Innovative Leisure

Debut Album: Harriet Brown – Contact

:: Yeeessss!


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
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



New Album: BadBadNotGood – IV (2016/07/08) [Full Album Stream]

:: This is sooo incredibly good!

The linup: Matthew Tavares (keys), Chester Hansen (bass), Leland Whitty (saxophone) and Alexander Sowinski (drums).

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BadBadNotGood - IV

Artist: BadBadNotGood
Title: IV
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Label: Innovative Leisure

1. And That, Too.
2. Speaking Gently
3. Time Moves Slow (featuring Sam Herring)
4. Confessions Pt II (featuring Colin Stetson)
5. Lavender (featuring Kaytranada)
6. Chompy’s Paradise
7. IV
8. Hyssop of Love (featuring Mick Jenkins)
9. Structure No. 3
10. In Your Eyes (featuring Charlotte Day Wilson)
11. Cashmere


Upcoming Tour Dates:
July 23rd // WayHome Festival // Oro-Medonte, ON
August 5th // Vertex Festival // Buena Vista, CO
August 6th // Pickathon // Happy Valley, OR

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More ‘BadBadNotGood’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Feb 24 – New Album: Sour Soul (2015/02/24) / New Track ‘Ray Gun’


New Album: Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight (2015/01/20) [Full Album Stream] / New Track ‘Melt Me’

:: Can’t wait to take a full listen to this!


Los Angeles-based rock musician, songwriter, producer and Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) associate Hanni El Khatib returns next week with this third full-length Moonlight, the follow-up to his 2013 LP Head in the Dirt.

Moonlight drops officially on January 20, 2014 via Innovative Leisure. The album will be available as download CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can pre-order the digital album from iTunes or your physical copy of Moonlight directly from Hanni El Khatib’s Bandcamp.

The album is streaming in its entirety over at French website Les Inrockuptiles. Unfortunately it’s a France-only stream, but I’ll update this post as soon as you can listen to the album in full and worldwide.

Melt Me is the second track taken from Moonlight, take a listen above. The Daniel Pappas directed music video for lead single and title track Moonlight is streaming below, you can also check out El Khatib’s upcoming live dates.

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Hanni El Khatib - Moonlight (2015)

01. Moonlight
02. Melt Me
03. The Teeth
04. Chasin’
05. Worship Song (No. 2)
06. Mexico
07. Servant
08. All Black
09. Home
10. Dance Hall
11. Two Brothers

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Thu 05 Feb 2015 // San Diego, CA, USA // The Casbah
Fri 06 Feb 2015 // Santa Barbara, CA, USA // The Goodland
Tue 10 Feb 2015 // Seattle, WA, USA // Showbox at The Market
Wed 11 Feb 2015 // Portland, OR, USA // Crystal Ballroom
Thu 12 Feb 2015 // Oakland, CA, USA // Fox Theater
Fri 13 Feb 2015 // Los Angeles, CA, USA // The Wiltern Theatre
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Hanni El Khatib’ on:
Official Website | BandcampFacebook | TwitterYoutube

Listen: Classixx – Borderline

:: Majestic!


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Artist: Classixx
Single: Holding On
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Label: Innovative Leisure

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Nosaj Thing – Try (feat. Toro Y Moi) / New Album ‘Home’ (2013/01/22)

:: Drift and smile with Nosaj Thing and Toro y Moi…


Try featuring Toro y Moi is taken from the second studio album by L.A. based electronica producer Jason Chung aka Nosaj Thing. Three years after his acclaimed debut ‘Drift’, Chung returns with his sophomore effort ‘Home’. It will be released worldwide tomorrow (January 22, 2013) via Innovative Leisure. Listen below to the album track Snap. You can stream the entire album over at Bleep, only drawback being that you have to repress play after every 30 seconds.

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Nosaj Thing -  Home

01. Home
02. Eclipse/Blue (feat. Kazu Makino)
03. Safe
04. Glue
05. Distance
06. Tell
07. Snap
08. Prelude
09. Try (feat. Toro y Moi)
10. Phase III
11. Light #3


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Read more:
BBC − Nosaj Thing Home Review


More ‘Nosaj Thing’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Oct 08 − Eclipse/Blue (feat. Kazu Makino)

Machinedrum – Whatnot

:: Big bomb this track, very smooth and beautiful. 


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Upcoming Shows:
February 04 // Manchester // NQ Live
February 15 // Berlin // Berghain
March 02 // Eindhoven // STRP
March 09 // San Francisco // 1015
March 23 // Leysin // Worldwide Winter Festival

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Allah-Las – Catamaran / Debut Album ‘Allah-Las’ (2012/11/18)

:: One of the most interesting debuts in 2012 for sure!


Allah-Las – that’s the name of a garage rock four-piece from Los Angeles, California. The band is composed of Miles Michaud [vocals/guitar], Matt Correia [drums], Spencer Dunham [bass] and Pedrum Siadation [lead guitar]. They first met while three of them were working at Amoeba Records, the biggest record store in L.A. Their simply self-titled debut album full-length was released on November 18, 2012 via Innovative Leisure. It is produced by Nick Waterhouse, who is a close friend of the band. Their 60ies-inspired sound is letting you travel backwards, merging different styles of rock such as garage, surf-pop, psychedelic and more. The band is currently on the road in Europe, partly opening for Waterhouse on his European tour. Check for upcoming dates below, and listen to the album track Long Journey.

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01. Catamaran
02. Don’t You Forget It
03. Busman’s Holiday
04. Sacred Hands
05. No Voodoo
06. Sandy
07. Ela Navega
08. Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)
09. Catalina
10. Vis-a-Vis
11. Seven Point Five
12. Long Journey


Upcoming European Tour Dates:
Fri 30 Nov 2012 // Madrid, Spain // La Boite
Sat 01 Dec 2012 // Leuven, Belgium // Depot *
Sun 02 Dec 2012 // Utrecht, Netherlands // Le Guess Who Festival
Tue 04 Dec 2012 // Amsterdam, Netherlands // Paradiso
Wed 05 Dec 2012 // Paris, France // La Bellevilloise *
* w/ Nick Waterhouse
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

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Read more:
Consequence of Sound − Album Review: Allah-Las – Allah-Las