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Childish Gambino – Me and Your Mama

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Childish Gambino has confirmed that his 3rd full length album, “Awaken, My Love!” (Glassnote Records) is set for release on Dec. 2, 2016. Ηis social media accounts revealed the album’s cover, track listing and a link to the album’s pre-order. First track, “Me and Your Mama” was debuted by Zane Lowe as a Beats 1 World Record. Zane played the song 6 times in a row, a record for the program, with additional plays throughout the show. The track is available here.

As Childish Gambino once again sheds his skin, “Awaken My Love!” is a sonic evolution. It has been described as “R&B meets Pink Floyd,” by one journalist while others have cited an amalgam of rock, funk, and soul influences. It is a groundbreaking next step following the genre blending STN MTN / Kauai mixtape and the twice-Grammy nominated rap album, because the internet.

Breaking the mold and creating fully-formed, alternate worlds is a trademark of this creator, who presented “Awaken My Love!” first at his PHAROS festival in Joshua Tree, CA last September. To attend, fans utilized the scalper-proof PHAROS app which served as a “compass” that guided guests and communicated the ethos of both the event and the new music as “a gathering of the 5 intuitives of the human experience: tribe, ritual, experience abstraction, architecture, language.”

Reactions to “Awaken, My Love!” from PHAROS hinted to expect the unexpected.

James Hersey – Miss You (HONNE Remix)

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Arriving on the scene with the unshakeable new single ‘Miss You’ (released via Glassnote Records) James Hersey has quickly racked up over 2.5 million streams on the track in less than a month. The single’s success is now set to sky rocket even further with a poignant piano-led remix from electronic soul duo HONNE, available to stream today.

HONNE explain, “This remix came so easy. As soon as we heard James’ vocal we came up with that gentle rhythmic piano part that runs throughout. Something that never ceases to amaze us is how new chord sequences can add to or shift the sentiment of lyrics, and we really enjoyed playing with that for this.”

Co-produced by James alongside Ed Sheeran collaborator Will Hicks and mixed by Stephen Fitzmaurice (Sam Smith, Disclosure, Kwabs, Mary J. Blige), the track is a spacious, captivating future classic, with nods to the dance world. It’s also deeply personal, dealing with the idea of connections between people. James’ talent for songs that will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever experienced heightened emotions, i.e. everyone, is strikingly evident.

“I wrote and produced the first draft of ‘Miss You’ in two virtually sleepless days and nights. Three days later I was on a plane to England to cut (and finish writing) what is now my debut single,” James explains. “It was like windsurfing, when you catch the right gust at the right moment and you’re catapulted forward by this incredible, invisible force. That’s what it feels like to write music you love.”

Despite ‘Miss You’ forming Hersey’s debut single, his voice is one many listeners will be familiar with. ‘Coming Over’, Hersey’s delicate, summer-tinged ode to delayed desires, is a song that took on a whole new life in the dance arena. Initially remixed by Filous (26m Spotify streams and counting), it’s since been subtly reworked by Kygo & Dillon Francis (a staggering 74m Spotify streams and counting). Its success has led to dance legend Tiesto offering up a remix and Hersey touring Europe with Kygo himself.

Now based in Berlin but born and raised in Austria’s capital Vienna, Hersey’s childhood was filled with music. Guitar lessons were augmented by impromptu family music concerts. The house also reverberated to the sounds of Bob Marley, Grateful Dead and, in the mid-nineties, hip-hop. For Hersey himself, Michael Jackson was King.
Happy to explore musical genres, utilizing that grounding in folk, pop, and rock from a young age, Hersey’s songs work in different musical contexts because at the core of them lies classic songwriting. Crucially, the thread throughout is always Hersey himself.

Video: Baio – The Names

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Today Grammy Award winning musician Baio releases the official music video for ‘The Names,’ the title track off his debut album. Shot in London, ‘The Names’ video was directed by Baio himself and produced by Lawrence Watson. Baio explains the inspiration behind the video:

Last fall the image of a man walking around in a dinner jacket while holding a medical skull popped into my head. Why? Beats me! Your mind can take you to weird places. I’d wanted to take a stab at directing a music video for a while and thought “The Names” would be my chance.

