► Amirali – Chromatic Dreams

shockwebpic_amirali_chromaticdreamsCheck out the title track of London-based house artist Amirali’s upcoming EP out in June on Dark Matters. Video directed by David Terranova.

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► Daymé Arocena – Nueva Era

shockwebpic_daymearocena_madresCheck out rising Cuban talent Daymé Arocena’s new album Nueva Era out now via Brownswood Recordings. At just 22 years old, this singer, composer, arranger, choir director and band leader is just getting started. Watch her perform Madres live at the Saint Pancras Old Church on April 2015.

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► Eiko Ishibashi – Mr. Cloud

shockwebpic_eikoishibashi_mrcloudA cool new track from Japan based, multi-instrumentalist Eiko Ishibashi’s just released album ‘Car and Freezer’ out on Drag City. Video directed by Michinori Saigo.

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► Low Leaf – Set Me Free

shockwebpic_lowleaf_setmefreeCheck out this new self-directed video from Low Leaf for her song Set Me Free. Keep an eye out for this LA-based Filipino rooted pianist, harpist, writer and performer, her album Akashaalay is available now on Fresh Selects.

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► Fantasma – Eye Of The Sun

shockwebpic_fantasma_eyeofthesunEye Of The Sun is the title track from Fantasma’s new EP of the same name which also features Moonchild and is directed by Travys Owen.

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Death Metal Angola: Sounds Of African Resistance

shockwebpic_deathmetalangolaDeath Metal Angola is an awesome new documentary directed by Jeremy Xido that captures the growing hardcore death metal scene that has developed in the war-stricken southern African country of Angola.

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The Making Of The Big Sound Of Interstellar

shockwebpic_soundofinterstellarThe SoundWorks crew explores the sound of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Interstellar. First, a video interview with supervising sound editor and sound designer Richard King about the mix, sound design and foley aspects. To follow that, a conversation with composer Hans Zimmer about the very intentional approach to the sound, his collaboration with the crew and how they recorded a pipe organ at the Temple Church in London.

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Let’s UnPop This: Repetitive Pop Music & The Shazam Effect

shockwebpic_repetitivemusicA must-read feature from The Atlantic looks into why the state of [pop] music is the way it is…repetitive, monotonous, homogeneous, super loud and compressed and in many cases, super cheesy.

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Official Trailer For 808: The Heart Of The Beat That Changed Music

shockwepic_808docutrailer1The first official trailer for 808: The heart of the beat that changed music was just released. The 808 documentary features appearances and commentary from our own Hank Shocklee, Arthur Baker, Pharrell, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Norman Cook [Fatboy Slim], Rick Rubin, Diplo, Goldie and more.

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► New video + EP From Spoek Mathambo’s Fantasma

shockwebpic_fantasma_fafiSouth Africa’s Spoek Mathambo has teamed up with DJ Spoko to present his new 5-part band Fantasma. A blend of electronica, hip-hop, traditional Zulu maskandi music, shangaan electro, South African house, psych-rock and punk.

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