November 24, 2015

The Cinematic Orchestra - Live in Paris, Le Trianon, 231115

In these particularly trying times in Paris, I got some much needed cinematic magic yesterday, reminding me why the Manchester combo has been my favorite band for more than a decade now.
More importantly, all along this very stirring concert, Jason Swinscoe and his crew made a fantastic case as to why Music, and Art in general, is such an essential element to the human kind. A long-lasting cement holding us together, in the face of the many obscurantist forces around.

Revisiting several of their classics, the band is also taking the opportunity of this tour to unveil several promising new tracks, hopefully signalling a much awaited 2016 new album?

Jason is also introducing several new members to the mix, who perfectly mingle into the Cinematic Orchestra's signature (brilliant new female singers, as well as an incredible pianist). Among the main featurings, an old companion of the combo,singer/guitarist Grey Reverend, but also a great surprise for me with the presence of another of my cherished nu-jazz artists, LA-based violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. leading a superb cello/violin trio.

Their tour is pretty short, so check out their upcoming gigs if you do not wanna miss an intense moment of peace and spirituality!

Here are a couple of video extracts to get a feeling of this unforgettable moment. Never mind the poor image quality, just close your eyes...

November 12, 2015

Active Bird Community - I've Been Going Swimming

The relentless rise of the digital era has been a boon for sound engineers & producers of all kinds. If you're good enough at it, a modern DAW software and a MacBook Pro are almost all you need to deliver an almost pro-quality post-prod sound to any musician/band.

As much as I find this tech trend a gift from heaven, I also still enjoy a healthy dose of  "rough" sound, with little (or well hidden) digital add-ons. Especially when we're talking indie rock. Probably my mid 80's/early 90's Uk indie rock side..but I digress.

The whole point of this was to highlight you this beautiful self-released LP from Ny-based band Active Bird Community. A bunch of college friends with an undeniable talent for crafting melancholic indie songs, that you'll find all the more stirring precisely courtesy of their fresh "live-like" recording feel.
I'm thinking early Teenage Fan Club or Blur sound...did I tell you about my Uk indie rock side? Anyway, launch the playlist below, and let it ride, there's a good chance you'll wanna know more about them!

November 11, 2015

Beirut - No No No (4AD Records)

Still catching up with the numerous interesting post-summer releases, I have to recommend you the beautiful 4th LP from Beirut.

No No No will not surprise the fans of Zach Condon's band. It brings more of the same refreshing multicultural folk/pop sound we have become addicted to since his debut, almost 10 years ago.
So get ready for more Beirut-style stirring melodies turning into addictive grandiloquent horns-fuelled pop anthems. Get ready for more Beirut-style emotive roller coaster, left irrepressible joy, right sweet melancholy, rinse & repeat.

Yes, yes, yes, I want more!

A couple of extracts below:

November 10, 2015

Christian Scott - Stretch Music (Ropeadope Records)

Released a few weeks ago, Christian Scott tenth LP is highly recommended to those who like their Nu-jazz wild & adventurous.

In Stretch Music, more than in any of his previous releases, the talented New-Orleans ( now Ny-based) trumpeter digs out a wide range of influences (hip-hop, electro, indie rock...) to colour his powerful free-jazz compositions. Also offering some much deserved space to his talented musicians to forcefully engage with his multiple tailor-made horns, he once again affirms himself as one of the most interesting artist of the contempary Jazz scene.

Extracts below, the album is available on Christian's Bandcamp page.

October 20, 2015

Vanilla - Origin

Self-released last month, UK producer Vanilla's new beat tape, Origin, is a delightful journey between groove, jazzy hip-hop and lo-fi atmospheres.
Gathering original compositions and classic soul tracks reworks, spiced up by a collection of finely picked soulful samples, this mostly instrumental collection is also extremely well produced.

Available on his bandcamp page. My favorite extracts below, among which a cool Kool & The Gang's Summer Madness rework:

October 12, 2015

Crosby, Stills & Nash - Dark Star (V4YS Edit)

Here is a rework of Dark Star, one of the many gems by one of my favorite 70's rock/folk band, Crosby, Stills & Nash.

October 3, 2015

Greyskooledits - Inside The Box EP (Midnight Riot! Records)

As you know Vibes4YourSoul loves here comes 4 great ones, wrapped up in a single EP, released by UK DJs Dave Gerrard & Rob Bairstow, united under the Greyskooledits alias.

