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1. SNC Radio – April 2013

SNC Radio – April 2013

SNC Radio – April 2013 Compiled and blended by AmAr Patel 1. Since You've Been Away – Don Blackman [Arista] It was upsetting to hear about the passing of Don Blackman this week, another lost to cancer. For many of us that fell under the spell of rare groove and fusion, either in the seventies or during the hip hop renaissance a few decades later, Don was a master exponent. A revered songwriter, arranger and musician. His iconic debut album in 1982, which included the soul standards 'Holding You, Loving You' and 'Heart's Desire', was his greatest achievement but he also made telling contributions to records by influential musicians including Weldon Irvine ('Sinbad'), Lenny White ('Twennynine' and 'The Adventures of the Astral Pirates'), Tom Browne ('Love Approach') and Bernard Wright ('Nard'). Years later you could find his name among the credits on a Tupac or Janet Jackson album, such was the high esteem in which he continued to be held by his peers. From Don's voice and music I will always get two things: a sincerity and a real sense of fun. Let's keep those close as he passes into the next life. This tune is one of the often overlooked ones from 'Blackman', sampled by Madlib for his Beat Konducta series ('For My Mans'). And it is… https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/don-blackman/id155961603 www.rbmaradio.com/shows/don-blackman-fireside-chat 2. In Linistea Nopti – Rodion GA [Strut] Just when you think there is precious little mystery left in music out pops a maverick by the name of Rodion Rosca. A compilation of the mercurial bandleader's raw prog-like compositions is being released by Strut in association with Ambassador's Reception (www.ambassadorsreception.com) and Future Nuggets (futurenuggets.tumblr.com). Click on the link below to read some interesting facts about the weird and wonderful things he did with his Tesla machine, among other toys, in his quest for new sounds under the radar in Ceausescu's Romania. Then press play and lose yourself in one of the more reflective tracks on an album of otherwise tough rhythms, brain-frazzling synths and sci-fi FX. Think KPM cranked up to 11. Dilla would have lost his mind over this stuff. http://www.strut-records.com/content/musical-magic-unearthed-romania-journey-rodion-ga https://soundcloud.com/strut/rodion-g-a-cantec-fulger-the 3. Love is Lost – David Bowie [Sony] So much has been written and said about Bowie's triumphant return over the past four months that I actually fooled myself into thinking I'd listened to his new album when in fact … I hadn't. Yes yes, he's getting old – in other words safe and comfortable – and yes this new stuff isn't as good as the best of Ziggy, the Thin White Duke and the countless other facets of Davey Jones but make no mistake, he can still write a lyric and deliver it with drama like few others. (I almost opted for the weary nostalgia of 'Where Are We Now' but the riff on this one got its hooks into me.) Bowie's restless spirit of creative mischief, his knack for cultural appropriation and mutation throughout his career, is what sets him apart as our greatest living pop star. He made art for the masses. He reached the top and then continued to evolve. Seriously, who could claim to do the same today? Still trying to get into the V&A for that retrospective. Ah well, I will always have the music on tap… https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-next-day-deluxe-version/id590844404 4. Birds – Rhosyn [Blessing Force] In a similar vein to Elan Tamara, another of my favourite emerging female artists, Rose Dagul (performing as Rhosyn in tribute to writing place of Rhoscolyn, Anglesey) makes baroque and mildly melodramatic chamber pop with lyrical tales that seep into your head and make themselves at home. Real atmosphere and an aesthetic all of its own. This is my standout track from her debut EP 'Elbow of Capture', which Oxford label Blessing Force is offering as a limited run of 250 hand-numbered slabs of clear vinyl with screen-printed sleeves by Limited to just 250 hand-numbered copies on clear vinyl with screen-printed sleeves by Double Suns (http://doublesunscreen.tumblr.com) and a free digital download. Warning: they may have all gone by now. http://blessingforce.tumblr.com https://soundcloud.com/rrrhosyn 5. Angel Puke – J's Bee [Far Out] High-altitude jazz music, sophisticated in the right way, from seasoned collective J's Bee. Not much is known about this band except that they've been together for more than 10 years, played at various major festivals in Japan including Fuji Rock and held fast in their pursuit of a deeper conception of jazz, fusing electronic elements with more traditional instrumentation such as alto saxaphone, bass and acoustic guitar. The mood on this one is quite sombre and reflective, a strong indication that they're playing for more than themselves. As the press release explains: "'Isotope' was forged in the aftermath of Japan's nuclear catastrophe of 2011. A poignant depiction of our shared future hanging in the balance." http://farout.greedbag.com/buy/isotope-1/ http://www.jsbee.net 6. Brotherhood – Kamal Abdul Alim [BBE] Besides influential selectors such as Gilles Peterson, Bob Jones, Chris Bangs, Paul Murphy and Patrick Forge, Kev Beadle was also instrumental in unearthing forgotten jazz and fusion tracks to the dancers and diggers in London's fabled eighties and nineties era. Reminiscing about the legendary Sunday afternoon session Dingwalls, he says: "It became a ‘one-stop’ to hear exciting and up until then undiscovered gems. Tunes like The Pharoahs' ‘Freedom Road’ and Roy Porter’s ‘Jessica’ became ‘Camden anthems’ mainly because of the open-mindedness of both the DJs and the Sunday afternoon regulars as well as the hunger to hear new music." Another one that he mentions is this track by Kamal Adbul Alim (who's played with everyone from Manu DiBango to Frank Foster) and boy does it swing hard. Take a look at the personnel on the trumpeter's 1983 album 'Dance' and you'll understand why: Idris Muhammed (drums), Ron Burton (piano), Bobby Watson (alto and soprano sax), James Spaulding (alto and flute) among others. It goes without saying, surely: Kev's compilation is amazing. A very personal selection of the fierce and free, soulful and spiritual. http://www.bbemusic.com/releases/BBE219CDG/Kev%20Beadle%20-%20Kev%20Beadle%20presents%20Private%20Collection#.UWlQXBxLxJI 7. Jimi & Faye (Part One) – Romare [Black Acre] Blogs are going crazy about Romare right now and the hype is justified. For all the phases of development that electronic music and sampling have gone through over the past thirty-plus years there is always something – a new technology, a chance meeting, a happy accident – to alter the trajectory of experimental music. Inspired by the artist Romare Bearden, who explored African American heritage through collage, producer Romare has adopted a similar approach to music with his "meditations on Afrocentrism", the name of his first EP. This involves collecting samples from around the world – delta blues from his father's record collection, field recordings from west Africa, old documentary clips about sixties' America – and weaving these into more contemporary elements of black culture such as juke. “I wanted to make a sort of musical essay where the samples would act like footnotes and convey a particular theme to the listener," he explains. This all sounds very academic but fear not, this is music for body and mind. Interesting fact: on this loping, bluesy track the Jimi and Faye in question are Mr Hendrix and his Harlemite scenester acquaintance Faye Pridgeon who reminisces about her time with the young Jimi, lamenting how others wrote him off, misunderstood him or tried to hold him back. http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/113433 8. Treat Me Like Fire – Lion Babe [DL] I doubt that I'm the only one who feels a warm glow inside each time they hear this track. New York does soul duos very well: Heavy and J*Davey immediately spring to mind. You can add Lion Babe to that list, a fierce combination of vocalist Jillian Hervey (daughter of Vanessa Williams, no less) and producer Lucas Goodman (aka Astro Raw). Badu is obviously an influence on the phrasing of Hervey who has said, "I really respect her, she is a rhythm goddess. There’s never a time where I listen to her and I’m like, 'oh, she’s off, I’m not feeling it.' You feel it. You feel that inner rhythm within her." From a songwriting standpoint, 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' is also mentioned in several interviews. Meanwhile Goodman recalls his love of Hendrix and Tribe. Not a bad couple of reference points. The mark of a great soul track is how effortless it sounds, from the crackle of the opening to the tone of the vocal and sentiment behind the words of want. Lion Babe have achieved that on their first release and I'm really excited to hear where they go from here. https://soundcloud.com/lionbabe 9. Goodnight – Philip Owusu [DL] One-time collaborator Robin Hannibal (Quadron, Boom Clap Batchelors) is currently riding high with his Rhye project but let's not forget the talents of singer songwriter Philip Owusu, who finally releases his debut album this year. 'Goodnight' premiered on Peterson's Worldwide show to rapturous applause, whetting our appetite for more delicately crafted textures and exquisite harmonies. He's fought through adversity (low-to-no budget, losing his voice) and debut solo album 'SUBS', his "tribute to society's underdogs" is almost ready to share. Owusu has written, performed, arranged and produced the whole project by himself, which was quite a challenge for an artist that's used to collaborating and having someone else who can help to make decisions and 'bring it on home'. So what or who this track all about? Over to the man himself: "The song is sort of like the story of Don Quixote, the knight that’s basically schizophrenic or whatever. It’s kind of about an anti-hero; it’s a guy who comes home and is received by his mum or girlfriend – his daughter or whatever – after a night of being drunk. In his delusion he’s fought a great battle but in real life he’s not so important. Maybe it’s autobiographical to some extent. It’s from a sketch for a song I did around the time of Owusu & Hannibal that I never finished but I always wanted to do. I was thinking about adding it to Owusu & Hannibal at that time, but for some reason I didn’t. I decided to keep it." http://philipowusu.bandcamp.com/ 10. Wakin on a Pretty Daze – Kurt Vile [Matador] You may have heard that I am three volumes into a special podcast series called 'Singers, Songs & Strings' (https://soundcloud.com/mrbongo/singers-songs-and-strings-1), which celebrates "the forgotten art of bare and beautiful song". Acoustic tracks and slow-burning ditties basically. One artist that is definitely in the running for future installments is Philadelphian Kurt Vile, whose album 'Smoke Ring For My Halo' blew me away last year. It's not the poetry of his lyrics or the ingenuity of his production, more the "guitar composer-y" lightness of his touch. Six of the tracks on his new album 'Walkin' on a Pretty Daze' (the product of more than 300 nights spent in hotel rooms on the road) clock in at more than six minutes including the title track, an apt summation of the mood he seems to conjure at will. I wager that wouldn't mind if he continued for a few minutes more. "Waking in the dawn of day, now I gotta think about what I wanna say," he begins. Some find him depressing. I think he's refreshing. http://kurtvile.com/ 11. My Love is So Strong for You – Geater Davis [Ubiquity] Davis was a gruff-voiced R'n'B singer from Texas with all the tools – emotionally resonant voice, gutsy songwriting and dextrous guitar playing – but precious few breaks. He who found himself a few years too late to party as listeners rushed towards a more funk-driven brand of soul in the seventies before jumping of the disco cliff. Producer Allen Orange brought the best out of him, no doubt, and scored a hit with debut 45 'Sweet Woman's Love' but his House of Orange label (and Seventy-Seven imprint) lacked the clout to propel Davis into the big time and he remained nothing more than a cult hero in the south-west. Ubiquity has compiled this strong representation of the man, who died from heart failure at the criminally young age of 38. https://www.ubiquityrecords.com/shop/products/GEATER-DAVIS-%252d-LOST-SOUL-.html 12. Houzou Houzou Wa – Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou [Analog Africa] How good is this record? Presenting the third volume of grooves from the tightest band in West Africa and their "skeletal essences of afro funk". In 2005 Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb began the first of several trips to Benin, the birthplace of Vodoun or voodoo, and collected hundreds of releases from the orchestra recorded between 1969 and 1983. That takes a while to get through so it's understandable that it's been three years since we last heard from them. This collection is the toughest of the bunch to date. 'Houzou Houzou Wa' really packs a punch – think James' 'Give it up, Turn it Loose' or Fela's 'Shakara' . It's a call to arms judging by the translated lyrics in the photo-packed booklet ("The revolution that has come to this country is good/You have to hit the enemy that are against it/And put them in prison to teach them a lesson"). It's also a great example of the killer rhythm section at work (Gustave Bentho on bass and Leopold Yehouessi on drums) and the astounding sound quality that holds up against anything recorded today (thanks to a Swiss Nagra reel-to-reel recorder and a few microphones). This transports you to the front-of-stage melee where earthen bodies gyrate and drip with sweat in a ritual with rhythm. http://boomkat.com/vinyl/684158-orchestre-poly-rythmo-de-cotonou-volume-3-the-skeletal-essences-of-voodoo-funk https://soundcloud.com/analog-africa 13. Damballah – Mop Mop [Agogo] Believe it or not, this exotic confection of tribal drums, ghostly brass, wind and vibes is produced by a group of Italian musicians led by producer/player Andrea Benini. 