New album ‘Safe (Exits)’ out today. This is the third album for New York-based Bryce Hackford, out on the San FranciscoSpring Theory label. According to his Bandcamp: “In 2017 Bryce Hackford migrated to Margate’s PRAH Foundation for a weeklong residency. Armed with a spellbook of rhythm and keyboard parts he afterwards invited a coven of musicians from various backgrounds to improvise on the tracks, with little guidance from himself and purposefully not knowing quite where the results would end up. Mixing and arranging the tracks later revealed a unique wizardry to the collaborations, each individual exploring the skeletal structures with an unbridled creative freedom, and in turn garnishing them with some incredibly inspired and inventive performances.”
Zenobia are the Palestinian duo Nasser Halahlih and Isam Elias. The band draws inspiration from pop & folk music from all over the region (Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria), resulting in a mix of powerful beats, Levantine dabke rhythms and Arabic pop melodies. Their new album ‘Halak Halak’ releases 27 March on Acid Arab Records, the special imprint created by Crammed Discs in partnership with Parisian collective Acid Arab.
Back in January, I posted the #SOTD Same Speed Edits – Urszula’s Samba. While recently searching for new music to share, I stumbled across the original edit. Thomass Jackson is the self-taught Argentinian, musician, producer, remixer and DJ who owns Calypso Records (based in Guadalajara, Mexico). This track comes from the ‘Correcciones Calypso II’ EP, released by Calypso Records.
This is the lead track from the new dancefloor-focused ‘Manta EP’, a collection of three club-ready productions. Alma Negra are a music collective based in Basel, Switzerland and are made up of Miajica (aka Mario Robles), Dario Rohrbach & Dersu Figueria. Released on the collective’s eponymous Alma Negra Records. Previous Alma Negra #SOTD here: ‘Haleto lale lalô (Saho)’.