New Album: Get Well Soon – Love (2016/01/29)

:: Save the date!

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Get Well Soon - Love

Artist: Get Well Soon
Title of Album: Love
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Label: Caroline

1 It’s a Tender Maze
2 It’s a Catalogue
3 Eulogy
4 It’s an Airlift
5 It’s Love
6 Marienbad
7 33
8 Young Count Falls for Nurse
9 I’m Painting Money
10 It’s a Mess
11 It’s a Fog

Upcoming Tour Dates 2016:
Mar 01 // Bremen // Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
Mar 02 // Berlin // Huxley ́s
Mar 03 // Köln // Gloria
Mar 04 // Hamburg // Gruenspan
Mar 05 // Leipzig // Täubchenthal
Mar 06 // Heidelberg // Halle02
Mar 08 // Stuttgart // Im Wizemann (Halle)

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More ‘Get Well Soon’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Sep 29 – 3 New EP’s: The Lufthansa Heist, Henry & Greatest Hits
2013, Sep 03 – New Album: The Scarlet Beast O’Seven Heads


New Single: Bibio – Petals

:: Here’s a new track. New album coming in spring 2016!


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Artist: Bibio
Title of Single: Petals
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Label: Warp Records

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More ‘Bibio’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Jan 28 – New EP: The Green [Full EP Stream] / New Music Video ‘Dye The Water Green’
2013, May 12 − Dye the Water Green / New Album ‘Silver Wilkinson’ (2013/05/14)


Listen: Daudi Matsiko – Sandwiches / New EP ‘The Lingering Effects of Disconnection’ (2015/11/27)

:: I’m so grateful for finding Daudi Matsiko work!


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Artist: Daudi Matsiko
Title of EP: The Lingering Effects of Disconnection
Release Date: November 27, 2015


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Nov 17 // The Waterfront // Norwich *
Nov 18 // O2 // Sheffield *
Nov 19 // Manchester Academy *
Nov 25 // ICA // London *
Nov 26 // ICA // London *
Dec 3 // Jam Cafe // Nottingham
* Supporting Portico

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More ‘Daudi Matsiko’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Jan 02 – Listen: A Brief Introduction To Failure [Full Album Stream]


New Album: Ost & Kjex – Freedom Wig (2015/11/13) / Track ‘Mosambique Travelplan’

:: Nice.

The end of October will see Norwegian duo Ost & Kjex release their third album called “Freedom Wig” on Diynamic. It is being accompanied by an international album release tour, which will bring their unique sound to a club near you. The duo will head out on the search for the best clubs and crowds and stop at world renowned venues such as Watergate (Berlin, DE), Indigo (Istanbul), Harry Klein (Munich, DE) and Culture Box (Copenhagen, DK), amongst many others.

5 years have passed since Ost & Kjex have released their last longplayer “Cajun Lunch”, and after lots of touring, working on their signature sound and making babies, it is time for a follow up. “Freedom Wig” is their latest instalment, a dark but warm 10-track fairy-tale. It resembles their sincere and adventurous perspective on the love of life in all its variations.

Inspired by Detroit Techno, 80’s Synth Pop, 90’s New York Garage, Southern Disco, New Wave or the early sounds of Panorama Bar with its no-peak-aesthetic a new creation is blazing a trail. Nevertheless “Freedom Wig” manages to hold the balance between Underground and Pop music; its catchy hook lines, unique vocals, but also sophisticated beat structures create a unique blend of the upbeat Electronica sound that we know to be Ost & Kjex. And not to forget, in a scene where a lot of artists are ever so serious, it is very refreshing to see the guys with a wink and a smile in their face, much to the appreciation of their long time followers.

The purest way to enjoy your dose of Ost & Kjex is during their mesmerizing live shows. The combination of their unique characters, the powerful live vocals and the signature Ost & Kjex sound make a mix so memorable, they just stick.

Why “Freedom Wig”, you ask? It can mean a lot of things. It could be a name for the room you escape into when you listen to music. It can be a metaphor for the sometimes false freedom we feel when we live our quite predictable and structured lives. Or it can simply be a party hat you put on.

