We’ve got some big news. Three of London’s most prodigious and respected jazz musicians – flautist and saxophonist Finn Peters, drummer Tom Skinner and tuba player Oren Marshall – come together as The Grip.
Influenced and named after the classic free jazz album from saxophonist Arthur Blythe, the trio are also “inspired by stories fictional and true”, as the press release describes. “Their telepathic compositions encompass music from hard blues to free bop and deep funk.”
The Grip have recently announced their debut album, Celebrate, slated for a October 27th release via Slowfoot Records. Recorded in just one day, Celebrate is immediately alluring and resonates the trio’s wondrous and spontaneous creativity.
What’s more, The Grip are celebrating the launch of their new album with a special intimate performance at the Vortex Jazz Club in London this Thursday. If you’re around, don’t miss this chance to witness the band in action.
‘Acorn’ and ‘Saladin’ are two of the album’s tracks now available to stream. Wrap your ears around them.
Celebrate will be released on a limited edition vinyl and digitally and can now be pre-ordered.
We love Buke and Gase. So we’re psyched to know that the Brooklyn based inventive duo of Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez have shared a brand new song called ‘Seam Esteem’. The track follows their #MondayMissions project, which saw the pair getting together for an 8-hour session every day for one week each month, where they improvised, recorded new music and continued their exploratory and learning process with new instruments and software. ‘Seam Esteem’ is one of the sketches Buke and Gase chose to rework into a full song. Give it a listen now.
Tokyo based multi-instrumentalist Sohhei Numata, the man behind Olde Worlde, has three full-length albums under his belt, all released solely in his native Japan. Olde Worlde’s fourth album, The Blue Musk-Oxen, has been announced and it marks his first worldwide release with the record set to be released in the UK on September 1st and in the US on October 6th.
The Blue Musk-Oxen was recorded, mixed and produced last year in Los Angeles with Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Pete Yorn, Ben Lee, Sunny Day Real Estate, Tortoise, Liz Phair) on production duties.
“It’s a perfectly schizophrenic album – sometimes acoustic, sometimes beat laden – but is 100% focused on utilizing the innocent, yearning vocals of Olde Worlde to drive each track.”, describes the album’s blurb. “The result is perfectly serene mood music for moog people.”
Get a taste of Olde Worlde’s honeyed voice and wonderful melodies with ‘Stuck In Hibernation’. The track is lifted from The Blue Musk-Oxen and it comes with an accompanying lyric video. And straight after, check out the stripped down acoustic version of the same song.
Yesterday saw the release of Tamaho Hitman, the new single from London based psych rockers Sun Machine. Released as a limited edition 7″ and also digitally as part of the Too Pure Singles Club, it features ‘Tamaho Hitman pt 1′ and the B-side ‘Tamaho Hitman pt 2′. Coinciding with the single release, and in support of it, the quartet are ready to take everyone by storm with three live shows in London this week. Sun Machine start off tomorrow at The Social, then Wednesday they’ll play at the Total Refreshment Centre and finally Friday they’ll be at the Shacklewell Arms. Head down to one or all of their shows if you can. To entice you further, here’s the two tracks from Tamaho Hitman, both slices of infectious psychedelia.
We already heard the soulful and groovy ‘Hold Tight’ and the funky ‘How We Be’ from Sinkane‘s upcoming second album, Mean Love. Now the multi-instrumentalist is offering another cut off the album, the sensual and infectious ‘New Name’. Give it a listen below and grab Mean Love when it drops on September 1st via DFA Records in North America and via City Slang in the rest of the world.
Deerhoof have just announced the release of their twelfth album and the follow-up to their 2012′s Breakup Song. The new effort is entitled La Isla Bonita and it arrives on November 4the via Polyvinyl.
Deerhoof recorded the album live in guitarist Ed Rodriguez’s basement, “a weeklong sleepover arguing over whether to try and sound like Joan Jett or Janet Jackson, cracking each other up, one guitarist whose name starts with J always putting too much red chile into the rations,” as the band’s drummer Greg Saunier put it.
According to the press release, La Isla Bonita sees Deerhoof pay tribute to some of their “heroes-turned-fans”, like David Bowie, Ric Ocasek, The Roots, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead and Beck. The album is also described as a discourse with some of very current fierce female-fronted bands, including St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Perfect Pussy, Karen O and Speedy Ortiz.
Here’s what Saunier said speaking about the upcoming album:
“No band is an island. Felt like one sometimes, in those budgetless and obscure early days, Satomi and me locked in the basement trying to figure out how our clashing personalities and ideas could turn into a band. If we hadn’t had that crazed mid-90s Bay Area punk scene to call home, I doubt we’d still be here to chat about a 20th anniversary.”
Lucky for us, Deerhoof have shared La Isla Bonita‘s first single, the punky and catchy ‘Exit Only’. Here it is.