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Jon Bap – What Now?
Saturday, July 9th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jon Bap – What Now?

Image: 1605093 Hyperspeed jazz drum cut-ups and jolting guitar stabs, meditative
sub bass pools and fertile spoken word poetry: these are stained
glass panes in the church that is multi-instrumentalist Jon Bap.
What Now?, Bap’s debut album, combs regions of free jazz, funk,
hip-hop, gospel, psych rock, drum ’n’ bass, and ambient to form
outsider soul music as warm as it is unheard of.
The naturally delirious sound of What Now? began with the drum
work of prodigy Mike Mitchell (drummer of Stanley Clarke’s trio). Bap
tracked Mitchell’s slinky, spastic drums last year when he passed
through Buffalo, Bap’s hometown. Bap sat with the recordings for
months listening for nuances within Mitchell’s improvisations before
editing the rhythm tracks that became the basis of the oblique pop
songs of What Now?.
Lyrically, the album speaks to what it’s like to be an artist in 2016. Bap
finds strength in opposition to his process (“It takes a background to
have a foreground.”) Yin and yang appear and reappear thematically
(called out by name in penultimate track ‘Yin’). ‘Ghost In The
Wintertime’ declares that now means now (“I don’t want to waste
time / Let’s go”). We all just want to do what we all want to do.
Jon Bap just wants to make music. Beneath choral arrangements,
poems of friends in faraway places, field sound collages, and sunfaded
surf guitar chords, the heart of What Now? is a bold spiritual
interrogation of the present. But the gorgeous instrumental ephemera
are ornamental. The question (What Now?) is real.

Tracklisting
1. Guided Meditation
2. Forward
3. Born Into This
4. Other People
5. Gotta Be Your Lover
6. Fail
7. Flow
8. Intuition
9. Ghost In The Wintertime
10. Don’t Run Into The Dark So Quick
11. Yin
12. Coda: Let It Happen

• Debut full-length album from multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Jon
Bap, blending free jazz, R&B, psych rock, gospel and ambient.
• Features Stanley Clarke’s drummer Mike Mitchell, chopped
and layered into frenetic poly-rhythms.
• Follows the release of his critically-acclaimed ‘Let It Happen’
EP released on Fresh Selects on 5/27/16.
• Includes full-color lyrics insert and digital download code Available from 12.08.2016

SiR – Seven Sundays
Friday, December 4th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on SiR – Seven Sundays

Image: 1600552 Further carving out it’s place as the home for cutting-edge R&B, Fresh Selects is proud to present the beginning of something special.

A formidable songwriter working behind the scenes with major R&B stars for years now – Inglewood, L.A.-based multi-talent, SiR, is now stepping to the forefront with his official solo debut.

Effortlessly combining his instantly recognizable voice and universally relatable songwriting with the rawness of the indie L.A. beat scene – SiR defines his own sound that’s both refreshingly new and immediately digestible at the same time. A rare combination of mass appeal and artistic integrity, he’s poised to bring pop appeal to the underground, and substance and a unique ear for production to the mainstream.

On his full-length debut, Seven Sundays, his writing covers the full spectrum of a relationship – from infatuation to heartbreak, playful indulgence to addictive co-dependency, and ultimately, growth through letting go. Throughout the album’s 14 tracks, each one single-worthy in it’s own right, SiR flexes his pen game through both personal soul-bearing, vivid storytelling and lighthearted shit-talking alike.

SiR’s recent writing placements include Jill Scott’s new single “Fool’s Gold,” plus forthcoming songs by Melanie Fiona (including a duet w/ Mr. Stevie Wonder), Robert Glasper & Anita Baker, Bilal & Tweet, Tyrese & Marsha Ambrosius, and about a dozen others.

His debut LP also boasts an all-star line-up of producers, including Knxwledge (known for his work with Kendrick Lamar, Joey BADA$$ and Blu), Iman Omari (Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Ty Dolla $ign), DK The Punisher (Justin Bieber, Dom Kennedy), Chris Dave (Blue Note recording artist, drummer for Adele, D’Angelo), J LBs (Jhene Aiko, Casey Veggies), Alvin Isaacs II (Boyz II Men, Trey Songz) and Tiffany Gouché (Iggy Azalea, Little Simz) – making it an audible time capsule of an exciting moment-in-time for an entire new wave of Los Angeles talent.

