If you missed the guest mix I did this weekend for Futurepast Zine on Sub FM, you can check out the whole show over at the Soundcloud link below. Big shout to Anand for inviting me along…
For those who missed it the 2020 best of is up on mixcloud. This is what got played…
Kamaal Williams – 1989 (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
Maxwell Owin & Xenia Menasseh feat. Joe Armon-Jones – Probably Never
Mansur Brown – Serene
The Colours That Rise – Orion’s Belt and Beyond
Pen Pals – Dynasty
El Michels Affair – Dhuaan
Khruangbin – First Class
Daniel Maunick – Africana
Cleo Sol – When I’m in Your Arms
Demae – Use It
Lex Amor – 341 Freestyle (Kinsey LLoyd)
SAULT – Stop Dem
Wildflower – Fire
Sven Wunder – Blanket Fog Descends
Steam Down – Etcetera
Lorenzo Morresi & Tenderlonious – Cosmica Italiana
Andrew Ashong & Kaidi Tatham – Washed in You
Hiatt DB – 6 O’Clock Rock
SAULT – Free
Gary Superfly – Endless (feat. Other Lands)
Boof – Chicken With Waffles
Fradinho – A Bright Future (Karmasound remix)
Space Ghost – Feelin Real Good
Moodymann – I Got Werk Pt. 3
Jitwam – Back To My Place
Barney McColl – Precious Energy (Mike Gurrieri remix)
Kareem Ali – We Are Ancient Aliens W/ Arcyniegas
System Olympia – My Lincoln – with DXJX
Anunaku & DJ Plead – Clap Clap
LCSM – 12th Planet [ft. Ghettolette String Ensemble]
Lay-Far – All Massive
DJ 3D – How Many Ways (Refreshers Rework)
Have a listen at the link above. Started off all mellow with a lovely instrumental piano moment from SAULT and ends up with a jump up jungle banger from DJ 3D and Refreshers (aka Lukid)
SAULT – The Black & Gold
Azymuth – Zé e Paraná
Hotspring – An Item
Vels Trio – Yellow Ochre Pt. 1
Sampa The Great – Energy (feat. Nadeem Din-Gabisi)
AZAR AZAR – Space Coconut Conspiracy
Raul Monsalve y los Forajidos – Cafunga
BaDaBooM! – Virtual Sex (Interlude)
Dougie Stu – Henny
Theo Parrish – Hambone Cappuccino
Andrew Ashong & Kaidi Tatham – Washed in You
Lonzine Wright – Stop the Taxi
SAULT – Free
30/70 – Fluid Motion (Setwun remix)
Afrikan Sciences – Bass Reeves
The Neighbourhood Character – Unacceptable Model (4 A Dance Track)
Domu – Sweet Times
Fradinho – A Bright Future (Karmasound Remix)
Daniel Maunick – Hurt Feelings
Kush Jones – Bounce
Moodymann – Pull Up Selecta
Devoye – Uptown Jazz
Kareem Ali – Hustle II (Rise Of The Phoenix)
Lex Amor – Moesh (Feat. Dips & Lo-Wu)
Arp Frique – Minina Bem Li Feat. Americo Brito
DJ Plead – Going For It
Loraine James – Hmm
AYBEE – Wind Speak
Mark Nicholas – This Jazz
DJ 3D – How Many Ways (Refreshers Rework)
Another Friday where Bandcamp are waiving their fees, here are 10 tips from us as to where to splash that cash.
Went a bit all over the place on this one, plus there was a bit of extra time due to the next DJ not being ready. full tracklist below, support the music…
Public Enemy – Fight The Power
Eddie C – Those Southern Nights
Waaju – Listening Glasses
K-Lone – Honey (Facta Version)
Admin – Easy Love Dub
Jamie 3:26 – Vince Who
Ian Fink – Desires of the yung Professionals pt.1
Marcellus Pittman – Pick Yourself Up ft. Crystal Procedures
NY House ‘N Authority – 7th Time
Cassio The Cassmaster – Getting Hot (Bergen Street mix)
Stefan Ringer – The Fix
Patrice Scott – Chasing Dreams
M5K – All About U
Hugh Masekela – Don’t Go Lose It Baby
Jungle By Night – Spending Week (Ron Trent remix)
GU feat. T.H.I.C.K. – Shake That Body (remix)
Omar S – Another Man
Aplomb – Wondering
Manfredo Fest – Jungle Cat
Between Walls – Waited For Nothing
Lay-Far – Spiral Movement
Marenn Sukie – Mara
Scrimshire – After (Red Rack’em remix)
Likwid Continual Space Motion – Weapon X (More Gems)
RUNDR – Nice Side
Refreshers – How Bout U?
