While we still are into to it, check out the latest EP from The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble called “Mutations” , seriously, how good can music really get??

In this amazing video we hear the song “Shadows”.

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A companion “group” to Jason Köhnen and Giedon Kiers The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble wich i blogged about a couple of weeks ago, The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation is the antithesis of the jazz ensemble concept. Wreathed in subterranean drones and undulating tone waves, The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation is the sort of lounge act one would find playing in the lower circles of Hell, down were time dilates to infinity and every action takes epochs to complete.  It is deep, cold, dark, and suffocating. It is to a radio friendly pop song as glacial drift is to rapid climatic change.

This infected satanic jazz madness is released on the Berlin based label Ad Noiseam.

The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – One from the album “Doomjazz Future Corpses”

The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – Three from the album “Doomjazz Future Corpses”

The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – Four from the album “Doomjazz Future Corpses”

The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – Seven from the album “Doomjazz Future Corpses”

Alif Tree

2009/02/21

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This French music alchemist is a self-pronounced DJ and cook, who sings, writes, plays guitars, pianos, percs and scratch samples, then records, mixes, remixes again and again and often speaks to himself as a fervent defender of acoustic sounds, from philharmonic music to pop via smoky nu-jazz, blues, melancholy emotions, that combine simple acoustic jazz elements with spacious, multi-dimensional, synthesized ambience and very mellow beats to world music. 

Alif Tree has navigated through the universe or recording-studios, sound-stages and television, as much as record-labels, for the past fifteen years. Sailing the seven seas of space in zero gravity, between trip-hop under classical influence, instrumental hip-hop and jazzy electronica.

Alif is today signed to the Munich based record label Compost, established by Michael Reinboth in 1994. In the words of the inimitable Gilles Peterson Compost is “the most consistent and forward thinking record label of continental Europe.

Alif Tree – Aurevoir from the album “Clockwork”

Alif Tree – Mai  from the album “Clockwork”

Alif Tree – Forgotten Places from the album “French Cuisine”

Alif Tree – Deadly Species from the album “French Cuisine”

Alif Tree – Duo Impropable from the album “Spaced”

Alif Tree – Hold Me Down from the album “Spaced”

Black Grass

2009/02/19

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So listen up all dancefreaks, let me introduce you for Black Grass who is giving us a tight and eclectic blend of sounds, ranging through broken beat, ragga to hip-hop to ska to funk to latin and back again via soulful grooves that will make those dancing feets move for sure, spanning multiple genres and styles, whilst maintaining a consistent vibe with a groovy feel. The hip-hop stylings are present and combine seamlessly with the apparent influences that make Black Grass an absolute class act.

Signed to Catskills Records, this label was formed 1997 by a London/Brighton collective to release underground talent from their home turf. The label represents the best that both scenes has to offer, and has since spread it’s wings to Europe and the rest of the world with the signing of many international artists. Unlike other record labels there is no formula, no particular style and no particular genre of music that represents Catskills. They’ve said it before and they’ll say it again loudly for the people in the cheap seats; “it’s all about the headnod Factor, if it’s got it then we’ll spin it ’til it breaks our necks”.

Black Grass – Bless from the album “Three”

Black Grass – Bass Man from the album “Three”

Black Grass – This & That from the album “Three”

Black Grass – Nice Up from the selftitled album

Black Grass – Ain´t The Man from the selftitled album

Black Grass – Passion from the selftitled album

Hauschka

2009/02/18

hauschkaHauschka, the alias of Volker Bertelmann, is based in Düsseldorf, his fourth full length album is called “Ferndorf”. This pianist and composer explores every chamber instrument in its full capacity. On Ferndorf (translating into ‘remote village’ from German), Hauschka brings in two cellists, violinist and even a trombone player to construct modern classical pieces that are pleasant on the ear and the soul.

Five out of twelve tracks appear to be “purely improvised”, yet elicit strong musicianship from the participating players. Alluding to his birthplace in rural Germany, the trip along the memory lane, is an upbeat skip and hop. Here, Bertelmann revisits his childhood influences contributing to his decade long affair with the piano. Where most major-chord filled pieces usually fill me with a post-neo-classical dread of scale walking, Hauschka keeps restraint and tends to concentrate on execution and message of each individual piece. Of course, no such trip ever occurs without a touch of melancholy. Please check out Fat Cat Records where Bertelmann releases his music on, so much interesting music on that label.

Hauschka – Schönes Mädchen from the album “Ferndorf”

Hauschka – Heimat from the album “Ferndorf”

Hauschka – Nadelwald from the album “Ferndorf”

Hauschka – Neuschnee from the album “Ferndorf”

Tipsy

2009/02/10

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Brought together by their shared fascination for experimental music and noise, the San Francisco-based lounge-collage duo Tipsy consists of Tim Digulla and David Gardner. Previously, Gardner. It’s been a while since we had the last release from this experimental lounge-funk progenitors, but here they are with the album called “Buzzz”, making a return on Ipecac with sixteen new excursions into jazzy exotica and avant-garde assaults on easy listening.

