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Astrocolor - Astrocolor EP

 The Victoria, BC collective have released a sonic adventure based on their namesake, and in the same way, it is full of creative experimentation and undeniable talent. For those like us who are just now hearing about Astrocolor, this is a perfect introduction - which is to say, these three tracks make for a perfect ep that is sure to have you both up and moving and yearning for the full length record slated for a 2017 release (both on Last Gang!).

As far as the music is concerned, expect uplifting, complex but undeniably easy to love and enjoy cosmic disco house funk goodness. You could play this at your cousin's wedding and everyone would lose their minds. You could play this at your TD Bank Christmas party and the place would go nuts. We would be willing to bet money on that.

This music is for everyone. So everyone should listen to it.

Astrocolor have a keen ability to blaze a new trail amongst a surplus of art and culture. What they are doing is both beautifully modern and gloriously traditional. It's simple, but it's full of complex layers at the same time. We will bother our friends to get into Astrocolor for the rest of our lives.

We hope you enjoy as much as we do!


The Invisible 'Patience'


 We can all agree that the Ninja Tune seal of approval has always meant a lot when it comes to electronic music. That leaping stealth warrior icon has always been a symbol for innovative, smart, and engaging explorations in sound and rhythm. So naturally, when someone sends us anything associated with the label, we are quick to press play - and in this case to do so again and again.

The record, titled 'Patience' by the talented trio known as The Invisible requires anything but. In fact, it's inviting, uplifting music that would likely not only appeal to you, dear reader, but also you parents, your child's vice principal, the lady who works at that business you frequent, and so on. This record has a universal appeal, simply put. Calling it funk, or soul, or r&b would be missing out on a key element that makes this record so special. It has that feel. That thing that makes you remember why you love music in the first place. Because it will always surprise you.

This is the perfect soundtrack for your next romatic evening, your next dance party, your next yoga retreat, or your next group hang with everyone from your improv squadron. You will all love it - more and more each time in fact, and that, is a promise.

UPDATE! The magnificent Floating Points remix of 'Life's Dancers'

'Patience' Out Now -
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'Patience' released 10th June 2016 via Ninja Tune.

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Mr. Lif, The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo 'Terra Bella'


Mr. Lif is a gifted music maker. He is a skilled mc, at a level that is comparable to absolutely no one. We're not here to say who is the best MC, but Mr. Lif is talented far beyond many who usually make up that particular conversation.

That being said, hearing him collaborate on an entire album with Ayla Nereo - who has an absolutely stunning voice and a beautifully soulful presence on the record, and The Polish Ambassador, whose brilliant production makes this the instant classic that it is. We kid you not, 'Terra Bella' is absolutely spectacular.

The first three tracks vary so much from each other, but are so perfectly sequenced - and it continues for the rest of the album. There are nothing but fun, smart tracks on here that are so funky you won't be able to sit still.

Seriously, on every track - Mr. Lif is ON FIRE. Ayla Nereo is FLAWLESS. The Polish Ambassador is PERFECT. Zumbi from Zion I is on there, and his verse is absolutely out of this world. Chali 2na too! And yep, same thing - one of the best.

We can't let this record go under the radar. Click play. Listen to it, actually. And then put it on at a party. And then put it on while your studying or drawing or walking your dog or driving to Wyoming. Then tell some of your friends how great it is.

Tell them all! Go tell them about 'Terra Bella'!

They will thank you later.