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Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong’s collaborative Harbors duet released on vinyl

Long String Instrument drone and cello combine, transporting you to San Francisco bay.

Experimental musicians Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong’s collaborative Harbors duet is being released on vinyl, via Room40 this August.

Watch next: Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong perform Harbors live in 2017

Harbors “draws inspiration from the soundscapes, stories and atmospheres that manifest around bodies of water that propagate exchange,” explains Room40.

The duo structured the project around Wong’s extended cello harmonics, weaving in the drone-scapes of Fullman’s Long String Instrument to create new sonic locales.

Harbors follows Superior Viaduct’s release of a collection rare Fullman recordings, In The Seaone of our favourite releases from February.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of Harbor’s 14th August release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


1. Harbors part 1
2. Harbors part 3
3. Harbors part 3

Photo by: Martin Meyer

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Ninja Tune releasing Park Hye Jin’s new EP, How Can I

Deep house flittering through melodic vocals.

Producer and DJ 박혜진 (Park Hye Jin) is releasing a new EP, titled How Can I, via Ninja Tune this June.

Jin primarily completed the album in transit as she travelled around Europe, North America and Australia while on tour during 2019.

How Can I’s 6-tracks see Jun weaving her own subdued vocals through deep house, alongside techno and footwork tunes.

The EP marks Jin’s first solo release since her 2018 album IF U WANT IT.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of How Can I’s 26th June release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


1. Like This
2. Can You
3. How Can I
4. NO
5. How Come
6. Beautiful

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Relationship between gospel, grime and God explored in new podcast, The Gospel of Grime

Spanning from Stormzy and Kano, to Kirk Franklin and Fela Sowande.

Music journalist and presenter Jesse Bernard has helmed a new podcast exploring the relationship between genres including gospel, hip-hop, grime and drill with Christianity – titled The Gospel of Grime – released as part of the BBC’s Art of Now series.

Read more: VF Live with Jesse Bernard

Delving into the origins of of gospel music and gospel sub-genres, The Gospel of Grime ultimately questions, “what really happens when grime or other contemporary black music forms meet the institution of Christianity?”

Investigating how colonialism and slavery shaped the role of music within black Christian faith communities, Bernard questions the impact of social inequality and austerity on both black churches and the music being produced by black artists across the UK.

“I see black music as a space that… allows black people to reclaim agency in their own bodies and spirituality, and that can, and has, included the music of black churches,” explains Bernard.

“Music like grime, hip-hop and drill offer young people the language to contextualise their own experiences. ”

Head here to listen to The Gospel Of Grime in full.

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Tony Allen, Dele Sosimi, Shabaka Hutchings feature on collaborative Keleketla! debut

With a DJ Stingray remix on the first 7″ single.

A new project called Keleketla!, featuring artists including Tony Allen, Dele Sosimi and Shabaka Hutchings, is releasing its debut album on Coldcut’s Ahead Of Our Time label.

Watch next: Tony Allen performs live during 2011 in this full concert recording

Keleketla! was born when Coldcut attended recording session in Soweto organised by Rangoato Hlasane and Malose Malahlela of Johannesburg’s Keleketla! library, with musicians from across South Africa.

Subsequently returning to the UK, Coldcut sought out more collaborators to work on the album, building on the Soweto sessions that took place in SA, while also making new tracks.

Collaborators were split into two main sessions:

London sessions featured Tony Allen, Dele Sosimi, Shabaka Hutchings, Tenderlonious, Joe Armon-Jones, and Afla Sackey, Ed ‘Tenderlonious’ Cawthorne, Tamar Osborn, Miles James, Joe Armon-Jones, Afla Sackey, Benny Wenda, The Lani Singers, Eska Mtungwazi, Jungle Drummer, DeeJay Random

The South Africa sessions featured Yugen Blakrok, Nono Nkoane, Tubatsi Moloi, Gally Ngoveni, Sibusile Xaba, Soundz of the South Collective, DJ Mabheko and Thabang Tabane, with Watts Prophets and Antibalas contributing from LA and New York respectively.

Coinciding with the announcement, Ahead Of Our Time has also shared first single ‘Future Toyi Toyi’, with a DJ Stingray remix and ‘Gqom version’, backed with ‘Crystallise’ – forthcoming on 7″.

A portion of Keleketla!’s profits will be donated to charity In Place of War, which aims to utilise the creative arts to help current sites of conflict.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of Keleketla!’s 3rd July release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


1. Future Toyi Toyi
2. International Love Affair
3. Shepherd Song
4. Freedom Groove
5. Crystallise
6. Broken Light
7. 5&1
8. Papua Merdeka
9. Swift Gathering

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London’s Cafe OTO launches new label, TakuRoku

Showcasing work made in Coronavirus lockdown with 50% of profits going to the artists.

London venue Cafe OTO has launched a new label, TakuRoku.

Read more: How record shops are getting vinyl to you during the Coronavirus pandemic

Established in order to support both Cafe OTO and the artists involved, 50% of profits from each purchase will go directly to the artist.

To mark the launch, Cafe OTO is releasing new work from Lucy Railton, Steve Gunn, Agnes Hvizdalek, James Rushford and more.

Alongside TakuRoku, Cafe OTO has also launched a COVID-19 survival shop in order to help it stay afloat during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Head here for more info on TakuRoku.

Photo by: Dawid Laskowski

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Satoshi & Makoto’s CZ-5000 synth experiments collected in second volume

Healing sonics beaming in from mystical sci-fi pastures.

