Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Audio Texture Radio Show - May 20, 2011

I eased you into this weeks show with a track from the new Fourcolor (aka Keichi Sugimoto) album, As Pleat a great new addition to the ever dependable 12K recordings before I dropped the title track from my album of the week the forthcoming Dakota Suite 'The Hearts Of Empty' which is simply wonderful. Africa Hitech then gave us an uptempo deep spiritual tribal vibe with the excellent 'Light The Way' one of the highlights of the new tracks from this rather inconsistent project.

It was a great excuse though to hit you with an organic African section ably started by Bombino, a rising star in the whole desert blues genre before some classic Congolese vibes with an East African twist carried on the vibe, good old Franco. Idrissa Diop & Cheickh Tidiane Tall then shifted the focus on to the golden age of Senegalese music before German funksters, Karl Hector & The Malcouns showed that scuzzy, pysched out Ethiopian vibes are a wonderful thing - check their new EP on Now Again, deadly.

Now Miles Bonny has been dubbed the missing link between D'Angelo and Willy Nelson, perhaps rather optimistically by his PR crew, but their is no denying he's no lightweight and his new album is a great modern soul work and rock solid start to finish. Saturn Never Sleeps, the Sun-Ra inspired project of King Britt and Rucyl Mills, is a wonderful thing and last week they gave away an interstellar slice of future soul called 'Tory', wow. Dego then kept the fresh soul vibes rolling with a track he gave away last week featuring Bembe Segue and David Okumo. Doesn't anyone sell music any more? 

Jack and Juke then treated us to their great Sugar Hill Gang cover version '9th Wonder' which funnily was also a giveaway last week, along with 15 other nice tunes, as part of the label's 7th birthday celebrations before Floating Points came in and stole the show with a great meandering slice of future boogie which paved the way for Jin Choi to end the show on a lovely deep quirky scat vocal house vibe, I just wished I could have played all of it.

Fourcolor - Bleach Black (12K promo)
Dakota Suite - The Hearts Of Empty (Karaoke Kalk promo)
Africa Hitech - Light The Way (Warp)
Bombino - Tar Hani (Cumbancha)
Franco & Le Tout Puissant OK Jazz - Ku Kisantu Kikwenda Ko (Sterns)
Idrissa Diop & Cheikh Tidiane Tall - Caridad (Teranga Beat)
Karl Hector & The Malcouns - M'Hammath (Now Again)
Miles Bonny - What's Life Like (MPM promo)
Saturn Never Sleeps - Tory (Free download)
Dego - Sunchine ft Bembe Segue & Dave Okumu (Free Download)
Jack & Juke - 9th Wonder (First Word free download)
Floating Points - Marilyn (Eglo Promo)
Jin Choi - Half Baked, Vinyl Edit (Serialism promo)