'Isle Of Magic' is an imaginary land populated by musicians who spend their time fishing, cooking, playing and practicing Voodoo rites at night. The soundtrack is loose and effortlessly beguiling with guests such as Fred Wesley and Trinidad-born poet Anthony Joseph featuring on Mop Mop's analogue-recorded fourth album. This instrumental is by far the most stripped down and sinister track. It's trance-inducing, creating a feeling of expectation, bordering on trepidation. http://www.mopmop.com/ 14. Dooyo – Dur-Dur Band [ATFA] Awesome Tapes from Africa is one of my essential music blogs, owning its territory and excavating sounds from the far corners of the continent. The first time I heard Dur-Dur Band I flipped out. It didn't matter that the cassette-tape hiss was clouding the groove. (Upon reflection, I think that's what they call charm.) It's a closing of the circle, a call from the Motherland, the point where music from 25 years ago sounds completely of the moment. Dur-Dur Band came up during a golden period of music in Mogadishu between the late sixties and the early nineties before civil war stifled artistic expression, a time where traditional qaraami Somalian music was being fused with western pop, Middle Eastern influences and jazz. Dur-Dur was considered to be a "private band" free from government pressure to sing about politics and instead preach a gospel of love and culture. "Dooyo" is a type of traditional Somali dance, here reimagined as a guitar-licked disco cut. The lady is singing: " I am warning you guys, I hear drums playing for me and it's healing me and I won't resist. It's my medicine. Dooyo has taken me over and I won't stop dancing." You go girl! http://www.scdistribution.com/music-shop.html?class=artist&artist=Dur-Dur%20Band http://www.awesometapes.com/ 15. Boosted – Letherette [Ninja Tune] Wolverhampton's answer to Daft Punk. That's how I tend to think of Richard Roberts and Andy Harber on account of their love of filtered house, flickering vocal samples and feel-good soul. To be fair though, they work with other tempos as this beat collage demonstrates. The hip hop aesthetic is in their blood. In fact, I first heard of them through Andrew Meza's excellent BTS Radio show (http://www.btsradio.com/html/letherette_beat_showcase.html), teasing me with a playlist of almost exclusively CDR beats and trax. After a couple of well-received EPs it's time for the debut album, released on Ninja Tune. http://ninjatune.net/artist/letherette 16. You're Gonna Make Me Love Someone Else (M+M mix) – Jones Girls [BBE] "M + M" stands for Morales and Munzibai, a partnership whose output from 1982 till 1990 exceeded more than 650 carefully tweaked mixes. A staggering achievement before you even consider the quality of the material (Inner Life's "I'm Caught Up in a One Night Love Affair, Universal Robot Band's 'BBE' and Jean Carne's 'Was That All There Was'). Munzibai passed away in 1991 but John Morales continues to work his magic and preach the art of the mix (http://djjohnmorales.wordpress.com), an art that he started to explore in the late seventies when he began to make his own edits using the pause button of a Teac cassette deck. The aim was to make the most of the records in the box and get people dancing. The Sony reel-to-reel followed and the rest is history. Tom Moulton, a man who knows a thing or two about an edit and is credited with giving us the 12" version, says: "John always adds that sparkle in a mix that seems to bring out the energy and excitement when he works on something." This party starter is taken from the third volume, which features M's take on Marvin Gaye's 'I Want You' and Teddy P's 'Only You' among others. http://www.bbemusic.com/releases/BBE211CLP2/John%20Morales%20-%20John%20Morales%20presents%20The%20M&M%20Mixes%20Volume%203%20Part%20B#.UWmWIhxu51E 17. Flotsam (Oriol remix) – Sonarpilot [Sonarpilot Audio] Oriol's debut album on Planet Mu in 2011 was a real highlight for me amid a rapid fire of otherwise sub-bass-drenched mediocrity. His use of vocal textures and space stay with you long after the track fades out. These tricks are employed to great effect on this remix for Sonarpilot (producer Michael Moppert), who has released his second album of electronic meanderings backed by bunch of remixes by luminaries such as Ramadanman and Aybee as well as Oriol of course. Working checking out. http://www.sp-audio.com/ 18. Red Hot – RP Boo [Planet Mu] The footwork revolution continues. For those that aren't aware, footwork is a frenetic, scrambled and syncopated style of ghetto music that originates from Chicago. (This article is a useful primer: http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?1235.) Hallowed names such as Spinn and Rashad are becoming well known in club circles outside the US but the true originator of this genre is apparently this man, RP Boo (Kavain Space), whose sample- and rap-laced R-70 throwdowns are among the most challenging in the cannon. Under the tutelage of early inspirations such as DJ Slugo, Deeon, Milton and the House-O-Matics dance clique, he set to work with his old equipment and began to knock out pre-millennium classics such as 'Baby Come On' and '11-47-99'. Planet Mu has been a loyal supporter of the footwork scene and will release Boo's album, 'Legacy' in May. 'Red Hot' is a proper workout of chopped horns, dizzying toms and hectic bleeps. Surprisingly easy to get used to. Dance to? That's another matter.   http://www.planet.mu/discography/ZIQ335 19. Voyeur – James Blake [1-800-Dinosaur] I was more partial to James Blake's daring productions (particularly 'CMYK') than his fragile vocal meander on tracks such as 'Limit to your Love'. However with his second album, 'Overgrown', he really has stepped up behind the mic. The calibre of his songwriting and phrasing is stunning in places, emulating the flutter of a Joni Mitchell or Prince by piano, simultaneously being awkward yet endearing in a very 'blue-eyed-soul' way. At times, particularly on 'Retrograde' and 'Our Love Comes Back', his music reaches a sublime level of stimulation, inducing a state of splendid isolation where the world feels cold and yet visceral and inviting. For the most part, each track is a perfect marriage of vocal, probing synths and sympathetic programming. Occasionally you have songs like 'Voyeur' where the production steals the show. It's the most pulsating track on the album, and the most devastating because the BPMs blindside you. No one else is making emotionally raw experimental music like this for Radio 1. http://jamesblakemusic.com/ 20. Argo – JTC [Hoya Hoya] James T Cotton, the house alias of producers' producer Dabrye, returns with another EP of winners, four shades of floor-filling trax. I have opted for the cosmic boogie of 'Argo' – a rolling combination of arpeggios, 808s and claps. Everything Dabrye does is top-notch. http://boomkat.com/vinyl/654524-jtc-park-days-ep 21. Straight & Narrow – Falty DL [Ninja Tune] Falty DL, New York-based Drew Lustman, is consistently one of the strongest producers outside the UK at the moment, putting soul into the machine whenever he can. He draws on everything from hip hop and garage to jungle and Detroit techno. Perhaps it's his way of evading the dreaded pigeonhole as he explained to The Daily Swarm: "There’s a conscious part of me trying to develop a certain kind of sound. What gets released is such a small percentage of the music I make. I made a hip-hop track last weekend; I made a jungle track two weeks ago. Those may never come out, but if I decided to put those together with ten other ones then that would provide the next question from a journalist: 'Have you tried to move away from house music and make jungle again?' What ends up coming out is always a bit of a coin toss. A part of the problem has to do with the label and what they think is a little more hip. I like making so many different kinds of music that I can never really decide what I want to do until I start to compile the release; then it starts to take some sort of shape." With 'Hardcourage', during the making of which the artist fell in love – or lust as he put it – DL has succeeded in making another meaningful and thoughtful album, cinematic in scope but primal in its power to take hold on the floor. There's no better example of this than the seemingly straightforward yet richly textured 'Straight & Narrow'. That vocal snippet is deadly. Look out for releases on his new label, Blueberry records. http://ninjatune.net/release/faltydl/hardcourage-2 22. Luminous View – Jorge Velez [Rush Hour] Following on from those remarkable Burrell Brothers and Dream 2 Science releases, the crew at Rush Hour next shine a light on Jersey City's Jorge Velez and his ethereal analogue-to-tape productions from the early nineties. Velez subsequently released tracks under the name of Professor Genius (for Italians Do it Better, Thisisnotanexit and L.I.E.S.) – when not earning a living as a film editor for reality TV, that is – but these hissed recordings have a playfulness and eerie atmosphere that set them apart. http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=67860 23. Am Fentser – Max Graef [Tartelet] Max is 19 years old and already making a name for himself in Berlin with his deft compositions, which draw on many strands of contemporary bass music … and jazz if this Andy Bey-sampling roller is anything to go by. It's a collaboration with Muff Deep by the way, available on a very impressive three-track 12" being put out on Copenhagen label Tartlet. https://soundcloud.com/tartelet-records/max-graef-am-fenster 24. Lose it (Actress mix) – Moiré [Werkdiscs] 'Lose It' is the debut EP from London-based producer Moiré, the result of "a lack of sleep, the obsessive expressions of a mind inspired by the city and the scene that has surrounded him for a long time". Okay. The lead track is a disorientating collaboration with Lessons and singer Heigi Vogel. It's a very minimal arrangement with an almighty thud propelling it through a sonorous, glitchy cloud. Werkdiscs label owner Actress somehow manages to make his mix even more dominant, looping spluttering fragments of Heidi's vocal over an intense techno pulse. A promising new talent with a healthy disregard for convention and a taste for the extreme. http://boomkat.com/vinyl/640675-moire-never-sleep-w-actress-remix 25. Working (Marcellus Pittman mix) – Nina Kraviz [Rekids] At the risk of objectifying the woman – although some claim that she does this to herself (http://www.clashmusic.com/features/nina-kraviz-trapped-in-gender-politics) – every time I see Nina Kraviz she brings a smile to my face. Now that's not just because she is a beautiful woman. It's because she is a superb DJ, a true professional getting ahead in a man's world by playing consistently high-quality sets to expectant audiences around the world. The tension and energy levelthat Kraviz manages to maintain when she plays out is quite unique. Take a look at her recent appearance in the Boiler Room (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xogJgUteDAs) or at Secretsundaze (http://www.be-at.tv/brands/electric-brixton/secretsundaze-easter-thursday) and you will appreciate how a crowd is in thrall to her. Her productions follow a similar aesthetic, melding minimal techno, more peak-time trax and acid. Here Marcellus Pittman breaks off a piece of the original from Nina's debut album and, after a patient build up with a smattering of tribal drums, contorts it into a mind-bending acid trip. As Kraviz herself puts it: "This is so damn good. It's wild and goes nowhere but gets you right there." http://www.beatport.com/track/working-marcellus-pittman-remix/4082688 26. Tangish – Virginia [Ostgut Ton] Virginia was a DJ in Munich for several years before becoming a resident at the Panorana Bar in Berlin. She also provided the vocal on Steffi's 'Yours' a while back. This is her first 12" for Ostgut Ton and it features a solid quartet of tech house tracks that each focus on a particular variation, from jackin' rhythms to arpeggiated synth lines. The yearning vocal on 'Tangish' evokes a mood similar to 'My Love Turns to Liquid' by Dream 2 Science – a favourite from my last podcast https://soundcloud.com/amarofpatel/snc-radio_july-2012-1) as a jagged bassline cuts through the warm air. http://berghain.de/label/record/98 27. Sentimental Journey – Weird Guilders [Rush Hour] Not so long ago Rush Hour records asked Gerd Janson to compile an album of ambient-not-ambient music to follow his 'Computer Incarnations for World Peace' series. The result is a deliciously leftfield selection of proto-house, Kraftwerk-inspired techno and other electro excursions by contemporary favourites Ame, Move D, Tom Trago and Marco Passarani among others. The aim on this compilation was to explore the space between the industrial and new age without reverting to the usual post-punk and disco reference points. Yet one of my favourite tracks on here is the one funk groove on the album, a zany last-night-on-earth anthem with a touch of Talking Heads about it. I know nothing about Weird Guilders but with a name like that they should be huge. http://boomkat.com/downloads/638710-gerd-janson-gerd-janson-presents-musik-for-autobahns http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=67998 28. If You Got to Believe in Something – Gemini [Strut] I'm still getting a lot of pleasure from 'Only 4 U', the Cajual records compilation that Strut released last year. Started by Curtis Jones (Cajmere/Green Velvet) in 1992, amid the sea change to hip hop, Cajual was chiefly responsible for a second wave of Chicago house music following the golden age of Trax and DJ International. Tracks such as 'Brighter Days' (Cajmere with Dajae), ' Day by Day' (Dajae), 'Dream States' (Derrick Carter) and this deep one by Gemini have become all-time classics. The label also helped to bring through new talent such as Chez Damier and Glenn Underground. Stripped down and raw house with gospel at the core. Amen. http://www.strut-records.com/content/only-4-u-sound-cajmere-cajual-records-1992-2012

