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.
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.
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.
Photo By Josh Zacarias
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 here, enjoy the “Gimme” banger which is lifted from the album and peep Esgar’s latest session on Dublab here.
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!
London-based Brownswood Recordings has been a leader in bringing visibility to new sounds from around the world. With globetrotting label head, Gilles Peterson, who consistently has access to the rarest of tunes and hidden gems sets this label apart from any other.
Building on the Brownswood Bubblers compilation series which has historically been a beautiful presentation of [mostly unheard of] music worldwide, the label adds it’s tenth release to the collection today. Brownswood Bubblers 10 showcases music from some of our under-the-radar favourites like Nia Andrews, ESKA, Philip Owusu and about a dozen more.
Have a listen to the sampler:
Purchase Brownwood Bubblers 10:
Bandcamp / iTunes / Bleep / Juno / Amazon / Boomkat
Sampha's self-produced 6 track EP, Dual drops today on Young Turks and it’s badass. The single lifted from Dual, “Without” is below and it’s a beautifully spaced-out percussive delight.
Purchase Dual here.
Iman Omari teams up with Sonnymoon for this summery and quite buttery jam enlisting the vocal stylings of MoRuf. Stay tuned for Iman’s forthcoming Viberations album out in the coming week. If you’re in LA, go to album release party!
Enjoy and download free here.