Gaudi – Bass, Dub, Sweat & Tears (Six Degrees)

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In 2004, electronic dub pioneer, Gaudi released his fifth solo album Bass, Sweat & Tears, an organic fusion of Dub, Nu-Beat and Global influences inspired by Native cultures from around the world, designed to take listeners on a musical journey from Burkina Faso to Iran, with stops along the way in Pakistan, India, Papua New Guinea and touching on the roots of Spain, Jamaica and Italy. This ground-breaking album was originally released on the Canadian record label, Interchill Records and eventually became their all time best selling release. It received acclaim from fans and fellow artists alike, with Massive Attack declaring it an “awesome album” with “excellent production” and the Buddha Bar’s DJ Ravin calling it “a great album” and “a magical and lovely journey”. Tracks from Bass, Sweat & Tears have been featured on 65 compilations worldwide and in four feature films.

What set Gaudi’s global fusions apart from many of his contemporaries was his desire to unify different forms of music from around the world, keeping the heart and significance of each culture’s roots, while adding his own very personal production style. In the three and a half years that the project was in production, Gaudi worked with an astonishing 42 musicians from around the world, each bringing a special flavor to the project’s stew.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this Global Electronic Dub classic, Six Degrees Records is re-releasing the original Bass, Sweat & Tears, as well as Dub, Sweat & Tears, a companion release of all new, mind bending dub mixes produced by Gaudi himself. Gaudi explains his inspiration for the new Dub versions: “For the 10th year anniversary of Bass, Sweat & Tears I wanted to create something special. The original album meant a lot to me because it managed to broaden my worldwide recognition as an artist and as a fearless innovative music producer, so I decided to re-open all the old audio files, separated the tracks through my 48 channel analogue mixing board, and dub it up inna old skool stylee. I used tape echoes, spring reverbs, valve amps and compressors and added some extra analogue synth touches here and there to create extra depth. My intention on this new project was to create a completely new sonic experience, pointing out all of the obscured details, the most minute percussive rings and beeps and the most mesmerizing basslines. The sessions for Dub, Sweat & Tears took me 18 months, and it has been a very challenging work – it was very difficult to give new light to a project that already shines with its own light, so instead, I simply repositioned the spotlights in different places in order to illuminate different shades and shadows”.

Whether it’s the timeless, classic sounds of the original Bass, Sweat & Tears, which still sounds brand new and fresh these ten years down the line, or the newly “Dubbed”, companion release Dub, Seat & Tears, this music proves that Gaudi remains one of Electronic music’s most unique and innovative producers, a man who is justifiably proud of his past, while continuing to blaze new trails into the future.

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Little May – Little May EP (Dew Process)

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Listen Now: “Hide”

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“Each of the five flawless tracks has serious staying power … Their sound is smooth and evocative, with songs that flow between intoxicating guitar melodies, haunting vocals and uplifting folky beats – all accompanied by captivating and honest lyrics.” – Bazaar

“This Sydney, Australia trio thrives on sad songs sung in three-part harmony and strummed hard on acoustic guitar. “ – Bob Boilen, NPR (Top 10 Discoveries of CMJ)

“This Sydney trio wowed crowds and critics alike with their tear-stained harmonies and twangy folk.” CMJ (Best of CMJ 2014)

From breathlessly impressed reviews of their live shows to the international websites already clamoring for news of Little May, the Sydney three-piece have already carved out a name for themselves, with their haunting and harmonic brand of folk and intricate lyricism. Since their debut single “Boardwalks,” Little May have acquired well over a million Soundcloud plays, been added to high rotation on Triple J, topped the Hype Machine chart twice with both their sophomore single, “Hide,” and the newly released “Dust” as well as the AirIT charts for community radio.

Already proving the critics correct as one of Australia’s hottest break out acts of 2014, Little May are primed to impress with their highly anticipated debut EP. The self-taught trio consisting of Hannah Field, Liz Drummond and Annie Hamilton, met at high school, the band forming over a shared love of playing music and Jeff Buckley – a friendship that is evident in road-trip inspired video for “Boardwalks.”

