New Release: Lord Echo – ‘Curiosities’ [Full Album Stream]

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Today, the elusive Kiwi producer-extraordinaire Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabs) releases his long-awaited sophomore solo album Curiosities via Brooklyn’s own Bastard Jazz Recordings. The painstakingly-crafted LP of original material tastefully transcends a landscape of disco, dub, funk, afrobeat and soul, showcasing Fab’s “dual-mastery of 60′s production techniques and modern dancefloor aesthetics”.

The album also underscores New Zealand’s hard-won rep for cultivating a new generation of groundbreaking artists and masterful musicians (not to mention chart-topping pop stars of similar “royal” appellation). Curiosities features a wealth of Echo’s soulful compatriots including heralded vocalists like Toby Laing (of Fat Freddy’s Drop), Mara TK (from Electric Wire Hustle), Leila Adu and Lisa Tomlins, who graces the album’s soaring cover version of the Pharoah Sanders & Leon Thomas classic “The Creator Has a Master Plan.”

Enjoy the full album stream below and more info here.

New Music: Lord Echo – “Molten Lava” feat. Leila Adu + “Digital Haircut”

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New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and producer Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabs) gears up for his highly-anticipated sophomore album Curiosities, by dropping a two-track single this week. The chunky, dubby-disco tune “Molten Lava” features vocals from his long-time muse Leila Adu, while the funky afro-house vibes of “Digital Haircut” give us a slice of the dancefloor-piquing flavors that the full album has in store. Pre-order Curiosities for an instant download of these single tracks.

Video: ‘The Existential Adventures of Tim Maia’

 

Earlier this year we shared with you the long-time-coming release of Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia as well as a mini-documentary on the curious life of the Brazilian musical legend Tim Maia.

Today we’ve got a charming animated short film narrated by Devendra Banhart to further give you a peek into this brilliant man’s world. As per IFC.com, the film is a product of stories collected from “old band members and friends, label personnel and various journalists in Brazil and America.” You’ll also get a peek into Maia’s trailblazing musical fusions, which introduced soul, funk, and disco to Brazilian music such as samba, baião, and xaxado.

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New Remix: Justice – “Helix” (Domenico Torti’s Headspin Remix)

 

A new Justice EP is on its way for January 8! Called Helix, the EP expands on the original “Helix” track from the band’s most recent album, Audio, Video, Disco, and also introduces a couple remixes, one of which we’ve got for you today! The remix above is by Domenico Torti and the other remix is by Gesaffelstein. The EP also comes with two fresh cuts, “Presence” and “Ohio.”

Now get to dancing your brains out, already!

Pre-Order Helix on iTunes

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Video: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Building A Ladder” (Live)

 

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After having our mind sufficiently blown by Melbourne’s, Hiatus Kaiyote, we could not take these guys off of repeat.

Take a gander at a live performance of “Building A Ladder” at The Evelyn Hotel. Lead singer Nai Palm boasts her signature tickling pipes.

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