It’s time for our weekly selection of the finest new releases hitting digital stores today. Check out electronic by Kiasmos, Light Year and TVfrom86, funk by The Mighty Mocambos, hip hop by Mädness and contemporary folk by The Northern Lights. Furthermore we’ve got jazz by Karl Latham, Ryan Carniaux & Mark Egan, Abdullah Ibrahim and by Karl Latham, Ryan Carniaux & Mark Egan.
Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen finally release their unique Nordic electronic sounds in album size. After dropping several tracks and performing at select festivals throughout the years, Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen dedicated the year 2014 to explore the area in-between Ólafur’s more acoustic, piano-based solo work and Janus’s synth-heavy electro pop, with their collaborative electronic project Kiasmos. By focusing solely on their self-titled debut album, Ólafur and Janus have been able to combine and further develop their unique sound aesthetics to complete an album driven by their mutual love for electronic music.
“We decided to start almost completely over with this record, so most of the material is written this year with the idea of making a record that can stand as one piece rather than a collection of songs. I am very excited to get a proper record out exploring a different territory than I am used to. I touch a lot on electronic genres in my own music but never have the opportunity to go full out electronic like we do here.” – Ólafur Arnalds
Light Year came to be, many aeons ago, in a celestial orb – just slightly to the east of Australia’s dance music capital, Sydney. Now this anticipated producer is set to release his debut single on Exploited. ‚Never Know’ has a beautiful, smooth and almost indie vibe. ‚JXP’ on the other hand brings out a slightly rougher oldschool side of the producer, carrying us into a perfectly balanced EP.
Now part of the Popcorn Records family for more than a year, TvFrom86 aka Thomas Zander is releasing his 1st solo EP on the imprint.
An outstanding exclusive 45 from the ongoing killer collaboration of the Mighty Mocambos and Afrika Bambaataa, who deliver a surprising cover version of Rolling Stones’ moderately successful 1976 single “HOT STUFF” (from the album ‘Black & Blue’).
Mädness makes Räp. “Der Hesse” from Germany is in the hip hop scene for more than 10 years now. After a musical hiatus, Mädness is back with his new EP. This is Mädness!
”Constellations“ is the debut recording from drummer Karl Latham, trumpeter Ryan Carniaux and bassist Mark Egan featuring creative interpretations of the music from Icelandic pop star Björk.On this 74+ minute highly adventurous improvisational outing the group draws from a wide palette of influences ranging from Miles Davis “Live-Evil” to open ended impressionistic variations.
Mulo Francel the Sax & the Sea Magical places close to the sea – an extravagant adventure Saxophonist Mulo Francel of the legendary Quadro Nuevo plays solo-melodies
We can celebrate several anniversaries at the same time with this recording. First, there is the 80th birthday of one of the most significant musicians in this world. We are also reminded of the time 40 years ago when he composed “Mannenberg”, which soon became the hymn of the slums and townships of South Africa. Another anniversary to celebrate: The end of Apartheid 20 years ago. In addition to the impressive, perceptible and powerful but sensitive piano soundscapes Abdullah Ibrahim creates in the minds of the listeners, these three anniversarys deliver the perfecct context to experience, feel and celebrate this release.
Midnight Medicine is the debut album of Norwegian Folk band The Northern Lies. The band from Tromso is known for their quriky, playful and intimate country balladry and rollicking folk pop songs. Beautiful vocal harmonies are giving the band a unique, cheerful and distinct sound somewhere between Joan Beaz’ sophisticated elegance and the soft introspective melancholy of Townes Van Zandt.