VIDEO: Om Unit – Dark Sunrise feat. Tamara Blessa

Fresh off the press, Red Bull Studios presents the official video for Om Unit‘s track, Dark Sunrise, featuring Tamara Blessa. The track is from Om Unit’s third EP, Aeolian, which is out via the ever incredible Civil Music label later this month.

The vocals were part recorded at Red Bull Studios in London and the video was directed by Dan Hankinson. You can find out more about the video, and read an interview with Om Unit and Tamara Blessa, on the Red Bull website.

The track sees Om Unit’s deep, bassy electronic sound paired with – one-time Massive Attack collaborator – vocalist Tamara Blessa. Dark Sunrise, goes further to show evidence of ex-Red Bull Music Academy participant Om Unit’s continual journey upwards and onwards in the music world, with yet another quality piece of music. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see such a release appear on Civil Music, either – a label who have brought us previous Om Unit material, as well as output from the likes of Kuhn, Debruit, XLII and Starkey!

The Aeolian EP from Om Unit drops on vinyl and digital download on 30 July via Civil Music.

VIDEO: The Shaolin Afronauts – Wind Across Gayanamede (Live in Adelaide)

The Shaolin Afronauts are a criminally underrated/recognised afrobeat group. Their debut album dropped last year on Freestyle Records and was nominated for an ARIA award in the world music category. The ARIAs are like the Australian GRAMMYs, for those who don’t know!

Anyway, The Shaolin Afronauts have a new album, Quest Under Capricorn, coming out in July, and the above video is live footage of them performing the track Winds Across Gayanamede, which is taken from said album. It’s absolutely stunning. A wonderful contemporary performance of afrobeat and Ethio-jazz by a quite sizeable orchestra at the Adelaide Festival Centre in South Australia this past January.

Quest Under Capricorn drops on 16 July via Freestyle Records.

PREVIEW: Jesse Futerman – Fuse The Witches

Following on from Jesse Futerman‘s debut EP, , last year, he’s now back with Fuse The Witches – a 7-track EP that builds further upon his distinctive jazz-breaks sound.

Having already received high praise from the likes of Gilles Peterson, OkayPlayer, 3hive, Potholes In My Blog, Pinboard Blog, and a slew of other high profile DJs, publications and blogs, Jesse Futerman shows no signs of slowing down!

In his own words; “With Fuse The Witches I am attempting to keep the sound of Super Basement while creating a more varied listening experience; I’ve sampled from a wider array of sources such as records from my father’s collection as well as numerous film soundtracks. Despite this, I think I’ve managed to retain a strong jazzy sound while perhaps creating a more cohesive release overall. I’d like to thank my family, friends, and collaborators, without whom my music would not exist, as well my label manager Gavin for always believing in me and giving me a platform from which to reach you. I hope you enjoy listening to this EP as much as I enjoyed making it. Let’s not forget the Stine Supreme…”

Fuse The Witches drops via our very own on Monday 4 June.

RADIO: Jus Like Music Show w/ B.A.N.G. interview (07 Apr 12)

The latest edition of The Jus Like Music Show on NTS is now available to stream and download via our podcast feed. We featured an interview with the enigmatic spoken word emcee, B.A.N.G., that we recorded recently in east London.

B.A.N.G. spoke to us about his lifestyle, his artistic processes, and his charitable endeavours! All interspersed with a few tracks from his recent Ice Cream For The Eskimo album.

Beyond that, we played a solid selection of new music, including tracks from Gang Colours, Funkommunity, Jai Paul, and Athalia. Full tracklisting is below.

Stream and download via the podcast

mp3: The Jus Like Music Show w/ B.A.N.G. interview

Tracklisting:

Gang Colours – Botley In Bloom
Kendrick Lamar – The Recipe feat. Dr. Dre
Lil Silva – Gobble That
Drake – Crew Love (Shlohmo remix)
Lemonade – Neptune (Sinjin Hawke remix)
Mr Mitch – Bitch
A$AP Rocky – Houston Old Head
Exeter – QUI
The Dream – Fast Car (Exeter Delorean edit)
Tyler, The Creator – Lucky Charms

– Interview with B.A.N.G. –
B.A.N.G. – Keep It Moving
B.A.N.G. – I Wanna Be With You
B.A.N.G. – The Bird

Leon King – The Digital Church
Blu – Everything’s OK feat. Jay Davey (Wajeed refix)
Athalia – Better Things
TOKiMONSTA – Fame Boozer’s Lullaby feat. Rucyl
Funkommunity – Dandilion
Pheo – Real Old Cigar
Jai Paul – Jasmine (demo)
Mecca:83 – Chapter Two (For Lucie)
Athalia – Black Rainbows
Leon Ware – Orchids For The Sun feat. Quadron
Pomrad – Dans
ARP 101 – Mystery Man
Robert Glasper – More Love (Tall Black Guy remix)
Pursuit Grooves – Let’s Do It Winter

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Rough Fields – Edge of the Firelight

We’re very pleased to be able to bring you an exclusive first stream of Edge of the Firelight, the debut album from the much acclaimed Rough Fields.

