Jordan Rakei shares a download in ‘Bruises,’ the title track from his new 4-Track EP

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Hot on the heels of his stunning collaboration with Bonobo – ‘Shadows’ – on his Ninja Tune labelmate’s new album “Fragments”, Jordan Rakei kicked off 2022 with the release of new single ‘Bruises’, the lead single from a 4-track digital EP of the same name released Friday 4th March. More information and link to the free weekly download below.

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According to the Press Release:

“Recalling Jordan’s musical roots and in particular his love of Bob Marley, ‘Bruises’ trips out of the speakers with an overtly reggae-ish swagger. “I wanted to explore my musical roots of reggae music on ‘Bruises’, but put a slightly alternative spin on it,” explains Jordan. “I wrote the string parts and took them to Amika Quartet. We spent a whole day coming up with different ideas for different sections of the song, and I’m really happy with how it all turned out. I had a lot of fun making this track as it takes me back to my earlier days of making music.”

EP opener, ‘Defection’ is set to be a new fan favorite, co-written by Jordan with Oli Rockberger. “It’s a narrative of finding love and recognizing its power in dissolving any other types of issues,” says Jordan. “We wrote it a few years ago, back in 2018, and now glad it finally has a place in the world!”.

Also featured are ‘Lightning’ – written by Jordan’s old friend Georgia Potter (aka Moreton) and blessed with the same sultry electronic production that characterized Rakei’s 2021 album “What We Call Life” – and a beautiful alternate take on ‘The Flood’ recorded at the BBC’s iconic Maida Vale recording studios. “I love reinterpreting my own songs into different versions to suit different live settings or moods,” he says. “I wanted to strip everything back and make this one about the tension and release, rather than overplaying/production.”

Jordan is the lead support on Bonobo’s forthcoming North American tour through February and March before returning to Europe for his biggest headline shows to date in Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Belgium, France and the UK finishing up at O2 Academy Brixton in London on 26th April.

The insanely talented vocalist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist released his fifth studio album “What We Call Life” in September 2021 to a flood of plaudits from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Popmatters, Wordplay Magazine: “essential modern listening”, “understated yet captivating style”, “destined to be a classic”, “a masterpiece”. The record was #1 in the “Official Record Store Chart Top 40”, #2 in the “Official Hip Hop and R&B Albums Chart Top 40” and #5 in the “Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40”. Playlisted and in heavy rotation at BBC 6M and Jazz FM, Jordan played his first live shows in 18 months at Cross The Tracks, Repercussions (WHP), and All Points East (guesting with Loyle Carner), did a whirlwind sold-out UK instore tour and a series of incredible live sessions at the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios for Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6M) and Jo Whiley (BBC R2), Worldwide FM x Paul Smith, Mahogany and is currently hosting the new series of Tearjerker on BBC Sounds.”

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French musician Myd drops off a new download and mixtape

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This week’s free weekly download comes from French-based producer, DJ, and musician, Myd. Myd is pronounced “Meed” like “Weed” and the latest single ‘The Sun’ is his newest release featuring vocals courtesy of US alt-pop JAWNY. Not only are we blessed with the new single but he dropped a mixtape for ‘In The Mix.’ ITM airs every Saturday at 10 pm CST with host DJ Kenny Perez. Peep the video, download the single and enjoy the episode below.

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According to the press release:

‘The Sun’ is the new release by French indie-dance eccentric Myd – and features vocals courtesy of US alt-pop JAWNY. The single is out now via Because Music/Ed Banger Records.

A perfect pairing of hazy indie vibes, ‘The Sun’ feat. Jawny opens with Myd’s recognisably wonky indie guitar lick, before the beat enters and JAWNY’s vocals begin.

JAWNY says: “The song is good, like, really fucking good, so when Myd asked me if I wanted to be on the remix I dropped everything I was doing and recorded my verse. Then we went to the fucking moon and kissed. It was fucking hot…reaaaally hot”.

The single was written, performed and produced by Myd – the Lille-born French guitarist, DJ, producer, songwriter and singer whose debut album ‘Born A Loser’ was released via Ed Banger Records last year. ‘The Sun’ originally featured on the album, but is seeing a rebirth this year thanks to Myd’s recent growing following in France – it was just classified as a Gold-selling single. Myd has also been nominated for a Victoires de la Musique Award (the equivalent of a GRAMMY in France), and will perform ‘The Sun’ live at the ceremony with JAWNY.

