New Album: Ghostpoet – Dark Days & Canapés / New Track ‘Trouble + Me’

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Artist: Ghostpoet
Title of Album: Dark Days & Canapés
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Label: Play It Again Sam

Tracklist:
01. One More Sip
02. Many Moods at Midnight
03. Trouble + Me
04. (We’re) Dominoes
05. Freakshow
06. Dopamine If I Do
07. Live>Leave
08. Karoshi
09. Blind As A Bat…
10. Immigrant Boogie
11. Woe Is Meee
12. End Times

Follow ‘Ghostpoet’ on:
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More ‘Ghostpoet’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Jan 12 – New Album: Shedding Skin (2014/03/02) / First Single ‘Off Peak Dreams’
2013, Feb 16 – New Album: Some Say I So I Say Light (2013/05/06) / New Song ‘MSI MUSMID’ [Free Download]
2011, Dec 18 – Ghostpoet & The D.O.T. – Trouble [Official Video]
2011, Sep 11 – Liiines
2011, Aug 14 – Cash and Carry Me Home

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Listen: Hiatus Kaiyote – Laputa (Taylor McFerrin Remix feat. Anderson .Paak)

:: Amazing vibes!


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Artist: Hiatus Kaiyote
Title of Album: Laputa (Taylor McFerrin Remix feat. Anderson .Paak)
Release Date: April 15, 2016
Label: Masterworks

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More ‘Hiatus Kaiyote’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Mar 31 – New Album: Choose Your Weapon (2015/03/31) / Track ‘By Fire
2015, Nov 25 – New EP: By Fire (2014/12/025) [Full Album Stream]
2013, May 15 – New Track: Nia Andrews – Colours (Hiatus Kaiyote Remix) [Free Download]
2012, Aug 25 – Nakamarra / New Album ‘Tawk Tomahawk’ [Full Album Stream]

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New Album: UNKLE – The Road: Part 1 (2017/08/18) / New Track ‘The Road (feat. ESKA)’

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James Lavelle says:

“UNKLE has always been a multi-sensory creative project, ranging from genre-defining music to cutting-edge visual art. It therefore feels incredibly fitting to celebrate UNKLE’s past, present and future in Soho, where it all began, with an immersive show at the much-loved Lazarides. The exhibition is a collaboration between a number of very talented artists, presenting everything from paintings, videos, artefacts and film screenings; this is the definitive UNKLE experience. I look forward to welcoming visitors to daydream with us.”

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Artist: UNKLE
Title of Album: The Road
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Label: Songs For The Def (Alive)

Track Listing:
01. Iter I: Have You Looked At Yourself
02. Farewell (feat. YSÉE, ESKA, Elliott Power, Keaton Henson, Liela Moss, Mïnk, Dhani Harrison, and Steven Young)
03. Looking For the Rain (feat. Mark Lanegan and ESKA)
04. Cowboys Or Indians’ (feat. Elliott Power, Mïnk, and YSÉE)
05. Iter II: How Do You Feel
06. Nowhere to Run/Bandits
07. Iter III: Keep On Runnin
08. Stole Enough (feat. Mïnk)
09. Arms Length (feat. Elliott Power, Mïnk and Callum Finn)
10. Iter IV: We Are Stardust
11. Sonata (feat. Keaton Henson)
12. The Road (feat. ESKA)
13. Iter V: Friend Or Foe
14. Sunrise (Always Come Around) (feat. Liela Moss)
15. Sick Lullaby (feat. Keaton Henson)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Jul 20 // Colours of Ostrava // Prague, Czechia
Jul 23 // Stereoleto // Saint Petersburg, Russia
Jul 29 // Galapagai Festival
Aug 03 // Selfridges Music Matters

Follow ‘UNKLE’ on:
Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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Debut Album: Nick Hakim – Green Twins (2017/05/19) / New Track ‘Bet She Looks Like You ‘

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Nick Hakim will release his debut full-length album Green Twins via ATO Records on May 19, and the release will be preceded by a North American & European tour. The anticipated album follows his breakthrough Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II EPs that were self-released on his Earseed Records and praised by the New York Times, NPR Music and more. Green Twins is an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences in the years since. Intimate first single, “Bet She Looks Like You,” was recorded mostly in the New York-based singer-songwriter’s home bedroom, and was one of the first songs that saw Hakim embrace his new experimental way of songwriting and recording.

Each track on the album peels back a particular aspect of his life. He notes that, “a lot of it is what I was thinking in the moment, very specific songs… many of them are like self-portraits.“ He says of Green Twins, “I also felt the need to push my creativity in a different way than I had on the EPs.” The record draws from influences spanning Robert Wyatt, Marvin Gaye and Shuggie Otis to My Bloody Valentine. “We wanted to imagine what it would have sounded like if RZA had produced a Portishead album. We experimented with engineering techniques from Phil Spector and Al Green’s Back Up Train, drum programming from RZA and Outkast, and were listening to a lot of The Impressions, John Lennon, Wu-Tang, Madlib, and Screaming Jay Hawkins.”

The story of Green Twins truly began when, armed with the masters for his EPs, Hakim moved from Boston to Brooklyn, spending his time fleshing out unfinished ideas in his bedroom. He came up with lyrics on the spot, recording sketches and lyrics on voice memos and a four-track cassette recorder. From there, Green Twins came about as a sum of its parts: Hakim took the demo recordings to studios in New York City, Philadelphia and London, and built on them with engineers including Andrew Sarlo (bass, engineering, production), keeping the original essence of the songs intact. Sarlo notes that, “for other artists, a demo serves as a potential shape the song could form into. But for Nick, demos are more like creating a temple: a sanctuary that now we have to go into and somehow clean, furnish, and get ready for other people to experience the sermon in.”

