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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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.

Romare. Love Songs: Part Two

Archie Fairhurst, aka Romare, gets amorous with his second album. A kind of follow-up or development of his second ever release, a four track EP entitled “Love Songs: Part One”, “Love Songs: Part Two”, explores every nook and cranny of the romantic impulse from dirty sex to religious fervour across ten tracks which develop and expand upon the casual brilliance of his debut, “Projections”, establishing him as one of the most exciting, confident and distinctive producers in electronic music right now.
Release. 11th November 2016

Dom Zilla. Tonight

Dom Zilla started making music from his bedroom in Newcastle at the age of 12. Honing his skills he quickly began making a name for himself on the local hip-hop scene. This garnered him some national attention, and by the age of 19 his beats were being used by artists such as Raekwon, Skinnyman and Fallacy.
With a change in musical direction, Dom Zilla saw underground success and critical acclaim producing and co-writing forLulu James – a heady fusion of her soulful vocal tones juxtaposed against his warped electronic textures and sparse beats. This included the songs ‘Rope Mirage‘, ‘Halfway to Hell‘ and the Black Butter classic ‘Be Safe‘. Using keys, light switches and doors closing to add depth to the electronic foundation, Dom’s joining the ranks with Jon Hopkins, James Blake, J Dilla etc. as pioneering a new form of electronic music with a subtle urgency.
With support from TLOBF, Noisey, Complex and Earmilk, Dom is definitely one to watch for 2016 and beyond. The video for his latest track ‘Tonight‘ [taken from his sophomore EP ii], follows the encounter of two young lovers who cross paths and instantly connect. A real highlight of the EP, ‘Tonight’ matches synthetic sound to a human approach, with a curious sense of soul amid the billowing electronics.