Interview: Sumochief

Ashton James Brown interviewed the exciting jazz/hip hop quartet Sumochief and discussed their origins, their thoughts regarding London’s vibrant music scene and how music technology is incorporated into their creative process. The UK hip hop scene has an abundance of talent when it comes to emcees and producers, however live hip hop bands are few and far between. Sumochief are a London based four-piece whose…

Sampleface Five: Herbie Hancock Samples

Our Sampleface Five is dedicated to Herbie Hancock samples from the likes of Ugly Duckling, Lamb and Venom. As we’ve already heard that Herbie and FlyLo are in “cahoots”, we thought it’d be worth looking at a selection of five Herbie Hancock samples. The problem with doing that, of course, is choosing just five from such a vast pool of tracks (at least 440 according…

Herbie Hancock To Collaborate With Flying Lotus

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has been collaborating with Flying Lotus, as he discussed with Time Out Dubai. You’ll hopefully remember when we showed you footage of Herbie Hancock in the studio with Flying Lotus and Thundercat. Even earlier, there were rumours of a collaboration between the jazz icon and Los Angeles’ electronic maestro but it now seems less of a rumour and more of a…

The Jazz Jousters In Key With Herbie Hancock – Octaves

The Jazz Jousters collective have dropped a new hip hop/jazz fusion album called Octaves. Already twenty releases strong, The Jazz Jousters have returned with their twenty-first, an homage to Herbie Hancock called Octaves. Contributions come from the likes of Mr. Moods, Bones The Beat Head and B 3 N B I amongst others. Overall, this is a solid release with some fine boom bap and…

Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Herbie Hancock… Listening To Dilla?!

We told you about the possibility of Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Herbie Hancock working on music together. Now there’s another video of them listening to Dilla. Now, I know what you might be thinking – “I listen to Dilla everyday, that’s not news.” Well, that’s true and I do it too BUT when the track they were listening to actually sampled Herbie’s Watermelon Man and…

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Herbie Hancock Jams With His Fairlight CMI Feat. Quincy Jones

Herbie Hancock jams with Quincy Jones and his Fairlight CMI for this week’s Throwback Thursday. After showing you the video of Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Herbie Hancock in the studio together, it was only fair that we dedicate this week’s Throwback Thursday to the great man. Equipped with the then-state-of-the-art Fairlight CMI, Herbie talked Quincy through the machine and how it worked before jamming to…

Flying Lotus & Thundercat Working With… Herbie Hancock?!

Flying Lotus uploads a video featuring himself, Thundercat and Herbie Hancock in the studio. I’m still not ready to deal with this. Yesterday, Flying Lotus tweeted a video entitled “Herbie” showing himself and Thundercat in the studio. That’s pretty awesome on its own but it’s not a surprise; they’ve been working together on Thundercat’s second album for the past few months now. But then you…

King Britt’s Guides Us Through The Sonic World Of Afrofuturism (Mix)

King Britt takes us on a journey through sound – Afrofuturistic sound – in his free mix. “Speculative fiction that treats African-American themes and addresses African-American concerns in the context of 20th century technoculture—and, more generally, African-American signification that appropriates images of technology and a prosthetically enhanced future—might, for want of a better term, be called Afrofuturism.” – Mark Dery in “Black to the Future”,…