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A particular perceptive trance from Ahnnu focusing on the finer details - birth name Leland Jackson delivers “Perception” as his 2nd full length avant-garde masterwork for Leaving Records. First run of 300 cassettes wrapped in silver translucent O-Card. Cover collage from Ahnnu, Typography Jesse Moretti, mastered by Matthewdavid.
For his first ever offering on vinyl, Leaving Records presents “World Music / Perception” in a stunning gatefold double LP package. World Music introduces a series of themes which represent various styles and likenesses adopted in Ahnnu’s growth as a sound artist living in the digital age. In respect to environment, Ahnnu creates a body of sound-work that is transient in nature. Each track is arranged as separate entities and are holistic in the sense that they are intended to inspire an experience of indifference within a space of perpetual sonic motion. “World Music” describes the continuous sensory shift of both meditative neglect and cognitive sophistication when active within a (digitally) connected culture. Perception finds Ahnnu tampering with volume, pitch, and rhythm in the midst of the shivering hum that drives the album forward while camouflaging its detail. The album moves at an almost unnoticeable pace, but it’s filled with delicious rhythms, like the scrambled marching drum of “Scaling,” the flickering pulse of “Intercept,” and the dust-flecked loops on “Elastic.” These percussive tracks carve a form for the ambient subtleties that seem to have the most impact due to their length and timbre. This is wonderfully refined on “The Racer” or even “Anneal,” with its transitory exhalations and crumpled echo.
Carlos Niño is a Los Angeles-based producer, composer, ensemble orchestrator, Dublab Labrat, and mentor. He is also DJ of the influential KPFK radio show, Spaceways Radio, a program dating back to 1995 that has hosted guests like A Tribe Called Quest, J. Dilla, Gil Scott-Heron, Afrika Bambaata, and many others. On April 22, Carlos Niño will be sharing the 4th installment of his Carlos Niño & Friends series, entitled Flutes, Echoes, It's All Happening!, on LEAVING Records. Flutes was recorded in California, mostly in the greater Los Angeles area, and demonstrates Niño's signature style of Space Collage Hybrid music. A spiritual, free-form, progressive full-length that touches on jazz, New Age, psychedelic and ambient musics, Flutes sees contributions from artists like Madlib, Kamasi Washington, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, the latter of whom has recorded & composed for acts like Rihanna, Lana Del Rey, Father John Misty, Flying Lotus, and others. The music on Flutes spans a few years, leading up to March 2015. Of this, Niño remarks, "I rarely throw anything away, and in this case, a few pieces I'd started and archived were brought back to the forefront as they vibrationally matched with the project. There is overlap in space, time and sound with these records."
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A kind of continuation from Leftrecord (2012), Soap consists of entirely multi-loop instrumental freestyles recorded direct to cassette during the summer of 2015. Side A is Ailment; side B is Healing.
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Deanthoven, released by Leaving Records, is produced and performed live by Deantoni Parks, channeling Ludwig Van Beethoven. There are no overdubs or loops on this album. Cassette Includes exclusive “drumapella versions” of each track. Mixed & Mastered by Matthew David McQueen, cover art by Punk_Picasso. Machines/Instruments used: Human Body, One Hickory Drum Stick, Kick, Snare, Hi-Hat, MacBook, Interface, Midi Keyboard, various microphones and outboard equipment. “There is no treatise likely to be too learned for me. Without Laying claim to real learning it is yet true that since my childhood I have striven to learn the minds of the best and wisest of every period of time. It is a disgrace for every artist who does not try to do as much.” - November 2, 1809, to Breitkopf and Hartel, of Leipzig.
