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Okay so Pan Amsterdam and Iggy Pop may not be the first collaboration that you would expect to hear, but neither of them have ever been one for following the status quo. Plus if it works, go for it. The recording for Mobile took place while Pan Am was travelling through Texas and is an allusion to that most notable of Texas assets – oil. It’s also part of the forthcoming Pan Amsterdam EP series, Elevator Music, which will feature a bunch of other talented special guests. You can stream the track below, as well as the B-side, 15 Seconds, which features production from Malik Ameer of Madison Washington fame. There is also limited 7″ vinyl edition available via Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

A double hitter from Madison Washington, as they bless us with two new videos. Plantation Earth (above) sees the duo hooking up with international collective, The Abolitionists, while on Divine Frankensteins (below) they are joined by spoken word artist, Nicole Goodwin. The latter is lifted from Mad Wash’s recent (((((FACTS))))) album, which is available via Bandcamp along with their other releases. Read the rest of this entry »

Another strong release that deserves your attention (and pennies) is the new album from Madison Washington. The duo – Malik Ameer on raps and thatmanmonkz on production – have been forging their own path in rap since last year, when they arrived with their Code Switchin’ EP; an EP which garnered a lot of interest from listeners and critics, including good music aficionado, Gilles Peterson. Now they return with a politically and socially charged full length album, accompanied by a band of poets and artists, as they attempt to look at the idea of modern day slavery. Some of the names involved include scat singer, Lorin Benedict, singer-songwriter, Jamika Ajalon and poet, Kirsty Allison. The whole album is definitely one to savour. (((FACTS))) is out today on Def Presse and you can stream it below. Read the rest of this entry »

Bit late on this one, but it’s another great track from UK/US duo, Madison Washington, as they return with No Cliché. If you didn’t know thatmanmonks and Malik Ameer took their name from a famous slave, who amongst many other notable acts, returned twice to slavery after escaping to free his love, Susan Washington. No Cliché is a ballad inspired by that selfless act, but without falling into the cliché trap. The track also features A Brother Is. You can stream No Cliché below. Read the rest of this entry »

More great sounds from Pan Amsterdam, in the form of Landlord Elijah. Its lifted from the recent album, The Pocket Watch, which has deservedly been getting attention from the likes of Open Mike Eagle, Iggy Pop and other like-minded fans & critics who have tapped into the unique brilliance of PA’s overall vibe. You can stream Landlord Elijah below and the album is out now via Def Presse. Read the rest of this entry »

Madison Washington bring the funk with their latest video. Baytrified is an ode to The Bay Area and more specifically Oakland, as Malik Ameer reminisces about how different things used to be there back in the day. Combined with thatmanmonkz’s production, the track sounds like George Clinton meets Gil Scott Heron in all the best ways. Downloads are available now via Def Presse.

Another day, another strangely brilliant track from Pan Amsterdam as he gears up to unleash his debut album, The Pocket Watch. The Lotion Song is packed full of the same lyrical oddities that are going to fast become the MO for the NY artist, as well as the cause of much of his appeal. Once again its thatmanmonkz on the beat and once again the pairing is perfect, making it very hard for anyone who has been a fan of both songs not to be fascinated by what the full project will have to offer. You can stream The Lotion Song below and keep an eye out for the LP coming soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Pan Amsterdam might not be a familiar name, but if you are a fan of jazz then you might well be aware of the man behind the moniker. Leron Thomas has been an active musician since 2000 and has played horns with the likes of Bilal, Erykah Badu and Roy Hargrove. Taking on the guise of Pan Amsterdam, his music takes a shift in direction, primarily with the addition of his own vocal work.
It’s still very much jazz focused and his trumpet is still a main player, but the lyrics take on a spoken word style of delivery, creating a mellow and meandering little number. Plus One is taken from the forthcoming project, The Pocket Watch and I am keen to see what else that will have to offer. Plus One is produced by thatmanmonkz.