Boddhi Satva’s Invocation has been ten years in the making and it certainly shows. It is a varied collection of accomplished songs, all, impressively, produced from the confines of Satva’s home. There’s a bit of Reggae (Enemies and Jah Sanctuary), House (Who Am I) and RnB (Because I Know) on there, but if pressed to choose, we enjoyed the African sounds the most. Grammy-winning Oumou Sangare makes a show-stopping appearance on Ngari Konon and on Nankomandjan, Mangala Camara’s sporadic vocals alternates between the wobbling base almost as if the two are playing off each other
From what we’ve heard, if you live in L.A. and follow the Hip-Hop beat scene even just a smidge then you will have, at some point, witnessed an Anthony Valadez DJ set. The L.A. based Hip-Hop DJ/producer has residencies at some of the best clubs in and around California, not to mention a regular slot at Santa Monica’s famed KCRW terrestrial radio. In 2009 he released his first full-length EP, Audio / Visual : Sounds Inspired by all Things Visual, which brought an enigmatic fusion of sample-based and live experimental Hip-Hop to our ears, rich in texture and injected with a generous dose of soulful goodness. He’s now teamed up with the amazing label Plug Research to release his second LP Just Visiting, a vibrant collection of sparkling beats and delicate melodies with collaborations from the likes of Mar (of Full Crate and Mar), Anna Wise (of Sonnymoon) and Def Sound. You can stream the whole album at the bottom of this page, and check out our favourite tracks off the album with accompanying [brand new] visuals below.
This year, Adult Swim and Kia have teamed up to release a bunch of exclusive and free tracks as part of their Singles Program. It’s now in its third year and release number six today has particularly caught our eye. It teams up Brainfeeder boss and beatmaker extraordinaire, Flying Lotus, with enigmatic Odd Future MC Earl Sweatshirt.
If Cannabis were ever to have a global ambassador, Snoop Dogg’s claim for the position is as good as anyone’s. Now he’s gone one step further and launched a Reggae side-project called Snoop Lion, producers by Major Lazer. La La La is the first track and was released in the last few days.
Utrecht’s first track APC has been getting a lot of love on the net recently…
Alt-J’s debut album An Awesome Wave is hands down one of our favourites this year. If you’re still yet to hear it, head straight for our review here, after reading this. It’s not just us who like it; they’ve been getting some serious love all over the interweb. So it’s not surprising the first official remix from the album is courtesy of some very credible players.
The 2000Black founder puts his signature broken beat spin on the latest The Remedy Project release.
A bouncing seductive house track from Block9 founder’s new label, Homo-Centric.
Spacious and soaring cosmic cuts on party-turned-label, Wax’o Paradiso, sophomore release.
G funk soul and deep Brazilian 90’s club r&B, to smooth jazz-funk and infectious 80’s Zambian rock.
A mix of weighty breaks and hard-hitting techno from the deaf DJ and Voices Radio resident.
A lush ‘tapestry of sounds designed to act as an emotional balm’ from the Unbound Events boss.
DJs, club owners and promoters discuss whether it’s time to rethink this intrinsic part of nightlife.
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.