Archive for June 27, 2012
2011’s debut album from The Shaolin Afronauts, Flight Of The Ancients, was a critical and commercial success story, lauded as a truly original blend of the sounds of 1970s West Africa, Ethiopia and the pioneering and progressive avant-garde jazz artists of the same period. It went on to be nominated for several music awards, including the 25th Aria Fine Arts Awards in the world music category. The band, led by Ross McHenry, cemented its reputation as a truly revelatory live act, with a colourful and vibrant visual element to their shows, with the band resplendent in flowing, hooded robes and face paint to complete the spiritual presentation of their highly original music!
Now in 2012, The Shaolin Afronauts continue their musical journey with the follow up album, Quest Under Capricorn, and the group’s musical progression is apparent from the outset. Opening with the mesmerizing groove of Brooklyn, the band establish their innovative and highly individual approach from the get go. Winds Across Gayanamede, whilst founded on an afrobeat foundation, also highlights perfectly the jazz element of the band’s approach – head nodding beats, overlaid with free blowing horns that ride over ensemble riffs in a seamless and enchanting style.
Moody, introspective keys and horns open up the title track Quest Under Capricorn, which has something of a soundtrack feel, and it’s easy to imagine the influence of film music legends Lalo Schifrin or Ennio Morriconepermeating the proceedings as the band were laying down this expansive, eastern tinged endeavour.
Quest Under Capricorn marks a development and progression of The Shaolin Afronauts sound, which evokes the spirit of the mighty Sun Ra, Mulatu Astatke, Fela Kuti, John Coltrane, and a host of other free-thinking musical pioneers and explorers – and sets the group well apart from the glut of less explorative and imaginative groups of a similar ilk. The Shaolin Afronauts return with a highly original sound made up of classic influences, but tailor made for the 21st century.
02. Gayanamede Prelude
03. Winds Across Gayanamede
04. Los Angeles
05. Quest Under Capricorn
06. End Of A Sun
08. Voyage Prelude (CD version only)
09. Voyage (CD version only)
10. Forest Of Io
11. Saturn’s Dance
Paper Diamond is the newest edition to Diplo’s Mad Decent label, with his brand of music fitting in nicely with his new label mates Major Lazer, Crookers and Rusko, among many others. His new EP entitled Wavesight was released May 3, and showcases Paper Diamond’s talent for incredible bass, electronic, and hip-hop styles.
Paper Diamond is also continuing his progression across the great expanse of America, taking his beats through the summer. He will be making appearences at several major festivals, including Electric Forest, What The Festival?!, Lollapalooza and Electric Zoo.
REMAINING SPRING AND SUMMER TOUR DATES
6/28 – 7/1 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest
7/8 – Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival
7/13 – Louisville, KY @ Official Forecastle Afterparty
7/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Global Dance Festival
7/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Brick
7/27 – 7/29 – White River, OR @ What The Festival?!
8/3 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
8/3 – 8/5 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/9 – 8/11 – Beech Mountain, NC @ Gnarnia Festival
8/11 – Bangor, ME @ Kah-Bang Festival
8/24 – 8/26 – Somerset, WI @ Somerset Amphitheater
9/2 – New York, NY @ Electric Zoo
9/21 – 9/23 – Pensacola Beach, FL @ DeLuna Fest
9/27 – 9/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Counterpoint Music Festival
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Lee Guthrie puts on his Digital Dirt hat for the third time on Click Therapy with another EP of deep, techy club bombs. This time around three original tracks are backed by remixes from Leeds duo Al Bradley andCarlo Gambino, head honchos of the brilliant 3am Recordings and Midnight Social Recordings respectively.
Artist: Digital Dirt
Title: More In The Tank EP
Remixers: Al Bradley, Carlo Gambino
Label: Click Therapy Recordings
Release Date: 10th August 2012
1: More In The Tank
2: More In the Tank (Al Bradley 3am Deep Remix)
3: Dirty Money
4: Dirty Money (Carlo Gambino Midnight Social Remix)
5: Complex Simplicity