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2. SNC radio Oct 2010

SNC radio Oct 2010

Compiled & Blended By Amar Patel 1. TEEBS – Gordon (Brainfeeder) It seems that Flying Lotus has a limitless supply of sound scientists to promote through his LA-based Brainfeeder label. Fertile ground, indeed. This 23-year-old visual artist is among the most promising, not least becaus he goes beyond the crude frequencies of the today's bass junky culture to explore the more intricate textures of modern hip hop. Kaleidoscopic, psychedelic… Translation: he's deep. >> www.myspace.com/teeeb 2. SOLOMON BURKE – Don't Give Up On Me (Fat Possum) Legendary Atlantic records producer Jerry Wexler once remarked that the late "King" Solomon was the best soul singer of all time. I'm not sure if I'd go that far but he was certainly underappreciated. And what a life: the first black singer to have a folk hit, counting the Klu Klux Klan among his admirers and patriarch to the largest family I've ever read about (“I have 21 children and 90 grandchildren – loving people is what I do," he chuckled to The Telegraph last month). A big man in terms of both physical presence and musical aura, this track is one of my favourites, taken from his astonishing comeback album in 2002. I managed to resist obeying my years of 'Dirty Dancing' conditioning, singing 'Cry to Me'. Just. RIP big man. >> thekingsolomonburke.com 3. ROBERT WYATT – Solar Flares (Domino) I love Robert Wyatt, partly because of his avuncular nature, mostly because of that lovely fuzzy beard he sports and certainly because he's a true musical genius. Continuing their fine efforts to round off our appreciation of the former Soft Machine drummer and vocalist (check 'Cuckooland' and 'Comicopera' especially), Domino released ‘His Greatest Misses' this summer, a hitherto Japan-only collection, limited to 500 copies worldwide. As Robert says, “A thoughtful chap in Japan brought these tunes together as a sort of canter around my back catalogue: a reminder or introduction. Blimey! My little drawings were done about 60 years ago. How retrospective can you get?” So many ideas, so much sincerity. >> dominorecordco.com/uk/albums/02-12-09/his-greatest-misses/Will Sessions 4. WILL SESSIONS – Kindred [the Few records] There's more to the D than techno and hip hop, you know. Shout out to Dominic Arellano at the Few records for sending a few bits my way. His label is a 'simply good music' affair that cares not for rigid genres and fads. Although they've dabbled in anything from Funk 45s to hip hop, Will Sessions are, loosely speaking, on a jazz fusion tip – no surprise given the presence of Tribe tenor Wendell Harrison on this excursion. In fact, Dominic tells me that he recorded the 'Kindred' album release party, which featured the band performing covers of Weather Report, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. And Mr Amp Fiddler sat in on the set, playing keys. Easy now… Also, look out for the indie synth pop of Silverghost. Soon come. >> http://thefewrecords.com/thefew_v1 5. DAS RACIST (featuring Vijay Iyer) – Free Jazzmataz [CDR] "Das Racist is a Weed Edge/Hare Krishna Hardcore/art rap/freak folk music trio based in Brooklyn, New York." So reads the biog. Bizarre. They're certainly off the reservation. lyrically speaking. A configuration of cLOUDDEAD and Mike Ladd, Taken from the recent ‘Sit Down Man’ mixtape, this track is notable for the appearance of jazz professor pianist Vijay Iyer – an intellectual who's not afraid to blow circuits with the hip hop fraternity. Vijay first connected with them on Twitter. "I didn't even meet them in person until last month," he said. "But we've been corresponding, just kicking jokes around, basically, which is what Twitter's good for. And they're pretty good for jokes." There's humour and ambition in equal measure here. Enjoy. >> dasracist.net 6. IGOR BOXX – Fear of a Red Planet (Ninja Tune) One of many stunning tracks on the forthcoming debut solo album from Skalpel band member Igor Boxx. 'Breslau' tells the tale of the 1945 siege of Festung Breslau undertaken by the Red Army. Over the course of this album sounds are used to depict the massive force and fury of Bolsheviks' attack and the determination of the terrorised population of the city (now known as Wroclaw) to hold on. Dramatic, maudlin but defiant, 'Breslau' is no downer album – it's actually quite uplifting. >> www.myspace.com/igorboxx 7. SARA MITRA – Sunday Morning [Impossible Ark] Another promising female jazz vocalist on the rise in the south of England, coming to you via Ben Nostalgia 77's Impossible Ark records. Her name is Sara Mitra and she's releasing her debut album 'April Song' on 1 November, "a collection of folk and jazz tales that explore the tensions of living in Britain from a young woman’s perspective." The arrangements, co-written by the wonderful Riaan Vosloo, are sprightly and help to add the extra zing that mellow music of this nature often requires. Other musicians featured besides bass man Vosloo include James Allsopp (sax, bass clarinet), Philip Hochstrate (piano, organ), Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Ross Stanley (Hammond organ). >> www.saramitra.com 8. ELAN TAMARA – Find a Way [Bokkle] Quite simply, Elan Tamara is one of the most exciting singer songwriters in British music right now. 'Oranges', taken from her debut EP 'Gold Fishes' was a big favourite of mine earlier this year – heartbreaking and operatic music, a whirl of emotion. Think of her music as daring, high-altitude pop, the kind that Kate Bush makes at will, and the likes of Bat For Lashes aspire to. Produced by the equally crucial Kwes, Elan's 'Shadows' EP reveals itself to be a lot more propulsive and direct, whilst no less melodic, inviting repeated listens. She performs with her band 'The Bakery' on this one and the extra energy adds a physical quality and warmth to the tune as it reaches its dramatic climax. >> www.myspace.com/elantamara 9. COURTNEY DOWE – Serenade [Counterpoint] Maryland-based artist Courtney Dowe is my kind of vocalist. Call her soul, call her folk … one thing's for sure; she's raw emotion all the way. It's rare that someone combines that integrity of performance with sparse backing (her guitar) and a bag of oh-so-catchy torch songs. Yes, the Tracy Chapman resemblance is there, a little Joan Armatrading perhaps, but Dowe is her own woman. All fire and truth. Respect to Countrerpoint for picking up this album after it was criminally overlooked in the US. No surprise there. >> www.counterpointrecords.co.uk/docs/display_album.php?id=25 >> www.myspace.com/courtneydowe 10. ANDREYA TRIANA – Something in the Silence [Ninja Tune] Drey is perhaps the worst kept secret in music. A beguiling, sensuous vocalist whose songwriting is maturing at a staggering pace, she's already chalked up memorable guest spots with everyone from FlyLo to Mr Scruff and Bonobo. The latter has taken the helm of her debut album and it's a winner. This tune gets me every time with those changes and the bridge, which strikes like an arrow to the heart. I booked Drey for the Basement Soul first birthday in 2007, where she supported Omar with just a loop pedal station to keep her company.Three years later I attended the album launch at Cafe Oto – a joy to see how she's evolved. Lots more to come. Catch her on tour in Europe this October and then throughout November in the US with the Bonobo live band. >> www.ninjatune.net/andreyatrianaAndreya Triana 11. HYPE WILLIAMS – The Throning [CDR] A delightful oddity off a limited edition 7" from London-Berlin duo Hype Williams. Yes, that is Sade's 'Sweetest Taboo' you're hearing. Only it's the 4am version, all undulating, yearning pains at the point of breakdown. The flip is also worth checking out – ‘Ooovrrr’ "pitches Drake’s vocal to nightmarish depths, couching it in reedy synths and sloppy, syncopated lo-fi rhythm," as one reviewer wrote. This is the third record Hype Williams has released this year, following Han Dynasty I 7″ on De Stijl and their untitled seven-track album on Carnivals. Coming next year: a release on Hippos On Tanks, the US label that’s home to Games (featuring Oneohtrix Point Never), White Cars and Von Haze. >> boomkat.com/vinyl/338442-hype-williams-do-roids-kill-e-rything >> www.myspace.com/hypheewilliamsFoe 12. FOE – A Handsome Stranger Called Death (Paul White remix) [CDR] This mix from producer Paul White is so trippy – a departure from his patented offering of obscure prog-influenced beats. I know very little about Foe but check the links below for her thoughts and her influences. >> http://showmethesars.tumblr.com/ >> http://soundcloud.com/thisisfoe 13. BILAL – Move On [Plug Research] I still remember seeing Bilal's insane set at Fabric a few months ago. Painfully loud, drenched in the blues and confirmation that the man is still one of the true voices in soul music. After the disappointing false start of previous album 'Love For Sale' it's good to see the Soulquarian overcome his label woes and strike out with a new sound, new look (love that fro top, bro) and a sack full of energy. 'Move On' is classic Bilal, however: lovestruck, plaintive purveyor of killer hooks and harmonies. >> www.plugresearch.com/artists/bilal Cee-Lo 14. CEE-LO – I Want You [CDR] No one conveys the dizzying ebb and flow of love quite like the 'Soul Machine' Cee-Lo Green. 