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Rome Fortune x Fourtet

Atlanta-based emcee Rome Fortune, teams up with veteran producer Fourtet on the second of hopefully many tracks to come.



Quadron | Avalanche in Church

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We’ve been fans of Quadron for a while now and the music just keeps getting better. Since we interviewed CoCo from Quadron 3 years ago, things haven’t changed much - the music still gives us goosebumps which is the intention sought after by the group. 

Quadron, with the help of storytelling geniuses, Yours Truly, recently recorded the beautiful “Avalanche” song in a local LA church with The Greater LA Cathedral Choir and it’s a masterpiece.

Enjoy!

Quadron “Avalanche” with the Greater LA Cathedral Choir from Yours Truly on Vimeo.



Quantic | ‘Magnetica’, Trailer, Track & US Tour

Producer and multi-instrumentalist, Quantic, just released the video trailer from his forthcoming Magnetica album, along with title track “Magnetica”. 
From downtempo to funk, soul, salsa, traditional Colombian rhythms, cumbia, and trip hop, producer and multi-instrumentalist William Holland aka “Quantic” has been making records for over a decade around the world, literally. Magnetica is the first Quantic album under his main solo moniker since 2006’s, An Announcement To Answer, and in the interim this [prolific artist] guy has raised the stakes further with acclaimed side-projects including The Quantic Soul OrchestraQuantic y su Combo BárbaroQuantic & Alice RussellFlowering Inferno and Ondatrópica (Soundway)
Having spent the last seven years living in Colombia (in both Calí and Bogotá), a base from which he has worked with many of the finest musicians from Latin America and the Caribbean, on Magnetica he now casts his net even wider to take in the sounds, styles and languages of the UK, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Brazil, Angola and beyond.
WATCH Magnetica album trailer, directed by Mochilla’s B+ 
PREORDER Magnetica on iTunesBandcamp or through Tru Thoughts directly.

PREORDER Magnetica’s single “Duvido” feat/ Pongo Love on 12” via Ameoba.

To put the cherrry on top, the seasoned musician also announced a 10+ city North American tour starting in June.


Mr. Carmack Though

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Music is what Mr. Carmack does. Also, he does it extremely well and without a care about what you think. With a keen pair of parentals who’ve always been supportive and musical, it’s really no surprise that Mr. Carmack is able to combine so many different styles into one, cohesive sound. A background as a pianist since the age of 3, a drummer [who followed in his mother’s percussive footsteps] with a hip hop sensibility, a lover of house music and a knack for heavy hitting sounds, Mr. Carmack has really carved a unique style into the electronic music ecosystem.

Carmack doesn’t like to beef up his accomplishments or pat himself on the back, but if you walk into a conscious dance club on any given night around the globe, you will probably her a Carmack production or two without even knowing it. He’s stealth like that. Supported by worldwide tastemakers like RL Grime, Kaytranada, Djemba Djemba, Okayplayer and BBC Radio 1, Mr. Carmack has only begun to show us what he’s capable of – always leaving folks patiently anticipating his next musical moves.
After Carmack dismembered his Soundcloud – basically removing everything old from his page and uploading a dozen new sounds, we’ve low key [ok very high key] fallen in love with them all.

The first little nugget called “Ones” is by him and Canada’s Kaytranada (if you don’t know about Kay - seriously go here) and is kind of off the chain. ”Ones” is a super mellow bass-heavy tune that you can vibe out to at any time really.
The second selection here would be Carmack’s remix of Da-P’s “Dark Hadou”. The original track is a masterpiece in itself, but with that added little Carmack fake out where you think it’s going to be a cheesy trance song from the intro and then the bass drops and you loose your shit making the everything seem as though it’s in its right place. When that bass drops it totally changes your perspective on the predictability factor of electronic music. Very skilled this dude is.

Finally, you can do no wrong with an Aaliyah remix, especially this one. The ultimate waved out, sexy bass-filled tune we’ve heard in a long time. Definitely does more than justice to the original baby girl track.

Can’t wait to hear what Carmack does next. He’s definitely one of the most compelling artists in recent musical times - someone we’ll be following closely.


Seven Davis Jr | Lost Tapes Vol .1

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So excited today to find out that Seven Davis Jr' project is finally out on IZWID! This is the second release on Kutmah’s IZWID imprint and is a rare collection of bugged out electronic soul from LA-based vocalist, producer and poet, Seven Davis Jr.

Seven is reminsincent of early Spacek sounds – soulful and sexy yet experimental and always groovy. Have a listen to a favorite Spacek jam below for good measure. 

 

The tunes from the Lost Tapes by Seven Davis were actually created about 12 years ago once lost in storage via a lengthly hiatus due to drug addiction and depression.

Listen below and buy on Bandcamp.



Doggystyle 20th Anniversary - Mix by DJ Snoopadelic

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Doggystyle on November 23, 2013, Snoop aka DJ Snoopadelic put together a mix of all the samples used to make the album. Snoop offers exclusive commentary about each song and the behind-the-scenes stories that went on during the making of the historic record.



Kronika Selekta

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One of the best selectors this side of the Mississippi (we’re in LA btw), Miss Kronika always comes through with the best mixes and musical finds around. She’s your favorite dj’s ear to the street - always putting us on to the dopest of beats and emerging artists.

These mixes give you a snapshot of the depth and breadth of Kronika’s style and delivery.

Follow Kronika on Twitter.



Jo Def | Steps

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Mr. Jo Def has found something very special. He’s about to release an album – his first album – called Steps. Ahead of the Nov 19 album release [digitally and on cassette], the Oxnard-based producer drops 2 tracks - “SWIM” and “TookItThurr” both of which are pretty clear indications of a solid record. 

