First Show of 2020 up on Mixcloud

Keeping it nice and gentle for this one.  A little ambient, reggae, gospel, soul and jazz selection…

Kleine Rosa Wolke – Argile
Fernando Falcão – Barracas Barrocas
Becker / Stegmann / Zeumer – Abends
Zann – Song For Lu Wang
Aisha – The Creator
The Congos – Row Fisherman Row
Sonia – Easier to Love
Omar Shooli – Hab Isii (Hug Me)
Tsvia Abarbanel – Wings of Love
Pastor TL Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship
Aretha Franklin – Never Grow Old
Alice Coltrane – Stopover Bombay
Resavoir – Plantasy
Nahawa Doumbia – Tou Dibile

Reissues of 2019

Finally for the 2019 roundup these are the big compilations and reissues of old music that was (mostly) new to me in 2019.  Maybe it’s a sign of age, but I definitely buy as many old pieces as new releases these days.

Ernest Ranglin – Be What You Want To Be

Jean & Trevor – Back Together

Rare Silk – Storm

Zann – Strange Ways / Inside Jungle

Azymuth – Demos (1973​-​75) Volumes 1&2

Jeff Majors – Yoka Boka (For Us All)

Frank Harris & Maria Marquez – Echoes

Patrick Cowley – Mechanical Fantasy Box

Man Jumping – Jumpcut

Bella Vista – Mister Wong

Outro Tempo II

The Sound Of Love International 002 Compiled By Beautiful Swimmers

Burnin Beat featuring Olive Masinga – Burnin Beat (It’s Hot)

Jambú e Os Míticos Sons Da Amazônia

Julie Coker – A Life In The Limelight: Lagos Disco & Itsekiri Highlife, 1976​-​1981

Body Beat: Soca​-​Dub and Electronic Calypso (1979​-​98)

Colleen Grant / Sandra Hamilton – Latin Parang / Parang Jam

Emerson – If You Need Me, Call Me

Patrice Rushen – You Remind Me (The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978​-​1984)

World Spirituality Classics 2: The Time For Peace Is Now


Singles & EPs of 2019


The end of year rundown continues.  These are the singles and EPs I enjoyed the most in 2019.  Top 25 but in no particular order..

Kalbata ft. Tigris – Vanrock

Blackpocket – ALAYLY

Yu Su – Roll With The Punches

James Massiah – Natural Born Killers

Zeitgeist Freedon Energy Exchange – Got Style?

Saul – Murmations

Patrick Gibin ft. MDCL & Javonntte – Cloud Nine

Theo Parrish – What You Gonna Ask For

Blacks & Blues – Blacks & Blues

Beringei – The People, The Place

Kapote – Brasiliko

JAB – Directions

My Girlfriend – Apron EP

Laroye – Columbia 26a

N.O.T.E. – P.A.L.

Harmonious Thelonious – International Dance Record 2

Masalo – New Dance

CZ Wang, Neo Image – Just Off Wave / Open Mic Beat

Likwid Continual Space Motion – EP1

The Maghreban – Islands

Leif – Igam Ogam

Glenn Astro – Naturals

Future Bumps – Future Bumps

Employee & Funkycan – Windy Pipes / Surfing Swan

Emma-Jean Thackray – Too Shy




Albums Of 2019

In case you missed the playlist from a few weeks ago, these were my 20 favourite albums of the year.  In no particular order…  Note, I have changed my mind on one of them since the playlist thanks to discovering the Resavoir album recently (shout out to Haze City!!)

Sampa The Great – The Return

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana

Jamila Woods – Legacy! Legacy!

Shafiq Husayn – The Loop

Hector Plimmer – Next To Nothing

Sault – 5

Damon Locks – Where The Future Unfolds

Ryota O.P.P. – Esoterica

Dego – Too Much

Ivan Conti – Poison Fruit

Tenesha The Wordsmith – Peacocks & Other Savage Beasts

Nu Era – Evolve

Daniel Maunick – Macumba Quebrada

Shanti Celeste – Tangerine

Rawtrachs – Archaia​-​6

Gary Gritness – The Legend of Cherenkov Blue

Tribe Of Colin – Age Of Aquarius

Tommaso Cappellato – Butterflying

Joe Armon-Jones – Turn To Clear View

Resavoir – Resavoir


The last show of the year is up on mixcloud

Hope you enjoy it, party music all the way for this one…

Evans Pyramid – Never Gonna Leave You (Disko mix)
Colleen Grant – Latin Parang
Voilaaa – Spies Are Watching Me
Toyin Agbetu – Let’s Make Luv 2Nite
Ben Penn – Spare Hobby
Yadava – Message From The Poets
Cyclonix – Jazz Beat Fast
Rawtrachs – Call to Action
Masalo – New Dance
Max Rambhojan – Tou’t Jou Pa Min’m (1992 version)
Volcov & Twice – Pezzate
Stirling March – Under Cover Lover
Ben Norman – Got to Be (12″ Extended 1979 Version)

Pursuit Grooves – Bess

Here we have a brand new album from the excellent producer and singer Pursuit Grooves. I really loved her last album, last year’s ‘Felt Armour’ which seemed to go under the radar for most. The new one is a tribute to Bessie Coleman, the first Black American female pilot, who was an early aviator in the 1920s. I love a good concept behind the music, fuels the imagination no end. Pursuit Grooves’ music glides along beautifully conjuring up images of Bess doing her thing. There’s even a nice little vocal track about Bess, ‘Standing Firm On Wings’.  The music crosses house, bass and r&b boundaries effortlessly and is a pleasure to listen to.  Check it out at the link below

Rawtrachs – Archaia-6

Music zine creater, label runner, radio host and all round nice guy Anand Patel aka Rawtrachs has a new album out you should check. The album’s full of dancefloor gear all of it produced with a gritty, lo-fi, DIY mentality. There’s plenty of variety too with vibesy housey numbers, grimey bits, techno moments all present. All that and it’s yours to download for £1.49, can’t complain at that.