Fri 15/01/16

The latest chapter in the longstanding relationship between Gilles Peterson and the music of Cuba, Havana Club Rumba sees him explore the roots of rumba through a project comprising three parts: a feature length documentary, a collection of remixes and a free sample pack.

Produced in collaboration with Cuban rum maker Havana Club – that created the Havana Cultura platform to promote contemporary Cuban culture –, it’s another episode in a six-year relationship that’s already given vital exposure to different aspects of Cuba’s thriving music culture through the Havana Cultura album series.

Unpacking the three main styles of rumba is a central part of the project: they are largely agreed to be guaganco, yambu and columbia. Peterson worked with the island’s esteemed rumberos to record authoritative versions of the three rhythms as well as discuss what differing meanings and origins are attached to each. The rhythms are the starting point from which the three strands of the project have diverged. Check out Rumba 101 below to get a quick run-through of the basics.

This cut is taken from the feature-length documentary, Havana Club Rumba Sessions: La Clave, of which we’ve just announced a bunch more screenings in London and beyond. Check those deets below:

Institute for Contemporary Arts on January 30th, January 31st, February 4th, February 25th, February 26th, February 27th, February 28th – London, UK – TICKETS

Lula Lounge on February 4th, 2016 – Toronto, Canada – TICKETS

Lexi Cinema on February 24th 2016 – London, UK – TICKETS

Phoenix Cinema on February 28th 2016 – London, UK – TICKETS

Africa Festival on May 26th 2016 – Wurzburg, Germany – TICKETS

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Thu 07/01/16

Following the storming success of their third album Nyanza - receiving plaudits from The Guardian and The Quietus, no less – we’re excited to announce that Owiny Sigoma Band will be playing live in the UK once more. What’s more, they’re playing a string of dates which includes cities they’ve never played in before.

Check the dates below.

22nd May Brudenell, Leeds

23rd May The Harley, Sheffield

24th May Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

26th May Colston Hall, Bristol

27th May Rich Mix, London

28th May Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester

Tickets are onsale tomorrow from 10am.

Thu 07/01/16

The latest chapter in the longstanding relationship between Gilles Peterson and the music of Cuba, it sees him explore the roots of rumba through a project comprising three parts: a feature length documentary, a collection of remixes and a free sample pack.

Produced in collaboration with Cuban rum maker Havana Club – that created the Havana Cultura platform to promote contemporary Cuban culture –, it’s another episode in a six-year relationship that’s already given vital exposure to different aspects of Cuba’s thriving music culture through the Havana Cultura album series.

Unpacking the three main styles of rumba is a central part of the project: they are largely agreed to be guaganco, yambu and columbia. Peterson worked with the island’s esteemed rumberos to record authoritative versions of the three rhythms as well as discuss what differing meanings and origins are attached to each. The rhythms are the starting point from which the three strands of the project have diverged.

Where an accompanying feature-length documentary depicts the lineage descending from the working class communities of Havana and Matanzas to modern-day dancefloors, this other arm of the project allows for an exciting, global re-interpretation of rumba’s roots. The recordings of rumba’s three central styles were handed to a crop of producers working in the orbit of club music’s most interesting areas.

The result is Havana Club Rumba Sessions, collection of remixes as varied as you’d expect from a roster of producers plucked from locales spread from South London, Japan and beyond. We put up a Reginald Omas Mamode IV mix as a free download a few weeks back, and you can now stream a Motor City Drum Ensemble re-work from the record below.

Check the tracklist below and pre-order on iTunes here.

1. Yambu (Daisuke Tanabe & Yosi Horikawa AtaMix Remix)
2. The Rumba Experiment (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix)
3. La Plaza (Poirier Remix)
4. Weird Melody (Max Graef & Glenn Astro Remix)
5. Okay Cuba (débruit Remix)
6. Havana Sessions (Pablo Fierro Remix)
7. Havana Cool Out (Reginald Omas Mamode IV Remix)
8. Rumba Version (Al Dobson Jr Remix)
9. Rumba Tierna (Tenderlonious Remix)
10. Emergency Rumba (Pépé Braddock Remix)
11. Yuka Music (Mo Kolours Remix)
12. Mi Yimboro (Djoyvan Remix)

Mon 21/12/15

Following the Reginald Omas Mamode IV ‘Havana Cool Out’ remix which premiered last week, we’ve announced with Havana Cultura that we’re opening out the roots of Cuban rumba to bedroom producers worldwide. The same stems that he was given to play with are now available to listen to and download below. Click through to the Soundcloud page to download them.

