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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

Follow ‘Jordan Rakei’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud |  Bandcamp

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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

Follow ‘Four Tet’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

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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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Listen: Jimmy Whoo – Motel Music Part. II [Full Album Stream]

:: Sunday morning vibes…


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Artist: Jimmy Whoo
Title of Album: Motel Music Part. II
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Label: Grande Ville Records

Tracklist:
1. Intro 29th Street
2. Cruisin
3. Diamond
4. Nite Eye – Jimmy Whoo ft. Sabrina Bellaouel & Loubenski
5. Wildcats
6. Hold Tight
7. Hollywood- Jimmy Whoo ft. Sabrina Bellaouel
8. Interlude (Full Moon)
9. Outro (My High)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
06 Oct // Le Trabendo // Paris, France

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Debut Album: Harriet Brown – Contact

:: Yeeessss!


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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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New Album: Arca – Arca / New Track ‘Desafío’

:: Amaze.


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Artist: Arca
Title of Album: Arca
Release Date: April 07, 2017
Label: XL Recordings

Track Listing:
1 Piel
2 Anoche
3 Saunter
4 Urchin
5 Reverie
6 Castration
7 Sin Rumbo
8 Coraje
9 Whip
10 Desafío
11 Fugaces
12 Miel
13 Child

Follow ‘Arca’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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New Album: Jonwayne – Rap Album Two (2017/02/17)

:: I can’t wait to see you in Hamburg, counting the minutes.


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Cover Art:
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Artist: Jonwayne
Title of Album: Rap Album Two
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Label: Authors / The Order Label

Track Listing:
01. TED Talk
02. LIVE From The Fuck You
03. Human Condition
04. Out Of Sight
05. The Single
06. Paper“ (feat. Shango)
07. City Lights
08. Rainbow“ (feat. Danny Watts)
09. Afraid Of Us“ (feat. Zeroh)
10. Blue Green“ (feat. Low Leaf)
11. Hills“ (feat. Zeroh)
12. These Words Are Everything

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mar 3 // Bitterzoet // Amsterdam, NLD
Mar 5 // Lefto & Red Bull Elektropedia present: Jonwayne // Vooruit Gent, BEL
Mar 7 // Molotow // Hamburg, DEU
Mar 8 // Musik & Frieden // Berlin, DEU
Mar 10 // Muffathalle // Munich, DEU
Mar 15 // Soundcrash Presents: JONWAYNE Jazz Cafe // Camden Town, GBR
Mar 16 // Jazz Cafe // Camden Town, GBR
Mar 17 // Headrow House // Leeds, GBR

Follow ‘Jonwayne’ on:
Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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More ‘Jonwayne’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Apr 22 – New EP: Jonwayne Is Retired (2015/04/28) / Video ‘Minerals & Gems’

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New Album: Bonobo – Migration (2017/01/17) / New Track ‘Kerela’

:: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!


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Artist: Bonobo
Title: Migration
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Label: Ninja Tune

Tracklist:
1. Migration
2. Break Apart (feat. Rhye)
3. Outlier
4. Grains
5. Second Sun
6. Surface (feat. Nicole Miglis)
7. Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat. Innov Gnawa)
8. Kerala
9. Ontario
10. No Reason (feat. Nick Murphy)
11. 7th Sevens
12. Figures

Upcoming Tour Dates:
04/24: Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
04/25: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
04/26: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
04/28: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
04/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
05/01: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
05/02: Richmond, VA @ The National
05/03: Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
05/11: Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
05/12: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
05/13: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
05/15: Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
05/16: St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
05/18: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
05/19: Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
05/20: Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
05/21: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
05/25: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

Follow ‘Bonobo’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

More ‘Bonobo’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Mar 30 – Full Album Stream: The North Borders (2013/04/01)
2013, Jan 26 – New Album: The North Borders (2013/04/01) / First Single: Cirrus [Official Video / Free Download]
2011, Nov 26 – The Keeper (feat. Andreya Triana)

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