The Next Album From Serpentwithfeet, DEACON, Centers Black Queer Love

New serpentwithfeet material is arriving soon. Landing via Secretly Canadian on March 26th, DEACON comes three years after the release of his debut album, soil. Written following serpentwithfeet’s move to Los Angeles, the focus of the album is Black queer love, as well as the tenderness which pervades those platonic and romantic relationships.

The record fans out over eleven tracks, featuring contributions from Sampha, Lil Silva and NAO. The LP’s debut single, “Fellowship,” is out now, accompanied by a music video featuring picturesque shots of serpentwithfeet and his partner on the beach. “I originally approached this project wanting to make something that felt very sensuous. Something a lot softer, a lot more gentle than my previous work,” serpentwithfeet says about the album.

Alluding to his religious upbringing, the album’s title is named after the member of the Christian office that aids in the church’s charitable functions. “I wanted to create something that felt calm and restrained. This was my way of tapping into the energy many deacons possess,” he continues.

serpentwithfeet is a Baltimore-raised, Los Angeles-based experimental musician. He first gained recognition with the release of his debut EP, blisters, in 2016. Watch the music video for the album’s debut single, “Fellowship.”

Listen to ‘Fellowship’ below.

DJ Minx References Police Brutality For New Single, ‘Blind Amerikkka’

DJ Minx has produced a new single featuring New York artist E-Man.

“Blind Amerikkka” came out today via Women On Wax, an imprint that the Detroit mainstay launched in 2001. The track references police brutality in the US, among other pressing issues.

It’s the first Women On Wax release of the year, following Minx’s Violet Groove EP from 2020.

Listen to “Blind Amerikkka”

Reknowned Ecuadorian Producer Debuts on Rhythm Section

Nicola Cruz is releasing an EP on Rhythm Section. Spanning five percussive tracks, Subtropique will mark the Ecuadorian artist’s debut on the London label.

It’s out February 19th. Last year, Cruz released EPs on Highlife, Optimo Music and more. He also recorded his first BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.

Listen to “Individuality Riddim.”

ELLLL Is Back On First Second Label With A New 12-Inch, Housebreaker

Irish producer ELLLL has a new three-track EP coming out. Housebreaker, due out on February 5th via Dublin-based First Second Label, features three versions of the title track, including a remix courtesy of Parris. This is ELLLL’s first EP since 2019.

The Berlin-based artist and Gash Collective cofounder released three 12-inches that year, including Febreeze on First Second Label and Glisten via Paralaxe Editions.

Her most recent release was a remix for Copenhagen-based producer Erosion Flow, along with a track on Gash Collective’s first compilation. Listen to clips of Housebreaker.

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Listen to snippets of each track below.

Madlib and Four Tet reveals His Second New Single “Hopprock”

Madlib has unveiled his new single “Hopprock”, which will feature on his forthcoming album Sound Ancestors that he worked on with Four Tet.

“Hopprock” is the second taster of Sound Ancestors following last month’s lead single “Road Of The Lonely Ones“, and was edited, arranged and mastered by Four Tet.

Sound Ancestors will be released under Madlib‘s name, but Four Tet, real name Kieran Hebden, arranged, edited, and manipulated the tracks.

The new track arrives just days after Madlib’s Madvillain collaborator MF DOOM was confirmed to have died. They released their debut collaborative album Madvillainy in 2004.

Check ‘Hopprock’ below.

Hiatus’ New Single ‘Semblance’ Meditates Metropolitan Life

British-Iranian producer Hiatus has released a new single ‘Semblance’.

Calm and meditative, it swells between horn melodies and quiet piano chords, flowing in whatever direction it feels. The video is a quiet reflection on what it means to live in the metropolis.

‘Semblance’ is taken from Hiatus’ upcoming album ‘Distancer’, which has been announced for release on April 9 2021.

Throughout his musical career, Hiatus has been inspired by his Iranian heritage. His first album ‘Ghost Notes’ samples heavily from many of his father’s Iranian records, and his track ‘Delam’ features his father reciting and translating old Iranian poems.

Distancer’ came about after Hiatus met Faraz Eshgi Sahraei and his wife Malahat. Faraz plays the kamancheh, a traditional Iranian stringed instrument, and Malahat sings. ‘Distancer’ was born after several recording sessions with the pair in Brixton.

Watch the video for ‘Semblance’ below.

Little Dragon And Moses Sumney Colloborate On New Single ‘The Other Lover’

Little Dragon and Moses Sumney have collaborated together on a new single ‘The Other Lover’, released this week on Ninja Tune.

Soulful and hooky, ‘The Other Lover’ draws inspiration from Little Dragon’s track ‘Another Lover’ from their latest album ‘New Me, Same Us’, released earlier in 2020.

The two vocalists, Sumney and Yukimi Nagano, intertwine, and one becomes indistinguishable from the other as they both run up and down octaves, coating the instrumental layers in soul.

