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Jazz crew Nérija announce debut album, Blume

The 7-member collective includes Nubya Garcia, Cassie Kinoshi and Shiela Maurice-Grey.

Nérija are releasing their debut album, Blume, this August via Domino Recordings.

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This new book takes you inside London's independent record shops

A 60-stop vinyl tour.

A new book called Vinyl London: A Guide to Independent Record Shops has been published by ACC Art Books.

Read more - 4 days ago

How Kasaba made their coveted 1982 South African jazz-funk album

This new podcast tells the story of the band's soulful LP African Sunset . Originally released in on Lyncell Records, African Sunset was the third and final album by shape-shifting outfit Kabasa. Formed in Soweto by vocalist and bassist Tata "TNT" Sibeko, guitarist Robert "Doc" Mthalane and percussionist Oupa Segwai, the group were joined by percussionist and flautist Mabote "Kelly" Petlane for the session. Drawing on a range of influences to create a distinctively South African jazz-funk sound pioneered by bands like Harari (with whom Mthalane and Segwai also played), the album heard Kabasa incorporate synthesizers into their music for the first time.

Read more - 1 week ago

Brownswood collects sounds of Melbourne's soulful underground on new LP Sunny Side Up

Recorded during a week spent at The Grove studio, Sunny Side Up was helmed by musical directer Silentjay, and engineered bay Nick Herrera. The nine tracks incorporate "deep house, broken beat, cha-cha, samba, p-funk and soul," shares Brownswood. "Unlike other cities with storied histories in jazz culture, the sound of Melbourne is free of any jazz customs to follow behind, leaving musicians free to incorporate hip hop, house or R&B.

Read more - 2 weeks ago

Holly Herndon's PROTO artwork bends technology to human design

While a lot of the attention around Holly Herndon's new album PROTO has centred on the incorporation of artificial intelligence in assembling the layered voices at the heart of the record. However, it is her decidedly human touch that makes it so engaging. The same goes for the sleeve, which, despite its heavy use of technology, is brought to life by the organic elements of the design. Designer Michael Oswell was at Metahaven when the firm worked with Herndon and collaborator Mat Dryhurst on her previous release, Platform . Now working alone, Oswell joined Herndon and Dryhurst to create the artwork to wrap around PROTO . Although the pair can be intensely conceptual, Oswell describes the sleeve as not overly so. In fact, it mirrors the music's layered composition closely.

Read more - 2 weeks ago

Swedish post-punk group Cortex's Spinal Injuries reissued on vinyl

With an accompanying 7? and a zine of archival photos and flyers. Cortex's debut album Spinal Injuries is being reissued on vinyl, this July via Sacred Bones and Boo-Hooray. Recorded in 1981, and released in 1983, the album has since become known as an iconic Scandinavian post-punk LP. Its 10 tracks channel influences including Captain Beefheart, The Velvet Underground, David Bowie and The Stooges.

Read more - 3 weeks ago

Radiohead share 18 hours of OK Computer studio sessions

Radiohead have shared previously unreleased sessions from OK Computer, after a hacker who stole Them Yorke’s minidisk archive demanded $15,0000 for the recordings.

Read more - 3 weeks ago

Special Request collects early recordings in new album Bedroom Tapes - Lost material rediscovered when he moved house.

Special Request aka Paul Woolford is releasing an album called Bedroom Tapes, this June via Houndstooth.

The music was recently unearthed by Woolford in a box of cassettes that was previously thought to be lost.
Recorded during the ’90s, Bedroom Tapes’ eight tracks were originally part of sessions that lead to Woolford being signed to the label Blue Basique.

Read more - 4 weeks ago

Contemporary experimental music from Japanese female artists collected on new LP, Seit?

Deconstructed dub, haunting folk electronics and industrial darkwave.
A new compilation featuring the experimental electronic music of seven Japanese female artists working in Japan is set to be released via Akuphone next month.

Read more - 4 weeks ago

The Silence Of The Lambs score reissued in expanded edition

Directed by Jonathan Demme, and starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, The Silence Of The Lambs is based on a 1988 book of the same name by Thomas Harris. Though it didn't achieve immediate commercial success when it was released, it became a sleeper hit, as well as receiving numerous awards and nominations, including a BAFTA nod for Best Original score. Mondo's 2xLP edition was produced by Neil S. Bulk, supervised by Howard Shore himself, and mastered by Doug Schwartz from the original tapes, with the score alongside a second record of new tracks.

Read more - 5 weeks ago

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