Simon Green aka Bonobo returns with one of the key cuts from his forthcoming album, ‘Black Sands’. Drawing as much on the rhythms of two-step as the lush soundscapes for which he’s best known, ‘Eyesdown’ also features a remarkable vocal from Andreya Triana and enough fuzzed-out sub-bass for a binful of dubsteppers. Classic and contemporary, melancholy and exhilarating all at once, ‘Eyesdown’ sounds like the kind of record Massive Attack could be making if they were starting out now.
‘Eyesdown’ featuring Andreya Triana is taken from Bonobo’s fourth album ‘Black Sands’ on Ninja Tune.
Posted by: g.win on March 12, 2010 @ 3:28 PM
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The music conference rush is upon us, SXSW——>WMC. 14 days, 2 cities and lots of BBQ, hot sauce and Cuban Food on the horizon. First up, SXSW. Om is heading down to Austin this year repping for People Under the Stairs, Amp Live, J-Boogie and Pezzner. Linkage and RSVP info below.
Justin Martin conjures up Afrika Bambaataa and Newcleus on his new EP, Robot Romance on Dirtybird Records. Justin has always been one of my favorite house producers, and on this track, he just reconfirms why I love his work so much. His style really defies any boundaries.
Our first lady of house has become a label honcho herself. Colette just recently launched, Candy Talk Records. The house label will see future single releases from her arsenal of sweet soulful funky buddies including Joshua Heath, LawnChair Generals, Sexual Chocolate, Chuck Love, Giano, and Colette herself.
The first release is a track with Joshua Heath feat. Colette “Call On Me” will be released soon.
If you are a sugar fiend, follow Candy Talk Records on Facebook here
Posted by: g.win on March 11, 2010 @ 12:21 AM
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The Detroit Electronic Music Festival or Movement 2010 has announced its lineup scheduled to take place May 29-31, 2010. This is the 10th anniversary of Detroit’s yearly electronic music festival. The event is held in Hart Plaza in Detroit Michigan. Stand outs include Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman Live, Claude Von Stroke, Mr. Scruff, Radio Slave, A-Trak, Josh Wink and Kid Sister (Live).
For more information on the event visit www.demf.com/
A-Trak / Acid Didj / Agoria / Anthony “Shake” Shakir / Cassy / Chris Liebing / Claude VonStroke / Dan Bain / Derrick Carter / DJ Dick / DJ Godfather / DJ Hype / DJ Koze / DJ Pierre / DJ Sneak / Francesco Tristano – Live / Hudson Mohawke / Ida Engberg / Inner City / ItaloBoyz / Jamie Jones / Jennifer Xerri / Joel Mull / John Acquaviva / John Johr /Josh Wink / K-HAND / Kenny Larkin – Live / Kid Sister – Live / Kraak & Smaak / Kyle Hall / Larry Heard / Luke Hess – Live / Magda / Mark Ernestus (Rhythm & Sound) / Martin Buttrich – Live / Martinez Bros / Martyn / Matthew Hawtin / Michael Mayer / Minx / Model 500 / Mr. Scruff / Onur Ozer / Paco Osuna / Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson w/ Will Sessions – Live / Pretty Lights – Live / Punisher / Radio Slave / Recloose / Rex Sepulveda / Richie Hawtin presents Plastikman Live / Rick Wilhite / Rob Hood – Live / Rolando / Ryan Crosson / Scion – Live / Secrets – Live / Simian Mobile Disco / Stacey Pullen / Starski&Clutch / Theo Parish / Woody Mcbride and more TBA.
Posted by: g.win on March 10, 2010 @ 10:50 PM
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In this month’s visual stimulation, we are more than happy to feature world renowned artist, Dalek. He personally sent us these pieces to be featured in this month’s installment of Visual Stimulation.
