Trian Kayhatu’s was born in Jakarta Indonesia, but as a young lad moved to the Netherlands with his folks. At an early age he got into music and was heavily influenced by his uncle, Indonesian jazz pianist Chris Kayhatu.
This guy loves making good music and you can hear he’s been doing what he loves for many years now. Trian Kayhatu is in a super funky band called Butufunk consisting of Trian Kayhatu, Azteka and Karish. Ya’ll better recognize!
Trian’s been featured in online music web magazine DE:BUG and his music has been played on the radio by Gilles Peterson (BBC), Ennio Styles (Stylin’) and Joe Kay (Soulection). It will be no surprise that his next project on Darker Than Wax is straight butta. We’re very excited to exclusively premiere the title track of his upcoming “Suture” EP.
Daniel Crawford is an experienced jazz musician/producer out of Los Angeles who’s been playing the piano since the age of 6. He has played and toured with the likes of Raphael Saadiq, Angie Stone, Lalah Hathaway, Mary J Blige, Warren G, Rahsaan Patterson, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, The Brothers Johnson and many more. Very impressive!
As a producer Daniel has released several tribute mixtapes to honor Michael Jackson, J Dilla and Fela Kuti. In 2012 he released his first official jazz album entitled “Red Pill” and in May he released the second album in a planned trilogy called “The Awakening“. Joining Daniel Crawford and lending their talents are Amp Fiddler, Vikter Duplaix, Cleveland Jones and Monet.
My apologies for almost forgetting about this album…it was collecting dust on my HD. As they say, better late than never right?! I do have a little extra for you in the form of Daniel’s brand new freebie remix of Usher’s “Good Kisser“. Shout out to Blue for hooking me up and Daniel thanks for hitting us up on Twitter today.
Chris McClenney from Maryland has been releasing some top notch tunes lately. From soulful jazz music as MisterMack to electronic heavyhitters under the alias Fractions and now under his real name he releases some straight up soul.
Peep the demo version of “Live It Up” where Chris displays just how multi-talented he really is. On this homage to the soul & neo soul legends he gets down and dirty on the vocals. Letting us all know not to worry about those ups and downs.
We at Moovmnt are big fans and think young Chris McClenney is destined for greatness!
Glenn Astro is a name that has been poppin’ up left and right lately. He was featured on Brownswood electr*c 4 and did a dope remix for K15′s “Bordeaux” very recently as well.
The Essen-based space cadet is set to release his “Amitriptyline” EP on the Space Hardware label from Bristol. Glenn Astro’s latest musical venture is a tumbling concoction of off-grid percussion and rock-heavy kicks suffused with nifty synth lines that are all shot through with a gravelly sense of soul. We’re sure you’ll appreciate the loose-limbed rhythm structures and extempore melodies on show.
July 28th is the date to look out for and make sure you follow Glenn Astro on Soundcloud.
Avay (formerly known as Mad-B) and The Hotel (previously known as Nova Dreamz) have shifted things into second gears releasing the song “Fall” together. Eventhough the track was created somewhere in 2013 it still sounds like a fresh summer breeze on a humid late night evenening. Something you can seriously fall for!
Not much is known about this London-based duo other than they are into making some serious Future R&B. We really hope to hear more music from Avay and The Hotel soon, but rest assure we’ll be one of the first to let you know if anything new surfaces. Make sure to show some support and follow both on Soundcloud.
Night Marks Electric Trio is releasing “Walk Inside Your Dream” of their upcoming debut EP released on U Know Me. The track features Washington-based vocalist AB who most of you might know from his work with Black Milk and Slum Village.
The Polish trio, heavily influenced by jazz, soul and hip-hop, received worldwide recognition after having released their first single “Glorious Tune” with Raashan Ahmad. Rumor has it that Bilal was so impressed by the Trio after having heared Night Marks Electric Trio during the soundcheck, that he requested promoters to bring him to the venue earlier to be able to see their show.
Their EP also will have a heavy hitting remix from IAMNOBODI on there, but more on that later. Radek Drutis, also known for his covers for Madlib, is responsible for the artwork. Digital release will be in late July and a limited run of 500 vinyl copies are scheduled for early September.
Everyone meet LA-NO, a next generation producer coming out of Amsterdam. He has been picked up by Darker Than Wax and has worked together with a few producers such as El. Train (Manchester) and Trian Kayhatu (Rotterdam).
La-No’s bugged out rework of “Say” My Name with El is a super sexy slowed down tribute to Destiny’s Child’s and really vibin! Glad to be discovering so much new talent from all over the globe, but especially in my own hometown. No date for an official release yet, but keep tabs on Delano if you know what’s good for you.
Very thankful that it’s another one of those WOW weeks again! Incredible new music has been making it’s way into my ears lately and I feel blessed.
Meet 18 year old SIAM from Ghent (Belgium). This astounding vocal artist goes to the conservatory of Tilburg (the Netherlands), where she studies jazz/light music. Miss SIAM is inspired by The Weeknd, Lykki Li and Miles Davis. Her debut solo release, “Same Thing“, was produced by Faisal and sounds refreshingly nice. We have high expectations already, so keep a close watch on young Isolde. Spread the word and you know where you heard it first!