Sunday, 29 January 2012
The Gang Colours album is coming on Brownswood in February and this latest single is another fresh sounding slice of melodic electronica that bodes well for the full length release. We then dug out some Guts to keep the soul flowing before Anchorsong upped the tempo but kept the sweetness intact. It looks like 2012 is going to be a big year for Homeboy Sandman. The new promo teaser dropped through from Stones Throw this week and 'The Miracles' is just killing it and the other cuts are great as well. Earnest Endeavours are going from strength to strength with their second release, this time from Darkhouse Family and roping in Om'Mas Keith on vocal duties hasn't hurt them any. Londoners Midnight Davies then supplied some darker, slightly sinister vibes with some pleasing musical touches.
Now Lapalux's sun has been rising all last year and it looks like he's finally going to slap everone round the chops with the imminent arrival of his submerged soulful, pysched out EP of beats about to drop on Brainfeeder. Blundetto then brought us back to planet earth with the aid of Tommy Guerrero and we have to say his new album is sounding good all the way through, look out for it on Heavenly Sweetness in the not too distant future. Boss Kite then skweed the shop right up with some lovely restrained, spacious electro soul, another cool little EP available once again for free from Donkey Pitch. The new Aeroc album on Ghostly International is a lovely slice of melodic electronica which brought us nicely to another cut from the excellent Impossible Spaces album from Sandro Perri before Nathan Davies provided some deep jazz vibrations to end this weeks super mellow special.
Torus - Cavemonsters Are Kind (Sonic Router promo)
Sandro Perri - Impossible Spaces (Constellation)
Teho Teardo - Che Cosa Riccordare De Lei (Specula)
The Boats - The Ballad Of Failure (12K promo)
Gang Colours - Fancy Restaurant (Brownswood promo)
Guts - Laisser Lucie Faire (Heavenly Sweetness)
Anchorsong - Gingko (Tru-Thoughts)
Homeboy Sandman - The Miracle (Stones Throw promo)
Darkhouse Family - Take On The World feat. Om'Mas Keith (Earnest Endeavours promo)
Midnight Davies - Nothing Is Obvious (Five Easy Pieces)
Lapalux - Yellow 90's (Brainfeeder promo)
Blundetto - Final Good Bye with Tommy Guerrero (Heavenly Sweetness promo)
Boss Kite - You So Bad (Donkey Pitch)
Aeroc - If I Had The Time (Ghostly International)
Sandro Perri - Love & Light (Constellation)
Nathan Davies - Mandingo's Pad (Jazzman)
Monday, 23 January 2012
Mike Gao and Daisuke Tanabe are the latest producers to grace the Faces series of singles from Project Mooncircle and Gao in particular has excelled himself with a great side of deep musical beat excursions as 'Futuristic Wife' ably showcases. The Alchemist and Oh No go under the name of Gangrene and we're loving the beats on their latest single 'Vodka & Ayahuasca' - pure pysched out beat making, shame the vocals couldn't live up to the production. The nice boys at Donkey Pitch then, rather sweetly, provided the chopped and screwed soul of 'Sweat Mode' from Ghost Mutt for free! The show then got into some deep progressive jazz with another taster of the great sounding Portico Quartet album which is due very shortly but which still seems too long.
Things then went all dubbed up courtesy of Jah Guidi and Sanguebom an interesting little French outfit who we hope to hear more of before the ever fresh Juan Atkins provided some great electro vibes under his Model 500 guise. Xosar then provided some deep spooky house music before Boddhi Satva graced us with some deep ancestral soul, aided and abetted by Vikter Duplaix's sweet vocals. Tim Toh then upped the intensity with the percussive monster 'Pandemonium' from his latest sterling effort on Philpot before Raffertie showed his maturing, more spacious, sound with the 'Mass Appeal' title track from his excellent forthcoming EP for the Ninja boys.
