Photay aka Evan Shornstein is a producer hailing from Woodstock, NY. His artist name is a nickname he picked up while studying music in West Africa. The local African kids would point at him and his American friends and started yelling “PHOTAY, PHOTAY, PHOTAY!”. At first he had no clue what the word meant, but he later found out that it means white person in the native dialect of Guinea.
During his six month stay in Guinea, Evan not only picked up his artist name. He also learned how to play Djembe (hand drum) and Balafon (marimba-esq instrument). Now there’s two singles online, “Reconstruct” featuring Seafloor and “No Sass” (available for free download). These will give you a good impression of the music Evan makes, but make sure you visit his Soundcloud page for more music. His upcoming self-titled album will be out August 26th on Astro Nautico.
Attention ladies and gentlemen. We are giving away 1 super exclusive vinyl edition of Jakarta Records‘ wonderful “Summer In Jakarta” compilation album. Only 49 were made with handmade covers by skor72 and only a handful are given away in selected contests like this one. A single copy was auctioned off this weekend, for a hefty amount, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.
The Summer In Jakarta compilation contains previously unreleased material from Ta-Ku, 20syl, IAMNOBODI, Suff Daddy, Mura Masa, Flofilz, Guts and many others. It’s available digitally for free download and a selected few got their hands on some free cassette tapes as well.
All you have to do is visit the following link and follow two simple steps. A winner will be announced on Friday via Facebook and Twitter.
UK producer duo The Code from the UK have been coming up through the ranks. They draw inspiration from Fleetwood Mac to James Blake and everything in between. When it comes to the creations of The Code, there are no restrictions. The future of R&B kinda looks like this I guess.
Their deep infectious track called “9.46” is uplifting and makes you want to get down low and dirty. Another track “Natural” taken from their debut EP “1/11“, was premiered on i-D a few days ago. The elusive pair will release their debut mid August so stay tuned!
Something we at Moovmnt headquarters have been waiting for for a while is Jordan Rakei‘s new “Groove Curse” EP.
The first single featuring Gwen Bunn is entitled “Street Light” and gives you an impression on how wonderful this project is going to sound. We were fortunate to get a full listen and let me tell you this is some next level S O U L music. Other tracks such as “A Tribe Called Government” and “Add The Bassline” are so good that I just had to take a deep breath and sigh. Thank you Jordan for being one of the few to keep Soul music fresh and organic. And yes I will go as far as to call you the future of Soul. Goodbye D’Angelo, hello Jordan Rakei. All we need now is Jordan to strip naked and do a video for the ladies.
Pre-order the vinyl 12-inch on the Soul Has No Tempo Bandcamp page. Incredible first release on this new label out of Brisbane.
Pomo recently did a nice remix for London’s Snakehips, but what few people know is that he’s 1/2 of the duo Nouvel Âge. Me and the homey B. Bravo were going nuts over their “Let Me Know” which has quite the subtle homoerotic feel to it (perverted minds I guess). Anyway Pomo is releasing an EP via L.A.’s label HW&W soon, so get ready to be amazed by his clean ass electronic funk sound. I really love hearing this kind of music in clubs, so DJ’s ya’ll better recognized. Download his new track right here!
Young buck Sam Gellaitry grew up in the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh and now resides in Stirling. Earlier this week he remixed tlm_‘s track “Cherish“, which was pretty under the radar if you ask me. Bang up job though on adding some electronic flavor to this slick R&B jam.
Seems unimagineable how a seventeen year old kid, who started making music at age twelve, is blowing up so fast. Welcome to a new era. Sam is signed to Soulection and will release a white label EP probably later this year. With additional support from HW&W, Sam Gellaitry is destined to go places.
Paul Chin is a multidisciplinary artist and designer based out of Toronto. By day he works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, but by night he is a producer and DJ.
Paul brings to life dreams of fairytales with his subtle yet harmonic electronic music. His “The Forest” EP explores the story of the individual and the world surrounding him. Inspired by the writings of Donald Miller, Chin also enlists Johanna Wienhølts as a companion storyteller in his latest electronic fable, composing his most thoughtful piece to date.
Paul Chin’s Cosmonostro release came out last month and is something you should take a listen to.
Aywy and Sh?m aka Shem Questionmark are both part of the new generation of beat makers. They have both been on our radar for a while, but I think it’s about time we told you what’s going on. These two gentlemen got together (online) and created this futuristic funky flip of Maxwell‘s classic “Ascension“.
Aywy, who’s from Sydney, is co-founder at Flow-Fi. From what I’ve heard a collective of producers that joined forces and now are making some power moves. Sh?m resides in London and is signed to everyone’s favorite label from Singapore…Darker Than Wax. Although normally I’m not the biggest fan of edits and remixes, I’m pretty damn sure their Maxwell edit is going to blow up a few dance floors across the globe. And what a great news that it’s available for free download!