Post Tagged with: "Funk"

Lantern :: Summer Knight (Occult Research)

Eight songs spread out in a tangled downbeat, acidic maelstrom of glitch, breaks, hip-hop, and leftfield bass contortions, Lantern also develops a jazzier side along the way. Eight songs spread out in a tangled downbeat, acidic maelstrom of glitch, breaks, hip-hop, and leftfield bass contortions, Lantern also develops a jazzier side along the way. Brightly […]

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Nomade Orquestra :: EntreMundos (Far Out)

EntreMundos is a fantastic celebration of modern pyrotechnics, retro ambiance, mighty grooves, dynamic motion and hallucinogenic splendor. In April last year London-based Far Out Recordings brought us the excellent self-titled debut album by São Paulo’s ten-man electrifying sonic phenomenon, Nomade Orquestra. Since then the band continued to perform regularly in Brazil but also gained international […]

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Not just jazz :: Soulful rejuvenations

Azymuth and Yussef Kamaal bring jazz-funk back to the forefront, and The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and Papa Chango summon the old spirits of afrobeat, ethio-jazz and soul to perform outrageous new choreographies. Azymuth :: Fênix (Far Out) When it comes to the catalog of Brazil-based trio, Azymuth, you can’t go wrong. What they do […]

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Double Review :: Renegades Of Jazz / Manuel Volpe & Rhabdomantic Orchestra (Agogo)

Two beautifully eclectic albums which craftily assemble a myriad of influences into a unique sensory experience. Afrobeat, funk and jazz, electronica, traditional music and dub, collide to break down genre barriers Agogo style. Renegades Of Jazz :: Moyo Wangu David Hanke (a.k.a. Renegades Of Jazz) strikes again with a brand new album on the mighty […]

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Not just jazz

A succinct coverage of four boundary pushers, most likely filed under jazz at record stores and online music shops. Four albums that distinctly and assertively generate jazz elements but also combine beats, pieces and flavors from so many corners of the vast musical spectrum in the most exciting and refreshing ways, that it would simply […]

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Bourbonese Qualk :: Bourbonese Qualk 1983-1987 (Mannequin)

This aural document (remastered by the Dutch musician Rude 66) is well worth picking up by BQ fans as well as adherents of quintessential industrial music of the era or anyone looking for some good old noisy 80’s art music a la Coil or Throbbing Gristle. Bourbonese Qualk were as difficult as their name suggests: […]

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2ndMouse :: Acquiesce (Self-Released)

Playful, articulate electronics, melodic and nostalgic, 2ndMouse returns with Acquiesce. Playful, articulate electronics, melodic and nostalgic, 2ndMouse returns with Acquiesce. 18 audio snapshots shed raw energetic synthesizer acrobatics which bubble to the surface from start to end. “Chroma” and “Fissure” are prime examples of Chris McKeown’s sweet yet tactile approach to cohesive electronic music. Sliding to and […]

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Squarepusher x Z-Machines :: Music For Robots EP (Warp)

“To make music using instrument-playing robots fascinates me. People have often assumed that for music to be emotionally powerful it has to come directly from a human hand, whereas I disagree with that, and enjoy proving these people wrong. This project is an excellent way of exploring that area more.” So began the promotional video […]

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Nightmares on Wax :: N.O.W. Is The Time (Warp)

Recommended if you wish to complete your N.O.W. collection, but also if you’re looking for soulful hip-hop to kick back to. George Evelyn, or Nightmares on Wax as most people know him by, is regarded by many as one of UK hip-hop’s most influential artists of all time. At the dawn of the nineties, his […]

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Mokhov :: Future Hope (Sun Sea Sky)

Downtempo, sun-soaked electronic music which is drenched in melodic, instrumental and freeform production hues. Mokhov offers downtempo, sun-soaked electronic music which is drenched in melodic, instrumental and freeform production hues on Future Hope. Taking funk and intersecting its grip with laid back rhythms, these 10-tracks form a smoothed sonic package. Tucked away in nostalgic layers, […]

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David Douglas :: Moon Observations (Atomnation)

With summertime air gliding its way in, Moon Observations makes for a comfortable retreat made from downtempo shards and glitch-hop strips rolled into one. David Douglas unveils Moon Observations via Atomnation and simply maneuvers all forms of laid-back analogous electronics. Dub intermixed with dribbling beats, loosened breaks weaving into ambience and catchy grooves are inherent […]

