Dutch soul-singer Mar is back with bite this month, releasing the lead single off his debut solo EP Seeing Her Naked (slated for a release by the end of this month). Our Attempt begins with Drake/The Weeknd style production (fizzling string-pads and gittery Hip-Hop rhythms), which is then brought back down to earth via a blues guitar riff doused in melancholic distortion. Together with Mars silky vocals, the track is a beautiful example of what the future holds for RnB and Soul music, joining other forward-thinking artists like The Internet and Frank Ocean who are really pushing the boat out within this type of music. We’ve also been told that a new Full Crate and Mar album can be expected by the end of 2012! All good things to come…
One of our favourite labels around, Plug Research (home to Exile, Bilal, Boom Clap Bachelors) have ferociously tugged on our ears yet again with the beautifully balmy tones of Experimental duo Sonnymoon. The track Just Before Dawn is stripped-back chill-out music in its purist form, with just simple synth-work and a magical melody. But as the song progresses, it builds and enters new realms of frequency that blew us away when combined with visuals from Gordon Hendrick and Hunter Steinman. The release is part of a free compilation that Plug Research wanted to share with everyone: ‘all brand new music coming out on plug during the spring quarter of 2012’, which you can download for free right here!
This is a mean old rework of a James Brown classic from one of our favourite Hip-Hop producers, Tall Black Guy
More names added to the Outlook lineup, plus the launch of Dimensions, a brand new Electronic festival launched by their organisers the weekend after Outlook.
We introduced you to Chance the Rapper earlier in January, showcasing a track off the 18-year-old’s forthcoming mixtape 10day (out 3 April). Well he’s just dropped another fresh track called 22 Offs.
Midnite have been making jazz-infused Roots Reggae since 1989, but we only came across them today via their new album In Awe, released earlier this year.
Honeyed soul from a Sydney duo out on Otis.
Organic, dubwise polyrhythms on I.O.T Records.
A pure raga recorded with instrumental quartet Jaubi in Lahore, Pakistan.
Fresh tender folk/soul, 1966 harmonic RnB and 1971 choral gospel.
A mix of original collaborations, unfinished and unchosen material from the CPU affiliate.
The CockTail d’Amore resident and former Oscillator co-founder focuses her vinyl-only mix around the theme of obsession.
Katia Mullova explores the lessons we might learn from Coronavirus lockdown to create a more environmentally-friendly gig economy and community at large.
Katia Mullova assesses the wider implications of this annual focus on data sharing.
A behind the scenes look at Berlin’s unassuming open air party spot.