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Makaya McCraven shares new track “Beat Science” from soundtrack to forthcoming documentary

3 semaines ago

The new album Universal Beings E&F Sides presents fourteen new pieces set to accompany new documentary Universal Beings

Chicago-based drummer has released the second single from his new album Universal Beings E&F Sides. Called “Beat Science” it was recorded at H010 in Ridgewood, Queens, New York and features Brandee Younger on harp, Joel Ross on vibraphone and Dezron Douglas on double bass.

Following his reimagined Gil Scott-Heron album We're New Again, released earlier this year on XL Recordings, the new album acts as an addendum to his 2018 release Universal Beings and was composed as the soundtrack to the forthcoming documentary of the same name.

The documentary itself was directed by Mark Pallman and follows McCraven to Los Angeles, Chicago, London and New York City, focusing on his life and the community of musicians that surround it.

The Universal Beings documentary and Universal Beings E&F Sides album will be released on 31 July 31st on International Anthem.

Listen to “Beat Science”

Universal Beings E&F Sides by Makaya McCraven

Watch an excerpt from the documentary.

Band of many voices: Alligator Gozaimasu release first episode in 2020 series

3 semaines 1 jour ago

Featuring Miboujin, Cup & Saucers, Aoi Swimming and more, their lockdown album is out on 24 July

The 60-strong sound collective Alligator Gozaimasu have announced a new release called Solange Bunte Balken Durchlaufen. Translating as As Long As Render Bars Go Colourful, the title’s a nod to the process of rendering audio or video. Alligator Gozaimasu was founded in 2014 when Stephanie Müller of Beisspony and Kimya Dawson worked with Cup & Saucers, Takeshi Hattori, Miboujin, Otaco, Aoi Swimming and Shimettainu during a residency in Sapporo, Japan. The global pandemic and subsequent lockdowns spurred this continuing collaboration, now featuring a much expanded collective taking in artists and musicians from Austria, Germany, Finland, Italy, Japan, Senegal, Spain, Turkey, UK and the US. Their scattered members shared sonic fragments, voices and noises online, culminating in the first episode, Solange Bunte Balken Durchlaufen: “An album that is open for all the different circumstances and needs of such a large band, an album that celebrates mood swings and listens closely to the different tempi in these days.”

Alligator Gozaimasu will release this first episode on 24 July, with future episodes to follow on a monthly basis until December 2020. All money raised will be donated to the Sea Watch eV, a nonprofit organisation that conducts civil search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

EPISODE #1 Solange Bunte Balken Durchlaufen by ALLIGATOR GOZAIMASU

Richard Skelton shares track from new LP

3 semaines 3 jours ago

These Charms May Be Sung Over A Wound is released by Phantom Limb on 25 September

Richard Skelton has teamed up with Phantom Limb for his forthcoming album These Charms May Be Sung Over A Wound. Skelton has released over 50 albums since 2004, but this is his first vinyl LP in over a decade. Marking another first, These Charms sees Skelton abandon his signature acoustic instrumentation to map out a new sound from sine tones, distortion and bass. Yet the music was still composed in “rural isolation” and “intricately and indelibly bound to its local geography; in this case, the low, broad valleys of the Scottish Borders”. The album and track titles come from 19th century translations of Anglo-Saxon medicinal remedies.

Listen to “For The Application Of Fire”. Pre-order on Bandcamp.

These Charms May Be Sung Over A Wound by Richard Skelton

Jeff Mills, Eddie Fowlkes and Jessica Care Moore go public as The Beneficiaries

3 semaines 3 jours ago

The Crystal City Is Alive is released on 24 July by Axis Records

Detroit techno pioneers Jeff Mills and Eddie Fowlkes have joined forces with poet Jessica Care Moore in a new trio called The Beneficiaries. Their debut record The Crystal City Is Alive is produced by Mills and Fowlkes and features sleeve art by Sabrina Nelson, another Detroit native, marking a coming together of various sectors in the city's artistic community. As John-Paul Shiver writes in his review in The Wire 438, Greg Tate’s sleevenotes describe the trio as “beneficiaries of Black Detroit’s multidimensional legacies of selfsufficiency and sonic futurism”.

“The D,” John-Paul continues, “has been the crucible for the creation of many boundary pushing genres over the years, largely due to the work and innovation of black musicians in the city.”

He adds: “These chefs waste no time and get right to burning.”

Head over to Jeff Mill's Facebook page to hear a teaser, and read John-Paul Shiver's review in full via Exact Editions. The Crystal City Is Alive is released on 24 July by Axis.

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