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New Album: Portugal. The Man – Woodstock

:: Portugal is on fire!

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Artist: Portugal. The Man
Title of Album: Woodstock
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Label: Atlantic Records

Tracklist:
1. Number One (feat. Richie Havens & Son Little)
2. Easy Tiger
3. Live In The Moment
4. Feel It Still
5. Rich Friends
6. Keep On
7. So Young
8. Mr Lonely (feat. Fat Lip)
9. Tidal Wave
10. Noise Pollution (feat. Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Zoe Manville)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 24 // Substage // Karlsruhe, Germany
Sep 26 // Gorilla // Manchester, United Kingdom
Sep 27 // Heaven // London, United Kingdom
Sep 28 // Bataclan // Paris, France
Sep 29 // Le Splendid // Lille, France
Sep 30 // Way Back When Festival // Dortmund, Germany
Oct 02 // The Castle Theater // Bloomington, IL
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

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More ‘Portugal. The Man’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Jun 07  – Plastic Soldiers / New Album ‘Evil Friends’ (2013/06/04) [Full Album Stream]

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New Album: Rebecca Dry & The Radek Azul Band ‎– Bring Back Soul

:: Absolutely fabulous. Congratulation my dear friend, Becca!

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Artist: Rebecca Dry
Title of Album: Bring Back Soul
Release Date: May 24, 2017
Label: Q-Sounds Recording

Tracklist:
A1 Didn’t I
A2 Heartbreak
A3 Waiting For You
A4 Watch What He Says
A5 House Of Cards
A6 Lovers
B1 Over
B2 Melody In E
B3 Tainted Love
B4 Keep Trying
B5 New World
B6 What You Gave

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New Album: Fink – Resurgam (2017/09/15)

:: I’m a huge fan of  Mr. Fin Greenall alias Fink.

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Artist: Fink
Title of Album: Resurgam
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Label: R’Coup’d

Tracklist:
1. Resurgam
2. Day 22
3. Cracks Appear
4. Word To The Wise
5. Not Everything Was Better In The Past
6. The Determined Cut
7. Godhead
8. This Isn’t A Mistake
9. Covering Your Tracks
10. There’s Just Something About You

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 20 – 23 // Reeperbahn Festival 2017 // Hamburg, Germany
Sep 21 // C.k. Zamek – Dziedziniec Zamkowy // Poznan, Poland
Sep 23  // Pumpehuset // Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep 24 //  Parkteatret // Oslo, Norway
Sep 25 // Debaser Strand // Stockholm, Sweden
Sep 27 // Tavastia Klubi // Helsinki, Finland
Sep 28 // Vaba Lava // Tallinn, Estonia
Sep 29 // Palladium // Riga, Latvia
Sep 30 // Loftas // Vilnius, Lithuania
02 October 2017 Fink Republic Club // Minsk, Belarus
Oct 05 // Sentrum // Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Fink’ on Music Pickings:
2016, Feb 16 – New Single: Cold Feet / New Album ‘Fink´s Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol. 1’ (2017/03/10)
2015, Mar  03− New EP: Pilgrim
2014, Oct 15 − New EP: Shakespeare (Remixes) 
2014, Jul 11− New Album: Hard Believer (2014/07/11) / Track ‘Hard Believer’ [Free Download]
2014, May 14− First Single: Looking Too Closely / New Album ‘Fink – Hard Believer’ (2014/07/11)
2013, Mar 20 – New Song: Hard Believer [Free Download]
2013, Aug 23 − New Album: RCO (2013/10/14)
2013, Mar 14− New EP: Warm Shadow (2013/03/10)
2012, Sep 04 – Debut Live Album: Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet / Upcoming European Tour Dates [Free Download]
2012, Jan 14 – In Bloom (Nirvana cover)
2011, Dec 23 – “Best of the Given” Mixtape
2011, Oct 13 – LIVE TONIGHT
2011, Sep 19 – Autumn tour dates + new single “Perfect Darkness / Berlin Sunrise “
2011, Aug 31 – Perfect Darkness / Q&A

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New Album: Jordan Rakei – Wallflower (2017/09/22)

:: I’m in LOVE


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“Wallflower”: introverted, misunderstood, sensitive, strange and seemingly unknowable.

Newly signed to Ninja Tune, Jordan Rakei has battled his inner demons and written an inspirational, soul-stirring record in the process. Titled “Wallflower” which will be released on 22nd September 2017.

At only 25, the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer – born in New Zealand to a Kiwi mother and father from the Cook Islands – is a rare talent whose distinct take on soul captures a sonic and emotional awareness many artists spend their entire careers chasing. He writes with a maturity and flair that belies his years and new album “Wallflower” sees Jordan edging beyond the peripheries of the genial, often sun-flecked sound his fans have come to know him for. The easy swing that has been the backbone of his sound from the outset is ever present, harking back to teenage days spent in his bedroom with his beloved MPC trying to emulate 9th Wonder and Pete Rock. On “Wallflower” the tools and the process have evolved – the focus is on live instrumentation – but the groove and the cadence are unmistakable, framing soul and jazz in a truly vibrant oeuvre that simultaneously recalls his predecessors The Roots and peers The Internet, Nick Hakim and Hiatus Kaiyote. 

