Download Jim-E Stack’s ‘Jeanie’ featuring Bon Iver

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This week’s download comes from Jim-E Stack and his latest album “EPHEMERA.” You have seven days to download the song “Jeanie” featuring Bon Iver.

Jim-E Stack
Jim-E Stack | Courtesy of the artist

From the press release

EPHEMERA packs together an all-star cast into a tight, beautifully composed set of songs, each as lovely as they are widely interpretable. True to its title, the album places focus less on the words and more on the vocals, blessing songs with a wide range of interpretations and feelings. He melds timbres as distinctive as Justin Vernon’s booming tenor and Lorely Rodriguez’s rich soprano into his guitar and synthesizers for an emotive as well as danceable effect. Its contents echo in your mind long after they finish, a testament not only to their hooks but also their expert composition.

On “Jeanie,” both artists meld their trademark sounds together to form an uplifting number. Justin Vernon’s booming, Autotune-drenched vocals feel right at home among Jim-E’s warm, rhythmic synths. Eventually, those synths melt to free up room not only for Justin’s crooning but also Jim-E’s bass and piano. It’s all a groovy balance, a quality mirrored by the opening lyric: “Don’t want you to feel too much.”

Jim-E creates sounds he wants to hear—to listen to a Jim-E Stack song is to know him. Born James Harmon Stack, Jim-E Stack grew up in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond, where his passion for music evolved from playing in garage rock bands and school jazz bands to making beats inspired by Daft Punk, Burial, J Dilla, Timbaland, and The Neptunes. As a senior in high school, he began DJ’ing after successfully sneaking into clubs and lobbying promoters. Since 2010, Jim-E has lived in New Orleans, New York City, and Los Angeles, and credits his time in each city with reshaping his music. He continued to evolve and refine his sound as he began opening for acts like Shlohmo and Bonobo. 

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Download Machinedrum’s ‘Kane Train’ featuring Freddie Gibbs

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This week’s download comes from producer Machinedrum and his latest album “A View of U.” You have seven days to download the song “Kane Train” featuring Freddie Gibbs.

Machinedrum | photo via Facebook

From the press release:

Machinedrum (aka Travis Stewart) released his new album “A View of U” on 9 October 2020 via Ninja Tune. It’s the LA-based producer’s ninth solo album in a glittering career that has cemented his reputation as “one of electronic music’s biggest and brightest stars” (DJ Mag). It features an incredible cast of collaborators including Sub Focus, Chrome Sparks, Father (Awful Records), Freddie Gibbs, Mono/Poly (Brainfeeder), Tigran Hamasyan, Jesse Boykins III, Rochelle Jordan and Tanerélle.

A truly career defining record for the North Carolina born producer, “A View of U” distills his signature fusion of IDM, UK rave, jungle and bass culture blended with myriad US regional hip-hop and club music styles. Evoking a pace, warmth and groove synonymous with “Vapor City”, it’s a potent and masterfully executed fusion. From the trunk-rattling swagger of ‘Kane Train’ featuring Freddie Gibbs and ‘Spin Blocks’ with Awful Records founder Father, to the deep ‘n’ deadly subs of ‘1000 Miles’, a future liquid D&B anthem with drum & bass royalty Sub Focus, and ‘Sleepy Pietro’—a collaboration with the acclaimed Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan—the depth and quality running through this album is astounding.

A keen advocate of meditation, Stewart explains that the tools he has learned from his daily practice—in this case the ability to step back from his art and view it with greater objectivity—were fundamental to the process of completing the album, often allowing him to reach a point where he feels like he is leaving his body and is surrounded by infinite space. “I view myself from outside myself with love and admiration, proud of all my achievements as well as the wisdom I’ve gained from failures,” he says. “It is from this out of body place of loving awareness and non judgement that I am able to objectively look at all my behaviours, thoughts, feelings and emotions.”

“A View Of U”—the use of “U” represents the Universe or the Infinite—is based on this concept of having an out of body experience (OOBE). “The feeling of being out of your body feels infinite. It feels like time has stopped. It feels like the birth of creation,” explains Travis. “It feels like the impossible becomes possible. It feels unfamiliar and familiar at the same time. It feels scary at first but once you let go of that fear and surrender to the experience it feels incredibly beautiful and life changing.” He began thinking about how the power of the OOBE is also felt in the song creation process. “When I am in the creative zone I tend to forget time, who I am and where I am,” he explains. “As I became aware of my OOBE through song creation, choosing what songs should go on an album as well as through my meditation, I realized that this was meant to be the central theme of the album.”

