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.
1980’s Portuguese new wave on archival label Strangelove Music.
An exciting new voice for UK soul with just the right about of reverence to the US greats.
Melodic breaks on a mini album for Secretsundaze.
Soothing jungle-influenced breaks on South Londons YAM Records.
80s Japanese synthpop on Jazzy Couscous’ second Kumo No Muko compilation.
A spontaneous space rock improv from the project of Mystic Jungle and Rico Milord.
Sydney instrumental hip-hop, 1971 Ohio soul and 2019 Osaka experimental electronic.
The man behind the Strangelove Music label explores the junctures between organic and synthetic.
Swedish ambient jazz, 2003 reggae electronica and soothing Japanese new age.
Homegrown Celestial Lovers Rock from the Emotional Rescue, Response and Especial head.
Recline through Napoli-via-Berlin jazz-funk, L.A. boogie-RnB and downtempo soul.
A mix of “tropical / not-so-tropical” finds from the founder of Brussels’ Crevette Records.
Walking us through the stunning Indian Ocean island…
Hong Kong mix, plus interactive map and favourite spots around town.
Showcasing Bulgaria’s rich heritage and vibrant present from a DJ who counts Zip as a fan.