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Hakushi Hasegawa

Mahogakko

    'Mahogakko' is the new album by Hakushi Hasegawa (They/Them pronouns) – a musician/singer-songwriter based in Tokyo, Japan, and the first Japanese artist signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label. The record includes the singles ‘Mouth Flash (Kuchinohanabi)’ – featuring bass wizard Sam Wilkes (Leaving Records) – and ‘Boy’s Texture’ plus ‘Gone’ with rapper KID FRESINO. Consistent with Brainfeeder’s ethos of seeking out artists operating outside the confines of genre since the label started in 2008, Hakushi’s music is tricky to categorize as it straddles a few genres: alternative, electronic, jazz, pop/J-pop. Sometimes it’s pretty, at times it’s very intense and fast-paced. The FADER described ‘Mouth Flash’ as “wild-eyed free-associated beat poetry delivered through achingly beautiful melody”. Their music’s singular character has earned Hakushi plaudits from Crack Magazine, Needledrop (Anthony Fantano), XLR8R, Paste, Jazziz, Bandcamp Weekly, and Tone Glow.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Departed
    2. Gone Feat. KID FRESINO
    3. Mouth Flash (Kuchinohanabi)
    4. Repeal (Tekkai)
    5. The Blossom And The Thunder
    6. KYOFUNOHOSHI
    7. NENNEKOKOROMI
    8. Forbidden Thing (Kimmotsu)
    9. Mahōinter (v2)
    10. Boy’s Texture
    11. Enbami
    12. Outside (Soto)

    Louis Cole / Metropole Orkest / Jules Buckley

    Nothing

      Louis Cole, Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest team up on “nothing” for a raucous musical trip that veers from funk-fuelled mayhem to sombre balladry with the orchestra dialling up the emotional power to 11. Louis Cole is an LA-based singer-songwriter and sickeningly talented multi-instrumentalist with a strong DIY aesthetic. Thundercat describes him as “one of Los Angeles's greatest musicians”. He composed a suite of brand new music for this project – bigger, bolder, and more expansive than ever – plus there are nods to his GRAMMY-nominated 2022 album “Quality Over Opinion”. Based in Netherlands, Metropole Orkest is the world’s leading pop and jazz orchestra, having shared the stage with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Snarky Puppy, Jacob Collier and Robert Glasper. Conductor, arranger, curator and composer, Jules Buckley is a unique and rare breed of artist. The GRAMMY winner has redefined the rulebook of orchestral music and the role of a conductor. 

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Ludovici Cole Est Frigus
      A2. Things Will Fall Apart
      A3. Life
      A4. It All Passes

      B1. Cruisin’ For P
      B2. A Pill In The Sea
      B3. Nothing
      B4. Who Cares 1
      B5. Who Cares 2

      C1. Wizard Funk
      C2. Weird Moments
      C3. High Five
      C4. These Dreams Are Killing Me
      C5. Shallow Laughter : Bitches (orchestral Version)

      D1. Let It Happen (orchestral Version)
      D2. Doesn’t Matter
      D3. You Belonged

      Thundercat

      Apocalypse - 10th Anniversary Edition

        Multi-GRAMMY award winning virtuoso bassist & singer Thundercat will release a very special deluxe edition of his album “Apocalypse” on Friday 1st March 2024 celebrating ten years since its original release in 2013. The new edition features special rainbow holographic artwork housed inside a transparent PVC outer sleeve with “x-ray” holographic skull print. Additionally there are two previously unreleased tracks included: ‘Before I loved myself “I” pooped my ankles (true)’ (with Austin Peralta and Taylor Graves) and ‘Paris’ (with Mono/Poly). Packed with gems including the certified classics ‘Heartbreaks + Setbacks’, ‘Lotus and the Jondy’, ‘Tron Song’ and the all-out cosmic funk bullet ‘Oh Sheit, It’s X’, Thundercat brings a fusion of pop, soul, electronica, prog rock and funk into an unexplored dimension with his signature basslines gliding sky high to meet Executive Producer Flying Lotus’ astral touch.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Tenfold
        2. Heartbreaks + Setbacks
        3. The Life Aquatic
        4. Special Stage
        5. Tron Song
        6. Seven
        7. Oh Sheit It's X
        8. Without You
        9. Lotus And The Jondy
        10. Evangelion
        11. We'll Die
        12. Before I Loved Myself “I” Pooped My Ankles (true)
        13. Paris
        14. A Message For Austin / Praise The Lord / Enter The Void

        Hakushi Hasegawa

        Somoku Hodo

          Hakushi Hasegawa (They/Them pronouns) is a musician, producer and singer-songwriter based in Tokyo, Japan, and the first Japanese artist signed to the Brainfeeder label. Consistent with Brainfeeder’s ethos of seeking out artists operating outside the confines of genre since the label was founded in 2008 by Flying Lotus, Hakushi’s music is tricky to categorize as it straddles a few genres: alternative, electronic, jazz, pop/J-pop. Sometimes it’s pretty, at times it’s very intense and fast-paced. Releasing since 2018, they’ve already made a name for themselves domestically in Japan with a string of wonderfully wild releases and started to build a cult following internationally. Collabs to date have included Kid Fresino, yuigot, TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA, Yukichikasaku/men and Eye from Boredoms.

          “Somoku Hodo” was Hakushi’s debut release in 2018 as a teenager, featuring fan favourites ‘Somoku’ and ‘Doku’ – a hyperspeed junglist jazz workout.


          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Somoku
          A2. Doku
          A3. Ta Hui Xiaoxi
          A4. Qie Boming

          B1. Cue
          B2. Hamidasu Yubi
          B3. Doku (SCREWED) [Vinyl-only Bonus Track]

          Hakushi Hasegawa

          Air Ni Ni

            Hakushi Hasegawa (They/Them pronouns) is a musician, producer and singer-songwriter based in Tokyo, Japan, and the first Japanese artist signed to the Brainfeeder label. Consistent with Brainfeeder’s ethos of seeking out artists operating outside the confines of genre since the label was founded in 2008 by Flying Lotus, Hakushi’s music is tricky to categorize as it straddles a few genres: alternative, electronic, jazz, pop/J-pop. Sometimes it’s pretty, at times it’s very intense and fast-paced. Releasing since 2018, they’ve already made a name for themselves domestically in Japan with a string of wonderfully wild releases and started to build a cult following internationally. Collabs to date have included Kid Fresino, yuigot, TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA, Yukichikasaku/men and Eye from Boredoms. Their debut album “Air Ni Ni” arrived in 2019, cementing their reputation as one of Japan’s most exciting, adventurous artists.


            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Only You
            A2. O(__*)
            A3. Scary Point
            A4. Desert
            A5. Cold Goat
            A6. Stamens, Pistils, Parties

            B1. Evil Things
            B2. Itsukushii Hibi
            B3. I Can See Mountains
            B4. Neutral

            Lapalux

            Nostalchic - 2024 Reissue

              Originally released in 2013 and now repressed on crystal clear vinyl, “Nostalchic” is the debut album by British artist Lapalux aka Stuart Howard. Emerging during an era in which upstart DIY talent was flooding the gates of electronic music, Howard’s voice was singular, as a brilliant artist always should be. Flying Lotus was quick to recognise his startling talent, as Howard’s shot-in-the-dark demo email to Brainfeeder Records was immediately answered by the label head himself, who quickly moved to sign him. Now considered a classic of the era, “Nostalchic” is a record characterized by its devastating emotional force, melding his beloved R&B and soul into elements of house and hip hop, all with the trademark Lapalux finish: infectious, lopsided swing and achingly deep texture.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. IAMSYS - Tape Intro
              2. Guuurl
              3. Kelly Brook
              4. One Thing (feat. Jenna Andrews)
              5. Flower
              6. Swallowing Smoke
              7. Without You (feat. Kerry Leatham)
              8. Straight Over My Head
              9. Dance (feat. Astrid Williamson)
              10. The Dead Sea
              11. Walking Words
              12. O E A - Tape Outro (feat. Kerry Leatham)

              Iglooghost

              Clear Tamei / Steel Mogu - 2023 Reissue

                Brainfeeder repress some more classic (and long sold-out) Iglooghost material from 2019 on limited edition grey marbled vinyl. “Steel Mogu” and “Clear Tamei” were Iglooghost’s back-to-back EP follow-ups to his acclaimed full-length debut “Neō Wax Bloom” (2017). As ever, the releases are bundled with multimedia storyline material that feed into Iglooghost’s ever-expanding narrative - giving longtime fans their first glimpse into the primordial era of the Mamu dimension. Although paired in format, the dual EPs draw from different corners of Igloo’s influences. “Steel Mogu” is a hyperspeed collage of synthetic, trance-influenced synths contorting around violent, mutating 808s - whilst “Clear Tamei” channels lavish string quartets and melancholic, fictional classical instruments.

                The double features are set in Mamu, 3000 years prior to the events of Neō Wax Bloom. We are introduced to a young, see-through, god in-training named Tamei. Although gifted, he and his little cohorts resent their fate of becoming Grid Göds - and find themselves wound up in a hyperspeed, cross-temporal battle with a fleet of mysterious, round beings.


                TRACK LISTING

                Clear Tamei Side:
                1. Påleo Mamu
                2. New Vectors
                3. Clear Tamei
                4. Namā
                5. Shrine Hacker (feat. Babii) - Edit

                Steel Mogu Side:
                1. First Vōids
                2. Steel Mogu
                3. Black Light Ultra
                4. Mei Mode
                5. Niteracer

                Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

                Les Jardins Mystiques Vol.1

                  Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, one of the preeminent musicians, orchestrators, arrangers and composers of our time, presents his magnum opus. 12 years in the making, ‘Les Jardins Mystiques Vol.1’ comprises three and a half hours of music spanning jazz, modern classical and ambient.

                  Composed, arranged and produced by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson with contributions from 50+ friends and family including Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, DOMi & JD Beck, Jeff Parker, Carlos Niño, Austin Peralta, Bennie Maupin, Lara Somogyi, Jamael Dean, Jamire Williams, Burniss Travis II, Deantoni Parks, Brandon Coleman, Marcus Gilmore and more.

                  For fans of Flying Lotus, Floating Points with LSO & Pharoah Sanders, Kamasi Washington, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ólafur Arnalds.

                  Miguel joined an all-star lineup at the Hollywood Bowl recently, to conduct the Los Angeles Studio Orchestra in a performance of ‘Promises’, the acclaimed 2021 album recorded by Floating Points with the late tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders.

                  Miguel has released music on cult indie labels such as Ninja Tune, Kindred Spirits and International Anthem.