[Now the album has been released, the stream has reverted to 90-second clips. Purchase the full release here.]

Released on Monday 26 March on the Bomb Shop label, Edge of the Firelight is the long awaited ten-track longplayer from James Birchall, AKA Rough Fields.

Rough Fields’ series of limited edition cassette EPs at the end of last year stirred a range of support, from inclusion in Gilles Peterson‘s “Winners” of 2011 to inclusion in Clash Magazine‘s “Ones to Watch for 2012”. Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3) rated flagship track The Harbour Wall as “One of the best songs I’ve heard all year”, whilst a growing base of praise for James Birchall’s layered atmospherics and electronic folk has built to boiling point with the appearance of this debut full-length, which will be released as an eco-friendly CD package including a 24-page book of photography by Sarah Faraday (as well as the usual digital places, iTunes, Spotify etc).

Edge of the Firelight reveals Rough Fields’ full musical scope, as the ten tracks sweep from deep, pulsating sub-grooves (Summer On The Haight) and intense, epic crescendos (Girls In Cars) to atmospheric sun-down jams (Geese) and concrete explorations (Border Navigation). There’s coherence throughout, though, not least in the album’s faithful adherence to Rough Fields’ usual sound sources; found objects, broken instruments, environmental sounds, sonic defects and thick, layered textures.

Live dates (with full five-piece live-looping band) to accompany the release: The Windmill (Brixton, London) on 5 April, The Nest (Dalston, London) on 12 April, The Castle Hotel (Manchester) on 21 April, and more TBA.

To celebrate the release of Edge of the Firelight, Jus Like Music also have a FREE track from Rough Fields to giveaway! To download your free copy of Behave, simply enter your email address in the widget below:

You can pre-order Edge of the Firelight right now at the Rough Fields Bandcamp page.

“Tremendous!” – Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music)
“Astonishing music” – Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1)
“Really rather good” – Gideon Coe (BBC 6Music)
“Outstanding experimental music” – www.blindfun.com
“…the new Robert Wyatt!” – Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3)

FREE: Monster Sneaker – Paintball

Enjoying high acclaim from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff and Bonobo, plus commercial popularity with compilation appearances (including Hed Kandi) via their own projects, Monster Sneaker is a new production partnership from Tru Thoughts buddies; Xavier Jean (Azaxx | Tru Thoughts) & Jonathan Radford (Diesler | Tru Thoughts / Freestyle / Unique Records). The boys have been hard at work crafting a sound to bring soulful rhythms back to the dance, and now they’re ready to share it!

So, to celebrate this fantastic new project, the guys are giving away their track ‘Paintball’ for a limited time. To get your FREE download visit:  or enter your email address in the widget at the top of this post.

Having spent the last two year batting bongo, bleeps and basslines back and forth over the 二元期权平台 internet, the fruits of this rally are ready to be released into the world in the form of; ‘Azaxx & Diesler Present Monster Sneaker EP One’. This three-track EP also features guest vocals by the legendary Colonel Red (Compost Records / Tokyo Dawn).

Tracklisting:

01. Tainted Lovin’ feat. Colonel Red
02. Paintball
03. Chunky Walker

Check out some snippets from the full release…

Released on 20 February this is also the debut release on Diesler’s very own digital imprint A Little Something Recordings.

VIDEO: Ifan Dafydd – Treehouse

This is the official video for Treehouse by Ifan Dafydd, lifted from the EP of the same name which is out right now on Push & Run.

I’m sure Mr Ifan Dafydd is sick of hearing the comparisons, but it really does feel like he’s picked up where James Blake stopped to go and have a more drawn out moody sing-song in the charts. Either way, Ifan Dafydd has snatched that baton from James Blake and is so far doing a fantastic job. He is of course very much his own artist, bursting onto the scene last year, he brought us the haunting track, Miranda, then he skewed Emeli Sande‘s track, Daddy, which incidentally is the best Emeli Sande remix I’ve heard to date.

Things have seemingly stepped up a gear with the release of the two track Treehouse EP, containing the track in the above video as well as cinematic, beat-driven To Me. The music video was created by Yoni Lapinn for PinBoard Film, and is a familiar sight to these eyes! Those who know east London will spot some familiar haunts. East London is also the place you’d be most likely to see a panda going to a house party as well.

REVIEW: Portico Quartet – Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet‘s self-titled third album has finally landed via Real World Records, the label originally started by Peter Gabriel back in 1989.

The UK-based Portico Quartet, so named after inclement weather at an early gig called for a performance under a portico, return at the beginning of 2012 with a slight alteration in personnel. Nick Mulvey, who previously played Hang, the angelic Swiss instrument that gave distinction to Portico Quartet’s early material, has left to pursue solo projects, and is replaced by Keir Vine.  The increasingly rare instrument’s ethereal sounds are still present on this third eponymous outing, but step back from the foreground, melting into the album’s soundscape that swells and subsides with unpredictable beauty.