Myd’s debut LP ‘Born A Loser’ is a perfect representation of Myd, who takes his music very seriously, but not himself. It was praised by Loud & Quiet Magazine who said of the album: “Myd soaks our ears in a dreamy cocktail of breezy indie guitar licks, playful nu-disco beats and hazy vocal samples, mirroring his quirky, laid-back personality”, while Best In New Music praised the album for being “so full of life and energy and is a joy to listen to.” The album has been praised and supported by radio DJs such as BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and many more including The Blessed Madonna, Pete Tong and Annie Nightingale.

The album comprises 14 tracks including the lead single Born A Loser featuring Mac DeMarco, where Myd flips Derrick Harriott’s vocals from the classic 1967 reggae record ‘The Loser’. Continuing his penchant for sampling on the album, Myd also samples The O-Jays’ iconic 1973 single ‘Now That We Found Love’ on his album track of the same name. Uruguay-born guitarist Juan Wauters adds an intimate, fingerpicking moment on ‘Forbidden’, and acclaimed British vocalist Bakar’s feature on ‘Got It’ rounds off the contributors on the sundrenched, kaleidoscopic album.

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Get funky with this free download from Harvey Sutherland and Dam-Funk

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This week’s free weekly download comes from Melbourne-based producer, DJ, and instrumentalist, Harvey Sutherland. Harvey reveals his forthcoming debut album, Boy will be released on April 29, 2022. “Feeling of Love” is a groovy funk number that oozes infectious vocals and synths with the amazing Dam-Funk.

Harvey Sutherland and Dam-Funk | Photo by Daniel Topete

From the press release:

A slick, tightly-wound boogie number, “Feeling of Love” is the next glistening single from Boy – a rare collaboration with the Los Angeleno godfather of Modern Funk, Damon Garrett Riddick aka DāM-FunK on lead vocals and a signature synth solo. It could pass as a love song, but really it’s about keeping your head straight in an era of misinformation and modern unrest. Held down by Harvey’s studio rhythm section, DāM and Harvey rally a call for togetherness, understanding and love, especially the love of Funk.

On the track, Harvey says: “After many years of crossing paths backstage, I finally got to work with the godfather of Modern Funk, the “true gentleman”, Glydezone’s own Damon Garrett Riddick aka DāM-FunK in full spiritual flight. I recorded the beat in Melbourne, took it to Culver City and we wrote this song in an afternoon.

“Is it about a girl…”, asked DāM, “or is it about Society?”

“It’s definitely about Society”, I replied.

It’s about trying to keep your head straight in a world of misinformation. Turning the other cheek, staying on course and gliding towards your destination. Keeping that love inside. Let DāM tell you.”

The accompanying video to “Feeling Of Love” was directed by Fons Schiedon, who shares: “Listening to this song on repeat, the same image kept coming back: DāM-FunK with his shoulder synth moving through the city of Los Angeles.”

He goes on to say “‘Feeling of Love’ has such a strong propelling energy, it felt like we visually couldn’t stay in one place. So the structure of the song became a roadmap that takes us from DTLA, onto the freeway, down the offramp, through a residential neighborhood, up through the rocky wilderness and finally jamming away on top of one of LA’s most visible buildings. We were all interested in the idea of moving forward whether or not it’s easy. That therapeutic element was a key underlying theme. That’s how parts of the video became more dreamlike, where it’s effortless but maybe a bit uncanny, and other parts where you have to drag yourself up the mountain, but it’s all more grounded.”

Schiedon concludes: “By the way, for those familiar with LA, wondering how we got from Elysian Park to the Griffith Observatory? It’s that Hollywood magic.”

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The Range, a project from James Hinton, shares an electric vibe in ‘Bicameral’

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This week’s free weekly download comes from The Range, a project from Vermont-based musician and producer James Hinton, which has resurfaced with a new single, “Bicameral.” Following collaborations with Tourist, Yaeji and Jim-E Stack, “Bicameral” is the first piece of original music from Hinton since 2016’s Potential and its accompanying materials, and teases at more new music from Hinton throughout 2022.