Jordan’s whirlwind rise has been a predominately solo effort. His exceptional musical ability (he writes, sings and plays most of the instrumentation on his records himself) is accompanied by an unrelenting – yet agreeably humble – ambition. His aptitude and knack for songwriting caught the attention of tastemakers following the release of his 2014 EP “Groove Curse”. His self-released debut album “Cloak” (2016) lit the blue touch paper, earning him a coveted set at Pitchfork Avant-Garde Block Party that year; supports for the likes of Jamie Woon and NAO; and a call-up to play AMP. Drawing early support from the Soulection crew, he has collaborated with Taku, Tom Misch, FKJ, and lent vocals to the Disclosure track ‘Masterpiece’ (from their 2015 album “Caracal”) after the duo were tipped off by a friend who had seen Jordan play a tiny basement bar in Australia. At radio, Jordan has been championed at BBC R1/1Xtra by Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Mistajam, Jamz Supernova, Toddla T plus Mary Anne Hobbs and Gilles Peterson at BBC Radio 6 Music. 

Jordan considers “Wallflower” his most personal work yet – it’s an emotive opus inspired by his own struggles with introversion and anxiety. Sonically lush and complex, yet lyrically relatable and unguarded, listeners are offered a glimpse into the mind and artistry of a musician who grapples with his own self- image and fears every day. On ‘Sorceress’ (recently supremely reworked by Photay) the ego is personified as a sinister and controlling spirit figure led by equal parts understated ethereal guitar and Jordan’s superb multi-layered vocals. New single ‘Nerve’, featuring Dave Okumu of The Invisible on guitar, is upbeat and incites a sense of renewal as its lyrics call out the fallacies within self-constructed paradigms. Elsewhere, the ska-tinged ‘Clues Blues’ is laced with trombone and saxophone by Ahmad Dayes and Wayne Francis II from South London pillars United Vibrations. 

“It’s about how the ego can fully control the way you act and perceive life,” he says. Jordan’s decision to leave his home in Brisbane for London in 2015 has had a life changing effect on his music, his career and his outlook. Just thinking about a 10,000 mile relocation was traumatic, and these feelings were exacerbated by his introversion and anxiety. However, he plucked up the courage to make the move and never looked back. 

“In Australia, I was stuck in a bubble”, Jordan explains. “When I moved to London I had to deal with my introversion through ‘exposure therapy’. Every day I met new people for a whole year. I met every producer, songwriter, and musician I could. You have to improve as a person to improve as an artist”. Building a new community in London, Jordan linked with Tom Misch, Loyle Carner, Richard Spaven and Alfa Mist – musical likeminds experimenting on the fringes of jazz, soul and hip-hop – and also met Bradley Zero, founder of South London record label and party Rhythm Section. Bradley encouraged him to try his hand at a collection of dancefloor-driven tunes which became the EP “Joy, Ease, Lightness”, released by the label at the end of 2016 under the alias Dan Kye. 

In many ways “Wallflower” is a direct emotional response to his new surroundings and is undoubtedly testament to Jordan’s personal strength, drive and overriding passion for his art as well as a reflection of his openness and eagerness to reach out and explore London’s fertile music underground. It cements not only his importance as a contemporary, and truly exhilarating, soul voice on the international stage, but his stature as a producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in total command of his sonic vision. [Press Release via Bandcamp]

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Artist: Jordan Rakei
Title of Album: Wallflower
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Label: Ninja Tune

Tracklist:
1. Eye To Eye
2. May
3. Sorceress
4. Nerve
5. Goodbyes
6. Clues Blues
7. Chemical Coincidence
8. Carnation
9. Lucid
10. Hiding Place
11. Wallflower (feat. Kaya Thomas-Dyke)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 17 // Mercury Lounge // New York, NY
Sep 19 // Constellation Room at the Observatory // Santa Ana, CA
Sep 20 // Troubadour West Hollywood, CA Sep 22 Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop // San Francisco, CA
Sep 22 // Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop // San Francisco, CA
Oct 11 // O2 Institute3 // Birmingham, UK
Oct 12 // Thekla // Bristol, UK
Oct 13 // The Haunt // Brighton, UK
Oct 16 // Manchester Gorilla // Manchester, UK
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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New Album: Four Tet – New Energy (2017/09/21) / New Track ‘Scientists’

:: Love it Kieran.

