Download Made Kuti’s ‘Your Enemy’

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This week’s download comes from Fela Kuti’s grandson, Made Kuti. You have seven days to download the song “Your Enemy.”

Made Kuti | courtesy of artist

From press release:

Grandson of legendary activist and originator of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, Made now proudly steps into the limelight bearing his family’s torch, pushing the brand of infectious grooves and social consciousness that his grandfather and father (four-time Grammy nominee Femi Kuti) pioneered into exciting and modern new territory.

Made grew up in the legendary New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, and spent much of his childhood touring with his father, playing bass or saxophone in Femi’s band, The Positive Force. Unlike his father, who didn’t formally study music, Made went to the famed Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London (the same place Fela studied, back when it was known simply as Trinity College), where he shared a musical environment with some of the most talented and disciplined musicians up-and-coming acts from the city’s underground scene.

Made also recently spoke out in strong support of anti-police brutality protests currently happening across Nigeria, which have subsequently led to the government dissolving SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad), a notorious part of the country’s police unit. Made even took to the streets himself earlier this week, alongside his father.

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Download Junior Mesa’s ‘Losing My Grip’

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This week’s download comes from Junior Mesa. You have seven days to download the song “Losing My Grip.”

Junior Mesa | Photo via Bandcamp

From the press release:

Bakersfield-bred Junior Mesa is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music is deeply rooted in the 1970s and, in turn, all the music that got the world to the ’70s. He turned 21 years old today, celebrating by releasing two new singles, “Losing My Grip” and “Creep.” They’re the first new tunes since Mesa relocated to L.A. after the 2019 release of his debut EP “Peace.”

“I’m trying to bring together ’70s, alternative, funk, soul, indie, rock and old school jazz,” Mesa says. “I aim to build a world. It’s why I’m personally playing everything and writing all of the lyrics. I create it all piece by piece.”

Indeed, Mesa is a do-it-yourselfer who is self-taught on guitar, drums, piano and bass and counts the likes of Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix and Sly & the Family Stone among his heroes, although legend is that after he picked up his grandfather’s guitar as a high school sophomore, the first song he learned was Nirvana’s “Lithium.”

“Losing My Grip” is a brisk, self-effacing rocker with a tasty flute that sounds like three or four ’70s hitmakers mashed into 2 1/2 minutes, with a little Canned Heat on the side.

“I hope people get whatever they need from the music,” Mesa says. “Personally, it comes back to giving me serenity. We all feel different things. A sad song can often make you feel good. You finally know somebody is thinking the same thing you are. If I can connect that way, I know I’m doing something right.”

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Download ‘Desert Rain’ from Doug Carn, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

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This week’s download comes from Doug Carn, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad and their latest volume in the Jazz is Dead series. You have seven days to download “Desert Rain.”

Doug Carn | photo via Jazz Is Dead

From the press release:

Among the heroes and innovators of ’70s spiritual/progressive/funk/jazz, Doug Carn has always flown a little under the radar. He has long plied his trade with patience and dedication, releasing absolutely stunning albums that are cherished by cognoscenti but lesser-known even to the jazz mainstream, even as his influence can be detected among his colleagues. Emerging out of Florida at the end of the ’60s, he made his debut on record as perhaps the key member of the Black Jazz roster, releasing four albums for the label that stand as all-time classics of Black Consciousness expressed through jazz.

Doug’s own luminous work on acoustic and electric piano on all these albums placed him firmly in the realm of contemporaries like Lonnie Liston Smith, Herbie Hancock and George Duke and they were elevated even further by the exquisite sideman work of a number of luminaries including Olu Dara (a.k.a. Nas Sr.), Charles Tolliver, Alphonse Mouzon and legendary Cannonball Adderley bassist Walter Booker among others.

