A quick RSS feed friendly round up of this weeks daily recommendations if you don't want to follow our social media every day.
Sosena Gere Eyesus (Little Axe)
Ear & mind opening recordings from Sosena Gebre Eyesus playing the otherworldly begena or harp of David whilst gently singing Ethiopian orthodox hymns for Little Axe. Enchanting & mesmerising traditional East African music.
Ben Penn - Very Important EP (Safe Trip)
Anchored with a jazz funk vibe but reaching for the techno future stars, get your Friday brain wobble on & warm up for the weekend with the electronic fusion vibes of Ben Penn on Young Marco's aptly named Safe Trip label.
Smalltown Supersound 25: The Movement of the Free Spirit by Prins Thomas (Smalltown Supersound)
A DJ mix is like cooking, you need great source material & after 25 years Smalltown Supersound has some of the best ingredients in the game. Luckily Prins Thomas is the chef & he's cooked up the best DJ mix of 2018 over 220 minutes & 80 tracks. Michelin stars all round & a BIG happy 25th birthday to the label.
Lucky Brown & The S.G.'s - Mesquite Suite (Tramp Records)
Most modern funk is a pale imitation but Washington's LUCKY BROWN BAND is carving out out his own 21st century fresh funk fusion. Check out his all inclusive, barrio rather than barrier, soul stirring LP on the always excellent Tramp Rec.
Anelis Assumpcao - Taurina (Scubidu Music)
Another stunning avant pop LP out of Brazil from Anelis Assumpção for Scubidu Music. Leftfield percussion, oddball arrangements, sweet vocals with attitude, elements of dub, MPB, jazz, electronica & Brazil's Afro heritage expertly fused into one big fusion Feijoada.
Same Waves - Algorithm of Desire (Flau)
Serene yet anchored by lyrical weight the new LP by Same Waves for Japan's flau is an intriguing, stylistically fluctuating, electronic acoustic fusion with surreal jazz, Americana & modern compositional cameos from crack Chicago musicians popping up in its vocal pop dreaminess.
As for Lo-Fi, well that is a whole different story for another blog post. Putting a few crackles from an old vinyl record onto a Chill Hop track is not what I call Lo-Fi and I don't think it warrants a separate genre name. Why would you want two different names for essentially the same thing? So I'm currently putting together a Slow Music Movement playlist called, you guessed it, Slow-Fi. Be warned though it's not for multi-tasking and writing your thesis. It is an altogether more engaging, free thinking, THC saturated selection. One for the after party or those hazy nights on the sofa when you've got nothing much to do except talk rubbish with your friends and surf your cerebral backwaters.
emil abramyan - movement (kingdoms)
Check out the new album from multi-instrumentalist Emil Abramyan on Kingdoms. A really cultured blend of cello, electronics, keys, ambient, dub and subtle house flavours. A wonderful listen.
cale sexton - melondrama (butter sessions)
Cultured, stripped back, dubbed out, nocturnally synthesized ambient electro and late night head nod beats from Cale Sexton on Butter Sessions.
teleseen - lucia (the slow music movement)
Check out this stylistically ambiguous EP of soaring synths, jazz & dub tickled tribal futurism, tropical bass meets slow house, ayahuasca infused spiritual moombahton or just tunes. Call it what you will, you won't have heard anything like this EP from Teleseen.
various artists - antipodean anomalies (left ear)
A wonderful compilation of bygone Australasian musical oddities that defy genre classification besides DIY, Lo-Fi & experimental but encompass post punk, ambient, global, dub, folk & classical. Top class digging from Left Ear Records, a real ear opener.
bellows - sander (latency recordings)
Check out the lazy rhythmic pulses, layered analog depths, flickers of pleasing melodic light, bygone tape loop hiss, dub embelishments & general late night contemplative ambient hazyness of Bellows on Latency
unearth noise/dreamspeak - and the light beams will guide the way (lullabies for insomniacs)
A collaborative and mystical, Indo oriental electronic trip, spanning evocative ambient hazes to trance inducing rhythmic excursions from Unearth Noise & Dreamspeak on the ever interesting Lullabies for Insomniacs
phil france - circle (gondwana)
Perfect lazy listening as Phil France drops this wonderful minimal & classical infused electronic, Sunday & beyond, soundtrack for Gondwana Records.
