VIDEO: Spooky Black – Without You

Spooky Black is apparently a 15 year old kid from St. Paul, Minnesota in the US. Regardless of what he looks like and what this music video looks like, I really, really like this track, Without You.

It’s a strange situation; this has gone practically viral – but on some sort of Susan Boyle type tip. He looks odd in his 90s get-up of roll-necks, chinos and do-rags, but has the voice of an angel. Now, I’m glad Susan Boyle never wore a do-rag, but the comparison is legit. “OMG, he looks like a dick but sounds so good!”

Comparisons have come in, dropping names like The Weeknd and even James Blake, but there’s a worrying rhetoric coming from the music press and music fans alike; people are apologising for liking this. I wont apologise. What’s there to apologise for? This kid sounds incredible and this song is amazing. Some people have also pulled into question whether his whole ‘thing’ is massively ironic, or even racist, which I think is a step too far and somewhat far fetched!

His full mixtape/album has been pulled from his own Bandcamp (has he suddenly been signed?!), but you can find the full thing on YouTube, plus he also has a SoundCloud page.

PREVIEW: Jesse Futerman – Hidden Basement

Toronto’s finest son, Jesse Futerman, is back with Hidden Basement; a ten-track release collecting tracks that were made around, and after, the period of time he released his ‘Basement’ EPs on our own Jus Like Music Records.

This release showcases a number of Jesse’s different styles, including some more uptempo house-style tracks, while some of it will definitely resonate with those familiar with the three previous EPs. It also includes two remixes, one by the mighty kidkanevil and one by Canadian du jour, Ryan Hemsworth.

It’s out for FREE right now via Bandcamp.

VIDEO: First Word Records X Record Store Day: Nothing Leaves The House

For Record Store Day 2014 – which arrives Saturday 20 April – have put together a very special 7-inch record. As documented in the above , Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau and kidkanevil were invited to Mr Thing‘s house to raid his record collection in order to create some beats, with the caveat that; Nothing Leaves The House.

The resulting four track 7-inch is something that all beat-heads should seek to add to their own collection, and it’s one of our top picks for Record Store Day 2014 (as detailed in ).

EVENT: Record Store Day 2014 – Our Selection

Record Store Day is in its seventh year of existence and although the sheen is rapidly wearing thin – largely because of major label re-issue madness – there will of course be plenty of excellent treats to pick up this year.

Our post is slightly London centric and we’re happy to inform you that the likes of; Sister Ray, Sounds of The Universe, BM, Phonica, If, Rough Trade (East AND West), Music & Video Exchange (Soho, Notting Hill and Greenwich) and Soul Brother will all be taking part.

So, to cut through all the crap (we see you Aerosmith, Terminator 2 OST, One Direction and co.), we’ve come up with a list of the Record Store Day 2014 releases we reckon are worth a punt. And we’re doing you a solid, because there’s around 650 official Record Store Day releases (wtf?!);

  • Anushka – Distorted Air EP (Brownswood Recordings)
  • Bonobo – Get Thy Bearings feat. Szjerdene (Late Night Tales)
  • Darq E Freaker – Ironside (Tru Thoughts)
  • Gregory Porter – Musical Genocide (Decca)
  • Illum Sphere – Spectre Vex (Ninja Tune)
  • Jef Gilson et Malagasy – Jef Gilson et Malagasy (Jazzman Records)
  • Little Dragon – Klapp Klapp (Because Music)
  • Mr Thing, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau & Kidkanevil – Nothing Leaves The House (First Word Records)
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – Commissions 1 (Warp)
  • Robert Glasper – Porter Chops Glasper (Decca)
  • Throwing Snow – Mosaic VIPs (Houndstooth)
  • Visioneers – Mystic Brew (Omniverse Records)
  • William Onyeabor – What?! (Luaka Bop)

The rest are mainly a collection of unnecessary re-issues and legacy back-catalogue – besides the likes of the glow-in-the-dark Ray Parker Jr. Ghost Busters picture disc, which will look good on your wall.

The main point of Record Store Day is to encourage people to support their local record store. I think it’s a shame that it has become somewhat of a parody of itself, with the reams of irrelevant releases. You don’t really need to own a copy of an album you bought 15 years ago just because it’s Record Store Day and is now on green vinyl. Don’t waste your money. Even if you don’t own some of these old releases, you’ll probably find them in your local charity store for a bargain – so go support your local charity store instead!

