Suckers we are for some good instrumentals. UK producer J Biscuits put out a winsome EP called Quests this past December that we just can't stop playing.
The eastern influences added to this mellow set of electronic hip hop beats are super appreciated. Yes, there's a sitar in the mix, a little bit of freakage of what sounds like a traditional old school Bollywood tune, and a sample of some classic east Indian vocals. This makes us just a little weak.
Please do enjoy as thoroughly as we are - it has somehow, generously been made a free download. And also thank our pals over at Potholes In My Blog for sharing!
Oh yes. This is some newness that would be criminal to overlook. The much admired Meshell Ndegeocello has produced a debut project for some pals called Jason Lindner Gives You Now Vs Now.
Now vs Now is an electro-jazz trio with soul to spare. The band's members are some pretty powerful musical talents - keyboardist/composer Jason Lindner (Meshell Ndegeocello, Lauryn Hill), bassist/vocalist Panagiotis Andreou (Yerba Buena) and drummer Mark Guiliana (Heernt, Beat Music).
Below is an incredible free download from the debut project called "Far." The intro lasts just under two minutes, so make sure you don't miss these guys really getting down.
Finally, NYC folks should not miss the free live show later tonight! Details below.
Now vs Now - "Far" [MP3]
Now vs Now Live
Monday, Jan 9th
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY
GPWW: 01/06/12 Words & Music with Bad Bad Not Good, Jesse Boykins III, and Miles Cleret + Bumps for 2012January 6th, 2012
Gilles Peterson sets the New Year on fire with his most recent Worldwide Show. Starting off the show, Gilles speaks to the live jazz/hip hop trio Bad Bad Not Good, and finds out more about Soundway Records who are celebrating their 10th birthday this year. He also goes in depth with singer Jesse Boykins III, who talks about his plans to work with Sinden, Gold Panda, Machinedrum and Hudson Mohawke this year. Finally, in his Bumps for 2012 mix Gilles showcases his selection of next generation beat-makers that are causing a stir in the underground.
Check out Gilles' most recent shows:
GPWW: 12/29/11 Box of Delights
GPWW: 12/22/11 Worldwide Family Mixtape with Finn Peters
GPWW: 12/15/11 Box of Delights
Gorgeousness. San Francisco producer Blackbird Blackbird released a beautiful electronic tune called "Tears" late last year. At times, the song is a little reminiscent of The XX if you fancy them.
The video, though - wow. Sets off the song in a whole new way. It's simple but profound with it's juxtaposition of fast moving light flares and landscapes. Love the double exposure effect as well. So lovely.