Principal Dean is an analog-obsessed, melodically-rich producer from Burlington (Vermont). He’s been on a steady diet of making music for quite a while now and is inspired by Soul music. His own style is perhaps best described as melodic Trap music with a funky soulful twist.
His upcoming “Air” EP will out via the French label Cosmonostro with the release date slated for September 29th. We’re super excited to exclusively premiere the title track, so sit back and enjoy the ride. Make sure you share your findings and follow Principal Dean on his social media sites. Also head on over to the Cosmonostro Bandcamp page to pre-order this release.
At the beginning of the year James Vincent McMorrow from Dublin released his album “Post Tropical” via Vagrant Records. It is said that on a pecan farm half a mile from the Mexican border, the album on which he wrote, produced, and played virtually every instrument on, was recorded in three and a half weeks. It took over eight months to to construct of course and James really wanted to give this record the feel and movement of the hip-hop records that he loves.
Now we had never heard of this Irish singer/songwriter, but after having heard Atu‘s remix of “Glacier” we were baffled beyond believe. Such an amazing, melodic piece of music that cannot be boxed into genres. Perfect piano play combined with James Vincent McMorrow’s soul piercing vocals creates instant goosebumps. Really hope to hear more collaborative efforts in the near future, because these guys are like peanut butter and jelly!
Stream their breathtaking song below and follow James Vincent McMorrow on Soundcloud.
Chris McClenney is at it again. This time he ‘Selflessly’ donates the track “Peace” for Visual Vibez‘s non-profit project. Earlier today Chris announced his goal to move out to Los Angeles before July 15th next year. And I’m very sure young Chris McClenney will reach his goal for the world is his oyster.
Two weeks ago Singularis (aka Frank de Bruin) from the Netherlands dropped his track “Shadows“, which is also on the “Selfless” project. I wrote a nice piece on Okayfuture in case you would like to read more about that.
Please make sure you make a donation to support art & music. This time all proceeds go to Playing for Change Foundation.
Just got back from Barcelona, so sorry for a week without any posts. We left you with a free compilation and bring you another one, this time from Darker Than Wax.
The fellas from Singapore have been doing their thing for quite some time and to celebrate the fact they hit “10K” Facebook likes, they released a compilation (free of charge). The release features new music from Sh?m, Trian, Moods, Ka-Yu, Jaël, Kerem Akdag, Jasper Staal and many more.
Treat yourselves to some brand new beats and keep an eye out for Darker Than Wax in case you haven’t been doing so yet!
Soulection and Stussy teamed up for a collaboration. They put together an exclusive ‘Soulection Tribe’ t-shirt as well as a compilation featuring what they feel is ‘The Sound of Tomorrow’ from their worldwide musical network.
The launch is today at at the Stussy La Brea location, so make sure you line-up for one of those t-shirts. They will be limited and only sold on Friday at the La Brea store…first come, first served. Following the in-store, the official after party will take place at The Echoplex later tonight.
The compilation contains new heaters from Evil Needle, Sango, IAMNOBODI, Ta-Ku, Mr. Carmack, Jay Prince, Sivey, Esta, Jarreau Vandal, Sam Gellaitry and many more dope artists. Make sure you grab this one and pay whatever amount you seem fit.
Promnite is one of those new producers out of L.A. that we’re really feeling right now. Especially on this previously unreleased track he did together with Mr. Carmack, Mike Gao, Mike Parvizi & Paper Diamond.
At first listen some of you might ask yourself if this isn’t too rough, while others start bouncing no questions asked. Just wait for it though! At 01.23 those synths come swervin’ it and damn does it sound like magic when everything comes together. Nicely done and I’m starting to grow fond of these Cali collaborations by the way. Shout out to Promnite and Mike ‘Blonde Foreskin’ Gao. Keep ‘em coming fellas.
Stream this previously unreleased track below and follow Promnite on Soundcloud.
We would like to introduce a British producer called PYRMDPLAZA. Since it’s the first day of September and we’re starting it fresh and all.
He’s signed with the French label LaRuche Records and very recently released the track “Foundry” via Soundcloud. Bangin’ ass beat with a heavy dose of Funk to make it swing just the right way. Top it off with some heavy synths and you got the formula down to a science. Great song right here!
The label has been signing some interesting artists lately, so we’ve been keeping an eye on them from. You might want to check out PYRMDPLAZA’s free “Grateful” EP and the track “Games”, which was a contribution to LaRuche’s ‘Free Download Tracks’ series.
We’d like ya’ll to meet miss Rachel Foxx. This gorgeous vocalist from London has a classic R&B style and sounds super classy.
She’s already worked with Evil Needle, El Train and J-Louis flipped one of her songs recently. Rachel Foxx’s “The EP” release contains six tracks and gives you great impression of her abilities. Not much info on this young lady yet, but I bet that’s about to change. The winning tracks for us are “Before You” produced by Hurricane and “Intro” produced by none other than Evil Needle.
Fortunately the whole EP is available as a free download on her Soundcloud page, so make sure you snatch that up and enjoy to the fullest!
So his royal badness sir Prince is releasing two new albums next month. Both “Art Official Age” (solo project) and “Plectrum Electrum” (with 3rdeyegirl) are said to come out on the same day.
Now some of you might already know I’m not the prince of purple’s biggest fan, but I gotta give credit where credit is due. On the track “Clouds” featuring Lianne La Havas he simply tears sh*t up. Mr Nelson brings us that new-age, sexy space Funk that can move young and old. Oh boy don’t even get me started on the recently added track “U Know”. Hot liquid sex poured all over a naked woman’s body right thurr!
We at Moovmnt have been a big fan of Mono/Poly from day one. His “Paramatma” album on Tasteful Licks was a breath of fresh air really and when he dropped “Needs Deodorant” that was on the “Manifestations” EP the year after…wow!
Since then it seems to have been an endless wait really. Many year later Mono/Poly finally releases his debut full-lenght album, entitled “Golden Skies“, on Brainfeeder. Now many seem to be blown away by this beat-driven cosmic soundscape he likes to describe as ‘electronic-classical-alchemy music’. Personally I’m not that keen on it. It wasn’t until the very last track that a smile appeared on my face. I’d almost given up hope and wanted to push the delete button. If it wasn’t for Thundercat joining him on the last track “Gamma”…thank god. For those interested you can get your LP at the Ninja Tune shop or travel the road often traveled and get it on iTunes.