After a confidential bandcamp demo named A/R/T in 2012, this middle east composer brings a new project, which consists of a fusion of jazz-funk, abstract hip hop and electronica, he mixes all his influences with future beats and vintage electronic sounds.

Hussein Ibn Faraji birthed through the discovery of his grand-father's name not being Arabic but Swahili, he was inspired to bring together musicians with various backgrounds and skills (dj's, beatmaker, singers, pianists, drummers etc.) and have them use swahili nicknames, the same way Herbie Hancock and other jazzmen did back in the '70s.


falling in love for the right reasons


All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story


Paul de Jong is best known as the cofounder, cellist and resident found sound savant of the beloved, defunct collage-pop duo, the Books. Five years after that band delivered their final album, The Way Out, to much acclaim, de Jong delivers his first solo album. IF sets the Books' early albums (particularly The Lemon of Pink) as a starting point, and elevates that beguiling sense of wonder and amazement to genuinely transcendent new heights. De Jong's ability to find the musical in the mundane has always been uncanny — it is part of what made the Books so magical — and that gift is what makes IF such a marvelous curiosity, and such a true pleasure to hear. In de Jong’s world, everything around him is a potential instrument: his mind-bogglingly vast collection of forgotten private press regional folk records, spoken-word oddities of indeterminate origin unearthed in discarded thrift store piles, and various everyday household utensils that we tend to take for granted. One man’s trash is de Jong’s tool to craft yet another treasure. Featuring a handful of friends and family as musical guests, IF steers a course from joyously eccentric folk-pop to humorously inside-out jazz, resulting in a refreshing piece of outsider art with a replay value that's off the charts.

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Staying true to their M.O. The Soul Surfers present another heavy 45 soul treat featuring Myron & E on the lead-off single from their much anticipated full-length album.

Make some more room in your 45 collection as the boys from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia have created another highly collectable 7in single, adding to their seemingly ever-expanding canon of sure-fire, raw soul and funk. This time around they brought along their good friends and fellow heavyweights Myron & E to lend their vocal talents. Inspired by classic 45’s from the People catalog amongst many others, the tune is split into a part 1 and 2 because one side simply isn’t enough to contain this much heat!

Look for the debut full-length Soul Surfers album to drop later in 2015 with a possible tour in the US.

I had to stop what i was doing and listen to this five times in a row.

Alessia "Here" - (Produced By Pop & Oak Sebastian Kole) EP Entertainment

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When asked if she had a favorite quote, she replied, "start where you are, use what you have, do what you can", which is exactly what Canadian-Italian singer Alessia did the first time she picked up her guitar and began recording herself in her bedroom closet. As her confidence grew, and she started sharing her videos, she had no idea that these humble beginnings would start her on the path to a career in music.

As the daughter of a young and loving Italian couple, her parents encouraged her pursuit of music, it was clear to them that her passion was growing, along with her fan-base. Alessia’s smooth and sultry tone was capturing the attention of the world via YouTube. Fans from everywhere were reaching out and offering words of encouragement.Eventually her talent attracted the attention of a young A&R at EP Entertainment who agreed to fly her out to New York to meet.

 It was apparent that this young girl had talent, and was a star. Alessia took a leap of faith and signed with EP in anticipation towards following her dream of a career in musicShe was immediately booked into a studio in Toronto where she began to develop her sound, as hit after hit was created, the team knew they were on the right path. Major labels and industry executives instantly took interest and flew her to Los Angeles and New York to meet with them. With her guitar on her back, she moved from meeting to meeting effortlessly, it was a whirlwind and she handled it with ease.The music industry was buzzing and executives instantly fell in love with Alessia, the offers came pouring in.

 After much deliberation, the decision was made for her to sign with Def Jam Recordings, they had a clear vision for her and with excitement, joined forces with EP and Alessia to launch her music career.The best word to describe her music is “honest”, simply put, it’s her, as she strums her guitar and sings one of her records, it’s easy to tell this is coming straight from the heart. Conceptually, Alessia is speaking for the young generation of rebellious and genuine fans, with music that is relatable to people from all walks of life.

