Joel Gion – Apple Bonkers

Joel Gion is best known as the tambourine weilding/percussionist personality for the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Although, on August 18th he will prove himself to be much more than that. Harnessing a similar ’60s psychadelic vibe Gion will emerge on his own, or as the leader rather with his debut, Apple Bonkers  via a co-release between The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Committee To Keep Music Evil and a limited edition cassette on Burger Records

Joel on the record…”With all the BJM members now living  so spread out across the world, I found myself increasingly missing the album making process. This feeling of disconnect is what kick started me into exploring my own song writing process and turned out to be a hugely important piece of self discovery. No more time for my beloved laziness. So I made my own music with a bunch of friends in the studio coming and going and having a great time creating. I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by this album.”

Co-produced by current BJM members Collin Hegna and Rob Campanella the record features a string of BJM members and ex-members along with Pete Holmstrom of The Dandy Warhols, Ryan Van Kriedt of the The Asteroid #4/Dead Skeletons and Jason “Plucky” Anchondo of the Warlocks/ Spindrift.

pre-order the record here and bundle it with the limited edition 7″ he released in May.

YES (Apple Bonkers)

Southern Boutique “s/t”

The Austin based lo/fi psych poppers, Tiger Waves have been featured several times here on DECIBELity and made an appearance on DecibelCast Vol.5 back in the spring of 2012. Unfortunately the band is no more…but out of the still smoldering ashes arise Southern Boutique. Comprised of two members of Tiger Waves they travel along the same vein, carrying the psych driven torch into a more refined, focused landscape.

As of this morning, the 18th, they’ve uploaded their brilliant self-titled debut to bandcamp (follow that link) as a free download. They seem to be label searching at the moment, although I have zero doubts they will be picked up in the immediate to near future at which time we will be celebrating a physical release.

Southern BoutiqueGrowing Old

Southern Boutique – Rabbit Trails




DecibelCast Vol.21 – “The Riddum Method”

Sometimes we forget about the rest of the world; we live in our own little universe of crazy American drama that we think is so important when, in reality, it’s mostly just ridiculous.  Then every few years, when huge sporting events like the World Cup or the Olympics happen, we realize we must take note of other countries.  In a great way we take in and take on other cultures and remember that we are not the only thing out there.  It’s quite the amazing, humbling and enlightening experience (even if it is for the sake of sports) and it’s a great reminder to keep our eyes open to the rest of the world.

DecibelCast 21 keeps this worldly theme throughout although it is mostly focused on African music. Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent, and African music has influenced about every kind of music we have today, so it’s really deserving of homage. This mix takes a journey through this rich influence by blending traditional songs from artists like Fela Kuti, with popular modern-day mutations of African and world music by the likes of tUnE yArDs and ?uestlove and Major Lazer.  It was originally inspired by thinking of drum- and rhythm-heavy music (the name came before the mix), but then it morphed into this summertime dance party that goes really great with hot weather and, as it turns out, international soccer.

Get the album and tracklist below:

Download: dB-21 “The Riddum Method”

Fela Kuti & The Africa 70 – Let’s Start

Mos Dub – Summertime Running

Tani Diakite & The Afrofunkstars – Nungulunba

Jay-Z feat. Fela Kuti – American Dreamin (Nigerian Gangster Remix)

BK-One – Tema Do Canibal

Hot Chip – Atomic Bomb (William Onyeabor Cover)

Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Kwendini

Major Lazer – Sound Bang (feat. Machel Montano)

Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens – Kazet

The Very Best – Kondaine (feat Seye)

Noumoucounda Cissoko – Noumou Koradioulou

Paul Simon – I Know What I Know

tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove, Angelique Kidjo & Akua Naru – Lady

K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas – Gyae Mensu

Amadou & Mariam – Dougou Badia (feat. Santigold)

Oumou Sangare – Iyo Djeli

Dilon Djindji – Sofala



DecibelCast Vol. 20 “The Nineteen Ninety-Four Tape”


The idea with this one is pretty straight forward: It’s our 20th DecibelCast, and it’s been 20 years since 1994, so here’s a 20th anniversary celebration of hip-hop in 1994.

