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Dâm-Funk’s Invite The Light now streaming

Six years after carving the footprints of a futuristic funk scene with the colossal ToeachizownDâm-Funk is set to return to solo productions with Invite The Light. Although the album’s release is due September 4 on Stones Throw, a first listen is now available in streaming through NPR.

Smoky neo-funk and cosmic keyboards embracing a production featuring collaborations with Q-Tip, Snoop Dogg, Sylvers (father and son) and Junie Morrison. A voyage through a past that remains very much present and keeps a steady eye in the future of funky sounds.

Pre-order Invite The Light LP (3-vinyl) on Stones Throw and digital edition on iTunes.

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“Worth It” by Danny Brown & Clams Casino on Adult Swim Singles

Adult Swim Singles has been a privileged platform for debuting tracks. Every year since 2012 the program has been garnering a portfolio of productions that would make their ways into astonishing records – “36” Chain” by Run The Jewels in their self-titled album or “Between Villains” by Captain Murphy (aka Flying Lotus) featuring Earl Sweatshirt, Thundercat & Viktor Vaughn (aka MF Doom), which was included in Duality‘s mixtape by the former – or simply linger by as independent, solo-tracks detached from compilations – for instance, “Giorgio’s Theme” by Giorgio Moroder.

This year’s series has now pretty much reached its middle point with the release of New Jersey’s producer Clams Casino and Detroit’s MC Danny Brown collab “Worth It”, a dazzling track following a minimal beat that lives within a cloud rap aura, dreamy keys and sparse bass tones followed by a speedy rhyme’s debit by Brown.

Looking forward for the track releases of Shabazz Palaces (17/08), Doomstarks (14/09), Flying Lotus (28/09) and Run The Jewels (05/10).

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A merry fortress of alternative music at Citadel Festival

Originally published on HUCK

The clock strikes five. Summery afternoon light is streaking through the dust and colouring everything in sight with a  golden filter as the inaugural Citadel Festival brings a weekend of live music and festivities to an end in East London’s Victoria Park. Within the temporary sanctuary from the madness of the city outside its walls, groups of friends are walking in all directions, trying to catch as much as they can of the immense programme of music and activities on offer.

At the Soundcrash stage near the entrance, the crowd is eagerly awaiting Roots Manuva and his reggae and dub-tinged hip hop. Home to the some of the festival’s more experimental sounds, the big tent also plays host to Seun Kuti’s (son of legendary Fela) modern afrobeat, rapper Neneh Cherry backed up by electronic duo Rocketnumbernine and the mesmerising voice of Andreya Triana.

As the dapper Brixton-born Roots Manuva takes the stage — joined by two backing vocalists, a bass player, drummer and a DJ — it’s not long before the crowd are bopping to his Kingston-flavoured chart toppers “Witness” and “Get Get”. With the audience firmly on side, he shifts gears into the Machinedrum and Four Tet-produced future-bangers from his recently released EP, “Like A Drum” and “Facety 2:11.”

roots_manuvaA dazzling array of sideshows, a stellar line-up of food trucks, talks and even a slightly surreal grown-ups sports day, fought for attention but like any other summer festival, Citadel’s main draw is its solid main musical lineup. The main stage was graced by acts like Kurt Vile & The Violators’ slacker sounds, Bombay Bicycle Club’s energetic, wanderlusty rock and Anna Calvi backed by The Heritage Orchestra. At the other end of the festival site, Nick Mulvey’s jazzy vibes attracted swarms of people away from the lure of the main stage, as did Dan Croll’s multi-layered electronic pop.

Despacio, curated by 2ManyDJs and James Murphy, presented an altogether different experience: a ballroom of sorts with a mirror ball at the centre and glimpses of strobing lights flashing within an enveloping darkness. Next door, beach volleyball added another sporting activity to Citadel’s quiver and the park bandstand got all attendees working up a sweat with an array of dancing and swinging acts. Further along, a carnival of doings and goings-on: skateboarding halfpipes, comedy tents, DIY studios and more besides.

ben_howardAfter the sun set, Ben Howard’s melancholic, tear-jerking surf-folk brought the curtain down on the whole event. As the phenomenal lightshow came to an end, the crowd filtered out into the warm summer night, hopeful that this temporary musical sanctuary in the heart of the city would return again next year.

Find out more about Citadel Festival.

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“I’ve been living my whole life just tryna make it work
Whether it’s spitting or it’s writing tryna make it work
All of these bitches, they lying, man it makes me berserk
Just gotta make it work, just can’t seem to make it work”

cannibal ox are back with “blade of the ronin”

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In the same week that Fact handed to Cannibal Ox’s debut record The Cold Vein (2001) the top spot in their 100 best indie hip-hop records of all time, Harlem duo Vast Aire (Theodore Arrington) and Vordul Megalah (Shamar Gardner) streamed their new album Blade of the Ronin ahead of its official release next week.

The second studio record bridges up a fourteen-year hiatus since Jux Definitive label put out the abstract, experimental record that ascended to cult status in the subsequent years. In their argument about their choice on The Cold Vein, Fact highlighted that the underground record actually wasn’t perceived as such a genre-bustling album for years to come, and only in recent times has El-P’s masterfully produced score been perceive by the critics as an head-of-its-time work.

Although Blade of Ronin had Bill Cosmiq and Black Milk as the cut-and-paste producers, the sound keeps flowing within the experimental layers synthesised beats. MF Doom, Elzhi (Slum Village), U-God (Wu-Tang Clan) are some of the bars-droppers present in the album.

Blade of Ronin is officially released on March 2 and will be available worldwide by the next day. Below is the full stream available for pre-released listening.