New Bonobo album announced, The Revival Hour’s debut and Emancipator’s new release out now [News]

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Bonobo returns with The North Borders

Bonobo The North BordersThis is old news if you saw it posted last week, but Bonobo makes a return this April with the release of his new album The North Borders. With the announcement he’s unleashed new track Cirrus as a free download. It’s got real groove and sounds a little more experimental than anything we’ve heard before from Simon. I’m especially looking forward to this one as it’s always been fascinating to see how Bonobo has evolved over the years. The artwork’s brilliant (click on the image to see the hires version for those who don’t want to ruin there eyes). The video for Cirrus is also worth a look with some great visuals that marry to the music perfectly. Don’t forget to do your music library a favour and grab yourself the free single.

The album’s due April 1st (2nd in North America), lets hope it’s not an April fools! There’s also some new live dates to accompany the new album, to make things easy head over to this link for a full (and fairly extensive) listing. Continue reading

Emancipator – Minor Cause [News/Listen]

Here’s a nice midweek surprise, Emancipator will be releasing his new album Dusk to Dawn on the 29th January. Yes it really is that close!

Emancipator Dusk to Dawn announcement

The record drops on Doug Appling’s new imprint Loci Records (which had it’s debut release last month with the rather superb TorDrum Therapy).  It’s been a while now since 2010’s Safe in the Steep Cliffs and after the extensive touring that followed the album it’ll be nice to hear some brand new tracks starting with the first single Minor Cause. The track is a free download over on the Loci Records bandcamp page and it’s a gorgeous slice of lush downtempo with beautiful instrumentation including the trademark strings, trip hop elements and electronics bubbling around in the background. It’s beautiful and if this is anything to go by January 29th will be an exciting release for Loci Records.

Check out Minor Cause below and head over to bandcamp to grab yourself a copy.

Tor – Glass & Stone [Listen]

First of all it’s probably apt to introduce Loci Records, the new label of Douglas Appling (Emancipator). In a statement from the Emancipator website;

“Fellow Music Lovers,

For years, I’ve found great purpose and pleasure in producing music as Emancipator. To have reached so many people along the way who resonate with my sound is incredibly inspiring. I’d like to build upon this response and cultivate a community of shared musical taste by introducing my own record label. As its name suggests, Loci Records is a meeting place, a point of convergence for myself and others who share a similar musical vision. Its focus is on the crossroads of melodic downtempo, instrumental hip hop, and electronica.”
– Douglas Appling

This is exciting news of course, Douglas Appling is considered the king in many respects of the more thoughtful, organic instrumental hip-hop/downtempo crossover, mentioned in his statement, which has been cropping up more prominently in recent years. In the last eighteen months it’s been a consistent occurrence to see Emancipator cited as a main influence in many of his peers album descriptions so by all accounts a label from the man himself should bring some more high quality music of a similar nature. What’s most exciting however is what is coming from Loci Records.

After his collaboration on the Emancipator Remixes album from last year, Tor is first out the door with the superb single Glass & Stone, a considered and beautiful slice of exactly the combination of genres Doug is setting out to represent with Loci Records. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric affair with layered beats and some nice use of female vocals. It sounds fresh and is of excellent quality with subtle production and a level of sheen which is what I was hoping from Loci Records. It’s also a FREE download, so head on over to the label bandcamp page to grab yourself a copy.

Glass & Stone is the first single from Drum Therapy which is due on the 11th of December.

“Ten years in the making, this record promises to bring a soulful, cerebral blend of instrumentation that I believe to be a great representation of what Loci aims to curate. Drawing influence from across the globe, Drum Therapy is slated to entrance listeners with thought provoking harmonies and dusty samples that resonate long after the tracks end.”
– Douglas Appling

If this taster is anything to go by, we are in for a rich and detailed treat in time for Christmas and the promise of great things from Loci Records in the future.

Emancipator – Elephant Survival [Listen]

Fresh back from the christmas holiday season and I feel like I’ve already got a lot of things to catch up with. This one arrived before Christmas and seemed to go right under my radar.

Emancipator has released a brilliant new track with samples straight from the Elephant Revival track Forgiveness. It takes all the best bits from the original track and applies Doug Appling’s distinct ‘organic’ trip-hop style with great results. It’s also FREE which is always a bonus and leaves you with no reason not to check it out.

Elephant Survival by emancipator

If you want to catch him live, Emancipator is also on tour for the next couple of months (though there’s a distinct lack of UK shows!); dates are as follows.

1/18 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
1/19 – Lousiville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
1/20 – Nashville, TN @ MAI
1/21 – Atlanta, GA @ King Plow Arts Center
1/22 – Gainesville, FL @ The Vault
1/25 – Starkville, MS @ Rick’s
1/26 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
1/27 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
1/28 – Floyd, VA @ Sun Music Hall
2/1   – Philadelphia, PA @ Blockley Pourhouse
2/2   – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
2/3   – Ithaca, NY @ Castaways
2/4   – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
2/5   – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
2/8   – Buffalo, NY @ Soundlab
2/9   – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
2/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
2/11 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
2/14 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
2/15 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
2/16 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Live
2/17 – Chicago, IL @ The Mid
2/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Loft at Barfly