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)

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Steve Lehman. Are You In Peace

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.

De La Soul. Anonymous Nobody

The wait is finally over. For De La Soul fans, especially those that have been there since the trio’s seminal album, 1989’s 3 Feet High and Rising, the news of De La Soul’s ninth studio album coming to fruition was like a dream come true. After raising over $600,000 through a Kickstarter campaign, they had more money to make an album than they’ve ever had before. The question is: Did it help or hinder?
In many ways, De La Soul’s long-awaited and the Anonymous Nobody is not really a De La Soul album. The classic trio take centerstage on their own on only five of the album’s 18 tracks. Granted, it was produced by the New Yorkers, but with over 10 features crowding the booth, the voices of Dave Jolicoeur, Kelvin “Posdnous” Mercer, and Vincent “Maseo” Mason often drown in the deluge. On “Drawn”, for example, Swedish dream pop groupLittle Dragon overpower, the vocal contributions from De La Soul confined to a 30-second window.
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The Avalanches. Wildflower

To listen to the Avalanches is to wrestle with time. The sample-rich music made by this group of Australian DJs makes you think about where its pieces come from, what those fragments meant to you then, and what they mean to you embedded into the group’s finished songs. There’s nostalgia and loss ingrained in every bar, and you can sense the erratic movement of past, present, and future from the first listen.
Speaking of time, there’s also the fact that the Avalanches waited 16 years to follow up their debut album, 2000’s landmark Since I Left You. To be a fan of the Avalanches, you had to be patient. Some of the delay was to be expected. Their first record was said to have thousands of samples, but you never can tell with a figure like that—let’s just agree that it contained a lot. And working with samples means submitting yourself to a longer timetable. Because whileJarvis Cocker might pick up a guitar and write eight songs in two days, building music from other music means you have to do a lot of listening. Which means sampling artists spend a great deal of time engaged in the same activity as their audience—driving around with the radio on, poised by the turntable, dropping a needle, clicking around on YouTube, walking around with headphones. And there are no shortcuts. Throw in the usual long-delayed-album mix of bad equipment, poor health, perfectionism, and clearance issues, and who knows, maybe we’re lucky to get Wildflower, the first new Avalanches record in 16 years.

 

Pete Rock & CL Smooth. ‘All Souled Out’ 25th Anniversary Mixtape mixed by Chris Read

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s now classic debut ‘All Souled Out’, our buddy Chris Read has crafted yet another stellar mix of tracks from the EP, alternate versions, interview snippets, and original sample material.
Listen up and enjoy!
Artwork by Leon Nockolds
Words by Alice Price-Styles
Track list:
1. O’Donel Levy – ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’)
2. Chris Read – Theme #3 (Scratchapella)
3. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’
4. Heavy D & The Boyz – ‘Gyrlz, They Love Me’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother’)
5. Mountain – ‘Long Red’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)’)
6. ESG – ‘UFO’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)’)
7. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)
8. Eddie Kendricks – ‘Girl You Need a Change of Mind’ (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
9. Mountain – ‘Long Red’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
10. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Good Life’
11. O’Donel Levy – ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Good Life’)
12. James Brown – ‘Funky Drummer’ [Loop] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
13. Fred Wesley and the J.B’s – ‘You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks and I’ll Be Straight (7″ Version) [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
14. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘Go With The Flow’
15. S.O.U.L – ‘Burning Spear’ (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
16. Beside – ‘Change The Beat (Female Version)’ [Extract] (Sampled in ‘Go With The Flow’)
17. Eddie Bo – ‘From This Day On’ (Sampled in ‘The Creator’)
18. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator’
19. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator (Slide to the Side Mix)‘
20. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘The Creator (Surfboard Mix)’
21. Lou Donaldson – ‘Turtle Walk’ (Sampled in ‘All Souled Out’)
22. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – ‘All Souled Out’

Mello Soul Black. What Ya’ Heard (prod. By Jazz Spastiks)

 

“Fuck what ya heard” – the last twenty years never happened. Jeans are phat, sneaks are low, beats are phat and dope is the flow. Say hi to Texas and Tennessee emcees Mello Soul Blackwho deliver the goods over vintage dusty, jazzy boom-bap amply provided for them by Jazz Spastiks all the way from – er – Scotland. Well, it is summer and the sun is finally out for once. Strickly limited seven inch vinyl. Don’t be sleepin’ on What Ya Heard