                  He is best known to hip-hop fans for his stunning orchestral tribute to the music of James ‘Dilla’ Yancey - ‘Mochilla Presents Timeless: Suite for Ma Dukes’ in 2009.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Disc 01:
                  1. Kiseki
                  2. Persinette
                  3. Narva
                  4. Eudaimonia
                  5. Porpita
                  6. Nazo No Tenkai (Ernok)
                  7. Mångata
                  8. Ano Yo
                  9. Zarra
                  10. Kairos (Amor Fati)
                  11. Magnolia (Aisling)
                  12. Cho Oyu
                  13. Matumaini
                  14. Zoticus

                  Disc 02:
                  1. Légäsi
                  2. Votivus
                  3. Querencia
                  4. Kundinyota
                  5. Dragons Of Eden
                  6. Eunoia
                  7. Znaniya (Falkor)
                  8. Tzedakah
                  9. Apocrypha
                  10. Asherah
                  11. Plotinus
                  12. Kairos (Kefi)
                  13. Qumran
                  14. Makaria
                  15. Kupaianaha
                  16. Taijasa
                  17. Vesta
                  18. Ziggurat

                  Disc 03:
                  1. Ziya
                  2. Scar
                  3. Let The Light Shine In
                  4. Komorebi
                  5. Daydream
                  6. Dream Dance
                  7. Apotheosis
                  8. Magnolia (Astronomia Nova)
                  9. Moksha
                  10. Datsuzoku
                  11. Hypatia
                  12. Kuleana
                  13. Aldous
                  14. Jijivisha
                  15. Paititi
                  16. Airavata
                  17. Znaniya (Ahura Mazda)
                  18. Nag Hammadi
                  19. Halcyon
                  20. Sweet Invitation

                  Thundercat & Tame Impala

                  No More Lies

                    Limited edition clear 7" with single sided cheetah screenprint 7”.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A. No More Lies

                    Salami Rose Joe Louis

                    Akousmatikous

                      Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Lindsay Olsen is the brilliant mind behind the warped and magical project Salami Rose Joe Louis. New album “Akousmatikous” is packed with experimental pop, abstract beats and bedroom R&B/jazz songs connected by a dystopian sci-fi narrative. It features collaborations with Brijean (Ghostly International) and Soccer96 (The Comet is Coming’s Danalogue x Betamax) plus Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Juuwah, Sergio Machado Plim, Jason Lindner, Dakim and Dan Nicholls also contribute.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Akousmatikous (feat. Soccer96)
                      2. Dimensional Collapse
                      3. Always On My Mind
                      4. Fireflies
                      5. Dimcola Reprise
                      6. Propaganda (feat. Brijean)
                      7. Zee Complex
                      8. The Giddy Aquatic
                      9. Sugar Coating
                      10. Proof Is In The Pudding
                      11. Cathartic Interlude
                      12. Pushing Me
                      13. Gradients
                      14. Losing Steam
                      15. Zaza Flip
                      16. Exhaustion And The Open Mind

                      Nai Palm

                      Needle Paw - 2023 Reissue

                        Nai Palm releases this deluxe reissue of ‘Needle Paw’ via Brainfeeder Records.

                        Naomi ‘Nai Palm’ Saalfield is the composer, guitarist and tour de force frontwoman of three time Grammynominated group Hiatus Kaiyote.

                        Nai and her group have been co-signed by Erykah Badu, accompanied by Q-Tip, and sampled by Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Anderson .Paak.

                        Upon its original release in 2017, Pitchfork gave ‘Needle Paw’ an 8.0, saying of Nai, “her performance as vocalist, producer, arranger, and musical director confirms her talents - and, in her interpretive care, reaffirms listening as an act of love.”

                        For fans of Erykah Badu, Moses Sumney, Little Dragon, Jordan Rakei, Nick Hakim.

                        “On her solo debut, Nai Palm abandons her band Hiatus Kaiyote’s expansive future-soul aesthetic in favor of acoustic intimacy; it is, above all, a testament to the power of the voice.” - Pitchfork (8.0).

                        “‘Needle Paw’ is a sea of vowel runs and stressed syllables, interwoven throughout angelic backing vocals and gospel-like notes.” - Billboard.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Wititj (Lightning Snake) Pt 1
                        Atari
                        Crossfire / So Into You
                        Haiku
                        Mobius
                        Molasses
                        Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)
                        Atoll
                        When The Knife
                        Blackstar / Pyramid Song / Breathing Underwater
                        Borderline With My Atoms
                        Homebody
                        Wititj (Lightning Snake) Pt 2

                        Hiatus Kaiyote

                        Tawk Tomahawk - 2022 Reissue

                          The hugely influential Hiatus Kaiyote release a deluxe reissue of their 2012 independently released debut album, ‘Tawk Tomahawk’, on Brainfeeder Records. 

                          In 2014 they were nominated for Best R&B Performance for album track ‘Nakamarra’ at the GRAMMY Awards.

                          This reissue follows on from their most accomplished record yet, ‘Mood Valiant’ (2021), which was also nominated for Best Progressive R&B Album at the 2022 GRAMMYs and Best R&B Record at the 2022 A2IM Libera Awards.

                          The band is comprised of Naomi ‘Nai Palm’ Saalfield (guitar, vocals), Paul Bender (bass), Simon Mavin (keys), and Perrin Moss (drums).

                          Their music has found fans in hip-hop, and was sampled on songs by The Carters (Beyonce and Jay-Z), Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, and Drake - with whom Nai Palm collaborated on his ‘Scorpion’ album.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Side A
                          A1. Mobius Streak
                          A2. The World It Softly Lulls
                          A3. Leap Frog
                          A4. Malika
                          A5. Ocelot
                          A6. Boom Child

                          Side B
                          B1. Lace Skull
                          B2. Rainbow Rhodes
                          B3. Sphynx Gate
                          B4. Nakamarra

                          Bonus 7”
                          A1. Nakamarra Feat. Q-Tip
                          B1. Boom Child (Clever Austin Remix)

                          Hiatus Kaiyote

                          Choose Your Weapon - Deluxe Reissue

                            Wrapped in soul, blending poetry and polyrhythms, the music of Hiatus Kaiyote is in a lane all by itself.

                            The 18-track, 70-minute odyssey from the Melbourne, Australia-based band takes listeners on a journey through the group's self-created ecosystem, populated with songs each embodying its own mini-cinematic sonic soundscape. The album is the hotly anticipated follow-up to their celebrated 2013 debut album "Tawk Tomahawk". Fans have already gotten a taste of what's to come on Choose Your Weapon by way of their December 2014 EP, By Fire, which featured three of the album's 18 tracks.

                            ""By Fire" is a burial song," says frontwoman Nai Palm, about the personal track. "It discusses the creative and destructive forces of fire and uses this element as a reference point to express about my father passing away in a house fire."

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side A
                            A1. Choose Your Weapon
                            A2. Shaolin Monk Motherfunk
                            A3. Laputa
                            A4. Creations Part One
                            A5. Borderline With My Atoms

                            Side B
                            B1. Breathing Underwater
                            B2. Cicada
                            B3. Swamp Thing
                            B4. Fingerprints
                            B5. Jekyll

                            Side C
                            C1. Prince Minikid
                            C2. Atari
                            C3. By Fire
                            C4. Creations Part Two

                            Side D
                            D1. The Lung
                            D2. Only Time All The Time: Making Friends With Studio Owl
                            D3. Molasses
                            D4. Building A Ladder

                            Bonus 7”
                            A1. Breathing Underwater (Roman Soto Cello Rework)
                            B1. Making Friends With Studio Owl (Club Mix)

                            Louis Cole

                            Quality Over Opinion

                              Louis Cole is a singer-songwriter and sickeningly talented multi-instrumentalist with a strong DIY aesthetic from Los Angeles, California. He is on a mission to create deep feelings through music and is the figurehead of an LA jazz-adjacent scene that includes Genevieve Artadi (with whom Cole co-founded the alt pop / electrofunk band Knower in 2009), Sam Gendel, Sam Wilkes, Jacob Mann, Dennis Hamm, Pedro Martins and more.

                              His new album “Quality Over Opinion” is 20 tracks deep, it was written, performed and produced on his own in his modest home studio, but Louis did invite a handful of close friends to contribute, namely Genevieve Artadi (“my no.1 music collaborator”); saxophonist Sam Gendel – Cole’s friend for 17 years; pianist Chris Fishman; Nate Wood from the band Kneebody; Marlon Mackey (“a pillar of the Bakersfield music scene”); and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. “This album is a representation of me trying to make the best, most powerful and listenable music I can. For myself and also others,” he says.

                              Louis’s main instrument is the drums and he has a background in jazz although the music he writes bears little resemblance to jazz in any pure or classical sense. His connection to the movement is more conceptual: “The root of jazz is pure freedom… no limits… just what you’re thinking right at that moment… a pure blast of limitlessness”. Accordingly Cole’s touchstones for “Quality Over Opinion” include boundary-pushing composers such as Gustav Mahler and György Ligeti alongside jazz icons like Miles Davis, the Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah, Morten Lauridsen (distinguished professor of music and American Choral Master) and Super Mario Kart. “There is no continuous thread of a story on this album, each song expresses its own moment in my life and time,” explains Louis. “I was inspired by joy, pain and the constant mission to pull something out of life around me”.

                              New single ‘I’m Tight’ arrives hot on the heels of ‘Let it Happen’ – “a timeless modern power ballad classic” released earlier this month. In contrast, ‘I’m Tight’ is a sleek, laser-focused Funk rocket, based on an utterly irresistible bassline. “It comes from me recording about 100 different cells of funk, choosing my favorite ones and quilting them together into a song,” says Louis. “I had to practice the bass part a lot for this one,” he adds, smiling.

                              Cole’s insane musicianship is no secret – he’s been sharing performance videos on YouTube for a decade – growing a dedicated fanbase who appreciate both his craft and off-the-wall style. Drums, bass, keys… he has a monk-like attitude to practice and perfecting his art. Thundercat describes him as “one of Los Angeles's greatest musicians” and earlier this year invited him to play drums on his recent tour of Japan. The pair have frequently written together including on the aptly titled ‘I Love Louis Cole’ from Thundercat’s Grammy-winning album “It Is What It Is”, ‘Bus in the Streets’ and ‘Jameel’s Space Ride’ (from Thundercat’s 2017 opus “Drunk”) and ‘Tunnels in the Air’ for Louis’ 2018 album “Time”. Flying Lotus has also expressed admiration for Louis, calling him “super inspirational” during the writing of his 2019 album “Flamagra”.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Quality Over Opinion
                              A2. Dead Inside Shuffle
                              A3. Not Needed Anymore
                              A4. Shallow Laughter
                              A5. Bitches (feat. Sam Gendel)
                              A6. Message (feat. Chris Fishman & Nate Wood)
                              B1. Failing In A Cool Way
                              B2. Disappear
                              B3. I’m Tight
                              B4. True Love
                              C1. Planet X
                              C2. Let Me Snack (feat. Marlon Mackey)
                              C3. Forgetting
                              C4. Park Your Car On My Face
                              C5. Don’t Care (feat. Genevieve Artadi)
                              D1. Laughing In Her Sleep
                              D2. Outer Moat Behavior
                              D3. When (feat. Kurt Rosenwinkel)
                              D4. Let It Happen
                              D5. Little Piano Thing

                              Dorian Concept

                              What We Do For Others

                                ‘What We Do For Others’ is the third studio album by the Austrian producer and synthesizer savant Dorian Concept, famed for his singular, beautifully detailed sonic tapestries and wild, utterly joyful live keyboard jam videos.

