Review: Following a series of self released albums over the past three years which saw them expand on hip hop classics with an auspicious level of jazz virtuosity, Canadian jazz trio Badbadnotgood grace the Innovative Leisure imprint with this enlightening collection III. Consisting of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums, it's not hard to see why Badbadnotgood have been getting the usually hushed toned Gilles Peterson all exciting after a few listens of the nine tracks here. If you dug those cover versions you will love this album.
Buddha sound box featuring Gossamer's 'Imperishable' album
Notes: Limited Edition portable ambient loop player featuring Gossamer's 'Imperishable' album. Only 100 pieces created & inspired by the original Buddha Machine with built-in speaker, volume control as well as headphone/line out. Listen to the entire album in full or press the button to skip through tracks.
Size: L100mm / W60mm / D29mm
Colour: White with orange Innovative Leisure logo
Music format: MP3
Power supply: 3 x AAA Batteries or DC (Batteries Included)
Includes unlimited streaming of Imperishable via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Review: First brought to the world's attention via a YouTube video posted on the Dangerous Minds blog, Khun Narin's Electric Phin band have risen from their origins playing wild, primal drone-based and percussive music as a soundtrack to the daily rituals of a small village in Thailand, through their own home-made PA system. The Phin of the band-name is a type of three-string lute, amplified by Fender pickups, and heavily affected. With the help of a blown-away Los Angeles-based producer Josh Marcy, field recordings were made of this initially sceptical troupe, and the result is sixty minutes of mesmerising trance-like rapture that exists strangely outside of place and time, resonating on a ceremonial level, yet also quite capable of showing the majority of Western 'psych' acts a few lessons on what it truly means to be psychedelic.
Review: Home marks the long overdue follow up to Nosaj Thing's excellent debut set Drift, released on Alpha Pup way back in 2009. Described as a very personal record by Chung in interviews, this sense of introspectiveness certainly comes across in a cohesive eleven track set. Fans will no doubt be happy to hear there is plenty of the heady instrumental beat work that Nosaj Thing made his name on with "Snap" and "Phase III" stand out tracks - it is however Chung's decision to work with vocalists that add another dimension to his sound. You should be familiar with "Eclipse/Blue", the lead single that featured Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino and the Toro Y Moi featuring "Try" is equally sublime.