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The Range, the project of the Vermont-based musician and producer James Hinton, has resurfaced with a new single, “Bicameral.” Following collaborations with Tourist, Yaeji and Jim-E Stack, “Bicameral” is the first piece of original music from Hinton since 2016’s Potential and its accompanying materials, and teases at more new music from Hinton throughout 2022.

Hinton on “Bicameral”: “Bicameral” represents the beginning of a move into a more ethereal space in my music. I began working on it while on a retreat in Nicaragua in 2016 and finished it in 2020 in Vermont, so it uniquely captures a lot of the extreme positive and negative memories over that time. In this song, the original vocal that I sampled – a song called “The Road” by the Eritrean singer Bemnet Tekleyohannes – is “When you lighten” but I like that the interpretation of “When you lied – when you lied to me” is equally readable as the phrase repeats and changes.

Hinton made his Domino debut in 2016 with his third album Potential, which followed Nonfiction(2013) and The Big Dip (2011). He released Potential alongside Superimpose, a documentary that explored the making of the album and the voices that Hinton sampled throughout it. In April of 2018, Hinton relocated from Brooklyn to isolate himself in the Green Mountains of Vermont and work on new music in a fresh setting. Hinton builds on the techniques he established on Potential, seeking to create human connection in the Internet age through sampling vocalists from the corners of YouTube, Instagram, and Periscope. Stay tuned for more from The Range.

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Download this gem from Dowdelin called ‘Lanmou’

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This week’s free weekly download comes from Dowdelin’s second album, “Lanmou Lanmou.” This project is Creole Afro-futurism at its finest, with strains of reggae, zouk, jazz, and Afrobeat.

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From the press release:

Lanmou Lanmou, Dowdelin’s second album, muddies the waters, blurs the lines, bewilders. It does everything to assuage naysayers such as the conservatives and the lazies, the defenders of an official form of reggae, the right kind of zouk, the trademarked version of jazz, or the historically validated biguine. As with the languages, cultures, and nations of the Caribbean which are never quite European nor completely African, it would be daunting to try and define where exactly Dowdelin is located on the official landscape of music in a Creole afro-futurism, at the crossroads of the black Atlantic…

The Dowdelin experiment finds its roots in a blend of encounters and loyalties: David Kiledjian AKA Dawatile, producer and multi-instrumentalist composer met Lyon-born singer from Martinique, Olivya. Together, they would jam and write songs in English. But, nothing felt right, until she started singing in Creole. Then everything made sense: the language of the French Antilles in the West Indies David then got back in touch with Raphaël Philibert, a percussionist, saxophonist and singer who has always been involved in developing the field of gwo ka, the heavily percussion-based traditional music of Guadeloupe, of which his relative, Georges Troupé, is a pioneering defender.

All this gave birth to Dowdelin and the obvious is striking. We’re reminded that when the poet and theoretician Édouard Glissant speaks of Creoleness as a whirlwind of unpredictability, he speaks of an adventure that couldn’t be foretold in the world’s history: From Europeans and Africans forced into a third continent with an insane dream to build a New World, languages, cultures, music in other words mixed heritages, catharsis, dizziness, resilience were born through the mass crimes of slavery and the despoilment of Native American populations.

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Download Parcels’ new song ‘Somethinggreater’

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This week’s download comes from the Australian band Parcels and their new album “Day/Night.” You have seven days to download the song “Somethinggreater.”

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From the press release:

Parcels have today released their ambitious second album ‘Day/Night’. The highly-anticipated album comprises two whole, standalone records: Day and Night. It is a vast leap forwards in scope and sound from the Australian 5-piece’s 2018 debut album and is out now via Because Music, available to stream and download digitally and also on double vinyl.

In their recent cover feature on Parcels, NME dubbed ‘Day/Night’ “a marvellous, fascinating collection of songs […] a record of epic proportions, spritely and serious at the same time; the sound of a collective pouring out their heart and soul into a record of real beauty”. The shoot for the cover feature saw Parcels styled exclusively in Gucci’s newest line. See here for the interview and shoot with NME.

Parcels are celebrating the release of ‘Day/Night’ with a string of sold-out shows, which included a joyous performance at London’s Islington Assembly Hall earlier this week.

