For his new album “City” (forthcoming on Naim Label) Stuart McCallum steps even further into the world of electronica, whilst still maintaining that magical combination of both acoustic and electronic instruments that gives his music such a distinctive sound.
The guitarist/composer from Manchester made the decision to bring in London-based drummer/producer, Richard Spaven, who he met during his time playing with Cinematic Orchestra. All tracks are co-written by Stuart McCallum and Richard Spaven apart from the title track City, which we so proudly premiere on Soundcloud today.
Spaven’s production style lies somewhere between the realms jazz and electronica and subtly bridges the gap between these two worlds using grooves that blend contemporary jazz and bass-heavy downtempo electronics. The melodies and layered harmonies from Stuart McCallum’s guitar, as well as synth pads and bass, are all driven by Spaven’s hypnotic grooves and provide the perfect foil for McCallum’s often delicate and captivating sound.
The new album features a handful of seasoned musicians including McCallum on guitars, Robin Mullarkey (ESKA, Roisin Murphy) on bass, Sean Foran (Trichotomy) on Rhodes and Richard Spaven (Flying Lotus, José James) on drums, synths and electronics. Violinist Emma Sweeney guests on one track, Trio Seven. The album also features guest vocalists on four tracks by JP Cooper (Island Records), Sharlene Hector (Basement Jaxx), Fridolijn Van Poll and Sophie Barker (Zero 7).
Stuart McCallum’s music has always thrived in that beautiful space where genres blur. With a wide range of influences from Machinedrum, Lau and Martin Simpson to Debussy, Taylor McFerrin and Burial, it’s not difficult to see how this has come about. August 28th marks City’s official release date and pre-orders are available via the Naim Label website.
Once again it’s time to spoil you all with the outcome of our monthly Werk Space project recorded at the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam.
25-year-old Giorgio Oehlers knew exactly what he wanted to work on and record and brought Bennie Semil (drums) and Ben Stendam (bass) to work on an amazing song titled “Sunshine & Margaritas”. The vibe was wonderful and I’m proud of Giorgio! Together with Moods he has been representing both the Darker Than Wax family and the city of Rotterdam.
The song reminds me of Robert Glasper, Hiatus Kaiyote and so much more. It’s unlike anything I’ve heard made thus far during this monthly Dutch producer series. You only need one hit of this to get fully lit! As always we pamper you with a free download, so look for the ‘FREE DOWNLOAD’ button next to share button.
Straight out of Tel Aviv, behold BEMET. The Israeli group used to consist of Hod Moshonov (keyboard, keytar, loops and vox) and Amir Bresler, but Amir left the group before the new album was recorded. Rejoicer (The Dove) and Free The Robots were just a few who accompanied Hod on his musical journey.
BEMET combines electronic music influenced by Afro, Rock, Space Jazz and Psychedelia with acoustic elements to create improvised music in real time. If you dig rhythms, melodies and harmonies with a slight sense of humor, you will love BEMET. Their first EP was released last year and in June 2015 the group released a new album titled “The Chase After Tomorrow“, which is mostly about love and embracing.
This came out via Time Grove Selections and is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
Rarely do we come across pioneers such as these and when they get together for their “EP2” project, you know it’s about to get serious. They bring about this soul feeling with disco swing. Broken step boogie, for dancers from across the globe, a truly jazzy thing on Eglo Records you know.
Over seven minutes of pleasure is what you will experience thanks to the opening track “Black Is Key”. The rest of Dego & Kaidi’s 12-inch EP is really nice too, so why don’t you mosey along toward the Eglo Bandcamp page and pick it up. Artwork credits go to Sassy J.
Daniel Crawford has always been an amazing musician, but when an artist creates a tribute for a wonderful human being, Robert Pelenkahu, it gives us goosebumps. They too had connected through music and talked often. Robert helped with some music business in Indonesia and they spoke the day before Robert passed away.
This weekend I read some status updates on Facebook myself and got sad for a brief moment. Robert, who was known as the ‘friendly big guy’, passed away on July 4th. I won’t lie, a few tears were shed even though I never met Robert in my life. We had talked a few times, but more importantly, I knew deep inside he was a beautiful person with a love for music.
