With several highly acclaimed albums in the locker, he now returns with his most ambitious project yet — a tribute to the legend that is Yusef Lateef. Lateef, my first thought was "Where on earth do I start? He was a master of the tenor saxophone, a master of the flute, a master ballad player, a master blues player. Not to mention his skills as a composer and arranger and of course his exploration and use of musical methodology and instruments from all over the world.
I also wrote some original songs that, while certainly not written in his style, might be said to fall into his very broad approach to music making. So it was a nice opportunity to finally get around to playing some of the many small instruments I've collected over the years; the Turkish zurna, the mbira from Zimbabwe, the balaphon from Mali and the arghul from Egypt. Yusef Lateef certainly did that, and as such was a master storyteller. A tribute the incredible Yusef Lateef, which you think would be a daunting thing but Nat Birchall makes it look like a breeze. A must for any jazz collection!
Specific but never esoteric. And graphic but never offensive. Miami Memory is the story of a couple balancing sex with contemporary family values Huge, overblown, and great fun all round. Rattigan and Rubeck worked with veteran indie producer Jarvis Taveniere, carefully crafting a their most lush and vulnerable record to date, during the fall of Read will tour the U. Inspired by Victor Gruen - the pioneering designer of shopping malls in the United States - Read unpacks the idea of being trapped in an eternity that feels like an endless present tense, the passing of the seasons reduced to a standstill in a pristine shopping mall; a symbol of both stasis and comfort; an Eden without the possibility of an ending.
It's a beguiling and enchanting journey, and a sign of what there is to come. Heavy tip-on gatefold sleeve.
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Taking their otherworldly 'Sonoran trance music' to the stage of London Fields Brewhouse, The Myrrors unleashed a breathtakingly transcendental and all-consuming performance that across its three 'parts' — rarely deviating from the solitary note held throughout the set — spectacularly joined the dots between everything from classical minimalism and drone music, through to psychedelic rock, desert blues, Eastern folk and free jazz; perhaps the sort of music La Monte Young might have made if he tuned his mystical drone meditations towards rockier territory and swapped the artsy NYC avant-garde scene for the Sonoran desert that The Myrrors call home.
Some four years on from that now-mythologised show and Fuzz Club, having sat impatiently on the live audio for years, will finally be releasing the performance on vinyl and digital for all to immerse themselves in. Kazu Adult Baby Adult Baby. Adult Baby Records is the new label by iconic vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kazu Makino.
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Driven by a search for experimentation and freedom of expression, Kazu is a rebellious spirit, nourished by a rare sensibility and astonishing creativity. Adult Baby Records will be releasing and promoting projects that embrace her unique philosophy and style. Devendra Banhart Ma Nonesuch. This is Banhart's first album since 's Ape in Pink Marble. Ma, bursting with tender, autobiographical vignettes, displays a shift from the sonic experimentation of his previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy.
Banhart favors organic sounds to accompany his voice and guitar, the arrangements bolstered by strings, woodwinds, brass, and keyboards. The song's video features a full circle journey of vignettes that play on the dream-like quality of intimate activities. The video, colorfully directed by Giraffe Studios, also features guest cameos and a brief infomercial pleading for donations to the I Love Venezuela Foundation. Twin Peaks Lookout Low Communion.
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For Lookout Low, the five of them - guitarists Cadien Lake James and Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan, multi-instrumentalist Colin Croom, and drummer Connor Brodner - committed to work countless hours in their studio and practice space. Meeting daily, they demoed 27 songs and relentlessly rehearsed them, eventually whittling down to a select ten tracks.
Often, they thrived on the thrill of live recording, going with the magic of the original first take.
This life-affirming burst of adrenaline seeps into every facet of the LP. The rest of 'Lookout Low' is just as superb, ranging from more relaxed soul-led pieces to giant party anthems.
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The Time For Peace Is Now compiles fourteen songs that, while recorded over four decades ago, speak now more than ever. The tracks are a subset of s-era gospel, not directly talking about Jesus or God, but instead tackling how we live with ourselves and each other. These are undeniably soulful, passionate, and urgent songs from obscure 45s, dug up from a long dormancy in attics, sheds and rated across the American south.
Compiled by Gospel guru Greg Belson. The church borrowed—or rather commandeered—the guitar, bass, drums, and other instruments used to backup Motown, Stax, and other popular labels—to give power to the songs they supported. Saturday night and Sunday morning music began to interweave, which was especially felt when the church choirs sang Gospel. Gospel was the soul of America. This album is reflective of the dichotomy of the sacred and the secular.