I’ve lived in London for the past two and a half years and one thing I love about it is the green space. There’s so much of it. Crystal Palace Park in south London is the weirdest park I’ve ever been to with its huge dinosaur and gorilla statues. I thought it’d be the sort of place a man in a dinner jacket with a medical skull would hang out.

We also filmed in The George Tavern, a great pub in Shadwell. They told me Nick Cave’s performed there. I think that’s pretty cool!

On New Years Day, while I was nursing my hangover, I watched David Bowie’s Serious Moonlight tour film. In the performance of “Cracked Actor” he holds a skull that starts singing along. I had already finished editing this video but was really thrilled by the coincidence. In a roundabout way “The Names” is my tribute to David Bowie, my favorite artist of all time.

Baio’s debut solo album The Names was released this past fall on Glassnote Records.

Baio – The Names

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Baio just droped the fourth song and title track off of his upcoming debut album, The Names, available for pre-order now, out September 18th on Glassnote Records.

The song follows up the critically praised tracks “Brainwash yyrr Face”, “Endless Rhythm” and “Sister of Pearl” whose video recently premiered on Vice’s Noisey (WATCH HERE) and was the most played track at California’s KCRW that same week. Meanwhile “Sister Of Pearl” picked up support in the UK from the likes of Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Huw Stevens, and BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq.

The Names, produced by Baio, explores ideas of space — of belonging, identity and finding a place in the world. Some of this was occasioned by his own geographical shift — having recently moved to London, he found himself struck by his new city’s expanse of sky, green space, and globalness — elements that infuse the record’s sound.

BAIO – Sister Of Pearl

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Baio unveils ‘Sister Of Pearl’, the stunning first single from his upcoming debut album, The Names, available for pre-order now, out September 18th on Glassnote Records. ‘Sister of Pearl’ is the second listen from The Names. The introductory track, ‘Brainwash yyrr Face’ touted by Spin as “SBTRKT-on-acid… a dance track pumped with dry ice,” is available to stream on YouTube.

Baio said, “With ‘Sister of Pearl’ I wanted to write a Bowie & Ferry-referencing throwback pop song with a simple, straight-forward lyrical message: be who you want to be.”

The Names, produced by Baio, explores ideas of space — of belonging, identity and finding a place in the world. Some of this was occasioned by his own geographical shift — having recently moved to London, he found himself struck by his new city’s expanse of sky, green space, and globalness — elements that infuse the record’s sound.

Baio – The Names LP

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Baio announces his first full-length album, The Names, available for pre-order, out September 18th via Glassnote Records. The record takes it title from Don Delillo’s 1982 novel. The first song off of the upcoming release, album opener “Brainwash yyrr Face” is now available to stream via YouTube.

Of the album, Baio said, “The Names is a record that has reverberated through my mind for much of the last five years. Its themes began to take shape when I moved from New York to London in 2013. Today I’m delighted to share the first track of a record that I think is pretty tight!”

The Names, produced by Baio, explores ideas of space — of belonging, identity and finding a place in the world. Some of this was occasioned by his own geographical shift — having recently moved to London, he found himself struck by his new city’s expanse of sky, green space, and globalness — elements that infuse the record’s sound.

The Names tracklisting:
Brainwash yyrr Face
The Names
Sister of Pearl
I Was Born in a Marathon
Needs
All the Idiots
Matter
Endless Rhythm
Scarlett

Pre-order The Names here.

Video: Flight Facilities feat. Reggie Watts – Sunshine

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Below you can watch the video for Flight Facilities‘ new single “Sunshine”, featuring New York’s comedian/musician Reggie Watts. Taken from the duo’s superb debut album “Down To Earth”, out now on Future Classic/Glassnote Records. Directed by Rhett Wade-Ferrel.

Flight Facilities – Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise

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Australian duo Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell aka Flight Facilities have unveiled the first single from their forthcoming debut “Down To Earth” album. “Two Bodies” features a relatively unknown guest vocalist, Australian singer/songwriter Emma Louise. Down to Earth will drop on October 24th 2014 via Future Classic/Glassnote Records.