1994 was a massive year for hip-hop, many believe it to be the genres creative zenith, (although I think you could make a case for 1993, 1995 and probably 1996 as well). The West Coast G-funk sound was still largely dominant, but the tides were changing and New York was again asserting itself— setting the stage for the East-West battle of the mid-’90s

Biggie and Nas both released their debut LPs–both were insta-classics. Gang Starr, Jeru the Damaja, Organized Konfusion, The Beatnuts, Digable Planets and The Beastie Boys all put out great records.  The Roots signed to a major label, Slick Rick dropped an album from prison, and the Wu Tang takeover was in gaining momentum. In the south UGK and the Ghetto Boys were continuing to do there own thing, and an unknown duo from Atlanta called OutKast quietly offered the world a glimpse of the future of hip-hop. On the other side of the Atlantic Mo’ Wax was inventing trip-hop with singles from DJ Shadow and DJ Krush at the same time a French tastemaker called DJ Cam was perfecting his mad blunted jazz  sound.

This mix largely focuses on the resurgent New York style of ’94, it’s an ode to East Coast boom-bap, which has aged much better than the West Coast G-funk.

dB20 “The Nineteen Ninety Four Tape”

Side A

Digale Planets – “Dog it”

Brand Nubian – “Word is Bond”

The Roots – “Mellow My Man”

Artifacts – “C’Mon With Da Git Down”

UGK – “Front Back & Side to Side”

The Beatnuts – “Superbad”

Big L – “Put it On”

DJ Cam – “Gangsta Sh*t”

Notorious B.I.G. – “The What” feat. Method Man

Scientifik – “As Long as You Know”

Gravediggaz – “1-800 Suicide”

Beastie Boys feat. Q Tip – “Get it Together”

MF Grimm feat. KMD – “What a Nigga Know” (Remix)

Peanut Butter Wolf – “Currents”


Side B

Del – “Undisputed Champs” feat. Pep Love and Q-Tip

Jeru the Damaja – “Come Clean”

Society – F.U.N.K.

Outkast – “Git Up, Get Out”

Nas – “One Time for Your Mind”

Thug Life – “Pour Out a Little Liquor”

Heavy D feat. 2pac, Notorious B.I.G. and Grand Puba – “Let’s Get it On”

DJ Krush – “Am 300 Tag”

Gang Starr – “Mostly the Voice”

Common Sense – “I Used to Love H.E.R.”

Sway & King Tech – “Wake Up Show Anthem (1994)” feat. Nas, Lauren Hill, Pharoahe Monch, Prince Po, Rass Kass, Dred Scott, Saafir & Shyhe

Raekwon – “Heaven or Hell” feat. Ghostface Killah

DJ Shadow – “What Does Your Soul Look Like (12″ Single Mix)

Todd Terje

DJ/producer/remixer Terje Olsen, who records as Todd Terje (a play on the name of house legend Todd Terry), has been steadily releasing records since 1999, and moving crowds for longer than that. As the youngest member of Norway’s “space disco” trifecta  Terje was perhaps lesser known than fellow countrymen LindstrØm and Prins Thomas.

His profile began to rise In the early aughts as he began to release a series of quality re-edits of obscure disco tunes, edits which found their way into many a DJ’s record bag.

In the last few years however, it’s been original productions that have been turning heads (and moving feet), as Terje has dropped bomb after bomb on clubland seemingly without missing a beat (pun intended)

The sound Terje has perfected is eminently dance-able, fusing hot and cold elements–funky tropical percussion with icy melodies courtesy of a variety sweet vintage synthesizers from the ’70s and 80s.

His official debut It’s Album Time released on his own Olsen Records imprint is actually largely a collection his previous singles, like “Inspector Norse” and “Swingstar”, that have been strung together into a seamless DJ-like blend, with the newer, generally more mellow songs acting like interludes.  There’s a conscious retro campiness that pervades the album neatly summed up by the comical lounge lizard cover art. He even covers Robert Palmer – Robert Palmer.

