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Recently issued new sounds from Skinshape, The Heliocentrics and Brownout make up this Noogrooves edition of Aaron “Neddy” Stein’s RecommNeds.
Having reached the halfway point of 2016, here’s Aaron “Neddy” Stein’s traditional mid-year “in case you missed it” RecommNeds column featuring 10 of the best LPs out so far this year.
Aaron “Neddy” Stein profiles two more recently issued albums from a pair of European acts he thinks you’ll enjoy.
About The Heliocentrics
From the drummer sampled by Madlib and Yesterdays New Quintet…
From the band that backed DJ Shadow…
“Malcolm Catto’s band turns traditional funk on its head with his syncopated drums tying up ’60s psychedelia and free jazz into chaos-on-the-one.” URB Magazine
Four years in the making, The Heliocentrics’ debut album is finally complete. Out There is here. Good luck trying to categorize their music. Led by the relentless drummer Malcolm Catto, the UK collective’s objective lays quite a ways beyond what ordinary listeners know or expect. In an alternative galaxy, where the orbits of Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Psychedelic, Electronic, Avante-Garde and Ethnic music all revolve around “The One” that’s where you might find The Heliocentrics.
A listen to a song or two reveals no small influence from the funk universe of James Brown. But there’s also the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra’s music. The cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone. The sublime fusion of David Axelrod. But the Heliocentrics’ music isn’t retro. It’s brand new. And it’s timeless. They have well-placed fans in the likes of Madlib (Catto was featured on his Shades of Blue album and on various Yesterdays New Quintet releases) and DJ Shadow (the band backed him on “This Time I’m Gonna Do It My Way” from his The Outsider album), who will tell you that this band is really the next shit but that they have the consistency and musicianship that seems to have been lost somewhere in the analog to digital shuffle over the past thirty years.
David Crosby & The Sky Trails Band will spend most of May and June 2020 on tour.
Shaky Knees Music Festival’s 2020 lineup includes headliners The Strokes, The Smashing Pumpkins and The Black Keys.
The 62nd annual Grammy Awards nominations include Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, Lizzo and many others.
David Byrne led the ‘American Utopia’ cast through “Road To Nowhere” and taught Jimmy Fallon dance moves on Tuesday’s episode of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’
Antibalas will release a new album, ‘Fu Chronicles’ in February 2020 and previewed the LP with by sharing its lead single, “Fight Am Finish,” ahead of a 2020 nationwide tour.