 Her musical taste and influence is eclectic, she’s a fan of acts such as Amy Winehouse, Drake and Jhene Aiko, to name just a few, she appreciates their “simple writing styles and smooth, soulful delivery.” This young talent has a good head on hershoulders and hopes that her music will serve as a form of “therapy and a beacon to her generation, Alessia has a silent strength about her and as she begins to sing, you can’t help but be captivated.Alessia wants her friends and fans to know, “All you really need is a love for what you do and the ambition to do it”, and she is following this heartfelt message to the letter as she prepares for a career that promises to impact the musical landscape.

It's International Jazz Day!
Picked some random albums, to Give it a spin in the afternoon... and reboot with a nice cold coffee!
Our next show on will be fixed on various moods as always, perhaps we might throw in an extra jazz tribute tape at some point...
Greek mates read on #beatergr abouts today:

I'm in a bar with Andy Shauf​, it's getting all quiet and he sings the words to me, healing me down to my heart.

The bearer of bad news is talking to the breeze. Floating forth a message, hiding in the trees. The weary voice inside you is darker in the night. The healing hand, the morning light. While you’re out wasting time with the right guy. Tell the early morning that I am on my way. Send to him my greetings for happy holidays. Spend my open eyes on the things I left behind. My sturdy feet and my hopeful life. While you’re out wasting time with the right guy. The rich man counts his money and holds it in the light, folds the ends together and keeps it by his side. He counts his every blessing heaped upon our heads, and tells us to remember them. While you’re out wasting time with the right guy.

Meticulously written over four years and recorded over one in a makeshift studio set up in his parent’s basement, Shauf, whose delivery at times reminds of Elliott Smith or Paul Simon, plays nearly every instrument on The Bearer of Bad News. The album was crafted on his grandfather’s timeworn guitar and heavily influenced by the aforementioned—and newly learned—clarinet, which was a Christmas gift from family. In spite of his modest recording set-up, Shauf imbued The Bearer of Bad News with an enduring warmth and redolence that lingers long after the album ends.

VA-Steeling round the world Harlequin
Today's shelf pick of a dusted diamond release.

 Kostas Bezos (1905-1943) was born in a village near Corinth in Greece and was a guitarist who not only played rebetika songs, the typical Greek style of the era, but also steel guitar in Hawaiian style. He recorded songs between the 1930’s and the 1940’s for Columbia and His Master’s Voice. The rebetika songs were released under the pseudonym of A. Kostis or K. Kostis. Apparently he recorded more Hawaiian songs but it is easier to find his Greek songs on cd. Maybe some record collectors have 78rpm recordings.

The greek bio though has more info

And one song for the road, from 1935.
Spot the differences in 2015.

Βρε τι μυστήρια που είναι η Ελλάδα,
δάνεια κλείνει, φράγκο δε δίνει,
Γαλλία, Αγγλία σαν πει να εισπράξει
φεύγει ένα τσέκι που γράφει "Εντάξει".
φεύγει ένα τσέκι που γράφει "Εντάξει".

Δημοπρατήριο και Γιουσουρούμης
με δέκα γρόσα και άλλα τόσα,
σακάκι σου ράβει με φόδρα μετάξι
κι όλοι σου λένε :
"Αδερφάκι, φορείς ενα σακάκι σαν αγιοβασιλιάτικο
και είσαι πολύ, πολύ "Εντάξει",
κι όλοι σου λένε πως είσαι εντάξει.

Ρε πως τη δουλεύουνε εντάξει
στην Ελλάδα κάθε μηχανή,
όλοι οι παλαβοί να είν’ απ’ όξω
και οι λογικοί μες στο Δαφνί.

