‘Both Sides of the Sky is the new Jimi Hendrix album coming March 9, 2018 and is the final volume in a trilogy of albums (with 2010’s Valleys of Neptune and 2013’s People, Hell and Angels) intended to present the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in Jimi Hendrix’s archive. The album features appearances by Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter and Lonnie Youngblood and includes 10 studio tracks that have never seen release. It will be available on CD, digital, and as a numbered 180-gram audiophile vinyl 2LP.’ – via. JimiHendrixVEVO
Charles Bradley died on (Sept 23rd) at the age of 68, a mere six years after releasing his debut album, No Time For Dreaming.
The way Charles Bradley sang, the way he commanded a stage, his weathered yet powerful scream — every bit of his essence was imbued with the gratitude, love and absolute urgency of a man who waited until his 60s to realize his dream. It was a dream that began when Bradley was 14 years old and saw James Brown perform at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Bradley was born in Gainesville, Fla. in 1948, and raised by his grandmother. He didn’t meet his birth mom until he was eight years old, when she showed up and moved him to Brooklyn. Bradley left home as an early teen and was homeless for years. But he found some work through JobCorps — a program that connects young adults with training and resources to find careers. He learned to become a cook.
Bradley worked many other paycheck-to-paycheck jobs across America, but in 1996 he settled back in Brooklyn, where he worked as a handyman by day. At night, he moonlighted as a James Brown tribute artist, under the name Black Velvet. He was in his 50s.
One night, Gabriel Roth, the co-founder of Daptone Records, caught Bradley’s James Brown act and introduced him to producer-guitarist Tom Brenneck, who ended up collaborating with Bradley on his debut. Hear Bradley share that story with David Dye, reminisce about meeting his hero, James Brown, and perform live music with the sparkle and spunk he’ll always be remembered for — that and more in the player above.
Langston Kelly Human DJ is exactly what his name states, a one-man-band who covers the complete production for a track from drums, bass, and melody all the way up to lyrics all done in one take on the spot. LKHD has just released his debut album “I AM” (purchase it here https://langstonkelly.com/) and it’s nothing short of amazing, a response expected from an artist who’s stage show is entirely improvised and boasts he “never plays the same thing twice”. As an all encompassing production Langston’s creative process is a microcosm of his musical influences, his debut LP pulls from as many genres as he himself pulls from instruments and loops on a single track. “I AM” bounces from ambient meditation music to House music to Trip-Hop and back to Down Tempo within the span of 7 tracks. Lyrically he is esoteric, honest and philosophical- at times rather cryptic- all this leads to a mystique we had to unravel, we sat down with Langston to discuss what makes him so unique.
1. First for the people that are just hearing of you describe your
sound and how you got started.
As my music is improvised, you never know what will come out. However, I tend to gravitate toward World, EDM, Chill Out, and Hip-hop sounds and you’ll hear a lot of Jazz influence as well. Some of my songs may remind you of Bonobo, while others sound more like Zero 7, while still others come off closer to Jonathan Goldman’s meditation albums.
2. We just finished playing “I Am” for the first time, we know your live
sets are all improvised, was nothing on this album planned? Is this
album entirely improvised?
Everything from music to lyrics is entirely improvised and I use no prerecorded loops.
3. What made you decide on total improvisation? and what do you think
the significance is in improvisational music?
Additionally, I’ve always wanted to both perform and compose. The beautiful thing about improvising all of my LKHD music is that I get to do both simultaniously. I can’t say I am yet able to match the most intricate of written peices, but I am at least proving that improvised music can be entertaining and intetesting.
4. This album “I Am” pulls from a wide variety of genres, we hear some
Ambient influences, some World Music influences, some Trip-Hop or Down
Tempo, and even House. Can you list some of your musical influences and
some artists or bands that inspire you?
My top four favourite artists in the world are Jamiroquai, Goldfrapp, Seal, and Zero 7. I, however, am influenced by a wide range of artists from now and throughout history such as Bonobo, Ulrich Schnauss, Linstrøm, Claude Debussy, John Coltrane, John Williams, Sonu Nigam, Collective Efforts, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and many more.
5. There also seems to be an esoteric layer to your work, even with the
album title choice “I AM” can you list some of your none-music
influences as well?
6. What would you say is the purpose of your music?
Wow. Ultimately, I do not know as the source from which I draw my energy, I believe, has purpose beyond my conscious knowing. I can tell you, however, that I like to entertain people, and I like it when my music makes them dance or feel relaxed. I also believe my music, as does much music, has the potential to heal and to inspire. My primary goal when creating music is to create the most awesome sounding, feel good songs I can.
7. We know you are a multi-instrumentalist, even utilizing the human
voice for more than just lyrics -beat boxing the drums on numerous
tracks- out of all the instruments you play (human voice included) what
is your favorite?
without effort, are you aware of the “rules” and purposely break them? A
seven track album (aside from the vinyl only days of the 70s and 80s) is
very rare, an all improvised album is even rarer, can you explain your
thought process and creative process?
I am affraid I am not very aware of the rules and just do what seems and feels correct. And there are actually eight tracks on the physical CD. One track is secret.
9. If you had free reign to do whatever you wanted to musically (ex.
have your own festival, work with anybody, start your own label, score a
movie etc) what would you do?
10. And finally where can the people find you and what are you currently
working that they can expect to hear/see in the future?
You can best find me on my website langstonkelly.com where you can also sign up for my mailing list, purchase my music, and check the calendar for upcoming live shows. I’m set to release my next album sometime this June. You can also keep up with me on social media: lkhdmusic (twitter, instagram) and lkhdmus (facebook), though in my opinion, the website is cooler. I also have my own label V7 Kingdom, LLC (find out more at v7kingdom.com)
Visual interpretation of Aime’s “Book of David” EP directed by Chris White. Check AimeToThe.com, iTunes or Spotify for the full EP.