From Leaving Records, the debut album from drummer Deantoni Parks – John Cale, Sade, The Mars Volta, Flying Lotus collaborator. The relationship between music and technology is always evolving ... but true music can not exist without a soul. Some extraordinary musicians augment their natural talents with technology, adopting its benefits to fuel their own singular vision, and that is the basis of Deantoni Parks' debut album Technoself. Parks is one of the finest drummers working today, displaying a sleek and intuitive balance between raw rhythmic physicality and machine-like precision. He can play on one hand what many great drummers could not achieve with two – which he does frequently. His skills have seen him perform with artists such as John Cale, Sade, The Mars Volta, Flying Lotus and his own boundary-pushing group KUDU, among others. Notable collaborations aside, Parks is an artist in his own right, constantly in motion and expanding towards something new. On Technoself, you hear Parks totally in control. Three of the tracks were recorded live in a session at Dub Lab, the others in a studio. In his own words, "The sound result of Technoself is a digestion of sounds being refined, filtered, and re-arranged in the time period of the average thought." There are no overdubs or loops on this record. The sound is that of "segmented, split-second curated soundscapes atop a highway of refined, war-drum rhythms." The album plays out like a percussive crash course winding through Parks' diverse influences and moods, where the only constant is Deantoni's unmistakable sense of movement. In this case, the most important piece of technology turns out to be the human body.
Syrupy Instrumental Electro-Funk full-length from Devonwho on Leaving Records featuing vocal contributions from Zackey Force Funk, I, CED, andn Pink Siifu.
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Leaving Records presents two crispy companion EPs for the neo beat-scene of 2016: Lyon by Devonwho & Elderberry by Swarvy. Lyon is a long-awaited syrupy EP invention from potent electro-funk producer Devonwho. His long-standing seed in the modern beat-maker scene is credited by the formation of the Klipmode collective with Knxwledge, Mndsgn, and Suzi Analogue back in 2009. Watch for a Devonwho full-length later in the year.
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Dntel is Jimmy Tamborello. Human Voice drops September 23. "Judging by the title of Jimmy Tamborello’s latest Dntel LP—Human Voice, you’d think he just completed another guest-heavy collection of synth-and-sample-laced pop songs. Not quite; the voices here are actually quite inhuman, a cast of paranoid androids lost in a complex lattice of avant-dance loops." – SELF TITLED "Tamborello is probably best known for his genre-crushing pop project The Postal Service ... He experiments with with footwork on first single, and if you ever wanted to hear what The Postal Service might sound like with a rolling juke pulse, well now you can." – FACT "He’s been making layered and pretty solo electronic music as Dntel for about 20 years. The new LP is called Human Voice, and it’s built around the idea of voices that have been processed and mutated to the point where they’re just another layer in the mix." – STEREOGUM "Remember when Dntel was progressing pop to the point of beyond musical territory and then the Postal Service fucked it all up and got that UPS commercial? Fuck all that! ‘Cause his single 'If I Stay a Minute' blows all intentions of advancing music outta the atmosphere." – TINY MIX TAPES "Tamborello is best known as the producer for The Postal Service, and for vocalists and songwriters like Baths and Mia Doi Todd. Human Voice, his seventh full-length as Dntel" – RESIDENT ADVISOR
Adventures in all a cappella songs of Soul, Blues, Pop and Experimental. Edwin Mathis White (from the band Tonstartssbandht) creates the a cappella gospel that is Eola. The album “Dang” drops Sept. 23rd on Leaving. Blessed be.
Los Angeles' Guy Blakeslee is the visionary guitarist and songwriter from Entrance/The Entrance Band. "The Middle Sister" is new territory for a Blakeslee recording album: 100% instrumental movements for acoustic and electric guitar recorded to & from magnetic tape. 19 minute-long Side A envelops two migrations of acoustic guitar picking within particles of acoustic piano ambiance and tibetan singling bowl texture. 20 minute-long Side B continues upon the melodic motif beginning within an electric domain of resonant drone. As the movements mature, the listener is carried into a climax of krautrock trance, dissolving into a liberating resolution of experimental harmonics and noise. "The Middle Sister" represents maturity of a master craftsman for a generation seeking hope, and finding truth.
Knx, aka Knxwledge, is a beat maker raised in central New Jersey and Philadelphia, now dialing-it-in at home in Los Angeles. Anthology is the essential instrumentals curation from the forty some-odd Knx Bandcamp releases 2009-2013. At fifty three tracks, Anthology is also available as a limited collector's edition double-LP.
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Knx, aka Knxwledge, is a beat maker raised in central New Jersey and Philadelphia, now dialing-it-in at home in Los Angeles. Anthology is the essential instrumentals curation from the forty some-odd Knx Bandcamp releases 2009-2013. At fifty three tracks, Anthology is also available as a limited collector's edition double-cassette.