'I Want You' is the tune that Gilles Peterson pleaded with producer Jack Splash (of Plantlife) to send him mid-interview a few years ago – one of the best soul tunes he'd ever heard, no less. It's taken a while but finally this one is close to release. Uplifting in equal measure to current Cee-Lo smash 'Fuck You', this tune has a killer arrangement thanks to Jack, a man who's mastered his horns, drums and basslines like a modern day Barry White. And pop needs his shine right now. After Alicia Keys ('Wreckless Love' is my tune – www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQKiRbVEnKQ) Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson have come knocking. He deserves it. >> www.ceelogreen.com 15. JAVELIN – Intervales Theme [Luaka Bop] New York in full effect once again. This duo have produced the most 'up' music of the year with their 'No Mas' album on Luaka Bop. Stripped down boom box tomfoolery with a charming Tom Tom Club vibe. It's the sound I'd expect the Muppets to come up with if they were let loose in studio of vintage gear: spontaneous, mischievous and full of cheek. >> luakabop.com/javelin >> www.myspace.com/hotjamzofjavelin 16. oOoOO – Hearts [Tri Angle] Dreamcore sounds from San Francisco's latest space oddity. Listen and make up your own minds. All I'll add is this reply to a question from a Vice Spain interviewer about the psychotic yet sweet nature of oOoOO's music: "It's interesting that you think so, cuz a good friend of mine once told me that oOoOO sounded like the score for a film scene in which a man has just walked into a crowded restaurant in Mumbai, shot everyone up, and is now walking, in slow motion, in a heavy rain, in the middle of the night, through the city’s filthy streets, crying and tortured with remorse for what he’s done. That’s actually where the name for 'Mumbai' came from." Like I said: suspend judgment until you've taken a listen… >> pitchfork.com/news/39569-new-release-ooooo-ioooooi-ep >> www.myspace.com/wkwkwkwkwkwkwkwk 17. LUNACE – Fancy Forty [LuckyMe] Big thanks to Dom @ LuckyMe once again for sending another zip of fresh sounds – some grimey, others gnarly … but all asking questions and testing my open-mindedness. Lunice is a 21-year-old hip hop and hyphy producer and dancer. He's stood in for Mike Slott at Sonar in front of 8,000 people. He's done Red Bull Music Academy. He's become a YouTube sensation thanks to videos of him dancing to Addison Groove, The Dream, Mike Slott and Nosaj Thing, among others (www.youtube.com/user/Lunice2). Now it's time for his own music to do the talking. Official remix coming from Rustie. >> www.thisisluckyme.com/html/1music/artists/lunice.html >> www.myspace.com/Lunice 18. SILKIE – 80's Baby [Deep Medi] An insane tune from Deep Medi's Silkie, sitting somewhere between Joker's Purple sound and Herbie Hancock's retro-future fusion. If you haven't checked his more 2-step and house-oriented debut 'City Limits Vol 1' then you need that. City Limits Vol 1.2 is the first release in a series of four singles in the run up to his new and highly anticipated album City Limits Vol. 2 scheduled for release early 2011. City Limits Vol 1.2 will not feature on the album and will be available on limited 12” and download. So best grab it all. >> boomkat.com/vinyl/340897-silkie-city-limits-vol-1-2-bass-junkie-80-s-baby >> deepmedi.com/artist_Silkie.html 19. ORIOL – Memories [Planet Mu] It only took one listen to fall completely for CDR graduate Oriole's 'Night & Day' album, a jukebox of the best club music from the past 20 years, which runs the gamut from 80's vocoder boogie to 2-step, techno, house and drum n' bass. Hard to believe that Oriol is a Berklee music graduate and seasoned sax player who's only been making his tunes in Logic for about six years. The musicality of his productions is striking, though. And I'm sure the best is yet to come. >> www.beatportal.com/feed/item/album-of-the-week-oriol-night-and-day/ >> www.planet.mu/artists/oriol 20. DONSO – Djama [Comet] In theory, mixing African roots with the more weighty and abstract qualities of electronic music sounds like a winner, but you'd be surprised how tasteless some of those projects can be. Not so with Donso, a collaboration between four talented musicians coming from France and Mali: producer Pierre Antoine Grison (who also releases his own music on Ed Banger Records as Krazy Baldhead), Malian vocalist Gedeon Papa Diarra, Guimba Kouyate on guitars and Djele N'Goni (traditional Malian string instruments), Thomas Guillaume on percussions and Donso N'Goni. Also featured on the album are other top Malian musicians Ballake Sissoko on kora and keyboardist Cheick Thidiane Seck. Donso is an entrancing meeting of minds where n'goni and keyword find common ground – a highly rewarding African pop album for modern times. Can't wait to hear this reimagined live. >> www.myspace.com/donso >> vimeo.com/9017914 21. GERRY READ – Backward Step [CDR] Another hotly tipped youngster breathing down the neck of guys such as Joy Orbison and Untold. Gerry is only 19 and has just moved back to the UK from Australia. Not sure why. It's a wonder of the digital age, where music, radio and production equipment are more readily available than ever before, that guys like Gerry can absorb all the sounds of the day – from Croydon to Croatia – and refract them through his ears. It's frightening but in a good way because it sounds so vital. He's got an EP called 'Patterns' forthcoming on Dark Arx records, and another EP called 'Aeolian' forthcoming with Hsuan records in 2011. Big tings! He's looking for DJ sets so message him on Soundcloud. >> soundcloud.com/gerryread 22. GEORGE FITZGERALD – Weakness [Brownswood] One of the standout tracks from this summer's 'Brownswood Electr*c' album, 'Weakness' throbs with a loving intensity as the beats hop, skip and jump for your pleasure. George is the first signing to Joy Orbison's Doldrums label and looks to be a chip off the old block at fusing techno, dubstep, 2-step and all other good steps… >> www.myspace.com/georgefitzgeraldmusic >> doldrumsrecordings.com >> brownswoodrecordings.greedbag.com/buy/brownswood-electric/ 23. WILEY & MJ COLE – From The Drop [CDR] Simply devastating collab between one of the UK's premier MCs and the UK garage lynchpin currently enjoying a second life as a master blaster of tuff riddims. This one is dark and deadly running right down to the voodoo percussion as Wiley sounds off with his "top-notch" flow. Thanks to Matt for sending this one over. I can't stop playing it. Tuuune! >> www.prolificrecordings.com >> www.myspace.com/mjcole100 >> www.myspace.com/eskiboywiley 24. AFRICA HI-TECH – Said Speed [Warp] Well worth investing in the double-vinyl pack of this fierce collaboration between Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek. Badbwoy riddims, toasting, acid trax, dancehall, dub and sweet soul, all rolled into one package. More straight-ahead tracks such as sound system favourite 'Too Late' and the rougher 'Blen' have been doing the rounds for a while now but it's tunes like this that really set the pulse racing. >> warp.net/records/africa-hitech/hitecherous-ep-mark-pritchard-steve-spacek 25. FRANCESCO TRISTIANO – Single & Doppio (InFiné) After 'Not For Piano' and 'Auricle Bio On', InFiné are set to release the third album from talented pianist Francesco Tristano. Recorded in the studio of Carl Craig in Detroit, 'Idiosynkrasia' is a mind-frazzling statement on the piano as "instrument of the future" – something Tristano is fascinated by. He tasked Craig with the job of making his instrument sound unlike anything familiar to the human ear – so neither acoustic not electric. A space drone if you will. The results are compelling, and while the album crosses all major nodes including solo movements, Detroit techno, house, ''Nobu'-era Herbie musings and clap-a-long jazz numbers, it's Tristano's key tension that really holds you. It appears that the former Juilliard student is as comfortable playing 'Strings of Life' in an Ibiza club as he is giving a recital in Paris; that's some range. The future ain't what it used to be. >> www.myspace.com/francescotristano >> www.infine-music.com/artist/6/francesco-tristano 26. FUNKINEVEN – Another Space [Eglo] Another mental tune from the London producer – this time acid trax rave preshaah of the highest order. Honestly, this guy's strike rate is something else. >> www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/65495 >> www.myspace.com/funkineven 27. RICK WILHITE – Get On Up (Theo Parrish's Late Night Dub) [Rush Hour] A typically deft yet stomping Parrish rework of a classic Wilhite jam, taken from Rush Hour's essential CD collection of rare tracks and unreleased versions. Also look out for Wilhite's 'Vibes New & Rare Music' compilation, which gathers Glenn Underground, Theo, Rick, Kyle Hall and many more one one CD (or four 12s). Deep club music that only Chi-town or the D could serve. >> www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=54409 28. COSMIN TRG – Sores of Attraction [Rush Hour/Direct Current] Then again, TRG is fast becoming a major player on the deep house and tech scene. Hear this in the club on a decent system and y'all lose your mind. >> www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=56215 29. SOIL & PIMP SESSIONS – Pop Corn (Doc Daneeka Remix) [Brownswood] Another percussive banger from British funky producer Doc Daneeka, tackling a typically frenetic SnP tune – this time more cocktail jazz or go-go beat than death jazz – and transforming it into a completely different sort of workout. >> brownswoodrecordings.greedbag.com/buy/pop-korn-remixes