The lead single “SWIM”, wraps a wavy, filtered sounding Sade vocal with bass stabs and head-nodding tempo for a sexy yet danceable time. “TookItThurr” pays homage to Slum Village’s “2u4u” - need we say more? Ok fine, “TookItThurr” is basically badass, marrying hip hop vibes with uptempo grooves – something Jo Def does with the utmost of ease.

Head over to Jo’s Soundcloud to listen to the depth of bredth of his past tunes (they are rad) and stay tuned to Steps dropping on Soulection Nov 19, 2013.



JMSN | †Pllaje†

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Last week JMSN's †Pllaje† dropped on his own White Room Records imprint. The Detroit-bred musician gently weaves his vocals through melodies and sounds that he has produced himself - giving him an interesting edge in this musical atmosphere where there’s often a vocal and production collaboration that happen independently of each other.

Here’s the single “The One”from †Pllaje† which actually happens to be our favorite jams on the album.

Get †Pllaje† digitally here and on cd/vinyl here.

Having done several interesting collaborations with folks like Sango, Ab-Soul and Kaytranda its easy to fall in love quickly with JMSN’s eclectic style and ease navigating diverse sounds. 

Based in LA and currently touring the U.S. and Canada, keep up to date with live shows and news for JMSN on his Facebook.



Yancey Boys | “Flowers” feat. Talib Kweli, Nikko Gray & Rhettmatic)

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The Yancey Boys (Illa J x Frant Nitt) have just released their Sunset Blvd LP on the hip hop imprint, Delicious Vinyl. The duo set out to make an album that would make Dilla proud. Quite an undertaking, ehh? 

As the release dropped, the track “Flowers” which features LA-based vocalist Nikko Gray, veteran emcee Talib Kweli and turntable-master DJ Rhettmatic of the World Famous Beat Junkies became available. The jam is a mellow hip hop groove seamlessly incorporating all of the unique voices that share the track space. If “Flowers” is any indication of how the record will sound [along with a few others leaked tracks like this], it’s looking pretty solid. The album itself also features T3 of Sulm V, Common, Posdnuos, Guilty Simpson, J. Rocc, Eric Roberson, Earlly Mac, and J. Pinder.



Sivey | Fabric London Hit&Run Mix

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Manchester’s own Sivey put out the best mix we’ve heard in ages. The mix was originally made as a promotional tool for the Hit&Run takeover of RM3 at Fabric London last week. Producer and DJ, Sivey, nails it just about every time - each song on this mix is perfect.

Check the tracklist to learn more about the music you hear and then go dig for more!

Tracklist:

1. Sivey - Multiples
2. Leon Vynehall - I Know Your Face, Heroine
3. Max Graef - A Tale of Love
4. Kaytranada - At All
5. Labuzinski & Max Graef - Löwengummi
6. Aztek - Am
7. Jaw Jam - Untitled
8. Werkha - Cube & Puzzle
9. Glenn Astro - The Power
10. Jordan Rakei - Add The Bassline (Evil Needle Remix)
11. Sivey - Waterbed Slow-Mo (Forthcoming Soulection)
12. Ariel Camusso & Persian Empire - Time (123Mrk remix) 
13. Geode - Some Friday Flavour
14. Iamnobodi - Maputo Dance
15. Sivey - Doin It Again (Forthcoming Soulection)
16. Aztek - Peccadillo (Forthcoming Dusty Records)
17. Nikitch & Mart One - WNBDWN (Forthcoming ??)
18. Opal Block - Shivering Artery (Forthcoming Astral Black)

Can’t wait to hear more releases from Sivey in the future. Check here for past relases.



FKA Twigs

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asdThe Young Turks label is turning up with more and more impressive acts. The latest, FKA Twigs, has a unique style, charisma, sound and a rather mysterious identity. Based in London and with melodic vocal work and rolling basslines, she is someone to watch.

See for yourself.

 

 



Esgar | Gimme

Photo: Esgar (L) & Kutmah (R) @ Boiler Room London, summer 2013.

Looking for a dancefloor banger? Well, don’t say we never put you on. Oxnard’s own Esgar just dropped his debut album on IZWID. Heard of IZWID? It’s Kutmah’s label, you know the dude who is arguably a godfather of the LA beat scene now based in London. Anywho, stay locked to this dude Esgar, he’s got jams for days and has been grinding for quite some time so it’s really nice to be able to hear the fruits of his labors.

Listen to Esgar’s debut album hereenjoy the “Gimme” banger which is lifted from the album and peep Esgar’s latest session on Dublab here.



Daz-I-Kue | “Domino Effect”

From the archives and originally done for Shy FX’s label.

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Lost Midas | Memory Flux

With no shortage of amazing music this week, we bring you some tunes from Tru Thoughts first Los Angeles-based signee, Lost Midas.

Jason Trikakis a.k.a Lost Midas, brings forth a warm fusion of electronic sounds and percussive elements. In the single “Love Undone”off of his Memory Flux EP (out Sept 2), he seamlessly weaves in delightfully angelic vocals from Taylor O’Donnell which is put to work in a rad visual treatment by Adam Joyce-Ramirez.

Download “Love Undone” here.

"Broken Peace Is" was premiered and given away for download this week on XLR8R and it’s nothing short of genius. Incorporating broken beatish elements with glitchy percussive sounds and spliced in male vocals “Broken Peace Is” is sure to warm your heart.

Stay tuned for more from Lost Midas, he’s got some really progressive things in the works!