                                It’s a relaxed, quietly confident and intimate record, founded on delightfully loose arrangements, feedbacked soundscapes and blessed with snatches of cryptic vocals that are presented more as additional instrumentation rather than lyrical phrases.

                                During his distinguished career, Dorian Concept has collaborated with the likes of Thundercat, Flying Lotus,MF DOOM, Mark Pritchard, The Cinematic Orchestra and, most recently, he collaborated with Kenny Beatson his debut album, ‘Louie’.


                                TRACK LISTING

                                1.  Out
                                2.  Let It All Go
                                3.  Friends
                                4.  Survival Instinct
                                5.  You’re Untouchable
                                6.  The Other
                                7.  Fever
                                8.  Birds
                                9.  Not You Anymore
                                10.  That Place
                                11.  Turn Away
                                12.  Tools
                                13.  In

                                Terence Etc.

                                V O R T E X

                                  Debut album by Terence Etc. (real name Terence Nance), the multidisciplinary artist from Dallas, TX, who is best known for his work in film, such as his award-winning experimental comedy sketch series ‘Random Acts of Flyness’ on HBO.

                                  ‘V O R T E X’ was written and produced by Terence, along with longtime friends and collaborators Solomon Dorsey, Nick Hakim and his brother Nelson Bandela. It defies easy categorisation but is forged with the same spirit of experimentation and adventure synonymous with Terence’s heroes André 3000 and Stevie Wonder, and contemporaries such as Solange, Standing on the Corner, Earl Sweatshirt and, indeed, Brainfeeder’s illustrious founder, Flying Lotus.

                                  Terence is exhibiting at the Whitney Biennial 2022 in September at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.

                                  In 2019 Terence collaborated with Kamasi Washington (as part of the Ummah Chroma Creative Partners) on a film ‘As Told To G/D Thyself’ that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

                                  For fans of Steve Lacy, Blood Orange, Solange, Thundercat, Nick Hakim.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. VORTEX
                                  2. Terence's --- Love
                                  3. In Contemplation Of Clair's Scent
                                  4. Stay
                                  5. Infinince Or Infinity?
                                  6. Dragon
                                  7. I Miss Things I Never Had
                                  8. Sanity Envy
                                  9. A Moment Of Disguise
                                  10. The Merchant Of Flatbush
                                  11. (S)he Forgets

                                  Kuedo is an avant garde artist based in Berlin. Synergising Vangelis-esque futuristic melodies with thunderous drum programming, the sound is otherworldly in palette and explosive in dynamics. The album sonics owe as much to modern R&B icons like Frank Ocean and The Weeknd as they do to legendary composers such as David Axelrod and Tangerine Dream or contemporary breakbeat scientists Sully and Jlin.

                                  Collaborating with Flying Lotus on the “Blade Runner: Black Out 2022” OST (directed by Shinichirō Watanabe) led to Kuedo being signed by FlyLo’s Grammy-winning label Brainfeeder. He is a genuine genius of an artist who effortlessly treads the tightrope between electronica, classical and pop, and accordingly finds himself in demand with luxury brands such as Fendi and Bvlgari in addition to trailblazing haute couture designers such as Iris Van Herpen.

                                  Recommended if you like… Oneohtrix Point Never, Flying Lotus, Floating Points, Flume, Arca, FKA Twigs & Space Afrika. 

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: A undeniably Brainfeeder-esque artist drops album three (previous two on the equally experimental Planet Mu) and it's a riot of future electrics, freeform machine jazz and heavenly transmissions beamed from far away galaxies.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  01. Sliding Through Our
                                  Fingers
                                  02. Harlequin Hallway
                                  03. Time Glide
                                  04. Aeolian Bodies
                                  05. Shadow Dance
                                  06. Encounter(vanish)
                                  07. Infinite Window
                                  08. Paradise Water
                                  09. Skybleed Magic
                                  10. Cracked Face Panel
                                  11. Never - Para Sempre

                                  Jameszoo

                                  Blind

                                    Jameszoo (Mitchel van Dinther) returns to Brainfeeder with a new album – “Blind” – embarking on further adventures on the fringes of jazz and electronica. Imbued with the same spirit of adventure and experimental outlook as his previous work on the label, the recordings were shaped by van Dinther’s studio sessions at Willem Twee Studios – the specialist analogue studio in Den Bosch (Netherlands) with an unrivalled collection of vintage synthesizers – amongst other locations.

                                    “In music and other arts there is a heavy emphasis on the artist,” says Mitchel. “Which composer, which soloist, which performer and the shifting emphasis between them all colours what we hear. Is it possible to create something that bypasses this? A project that forces active objective listening?”

                                    These were the questions that Mitchel was pondering as he embarked on making “Blind”. Was he successful in his endeavour? “I didn’t even come close to be completely honest,” he laughs. “But all these (sometimes silly) attempts became the backbone for this new album.”

                                    Mitchel started by trying to bypass himself as the protagonist, beginning by remotely recording musicians and collaborators reshaping his initial ideas and concepts, step by step morphing the music as if repainting a portrait again and again. “I tried to stop force-feeding my own preconceived notions of what music should sound like. Instead I would politely impose new ideas to the compositions, crossing fingers it wouldn't reject these ideas like a failed organ transplant. Then something special started to happen, where the music seemed to grow almost self aware. I really enjoyed this process of letting loose and actively listening!”

                                    Fascinated by the idea of a non-existent soloist, Mitchel recorded all sorts of motorised instruments to attempt to embody this idea. For example, the Disklavier (motorised piano) which allowed for precision and the execution of passages unplayable by the human hand. “It really helped me aesthetically detach from the human aspect,” he says. “The Disklavier started to embody the music’s characteristics.”

                                    “Blind” exists as an album and a short film directed by Sven Bresser and Mitchel van Dinther himself. The film stemmed from conversations that Mitchel had with the fantastic performer Saïd Gharbi who is blind and who was kind enough to share his experiences on translating his senses to something he can only partly experience himself. “We talked about his process of exploring and engaging with his other senses after losing his sight,” explains Mitchel. “Through these conversations we decided on making a short movie together to accompany the album, portraying Saïd’s and my own experience of this music and our senses.”

                                    Finally, in an ultimate attempt to transform into music itself Mitchel asked the cult Chilean-French filmmaker and artist Alejandro Jodorowsky the question: ‘how do I shape-shift?’, with Alejandro answering the question via a recorded tarot reading. “He had no more than a few minor details about me and was guided by his cards to formulate his response, which was a dazzling 14 minute long answer where I felt like he could see me and my world without me physically being anywhere near him,” says Mitchel smiling.

                                    Supported by a cast of exceptionally talented friends on “Blind” who share van Dinther’s passion for improvisation and invention, Mitchel once agains links with his long term writing partner and keyboard whizz Niels Broos, Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and drummers Richard Spaven and Julian Sartorius, all of whom contributed to van Dinther’s debut album “Fool” (2016). Violinist Diamanda La Berge Dramm, pianist/organist Kit Downes (ECM), visionary trumpeter Peter Evans, trailblazing British saxophonist Evan Parker (a pivotal figure in the European free jazz movement), drummer Christian Lillinger, Brainfeeder label mate Oliver Johnson (Dorian Concept), saxophonist John Dikeman and the acclaimed sound explorer Matthew Bourne also contribute.


                                    Jaga Jazzist

                                    Pyramid Remix

                                      Jaga Jazzist's 'Pyramid' displayed a wonderful mix of soaring electronics and jagged avant jazz, and their latest eandeavour sees a number of shining lights in today's electronic music landscape pull out the stems for a brilliantly diverse and wonderfully exploratory set of remixes. 

                                      Petter Eldh's remix of 'The Shrine' sees the main refrain chopped up and scattered liberally among a few shards of industrial noises and shimmering synth swells, kicking things off in wonderful fashion before the pulsing dystopian glimmer of the OKIOK rework of the same piece. It seems odd to have two remixes of the same piece following each-other but in this instance they're so wildly different that you can hardly even tell they're from the same stock. 

                                      Lindstrom' & Prins Thomas' rework of 'Apex' is one of the top cuts for me, forging a perfect mixture of the former's airy euphoric electronica, and the latter's laid-back house into a by-the-pool groover that continues to grow organically into a not inconsiderable near-12-minute anthem. 

                                      Prins makes an appearance again later on with the snappy tribal funk of 'Spiral Era', before the set closes out with André Bratten's woozy saturated ambient rework of the wonderful 'Tomita'. 

                                      A worthy and wonderfully varied collection of home listening house, or cosmic jazz for a VERY chilled dancefloor. 




                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. The Shrine (Petter Eldh Remix)
                                      A2. The Shrine (OKIOK Remix)
                                      B1. Tomita (Paul Bender Remix)
                                      B2. Apex (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix)
                                      C1. The Shrine (Ian Chang Remix)
                                      C2. Tomita (OKR Of Once And Future Band Remix)
                                      D1. Spiral Era (Prins Thomas Remix)
                                      D2. Tomita (André Bratten Remix)

                                      Thundercat

                                      The Golden Age Of Apocalypse (Ten Year Anniversary Edition) - Black Friday Edition

                                        AVAILABLE ONLINE ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27TH FROM 8AM.

                                        LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


                                        Deluxe reissue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of GRAMMY winning artist Thundercat’s debut album from 2011: the record that introduced Thundercat to the world as a truly mercurial talent.

                                        Executive produced by his longtime musical partner Flying Lotus and featuring musical contributions from Erykah Badu, Taylor Graves, Austin Peralta, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Kamasi Washington, Brandon Coleman, Chris “Daddy” Dave, Shafiq Husayn, Om’Mas Keith and more.

                                        Universally acclaimed for its enthusiastic fusion and adventurous spirit, the record embraces “electronic music's futuristic sound-sculpting and reconnects it with the history of African-American pop” resulting in a “densely layered, expertly played, genre-crossing marvel” (Pitchfork).

                                        Translucent red LP housed in a beautiful gold sleeve with large Thundercat logo hologram sticker and gold holofoil detail.

                                        Includes two bonus tracks: ‘$200 TB’ and ‘Daylight (Reprise)’. 

                                        Recommended if you like: Flying Lotus, Anderson. Paak, Kamasi Washington, BADBADNOTGOOD

                                        Limited to 1500 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        SIDE A
                                        A1. HooooooO
                                        A2. Daylight
                                        A3. Fleer Ultra
                                        A4. Is It Love?
                                        A5. For Love (I Come Your Friend)
                                        A6. It Really Doesn’t Matter To You
                                        A7. Jamboree
                                        SIDE B
                                        B1. Boat Cruise
                                        B2. Seasons
                                        B3. Goldenboy
                                        B4. Walkin'
                                        B5. Mystery Machine (The Golden Age Of Apocalypse)
                                        B6. Return To The Journey
                                        B7. $200 TB
                                        B8. Daylight (Reprise)

                                        Following on from DJ Seinfeld, the lo-fi house superstars of yesterday return with a brand new sound! With Seinfeld's self-confessed ode to Burial on "Mirrors", Ross From Friends levels up with "Tread", coyly released on Brainfeeder Records as to hint at the change (read: update) in musical direction.