Shameless self promotion, dub adventures old and new, Balearic sunshine nuggets, ambient pointilism, lazy beats and cosmic boogie, it's all here.
Test Card - Super 8 Sunset (The Slow Music Movement)
Munir - Balcony View (Dopeness Galore)
Cale Sexton - Speak Into It (Butter Sessions)
Annette Brissett - Betrayes (Wackies)
The Chosen Brothers - March Down Babylon (Wackies)
Phillip Fullwood - Words (Pressure Sounds)
Web Web - Maroc Blues (Compost)
Onyx Collective - Space-Wars (Big Dada)
Zoltan Fecso - Pont (Hush Hush)
Nohidea - Departures (Alpha Pup)
JOYFULTALK - Kill Scene (Constellation)
Yan Tregger - Riff On (BBE promo)
Teleseen - Lucia (The Slow Music Movement)
Brandon Coleman - All Around The World (Brainfeeder)
nohidea - departures (alpha pup)
Less is more, futuristic hip hop beats with occasional lyrical interventions from Nohidea. on Alpha Pup Records melding ambient, minimal and neo-classical shades into a perfect head nod sofa friendly soundtrack.
test card - super 8 sunset ep
There's only one release to recommend today :) The Slow Music Movement label is releasing it's first EP! Check out this hammock friendly, sunshine saturated, horizontally inclined Balearic gem from Test Card
philip fullwood & i mo-ja - words in dub (pressure sounds)
I can think of a few people whose words I'd like to dub :) Big up Pressure Sounds for reaching their 100th release and holding down the roots and dub quality on every one - quite an achievement.
munir - grand paradise (dopeness galore)
Check out the ambient & new age licks, Balearic boogie, tropical treats, acidic house & all round summer soul vibes of the new Munir LP on Dopeness Galore.
vakula - a voyage to arcturus (apollo records)
Nice to see this classic Vakula LP finally become available to the digital 99% courtesy of Apollo Records. Cosmic Kosmishche meets electronic jazz via ambient dub & experimental prog rock disco. It's a ride...
gillian welch - the harrow & the harvest
This classic Gillian Welch LP of wide open plain Americana is sounding particularly good this Sunday morning. By my reckoning (and hoping) there should be a new LP coming in the next year or so?
zero dreamflesh - squids can fly (efficient space)
Digital digging about I discovered this psychedelic tropical dub yesterday from Zerox Dreamflesh, kindly reissued by Efficient Space. I suggest you just put it on repeat all day. If you're a producer who produces dub like this hit me up and let's arrange your release schedule.
//// - "___+" (jungle gym records)
Fire up the bong attached diving bell and submerse yourself in the neural navigating, reality suspending, deep aquatic house depths of the new //// LP on Jungle Gym Records.
p.g. six - starry mind (drag city)
This good old fashioned, no nonsense, country tinged, psychedelic folk rock LP from P.G. Six is sounding good this morning. Another winner from Drag City Records.
papa m - a broke moon rises (drag city records)
Barley accompanied and beautiful in it's simplicity, guitar(s) led, introspection enhancing music for late night laments and solitary pursuits from Papa M (David Pajo) for Drag City Records.
zeitgeist freedom energy exchange LP (wax museum)
So I finally sunk into the Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange LP on Wax Museum Records and I'm wondering why it took me so long? They've single handedly restored my faith in broken beat and made one of the best sounding contemporary cosmic jazz funk fusion LPs for time.
zoltan fecso - shimmer raga (hush hush)
Striking attention to detail that slowly reveals the beauty in it's ambiguity on this brand new electro-acoustic piano & guitar meets machine ambient odyssey from Zoltan Fecso on Hush Hush Records. Stunning stuff.
DEEP LEARNING - SOFT CONFIDENCE (SALMON UNIVERSE)
Check out this great ambient Sunday soundtrack from DEEP LEARNING as he decelerates London living to the pace of a patiently evolving primordial ooze with his dusky drones, distant city echoes & re-humanising melodic treatment.
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