New Release: The Touré-Raichel Collective – ‘The Tel Aviv Session’ + Tour Dates


Simply divine. The Touré-Raichel Collective is composed of the highly lauded Vieux Farka Touré (Mali) and Idan Raichel (Israel), who were brought together during a serendipitous encounter at a German airport.

The Tel Aviv Session is the product of an impromptu afternoon jam session that took place after the duo’s performance at the Tel Aviv Opera House in November 2010. The entirely improvised acoustic recoding features Vieux and Idan, as well as Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian calabash player Souleymane Kane. A little mind blowing to think that this was all off the cuff – insane talent.

The entire album is streamable below, and we are pretty much beside ourselves here. A must listen. Be sure to catch these gentlemen on their North American tour as well – tour dates after the jump.

Tour Dates after the jump

New Track: Supreme Cuts – “Lessons of Darkness (Apology)” + MP3


Chicago based beatmaking duo Supreme Cuts creates a sparse ambient soundscape of dense drums, steely breezes, and owl hoots in their most recent tune, “Lessons of Darkness (Apology).” Shifting between barely there and swirling melodies seemingly chasing some mysterious destination, the track easily encloses the listener in its story.

Look for their upcoming album, Whispers in the Dark, out June 12!

Supreme Cuts – “Lessons of Darkness (Apology)” [MP3]

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New Release: V.A. – Future Sounds Of Jazz Vol. 12


Five years since the Vol. 11 release, we can now lay our hands on the beautifully crafted Future Sounds Of Jazz Vol. 12. Thanks to the folks at Compost Records for this great compilation of progressive jazz tunes – ranging from electronic to eastern to afrobeat to house and beyond in influence. Tune in to the stream below and hear some great artists, which include Sepalcure, Anchorsong, Scrimshire, Letherette, and Wareika, to name a few.

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SXSW 2012 Photo Wrap Up + Top Fives


Photos by Seher Sikandar and Ashleigh Reddy.

Bare legs and beautiful people, music blasting from every doorway, epic parties with blow up rafts for crowd surfing, and more good eats than you can count on your fingers and toes, South by Southwest (SXSW) is the epitome of camp for adults. Above, take a little peek into our time at SXSW with this photo slideshow from some of our favorite shows!

We’ll leave you with a couple fun top 5 lists of our SXSW highlights – our top 5 performances and our top 5 places to eat!

Top 5 Performances

Alice Smith – The woman can sing her behind off, first of all. Every time we’ve seen her perform it’s all heart and soul – you watch her feel the spirit and are compelled to be moved by it right alongside her. Just epic. She also sang a few new cuts off of her upcoming album that will be coming out this year – and yes, they are amazing.

Michael Kiwanuka – Another magnificent voice. As we walked up the stairs to the church Michael was performing in, we couldn’t help but find ourselves in disbelief yet again at the voice emanating from the stairway and the walls – we had to be in a time warp, right? Was that voice really coming of this humble young man in 2012? Once we entered the room of jam packed pews, we became witnesses to our seeming fantasy becoming reality. Simply beautiful.

THEESatisfaction – So much flavor and heaps of attitude, these ladies are entertainers. With lyrics about bisexuality and racial identity, they also aren’t afraid to push the envelope and talk about things that actually matter. The melodic, often dense, dark, throbbing sound enraptures you like you never knew how you were without it before.

Erykah Badu – Anyone that’s seen a few Badu shows knows that no one show is ever the same. The lady can fill up a stadium with charm enough to make you think she was your homegirl talking just to you. In her home state, Erykah does not play – at all. The energy was the livest of live and we took it all in.

Rick Ross – Rawse at the Fader Fort. What else is there really left to say? Call and responses reduced to grunts and a hysterical crowd of hipster fans = everything you’ll ever need in life.

Read about our top 5 places to eat after the jump