Their first single quickly won hearts instantly, added to community radio around the country. Their second single, “Hide,” grew organically in a worldwide flurry, which saw the track top Hype Machine twice, with no international PR support. The ghostly video for the track personified the beautifully strange song, with simmering melodies but an underlying sense of darkness – emphasizing the band’s songwriting ability.

Quickly topping the AirIT charts, the track was added to Triple J, followed by their winning the Triple J Unearthed slot, performing alongside the likes of Lorde, Haim, and Cloud Control at the Sydney leg of Laneway Festival. The ladies were also invited to support, Mikhael Paskalev on his recent East Coast tour. They also played at their second consecutive Secret Garden Festival and were recently announced on this years’ Splendour In The Grass lineup.

Little May also received a nomination for ‘Next Big Thing’ in FBi Radio’s SMAC awards this year, nominated alongside eventual winner Elizabeth Rose and Dustin Tebbutt. Influenced by the likes of Local Natives and The National, the trio are well versed in capturing their audience with their unique and talented songwriting that they describe as “ghost folk.”

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Jozeph Van Wissem – It Is Time For You To Return (Crammed Discs)

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Listen Now: “Love Destroys All Evil”

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Jozef Van Wissem is both an avant-garde composer and a baroque lutenist, and thus no stranger to dichotomy, wrote the New York Times. He has released over ten albums since the early 2000s, and makes music which is pleasantly hypnotic, in a way that’s just as challenging as more confrontational music. Overtly melodic, as capable of creating a gentle ear worm as inducing a starry-eyed trance. Van Wissem has been pushing the lute’s agenda out of the academy and into more accessible circles (Pitchfork).

He’s performed over 800 solo lute shows at concert venues around the world, including prestigious rock festivals like ATP and Primavera Sound, playing his all black, one-of-a-kind baroque lute custom built for him, and unvariably fascinating the unsuspecting audiences: you don’t need to understand [his] compositional idiom to be mesmerised by his hall-of-mirrors instrumentals wrote MOJO, while NPR’s All Things Considered feels that his compositions are mystic and set in hypnotic darkness, and Wire Magazine described one of his albums as a masterpiece.

Van Wissem has also collaborated with a diverse range of avant-garde luminaries, often making lute music sound not just contemporary, but straight-up experimental (Tiny Mix Tapes). He has recorded three albums with Jim Jarmusch (in his guitarist incarnation), Tilda Swinton performed with them on the second of these albums, and appeared with them at an ATP festival in 2012.

These encounters all led to Jarmusch commissioning Van Wissem to write most of the soundtrack for Only Lovers Left Alive (featuring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston), for which he was awarded the Cannes Soundtrack Award. During the promotional tour for the film, which consisted of concerts in a dozen cities around the world, Jozef performed solo lute music, and also appeared as part of Jim Jarmusch’s band SQÜRL.

The entrancing It Is Time For You To Return is Jozef Van Wissem’s brand-new album (his first for Crammed Discs’ revived Made To Measure series), and functions as a perfect introduction to his music which, this time around, is enhanced by a new feature, as Jozef wrote and performed hypnotic vocals for some of the nine pieces.

The album also benefits from the presence of young Chilean filmmaker Domingo Garcia-Huidobro, who contributed electronic programming on a couple of tracks.

And, last but not least, Jim Jarmusch and Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan (who also appeared in the director’s latest film) appears on one song.

The Made To Measure Composers’ Series

Jozef Van Wissem’s album is released in the recently-revived Made To Measure Composers’ Series, Crammed’s cult collection which has been described as the aural equivalent of a collection of art books. Charting a map of some of the most interesting instrumental music of the era, thirty-five albums came out between 1983 and 1995, including works by artists such as Hector Zazou, John Lurie, Fred Frith, Arto Lindsay, Zelwer, Steven Brown, Peter Principle, Harold Budd, Brion Gysin, David Cunningham, Benjamin Lew, Ramuntcho Matta, Karl Biscuit, Daniel Schell, Aksak Maboul, Minimal Compact and more.