Here are a bunch of his more popular tracks– all are certified bangers, take your pick.

Todd Terje – ”Inspector Norse”

Todd Terje – ”Swingstar I & II”

Todd Terje – ”Q”

Todd Terje – ”Spiral”

Todd Terje – “Delorean Dynamite”

Todd Terje & LindstrØm – “Lanzarote”

And here are a few of the aforementioned reedits:

José Gonzalez – “Killing for Love” (Todd Terje Brokeback Mix)

Studio – “Life’s a Beach” (Todd Terje Beach House Mix)

KC & The Sunshine Band – “I Get Lifted” (Todd Terje Re-Edit)

Canned Heat – “Wanda Rode Again” (Todd Terje aka Wade Nichols Edit)

Iman Omari

It’s sort of remarkable how broad R&B has again become. Not all that long ago it was as stifled and formulaic as light jazz or contemporary pop country—just a bunch of nameless R. Kelly and Destiny’s Child clones clogging up urban radio.

But the so-called “alt-R&B” movement, which has been gathering steam since at least 2011, changed all of that. Freed from the shackles of A&R men, and spurred on by the breakthroughs of James Blake, The Weeknd, How to Dress Well and others , the once stale niche has been steadily expanding and mutating (Check our DecibelCast Vol. 19 for the bass-ier side of that spectrum).

Among those at the forefront of this expansion, is 23-year-old Iman Omari, a gifted and super prolific (releasing EPs via his Bandcamp page almost monthly these days) composer, producer/remixer and vocalist. The Los Angeleno, who has ties to Kendrick Lamar and Knxledge, actually got his start writing beats with MTV Music Generator on the original Sony Playstaion.

Omari’s take on the genre is essentially hip-hop based, but he also draws on decades of West Coast music– from cool jazz of Brubek to the shamanic acid imagery of The Doors to the squelchy sythesized funk of Parliment, all the way up to the post-millennial boom-bap of the Low End Theory collective. (The way in which he crafts his beats in particular, recalls the off-kilter wonk of Flying Lotus and the Brainfeeder camp.)

Omari’s sound is heavily atmospheric, with multi-layered ambiance created from chopping and looping vocals, synths and samples. In a manner parallel to the mainstream obsession with extensive vocal processing, Omari frequently treats both his own vocals and other instruments, with a heavy amount of effects.

But rather than autotuning, the kind of effects processing he prefers is this distinct warbling kind of thing, that creates woozy, psychedelic melodies that feel bent or wavy, kind of like the way sunlight passes through water.

From the latest “tape,” Vibe Tape +++3:

“Bars w/ Cav”



And some older stuff:

“Addicted [flip]”  from  Vibe Tape +++(2)

Iman Omari – “Too Late ft. MoRuf”  from (VIBE)rations LP

“Take Away feat. Good Joon”  from Energy EP

“No Stress”  from (VIBE)rations LP

“First Time”  from Energy EP

Omari recently dropped a guest spot for the radio show Soulection, playing a mix of original stuff (starting at about the 1:30:00 mark) and then stick around for an interview.

Alex G – DSU

Philadelphia resident, Alex G is set to release his first, physical, full length DSU via Orchid Tapes june 17th. The first pressing sold out in 11 hours and it’s understandable why. His music has weaved its way through the internets for several years now and is finally getting the physical treatment it deserves. His bleak, introspective lyrics ride gently above electronic texture and layered within lathargic guitar work. It’s masterful lo-fi weirdness. You can find his previous 11 albums in digital form at his bandcamp.


pre-order DSU here.  As of now the second pressing is still available but grab it quick.


Mo Kolours

Joseph Deenmamode, who records as Mo Kolours, has been on the my radar for a little while due to his affiliation with London’s One-Handed Music camp. The half-British half-Mauritian percussionist/vocalist/producer has a free-hand minimalistic approach to production that feels effortless, and live even though it’s largely based around loops.