That ‘Havana Cool Out’ mix was a teaser for a full remix album, featuring producers who join the dots between the globally scattered styles which have long been represented by Peterson on his label, radio shows and DJ set. This new announcement is an exciting opportunity for producers to re-work and incorporate these strands of Cuba’s musical legacy into their own music.

Produced in collaboration with Cuban rum maker Havana Club – that created the Havana Cultura platform to promote contemporary Cuban culture –, it’s another episode in a six-year relationship that’s already given vital exposure to different aspects of Cuba’s thriving music culture through the Havana Cultura album series*.

It’s a unique opportunity to gain access to recordings of the rhythms, guaganco, yambu and columbia, central to Cuban rumba, performed by some of its most esteemed players. The idea behind it is to open up Cuban music culture, already the product of intermingling histories on the Caribbean island, to even more international interpolations across aspiring producers spread all over.

The label are keen to hear what people come up with too. Tag your track “#havanaclubrumba” and there’ll be prize bundles sorted for the best ones.

*The acclaimed Havana Cultura album series – fruit of a collaboration between Gilles Peterson, Brownswood Recordings and Havana Club – includes two major collective productions, Havana Cultura: The New Cuba Sound (2009) and Havana Cultura: The Search Continues (2011); the Havana Cultura Sessions EPs featuring Danay Suárez (2010) and Daymé Arocena (2015); and two electronic music albums, Havana Cultura Remixed (2010) and Havana Cultura Mix: The Soundclash! (2014).

Thu 10/12/15

As well as our own releases, of course, we probably don’t need to tell you that there’s been a heap of amazing albums this past year. We’ve whittled down 10 releases (in no particular order) that have impressed us in the Brownswood office this year for you to have a look through. We’ve provided handy little links to buy them too.

Hunee – Hunch Music (Buy here)
Giant Sand – Heartbreak Pass (Buy here)
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (Buy here)
Nils Frahm – Solo (Buy here)
Hiatus Kiayote – Choose Your Weapon (Buy here)
St Germain – St Germain (Buy here)
The Internet – Ego Death (Buy here)
Acre – Better Strangers (Buy here)
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (Buy here)
Sons Of Kemet – Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do (Buy here)

Courtesy of all in the Brownswood familia x

Wed 09/12/15

The latest chapter in the longstanding relationship between Gilles Peterson and the music of Cuba, it sees him explore the roots of rumba through a project comprising a feature length documentary and a collection of remixes to be released in 2016.

Produced in collaboration with Cuban rum maker Havana Club – that created the Havana Cultura platform to promote contemporary Cuban culture –, it’s another episode in a six-year relationship that’s already given vital exposure to different aspects of Cuba’s thriving music culture through the Havana Cultura album series.

Teasing ahead to next year Brownswood have released Reginald Omas Mamode IV’s ‘Havana Cool Out’ remix of Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band. The record-hoarding producer has taken parts, recorded by a band of esteemed Cuban Rumberos, as a jumping off point to build a characteristically languorous beat around.

Part of the South East London 22a crew headed up by Tenderlonious, the releases on the DIY label were given an early platform by Soho record shop institution Sounds of the Universe. Reginald had one 12” on Five Easy Pieces prior to that with plenty more since.

This new track comes ahead of a new project dedicated to exploring the roots of Cuban rumba, and trace its connection to contemporary dancefloor culture. Full details of the compilation will be announced in early 2016.

Stream the track below and download it for free from our Bandcamp.

Screenings of Havana Club Rumba Sessions: La Clave

ICA London 2nd, 3rd, 4th Feb 2016

More TBA

*The acclaimed Havana Cultura album series – fruit of a collaboration between Gilles Peterson, Brownswood Recordings and Havana Club – includes two major collective productions, Havana Cultura: The New Cuba Sound (2009) and Havana Cultura: The Search Continues (2011); the Havana Cultura Sessions EPs featuring Danay Suárez (2010) and Daymé Arocena (2015); and two electronic music albums, Havana Cultura Remixed (2010) and Havana Cultura Mix: The Soundclash! (2014).