The loose idea behind the title of the series was: this is music which has been / could have been made to measure as a soundtrack for other media (film, theatre, dance, video). Synergies between Made To Measure and other artistic domains were numerous, as many renowned artists have worked with composers who contributed to the MTM series: filmmakers Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders and Bernardo Bertolucci, choreographers Karine Saporta, Karole Armitage, Régine Chopinot, Maurice Béjart and Daniel Larrieu, fashion designers Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), & many others.

After a long hiatus, Crammed have decided to reactivate the MTM series, and will be releasing new albums by currently-active composers, as well as reactivating the back catalogue to introduce it to younger audiences.

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Young Tongue – Death Rattle (Raw Paw)

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“A super catchy dose of guitar pop.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Young Tongue utilize all feasible items of instrumentation to rouse the creatures from both land and sea.” – Impose

“… an album that blends experimental pop and post-punk riffs, creating some seriously contagious tracks.” – Ellenwood

“Full of rich percussion and dreamy omnichord backdrops.” – The Deli

Austin TX’s indie rock fivesome, Young Tongue (previously The Baker Family), consists of husband and wife Stu and Liz Baker along with Nathan Ribner, Darryl Schomberg II, and Travis Larrew. Founded in 2014 after six years of performing and releasing music as The Baker Family, the group released their freshman EP Cat Callsin February, 2014, followed by their debut their full length entitled Death Rattle in November, 2014.

Young Tongue complicates the earthy momentum of their percussion-driven sound with surprising touches — an airy omnichord melody or a jagged guitar solo. Their sound generally ranges from progressive indie rock to dance-infused dream pop. It’s this range of lightness of sound and force of rhythm that stirs their audiences to dance. Their lyrics move associatively, stringing along images to reveal stories. If a new language is born out of a necessity to communicate, Young Tongue captures that same sense of urgency to expose narrative.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Stu Baker presents a magnetic and mysterious live show. He oscillates between calculated subdued stillness and less-controlled fits that underscore the music’s rawness. Their show highlights the complexity of Schomberg’s drum parts — at times three members playing percussion at once. Ribner’s bass lines cut through the mix with counter-melodic phrasings that often serve as a song’s lead motive, while guitarist Travis Larrew expands the group’s musical vocabulary with thoughtful, atmospheric, and sometimes acrobatic guitar accompaniment. Liz Baker brings the same lightness and bright energy as her vocals and omnichord parts bring the songs. She moves everywhere, weaving between the other members, connecting them, bringing their music to life. But perhaps the best part of their show is the element of surprise. You never know what strange object will be used as a drum, which instrument Stu will play next, what moment Liz will hop off stage and ask you to dance.

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Bugs In The Dark – Cross My Heart Little Death EP (Self-Released)

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“In taking the spare indie aesthetic and merging it with a primal rock sound, Bugs in the Dark strike a winning balance.” – PopMatters

“Apocalyptic rock perpetrators Bugs in the Dark are one of the most awesomely tense indie bands in NYC…The future of New York City music.” – The Deli Magazine

“Bugs in the Dark are doing their best to fill the void left by Sleater Kinney and the Pixies. Surprisingly, they’re doing a bang-up job.” – L Magazine

“Bugs in the Dark can do what all those post-punk revivalists did five years ago by prettying up the raw material of their era of choice, which for these guys is early 90s alternative/noise” – Impose Magazine

Punk infused, apocalyptic art rock trio Bugs in the Dark release the EP Cross My Heart Little Death (11/18/14). Having toured with bands such as Jeff The Brotherhood, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, and Japanther, the band has been described as “The future of New York City music” by The Deli Magazine, and compared to acts such as Sleater Kinney, The Pixies, and Sonic Youth.

After meeting backstage at a theatre in NYC’s East Village in 2000, Karen Rockower Glass (guitar/vocals) and Zach Glass (guitar/vocals) formed Bugs in the Dark in 2006, bringing Rich Crescenti (drums) into the mix in 2011. Drawing from influences such as Dead Weather, Blonde Redhead, and A Place To Bury Strangers, Cross My Heart Little Death is the band’s fourth release, following 2007’s Shake Shake, 2008’s Grand Avenue, and 2011’s Hang it on the Wall.

