Sonnymoon’s Golden Age

What would Drake’s “Housoatlantavegas” sound like minus the swagger and autotune? Like this!

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The name Sonnymoon is a reference to the legendary jazz saxaphonist Sonny Rollins. The band, like the tradition of jazz, is a progressive, boundary-crossing fusion of musical elements. Their music draws noticeable influence from artists like Bjork and Flying Lotus.  

As graduates of the Berklee School of Music, Dane Orr and Anna Wise are well versed in jazz concepts, but are also, like jazz musicians of the past, forward thinking in their approach to their own music. The duo’s sound consists of head-nodding drums, synthesizer ambiance, drones, glitches, and vocal harmonies that are a bit avant-garde, but still draw attention from a wide array of listeners. They are a part of a new school of artists that are continuing the legacy of music scenes that once seemed distinctly separate.  They join bands like Little Dragon and Electric Wire Hustle in continuing to bridge the gap between electronic, hip-hop, and rock, much like PPP did in the mid 2000’s, and Portishead did in the 90’s. There is nothing unique about bringing separate music scenes together, as there are countless others who are more or less known for similar practices. What’s important is, does it sound good? The answer is YES.   -L.E

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VV Brown’s Yellow Cab Sessions + N. American Tour

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Now that she’s making it in the US, VV Brown took the Black Cab Sessions idea and brought it to New York, hence the Yellow Cab Sessions. Enjoy, and find her remaining US tour dates with Little Dragon after the jump.  [Read more...]

Jamie Lidell – “The Ring” Video

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From Jamie Lidell himself: “Jamie and fellow musicians including Chilly Gonzales and Dan Rossen (Grizzly Bear) lift their hammers in this Anvil blues, whose lyrics describe a bedraggled beachcomber as he is seen desperately searching for his lost gold. The video, shot by Lindsey Rome in double vision through the barrel of a dusty camera’s sights finds Jamie returning to the songs birthplace, the beaches of Western Australia, to shout it out from the sands.”

Taken from the forthcoming album Compass out May 18th on Warp Records.

GPWW 3/8/10 Worldwide Family Mixtape: Josh Wink

Coming down off the excitement of that World Cup mix, Gilles Peterson still has to wait a while before the first match in June. Back to the groove, he’s home from a trip South covering New Zealand and Australia, and he has reliably collected new music all along the way. This week features music from that side of the globe, as well as some recent listens and favorites from his tour, like Scuba, Ramadanman and Michel Cleis. This week GPWW also features a mix from Josh Wink, an innovator from Philadelphia whose musical approach is described as techno meets big-room bop.

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Erykah Badu Secret Show in NYC – This Saturday, 03/27 [SOLD OUT]

Erykah Badu, Giant Step and Under 100/The Dash Gallery present a very special event this Saturday, March 27th at Good Units at Hudson, to celebrate the forthcoming release of Badu’s highly anticipated album New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh. Appearing alongside Erykah Badu will be Spank Rock, MNDR and The Tony Castles.

UPDATE: This show is SOLD OUT. There will be absolutely no ticket sales at the event.

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