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ALBUM PREMIERE: BUYEPONGO ‘TUMBALO’ EP

November 10th, 2017

L.A.'s Buyepongo are practically omnipresent in local music—they play show after show without losing a bit of their relentless live power, and now they've managed to capture that magic on their new Túmbalo EP, recorded at producer (and L.A. RECORD contributor) Jonny Bell's Jazzcats studio. It's absolutely crackling with energy—a pitch-perfect fusion of Buyepongo's (beyond) pan-Latin sounds with lightning-strike chicha guitar, rhythmic inspiration from at least three continents and a particularly contagious kind of energy. Their record release show is tonight at Zebulon, and then they'll be lighting up the terrific Tropicalia festival with Chicano Batman, Kali Uchis, Os Mutantes and more this weekend! See them live any chance you get and grab the EP here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: GREGORY UHLMANN “TAKE A BREAK” (FEATURING THE WESTERLIES)

November 3rd, 2017

Guitarist and composer Gregory Uhlmann—also of Fell Runner, currently working on an album of their own—sends us this slow-burn song he's just made with the Westerlies, a New York City brass ensemble who've worked with Vieux Farke Toure and Fleet Foxes. "Take A Break" is from a transcontinental session built from parts recorded in New York, L.A. and Chicago, and that makes its obvious intimacy even more remarkable—it's a song made for cozy rooms with the lights down low, even if it did take several thousand miles to come together. Uhlmann will perform at an early show—6 PM!—at Resident on Sat., Nov. 18, with Bright Whistles and Jacob Metcalf.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: CHAKRA FVCKER “FVCK!” EP

October 27th, 2017

Chakra Fvcker is Dome Of Doom co-founder and commander Wylie Cable and L.A. producer and cosmic marauder AHEE, and together they're tearing a hole in time and space. The Fvck! EP—named for the noise you make when you cross the event horizon—is five mind-blown tracks that zig and zag like a UFO dodging a fighter jet. Fvck! is available now from Dome of Doom and a Fvck! sample pack of raw materials may be coming soon! More info here, and the story of Chakra Fvcker by Chakra Fvcker is below.

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TRACK PREMIERE: L.A. LAW “HAPPY ALTERATION” (MEMS. GAP DREAM + FEEDING PEOPLE)

October 26th, 2017

L.A. Law is the team-up between Gabe Fulvimar of Gap Dream (and Bell System!) and Jessie Jones of Feeding People (and her solo album!) and together they're righting wrongs and writing songs! "Happy Alteration" is as ominous as pop gets—the kind of slow-burn synthesizer track they'd play in the cafe from Mad Max. L.A. Law's full-length comes out on Burger on Dec. 15—pre-order it here!—and L.A. Law will be performing at the Vagabond Festival in Garden Grove on Nov. 4!

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TRACK PREMIERE: CAFÉ ALE “FALLEN ANGEL”

October 26th, 2017

Besides helming dublab—a planetary culture hub with a top-flight selection of DJs, including former and current L.A. RECORD contributors—Ale Cohen is constantly active musically, too. (Check the reissue of his outfit Languis' excellent Other Desert Cities EP or releases by the slick and sophisticated Pharoahs.) Now he's got a new solo cassette coming as Café Ale, and here's a peek: "Fallen Angel" is like some lost Creation Records track received via distant shortwave station, and serves as a hazy closer for an album that plays like a series of brief but vivid dreams. Café Ale's Transformative Nature is out tomorrow, Oct. 27, on Geographic North and you can get a copy here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: MASTON “EVENING”

October 24th, 2017

Tulips is the new album by L.A.'s Maston: it's a sophisticated cinematic soundtrack looking for a film, or a library record from the best European studio house that never actually existed. (Or as our reviewer Madison Desler said: "It’s the perfect thing to pop on when you feel like starring in your very own movie.") Tulips is out this Friday, Oct. 27, on Phonoscopepre-order the LP here or get your digital pre-order on Spotify or Bandcamp!