I’m not normally into new music that sounds like Prince, but this has a great vibe. I even like the ‘Erotic City’-esque motif in there. Perfect introspective r’n’b for these hot summer nights.
Some of you may remember the epic back and forth that two of this site’s contributors had with Adam Harper (of the excellent Rouge’s Foam blog) regarding genre, and even fewer of you may be remotely aware that there was an NTS Radio follow-up discussion between Adam, ourselves and Martin Clark (of Blackdown and Keysound fame). Well, during that show I played an old track called ‘Iconic Storage’ by Riuichi Sakamoto, and Martin followed it with a track by a new signing on his label. We commented at the time how they complemented each other uncannily well, despite the more than 30 year age difference between them, but I really can’t remember who he said the track was by, and foolishly, rather than ask him I’ve just been waiting for its inevitable release – he was understandably really excited by it. Well, listening to this track by E.M.M.A and Sully I have a feeling I may have found my answer.
E.M.M.A, who previously released a 12″ on Wavey Tones, has an album out on Keysound at the end of July – looking forward to playing that.
Multi-instrumentalist K-Maxx released his self-titled EP a couple of months ago, but it’s only now that the sun has come out that I’ve been drawn to it. The tracks are sweetly honest and aren’t afraid of being a bit goofy. In terms of sound palette it’s similar to Dâm-Funk but K-Maxx takes a more song-based approach to structure (without being overly pop) and the wider range of instruments provides welcome richness. My favourite track is probably the last one, partly because it feels most personal and partly because the way he sings “my medicine” is just lush. Definitely music for when your guard is down.
And now that I’ve been introduced to the term “cupcaking” the summer just got more fun.
I’ve been meaning to write about ‘Throw’, from Laurel Halo’s latest EP Behind the Green Door, for a while now, but what with one thing and another…
‘Throw’ was understandably the track that Hyperdub focused on at the time of release, and it’s the one I’ve been playing the most. But sometimes I have a habit of quickly scanning through a release, picking out my favourite track, and neglecting the rest, and it’s only this week that I’ve gone back and properly listened to the other three tracks.
I think the primary reason I instantly picked out ‘Throw’ was because I recognised it from her Plastic People live set last year. I’d seen her previously at Koko’s in Camden and her sound canvas then was very dense, too dense really for me to penetrate. But her Plastic People set, partly due to it being in a much more intimate space, was much more stripped back and absorbing, as if the openness of the arrangements left space for us to step into. Laurel Halo’s music has always given the listener a lot to mentally engage with but there was also a physicality to her (let’s call them techno) tracks that night that was thrilling. Apart from ‘Throw’ there was one other really quite simple track that she played that night that got me and my friends all pointing and pulling screwfaces, but I don’t remember how it went — hopefully I’ll recognise it in a future release please.
Anyway, the other three tracks on the EP are good too, but yeah, ‘Throw’ is pretty special.
In case you didn’t hear, Wiley recently uploaded a handful of unreleased tracks, some instrumental, up on his SoundCloud. Obviously, they are worth checking. This one here, featuring (I think) Riko Dan, Scratchy and Manga amongst others, is far from “bottom of the barrel” and is produced by Bless Beats.
With tracks like ‘Gas Chamber’ (which reminds of Tyree’s ‘Acid Crash’) and particularly the previously posted ‘The Race’ for Trilogy Tapes, Manuel Gonzales has got me excited about techno music again. His work often has the same exploratory sense that Hieroglyphic Being’s jam-like productions do, and indeed they are both big fans of Sun Ra’s limitless, multi-dimensional approach.
If You’re Reading This is MGUN’s great new EP for Don’t Be Afraid, which I believe is out very soon. It’s also worth checking out his SoundCloud where he posts short little demos and tests which come across like disco edits but interesting — for example, ‘Sticky Trap’.
Regular readers may remember that Cooly G’s album Playin’ Me was one of this site’s 2012 highlights and it’s great to hear her still exploring and developing her sound. A generous gift of a remix for Kate Wax.
Having enjoyed a little bit of time in New Jersey, I can’t help feeling an extra attraction to new artists that spring up from there. Produced by Jayhood, it’s the executive producer credit here that makes the most sense.
H/T to Drive Me Home for showing me.
A new album from Ka is something to be excited about, and the last line in ‘Our Father’ acts as a great cliffhanger. Looking forward to the story unfolding.
Not sure when The Night’s Gambit is dropping but in the meantime you should catch up with Iron Works and Grief Pedigree if you’re unfamiliar, with the latter album also available as a series of videos.
My YouTube app says this has zero plays but I know that can’t be right.
For the first time ever I’ve liked something that Kanye West is involved in — when this was premiered last week, seeing that co-pro credit didn’t allow me to enjoy it. But the beat on this defeats all prejudice.