British artist Ahmed Gallab of Sudanese origins knows very well that in the beginning there was rhythm, something to which he applies with great dedication in his double life as Sinkane, a vibrant project of electronic music mixed with delectable funk, jazz, krautrock and Sudanese pop that caught the attention of DFA, the influential New York label captained by James Murphy that released his latest two records. Conceived as a true dialogue between cultures and traditions and with a sound that is furiously contemporary, “Life & Livin’ It”, is their new album.
The break that he took to embark on the project Invisible Foxx has come to an end and a more evocative Jeremy Jay with his ongoing fascination for cinema is now back. About to release a new album, the first in four years, that will mark his debut on El Segell, the American artist goes back to his passion for sythnpop and atmospheres of the 50s to continue a career which started in 2008 with “A Place Where We Could Go” and went on to make Jay a sort of retrofuturistic crooner with records like “Slow Dance” and “Dream Day”.
After a seven year-hiatus and after reforming the band, Deep Dream is the first single from the upcoming Lali Puna album “Two Windows” to be released in September 2017 on Morr Music.
On the new recordings the band opted for a more dancefloor-friendly sound while not neglecting the pop sentiments rooted in Lali Puna’s sound. Taking its cues from a brand of music spearheaded by the likes of Caribou, Ada or even Mount Kimbie, Two Windows sounds lush and focused, balancing the emotional qualities of Trebeljahr’s songwriting with energetic rhythms.
Still in their early 20s, The Orwells have already released two albums and toured with Arctic Monkeys. Their third album, Terrible Human Beings, feels like it should be the next precocious step in an upward progression for the Chicago area garage rockers; instead, it’s a competent but unspectacular offering that’s more likely to reinforce the band’s place as indie rock also-rans than take them to the next level. Today in concert at Sidecar.
Little Cub’s debut album, ‘Still Life’, released in April showcased a band ready to take on the world via the medium of banging electro tunes. Little Cub, the South London trio of Dominic Gore, Duncan Tootill and Adrian Acolatse are ready to set off.
Lurking somewhere between HEALTH-style noise-rock and Charli XCX’s bratty bubblegum-pop, Plaitum‘s sound is immensely energetic. Friends since age 11, the now 20-year-old Abi Dersiley and Matt Canham have forged a creative partnership that seems to thrive on chaos, with jarring synths, slick pop motifs, and trap beats.
The duo seem to revel in evolving from one track to the next, continually twisting their sound inside out. Plaitum, recently debuted their self-made video for ‘Yearning’, the second track off their debut album,Constraint. The album will be released on CD, digital and vinyl formats April 7th.
The prolific MC, producer and musician Oddisee’s new album ‘The Iceberg’ is a plea for humanity to dig deeper in search of understanding and common ground. His third release in just 12 months, ‘The Iceberg’ is a distillation of stereotypical tropes in hip-hop and beyond, 12 tracks about money, sex, politics, race and religion that appear superficial until his multi-dimensional lyrics unfurl to expose the complexities of individuality and identity: how we see ourselves and how others see us. Deeply soulful, and shot through with jazz, Go-go, gospel, thick r&b and hard beats, the album is a timely, poetic statement. Tonight in concert at La2 d’Apolo.