                                        Melodic, touching, nostalgic but brilliantly modern and original, "Tread" runs the full gamut from melancholy to euphoria. It’s also sleeker and arguably more dancefloor-focused than his acclaimed debut album, "Family Portrait", but his signature personality - wavy, drunkard pads, sloppy coke can drums, angelic vocal hooks and smudged bass - is ever present.

                                        A brilliantly realized long player that fans of Bicep, DJ Koze, Floating Points & Hidden Spheres are gonna really enjoy. 


                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Matt says: Really enjoying the return of DJ Seinfeld and Ross From Friends. It's nice to see them moving onto new pastures after riding the lo-fi template to the event horizon. Delicate, intimate and rich with natsukashii it's also undeniably forward glancing and looking for new methods of expression within the dance music framework. Top marks.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. The Daisy
                                        2. Love Divide
                                        3. Revellers
                                        4. A Brand New Start
                                        5. XXX Olympiad
                                        6. Grub
                                        7. Spatter/Splatter
                                        8. Morning Sun In A Dusty Room
                                        9. Run
                                        10. Life In A Mind
                                        11. Thresho_1.0
                                        12. Thresho_1.1 

                                        Hiatus Kaiyote

                                        Mood Valiant

                                          Hiatus Kaiyote is comprised of Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield (guitar, vocals), Paul Bender (bass), Simon Mavin (keys), and Perrin Moss (drums)

                                          The new album has been in the making for six years, but that interval reflects more hustle than hiatus. The result is an album that relaxes into a groove: sunlit, sublime, masterful. Behind everything is Hiatus’ familiar sense of musical adventure, their knack for making the complex sound simple.

                                          The six year journey of the album originally began on the road, as they began to add new material to their live sets in while touring in support of Choose Your Weapon. By the fall of 2018, backing tracks had largely been laid, ready for Nai’s vocals. Then, during a brief swing through the U.S., Hiatus’s frontwoman was diagnosed with breast cancer. “That was a massive scare,” recalls Nai. Her mother’s death from the same disease was never far from her mind. Nai rushed back to Australia and into the hospital, where she underwent a life-saving mastectomy. As Nai recovered, the band turned back to their work with altered perspectives. Her lyrics, even those written before her illness, took on a prescient quality. It wasn't until a trip to Rio de Janeiro in late-2019 to work with legendary Brazilian arranger Arthur Verocai on "Get Sun" that the vibe of the entire album shifted.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Matt says: Staples of the modern funk and soul scene, HK return with, surprisingly, only their third album to date. A hard touring schedule combined with impeccable quality control has restrained (read: distilled) this act into only releasing their most quality of jams. For this we must thank them - presenting their sound as high quality, easy to digest dishes of soul food.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          LP
                                          Side A

                                          1. Flight Of The Tiger Lily
                                          2. Sip Into Something Soft
                                          3. Chivalry Is Not Dead
                                          4. And We Go Gentle
                                          5. Get Sun (feat. Arthur Verocai)
                                          6. All The Words We Don’t Say

                                          Side B
                                          1. Hush Rattle
                                          2. Rose Water
                                          3. Red Room
                                          4. Sparkle Tape Break Up
                                          5. Stone Or Lavender
                                          6. Blood And Marrow

                                          CD

                                          1. Flight Of The Tiger Lily
                                          2. Sip Into Something Soft
                                          3. Chivalry Is Not Dead
                                          4. And We Go Gentle
                                          5. Get Sun (feat. Arthur Verocai)
                                          6. All The Words We Don't Say
                                          7. Hush Rattle
                                          8. Rose Water
                                          9. Red Room
                                          10. Sparkle Tape Break Up
                                          11. Stone Or Lavender
                                          12. Blood And Marrow

                                          Thundercat

                                          It Is What It Is

                                            “It Is What It Is” was produced by Flying Lotus and Thundercat and features musical contributions from Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole and Zack Fox. The album follows his game-changing third album “Drunk” (2017). That record completed his transition from virtuoso bassist to bonafide star and cemented his reputation as a unique voice that transcends genre. “This album is about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that,” Bruner says about “It Is What It Is”. “It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at different points in life you come across places that you don’t necessarily understand… some things just aren’t meant to be understood.”

                                            The unruly bounce of new single ‘Black Qualls’ is classic Thundercat, teaming up with Steve Lacy (The Internet) and Funk icon Steve Arrington (Slave). It’s another example of Stephen Lee Bruner’s desire to highlight the lineage of his music and pay his respects to the musicians who inspired him. Discovering Arrington’s output in his late teens, Bruner says he fell in love with his music immediately: “The tone of the bass, the way his stuff feels and moves, it resonated through my whole body.”

                                            ‘Black Qualls’ emerged from writing sessions with Lacy, whom Thundercat describes as “the physical incarnate of the Ohio Players in one person - he genuinely is a funky ass dude”. It references what it means to be a black American with a young mindset: “What it feels like to be in this position right now… the weird ins and outs, we’re talking about those feelings… Part of me knew this [track] was where Steve [Arrington] left us.”

                                            For fans of Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Flying Lotus, Kamasi
                                            Washington, BADBADNOTGOOD.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Millie says: Thundercat is the definition of cool, I think we can all agree. ‘It Is What It Is’ confirmed this with the blend of funk, streaked with an electronic-fusion and unique boldness. Characteristically fast, energetic and unrelentingly stylish.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Vinyl:
                                            A-Side
                                            1. Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
                                            2. Innerstellar Love
                                            3. I Love Louis Cole (feat. Louis Cole)
                                            4. Black Qualls (feat. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, & Childish Gambino)
                                            5. Miguel's Happy Dance
                                            6. How Sway
                                            7. Funny Thing
                                            B-Side
                                            1. Overseas (feat. Zack Fox)
                                            2. Dragonball Durag
                                            3. How I Feel
                                            4. King Of The Hill
                                            5. Unrequited Love
                                            6. Fair Chance (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B)
                                            7. Existential Dread
                                            8. It Is What It Is

                                            CD:
                                            1. Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
                                            2. Innerstellar Love
                                            3. I Love Louis Cole (feat. Louis Cole)
                                            4. Black Qualls (feat. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, & Childish Gambino)
                                            5. Miguel's Happy Dance
                                            6. How Sway
                                            7. Funny Thing
                                            8. Overseas (feat. Zack Fox)
                                            9. Dragonball Durag
                                            10. How I Feel
                                            11. King Of The Hill
                                            12. Unrequited Love
                                            13. Fair Chance (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B)
                                            14. Existential Dread
                                            15. It Is What It Is (feat. Pedro Martins)

                                            Jaga Jazzist

                                            Pyramid

                                              Jaga Jazzist return with new album “Pyramid”, where the legendary Norwegian eight-piece takes a deep dive into post-rock, jazz and psychedelia influences. It’s their first album since 2015’s “Starfire”, their ninth album in a career now spanning four decades, but it marks the group’s debut on Brainfeeder, the LA-based imprint curated by Flying Lotus. On “Pyramid”, Jaga Jazzist have crafted a suitably cosmic sound to match their new label home, all the while nodding to forebears spanning from 80s jazz band Out To Lunch and Norwegian synth guru Ståle Storløkken, to contemporaries Tame Impala, Todd Terje and Jon Hopkins. Each of the album’s four longform entries evolves over carefully plotted movements, the tracks’ technicolour threads dreamily unspooling.

                                              The band, led by Lars Horntveth and his compositions, took a direct approach to the creation of “Pyramid”. Whereas “Starfire” saw them take the idea of a traditional studio record to extremity, with different members dipping in and out of the booth to write, record and experiment over two years, the process behind “Pyramid” was almost the polar opposite: it took just two weeks. Both records were driven by the same curious, experimental spirit, but the processes were very different. Retreating to a secluded woodland studio in neighbouring Sweden, they bunkered into the studio for 12 hour days. “The most important thing is that we didn’t want to over-analyze every musical idea” says co-founder and drummer Martin Horntveth. “We wanted to follow the first and original idea and keep the freshness.” For a band which has never settled on any one sound or style, the continuity lies in their constant willingness to evolve, experiment and improvise.

                                              “Pyramid” is Jaga Jazzist’s first self-produced album (most of their records being produced by close collaborator Jørgen Træen) and it meant a change in the way they operate. On the one hand, there were lots of different voices jostling to be heard. On the other, they didn’t have an independent figure to make a call on whether something was a good idea. “It was hard but felt natural to do ourselves, as five of us are producers and make records for a living,” Martin says. The result is an album that feels more collaborative than ever.

                                              Whilst they wouldn’t describe “Pyramid” as a concept album, the band see the track titles as a conceptual starting point from which the listener can construct whatever story flows out of the songs. The album title refers to the building blocks which make up a pyramid, and how each of the four tracks – and their constituent parts – fit together. ‘Tomita’ is a nod to Japanese composer and synth player Isao Tomita, and ‘The Shrine’ alludes to Fela Kuti’s legendary Lagos venue. Lars says: “I felt that this album is a small symphony, each part containing its own rooms to explore.” 

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Tomita
                                              2. Spiral Era
                                              3. The Shrine
                                              4. Apex

                                              Wajatta

                                              Don’t Let Get You Down

                                                Wajatta (pronounced wa-HA-ta) - aka Reggie Watts and John Tejada - return on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. Coming from different worlds but sharing a passion for the rich history of electronic music, beat-boxer / comedian / musician Watts and electronic music artist / DJ / producer Tejada bring out the best in each other’s formidable skill sets. Exploring the intersection between influences and innovation, the two describe Wajatta’s music as ‘electronic dance music with its roots in Detroit techno, Chicago house, ‘70s funk and New York hip hop.’ It’s a sound that is both familiar and wholly original and, like all great dance music, ultimately life-affirming. As a result, the 11 tracks on “Don’t Let Get You Down” crackle with the energy of fresh ideas captured at the moment of inspiration. It’s electronic music made organically, from two masters at the top of their respective games.

                                                For fans of HNNY, Caribou, Ross From Friends, Jacques Greene, Channel Tres.