Deenmamode’s songs are framed by skeletal percussive-heavy outlines, and embedded with raw elements of soul, hip-hop, Afro-beat, dub and various tropical styles such as reggae and calypso. His background as a percussionist shines through in the deceptively simple less-is-more character of his rhythms, which ostensibly are crafted from his original recordings. Inventive sampling, breezy accoustic guitar licks, steel drums and Deenmamode’s own dusty croon add splashes of color to the mix.

The 18 tracks run together through various interludes and skits making the 30 minute album play like something of a mixtape. Excepting a couple of singles, most have a raw sketch-like feel, and rarely top 2 minutes. This is not in any way a slight though, as the “unfinished-ness” actually works strongly in Deenmamode’s favor. In a world of beatmakers where the norm is rigid, mechanical and constricted by anal retentive adherence to digital “production values,” this is a breath of fresh air– the ideas, partially formed, are alive with possibility.

“Mike Black” is the first single from the album

The whole thing is available on his Bandcamp page as a pay-what-you-want download

Here’s a lo-fi visual excursion for the album’s other single “Little Brown Dog”

In addition to his vocal, percussive and production talents, Deenmamode is a first selector. His recent Resident Advisor mix, probably one of their best this year, is full of unfamiliar sounds perfect for the summer months ahead.

Mo Kolours Resident Advisor Podcast RA408

Jeen Bassa – 19 call some
Jeen Bassa – Final Report
Jeen Bassa – Not a fighter
Reginal Omas Mamode – As we move (omas celesrial)
Paul White – Missin Love
Al Dobson Jr – Good good Juices
Mo Kolours – See your face
Mo Kolours /Jeen Bassa – Untitled (crisp eve)
Tenderlonius – Hold on
Tenderlonius – Big Bass
Jeen Bassa – Body talking
Reginald Omas Mamode – Interlude cungaz
Al Dobson Jr – Big bags
Al Dobson Jr – In the world
Mo Kolours – Mike Black
Legbah – Fire Jive
Henry WU – Fiascoedoh
Paul White – Follow it through
Reginald Omas Mamode – Skit Interlude 9
Al Dobson Jr – Chicken on the side
Jeen Bassa – Wailer
Jeen Bassa – Fari
Jeen Bassa – Bumpin
Al Dobson Jr – Rocker island
Mo Kolours – Afro Quarters
Paul White – Tap tap
Paul White – Sunshine studio
Mo Kolours – Brain like Rain (part 2)
Reginald Omas Mamode – Welcome all
Reginald Omas Mamode – Keep on Walking
Al Dobson Jr – Everybody (vers)
Jeen Bassa – Just as music

Ditto that for his recent Solid Steel Radio session.

George Clinton – “Cambodian Rock Mash”
Ebenezer Obey – “Tribute to the late chief Obafemi Awolowo”
Jafari – Nieves “Eternas”
Andy Bey – “The power of my Mind”
Unknown – “Unknown”
Taj Mahal – “Why did you have to desert me?”
Jose Manual & Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdez – “Guaguanco”
Edward brathwaite – “The Emigrants”
The last poets – “Black is”
Ras Micheal and the sons of Negus – “Rasta Man Chant”
Sugar Minott – “Oh Mr DC”
Ainu – “Upopo”
Phil Ranelin – “Vibes from the Tribe”
Bernard Purdie – “Where B’s At”
Bruce Haack – “Interlude 2″
Tony Allen – “Hustler”
Menwar – “Ras Dimunn”
Lindigo – “Tangaty”
Milford Graves – “Nothing”
Scott Colley – “Usual Illusion”
Donald Byrd – “The Black Disciple”
Archie Whitewater – “Cross country”
Sergio Mendes – “Promise of fisherman”
Danyel Waro – “Bayoun”
Francoise Guimbert – “Sak la Point”
Sun Ra – “Hidden Spheres”
Jeen Bassa – “Canibais Valle”
Jeen Bassa – “Bumpin”
Al Dobson Jr – “Lady Blue (welcome)”
Al Dobson Jr – “Maiysha (blues)”
Paul White – “Happy All Round”
Paul White – “The Horn Jump”
Tightface – “Something For”
Reginald Omas Mamode – “Hebru”
Tenderlonious – “Little D”
Henry Wu – “All over”
Mo Kolours – “Outro: Esoteric Deep House”


