Month: January 2017

Debut Album: Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone (2017/01/20) / Lead Single ‘Ain’t Nothing Changed’ [Official Video]

:: Yes man! You should listen to this album…


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Cover Art:
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Artist: Loyle Carner
Title of Album: Yesterday’s Gone
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Label: AMF Records

Tracklist:
1. The Isle Of Arran
2. Mean It In The Morning
3. Damselfly (FT Tom Misch)
4. Ain’t Nothing Changed
5. Swear
6. Florence (FT Kwes)
7. The Seamstress (Tooting Masala)
8. Stars & Shards
9. No Worries (FT. Rebel Kleff & Jhest)
10. Rebel 101
11. No CD (FT. Rebel Kleff)
12. Mrs C
13. Sun Of Jean (FT. Mum and Dad)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 02 | Workmans Club | Dublin
Feb 03.02 | Garage | Glasgow
Feb 04.02 | Liquid Room | Edinburgh
Feb 05.02 | Riverside | Newcastle
Feb 07.02 | O2 Academy | Oxford
Feb 08.02 | Belgrave Music Hall | Leeds
Feb 09.02 | Academy 2 | Manchester
Feb 11.02 | Waterfront | Norwich
Feb 12.02 | Motion | Bristol
Feb 13.02 | The Hub | Plymouth
Feb 15.02 | Engine Rooms | Southampton
Feb 16.02 | O2 Institute 2 | Birmingham
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Loyle Carner’ on:
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Debut Album: Charlie Cunningham – Lines (2017/01/27) / New Track ‘Minimum’

:: I adore his sound!


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Cover Art:
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Artist: Charlie Cunningham
Title of Album: Lines
Release Date: January 27, 2017
Label: Dumont Dumont

Track Listing:
1 An Opening
2 I Can Be
3 Born
4 Lines
5 Lights Off
6 Minimum
7 Answers
8 How Much
9 Breather
10 Molino
11 You Sigh
12 While You Are Young

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 07 // Sneaky Pete’s. // Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Feb 10 // Woodlands Centre // Isle Of Lewis, United Kingdom
Feb 11 // The Tooth and Claw // Inverness, United Kingdom
Feb 13 // The Tunnels // Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Feb 15 // CATHEDRALE SAINT JEAN // Besancon, France
Feb 23 // Union Chapel // London, United Kingdom
Mar 22 // Trois Baudets // Paris, France
Mar 24 // Schloss Landestrost // Neustadt Am Rübenberge, Germany
Mar 25 // Konzerthaus Dortmund // Dortmund, Germany
Mar 26 // Kampnagel // Hamburg, Germany
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Charlie Cunningham’ on Music Pickings:
2015, May 11 – New EP: Breather (2015/03/09) [Full EP Stream]
2014, Nov 18 − Debut EP: Outside Things (2014/11/17) [Full EP Stream]

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New Album: Jamiroquai – Automaton / Title Track ‘Automaton’

:: Wohooo!

Global electronic soul funk sensation and international tastemakers, Jamiroquai, announce their 8th studio album following from the band’s last album ‘Rock Dust Star Light’ in 2010. Founded in 1992 by front man Jay Kay, the pioneers of “future funk” have taken the world by storm, establishing themselves as one of the most successful popular acts on the planet. Since the release of their debut album ‘Emergency on Planet Earth’ in 1993, Jamiroquai have completed reinvigorated modern pop music while also paving the way as chief influencers of some of today’s most exciting artists. With famous fans including the likes of Chance the Rapper, Pharrell, Tyler the Creator, Jungle, Redman & The Internet as well as historic performances alongside Stevie Wonder & Diana Ross, Jamiroquai have consistently proved themselves as one of the globe’s most revered and unifying musical innovators of our time. With over seven albums reaching the UK Top 10 (and three reaching #1), the Grammy Award winning, Brits-nominated band have sold over 26m albums worldwide and hold the Guinness Book of World Records record for best-selling funk album of all time.