Hakim’s debut comes as the culmination of years chiseling his skills as a musician. Hailing from Washington, D.C., he grew up in a musical household—his older brother introduced him to bands like Bad Brains and Nirvana, and his parents exposed him to Nueva canción—while he set out on his own to discover the DC music scene. He didn’t take an interest in learning an instrument until high school, when he taught himself to play the keys. After graduation, he moved to Boston to continue his study of music. In the time since moving to Brooklyn and setting to work for three years on Green Twins, he embraced the live circuit, both as a solo musician and with his band, whom he’s brought together from within his community in Boston and New York.

With Green Twins, Hakim plans to tour through the beginning of the year (see tour dates below), and hopes that folks will connect with the songs he’s written. “I think everybody feels insecure about certain things and everybody has lost people dear to them. I think I’m writing about common things that people feel,” he says. “I think I’m very grateful for anybody that’s listening or wants to be a part of my little world that I’ve created through song.” [Press Release via Bandcamp]

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Artist: Nick Hakim
Title of Debut Album: Green Twins
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Label: ATO Records

Track Listing:
1. Green Twins
2. Bet She Looks Like You
3. Roller Skates
4. Needy Bees
5. TYAF
6. Cuffed
7. Miss Chew (feat. Jesse & Forever)
8. Farmissplease
9. Those Days (feat. Onyx Collective)
10. Slowly
11. The Want
12. JP

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 19 The Dome – London, UK (Sold Out)
Apr 20 Le Pop Up du Label – Paris, FR
Apr 21 Brussels, BE – Chez PIAS
Apr 22 Studio 672 – Cologne, DE
Apr 23 Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
Apr 25 Berghain Kantine – Berlin, DE
May 11 The Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON
May 12 Bar Le Ritz PBD – Montréal, QC
May 13 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
May 14 Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
May 17 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
May 20 Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
Nov 7 The Lantern – Bristol
Nov 8 KOKO – London, UK
Nov 9 The Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
Nov 10 King Tut’s – Glasgow, UK
Nov 11 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK

Follow ‘Nick Hakim’ on:
Facebook | Soundcloud | TwitterBandcamp

More ‘Nick Hakim’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Oct 27 – Listen: Where Will We Go, Pt. 1 + Pt. 2 [Full Album Streams]

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Debut Single: Midnight Sister – Leave You [Official Video]

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Artist: Midnight Sister
Title of Album: Leave You
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Label: Jagjaguwa

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Facebook | Twitter

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New Album: Cody Chesnutt – My Love Divine Degree (2017/06/02)

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Artist: Cody Chesnutt
Title of Album: My Love Divine Degree
Release Date: June 02, 2017
Label: One Little Indian Records

Track Listing:
1 Anything Can Happen
2 Africa the Future
3 She Ran Away
4 Bullets in the Street and Blood (feat. Raphael Saadiq)
5 So Sad to See (A Lost Generation)
6 Always Sebrena
7 Make a Better Man
8 I Stay Ready
9 Image of Love
10 It’s in the Love
11 This Green Leaf
12 Peace (Side-By-Side)
13 Shine on the Mic
14 Have You Heard Anything from the Lord Today

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 18 // Tavastia Klubi // Helsinki, Finland
May 20 // Parkteatret, Oslo, Norway
May 21 // Studion På Kulturhuset Stadsteatern // Stockholm, Sweden
May 23 // Häkken // Hamburg
May 25 // People’s Place // Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 27 // Point Ephémère // Paris, France
May 29 // Mill // München

Follow ‘Cody Chesnutt’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

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More ‘Cody Chesnutt’ on MusicPickings:
2012, Nov 03 – That’s Still Mama / New Album ‘Landing On A Hundred’

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Debut Album: Harriet Brown – Contact

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Ascending from Los Angeles by way of the Bay Area, artist, writer and producer Harriet Brown is back to deliver his debut album, Contact, the follow-up to his 2014 EP, New Era. Composed, arranged, co-produced and performed by your very own himself, Contact is a concept album about communication and the contact we purposely, accidentally and inherently struggle to make between friends, lovers and strangers, be them human or otherwise. And when it comes to the live show, Harriet Brown will stun you. It’s an all-in-one package deal with sensual vocals, live loops, groovin’ drum machines, manic guitar lines and thick synths, all at the hands of one being. It’s no secret that this multi-instrumentalist and producer is influenced sonically and ethically by The Artist himself. And If Prince is his king, Sade is his queen, as they reside over an ever expanding court of every genre that falls in between. Harriet Brown’s sound is not what you’d expect from a one man band – sexual and sensitive, ambiguous and androgynous, prepare to be paralyzed by the sounds of Harriet Brown.

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Artist: Harriet Brown
Title of Album: Contact
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Label: Innovative Leisure

Track Listing:
1 Intro
2 ESP
3 Paralyzed
4 Cybernetiplegia
5 Contact
6 Mother
7 Obsession
8 Cryptid
9 Atlantis
10 Outro (Athanasi)
11 In My Head

Follow ‘Harriet Brown’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | SoundCloud | Bandcamp

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