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Today marks the release of the new, self-titled record from St Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre), his first in 15 years, and it's "well worth the wait," says the Independent. The album marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to his sound, with a new element: traditional Malian music. "St Germain is a remarkable album of rewarding and organic music," exclaims All About Jazz in a five-star review. "It is really a rare occurrence that an electronic music is crafted with so much style and substance as this record." There are moments "that lift the music into the higher spirit realms," says NPR. Mixmag says it "never strays from the sublime." It "deftly balances tradition and modernity and begs repeated listening," says Jazzwise. "Navarre continues to revolutionise electronic music."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist News ReviewsReviewsWednesday, September 9, 2015|0 comments
The Arcs have unveiled the video for "Outta My Mind," off Yours, Dreamily, their recently released debut album. The video premiered on The Huffington Post, which says: "A dreamy gift of garage blues wrapped in fuzzy, soulful guitar, the album is a refreshing shift from [Dan] Auerbach that you'll want to keep on repeat all weekend long." Watch the video here. Yours, Dreamily, is WFUV's New Dig and Album of the Week from The Current, which says "this album is chock full of memorable, hooky jams ... [Auerbach] can't help but write songs that get stuck in your brain."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radio Reviews VideoReviewsWednesday, August 5, 2015|0 commentsRhiannon Giddens, Punch Brothers Southern Fried Fest Sets Featured on BBC Radio Scotland's "Another Country"
Rhiannon Giddens and Punch Brothers' double bill at the Southern Fried Festival in Perth, Scotland, on Friday was featured on a two-hour show of festival highlights on BBC Radio Scotland's Another Country with Ricky Ross. The first hour is devoted to Giddens, the second hour to Punch Brothers. You can hear it at bbc.co.uk. The concert earned perfect five star reviews from both the Scotsman and the Herald Scotland, which calls Giddens' set "sensational" and Punch Brothers' "breath-taking."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radio ReviewsReviewsMonday, August 3, 2015|0 comments
Rhiannon Giddens, Punch Brothers, and Olivia Chaney all performed at the Cambridge Folk Festival this weekend, and judging by the Guardian review, all went well, to say the least. "Giddens was a revelation" and "Chaney showed how it should be sung," says the Guardian's Robin Denselow of their Saturday sets, and "the finest performance of the night came from one of the most inventive acoustic bands on the planet," says Denselow of Punch Brothers' "magnificent" Sunday set. Giddens and Chaney also performed for BBC Radio 2's coverage from Cambridge, which can be heard at bbc.co.uk.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On Tour ReviewsReviewsMonday, July 13, 2015|0 comments
Lianne La Havas made a brief trip to the US for a set at the Essence Festival and sold-out shows in LA and NYC last week. "[W]hat comes across first is the sheer grace of her voice," says the New York Times review of the NYC show. "It can be a breathy purr, a lilting tease, a liquid confession or a torchy declaration ... She was already distinctive on her 2012 debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, which fused neo-soul, folk and jazz in songs built around her briskly syncopated guitar playing, often juggling three-against-two patterns behind supple tunes ... Her music pushes further in the songs on [her new album,] Blood." La Havas returns to North America to tour this fall.