Monday, May 25, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Checking the credits on Jazzanova's 'Of All The Things' (which I discussed a couple of days ago), I found out Brazilian jazzfunk-band Azymuth contributed to the very sunny 'Gafiera' (ft. Pedro Martins). To me, this is proof these guys impressed music lovers around the world and still get a lot of props from contemporary musicians inspired by their stuff. Their best known song and greatest hit most probably is the up-tempo partyfunk song 'Jazz Carnival', but the Azymuth-joint that first caught my attention was the fantastic 'Dear Limmertz'. The bass-slapping immediately manages to hit your spine while the rhodes and vocoder create a spacy atmosphere suited for a promising night out. My personal hero Madlib, who is known to be a huge fan of Brazilian music , started a project with Azymuth-drummer Ivan 'Mamao' Conti, releasing the album 'Sujinho' last year. Check out a video of the Jackson Conti-duo jamming here. Enjoy!
Jackson Conti @ Paradiso, Amsterdam
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Shii am I happy today! For no apparent reason (meaning it ain't my birthday or something) I got my very own heart-shaped 'Just Ain't Gonna Work Out' 7-inch (like in the video) from this ill gangstabitch Sarah (on the right in the picture). Thank you a zillion times, Sarah!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Don't start panickin' though, chill and let these guys invade your ear canals. Why do I mention their nationality? Because Germany is the last place you think of when exposed to the sometimes exotic and always adventurous styles of Alexander Barck, Claas Brieler, Jürgen von Knoblauch, Roskow Kretschmann, Stefan Leisering and Axel Reinemer (I admit, their names are VERY German) a.k.a. Jazzanova. Formed in Berlin in 1995, these guys have been creating mainly nu-jazz, electronic jazz and chillout music, occasionally hitting the charts with their more pop-oriented, radio-friendly songs, like 'No Use' (ft. Clara Hill) from their album In Between (2002). Although I've known this band for some years now, I really feel I should mention them here. All this because their latest album, 2008's 'Of All the Things', has been camping in my stereo for several months now. While not ignoring the style of music they mention in their moniker, the band seems to have chosen for a more 'soulful' approach. 'Look What You're Doin' To Me' (ft. Phonte of Little Brother, I'll talk about that guy sometime soon) is a joyful uptempo love song combining Phonte's versatile voice with some excellent cutting and programming by Stefan Leisering. Ben Westbeech (he too will get a post someday) has a whole orchestra accompanying him on the swingin' 'I Can See', a song you'll want to hear at least a dozen times a day. Also check out 'L.O.V.E. and You and I', Jazzanova's very own tribute to the breakbeat, and 'Little Bird' (ft. José James) to prove just how all-round these guys are. If you want a true taste, check out Alexander Barck's dj-set @ Petrol, Antwerp (22/05/09). I guarantee you'll have a great time...
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The Stylistics still going strong
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
First time I heard Mayer Hawthorne I was thinking 'hmm, that's odd; a dope soul classic I've never heared before'. Of course I was surprised to find out the funky smooth falsetto belonged to a 29-year-old white kid coming from Michigan. Two songs were enough for Stones Throw Records CEO Peanut Butter Wolf to sign the multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer to his label. Chances are you already heard this magical little tune cuz well... it's just that good! Watch the official video for 'Just Ain't Gonna Work Out' here , read the interview @yesyesyall.org or watch the on-point.be-interview (with snippets from his gig @ Trix, Antwerp - check the ultimately dope 'Green Eyed Love' (@1'20" & 5'20")). The guy promises a full album will hit the stores in Spring '09, so be on the lookout for that ish. Mayer is gon' be major, yo!