The Foreign Exchange, consisting of Nicolay and Phonte, has always sparked our curiosity. The duo’s extended family of collaborators has changed a little over the past decade, but on the new “Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey” we hear a lot of Carmen Rodgers Zo! and Tamisha Waden.
A few months back Dutch producer Nicolay released City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto and now he gets ready for The Foreign Exchange’s fifth full-length album. You can hear that Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey is all about fun and good music. It’s about dancing, smiling and takes you back to an array of many musical memories.
Although the album seems to flow naturally, we at Moovmnt do wonder about the balance between the new and the old on Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey. At times we miss a little bit of innovative sounds and rhythms, but aren’t we always picky as hell?! Purchase your copy at the FE store or look for their new album on iTunes.
A few months ago we were asked to drop a guest mix for the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam, but honestly we did not have the time. One of my closest friends happens to be an expert in new electronic-based music, so I suggested Blue to create something special.
As I suspected the result is a 44-minute ride into music you didn’t know you wanted to hear. No big names, no major label stuff, just plain ol’ digging. Blue’s taste in music is impeccable and he has gained maximum respect in the Dutch electronic music scene. Those that matter know about Blue and respect his fresh selection and precise way of blending everything together.
Years ago he moved from Italy to Amsterdam to pursue his dreams in music. Blue’s a resident at both ‘Rock The Boat’ and ‘Voyage’ and I have yet to see a crowd stand still when he’s on the decks. On the low he has been working on his own productions, but in 2016 he might let some loose on the world. For now he is strictly about providing your ears with unheard treasure, so make sure you follow Blue on Soundcloud!
Tom Misch is a musician/producer we have been listening to for a while, but with the arrival of “Beat Tape” 2 we thought it was the right time to dedicate a blog post to the talented guitarist out of London, who is clearly heavily inspired by ATCQ and Jay Dee.
It runs in the fam, for his sister Carmody is a heck of a vocalist. Together they released “Wander With Me” last week and in the next two weeks we can expect to find two more new tracks on Tom Misch’s Soundcloud page. Tom’s third single titled “Wake Up This Day” features one of our favorite Aussies Jordan Rakei and was released via Soundcloud yesterday.
The full album will be out August 28th via Beyond The Groove and pre-orders are available on iTunes.
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.
We are blessed to have musical friends from all around the world. Ennio Styles from Melbourne is a truly dedicated radio and taste makers, who’s taste in music we been respecting for many years now.
After 14 years of Stylin’ on Melbourne’s 3RRR-FM, what do you do? You guessed it right, you celebrate 700 episodes by giving away the “Stylin’ 700” compilation, released via Heard and Felt, as a ‘name your price’ release. This project is possible thanks to the generosity of many incredible artists and labels.
Our favorite two tracks on Stylin’ 700 come from N’gaho Ta’quia aka Sauce81 and Queen Magic, but you will find loads more wonderful music from Pat Van Dyke, Malice & Mario Sweet, Dogg Master, MUNDU x R-kay, Valerie Troutt Jazzsoul Project and many many others.
The time has come for Dornik, who happens to be Jessie Ware’s former drummer, to present his debut self-titled album to the entire world.
British music has never sounded as good as in these past few years and together with Australia/New Zealand this is the new music hotbed. Let’s get one thing straight by the way. Dornik is not a Michael Jackson wannabe! Yes, he is clearly inspired by MJ’s greatness, but which self respecting Soul & Funk lover isn’t?
The Croydon-born singer/songwriter/producer needed a little nudge from miss Ware, but when push came to shove it didn’t take very long for PMR Records to sign Dornik. Congratulations are in order. For today sees the official release of “Dornik“, the album you all have been secretly waiting for even if you didn’t know it. Check the man out on Soundcloud or visit his site to pick up a signed CD or 12″ vinyl album.
To my great pleasure I found an email in my inbox a few hours ago that made me curious at first and delighted a little later. Freddie Joachim decided to drop a seven track freebie EP entitled “Charcoal” via his own label Mellow Orange today (insert fist pump).
It is no secret that we have been a fan of this Californian producer for the longest. I personally got into him because of incredible cuts like “Sexual Chocolate” of Freddie Joachim’s “Tiger” EP from 2008. In the past years Freddie released “Midway“, followed by “Fiberglass Kisses“. A a free download like this is always hits the spot though!
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.
One of our favorite Canadian production duos, Potatohead People, have returned with a follow-up of their “Big Luxury” album. This features instrumentals, remixes and one new, unheard bonus cut that didn’t make the album.
Thanks to our friends at Bastard Jazz we gladly premiere this previously unreleased track “All The Way“. So much to say about this beautiful boom bap Hip-Hop banger, but the simplicity makes it really stand out. Love the combination of the silky rhodes, sexy female vocals from their friend Vanessa and random rhymes by Potatohead People themselves in the background. Oh and happy birthday Nate. Hope you had a wonderful day yesterday!
Pick up “Big Luxury: Instrumentals, Remixes & B-sides” containing a bunch of instrumental versions, “All The Way” and two remixes from Exmag and Noo-Bap.
As we all know, sometimes things don’t pan out the way we plan them. So half a decade later we find ourselves enjoying five previously unreleased tracks from Devonwho and Shigeto. They were sitting on them for such a long time that they decided to bundle them all on the “2010” EP, which is available for free download on Shigeto’s Soundcloud page.