Crucial Material – May 11, 2018
After a brief hiatus because of the launch of MIMS Radio, we are back with another week of Crucial Material!
Once again it’s been real hard to choose from all the amazing releases coming out, especially because they’ve been really piling up as of late. We’re just glad to know that we might have been the ones to have turned you on to something special! Let’s get into it it.
Potatohead People “Nick & Astro’s Guide To The Galaxy” (Bastard Jazz)
The far-out Funk duo from Vancouver, BC, Canada is back with a full-length LP on Bastard Jazz after a string of killer singles and various releases. The LP has a handful of real nice features from the Hip Hop / Modern Funk / Neo-Neo-Soul spheres – Illa J, K-Maxx, Nanna.B, Moka Only etcetera (to drop a couple names). Walla P sat down with the duo for the full scoop.
Jon Hopkins “Singularity” (Domino Recordings)
This one’s been getting a lot of attention, and rightly so, this album is really good! “Singularity” is Jon Hopkin’s fifth album, and he’s really showing no signs of slowing. Razor-sharp precision and heart-wrenching beauty are what make up the sonics of this one, creating an atmosphere that really digs down into the emotions and makes it hard to turn away. Sources say his live performances are also an absolutely must, so if he’s ever in your area do not think twice!
Alex Attias Presents “LillyGood Party!” (BBE Records)
The “LillyGood Party!” compilation is packed with singular moments that show up in Japanese Disco, Spiritual Jazz, Funk, House, Boogie, and Broken Beat selections. From the sideways and artful bass moves from Material’s Bill Laswell on the Nona Hendryx Funk Rock pearl ‘Over And Over’, to the juicy Broken Beat wobble that switches to a Disco 4/4 sentiment on ‘Cascade’ by Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks, “LillyGood Party!” reserves no time for the predictable.
-Selected by Channel Subtext. Read the full text here
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids “An Angel Fell” (Strut Records)
Spiritual Jazz with a message. In a world where so much of popular focus is directed towards the fleeting and ephemeral, it’s nice to know there are still people out there who are trying to direct attention to things that actually… matter. “The songs explore global themes that are important to me and to us all: the rise of catastrophic climate change and our lack of concern for our planet, loss of innocence and separation… but positive themes too, the healing power of music, collective action and the simple beauty of nature”… enough said.
Unknown Artist “DEL_03” (Delodio Records)
We were turned onto this release from our good friend Kris Guilty on the last episode of MIMS Radio. As the story goes, one of the Delodio Records team members found an unmarked cassette at a flea market, and it was so good that they decided to release it! “A music that has lost its owner. A cassette without info. An album without a name.” It’s some real tripped out otherworldy stuff, that could be found on a Mystic Jungle Tribe release or something of the likes, and the mystery just adds to its appeal. Only 300 copies, go get that if you know what’s good for you!
Dawit Eklund “Corona EP” (1432 R)
This one’s a 4-track dancefloor disc that makes for a perfect sneak attack for when a quick curveball is needed. Non of the tracks are repetitive, but things repeat just enough to hold the listener in the groove, having that ‘live-jam’ aesthetic that keeps things loose and free-flowing. For fans of Horatio Luna and other home-brewed grooves.
-Selected by Mike Jones
Simian Mobile Disco “Murmurations” (Wichita Recordings)
“Murmurations” sounds just like its album art. Soft billows of human voices from Hackney-based vocal collective The Deep Throat Choir cascade gently overtop of electronic pulsations and guide the listener smoothly through the sonics. Full on pleasantries for the ears!
Sinjin Hawke “First Opus Remixes” (Fractal Fantasy)
The Toronto-based experimental club don has called upon some of the finest to flip up his most recent work “First Opus”. Sinjin’s productions sound like the early works of Rustie and Hudson Mohawke if the pair was born and raised on the URL mega-verse. Included in the remixers are Fractal Fantasy mastermind Zora Jones, forward-thinking Grime producer Murlo, Swing Ting, and others. Turn the subwoofers up to 11 and let Mother Earth shake.
Joe-Armon Jones “Starting Today” (Brownswood Recordings)
The London Jazz scene just keeps giving! This one will, once again, not disappoint. Really garnering attention from selectors Joe-Armon Jones is picking up momentum, and this release shows that energy. There is virtually not a single ill-placed note, everything and every band member seems completely in harmony with one another, and the messages in the lyrics push further this mentality of peace within yourself and within your community. A serious breeze of a listen. Calm the nerves and just chill out, even for a moment.
Stay tuned, we’ll be back in two weeks. Now go get those records!