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Artist: Four Tet
Title of Album: New Energy
Release Date: September 29, 2017
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Tracklist:
01 Alap
02 Two Thousand and Seventeen
03 LA Trance
04 Tremper
05 Lush
06 Scientists
07 Falls 2
08 You Are Loved
09 SW9 9SL
10 10 Midi
11 Memories
12 Daughter
13 Gentle Soul
14 Planet

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More ‘Four Tet’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Jan 19 – New Album: Percussions aka Four Tet – 2011 until 2014 (2015/01/13) [Full Album Stream]
2014, April 27 – New Singles: Blatant Water Cannon & Ascii Bot (2014/04/28)
2013, Sep 07 – New Album: Beautiful Rewind / First Single ‘Kool FM’
2012, Aug 23 – Peace For Earth / New Album ‘Pink’ (2012/08/20)

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Debut Album: Moses Sumney – Aromanticism (2017/09/22) / Track ‘Doomed’

:: Incredible album!

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Since emerging onto the scene in 2014, Moses Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings, and dynamic live performances. It’s an organic, patient ascent all too rare in today’s musical climate. In a voice both mellifluous and haunting, Sumney makes future music that transmogrifies classic tropes, like moon-colony choir reinterpretations of old jazz gems. His vocals narrate a personal journey through universal loneliness atop otherworldly compositional backdrops.

Following the self-release of his debut cassette EP, Mid-City Island, and 2015’s 7″, Seeds/Pleas, Sumney has performed around the world alongside forebears like David Byrne, Karen O, Sufjan Stevens, Solange, James Blake and more. With his 2016 Lamentations EP, The California and Ghana-raised troubadour widened the spectrum of his heretofore “bedroom” music, incorporating songs that feature more elaborate production and evocative songwriting. Now his inspired ascent continues.

His proper debut album, Aromanticism is a concept album about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. It seeks to interrogate the social constructions around romance. The debut will include the devastating, billowing synths of “Doomed,” which in a way serves as the album’s thesis statement, as well as new versions of standouts “Lonely World” and “Plastic.” It’s a deliberate, jaw-dropping statement that can leave you both enlightened and empty. [Press release by Bandcamp]

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Artist: Moses Sumney
Title of Debut Album: Aromanticism
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Label: Jagjaguwar

Tracklist:
1. Man on the Moon (Reprise)
2. Don’t Bother Calling
3. Plastic
4. Quarrel
5. Stoicism
6. Lonely World
7. Make Out in My Car
8. The Cocoon-Eyed Baby
9. Doomed
10. Indulge Me
11. Self-Help Tape


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Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 22 // Irenic // San Diego, CA
Sep 24 // Hollywood Bowl // Los Angeles, CA
Sep 26 // Great American Music Hall // San Francisco, CA
Sep 28 // The Crocodile // Seattle, WA
Sep 29 // Doug Fir Lounge // Portland, OR
Sep 30 St. James Hall // Vancouver, BC
Oct 03 // Icehouse // Minneapolis, MN
Oct 04 // Old Town School of Folk Music // Chicago, IL
Oct 05 // Mod Club Theatre // Toronto, ON
Oct 09 // The Sinclair // Cambridge, MA
Oct 11 // Music Hall of Williamsburg // Brooklyn, NY
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Moses Sumney’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Bandcamp

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More ‘Moses Sumney’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Nov 03 – Listen: Seeds

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New Album: Ariel Pink – Dedicated to Bobby Jameson (2017/09/15)

:: Had been looking forward to this one.


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Los Angeles’s prodigal songwriting son Ariel Pink shares his eleventh studio album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, September 15.

The album’s title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life L.A. musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades. “His book and life resonated with me to such a degree,” Pink states, “that I felt a need to dedicate my latest record to him.”

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson begins at the end and ends at the beginning. “We follow the protagonist through a battery of tests and milestones, the first of which sees him reborn into life out of death,” Pink explains, referencing the opening track “Time To Meet Your God.” “From there, he seesaws his way between the innocent love and the rock-solid edifice of childhood-worn trauma that together constitute his lifelong initiation into the realm of artifice and theatrical disposability.” [Press release by Bandcamp]

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Artist: Ariel Pink
Title of Album: Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Label: Mexican Summer

Tracklist:
1. Time To Meet Your God
2. Feels Like Heaven
3. Death Patrol
4. Santa’s In The Closet
5. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
6. Time To Live
7. Another Weekend
8. I Wanna Be Young
9. Bubblegum Dreams
10. Dreamdate Narcissist
11. Kitchen Witch
12. Do Yourself A Favor
13. Acting (feat. DāM-Funk)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 12 // The Institute of Mentalphysics Joshua Tree, CA
Oct 13 // Desert Daze Festival // Palm Springs, CA
Oct 14 // The Chapel // San Francisco, CA
Oct 15 // The Chapel // San Francisco, CA
Oct 16 // The Chapel // San Francisco, CA
Oct 19 // Revolution Hall // Portland, OR
Oct 20 // Venue // Vancouver, BC
Oct 21 // Neumo’s // Seattle, WA
Oct 23 // Metro Music Hall // Salt Lake City, UT
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ” on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp

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