New York Producer Kaazi Remixes Maria Usbeck’s “Ciudad Desnuda”

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Other than Solange’s A Seat at the Table, possibly no other album released this year contains the cultural depth heard in Maria Usbeck’s debut solo album Amparo. At the end of this week, Cascine, in conjunction with Labrador Records, will be releasing a remix EP to compliment the album featuring reworkings by several producers. New York City’s Kaazi, who just dropped a pretty great album himself thorugh 100% Silk, is one of those producers. His offering is a reinterpretation of “Ciudad Desnuda” (“Naked City”) that he has dubbed the “Inner City Garden Mix.” His version is more smooth subtracting the somewhat frenetic percussion of the original creating audible serenity. It is quite beautiful and worthy alternative to the album cut.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 10/25/16

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.

Amber Arcades – Which Will (Nick Drake cover)
Glints – Catalyst
Shura – Touch (Four Tet remix)
Wet – Turn Away
Tom Petty – Crawling Back To You
Angel Olsen – Pops
Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
Drugdealer ft. Weyes Blood – The End of Comedy
Cellars – I’m Feeling
Black Marble – Woods
Andy Shauf – Quite Like You
Soft Hair – Relaxed Lizard
The Mary Onettes – Juna
Anna Straker – Serious
Oneohtrix Point Never – Animals
Austra – Utopia
Katie Dey – Only to Trip and Fall Down Again
Ruby Haunt – Drowning
Yellow Days – Your Hand Holding Mine
Spirit Club – You’re So Mean
Johnny Fritz – Are You Thirsty (From Sweet Creep)
Dwight Yoakam – Guitars, Cadillacs
RZA ft. Method Man – La Rhumba
DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
MC Breed – Ain’t No Future In Yo’ Frontin
Leisure – Moonbeam
Isaiah Rashad – 4r Da Squaw
Sylvan Esso – Radio

Anna Straker Gets “Serious” in New Track

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19 year old London artist Anna Straker has been showing some major promise on several tracks over the past year, however we are really vibing hard on her latest named “Serious.” The song’s production pushes out laid-back club beats pulling elements from dance music varying genres over the last 20 years and turning it into a modern twist on pop music. It is easily her most complete song to date.

Cemeteries Shares New Song “Carnivores” Ahead of Halloween

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Being named Cemeteries, the Kyle Reigle-fronted project should be obligated to release a new track every Halloween. It has been a little over a year since we last had new material from him, but the eerie and autumnal “Carnivores” is a nice reminder how consistently good the output from Reigle has been over the years. There is no indication that this is anything more than a one off, but we wouldn’t be surprised to hear more new music from him in 2017.

Watch Black Marble’s Video for “Woods”

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Last week, Chris Stewart, aka Black Marble, released undoubtedly one of our favorite albums of this past year with his sophomore effort, It’s Immaterial. Outside of its emotional depth, there is a spiritual otherworld quality that overcomes us every listen where we come out mentally cleansed. The video for “Woods” produced by Libre’s Alberto Berrizbeitia and director Theo Sixou further captures the emotion and spirituality with beautifully choreographed movements and imagery in a forest. Stewart says of the video:

I spoke with Theo awhile back about his initial concept for the piece. At first I was not sure what I thought of all these people running endlessly — sometimes stopping to speak directly to camera — this strange tableau. Having worked with him previously on “A Great Design” though, I knew I should just trust him. Had it been anyone else I might have thought twice about the idea but I’m glad I didn’t.

Somehow, as visual allegory to the spirit of the song, these people running from something, but sometimes it seems, just running because there’s nothing else to do, fits perfectly with the underlying theme of the music, the sort of tension that exists when you already know the ultimate outcome but cant bring yourself to extricate yourself from something that has just been in place for so long. That liminal space between wanting and doing can seemingly last forever and I think this video perfectly represents Woods in that way.

I think Theo is one of the most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of working with and I’m so pleased as always that he chose to dedicate some of his time to creating an amazing visual story for “Woods.”

It’s Immaterial is available now through Ghostly International.

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Austra Announce New Album, Share Video for “Utopia”

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The Katie Stelmanis-fronted project Austra have their third full-length, named Future Politics, dropping on January 20th via Domino Records. The album is a commentary not only on the current geopolitical environment, but a call to change and, according to Stelmanis, “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia.” It was influenced by her time spent living in Montreal and Mexico City and economic and philosophical literature she had been reading. With the album’s announcement comes a visual for the track “Utopia” directed by THAT GO depicting Stelmanis trapped in an apartment by technology. The album is available for pre-order here.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 10/18/16

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.

Jim James – Here In Spirit
Charly Bliss – Ruby
Kadhja Bonet, RJ, and Mark Maxwell – Latenight Munchies
Our Girl – Being Around
Her’s – Marcel
Still Corners – Currents
Sure Sure – New York New Dog
Tunji Ige – Bring Yo Friends
Chance The Rapper & Knox Fortune – All Night (Kaytranada extended joint)
Jidenna – Long Live The Chief
Dream Chief – Can’t Shake U
Foreign Air – Better For It
Darcys – Coming Up For Air
Black Marble – Golden Heart
Many Voices Speak – Blue Moon (cover)
Part Time – Seashells
Muuy Biien – Mara
Forth Wanderers – Slop
EZTV – Racing Country
Devendra Banhart – Fancy Man
Baloji – Spoiler
Sibylle Baier – Tonight
Yellow Days – Your Hand Holding Mine
L’Orange & Mr. Lif – Antique Gold (ft. Chester Watson)
Reva DeVito – The Move (prod. by Kaytranada)
Lazy Day – Disappear
Stef Chura – You
Nutrition – Lost