Chad Vangaalen – Shrink Dust

Canadian musician/producer/visual artist Chad Vangaalen has prepped his first full length release since 2011′s Diaper Island. It’s called Shrink Dust and will drop April 29th via Sub Pop/Flemish Eye. As with most his efforts the new record was recorded and produced in his home studio in Calgary.

Stream the whole thing over at Pitchfork Advance and pre order here.

Chad Vangaalen – Monster (Shrink Dust)

Chad Vangaalen – Candle (I Want You Back  ’14 RSD 7″)

The below video for Where Are You, taken from Shrink Dust, is accompanied by a collection of Chad’s previous videos all self illustrated.

Video for Molten Light, taken from 2008s Soft Airplane.

Afrikan Sciences

Eric Porter DouglassAfrikan Sciences project is out there — way the fuck out there, at the edge of techno, free jazz and abstract hip-hop. In fact, the Oakland CA native, who recently relocated to Berlin is standing pretty much by himself.

Porter’s debut LP Means and Ways (Deepblak, 2011) largely flew under the radar, but it was a revelation for techno aficionados who like their grooves deep. And his sophomore offering Theta Wave Brain Sync, which just saw a digital release in March via Oakland-based avant-techno imprint Deepblak, is every bit as deep. Now, when I say techno, I’m using that word in its loosest sense, as this is about as far from clinical oom-tis oom-tis oom-tis minimalism as one could get.

Porter’s advanced rhythms are as intricate as they are asymmetrical, chopped up tablas, shakers and various sundry percussive instruments from all corners of the world warp and shift around, bunching up together and unraveling–even the most straight forward jams have this quality that could be likened to looking at one of those 3D hologram that flips back and forth after prolonged focus.

Within this ramshackle rhythmic frame, Porter’s musical influences–which are literally all over the map Miles, Dilla, the Indian subcontinent, Detroit, outer space and of course Africa–are woven into rich multi-faceted tapestries, that explore the relationships between form an space, order and entropy.

The title of this one is no accident, this is deeply cerebral music that, while it would likely work on the floor, is clearly aimed at the head and not the feet.

Afrikan Sciences – “Sage Projection” (128kbps-clip)

Afrikan Sciences – “Theta Wave Brain Sync” (128kbps-clip)

Afrikan Sciences – “What Who What, The Bazooka Was Who” (128kbps clip)

And from Means & Ways

Afrikan Sciences – “Two As 36″ (128kbps-clip)

Here’s a pretty amazing podcast he put together for Keep it Deep last fall

I’ll wait for you- Bembe Segue
Heru – Damon Bell
Melanin – Julie Dexter
Ex-pensive dubbin x Never stopping on the One – Afrikan Sciences
Tory – Saturn Never Sleeps
Maybe You can Dance – Bohannon
Aimeda -Gravity’s Angel
Save D Musician – Black Truth Rhythm Band
Tom’s – Succulent Sounds
So Divine – Erik Rico
Plutonian – Dakini9
A Healthy Turnaround x Fly Off the Handle – Afrikan Sciences
Degi Degi – Don Cherry
Sour Grapes – Shokazulu
Traffic -Theo Parris ft IG Culture
Solution (Dutty Church) Son Of Scientist ft Heidi Vogel
Uni Sun- Aybee
It’s a Wonder I’m Me – Peven Everret
Banganeseba – TAL National

Here’s a Recent Boiler Room set from Berlin

And finally, there is plenty of odds and ends to check out over at his Soundlcoud page.