Friday, October 13, 2017

Poirier - "Sowia ft. Samito"

Wow. This is departure from past work by Montreal producer Poirier. Maybe that accounts for the jump from Ninja Tune to Wonderwheel (the latter home to recent RR post subject Alsarah & the Nubatones).

There's only the one track from the forthcoming Be Alright EP (due out next Friday) so maybe the rest of the short player is less like this Afro-Electro slice, but I have my doubts.

Interesting new sound, dynamic direction for this artist.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos - "What A Shame"

Apparently Friday is Colemine Records Day. Last week I shared The Flying Stars of Brooklyn NY a-side and now here's another hot 45 for you from Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos.


Friday, September 29, 2017

The Flying Stars of Brooklyn NY - "My God Has A Telephone"

In the world of drummers stepping out from behind the kit to take the mic, it seldom works out, but when it does, boy does it ever.

Aaron Frazer, timekeeper for Durand Jones & The Indications, hinted at his vocal chops on "Is It Any Wonder" from last year's Durand Jones & The Indications LP. With his new project The Flying Stars of Brooklyn NY, Frazer just dropped a gospel gem that's coming out as a 45 on Colemine Records.

(The Ohio soul label is also set to release the third record from Ikebe Shakedown, who were previously on RR fave Ubiquity Records).

Even before I heard Frazer's falsetto on "My God Has A Telephone," I knew I was going to love this cut. The ascending / descending bass guitar line that is tagged with a glockenspiel chime before the beat kicks in is the subtle promise that this sh*t is going to BURN.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wild Beasts - "Punk Drunk And Trembling"

Bummer news this morning. Looooooooooooonng time RR faves, Wild Beasts have announced they're calling it a day. But on the way out they dropped this new cut. I feel like the crying bald guy in the video after hearing they'll be recording no longer.

"What's done is done."

Maybe this will be like when LCD Soundsystem called it quits.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ross McHenry - "The Outsiders Part 3"


Opened up my email to discover an update from Bandcamp that Ross McHenry is set to follow-up Child of Somebody with The Outsiders, due out November 10 on First Word Records.

Only the one track streaming so far, but it's another sweet slice of jazz from the Australian multi-instrumentalist. I'm definitely keen to hear it in the context of the three part suite in the middle of the record. Love the way this one builds.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Alsarah & The Nubatones - "3yan T3ban (Oddisee remix)"

I've already written about Alsarah and the Nubatones and Oddissee individually before, so it shouldn't be a surprise that a collab between the two via an Oddisee remix of a cut from Manara would end up here. The duo have already collaborated previously and are linked by Sudanese heritage so it's a comfortable relationship and Oddisee honours the source material. Can't wait to hear the rest of the remixes on the record, though it's nearly a whole month away.

You can pre-order the album now and it's out September 22nd on Wonderwheel Recordings (which also released recent killer EPs from El Búho).

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sagamore - "Pearl of the Sky"

It pays to amble around the pages of Bandcamp and click on things with interesting album art. Granted, it's a bit of "judging a book by its cover" but it can certainly lead you to check out something from an act you'd never heard of before. I didn't know a thing about Sagamore (who turn out to be from Melbourne much like a lot of other artists I've enjoyed of late) before seeing their cubist cover art and checking out "Pearl of the Sky."

Ringing guitar lines set the table for a dream-pop song, but then the percussion goes all Afro-beat, in service of slackadaisacal vocals. Maybe this is Australia's answer to Vampire Weekend.