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V/A :: Entanglement 2 EP review & digital release party via plug.dj

en·tan·gle tr.v. en·tan·gled, en·tan·gling, en·tan·gles To twist together or entwine into a confusing mass en·tangle·ment n. In this case the ‘confusing mass’ is a funk-footed Voltron like creature formed by the conjunction of Circuit Bent, Sun in Aquarius, The Mollusk, Tom Cosm and Mr Bill. The coterie of Pacific producers first fused almost two years ago resulting in this […]

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QBLA :: Where The Girls Are Green and the Grass Is Pretty (Architects + Heroes)

QBLA is on a powerful mission to invade hip hop and transform its underground trajectory. Southern California’s William Rosario has quite a few tricks in his audio arsenal. Having produced under the Asymmetrical Head moniker for several years by instilling an astute path of exp-electronic distortions, he’s (recently) unleashed the QBLA project which incorporates a […]

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Mojo Rising :: On The Horizon (Cold Busted)

Via an astute ear for electrons fluttering in downtempo streams, On The Horizon reinvigorates vintage synths, bass guitars, funk and good old-school electronics and ignites these frequencies with a certain style that Mojo Rising is recognized for. Los Angeles-based Mojo Rising (aka Joel Semchuck and DJ Mojo to most) returns to enrich our sonic palettes with a […]

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Monica Lionheart :: Escape Strategy (Pacha Massive Remixes) (Nacional)

A nice collection of vocal led electro acoustic tracks by this slightly quirky singer; downtempo meandering swathes of rather pleasant music with a pop sensibility but enough abstraction to retain credibility. New York’s Monica Lionheart recently released her debut solo album Indian Summer on Nacional Records. It’s a nice collection of vocal led electro acoustic tracks […]

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Ewan Hoozami :: Fire In Me EP (Self-Released)

A good hip-hop based release from one of the stalwarts of the Bristol scene, delivering exactly what anyone who knows about him would expect, and if you haven’t heard of Ewan Hoozami, get to know. Ewan Hoozami is a great stage name, we can all agree on that. The man behind the moniker is Adam […]

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V/A :: Frag’mnts (Enig’matik)

Taking yet another step forward into a dense patchwork of polished electronics and visual stimuli, Frag’mnts captures the essence of the imprint as it slices through genre confines and allows the expansion of sound to propagate even further into universal bass music. [Release page] Enig’matik may seemingly be all over the low-rumbling frequency spectrum of […]

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V/A :: Painting Pictures On Silence V2 (Enig’matik)

Marrying future worlds with extraterrestrial appeal, each snippet of sound forges through a tunnel of complexities and in the end what’s left is a sense of calm among the apparent influx of electronic data crunching. [Release page] It can be challenging to consume and digest such a variety and selection of glitch-infused music—especially when it […]

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Bob Chance & Suns of Arqa :: Double review (Emotional Rescue & Emotional Response)

This is but a small sample of a fledgling label. Bob Chance rings with intensity and grit, a precursor of a sound that would be taken up by EBM and New Beat. Suns of Arqa comes from a different tradition, that of disco, dub and spiraling sounds. Despite the grim economic forecasts there are some […]

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aMadoo :: Matsunoo Grand Shrine – Roumon LIVE (Somehow)

Playing at an eighth-century Shinto shrine in Kyoto, the musicians, led by Yuuji Hiromoto, first eye each other inquisitively, violin, muted trumpet, electronics, tabla, as kids with restless legs run up and down a path through the audience. A genuinely startling performance which grows from ambient meditation into electrifying jazz-funk. Playing at an eighth-century Shinto […]

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Velapene Screen :: What if they can’t trust you? (The Centrifuge)

The syncopated percussive breaks, acidic tones, busted rhythms, tweaked synth-distortions and overall flare for oblique maneuvers further exemplifies Velapene Screen’s honed skill-set. [Release page] Velapene Screen (aka Chris Ghiraldi) has been in creative mode for the past decade (plus or minus a few years). Having developed a glitch-laden propulsion with labels like Frozen Empire Media […]

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Kappah :: Tribal Dances (Bedroom Research)

The album is a sampling wonkfest of jerky beats, odd sounds, meaty synths and solid bass. There are influences from all over the place, Indian style scales and instrumentation sit quite happily alongside African inspired-rhythms and vocal samples. Tribal Dances by Kappah is a wonderfully wonky collection of beats from Italian producer Christian Kappah Pevere. […]

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