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Thu 03/12/15

For 2016 Gilles has revealed plans for a very special one-off “super-band” curation, bringing artists who have never before performed together onto one stage. The set will feature guests including the previously announced Kamasi Washington and Leron Thomas, and today we confirm Mercury-award nominee and all round musical marvel, Eska, not only as an additional guest performer but also official Musical Director of the collaboration.

Enjoying much success following the release of her long anticipated and critically acclaimed debut solo record, “ESKA”, she will be working together with Gilles on song selections from each guest performer and fresh arrangements of all tracks. Joining the Super Band set up will also be drummer, composer, producer and electronic musician Moses Boyd.

The rest of the line up announced so far includes Little Simz, Henry Wu Presents Yussef Kamaal, Deft and newly announced Josey Rebelle on the DJ bill.

Tickets for the awards are onsale now. Buy special limited physical tickets or straight up digital tickets (on final release) for £35.

Wed 02/12/15

Following some manufacturing delays, we’ve finally received the vinyl for LV’s recent Ancient Mechanisms album! Grab it through their Bandcamp, or through the following websites:

Bleep // Amazon // iTunes // Juno

‘Ancient Mechanisms’ is the fourth album by globetrotting London production duo LV. It traces a train of thought that was sparked by a live session with Tigran Hamasyan back in 2012: two and a half years down the line and a trip to Belgium later, the finished record is as much about the workings of musical artefacts as it is about putting the virtuoso pianist into new contexts.

The exploration of what lay inside the instruments in front of them is the thread holding this unique record together: strands ranging from foreign surroundings to the darker corners of London’s club lineage are channelled into exploring that idea. There are field recordings of Belgium’s streets along with snare hits in ‘Transition’ that nod to the studio where a nascent dubstep’s sparse aesthetic was born. As an album, it draws together disparate interests in a way that feels compellingly coherent. 

Mon 02/11/15

After holding screenings in a number of locations, we’re very pleased to be able to share the full cut of the Nyanza documentary with you, which documented the band’s trip to Kenya’s northern province of the same name to record their new album. With the recent news that band member Charles Owoko sadly passed away, the film has been dedicated to his memory and the band made the below statement:

“It is with heavy hearts that we inform all our followers that our dear brother and nyiduonge drummer in our group passed away aged 61 in kenya around a month ago.

We thank you all for supporting us on the amazing creative journey we took together with him.

We are so proud to share this full length documentary with you. Thank you all for supporting Owiny and we hope you enjoy it. Big shout to our main bros tour manager Sean Ross and film maker Ivan Ogilvie.

We all miss Charles so much and this film is dedicated to him.

Rest in peace, Charlie. We love you always.”

Thu 29/10/15

 

Following the release of their ‘Ancient Mechanisms’ record a few weeks back, we have a strange and beautiful video for album track Dar Souiri to share with you. Being built out of samples from a colonial-era piano found in Moroccan beachtown Essaouira, the video explores the balance between organic and electronic components in the music.

You can also check an interview with Gilles that the boys did in the Brownswood basement, where they spoke about Jazzanova, nerding out over drum & bass production and their shared South London roots.

Buy TICKETS to their live show in London this Friday. They’re playing at the St Pancras Old Church, performing material from the new record live for the first time.

And finally you can still grab CD and digital of their new album at these wonderful online retailers (& your local record shop too of course):

Bleep // Amazon // iTunes // Juno

Mon 26/10/15

Madres was the first introduction most people had to this exciting new talent on Brownswood’s roster. Discovered through one of Gilles’ trips to Cuba for the Havana Cultura project, Daymé’s music is a crucial bridge between the rhythmic traditions of her home and different strains of modern pop and electronic music.

Zepherin Saint, co-founder of Tribe records, channels the spirit of a Cuban fiesta to amp up the intensity. Daymé’s vocal is still a focal point, while a house-inflected groove and big trumpets raise things to fairly epic proportions.

NTS host and fast-rising producer Throwing Shade mix strips things back: Arocena’s vocals and the dink of the percussion are run through the echo chamber to drift atop no bullshit kickdrum and 808-style claps. Throwing Shade’s known for her rich, globally scattered record collection but here she cuts straight to the point.