‘Automaton’ Vinyl is a double heavyweight Gatefold vinyl, printed inners, consisting of twelve tracks including singles, ‘Automaton’ and ‘Cloud 9’ and a download code for Redemption of Digital album. [Press release via jamiroquai.com]


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Artist: Jamiroquai
Title of Album: Automaton
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Label: Virgin EMI

Track Listing:
1. Shake It On
2. Automaton
3. Cloud 9
4. Superfresh
5. Hot Property
6. Something About You
7. Summer Girl
8. Nights Out In The Jungle
9. Dr Buzz
10. We Can Do It
11. Vitamin
12. Carla

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mar 28 // Salle Pleyel // Paris, France
May 25 // Tokyo International Forum // Tokyo, Japan
Jun 17 // Release Athens 2017 // Athens, Greece
Jul 07 – Jul 09 // North Sea Jazz Festival 2017 Ahoy // Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jul 11 // Visarno Arena – Parco Delle Cascine // Florence, Italy
Jul 11 // Firenze Summer Festival 2017 Visarno Arena – Parco Delle Cascine // Florence, Italy
Jul 13 – Jul 16 // Musilac 2017 // Aix Les Bains, France
Jul 14 // Kirjurinluoto // Pori, Finland
Jul 14 // Pori Jazz 2017 // Pori, Finland
Jul 14– Jul 20 // Moon And Stars 2017 – Piazza Grande Di Locarno // Locarno, Switzerland
Jul 19– Jul 22 //Colours Of Ostrava 2017 // Ostrava, Czech Republic
Aug 01 – Aug 07 // Sudoeste 2017 // Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal
Aug 09– Aug 13 // Boardmasters Festival 2017 // Newquay, UK

Follow ‘Jamiroquai’ on:
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New Album: José James – Love in a Time of Madness (2017/02/24) / New Single ‘Always There’

:: Not to miss!


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José James is reborn as a powerful voice in contemporary R&B on Love in a Time of Madness, his vibrant new album which will be released on February 24. The album pre-order launches today along with the release of the lead track “Always There,” which is available instantly to fans with pre-order. WATCH THE “ALWAYS THERE” VIDEO

Moviegoers next month will find James featured in an on-screen performing role in the highly-anticipated sequel Fifty Shades Darker, which is set for release on February 10. James has also announced a U.S. tour that kicks off March 16 in Atlanta and includes shows at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on March 23 and Echo in Los Angeles on March 28. Visit josejamesmusic.com for more details.

Even for an artist as creatively restless as James, Love in a Time of Madness is something new: an R&B focused foray into moody soul, electronic pop, and trap-addled beats, with the occasional influence of African folk, American gospel and Minneapolitan funk. And though James’ voice is no less agile and his ear no less adventurous, this is also his most relatable, daresay sexiest work yet, detailing love’s ups and downs without holding back an ounce of emotion.

“Movement has been on my mind,” says James. “Not just hearts and minds—I want people to hit the dance floor. I could make jazz albums the rest of my life, but I want to reach people, man. I like Jamie xx as much as I like Miles Davis, you know? ”

Love in a Time of Madness follows James’ 2015 Billie Holiday tribute album Yesterday I Had the Blues and his rock infused 2014 album While You Were Sleeping. The New York Times wrote that James’ 2013 breakthrough No Beginning No End “sounds like the result of the black-pop continuum, jazz and soul and hip-hop and R&B, slow-cooked for more than 50 years.” NPR Music noted that “James makes utterly contemporary music,” adding that he “skirts categories with ease, fitting in with current R&B innovators like Frank Ocean or Miguel” and “he holistically heals the rift between radio-friendly songcraft and virtuoso flair.”

James initially planned on Love in a Time of Madness being a double album. One side would be about love, and the other about societal madness—a response to the systemic and often physical violence perpetrated on U.S. citizens of color. But as he worked on the music, he recalls, “The madness part was getting way more out of control. The murders kept happening and it became overwhelming and depressing.” So instead of rehashing the pain, James doubled down on the part of the album that could provide healing. That’s not to say James’ take on love is all so rosy. This is an album where romance isn’t always romantic. James wanted to tell love’s whole story.

Sonically, James was inspired by modern approaches to pop identity and songwriting—the holistic vision of Grimes, the creative engine of Kanye West, the curated image of FKA Twigs, the genre-mashing of The Internet, the sonic space of Bryson Tiller, and even the savvy studio choices of Ellie Goulding. He left behind the bands of his previous albums to instead work with topline writers and producers—Miguel collaborator Tario holds down most of Love in a Time of Madness alongside Likeminds (Pharoahe Monch, Anthony Hamilton)—plus began vocal lessons, hit the gym, and started working on himself in new ways. He considered how today’s solo star confirms Andy Warhol’s assertion that art and artist are one and the same, and thought about how Quincy Jones approached Off the Wall by being current “without dumbing anything down.”