Additional tracks unveiled from Day/Night ahead of album release include ’Theworstthing’, ‘Somethinggreater’, ‘Comingback’ and ‘Free’. Vast and cinematic in sound and layered lyrical themes, Day/Night channels western folk and classic pop, resulting in a new sound the band describes as their new-fangled cowboy disco sound. The record tackles opposing topics of identity vs anonymity, family vs independence, belonging vs isolation and nostalgia vs projection; the self and the shadow self. The album is cyclical – a perfect loop from end to its start – echoing the albums’ theme of inner and outer self and the constant turning of the natural world.

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Download ‘Find A Way’ from AprilFoolChild and Trigo Fare

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This week’s download comes from AprilFoolChild and Trigo Fare. You have seven days to download the song “Find A Way.”

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From press release:

APRILFOOLCHILD and Trigo Fare first planted a seed in the soulful dance scene with “Hear Me”, a sparkling chune that teases you, then takes off with your heart. Now they are back at it again with a spirited collaboration on the deep house track “FIND A WAY”, an uplifting release reminiscent of NYC’s golden house era fused with Disclosure’s confident, hook-happy framework. This timely release, transmits the message that no matter what life gives you, you can find a way to overcome.

AprilFoolChild is a singer, songwriter and flautist from Philadelphia known for her feel-good melodies and playful nature as heard on her fan favorites “Mangos”, “Easy” and “Butterflies” produced by fellow Philadelphian, Cloud Atrium which included the bonus single produced by G-Sharp “Funny Thing” feat. Grammy awarded bassist MonoNeon.

Trigo (trig-o) Fare is a multi-instrumentalist production duo based in Los Angeles of Loslito and grammy-winning composer Caleb Speir from Estelle’s “American Boy”

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Download Common Saints’ psychedelic soul cut ‘Fastlane’

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This week’s download comes from the UK producer Common Saints and his new EP “Starchild.” You have seven days to download the song “Fastlane.”

Common Saints is the solo project of UK producer Charlie J Perry – inspired by 70s production and natural grooves, Common Saints fuses psychedelic soul & funk in a way that sounds like a lost hip hop sample.

From the press release:

Pairing Dreamy Falsetto Vocals On A Smooth, Languid Groove That Sounds Like An Undiscovered Hip Hop Sample, ‘Starchild’ Is The New EP By Common Saints.

This Will Fly Out The Door, Don’t Be The One To Miss It Once It’s Gone!

It Follow’s Last Year’s Underground Hit EP ‘Idol Eyes’, Which Saw Strong Support From DJs Across BBC 6 Music – Including Gilles Peterson, Huey Morgan, Nemone, Stuart Maconie And Tom Ravenscroft – As Well As Amazing Radio, Bandcamp Weekly, KCRW, Radio X, Soho Radio And Worldwide FM. The Original 500 Vinyl Copies Of The EP Have Changed Hands For £75 On Discogs, While The Title Track Has Upwards Of Two Million Streams.

Having Produced For The Likes Of BTS, Jorja Smith And Maverick Sabre In His South London Studio; Common Saints Is Charlie J Perry’s Personal Project, Inspired By Warm ’70s Production, Crafted Arrangements And Natural Grooves. ‘Starchild’ Further Explores These Areas Through Fusions Of Psychedelic Soul & Funk And Balearic Tendencies, All Tended By Memorable Songwriting And Production Nous.

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Download the futuristic R&B song ‘Nerve’ from Rush Davis and Kingdom

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This week’s download comes from Rush Davis and Kingdom’s new album “Transmission.” You have seven days to download the song “Nerve.”

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From the press release:

American producer Kingdom and songwriter/producer Rush Davis are thrilled to announce Transmission, their new collaborative album out November 12th on TOKiMONSTA’s Young Art Records. Built around Kingdom’s ethereal architecture melding UK bass beats with 90s and 2000s R&B, Transmission embodies the heartfelt messages of community, commitment, and self-sovereignty through an emotional spectrum of personal and collective relationship stories from Davis. By bridging technical wisdom and experimental freedom, the duo birth a rare frequency embodying queer artistry and amplifying left-of-center dance and R&B records that are pushing the limits of sound. This is championed in today’s new single, “Element.” The sound of “Element” points to the classic Kenny Dope house anthems often sampled in ballroom culture, Janet Jackson-inspired production, mixed with Kingdom’s complex syncopated rhythms, and a bit of melancholy and sex sprinkled in. This bedroom club anthem beckons an old hook-up back into the sheets to explore the curiosity of a never-ending sexual spark.