                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: It would be hard for anything to get you down after listening to the title track of this killer collaboration, and the rest of the album only continues in the same vein. Owing as much to early instrumental hip-hop as it does modern soul and electronica, this is a rich and varied outing and one you have to hear to believe. Grooves for DAYS.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Renegades
                                                Little Man
                                                Don’t Let Get You Down
                                                Realize
                                                Tonight
                                                138
                                                January
                                                Marmite
                                                Depth Has A Focus
                                                Another Sun
                                                All I Need Is You

                                                British producer of exalted electronics Lapalux (aka Stuart Howard) returns to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label for his fourth album. The title ‘Amnioverse’ is “a sort of portmanteau of the amniotic sac and the universe that revolves around notions of fluidity: that birth, life, death, and rebirth is a never ending continuum.” He channels these ethereal ideas through a new and ever-expanding modular synth set-up, effortless spanning tempos and balancing space and texture, injecting human emotion and layering recordings of weather, wind, rain and fire, to invoke an elemental, celestial feel. For fans of Actress, Burial, Andy Stott, Oneohtrix Point Never.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Oblivion
                                                Voltaic Acid
                                                Momentine
                                                Earth
                                                Hellix
                                                Thin Air
                                                Limb To Limb
                                                The Lux Quadrant
                                                Amnioverse
                                                Esc

                                                The wait is finally over for new music by Teebs, aka Mtendere Mandowa. It’s been 5 years since his last body of work, but 25 October will mark the release of his next full length album “​Anicca”.​ With the help of a host of musical friends including ​Panda Bear (Animal Collective), Sudan Archives, Ringgo Ancheta aka MNDSGN, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Anna Wise, daydream Masi, Former Boy, Pink Siifu, Jimetta Rose and Thomas Stankiewicz, the 4​7 minute LP fuses Teebs’ signature bright and fluid productions with the grounded and colorful elements of his collaborators.

                                                With roots at the ‘My Hollow Drum’ collective, Dublab, and Low End Theory, Teebs is a staple in Los Angeles music. “My creative family in LA is so important,” he explains. “It’s a part of who I am when I step outside and how others in LA view me. I love the feeling of community and trying to understand how I can be useful in it.” A consummate artist with a completely unique style, his ideas seemingly flow from a cloudy hidden realm of the ether straight through the medium and onto the canvas. As both a producer and a painter, his projects possess a flawless consistency that pull one deep into the worlds he creates.

                                                Reflecting on his 5 year hiatus from releasing music, he says: “It feels like it [the music] comes from a different place now. My inspiration to work has changed and my choices with it. I’ve explored more with what tools and instruments I used and tried to be more open to collaboration.” ​The record showcases just how effortlessly his work lays landscapes for his guests’ contributions to blend in with his own production and Teebs himself is full of admiration for his collaborators. For example, of Panda Bear from Animal Collective, who is featured on lead single ‘Studie’ he explains that: “Everything he decides to do is pure gold or fine wine.” It’s a similar story with kindred spirit Sudan Archives who graces ‘Black Dove’ - of whom he says, “She really is a scary genius who deserves the world’s ears and eyes.”

                                                The album was recorded mostly at home using his Roland SP-404 sampler, Mellotron M4000D synthesizer, seprewa (Ghanaian harp-lute), guitar and laptop - “If you listen closely you might hear my daughter speaking or my wife typing on a laptop on the record,” Teebs says smiling. Family is at the heart of Mtendere’s life now and they are his primary source of inspiration. “My daughter was born the year after ‘Estara’ and taking time to watch her grow meant everything to me...” he explains. “Also my relationships with my wife,mother, brother, and the friends around me, and the mistakes I’ve made through my life have all inspired Anicca.” He also cites the American poet David Antin and his 1976 work “Talking at the Boundaries” as a notable read and a quote about art, nature and form from Hans Arp’s “Notes from a Dada Diary” that struck a chord with him during the making of the record.

                                                As for the title - “Anicca” - it describes the impermanence of all being in Buddhism. Recognition of the fact that ‘anicca’ characterizes everything is one of the first steps in the Buddhist’s spiritual progress toward enlightenment. “It’s a reminder to myself that nothing is permanent,” he says.

                                                A highly respected visual artist, Teebs created the artwork for “Anicca” just as he has done for his previous albums. “I’m using the two disciplines [music and art] together to explore the worlds of communication and semi abstractions” he explains. The artwork for “Anicca” started as a drawing about his wife and mother and evolved into an enamel pin that transformed again as he collaborated with his friend Megan Geer-Alsop to make a stained glass replica. That work later got photographed and digitally enhanced to make the cover. “The artwork is so special to me because of all the hands working together to create an idea,” says Mtendere. “The piece went through so much change and landed in a state of constant change being made out of glass with its colors and reflections… no matter how you look at it or what time of day it is, it’s always something different, yet the same... quite like nature works. It felt like life, like semi abstractions and like the album title.”

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Millie says: Five years of waiting ‘Anicca’ doesn’t disappoint one bit, drenched in electronic gold and ambient glistening vocals. Teebs’ creative process revolves around a close knit of community and family, creating a dimensional art within his music.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Atoms Song (feat. Thomas Stankiewicz)
                                                2. Black Dove (feat. Sudan Archives)
                                                3. Shells
                                                4. Threads (feat. Anna Wise)
                                                5. Studie (feat. Panda Bear)
                                                6. Mirror Memory
                                                7. Prayers I
                                                8. Prayers Ii
                                                9. Universe (feat. Daydream Masi)
                                                10. Marcel
                                                11. Mmntm (feat. Ringgo Ancheta And Former Boy)
                                                12. Daughter Callin' (feat. Pink Siifu)
                                                13. Slumber
                                                14. Muted (feat. Thomas Stankiewicz)

                                                Salami Rose Joe Louis

                                                Zdenka 2080

                                                  Salami Rose Joe Louis (real name Lindsay Olsen) - the Bay Area based musician, composer and producer - releases her new album "Zdenka 2080" via Brainfeeder. Drawing inspiration from film, literature, art and music, "Zdenka 2080" was heavily influenced in particular by a series of apocalyptic sci-fi novels by Octavia Butler and Gene Wolf. 'They inspired me to explore the realms of fantasy as a means of illuminating concepts and truths about our own society and humanity,' she says. 'I also was very inspired by the movies Tekkonkinkreet and Embrace of the Serpent - a beautiful exploration of capitalism, colonialism and greed.' For fans of Puma Blue, Matty (Badbadnotgood), Roisin Murphy, Angel Olsen and Infinite Bisous.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Suddenly
                                                  Octagonal Room
                                                  She Wakes Up / First
                                                  Dimension
                                                  Love The Sun
                                                  Cirrus Floccus / Second Dimension
                                                  Cumulous Potion (For The Clouds To Sing)
                                                  Nostalgic Montage
                                                  Meet Zee In 3-D / Third Dimension
                                                  Confessions Of The Metropolis Spaceship
                                                  A Brief Intermission
                                                  Sitting With Thoughts
                                                  Earth Creature
                                                  Peculiar Machine / Fourth Dimension
                                                  Drifting
                                                  You Get Blue
                                                  Diatoms And Dinoflagellates / Fifth Dimension
                                                  Transformation Of A Molecule / Sixth Dimension
                                                  The Artist / Seventh Dimension
                                                  Collision, Gravity, Time
                                                  Heads Turn To Paintings
                                                  Cosmic Dawn / Eighth Dimension
                                                  To Be Continued…

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  Brainfeeder X - 10th Anniversary Boxset

                                                    Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label is celebrating its tenth birthday with a new compilation.

                                                    Brainfeeder X looks to the label's past and future, with the first volume focusing on past highlights (including new remixes) and a second volume comprising all new tracks from Brainfeeder staples and newcomers. Artists who are contributing new tunes include Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Teebs, Ross From Friends, Dorian Concept, Lapalux, Iglooghost and Moiré.

                                                    The label says that Brainfeeder X comprises "extraterrestrial Afro-Futurist odysseys, distorted and muddied psychedelia and samba-infused hymns to the Boxer rebellion... fundamentally LA shit, carefully franchised worldwide to spiritually aligned kinsmen." 

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Vinyl:

                                                    A1. Teebs - Why Like This?
                                                    A2. Jeremiah Jae - $easons
                                                    A3. Lapalux - Without You (feat. Kerry Leatham)
                                                    A4. Iglooghost - Bug Thief
                                                    A5. TOKiMONSTA - Fallen Arches

                                                    B1. Miguel Baptista Benedict - Phemy
                                                    B2. Matthewdavid - Group Tea (feat. Flying Lotus)
                                                    B3. Martyn - Masks
                                                    B4. Mr. Oizo - Ham
                                                    B5. Daedelus - Order Of The Golden Dawn

                                                    C1. Jameszoo - Flake
                                                    C2. Taylor McFerrin - Place In My Heart (feat. RYAT)
                                                    C3. MONO/POLY - Needs Deodorant
                                                    C4. Thundercat - Them Changes

                                                    D1. DJ Paypal - Slim Trak VIP
                                                    D2. Thundercat - Friend Zone (Ross From Friends Remix)
                                                    D3. Brandon Coleman - Walk Free (Flying Lotus Remix)

                                                    E1. Thundercat - King Of The Hill (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD)
                                                    E2. Lapalux - Opilio
                                                    E3. Ross From Friends - Squaz
                                                    E4. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Myrrh Song

                                                    F1. Dorian Concept - Eigendynamik
                                                    F2. Louis Cole - Thinking
                                                    F3. Iglooghost - Yellow Gum
                                                    F4. WOKE - The Lavishments Of Light Looking (feat. George Clinton)
                                                    F5. PBDY - Bring Me Down (feat. Salami Rose Joe Louis)
                                                    F6. Jeremiah Jae - Black Salt

                                                    G1. Flying Lotus - Ain't No Coming Back (feat. BUSDRIVER)
                                                    G2. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Kazaru
                                                    G3. Taylor Graves - Goku
                                                    G4. Little Snake - Delusions

                                                    H1. Strangeloop - Beautiful Undertow
                                                    H2. MONO/POLY - Funkzilla (feat. Seven Davis Jr)
                                                    H3. Teebs - Birthday Beat
                                                    H4. Moiré - Lisbon
                                                    H5. Locust Toybox - Otravine

                                                    CD:

                                                    DISC 01
                                                    01. Teebs - Why Like This?
                                                    02. Jeremiah Jae - $easons
                                                    03. Lapalux - Without You (feat. Kerry Leatham)
                                                    04. Iglooghost - Bug Thief
                                                    05. TOKiMONSTA - Fallen Arches
                                                    06. Miguel Baptista Benedict - Phemy
                                                    07. Matthewdavid - Group Tea (feat. Flying Lotus)
                                                    08. Martyn - Masks
                                                    09. Mr. Oizo - Ham
                                                    10. Daedelus - Order Of The Golden Dawn
                                                    11. Jameszoo - Flake
                                                    12. Taylor McFerrin - Place In My Heart (feat. RYAT)
                                                    13. MONO/POLY - Needs Deodorant
                                                    14. Thundercat - Them Changes
                                                    15. DJ Paypal - Slim Trak VIP
                                                    16. Thundercat - Friend Zone (Ross From Friends Remix)
                                                    17. Brandon Coleman - Walk Free (Flying Lotus Remix)


                                                    DISC 02
                                                    01. Thundercat - King Of The Hill (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD)
                                                    02. Lapalux - Opilio
                                                    03. Ross From Friends - Squaz
                                                    04. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Myrrh Song
                                                    05. Dorian Concept - Eigendynamik
                                                    06. Louis Cole - Thinking
                                                    07. Iglooghost - Yellow Gum
                                                    08. WOKE - The Lavishments Of Light Looking (feat. George Clinton)
                                                    09. PBDY - Bring Me Down (feat. Salami Rose Joe Louis)
                                                    10. Jeremiah Jae - Black Salt
                                                    11. Flying Lotus - Ain't No Coming Back (feat. BUSDRIVER)
                                                    12. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Kazaru
                                                    13. Taylor Graves - Goku
                                                    14. Little Snake - Delusions
                                                    15. Strangeloop - Beautiful Undertow
                                                    16. MONO/POLY - Funkzilla (feat. Seven Davis Jr)
                                                    17. Teebs - Birthday Beat
                                                    18. Moiré - Lisbon
                                                    19. Locust Toybox - Otravine

                                                    Georgia Anne Muldrow

                                                    Overload

                                                      During her 12 year career, Georgia Anne Muldrow has earned the respect and admiration of listeners and peers alike via her incredible talent not only as a vocalist and songwriter spanning jazz, soul and hip-hop, but her long standing role as a producer and musician.

