Tracey Thorn, the singer-songwriter best known for her seminal role in Everything But the Girl, will see her latest album released this May. For Love and Its Opposite, Thorn has once again teamed up with producer Ewan Pearson to meditate on love's joys and pitfalls. Read more »
Known as one of the founding members of the Shinkoyo music collective as well as a resident at Brooklyn's Paris London West Nile performance space, Zeljko McMullen (pronounced 'zhel-ko') has recently been returning to the dance forms of his youth. But rather than producing dark, hard techno tracks that hurry along at ungodly speeds, McMullen's Wish project has a brighter feeling. "trippelette," for example, is a shimmering number featuring warm bass tones, astoundingly multi-layered synth polyrhythms, and watery, high-frequency tinklings. Like a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, the piece is bound to make it onto stereo systems as warmer weather approaches. For more information as well as other tracks from the Wish project and Shinkoyo, check out his artist page.
Milwaukee's Kings Go Forth are undoubtedly the contemporary band most deserving of a Tom Moulton mix: the group's powerful soul sound, led by three lead vocalists, recalls the heady days when soul and the new disco sound were often indistinguishable from each other. Tom Moulton stretches "Don't Take My Shadow" in all of the right spots, letting its Philly International stylings breathe—the strings alone are intoxicating in their repetitions. The piece is taken from the group's upcoming record on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, titled The Outsiders Are Back.
Late last year, New York photographer and filmmaker Olivia Wyatt traveled to Ethiopia to document the music of 13 different tribes for an upcoming film planned for distribution by Sublime Frequencies. Along with tons of videotape, Wyatt also took along a Polaroid camera. What follows are some of the many experiences she captured on instant film. Read more »
Croatia's foremost funky future-jazz duo, Eddy Meets Yannah is set to release another offering of soulful, house-tinged dance tunes for its third album, entitled Fiction Jar. The long-standing outfit, which consists of Eddy Ramich on the production duties and Yannah Valdevit handling both the songwriting and vocal side of things, will release the new album via Compost on March 26, with a handful of live dates to follow. Read more »
San Francisco's B. Bravo has been keeping busy lately with the recent unveiling of his Computa Love EP for Frite Nite, not to mention his recent acceptance, along with the likes of Appleblim, Clark, Hudson Mohawke, Daedelus, Oneman, and Untold, into the Red Bull Music Academy 2010 in London. Here, he pilfers the hook, along with a few other elements, from '90s R&B jam "Swing My Way" by K.P. & Envyi for his bootleg remix of the same name. Bravo's production slows the tempo down a bit, introduces plenty of swirling synths, and gives the vocals a heavy dose of spacey reverb—transforming the one hit wonder into a future-boogie anthem.
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