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7-inch vinyl release of Knxwledge's Buttrskotch, which was first released on tape by Leaving Records. 6 short tracks b/w 5 short tracks; paper sleeve.
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Leaving Records presents three reissues of seminal works by new age musician, composer, and laughter meditation workshop leader Laraaji, recorded between 1978 and 1983. This is the first complete reissue of these works. Lotus Collage 1978 (Tracks #1-2; 59 min.)Recorded with a freestyle open tuned electric zither and harp. “One of my first home electric zither recordings, recorded live in a Park Slope, Brooklyn living room during my street performer/busker years in the late 1970s.” – Laraaji. Unicorns in Paradise 1981 (Tracks #3-4; 1 hr, 4 min.)Recorded with Casiotone MT-70 electric keyboard and an open tuned zither harp. Described as, “Flowing atmospheric improvisation, inspired by trance imagination; an ideal habitat in another dimension of timelessness.” Connecting with the Inner Healer... 1983 (Tracks #5-10; 1 hr, 28 min.)Five movements of “Trance Celestial” are from Laraaji’s 1982 self-release Rhythm and Blues. “Connecting with the Inner Healer Through Music” was created as support listening music for a full-day workshop by the same name at South East Spiritual Conferences (SESC) in Greensboro, NC, 1983.
"Be Still and Glow” consists of the following three albums wrapped in an obi card: Sun Zither 1&2 1984 90+ minutes of non-stop sun-drenched Zither Ecstasy. A refreshing new sound journey through ecstatic hammered open-tuned zither string board, through jazz-funk rhythms with improvised rubbertipped mallets, through rattled, stopped Zither. Chaos with wooden chopsticks, through ethereal steel slide string sound exploration to take the classic zither sound way out of the box. An exploratory adventure in sustained open modal tuning, elegant electronics and virtuoso performance mastery. Tonings 1&2 1980s Tonings 1: Shimmering celestial Zither and OM chant continual deep induction listening for expanded inner-stillness. Tonings 2: OM chimes ladder, Kalimba (African thumb piano), hand chimes, spontaneous laughter release, chant, & chimes distortion (heavy at times towards end). Celestrana / Deep Chimes Meditation 1980s Calming, gentle, continual, patient, relaxed-pace solo electric zither feeling. Home cassette recorded in the 1980s. Mood of contemplative stillness. Peaceful, introspective listening. Deep Chimes Meditation: Classic, Space, Peace, Zen, Timelessness.
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This original 1984 cassette home recording was inspired by request for personal long play soundtrack to accompany a delivery room child birth in Florida. It was intended to welcome a newborn child with love, ecstatic joy and high positivism. Casiotone M70 electric keyboard and chant singing while in prepared vision trance, C Major.
M Geddes Gengras is one half of Duppy Gun Productions, and a prolific music producer on his own. Ishi will be released June 24 on Leaving Records. Download card with vinyl includes all 4 tracks.XLR8R: “The ‘signature sound’ of Matthewdavid’s Leaving Records imprint has been joyously hard to pin down since its inception, with the label anchoring itself in the world of abstract beats as much as it is unafraid to venture into lopsided noise, refracted house, musique concrete, and, in the case of a forthcoming record from M. Geddes Gengras, sprawling ambient expeditions. The artist’s Ishi LP offers a series of elongated synth expeditions. M. Geddes Gengras’ work is described as being ‘based in modular synthesis, comfortably straddling a variety of forms and remaining rooted in a deep affinity for the limitations of analog electronics and a keen ear for timbral manipulation.’Named after Ishi, ‘the last wild Indian’ who appeared at the age of 49 in 1911 North America as a complete outsider to the modern world, the effort’s three tracks (with a bonus cut in the CD/digital packages) are said to be inspired by what the artist describes as, ‘the schism that exists between the world we live in and those stuck on the margins of it—perpetual outsiders and their quest to understand the torrent of information they are constantly subjected to.’"
