Mestizo Beat is a collective of musicians based out of Los Angeles who compose and perform music influenced by the early 1970’s era of funk, soul, afro-beat, and afro-cuban genre. Formed by lead guitarist Aquiles “Lito” Magaña along with his brother Agustin Magaña on drums. These two would come to share their passion and love for this era of music and become the driving core for the group. Influenced by the greats such as James Brown, Fred Wesley and the J.B.’s, Parliament Funkadelic, the Meters, and WAR.
The word Mestizo means the mix and blend of cultural heritage; you cannot find a better word to describe the blending of music, environment, and roots that takes place in Los Angeles, which is one of the most diverse regions in the world. The band members come from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds that enrich the music created and performed.
Mestizo Beat’s new album – Canoga Madness – will be released soon via Cliff Beach’s California Soul Music label. Stay tuned!
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit return with their highly anticipated new album, Reunions, via Southeastern Records / Thirty Tigers. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. Features a high resolution audio digital download and extensive artwork.
Toucan Sounds is a record label & producer crew curated by French Horn Rebellion in Brooklyn, NY, and operated out of YouTooCanWoo, an artist-owned music and production studio in Williamsburg. The label officially launched in April, 2019, and this compilation features our favorite music released from our debut year. All tracks were remastered especially for vinyl, and include titles by Yuksek, Jean Tonique, JD Samson, Patterns , and more.
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Written and recorded by Adam London. In Adam’s words, “A Thousand Harmonies in Silence is an album that highlights the idea of being “safe”. Since writing this record I wanted to portray personal memory and experience that had me feeling at peace. Each track signifies a special place, thing, person and time. All of which had some sense of security. I challenged myself to really embody these moments and record my guitar in single takes. I can only hope you enjoy listening to this record as much as did writing it.”
On April 24th, three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams unabashedly takes on some of the human, social and political issues of our day with her boldest and most direct album to date, Good Souls Better Angels. During the course of her celebrated four-decade, pioneering career Williams has never rested on her laurels as she continues to push herself as a songwriter. On Good Souls Better Angels, she has much she needs to get out.
In 2014 and 2015, Williams released two critically acclaimed double albums back to back with Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone and The Ghosts Of Highway 20, respectively. Both releases found her experimenting with arrangements, vocals, song structure and personal subject matter. On Good Souls Better Angels, Williams changes course and chooses to forgo the personal and narrative-based songcraft that has become synonymous with her name and instead speaks to some of the injustices permeating our society. The new songs cut straight to the core with frank and honest commentary on domestic abuse (“Wakin’ Up”), the constant barrage of news (“Bad News Blues”) the dangerous, quick to judge and convict aspects of social media (“Shadows & Doubts”) and the haunting reality of the “Man Without A Soul”.
Williams recorded Good Souls Better Angels backed by her remarkable, long time band, featuring Butch Norton (drums), Stuart Mathis (guitar) and David Sutton (bass). The rock-solid unit propels the music with both fire and finesse, particularly on the raw blues number “You Can’t Rule Me”, which kicks off the album with equal parts attitude and swing.
Good Souls Better Angels also features some of Williams’ most intimate and up front vocals on record. She addresses the pain of depression on the achingly beautiful “Big Black Train” and tenderly delivers a poignant song of hope with “When The Way Gets Dark”. She encourages us to push forward on the path of promise and perseverance on the deeply soulful and moving album closer “Good Souls”.
Soul Step Records is proud to announce the release of Multimagic’s upcoming LP, “Manic Daze.” This is the second release that Soul Step has done with Multimagic after a successful 45 release of two tracks off this LP, “Dreams” and “Sunshine.”
Multimagic is for fans of Death Cab for Cutie, The Cure, and Fleetwood Mac. This album shares the journey of lead singer Coran Stetter and his “Manic Daze” that changed his life. This album is an uplifting listen that will pull you from your hardest times. Jangly guitars, pulsing synths, and a pounding rhythm section drives this album. This record will give you a much more positive mental outlook in these uncertain times.
Sweet Trip‘s Velocity:Design:Comfort is awash in ethereal Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine guitars and vocals, Aphex Twin and Squarepusher leftfield electronic and acoustic beats, and ambience. It is all at once leftfield electronic, Afro-Cuban, glitchcore, tropicana house, MBV indie but most of all uniquely Sweet Trip. No other band on the planet sounds like Sweet Trip. No one ever before has done such a proper job of genre-hybridizing. Soundscapes as beautiful as Eno’s. Dense multi-tracking of sound a noise that never tires the ear. They blend alternative rock subgenres with electronic dance music and in such a unique and clever way. It’s a timeless hybrid.
Since it’s release in 2003, Velocity: Design: Comfort has steadily bubbled under, ever finding new popularity. Sweet Trip did achieve some moderate, respectable, indie-electronic, shoegaze success with Velocity: Design: Comfort when released. And Sweet Trip’s three records have always maintained a respectable level of popularity. Over the last five years, however, the popularity of this one Sweet Trip record in particular has surged, finding exponentially more new fans now who are sharing their love for, and propelling new discovery of this unique San Francisco band. There’s a whole new generation of shoegaze, glitch-pop, electronic music kids, some only just born in the late 90s, embracing it and proclaiming loudly that the singular sound of Velocity: Design: Comfort is now more than ever, a substantial and important record.
This is the first time this album has ever been available on vinyl. Order from Darla today!