SPECIAL REQUEST – SOUL MUSIC
I was singing the praises of Paul Woolford’s pirate-radio influenced debut album as Special Request on these very pages a week ago and now the whole thing has been made available via Pitchfork. The vinyl’s out now, CD and digital will be available Oct 21. And very sick it is too. I won’t say much more other than go listen.
OMAR SOULEYMAN – WENU WENU
The inimitable Omar Souleyman has long been a favourite of proper muso’s and critics alike and this album sees him embracing this underground love by getting Four Tet on the boards, a collaboration which threatened a soundclash of electronics with more traditional elements. If you’re worried that the addition of an ostensibly electronic producer might somewhat spoil the authenticity and vibrancy of Omar’s work though, worry not. Hebden remains honest to the artist and the urgency and joy of the work remain – his influence more subtle than you might imagine. Tremendous stuff.
The album is released on Oct 22 and can be streamed in all it’s glory over here
KNXWLEDGE – KAULIFLOWR
A man with a serious disregard for the basics of the English language, Knxwledge nevertheless gets away with it thanks to producing some of the finest digital beats this side of FlyLo. Drenched in L.A cool, these beats just grab you by the neck and force it to snap along. 18 decadent machinations which are all over a bit to soon but, in true Dilla Donuts style, just leave you wanting more. How can you not love that cover too?
THE RANGE – NON FICTION
Released Oct 14 on Donkey Pitch, Non Fiction by Rhode Islander The Range is full of luscious soundscapes, pitched up vocals and addictive loops, coming off like a more beats-focussed Caribou. Tracks like ‘Telescope’ and ‘Hamiltonian’ wear their DnB influence on their sleeves while ‘Everything But’ is positively Four Tet-ian in its jazzy, flowering scope.
FOUR TET – BEAUTIFUL REWIND
Kieran Hebden really can do no wrong in my eyes. At this point he could probably molest an otter and the resulting noise would be better than 75% of the dreck currently being chundered into our ear tunnels right now. Beautiful Rewind is his latest album and it’s a stunning blend of Four Tet, old and new. The nods to the dancefloor are there on tracks like ‘Aerial’ and the devastating ‘Crush’ while the gentle electronic meanderings of ‘Ba Teaches Yoga’ is pure blissed out Cafe Del Mar fare. In summary: YEAH!
Well this is all kinds of awesome. We’ve already heard the first 11 minutes but the Other People website is streaming the much-anticipated Darkside album (Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington,) in its entirety. RIGHT NOW. Frankly, from what I’ve heard so far, it’s fucking great – the smooth and sultry funk we’ve come to expect from Jaar coupled with the bluesy bent of Harrington’s vocals. Proper Monday morning treat this. Subscribe the Other People website and you can download too.