Davis and Kingdom have paved their respective lanes working behind the scenes for more than a decade. Kingdom is co-founder of the Fade to Mind label, an internationally touring DJ, and producer for Kelela, Syd, and SZA, to name a few. Davis has worked with a long list of pop, hip-hop, R&B, and electronic heavyweights such as Duke Dumont, Dawn Richard, and Scarface. Yet the spirit of this album is rooted in something purely grassroots: Mustache Mondays, a legendary queer party in Los Angeles, co-founded by the late Nacho Nava. There, Kingdom and Davis’ worlds collided for the first time in 2013. At this party, Kingdom played his first DJ sets in Los Angeles, and Davis found a home that called queer performers, primarily people of color, to the center, developed, praised, and celebrated them.

Transmission is dedicated to Mustache Mondays, as the energy from those nights seeps into the records. Revelers found love and missed connections on the dancefloor and bonded with their chosen family. A creative expression ran free from voguing performances by the House of Xtravaganza, live performances from artists like Kelela, and a plethora of avant-garde DJ sets. This project chronicles the genuine devotion that keeps a community like this going through the ups, downs, and messiness of it all. It is no wonder Transmission found the
perfect launching pad for the album in Young Art Records, a label by electronic dance mainstay TOKiMONSTA, who is building a home for fresh recordings lightyears ahead of the present moment.

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Download Sundur’s trippy ‘To The Top’ (Remix feat. Keith Lawrence & Kicker Dixon)’

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This week’s download comes from duo Sundur. You have seven days to download “To The Top (Remix feat. Keith Lawrence & Kicker Dixon).”

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From the press release:

Picture a Portishead universe where Beth Gibbons stumbles from a dimly lit cave into a desolate post-future, aware yet meandering, where songs of closure and triumph resonate, where unclad vocals are anchored by textured samples, at times sullen but always effectual. Somewhere There’s Music is a record both from and for fraught times, the result of quarantine-induced reassessment and reawakening. In Icelandic, SUNDUR means “apart.”

This was a “Covid project” made with almost zero contact between two artists who were unaware of each other’s previous work, completed in a few months through scant communication after meeting (where else) online. Limited contact was deliberate, an experiment defined by a pandemic if not bolstered by it. Says DJ Platurn, on how the process unfolded: “SUNDUR didn’t necessarily start as one linear vision. The aim was to make mellow mood music but not necessarily of a specific genre. From the beginning, we had a mutual understanding of the importance of letting these songs come to life organically. By giving the music that space and time, and working on each song one layer at a time, it ended up morphing into something of its own entirely.” With decades in the field, this is a noticeable departure from his previous work.

Savannah Lancaster, whose emotive vocals have an underlying complexity, also has a penchant for illustrative lyrics that guide the music along. The singer/songwriter began taking voice lessons at age 7 and writing shortly thereafter. “I usually write lyrics first, then work through melodies and chords on the guitar to form the structure and backbone of the song,” says Savannah, who recorded her half of the album in the walk in closet of her home. “However, since Platurn was sending me his beats, the approach was the total opposite; this time, I was tasked with trying to figure out melodies and lyrics to fit within the music that was already laid out in front of me.”

Savannah (Filipina out of LA) and Platurn (The Bay, by way of Iceland) present Somewhere There’s Music, 12 tracks of woven melodies and scenic backdrops, not unlike the pantheon of greats who precede them—Thievery Corporation and Sault, nods to early Massive Attack, even touches of Air. Lots of layers both aesthetically and conceptually. You could easily see SUNDUR opening for the likes of Khruangbin or Phantogram.

An unlikely union during unlikely times, the two sum up their collaboration thusly: “Somewhere There’s Music is an ode to resilience. With hints of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and lounge throughout, the album is largely experimental. The lyrics are on themes of isolation, anger, grief, regret, and heartbreak; there’s a toughness with a sense of hope and upliftment. Ultimately, a reflective record that hits many of the emotions that humanity went through during the whole of 2020 and beyond.”

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