Naturally I enjoy the existence of record stores and frequent them often, I’m just slightly sad at what this event has become. On the one hand, anything that can be done to encourage people to go to a record store is a good thing, but I’m not sure a bunch of re-issues and a One Direction record are particularly necessary or helpful. For even more depressing viewing, check a lot of the record stores in London and they actually have sections dedicated to left over RSD stock from years gone by. There are so many releases on offer (and more and more each year) that most can hardly be described as “limited edition”. Personally, I think Record Store Day releases should be genuinely special; music that has never been available before and presented in a unique fashion.

Anyway, enough of the negativity. The above list is what we reckon is definitely worth grabbing should you venture out this Saturday for Record Store Day 2014. Let us know what you’re gonna try and get hold of in the comments below.

On a side-note, myself and Ellesbells (of Nothing To Display) will be presenting a special one-off Record Store Day radio show for K2K Radio from 8pm on Saturday: http://ktokradio.com/

PREVIEW: Jesse Futerman – Exquisite Basement

Jesse Futerman returns once more to complete his trilogy of free digital EPs for Jus Like Music Records with his Exquisite Basement EP.

Following on from and , the new EP, Exquisite Basement exudes a grown sound from Jesse. Commencing with the house-like ‘Trouble Man’ – a glimpse into his more uptempo material – the EP showcases that typical Futerman dusty, jazz breaks soulful sound, but with more body and soul than ever before.

In his own words; “Exquisite Basement marks the final chapter in my free EP trilogy on Jus Like Music Records. Everything you hear, with the exception of Jon Foster’s drums on the last song, is 100% samples – whether it be film, music or even some clips from old sci fi radio shows. Exquisite Basement marks not only the end of gkfx my free EPs, but also the end of my ‘100% downtempo’ output. Look out for ‘The Love I Lost’ EP on Jus Like Music Records late 2013 on vinyl as it will showcase my new more ‘uptempo’ productions, as well continuing a similar downtempo style which is present on this ep. I hope you enjoy it.”

Tracklisting:

01. Trouble Man
02. One For Dan Zacks
03. Don’t Grecko Your Brother
04. Broken Glass
05. Disappear
06. Used To Be Thinkin’
07. For My Parents feat. Jon Foster

Exquisite Basement drops 6 May for FREE via .

PMOI Xmas Party w/ Hello Skinny, Kidkanevil, Josey Rebelle, Eric Lau & Marshmello

Our good friends at the wonderful Put Me On It are having a fantastic Christmas celebration in London on Saturday 22 December at the Old Queens Head in Angel.

Hello Skinny will be performing live, whilst Kidkanevil, Josey Rebelle, Eric Lau and Marshmello will be on DJ duties.

Doors open at 8pm and advance tickets can be purchased for just £5 directly from .

Hello Skinny released their self-titled album this year on Slowfoot Records. The brainchild of drummer Tom Skinner, Hello Skinny delivered one of the albums of the year – a slow-burner that has garnered high praise from the likes of Gilles Peterson. Their live 浦汇 experience is meant to be extremely impressive. The DJ line up is more than solid; Kidkanevil always rocks the party, Josey’s eclectic crates never disappoint, Eric Lau needs no introduction, and Marshmello brings smiles to faces every single time she’s on NTS without fail.

Essentially, if you’re in London on 22 December, you need to be at this night. I fully expect both incredible music and an electric atmosphere.

EVENT: Jukebox Mambo launch at The New Empowering Church, LDN

Jukebox Jam Series is the 50s style rnb sub-label of the mighty Jazzman Records. Curated and run by Liam Large, Jukebox Jam Series have been putting out a steady stream of quality jukebox re-issues on 7-inch and 10-inch vinyl. Now they’re on the cusp of their biggest project yet; Jukebox Mambo – a compilation of quality, hard to find latin infused rnb tracks. And, to celebrate, they’re having their Jukebox Mambo launch event at The New Empowering Church in London on Saturday 10 November.

