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Friday 3 August 2012
BEST RELEASES OF THE YEAR SO FAR
Future Rhythm Machine
Huntleys & Palmers
Both the muscle behind Glasgow's excellent Highlife club nights, as well as his Afro-futurist production alias Auntie Flo, Brian d'Souza kills it with this Huntleys & Palmers-released mini-album. Following much-buzzed tunes like "Oh My Days" and his Goan Highlife EP, d'Souza provides many new shades here - such as the glossy Eastern funk of "Haven't Got Any Body" the favela 2-step of "La Samaria", the minimal 4/4 Latin jazz of "He Makes The People Come Together". The standout so far is the juke-paced mix of 808 claps and congas on the Esa Willimas-vocalled "I Want To Blow Your Mind".
Five Easy Pieces
Three records deep and Royalty are seemingly developing an unpredictable quantity. Following two EPs of refined and confident contemporary electro funk, the lead track on Eroica has the East London duo of Chesca and Yorke attempting and succeeding at crafting a bombastic ballad loaded with an allure that reaches far beyond the trappings of the underground electronic music circuit. There's an Italo thrum to the arpeggiated bassline which only adds to the heated sensuality of the track, but what really comes across is how ready Royalty sound to be writing songs as opposed to tracks. Elliot Yorke indulges himself in his burgeoning downtempo solo project on the remix, keeping the vocal intact and sowing a delicate smattering of his own analogue squiggles underneath while the beat creeps along at a snails pace. Meanwhile "Vector Glide" smacks more of Chesca's love of house music, albeit at a mean low tempo to provide maximum slow grinding potential on the floor. It's a vibe much more in line with the work Royalty have made their name on thus far, and it's encouraging to know that inimitable sound they struck upon won't be ditched any time soon.
Black Sands (remixed)
Ninja Tune have assembled a truly exceptional line-up of producers for this full remix album of Bonobo's Black Sands, with exclusives from Duke Dumont, FaltyDL, Machinedrum, Mark Pritchard, Cosmin TRG and Floating Points all shining very bright indeed. With such a stellar cast, highlights abound: Banks' adds a glacial chill to the Andreya Triana-vocalled "The Keeper", Cosmin TRG works "Kiara" into a bubbly and gut-wrenching Detroit fantasy while Floating Points lends a deep, jazz-step vibe to "Eyesdown". In contrast, and in full on hazy-juke mode (ahead of his forthcoming Planet Mu collaborations with Om Unit), Machinedrum kills it with his own steroid-popping mix of "Eyesdown", while Duke Dumont rounds off the album with the exquisite beatless time stretch of "Black Sands". Highly recommended.
The Bravest Man In The Universe
Following the formula set by XL Records on their 2010 album made with Gil-Scott Heron, soul star Bobby Womack is given a pleasing sonic overhaul on this album, produced by label-boss Richard Russell and Damon Albarn (returning the favour after Womack appeared on Gorillaz' "Plastic Beach"). Adopting a much more spiritual and meditative tone than previously heard from the 68-year old from Cleveland, songs like "If There Wasn't Something There", "Deep River" and "Please Forgive My Heart" are tender, deep yet still imbued with the funk of his cross-generational roots.
Up In Smoke
Following up on his 2011 debut for BBE, 1979, futuristic disco and nu boogie producer Mathias Stubo uses Up In Smoke to both proffer some new songs and also drop a few remixes of key 1979 tracks. Newie "Those High Frequency Feelings" drops you straight into a cumbia disco zone, complete with dubby trumpets, while Jay Scarlett's mix of "Let's Go" is truly essential - a beautifully understated slo-mo and witchy delight which uses the innate funk of vocodered vocals to the max.
Synthesizers In Space
Eighteenth Street Lounge Music US
We've lost count of the number of albums Shawn Lee's made to date, but it's well in to double figures. Here, the prodigious beatmaker and studio veteran delivers a concept album built around an outer space theme. Down on earth, that means pitching his loose, live drums and rubbery basslines against a variety of far-out synthesizer sounds, presumably created using a variety of vintage machines. For the most part, it's a combination that works well, as Lee switches between recreations of famous basslines and drum breaks (see "Galactica") and distinctly dubbed-out material bearing his famous sonic trademarks (see the Meters-on-acid-meet-Lee Scratch Perry vibes of "Low Riders In Space").
One Little Plane
Into The Trees
Featuring Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) on production duties and Radiohead's Colin Greenwood on bass, Into The Trees is the Chicago-based folk singer Kathryn Bint's second album for the Text imprint run by the aforementioned Hebden. The sedate, folky dreamscapes within are undoubtedly helped along with Hebden's hands, especially on the minimal analogue accompaniment of "Bloom" and slightly skewed acoustic textures of "Simmer Down Simmer", but ultimately it's Bint's beguiling vocal charm that will win over the staunchest folk sceptics.