The final rework, by Ron Basejam (the alias of Crazy P co-founder James Baron) keeps things steady and introduces an earworm bassline to hark back to a golden age of groove-led house music. Baron’s a dab hand at channeling nostalgia into productions that capture what it is that’s so exciting about his inspirations.

Preview the remixes below and download them from:

Bandcamp // Juno // iTunes

Madres Remixes by Daymé Arocena

Wed 21/10/15

Following the release of ‘Nyanza’ in August, Nowness have premiered a short cut of the film that documented the band’s trip to the Nyanza province to make the record.

Dedicated to the memory of Charles Owoko who sadly died this month, it shows the British contingent of the band visiting the Joseph and Charles’ region, home to the nyatiti music of which Charles was such a respected practitioner.

Head to Nowness to watch the video. You can also pick up new single ‘I Made You / You Made Me’ from these wonderful retailers:

Bandcamp // Bleep // Juno // Amazon

Mon 19/10/15

After showing you the video for the new single from their third full length, ‘Nyanza’, we’re pleased to announce that you can now buy  latest single from the Owiny Sigoma Band.

‘I Made You / You Made Me’ is a track inspired by the birth of Jesse’s daughter. Stirred by hearing “purely happy” African popular music on the radio, and taking early morning walks with gospel emanating from the churches, Jesse challenged himself to write a joyous pop song. This track beautifully reflects the ambience and energy of the environments in which it was made, and as well as Owiny Sigoma Band’s organic collaborative process.

It comes backed with a remix by mysterious psychedelic French producer High Wolf, who brings a unique take to the track. High Wolf is a friend of Jesse Hackett from both having released on Leaving Records, an imprint of Stones Throw that focuses mostly on cassette releases from the likes of Laraaji, Mndsgn and Ras G. The remix bears the hallmarks of High Wolf’s trippy production aesthetic; working seamlessly with looped samples from the original track on a beat machine, he conjures up a glitchy and catchy rework, and weaving in different ideas while still retaining some of Jesse’s intended joyous feel.

You can check that video again here and buy the single from any of the below retailers:

Bandcamp // Bleep // Juno // Amazon

Tue 13/10/15

LV Announce Live Show At St. Pancras Old Church
30th October 2015

Globetrotting production duo LV, fresh from the release of new LP ‘Ancient Mechanisms’ on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint, come to perform at the St. Pancras Old Church on the 30th October. The record traces a train of thought sparked by a live session with Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan back in 2012: two and a half years down the line and a trip to Belgium later, the finished record is as much about the workings of musical artefacts as it is about putting the virtuoso pianist into new contexts.

The pair, made up of Simon Williams and Will Horrocks, found the insides and mechanisms (hint) of the instruments they were working with to be of increasing interest as the project developed. They found a discarded, portable piano in the former’s new flat and spent hours painstakingly recording its notes, creaks and noises. The exploration of what lay inside the instruments in front of them is the thread holding the unique record together: strands ranging from foreign surroundings to the darker corners of London’s club lineage are channelled into exploring that idea.

Performing the material from the record for the first time, the antiquated surroundings of the church are the ideal place for them to showcase material from an album that’s all about excavating the past.

Praise for Ancient Mechanisms:
“Ancient Mechanisms is yet another exquisite example of their uncompromising ownership of their art, and of their unfettered curiosity.” The Fader
“Simon Williams and Will Horrocks’ music takes delicate jazz and soul sounds, flirts with UK dance and bass rhythms and comes out with something truly breathtaking.” i-D
“Experimentation and collaboration is in LV’s DNA.” The Ransom Note

LV – Live
30th October 2015
Doors 7.30
Tickets £10 // Get tickets here

St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Rd, London NW1 1UL
info@brownswoodrecoridngs.com

http://lvlvlv.co.uk

brownswoodrecordings.com

Fri 09/10/15

‘Ancient Mechanisms’ is the fourth album by globetrotting London production duo LV. It traces a train of thought that was sparked by a live session with Tigran Hamasyan back in 2012: two and a half years down the line and a trip to Belgium later, the finished record is as much about the workings of musical artefacts as it is about putting the virtuoso pianist into new contexts.