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SNC Radio July 2012 Compiled and blended by AmAr Patel Apologies for taking forever to get this together. I've been in exile, it seems. Here are a few half-year highlights, including several tunes cruelly loved and then discarded. It's the blink-and-you'll-miss-it nature of modern culture. I'll stop there. Usual runnings from me: all styles, starting in the clouds and finishing on the floor. Long-distance journey. I hope it's good to you. LAPALUX – 100 Hours of Introductions (Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune) Another astral Brainfeeder signing, all lush textures, RnB hooks and beatific splendour. http://ninjatune.net/release/lapalux/when-youre-gone DIMLITE – SE SE SC (Ripl Music) Quite simply one of my favourite producers out there. Dimlite, from day one, has done things with music equipment that others can only dream of. What a nightmare when they wake up and realise that no amount of study will get them close to this guy. A true one-off, Dimlite explored the more prog and avant-garde realms of music on his last Stones Throw album 'Grimm Reality' (the packaging as something else). This EP for new label Ripl Music feels like a return to the early years on Sonar Kollektiv. More straight ahead but no less absorbing. http://ripl.bandcamp.com/album/abscission THE CHERRY THING – Accordion [Smalltown Supersound] She, steeped in the punk tradition from way back when with the Slits. They, named after a Don Cherry composition and blessed with the knack for reinvention. In retrospect, Neneh Cherry's meeting with Swedish jazz trio The Thing was meant to be. Their album, The Cheery Thing', is so addictive: like itching a scratch it can both agitate and sooth, and you come back to it time and again. This is the statement piece: MF Doom's lyrics are dragged into the woods and thrown in a cauldron by an incantatory Neneh while her three cohorts stir and swell around her. Magic. http://boomkat.com/vinyl/538465-neneh-cherry-the-thing-the-cherry-thing STANTON DAVIS' GHETTO MYSTICISM Things Cannot Stop Forever (Poon Tang Tally-Wacky) [Cultures of Soul] A jazz-funk obscurity from 1977 thankfully given a reissue by small but perfectly formed imprint Cultures of Soul. This is the kind of music that sweeps you up with its sheer musicality and fiery spirit. If you're into your disco and boogie, make sure you also check out their Evans Pyramid release (yes, 'Never Gonna Leave You' is on there). http://www.culturesofsoul.com/2011/02/27/stanton-davis-brighter-days/ YOSI HORIKAWA – Wandering [First Word] Great discovery on Aly Gillani's First Word records. Chiba City sound finder Horikawa is another example of a raw talent that's passed through the gates of Red Bull Music Academy and gone on to develop at a rapid rate. Drawing inspiration from the world around him – the shake, rattle and roll of life – the one-time architecture student excels at building hypnotic, layered compositions around the listener. It's a good space to be in. http://www.firstwordrecords.com/2012/06/yosi-horikawa-wandering-ep-out-now/ SHACKLETON – Blood on Your Hands [Skull Disco] How low can you go? Taking us all the way down to Atlantis in his sub-submarine, Shackleton cements his reputation as one of the deepest bass scientists out there. Stripped down riddim and bone, real pathos and nothing more. SO simple yet so profound. One side of this isn't enough. http://boomkat.com/vinyl/21485-shackleton-blood-on-my-hands MO KOLOURS – Banana Wine [One Handed Music] Half-Mauritian percussionist and singer Mo Kolours blends soul, dub and myriad electronic music styles to create his exotic and totally tropical take on head-nod. It's folk music but not as we know it. http://onehandedmusic.com/artist/mokolours/ D’ANGELO – One Mo Gin (live in Los Angeles 2000) So D is back. Still outrageously talented, still on a quest, still our greatest hope. This February I had the chance to catch him for the first time in Brixton after years spent trawling through YouTube. A bit static and jam-oriented for my liking but the man’s been off stage for years so let's consider that European tour ‘bootcamp’. The band – Chris Dave, Pino Palladino etc – were highly competent to a man but nowhere near as lean and monstrous a force as the Soultronics of 10 years before. No horns either. Listening back now, it makes you appreciate the Soutronics’ mastery and energy that much more – led from the front by a star in the making. Equal parts James, Sly, Stevie, Prince and Fela. Case in point is this joint, a sensous, sinuous rendition from the Voodoo tour. Apologies if it’s too long but I, like D, am an all-the-way lover so I’m letting it roll for the full 10+ minutes. Ride with it. GANG COLOURS – On Compton Bay [Brownswood] Southampton-based producer Will Ozanne has been name-checked on countless music and fashion blogs this year, and rightly so. His brand of melancholic modern soul – all thugged-out melodrama and atmospheric piano – and is every bit as intoxicating as the love his sings for. http://brownswoodrecordings.greedbag.com/buy/the-keychain-collection-0/ oOoOO – Starr [Tri-Angle] More moody beats and sombre vocal stylings from the mind of San Fran producer Christopher Dexter Grenspan. Lots of ghosts of artists past and present in this second EP, entitled 'Our Love is Hurting Us', yet it still manages to feel deliciously dark, fresh and seductive; that tall dark stranger in the corner with the intense stare that you can't help but follow. No idea what all this "witch house" business is about. I'll leave the name christening to the message boarders. http://www.soundsoftheuniverse.com/releases/?id=27737 THE INVISIBLE – Surrender (Ninja Tune) Mercury Music prize nominees return with another brilliant album of angular post punk, trio-charged atmospherics and exceptional songwriting. It's testament to the talents of Dave Okumu and his bandmates that this tense and densely layered second album never labours. Each track is part of one Invisible orbit as one by one they take you to a different place through a measured touch of subtle nuance, light and shade. No big vocal hooks in here but I guarantee you'll be humming a chorus here and a guitar lick there for months to come. Look out for Floating Points' staggering remix of their track 'Wings'. Out now. http://ninjatune.net/artist/the-invisible JAI PAUL – Jasmine [Demo] I'm very excited about Jai Paul and what this credible pop star in waiting can achieve on Richard Russell's XL. The label has been such a wonderful breeding ground for mavericks – Dizzy, MIA, The XX and Tyler the Creator (Azealia Banks wouldn't join the club though). Paul's 'BTSTU' heated up the internet in 2011 and since then we've only had one other track, a demo, and it's this. But what a track. Bittersweet RnB with a falsetto that gets in your head. The production is lo-fi, quite simple but brilliantly composed. He knows how to write a tune. More please. http://www.xlrecordings.com/news/listentojasminedemo J DILLA – Detroit Game (ft Chuck English and Boldy James) [Yancey Music Group] Keep calm – new album of unreleased Dilla tracks from 'the lost tapes' with Detroit MCs established and emerging spittin' over the top. A few killers in here but as a body of work it lacks the finesse and attention to detail that Dilla was renowned for. That's why it's been unreleased until now. Still, A worthwhile project, brought to us by Ma Dukes no less, and this is one of my favourites – Cool Kids' Chuck English putting it down very nicely. http://www.jdillarebirthofdetroit.com/ SPOEK MATHAMBO – Put Some Red on It [Sub Pop] One of the more surprising hip hop albums of the year from South African-born Mathambo. Schizophrenic, polyrhythmic, big, brash and occasionally overwhelming (not a bad thing), his album's an acquired taste. But as garbled as his message often becomes, Mathambo does have something to say and this tune is a wry polemic about the blood diamond trade. http://www.subpop.com/releases/spoek_mathambo/full_lengths/father_creeper AUNTIE FLO – Train [Huntleys + Palmers] A delicious approximation of all that is fun about sounclash and tropical soundsystem culture. Auntie Flo, Glaswegian producer and club runner Brian D'Souza, knows his kwaito from his shangaan, and his cumbia from his kuduro. That ghetto cut-and-paste approach to making house music, the quintessential party soundtrack, continues to be very popular in the clubs. It's cheaper than flying, I guess. This track is taken from his mini-album 'Future Love Machine', which shows a more rounded side to Flo, as he moves through tempos and moods. My kind of 'world music'. auntieflo.in THEESATISFACTION – Enchantruss [Sub Pop] THEESatisfaction are two sassy fun-loving ladies, Stas and Cat, who met around five years ago in Seattle and bonded over a shared love of nineties' hip-hop, RnB and dusty ol' jazz music. They quickly started singing and rapping together and soon progressed to Garageband and writing/producing their own songs. They came to my attention after collaborating on this tune with the equally leftfield Shabazz Palaces (Ish, salute sir). Prepare to feel "tingly, mushy and ready to go out," as Cat puts it. http://www.theesatisfaction.com http://www.amazon.co.uk/Awe-Naturale-Thee-Satisfaction/dp/B0073US9N0 KEY & CLEARY – I’m a Man (Chocolate Industries) One of the standout tracks from an album of obscure electronic soul music recordings compiled by Dante Carfagna. Honest, brokeback tune, full of defiance, just the way I like it. http://www.chocolateindustries.com/blog/2012/02/personal-space/ JOHNNY MATHIS – I Love My Lady (Afrikanz on Mars version) (Modern Artifacts) Thanks to his revealing autobiography and a collaboration with Daft Punk on their next album, Chic's Nile Rodgers is once again the talk of the town. But one revelation he left out of his memoirs was the shelved Johnny Mathis album he and Bernard Edwards worked on. Full of great songs and dancefloor grooves it was, sadly, deemed too risky for Mathis at the time. Ross Allen brought this album to my attention and then his mate Ashley Beedle decided to take the sun-kissed samba of 'I Love My Lady' and extend the pleasure just in time for … the rain. Someone release that album! http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/shop/product.php?pid=82594 KID – Hupendi Muziki Wangu (SAM) Almost any 12 with the SAM logo on it is going to be fire and this jolly eighties' Italo monster from KID is no exception. Helmed by producer Geoff Bastow, who helped Moroder to create his signature sound, 'Hupendi…', which translates as 'Don't You Like Our Music?' (ah the irony), is guaranteed to get the party started in true boogie tradition. Sweeping Philly strings, funky bassline, horn stabs, wonky keys … it's all here. http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/products/KID-DontStopHupendiMuzikiWangu-Sam-82771.html HIPNOTIC - Are You Lonely [Street Level] Oh my gosh. Does boogie get any better than this? A recent reissue, first released in 1983 by Street Level in Canada. I didn't know too much about this but a quick internet trawl revealed the following, courtesy of the Discovinyl's blog: "It was co-written and produced by Alan Felder who has penned some great soulful tracks for the O'Jays, Kim Covington and others. I'd have to call it a grower. When a customer of mine, a plastic surgeon from Florence, Italy brought it to my attention several years ago I remember thinking this is kinda catchy but so are a lot of 80's R&B Boogie type tunes." Aye. The plastic surgeon bit kills me… http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=65290 MOODYMANN – Pray 4 Love (Scion A/V) Taken from KDJ's recent collaboration with Scion and given away for free. Free. I know, life can be blessed sometimes. He's so particular about he releases, what gets aired and when, I was surprised that this was given away. Not that I'm complaining – each tune on the EP is classic Moody preshaah. Like Theo, nearly everything he touches is magic and this particular tune brings together familiar Mahogani names such as Amp Fiddler, Roberta Sweed and Divinti to purr over another late-night basement jam from the D. http://www.scionav.com/blog/2012/04/13/moodymann-picture-this-ep/ DREAM 2 SCIENCE – My Love Turns Liquid [Rush Hour] One of the re-releases of the year from the ever dependable Rush Hour. This one is a 'lost' mini-album of deep introspective house from New Yorker Ben Cenac, one-time member of electro group Newcleus (of 'Jam on Revenge' fame). Quite meditative, in a Larry Heard state of mind. Whether you're up or down, this will connect. http://rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=64296 ERYKAH BADU – Honey (Ron Trent mix) [Prescription] This one goes out to all the Badu lovers in the world, especially my crew that went to see her at the Blues Festival in London. She's royalty but of the rarest kind because she never rests on her laurels. Who knows where the concluding part of the New Amerykah trilogy (forthcoming) will take us. The real star here, however, is Ron Trent, who crams so many sounds into this joyous house remix of 'Honey' – shimmering guitars, Mary Jane Girls bassline, crescendos of chords – it's a wonder that it feels so light and breezy. I also love how he takes the track somewhere deeper towards the end, just as he did with that classic N'Dambi 'Can't Change Me' remix from a few years back. http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=57411 TRUS'ME – Shakea Body (Terrence Dixon mix) [Prime Numbers] One of a series of remixes that the Manchester label released a while back. Detroit's Dixon gets classically agitated in a Motor City way. http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/106767 MACHINEDRUM – DDD [LuckyMe] Machinedrum is consistently great at whatever form of dance music he dabbles in, from two-step to techno. You can currently find him pushing buttons for rapper du jour Azealia Banks (http://soundcloud.com/azealia-banks/aquababe-prod-by-machinedrum). This EP was originally written in 2010, caned by Rinse and then re-engineered for the '12. 'DDD' in particular will stir the weariest of souls. http://boomkat.com/downloads/484127-machinedrum-sxlnd-ep OCTO OCTA – Deep Hurt (100% Silk) There's no shortage of great house tracks to play from 100% Silk, one of my label discoveries of the year, but the deft use of Aaliyah's plaintive vocal in this deep tune gets me from the off. Hear this in the dead of night and you'll feel closer than ever to the distant strangers around you. http://boomkat.com/vinyl/531364-octo-octa-oh-love http://www.listentosilk.com JAMES WELSH – Zippyshare (Wolf) A new recruit to the rampant Wolfpack, Walsh fits right in with his lupine brothers, dropping after-hours house trax laced with a nagging vocal sample to please the soul faithful. Great pressing, artwork and package – standard. Looking forward to the full album on this label. It's about that time. http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/products/JamesWelsh-WolfEP013-WolfMusic-84230.html http://wolfmusicrecords.com GENIUS OF TIME – Houston We Have a Problem [Royal Oak] An oldie but a goodie from Swedish duo Genius of Time. This one just builds and builds, walking the bassline to the stars until the familiar "Ohhhhh" of the late diva comes in. Restrained use of her domineering voice elsewhere. Best way. http://clone.nl/item19538.html DISCLOSURE – Lividup [Greco Roman] The darlings of the new two-step/house movement … and for good reason. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, aged 17 and 20 respectively, already have such an intuitive sense of the floor – working around killer vocals, building peaks and rollercoaster rhythms to move your body while working in little flickers of influences to keep things interesting. And they have fun. It's a big and lively sound for 2012. There's too much darkness and austerity in "dance" music for my liking. This stuttering RnB-inspired party cut is taken from their Faces EP, which builds on the promise of their earlier singles and that irresistible Jessie Ware remix. I'll take sexy over sophisticated any night. http://soundcloud.com/stholdings/disclosure-the-face-ep-greco SASSE – Eagle Eyes [Moodmusic] Sasse's third album just gets better and better as you move through it. Real analogue atmosphere and beguiling depth to the music, rare in today's often either inane or overwrought deep house spectrum. The rhythms are solid but it's the other elements and when they enter the fray that really grab hold of you – the vocal snippet in 'Fantazy' and the arpeggiated synth motif of 'Alpha' just two of the many memorable moments. 'Eagle Eyes' gets my vote here as we reach the home straight – it has a sense of climax to it. Check the whole album though; impeccably crafted, buffed and blessed for discerning floors and minds. http://www.moodmusicrecords.com/news/third-encounter.html

