Eleven more days till Christmas and the tunes keep rolling in! Better Listen Records dropped their eighth record after focus starting a sublabel and collaboration with Secret Reels over the past couple months. The second release from Frenchman Chevals 'Tokyo 2 Paris EP' after his very successful 'Labour of Love EP' on Homage is getting us heads learnt with his samples and inspiration drawing from parts all over the world. Don't sleep on this one as that Homage release sold out quick; still available on Juno and Downtown304.
Along with that, another one of my absolute favorite labels Quartet Series has added one to it's ever toughening Bodybuilder Series. Going minimal this time with Russian wizard Kuzma Palken, 'Macho Culture,' got a digital prerelease on Juno last week while the vinyl has almost arrived. It's definitely not for the faint of heart or hearing, this will clang about in your head and maybe even knock you out of your chair or help you throw a little 'tude on your dancefloor. 'Proper Sauna Chill' and 'Krepkiye Bitsepy' are probably my picks overall, accessible while still keeping the stylistics blatant is ideal in my book. Nachtbraker once again shows his range running this fantastic and versatile label that releases are timed and paced perfectly to keep us consumers guessing. Until next week y'all!!
More African goodness that I happened up this week. I luckily stumbled upon Republique Amazone from the amazing all women African super-group, Les Amazones d'Afrique. It came out earlier this year and throws together some traditional styles with some irresistible rhythms and hard edged melodies. I'll echo John's sentiments about the fantastic new Better Listen release from Chevals, cheeky French-Touch busniess. Speaking of business, 'Steet Shit' the little vertical shuffler from Disk will get the whole place down-to-it in now time!
I don't have as much new music to share with you all this week, since the homies already told ya about the new Smokecloud and Razor-N-Tape releases shipping out. Instead, I'll tell ya'll about some sweet multimedia, starting with Tyler, the Creator's Tiny Desk Concert. the Los Angeles born jack of all arts recently linked up with a group of stellar musicians to add some flair to NPR's web series, starting with some pretty lighting. Almost instantly though, the spotlight is placed on vocalists, Kaye Fox and Kiandra "Kiki" Richardson and stays there. You would think that these two knew each other for years by how well they harmonize and vibe off each other, but I would imagine it just took them a studio session to get their lines down, if even that. Tyler and the rest of the rhythm section are on point the whole time as well, overall I can't recommend the performance enough, watch that one over here. Switching gears a bit, the Brooklyn based party throwers and record label owners, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter, aka Mister Saturday Night have opened up their "indoor gathering place", Nowadays. It's a space they've been working on for 3-4 years, and last weekend the fruits of their labor were finally realized with an inaugural party featuring Discwoman all-star, Bearcat, with Night Doll and Chaska Sofia, aka Precolumbian selecting until 6am (continuously jealous of people in cities where the the lights don't come on before 3:30). These kinds of DIY spaces are very inspirational to me, and I really hope that it shows other people that there's still a place for dancing outside of a traditional club environment. Read the full Mixmag article here and that'll just about do it for me this week, stay positive out there friendos, till next time!