                                                      “You’re my Jay Electronica… you take it there,” declares Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest. He is one of a long list of admirers including Mos Def (“She’s incredible. She’s like [Roberta] Flack, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, she’s something else.”), Erykah Badu, Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange (“She is one of my favourite musicians in the world”), Bilal and Robert Glasper who invited Georgia to perform on his “Miles Ahead” OST in 2016.

                                                      “Music is my discipline. It’s my way of meditating, it’s my way of thanking God, it’s my way of communicating… It’s my way of life,” Georgia explains. Typically working alone, her new album flips that dynamic and takes Georgia out of her comfort zone for the first time since “Seeds” (2003) which was entirely produced by Madlib. “Overload” bears the fruits of numerous collaborations, most notably with duo Mike & Keys (50 Cent, Nipsey Hustle, Snoop Dogg, G-Eazy) who contribute production to four tracks including the sleek, anthemic title track - Pitchfork ‘Best New Track’ on 25 June 2018 - alongside Khalil (Dr Dre).

                                                      “Overload [the album] is an experiment in restraint,” she explains. I pack myself into something as clear as possible with the help of gifted artists from all over the world. The live show is an experiment in interpretation. That's when [my band] The Righteous and I unpack into a joyful noise. Both of these dynamics have been striving to balance themselves within me since birth… since wanting to record anything. And by the grace of Patience, Discipline and Devotion, a sweet spot has started to appear.”

                                                      Elsewhere Dutchman Moods and Manila’s Lustbass bring the slo-mo funk heat on ‘Aerosol’ and ‘Vital Transformation’ respectively, and Shana Jenson (Muldrow) and Georgia’s partner Dudley Perkins crop up on ‘You Can Always Count On Me’ (a cover of the Gap Band classic) and ‘These Are The Things I Like About You’. Flying Lotus, Aloe Blacc and Dudley Perkins share Executive Production credits on the album.

                                                      Themes of Love, Spirituality, Self-Actualisation are woven into Georgia’s music, but she also does not shy away from politics and has been loudly and vigorously critical of the persistent state of inequality between Black and White in the US. Nowhere more directly than on ‘Blam’ - a song about self-defence. “I believe that it has the bones of spiritual song,” says Georgia. “It’s an updated negro spiritual in aesthetic”.

                                                      Georgia was 17 when she began making beats in earnest, but first lit up the scene with her debut album “Olesi: Fragments Of An Earth” in 2006. It was at this time that Georgia met, befriended and collaborated with the likes of Madlib, Oh No, MED (fka Medaphoar), Wildchild, DJ Romes and her future partner Dudley Perkins aka Declaime. She co-founded the SomeOthaShip Connect record label with Dudley in 2008, the platform and springboard for many of her musical travels that have expanded and extended down myriad pathways. Georgia has collected many names over the years: Ms. One, Pattie Blingh & The Akebulan 5, an electro fusion collaboration with DJ Romes called Blackhouse and astral jazz outings as Jyoti - a Hindu name given to Georgia by her Aunt Radha’s friend Alice Coltrane (they attended the same ashram) and serendipitously Great Aunt to one Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus. “She showed me so much love as a child. She knew I was going to work with synthesisers before I did,” laughs Georgia.

                                                      It is fitting that a decade on in 2018, Georgia should sign to Brainfeeder - a record label deeply embedded in LA, with a ton of shared history, shared beliefs and a united vision of the future - to release her stunning new album “Overload”.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Millie says: Georgia Anne Muldrow’s new album is a roaring success with fellow musicians such as Flying Lotus and Blood Orange raving about her music. The album breathes her passion and beliefs which are woven throughout, absolutely beautiful.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Side A
                                                      01. I.O.T.A. (Instrument Of The Ancestors)
                                                      02. Play It Up
                                                      03. Overload
                                                      04. Blam
                                                      05. Williehook (Skit)
                                                      06. Aerosol
                                                      07. Vital Transformation

                                                      Side B
                                                      08. You Can Always Count On Me (feat. Shana Jenson)
                                                      09. These Are The Things I Really Like About You (feat. Dudley Perkins)
                                                      10. Canadian Hillbilly
                                                      11. Conmigo (Reprise)
                                                      12. Bobbie's Dittie
                                                      13. Ciao

                                                      Dorian Concept

                                                      The Nature Of Imitation

                                                      Dorian Concept - the insanely gifted keyboardist, producer and collaborator with Flying Lotus, Thundercat and The Cinematic Orchestra - makes his debut on Brainfeeder and the result is refreshingly unpretentious: dizzying swells, cacophonous breakdowns and formidable rhythms are both expert and childlike, hyperactive and hyper-focused. It's a multi-coloured and multi-textured affair which both nods to, and distances itself from fellow luminaries, with the most obvious comparison somewhere between the the luminous and full frequency sounds of Lone and Hudson Mohawke. Fans of Machine Drum, Floating Points and Cid Rim will also find much to enjoy; as will, I'm sure, anyone into the new Peckham jazz / electronics scene and the modern day whizz kids of LA mentioned above. 

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Promises
                                                      Angel Shark
                                                      J Buyers
                                                      A Mother’s Lament
                                                      No Time Not Mine
                                                      Pedestrians
                                                      Self Similarity
                                                      Dishwater
                                                      E13
                                                      The Space
                                                      You Give And Give

                                                      Ross From Friends

                                                      Family Portrait

                                                        The culmination of almost two years of intense studio time, working 20 hour days, and often spending months perfecting just one aspect of a track. "I tried to be careful with every single sound” he explains, “Trying new things, making a bit more of an explosive sound”. The album also finds Felix recording his own voice for the first time, with the resulting tracks acting as snapshots of his personal life while recording. “Every time I went to make music the things which would really grab me are the emotional things, and while I’m in that place I felt I could really focus on the track. That was a massive part of this album, tapping into my emotions… into my emotional instability”.

                                                        The album title - “Family Portrait” - also nods to a very specific personal aspect of the record: the influence of his parents. Dance music has always been a feature in Felix's life, with early memories of his dad producing music on his analogue set-up, or pumping out hi-NRG tracks on the turntable, he grew up discussing, sharing and learning about music from his dad. “My dad has been hugely influential to the whole thing,” he explains. However it was with the emergence of some old family VHS tapes, and the story of how Felix’s parents came to meet, that the true significance became clear.

                                                        As integral to the Ross From Friends identity as the recorded music is the live show, the two having always existed in tandem. Enlisting the skills of two friends, John Dunk on sax and keys, and Jed Hampson on electric guitar, to build out his arrangements into a show which works as well on a festival stage as in a club. The band head out on a headline tour in September, with upcoming live shows at Primavera Sound, Field Day and Kala Festival this summer to name a few.


                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A1. Happy Birthday Nick
                                                        A2. Thank God I'm A Lizard
                                                        A3. Wear Me Down

                                                        B1. The Knife
                                                        B2. Project Cybersyn
                                                        B3. Don't Wake Dad

                                                        C1. Family Portrait
                                                        C2. Pale Blue Dot
                                                        C3. Back Into Space
                                                        C4. Parallel Sequence

                                                        D1. R.A.T.S.
                                                        D2. The Beginning

                                                        Thundercat, OG Ron C & The Chopstars

                                                        Drank

                                                          Brainfeeder presents a special "chopped not slopped” mix of Thundercat’s incredible album “Drunk” (2017) by DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C of legendary Houston DJ collective The Chopstars. Slowed down, chopped up and pressed on purple vinyl, the mix has been appropriately re-titled “Drank”. “If you got ‘Drunk’ it’s only right that you get ‘Drank’. I feel like they go together” declares Thundercat.

                                                          Recommended if you like… Flying Lotus, BADBADNOTGOOD, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Screw ∙ 2LP limited edition purple vinyl edition housed in artworked inners inside a 5mm spined outer sleeve. Photography by Eddie Alcazar and artwork by Zack Fox.

                                                          Includes MP3 download code.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Millie says: In the words of Kendrick Lamar 'Pour up, drank, head shot, drank, sit down, drank, stand up, drank'. Drank is the sequel to Thundercat’s previous release last year ‘Drunk’, remixed and all freshened up to provide the jazziest of vibes you could ever need.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Rabbot Ho (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Drink Dat (ft Wiz Khalifa) (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Lava Lamp (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Weakstyle (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Show You The Way (ft Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins) (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Where I'm Going (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Tokyo (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Uh Uh (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Inferno (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Them Changes (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          I Am Crazy (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          3AM (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Jethro (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          The Turn Down (ft Pharrell) (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Walk On By (ft Kendrick Lamar) (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Day & Night (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II) (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Jameel’s Space Ride (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Captain Stupido (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Friend Zone (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Bus In These Streets (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          DUI (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Blackkk (Chopnotslop Remix)
                                                          Drunk (Chopnotslop Remix)

                                                          Lapalux

                                                          Ruinism

                                                            British producer and longstanding member of Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder family, Lapalux releases his new album ‘Ruinism’, featuring collaborations with vocalists JFDR (Gangly / Pascal Pinon / Samaris)’, Louisahhh, Talvi; GABI and Raphaelle Standell-Preston (Braids).

                                                            ‘Ruinism’ is all sonic wreckage and rubble created using only hardware and real instruments. The sound simultaneously destroys and redeems itself across a tight and formidable forty-eight minutes.

                                                            For fans of Flying Lotus, Mount Kimbie, Nosaj Thing, Gold Panda.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Reverence
                                                            Data Demon (ft GABI)
                                                            Petty Passion
                                                            Rotted Arp (ft Louisahhh)
                                                            Falling Down (ft JFDR)
                                                            Displacer
                                                            4EVA (ft Talvi)
                                                            Essex Is Burning
                                                            Flickering (ft JFDR)
                                                            Running To Evaporate
                                                            Phase Violet
                                                            Tessellate

                                                            Grammy Award winning singer songwriter, virtuoso bassist and long-standing member of Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder family, Thundercat returns with his incredible new album ‘Drunk’.