Sharon Little – Don’t Mash Up Creation
Gil Scott Heron – “B” Movie
These are the EPs that did it for us in 2018, it was hard to get it down to ten, what do you think is missing?
10. Kyoto Jazz Sextet – Rising (Ron Trent remix)
Taken from a 2017 Blue Note album, picked up by Local Talk for a little remix action. Ron keeps most of the original elements in check, adding a little of his trademark house thump and keys. One for the end of the night.
9. Ultramarine – Breathing
A lovely little hypnotic taster of a forthcoming album from Ultramarine, who’ve been in the game since the early 90s. These are apparently early versions so a turn differently when the album arrives. The title track with it’s haunting sax is an absolute beauty.
8. Linkwood – Fresh Gildans
Kicking off with a super-charged electrofunk belter of a tune in ‘Fresh Gildans’, this is another great release from the Firecracker label. The varied b-side jams are not to be ignored either. Linkwood’s other release, ‘Night Theatre Volume One’ EP is also worthy of your attention.
7. 30/70 – Elevations
Rhythm Section put together a great remix package for Australian soul band 30/70. As well as the remixes there is a little stripped back live track. All the remixes on offer here are ace, but it’s the Setwun one that stands out for me.
6. Drummotive – Coral EP
Next Phase Records have been putting out marvelous atmospheric music for a good while now. Rooted in but not limited to drum & bass, this EP was a particular highlight for me. Coming off like classic Mo Wax at times, this is music to lose yourself to.
5. Selectors Assemble Volume 2
Broken Beat’s second coming is in full swing right now, not that it’s really ever been away for some of us. Curated by Co-Op originals IG Culture and Alex Phountzi, but with plenty of young blood along for the ride. All 6 tracks are fire, I can’t pick a favourite.
4. Sonar’s Ghost X GMHA – 3 X 2
OK we’re biased here, but this is so good. Big up Mr Stanton and GMHA, smashing it with a late entry to the list.
3. Kamaal Williams – New Heights / Snitches Brew
I think this is the best Kamaal Williams record yet. New Heights is great, but ‘Snitches Brew’ is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Listen at least once a day and become as obsessed by it as I am.
2. Afrikan Sciences – Reciprocity
In my opinion Afrikan Sciences is one of the best out there (and he is out there in every way). He had quite a few releases this year, including a couple of excellent self-released albums. This EP came out on his original home Deep Blak Recordings, back in February. I have to say the whole thing just blew me away. Put ‘Hullman Z’ on, crank up the volume and see where it takes you!
1. Karmasound – Probabilidades
Karmasound’s 2018 EP for the Phuture Shock Musik label is absolutely rammed with broken infused gems. The tracks where he pushes the tempo up to the max work the best for me, but the whole thing is pure heat. For me, this has been the EP of the year. Looking forward to his new single, ‘Can See Thru You’ which is coming early Jan.
This is my top 10 albums of the year, any I’ve missed or got completely wrong?
10. Space Ghost – Endless Light
Lovely warm analog sounds from Space Ghost out of Oakland California on this LP for Tartelet Records. This album is a bit like your favourite blanket. A collection of mellow synth funk which occasionally shifts gear towards for the dancefloor. Not really heard this one played much, maybe a little under the radar?
9. Mansur Brown – Shiroi
Black Focus Records got a lot of attention in 2018, mostly for the also excellent Kamaal Williams album. But for me this album from guitarist Mansur Brown was the stronger of the two. There’s so much going on, I feel like I notice something new on each listen. Smokey late night vibes, very enjoyable
8. Pursuit Grooves – Felt Armour
I’ve always had a soft spot for the productions of Toronto’s Pursuit Grooves. This self-released album is hard to define. Crunchy, industrial, electronics like nothing you’ve heard before. Another album that’s probably a little slept on, but I recommend you seek it out.
