Monday, 26 September 2011
No time for blogging and links etc this week just the good old tracklisting - google is your friend.
Bnjmn - Hallowed Road (RHDC promo)
Space Dimension Controller - Last Sunset On Planet Earth (R&S)
Lumisokea - Fiftyfour (Eat Concrete promo)
Floating Points - Danger (Eglo promo)
Anchorsong - Plum Rain (Tru-Thoughts promo)
Nebraska - Soho Grand (Rush Hour promo)
Greeen Linez - Streetdance (Diskotopia)
Slugabed - Depth Perception (Ninja Tune promo)
BUG - Mechanical Soul (First Word)
Pole - Wipfel (Kompact promo)
Gecko Turner - Amane Mimame, Blundetto Dub (Lovemonk promo)
SonnyBoy - Special Friend (Artsoul)
The Stepkids - Legend In My Own Mind (Stones Throw)
Jonti - Batmilk (Stones Throw)
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Tropics provided a suitably progressive Balearic opener with 'Parodia Flare' which also happens to be the title track of his excellent new album on Planet Mu before Vondelpark laid down a beautiful slice of soulful electro pop from their second EP on the resurgent and increasingly eclectic R&S. Brand new music from one of the most ambitious electronic live fusion outfits of recent time, Stateless, followed and was taken from the latest remix EP to be spun off from their excellent debut album. More traditional beat making, albeit with a distinctive flavour, followed from Brooklyn's KRTS the latest addition to the Project Moon Circle stable of accomplished beat makers.
Now Astro:Dynamics are a fledgling label but are fast turning into one of our favourites helped by the brilliant new Samoyed EP. Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland this boy is one to watch, he's got a real delicate touch, we would imagine he's a sensitive soul and you have to love anyone with the dedication to write their own music production software. Bill Orcutt has been one of our finds of the week and big thanks go out to Editions Mego (and Ed at Dense in Berlin) for turning us on to him - this boy takes the blues and that most traditional of instruments, the guitar, and manages to twist both things out of recognition and generate a sound all of his own - no mean feat after the instrument and genre have been around so long. More virtuoso guitar playing followed from flamenco don Pedro Soler accompanied by some contemporary classical cello from his son Gaspar Claus and from what we've heard the rest of the Barlande album is equally as wonderful and distinctive.
Now the new Kid Koala soundtrack/comic release is a lovely yet desolate and lonely thing as the soundtrack taster in the show testifies. We urge you to check it's audio visual delights although it's possibly not a good idea if you are the melancholic, loner type, it probably wont do much for your spirits. Now Tarwater have been drifting on and off our radar seemingly forever and we were amazed to find out this week they've been around for 15 years with about ten albums to their name and we are happy to report all that productivity hasn't affected their creativity, the new Inside The Ships album is great. Julien Dyne then gave us a little taster of his new beats and, from what we can tell, pop direction and it's as accomplished as you'd expect from this Kiwi, RBMA graduate.
Goapele has been floating about the extremities of the nu-soul scene for ages now without making that big break but we're loving the taster from her new album which has hopefully, like the preview single, ditched the nu-soul production cliches for a really progressive electronic vibe. The show then swerved violently into three of the best slices of UK Funky doing the rounds at the moment kicked off ably by the leftfield genius of Lukid's vampish 'My Teeth In Your Neck', the simple yet devastating peak time floor filling 'Trouble' from Funkystepz and culminating in an oddball ending from Lone and the aptly titled 'All Those Weird Things'.
Tropics - Parodia Flare (Planet Mu)
Vondelpark - Feat B (R&S)
Stateless - Blue Fire feat Amenta (Ninja Tune)
KRTS - Rooftop (Project Moon Circle promo)
Samoyed - Malamute (Astro:Dynamics promo)
Bill Orcutt - How The Thing Sings (Editions Mego promo)
Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus - Barlande (Infine)
Kid Koala - Hope (Ninja Tune)
Tarwater - Do The Oz (Bureau B)
Julien Dyne - Candy Apple Grey feat. Claire Duncan (BBE Promo)
Goapele - Play (Decon/Sky Blaze promo)
Lukid - My Teeth In Your Neck (Glum)
Funkystepz - Trouble (Hyperdub promo)
Lone - All Those Weird Things (Wigflex)
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Deep house vibes were the order of the day at the start of this weeks show ably initiated by Japanese duo Velveljin and a track from their Nostalghia album out soon on Noble - excellent deep house, techno and electronica vibes, really cultured stuff. K'bonus and Negghead then threw some slowish twisted disco vibes into the pot before we dropped the Damian Schwartz remix of Ribbon from the great new EP from Lovemonk who are taking the Spanish folk pop sounds of Pajaro Sunrise into different sonic realms. Scuba then finished the little mix in fine 80's soul fashion, of course given a little twist by the man for 2011.
We then switched to the world of hip hop with the pure summer, bump it in your convertible, vibes of Eric Roberson feat Chubb Rock, the impeccable Diamond D/Brand Nubian cover from the recent J-Live mixtape before Dilated People's Evidence threw down some great lyrics on a typically solid DJ Premier beat, nice. Things then got all bottom heavy and nasty as we dropped a little taste of the new Aardvarck album project coming soon on Eat Concrete which set the scene nicely for a great bass heavy, abstract, hip hop(sound)scape from the Portuguese/Belgium duo of Fujako featuring Native on the mic.
