José James’ new album “Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday” will be released February 3rd in Japan and March 31st worldwide on Blue Note Records. The album is produced by Don Was and featuring Jason Moran on piano, John Patitucci on bass, Eric Harland on drums. It’s James tribute to one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. Watch the trailer after the jump.
Brooklyn native hip hop recording artist and co-founder of the hip-hop collective Pro Era, Joey Bada$$ prove his skills with the release of his debut album. The LP is entitled “B4DA$$” – pronounced Before Da Money – it’s the answer after several several guest appearances and his debut mixtape 1999 in June 2012.
London producer Romare is finally about to release his first full-length album via Ninja Tune on February 23rd. The debut LP entitled ‘Projections’ is described as ”Voodoo Ray reworked by DJ Shadow… its drumming littered with infectious swing, its samples illuminating and attention-gripping, its atmosphere pronounced and consistent, and its riffs and hooks heavy.”
Carlos Cipa is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Munich. He has been classically trained on the piano and currently studies contemporary classical composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. During his teenage years he started playing drums and gained experience as a member of various bands. Experimenting with different styles of music, he turned back to piano as his main instrument, which facilitates to find his way towards composition and improvisation, before releasing his debut “The Monarch and the Viceroy” on Denovali Records in 2012. Over the last three years Carlos Cipa played over 60 concerts all over Europe and shared the stage with like-minded musicians like Hauschak, Ólafur Arnalds and Valgeir Sigurdsson.
Our 2014 final “Favourite Things” collection for 2014 is packed with 2:20 hours of selected music.
The set features music through various styles of music, by artists and producers such as Sly Johnson, Iamnobodi, Kerem Akdag, D’Angelo, House Shoes, Swarvy, Es-K, J Rocc, Binkbeats, dko, Jay Prince, Billie Black, Rainy Milo, Tom Misch & Carmody, .sinh, The Broken Orchestra, Handsberg, Melanie De Biasio, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, DJM trio, Ambrose Akinmusire, B Williams, José James, Gadget, ShunGu, Jonwayne, Hus Kingpin & Rozewood, Kaytranada, Portico, Coultrain, Made in M and Joey Bada$$.
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“Pacifics” is the first compilation of the UKNOWY record label from Germany. They want to back talented Hip Hop producers from the underground beat scene. The collection holds tracks by producers like Žiga Murko, Flamingosis, Andi Malanders, Nino El Dino, MentPlus, SWARVY, Lanzo Sumthin Gunny, Johnny North, Michael Gordy, lwptch and wootabi. Available from now on Bandcamp.
Binkbeats is a producer, percussionist, musician from netherlands. He recently uploaded all his twelve tracks on soundcloud. To understand how his remixes are getting installed, it’s essential to watch the You Tube videos. The collection features remix versions of songs by J Dilla, Amon Tobin, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Aphex Twin, and some more.
Funk’s answer to the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Florida’s Montgomery Express stood at the crossroads of politically conscious soul and mystically awakened dance music. Comprised of two blind musicians in their 20s and a teenage rhythm section, their lone LP was cut in 1972 for Orlando’s Dove label, then reissued on Folkways two years later. Although the label usually steered clear of soul music and anything remotely commercial sounding, Montgomery Express tapped into Folkways’ Guthrie-cum-Chamber Bros. nerve. Available online at Numero Group
“My whole life, I heard music in the air, beautiful music. I’ve been involved in supernatural things,spoken with spirits. I have heard an orchestra up in the air. I know I’ve heard it.” —Paul Montgomery
Melanie De Biasio is a graduate of the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and already an acclaimed artist in her home country of Belgium and in the neighbouring Francophone nation to the south. Initially heralded as a new voice in jazz! After her first album in 2007 “A Stomach Is Burning” featuring Steve Houben, she released her second album “No Deal” on PIAS Le Label back in 2013.
The norwegian collective Jaga Jazzist released a special vinyl box to celebrate their 20th anniversary this year (2014). The limited edition vinyl box set featuring a special reissue of the 2002 landmark album “A Livingroom Hush” four previously unreleased demo cuts from those recording sessions as bonus digital downloads. Also in the box: two crisp 12″s featuring exclusive reworks based on elements from the album Jaga Jazzist Live with Britten Sinfonia from a stellar cast of remixers, Warp Records stalwart Clark, breakbeat scientist Machinedrum, Brainfeeder’s Teebs, Mellowdrone founder Jonathan Bates, composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Werkdiscs’ Moiré, Hoya:Hoya co-founder Illum Sphere, and Stockholm’s Invader Ace. Extended sleeve notes by John Kelman (All About Jazz) come in a beautiful 24 page booklet with archive photography documenting the rise and rise of this iconic collective.