The Needle 054: Shook on #chill, Habibi Funk, Jonwayne and more.

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The Needle 054: For the week of June 12th, 2016

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#chill got off to a good start at the very beginning of the week with a song called “Remember” by Antarctica based (according to his SoundCloud) musician, Shook...must be cold down there. He made it up to Netherlands to record his latest album, Continuum, which was released just about two weeks ago and was well received: “Shook's style gets more refined and distinct with each release. This album, though lacking bite in comparison, might just be the most coherent and whole yet”. S/O @davehawkins for the post.

Shook - Remember

It’s not often that we feature the same channel back to back, but #indie was moving this past week. And thanks to @clcmusic, we were introduced to NYC student and folk singer, Maggie Rogers. We aren’t the only ones impressed, as Pharrell was practically brought to tears after hearing her recently released song, “Alaska”. Hear for yourselves:

Maggie Rogers - Alaska

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You’ve probably seen a few artists (Ivan Ave, Benny Sings, KAYTRANADA, Anderson Paak, etc.) who’ve all released music through Jakarta Records somewhere in #music by now. And when a label is so consistent with quality sounds on the fringe of popularity, it is sometimes worth diving into some of their further off-grid music. 8 days ago, Jannis (Jakarta Records) released mixtape 006 of their Habibi Funk series which is the result of some crate digging adventures in North Africa. Definitely not the type of music you come across everyday, but definitely a good listen if you’re interested. Click the image below to listen. 

Also, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released a brand new album called The Getaway...the first one that wasn’t produced/engineered by Rick Rubin since 1989. More on that here.

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Jonwayne. It was only a matter of time until the dude appeared here on The Needle as he’s been a steady topic of conversation over in #hiphop over the past year or so. The producer/rapper who’s released music through Stones Throw got his start in poetry and ended up being damn good at it. He’s worked with Flying Lotus, Jeremiah Jae, Anderson Paak and more over the span of his career. Jonwayne seems to be one of those guys to put his true self out there via his music. It’s always refreshing to come across artists that care more about their artistry than their reputation.

Here's a perfect example:
Jonwayne - That's O.K.
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The Needle 053: 'Deusa do Amor', Unloved on #indie, Radiooooo and more

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The Needle 053: For the week of June 6th, 2016

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The #brazilian channel has been steady since its inception so if you haven’t browsed around, there’s some great music to be discovered. This week, we’re reaching two weeks back to pull up a gem posted by @jpgomes that may have gone overlooked by many of y’all.  This one is by Moreno Veloso who was born in Salvador, Bahia. Even though he came from a musical lineage, he set off to study physics at university in Rio de Janeiro, but it didn’t take long before music manifested itself completely. Ever since then, he’s been putting out albums including dipping into some experimental on an album called, Music Typewriter, on which this song, ‘Deusa do Amor’, appears:

Veloso Moreno - Deusa do Amor

A heavyweight tune by a filmscorer/producer named David Holmes was dropped in #indie by @lauraglu and it’s cinematic for sure. In 2015, he formed a group with two others called Unloved and released ‘Guilty of Love’ as one of their first singles released on their premiere EP. Check it out if you want to get your Tuesday off to an interesting, yet solid start:

What else is going on?

#worldmusic is officially here. S/O to @cjam for being the driving force...now go drop your favorite tunes from around planet Earth onto planet #music.

If you need some help finding something, these clever French dudes (I think) put together a little tool called Radiooooo.com where you can take a musical taxi ride across the globe and even back in time! You’re guaranteed to come across music you’ve never heard before. Bon voyage...

