Last month I wrote about the first in a new series of EPs that Mr. Scruff was putting out on his Ninja Tuna venture through Ninja Tune. Well here is the second installment in the series; Kalimba & Give Up To Get.
Kalimba is the shorter of the two tracks and a cracker of a downtempo dancefloor killer. Hammond style keys, cowbell and a typical Scruff break make this more catchy than a summer cold. Near to the half way point of the … [read more]
It could be pure coincidence that on the same day that Kings Of Leon decide to release their first single, Crawl, for free on the web from the upcoming new LP, Only By The Night, that I should receive news from those good people at Tru Thoughts telling me that The Bamboos‘ first single from their upcoming LP, Side-Stepper, is in fact a cover of King Of The Rodeo by Kings Of Leon.
Kings Of Leon burst onto the scene … [read more]
If you go down to where the Elephants roam about their Castle (Corsica Studios) on 30th June, not only will you catch Infinite Livez, but I have it on good authority that a certain Rodney Smith (aka Roots Manuva) will be there too! A Big Dada extravaganza, if you will. Tickets are just £6 and can be purchased via WeGotTickets.
There’s sure to be some JLM presence there – we’re mad keen to … [read more]
Unless you know The Natural Yogurt Band personally, then the chances are the only info you will be able to find about them is via a Jazzman Records press release for their debut LP Away With Melancholy. And to quote that press release;
“The cd they sent was accompanied by no credentials. There was no promo sheet name-dropping the famous DJs who are playing their music, no pretentious CV stating who plays what and who used to play with whoever; no info, no blurb … [read more]
Oh gosh, oh my… more sweetness from the Stones Throw guys!
Still sweating on that definitive follow up to 2004′s Madvillainy LP by Messrs Madlib and MF DOOM? Well keep sweating, but whilst you are sweating, why not indulge a little and drop US$124.99 plus shipping on this incredible new boxset.
Madvillainy 2: The Box is an ultra collectible package only available exclusively via the Stones Throw website. They are gonna take pre-orders first, then go make the damn things, and then actually … [read more]
Chicago native Radius recently dropped his debut LP on The Secret Life Of Sound – a label you may remember from my Invisible Superstars feature a while back. The Radius LP is called Neighborhood Suicide and it’s a kick in the tits for all those that think they’ve heard it all before where instrumental hip-hop is concerned. This one’s a keeper.
Neighborhood Suicide is an eleven track journey into the leftfield of the modern beat-maker’s laboratory. It’s a progressive sound with tight production and mean … [read more]
Video to the new Roots Manuva single Again & Again, taken from his upcoming album Slime & Reason (out September!).
Speaking of which, I received my advance copy of Slime & Reason from those good guys at Big Dada last Friday. Gave it a good listening to over the weekend and it is hot stuff indeed! More evidence of the evolution in sound that Roots Manuva is going through, but I wont spill all the beans right now, wait for the full review coming soon … [read more]
Natural Self is without a doubt one of my favourite producers. His ability to shape and manipulate the bass elements throughout his creations is unique, he is the percussive demon. A prolific DJ and fine purveyor of genres from hip-hop through to funk, Natural Self is the unsung hero of the independent British music scene. With previous releases on both Breakin’ Bread and Tru Thoughts, Natural Self is back with his second full LP on Tru Thoughts. It’s called The Art Of Vibration, … [read more]
I was distraught to learn the tragic news of modern jazz maestro Esbjörn Svensson‘s untimely death at the very young age of 44.
On 14th June, Esbjörn was diving with a group of divers near Stockholm. Contact with his party was lost and later he was found unconscious on the seabed and badly injured. Sadly all attempts to resuscitate Esbjörn were fruitless.