In addition to playing iconic NYC venues such as Mercury Lounge, Glasslands, and Brooklyn Bowl, the band is taking their live show to the next level, performing at both national and international festivals including CMJ, SXSW, Northside Festival, Indie Week, and Halifax Pop Explosion. Bugs in the Dark is making waves, and is sure to make more so with the release of Cross My Heart Little Death’s new single, “Red Lines,” as “they can take these all too familiar sounds and turn them on their heads, creating dense tones and striking melodies from noise that we’ve heard a thousand times before” (Nooga).

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Ephemerals – You Made Us Change EP (Jalapeno)

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Ephemerals continue their unstoppable ascent with the incredible single You Made Us Change.

One of the highlights from their Nothin Is Easy album, single You Made Us Change is the sound of young British soul king Hillman Mondegreen meeting the raw power of ephemerals NY vocalist Wolfgang Valbrun. The songwriting and the delivery combine to make it one of the most emotive soul records of the year.

The entire Nothin Is Easy album was recorded live to tape in 3 days at London’s cowshed studio and the incredible urgency of that soul soaked session is immediately apparent. Little wonder Blue & Soul described it as “essential listening” and Uncut as “eminently listenable”.

Remixes on the single come from Dutch disco house stalwart NSFW who pitches the vocals down and lays them over a pounding bass groove. Ephemerals label mate AOTOA delivers an atmospheric double time dub workout and finally mid tempo electronica remix courtesy of Antenna Happy.

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Eyelid Kid – “On Your Mynd” (Raw Paw)

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We are thrilled to introduce you to Eyelid Kid through his first single, “On Your Mynd.” Eyelid Kid is an Austin born future composer. He is the daughter’s boyfriend and father’s employer, who shares visions of true suffering and unforgettable fantasies.
 

Think James Dean growing up in the shaman tents of the Amazon coming out to write the new Harry Potter.

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ADDS for 11.11.2014

Lee Bannon – Main/Flex (Baby Grande)

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Acclaimed producer, Lee Bannon, returns to break new ground on the highly-anticipated new project,Main/Flex. Pushing the boundaries of sound, Bannon flexes his production skills beyond the realm of electronic music, merging hip-hop, EDM, and drum & bass alongside an A-list of collaborators including Hak of RatKing and Charlie Benante of Anthrax. Main/Flex exemplifies why Pitchfork declared, “Bannon can call wherever he rests his head home, be it D&B, hip-hop, or elsewhere.”

Gaining his popularity initially in hip-hop by working with Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar, Curren$y and others, Lee then ventured off to pursue a solo project, bridging Drum & Bass with Ambient production. Lee’s movement into the electronic realm seemed too simple. His last LP titled Alternate/Endings catapulted Lee’s career while making him a popular staple, not only to press and other musicians, but fans alike. Coming off the tsunami of praise, Lee immediately hit the studio and began the creation of what is now known as Main/Flex. The album is available worldwide on November 4 via Babygrande Records.

“We’ve spent plenty of time piling on superlatives in praise of Lee Bannon (innovative producer on par with Clams Casino).” – Spin

“Since beginning his musical career as a teenager, Bannon has slowly morphed into an experimental producer whose wide-ranging interests stretch further than those of the average beatmaker.” – Xlr8r

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Close Talker – Flux (Nevado)

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Listen Now: “Burnstick”

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Close Talker is an indie rock quartet from the great plains of Saskatoon. With subtle earworm melodies and blood harmonies set against tightly wound rhythms they have drawn comparisons to Bon Iver, Local Natives, and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Following the release of their debut EP, Timbers, in February of 2013 the band went on to become finalists in the national CBC Searchlight competition for Canada’s Best New Artist. Close Talker have performed at a number of notable festivals and showcases including Ness Creek, Gateway Festival, MOSO Fest, Ponderosa Festival, and the Regina Folk Fest where they showcased on the main stage to a capacity crowd directly before headliner Feist. The band also has a strong tour history, including dates with Royal Canoe and Library Voices.