With all of the stars aligned in it’s favor, it’s a safe bet that Seven Sundays will prove in time to be the seminal West Coast R&B album of 2015!

1. Love You (prod. Knxwledge)
2. In The Sky (prod. Knxwledge)
3. You Ain’t Ready (prod. Tiffany Gouche)
4. The Real (prod. DK The Punisher)
5. Right By You (prod. J. LBs)
6. JAY Z (prod. J LBs)
7. NBN (prod. J LBs)
8. Liberation (feat. Anderson .Paak, prod. Chris Dave)
9. Falling (prod. Alvin Isaacs II)
10. Can We Still (prod. Iman Omari)
11. The Perfect Remedy (prod. SiR)
12. Crashing Down (prod. J. LBs)
13. The Bullet And The Gun (prod. Knxwledge)
14. He Deserves Your Love (prod. DK The Punisher) Available from 15.01.2016

Low Leaf – AKASHAALAY (LP + MP3)
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Low Leaf – AKASHAALAY (LP + MP3)

Image: 1594312 After a string of her own DIY EP’s, Low Leaf teams up with the burgeoning Fresh Selects label for the release of her official debut LP, AKASHAALAY. Her most fully realized and conceptual project to date, the album is a 10 song spiritual tribute to Low Leaf’s homeland, The Philippines. Inspired by her extended stays while touring there in recent years, and heartbroken by the tragedies the islands have recently faced, Low took to her instruments and wrote from the heart to her home. With themes of resurgence, unity, chaos, and gratitude – all rooted in tradition but looking towards the future – AKASHAALAY stands as a unique and powerful statement both to and from a region that’s all-too-unheard in American music today. Sonically, Low Leaf is heard here in her sharpest form yet – mixing the acoustic harp sound of her Alchemizing Dawn EP, with the electronic experimentation of UNEARTHly¬ – showing substantial growth and improvement upon them both, with a keen sense for traditional pop songwriting is its backbone.

• LP includes digital download card, colored sleeves with full lyrics, lock-out grooves and other hidden messages
• #1 Best Selling Cassette on Bandcamp its first week.
• Featured ‘World’ Selection on iTunes first month
• Recent press includes: L.A. Record magazine (cover), Bandcamp.com (cover), MTV, Spin, Consequence Of Sound and Boiler Room
• Recent collaborations include Hiatus Kaiyote, Ras_G, King Britt, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and MAST.
• R.I.Y.L.: Little Dragon, Lianne La Havas, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kaki King, Yuna, Sonnymoon.

Tracklisting
1. Umaga
2. Rise Up
3. Set Me Free
4. Bahay Kubo *
5. As One
6. Slaveless Master
7. Ascension
8. 2b1wd Etternal
9. Kami Ang Mga Tao
10. Life Is Peace Available from 26.12.2014

Mndsgn – Yawn Zen
Friday, September 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mndsgn – Yawn Zen

Image: 1591225 “Yawn Zen” ist das Debütalbum für Stones Throw des ins Los Angeles ansässigen Hip Hop Produzenten Ringgo Ancheta unter seinem Pseudonym MNDSGN. Nach Kollaborationen mit Danny Brown, Jonwayne, Suzi Analogue und Support von Benji B, Fresh Selects und andernen hat er sich eine eher ruhig-klingende Position in der lebhaften LA-Beat-Szene erarbeit. Dein Einfluss von Labelkollegen Madlib und J Dilla ist unverkennbar in seiner Sammlung an entspannter Kompositionen, aber “Yawn Zen” hat einen psychedelischen, jazzigen Style, der auch Vergleiche mit Genossen wie Flying Lotus, Gonjasufi oder Samiyam nachlegt. Available from 05.09.2014

Mndsgn – Breatharian
Friday, October 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mndsgn – Breatharian

https://freshselects.bandcamp.com/album/breatharian Available from 04.12.2015

Coultrain – Side Effex Of Make-Believe
Friday, October 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Coultrain – Side Effex Of Make-Believe

Image: 1598295 The story of Seymour Liberty continues – out from the boogieman blues & the jungles of rotating lovers – to the darker side of magic, as he finds himself entangled in the midst of a wanted widow.

