Matana Roberts
“Mississippi Moonchile”

It was 5AM, in the summer, when jazz composer/improviser Matana Roberts decided to be Montreal’s alarm clock. Check the video above to see it happen. Meanwhile, run (literally) to your favorite record store next week to get Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres, which is being released by the folks at Constellation.

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“Things Fall Apart (ft. Panda Bear)”

Dubstep producer Zomby has teamed up with possible best friend Panda Bear for a track titled “Things Fall Apart.” The song is off Zomby’s forthcoming 4AD debut, Dedication, which is out July 12. Dudes will be chilling together at the Animal Collective-curated ATP fest, but who will pay attention to Avey?

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“It’s All Good”

FaltyDL, known to his mother as Drew Lustman, set the world on fire with his Planet Mu full-length You Stand Uncertain. The video for “It’s All Good” is keeping the flames alive.

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Three Legged Race

“China Bull”

Robert Beatty has a new tape coming out on Night People, bringing two monikers together with the title Three Legged Race as Ed Sunspot (tip for an utterly confusing Halloween costume). Watch the video, with creepy Beatty illustrations superimposed over seemingly ordinary household objects.

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Ariel Pink

“Fright Night (Nevermore) (Dâm-Funk Remix)”

Check out Dâm-Funk’s remix of Ariel Pink’s “Fright Night (Nevermore),” a track off last year’s Before Today (#2 on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2010). I’d call it a “scorcher” if I didn’t have better judgement. (via P4k)

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The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination



“Ire,” a track by The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination, appears on Strut’s Nigeria 70: Sweet Times Afro-Funk Highlife & Juju From 1970s Lagos compilation, the third in a series of ‘rare grooves’ from Nigeria’s label archives. From the liner notes:

Often going by the unlikely acronym of ‘D.I.E’, this trio constructed their confusing moniker from each member’s surname. Don Kemoah, Isaac Olasugba and Ezekiel Hart were all graduates of Koola Lobitas, the infamous highlife/jazz fusion outfit founded in the late 1950s in London by Fela Kuti. By the time he had hit upon the formula for Afrobeat, D.I.E. had released the first of three Nigerian singles during the early 1970s before emigrating to Italy. ‘Ire’ is a highlife-inspired track with a juju feel and the title means ‘blessing’ in Yoruba. The lyrics concern friendship and the need to do good: “We shouldn’t fight or we’ll end up in prison.”

Sweet Times is out next Tuesday. Don’t fight the groove or you’ll end up in prison.

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