“There’s a resurgence of something I haven’t seen since the ’90s or ’00s, when hip-hop, R&B, and pop were converging in really thrilling ways through folks like Tribe, Erykah Badu, or D’Angelo,” says James. “There’s a whole new generation now that’s unafraid to blend it all together. The world is ready for this kind of thing again.” [Press release via Blue NoteRecords]

Cover Art:
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Artist: José James
Title of Album: Love in a Time of Madness
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Label: Blue Note Records

Track Listing: 
1 Always There
2 What Good Is Love
3 Let It Fall (feat. Mali Music)
4 Last Night
5 Remember Our Love
6 Live Your Fantasy
7 Ladies Man
8 To Be With You
9 You Know I Know
10 Breakthrough
11 Closer
12 I’m Yours (feat. Oleta Adams)

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Upcoming Tour Dates: 

Mar 16 // Center Stage Theater // Atlanta, GA
Mar 17 // Motorco Music Hall, Durham, NC
Mar 18 // U Street Music Hall // Washington, DC
Mar 23 // The Bowery Ballroom // New York, NY
Mar 25 // El Club // Detroit, MI
Mar 28 // The Echo // Los Angeles, CA
Mar 29 // The Independent // San Francisco, CA
Mar 31 // Doug Fir Lounge // Portland, OR
Apr 13 // Alte Feuerwache // Mannheim, Germany
Apr 15 // Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld (CBE) // Cologne, Germany
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘José James’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

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More ‘José James’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Jan 25 – New Album: Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday (2015/02/17)
2014, Jul 06 – New Album: While You Were Sleeping (2014/06/10)
2013, Dec 26 – Listen: The Christmas Song
2013, Aug 09 – New EP: Come To My Door
2013, Feb 08 – New Album: No Beginning No End (2013/01/22)
2012, Sep 02 – It’s All Over Your Body / New Album ‘No Beginning, No End’
2012, August 29 – José James feat. Flying Lotus – Visions of Violet
2011, Oct 29 – José James LIVE TONIGHT
2011, Oct 07 – Trouble – AllSaints Basement Sessions
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New Album: Thundercat – Drunk (2017/02/24) / New Single ‘Show You The Way’

:: Yes! Yes! Yes!

Thundercat will release his third full-length studio album “Drunk” on 24th February 2017 via Brainfeeder. The album is a 23-track epic journey into the often hilarious, sometimes dark mind of the Grammy-winning singer/bassist and finds a few of his friends joining him along the way including: Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Wiz Khalifa, Kamasi Washington and Brainfeeder mastermind Flying Lotus. “Drunk” is the follow up to his widely praised 2015 mini album “The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam”, and features fan favourite tracks ‘Bus In These Streets’ and ‘Them Changes’.

‘Show You The Way’ is the first single from “Drunk”, and the ballad features two of Thundercat’s heroes: iconic musicians Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. And how did this collaboration come to be? Thundercat mentioned his love of Loggins several times during his press tour for “The Beyond…” (Dinner Party Download, Billboard), leading to an introduction via his keyboard player Dennis Hamm. He tells Red Bull Music Academy Daily: “These are guys that I’ve listened to and where I felt that I’ve learned that honesty in the music. Kenny Loggins is one of my favourite songwriters.” Loggins was the one that suggested bringing McDonald in on the track and, Thundercat adds: “I think one of the most beautiful moments was realising how amazing Michael McDonald is. He would go through so many ideas and have so much to offer.”

Thundercat also notes: “That song to me is about going down the rabbit hole, taking you to another place… On the edge of dark, there’s the brightest light. It means a lot to me in the sense of… the experience that I’ve had growing up with friends and people that I’ve been around where it’s inviting them into where I come from emotionally. Sometimes it’s a pretty intense thing. The point is how weird things can get. I feel like it’s very funny that, in a way, of course Michael McDonald and Kenny would be there.”

The album title, like the rest of the album, is meant to be both humorous and serious. “I’ve always tried to hold true to what Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus told me: It has to come from an honest place. I feel like it’s a place that I’ve been in different ways, seen different angles of and it’s been a bit inspirational – the drinking,” he tells RBMA Daily. “It has its ups and downs and everything, but I felt like it showed the human side of what goes on behind things, something that I see with all of my friends… I felt like it was kind of interweaved in the music culture. And it’s something that’s never talked about.” [Press release via Ninja Tune]

Cover Art:
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Artist: Thundercat
Title of Album: Drunk
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Label: Brainfeeder

Track Listing:
01. Rabbot Ho
02. Captain Stupido
03. Uh Uh
04. Bus In These Streets
05. A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II)
06. Lava Lamp
07. Jethro
08. Day & Night
09. Show You The Way (feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)
10. Walk On By (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
11. Blackkk
12. Tokyo
13. Jameel’s Space Ride
14. Friend Zone
15. Them Changes
16. Where I’m Going
17. Drink Dat (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
18. Inferno
19. I Am Crazy
20. 3AM
21. Drunk
22. The Turn Down (feat. Pharrell)
23. DUI

