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WATCH – Will Butler “Bethlehem” + Generations out NOW!

October 13th, 2020

In the five years since Will Butler released his debut album, Policy, he’s toured the world both solo and as a member of Arcade Fire, released the Friday Night live album, recorded and released Arcade Fire’s international #1 album Everything Now, earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard, hosted a series of touring town halls on local issues (police contracts, prison reform, municipal paid sick leave, voting rights), and spent time raising his three children. He also found the time and inspiration to write and record a new album, Generations. Check out his new single “Bethelem” and watch it’s incredibly rocking video HERE!

“My first record, Policy, was a book of short stories,” Butler says. “Generations is more of a novel—despairing, funny, a little bit epic… A big chunk of this record is asking: What’s my place in American history? What’s my place in America’s present? Both in general—as a participant, as we all are, in the shit that’s going down—but, also extremely particularly: me as Will Butler, rich person, white person, Mormon, Yankee, parent, musician of some sort, I guess. What do I do? What can I do? The record asks that question over and over, even if it’s not much for answers.”

WATCH – Fantastic Negrito “I’m So Happy I Cry ft Tank”

October 13th, 2020

2x GRAMMY® Award-winner Fantastic Negrito is back with “I’m So Happy I Cry,” the latest single from his new album, HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND YET? out now. The track – which features powerhouse vocals from Tarriona “Tank” Ball of New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas, a historic moment marking the first-ever collaborative recording by two previous winners of NPR’s influential “Tiny Desk Contest” – is joined by an equally colorful companion video (below!).

“I was really inspired to write “I’m So Happy I Cry” the day after reading of Juice Wrld’s death. There are so many young artists suffering from what I perceive as mental illness. Imagine having everything you want in the world and still feeling the need to medicate until it kills you. There is something very sick — and tragic — about that.” – Fantastic Negrito

OUT NOW – Bonobo x Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

October 13th, 2020

Simon Green, aka Bonobo has teamed up with fellow producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs to deliver a dancefloor-driven 12” that builds on some of the foundations of electronic music, tracing a line from 1980’s NYC through to the warehouse parties of today. Lead single “Heartbreak” is a breakbeat-driven ode to one of electronic music’s formative scenes: NYC’s disco revolution of the 1970’s & 80’s. Sampling Christine Wiltshire’s iconic vocal line “I can’t take the heartbreak” from the ‘83 disco anthem “Weekend” by Class Action.

The 12” is the first to arrive via Bonobo’s new label, OUTLIER—formed in partnership with Ninja Tune—and expands on the series of club shows and festival stage takeovers under that same banner. The new imprint will “reflect the more club focused side of what I’m building with OUTLIER” he explains. “‘Heartbreak’ seems like a good starting point and was the track that became the catalyst to start the label. One for the dance floors in a time when they’re dearly missed.”

Bonobo and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ “Heartbreak” and B-side “6,000 Ft.” arrive on 12” / digitally on November 13th.

LISTEN – Potatohead People & De La Soul “Baby Got Work”

October 13th, 2020

A dream team connecting schools of hip-hop, Vancouver’s Potatohead People connects with De La Soul for the second single off their new album Mellow Fantasy. Over a typical Potatohead Production with a funky bassline, smooth drums and guitar chops, De La Soul’s Posdnuos’s rhymes about getting your head down, putting your boots on and getting to work, truly helping to make the world. better place for all of us. Vancouver collaborator Kapok sings aboout the shortness of our lives, and the potential in all of us to get the work done that we need to do. It’s an allusion to the desperate times we’re live in, with a hopeful call to action for all of us to roll up our sleeves and get down to the business of change.

Comprised of Vancouver producers and multi-instrumentalists Nick Wisdom and Astrological, Canadian duo Potatohead People boast a number of noteworthy accolades thanks to a their signature sound drawing influences from 90’s boom-bap, future soul, classic jazz, deep house and boogie/funk.

