Category archive: Music

Nxworries Anderson Paak Knxledge Suede
11.02.15

Many moons ago we were buggin’ out to Breezy Lovejoy’s refreshing music. Now a few years later Breezy goes by the name of Anderson Paak, a talented songwriter, drummer, producer and live performer.

He recently released his solo album “Venice” and together with Knxwledge, who’s currently working on an album for Stones Throw Records, he now answers to the name Nxworries. Their brand new track “Suede” is now available for stream on the Stones Throw Soundcloud page, so get ta steppin’. Oh and perhaps you remember hearing DTB some years ago produced by Anderson Paak and Keith Phelps. Nxworries if you haven’t, just make sure you check that out now!

Moglebaum Ozean Cosmonostro
10.02.15

Moglebaum started as a one-man-project some years ago by twenty-two-year-old producer and Jazz pianist Simon Ebener-Holschera. At this moment in time the band consists of five musicians all hailing from Germany.

The name Moglebaum has its origin in the Japanese anime Pokémon, which depicts their fascination for fantasy realms. Their music can best be described as beat-based electronic music mixed with acoustic orchestration. Think playful computer-beats, vocal-samples, synthesizer-sounds, soulful vocals, vibrant violin and sexy saxophone. And get this! Most of the samples are self-made with the help of field recordings of coffee machines, shopping bags or cactuses.

Moglebaum’s “Ozean” project is the first of several EP’s to be released February 16th on French imprint Cosmonostro and I appreciate G always sending me a heads up. It’s a real pleasure for us to premiere the title track of their forthcoming EP, which can be pre-order right here.

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Lord Julien Shades Tennis Lord Echo Julien Dyne Wonderful Noise
10.02.15

Get ready for a lethal collaboration called Lord Julien. The duo Lord Echo aka Mike Fabulous and Julien Dyne from New Zealand are two of the funkiest Kiwi’s in the world and I can’t wait for them to get jammin’ together.

Julien Dyne recently curated the amazing “Conglomerates” compilation on Wonderful Noise and Mike filled our lives with marvelous “Curiosities“. The two have joined forces and as Lord Julien and are about to provide some premium blends of jazzy fusion Funk and disco-primed Deep House. Take a long listen to the A-side entitled “Shades” and write down this release in your agenda.

Somewhere mid March it will be available at selected retailers and trust me this is one of those 12-inches you don’t want to miss out on!

Winter In Jakarta Records
09.02.15

Our friends from Jakarta Records haven’t been sitting still lately. The Winter In Jakarta compilation comes out officially today and it’s a worthy follow-up to the previously released Summer In Jakarta.

My resources tell me Jakarta has been under water for the past three days, so officially I wouldn’t say it’s wintertime. Of course in Germany it’s full on winter, but don’t expect no icey cuts though. Most tracks on this compilation are smoldering and will surely melt your face…guaranteed!

Last week Okayplayer premiered three tracks and today we gladly premiere two more! First one is by one of our favorite Dutch producers Singularis. His laid back funk cut called “Island” is super groovy and will make plenty of heads nod. Suff Daddy‘s “Pumpin Like Reeboks” comes so damn hard it knocks your teeth right back into your throat. Wish I had a 4 minute version of this, but I guess I will just have to abuse the replay button.

Take a listen to both track below and download Winter In Jakarta for free. Also keep your eyes open for the free cassette tape edition available from selected retailers.

The Blvnt Compilation
07.02.15

Blvnt Records is an independent Hiphop label / collective out of Ann Arbor and Chicago. We’ve been following them for a minute and are glad they have just released their “The Blvnt Compilation“.

The collective consists out of a gang of producers. To give you an idea, here’s a few of our favorites. Harris Cole, C Y G N, IanEwing and Fitzroy are without a doubt talented producers that you should check out. Of course don’t let us guide you too much and make sure you grab a super affordable download (by visiting the Blvnt Records Bandcamp page) of the compilation so you can hear for yourself.

Jahkoy Forward Thinking
06.02.15

What is it about Canada? For some strange reason a lot of the new talents have been coming out of Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver lately. Perhaps it’s simply Canada’s time to shine?!

One of these up-and-coming young artists is a JAHKOY. This artist slash songwriter, hailing from Toronto, has been making quite some noise lately…the good kind. Quite recently he visited Jazzy Jeff’s studio and already he has producers like M-Phazes, Kaytranada, Galimatias, Moods, Pomo, Chloe Martini and DrewsThatDude producing tracks for him. JAHKOY is on some proper next level ‘Future’ R&B type of vibe and my personal favorite is the track “Trading Places” produced by Galimatias.

You can also find “Heart Smile” produced by Pomo on the “Sound of The Tribe” compilation released by The Good Vibe. Oh in case you were wondering, “Forward Thinking” (which contains all these tracks) is available for free download right here!

Candid Music Group Fam Volume 1
05.02.15

Candid Music Group (founded by Brooklyn natives JNTHNSTEIN & Ivan Jackson) released their very first compilation ever a week and a half ago.

The duo operates out of a studio in Willamsburg, Brooklyn where they gathered quite some interesting artists like Penthouse Penthouse, BrassTracks, Mr. Carmack, S’natra, Alexander Lewis and of course Candid Music Group founders JNTHNSTEIN and Ivan Jackson themselves. The eleven track “Fam Volume One” release is a compilation of tracks from their extremely talented extended musical family. And hopefully the first of many more to come.