The music here is in some sense the same as the music of the club. Like many Blues songs, the problem must first be named before it can be solved. The problem is named in the beginning and a possible solution is presented. The album is a culmination of years spent collaborating with the likes of Robyn, Jazmine Sullivan, Seinabo Sey and Cosima among many others.
Post modern pop with plenty of heart. Lost Girls is another brilliant full-length in Khan's incredible, acclaimed discography, mixing sounds she's always loved -- heavy bass lines, synth arpeggios, Iranian pop beats, cascading choruses -- with some of her finest songwriting to date. It's an album full of romance, an homage to Los Angeles, to being a kid in the 80's, to films that touched and changed her life.
Spanning 10 tracks, Lost Girls sees Khan dreaming up her own fully formed parallel universe, creating an off-kilter coming of age film in which gangs of marauding female bikers roam our streets, teenagers make out on car hoods and a powerful female energy casts spells and leave clues for us to follow. Brilliantly produced and brilliantly written throughout, this is sure to go down as her best LP to this point, a dreamy triumph.
Fitting, then, that their name translates as The Sword. Someone told me there had already been a band with that name so I flipped it into French. All delivered by Emmanuelle in a sultry Gallic drawl which will send a frisson of recognition through anyone familiar with her iconic roles in, among many others, Frantic, Venus In Fur and Bitter Moon all directed by her husband, Roman Polanski.
Then I became a model and then very quickly after that I did Frantic and became an actress. It worked for me, but in my heart I always wanted to do music. There were some really interesting sonic things I would add, like a track of the craziest feedback, to give a song a weird ambient quality. He made the whole thing darker, more interesting and more psychedelic.
Hazy, all-encompassing and beautifully balanced, with drones and jams being brilliantly balanced with undeniable grooves and feel.
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A brilliant outing. Like the Swedish flat-pack record shelves that attempt to house the vast amounts of vintage vinyl that goes into a multi-volume compilation like this, its time to prepare your own musical penchants and preconceived ideas about DIY music and hear them slowly strain, crack and break.
Various Artists J-Jazz Vol. Following the sell-out success of our landmark compilation, J-Jazz: deep modern jazz from Japan , BBE Music is thrilled to present another exploration into the very finest Japanese modern jazz.
J-Jazz 2 builds on the solid foundation of the first compilation and sees co-compilers Tony Higgins and Mike Peden once again pick choice sections from their own record collections. J-Jazz 2 delivers more astonishing high quality jazz that will appeal the old school hard-core jazz head as much as those digging the current sounds of the current vibrant jazz explosion in the UK and USA.
The specially chosen tracks on J-Jazz volume two span across 25 years of Japanese musical progression and invention. From the elegiac stark beauty of Serenade to a Dimly Lit Street and the modal vortex of Daguri, to the fierce post-bop freedom of Bull Trout and the mid-tempo bossa lilt of Vietnam, there is enough here to satisfy the most curious and demanding jazz fan seeking something extra special. This is a set so deep that the listener is a cat, whiskey and coffee away from turning into a Murakami protagonist On the process that led Iggy and principal players Leron Thomas and Noveller to create this uniquely somber and contemplative entry in the Iggy Pop canon, Iggy says: "This is an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice By the end of the tours following Post Pop Depression, I felt sure that I had rid myself of the problem of chronic insecurity that had dogged my life and career for too long.
But I also felt drained. And I felt like I wanted to put on shades, turn my back, and walk away. I wanted to be free. So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen. One of the most recognisable figures in the punk community returns with his latest solo effort, shining with contemplative melodies and loungey percussive pieces, clearly showing a move towards a more freeform approach than his previous outings, with smooth jazzy horns and slow-burning developmental shifts.
Lovely stuff, and perfectly illustrative of his mastery of a wide variety of disciplines. LP Info: gram black vinyl. Perhaps it never will be. Having eaten, and drunk their tea, the men bring out their guitars, chat, remember old songs and let the music come. In those moments, the music can become like the fire, free, magical and impossible to stuff into a box. It rises up like a shower of sparks or a state of grace, without premeditation; the momentary manifestation of a friendship, a community, an environment, a history; the revelatory connection with something that belongs only to them, and goes beyond them.