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4. SNC radio Feb10

SNC radio Feb10

1. John Heartsman – Silky Pete [Jazzman] The fourth instalment in the Jazzman records HOLY GRAIL series and it’s a corker. Multi-instrumentalist and seasoned session man Johnny Heartsman's private press double LP from 1977 is drenched in the blues, managing to simultaneously offer spiritual earth, sister sass and serious chops from each of the Circles. The album is a series of electrifying performances by the band in a small Sacremento jazz club, a place where each member felt free to fly and try. The full LP has been carefully repressed on vinyl (limited to copies only) and CD complete with extensive notes, pictures and background history. Life is better with this album. >> jazzmanrecords.co.uk/shop/asp/prodtype.asp?prodtype=55 2. Jose James – Code [Brownswood] When Jose starts work on his third album for the mighty Verve label, he’ll be able to look back one fine day and be thoroughly proud of all he’s achieved at Brownswood. A 30,000-selling debut of exquisite vocal jazz bettered by a brave and at times phenomenal second album. He’s a mercurial vocalist and music mind in his own right, but combine that spirit with the studio wizardry of such people as Flying Lotus and you have a new form of jazz that’s capable of conquering the masses. Take a bow sir. As I said to Jose, I could listen to this track on loop until I die. >> myspace.com/josejamesquartet >> gillespetersonworldwide.com/brownswood-recordings/artists/jose-james 3. Matthew Herbert – Dublin [Accidental] It’s so good to have Britain’s eccentric musical magpie back. Never short of an idea, or twist, he’s made ‘ONE ONE’, an album of Robert Wyatt-tinged tales of surreal revelry, with Matthew performing everything including lead vocals. A fascinating take on songwriting that should keep fans wondering until he releases ‘ONE CLUB’, an album of tunes made entirely from sounds recorded one night at the Robert Johnson nightclub in Frankfurt last year. The final part of the trilogy will be ‘ONE PIG’, a record made out of the life cycle of a pig. Yes, I’m also confused but happily so. Other projects include production for Eska’s debut album and a reimagining of Mahler’s 10th Symphony for Deutsche Gramofon. >> matthewherbert.com >> accidentalrecords.com 4. D’Angelo – 1000 Deaths [CDR] Words can’t describe how desperate I am for this man to rise again, newly sharpened axe in hand, and bring some serious power to the stage. The track is unmastered, you can barely hear what D’s muttering but I guarantee you’ll still be tingling with the “fonk”. As you listen to the wayward singer mumble something about being over the hill, you sense the stakes are higher for Michael Archer in 2010 – it isn’t just about the sacred or the profane anymore; it isn’t even about the occult this time. No, D’Angelo is singing for his life. Let’s hope that higher purpose drives him to complete his third album for J Records before the 10th anniversary of ‘Voodoo’ is over. On the back of this, I dug out some vintage Lewis Taylor – ah the collab that never happened. >> myspace.com/dangelo 5. Erykah Badu – Window Seat [CDR] From one present-day legend to another. Second leak from Badu’s eagerly awaited second part of the New Amerykah trilogy. Put simply, no one does soul better – and more intriguingly. Badu’s a student of sound but she’s still able to knock out a retro slow jam like this because she’s got that vibe every time she touches the mic. Badu says part II, ‘Return of the Ankh’, deals with a "spiritual and emotional" battle. Her sixth album's USB stick packaging includes extras ranging from footage of concerts, to commentary on the recording process. Expect transcendental production knock from the likes of Madlib, Georgia, Karriem Riggins and Shafiq Hussein. >> erykahbadu.com 6. Shaunice – Abdullalim Commotion [Eglo] Another precocious talent unearthed by Alexander Nut’s fledgling imprint, an artist with that little something extra. Almost extra-terrestrial vibe, directed not by fashions or influences, more by confluence of surroundings and spirit. Shaunice sings and raps with poise. Can’t wait for more. >> myspace.com/fatimaworldwide >> eglorecords.com 7. Corinne Bailey Rae – Closer [EMI] The pop enchantress from Leeds is back and what a few years she’s had. Elation at conquering the world turned to tragedy when husband Jason died of an accidental drugs overdose. Now she’s overcome both heartache and sophmore album anxiety by stretching out with a raw and more energetic sound, exploring the knife edge between pleasure and pain ably abetted by right-hand man Steve Brown and a virtuoso band that includes Cinematic’s Luke Flowers on drums. This one is reminiscent of Minnie Riperton in her ‘Reasons’ era. >> corinnebaileyrae.net 8. Fatima – Soul Glo [Eglo] Recently, a friend of mine had the sheer cheek, or rather stupidity, to say that Fatima can’t sing live. Bollocks. He could only have been referring to the butch javelin thrower. This girl smashes it every time, whether it’s in the booth for Shafiq Husayn and Floating Points, fronting IG Culture’s Zen Badizm live project or appearing with Slum Village (check the video on her MySpace page). Some of you may be familiar with the speaker-smokin’ track ‘Kleer’ that she guested on last year. Well she’s hooked up with producer FunkinEven once more for this track, forthcoming on her debut EP ‘Mindtravelin’. Never straight up but always soul deep. Props for the Randy Coming to America Watson intro too! Sexual chocolate. >> myspace.com/fatimaworldwide 9. Bill Withers – I’m Her Daddy [Columbia/Legacy] The legendary singer songwriter has charmed his way back into the public consciousness thanks to the recent documentary ‘Still Bill’, a moving portrait of a pious, private and highly intuitive human being. And how could we forget the man who taught us about life (‘Grandma’s Hands’), love (‘Just The Two Of Us’), friendship (‘Lean On Me’) and war (‘I Can’t Write Left-handed’). If you’re in London on 21 February then why not book a ticket for the showing at the Prince Charles cinema at 13.00. All proceeds go to charity. >> stillbillthemovie.com >> princecharlescinema.com/events/index.php#stillbill 10. Eric Lau – One [Kilowatt Music] I have to admire how London producer Eric Lau finesses his tracks. There’s a lot of care and attention that goes into every composition – just check ‘One’, the instrumental of ‘Always Will’. The knock ain’t enough. And Eric’s beats must be addictive for me to spurn the vocal of Muhinsah. This is the second of three-part producer series from Kilowatt Music, which also features Kaidi Tatham and DC’s prolific Oddisee on the rhymes. Limited CD copies and even more limited 7”s. Collectors’ item for the beat connoisseurs. >> myspace.com/ericlaumusic >> myspace.com/kilawattmusic 11. Mr Dibia$e – Keep On Runnin [Fat City] Mr Dibiase is a highly respected veteran of the LA beat scene; he’s opened shows for GZA and MF Doom and collaborated with kindred spirits Ras G and Flying Lotus. His productions run from 8 bit classics to seductive soul to raw grungy bangers. He’s also prolific: this EP for Fat City is just an aside to the major takeover in 2010. Dibia$e’s ‘Lo Tech Mastery’ LP is in the process of getting mastered (“Daddy Kev is mastering this so the bass will be on steroids and extra slappin fo sho”) and the live show is coming to Europe. Also, check Myspace for updates on the Dibia$e x 14KT project, the free download of ‘Dibia$e presents Llamaville’ and the ‘Darkhorsemen Project’ where JonWayne rhymes over Dibia$e’s raw SP404 beats. >> http://www.fatcityrecordings.com/fcr/homeRelease.php?rid=162 >> www.myspace.com/diabolic1 12. Tranqill – Deadly Wintaz [CDR] A tuff piece of upfront business from Alex Chase at One Handed Music. After kickin’ 16s on several Oddisee tracks, Tranqill is about to drop his debut EP for OHM, entitled ‘The Hidden Treasures’. “Four tracks of raw paranoia, and the kind of rough, spontaneous and impassioned hip hop that makes those vintage Wu Tang records so vital,” says Alex. Look out for a full album collaboration between Oddisee and Tranqill very soon. >> myspace.com/onehanded 13. The xx – Islands (Nosaj Thing remix) [CDR] LA producer Jason Chung, who delivered his stunning debut album ‘Drift’ last year, is also very imaginative when it comes to remixing other artists’ work (the wildly disparate likes of Drake, Radiohead and Charlotte Gainsbourg have had the privilege). This is one of his most recent, a spun out take on indie darlings The xx. Another California collagist doing extraordinary things with beats and pieces. Catch him dj’ing on 10 March at Fabric as part of the Red Bull Music Academy/Brainfeeder invasion. >> nosajthing.com/?paged=4 14. Afrika Hi-Tech – Too Late [RBMA] Mark Pritchard is a baadman. So many years in the game, and almost as many changes as Bowie – Global Communication, Troubleman, Harmonic 313 – yet he’s still desperate to blow your mind with bass and invention year after year. Afrika Hi-Tech is his rootical clubwise project with Steve Spacek. The EP is imminent on Warp. To get you in the mood this is a pre-summer ting from a recent RBMA sampler. >> myspace.com/officialmarkpritchard >> http://warp.net 15. Breakage – Hard (ft Newham Generals & David Rodigan) [Digital Soundboy] Another massive bass bomb from Digital Soundboy’s young gun. With sophmore album ‘Foundation’ dropping in February, the producer will prove he’s much more than a DnB man. As the original nutter Roots Manuva said, while working with Breakage on last year’s ragga dancehall anthem ‘Run Em Out’: “I’ve never heard someone so young use bass so excessively. Breakage has got an ear for a whole ‘nother level of frequency that a lot of people forgot about. Deep sub-sonic frequency. He’s going deep. He’s talking the sea life. The squid. It is squid? Na, the shrimp.” Yes, those are promo drops but you cares. Baad tune. >> myspace.com/breakagedsb >> digitalsoundboy.com 16. Raah Project – Will You Be There (Patchworks remix) [Summer Dawn] When he’s not on Brownswood records detail or repping his ghetto fabulous Thug & Hugs night, Alex from Patchwork Pirates likes nothing more than a deep meditation, like this one involving Raah Project. Be sure to pick up the limited edition numbered 10" on Summer Dawn Records. The other retweak comes from man of the moment Blue Daisy. >> myspace.com/raahproject >> myspace.com/patchworkpirates 17. James Blake – Give A Man A Rod [Hessle Audio] Hessle Audio's eleventh release comes from James Blake, a 21-year-old from South London, who has previously released for Hemlock Recordings, as well as having an EP in the pipeline for R&S. ‘Give A Man A Rod’ is one of three tracks on the EP, which features some clever keys and pitched-down vocal work from the Mount Kimbie collaborator. >> myspace.com/jamesblakeproduction >> myspace.com/hessleaudio 18. Joy Orbison – So Derobe [Aus] It’s impossible to leave Mr Orbison off a playlist when he continues to derange the senses like this. Ecstatic bass suites with sprinklings of deep soul vocal that touch the erogenous zones, all whisked with elements of funky, RnB, garage, dubstep and whatever else he cares to incorporate. I can’t describe it but oh can I feel it. Double-A side preshaaah. >> simplerecords.co.uk/#/releases/82 >> myspace.com/joyorbison 19. James Fox – Put It Back (Ramadanman refix) [Take] New house vibes from northerner James Fox, a newcomer to the TAKE stable. The dry four four, kicks, sweeping strings and deep stabs prove a simple but effective winner over seven engrossing minutes. However, we’ve opted for the carefully constructed two-stepper from Ramadanman on the flip. Like a second wind for the 3am crowd. >> myspace.com/jamesalexanderfox >> myspace.com/takerecords 20. Roska (ft Jamie George) – Wonderful Day [Roska Kicks & Snares] Respin of one last summer’s big records. The name is everywhere: funky champion Roska has imprinted his irresistible percussive sound on the club consciousness over the last few years with tracks like this. In between those kicks and snares is a load of bass, dirt and soul – the breakfast if champions. New tune ‘I Need Love’ is also worth picking up along with the self-titled album out on Rinse very soon. >> roska.co.uk 21. 2 Bears – Be Strong [Southern Fried] The 2 Bears is the union of Hot Chip’s production papa Joe Goddard and London dj Raf Daddy. Together they make serious house music with that early 90’s New Jersey/Chicago vibe but with an attitude that’s firmly rooted in present-day London town. The EP is imminent of Southern Fried records. Give ‘em a hug. >> the2bears.co.uk/ 22. Kuniyuki (ft Henrik Schwarz & Fumio Itabashi) – Once Again [Mule Musiq] The third album from Kuniyuki Takahashi, ‘Walking In The Naked City’, is coming out in March on Mule Musiq. Here’s a house producer that always goes deeper than your average. As does Henrik Schwarz who features on vocals here, supported by the legendary jazz pianist Fumio Itabashi. Soulphiction is on remix duty – look out for that. >> myspace.com/kuniyuki >> mulemusiq.com 23. Black Coffee – We Are One [Soulistic Music] I can’t stop listening to this tune. The Durban-born lynchpin of South Africa’s thriving house music scene hooks up with his Red Bull Music Academy “bra” from 2003, the legendary Hugh Masekela, for a song of “love and peace”. Simple. Definitely one to make you smile. >> soulisticmusic.com >> myspace.com/realblackcoffee

