Sonny Singh announces debut solo album, Chardi Kala; watch the video for lead single ‘Aisee Preet’

As the trumpet player and singer of Brooklyn Bhangra outfit Red Baraat for over 10 years now, many will instantly recognize musician, educator and activist Sonny Singh on his new solo project. Under his own name, Sonny is set to release his debut solo album titled Chardi Kala, a record of uplifting Punjabi anthems and Sikh kirtan with lyrics from Gurbani (Sikh devotional poetry) and Sufi poetry mostly written in the 16th and 17th Centuries. “Musically, this project embodies the many spiritual, political, and aesthetic elements that have shaped me,” Sonny explained. “Every song has an original vibe to it, eclectic and unique, from a bolero-mariachi Sikh shabad on one track, to a qawwali song with a reggae bass line on another, then a bombastic Ghadar Party tribute in Punjabi and Spanish on yet another.”

Chardi Kala will see the light of day on May 13th and ahead of it Sonny has shared the jubilant lead single ‘Aisee Preet’, featuring a Sikh shabad (devotional poem) by Guru Arjan, the fifth of the ten Sikh Gurus. The single is offered with an accompanying video shot in Richmond Hill, Queens, which has a large Punjabi Sikh community. Speaking about it, Sonny commented:

“I hope this music and video will help bring more attention to the Sikh community in the US who have too often been ignored by mainstream media. As we Sikhs around the world celebrate Vaisakhi, I want to invite other communities to join us and get a glimpse of our spiritual and cultural practices, while also joining us in our struggles for dignity and justice.

The reality is our community usually only makes headlines in the United States in times of tragedy as victims of racist attacks and hate crimes. Part of our intention with this video, and my music in general, is to amplify the beauty, love, and strength in the Sikh community, who have dealt with so much oppressive trauma but remain in chardi kala – revolutionary eternal optimism.”

Shravya Kag directed, filmed, and edited the video for ‘Aisee Preet’. Watch it below.

Holy Fuck unveil brand new track ‘Ninety Five’

Canadian quartet Holy Fuck have been one of our absolute favorite bands since forming in 2004 and new music from them always put us in a state of joyous excitement. The outfit of Brian Borcherdt, Graham Walsh, Matt McQuaid and Matt Schulz have shared a brand new track called ‘Ninety Five’. The track is “is the sound of drums literally collapsing under their own weight”, as the accompanying blurb describes. It “is the number on a gondola suspended in space. It’s the new number by a band floating in their spaces. spacing, spaced out.”

‘Ninety Five’ is a banger of a tune and we can´t stop playing it. Luca Tarantini directed a video to accompany it. Here it is.

Watch JOYFULTALK’s video for upcoming album’s lead single ‘Ballad in 9’

With less than a month to go until the release of Familiar Science, and after enticing us with the monumental first single ‘Take It to the Grave’, Jay Crocker aka JOYFULTALK has shared the album’s wild and brilliant lead single, ‘Ballad in 9’. The track features Nova Scotia-based Nicola Miller on alto sax and flute and Jay Crocker has paired the track with a video made by himself. Watch it below.

Familiar Science is out on May 6th through Constellation

Nightports share second single from upcoming album with Tom Herbert

Nightports w/ Tom Herbert is the new collaborative album from inventive British duo Nightports with phenomenal bass player Tom Herbert, releasing on May 6th via The Leaf Label. Throughout Nightports w/ Tom Herbert, Herbert’s command of the double bass is on display. Speaking about the recording process, he says:

“Recording the music for the Nightports album was a very straightforward and enjoyable experience for me, I had nothing to prepare or learn and just spent a relaxed, if intensive, day of recording with Adam and Mark, who just let me improvise, occasionally throwing in a suggestion or idea for me to explore. They had the difficult job of sifting through the recordings and editing and shaping it into a coherent piece of work! I had very little memory of what I had played and I had no idea how extreme Adam and Mark were going to get with their production, so whenever they sent me anything it was always a surprise. I’m very proud of this music. It really feels like a great balance between and representation of my playing and their vision.”

The news emerged last month along with the first riveting single, ‘Arcs’ and now they are following it up with a second single called ‘October’ and an accompanying video by GOOD BOY. Watch it below.

ECHT! share cover of Sophie’s ‘MSMSMSM’; limited edition 7″ out in June

Belgian instrumental outfit ECHT! put out a hell of a debut album last year called Inwane, with influences aplenty, including hip-hop, footwork, trap, jazz and electronic music. Now they’re poised to follow it up with two covers from two producers they admire, Sophie and Objekt. The four-piece are offering up their own interpretation of ‘MSMSMSM’ by Sophie and ‘The Goose That Got Away’ by Objekt as a tribute to the club culture. “While being faithful to the atmosphere and the sounds of the two original tracks”, says the press release, “they add the organic energy that is typical of live music.”

MSMSMSM / The Goose That Got Away comes out as a limited edition 7″ on June 3rd through Sdban Records and can now be pre-ordered on bandcamp. Listen to ‘MSMSMSM’ below, you’ll be playing it again the second it ends.

Nancy Mounir announces debut album Nozhet El Nofous

Photo: Eslam Abd El Salam

A prominent name of Egypt’s independent music scene, Nancy Mounir is a talented and versatile multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer who plays various musical instruments including violin, piano, bass, theremin and the kawala, a traditional Egyptian bamboo flute. Following years of work researching female Egyptian singers from the early 20th century, she announced the release of her debut album Nozhet El Nofous, which means “Promenade of the Souls”. The upcoming record “explores microtonality, non-metered rhythms, and bold vulnerability through a musical dialogue between Mounir’s own arrangements and the sounds of archival recordings of once-famed singers”, explains the press release. “It explores the techniques and perspectives of a more freewheeling time period in Arabic music, before Arabic maqam (modal systems) and other musical foundations were standardized by the Middle East’s cultural power brokers in the early 1930s.”

Nozhet El Nofous will see the light of day on June 3rd through Simsara Music’s new imprint Simsara Records, and we can already hear the first otherworldly and entrancing single ‘Khafif Khafif’ featuring Saleh Abdel Hay.