Now ESKA is one of those ultra talented singer who’s been simmering for quite a while in life’s backstage. This will soon come to an end for London’s best kept secret is about to unleash her self-titled debut album upon the world.
She truly possesses one of the most intriguing voices in the United Kingdom right now, as ESKA weaves together diverse musical elements – hints of folk, soul, psychedelia and electronica and pairs them with stirring lyrics. Her debut self-released “Gatekeeper” EP, was heralded by Bandcamp in their ‘Best Releases of 2013′. Having built an inimitable reputation as a writer and performer through collaborations with a staggering array of talent from Grace Jones, Cinematic Orchestra, Zero 7 and Bobby McFerrin together with performances in some of the world’s most famous venues and festivals, it’s time for ESKA to shine her own unique light onto the dark corners of the universe we call music.
The self-titled debut album “ESKA” was produced by electronic artist Matthew Herbert, Louis ‘slipperz’ Hackett and Dave Okumu of The Invisible (previous winners of iTunes ‘Album of the Year’ in the UK). Though her music is genre defying, it is safe to say that her wonderful song entitled “Heroes & Villains” is a mix between rugged and rootsy Reggae and sensual Soul music. At times she reminds me a bit of Googie Coppola, who happens to be one of my favorite vocalists EVER. If you (just like me) can’t wait for ESKA’s album to come out on April 26th, go ahead and pre-order it on Bandcamp.
For the second instalment of our monthly Dutch producer series, Werk Space, we invited beatmaker Moods to the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam.
Twenty-four-year-old Nick represents the city of Rotterdam, but is by his own admittance a true Zealander. Producing for over a decade now, Moods is probably one of the most talented producers coming out of the low lands. His newly released “Sincere” EP came out Monday on 12-inch vinyl via Boogie Angst and as you may or may not know Nick is also a part of the Darker Than Wax family.
We invited the alluring SIAM from Ghent (Belgium) to lay down some amazing vocals and the results is amazing. The track “Organic” will be available on Soundcloud next week and is already a Werk Space favorite. To hold you down, take a look at this video, which contains an audio preview.
Wander Lost was born from a place of immense frustration. Nick Price had just spent six months in his newly adopted home, Los Angeles, and things weren’t happening the way he had planned. His work as a songwriter was suffering and as he tried to write in different idioms and for different voices, he strayed further from the obvious path. Which was to write for nobody else but Nick Price. At some point the levy broke and the scale tipped. Two days later his debut single “Naked Souls” was written. Upon first hearing it, I thought to myself this is something else. No dime a dozen track. No this was something truly magnificent. Of course the rest is history and now we find Nick Price on the verge of the release of his Wander Lost EP.
Let me do a quick review since the EP only contains six songs. The intro entitled, “Lunar Precipice“, is a heavenly harmony that sweeps you off your feet right away. Now what else can I say about “Naked Souls“? It’s undeniably one of the best Soul songs I’ve heard last year. Still listen to it on a regular basis and I’m shocked it recently passed 136,000 plays. Nick’s second single, “Cabin Built For Two“, finds him back on the romantic tip.
The most beautiful song on Wander Lost (for me) is “Cold“. What a personal and emotional ride…wow! It doesn’t shame me to admit this brought me to tears at least once (such an emotional sap). I almost broke the replay button on this one. Okay whipe your tears, for the vocal interlude, “Ain’t Got Nobody“, provides a quick moment of cheerfulness. Wait with lyrics like ‘I’m so sad and lonely’? I’m confused. Ah finally Nick treats us to some crisp drums, uplifting rhodes and soothing sax on the last cut called “Running Back”.
Thanks goes out to several key contributors. Andris Mattson and Max Byrk, producers and instrumentalists from the band Moonchild, helped shaping the sound of this EP. Another important contributor was Charlotte Ficek who made some incredible and inspiring artwork. Wander Lost is available on iTunes and please show Nick some love and support…he deserves it!
Right before Valentine’s Day, sir Henry Wu from South London, released his “Negotiate” EP on Eglo’s daughter label, Ho Tep Records.
This is by far my favorite work from Henry Wu thus far and one of those few new records I am going to cop without thinking. Such an intensely deep and warm mature sound. Please have a listen to five wonderful soulful grooves that hover somewhere in between House and Soul music. Mo Kolours plays some additional synths on “Expensive Ghetto” and and on the prime cut “Just Negotiate” Simeon Jones delivers extra silky vocals. For those who find themselves turntable-less, no worries there is a digital version available on the Ho Tep Bandcamp page. Here you can also pick up the 12″ version or try your local record shop.
Good morning to all you lovers and haters. Rejoice on Valentine’s Day 2015 and receive this blessed gift!
Belgian producer ToolBox has been on our radar for quite some years now and when we heard he was working on something fresh and funky, we suggested he teamed up with the wonderful Miki Rose from Los Angeles. It took a little while, but all the pieces fell into place. We figured “U&I” would make the perfect Valentine’s gift from us to you. Even if it’s not a love story perse.
For those who are not familiar with ToolBox or Miki Rose, make sure you grab a free download and get hip to both. Miki is working on her debut solo EP, which is scheduled to drop on Darker Than Wax.
Download directly by signing into Soundcloud below!
Monomite is a twenty-two-year-old producer / bass player originating from Paris. As a kid he used to listen to his parents records, while his brother was listening to a wide variety of different genres like Punk, Metal or Drum and Bass.
While his family nurtured his love for music, his extended family Beat x Changers nurtured the love for House music and Dance in particular. He soon discovered he wanted to produce and record his own music. It was this desire that drove him to making beats. Monomite is also a part of the Tech House group called Pulkone and you might have heard him feature on DOC Mastermind’s 1985 album last year.
Monomite is getting ready to release his brand new “Space Time Body and Soul” EP. We are very glad to premiere the uptempo track “Innocence”, which is perhaps best described as a funky space ride with elements of Broken Beat, dripping with Jazzy nastyness! The EP will be available digitally and on 12″ vinyl February 16th. It can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp and will also be available through Juno and Deck.
Great news everyone! Nick Price is finally about to release his debut EP entitled “Wander Lost“.
Born in Toronto and groomed in LA, he endeavors to bring together the worlds of Jazz, R&B, and Soul under the same roof. Nick Price has spent the better part of his musical career thus far learning and trying to write music for someone else. Not one person in particular, but someone who isn’t Nick Price.
The turning point was when he wrote his debut song “Naked Souls” in just two days and it was immaculately beautiful. I’m so happy we picked up on Nick early and were able to premiere this amazing song. In under ten months this song was played almost 135,000 times, which is mind-blowing.
Feast your ears on this exclusive stream of another song of the Wander Lost EP, entitled “Running Back”. Pre-orders are available on iTunes and with every pre-order you automatically get a download of Naked Souls!
This week seems to be a one filled with love and music. Big homey G from Cosmonostro introduced us to two brothers, who are originally from Mongolia. They live in Russia now and go by the name of Araatan.
Somehow it all adds up when you think about it for a second. I mean I love coffee and beats. So why am I not surprised that when we asked to premiere Araatan’s track called Coffee, I said yes right away. The siblings gained millions of plays on Youtube thanks to their fair share of successful collaborations with Russian rappers of the first magnitude. On their “Aurora” EP they put more emphasis on the electronic side of things.
This Saturday, on Valentine’s Day, the EP sees it’s official release. Pre-orders are available on the Araatan Bandcamp page.