Don’t sleep on…


A NJ / Brooklyn native that first made an appearance on #theneedle back in November, but has now graduated to the “Don’t sleep on” status...i’m sure he’s honored.  He smashes influences from “Flying Lotus and J Dilla as well as vintage funk and disco music” to create a sound that most of us can get along with on the first date. Keep on the lookout for more from Flamingosis:
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The Needle 051: Music from Guinea-Bissau, Julien Dyne, a UK Sound System release and more

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The Needle 051: For the week of May 22nd, 2016

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#afro had a good week this past week and @pedronunes took us to Guinea-Bissau for some music by Zé Manel. If you’ve heard of the guy, you know your shit because the man is not easy to find. He got his start early: “At age six, he formed a band to play music at boy scout camp”, and when they started to play around town (quite successfully), they had to kick out a couple members who weren’t playing up to par. Then, at age 7, he became the star of the band (that came to be called Super Mama Djombo) at things took off from there. For his full story (which is worth reading), you can check out his bio page on Cobiana Records.

ZE MANEL & 2 MG-B - Bardade dentro di bardade - Cobiana

There’s not a whole of music that passes through #rnb, but most that does is well worth the share. This week, @davehawkins gave us a little something that appeared on Moodymann’s last compilation release (DJ Kicks), but is originally by a guy named Julien Dyne. He hails from Wellington, NZ, is currently based in Berlin and has a sound that compliments the best of both worlds. This is the second song (at least) to appear on #music from his album, Pins and Digits, released in 2009. Here’s “Stained Glass Fresh Frozen (feat. Mara TK)”:

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Kamasi Washington has played an integral role in the #jazz revival, but as media drives deeper into the backstory, it’s always good to hear new pieces to the puzzle. Wax Poetics had a chance to sit down with him (so to speak) and pull some insight from jazz’s connection with hiphop to where jazz musicians pull their influences from. Check that out here.

Don’t sleep on…


Dipping into some of the Tru-Thoughts catalogue, we’re happy to bring you something from the UK Sound System Culture. Last week, the label released a compilation to give voice to the resurgence of the genre in the music scene and to start the compilation off, we’re treated to a track by The Sea (feat. Yaz Alexander and Benjamin Zephaniah) called ‘Pressure I’. If you’ve got any affinity for dub, or reggae or anything close, the whole compilation is definitely worth checking out.
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The Needle 050: "my favorite song ever", a Mixmag premiere, 'The Queen of Turquiose' and more

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The Needle 050: For the week of May 15, 2016

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When someone drops the line, “this is my favorite song ever” before posting something, y’all should probably give it a listen. And if another person replies, “it's indeed one of the best songs I've ever heard”, there should be no doubt in your mind that you need to listen. Well, just that happened last week in the #jazz channel for a tune that could just as easily have gone in #blues (where more gems were posted). But for now, it’s time to shed light on a track called “Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go)” by Boogaloo Joe Jones (S/O @newmerator for the post):

Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)

#techno came alive as well thanks to @nplusp. Mixmag does a pretty good job describing the song (which they premiered): “Spectate (Max Cooper Remix) opens disarmingly with shimmering melodic tones, before unravelling into a warped and temperamental ride through stuttering synths and blaring bass notes.” If you’re not familiar with Max Cooper, he’s a UK-based producer who has recorded a 6-hour mix (pretty crazy) which you can find on his website.

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If #punk were to ever receive an influx of action on a specific day, we should expect it for July 29th. And if you’re a fan of #punk music (specifically, The Ramones), you may want to save the date because the debut album by the punk legends was released 40 years prior. And to celebrate, Rhino Records will be re-issuing a deluxe version of the music which includes three CDs, one LP featuring the album remastered in stereo, a new mono mix by the album's original producer/mixer Craig Leon, rarities, demos, outtakes, unreleased live recordings, and photos from Roberta Bayley (who took the photo on the album's cover) - Pitchfork.

Towards the tech side of the music spectrum, Bandcamp weighs in on the rumors of download termination.