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5. SNC radio December 2012

SNC radio December 2012

A Christmas gift from me to you. Here's a selection of bits that I've been meaning to share for quite a while. Something old, something new… 1. Austin Peralta – Live at Futura (2011) [edit] A brief excerpt from the late pianist's 'Endless Planets' album launch at Futura (Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, USA) in 2011. The 22 year old was an astral traveller and virtuoso member of Flying Lotus' brainfeeder collective. He would have taken jazz to new and daring heights. The music, although scarce, will live on. https://soundcloud.com/alphapup/austin-peralta-live-at-futura 2. Tigran Hamasyan - Carnaval [Verve] Another exciting young pianist, this time from Armenia. Hamasyan takes folk music from his motherland and twists it into exciting new modern movements with often heart-rending harmonies. His voice adds a Nascimento-like flutter to this celebratory song. After making a name for himself with his Verve-released album 'A Fable' he stole the show at this year's London Jazz Festival with an ambitious set of 'remixes' and new ideas. Lots more to come from this guy. http://www.tigranhamasyan.com 3. David Virelles – Magongo Pabio [Pi] The third of a trio of gifted keys men, Virelles studied under Henry Threadgill and came of age in the bands of Steve Coleman and Ravi Coltrane among others. On "Continuum' he has set out to explore his Cuban roots and present a highly expressive study of his country's folklore together with drummer Andrew Cyrille, bassist Ben Street and percussionist poet Roman Diaz. The album is a delightful curiosity, a singular work, and rewards patient listening. http://www.davidvirelles.com 4. Andy Stott – Numb [Modern Love] 'Luxury Problems' is the Manchester producer's studio opus, a meditative, beguiling and beautifully produced album, full of yearning, vulnerability and raw emotion. Somewhere in each intricately built track there is a restless beating heart that you simply can't ignore. Interesting fact: the vocals on this track are by Stott's piano teacher from his student days. I love that. http://www.modern-love.co.uk/artists/andy-stott 5. Flako - Hole in the Dark [Hit + Run] Taken from the LA crew's third compilation that recently came out. London-based Flako is a name you're going to be hearing a lot more of in 2013. In a crowded field of beatmaking producers his compositions paint pictures and sketch scenes like few others. Something's happening and you get the feeling that things are never going to be the same again. http://www.kwatro.info/releases/flako-hole-in-the-dark/ 6. London Grammar - Hey Now [Metal & Dust] Countless blogs and social networks have been awash with giddy excitement regarding this humble London trio. And they've yet to release any music. This song is undeniably stunning, particularly the vocal, and will be available on their debate EP which should be coming out in the new year. Desolate, angular and tense in the mould of an early XX but more effusive. https://soundcloud.com/londongrammar 7. Spaceape - Your Angel Has Come [dl] After exploring the supernatural, alien life and associated threats to mankind, Spaceape, frequent collaborator of Kode9, releases the brilliant EP 'Xorcism', which documents his three-year battle with a rare form of cancer called Neurolymphamatosis. Over seven chapters of sampled Haitian voodoo rhythms the MC takes into a spiritual world full of poetry, pain and paranoia. http://soundcloud.com/the-spaceape 8. The Insomniax - Oh She Falls (Swede Art remix) [Earnest Endeavours] A winning combination of deep love-not-love song, cascading arp and killer soul hook from the Earnest Endeavours label. For all its hazy charm, this tune works equally well on a cold winter's night as you sit alone in a dark room. Waiting. Wanting. https://soundcloud.com/earnestendeavours/ee005-friday-comes-re-manuva-teaser 9. Meridian Brothers – Guaracha UFO (Version Rebajada) [Soundway] A simply bonkers tune from Bogota’s Meridian Brothers, a relatively new signing to Soundway. On first listen you would be forgiven for thinking this was a resurrected obscurity from a nameless Spaniard who relocated to the Middle East in the seventies. Perhaps it is… I'm told that Meridian Brothers’ mischievous and darkly comic blend of Latin rhythms and psychedelic grooves is the creation of Eblis Álvarez, one of the key figures of the experimental music scene in Bogota, where his contemporaries label him a genius. Who would disagree? http://www.soundwayrecords.com/catalogue/desesperanza.html 10. Barker & Baumecker – Databass133_1_3 1 [Ostgut Ton] 'Transsektoral' is one of the year's most interesting techno records – not in an aimless chin-stroking way, more because of its variety as sounds coalesce to form irregular shapes, which morph into countless foreign forms as you work through the album. It's organic machine music you will happily lose yourself in for hours. See you next year. http://ostgut.de/label/record/85 11. Troy Gunner - Dancing in the Leaves [Mindset] Troy Gunner is a mysterious young producer from the UK, a stone's throw from Bath apparently, highly adapt and crafting this lush textures full of warmth and deep pulse. Listen to this and you'll feel like their on an adventure with him, scaling peaks and meandering through valleys. No he's not a hobbit. I don't think so, anyway. http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/103967 12. Zanshin - Cloud Atlas [Affine] Another roller, this time of a more broken persuasion. It's direct, uplifting and will sound splendid on a big system. Zanshin is a new talent from Austria and loves throwing together myriad influences – dubstep, techno, early electronica - and lacing them with "filigree field recordings." Alright then. http://affinerecords.bandcamp.com/album/muddle-in-the-middle 13. Half Moon Run - Full Circle [Indica] This merry bunch of cherubic voices hail from Montreal and they are one of the finds of 2012. Ah those harmonies. After supporting Metric on tour earlier this year they came to the UK for a triumphant show, marking their arrival as infamous 'ones to watch' and not just a group you file next to Fleet Foxes. This song contains one of my favourite lines this year, not because of the lyrical content … more because of the bed of melody it floats in on: "And I watch … as your head turns full circle." Swoon. http://www.halfmoonrun.com/#daybyday 14. Natalie Duncan - She Done Died [Decca] Thanks to Goldie for bringing Miss Duncan to our attention after his By Royal Appointment talent show last year. We love a tortured soul singer in this country particularly when we can lay claim to her; that is, that the grim reality of life in parts of the UK can make spine-tingling moments of musical pleasure. Duncan hails her arrival as a "welcome grim reaper for the pop world". Ballsy. The truth is that she can deliver a song with blues gut and real sentiment across a variety of forms. I love the simmering anger in this one although she does despair very well too - listen to 'Sky is Falling' and 'Devil in Me'. Her sprawling debut album (clocking in at more than 15 weighty tracks) proves that and serves as a fine foundation to build on. More of the artist, less of the pop I say. http://natalieduncan.com/ 15. Newban - Bells [BBE] Respect to Lee and the BBE family for dusting off these old tapes, which contain some truly amazing moments from the early days of the group that eventually became Atlantic Starr. All the great big band soul/funk/RnB crews come to mind when listening to songs like 'Bells': Kool & The Gang, Pleasure, Earth, Wind & Fire etc This album is never far from my system. Like Bob Marley's 'Legend', every home needs one. http://www.bbemusic.com/data.pl?release=BBE223ACD 16. Bassekou Kouyate - Kele Magni (featuring Khaira Arby) [Out Here] A world without music is one that I couldn't live in. Yet this is an everyday reality for the inhabitants of north Mali where, after a military coup involving Tuareg rebels, secessionists and Islamists linked to al-Queda swept through the region and banned music and musicians – except for songs containing Koranic verses. Among those driven out was the "Nightingale of the North", Khaira Arby, who guests on this song from N'goni maestro Bassekou Kouyate's third album 'Jama Ko'. "They told my neighbours that if they ever caught me, they would cut my tongue out," she said. “Music is against Islam,” claims Oumar Ould Hamaha, the military leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, one of the three extremist groups controlling the north. In this extremist struggle against the West there are countless victims, many of whom have brought so much joy to people around the world. Let's hope that power is wrestled away from the tyrants, restoring peace and sweet harmony to this wonderful country. http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2012/12/bassekou-kouyate-releases-new-album/ http://www.outhere.de/homeroots/artists/t-bassekou-kouyate 17. Debruit – Zef (Fulgeance mix) [Civil] Two masters of the beat combine to great effect. http://www.beatport.com/track/zef-fulgeance-remix/3826745 18. Foxgen – Shuggie [Jagjaguwar] Another one of those hot new bands from LA. Only this time they're not so new. It can take a few years to find your sound but it appears that this duo have hit their stride with their second album, 'We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic', due next year. The touchpoints are obvious: all sixties'/seventies' rock n'roll and glam such as T-Rex, Bowie, the Stones, and even a touch of the more obscure in the shape of the recently resurfaced Mr Otis himself. This track is schizophrenic as hell but it's also ambitious and good fun. Catch them live in Europe in