Aver: An Ode To Joey Deez (Stream)

For those of you unaware, Joey Deez was one of the co-founders of Village Live Records, alongside Doug Barclay (Remulak). He sadly passed away a few months back, which brought a lot of sorrow to the many people within the scene who were glad to call him a friend. As well as being a hip hop fiend and vinyl junkie, Joey was also a staple part of the Brighton skate and graff scenes, and so when his death was announced, the streets were inundated with tributes. Now Aver is back with his own tribute, an album he has made which draws on a lot of the inane conversations the two of them had over the years, and some of the newly discovered breaks they would send to each other. There are also bits of new music which Aver was working on during lockdown, with fellow Village Live affiliate, Doron Segal. It serves as both a personal memorial for those who knew Joey, as well as an introduction to those who might not have had the pleasure of making his acquaintance over the years. You can listen to the album in all its glory below, and then head to Bandcamp to check out details of the vinyl release, which includes images of the AROE tribute (as above), plus a huge piece that was painted at Brighton’s legendary Black Rock. All proceeds from the vinyl sale will be going to Joey’s family.

D’Lyfa Reilly: Out of Darkness

D’Lyfa Reilly is the latest MC to join forces with Village Live Records, as the label gears up to release his new album. It’s produced in its entirety by fellow label mate, Aver, which is always a good sign, and as you can hear from the lead single, they have got a good thing going. Extra poignancy too, as this was the last album that was overseen by the late Joey Deez, who was a co-founder of Village Live alongside Doug aka Remulak. The video for Out of Darkness was made by Tarnish Vision. Time & Tide is due for release in the coming months, so more news on that soon.

AVER: Breakfast In Dystopia (Stream)

More new music emanating from the Village Live camp, as AVER returns with his latest project. The Natural Curriculum producer has delivered four brand new tracks, which serve as a pretty perfect accompaniment for the current shit-storm raging outside, thanks to the dystopian vein which runs through it. Unnerving sound effects and dub style reverb, punctuate big drums that sound like they just stumbled out of the Endtroducing era, and that’s just the first track. You can hear Breakfast In Dystopia in its full glory below, with downloads and physicals also available. Continue reading “AVER: Breakfast In Dystopia (Stream)”

Aver & Move 78: Housecat / Live From The Village (Stream)

Fantastic union of talent here, as The Natural Curriculum’s Aver teams up with self-described Berlin-based dystopian jazz band, Move 78, for two new singles. The group features a trio of exceptional musicians, including Doron Segal, who recently released his own jazz album on Village Live. As well as more traditional jazz themes, the two pieces also embrace the more modern art of sampling, thanks to Aver’s love (and skill) for the discipline. You can stream the two singles below and digital downloads are available on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Aver & Move 78: Housecat / Live From The Village (Stream)”

Premiere – AVER & Cappo: Something From Nothing

On 2 November, Village Live are going to be releasing the new album from UK producer, Aver; the follow up to his stunning 2017 project, Die Berlin Dateien.
Something From Nothing is the lead single from the album and today I am pleased to be able to bring you the premiere of the brand new video. The track features Nottingham heavyweight, Cappo – the sole feature on the project – and the pair deliver a strong start to what looks set to be another jewel in the Village Live crown.
Dressed For CCTV will be available on all the usual formats, via the Village Live store and there will also be a one-off test press of the vinyl available for sale on 28 October, which you you will be able to find here. The album itself will be available to pre-order from 7pm on 29 October.

Aver: Portale

Village Live continue their recent run of formidable instrumental releases, with the latest album from Aver. Perhaps best known as the head producer of hip hop collective, The Natural Curriculum, Aver made the album while living in Berlin. That explains the German speech samples laced throughout the project, which are backed up with syncopated drum breaks and cuts from his fellow TNC family members. Check out the mini-mix below as well as the first video from the album, Portale. You can download Die Berlin Dateien here. Continue reading “Aver: Portale”