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Download Noga Erez’s ‘You So Done’

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This week’s download comes from Noga Erez. You have seven days to download her song “You So Done.”

Noga Erez | Photo credit: Claire Gozlan

From the press release

Tel-Aviv based artist Noga Erez shares the next in a series of game-changing singles leading into her mysterious second album (details yet to be announced). “You So Done” and its striking accompanying video are out now via City Slang.

Following the sparkling sass of “VIEWS” and the irresistibly upbeat lockdown anthem “NO news on TV”, Noga Erez and her collaborative partner Ori Rousso’s latest offering “You So Done” has been highly anticipated online since appearing on NBC’s Good Girls earlier this year. It sees Erez shift from outward looking political themes, opening up for a stirring track about rejection, toxic and emotionally violent relationships, and ones own inner violence.

Along with the track she has shared a moving statement, saying: “At some point, exactly one year ago, I started flashing back to one of the darkest times in my life. I was young, incredibly confused and lonely… There was a moment during this period where I was actually so weak, insecure and in need of love that I was not able to step out of what I know now to be an emotionally abusive relationship.” Read the full statement HERE.

She concludes: “It really, truly means the world to me to give this song to you. I hope this story can help some of you to realise that you are not alone. And I really do hope to make it clear that even the darkest places are not impossible to free yourself from. They are eventually an opportunity to learn, grow and to become a stronger person.”

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Dal’s ‘Those Days’ is the perfect song for cuddling on cold nights

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This week’s download comes from the group Dal. You have seven days to download their song “Those Days” featuring Leah Yeger.

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From the press release:

Formed in 2018, Dal are a Jazz/Hip-Hop trio comprising of multi-instrumentalists Josh Allmark, Kal Lawrence and Aubrey Simpson. The group are based in Totnes, Devon, UK.
Bonding over a love of 90s Hip-Hop records, Josh (28), Kal (22) and Aubrey (22) began writing and recording music together in a small, cramped garden cabin.

Inspired by the likes of J Dilla, D’angelo, Robert Glasper and BadBadNotGood, Dal make music that sits somewhere in between Check Your Head Era Beastie Boys and Third Era Portishead.
Their beautiful debut single “Those Days” (released on June 26th) features vocals from Leah Yeger and is the perfect soundtrack to re-emerge from your house to.

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Download Ian Isiah’s funky ‘Princess Pouty’

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This week’s download comes from Ian Isiah and his latest album
“Auntie.” You have seven days to download the song “Princess Pouty.”

Ian Isiah | Courtesy of the artist

From the press release:

At the beginning of May, as the pandemic raged through his hometown of New York, Ian Isiah revealed his latest creative incarnation: the AUNTIE project to be released this fall on Chromeo’s new record label Juliet Records. The announcement was accompanied by a striking picture by Bronx-born photographer Renell Medrano, in which Ian recreates the famous image of Coretta Scott King at MLK’s funeral, sitting at a pew, their daughter in her arms.

Then last week Ian’s official funk manifesto “Princess Pouty” was premiered via an explosive performance, and is now available on all platforms. Over oozing, fuzzy synths and an undeniable two-step groove, Ian calls out “Momma’s baby, Daddy’s maybe” in an ode to empowerment and street-savvy sass.

The accompanying visual finds him in head to toe clown attire, roaming around a deserted Coney Island. “Princess Pouty” is a Commedia dell’ Arte reimagined Brooklyn style, intersecting fine art and fashion photography for a tale of post-gender love and spirituality.

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Funk legend Steve Arrington is making a difference’ on his new album

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This week’s download comes from funk pioneer Steve Arrington and his first solo album in 11 years. You have seven days to download the track “Make A Difference” from “Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions.”

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Steve Arrington | Photo by Eric Coleman

From the press release:

Arrington’s new album “Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions” — his first solo record in eleven years — is the sound of a funk legend hitting a new creative stride. Created in collaboration with several contemporary producers, Down To The Lowest Terms is a state of the world address and a statement of personal creative renewal.

