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

 

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.

Nu Era – Evolve

Of all of Marc Mac’s many aliases, it’s his Nu Era guise that always gets me the most excited. He’s been releasing his unique blend of Broken Beat mixed with that warm Detroit Techno sound on and off since the mid nineties. This one is another top quality Nu Era album, edging more towards the techno side of things than some of his previous offerings. Check ‘Closer to Mars’ for my highlight pick, but the whole album is warm, fuzzy and very lovely.

This Month’s Show Hits The Cloud

Here we go, this month’s show is up to listen again at your leisure.  On a vibesy dancefloor tip for this one.  A few classics mixed amongst the fresh offerings.  Click play and enjoy…

People Plus – Third Space
Robert Hood – Desire
Two Thou – Clavinet Discourse
Karmasound – Another Way
Youandewan – Fantasy Fear
Floorplan – Baby, Baby
Edson Conceição – Filhos de Gandhi (Um Abraço em Gilberto Gil) (Mike Burns Edit)
Unknown – Safe Trip 17
Mizz Beats – Pimpin’
Jean-Luc Ponty – Computer Incantations for World Peace
Tenderlonious – Tru Blue
My Girlfriend – Believe in Something
Killer Smile – Bedlam Jennie (Army of Ghosts Remix)
Kaidi Tatham – Don’t Cry Now

Banoffee Pie Digi 06

If you’re not familiar with the awesome Banoffee Pie label, they periodically release these great digital compilations which are wicked entry points for the new comers. Volume 6 just came out and it’s the perfect selection, overflowing with deep, dark and dirty dancefloor bombs. My pick of the comp is Mark Nicholas’s hi-tech roller ‘This Jazz’, but the whole thing is fire, go cop…

Repair Your Soul – Episode 3

Episode 3, heads down, dancefloor business for most of this one.  Mellowing out slightly to finish up on the sofa 🙂

Linkwood – Solar Panel
DJ Spider – Antikythera Mechanism Part 2
Greater Manchester Housing Authority – Astronaut
Neue Grafik – Bed Stuy’s Mood
Overmono – Yell0w_Tail
Steve Spacek – Gimme Da Love (The Maghreban Remix)
Hidden Spheres – McKenna’s Mind
Marc and OVEOUS – On Again (Dubstramental)
Afrikan Sciences – Acoustic Nightmares
G.U. featuring Swaylo – Love Sought After
Trinidadian Deep – I Want
Patrice Scott – Movin It
DJ Normal 4 – Aeo ft. Aenx (Rythm Mix)
Ultramarine – Breathing (Early Mix)

EPs / Singles of 2018

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.