When Kendrick Lamar released “Overly Dedicated” in 2010, we would have never thought he would become one of the most influential rappers of the new generation.
Let it be known I’m not a fan, but I was more than curious about his brand new “To Pimp A Butterfly” album. More then Hip-Hop it’s a true Funk album and it makes me happy whenever a new generation gets exposed to real music. Tracks like “Institutionalized” sound slightly reminiscent of Sa-Ra Creative Partners at first. Only to switch to some straight nineties Hip-Hop. Another favorite is “These Walls”, which is nothing more than a feel good summer time jam with Bilal on the hook.
No gimmicks on this album and with quality featuring artists such as George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Thundercat, Anna Wise, James Fauntleroy and Ronald Isley this might be my favorite Kendrick Lamar album yet. Definitely an album worth your while and give this a listen or purchase right away on iTunes.
I guess it’s Money $ex Records three times in a row this week! Firstly Max Graef‘s Sonzeira remix, then Henry Wu’s remix for Glenn Astro and lastly Max’s sick remix for Andreya Triana.
After having released her debut album “Lost Where I Belong” (produced by Bonobo), the enchanting tea leaf dancer from South London returns with her new single “Gold“. This will be out March 16th on Counter Records and is supported by the Momentum Music Fund. Watch for Andreya Triana’s “Giants” album to be released early May.
Andreya wrote this song about feeling good about life, her love of music and how it feels to sing. There’s some pretty impressive remixes on this single from Karma Kid, Nikitch and yes here it is Max Graef. It seems this guy is taking over the game and he’s doing it with oodles of oomph. Lovely how those finger snaps keep it sounding so soulful yet never get boring.
Another hook, line and sinker available on iTunes.
Glenn Astro currently resides in Essen and has spent half his life producing and DJ’ing. He started out with Hip-Hop and later got into ultra soulful House music.
Hard to believe his first release came out in 2011 and in such a short timespan Glenn has gotten so damn good. His signature sound is where Hip-Hop says farewell to House music, like two lovers who have just taken a hot bath together and now part ways. The 26-year-old German producer has mastered the gritty low-end so well and all of the EP’s he has been releasing the past year have been freakin’ brilliant.
Glenn Astro’s returns with another gang of grooves. His warm, soul-infused “Hologram” EP is is forthcoming on WotNot Music and is set to be released on vinyl March 23rd and digitally early April. None other than Henry Wu (22a) was called in for help to remix “Love Is Gone”, which he does with a delightful, jazz-instilled flip. Since we have been following both closely for a while, we are stoked to exclusively premiere this particular track of the Hologram EP.
Drop by OYE Records on March 21st for an instore promotional session with Glenn Astro, Henry Wu, K15 and IMYRMIND. It goes without saying that you need to pick up this release seeing “User’s Guide To” and “Gemini” with IMYRMIND are brilliant as well. For those that love warm, jazzy, soulful vibes this release is essential! Check out this super limited pre-order (only 20 vinyl copies) link and act fast.
Taken from Gilles Peterson’s new album project Sonzeira, the track “Brasil Pandeiro” is a rework of the original 1940’s track written by Assis Valente. On vocals it features Emanuelle Araύjo, who you did an awesome rendition of “Southern Freeez”. Also featuring is one of the most prolific musicians on the Brazilian samba scene, Arlindo Cruz, who plays the Cavaquinho (small guitar).
Our favorite House cat, the incredible Max Graef, did an amazing remix of this Samba joint. You won’t recognize the original for Max’s take on this classic is crispy, fresh and freakin’ good. The Brasil Bam Bam Bass was curated with love and contains more remakes and outtakes from FaltyDL, Kyodai and Mark E to name a few.
Gilles will be playing back to back with DJ Nuts on Thursday 15th May at ‘Club Bam Bam Bam’. Pre-orders of Sonzeira’s Brasil Bam Bam Bass (the out takes and remakes) are available on iTunes and the official release is this Monday via Brownswood Recordings.
We are not easily impressed and do certainly not jump on any bandwagon. That being said, we give credit where credit is due.
The Snakehips duo from London are in their mid-20’s and they have been blowing up like crazy. Personally I like some of their remixes, but it wasn’t until “I’m Gone” featuring Syd the Kyd (The Internet) came out that they had won me over. This is without a doubt the prime cut on their very recently released “Forever Pt. II” EP.
Another nice song of the EP is “Overtime” featuring Sasha Keable. I like the uptempo R&B vibe, but in all honesty all four tracks on the EP aren’t quite enjoyable. Make sure you purchase your own digital copy on iTunes.
We would like to introduce you to Prince IsaAc. This young Parisian producer likes to chill and take late night rides through the city.
He started messing around in FL Studio in 2014 and the music he makes has been influenced by many different styles of music. Prince IsaAc released his “Blues On The Corner” mini EP as a free project on LaRuche Records last month. The second release from the producer, who wishes to remain unknown for the time being, is self released and contains an incredible track called “Callie”. Hurry up to snatch a free download, because it will be available for a limited amount of days only. Come Monday you will have to purchase the EP, but don’t worry it will be worth it and affordable.
Callie seems to be a very special girl for whom the prince has a very special place reserved. She might be the one that got away so to speak. Cover art was designed by Hidenori Koga.
A young lady that has been on our radar for quite some time is Chloe Martini out of Poland. Her look on electronic music is fresh and she has skills in abundance.
She was born in Warsaw and in her teenage years, she began composing instrumental piano pieces. It wasn’t much later that she started to develop an interest in electronic music and started experimenting with different textures that now form the basis of her signature sound.
Yesterday she release her “Private Joy” EP on Roche Musique and it has this one killer Funk song featuring Azteka, that you need to hear. Last year Chloe Martini was hanging out with her brother from another mother Trian Kayhatu, when he played her Private Joy by Prince. She was so inspired that she got into that eighties sound and got inspired by cats like Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
All four tracks can be purchased on iTunes, so get it while it’s hot and creamy!
It’s always great to see vocalists work with up-and-coming producers and in this case we’ve been a fan of both Gravez and DrewsThatDude for a minute. Just love the sensual laidback feel of Good Right Now and rest assure you are gonna vibe to this for days. Additional vocals by Raheaven who was also responsible for the vocals on Polaroids.
Woodwire from Lyon, Paris is about to release a brand new project called “Oddyssea” on Cosmonostro.
The journey might be described best as a mix between traveling and odd things. After his previous more trip-hop oriented project, some cinematic ideas developed in the process. These ideas where concretized with the first song “Ignite” and resulted from a single night of work after Woodwire returned from hours of listening to vinyl at a friend house.
The song “L’Etage” was created during the weekend behind a desk from a more producer perspective, compared to the four others songs. The 24-year-old fellow Lyonnaise producer Oxidia did a very nice rework of this song adding a little umph to the original. When we were asked if we wanted to premiere this bonus track, it only took us a few seconds to say yes.
If you like you can pre-order Oddyssea on the Cosmonostro Bandcamp page.