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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 follow up their huge LP, "Mood Valiant" with a Halloween inspired single, "Canopic Jar". Expanding on the band's already maverick ethos, "Journey To The Crystal Tomb" and "Canopic Jar" both take huge risks with arrangement, dynamics and timbre. Constructing a wild palette of instrumentation on which to inflict their hard funk slog, both tracks bang hard and twist melons with inventive, out-there sonics.

        The 12" comes with instrumental and acapella versions which should keep their ever-growing army of hip-hop leaning fans happy. A band with maximum crossover appeal, their extensive touring alone has also earned them a die-hard, cult following and numerous VIP collaborations.

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


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Modern and experimental funk-soul troupe that's rightfully garnering adoration across the LA beat scene. Their hefty beats and nonconformist hooks instantly turn heads while their fuzz heavy, raw production bites at even the most ardent of funk fans.

        TRACK LISTING

        Side A
        1. Journey To The Crystal Tomb
        2. Canopic Jar

        Side B
        1. Canopic Jar (Instrumental)
        2. Canopic Jar (Acapella)

        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

              Genevieve Artadi

              Dizzy Strange Summer

                On “Dizzy Strange Summer”, Genevieve Artadi offers a window into her ad-lib creativity and the LA community where it’s been nurtured. This is the vocalist, composer and producer’s second solo album, and it sees her stake out her own ground outside of her other groups KNOWER, Expensive Magnets and Everything’s Under Control. She brings her own slant to the DIY LA scene that she’s grown up in, melding influences from jazz, psychedelia, bossa nova and avant-garde electronics. “Dizzy Strange Summer” marks not only Artadi’s debut on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint, but her first self-produced project released on any record label.

                An impulsive spirit underwrites every part of the album, something reflected in the energy Genevieve devotes to create the videos to accompany them. It’s an honest, unmediated reflection of the period in which she created the music, supported by a close circle of like-minded musical friends including - but not limited to - Louis Cole (Brainfeeder), Sam Wilkes (Leaving Records), Henry Halliwell, Daniel Sunshine, Adam Weissman (Pollyn / Real Bad Man), Ruslan Sirota, Ross Garren, David Binney and Jacob Mann — each of whom she tapped up to add their flavour to songs where she felt their styles or talents aligned. Most tracks would begin life on her laptop, be sent to a friend for them to add their spin to it, before coming back to Artadi to be elevated to their final form. Reflecting on what drives her to create, she says: “Sometimes I just really get that burning feeling to make something and get it out there.” Above all, this is an album that speaks to that drive: to create something and share it with people.

                The album was written in a time of upheaval, something reflected in both the lyrics and the sound of the record. “I was pretty lost… but enjoying feeling lost,” Artadi says. Drawing inspiration from the tumult around her and she relished the opportunity to express herself uninhibited by the shackles of compromise associated with collaboration. Crucially, this often means a silly, playful side being played off against a serious one; but she doesn’t think the former undercuts the latter, seeing the two as vital shared ingredients to what she does. “I don’t feel like I would be giving an honest picture if I didn’t do both,” she says.

                “Dizzy Strange Summer” revels in juxtapositions, unleashing high energy assaults at full tilt before giving way to soft-focus melancholia, allowing Genevieve to show off the full spectrum of her vocal prowess. On the first single ‘Living Like I Know I’m Gonna Die’ for example, her delivery is beautifully understated and airy: “Living like the future is a guess, living like I’m smaller than a speck”. “I sing it softly ‘cos it’s an internal proclamation... a message to myself,” she explains. She displays this vulnerability on ‘All I Want For Now’, ‘Before The Dark’ and ‘Will You Tell Me’ too - the latter a stunning duet with harp. Elsewhere, on ’Godzillaaaa’ for example, her delivery is informed by ESG and Talking Heads, stomping past on a stark riddim in a whirlwind of distorted percussion and synths.

                TRACK LISTING

                Side A
                01. I Hate When I Can’t Feel My Heart
                02. Living Like I Know I’m Gonna Die
                03. Godzillaaaa (feat. Real Bad Man)
                04. Nowhere To Go
                05. Edge Of The Cliff (feat. David Binney, Louis Cole)
                06. Will You Tell Me
                07. Loneliness Grows
                08. Hot Mess

                Side B
                01. Hope Song
                02. Is What You Believe
                03. Feelz Tru
                04. Oo Ya
                05. All I Want For Now
                06. Mad Child
                07. Before The Dark
                08. Cupcake5 

                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.

                                  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)


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