                                                            23 tracks deep, ‘Drunk’ features an insane cast of guests including Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington and certified legends Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins.

                                                            For fans of Flying Lotus, BADBADNOTGOOD, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino. 2016 saw Thundercat win his first Grammy award for his contribution to ‘These Walls’ from Kendrick Lamar’s opus ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’. He also played the landmark Brainfeeder showcase at the Hollywood Bowl alongside Flying Lotus, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Shabazz Palaces and The Gaslamp Killer and he released the single ‘Bus In These Streets’ to universal acclaim. He also guested on Comedy Central’s Why? With Hannibal Buress and cult late-night talk show The Eric André Show.

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Patrick says: Thundercat returns with more mutant funk noodle and hypnotic concentric boogie on this brand new TWENTY THREE! track album. Boasting a stunning array of guest stars including long time homies Kendrick, Pharell, Wiz Cauliflower, Fly Lo and Kamasi alongside yacht rock heroes Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, this is an arena spectacular of an LP. Ambitious and excellent future funk.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Rabbot Ho
                                                            Captain Stupido
                                                            Uh Uh
                                                            Bus In These Streets
                                                            A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II)
                                                            Lava Lamp
                                                            Jethro
                                                            Day & Night
                                                            Show You The Way (Ft Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)
                                                            Walk On By (Ft Kendrick Lamar)
                                                            Blackkk
                                                            Tokyo
                                                            Jameel’s Space Ride
                                                            Friend Zone
                                                            Them Changes
                                                            Where I’m Going
                                                            Drink Dat (Ft Wiz Khalifa)
                                                            Inferno
                                                            I Am Crazy
                                                            3AM
                                                            Drunk
                                                            The Turn Down (ft Pharrell)
                                                            DUI

                                                            Kneebody & Daedelus

                                                            Kneedelus

                                                              The theory of technological singularity – the notion that humans and computer technology will increasingly blend together - has been explored in many forms of popular culture since it’s conception. Over the past two decades, there has been a larger movement to integrate electronic artists and jazz musicians, often leaving the former as more of a sonic addendum (floating over the music) rather than an integrated part of the ensemble. Tasked with exploring a deeper synthesis of electronic and acoustic players, instrumental quintet Kneebody’s collaboration with electronic musician Daedelus in turn creates a true union of these disparate approaches to music and genre as a whole.

                                                              The collaboration between Kneebody - keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood - and Daedelus had its initial roots planted as far back as high school for old friends Wendel and Alfred Darlington (aka Daedelus). The pair’s early musical kinship in southern California seeded a connection that grew through numerous collaborations, recordings and live performances over the years, coming to fruition in an improvised performance in 2009 at “Jazz A Vienne” between their two primary music vehicles. When Wendel was awarded a composition grant through Chamber Music America based on the theory of technological singularity, it became a catalyst to write a series of pieces that would bridge the gap between the oft-indescribable world of Kneebody and the unique aesthetic of Daedelus.

                                                              When the quintet entered the studio with Darlington, the other members brought more compositions to the fore. “Ben approached me about trying to realize some of this music that was maybe different from the Kneebody spectacular - where they are always so through composed – and do something that was more intimate,” reflects Darlington. The result is a ten-song set of original music that sits inside the rich pantheon of instrumental music, but with a modern sheen that takes the shape of a multi-headed beast straddling rock, jazz, and electronic music.

                                                              The word ‘naive’ comes from the Latin ‘nativus’, meaning native, or natural. Today, to be naive is often seen as pejorative, a lack of experience or judgement, but in the art world the word retained some of its original meaning: a quality acquired through birth, a childlike innocence and wonder that produces spontaneous, unaffected art. For Mitchel Van Dinther, the Dutch producer known as Jameszoo, it is this quality that lies at the heart of his debut album, 'Fool', which he calls “naive, computer jazz”.

                                                              Van Dinther emerged from the small town of Den Bosch in the southern Netherlands in the late 2000s. First as a DJ - with wide-ranging crates of avant-garde jazz, prog and kraut rock, electronic experiments, and beat oddities - and then as a producer capable of impressive sonic and rhythmic incongruities. This spring, Van Dinther joins Brainfeeder with an album that fits right into the label’s expanding take on the modern evolution of jazz music.

                                                              'Fool' began life as just a simple debut album, but soon grew into something more audacious. During the recording process Van Dinther became obsessed with classic albums by Steve Kuhn (1971’s 'Steve Kuhn'), Arthur Verocai (1972’s 'Arthur Verocai'), and Robert Wyatt (1974’s 'Rock Bottom'). The melodies, compositions, and idiosyncrasies of these works made the young Dutch producer reconsider his approach, moving him away from the colourful, electronic productions he was known for.

                                                              Not only did Van Dinther take inspiration from these works, he eventually contacted the artists he’d been studying and convinced Kuhn and Verocai to lend their inimitable touch to the recordings. Tapping into jazz’s tradition of playing standards and covers, ‘The Zoo’ re-imagines Kuhn’s playful ‘Pearlie’s Swine’ with Rhodes and vocals that the man himself recorded with Van Dinther in New York City.

                                                              Across its 11 tracks, 'Fool' plays out Van Dinther’s journey to find a musical voice he can be proud of and which can also inspire others. Alongside Verocai, Dafé, and Kuhn, the album features a stellar cast of classical and jazz musicians including pianist Niels Broos, drummers Julian Sartorius and Richard Spaven, bass guitarists Raphael Vanoli and Stephen Bruner (aka Thundercat), and saxophonist John Dikeman. All of these different contributions and approaches are weaved together into a whole by Van Dinther, armed with electronics and naivety. At times coherent, at times seemingly haphazard, the album is always joyful.


                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Flake
                                                              Lose
                                                              Soup
                                                              Flu Ft Arthur Verocai
                                                              Wrong
                                                              Meat
                                                              The Zoo Ft Steve Kuhn
                                                              Crumble
                                                              Nail (Skit)
                                                              Toots
                                                              Teeth

                                                              The story begins with a man on high. He is an old man, a warrior, and the guardian to the gates of a city. Two miles below his mountainous perch, he observes a dojo, where a group of young men train night and day. Eventually, the old man expects a challenger to emerge. He hopes for the day of his destruction, for this is the cycle of life.

                                                              Finally the doors fly open and three young men burst forth to challenge the old master. The first man is quick, but not strong enough. The second is quick, and strong, but not wise enough. The third stands tall, and overtakes the master. The Changing of the Guard has at long last been achieved.

                                                              But then the old man wakes up. He looks down at the dojo and realizes he’s been daydreaming. The dojo below exists, but everyone in training is yet a child. By the time they grow old enough to challenge the old man, he has disappeared.

                                                              This is, in essence, both a true story and a carefully constructed musical daydream, one that will further unfold in a brazen release from young Los Angeles jazz giant, composer, and bandleader Kamasi Washington. 'The Epic' is unlike anything jazz has seen, and not just because it emanates from the boundary-defying Brainfeeder, which isn’t so much a label in the traditional sense as it is an unfurling experiment conducted by the underground producer Flying Lotus who has featured Washington on his albums 'Cosmogramma' and 'You’re Dead!'.

                                                              'The Epic' is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly 10-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet - including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist (yes, there are two) Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin (of course there are two), keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Cameron Graves, and trombonist Ryan Porter. Patrice Quinn’s ethereal vocals round out the ensemble.

                                                              The band are all from Los Angeles, mostly South Central, and its members - who call themselves variously “The Next Step” and the “The West Coast Get Down” - have been congregating since they were barely teenagers in a backyard shack in Inglewood. Washington, 32, has known Bruner since he was two. The rest met, at various stages, by the time they were in high school. The hours they have put into the music, playing together and practicing alone, total cumulatively in the tens of thousands.

                                                              “Nothing compares to these guys,” says Barbara Sealy, the former West Coast director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, who has championed Kamasi and his compatriots from the beginning. “I challenge any group to go out on stage with them and see if they can keep up with it… Kamasi is at the top of his game, and only getting better.” “These young guys,” the rapper Common says, “remind me of why I love music.”

                                                              And the story 'The Epic' tells, without words but rather through some combination of magic, mastery, and sheer force of imagination, is the story of Kamasi Washington and the Next Step and their collective mission: to remove jazz from the shelf of relics and make it new, unexpected, and dangerous again. They seek to both honour and alter tradition: as 'The Epic'’s opening track announces, they are the “Changing of the Guard”. The sound can be felt like flames, sometimes waving in the coziness of a fireplace, in other moments sweeping everything around like a backdraft. But Kamasi is always in control of the burning.


                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              CD1 ‘Vol.1: The Plan’
                                                              Change Of The Guard
                                                              Askim
                                                              Isabelle
                                                              Final Thought
                                                              The Next Step
                                                              The Rhythm
                                                              Changes

                                                              CD2 ‘Vol.2: The Glorious Tale’
                                                              Miss Understanding
                                                              Leroy And Lanisha
                                                              Re Run
                                                              Seven Prayers
                                                              Henrietta Our Hero
                                                              The Magnificent 7

                                                              CD3 ‘Vol.3: The Historic
                                                              Repetition’
                                                              Re Run Home
                                                              Cherokee
                                                              Clair De Lune
                                                              Malcolm’s Theme
                                                              The Message

                                                              Lapalux

                                                              Lustmore

                                                                Lapalux knew where and how his sound should change with a second album. As a result, 'Lustmore' feels like a record as compulsively inspired and meticulously crafted as you’re likely to hear in 2015.

                                                                'Lustmore' is loosely based on the experience of hypnogogia, a transitional state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep. Listeners familiar with his 2011 debut, 'Nostalchic', will know that Stuart Howard’s woozy, infectious rhythms, enveloping textures and unfamiliarly familiar melodies conjure that territory perfectly.

                                                                'Lustmore' sees the young producer take another stride forward. Opener "U Never Know," which features another masterful vocal turn by Andreya Triana, sets the tone for the album. “The line ‘I don’t think you’ll know’ describes the mysterious limbo like state between waking life and sleep,” Howard says.

                                                                The sleazy, yearning throb of "Puzzle" is unmistakably sexualised. “It’s a lovelessness,” Howard says, “searching for something more lustful and fleeting. It’s a very visual song for me. It’s about a sort of seedy, underground desire, like an old bar that used to have class, getting slowly seedier, to keep up with the demand for exploitation and filth. I think it sums up the whole feel and mood of the record,” Howard says. "That kind of sultry, seedy undertone and the pieces of the puzzle not fitting together properly, as if in a state of limbo where you don’t know where you are, but there’s something strangely comforting about it.” Those words could well be a credo for Lapalux's wider musical vision.

                                                                The sound palette used in making the album was carefully crafted to sound retro futuristic and otherworldly, having sounds in there that would accompany a Bladerunner, or 2001: A Space Odyssey. “Whenever I think about the album I think about the bar scene in The Shining,” Howard says. “There’s something about that strange, hallucinatory psychological madness that relates to the music, both in the making of the actual record and the way it sounds.”