Though Arrington had dreamed up the album title Down to the Lowest Terms decades ago, the actual album came together over the last two years with the oversight of Peanut Butter Wolf. Stones Throw’s founder brought Arrington together with artists from the Stones Throw stable and beyond: Knxwledge, Mndsgn, Jerry Paper, Apifera, DJ Harrison and J Rocc from the label roster, along with producers Shibo, Jamma D, Benedek, and Brian Ellis.

“I love so many styles of music, and on this record, I was able to move into different areas,” he says. “But there’s a connection with my approach — not soulful in one, traditional way, but soulful in many ways. That’s why I subtitled it The Soul Sessions.”

While fans of classic Steve Arrington hits will find plenty to love on Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions, the record explores new territory for an artist who continues to evolve. “I love this music because it shows a continuing development,” he says. “I’m trying to push forward and do fresh things.”

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Potatohead People team up with De La Soul for ‘Baby Got Work’

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This week’s download comes from Vancouver duo Potatohead People and De La Soul. You have seven days to download the song “Baby Got Work” featuring Posdnuos & Kapok.

Potatohead People | courtesy of artist

From press release:

A dream team connecting schools of hip-hop, Vancouver’s Potatohead People connects with De La Soul for the second single off their new album “Mellow Fantasy”. Over a typical Potatohead Production with a funky bassline, smooth drums and guitar chops, De La Soul’s Posdnuos’s rhymes about getting your head down, putting your boots on and getting to work, truly helping to make the world. better place for all of us. Vancouver collaborator Kapok sings aboout the shortness of our lives, and the potential in all of us to get the work done that we need to do. It’s an allusion to the desperate times we’re live in, with a hopeful call to action for all of us to roll up our sleeves and get down to the business of change.

Comprised of Vancouver producers and multi-instrumentalists Nick Wisdom and Astrological, Canadian duo Potatohead People boast a number of noteworthy accolades thanks to a their signature sound drawing influences from 90’s boom-bap, future soul, classic jazz, deep house and boogie/funk. Beginning with a series of EP’s, including their landmark “Kosmichemusik” EP, Potatohead People’s productions quickly made their way to artists like Illa J who tapped the duo to produce his now critically acclaimed self-titled album, as well as producers like Kaytranada (who co-produced Illa J’s “Strippers” with the pair).

After their first full length in 2015 (“Big Luxury”), the duo followed up with 2018’s ambitious LP “Nick & Astro’s Guide to the Galaxy, ” which further developed the group’s songwriting skills. Supporters such as Soulection, Nightmares on Wax, Pomo, DJ Spinna, Big Boi, and Phife Dawg have also played formidable roles in championing the sound of Potatohead People worldwide.

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Download Eyedress’ new song ‘Jealous’

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This week’s download comes from Eyedress and his latest album “Let’s Skip To The Wedding.” You have seven days to download the song “Jealous.”

Eyedress | photo credit: Razy Faouri

From the press release:

Eyedress is an LA-based Filipino singer, musician and producer. ‘Let’s Skip To The Wedding’ is his first album since relocating from Manila to the US in late 2018. A passionate exploration of the themes of love, settling down, adjusting to life in a new city, and preparing to welcome a child into this ever-changing world.

Regarding the song, Eyedress stated: “Jealous” is a song I made earlier this year about trying not to be possessive. It was also one of the first songs I recorded on my new Japanese Teisco guitar. I was really excited when I first made it because I haven’t had much time to just sit down and come up with a new riff, but that one came to me so easily. It was recorded in my bedroom in Silverlake and the video was filmed by BRVINFREEZE. We filmed on a nice sunny day in Venice beach; basically went out with my bandmate Zahara and skateboarder friend Kane The Menace and just filmed a bunch of clips of us skating around Venice beach along with shots of me and Zahara busking and performing the song live for passers-by.”

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Download Denai Moore’s futuristic R&B song ‘Don’t Close The Door’

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This week’s download comes from Denai Moore and her new album “Modern Dread.” You have seven days to download the song “Don’t Close The Door.”

