Esperanza Spalding‘s release date is quickly approaching (this Tuesday), and now she’s on NPR with a review and full-album stream. Today is the last day to listen, so head to NPR now for a glimpse at the future of Jazz.
Aabaraki pays tribute to two legendary postmortem singer/songwriters, covering a Classic cover of a classic on The Pre-Release EP, available for free download here.
The Hathaway cover:
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The John Lennon original:
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Comprised of four talented working musicians: Brian Forbes (guitar), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), Aaron “BLACKDATA” Steele (Drums), and Aamir “Akie” Bermiss (vocals/keys), Aabaraki has been playing their own brand of reduction-stutter-funk together as a unit since the spring of ’09. Separately, they have worked with an impressive range of musicians and producers including Roy Hargrove, Soulive, Patti Smith, The American Symphony Orchestra, Megahertz (Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy), and Jimmy Lenner (John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Donna Summer).
The current EP reveals a vulnerability (“Terrified,” “Save Me”) and predation (“Girl,” “Big Bad Wolf”) that’s quite common among us humanfolk. Vocalist Aamir “Akie” Bermiss accomplishes this with keys-in-hand, and tongue-in-cheek as he channels the American Everyman. A reflection of our culture, Akie’s creative use of satire is best exemplified halfway through the EP in the up-tempo “Big Bad Wolf:” ‘Haters hate, players play, girl don’t front on me just get undressed. Now you’re free, follow me, to the deepest depths of desire.’
The band is funky, harmonic, minimal, and is consistent throughout the EP, each musician sticking closely to the sound of his instrument without relying on heavy effects that might alter it beyond recognition. They are retro but not throwback, progressive but not cold. In other words, Reduction-stutter-funk at its best. ☺
Aabaraki will be playing in NYC at Fontana’s on September 9th and Rockwood Music Hall every subsequent Thursday. They are also working on a follow-up to The Pre-Release EP to be released in the fall. In the meantime, make sure you download the current project here.
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Paul Devro mixed the new download from Dominican party queen Maluca, known until recently for her hit “El Tigeraso.” Paul wrote a post about it on the blog for Mad Decent (Diplo’s record label) :
Continuing with our weekly mixtape giveaways we present you with Maluca – China Food mixed by me. This is the brain child of Maluca for us to create a biographical trilogy (Past, Present and Future), if you will, of her musical influences and own music. First starting with where Maluca is coming from, early influences ( Playero Music ) and early songs (“Big Bad Bangs”), next, we move on to where she’s at, current influences ( “Mambo de Calle,” “Gaga Music” ), current songs ( “Jungle Violento,” “Flourescent Beige” ) and finally where she’s going influences ( “Dutch House,” “Vogue”/”Ballroom House” ), songs ( “Loca,” “Hector” ). With original production from amazing producers Oliver Twizt, Mumdance, Ruckazoid, Kevin Seaton, Marcus Price and one wack one, Me. I’m pretty positive what you’re about to hear, new song or old will be 99percent new to your ears. So where Maluca goes from here I don’t know, but what i do know is that shes so talented, beautiful and crazy that I’ll be watching and listening closely the whole way.
This week Gilles Peterson‘s radio show focuses on an upcoming collaboration between Roots Manuva and Wrong Tom. So besides a varied mix of artists like Curtis Mayfield, Wiley, B.Bravo, Cheese Roots, The Roots, Slum Village, Rick Ross and KRS-One, this week’s program also dedicates some time to the upcoming album Duppy Writer, described as such by KSPACE:
Roots Manuva is about to unveil a new full length this September featuring dub reworks from his Big Dada cataloge. Duppy Writer is a towering collaboration between Rodney Smith and South London reggae producer/remixer Wrong Tom. Knowing full well how much Manuva respects his BASS, Wrong Tom does not disappoint as he sits behind the desk making sure each classic is kept bashment certified approved. This mix includes a brand new track called “Jah Warriors” featuring Ricky Rankin. which will be released as the first single. Look out for Duppy Writer in the US on September 21st.
Also coming this fall: BBE releases Gilles Peterson presents: Worldwide – A Celebration Of His Syndicated Radio Show. Free MP3 Download and full 2xCD tracklist after the jump.
After giving an amazing performance last week in Boston at the beautiful Woodward at Ames, José James zipped back to New York City to make an appearance later that week at the Lincoln Center. Along with Robert Glasper and Bilal on the bill these gentlemen thrilled the audience and made very clear, just how unclear the line between jazz and soul can be. Check out what the New York Times had to say about him, and about the re-emergence of jazz in the mainstream.