Mo Kolours Teases EP

February 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

We highlighted drummer-singer Mo Kolours’ first EP in our New Track Reviews last year, now comes the second in his EP trilogy: Banana Wine.

The UK beatsmith and Paul White affiliate’s next EP promises to be more South London-inspired than his Sega-heavy Drum Talking. EP2: Banana Wine drops March 19th, again via One-Handed Music. Till then, savor the smoky title track up top.


White Hills Debut Video for “Pads of Light”

February 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

White Hills – Pads of Light from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Stoners, take note:

White Hills will soon return with their second album in the year-and-a-half or so. Frying On This Rock (Thrill Jockey) is the pile-driving successor to last year’s H-p1, and “Pads of Light,” above, is the kickoff track. It launches the album, due March 20th, into the stratosphere, where these Brooklyn psych-fiends spread their wings (and flash their talons) over five tracks—two of which are longer than ten minutes.

There’s also fluorescent pink or white vinyl available for preorder (the pink-white combo already sold out, naturally), if you’re into that kind of thing.

Vijay Iyer Trio To Release “Accelerando”

February 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

(photo, © by: ACT / Jimmy Katz)

On March 13th jazz pianist Vijay Iyer will release Accelerando (ACT Music), a *spoiler alert* stunning record for which Iyer reconvened bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore. The LP will be the trio’s first release since the highly praised Historicity, from 2009, and feature re-works of a mixed bag of ivory ticklers—Duke Ellington, Herbie Nichols, and, yes, Flying Lotus.

The Surreal Symphony of Other Lives

February 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

(photo credit: Josh Sarner)

Midway through its set at Bowery Ballroom Friday night the band Other Lives struck the opening bars of “For 12,” a standout from its second album, Tamer Animals (TBD Records.) They began in a soft charge: chords stretched for all their elastic worth, underneath a gentle, galloping pulse. “I was in the dark age, searching for the ones in my mind,” sang bandleader Jesse Tabish, his voice cutting a straight line through it all. “I’m so far away.”

Like most of the other songs from the record, which the Stillwater Okl., band self-produced and released last year, it sounded « Read the rest of this entry »

Quakers Unveil Album, Existence

February 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hip-hop gem harvesters Stones Throw—who brought us The Stepkids—have introduced a new name to the roster: Quakers.

As in earth-quakers; not peace-mongers, or oatmeal.

Quakers is a 35 person collective rooted to a triumvirate of producers, including Geoff Barrow, though he’s opting for his Fuzzface alias here, plus Portishead engineer 7-Stu-7. They link up with Australian producer Katalyst—whose Deep Impressions was one of 2011’s overlooked LPs—and personally invited dozens of top-notch collaborators. Some of the names to make that list: Aloe Blacc and old school heroes Prince Po, Booty Brown and Dead Prez, with Stones Throw newcomers to boot.

Fitta Happier” is the first cut to be posted, and has Guilty Simpson and MED spitting over a tinny, pep-band redux of Radiohead’s “Optimistic” and “The National Anthem.” Look for this monster, 41-track album next month. The self-titled LP drops March 27th.

Nite Jewel To Release “One Second of Love”

February 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Los Angeles electro-R&B outfit Nite Jewel will release its second album, One Second of Love, next month, on March 6th. Like the Swedish foursome Little Dragon, who’ve served as touring mates in years past, Nite Jewel sets R&B atmosphere against a reliable, dance-oriented backbone. More spacious and frosty than the bulk of the group’s 2008 debut, “In The Dark” showcases some new tricks, which it would appear Nite Jewel gleaned from Little Dragon—but especially from another friend from the road: James Blake.

PS I Love You Dropping Second Album This Summer

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Ferocious garage rockers PS I Love You have announced their next LP, entitled Death Dreams (cover art, above). Like the Canadian duo’s 2010 bruiser Meet Me At The Muster Station, the follow-up will also be out on Paper Bag Records—but not until May 8th.

If you’re curious about the title, this new LP is reportedly inspired by a chain of dreams singer-shredder Paul Saulnier experienced during extensive touring.

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