Denae Moore | courtesy of artist

From the press release:

“Sometimes, in the current climate of the world burning, I’m like, ‘How important are my feelings?'” says Denai Moore thoughtfully. The Margate-based singer-songwriter doesn’t do small talk; she plunges straight into the biggest and most intimate of topics, like what it means to be an artist in a turbulent time like 2020. “But it does feel important. What else would I do? Everyone has feelings, and there’s something very reassuring about documenting [them]. I think art is this voice that’s inside of all of us, whether it’s in, like, how you make your coffee, or reading, or whatever you do in your day that makes you feel heard by yourself. There’s something like a mirror in art, that’s amazing.”

It’s this intricate line of thinking that has lead Denai to create her most complex, personal and political work to date with her third album, Modern Dread. Her piercing soul vocal first commanded attention on SBTRKT’s 2014 album Wonder Where We Land when she was just 21, and since then, the British-Jamaican artist has made waves with her solo releases. She started out with robust piano ballads on the Rodiadh McDonald-produced Elsewhere in 2015, before shifting into lighter, hazier textures on 2017’s We Used to Bloom, a celebratory record all about self-acceptance. Drawing critical acclaim from The Guardian, The FADER, Vice, gal-dem and more, her solo work to date has cemented her as one of the UK’s brightest indie voices.

But while writing Modern Dread, she dug deeper than ever before, and the result is her most nuanced songwriting to date. “As I was writing the album, I felt these deep feelings,” she reflects. “It’s about that, but also about the world – about global warming, and my place and significance in the world as a human being. So a lot of it is this heavy sense of dread.”

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She hadn’t made firm plans for her third album, but it was when she first worked with Alex Robertshaw – guitarist and keyboardist in Everything Everything, one of Denai’s favourite bands when she was a teenager – that it seemed to click into place. Their first session yielded three new songs, and Denai found that Alex helped her to get out of her musical comfort zone. “Each session felt like new ground for me,” she says. “He pushed me in a way that felt really essential, just for me to experience myself that step further. I would suggest stuff like, ‘Maybe I could come in here, sounding like a siren’, and he would go to the next level and be like, ‘Why don’t you hum, and then screech?’ I love that spontaneity. I love the risk. I love like feeling like, ‘Okay, does this sound kind of…insane?'”

While the album speaks to both personal and global anxieties, Denai’s life since the release of We Used To Bloom has mostly been a peaceful one. Modern Dread was made over a period of two years, during which time she moved to Margate with her girlfriend, the first time she’s left her familial home of London. “I love it there,” she says. “It reminds me of my childhood, because I grew up in Jamaica, so being by the sea feels like home.” She also started her own vegan Jamaican supper club, Dee’s Table, after being frustrated by the lack of vegan jerk options she could find. It turned out to be another important creative outlet for her. “Cooking is like a form of meditation; like self-care.”

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Download Nana Adjoa’s futuristic folk-soul tune ‘No Room’

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This week’s download comes from singer/songwriter Nana Adjoa. You have seven days to download her song “No Room.”

Nana Adjoa | photo credit: Latoya van der Meeren

From the press release:

Singer-songwriter Nana Adjoa is a sonic explorer, armed with a deft poeticism and a fierce sense of musicianship. But behind her bold approach to songwriting is an unflinching sense of curiosity and an openness to endless possibility. All of this is demonstrated on Adjoa’s debut full-length, Big Dreaming Ants, in which the Amsterdam-based multi-instrumentalist finds herself contemplating such profound themes as identity, love, and our modern global society.

But her own search for identity began much earlier, as she forged her path as a musician. Born to a Dutch mother and a Ghanaian father, Adjoa joined her first band as a teenager, choosing to play bass because, “Every other instrument had been claimed,” she laughs. Yet – it was a lucky twist of fate. Unbeknownst to the musician, her mother had once been the bassist in a Ghanaian Highlife band and still happened to have her guitar.

Later, Adjoa entered the prestigious jazz program at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. But she soon learned that her musical passions lay elsewhere. She joined a variety of bands, began recording her own music and, in 2014, entered herself in the Grote Prijs van Nederland – the longest-running and biggest pop-music competition in the Netherlands. She made it to the finals, but most importantly, she gained a band, a manager, and the confidence to launch a solo career.

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