Rocket Juice/The Moon
Rocket Juice & The Moon
For the uninitiated, Rocket Juice & The Moon is Honest Jon's latest unlikely supergroup - a collaborative hoedown between Blur's Damn Albarn, Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea and legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. This debut album, featuring additional contributions from Eryka Badu, Manifest and others, showcases their loose, jazz-inflected approach to music making. With Allen's distinctive drumming and Flea's dextrous, funk-fused bass playing to the fore, there's a definitive post-punk-meets-afrobeat-in-dub kinda feel. With soulful vocals and smart hip-hop raps peppering the loose, Afro-centric late night mix, it's an adventurous but oddly comforting set. Most importantly, it's rarely less than riotously entertaining.
Kutmah Presents Worldwide Family Vol 2
The second instalment of Brownswood's Worldwide Family series sees LA crate-digger Kutmah at the helm. A contemporary of The Gaslamp Killer, Gonjasufi and Flying Lotus (whose previously unreleased, Eastern-scaled "Samsfav" is included here), Kutmah mixes alt hip-hop like The Darkhorseman's "Taking Over Empires" with low-riding Dilla-esque funk such as Tehbis' excellent "Higher", and juke-tempoed haziness from Mono/Poly's "With Grace". Among these excellent 21 selections is also an unreleased Hudson Mohawke jam - "Are You Feeling Hot" - which fits in perfectly with the overall weird and warped slo-mo vibe.
Daily Intake (Exclusive Bonus Track Album)
Dropping album number three on Tru Thoughts, Brighton producer Hint cooks up a roller coaster ride of UK bass, dancehall, hip-hop and house on "Daily Intake". Having had Rizzle (of Rizzle Kicks) on his previous LP, Hint this time enlists the soulful and feisty vocals of Natalie Storm on sizzling opener "Crash And Burn", while garage legend Zed Bias weighs in on the joyously bassy "Lock The Door". And on the slower side, Josie Stingray and 1-OAK lend their hip-hop weight to the head-nodding "Give It Up" while T-Fly owns the excellent warped funk and old school MPC swing of "Aliens Enter".
NEW REVIEWS THIS WEEK
Deela feat Maria Garcia Lora
A one man funk and salsa producer, Deela is joined for once by a formidable vocalist - in the form of Maria Garcia Lopez - on this single, which adds a more traditional slant to modern Latin music while still benefiting from beefed-up production that pumps the bass and beats just right. Look out for a killer step up into house tempo midway through too.
Part Time Heroes
Wah Wah 45s
Taken from their album "Lightfalls", Part Time Heroes drop the mellow and languid "Done" as a single - backed by an excellent remix from Throwing Snow (responsible for one of 2011's shining highlights, "Randomer"). TS rearranges the Heroes' original over a suitably soft beat of kicks and claps and lets the pastoral original shin through via a series of rough chops and cuts.
A full-length album from the Timewarp funk/hip-hop masher, "Jointz Venture" sees producer Quincy Jointz mix sub-100bpm rhythms, bass and samples perfectly on tracks like the b-boy funk of "Back In Da Dayz", the dancehall-slanted "Bodyline" and the catchy electro of "Love In Return".
The Soul Session
From excellent, Munich-based jazz-flecked funkateers The Soul Session comes a new remix set on Agogo Records, featuring a skanking reggae take on "Hamjam" from Pushin Wood Serrano, while Moe Horizons lends "Struggles and Blessings" with an uptempo swing that gels nicely with the soulful vocals. Rounding off the EP, Marlow and Trueby lend their version of "Horse With No Name" with a beautifully deep house makeover.
Melting Pot Germany
Formerly known as Tobrock, Cologne nu-jazz/hip-hop producer TBRCK makes his first release post name change on Melting Pot - bringing some chilled yet bassy vibes to "Bootleg Fireworks", warped Detroit house on "Humpback Whale Rider", some superb (yet short) arpeggio work to "MS2012" and snappy P-funk on "Cowbells and G Strings".
ALSO NEW THIS WEEK
Dinner With The Beatz Vol 1 2012 Re-Edits
Trip Hop Shop
A Lion's Aperture
Micky B/Carlton D
Tom Eno: Projects & Reworks
Jack To Phono
What Is Love? EP
Heavenly Sweetness Holland
Bukky Leo/Black Egypt
FEATURED DJ CHARTS
Arsam - Empresarios
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Fort Knox US
Ojos De Brujo
Ventilator R-80 (Empresarios remix)
Uptown Funk Empire feat Juan Rozoff
NOW (The Gemini Bros Midnighgt edit)
Emagbo (Wookie dub)
All Good Funk Alliance
In The Rain
Fort Knox US
biggabush picks july 2012
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Lion Head Recordings
Come To Crunch
Lion Head Recordings
Out Of My Mind
Melting Pot Germany
Deliruim Tremens (original mix)
When Will You Wake Up?
2000 E Nem Sei
Far Out Recordings
FEATURED SAMPLE PACKS
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Part Time Heroes
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