Try not to enjoy their cool grooved-up takes of Jean Knight's Mr Big Stuff and Loleatta Holloway's Runaway, or their spiced-up version of classic disco killer Wear It Out from Stargard. 
To cool things down a bit, their deep spaced-oud  rework of Barbara Mason's Another Man is also part of my next DJ sets short list.

Streaming below:

October 1, 2015

Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra - Into Forever (Gondwana Records)

At a time when pollution tests cheating seems to be the norm, hopefully some only spit organic & peaceful vibes.

Case in point with Matthew Halsall new gift from (nu-jazz) heaven: his third and most ambitious LP to date, Into Forever, out now on Gondwana Records.

Still a splendid common thread, his trumpet is nevertheless slightly less present on this LP, where Matthew's signature lies first and foremost in his inimitable knack to compose & design dreamy spiritual atmospheres. The addition of vocalists on three tracks (Josephine Oneyama and Briony Jarman-Pinto), a grand premiere for him, adds another layer of poetry to this sensitive journey.

So breathe safely, and take a deep dive...Into Forever.

A couple of extracts below :

September 25, 2015

Tom Misch - Beat Tape 2

London-based guitarist & producer Tom Misch has become a core member of my DJ sets' downtempo moments these last 2 years.

Regularly releasing warm groovy instrumental pearls on his soundcloud page, he stepped up his game these last few months by also adding beautiful deep-housy tracks, some of which featuring great vocal featurings.

If you're not familiar with his dreamy electric guitar sound and splendid melodies writing, his recently released Beat Tape 2 is the perfect way to discover this young talented artist. Addictive content inside!

A few extracts below:

September 14, 2015

Mocky - Key Change (Heavy Sheet Productions)

Released just before the summer, Mocky's fifth album, Key Change, is an enchanted interlude floating above the obsolete boundaries dividing downtempo, soul, jazz and pop.

All along this very cohesive record, the LA-based multi-intrumentalist and producer demonstrates his songwriting talent, as well as his knack for crafting cosy and poetic musical atmospheres.
Add to this the participation of some of my favorite nu-jazz and indie/folk artists like Miguel Atwood-Feguson, Gonzales and Feist, and you get a very special experience.

Feel-good-stamped LP!

A few extracts below:

September 7, 2015

Vibes4YourSoul special mixtape for Caïmite Radio

From lo/fi & groovy sounds to nudisco & deep house, here is a special mixtape I just did for Caïmite Radio, a cool net project set up in Reims, France by Mosta.

More great podcasts and sounds on their webpage.

September 3, 2015

Beach House - Depression Cherry (Sub Pop Records)

I often get overly excited by records...some kind of a classic music freak syndrom. Still, I know that time is the ultimate judge as to really know if my first wave of enthusiasm was misplaced, or not.
US indie/pop duo Beach House are a great example of this. After the initial delight provided by their 2010 and 2012 LPs (Teen Dream and Bloom), both have become more than fading great music memories to me. They're essential companions, core members of my iphone "desert island" playlist, more than validating my early craze.
Obviously, saying that I've been eagerly waiting for their new LP is an understatement.

And Depression Cherry is finally here! (on Sup Pop Records)
And I beg you not to mistrust my laudatory feedback as my early craze for this new album should also easily pass the time travelling test.
And, yes,  in just a few words, Victoria Legrand is still taking us to her nostalgic and dreamy world with her unique voice and style.
And Alex Scally is still designing fascinating anthemic musical landscapes, filled with high-flying keyboards waves and finely crafted electric guitars-led melodies.
And it's still great. Actually "great" is also an understatement, let's me rephrase this to "magic".
And I don't care if the band does not clear out new musical territories with Depression Cherries, cause I just feel so good in this place.
And I guarantee you will too.

September 2, 2015

Andrei Eremin - Pale Blue Ep

Some great melancholic vibes from down under.

In this promessing debut Ep, Melbourne-based producer Andrei Eremin blends deep downtempo atmosheres with hints of folk. A great poetic parenthesis.

September 1, 2015

Kacy Hill - Foreign Fields (G.O.O.D. Music)

A young woman from Phoenix, Arizona, Kacy Hill performed as a dancer on Kanye West recent tour, and was later signed on his G.O.O.D. Music label following a first promessing self-released single.

Here comes her first track for Kanye, and it's a pearl. Can't get enough of this beautiful piano line framing her ethereal vocals.