https://freshselects.bandcamp.com/album/side-effex-of-make-believe-divided-for-loves-sake Available from 04.12.2015

Mag – Wax Poetics #61 (James Brown/Curtis Mayfield)
Thursday, March 19th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mag – Wax Poetics #61 (James Brown/Curtis Mayfield)

Image: 1596125 Cover Stories: James Brown’s the Payback, Curtis Mayfield, Bishop Nehru, Ghostface Killah

• Rick Stevens, Tower of Power
• Joi
• TV on the Radio
• Morrie Turner
• Electric Wire Hustle
• Tuxedo (Jake One & Mayer Hawthorne)
• Young Fathers
• Soulection’s Joe Kay selects twenty records that inspire the label’s “Sound of Tomorrow”
• Black Panther graphic artist Emory Douglas

• Paid in Full:
Fred Wesley did his second stint with the James Brown Band during the Godfather of Soul’s rebirth in the 1970s. Here, Wesley reminisces about their seminal and best-selling record, The Payback, which can be seen as a hard and cold metaphor for social justice.
• The Message: The Impressions were up and down on the charts for a decade, depending on the creative inspiration of its songwriter and lead vocalist Curtis Mayfield. The final three increasingly sociopolitical charttoppers he wrote for the group—“We’re a Winner,” “This Is My Country,” and “Choice of Colors”—would lean more towards Black Power, alienating some fans and radio stations, but would set the tone for his incredibly important solo work to come.
• Golden Child: After releasing his first mixtape, 2012’s Nehruvia, at only sixteen, New York phenom Bishop Nehru arrived as a fresh voice laced with erudite wordplay and a penchant for classic beats. With his
EP strictlyFLOWz the following year, he grabbed the attention of MF DOOM, resulting in their recent collaboration, 2014’s NehruvianDOOM. As he prepares his solo album, with Nas on board as executive producer, the old-soul poet is poised to help bring the art form back to New York.
• The Champ: In an arena where MCs seldom have extended careers, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah has increasingly improved through two decades after his 1996 solo debut, Ironman. His use of cryptic slang and his gift for spinning complex tales leaves an unmatched legacy—one that’s still growing. Available from 17.04.2015

Mag – Wax Poetics #61 (Bishop Nehru/Ghostface)
Thursday, March 19th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mag – Wax Poetics #61 (Bishop Nehru/Ghostface)

Image: 1596126 Cover Stories: James Brown’s the Payback, Curtis Mayfield, Bishop Nehru, Ghostface Killah

• Rick Stevens, Tower of Power
• Joi
• TV on the Radio
• Morrie Turner
• Electric Wire Hustle
• Tuxedo (Jake One & Mayer Hawthorne)
• Young Fathers
• Soulection’s Joe Kay selects twenty records that inspire the label’s “Sound of Tomorrow”
• Black Panther graphic artist Emory Douglas

• Paid in Full:
Fred Wesley did his second stint with the James Brown Band during the Godfather of Soul’s rebirth in the 1970s. Here, Wesley reminisces about their seminal and best-selling record, The Payback, which can be seen as a hard and cold metaphor for social justice.
• The Message: The Impressions were up and down on the charts for a decade, depending on the creative inspiration of its songwriter and lead vocalist Curtis Mayfield. The final three increasingly sociopolitical charttoppers he wrote for the group—“We’re a Winner,” “This Is My Country,” and “Choice of Colors”—would lean more towards Black Power, alienating some fans and radio stations, but would set the tone for his incredibly important solo work to come.
• Golden Child: After releasing his first mixtape, 2012’s Nehruvia, at only sixteen, New York phenom Bishop Nehru arrived as a fresh voice laced with erudite wordplay and a penchant for classic beats. With his
EP strictlyFLOWz the following year, he grabbed the attention of MF DOOM, resulting in their recent collaboration, 2014’s NehruvianDOOM. As he prepares his solo album, with Nas on board as executive producer, the old-soul poet is poised to help bring the art form back to New York.
• The Champ: In an arena where MCs seldom have extended careers, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah has increasingly improved through two decades after his 1996 solo debut, Ironman. His use of cryptic slang and his gift for spinning complex tales leaves an unmatched legacy—one that’s still growing. Available from 17.04.2015

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