Articles tagged mikrokolektyw, delmark, jazz, moog, electronic

Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Thunder of the Gods

Fifty years after their recording, we can finally hear some of Sun Ra's strangest and most complex compositions.

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Loafer’s Hollow

The post-modern jazz group takes its second shot at pre-swing styles and nods to literature in the process.

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19 Apr 2017 // 8:31 AM

Somi: Petite Afrique

Stories of Harlem dance with soul, jazz, and West African rhythms on Somi's Petite Afrique.

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19 Apr 2017 // 8:15 AM

Gas: Narkopop

If previous Gas albums were all fog and illusion, Narkopop is striking for its clarity.

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17 Apr 2017 // 8:46 AM

Christian Sands: Reach

A journeyman pianist puts his influences out there (Corea, Glasper) but does so with energy and creativity. An artist on the rise.

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Reassessing Ella Fitzgerald: ‘The First Lady of Song’ at 100

Famous but underrated, widely imitated but never equaled, Ella Fitzgerald has proven a surprisingly elusive figure in American culture.

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The Bug Vs. Earth: Concrete Desert

This is difficult, oppressive music, full of sounds that would rather suffocate than eviscerate. The Bug vs. Earth really feels more like Earth's, and specifically Dylan Carlson's, project, in mood if not instrumentation.

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13 Apr 2017 // 2:30 AM

Sam Gellaitry: Escapism III

The streaming era has opened up the floodgates for people looking to make music, but the chief indicator of breaking through is still sheer quality; Sam Gellaitry has that rare quality.

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13 Apr 2017 // 2:10 AM

Matt Mitchell: FØRAGE

Pianist Matt Mitchell has made a solo piano recording (his first) of compositions by Tim Berne, his longtime leader in Snakeoil. It is in every sense a masterpiece.

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Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp: Vessel in Orbit

A trio of viola, piano, and drums plays a recital of total improvisation, but the adventure is beautiful, focused, cohesive. Recommended to any listener with a taste for the (slightly) different.

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11 Apr 2017 // 2:30 AM

Actress: AZD

Scottish producer Actress evokes abandoned spaces, decaying yet futuristic, with skill and precision.

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10 Apr 2017 // 2:20 AM

Arca: Arca

Arca's third album is both emotionally enrapturing and conceptually thrilling.

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7 Apr 2017 // 8:21 AM

Goldfrapp: Silver Eye

Silver Eye comes close to being an absolute triumph, thanks in large part to the extraordinary sonic boom that the production packs.

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7 Apr 2017 // 2:20 AM

Vex Ruffin: Conveyor

Vex Ruffin adds further variation to his post-punk meets hip-hop sound to create a confident and unique album.

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Lettuce Tackles Mt. Crushmore in Uptown Oakland

Trumpeter Eric Bloom is the unsung hero of the night, leading Lettuce through some jazzy space jams that conjure the greatness of the Miles Davis fusion era.

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The Velvety Face of Halfnoise’s Zac Farro

When not working as Paramore's drummer, Zac Farro continues his electronic experiments with Halfnoise, sounding now more fully formed than ever.

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Could This Possibly Be a Piano? The Futuristic Nostalgia of Hauschka

Volker Bertelmann of Hauschka carries a bag of wedges, sticks, marbles, rulers, razors, kitchen implements and tea lights -- ordinary objects that elicit extraordinary sounds from his instrument.

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Blood Orange - “With Him / Best to You / Better Numb” (Singles Going Steady)

Blood Orange brings us a kaleidoscopic sampler of audiovisual creations.

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Julia Holter: In the Same Room

Julia Holter explores her songwriting with an album focused on live in studio recordings.

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5 Apr 2017 // 2:30 AM

Hauschka: What If

Volker Bertelmann's minimal arrangements are carefully, even lovingly constructed. As complex and challenging as this collection can be, it feels honest above all else.

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