The exploration of what lay inside the instruments in front of them is the thread holding this unique record together: strands ranging from foreign surroundings to the darker corners of London’s club lineage are channelled into exploring that idea. There are field recordings of Belgium’s streets along with snare hits in ‘Transition’ that nod to the studio where a nascent dubstep’s sparse aesthetic was born. As an album, it draws together disparate interests in a way that feels compellingly coherent.

Buy the record from:

Bleep // Amazon // iTunes // Juno

lvlvlv.co.uk

Tue 06/10/15

Hello, we are sorry to report that the vinyl on the LV album has been delayed quite badly – currently expected mid November. In the meantime we have decided to give away a test pressing to someone that is signed up to LV’s mailing list.
You can join in here:

http://eepurl.com/bwhlMb

https://lvlvlv.bandcamp.com

Wed 23/09/15

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‘Ancient Mechanisms’ is the fourth album by globetrotting London production duo LV. It traces a train of thought that was sparked by a live session with the Armenian jazz / folk pianist Tigran Hamasyan back in 2012: two and a half years down the line and a trip to Belgium later, the finished record is as much about the workings of musical artefacts as it is about putting the virtuoso pianist into new contexts.

“Ancient Mechanisms” is released 9th October on Brownswood Recordings.

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The sculpture in the video, inspired by LV & Tigran’s music, is called Carillon, like the track from the album.

It is crafted from discarded piano keys collected between Brighton and London.

Video credits:

Fabrice Bourgelle – Director
MOZZAIKA – Dancer
Special thanks to The Total Refreshment Center for providing the space.

Thu 17/09/15

Compelling duo Anushka (comprised of producer Max Wheeler on production and the sublime Miss Victoria Port on vocals) return with a brand new track – a house inflected single “Kendrick”. , along with a beautifully harmonic remix, Full single out today!

Purchase here via Bandcamp / Spotify

Their well received debut album Broken Circuit released last year established them as a uniquely British dance / soul proposition. Anushka have been busy this Summer performing shows at Glastonbury, Ibizia Rocks as well as other European cities. This brand new track Kendrick marks a return to their roots, with this inspired ode to the man of the moment.

Max Wheeler’s production on the single resonates their distinctly UK foundations, the heavier set bassline coming through jazz inflected chords with a hint of junglist drum loops. This, combined with Victoria’s harmonious injections of feeling, makes for a perfect match of energy and sweetness.

The hazy “Too Hot Outside” version perfectly showcases Victoria’s beautifully melodic voice which winds and weaves in intensity, somewhat like tuning in to the radio.

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Wed 16/09/15

Pick up ‘Nyanza’ Here – http://smarturl.it/owinynyanza

This unique band (pronounced: oh-wee-nee si-go-mah) is made up of 3 Londoners:
brothers Louis and Jesse Hackett, and their school friend Tom Skinner and 2 gentleman from Kenya, Joseph Nyamungu and Charles Owoko, both masters of traditional Luo instruments, the Nyatiti and the Nyidoungue Drums respectively.

The 28th of August will bring the release of their 3rd album ’Nyanza’, for which the group were invited to the Nyanza Province of Western Kenya, the Birthplace of Luo music, and homeland of Joseph and Charles, to record and craft the record closely with the roots of Owiny.

The creative process of the Owiny Sigoma Band in the past has been crucially intwined by localities, memories and stories, as well as an element of spontaneity from their jam sessions. ‘I Made You / You Made Me’ sung by Jesse is a track inspired by the birth of his daughter. Stirred by hearing “purely happy” African popular music on the radio and taking early morning walks with gospel emanating from the churches Jesse challenged himself to write a joyous pop song. This track beautifully reflects the ambience and energy of the environments in which it was made, and as well as Owiny Sigoma Band’s raw and organic collaborative process.

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Wed 16/09/15

Audio Premiere: LV + Tigran Hamasyan – “Hammers And Roses” from their forthcoming Ancient Mechanisms.
London based production duo LV, composed of Simon Williams and Will Horrocks, have made working with various collaborators in new environments a signature part of their sound. When they recorded a live session with virtuoso pianist Tigran Hamasyan back in 2012, they began a project that would span two and a half years and several hundred miles by the time it ended. Inspired by Hamasyan, the team focused on the workings of the instruments as they created unique musical settings for them. “We got into the sound that instruments make themselves, not just the production of the sound. We got into the actual sound of keys being hit,” said Williams. – Premiered via Revive

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