In May of 2014, on the heels of an Eastern Canadian tour that included a stop in Toronto for Canadian Music Week, Close Talker recorded their follow up full length record Flux with producer/engineer Jace Lasek (Stars, Patrick Watson, Wolf Parade) at Breakglass Studios in Montreal. Flux will be released via Nevado Records (Yukon Blonde, Bahamas, John Grant) on November 4.

“Burnstick feels close and tactile, like a hazy summer dream that lingers long after sunrise and well into falls crisp days.” – Kick Kick Snare

“Close Talker pair their rigid yet sanguine melodies with achingly euphoric lyricism.” – SPIN

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Jon Hopkins – Asleep Versions (Domino)

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Listen Now: “Form By Firelight” (w/Raphaelle Standell)

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PRAISE FOR IMMUNITY:

“a remarkably visceral, sensual, confident electronic record that stays absorbing from beginning to end.” — Pitchfork

“Hopkins retains a gift for tear-jerking melody that takes an expressway to the listener’s emotions. . . in Hopkins’ living, breathing world of sound, beauty and beats are always free to commingle in ways that move, in every sense of the word.” — NPR

“Jon Hopkins’ album Immunity is a warm, vital album that features moments of driving techno interspersed with soft piano stabs and ambient interludes. It’s overwhelmingly pretty, but also just sort of overwhelming. . . it’s a really great album with lots of layers and tunnels and gorgeous moments to burrow into . . . ” — The FADER

“striking, stirringly beautiful techno numbers. Full-bodied and emotional, without a hint of clinical remove, they’re unlike most of what Mr. Hopkins has done to date.” — The New York Times

Following a string of incredible summer festival performances, including Pitchfork Music Festival and Osheaga, Jon Hopkins will release of a 4 track EP, entitled Asleep Versions, available November 11.

Asleep Versions was recorded at Sundlaugin Studios near Reykjavik in February of this year. Intended to be heard as one, single 25-minute piece, it is composed of four decelerated, dreamlike re-imaginings of tracks from the Mercury-nominated Immunity. Representing the quieter, more meditative side of the album, these new explorations take its hypnotic, transcendent qualities to a far deeper level. At times almost painfully beautiful, the EP contains a new, semi-acoustic re-interpretation of album track “Form By Firelight,” featuring additional vocals from the Braids and Blue Hawaii lead vocalist, Raphaelle Standell.

In news sure to delight New York-based fans, a one-off headline show has been announced for November 21st. Jon Hopkins will be playing the FIXED 10 Year Anniversary event at Output in Brooklyn. In international touring news, Jon Hopkins will be curating a night at The Warehouse Project in Manchester, England on December 12th alongside Jamie XX, and will be performing his biggest show to date at London’s Brixton Academy on April 24th, 2015.

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How To Dress Well – “What Is This Heart?” Remixes (Weird World/Domino)

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Listen Now: “Precious Love (Cyril Hahn Remix)”

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Praise for “What Is This Heart?” and How To Dress Well:

“A pop album of the highest caliber, How to Dress Well’s modern masterpiece” – Pitchfork (8.8, Best New Music)

“[“What Is This Heart?” is] a luminous sonic mood ring, veering from falsetto ballads to Prince-ly R&B intimacies.” – Entertainment Weekly (“Must List”)

“An unimaginably gorgeous, utterly unique advancement in modern music” – Stereogum (Album Of The Week)

“Experimental singer Tom Krell delivers supersmooth, off-kilter R&B with ‘Precious Love.’” – InStyle Magazine (“New Summer Songs”)

“The album boldly expands the 29-year-old singer’s intimate, atmospheric sound, often called ‘indie R&B,’ into ambient, pop, new wave and beyond.” – Billboard

“…one of the most compelling albums of this year.” – Pigeons and Planes (The Best Albums of 2014 So Far)

How To Dress Well – a.k.a. Tom Krell – digitally released “What Is This Heart?” Remix EP via Weird World.“What Is This Heart?” is Krell’s highly lauded third album, and the remixes by Cyril Hahn, Dubbel Dutch, A.G. Cook and The Range are also part of an expanded digital deluxe version of the album with two bonus tracks.Click here to stream all four remixes and click here to watch the “What Is This Heart?” video trilogy.