It is available for free download and we suggest you show it the love and appreciation it deserves!

Werk Space Singularis
29.01.15

Three weeks have passed since the inception of Werk Space. A monthly Dutch producer series that takes place at the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam. Here’s how it works.
Each month we invite a producer from the Netherlands to showcase his artistry and challenge him to work in an amazingly fruitful environment.

The Red Bull Studios Amsterdam is a state-of-the-art recording and production facility, where renowned and up-and-coming artists, are provided with everything they need in order to celebrate and create music!

Nineteen-year-old Singularis delivers the first blow with some help of fellow producer Sndwvs. After two days of pure creativity, and some laughs, they left the studio having devised a laid back Hiphop beat entitled “Ride”.
We joyfully premiere the very first piece of music spawned from this series. We’ll merge all three tracks into one EP and release it as a free download early April. Best believe this is only the first of many music findings. You will come to know, love and respect the many talented producers our little country has to offer.

Big shout out to the wonderful Serena Indigo for creating the artwork for Werk Space.

Chris McClenney Soulection White Label 014
28.01.15

Surely one of the our personal favorites out of the Soulection camp, is young Chris McClenney from Maryland.

Mark Morrison couldn’t even predict the return of this muti-instrumentalist Mack, but damn it’s good to hear White Label 14 pumping through the speakers. Lately Chris McClenney has been on a roll with his production and singing. Paying homage to the legendary D’Angelo and perhaps friendly winking to Jordan Rakei, this release is SOUL to the fullest.

And just you thought a free download of this white label release was about as good as it can get…you get slapped in the face with his amazingly dope remix of “Distant Love” by Abhi/Dijon!

Kadhja Bonet
25.01.15

Kadhja Bonet (Kad-yah Bo-nay) from Los Angeles is one of our favorite recently discovered singer-songwriter figures. Her debut single “Tears For Lamont” starts off with powerful orchestration (strings, horns and some flute) and almost sounds like something out of a James Bond movie. Her angelic voice and songwriting skills are simply unreal.

In October 2014 Kadhja was a participant at the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo. All of their hard work in the studio was captured and is now available for free download on the Various Assets compilation. Together with German producer rj and Mark Maxwell (aka Estii / Yale) from Australia, Kadhja made a heart-stopping song called “Latenight Munchies”.

Since we were dying to know more about Kadhja Bonet, we figured we’d ask her some questions in an effort to get to know her a little better. Please enjoy this interview and find out more about Kadhja for yourself.

Kadhja Bonet on Facebook
Kadhja Bonet on Soundcloud

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Would you like to give a short introduction as to who Kadhja Bonet is and what your background is?

How to be brief – I am someone who was continuously derailed from my intentional careers until the universe pushed me into music, and I couldn’t be happier for it. Initially I was going to University to be a competitive runner, then I tore my Achilles and changed course to film school where I discovered how much I hate making movies…. I turned to music for comfort and immediate creative gratification and I never looked back.

If you had to describe your style of music, how would you word it?

I want to make music that makes you feel like you’re eating coconut cream pies while walking through a lush field full of cow poo.

Which artists have you been listening to lately and who should we all have in our playlist/favorites according to you?

I try to keep my head out of what’s happening now, but the ladies in KING, and Coco from Quadron always hold it down for me. Nick Hakim’s voice can do no wrong.

What was your first reaction when you got accepted to RBMA and would you like to share the most memorable moments while you were in Tokyo?

I was at work, and I read the email on my phone and immediately started jumping up and down and making a bunch of noise. My client just started screaming with me and said, “I don’t know why we’re screaming but I’m so happy for you!” That was awesome haha. Best moments of Tokyo?? The whole thing was great, but I dancing to save your life at 5 am in the tiniest grimey dive bars with people from all over the world is pretty irreplaceable. Also the last night, when we all drank sake and listened to everyone’s collabs and got all teary.

The song “Latenight Munchies” is seriously one of the best tracks on the Various Assets compilation. How did you three come together and is that playing the flute?

I do play some flute on my songs but actually this is not me playing that riff! One of the other ladies in the term was walking by with her flute and RJ flagged her down and she was in and out of the room in 30 seconds. I am playing that one repetitive violin note though haha. I was determined to finish this song because I guess you could say I’m kind of a sensitive type – it’s hard for me to just open up creatively to people I don’t know. So it took almost the whole two weeks just to get comfortable enough with a couple people to squeeze something out. RJ and Mark were really patient with me. It definitely felt like a scramble to get this finished in time.

Kadhja Bonet RBMA

That brings me to our next question. Do you play any instruments?

I grew up playing violin and viola, so all my ear training etc has been under the foundation of classical music, and i always wish I had some jazz training, but I don’t. I play basic flute, I can get the job done, and guitar is my primary writing tool. I’m really hoping to up my instrument game in 2015.

What do you have in store for us in 2015 and where can we find more of your music (now or in the future)?

I will be putting out another single, scheduled Feb. 4th from my solo project. I am doing my best to put out 2 singles, an EP in the Spring and a full album sometime in 2015 – and you can get caught up on my soundcloud. I have another project that we just finished an EP for, experimental Electronic R&b, and I really don’t know at this time when that’s coming out… but I’ll be sure to let you know!