Don’t sleep on…


For those of you who enjoy opening a new musical door to a different style of sound, this might be something for you. Back over in #jazz, @cjam dropped us an album (The Queen of Turquoise) by a musician from Syria by the name of Basel Rajoub. In listening, you won’t be able to ignore the influence of his roots, but every song explores a different journey that’s worth embarking on. If you’d like today’s music selection to take you on a new adventure, definitely give this a try.  
Basel Rajoub - Bedaya (Start) [Official Audio]
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The Needle 048: R.L. Burnside on #blues, Mammal Hands, a busy week for music and more

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In case you missed it, we've released a fifth episode of The Needle Podcast

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Lots of music passed through the popular channels this past week, but in surfacing what you may have missed, it brings us great pleasure to bring you some #blues. Straight outta 1978 comes R.L. Burnside with a sound that’s about as raw as it gets...complete with sounds of crying babies in the background.  It seems less and less rare that undiscovered talents are finding popularity towards the very end of their music-making career and R.L. Burnside is no exception. There’s quite a story behind the guy so if you dig the music, it’ll definitely be worth checking into. S/O to @newmerator for bringing us “See My Jumper Hanging on The Line”

R.L. Burnside: See My Jumper Hanging On the Line (1978)

A little #jazz here and there suits most everyone’s taste and thanks to @abhirag, we got the fix we need. What an amazing sound Mammal Hands can make when they’re put to good use. The group is set to release their next album, Floa, on May 27 and if it sounds anything close to as good as the song they’ve released off of it, we’re in for treat. Here’s ‘Hourglass’ accompanied by visuals worth watching.

Mammal Hands - Hourglass (Official Video) [Gondwana Records]

What else is going on?


In case you missed it, lots and lots of music was released this past week. Here’s a list for you:


...and probably much much more.

Don’t sleep on…


London Beat Scene Specialist, Reginald Omas Mamode IV. Recently, he did a flip for Gilles Peterson’s Havana Club Rumba Session project and has since been doing shows with other notables like Al Dobson Jr. and Tenderlonious. And last week, the folks at Stamp The Wax featured his remix of The Invisible’s ‘Save You’ released with Ninja Tune. Only up from here.
The Invisible - Save You (Reginald Omas Mamode IV Remix)
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The Needle 047: Jungle Fire, a Pampa Records compilation, #rnb feels and more.

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For the week of April 24th, 2016

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#disco-_-funkyness has been steady for the past two weeks so it’s finally time to give credit where it’s due. A few years ago in Los Angeles, 10 guys got together and decided they wanted to make afro-latin funk. Not too long after, the likes of Gilles Peterson, Craig Charles, NPR, Cut Chemist and more decided they were really good at it. Juno Records (UK) even let the people know that “each Jungle Fire jam blazed the [dance] floor with real power”. And last week, @velvor put us on to them. Introducing...Jungle Fire.

Jungle Fire - Tropicoso

Can’t ignore the activity in #electronic this past week. @jessie put us on to a compilation released by Pampa Records “and it’s fucking great”. Pampa Records was founded by DJ Koze and Marcus Fink and is based out of Hamburg. As a label, they aim at putting out “club music that's seriously danceable without recourse to the tried and tested ingredients.” That’s definitely true of their complication release, DJ Koze Presents Pampa, Vol. 1, which contains an awesome Ada song entitled “You and Me”:

Ada - You and Me

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For streaming services, DJ sets have faced many financial and legal hurdles for obvious reasons. It’s why we haven’t really seen DJ sets make a large splash on Spotify and Apple Music, but that may be changing due to a deal Apple Music made last month. NPR has the full story here.

Also, Radiohead is disappearing.

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Snoh Aalegra. She got her first deal with SONY right before she turned 14 and works with some of the best artists in the business (Common, Killer Mike, James Fauntleroy, etc); but in case you’re not yet woke to Snoh, this is for you. Sweden born and raised, relocated to LA, she knows exactly what sounds she’s going for. If you live in the around the southwest of the US, you might be able to catch her on tour with JMSN this month. Her most recent release was a little less than a month ago as an EP entitled Don’t Explain, where you’ll find the song @davehawkins dropped on #rnb for us. If you dig Charleville 9200, it’ll be in your best interest to dive into the EP.
Snoh Aalegra - Charleville 9200 (Audio) ft. James Fauntleroy
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The Needle 046: #afro Colombian Funk, LNRDCROY, remerbering Prince and more.

