Sad news this week with the passing of Gil Scott Heron, a true musical legend and one of the most insightful political and social commentators of his generation, at least he went out on a high note after a couple of decades of ups and downs with his last album, RIP. Arthur Verocai kept the vintage vocals flowing, Brazilian style, with a dramatically arranged slice of soul jazz. Hawa then graced us with some brand new retro vibes from her great debut album coming very soon on Favourite recordings, excellent. I then dropped some tropical vibes courtesy of pysch-inclined latin funksters, Octote Soul Sounds from their new album, Taurus. Batida, all the way from Angola then mashed up the dance with a crazy riddim and some great soulful African vocals.
Gang Gang Dance are always worth checking and the future Balearic classic, 'Romance Layers' is, in my humble, the best cut from their new album. Gagarin then got all electronic, extra terrestrial and experimental with 'Dunnock' but it could have been any of a few cuts from his great new self titled album. DOK then re-invented G Funk with an East London grime twist with the aptly titled 'West Coast', which sounded fat on a big system when I heard Kode 9 drop it on the weekend.
Loose 4/4 vibes took over the second half of the show kicking off with the tripped out, uplifting hazy house sound of Benjamin Jackson before I gave you a taste of the forthcoming Crewdson album - Gravity and his trademark complex, yet melodic threaded, blend of electronica. The album definitely has hidden depths and is getting better with every listen, always a good sign. Brownswood new boy Gang Colours then let loose with some post garage dreaminess from his outstanding, soon to be releaed, EP. Patrick Zigon then dubbed up the dance with a great slice of twisted bass throbbing quirkiness which led nicely into the deep, sprawling, hypnotic bass heavy sounds of Deadbeat and a taster of the world of dub that awaits on his forthcoming new album, Drawn and Quartered.