The party starts at 9pm and tickets are just £8 advance via , or £12 on the door. It promises to be a wild one and will feature live performances from; Natty Congeroo & His Flames Of Rhythm, Brass Volcanoes, Trio Farouche, and also aptly named Exotic Luna Rosa – who will be adding some cheeky cabaret to the proceedings. Also on the night there will be both Liam Large and Jazzman Gerald on DJ duties, plus Sophisticated Savage and Snakester. Catch full details on the .

The full compilation is due out 26 November on CD, digital download formats, LP, plus a rather special FxPro limited edition 6×10-inch book-set (which has to be seen to be believed!). Check below for a taster.

RADIO: Jus Like Music Show on NTS (29 Sep 12)

Our monthly outing on London’s NTS radio station happened on Saturday (29 September) and is now available for you to stream and download via our podcast feed. The 49th edition of The Jus Like Music Show was hosted by Gav and featured two hours of solid music, spanning OANDA beats, house, hip-hop, soul, disco and much more.

The show kicked off with Hawks & Spies by Debian Black – which is available right now on First Word Records, and then danced its way through the playlist amongst the likes of BWANA, Slugabed, The Gaslamp Killer, OL, Flying Lotus, Lorn, and then finished with Medline‘s cover of Everybody Loves The Sunshine, which is available on 7-inch via Melting Pot Music.

Stream and download via the …

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Tracklisting:

Debian Black – Hawks & Spies feat. Neo Joshua [First Word Records]
Charo – Floating Free (Original Mix) [Wot Not Music]
BWANA – Baby Let Me Finish (Black Orange Juice Remix) [Somethink Sounds]
Slugabed – Mountains Come Out Of The Sky (ARP 101 Mix) [Ninja Tune]
Chesslo Junior – Mouskouri [Wot Not Music]
Chesslo Junior – Move South [Wot Not Music]
H-SIK – oOo rD Eye [Error Broadcast]
The Gaslamp Killer – Seven Years Of Bad Luck For Fun (with Dimlite) [Ninja Tune]
813 – Erotica (Om Unit Remix) [92 Points]
Cohen – War [Botanika]
Pursuit Grooves – What U Believe [Tectonic]
Jeremiah Jae – Money and Food [Brainfeeder]
OL – Yes Lie [Error Broadcast]
Flying Lotus – Getting There feat. Niki Randa [Warp]
Alex B – Getting To Know You [Elm&Oak]
Hello Skinny – Crush [Slowfoot Records]
Joonipah – Yellow & Red [Well Rounded Records]
Electric Conversation – Fly Away (Simon S Edit) [Futuristica Music]
Danny Scrilla – VV Cephei [Cosmic Bridge]
Submerse – Kerosene [Project: Mooncircle]
Submerse – Tears [Project: Mooncircle]
Lorn – Ghosst(s) (Shed Remix) [Ninja Tune]
Ages – Esplanade feat. MNDSGN [Alpha Pup]
Bill Withers – Make A Smile For Me (Trishes Edit) [TLM Records]
Funkommunity – Never Fading [Melting Pot Music]
Scrimshire – Alignment feat. Stac (Claws For? Remix) [Wah Wah 45s]
Arnie Love & The Loveletts – We Had Enough [Soul Spectrum]
Jackie Stoudemire – Guilty [Soul Spectrum]
Medline – Everybody Loves The Sunshine feat. Roni Alkekengi [Melting Pot Music]

MAGAZINE: PAPERVAMPIRE Issue 01 feat. Sohrab & Maria Minerva

Those thoroughly inventive and creative people at Bomb Shop have just released the inaugural issue of their new magazine, PAPERVAMPIRE. Issue 01 features articles about experimental music, visual art, photography, society, happenings of interest and modern phenomena including but not limited to fxcm福汇 hand-dryers, sports almanacs, Greek science funding, popular music of the Chinese diaspora, multivitamins, fighting, utensils, domestic hallucinogenics and trolling.

More specifically, the beautifully handcrafted 48-page magazine (made out of card, paper, cotton and ink) features; Sohrab, Maria Minerva, Hildur Gudnadottir, Sarah Faraday, Si Clark, Tim Steiner, and includes free music from Rough Fields, The DHDFDs, Long Black, Jesse Futerman, God Bows to Math, Ambrosia(@), and Pairs.

You can get your copy from , and will find more info over at the .