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For the week of April 17th, 2016

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#afro + Colombian Funk + #rock = La Chiva Gantiva. If that strikes a chord somewhere within you, this will not disappoint. Big ups to @lauraglu for uncovering this one for us over in #afro. La Chiva Gantiva is out of Brussels and their music ranges from “tight-pocket” funk like this to afro-rock that scrambles like a runaway beat; festival music for sure. What an awesome music video too...here’s “Pelao”:

La Chiva Gantiva - "Pelao"

The #experimental channel was busy this past week. One standout track (among many others) belongs to a Vancouver artist who goes by LNRDCROY. If you’ve ever visited Vancouver, it won’t take long to make the connection between city and artist. And even though Vancouver can be quite cooky, his music will probably attract music lovers who don’t usually find themselves digging for ‘out-there’ sounds. According to his bio, “his productions have been particularly influenced by early-mid 90s techno & idm, as well as the transcendental cascades of the Cocteau Twins.” This is definitely worth the listen. S/O @papamocha for the post.

LNRDCROY - Ad In The Paper (Mix 5)

What else is going on?

One thing that many music lovers can agree on is that the thing they love most (music) would be a different place without Prince. Memoirs from artists and friends of the legend will do better justice in remembering him than The Needle can. To get you started, here’s a link to an essay written by Questlove in remembrance of Prince.

Feel free to share your personal favorite prince tracks/albums on #general. We’ll listen.

Don’t sleep on…
 

Another Brainfeeder signee, Taylor McFerrin. Out of Brooklyn, the son of popular vocalist Bobby McFerrin is carrying the torch to say the least. While you probably won’t hear him singing on any of his tracks, the keyboardist/producer/DJ/beatboxer is carving out a musical niche of his own. On his latest (and only) full album, Early Riser, released in 2014, he attracted the likes of Robert Glasper, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Thundercat and more. And to showcase the dude’s handle on sound, who better to take a hold of Hiatus Kaiyote’s ‘Laputa’, bring Anderson .Paak in, and come out with a gem of a remix:
Hiatus Kaiyote - Laputa (Taylor McFerrin Remix feat. Anderson .Paak)
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The Needle 045: Melt-Banana #rock on, "Nobody Speak, music from the Sahara and more

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#rock is where you can find a few gems from this past week and latest one belongs to a group called Melt-Banana straight outta Tokyo, Japan. Their “noise rock” sound found the tastebuds of KK Null and eventually Steve Albini and Skin Graft Records. They’ve been at it since 1992, but still working hard; their latest tours were in support of the headliners, Napalm Death and Melvins. If there’s anything that doesn’t need debate, it’s the fact that they’ll bring energy to any venue they touch. Here’s their version of a Devo original called “Uncontrollable Urge”. #rock on:

Melt-Banana - Uncontrollable Urge

On the other side of the spectrum, there was some #hiphop that turned heads this past week and that sound belongs to DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels. Instead of talking about how the pair came together on this, I’ll let DJ Shadow explain: "Occasionally, I make a beat that demands a specific vocal treatment and attitude. In the case of 'Nobody Speak,' I wasn't going to settle for anyone other than Run The Jewels; in my mind, it was them or no one. Fortunately, they agreed, and they took the track to a place I could never get to on my own. That's the definition of a rewarding collaboration." DJ Shadow drops his next album The Mountain Will Fall via Mass Appeal Records on June 24th. S/O to @davehawkins for the post:

"Nobody Speak" feat. Run The Jewels - DJ Shadow (The Mountain Will Fall) [HQ Audio]

