The title of soulful South East London singer Andreya Triana’s debut album has nothing to do with her musical identity, but more to do with the brutal sides of being an artist. Known from her work with Bonobo, Aaron Jerome (SBTRKT) Flying Lotus, Theo Parrish and Mr Scruff, Triana is finally on her own. The album is produced by Bonobo with some help from Fink; two incredibly soulful and organic artists that fits Andreya’s style, and together they worked with live musicians creating timeless and contemporary music. The album ...
Montreal`s annual summer soiree for jazz fanatics (and music fans of all stripes), officially ends Tuesday. The festival suffered a bit of an off year in 2010, locals said, as sets from Lou Reed (with John Zorn) were booed and cancellations of anticipated appearances from Rakim and Daniel Lanois`Black Dub dogged determined show seekers. But there were more than enough bright spots among the festivals expertly currated late night gigs (which run concurrent to the festival) at smart downtown venues such as Club Soda and Metropolis to make up for any cancelations at larger Jazzfest forums. …MORE
Blame the internet and it’s obsession with lists that just declaring “Best Of”once a year is no longer enough. Still, given the far shortened attention span of most of the music heads we know these days, perhaps taking stock twice-yearly of our favorite albums isn’t the worst thing in the world. Besides, no matter when you take stock, a great record always deserves a first, second or third listen.
Bonobo, also known as DJ and producer Simon Green, is back with the highly anticipated follow-up to his 2009 release Live at Koko with a new record, Black Sands. With already an impressive body of work with the full-lengths Animal Magic, Dial 'M' For Monkey, Days to Come, in addition to countless EPs and single releases (my personal favorite being the Scuba EP), Simon Green has kept busy by growing and innovating beyond his previous work of years past. His compositional technique, rivaling some of the work put out by DJ Shadow (see Endtroducing), labelmates Amon Tobin and Blockhead (see Music By Cavelight), Madlib, and Guillermo Scott-Herren (also known as Prefuse 73) illustrates a nuanced meeting point for the inspired fusing of Green’s varied melodious interests.