He had worked closely with a my brother Leno (Goodnws) and my thoughts go out to him and all others that were close to Robert. Rest in power and may he be remembered for all his positive and good deeds. The bad we will forgive and forget! And thank you Daniel Crawford for
Berlin-based female producer Josa Peit sings, writes and perhaps even more interesting…she sculpts soundscapes.
As a singer Josa Peit is currently part of Ben Lamdin’s 7 piece band, Nostalgia 77, and has been touring extensively throughout Europe. Back in 2013 she collaborated with Dexter (Melting Pot Music), who returns the favor by remixing the title song.
She draws influences from Electronica with Disco, Psych, Folk and Soul elements and is about to release her debut “Constellation” EP on The Gym Records by the end of this summer. It will feature a psychedelic, yet jazzy remix of the track Constellation from Max Graef & Glenn Astro (Money $ex Records).
Now I wasn’t expecting virtuoso bassist and singer-songwriter Thundercat to release a surprise mini-album.
Stephan ‘Thundercat’ Bruner returns to the Brainfeeder fold with his first solo material in two years. His new project titled “The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam” picks up where “Apocalypse” left off. Together with longtime sparring partner Flying Lotus Thundercat explores the outer limits of Jazz-Funk and they get a little help from Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Dennis Hamm and Mono/Poly.
Though I’ve been a big Fusion fan for many years, on most songs I personally miss the element of Soul. Of course this is not the case with “Them Changes” and for this reason I find this the bomdiggity and by far an ultimate favorite. Upon exploring the rest of the mini-album, I found that Thundercat’s voice is really soothing. I also found songs like “Lone Wolf and Cub” and “Where The Giants Roam / Field of the Nephilim” make for incredible background music. In my opinion they just don’t pack that oomph that Them Changes packs.
I guess I was hoping for a little bit more, but none the less a quality piece of music from the Brainfeeder camp once again. Available on iTunes now.
With mesmerizing songs such as “Mirror” and “Hypno” Kirkis has managed to win over our hearts and ears. The Australian bassist, slash producer, slash writer, slash painter Matthew Kirkis delivers four tracks that drop like electronic acid. The most amazing track for us is the super soulful, yet spaced out “Helium”. Such uncanny vibes! Both “Kirkis Runs The Woods” and “Vovo” mind-boggling too, but make sure you get into your spaceship before putting these two on.
The digital version of the EP is now available on iTunes or you could always visit the Eglo Records Bandcamp page too.
Ladies and gentleman, good news for all the lovers of true Jazz music. Kamasi Washington has his debut album (released on a label), titled “The Epic”, which contains enough material to split up into three albums. The shortest song on this album is six and a half minutes long and if you add all seventeen songs up, you have a whopping three and a half hours worth of Jazz goodness.
One of our favorite tracks is “Re Run”, but if you’re into contemporary Jazz music you will find many gems on here. The Epic is available worldwide via Brainfeeder and will be pressed on vinyl too I believe. For now you will have to do with a link to iTunes I’m afraid.
Two music makers from New York, Jesse Fischer and Sly5thAve, have joined forces on their newly released “Vein Melter” EP. On this homage to Herbie Hancock’s legendary Jazz album “Head Hunters”, the duo reframes four masterpieces for the modern day music fans and do it oh so well.
Multi-instrumentalist/producer/engineer and computer science savant Jesse Fischer has made quite a name for himself. He did this by producing for other artists as well as his own album projects and touring with artists like Freddie Jackson.
Jazz school alumnus Sly5thAve, who plays a mean horn, is a composer/producer/arranger who has toured with artists including Prince, Taylor Swift and Quantic. We strongly suggest you peep his super jazzy debut album titled “Akuma”, which was released last year.
Vein Melter is available on Tru Thoughts and pressed as a limited edition 12-inch (300 copies) and of course on iTunes. We played the incredible “Chameleon” on our previous radio show, but here it is once more. This is too good to be ignored!