s Dungeon Family in the early-aughts, solo work in the mid-to-late ’00s, and perhaps most widely for his very public support of Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign last year — have out-mused each other in a supergroup that somehow seems to get better, louder, and more pertinent since their start in 2013. They represent an ideal evolution of underground hip-hop to mainstream success, mixing a fundamentally activist animus with IMAX-level production without losing a speck of vital force.

On an unseasonably beautiful day in D.C., Run the Jewels was sweaty and sulfuric, ad-libbing with one another in an exchange so slick, easy, and conspiratorial, it felt like we were in on their shared language.”

— via NPR

Watch the performance below!

WATCH — Café Tacvba “Futuro”

February 5th, 2017

“The whole video [for “Futuro“] takes place on a party bus with wings, that’s flying high above the air. There’s some beautifully choreographed dancing by what I can only describe as the modern day Village People. The video also has dancers dressed as the Pope and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the Queen of England doing the robot and Donald Trump dancing alongside a gun happy Mexican cop.And of course, there’s the band itself that’s dressed in very odd costumes and garments. And they’re all on this party bus, dancing like there’s no tomorrow. For all the wackiness and WTF moments the video may provide, it perfectly captures what the future is about. We’re all together in this hauntingly beautiful party bus, that’s moving toward an uncertain territory that’s neither solemn or optimistic. Café Tacvba will be releasing their first album in five years this spring. In the meantime, they’ll be going on tour through the US starting this March.”

— via Buzzfeed

Watch “Futuro” below!

READ — Bonobo Shares His ‘Migration’ Process

February 4th, 2017

“Since the release of his acclaimed Black Sands album, Simon Green (a.k.a. Bonobo) has ridden a somewhat meteoric rise to the upper echelons of electronic music. This rise can mostly be contributed to his emotive, cinematic style and deft production artistry; it’s enticing pop music in the truest sense.

Although his stocks have risen considerably since Black Sands, Green’s music has maintained a logical stylistic progression rather than tipping too far over into the mainstream—listen to Black Sands, The North Borders, and his latest, Migration, for case in point; ironically, this linear progression is something Green’s latest album has drawn criticism for. Whichever way you look at it, however, Green’s consistency is never in question.

Filled with serene beauty and a slight dose of melancholia, Migration—released January 13 on label home Ninja Tune—is Green’s most sophisticated work yet, it’s a dreamlike collection of cuts that stir emotions and, at times, move the body. Like The North Borders before it, Migration features guest spots from a host of talented vocalists, this time Nick Murphy (a.k.a. Chet Faker), Hundred Waters’ Nicole Miglis, Rhye, and Innov Gnawa. As Bruce Tantum stated in his review of the album, it’s “an intricate, fine-tuned return to form, one that both soothes and thrills.””

— Read more of this piece at XLR8R

LISTEN — The Modern Savage “Pull Me”

February 3rd, 2017

“How do you make love stay? That’s the question at the heart of “Pull Me,” a new song from Anchorage, Alaska’s The Modern Savage. Singer Jenni May Toro told me in an email that this song came to her in the wake of her divorce. “As I navigated the meaning of love in this transformative moment, I leaned on the loved ones around me for guidance and support,” she writes. “Asking the question to my community gave me hope and developed into a deeply meaningful spiderweb of human connection.”

The responses she received often reflected what was on the minds of those asked. Sometimes the answer was personal; other times, it was political. “More than ever, our nation is struggling to pull together,” Jenni May Toro says. “There’s an aura of division and fear of the future. When these threads of connectivity are exposed, empathy happens, love happens.”

You can see in this video for “Pull Me” that answers varied widely, from “Greet love with a kiss,” “Compassion and patience” and “Show love a good time” to “Keep dreaming” and “Who knows?”

The question “How do you make love stay?” is asked in the Tom Robbins novel Still Life With Woodpecker, which was the spark for Jenni May Toro. “I’m a longtime fan of his work and it planted a seed to explore the question,” she writes. “I wrote him a letter from the studio while we were recording the album. He hasn’t responded yet…”

By the way, if you have an answer of your own that you’d love to share, you can post it to your social media with the hashtag #howtomakelovestay.

The second album from The Modern Savage, on which “Pull Me” appears, is titled Unwilling Participants and comes out Jan. 27.”

— via NPR

Watch “Pull Me” below!