Tim and David is calling their own music for “drunktronica,” explaining the seven-year layoff between this and their previous release by saying they were “distracted by commercial corporate money music for hire (as well as occasional substance abuse),”.  

Tipsy – Midnight Party from the album “Buzzz”

Tipsy – Kitty´s Daydream from the album “Buzzz”

Tipsy – Kadonka from the album “Buzzz”

Tipsy – Big Business from the album “Buzzz”

Tipsy – See The Beauty, Touch The Magic from the album “Buzzz”

Anders Ilar

2009/02/06

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Ohh YEESS the man of the hour Anders Ilar has given us listeners a free MP3 album called “Twillight Rainfalls”,  goddamn its good!

Tracklist:
1. Morning Dew
2. Playing With The Winds
3. Rain In All Familiar Places
4. Lowbeam
5. Magnetic Love Reversal
6. Althea
7. Ghostwaltz On The Third Floor
8.
In Light We Trust
9. Crystal Alignment

DOWNLOAD HERE!!

“…Released on 23rd of December 2008 to celebrate the new solar year. The 8 new tracks on Twilight Rainfalls are based upon a meditative piano session recorded on October 19th 2008 in Ludvika. The recordings was later cut into parts and used as sourcematerial for the tracks. The initial idea was to make a very quiet ambient album with only some 808 rhythms to compliment the piano, however after the first track was finished (in light we trust) I realized that this would not be the case. The rest of the tracks was put together in the following weeks. The 9th track (althea) was produced some years ago using the sound of the very same piano.
As times are becoming rougher for many labels and distroes I realized it would be a long time waiting for a CD or vinyl deal for this material. And with things being as they are I believe the best way to spread these vibrations is in free digital format.
So realizing this work might dissapoint a few of my listeners, atleast now you know the story behind the music and its intention is simply to be what it is (music), while hopefully inspire the listener to raise the frequency of love on this planet…”

Love and Light!
Anders Ilar

Indigo Jam Unit

2009/02/06

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It´s getting really hot and jazzy in here at Othersided, BUT in recent times so much good music in this genre has appeared! Let me introduce you all to Indigo Jam Unit wich easily is one of the hardest hitting combos on the Japanese scene in recent years! Their last album “Pirates” is a complete killer, the tunes are really heavy on acoustic bass played in loud, bold lines alongside piano, bass, drums, and added percussion. All recorded with a really full sort of feel, in joyously searching grooves that owe a lot to soul and modal jazz of the 60s and 70s! There’s a stripped-down quality to the album that’s really appealing, a focus on the core elements and rhythmic moments, making this record a delight for groovehounds, although it’s also got a strong jazz component too. Check out recordlabel Basis where this album is released on and go out and buy the record NOW!!

Indigo Jam Unit – Trailer from the album “Pirates”

Indigo Jam Unit – Pirates from the album “Pirates”

Indigo Jam Unit – Arctic Circle from the album “Pirates”

Indigo Jam Unit – Raindrop from the album “Pirates”

Two Banks Of Four

2009/02/05

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Two Banks Of Four actually only consist of two people; producers Robert Gallagher a.k.a Early Zinger and Dilip Harris a.k.a Demus, one thing you can say about Two Banks of Four is that these are some old school cats, fo’sho’. Jazzin’ out of London, UK, Two Banks of Four capture the nu-jazz sound to a perfection, making it easy for groups like Four Tet and Herbert to remix their songs. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if these guys’ samples blew up in the jazzy hip-hop scene. Beautiful backing vocals and flowin’ piano make their new LP, “Junkyard Gods”, definitely something to pick up. Take a walk with their basslines down to the record store and check ’em out.

Releasing their music on the Berlin based independent record label Sonar Kollektiv that was founded by Berlin’s DJ and producer team Jazzanova in 1998.   

Two Banks Of Four – Queen Of Crows from the album “Junkyard Gods”

Two Banks Of Four – Dead Afternoon from the album “Junkyard Gods”

Two Banks Of Four – Wake Me 5:30 from the album “Junkyard Gods”

Two Banks Of Four – Ballad For Oliver Law from the album “Junkyard Gods”

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Someone once described Kate Bush the most stoned woman in Britain; Brightblack Morning Light might earn the sobriquet of most stoned band in New Mexico.  They are just about rooted in their once native Alabama and early 70s blues-loving rock but their sound is actually over-stoned; so thick and immersive you could almost rock-crit to the max and announce “heroin folk”. 

Naybob Shineywater Pens mystic lyrics about rainbows, hologram buffaloes and living in a little tent down by the river — and he’s got the hippie bona fides to back it up. With his partner, Rachael Hughes, Shineywater lives in a solar-powered home in New Mexico, where the pair typically craft psych-rock blues albums under the name Brightblack Morning Light.

Brightblack Morning Light – A Rainbow Aims from the album “Motion To Rejoin”

Brightblack Morning Light – Hologram Buffalo from the album “Motion To Rejoin”

Brightblack Morning Light – Oppressions Each from the album “Motion To Rejoin”

Brightblack Morning Light – Summer Hoof from the album “Motion To Rejoin”