And freedom is exactly what Ost & Kjex convey with this album. Being able to walk where ever you want to walk, say whatever it is you want to say and be whoever you are. Laugh when you feel like it. To be able experience life on your own terms. “Freedom Wig” is their invitation to you. [Press release by Diynamic Music]

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Ost & Kjex

Artist: Ost & Kjex
Title of Album: Freedom Wig
Release Date: November 13, 2015
Label: Diynamic Music

01. Honky Tonk
02. Le Mur De Pierre (feat. Anne Lise Frøkedal)
03. Für Gurrik
04. ChaChaCha (feat. Jaw)
05. Down River (feat. Hanne Kolstø)
06. Hush Hush
07. Queen Of Europe (feat. Anne Lise Frøkedal)
08. The Baker’s Daughter
09. Heart Of Gold
10. Easy (feat. Jens Carelius)


Upcoming Tour Dates:
28 // Harry Klein // Munich, Germany
Dec 04 // On & Off Club // Beirut, Lebanon
Dec 05 // Eden Beach Club // Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dec 11 // Opium // Club Vilnius, Latvia
Dec 18 // X-Mas Concert (tba.) // Oslo, Norway
Dec 19 //Hive // Zurich, Switzerland

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New Album: Roots Manuva – Bleeds / Track ‘Facety 2:11’ (prod. Four Tet)

:: Happy sunday.


Not only one of Britain’s greatest musical artists, but one of the greatest lyricists full stop, Roots Manuva is back with a dazzling new album, Bleeds. Past collaborations with everyone from Gorillaz to the Maccabees to Leftfield toColdcut to the Cinematic Orchestra, Rodney Smith’s influence can be heard right across the musical landscape. Now, with his sixth studio album, he has made his most concise and focussed record to date, his most emotionally affecting and powerful release since his breakthrough, Run Come Save Me.

Drawing upon production assistance from young British producer, Fred, together with musical heavyweights Four Tet, Adrian Sherwood and Switch’s new production team, With You, the title of the record is, in the man’s own words, an“egocentric jest of daring to do things in the tradition of Jesus: I’m ready to bleed for the artform.” It is, of course, also a reference to the way in which genres, in the sonic world of Roots Manuva, have a tendency to bleed into one another, so that hip hop, reggae, techno, funk, neo-classical, all blend together to create“liquid soul, the blood, the bleeds that paint infinite sacred wonders in our dreams and unfold in our day-to-day.”

One of the true pioneers and originals of British music, any album from Roots Manuva is an event. When it’s as good as Bleeds it’s one of the musical events of the year. Both genre-defying and deeply rooted in what he describes as “the culture of Bass and Verb,” the record innovates and consolidates in equal measure. Rodney Smith describes himself as “a British Black musical Mark Rothko” and Bleeds is another masterpiece from this abstract wordsmith. [Press release Ninja Tune]

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Artist: Roots Manuva
New Album: Bleeds
Release Date: October 30, 2015
Label: Big Dada

01. Hard Bastards
02. Crying
03. Facey 2.11
04. Don’t Breathe Out
05. Cargo
06. Stepping Hard
07. Me Up!
08. One Thing
09. I Know Your Face
10. Fighting For?

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More ‘Roots Manuva’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Apr 25 – New EP: Facety 2:11 (2015/05/01)


New Album: Benny Sings – Studio (2015/11/18) / New Single ‘You And Me’

:: Timeless! Love it.


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Artist: Benny Sings
Title of Album: Studio
Release Date: November 18, 2015
Label: Jakarta Records

1. Straight Lines 03:13
2. My Favorite Game
3. Whose Fault
4. Start (Part 1)
5. Beach House
6. You And Me feat. GoldLink 03:09
7. Don’t Make Me Dance
8. Black And Blue
9. Show Box Money feat. Mayer Hawthorne
10. One Of These Hearts


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More ‘Benny Sings’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Oct 11 – Listen: Straight Lines
2011, Dec 26  – Big Brown Eyes [Official Video]


Listen: Bobby Caldwell & Jack Splash – Game Over ft. Mayer Hawthorne / New Album ‘Cool Uncle’ (2015/11/13)

:: Lovely!!!


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Artist: Bobby Caldwell & Jack Splash
Title of Album: Cool Uncle
Release Date: November 16, 2015
Label: Fresh Young Minds /EMPIRE

1 Intro
2 Game Over (feat. Mayer Hawthorne) 
3 Breaking Up (feat. Deniece Williams & Eric Biddines)
4 Never Knew Love Before
5 Mercy (feat. Cee-Lo Green)
6 Destiny
7 Embrace the Night
8 My Beloved
9 Break Away (feat. Jessie Ware)
10 Miami Nights
11 Lonely
12 The Cat Came Back
13 End of Days
14 A Dream
15 Outro (feat. Jd8)

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