Tracklisting:

01. Window Seat
02. Ruins
03. Spinner
04. Rubidium
05. Export To Hot Climates
06. Laker Boo
07. Steepless feat. Cornelia
08. 4096 Colours
09. City Of Glass
10. Trace

Jack Wyllie’s playing on Ruins is gripping, the forced sounds from his horn shudder over fast-plucked bass notes and silken electronics, floating up from the track’s beginning. Comparisons drawn between Lacker Boo and Burial’s recent output are tenuous, the drum programming here is straight, and shares more sonic commonality with Matthew Herbert than it does the reclusive South Londoner.

Much of the electronica present on this album was played live, using effects pedals and reverb, while the crisp patterns are the work of drummer Duncan Bellamy and his MPC. It’s a show in increasing demand: their London gig at the end of this month sold out before the year began. And the creative approach of the quartet seems to be as forward thinking as their current sonic palette too; check out this SoundCloud page to read about a recent remix competition the band ran by offering up the stems from a track. If the guys favoured your rework of the track Steepless, you’d expect a prize that included all three vinyl releases, a limited edition EP, and a pair of tickets to one of their upcoming gigs.

Straddling cinematic electronica with elements of jazz, Portico Quartet have surely offered up an earlier contender to be considered one of 2012’s finest releases. A truly beautiful album.

REVIEW: Various Artists – Spiritual Jazz 2: Europe

Following on from 2008’s first incarnation of Jazzman Records‘ compilation, Spiritual Jazz, comes a second excursion into the rarely defined sub-genre, entitled; Spiritual Jazz 2: Europe. As the name purports, this compilation focusses on spiritual jazz music from Europe. Specifically it focusses on music created between 1960 and 1978, all under the tagline of being; Esoteric, modal and deep jazz from the European undergound.

Out right now on CD, 2xLP and digital download, Spiritual Jazz 2 contains eleven absolutely exquisite tracks. The 2xLP is particularly delightful as it is presented in a beautiful gatefold sleeve containing detailed liner notes and fantastic imagery throughout. Jazzman Records are renowned for both their incredible musical output, and their attention to detail when it comes to documenting and presenting music. Spiritual Jazz 2 is certainly no exception, and the gatefold vinyl is a collectors dream.

Tracklisting:

01. Erich Kleinschuster Sextett – Communion
02. Albert Manglesdorf Quintet – Varie
03. Michael Garrick Sextet – Temple Dancer
04. Raphael – Archangelo
05. Barney Wilen – Africa Freakout
06. Nicolai Gromin – Corrida
07. Heikki Sarmanto – Duke and Trane
08. Wroblewski Jazz Quintet – Nana Imboro
09. Dusko Goykovic – Bosna Calling
10. Pedro Iturralde – Las Morillas de Jaen
11. Hans Dulfer & Ritmo-Natural – Candy Clouds (Part II)

As somebody who counts them-self as a jazz fan, but not a jazz expert or historian, I found that this compilation contained plenty of music (and artists) I was unfamiliar with. But, the music is outstanding. From the (previously unreleased) eastern-sounding Michael Garrick Sextet track, Temple Dancer, to the nearly 13-minute long Raphael epic, Archangelo, Spiritual Jazz 2 had me gripped and enthralled. Incidentally, the compilation is dedicated to the late Michael Garrick, who sadly passed in November last year.

The detailed liner notes contain biographical information on the artists, including a full list of the players on each track, as well as some of the stories behind the creation of the songs. But, when I say ‘liner notes‘, this isn’t a quick scribble including credits and ‘thank-yous’, this is more closely related to an early edition of the much fabled and revered Wax Poetics magazine – it’s like a short book and acts a wonderful accompaniment to the music.

At just shy of an hour and 20 minutes of music, I felt as if the entire listening experience was a journey. I was being educated through music, without even being particularly conscious of that fact. Such pure instrumentation and expression is something which is sadly lacking from a lot of contemporary music, so it’s with much appreciation that an opportunity to experience it would be presented in the form of this compilation. It’s also worth noting that Jazzman Gerald had each track digitally restored from their respective original master tapes.

Naturally you’ll have to have a degree of interest in jazz music for this to appeal, but I believe that most people with an open musical mind will appreciate the beauty present within this release. It certainly strikes me as being the sort of release many wouldn’t automatically associate themselves with – that is until they begin to listen – this is the point at which you’ll get sucked in well and truly. Call it a beautiful jazz trap, but it’s one I would gladly fall into again and again.

Spiritual Jazz 2 can be purchased via Jazzman Records directly – who are currently offering Volumes 1 and 2 as a bundle – plus you can purchase it digitally via iTunes from 13 February, where it comes with an exclusive digital booklet containing the earlier-mentioned liner notes and imagery.