From St. Petersburg, Russia, Georgy Kotunov (AKA Long Arm) cites influences such as Bonobo, Amon Tobin, and Dimlite (all previous #SOTDs). Georgy’s latest album ‘Silent Opera’ is “an attempt to describe the states of the human soul. The state of rising and fall, of despair and hope, of humility and expectation of a miracle. The search for peace inside against the background of flowering life around and elusive time”. Out on the Berlin-based label Project Mooncircle, with album artwork by William Barras.
Out on EM Records (based in Japan), Juu, G. Jee and Chinza DOPENESS update the 1960-70s popular Thai ‘Luk Thung’ genre with 21st Century hip hop and trap, drum machines and samples. Fresh and exciting! The ‘New Luk Thung’ album is available via Spotify and Bandcamp.
KOKOKO! is a collective born in Kinshasa capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, consisting of musical instrument inventors from the Ngwaka neighbourhood, electronic producer débruit, Makara Bianko (aka the Lingwala devil) and his dancers from the Lingwala neighbourhood. Their previous single Azo Toke has been a previous #SOTD (30 Nov 2018). Taken from the debut album ‘Fongola’, forthcoming on Transgressive Records.
Khruangbin (which literally translates to “Engine Fly” in Thai) is an American musical trio from Houston, Texas, featuring Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Ray “DJ” Johnson Jr. on drums. Their second album ‘Con Todo El Mundo’ was one of my favourite albums of 2018! You can listen to previous #SOTD Maria También (29 Jan 2018); #SOTD Evan Finds The Third Room (4 Oct 2018); and full album on Spotify. And I also featured Khruangbin as the #ChristmasDaySOTD. Now the band are set to release a glorious dub version ‘Hasta El Cielo (Con Todo El Mundo in dub)’. Available to pre-order was Record/Vinyl, CD and Digital Album from Bandcamp. Out on Night Time Stories.
Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a South Asian-American vocalist, sitarist, composer and producer from Baltimore (Maryland). Her sound ranges from North Indian classical fused with noise/ambient electronics to beat-driven psych and experimental dancepop. Ami’s new, all-instrumental album Parted Plains is available to pre-order from Bandcamp, being released on Leaving Records.