Friday Albums and Livestreams 4

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Multiple albums were listened to this week, unfortunately I don’t think any of them were good enough to recommend spending time from your hard won weekend on. Nevertheless, there are good livestream recommendations and a label profile below.

Livestreams

1) Kamasi Washington

Now this will be good. As part of LA Phil’s SOUND/STAGE series, Kamasi Washington is going to perform his original score to BECOMING: An intimate portrait of Michelle Obama – a Netflix documentary based on the former First Lady’s memoir. Today, Friday 30 October, 5pm GMT – be sure to get out of work early for this. 

LA Phil link (scroll quite a way down to find it)

2) Laraaji

Laraaji, who I only found in July of this year, is terrific on the keys. He’s a 77 year old musician who is a master of meditative and ambient music. The story goes that he used to play on the streets of New York until Brian Eno saw him one day and encouraged him to record an album. Tonight, Friday 30 October, at 1am GMT. This is to promote the final part of his piano trilogy released this year and it will leave you content and relaxed I’m sure. 

Laraaji apr.tv link

Bubbles Records Profile

Bubbles was founded in 2006 by Erlend Øye and Marcin Öz in Berlin. Originally it started as a label to release their own music as Whitest Boy Alive. From here they also began to sell merchandise in between recording and tours. They added Kakkmaddafakka to their roster shortly thereafter. Since 2006, they have slowly been gaining momentum and the last two years has seen some really interesting output from the likes of Erlend Øye himself, as shown on the brilliant track “For the Time Being”. Most recently, they have had Sascha Steinfurth’s brilliant “Castles in the Air” which was released in late Spring and a perfect track to welcome in the summer. This was shortly followed by a quarantine album named “Quarantine at El Ganzo” by Erlend Øye and another ex Whitest Boy Alive member Sebastian Maschat. I look forward to what else they have in store. 

Standout artists: Erlend Øye & La ComitivaSascha Steinfurth

Spotify fan playlist
YouTube label page

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