Sorry Steve Gamma Ray Great Dane ADBC Records by William Sheehan Dane Morris hasn’t been without his sonics; along with a Euro-tour last winter, a generous slot on the Shambhala undercard let the Low End Theory-enthusiast bask in the shine, while casual appearances on the local circuit kept his craft in check. The almost two-year […]
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The Midnight Hour Linear Labs By John-Paul Shiver The Midnight Hour is a 20 track full-length double album produced and conceived by the hive minds of Ali Shaheed Muhammed & Adrian Younge, encompassing soul & jazz through the core of 80s & 90s samples from golden era hip-hop. Those moments are given room to breathe […]
By John-Paul Shiver Alfred Darlington, a deep-rooted architect of L.A.’s beat scene, has tinkered with these limits since 2001. Recording under the well-respected moniker of Daedelus, his brand of left field electronic composition—hip-hop, r&b and jazz blasted through an EDM filter—was an early tent pole in the post-genre beatmakers camp in Southern California. Taut, his […]
By John-Paul Shiver Pulling from the influence of grime, hip-hop, electronic music, blog culture and jazz, Binker and Moses are among the pacesetters of the London based jazz renaissance happening now. ‘Alive In The East?’, their new live album slotted to drop this upcoming June, captures the drummer and sax player in full “shamanic” spiritual free jazz […]
Innate Cavalier Alpha Pup Records By John-Paul Shiver Introspective thoughts about mortality are carried through an experimental soundscape on Innate, the impressive début by the 20-year-old producer Cavalier. The Long Beach native uses acoustic piano, pacemaker beeps, fuzzed vocals, guitar chords and warm percussive bass tones on the lead track Inward. This collection of sounds […]
By John-Paul Shiver Los Angeles based musician, singer, songwriter, and producer Kadhja Bonet is so expansive with her retro colour wheel of sounds on Childqueen, you swear it was playing on the crappy Radio Shack ceiling speakers at the local Gas & Shop during the early 1980’s. And that is meant as a compliment. Straight […]
By John-Paul Shiver Typically, March is the month where “fashionable” musicians, techies and the media descend upon Austin, Texas for ten days of networking over Shiner Bock and breakfast tacos. Southby (aka SXSW) is the rare occasion where bands are either coming off of or just beginning a tour schedule. For artists from other countries, […]
Shadeslove Woolymammoth Filling Spots Alpha Pup By John-Paul Shiver The peripheral old boom bap that aligns itself with bass tones—shapeshifting from dank to dark. And back—are scattered about with notable placement on the ominous feeling “rude boy version” of Shadeslove. The track serves as an all-encompassing idea that remains pervasive throughout the debut full-length album […]
NICOPANDA “Smells Like Queens Spirit“ Nicopanda London Womenswear Fall Winter 2018-2019 London February 2018 Nirvana’s iconic album “Nevermind” (1991) and Lil Kim’s debut masterpiece “Hard-core” (1996) go toe-to-toe in Nicopanda’s FW18 runway collection. Equal parts 90’s Seattle grunge rock and East Coast hip hop glamour, these two epic music worlds collide in a mash-up of […]
By John-Paul Shiver With a plethora of new UK Jazz artists and beat scene producers getting airplay around the planet, February acts as a compass type of set-up month. Pointing to what the year will have an abundance of sonically. From the adventurous Quelle Chris and Jean Grae group project to the chopped and screwed […]
It’s a new year, new gear and a new fit. And as January closes out we have a playlist to recap some of the underneath-the-radar, slept-on music that maybe you missed the first time. These artists could be future Grammy winners or just performers who create songs that smack upside the head now…. and make you pay attention.
In this upcoming release, MAST tackles sixteen Monk compositions, including the acclaimed “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” “Straight No Chaser,” “Epistrophy” and “Well You Needn’t.” MAST, aka Tim Conley, pays homage to the significant history of Thelonious Monk and his esteemed compositions while bringing them into the future using modern electronic bleeps, bloops, and beats.
By John-Paul Shiver Yokaze Cognitio Renraku The seven-track EP Cognitio by Yokaze, slated for release on Friday, Jan 19th on Renraku, distills abstract mutations that electronic music can present when choosing to live between” gripping builds and drops.” It evokes a haunted energy that seeks buoyancy and eventually achieves it. From the shifting and fidgety soundscapes that produce […]
No artist here is pushing an energy drink or attempting to steer a “DJ popularity” poll; it’s just some of the best music that came out in 2017, that maybe you never had the chance to hear.
By John-Paul Shiver Elusive Sketches Dome of Doom Aaron Koslow, who records and produces under the name Elusive, completes his highly productive year in music with a 30-track beat tape that strikes a fair balance between sample based material and interstellar synth fuzz. The aptly titled “Sketches” bumps slow, seeps in deep and bows out with […]
Artist and social activist Naomi Pitcairn recently completed six temporary, music-driven artworks for the Pershing Square Summer concert series in downtown Los Angeles. Offering six weeks of free outdoor concerts — with The Wallflowers, Boogie Knights, Toad the Wed Sprocket, Los Lonely Boys, The B-52’s, and X. The live music event was paired with Naomi’s site-specific artworks, each reflecting the bands’ […]