With so much good music coming through thick and fast, it’s easy for albums to drop online and go overlooked. To help prevent this, we’ve picked five records you may have missed — essential releases from Billy n’ Dave, MMYYKK, Flanafi, Bohren & der Club of Gore and Syd Nukuluk. If you like what you hear, hit the links and support the artists.
Billy n’ Dave – Share My Chaise
Share My Chaies is a soulful and warm album between close friends Billy G. Robinson and David Lackner. Having worked together on various projects since 2009, the pair finally released this dazzling collaborative 11-track project on Galtta Tapes. With slick soul vibes, jazz grooves and outsider pop flair, this LP is one you can’t miss. Providing maximum comfort, the pair have ceated a soothing album that encourages relaxation. Listen to Billy n’ Dave’s Share My Chaise below, and make sure you support this fantastic record.
MMYYKK – Mellow Moods & Meditations
Never one to be pigeon-holed musically, MMYYKK morphs into a new age healer on his new album Mellow Moods & Meditations. A world away from his recent nu-soul releases his latest work is a moving and ambitious blend of contemporary ambient music design to heal, empower, and elevate your mind, body, and spirit. MMYYKK employs a variety of multi-layered delicate soundscapes to give you the perfect album to rid you of your negative energy.
Flanafi – Flanafi
Talented Philadelphia experimental guitar wizard Simon Martinez aka Flanafi recently released his debut solo project. Hopping from genre to genre his forward-thinking sound sits at the intersections of soul, jazz, and funk. This album is eclectic and it’s addicting and it’s one of a kind. In an era where regurgitation and veneer hold sway, this young freak is following his oddly sober muse. The album features Lenny Mobley and Zane Shields on drums, as well as Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola on a couple of tracks but the majority of the project was single-handily laid down by Martinez. Enjoy the LP below and look out for more brilliance from the newcomer in the near future!
Bohren & der Club of Gore – Patchouli Blue
German cult band Bohren & der Club of Gore come through with their eighth studio album via [PIAS] Recordings. Since forming back in the early ’90s the band have built a loyal international fanbase on the back of their trademark ‘Doom Jazz’ sound and count musical icons such as Mike Patton and Stephen O’Malley among their fans. Strictly instrumental, this band and their sound have the healing power to survive these hectic modern times. Take a listen below; and if their dark and moody atmospherics don’t get you, we’re not sure what will! Highly recommended for fans of Melanie de Biasio, Sunn O))) and the soundtracks of David Lynch.
Syd Nukuluk – Data X Change
Data X Change is the debut release from London-based producer, songwriter and artist Syd Nukuluk. Written and recorded over the space of a year in a variety of locations and states of mind the EP explores what it is to be a songwriter in a digital, image-based age. The project features French-British rapper Monika who captivates each time he laces a track. Across the new record, he effortlessly combines his influences from trip-hop to ambient, folk to lo-fi, all tied together with distinct sonic melancholia. The EP is shrouded in moody lo-fi atmospherics which seems to sink deeper and deeper over its 18-minute duration. Apparently, Nukuluk and Monika are already hard at work on their next release. So enjoy this little teaser and get excited for what’s to come…