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Some more music copyright politics. Kind of interesting this time around though. Here’s the quick rundown. A band from the 60’s called Spirit claims that the melody in “Stairway to Heaven” was theirs first. So, a jury assembled to decide on whether or not Led Zeppelin was required to pay millions in royalties to them. In the process, folks were finding other examples of music that could possibly be the root for the “Stairway to Heaven” melody which weakened Spirit’s case. The potential nail in the coffin, though, dates back to the 1600’s and is quite good listening apart from the familiar melody we hear @ 0:32. Enjoy:

There's actually a video here ^

Don’t sleep on…


Music from Niger. Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) didn’t and nor should you. Real recognize real can’t be more true in this case as this week's artists, Bombino, can truly shred...Saharan style. He’s been the subject of more than one documentary as his story and path to (and in) musicianship differs from most. Being from one of the continuously lowest ranked countries by the UN’s Human Development Index, Bombino’s success confirms that music knows no boundaries. From an appearance at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival and being invited to open for Robert Plant, the dude is sure to be an inspiration for others who wish to follow in his footsteps. S/O to @velvor for the drop:
BOMBINO -  Amidine       - Niger
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The Needle 044: Radio Citizen, a #brazilian 'Concrete Jungle', LA #jazz and more.

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#044: For the week of April 3rd, 2016

The Needle Podcast #043: Listen here.

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#electronic overperformed this past week so instead of giving it the limelight again, we’re going to take it to a channel that hasn’t hit #theneedle in a very long time: #reggae. Radio Citizen is a project by a guy named Niko Schabel and find its home in Germany. The collective features several musicians who are put together for specific projects which find a larger musical range than most others you’ve probably come across. For that reason, it wouldn’t do justice to consider Radio Citizen a #reggae group, but this particular tune that they worked on with vocalist Bajka definitely rings true with reggae influences...and lots of dub. S/O to @sarita for putting the channel (few, but strong!) on to ‘El Cielo’:

Radio Citizen ft. Bajka - El Cielo

And speaking of #reggae, @nelo put us on to a #brazilian artist named Céu who did a great job with Bob Marley’s ‘Concrete Jungle’ on her first album (self-titled) which was released in 2005. Céu is from one of the largest concrete jungles in the world, São Paulo, and is probably not new to those who call that city home. She’s been recognized for her work all around the world and for good reason. Her voice is unique, but feels like a perfect fit on everything she sings on. ‘Concrete Jungle’ is no exception:

Ceu Concrete Jungle

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Coachella kicks off weekend and you guys may remember hearing about (or seeing) Tupac showing up for a surprise show a few years back. Now, it seems Biggie is finally getting wind of the newest trend and is coming back in hologram form. Where he plans to take is virtual body is TBD, but it’s coming. More on Mashable.

Major Key alert. DJ Khaled has announced a new album. And it’s called Major Key.

For those of you who may have followed up on Flying Lotus’ last film project entitled FuckkkYouuu, he’s got some more content on the way. This time, the title is a little more PG; LoveTrue. It’s not totally his project as he only scored the film for Shia LaBeouf, but close enough. Apparently it’s pretty good and it premiers at the Tribeca Film Festival toward the back half of this week. Here’s the trailer for you:

LoveTrue | Trailer

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#jazz in Los Angeles. If you’ve followed along, you are well aware of Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Flying Lotus and more. In adding to the list of LA musicians who channel #jazz in their music, it’s about time to meet Terrace Martin. Recently, the veteran producer/musician has finally been getting play around the radio community, but he’s a well known name to people within the industry. His most recent studio album, Velvet Portraits, was released on April 1 and pays respect to the city that bred him. And relating a Donny Hathaway track to the hometown, here’s ‘Valdez off Crenshaw’ for you. Enjoy:
Terrace Martin "Valdez off Crenshaw"
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The Needle 043: Damage Control, #indie season, Gallant and more.