Upcoming Tour Dates:
12 Feb // The Independent // San Francisco, CA – SOLD OUT
13 Feb // The Independent // San Francisco, CA – SOLD OUT
14 Feb // The Independent // San Francisco, CA – SOLD OUT
16 Feb // Wonder Ballroom // Portland, OR
17 Feb // Rickshaw Theatre // Vancouver, BC
18 Feb // Wild Buffalo // Bellingham, WA
19 Feb // Barboza // Seattle, WA – SOLD OUT
21 Feb // Urban Lounge // Salt Lake City, UT
22 Feb // Bluebird Theater // Denver, CO
24 Feb // Fine Line Music Cafe // Minneapolis, MN
25 Feb // Concord Music Hall // Chicago, IL
26 Feb // Magic Stick // Detroit, MI
28 Feb // Danforth Music Hall // Toronto, ON
01 Mar // SAT // Montreal, QC
02 Mar // Paradise – Boston, MA – SOLD OUT
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Thundercat’ on:
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More ‘Thundercat’ on Music Pickings:
2016, Jun 20 – New Track: Them Changes / New Mini-Album ‘The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam’
2014, Dec 19 – New Song: Them Changes
2013, May 23 – New Single: Oh Sheit It’s X
2013, Apr 19 – New Single: Heartbreaks + Setbacks / New Album ‘Apocalypse’ (2013/06/08) 
2011, Aug 17 – The Golden Age of Apocalypse
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Debut Album: Liz Aku – Ankhor (2017/05/05) / First Single ‘Seasons Change’

:: This is not to be missed!


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It was a long wait, but with her new album Ankhor, Belgian soul talent Liz Aku has proven once again that music is a calling rather than a profession. Honed and refined by years of collaboration with the best artists Belgium’s music scene has to offer, Liz Aku’s sound is the result of a journey. The first leg of it was spent working with musicians such as Ozark Henry, Sweet Coffee and DeLaVega, and resulted in the solo debut Me, Versatile Me.

Searching for guidance in the production of her album, gut feeling next led her to the renowned Mara TK. This Electric Wire Hustle front man immediately recognized her talent and helped her find a more mature sound in faraway New Zealand. What can we say, sometimes you have to cross half the world to find yourself… Expect collabs with Chief & Deheb, Maximoe, Zulu Moon, Bart Maris, Lander Gyselinck and Potatohead People. [Press release via www.lizaku.com]

First Single Seasons Change coming out February 24th. The pre-order for the album Ankhor will start March 31th (incl. 2 grat track).

Cover Art:
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Artist: Liz Aku
Title of Album: Ankhor
Release Date: May 05,  2017
Label: Sonar Kollektiv

Tracklist:

Follow ‘Liz Aku’ on:
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New Album: Slowly Rolling Camera – All Things / Track ‘The Fix’

:: Brilliant!


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Slowly Rolling Camera formed in Cardiff in 2013 and brought together four wildly talented musicians from diverse backgrounds in vocalist & lyricist Dionne Bennett, composer / keyboardist Dave Stapleton, drummer Elliot Bennett and producer / sound design artist Deri Roberts. The result was a captivating hybrid of these influences: trip hop, jazz, soul, electronic music fused into a new and unique soundscape. The product was their eponymous album, released on Edition Records in February 2014, described by the Guardian as a ‘powerful newcomer with Rising Star written all over it. Superb!’.

Live, they’ve proved a phenomenon, wowing audiences from Cardiff to Hamburg and at high profile festivals including Umea Jazz Festival (SE), Love Supreme (UK), Lotus (PO), London Jazz Festival (UK) and Reeperbahn Festival (DE).

In May 2014 Slowly Rolling Camera released their album in Germany to overwhelming critically acclaim from specialist and national press. Praised for their heavy grooves, unleashed hooks and extremely emotional contrasts, the Deutschland Radio described the ‘way jazz and trip-hop merge in Slowly Rolling Camera’s music is genius’. [Press Release via http://slowlyrollingcamera.com/%5D

Cover Art:
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Artist: Slowly Rolling Camera
Title of Album: All Things
Release Date: November 4, 2016
Label: Edition Records

Tracklist:
1. The Fix
2. Delusive
3. Oblivion
4. Room With A View
5. Scintillation
6. High Praise
7. Unsetting Sun
8. The Brink
9. All Things

Follow ‘Slowly Rolling Camera’ on:
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