John-Paul Shiver's Latest Articles

Future Classics
Jazz

Natasha Agrama “The Heart of Infinite Change” (World Galaxy / Alpha Pup)

From the intricate arrangement and soaring nature of the lead song ‘Black Narcissus’ from “The Heart of Infinite Change”, it becomes apparent that this debut release from Natasha Agrama is not her first time working with jazz masters. On this Joe Henderson composition, Agrama uses her finely tuned vocal instrument …

READ MORE →
Future Classics
Electronic Hip-Hop

Mophono, Egyptian Lover, Ernie Fresh “California Colors EP” (CB Records)

Even before the revenge driven 808 straight slaps the left side of your brain and mobs your ear holes for 4 mins, Emcee Ernie Fresh declares the status of proceedings. “This one is going out to all the straight up, motherfucking b-boys.” And with that “California Colors”, the new EP …

READ MORE →
Future Classics
Electronic

Les Graciés “XPO 201-3”

The three song EP, XPO 201-3, released earlier this week, finds Segalen and Porter continuing their conversations about sound via “polyrhythmic, hypnotic groove and experimental beats free of tempo and meter”. While it is noted that these sessions were recorded from 2012-2013. No dust has settled on these free-roaming percussive …

READ MORE →
Forgotten Treasures
Ambient

Hiroshi Yoshimura “Music for Nine Postcards” (1982, Empire Of Signs)

Available for the first time outside of Japan, Hiroshi Yoshimura’s 1982 ambient classic, Music for Nine Postcards will be the first release by the Portland, Oregon / Berlin based record label Empire Of Signs. The label, founded by Spencer Doran of Visible Cloaks and Maxwell August Croy of Root Strata, …

READ MORE →
Future Classics
Beats

Elusive “Moments” (Dome of Doom)

Aaron Koslow aka Elusive, is a Los Angeles based electronic music producer, who delivered a meditative deep dive into the many pathways that experimental hip-hop/electronic music and avant-garde/free jazz can link. His “Fusion Swing”, released earlier this year on Alpha Pup Records, included live jazz instrumentation that helped to deliver …

READ MORE →
Interviews
House / Techno

AYBEE Articulates The Alphabet of Rhythm

Fifteen years deep into a riotous and defiant career, AYBEE – the multi-platform artist from Oakland, California and founder & chief alchemist at the Deepblak imprint doubles and triples down on the credo of ‘jumping off the ledge’ when creating his own dynamism of techno and house music. “The Motion …

READ MORE →
Forgotten Treasures
Eclectic

Can “The Singles” (Mute Records)

From the start, CAN, the multifarious West German band, understood the value in taping excessive jam sessions, sometimes up to six hours. This influential collective who drew influence from Sly Stone, James Brown and Karlheinz Stockhausen would mine back over tape, searching for the magic break. An updated version of …

READ MORE →
Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Kintaro “Universal” (Alpha Pup)

Jameel Bruner aka Kintaro, trumpets at the beginning of “Alt Pln”, a bass-line chauffeured proclamation stunner, “I don’t give a f*ck about your opinion.” Reason being, it seems this year if you have Bruner DNA, you got that “juice” to craft innovative music-that slaps. Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist Bruner, former …

READ MORE →
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

The Exciters “Caviar And Chitlins” (1969, Nature Sounds Records)

From the fairground organ whimsy actualized in the opening bars of “Blowing Up My Mind” immediately supported with an uptempo female vocal assault in triplicate, to the non-manipulated, sample ready horn line delivered on-beat at the start of “Give It Up”. The Exciters, a dynamic R&B quartet consisting of lead …

READ MORE →
Interviews
Soul

Diggs Duke Places An 8-Year Musical Progression Front And Center

Baltimore-based soul singer Diggs Duke’s two most recent releases were recorded eight years apart, but oddly were released ten days apart this past May. Subject matter that once drew inspiration from the boudoir is now extracted from the output of work via turn of the century African-American poets and musicians. “Suckas, …

READ MORE →
Daily
House / Techno

Washed Out Releases Video For “Get Lost”

Washed Out, the once drowsy chillwave alter-ego of Ernest Greene, has returned with the uptempo “Get Lost” that lovingly tips its hat to retro dance-floor song construction. The track, produced by Greene and mixed by Cole MGN, is part wanting to be house/part exquisite sampling sleight of hand. It maintains …

READ MORE →
Future Classics
Soul & Funk

The Heliocentrics “A World Of Masks” (Soundway Records)

When the UK experimental septet The Heliocentrics decided to add the young Slovakian singer Barbora Patkova to their Jazz, Hip Hop, Psych and Krautrock outfit for their new release “A World Of Masks”, it transformed an already well-respected band… into a superior one. The Heliocentrics have collaborated with the likes …

READ MORE →