Virtual Boy - Memory Of A Ghost (Alpha Pup promo)
Valique - I'm Here feat Vadim Kapustin (Infracom promo)
Tim Maia - Do Bem, Twit One Edit (White)
Bonobo - All In Forms, Falty DL remix (Ninja Tune promo)
Mike Gao - Futuristic Wife (Project Mooncircle promo)
Gangrene - Vodka & Ayahuasca, instrumental (Decon)
Ghost Mutt - Sweat Mode (Donkey Pitch freeload)
Portico Quartet - Spinner (Real World promo)
Jah Guidi/Sanguebom - Samurai Dub (Do Not Cross)
Model 500 - The Messenger (R&S promo)
Xosar - Rainy Day Juno Jam (Rush Hour promo)
Boddhi Satva - From An Other World feat Vikter Duplaix (BBE promo)
Tim Toh - Pandemonium (Philpot)
Raffertie - Mass Appeal (Ninja Tune promo)
Sunday, 15 January 2012
This week started with a song for our bank induced, crisis ridden times with Jeb Loy Nichols covering Pablo Gad's classic, 'Hard Times' to amazing effect and it bodes well for Jeb's new album. Doctor L, the uncompromising and diverse French producer is also coming through with a new album on Comet and we're particularly liking the street poetry meets deep jazz beats of 'Vocal Kidnaping' featuring the Unknown Poets. Some classic fusion then followed from The Headhunters who are being re-issued by R2 records in 2012. The label is also embarking on a series of other classic album reissues with a killer program lined up - watch this space!
Classic sounding, new music with a Charles Stepney vibe then followed from Quantic & Alice Russell backed up by the Combo Barbaro with an amazing slice of soul which again bodes more than well for the new album release in April. The Echocentrics ably followed with their interpretation of Timbaland's 'We Need A Resolution' from a really nice little EP of Timbaland covers done in a live soulful style. Medline then kept the soul vibes flowing on a blaxploitation tip with his excellent, soon to be released 'Soldier Of Love' track - look out for all sorts of releases from him this year. Fresh new talent from Brighton then followed in the shape of the promising J. Biscuits from Brighton who has just put out a lovely little album of eastern tinged beats for free download from his bandcamp page, surely a producer to watch.
John Phonics then kept the beats flowing with a collaboration with Peter Cannon given a Pedestrian remix, from the inaugural release on Prism records another promising label start up. Robert Glasper's new album is sounding great with all sorts of interesting collaborations and the first single from it, 'Ah Yeah' featuring Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michele is no exception. Julien Dyne then provided a taster of his new album on BBE which is due anytime now and will no doubt help cement this young New Zealand talent's reputation. Toulouse Low Trax aka Detlef Weinrich from Kreidler then provided some deep dub tribal, slo mo house vibes from his forthcoming album due on Karaoke Kalk in February, another winning album.
Downliners Sekt then showed why they are some of our favourite leftfield dubsters of recent times as they take some average shoegaze and turn it into a deep hypnotic dub roller, nice. Stan Smith is one of out new hip hop discoveries and this New York MC is about to drop his debut album aided by some bruk style production from Daz-I-Kue and it's sounding like a modern day hip-house winner start to finish. Jonti has gone and released some of his early material for free after the success of his material on Stonesthrow last year and there are some real nuggets on there, seek it out! Russian 8-bit don Pixelord is another one steadily building his rep and, amongst others, from his new EP we're particularly liking the Groundislava remix of 'Imaginery Friends'. Minamo, a Japanese quartet then provided the abstract live vibes that nicely finished the show from their new album on Room40.
Jeb Loy Nichols - Hard Times (Decca promo)
Doctor L - Vocal Kidnaping feat. Unknown Poets (Comet promo)
The Headhunters - Mugic (R2 promo)
Quantic & Alice Russell feat Combo Barbaro - Look Around The Corner (Tru-Thoughts promo)
The Echocentrics - We Need A Resolution, instrumental (Ubiquity)
Medline - Soldier of Love (Propaground promo)
J Biscuits - Spiced Rum (Free Download)
Jon Phonics x Peter Cannon - Romes, Pedestrian remix (Prism promo)
Robert Glasper - Ah Yeah feat Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michele (Blue Note promo)
Julien Dyne - Thirts (BBE promo)
Tolouse Low Trax - Jeidem Fall (Karaoke Kalk promo)
Cubenx - These Days, Downliners Sekt rmx (Infine promo)
Stan Smith - Get Up Gospel (Tokyo Dawn promo)
Jonti - Flesh Of Morning (Stonesthrow Freeload)
Pixelord - Imaginary Friends, Groundislava rmx (Hit and Hope promo)
Minamo - Bound Letters (Room 40)