7. MGUN – Axiom
Don’t Be Afraid had another cracking year, and this is I think their finest release of the year. The sophomore album from Detroit’s MGUN. This one’s full of raw party jams, but works equally as an album you can listen to start to finish on your cans.
6. Bantam Lions – Romantic Views
Bantam Lions follows up his amazing ‘Short Stories’ album with this more experimental but just as excellent collection. The album has a haunting lo-fi feel, with a lot of the tracks being little 2 minute vignettes rather than twelve inch bangers.
5. Mildlife – Phase
Taking in jazz, funk, disco and a little pych, this album was a highlight of my summer, even though it came out a lot earlier in the year. The debut album from Australian band Mildlife is hard to resist by even the coldest of souls.
4. Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings
Everybody’s been talking about the jazz revival this year. I’m not sure it’s ever been away, but it’s great to see the music getting a lot more attention in 2018. This for me was the jazz album of the year. I picked it up when I was looking for interesting music to play on a modern jazz show I put together for NTS earlier this year. The album is made up of a series of live performances in New York and Chicago alongside studio recordings in London and LA. The album features many of the great young players of modern jazz and makes for a stunning listen
3. X-Altera – X-Altera
Not content with putting out a new album under the Dabrye alias, the man of many names, Tadd Mulinix knocked me for six with this one. X-Altera is influenced by a love of jungle and drum & bass alongside a re-connection with melodic techno. All this retro love and the result is an album that feels amazingly fresh
2. Insolito Universo – La Candela Del Rio
I absolutely loved this album, so much it was one of the first blog posts. The album is a mix of traditional Venezuelan styles with a modern electronic edge. A blast from start to finish, great artwork too!
1. Max Graef – Lo Siento Mucho Pero No Hablo Tu Idioma
So here we have my favourite album of the year. Max Graef’s second album (under his own name at least) is an absolute belter. Very different to his earlier stuff, I really love the out-there, lo-fi vibes. Also worth checking out the Ratgrave album Max was involved in this year, also sick!!
Out today, Sonar’s Ghost goes head to head with GMHA for the Sector 12/12 label. As well as being absolute fire, it’s all for a good cause with all proceeds going to support a local homeless shelter.
It’s not a well kept secret that Sonar’s Ghost is one Dominic Stanton flexing his post retirement production skills. The EP opens up with ‘Loveboat’, a glitchy, channel-hopping number that was previously given away as a freebie with a limited run t-shirt. ‘Ol Blue Eyes’ is next with a little rolling drum & bass flavour. Dominic finishes his (virtual) side with ‘The Moltern Mole’, a crunchy dub number. Be warned, we recommend listening to this one with a decent set of speakers to fully enjoy that b-line.
GMHA takes over for round two kicking off with the absolutely gorgeous ‘Hypnotica’. The off kilter drums on this one are an absolute delight. Next up is ‘Rack and Ruin’ which starts off all moody electronics until the banging kick smashes us round the chops halfway through. Finally we have a lovely little downtempo vibe, ‘Marget’ to close the set. Purchase here.
Episode 2 of the Repair Your Soul show with Neil Sherwood. We start with a lovely little jazzed up hip hop beat from Cat Therapist. Move through the monumental new one from Kamaal Williams, that guitar solo damn! Touching on a couple of nice DNB tunes and a slightly pitched up Linkwood. Before hitting the broken house techno stride with a few killers in the 130s. Enjoy the ride!
Cat Therapist – Springtime
Kamaal Williams – Snitches Brew
Harvey Sutherland – I Can See (Rings Around Saturn Remix)
Footshooter – Mars (feat. And Is Phi)
Linkwood – Fresh Gildans
Max Graef – Midi Lisa
Overmono – Quadraluv
Bad Channel – A
Pacific Coliseum – Ocean City
Partner Music – Patu
Kaidi Tatham – Freddie Can’t Run Away
Feeling Kréyol – Las Palé
Kevin Murning – Mode’s Arp (190 In The Polo Edit)
Alex Attias & Sidi Touré – Agabory