favourite things | 9.16


Lee Fields & The Expressions, DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Charles Bradley, Bobby Oroza, René Schier, Isaiah Rashad feat. Sir, Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Aaron Abernathy feat. Phonte & Black Milk, NxWorries, Josh Hey, Tall Black Guy feat. Yusef Rumperfield, Mndsgn, Dennis Ayler, Torii Wolf feat. Rapsody, Unda, White Glock, SumoChief feat. OthaSoul, Like, K-Lone & Ill Chill, Electric Wire Hustle, Kwesi, Beatmachinearon.

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henry wu & tito wun | 27 karat years


Henry Wu & Tito Wun take the listener on a worldly journey with this collaborative release, recorded over seven days in the legendary former Kraftwerk studio “Electro Müller” in Düsseldorf. Henry Wu has collaborated with artists such as K15, releasing music on 22a, Eglo and Rhythm Section International to name a few. Tito Wun, also known as Twit One is a revered name in the German hip-hop scene. With his music released on Cologne’s Melting Pot Music, ava. and Money $ex Records, Tito’s sound perfectly expresses his love for jazz, funk and hip-hop.

The six tracks, all recorded live, with Pascal Schäfer (Sin & Soul Records) on flute and sax, Henry and Tito reconnect with the era that laid the cornerstone of modern dance music, while respectfully adding their signature texture and sound.

Available november 3rd via Bandcamp.

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john ellis | evolution: seeds & streams


John Ellis was a founder member of legendary The Cinematic Orchestra and contributed heavily to their albums „Everyday“ and „Man With The Movie Camera“. He has also worked with the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and Lilly Allen and led his own trio and big-band. His Gondwana Records debut „Evolution: Seeds & Streams“ is a cinematic masterpiece drawing on jazz, dance and Malian music. Watch the video for „“ below and pre-order the album on Bandcamp.

Releases november 11th, on Gondwana Records.

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josef leimberg | astral progressions


Trumpeter and composer Josef Leimberg released his debut full-length „Astral Progressions“.  Leimberg gained a unique level of traction with his work on the multiple Grammy Award winning Kendrick Lamar LP „To Pimp A Butterfly“. Credited under the LoveDragon moniker with Terrace Martin, his time with „To Pimp A Butterfly“ only represents a small fragment of his accomplishments. His collaborative resume over the decades is astounding, consisting of production, writing and feature credits with Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Robin Thicke, Shafiq Husayn, Funkadelic, Freestyle Fellowship, Dr. Dre, Murs, King Tee, Suga Free, Saafir and Busdriver. These connections have undoubtedly spread life all over Astral Progressions.

Leimberg’s debut album features an array of innovators and game changers in modern progressive music. Kamasi Washington, Bilal, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kurupt, Terrace Martin and Miguel Atwood Ferguson are just a small list of the brilliant minds that make the Astral Progressions outing special. Many of the featured artists became with the LP through world renowned creator Shafiq Husayn. Leimberg would connect with various musicians associated to his camp through studio recordings, gigging and rehearsals, building on his compositions in a very organic and social way.

Out October 7th on World Galaxy Records – Stream after the jump.

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nxworries | yes lawd!


Last December, Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge put out the „Link Up & Suede“ EP, their first release as NxWorries. The Los Angeles duo have now announced their debut LP, „Yes Lawd!“, which will be released on October 21st via Stones Throw.

„On Yes Lawd!“, .Paak – who calls the album “my best work” – plays theatrically brash version of himself who sings like a ’70s superstar and talks shit like a stone cold player. But the performance is seeded with details from his life, which has seen a fair share of struggle and hard-won triumph. Meanwhile, Knx weaves a tapestry of sampled bits and live fragments—bass, brass and violin—that smooths everything over, reminding us that despite whatever struggle it took to get here… well, you already know the name: NxWorries.

Out October 21th, pre-order on Bandcamp, stream below.

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the gaslamp killer | instrumentalepathy


With many new roads traveled over the last few years, The Gaslamp Killer is back with the full-length LP „Instrumentalepathy“. The new LP features Gonjasufi, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Niki Randa, Kid Moxie, Mophono, Amir Yaghmai and The Heliocentrics.

As many know, GLK used the triumphs of battling a near death experience three years ago when shaping his debut Cuss Records album. A handful of the tracks were even captured from his bed, unable to walk, with morphine running through his veins and staples in his body. A musical illumination that one could argue helped save his life and steared him towards the achievements he has accumulated with his live band The Gaslamp Killer Experience. Instrumentalepathy marks the catalyst point of an important road for GLK and the electronic community at large.

„Instrumentelephy“, like his latest releases, continues down the rabbit hole of his debut full length Breakthrough (Brainfeeder) and the recent live record with his band The Gaslamp Killer Experience. Molding psychedelic ethos and heavy drum breaks with the traditional music language of his ancestors and the futuristic landscapes of modern electronica, GLK continues to push the boundaries of contemporary music.

Releases September 16, 2016 via Cuss Records, available on Bandcamp.

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mick jenkins | the healing component


Jayson Jenkins, better known as Mick Jenkins now released his long-awaited debut album „The Healing Component“. The LP holds 15 tracks, featuring productions with BadBadNotGood, Kaytranada and Joey Purp affiliate THEMPeople.

You can listen to three tracks of the LP, collaboration with BadBadNotGood on “Drowning”, the lead single “Spread Love” and “Fall Through”, co-produced by Kaytranada and Joey Purp.

Out 23rd September, available on iTunes, Listen to three tracks off the album below.

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paternoster | paternoster


Now Again’s first reissue of Austrian prig-psych masterpiece done with the band’s participation. This is an LP whose original pressing has sold for nearly $10,000. Paternoster is an indescribable trip influenced by Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, and Procol Harum, but unique to true to itself.

Available now on HHV or direct via Now Again Records.

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favourite things | 8.16


Our Soundcloud playlist series for august 2016 holds tracks by: Scott Xylo feat. Low Leaf, Mo Kolours, Earl Sweatshirt feat. Knxwledge, Mick Jenkins feat. BADBADNOTGOOD, Holy Smoke aka Jeremiah Jae & Zeroh, Isaiah Rashad, Mono:Massive & Philanthrope, Michael Christmas & Prefuse 73 feat. Pervana, GoldLink feat. Ciscero, Dexter, Daisuke Tanabe, Rob Finucane, Butcher Brown, Big Wave & Carter, Relaén, Raury, Dienst & Schulter, CoryaYo, FloFilz, Strngr, Slight.

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yussef kamaal | black focus


The borders between London’s musical tribes have always been porous. For Yussef Kamaal, the sound of the capital – with its hum of jungle, grime and broken beat – has shaped a self-taught, UK-tipped approach to playing jazz. In the states, the genre’s long-running to-and-fro with hip hop – from Robert Glasper to Kamasi Washington – has reimagined it within US culture. On Black Focus, Yussef Kamaal frame jazz inside the bass-saturated, pirate radio broadcasts of London.

Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of ‘70s jazz-funk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it’s a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes – and approach to playing – are indebted to Thelonious Monk’s piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham.

Yussef Kamaal will release his debut album „Black Focus“ through Brownswood records on November 4th.

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