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#043: For the week of March 27, 2016

Apologies for the massive delay but we found the time to put together some music from #042 together for yall. Have a listen here

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This past week, the power channels did not disappoint. First, @ethan dropped the latest Mat Zo release on us in #electronic in case it had slipped anyone’s radar. The Self Assemble album was released on March 25 and will be a success if it reaches near the level of acclaim as his first album, Damage Control. That album was nominated for a Grammy and reached #7 on the dance charts in the US. If that’s not enough indication for the skill the dude’s got, here’s some ‘Soul Food’ for you:

Mat Zo - Soul Food (Album Mix)

On to #indie, we see that SUB-POP Records remains a staple to good music as @velvor unearths a song by The Head and the Heart from 2013 for us. Accompanied by an “Official Lyric Video” that is more entertaining than many music videos, “Another Story” should get the feels going for everyone as we (in the northern hemisphere) slowly approach summer. S/O to Seattle: the home of The Head and the Heart and the most appreciated summer worldwide.

What else is going on?

Hopefully you weren’t planning on listening to Radiohead’s B-Sides on your streaming service of choice this week. You won’t find them because the catalogue transferred from WMG to XL, but let's hope they figure out a way to give the Radiohead heads what they need soon. More on that here.

Also, hopefully you weren’t planning a picnic on Melrose and Fairfax in LA over the weekend. YG and Nipsey Hussle got the community involved in their music video shoot for “Fuck Donald Trump” and the cops weren’t invited so they decided to crash the party. In case you weren’t able to attend, the party was well documented on instagram and there are some videos on Pitchfork.    

In some better news, you no longer have to be a TIDAL subscriber to listen to Kanye’s TLOP.

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#rnb in 2016. Specifically, an artist that goes by the name of Gallant. @cmyk put us on to a First Listen courtesy of NPR and we’re guessing everyone's ‘first listen’ won't be their last. The Maryland native can flat out sing and turned plenty of heads at SXSW. Gallant has collaborated with Sufjan Stevens a couple times before and brings on Jhené Aiko for a feature on one of the songs on Ology which drops today. People are liking ‘Weight in Gold’ so far...
Gallant - Weight In Gold (Official Video)
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The Needle 042: Love all around, RIP Phife Dawg, Edward Vanzet and more.

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CORRECTION on 041: Nicola Cruz is from Ecuador, not Peru. My badd...

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@trinadafilipina came through with the #covers this week and we’re glad she did. Sometimes an unexpected flip on a song engrained in the radio waves of 2011 is just what we need 5 years later. Especially when it comes from a group with such a distinct sound as London musicians, Oh Wonder. Erase everything you know about “Crazy in Love” and thank BBC1 for making this happen:

Oh Wonder - Crazy In Love (Beyonce cover in the Live Lounge)

#disco-_-funkyness felt the love this past week and in spreading that love, it’s an honor to put you on a re-work of Charles Jackson’s 1979 groove, “I’m Gonna Get Your Love”. It’s Serge Gamesbourg on the re-edit who mostly finds himself “making headnodding beats” that revolve around “funky and soulful necksnapping tunes”. Well, Serge, we thank you and keep doing what you’re doing.

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It should come as no surprise to #hiphop heads that we lost a great one last week: A Tribe Called Quest’s, Phife Dawg. His impact on both the genre and music itself was recognized throughout the community and out came several artists to back that up. Outkast, Kendrick, Chuck D and more spoke out on an episode of Q-Tip’s Beats1 show, Abstract Radio, to speak out about Phife’s influence. Q-Tip (fellow Tribe member) assembled a 2 hour mix that’ll pull emotions for anyone who was close to their music. If you didn’t catch it on Beats1, you can listen to it via Mixcloud here.

Don’t sleep on…


Melbourne native and brother of Thrupence, Edward Vanzet. It won’t take too long to realize the talent that exists with this guy, even though his output up to today is relatively minimal. His most recent album, Everyday, was released about a month ago and before that was a release in 2014. It seems his songs are very carefully crafted to drive some type of mood straight through you. We could say psychedelic, pop, alternative, etc...just listen for yourself.