It’s Now! Eternally! Easy, Tender, Loving Sound. The Guide is You. The Glide is Life. Be Yourself, Live Fully - That’s what the Vibrations are Encouraging, Echoing, Waving, Glowing, Singing, Rippling, Radiating. Matthewdavid’s Mindflight is Heart Music. It’s a record of beauty that has evolved from explorations into his deepest emotions, visions and imagination. The Flights were most directly inspired by his profound connection with Michael Stearns’ Planetary Unfolding (Continuum Montage, 1981). You can feel that Trust is it’s Brother. Stearns speaks of Dreams, Resonance, Unity, and Ecstasy. Matthew adds that this journey has been one of Healing, Discovery, Finding, and Transformation. The two and their kindred are wondrous Sonic-Energetic-Midwives helping to usher in this age of Expanded Consciousness. The process and source are Extra and Terrestrial, Synthesized, Improvised (Live on Dublab Radio) Meditations. Sourced from the well of spiritual expression, these recordings were further realized in Abelton. You’re flying through the mystical world of Gilbert William’s cover, the software technology is dancing with circuitry, Flute, Harp, Hulusi, Water, Sonar, Quasar, and microtonal language are Tied and Dyed in the moment. The Mind is programmed by the Heart. With an open Heart the Mind can apply our gifts. I asked Matthew what he’s seen on / in his Mindflights: “Unconditional Love! Stillness - Centeredness,” he replied. “I’ve seen and felt my ancestors, I’ve heard the songs of humanity . . .” Welcome, Listen, Hear, Here, Now, Celebrate! Joyously Written with Trust the Guide and Glide on repeat, Tuesday, December 8, 2015, in Woodland Hills, California - Carlos Niño
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Heralding a debut full length for Stones Throw, Ringgo Achetta debuts a diffuse mix of spiritual jazz, ambient and syrupy beats as Mndsgn on Leaving Records. 'Surface Outtakes' clears his cache of outtakes, B-sides and unreleased ideas travelling dream distances between the motorik jazz roil of 'A Brand New Couch and the dusty breakbeat crack of 'Overwhelming Gratitude' via sparkling G-Funk in 'Eating Starfruit' and the charming lounge downbeats of 'Goodbye Wavs'.
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Odd Nosdam AKA David Madson makes his second appearance on Leaving Records and greets 2016 with a breathtaking LP entitled Sisters. Throughout, Odd Nosdam splits his time between cosmic, slow burning beats and reflective soundscapes littered with intriguing textures and mind bending samples. Analogue sounds are generous and knowingly manipulated. Gorgeous samples are deployed, sturdy yet emotional. Cymbals explode. Already a long revered figure in underground beats, in the last several years Odd Nosdam has been able to test his new productions on the world class sound system of Low End Theory. Much of Sisters was inspired by those room shaking sonics, so it is fitting that kindred spirit Teebs makes an appearance here in a dreamy collaboration. Although Sisters contains plenty of absolute bangers, its quieter moments also stun with their hypnotic beauty. Madson writes of the inspiration for the title track, “or example, that moment when the sun finally breaks through on an overcast day, Sisters was very much inspired by that wonderful feeling… so that particular feeling - plus the longing for it - on top of 808s.”
Kindred spirits Boards of Canada and Teebs make an appearance in dreamy collaboration with Odd Nosdam's Sisters Remix EP. Throughout, the producers split time between cosmic, slow burning beats and reflective soundscapes littered with intriguing textures and mind-bending samples. Analogue sounds are generous and knowingly manipulated. Gorgeous samples are deployed, sturdy yet emotional. Cymbals explode. "When the sun finally breaks through on an overcast day, Sisters was very much inspired by that wonderful moment… and the longing for it."
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Ras G is one of the definitive producers of the Los Angeles beat scene, a co-founder of the Poo-Bah label, and hip-hop producer who digs probably deeper than any into the worlds of free jazz, jazz fusion and afrofuturism. Raw Fruit was conceived as a 4-part beat tape which Leaving Records began releasing in 2013. The music is stream of consciousness hip-hop production made at Ras G’s Spacebase studio, all raw loops made from samplers (SP303/404 and MPC 2000XL). As the producer puts it, “freestyle beats I make to smoke weed to. I just make em, record em, and on to the next one, no rules.” The “raw fruit” theme stems from G’s attention to wellness and a raw, vegetarian diet. Do the Right Thing was the inspiration for the design created by Seth Ferris. The proposed tag line never made the cut, “Do the Ripe Thing – a Ras G Joint,” but we still love it. Each volume has been released as a limited edition cassette and digital download. Vinyl edition of Raw Fruit 3-4 will be released in Fall 2015.
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