‘Drowning featuring BADBADNOTGOOD’ recorded in Toronto, ON for Red Bull Sound Select.
Eliphino makes a triumphant return after three years out the game. Picked by Jackmaster for his new DJ Kicks mix, ‘Isabella Road’ takes things peak time foreboding synths and heavyweight drums. Released on his new label Joy In Repetition, co-run with Andy Lemay (Dimensions).
Caribbean boogie classics from the godfather of Cadence-Lypso.
With his group Exile One, Gordon Henderson was instrumental in creating the Cadence-Lypso style. Fast forward a few years and he was in Air studios in Montserrat, where – along with new group the U-Convention – he recorded the sessions that would make up this release. ‘The Highest Bidder’ is a long-time rare groove classic, a no-messing-about slice of early 80s funky boogie. On the B-side “Hard World” ups the tempo for an over-looked slice of modern soul.
On first listen you’d be forgiven in thinking that go-it-alone producer GUTS‘ forthcoming album Eternal is one of those magic represses collating a bunch of 1970s diamond-in-the-ruff tracks you knew nothing about. The textures are beautifully rich, bringing in elements of funk, soul, hip-hop, Cuban, African and Russian sounds; but rather than stick to GUTS’ usual method of pitting five-second samples against his own beats machine production, the upcoming album showcases tracks that unite around a common theme of live instrumentation from a superstar collective of musicians and singers.
Recorded via intense studio sessions whilst GUTS was on tour around France and Europe, the album darts between strong melodies and hybrid blends of genre, with each track forming a different universe to step into and let the groove wash over you.
Today we’re premiering our favourite track off the LP; a wild soul-jazz gem that pulls on the ears instantly with voluptuous saxophonist trills and a disco-inclined female choir melody line that seems to have fallen right off of a dusty 1970s rare vinyl. The summer-morning horn lines ring out with bold distinction, the sweet bassline purrs in the background and live rhythm sends ripples of groove in every direction. With Fender Rhodes keys dancing amongst anthemic vocals that trickle through and ring out like a dusty disco classic, ‘Eternal’ seems a very fitting album title.
GUTS’ Eternal is available in the UK on July 29th via Heavenly Sweetness.
Lehman’s music has always drawn from disparate sources in distinctive ways, but with Sélébéyone, he takes an unexpected turn: drawing, from modern jazz, Senegalese rap, live electronics, and underground hip-hop, to create a unique form of urban experimentalism. The project stands apart from almost every other jazz/hip-hop collaboration that has preceded it: this is not an album where live musicians imitate repetitive samples in 4/4 time. Instead, the musical elements – shifting rhythms, electro-acoustic harmonies, and contemporary sound design – are wholly integrated with the lyrical content. Add to that the unique juxtaposition of English and Wolof that permeates the record, and one gets the sense of the development of a whole new musical universe.
And though the music on Sélébéyone may seem like a radical departure from Lehman’s more recent ensemble work, it is actually the product of his long-standing engagement with experimental hip-hop and its surrounding community. Lehman’s critically-acclaimed octet has released arrangements of seminal hip-hop tracks, like Wu-Tang Clan’s “Living In the World Today” and Camp Lo’s “Luchini.” And his professional ties with Meshell Ndegeocello and other pioneering members of the contemporary R&B community date back to 2004: most recently Lehman was a featured soloist on Ndegeocello and Jason Moran’s 2014 Blue Note release All Rise.
Production. Kaytranada and BADBADNOTGOOD