Egon, holding the Universoul’s funk killer “New Generation.” This and hundreds of other songs from all eras and all genres are up in his Spotify playlist. Weekly – sometimes daily – updates. Photo by Eilon Paz for Dust and Grooves.
So stay tuned: it should take the pressure off trying to figure out the best of the most obscure tracks in the billions of tracks now available at the streaming behemoth. At least in one music fan’s perspective.
In September, Egon joined Madlib to meet with Gilles Peterson in his legendary Brownswood basement studio in London to talk about… well…. music. From LA’s jazz scene from the 1950s until the present day, to Madlib’s favorite Weldon Irvine song, to how one can continue burning the fire of musical discovery throughout one’s life, it’s a free wheeling conversation interspersed with great music.
Egon and Madlib visited genius Champagne grower/vintner Jerome Prevost of Champagne La Closerie on their last visit to France. Radio Nova was there to document the proceedings, which involved comparisons of music to wine and vice versa, naturally, free jazz and the Freddie Gibbs and Madlib album Bandana.
Watch Egon and Madlib investigate Ethiopia’s 70s music scene with Ayalew Mesfin in this short film via Noisey
Earlier this year, Now-Again partnered with Vinyl Me, Please to issue Ethiopian funk legend Ayalew Mesfin’s Hasabe (My Worries) album; around the release of the album Egon traveled with Madlib to Denver to produce a special Madlib Medicine Show event around the release of the album, and Mesfin performed live.
Vice’s Noisey documented the proceedings and caught up with Egon, Madlib and Mesfin as they met, discussed and celebrated music. Watch it below.
Ayalew Mesfin is among the legends of the 1970s Ethiopian musical scene – his music is some of the funkiest to arise from this unconquerable East African nation. Ayalew was forced underground by the Derg regime that took control of the country in 1974. Now, over 40 years later, his triumphant return – and the first time that his music has been presented in album form – gives us a chance to discover a rare & beautiful moment in music history. (more…)
In late 2017, Egon visited Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Studios in London with Ed Wilson, record fiend and chef / owner of stellar restaurant – and frequent Madlib Medicine Show London tour stop – Brawn to chat about wine and music – and record some mixes together. Now the show – World Wine! – is available to listen to at the above link. Curious as to what your’e hearing? Check the tracklist below. (more…)