Maribou State – Feel Good (feat. Khruangbin)

The duo from Maribou State is back with a new single entitled ‘Feel Good’ from the forthcoming album Kingdoms In Colour. Here’s an excerpt from the track’s review from Pop Bollocks: There’s a sense of darkness that shimmers around the edges of melodic phrases. “Feel Good” arrives more as a note from a well-wisher, addressing […]

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Tyler, the Creator ‘A throwaway song’ on “Okra”

A few weeks late to this but… Just ran across the new [easyazon_link identifier=”B073KPT9P6″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Tyler, the Creator[/easyazon_link] track in Benji B’s radio show. Apparently, the new tune “OKRA” is a ‘throwaway song’ per the video’s YouTube page. Yet, it’s one of the best tracks I’ve heard this year. And the music video is equally delicious […]

MF DOOM x Madlib: Speaking through music

Happy 14th Birthday to 'Madvilliany' DOOM letting us know how it's done:1. Have @Madlib in the bomb shelter.2. Stop to burn one. 3. Knock it out. pic.twitter.com/IrhuEHNCIc — Ninja Tune (@ninjatune) March 23, 2018 MF DOOM recaps his experience with producer Madlib when they recorded the epic [easyazon_link identifier=”B0788FT3QV” locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Madvillainy[/easyazon_link] album 14 years ago. […]

My favorite tracks from 2017

“The music you travel with helps you to create your own internal weather.” — Teju Cole Never to be missed, below are my favorite tunes from 2017. Apologies for the delay. Best of 2017 🎶 Track Listing 1. Mount Kimbie — Blue Train Lines featuring King Krule 2. Portico Quartet — A Luminous Beam Art in […]

Christoph de Babalon – Could We Be?

The greatest DJ of all time John Peel played his music before ‘breakcore’ existed as a recognized genre. Thom Yorke of Radiohead once called his music ‘menacing.’ He opened for Radiohead in 2001. Christoph de Babalon AKA Jan-Christoph Wolter is an electronic music producer from Hamburg, Germany. His discography is exhaustive, but he hasn’t always […]

Shugo Tokumaru – Bricolage Music

    Shugo Tokumaru is a Japanese singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He’s basically a one-man show. But you don’t need to understand his native Japanese to dig his euphoric melodies, such as the jubilant track ‘Bricolage Music’ which pops and claps in a fidgety rhythm before breaking open to a balearic jam at the two-minute […]

Buddy – Guillotine

Compton-based rapper Buddy is back with some beats and rhymes on the 5-track EP entitled Ocean & Montana, a collaboration with Canadian producer Kaytranada. Buddy originally signed to Pharrell Williams’ I Am Other label where he released the Idle Time album in 2014 along with his single ‘Awesome Awesome.’ But the label relationship fizzled out. The partnership with Kaytranada is […]

Slowthai – Wiseman

Slowthai is a rapper/producer from Northampton, England. His latest solo release slowitdown packs a serious punch of grime beats and lyrical jabs, most notably on the track ‘Wiseman’ which originally premiered on Boiler Room and played more recently on the Gilles Peterson show. Keep an eye on this emerging talent. “no space no caps” CR001 launch running […]

Hector Plimmer – Let’s Stay

Hector Plimmer is an electronic producer from South London. His latest record, Sunshine, is an exploration of trippy synths and jazz drums. “It represents (in no particular order) my musical journey over the past 4 or so years, some of which may never have seen the light of day,” says the musician. The opening track ‘Let’s […]

Oumou Sangaré – Yere Faga (Natureboy Flako Remix)

Flako is Dario Rojo Guerra, a Berlin-based producer known for his helter-skelter beats. I first discovered him in 2010 with his jaw-dropping Pharcyde sample on the track ‘Love.’ He’s since expanded his sound beyond hip-hop to include more live instruments and global soundscapes, paying tribute to his German-Chilean heritage. Now releasing music under his rebranded name […]

Thrupence – Forest On The Sun / Rinse Repeat

Thrupence is Jack Vanzet, a multidisciplinary artist from Melbourne, Australia. In addition to graphic design and illustration expertise — his Instagram account is dope — he makes electronic beats. After a long series of original mixtapes, he’s crafted a debut album called Ideas of Aesthetics.  The nine-track album represents a collection of songs he’s produced over […]

STUFF – Strata

STUFF is a five piece instrumental band from Antwerp, Belgium. ‘Strata’ is the first track from the band’s second album old dreams new planets due out April 28th. The song vacillates from broken jazz before weaving into a funky, electronic jungle. Says the quintet’s SoundCloud page, “it makes you doubt whether you’re at a rave […]

Eric Lau – Re-Lax

Eric Lau is a London beat maker known for his work with an array of hip hop artists like Oddisse, Lupe Fiasco, and Guilty Simpson. His newest solo record Examples is a collection of bouncy head-nodding instrumentals. There a bunch of favorites on this one, starting with ‘Re-Lax’ above and more gems below. Blast off into […]

Brother Ah – The Sea

Jazz visionary and French horn player Brother Ah aka Robert Northern presents the release of three unheard albums courtesy of Manufactured Recordings. Today, he runs a hit radio jazz show on WPFW (89.3 FM) in Washington D.C. while teaching his philosophy of “sound awareness” to anyone from the East Coast elites to 5-year-olds who enligthen him […]

Yally – Dread Risk

Yally is a collaboration between London-based Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead, known more commonly as the electronic duo Raime. The band describes their Yally alias as an exploration of “Bass Futures” yet it sounds more like a nod to the Prodigy-esque jungle and garage vibe from early 90s London. ‘Dread Risk‘ is an absolute heater. […]