Potatohead People’s upcoming album “Mellow Fantasy” is due on Bastard Jazz Recordings Fall, 2020.

Bastard Jazz · Potatohead People & De La Soul – Baby Got Work (feat. Posdnuos & Kapok)

OUT NOW – Vusi Mahlasela’s Shebeen Queen via ATO

August 28th, 2020

Vusi Mahlasela, the legendary activist and singer-songwriter known as “The Voice” in his native South Africa, released a live album of traditional township songs, Shebeen Queen viaATO Records.

The “shebeen queen” of the title is Mahlasela’s late grandmother Ida (whom he calls Magogo), who raised him in the township of Mamelodi (“mother of melody”), where he still lives today. Following her husband’s murder in 1961, Ida opened a shebeen (speakeasy) and began selling homebrewed beer to make her living. Her space became known for its lively musical gatherings at night, where the townspeople would use buckets, tins, and plastic drums as instruments, and Ingoma’buksu – music  rooted  in  Mbube culture, meaning “Songs of the Night” – would  be  celebrated  with  everyone singing together in full voices.  Ida became known as the “Shebeen Queen.”

As a boy, Mahlasela saw a man playing a guitar at these gatherings and was inspired to build his first guitar from fishing line and a cooking oil can. His new album Shebeen Queen is a celebration of the vibrant musical culture of his hometown, first encountered at Ida’s shebeen. “Ida  was  a  strong  woman  and  was  respected  by  all  in  our  community,” he says. “In  1976,  when  I  witnessed  the Soweto  Uprising,  my  political  education  began  and  I  realized  how  important music was. I began writing songs of justice, of freedom, of revolution, of love, of peace and of life. For these songs, I was arrested and thrown into solitary confinement. Magogo was always there for me –she fought for me, protected me and stood up for what was right. She was and still is my greatest hero. I decided I wanted to record some of these great Township songs in an effort to preserve this important music, so critical to our community and to our history. I wanted to honour this music and my grandmother by recording a live show, right here in Mamelodi at Magogo’s house.

OUT NOW – SWIMM “Feel Better” + Video

August 26th, 2020

Los Angeles psych-pop outfit, SWIMM, officially launched the next chapter in their creative journey with the release of the brand new single and video, “Feel Better”. The track offers solace and hope to a young LA woman who has fallen victim to “the cliches of men in Hollywood taking advantage of starry-eyed transplants for the first time” as vocalist, Chris Hess (a.k.a Cookie), puts it. As the guitars roll over a soul-soothing beat accented by a myriad of carefully arranged synths, the song’s protagonist let’s his friend know it is ok for her to slow down and do what she needs to do to feel good. 

For the video, the band has composed a moment that offers solace on an isolated beach. We’re given an aerial view of a lone woman exploring the gentle break, sandy beach, and towering bluffs along the Pacific, creating a perfect environment for finding peace in difficult times; something we can all use in a tumultuous 2020. It’s a visual that embodies the make-shift moniker of “For the moment, I feel better” on which the song’s reassuring chorus is built.

LISTEN – Tricky “I’m In The Doorway ft Oh Land” + Video

August 25th, 2020

OUT TODAY – I’m In The Doorway’’ is the featherlight new single from Tricky, following from tracks “Fall Please” and “ Thinking Of”. “I’m In The Doorway”, as beautiful and beguiling as Dirty Projectors at their sweetest, features Danish singer Oh Land’s honeyed vocals.

The song’s accessibility – albeit a strange and twisted accessibility – surprised even the man who wrote it. “With most of my stuff, there’s nothing else like it around,” says Tricky. “But with ‘Fall Please’ and ‘I’m In The Doorway’, it’s my version of pop music, the closest I’ve got to making pop.”  

Tricky’s new album Fall To Pieces was recorded in Tricky’s Berlin studio, over the course of two or three months in late 2019. The tracks are often short, ending abruptly and moving on to the next without warning. It is undoubtedly Tricky’s best album in a number of years, and will be supported by extensive touring beginning in spring 2021.

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