Robot Koch then offered a taste of his excellent new album on Project Moon Circle. There is no disputing his talent in the studio but for us he was always at his most interesting when combining music, melody and lyrics with his forward thinking productions rather than trying to give people heart attacks and melt their minds at bassline rave ups and we are happy to report the new album is a really musical affair, loads of vocals and a great start to finish listen. He's not quite in the music for dinner party circuit yet but this is his most accomplished and cohesive listening album to date.
Now best use of a well known sample award for this year goes to Tall Black Guy and his 'Water No Enemy' tune available on the latest of the consistently interesting Brownswood Bubblers series, now up the dizzy heights of volume 7. The mysterious new producer based in Dublin, DJ Izem, then graced the show with a musical treat - the reggae flavoured, electronic vocal fusion of 'Do Avesso' - look out for this emerging producer, who incidentally is still looking for a label home! The show then veered back into hip hop territory with the excellent Madlib produced MED album taster, 'Outta Control' before BK-One, with more than a little help from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, finished the show in fine party rocking brass band style.
Velveljin - Strub (Noble promo)
K'bonus & Negghead - Harmonizing Pt.1 (Compost Black promo)
Pajaro Sunrise - Ribbon, Damian Schwartz rmx (Lovemonk promo)
Scuba - Everywhere (Hot Flush promo)
Eric Roberson feat Chubb Rock - Summertime Anthem (Dome promo)
J-Live - A Day In The Life (Mixtape)
Evidence - You (Rhymesayers promo)
Aardvarck - Gubby (Eat Concrete promo)
Fujako - Mal'ak (Angstrom)
Robot Koch - Bugs (Project Moon Circle promo)
Tall Black Man - Water No Enemy (Brownswood promo)
DJ Izem - Do Avesso (Unsigned)
MED - Outta Control feat Hodgy Beats (Stones Throw promo)
BK-One - Tema Do Canibal, BK-One Video Edit (Rhymesayers)
Saturday, 3 September 2011
So our August sojourn is over and the show is back and what a start with a track from the new Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band album, Rubber Orchestras, which is an absolute killer start to finish and another feather in the cap for this Caribbean poet, university lecturer and top drawer live showman. The album also marks the release of his new, same titled, book of poetry. DJ Diamond followed and his 160 BPM cultured juke productions strangely didn't seem out of place next to the afro jazz rock of Joseph. The unfortunately named Git, is a beat producer loosely basing his multi-faceted music on underground hip hop but flying off in all sorts of tangents and we like him. Check the album coming soon on BBE.
Now Roots Manuva is coming through with a new album and the first track a cheeky little hip house number kick starts the hype machine in fine style though we're leaning towards the more broken, cultured Slugabed remix. Walton is Hyperdub's new sensation and his debut album is a four track slice of dynamite, ready to blow up this Autumn's dancefloors, though for the show we chose the sunnier vibes of '808 Vybzin'. Kevin McPhee is a young Toronto producer and his new EP on Idle Hands is a left leaning twisted house techno gem. The deep vibes rolled on further with a cut from the new Brownswood Bubbles 7 comp in the shape of Cubic Zirconia with Bilal on the vocals. The rest of the compilation is killer as well and it's nice to see such a prolific compilation series consistently holding down the quality and introducing so many new faces to the listening world.
Not only is Oddisee one of our favourite MCs but he's a killer producer as 'The Carter Barron' track testifies, oozing musicality and class - can't wait for the album dropping any time now. Now we were slightly unsure about Fatima's soul credentials when we first heard her but she's growing on us and 'Mind' is another reason why. Colonel Red is undoubtedly Holland's leading soul light and has been floating about on all sort of soul jazz leaning productions for some time but it feels like his new album on Tokyo Dawn is a real coming of age release. The production is super tight and his vocals are deep, the largely bland 'nu-soul' scene has rarely sounded as good.
We've been warning you about the Holly Roller label coming soon to act as a showcase for IG Culture's work and just to wind us up even more they've just released another free download of hard to find remixes, bootlegs and unreleased gems which in most people's hands would be a lame collection, well not this one. Seek out the Manz At Work mixtape series quick style is our advice. Now Dels has been leaving us a bit cold but his new offering and specifically the Lucasse Island Redub of 'Capsize' is a deep slice of underground hip hop with lyrics (post riots) that have never been more relevant.
The Saturn Never Sleeps album is now out and doing the rounds so we thought we'd give you another taster of its Sun-Ra inspired depths with the deep broken beats of 'Divine'. Now if you've any interest in beats and jazz I'm sure you've been heard a whisper about the new Thundercat album so we thought we'd drop you a couple of tracks to let you know what all the well justified fuss is about. Klaus then finished the show in fine minimal beats and bassline style.
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band - She Is The Sea (Heavenly Sweetness promo)
DJ Diamond - Vibe (Planet Mu)
Git - Higher featuring Big Brooklyn Red (BBE promo)
Roots Manuva - Get The Get, Slugabed Remix (Ninja Tune promo)
Walton - 808 Vybzin (Hyperdub promo)
Kevin McPhee - Sleep (Idle Hands promo)
Cubic Zirconia feat Bilal - Night Or Day (Brownswood promo)
Oddisee - The Carter Barron (Mello)
Fatima - Mind (Eglo)
Colonel Red - I Will Be There (Tokyo Dawn Records)
Scienz Of Life - Break The Spell, SOS rmx (Manz At Work Mixtape #2)
DELS - Capsize, Lucasse Island Redub (Big Dada promo)
Saturn Never Sleeps - Divine (SNS)
Thundercat - Seasons (Brainfreeder)
Thundercat - For Love I Come (Brainfeeder)
Klaus - Tusk (R&S)