                                                                Studying old film soundtracks was a hugely important process for the making of the album. “I really focused on making this album an imaginary visual experience. You can almost see these imaginary movies play in your head when you listen,” he says. “That’s something that I really started to work into my music - the idea of creating imagery and characters, storyline, and emotion.” It’s a process that has certainly worked: 'Lustmore' is imbued with an emotional narrative that never loosens its grip on the ear.

                                                                Daedelus

                                                                The Light Brigade

                                                                  Like his mythological namesake, Daedelus - otherwise known as Alfred Darlington - is an inventor, a creator of sonic labyrinths combining sounds from an eclectic palette into an innovative genre all his own. With 'The Light Brigade', Daedelus returns to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, a fitting home for the Los Angeles electronic pioneer. The album recalls the Crimean war of 1853-56. The music was written and recorded before the recent troubles broke out in the region, a turn of events which lends an air of requiem to the album.

                                                                  Opening with 'Until Artillery', an elegiac voice invokes the conflict as glorified in Lord Alfred Tennyson’s infamous poem, backed by electronic swells that build into a poignant climax, contrasting the simple melodies that are the distinction of the album. 'Onward' is a haunting lament; layered, melancholy vocals provided by previous collaborator Young Dad wind their way through treated pianos and deep textures creating a mournful ballad of noise. In 'Shot And Shell', a cavalcade of fingerpicked guitars are embedded in warm synths, and closing track 'Country Of Conquest' is a heartbreaking string composition that recalls Shostakovich.

                                                                  'The Light Brigade' is a musical interplay of light and dark, soft and heavy, beautiful and frightening. The ghosts of war reverberate into the present in this deeply moving meditation on mortality.


                                                                  Teebs

                                                                  E S T A R A

                                                                    Estar (the Spanish for ‘to be’) refers to where someone is at - physically or mentally - at a specific moment. In truth, ‘E s t a r a’ (the spaces are intentional) takes its name from the house where much of the record was created, so it’s the perfect title for the second full-length album from Mtendere Mandowa, better known as Los Angeles-based producer Teebs, as he is right now.

                                                                    ‘E s t a r a’ finds Teebs returning to Flying Lotus’ genre-bending Brainfeeder imprint, following 2011’s ‘Collections01’ and 2010’s full-length ‘Ardour’, an effort that came together in the midst of personal turmoil and the death of his father. In contrast, ‘E s t a r a’ encapsulates a time when the producer (and painter) has been making art entirely on his own terms. That freedom has not only strengthened his creative voice, but led to some of the finest work of his career and a remarkable album in its own right, featuring Prefuse 73 (Warp / Sons Of The Morning), Lars Hornveth (Ninja Tune, Jaga Jazzist), Jonti (Stones Throw) and Populous.

                                                                    Forever a wildcat and wild card, Los Angeles’ bassist / songwriter / vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, is impossible to tame artistically. A true master of his craft, he can be found playing bass with Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu and Suicidal Tendencies, in the same breath as performing live with the likes of Stanley Clarke, Snoop Dogg or the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His 2011 solo debut ('The Golden Age of Apocalypse', co-produced by Flying Lotus) created an equally genre-blurring enigma of indie rock and jazz, with a touch of electronica.

                                                                    On his second album, 'Apocalypse', Thundercat pairs up with executive producer Flying Lotus to pull the veil back and reveal the simple truths of the cycle of life, for all its beauty and destruction. An album about loss and rebuilding, trying to gain something back, and capturing that moment of clarity where one finally finds feet back on the ground again. Bringing a fusion of pop, soul, electronica, prog rock and funk into an unexplored dimension, the album slowly descends and tunnels to the core of what it takes to grasp peace, at a time that it seems most far.

                                                                    From the deep, rumbling entrance of ‘Tenfold,’ each of the 12 tracks coalesce with Thundercat’s signature bass, his riffs and basslines gliding sky high to meet Fly Lo’s astral touch. Bruner’s vocals and harmonies also soar with open honesty, rising above heartbreak with uplifting odes to love and companionship (‘Tron Song’) and wise mantras to live by (‘Special Stage’). The album plays as a comedy and tragedy at the same time, delicately addressing tracks like ‘We’ll Die’ while bringing the all-out cosmic funk of the anthemic ‘Oh Sheit, it’s X.’

                                                                    As heavy as the lyrical weight may be, the divine musicality of Flying Lotus, and Thundercat’s instrumental collaborations, brings light. Navigating dense rhythms and intense harmonic progressions, the LP pushes through the hypnotic strands of ‘The Life Aquatic,’ the analogue explorations of ‘Lotus & The Jondy’ (recorded in Adrian Younge’s studio with drummer Thomas Pridgen), and Thundercat and Lotus’ prog rock jam ‘Seven,’ a spontaneous improv recording that organically materialized in less than an hour. It’s no wonder the kindred pair often refer to their freeform sessions as “going to space.” Continually pushing tracks to their furthest point, they take the listener to another place completely – somewhere beyond time, a place that transcends this realm. As the aforementioned track ‘Seven’ (named for its challenging time signature) asks, “Can you hear the sounds of infinity?”

                                                                    In a world in which upstart DIY talent is flooding the gates of electronic music, a few recent voices have been so strong as to be startling. Lapalux - AKA 25-year-old Stuart Howard - is certainly one such. As singular as a brilliant artist always should be, his instinctive understanding of the atmospheric power of texture grips the ear immediately on listening. 'Nostalchic' is his debut album, mission statement, and the climax of many years of studying his craft. The amalgam of words that make the title is aptly, and perhaps knowingly chosen. The album evokes nostalgia without ever sounding nostalgic, and Howard may have had his tongue in his chic when he added the second half of the title. The album is his most focused document to date, adding his beloved R&B and soul into elements of house and hip hop, all with the trademark Lapalux finish; infectious, lopsided swing and achingly deep texture.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    IAMSYS (Tape Intro)
                                                                    Guuurl
                                                                    Kelly Brook
                                                                    One Thing (Feat Jenna Andrews)
                                                                    Flower
                                                                    Swallowing Smoke
                                                                    Without You (ft Kerry Leatham)
                                                                    Straight Over My Head
                                                                    Dance (ft Astrid Williamson)
                                                                    The Dead Sea
                                                                    Walking Words
                                                                    O E A (ft Kerry Leatham)

                                                                    The Gaslamp Killer

                                                                    Breakthrough

                                                                      'Breakthrough' is the debut full-length album from the Gaslamp Killer, a manic and mystic trip through the mind of a madman. Resident DJ and co-founder of the mythic Low End Theory club night in Los Angeles, the Gaslamp Killer is known across the globe for his impeccable turntable skills and high-energy performances. He delivers the same fire to 'Breakthrough', a project pulled from within his soul that is his strongest musical statement yet.

                                                                      Blending California-inspired psych with widespread global influences, 'Breakthrough' is a musical anachronism, an unconstrained compilation from a wandering spirit. Finding new clarity through human connections after years on the road, the Gaslamp Killer’s evolution as an artist continues with 'Breakthrough'. Overcast with ominous tones, loose drums and contorted sounds, 'Breakthrough' is much more than a collection of beats; it is a musical project that reflects the culmination of almost a decade’s worth touring and performing around the world. Laying his hands on production and live drums, the Gaslamp Killer brings together a potent cast of friends to contribute to the album. Featuring guest appearances by Gonjasufi, Adrian Younge, Dimlite, Daedelus, Samiyam, Computer Jay and more, Breakthrough is a journey of creative connection, a tribal ceremony loaded with a sense of fellowship that reflects the Gaslamp Killer’s devotion to the collective experience.

                                                                      Lacing the album with ancient dust, Gonjasufi lends his gritty voice to instantly grasping “Veins” and the easy, grainy groove of “Apparitions.” Finding a frequency of high-strung horror, “Flange Face (with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)” drops with a feeling of impending doom, a heaving monster with cinematic strings and meteors falling from the stars.

                                                                      “Impulse (with Daedelus)” immediately descends into madness, spinning out of control amidst wicked sound contraptions and a blurry, bass-driven melody. Named after the Gaslamp Killer’s grandfather, "Nissim (with Amir Yaghmai)" travels through a host of emotions, evolving from the solemn strums of a yiali tambur into a sunny tune that instantly transports you to Istanbul.

                                                                      “Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun (with Dimlite)” slices the spine down the middle with chills, a cold-blooded tremor that congeals as it crawls through the shadows. Grabbing your breath through your guts and flinging off into the ether, “In the Dark”, is an encompassing track whose twisted strings and heavy horns overtake the album’s denouement with a shuddering glimpse of the end of the world.

                                                                      To his ever-expanding fanbase, the Gaslamp Killer is much more than a DJ or producer; he is a master crafter of the collective experience, a shaman of spiritual escape found by following the beats. The journey continues; turning 30 this year, the Gaslamp Killer has only scratched the surface of himself as an artist and a person. Resonating on a deeper level, 'Breakthrough' is the Gaslamp Killer’s spirit shining through the haze, breaking through the foggy veil of singularity to find the human connection.


                                                                      Martyn

                                                                      Ghost People

                                                                        One artist Martyn's united with time and time again is Brainfeeder leader Flying Lotus. A close friend within whom he's always found creative alliance, the two decided to join forces on Martyn's sophomore album this September. With 'Ghost People', Martyn pulls Brainfeeder out of LA and straight into the fluorescent bounce of West London's 2-step, massaging the darker edge of Croydon's dub roots, and drum & bass's otherworldly and sci-fi sonics, while simultaneously moving through the grit of Detroit's mechanic grooves, and into the freewheeling vibe of Berghain. Yet, all the while, he maintains Brainfeeder's spirit of wild experimentalism and - as the title of his 'We Are You In The Future' suggests - sense of futurism at the forefront, with each of the album's unpredictable tracks. "I want to be known as someone that always surprises. I think some people have started to accept that. That's my favorite position to be in." says Martyn...


                                                                        Samiyam

                                                                        Sam Baker's Album

                                                                          Coming out with one of the most anticipated and long-awaited albums so far on Brainfeeder is Samiyam aka Sam Baker. Sam Baker's Debut Album is 40 minutes of pure listening pleasure, a series of woozy, off-centre hip hop instrumentals drawing heavily on Baker's love of electronic funk but never in hock to it. Intensely detailed and carrying considerable emotional weight, this is not 'Rap Beats Vol. 2' but an album of fully-realised pieces of music which stand on their own without the need for an MC's intervention. Ann Arbor native, Samiyam (born Sam Baker) moved to Los Angeles in 2006. In his short time out West, he has become one of the city's most progressive and recognized producers, a man who has spearheaded the revival of interest in instrumental hip-hop music over the last few years. Baker's 'Rap Beats Vol.1' collection was the very first release on Brainfeeder. He has also collaborated with old friend Flying Lotus as Flyamsam as well as having releases on Hyperdub and Poo-Bah records. Samiyam describes the work contained in his Debut album simply as, "my favourite stuff" – and what could be better than that?


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