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BAMBII x TWITCH
BAMBII shares a new song "TWITCH." The track's sonics were created to embody the burgeoning, dark dancehall and electronic scene. "TWITCH" arrives coupled with visuals directed by BAMBII and Kosta Kolev depicting a first-person point-of-view journey from a house party to the street where a group of people gather around a shapeshifting, iridescent orb, eventually following it to the water to watch it morph and bubble in the sky.
"TWITCH" arrives after the EP TRUCK RIDDIM released by BAMBII (born Kirsten Azan) earlier this year. THE EP features the original instrumental version of the title-track as well as two remixes, the first with the Jamaican born, Miami based BEAM, who recently featured twice on Justin Bieber's latest album Justice and collaborated with Major Lazer and M.I.A, and the second with Kingston's LatyKim imbuing the riddim with a feminine touch.
Following an extended stay in Jamaica during the Covid-19 lockdown, TRUCK RIDDIM was BAMBII's first release since 2019's "NITEVISION" feat. Pamputtae. Whether online or on dancefloors, BAMBII's political and musical vernacular give credence to dance music's ever expanding reach, the relationships it helps forge between individuals, cultures and spaces. 
"stretched the possibilities of club music"
The FADER
"This musical force fuses her Jamaican roots with a worldly sound influenced by Toronto's multiculturalism and her constant travels" 
Vogue
Mapache x 3

Mapache — the “quintessentially laid-back” (UNCUT) Los Angeles-based duo of Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch whose “angelic harmonies weave between traditional folk and modern cosmic country music” (FLOOD) — release their new covers project 3 via Innovative Leisure. A tenderly crafted tribute to beloved music from past legends and admired contemporaries, 3 is a showcase for the seemingly effortless, unmistakably Californian musicality that has quickly become Mapache’s signature. 

Created in the midst of the pandemic shutdown that interrupted the touring of their 2020 album From Liberty Street, 3 emerged after Sam and Clay hunkered down with their close friend and record producer Dan Horne (Beachwood Sparks, Cass McCombs, Allah-Las) and began to work on vulnerable reinterpretations on some of their favorite songs. There are tributes to acknowledged classics — including a sun-dappled and swaying take on Stevie Wonder’s “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” and a romantically unhurried version of Sade’s “All About Our Love”  — as well as inventive spins on songs by Allah-Las and Aussie psych-rockers Babe Rainbow. 

The performances on 3 embody exactly what makes Mapache’s music so intoxicating: close harmonies, masterful musicianship, and a unique ability to tap into the innate vibrations of a song and tease out its moments of wonder. It’s a welcoming record that posits deep, thoughtful listening as the greatest means of escape.

Listen to 3 here: https://smarturl.it/mapache3 

Rarelyalways x Dummy

Rarelyalways shares his top 10 with Dummy magazine.  Top of the list is his new single "Birds Eye" feat. Subculture.

BADBADNOTGOOD x Beside April (Reprise)

Taken from the album, Talk Memory. Out now on XL Recordings and Innovative Leisure. https://badbadnotgood.ffm.to/talk-memory

 

Ben Marc x Way We Are

Already at the leading edge of the UK jazz scene, producer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Marc recently stepped into the spotlight with his lustrous and contemplative ‘Breathe Suite’ EP. Released in September and praised by the likes of NPR, The Wire and The Guardian, its sweeping strings, rippling piano and meditative vocals showed off Marc’s undeniable gift for composing and arranging. The EP and was nearly finished during lockdown when the death of George Floyd shook the world. As a result, Marc and vocalist Midnight Roba steered the release in a more contemplative direction, with the BLM ‘Breathe Suite B’ depicting struggle, panic and ultimately peace. New single ‘Way We Are’ offers a tantalising taster of what’s to come, and with an upcoming full-length album muted for release in spring, Marc has this to say on it:

"‘Way we are’ reflects on the way we live, the way we think and the way we grow. It’s the first track from my upcoming record and it came about while I was questioning what type of person or musician I am." Ben Marc

Marc, the alias of Neil Charles, has quite the musical pedigree. He grew up splitting his time between Birmingham and Carriacou in the Caribbean: at school in the English city, he started taking classical music lessons aged 10. After touring the world in school orchestras, Marc moved to London to take classical double bass at the prestigious Trinity College of Music, where Fela Kuti once studied, under the tutelage of double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku. It wasn’t until a chance meeting in Brixton with Gary Crosby, linchpin of Tomorrow’s Warriors – the crucial London jazz educators that connect the UK new wave luminaries, from Nubya Garcia to Moses Boyd – that the possibility of jazz shone like a beacon. “He was Black and holding a double bass, so I went up to him on the street and tapped him on the shoulder to find out what he was doing,” says Marc. It was the start of a game-changing journey that would see him play first with smart jazz group Empirical and then led him to forming the free-jazz trio Zed-U, alongside Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming) and drummer Tom Skinner. With Zed-U, Marc’s passion for electronic music began to bubble up. He and Hutchings would frequent London nightclubs together, soaking in the sounds of garage, broken beat and drum’n’bass at iconic former spots such as The End and Plastic People. He even took Hutchings to his first house and techno night, where DJs like Sven Vath and Ricardo Villolobos would man the decks – influences that led Marc to produce a house EP for the London-based label Atjazz. His work with other key figures has been building up, too: last year, he joined keysman Ashley Henry on the latter’s track ‘The Mighty’, which Marc wrote and produced.

In his new music, Ben Marc has unified these influences into a sublime whole. Now signed to LA’s Innovative Leisure, he’s found a home alongside similarly future-thinking artists like Badbadnotgood, Nosaj Thing, Rarelyalways and Jimmy Edgar. ‘Way We Are’ is a sign of things to come from an artist clearly at the top of his game.

Read more at Clash: https://www.clashmusic.com/news/ben-marcs-way-we-are-is-absorbing-return