Yuck’s interpretation of 90s garage rock has breathed…
Replacing the confusingly-named Yu(c)k for his solo material, Oupa honours Blumberg’s grandfather…
Coming from the South Bay area of Los Angeles, it’s clear TOKiMONSTA’s surroundings…
Bon Iver has been riding a wave of critical and popular acclaim since 2008…
Part-founded by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, it’s no surprise that Communionare gaining quite a reputation for unearthing excellent folk and soul artists. Stamp The Wax has already featured Communion’s Michael Kiwanuka and Matt Corby, but two more are also deserving of our praise. In tune with the family feel of their label, Communion put on monthly music nights in unique venues around London. Given the success of the evening and the quality of music, it was therefore surprising to learn this was independently organised. Communion or no Communion, Monument Valley and Daughter are certainly worth taking note about.
Since Joy Orbison’s iconic Hyph Mngo emerged onto the Electronic scene in late 2009, producers worldwide have been attempting to replicate such an effective sound, steeped in raw personality and sheer vibrance. Jacques Greene is one artist that successfully delivers on both fronts. Mary Anne Hobbs featured the Montreal-based producer’s first release The Look EP on her last ever BBC show, a sign of the great things for Greene that has now progressed into the dazzling new song Another Girl. Injected with a contagious R&B hook, floating pads and a climbing rhythms, it is sure to be the Future Garage summer anthem of 2011.
Toronto-based producer Sunclef released his debut mini-album a few weeks back and it’s slowly but surely taking over the world. The Tesseract is Instrumental Hip-hop at its finest, with throbbing pads, warm fuzzy basslines and MPC groove. This guy really has come out of nowhere and is now fast establishing himself as THE producer to watch. Go and support Sunclef by buying The Tesseract here, so he can make more music (it’s ‘name your price’, so name it high). Below you’ll find the opening track off the record, dripping with swag.
Jai Paul has to be one of the most enigmatic artists in new music. Since the incomparable BTSTU blew up on the blogosphere last year, Jai has signed to XL Recordings and was long-listed in the BBC Sound of 2011. Yet no more than this is known about him: he’s 22, from north-west London and he’s displayed three disapprovals of his music on his Myspace. How wrong those critics are. Like nothing you’ve ever heard, there really is no easy way to pigeonhole BTSTU; The Guardian’s Paul Lester perhaps does the best job, describing it as J Dilla remixing Hot Chip. Made through a combination of manipulated samples, beats and harmonies, BTSTU shouldn’t work, but it just does. We would recommend you monitor Jai closely for more information or music in the future, but there really is no second-guessing him.
Dusky basement house vibrations.
Jazzy breaks from Sydney harking back to early Bukem.
X-Ray Records is a label at the top…
An afro-futuristic soundscape journey via Iran and Cuba.
A divine Somalian compilation of music that was buried in the ground to survive the bombings of the civil war.
Jazz flautist Chip Wickham gets a Detroit makeover.
Andy Hart, Simon TK and Edd Fisher bring the heat from down under.
1977 South African mango township disco to 1981 Sao Paulo summer boogie.
A mix and interview from the two brothers who run London venue Brilliant Corners.
1976 Yoruba samba & 1975 dreamy French flute jazz.
What’s Ramsgate got in common with Ibiza? Former Ibiza resident DJ Jim Breese thinks he knows the answer.
Italian broken beat & 1982 soothing Jamaican lovers rock.
100% Silk’s Jupiter Jax brings his tiny home Island of Malta to life in this guide and mix.
Party collective and record label, Gop Tun, walk us around their city of São Paulo in their sunny guide and mix.
The collective Cazeria Cazador, talk us through Santiago’s underground music scene and the city’s best gems.