Remember ALL CAPS when you spell the mans’ name. EZRAKH is the man and if you’ve been lucky enough to be in the room when he’s spinning, you know it’s always a vibe to bring the people together. Organic and eclectic in taste, mixes are likely to include anything from afrobeat to jazz to funk to hip hop to house. Part of the Brick Bandits crew out of NJ, EZRAKH has made his name known at every venue you can imagine including premier NYC/Brooklyn clubs to house parties and underground d.i.y holes in the wall. It is his deep collection and broad taste that allows him to chameleon into any scenario, all the while staying true to his form. Check him out on the scene and stream/download his current mixes on soundcloud. [Free Download] @thinknotsleep
Today is one day that you will be thankful for being in the Dingus circle; a radius that is forever increasing in size and stretching further across international waters like a ships’ marine radar, picking up all signals of DIY activity. Though our reach is infinite in terms of new music discovery, sometimes living in the premier music city of the world allows us to not stray far from home. One group that makes me forever grateful of the city I live in is Lily & The Parlour Tricks. From high energy live shows that turn Pianos into an Animal House dance party, to a debut EP recorded at the famous Daptone studio in Brooklyn, not to mention countless video releases, this is a band of givers. If you are lucky enough to be in the proximity of regular Parlour trickery, it’s a no fan left behind mentality in their camp. The band generally plays throwback 50s pop music that could hang at a Shindig! with Shirley Ellis or The Ronettes and no doubt any underground twisting bar in Lower Manhattan. They’ve recently announced a slew of summer tour dates which you can peek on their website but until you can catch the live show, here are some videos to keep you partially quenched. @thinknotsleep
In hopes of keeping this music out in the world for new listeners to hear, an effort fans should take into their own hands due to Chocolate Breads’ indefinite hiatus, I chose this beautiful Spring day to feature the Catch Ciphers EP. The second release from the Union County, NJ band came shortly after their debut full-length …Until My Mind Stretches that helped build one of the most impressive DIY followings the area has seen in recent years. Dozens of packed, high-energy concerts and Summer parties are the way this band is best remembered for those lucky enough to experience their short-lived reign on the top. Take a moment to sift through their albums and enjoy some music made for music’s sake. Chocolate Bread is expected to release a new EP sometime during 2013. [Free Download] @thinknotsleep
You may remember this band from a recent feature off their last EP, and frankly, if they keep dropping tracks like this we’re gonna need to start a weekly column just for them. ‘Peaches’ is the first single released from their new EP titled Migration Volume 2 that recently premiered on Relix with a super pro video to ice the cake. Always dirty and deep in the pocket, Mission South are gimmick free and genuine, this new single being a perfect example of the pop sensibility they are as fluent with as they are Allman blues jams. I’ll keep this short and sweet and let you focus on this fantastic song and video. @thinknotsleep
This band opened for Prince. Dot…dot…dot. Well, I was tempted to simply leave this caption with that one opening line but decided they deserve a bit more description than that. A trio made up of three close friends, two of whom are twin sisters, KING is moving rapidly into the new age, neo-soul circuit. Effortless vocals that seem to flow in one deep breath sit atop lofty harmonies and production that grooves so hard with only the suggestion of a heavy beat. A track like this can make one feel weightless as if being offered a hand from three beautiful sirens singing down from the heavens. Take it and see what happens. @thinknotsleep
As their third LP begins to gather traction both in and far outside their hometown Nashville, The Dynamites and their commanding frontman Charles Walker seem the perfect fit to bring another direction to the revivalist scene of soul players. With Daptone and other heavy hitters releasing numerous records a year, anyone dipping their toes into the classic style of 60s American soul music has got to be the next Sharon Jones or better. The Dynamites interestingly bring a more big band sound to their arrangements as opposed to the more tight, punchy Stax horn riffs we’re used to hearing re-worked in Amy Winehouse tracks and countless hip hop songs. ‘Still Can’t Get You Out of My Heart’ is the first single released from the album via Gemco Records, the sort of thing you subconsciously hum while taking the first walk outside into Spring, infinitely cheerful to lose the Winter jacket. The Dynamites are a little bit Al Green and a little bit Raphael Saadiq and always come correct, so enjoy this new song and have a great warm season! @thinknotsleep
Freshly off a tour of France with headliners The Heavy and prepping for SXSW among other big plans, The Skins define the term buzz band. Not one member of the band is legally allowed in a bar but with the current hype surrounding their music, club owners will soon be putting down big money to secure a weekend slot for them. This track puts in perspective the kind of raw energy this band can channel and it is that sound and drive that has put them in the hands of Wreckroom Records, a production company and studio owned by actor/musician Adrian Grenier. Grenier co-manages the band and this single was recorded in-house with producer Brian Koerber who also produced the bands’ upcoming debut album. The Skins are a force to be reckoned with, but don’t take it from me, go see for yourself at a live show where the band is truly in their element. Righteous jams, dudes. @thinknotsleep
Emerging from the culturally and musically diverse Oakland/Berkeley, California comes afro/indie-soul group Bells Atlas. Equal parts r&b, soul, pop, and alternative, the band comfortably displays a knack for incorporating a wide variety of influences all the while creating an original, accessible sound. Nigerian-American singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu commands song after song with rhythmic vocals and a Badu-like demeanor that could promptly put any new listener straight into a trance. The sound, fully developed with help from band member multi-instrumentalists Derek Barber, Geneva Harrison, and Doug Stuart, is very open and percussive. Supporting melodies are cleverly designated to vibraphone and backup harmonies rather than the more common piano or guitar riff. I expect a broad demographic to pick up on Bells Atlas soon, a crowd ranging from fans of The Dirty Projectors to Jill Scott to Tune-Yards. @thinknotsleep
A strong music scene produces results. Upon checking out and reviewing a new single from Oakland based band Bells Atlas, I stumbled on a delectably similar group called The Seshen also making noise in the Bay area. I thought it was a great double find especially how tied together the two bands were sonically and geographically and when I noticed they often play shows together it all made sense. The Seshen is psychedelic neo-soul for 2013. There are all the Badu/Dilla qualities you crave with a modern turn for indie-electronic-pop like Little Dragon and other new hit makers. Complex and colorful, this is a band that gives hope to the indie music world. Plus, it’s not often you hear Cuíca used in a song. @thinknotsleep
Brooklyn based afro-beat funk band Ikebe Shakedown is quickly building a ton of credits to their name. Having released a highly praised full-length album not long ago as well as numerous vinyl/digital singles, the band recently teamed up with German indie 45 label Mocambo Records to drop a fiery new single ‘Up in the Trees’. Recorded at the most in-demand soul studio in Brooklyn, Daptone, this track is nothing short of the consistently top-tier, authentic releases that pour out of those walls. The limited edition 45 has already sold out but you can stream it on repeat on Soundcloud. Let this track be your introduction to the band and start marking your ICal with their upcoming dates because it won’t be long before can’t see them at your favorite local Brooklyn spot anymore. @thinknotsleep
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