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Walter Gross – Vestige

Experimental noise merchant Walter Gross has just released his new album, “Vestige”. Known for his instrumental soundscapes and DIY approach, the new album see’s Gross treading new ground, incorporating more eerie and distorted vocals into his music. This musical step forward evokes the industrial, post-punk sounds of Suicide, krautrock, shoegaze, experimental psychedelia, while still remaining firmly Gross’ own sound.
“Vestige” is out now on limited edition cassette and digital, a definite must for fans of interesting, uncompromising, experimental music.

V/A – Welcome to Twin Peaks (EP)

Starting on May 21st, IRM will release 16 compilations inspired by David Lynch & Mark Frost’s cult TV series Twin Peaks, to celebrate the broadcasting of the long-awaited season 3.
Three of those volumes will be dedicated to abstract hip-hop, instrumental hip-hop and underground rap. As an introduction to that particular side of the project (which will feature almost 200 musicians and bands from 35 countries in the fields of experimental/ambient music, electronica/IDM, noise, post-rock, indie pop/folk and so on), they have presented 5 tracks as a first glimpse of things to come. They will also be part of the official compilation volumes to be released later this year.

REVBJELDE – REVBJELDE

Mixing up experimental noise, jazz, ambient soundscapes with pastoral psychedelic folk music, Berkshire musicians Richard Bentley, Roy Goss & Alan Gubby have created an enthralling debut album.
For every hint of floral British countryside, there is a healthy amount of electronics and dark undertones, giving “Revbjelde” a unique sound. Breathing modern life into medieval folk madness. Very British, magical and mythical, very Radiophonic workshop, and most importantly, very enjoyable.
Pre-order your copy now from Buried Treasure bandcamp now.

El Michels Affair – Iron Man video

El Michels Affair will release Return To The 37th Chamber on April 14 via Big Crown Records and we now have a killer video for ‘Iron Man’. The animated video is for the bands cover of the ‘Iron’s Theme’ interlude from the Ghostface album, Supreme Clientele.  Check out the awesome video and pre-order the album here.

Buddy Peace – Whole House Freeze

Beat master Bubuddyddy Peace is back with a brand new EP, “Whole House Freeze”. Consisting of 11 tracks in total, the EP is packed full of Buddy’s signature chunky beats and these are super chunky! There is a real bluesy feel to the tracks, cutting up roaring vocals and raw guitar licks, over bone rattling drums, this is definitely one of our favourite Buddy Peace releases in awhile.
All fans of Mr Peace’s previous work will love this, as will all beats and breaks fans. “Whole House Freeze” is up now for Name Your Price release so you have no excuse not to have this in your lives!

Gas-Lab – Chemistry

Check out the new video from Argentinian producer and multi instrumentalist Gas-Lab. “Chemistry” is taken from the forthcoming album “Fusion”, which features an exciting lineup of MC’s, from USA, Canada, Spain, UK, South America and more. Released March 8th on Village Live Records, you can pre-order the album from March 1st.

Your Old Droog – “Help” feat. Wiki and Edan

Brand new track from Your Old Droog, “Help” the track is a rough, raw, upbeat banger featuring Wiki and Edan on both vocals and production. Check out the video and grab the album now!

SJOB Movement – Friendship Train

Cultures of SCOS 019_SJOB_FRIENDSHIPTRAIN_JACKET_2oul Records unleash a reissue of the rare Nigerian afro-beat overlooked classic “Friendship Train” by SJOB Movement. “Friendship Train” was the second LP by the group and one which saw the group rise to new heights. It’s a masterpiece of African music with it’s fluid afro beat grooves and spaced out Moog synthesizer sounds. Here is an excerpt from the liner notes written and researched by Uchenna:
“Prince Bola Agbana might hardly be the most immediately recognisable name in the constellation of Nigerian music stars, but for a significant portion of the last half-century he laboured in the shadows, dutifully serving as one of the key movers in its development: An in-demand session musician. An early and respected exponent of funk. A catalyst in the retrofit of juju into a modern pop genre. Most of all, though, he is recognized as the founder, leader, drummer and principal vocalist of the SJOB Movement.
SJOB: Sam, Johnnie, Ottah, Bola. For a moment in the mid-1970s, they were le dernier cri in modern Nigerian music, representing the next step in the evolution of afro rhythms, and a new paradigm for the band economy. Their first album, 1976’s A Move in the Right Direction, was a minor sensation and was swiftly followed by Friendship Train in 1977. Then it appeared that the movement stopped moving, and SJOB disappeared from the scene.”

Coming out on LP and CD on March 3rd. The CD comes with a bonus remix of Love Affair by the Sol Power All-Stars from Washington DC. Pre-order your copy of the album here and get the remix of Love Affair via bandcamp.

 

The Natural Curriculum – Frozen Lederhosen

Mancunian hip hoppers The Natural Curriculum are back with a new free track and video, “Frozen Lederhosen”. With Aver and Bill Sykes handling the vocal duties, this adds to the crews ever growing catalogue of quality hip hop.
Check out their bandcamp page for all their previous releases and check out our interview with Aver here.

 

El Michels Affair – Tearz / Verbal Intercourse

With the full letearzngth, ‘Return To The 37th Chamber’ dropping April 14th,
El Michels Affair releases another flawless two sider to hold us over. Side A’s cover of ‘Tearz’ is as much an homage to the Wendy Rene sample as it is to the Wu-Tang Clan track. The song starts as a glazed over cover of “after laughter, comes tears”, with Shannon Wise of The Shacks singing Wendy Rene’s timeless mantra.
Halfway through, the mood dramatically shifts and the drums and organ that drive the original RZA sample, take over. A dubbed out Lee Fields taps in like only he can, and the song spirals into outer space.
 Side B finds El Michels dipping into the deeper side of the Wu catalogue with Raekwon’s ‘Verbal Intercourse’. Mixing the grimy, gritty production aesthetic of the original with elements of dubbed out reggae, El Michels Affair once again pushes the definition of a “cover” and truly makes it a tune of their own.
Released on the 3rd of March you can pre-order and listen to the single HERE.

 

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