Speaking on the song, Little Dragon have commented, “When we reached out to Moses we didn’t know what to expect. What we received was very stripped down, with his beautiful voice. We jammed along and sent it back. It bounced back from his end with added horns and sounded beautiful to our ears. We are very proud of this.”

For his part, Moses Sumney has said, “I’ve been listening to Little Dragon for a very long time; as a teen, their first album impressed upon me just how infinite modern soul music can be. When they asked me to collaborate I was so honoured and surprised (“shook”, as the kids say), that it took me a while to come around. They worked with me, egoless, to craft a new vision for their song. I’m proud of what we came up with.”

Listen to ‘The Other Lover’ below.

EASTEAST.Radio Launches To Showcase DJs And Producers From MENA Countries

Creative project EastEast.World has launched EastEast.Radio, an online radio station to showcase the work of DJs and producers from Middle East and North African (MENA) countries.

It will be streaming 24/7, and will host podcasts alongside radio shows.

Currently on the site are mixes and podcasts featuring Rabih Beaini of Morphine Records and DIY ethnographer Bulat Khalilov from Ored Recordings. Planned forthcoming content includes an interview and curated playlist from Nabihah Iqbal, selections from Porest and the inaugural mix from the label Sublime Frequencies.

There is currently an open call out for contributors. Find out more here.

Spotify Find Solution to Songwriting Plagarism In The Music Industry

Songwriters of global hits getting sued for alleged plagiarism has become a recurrent story on MBW these past few years – and a recurrent source of misery for writers and their representatives in the industry.

But what if a songwriter or composer were able to use AI technology to avoid litigation altogether, by finding out if their song copies elements of other compositions, potentially in real time?

According to a document published last week, Daniel Ek’s company is seeking a patent for its “Plagiarism Risk Detector And Interface” technology, which pertains to “Methods, systems and computer program products..for testing a lead sheet for plagiarism”.

As explained in the filing – and as our songwriter/musician readers will already know – a ‘lead sheet’ is a type of music score or musical notation for songs denoting their melody, chords and sometimes lyrics or additional notes.

Spotify’s invention would allow for a lead sheet to be fed through the platform’s ‘plagiarism detector’, which would then, “having been trained on a plurality of preexisting encoded lead sheets”, immediately compare the composition in question to all other songs stored in its database.

A set of messages would then be displayed – describing a detected level of plagiarism regarding “a plurality of elements” such as a chord sequence, melodic fragments, harmony, etc. of a song  (see fig 7 below).

The AI software would also potentially calculate “a similarity value” of the song in question vs. other songs in the Spotify lead sheet library.

These technology could work the other way around, too, says Spotify’s filing, reassuring a songwriter that “the melodic fragment [of your song] appears to be completely new”.

One particularly interesting element of this is that it would take place in near-real time, allowing a songwriter or composer to tweak elements of their work to avoid infringement before they (and/or their record label) spent the big bucks on recording a final version.

Spotify’s filing adds that “in some embodiments a link to the media content item that might be infringed (e.g., a track of an album) is provided so that a [songwriter] can quickly… listen to the potentially plagiarized work”.

[via MBW]

New 15-Minute Covid-19 Test Could Change The Events Industry

Swallow Events has launched a rapid coronavirus testing service targeted towards the events industry, which provides test results in 15 minutes.

The breakthrough is a big step towards getting people back inside venues after the industry was brought to a standstill in the midst of the pandemic. Operated by government-approved healthcare professionals, the full pop-up service can be conducted on crowds or audiences of “any size and scale,” enabling large scale gatherings to be held in a Covid-secure environment.

Alternatively, Swallow Events is also offering a supply-only option and can ship the required supplies worldwide.

Oli Thomas, Founder and Managing Director of Swallow Events, said: “Our rapid testing kits – a market leader (which meets MHRA target product profile with sensitivity: 96,52% & specificity: 99,68%) used in conjunction with track and trace data-collection and other Covid-secure protocols such as touch point and temperature checks will help event organisers in all sectors from large scale festivals, concerts, stadia, business conferences and trade shows through to agricultural shows and small boutique festivals.”

The Chichester-based event management firm partnered with Swiss multinational healthcare company Roche to create the service which could kick-start the events industry across the UK and the rest of the world.

“The events industry has been forgotten and devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Thomas stated. “Although a common misconception, events have actually been allowed to take place in the UK in 2020. The guidelines regarding them, however, are unclear, with the ultimate decision often based on a single person’s opinion at local authority level.

“There are instances of events receiving approval and licences granted, only for them then to be revoked at the last minute, which only serves to further fuel financial problems and job losses to the industry,” he added: “With this in mind we are very proud to announce we are the first events company in the UK to offer an on-site rapid testing service for Covid-19 in as little as 15 minutes, which, we believe, is a complete game changer.”

The news of vaccines on the horizon has caused some experts to predict that live music could return safely by Spring 2021.

[via Dummy]