Satoshi & Makoto’s experiments with the Casio CZ-5000 synth are being released in a new collection – CZ-5000 Sounds & Sequences Vol II – this July via Young Marcos’ Safe Trip imprint.

Read more: An introduction to modular synths on record

The album is taken from Satoshi and Makoto’s archive of sonic experimentation, with its 10 tracks created using the Casio CZ-5000 synth.

‘A Postcard in Summer’

In Safe Trip style, the release is accompanied by a string of “results”, including an analysis of the album’s colour profile, which reads as follows:

“If you assign a Pantone colour code to each different musical note featured on the artefact, all bar 734 of the 1,867 “spot” colours are present … most of the “musical colours” employed by Satoshi & Makoto were shades of purple, orange, red, green, yellow and pink.”

CZ-5000 Sounds & Sequences Vol II follows the release of the first volume, also on Safe Trip, in 2017.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of CZ-5000 Sounds & Sequences Vol II’s 24th July release, and check out the tracklist below.


1. Closer
2. Crawl Up
3. Corendor
4. Reconstruction
5. A Postcard In Summer
6. Pourquoi
7. Dive Into Olive Oil
8. Updraft
9. Kaas
10. Silence

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Arca releasing new album KiCk i on vinyl

Featuring Björk, Rosalía, SOPHIE and Shygirl.

Arca is releasing a new album, titled KiCk i, via XL Recordings this June, with a vinyl release following in July.

Sonically reflexive of “her struggles to reconcile her Venezuelan heritage and her trans Latinx identity”, KiCk i warps through bubblegum, harsh noise, electronic psychedelia and experimental pop.

KiCk i also marks the first time Arca has with collaborated with others on her own work, with appearances coming from Björk, Rosalía, Shygirl and SOPHIE.

It follows the release of Arca’s third, self titled album on XL in 2017.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of KiCk i’s 17th July vinyl release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


1. Nonbinary
2. Time
3. Mequetrefe
4. Riquiqui
5. Calor
6. Afterwards ft. Björk
7. Watch ft. Shygirl
8. KLK ft. Rosalía
9. Rip The Slit
10. La Chíqui ft. SOPHIE
11. Machote
12. No Queda Nada

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Nídia fuses Angolan kuduro with tarraxo on new album for Príncipe

Luanda meets Lisbon’s underground.

Nídia is releasing a new album, Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes, alongside a 7” – called Badjuda Sukulbembe – via Príncipe this May.

Exploring Nídia’s “rich and emotive take on much loved afro styles,” the album’s 10-tracks draw on elements of Angolan kuduro and tarraxo – an evolution of Angolan tarraxinha and kuduro championed in Lisbon’s underground scene.

Nídia first debuted on Príncipe in 2015 with her Danger 12″, and has since remained a mainstay of the label alongside contemporaries like DJ Nigga Fox and DJ Lilocox.

Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes and Badjuda Sukulbembe follow the release of Nídia’s last album, Nídia É Má, Nídia É Fudida, in 2017.

Head here to pre-order a copy of Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes, and here for Badjuda Sukulbembe, in advance of their 22nd May release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes

Side A

1. Intro
2. Popo
3. RAP Complet
4. Nik Com
5. Raps

Side B

1. Tarraxo do Guetto ft. Gamboa
2. Rap Tentativa
3. Capacidades
4. Royal
5. Emotions

Badjuda Sukulbembe

Side A

1. Tarraxoz Academy

Side B

1. Cheirinho

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Dego, Patrice Scott, Linkwood feature on Neroli’s 20th anniversary compilation

“Warm, futuristic pieces.”

Italian label Neroli celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new compilation, The First Choice, out this May.

Read more: Sounds Of The Studio with Dego

Founded by Enrico Crivellaro aka Volcov in 2000, Neroli has since put out releases from artists including Fred P, Patrice Scott, Dego, and Chaos In The CBD.

Marking the label’s 50th release, The First Choice collects tunes by Dego, Kirk Degiorgio, Linkwood, Fred P and K15, as well as a composition by Volcov with Gerald Mitchell and Pirahnahead.

Alongside the compilation, Neroli also released a 12”, titled NEROXXX, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations in April.

Head here to pre-order a copy of The First Choice in advance of its 22nd May release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


Side A

1. K15 – Disillusioned
2. Kirk Degiorgio – Leave Everything Behind
3. Patrice Scott – Untitled
4. AYBEE – River Of Evermore

Side B

1. Ian o’Brien – Music Comes From Within
2. Gerald Mitchell / Volcov / Pirahnahead – Snow
3. Dego – 31 Losses 31 Wins
4. Fred P- Star Crossed
5. Linkwood – Citrus

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Haruki Murakami is hosting a new radio show this week, Stay Home Special

Drawing from his 10,000+ record collection.

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami is hosting a special radio show this Friday, called Stay Home Special, for everyone living in lockdown due to the ongoing during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Read more: Take an interactive tour of Haruki Murakami’s record collection

Taking its name from Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike’s message for residents to avoid going out, Stay Home Special will see Murakami dipping into his 10,000+ record collection.

“I’m hoping that the power of music can do a little to blow away some of the corona-related blues that have been piling up,” he explains.

During the show, Murakami will also accept questions from listeners.

No stranger to radio, since 2018, Murakami has hosted a quarterly show called Murakami Radios on Tokyo FM.

Stay Home Special will air on Tokyo FM 80.0 and 38 stations in Japan on Friday, the 22nd May, from 1:00 – 2:55 PM (GMT)

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