World leaders in super heavy funk Osaka Monaurail are due to hit Manchester this November. I last caught them as Marva Whitney’s backing band at Leeds’ Hi-Fi Club in 2010 .
Here’s a video summing up that vibe from the same tour:
They are of course masters of the field in their own right:
Their latest release, the follow up to 2012’s State of the World, is ‘Osaka Monaurail performs Riptide and other readings from the book of funk’, available to listen to over on German label Unique Records.
The track listing goes:
1. THE DRUNK…..2:41
2. (SHE’S A) RIPTIDE…..5:11
3. THE HORSE…..3:31
4. FRUIT BASKET…..6:13
7. SOLAR ECLIPSE…..5:28
9. BALL OF FIRE…..2:38
Buy tickets for the Band on the Wall gig over on their site. I’m so excited I knocked out a quick web flyer…
The Show was a classic late 2000s album, flying under the radar of many despite the super-combo behind it and mostly as a result of the four not following it up until the release of EP/mini-album The Turning Point earlier this year. Their next album, The Tonite Show, is due in Winter.
Don’t miss your chance to catch this heavyweight crew, with support from Houston’s K-Rino and DJsMore Bounce, and remember: Mondays are the new Fridays.
Exciting times Monday as we (in the form of the In The Loop crew – DJ A-UP, emcee Bedos and myself) are warming up for the Jungle Brothers. It’s a Monday night, yes, but they’re obviously the new hip hop Fridays as eMC are also here in a month or so.
This Friday night will see the culmination of a week’s residency between DJ Yoda and a lucky team of collaborators working at Band on the Wall. Potential partners were asked to apply for the residency, but places were already cemented for Manc rappers Truthos Mufasa (Ape Cult), Sparkz (Voodoo Black) together with Rex Domino.
Find details on the collaborators and keep an eye on the process over at Brighter Sound. Day One is already up here.
I caught up with Yoda ahead of this weekend’s performance. All pics of participants are by Brighter Sound.
Breakfast of Champions is gonna be the start of a movement…
First off, this is an unusual project in the grand scheme of things – have you done anything similar in the past?
I’ve always tried to work on interesting collaborations – from orchestras to beatboxers to brass bands – but this is the first time I’ve actually put together a band from scratch to make original music. It’s a lot more work, but also much more satisfying!
Who’s behind the project? Why do you think they approached you in particular?
Band On The Wall in Manchester put on an “artistic residency” once a year (here’s a little info on last year’s with Snarky Puppy)- they approached me and asked if I’d be interested in putting together a band. I can’t say why! It’s an interesting idea to have a DJ be the driving force behind something that sounds musically bigger than just playing records.
Were you integral in deciding on your collaborators or are their talents going to be a surprise?
I was absolutely integral. They put a call-out to emerging musicians, and we had tonnes of interest. So I then had this “X-Factor”-style day up in Manchester where I whittled the selection down to the kind of group I would like to work with.
How are you preparing? What form will the final performance take or is that a complete unknown at this point?
I’ve produced an EP’s worth of music that we will translate to a live band performance, and then we plan on creating about the same amount again of totally original music during a week’s jamming, rehearsing and drinking tea.
What are the overall objectives of the project?
To do something different and new! That’s pretty much the goal with everything I try.
Have you had a chance to meet Sparkz, Truthos and Rex yet? How will your relationship with them play out over the five days?
Yep I put these guys together from the start, and we’ve been working on music all this time – I’m really excited about getting to share the results of these sessions!
Why should we come and check out the gig?
Because there’s a lot of people working together to make something really unique – Breakfast of Champions is gonna be the start of a movement!
Fresh from a guest appearance on Mr Scruff’s new long player Friendly Bacteria, Matthew Halsall is prepping the release of new album When The World Was One on 16th June. Released on his own Gondwana Records label and with ongoing and dedicated support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Matthew continues to mature into one of the country’s finest and most well respected jazz musicians.
This date will see him accompanied by the Gondwana Orchestra, consisting of Matt on trumpet, Jordan Smart on saxophones, Lisa Mallett on flute, Rachel Gladwin on harp, Taz Modi on keys, Gavin Barras on double bass and Luke Flowers on drums.
The night before will see the mighty Go Go Penguin take to the stage, with the newest Gondwana signing Mammal Hands in support.
Buy tickets for both events at the Band on the Wall at their website on the below links.
Have a listen to Matt’s ongoing DJ mix selections on his Soundcloud!
In association with Soundcrash and Red Bull Music Academy, we are thrilled to present an extra special live show from Detroit-based musician, producer and selector, Theo Parrish at The Ritz!
The word legend is overused. Theo Parrish is a legend in the full meaning of the word. Over the past two decades he has come to be regarded as a true great in electronic and soul music. A graduate of the Detroit underground, Theo is famed for his own seamlessly genre-hopping productions as well as for his impeccable and inscrutable skills as a music selector, with sets swerving dangerously between house, funk, disco and techno and more.
Theo, whose organic-sounding machine-based dance music incorporates live instruments, human voices and looped recordings, returns to the live arena with full band for the first time in 10 years. The line-up features soul/funk singer songwriter Amp Fiddler (keys), Akwasi Mensah (bass), Duminie DePorres (electric guitar) and Myele Manzanza (drums) alongside Parrish on beats and keys.
They will be revisiting Sound Signature classics old and new.
His show at the Barbican sold out in only 6 days so be quick!
The vocal duo is something of a rarity. There have been countless solo stars, trios, quartets and quintets, but the pairing of equally talented singers isn’t nearly as common. Sam and Dave, Ashford and Simpson, the Righteous Brothers and the Everly Brothers comprise a short list of standouts. Enter Myron & E.
Retro-soul vocal duo Myron & E are Myron Glasper and Eric Cooke. South Central Los Angeles native Glasper has been active since the early ’90s, when he danced in episodes of In Living Color and worked as a background vocalist during sessions for MC Lyte and CeCe Peniston. Cooke, from Newark, New Jersey, came up as a DJ and producer. The two crossed paths while touring with Blackalicious but didn’t form their duo until Cooke asked Glasper to help him write and sing over instrumentals recorded by Finnish retro-soul band the Soul Investigators. As Myron & E, they debuted on the Soul Investigators’ Timmion label in 2008 with single “Old Game”. After a number of 7”s, Myron & E, still backed by the Soul Investigators, released an album, Broadway, last year on Stones Throw.
Since then, Myron & E have been focused on building their live performance, which includes sold-out shows and a stellar showing at SXSW.
This duo are not to be missed and are probably the closest you will get to “classic soul” these days.