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Maïa Vidal – “Bones” (Crammed Discs)

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In this first track off her new album, the young American singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist deconstructs falling in love by stripping it of its romance and literature, exploring the visceral curiosity and desire that one feels upon falling for someone. To the point of craving to expose the inside of the human body to air!  “Skin so soft I could tear it off / to reveal your platelets…”

The “Bones” single heralds the arrival of You’re the Waves, Maïa Vidal’s third album in as many years. Due to come out in the Spring of 2015, it was co-produced by the much-buzzed Brooklyn-based Van Rivers (of Fever Ray, Glasser, Matthew Dear and Blonde Redhead fame).

The video was written and directed by Maïa herself (who has either co-directed or written all her previous music videos, including “Follow Me”, which was nominated for Best Pop Video at the UK Music Video Awards, opposite Lana del Rey, Rihanna and Justice).

Going back to the lyrics, Maïa sees the song as “a demented sonnet about an impossibly true encounter of two multi-celled organisms kissing in the moonlight”. She describes the process as “a voracious appetite to discover everything about the other person, to see deep within, to interact not only on the surface but quite possibly below the muscle tissue as well. That curiosity is insatiable, it calls for something impossible but at the same time deeply human, a desire to know everything about the person we love - I’d like to make a home in your frontal lobe / and lounge all day in your memories - and to be invited into every corner of their body.”

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T Bird & The Breaks – “Justine” (Natch’l Boogie Music)

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“With daring musicality and lo-fi rhythms, this is a band that continues to surprise and satisfy.” – The Austin Chronicle

After countless shows and two albums, Austin, Texas knows about hometown band T Bird & The Breaks. Now, with their third release HARMONIZM set for release in January 2015, it is time the rest of the world knows them as well.

T Bird & The Breaks are a 10-piece soul-funk collective with a fondness for hip-hop beats that has earned raves in Austin playing every top venue in town, including The Moody Theater, Stubb’s, Continental Club and The Moahwk. With influences ranging from Sly and the Family Stone to James Brown to Philly Soul and beyond, T Bird & the Breaks is one big funky band. They have it all, a virtual melting pot of swinging female singers, a swaggering rhythm section and a captivating frontman who leaves it on the stage every night.

While the sound is inspired by the classic funk and soul of the 60s and 70s, Tim “T Bird” Crane’s lyrics also evoke influences from classic songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and others. T Bird’s beats also owe reverence to the creativity and positivity of early and golden age Hip-Hop acts, Wu Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest among them.

About their new album, T Bird explains, “HARMONIZM is the album that truly announces our arrival,” says Crane. “On our third record, our voice is strong and clear, and we feel like we have pulled our varied influences into a true ’T Bird & the Breaks’ sound.”

Austin has already come out to support HARMONIZM, with radio station KUTX premiering the first single “Justine.” “Justine” showcases the band’s lustrous grooves and crackling production on a tune that is rhythmically upbeat but lyrically vulnerable, with an emotionally raw vocal performance by T Bird.

The rest of the album is a tour-de-force of funky jams and huge grooves. From the opening piano notes ofHARMONIZM’s title track, you know you are in for a wild ride, while the band chants “Beats to the rhyme, nickels to the dime.” “Will To Live” is a gospel-tinged beacon of positivity born from a dark place, while “Livin with Love” kicks off with a Chaka Khan vibe and moves in and out of retro stylings with a modern sound. “Ain’t No Sugar” adds smooth grooves to a sweet love song, while “Kickin” is an all out jam, urging everybody to get up and dance.” The album also features an uplifting cover of the classic Elvin Bishop tune, “Fooled Around And Fell in Love.”

Formed in 2007 the band have toured extensively across the US, transforming each show into all-out funk/dance parties. They have played with a wide range of artists including The Flaming Lips, The Funky Meters, Sting, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Galactic. Catch T Bird & The Breaks live in November in the Southeast and throughout the US in 2015.

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