Sawa / Sawa

This blend of modern jazz, chamber, and Iraqi folk music is about as enchanting as an album can get. The Sawa trio—comprised of the Arabic vocals of Alya Al-Sultani, pianist Clemens Christian Poetzsch and cellist Shirley Smart—are three facets of a gem that refracts gorgeous light. That Poetzsch utilizes a fluid piano on certain tracks only adds to the intrigue. The microtonal instrument makes good use of non-Western tunings, providing a stark range of expressions on an album that already had plenty to start with.

 

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Slavic Soul Party plays Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite

There’s a certain synchronicity in play when Slavic Soul Party!, an oddball brass band that embodies the adventurous spirit of Gypsy jazz, performs a rendition of Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite, an oddball album triggered by Ellington’s long and winding road of overseas tour stops. The nonet of SSP doesn’t restrict itself to its foundation of Balkan music any more than the legendary Ellington restricted his orchestra to, well, anything. And that’s a good thing, because in the same way the harmonic textures and melodic shaping speak to the complexities inherent in this whip-smart music, the thick grooves and catchy melodies that drive it evoke a festive atmosphere.

Knowsum // Play God & Shit Happens (Money $ex Records)

New vinyl release on Money $ex Records by Knowsum!
Out december 2016!
Tracklist:
A Side:
1) Robots are better (00:00)
2) Birds and Bees (01:46)
3) Shower (03:40)
4) Friend called lonely (05:26)
5) Mocontrupsolism (07:02)
6) Centepede (08:49)
7) Buy (10:23)
B Side:
8) Run (11:01)
9) Funk isn’t dead it just smells funny (13:00)
10) Touching after midnight (14:39)
11) Playing god (16:25)
12) Shit happens (18:10)
13) Humans are better (19:53)
14) Change (21:40)

James Blake. Timeless feat. Vince Staples

James Blake has released a new version of “Timeless” featuring Vince Staples.
The Long Beach rapper adds another dimension to the soulful and sharp track, taken from Blake’s third full-length album, The Colour In Anything.
The track, available to stream via the player above, premiered on BBC Radio 1 and is available now at all digital retailers.

Seven Davis Jr. Live From The Other Side

Seven Davis Jr returns to his underground Soulful House roots while fusing flavors & stylings from various era’s in this uptempo sophomore album.

“Live From The Other Side”, plays like the soundtrack to a lovely weekend with visuals inspired by underground festival culture and contemporary art.

Dedicated to his fans, Sev hopes this album will conjure up good vibes and enhance sessions, from living room to club, for generations.

Lots of Knots. Keep Summer Alive || Mix: 06

TRACKLIST:
BOSQ. OUT OF MY HEAD (BBE)
DEEP & DISCO EDITS. FEEL THE RHYTHM (RAZOR & TAPE)
TOM OF BROOKLYN. SUMMERJAM (RAZOR & TAPE)
KEITA SANO. EXPLOSION (MISTERSATURDAYNIGHT)
ELI ESCOBAR. BACK 2 LUV (feat Steven Klavier) (BBE)
HNNY. HOTLINE RIDDIM ((Jacques Renault Edit)(LOCAL TALK)
DETROIT SWINDLE. FUTURE IMPERFECT (HEIST)
Just a few of the many house tracks I’ve been drowning in this summer!
Happy Dancing.
LOK.