Can you imagine getting a record deal just because you can count? Lucky bastard.
A lot of people feel overwhelmed by the state of the world today, and we're all seeking a quick solution to save ourselves... The quick solution exists! But it requires that each and everyone of us take action. And the action we need to take is not 'in the world', it is within ourselves. Pretty simple right?
The fine folks at MERGE records sent us a promo for the upcoming Ibibio Sound Machine release, Uyai (pronounced 'you eye'). The record absolutely glitters with energy and a charming afrocentric sound.
There are nods to 80's pop, electronic and funk - and the entire album is danceable and seems tailored to big, fun live shows.
We'll have the record when it releases on MARCH 3, 2017. Fans of the Tune Yards, John Wizard and even Daptone record releases will find themselves absolutely tickled by this artist!
I've been bumping my promo of Moon Duo on almost every shift! It's the kinda of traveling prog rock that just makes you want summer fests to come back around so you can spark in a field somewhere. It's also got beautiful 80's new wave elements that show up to my surprise and delight on repeated listens.
I just received the SAMPHA promo digitally and I bumped it once. Only once. That's because it's the one piece of wax I'm buying for myself this week. Sampha has meant so much to me in the years past, that I owe him a real listen on his long awaited debut LP. From co-launching SBTRKT, to one of the most devastatingly beautiful EPs I have the pleasure of owning (DUAL) to the best tracks on Wonder Where We Land? Sampha deserves our full attention, and nothing will spin better on this rainy day in LA.
This past week I worked more hours in the shop than I have since year one when I had no employees at all!
Before this week, I had gotten used to a leisurely 25 hours a week here. When I saw that I would have to work in excess of 45 this week I grumbled, I frowned, and worst of all, I expected that it would hurt me in some way and leave me exhausted.
Today, as the long work week wraps up, I find instead that I am energized, inspired and grateful for all this shop and its supporters have given me over the years. Indeed work and exercise can be invigorating instead of tiring!
Routines are great, but they often lead us to limiting beliefs about ourselves and our capabilities. Why should we ever preemptively underestimate our ability to change, or our ability to enjoy change when it happens?
// Sundays have a wonderful rhythm and vibe. They lead me to reflections and revelations that I want to share with you in humility and support. That's the Spirit! is posted every Sunday.
We got a surprise shipment from the east coast including copies of Anderson Paak's LPs, a limited edition SLEEP record and the limited edition blue vinyl AVALANCHES // SINCE I LEFT YOU reissue.