Στο τραμ σαν θα βρεθείς μέσα στον κόσμο
νέες γυναίκες, γριές, μπεμπέκες,
απάνω σου πέφτουν το τραμ σαν τραντάζει
κι ο εισπράκτωρ λέει:
"Κύριος, προχώρει στο διάδρομο,
ενοχλείς την κυρία. Απαγορεύονται τα γραμματόσημα
και τα σάντουιτς και δεν είσαι καθόλου εντάξει",
κι ο εισπράκτωρ λέει δεν είσαι εντάξει.

Νύχτα στα κρυφά ο κάθε Έλλην
στον τοίχο αφήνει αυτό που πίνει,
κι αν τύχει ο πολίσμαν να τον περιαδράξει
γλυκά του λέει:
"Αδερφάκι, πόλισμαν, αν πρόκειται να με πας μέσα
για μια χουφτίτσα νερό, δεν είσαι καθόλου, εντάξει",
γλυκά του λέει δεν είσαι εντάξει.

Ρε πως τη δουλεύουνε εντάξει
στην Ελλάδα κάθε μηχανή,
όλοι οι παλαβοί να είν’ απ’ όξω
και οι λογικοί μες στο Δαφνί.

curated by Ear to Ear Records (Shauna McLarnon of Ummagma) and Indonesia’s Gerpfast Kolektif

It's all about shoegaze today!
This music tree has it's branches from all over the world!
It's also free that means you don't have to become a pirate, but you can sure support this release any way you can!

Cataclysmic times, it’s often said, produces great art. So does diversity. The modern day musical landscape is in a constant state of change with its many scenes recreating themselves into something interestingly new. This equally applies to the shoegaze genre. Beautiful Noise is still being made and it’s sounding from all four corners of the globe.

2014 was a great year for shoegaze fans, with news surrounding the reformation of bands like Slowdive, Swervedriver, Ride and Medicine. 2015 is primed to be just as interesting and we are kicking it off by presenting the new breed, who are writing the next chapter in shoegaze. In the wake of the reformation of these ‘first wave’ shoegaze bands, we have amalgamated underground artists from all over the world, who are virtually united under one revolutionary flag – that of a shoegaze revival.
"Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival" is an epic, truly international 30-track compilation comprised of outstanding original material. Such bands have set the stage for shoegaze pioneers’ return to today’s scene by upholding their wall of sound and painting it with breathtaking colour. Some of these bands are also ‘first wave’ but have remained underground, while some are newbies – the ‘second wave’ of shoegaze.

Curated by UK label Ear to Ear Records and Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif, this compilation features 30 bands from 16 countries, covering 5 of the 6 inhabited continents. Each was selected purely on the basis of their dynamic sound, without any consideration of geographic preference, label affiliation, popularity ranking or hype. Without even one throwaway or filler track, these are all 'keepers'.

This is not a shoegaze tribute album to MBV or Slowdive, or even The Beatles. There is simply so much greatness to the new wave of shoegaze that we’re focusing on original tracks, which showcase the immense talent of the featured bands. For some, this album may be the best shoegaze soundtrack they’ll encounter in 2015. At minimum, this will serve as a fantastic introduction to these new sounds and happily tide existing shoegaze fans over for quite some time.

Creation Records co-founder Joe Foster (also noted for producing My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, and Jesus & Mary Chain) is also throwing his support behing this initiative, stating "This is a new comp with the best of the world shoegaze/magical psychpoppy's REBIRTH.... Ear To Ear Records are a new Welsh/Canadian label in the spirit of Creation and 4AD and just as obsessed as that! Why do I refer to rebirth instead of revival? In contrast, a *rebirth* in the same period gave us such bands as The Cramps, Primal Scream and Cocteau Twins - what a range!! And such a huge and wide world of music...this is exactly what is happening again in a new and unexpected way! 30 bands from 16 countries unprecedented spread of hope and art".

Members of Swervedriver, Slowdive, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Swallow [4AD], Strata Florida [Saint Marie Records] and The Telescopes [Creation Records] have also expressed their support, as well as renowned British producer Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn, Lords of Acid). We are hopeful that this compilation will help move this genre beyond being “The Scene That Celebrates Itself” to one that is also celebrated by others...

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