Doug’s newest project, his entry in the “Jazz Is Dead” album series helmed by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, takes his unique and timeless art and places it within the context of a musical culture that has always taken cues from his ’70s classics. There’s no mistaking the musical mind that created legendary albums like “Infant Eyes” and “Adam’s Apple,” but the encounter of that with the distinctive jazz-hip hop-funk-noir that is the JID trademark creates something worthy of comparison to Carn’s past work but which could only have been made right now.

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Download Haviah Mighty’s powerful song ‘Atlantic’

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This week’s download comes from Haviah Mighty. You have seven days to download her song “Atlantic.”

Haviah Mighty | Photo credit: Yung Yemi

From the press release:

Mighty Prynce created this ominous, percussion-driven production and the moment he showed me, I knew I wanted to write to it. The melodic mood of the instrumentation felt almost hopeless, a feeling of despair in the flute that cries on top of the repetitive guitar chords, strumming a minor lick. I went into the songwriting process channeling these sensations, and resonating with the hopelessness my ancestors must have felt, and how that hopelessness hasn’t disappeared.

What ties this hopelessness together, past to present, is the concept of money. After all, money is an idea, a perceived identifier of value that was once rooted in the actual value of a commodity – gold. The Atlantic Slave Trade, involving the transportation by slave traders of enslaved Africans mostly to the Americas, existed because of the idea of money. The process of producing/labouring goods for little or no compensation, is the basis of large corporations and conglomerates prospering and why some of these corporations are so successful to this day.

In present day, we still collectively revolve around these concepts of ‘value’ – the importance of it us instrumental to our livelihood – and with the media, misinformation and confusion of history, we labour and produce resources for big companies, and spend our little profits on the same resources our ancestors laboured – gold, diamonds etc. Even a lot of our food is still produced at the expense of marginalized groups of people. This concept that we can’t escape, is so disgusting, and the reason they say ‘money is the root of all evil’.

Specifically, the Atlantic Ocean was used as a vessel of support for these wicked practices, at the expense of my black ancestors. We were forced to come to the Americas to make this idea of value stronger, bigger, better, with very little benefit. Now we are the ‘bottom of the barrel’ in the Americas, a disposition I explore with the lyrics ‘Never seen Atlanta, but we travel the Atlantic’. The singing vocals at the beginning and especially the end, are to represent our ancestors crying out – a reminder that they were so strong, so resilient, and still here, keeping us empowered. Our history is with them, and if we talk to them, learn from them, do our research – we will be stronger.

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Download Lesibu Grand’s New-Wave punk song ‘Hot Glue Gun’

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This week’s download comes from the Atlanta band Lesibu Grand. You have seven days to download the song “Hot Glue Gun.”

Lesibu Grand | Photo by Daniyal Tahir

From the press release:

Lesibu Grand (pronounced Le-SEE-boo Grand) is an indie rock band from Atlanta that grew out of a songwriting partnership between singer Tyler-Simone Molton and bassist John Renaud. Released on AWAL, Hot Glue Gun is an 80s new-wave punk-inspired song about doing whatever you can to fix a broken world, while also transforming yourself into the superhero you always wanted to be.

The band takes its influences from the NYC new wave scene, particularly Blondie and Talking Heads, and from 90s rockers such as Pixies and Green Day. Distinguished by Tyler-Simone’s warmer, ethereal vocal style, Lesibu Grand fuses these two strains into a refreshingly modern sound in songs that explore the unexpected joys, sharp anxieties, and beguiling mysteries that abound us all.

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Download The Nix’s ‘The Drop’ featuring Khloe Anna

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This week’s download comes from The Nix and their debut album “Sausage Studio Sessions.” You have seven days to download the song “The Drop” featuring Khloe Anna.

The Nix | press photo

According to the press release, The Nix, a loose collection of uniquely talented musicians corralled together by Nick McCarthy (ex-Franz Ferdinand) and Seb Kellig around their Sausage Studio in east London. The record features Laetitia Sadier, KT Tunstall and Basement Jaxx vocalist Vula Malinga.

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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.


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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