Everyday
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The Needle 041: Peruvian sounds, "R.I.P. Kevin Miller" on #hiphop, Jameszoo and more.

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For the week of March 13th, 2016

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It’s probably not news to anybody that #electronic may have seen the most activity this past week. But it’s always good to see people gravitate to an artist from multiple channels over the span of a couple months. This time, it was an artist out of Peru named Nicola Cruz. Music from his latest album, Prender el Alma first appeared on #latin a bit back and last week, another song from that album, called “Colibria”, dropped on #electronic. This music video really isn’t necessary to make you think you’re stepping through a jungle, but it’s worth checking out anyways.

Nicola Cruz - Colibria (Official Music Video)

We chatted it up a good bit on #hiphop last week with conversations that dripped over from #music_dna. S/O to @staxwell for dropping knowledge. Much of the talk was around Tennessee rapper, Isaiah Rashad. According To a dude named David Jeffries, Isaiah wanted to be a preacher until he stumbled upon a copy of Outkast’s album ATLiens that belonged to his stepbrother. Ever since then, he’s been putting his efforts in a direction all of us are thankful for and has since landed in the TDE family; home to Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-soul, Jay Rock and SZA. This song, “R.I.P. Kevin Miller” goes out the deceased brother of Master P.  

Isaiah Rashad - RIP Kevin Miller

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Soundcloud is telling haters to buzz off as they’ve just signed a deal with the last major label they needed to begin offering a paid service: Sony. Independent music + signed artists, all on one platform? This could get interesting… News was broken on Verge.

Kanye probably doesn’t care either way, but he might like to know that Sydney natives have had an awesome rendition of the rapper(s?) to look at while walking on Teggs Lane. Good on ya, Sydney.

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Brainfeeder’s latest signee, Jameszoo. Hailing from The Netherlands, this artist takes uniqueness in sound and makes it feel like something meant to be. In our opinion, he’s a perfect fit for Brainfeeder which was founded by Flying Lotus and now houses Kamasi Washington, The Gaslamp Killer, Thundercat and more. This one will grow on you for sure. It’s off of an upcoming album due in May called Fool...expect that to be just the beginning.
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The Needle 039: #experimental music from Portugal, 'psychedelic jungle rave', Who Really Cares and more.

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For the week of February 28, 2016

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#experimental music never felt so right until now. Presenting a song called “Nanca Mais Me Esquece” by Sensible Soccers from the north of Portugal. Their most recent album villa soledade was self-released towards the end of February and contains six other songs that blend very nicely with the original track that @pedronunes posted. You guys will enjoy this:

Sensible Soccers - Nunca Mais Me Esquece

Over in #house, @mrdobelina put us on to some Leon Vynehall just released a little over a week ago. The UK native took layers to the next level with this song, called “Kiburu’s”, creating a sound that makes at least one dude feel “like [he’s] stepping into a psychedelic jungle rave”. If you feel like stepping into a psychedelic jungle rave, press play.

Leon Vynehall - Kiburu's

What else is going on?

Thanks to Kendrick, everyone’s ears were occupied with untitled unmastered tracks this past week. The collection of songs doesn’t disappoint and features, yet again, a wide variety of music that goes beyond just lyrics over beats. Not to mention, the production work by the 5-year-old son of Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys. 

And when a full grown adult acts like a 5-year-old on local news? That happened last week too. Enter Ty Segall on Chicago’s WGN. The Muggers brought their A-game to the Chicago community and the rest of world can check it out here.

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San Diego, CA and the music coming out of there. Specifically, TV Girl. In 2010, they began releasing tunes and eventually built up their way to their first full album, French Exit, self-released right after their manager dropped them. In sticking with independence, their most recent album, Who Really Cares, dropped on Feb. 26th and it’s awesome. S/O to Andrew Jervis @ Bandcamp for showcasing this in their Bandcamp weekly. Here’s “Cigarettes out the Window”:
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