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

:: Whoop Whoop!


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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 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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Listen: Júníus Meyvant – Color Decay

:: Floating Harmonies!


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Júníus Meyvant is the artist name of Vestmann Islands born singer-songwriter Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson. As a young boy he was an eccentric to a small degree and he only loved two things, skateboarding and painting. Every now and then he asked the Muses if he should learn to play an instrument but his wild and free behavior terminated his dreams as he was quickly suspended out of music school. All through his teens he rambled on without even considering becoming a musician or even playing any instrument.

In his early twenties Unnar stumbled upon a beat up guitar at his parents’ house and started noodling around. By playing the guitar he managed to tame his inner beast and his sense for songs and melodies burst like rockets. The uncontrollable urge for writing music and constant flow of ideas kept him tossing and turning every night and day forever and a day. For a while he filtered his ideas through a band that didn’t live up to his creative requirements so he decided to undertake his alter ego Júníus Meyvant.

The sound of Júníus Meyvant is a rich and afflicted take on freaky folk pop with a familiar and soulful feel. The feeling you get from listening to Júníus equally as comfortable as resting under a thick wool blanket with a hot cup of cocoa in or even when one settles with an exotic beverage on a hot sandy beach far and away. [Press release via Facebook]

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Artist: Júníus Meyvant
Title of Debut Album: Floating Harmonies
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Label: Record Records

Tracklist:
1. Be a Man
2. Beat Silent Need
3. Color Decay
4. Neon Experience
5. Domestic Grace Man
6. Hailslide
7. Mighty Backbone
8. Gold Laces
9. Signals
10. Manos
11. Pearl in Sandbox
12. Floating Harmonies

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 13 // Mascotte // Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 14 // Le Romandie // Lausanne, Switzerland
Feb 15 // GéNéRiQ Festival // Besancon, France
Feb 16 // GéNéRiQ Festival // Dijon, France
Mar 24 // Bæjarbíó // Hafnarfjarðarkaupstaður, Iceland
Aug 11 // Airport Piestany // Piešťany, Slovakia
Aug 18 // C/o Pop Festival // Köln, Germany
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Júníus Meyvant’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Debut Album: Syd – Fin (2017/02/03) [Full Album Stream]

:: Ready for The Internet Syd’s album, Fin!


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Artist: Syd
Title of Debut Album: Fin
Release Date: February 03, 2017
Label: Columbia Records

Track Listing:
1 Explicit Shake Em Off
2 Know
3 No Complaints
4 Nothin to Somethin
5 All About Me
6 Smile More
7 Got Her Own
8 Drown in It
9 Body
10 Dollar Bills
11 Over (feat. 6LACK)
12 Insecurities


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Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Instagram

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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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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:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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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:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

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