James Marshall, aka Dalek, is one of the most celebrated artist today. As the son of a military family, Dalek lived all around the world including a brief stint in Japan. He turned to skateboarding, graffiti, and punk music for inclusion. While attending the art institute in Chicago, Dalek created a character that would soon become his first signature piece. Dalek’s “Space Monkey” was seen everywhere.
From 2001 to 2002, Dalek served as assistant to the influential Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. The six-month assistantship proved to be a major turning point in Dalek’s career: “I didn’t have a real set direction for how I wanted to paint. I had seen a show of [Murakami’s] that August at the Boston Museum, and when I saw those painting close up, I realized that was the end product I wanted to see my ideas come out in. I realized I needed that sort of apprenticeship.”
In 2007, Dalek produced a show and the world saw a drastic departure from the “Space Monkey” character. Gone was the iconic character he had been known for, and new was the grand hand painted pieces featuring an abundance of color and shapes. The concept behind the new series was the meditation of the push and pull of life forces.
Visit Dalekart.com for more information on James Marshall, aka Dalek.
Nu Soul: How close to completion is the new album? SJ: The new album is pretty much finished. It’s in the process of being mixed down as we speak.
Nu Soul: What can your fans expect to hear on the new album? SJ: Well thats a difficult question for me to answer being that I wrote so many different types of songs. At the time of creating this record, I was going through some very personal and difficult challenges in my life. For a while, I was only able to express my feelings by putting them down in paper and the songs all turned out to have very melancholic theme. It wasn’t until I wrote about an albums worth of those types of tracks that I was actually able to get back to writing what I’m truly my best at….writing self-empowering songs.
Just like on “Rise”, I took that difficult time in my life and turned them into what I would like to believe are self-empowering optimistic songs about looking at the brighter side of things despite love loss, death, and etc. I’m hoping this new batch of songs will help others who are going through a difficult time in their life.
As for all those sad songs, a few of them actually made the album.
Nu Soul: Who did you get a chance to work with on this new record? SJ: I worked with my producer from my first record, Sebastian Arocha Mortin. I also wrote some songs with other producers on this new record. I also collaborated with JB Eckel on a song called “Tonight”.
Nu Soul: What is the first single going to be? SJ: The first single is out now and is called, “Waves Of Change”. We have remixes from Kaskade, Andy Caldwell, Cafe Del Mar, Richard Grey, and more.
Nu Soul: What else have you been up to in the time since the release of “Rise”? SJ: Let’s just say that I’ve been through a lot. I have seen the world in many ways. I’ve experienced everything from death to love and everything in between. I have seen people I love come and go and I have reconnected with people that I thought I would never see again. I have learned a lot since the release of my first record. I am just a wiser stronger version of me. My mind and my eyes are more open then they ever have been before .
Interview by Norman of Nu Soul Magazine. Norman is also a writer for URB.com and many more fine publications.
Posted by: Norman (Nu Soul) on March 7, 2010 @ 3:18 PM
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You might have noticed the name Groove Armada around a bit lately. It could be due to their “Paper Romance“ single that has been on heavy rotation globally or maybe the massive new album released today. Either way, we thought we needed to corner these lads and get the goods for you. Thankfully, Andy Cato recently took time out of his busy schedule touring the sunny climes of Australia with the Big Day Out Festival to chat with us about where Groove Armada has been, where they’re headed in full force, as well as coffee, cigarettes, and lazers. Let the games begin. URB: Thanks for chatting with URB while on tour down in Australia, Andy. You are over halfway through the tour, how have they been treating you down under? ANDYCATO: It’s always special for us over here. We’re playing to 30,000 people a day. The new songs, the show and Saint Saviour on the vocals is feeling pretty electric. URB: Do you guys have a city in Oz that really does it for you? The Big Day Out Tour does afford you the luxury of hitting all the best spots in Australia. AC: The Gold Coast crew are the ravers, Sydney does things on a large scale and works the after parties well, and Melbourne’s got a San Fran vibe.
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Posted by: g.win on March 7, 2010 @ 2:42 PM
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