Archive | February 2014

Lady & bird | Run in the Morning sun

Lady & Bird are a side project from Israeli-born singer/songwriter Keren Ann and Bardi Johannsson, an Icelandic artist who has worked on film and television music as well as recorded under the name Bang Gang. Highlighted by haunting, childlike voices, Lady & Bird’s subdued self-titled effort is a conceptual work about two children living in adult bodies. It was released on Keren Ann’s own Yellow Tangerine label in the U.S. in June 2006.

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Roni Size | Brown Paper Bag

Roni started on the path of production when he was thrown out of school aged 16, but music had always been a part of his life. Born and raised in Bristol, the sounds of the 70s blues parties and sound-systems happening in the St Pauls area of the city infected Roni’s bones.

Meeting up with Krust in the early 90s brought two musically compatible minds together, subsequently creating Full Cycle in 1993 and a new direction for electronic music.

Lisa Ekdahl | It’s oh so quiet

At the age of 19 Lisa Ekdahl started to perform in small jazz clubs with swedish jazz trio “The Peter Nordahl trio”. Lisa has sometimes referred to the years playing smaller clubs with this great trio as a form or “musical education”.

In the winter of 1994 Lisa Ekdahl was brought into superstardom over night in Scandinavia. Lisa’s debut album sold quadruple platinum and gave her three grammy awards. Her laid back style, matched with her fragility and sensitivity has dazzled fans and critics alike.

Rubén Blades & Roberto Delgado Orchestra | Chica Plastica

Rubén Blades (Panama City, July 16, 1948) is a singer, songwriter, musician, actor, Panamanian politician and lawyer who developed much of his career in New York City.
His style has been described as “intellectual salsa” and in many countries it is known as the “poet of the sauce.” His songs have become popular and is considered one of the most successful and prolific songwriters of Latin America.

The Seshen | 2000 Seasons

Fronted by vocalist Lalin St. Juste, The Seshen is a seven-piece band based in San Francisco. Mixing live and electronic elements and taking influence from eclectic sources including psychedelia, hip-hop, pop, R&B, West African music, dub, and indie rock, they create beat-driven compositions with a strong emotional core, a compelling sound that has hooked many fans and bloggers from first listen. Heavy industry interest has resulted in the band inking a deal with Tru Thoughts records to take it to the next level.

The Seshen’s self-titled 2012 debut album, released via Bandcamp, has inspired comparisons to J Dilla, Little Dragon, Beach House and Erykah Badu, and they have also found themselves in high demand as a live act with support slots for the likes of Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote, Hieroglyphics and The Memorials (with Grammy award winner Thomas Pridgen).

 

 

Dictaphone | Au botanique

Designed by Oliver Doerell and Roger Döring, Dictaphone is the meeting of two minds who think jazz but practice electronica. having previously written theatre and film scores, Doerell and Doring here construct, as their label calls it, ‘processed electronic slow-motion jazz’. The strangely titled ‘M.=Addiction’ has a restless spirit; showcasing typically crisp cco production-line beats alongside a more adventurous avant-garde edge that is increasingly found on this imprint. Hugely melancholic, this record features as much saxophone, clarinet and double-bass as bpms, giving it that cinematic sound which certainly comes naturally to its creators. Two tracks also break free from this misty stranglehold to venture into more familiar areas for electronica fans. Three years in the making, ‘M.=Addiction’ seemingly didn’t come easy to Doerell and Doring. So effortlessly free and imaginative, this is one habit which just makes time slip away.

Raz Ohara And The Odd Orchestra | Wondering

“I used to walk up and down the streets every day – craving sights, sensations, encounters with people…experience.”
That was 1994, when Raz Ohara had just moved to Berlin.
Raz was 18 at the time. He soon found a room to rent above a jazz club. He sat there every night, listening to the music, watching the people, absorbing his surroundings.
It was a seedy, noirish world, like something from the American movies of the 80s. Raz bonded with the club’s resident DJ, and together they founded a hip-hop crew.

Royalston | Jungle Gone Down (feat. August Storm)

Sydney-based, classically trained, DJ / producer Dylan Martin (middle name “Royalston”) has been listening to Drum + Bass since ’93, producing for 12 years and DJ-ing for about 10. A man of many talents, Royalston is also an illustrator / designer and first got into music production when he was making a soundtrack to a 3D animation. His music is characterized by a raw, analogue sound with a tech-y edge (thanks to plenty of hardware like his favourite Korg MS-20) and he has released on labels such as Bad Taste and Black Acre before signing exclusively to Med School in 2012.

 

His Clancyness | Gold Diggers

Having signed to FatCat in March 2013, His Clancyness is the alias of Jonathan Clancy. Born in Ottawa and raised between Canada and Italy, Clancy moved back and forth between the two countries up until his late teenage years, when he finally settled in Bologna.

Gaining early experience through playing in a number of hardcore / punk bands, and having toured the world in a couple of indie outfits, Jonathan struck out on his own back in 2009 and started to gain some early recognition across internet blogs when he began leaking out a series of bedroom-recorded psych-pop gems. Recording alone at home often late at night, writing and playing everything himself, he produced a steady stream of tracks prodding in different directions and comprising weird pop outbursts, fuzzy guitars, cloudy ambient texturing, warm drum machine pulses, and bitter-sweet chord progressions – all anchored by a particular melodic sensibility and Clancy’s bold, often reverb-drenched vocals.

OFRIN | Time For Decisions Aeras Final Decision

OFRIN- a newborn Phoenix

Through your ears into your heart and on to your feet

Ofri Brin aka OFRIN, born and raised in a scenic and secluded community,   Ofri discovered her voice at the age of 14 – and soon everyone around her did just the same. After taking part in several musical projects in Israel and The UK, Ofri moved in 2005 to Berlin, and established OFRIN.

OFRIN’s highly acclaimed pop-Jazz debut album Rust&Velvet (2005), was followed by the outstanding LP “On Shore Remain” (2008),      in which the band cooperated with Producer/ keyboarder Eddie Stevens (Moloko, Roisin Murphy,Zero 7). Performing all over europe and Israel. On her new album, „The Bringer“, Ofri works solo for the first time.

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