February. http://www.jagjaguwar.com/artist.php?name=foxygen 19. Dr John - Locked Down [Nonesuch] The high priest of New Orleans' rhythm and blues returned this year with a heavy set of mumbo gumbo funk, a raw journey into his formative years; all dark alley ways and indiscretions. With the help of the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, the doctor sounds reinvigorated, growling with menace as he tells tales backed up by a lean and mean band of young musicians. One of the albums of the year. http://www.nonesuch.com/artists/dr-john 20 Captain Murphy - The Ritual [dl] So after all the speculation (www.kanyetothe.com/forum/index.php?topic=265020.0) the latest mysterious MC du jour is none other than the Flying Lotus. He of the production variety. Pitched down and warped, he sounds a lot like Tyler the Creator; no bad thing. The recently released deluxe mixtape is well worth downloading. This song catches my year on account of the intro: it makes me feel like I'm in a scene from a classic war movie, on a chopper to Nam. Is that really the place to want to be? Anyway, the tune flips you into a different world after that. Go have you own experience. http://captainmurphy.xxx 21. Kendrick Lamar - Sherane [Aftermath] Lots of love for this guy in 2012 and with good reason. He's a compelling storyteller with an unusual tone – nasal, smooth, matured beyond his years. A dextrous and nimble MC with a widescreen vision. A young kid made good. Backed by a crew of jeep beat-making clutch of producers such as Just Blaze, not to mention the clout of CPT's don, Dr Dre, his ascent this year was inevitable. Despite having several 'hits' the whole album is best experienced as an album. How many hip hop albums can you say that about? Sit back and listen as a priapic 17 year old drives off in his mother's car to meet this girl called Sherane. Gets the blood pumping. http://kendricklamar.org/ 22. Roc Marciano - Thread Count [Decon] Roc has a solid reputation among the hip hop community but he's yet to really make a dent. That might change with his second album 'Reloaded'. The Flipmode Squad alumnus purrs gritty street tales of life around the five burroughs as beats animate the scenes he evokes. This tune, the album's standout, is so deft and mesmerising. Who needs a neck-breaking beat when you've got the percussion? Consummate jazz man Q Tip on the production. http://www.undergroundhiphop.com/roc-marciano-reloaded/DCN168CD/ 23. Nicholas Jaar & Theodore Roosevelt - The Ego [Clown & Sunset] There are few more inventive producers in house music right now. Jaar is like the musical equivalent of a slow food advocate: part scientist, part aesthete, passionate, taking his time and savouring his produce. This giveaway reveals a more humorous side to his work as he impersonates Theodore Roosevelt over a playful dub. With a Jamaican patois flavour. https://soundcloud.com/clownandsunset/nicolas-jaar-theatre-roosevelt 24. Janet Jackson - If (Kayranada remix] [dl] A late addition to my list. Respect once again to Ross Allen, a great broadcaster who is thankfully back on air (http://mi-soul.com/ross-allen-and-andrew-hale). Montreal's Kaytanada challenges Mark E (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zPC5Vz2jAY) for the title of best Janet remixer with this chugging slab of joy. K chops up a song from the singer's fifth album, filtering and dropping the beat to devastating effect. Will we ever tire of nineties' RnB vocals over dope house trax? Probably not. https://soundcloud.com/kaytranada/janet-jackson-if-kaytranada 25. Sure Thing - Holdin You Tight (Instrumental) [Gutterfunk] Bristol supergroup delivers dynamite boogie cut. featuring DJ Die, Futureboogie's Christophé and Joker. No samples on this one. Original bass, original cowbell, original vocoder (out to Roger Troutman, my man). It's a loving recreation of time when disco was deadly. http://boomkat.com/vinyl/580684-sure-thing-holding-you-tight 26. Shoebox - Roam no More [Shoebox] Taken from Shoebox's second EP, 'Shifted', this groove is tense, mysterious and undeniably beautiful. A soulful basement heater with moments for quiet reflection. I like that combination. http://www.rushhour.nl/distribution_detailed.php?item=63093 27. Policy - One Last Time [Rush Hour] Again, the tension between a plaintive vocal and tough drum track can make for really interesting music, whether you are in the club or on your lounge. This one is built more for the former, NYC's newcomer Policy working up a storm at the upper end of the BPM scale. Looking forward to hearing more from him next year. https://soundcloud.com/policy/one-last-time-original 28. Christopher Rau – Fuck the Projection [Aim] Rau is slowly but surely maturing into a producer with that golden combination of pulse and passion. Where some of his earlier work on the Smallville label might have been easily dismissed as either muddled or mildly anodyne, tracks like this display a more focused and applied craft. The curious detail is still there but I find that by leaning more towards the floor on this 12, having more conviction instead of dipping into this and that, he's found his sound. http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/111240 29. Ossie - Find It [Hyperdub] The man who produced one of my favourite mixes this year (https://soundcloud.com/ossieproducer/ossie-mix-the-hyperdub-show) has released this 12 on Hyperdub, continuing his fruitful exploration of that space where house, broken and funky do battle. It's a fertile space and offers welcome relief from the straight four four disco dub-influenced fare that continues to saturate house music. Ossie's appreciation of tough and highly percussive rhythm is what sets him apart. But he also knows the power of a vocal and when to unleash it. http://www.hyperdub.net/releases/view/203/HDB067 30. Daphni – Ye Ye [Text] Dan "Caribou" Snaith took many of us by surprise with this energetic album of dark and minimal cuts under his alias Daphni. He went in hard on a classic Laurent Garnier tip. 'Ye Ye' is immense, building with all the rapturous fervour of Frenchman's 'The Man with the Red Face' and begging to be unleashed on a weary floor of hedonistic clubbers. The title says it all really. Spontaneous and sinister, Daphni is the sound of a masterful producer revelling in the first flush of peak-time release. http://boomkat.com/vinyl/556706-daphni-jiaolong 31. DJ Steaw - Holding On [Phonogramme] A slammin' dose of classic nineties' Chandler-esque house courtesy of this Frenchman, a new name to me but a big favourite of the Bicep boys (http://www.feelmybicep.com/2012/10/21/fmb-dj-steaw/) for whom he played at Fabric last October. This is the definition of upbeat; I can't think of a better track to close the night. House music saved your life once again. http://www.bm-soho.com/store/AutoKey/131659/dj/steawrhubarbe/ep

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6. SNC radio Nov09

SNC radio Nov09

EMPIRICAL – A Bitter End For A Tender Giant [Naim Jazz] Young British jazz players opening doors and minds to Eric Dolphy? Yes please. Empirical are a leaderless band of intrepid musicians: alto saxophonist Nathaniel Facey and drummer Shaney Forbes, both former members of Tomorrow's Warriors (Facey also plays in Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA tribute to Sun Ra), double bassist Tom Farmer from the Heritage Orchestra and rogue vibraphonist Lewis Wright. Each composition is the most natural of conversations between instruments; each is telling a different tale. This tune was inspired by Dolphy’s death in Berlin from a diabetic coma. Pick up the new album ‘Out n’ In’, produced by Jason Yarde. Sprightly and sumptuously balanced music that’s worth getting lost in. >> myspace.com/empiricalmusic 2. MULATU ASTATKE – Mulatu [Strut] Oh how I love Mulatu. There’s the music – all sinuous, mischievous and intoxicating – and then there’s the man; an Ethiopian jazz mystic who’s lived a thousand lives in as many countries. Despite reaching new heights of fame following Jarmusch’s use of tunes such as ‘Yekermo Sew’ and ‘Yegelle Tezeta’ for Broken Flowers, there hasn’t been a comprehensive collection of his recordings, from the heady British jazz scene of the 60's through his varied output for the Worthy label in NYC to the key Addis period on Amha, etc Well, building on the superb ‘Inspiration Information’ release, Strut have rectified that. Here’s one of many memorable moments on the album. Check the sleeve notes for knowledge from Soundway’s Miles Cleret. Worth a physical purchase, for sure. >> mulatu-ethiojazz.com >> strut-records.com/node/193 3. STANTON DAVIS’ GHETTO MYSTICISM – Space-A-Nova I (Soul Jazz) If you haven’t picked up Stuart Baker and Gilles Peterson’s wonderful, record-shaped tome to rare spiritual jazz cover artwork then treat yourself to a Christmas present and order using the link below. Simply touching this book will heal you. While you’re at it, pick up the loud double-double LP of tunes from the likes of Mary Lou Williams, Michael White, Joe McFee, Amina Claudine Myers and these guys, Stanton Davis' Ghetto-Mysticism. Taken from a 1977 private press out of Somerville, Massachusetts, trumpeter Stanton Davis assembles am astounding orchestra of space cadets for journeys into groove. Davis had high hopes for the record: “I wish to dedicate this album to all who can hear their heartbeat, but especially to those that have heard the heartbeat of another as well.” >> soundsoftheuniverse.com/releases/?id=17 4. BUILD AN ARK – Celebrate [Kindred Spirits] It is so nice to have the Ark back again: those polyphonic peace movements; Miguel Atwood Ferguson’s enchanting string arrangements; and clap-a-long communion with the titanic Dwight Trible at the pulpit. This album veers beyond the more solo-orientated jazz to explore traditional ensemble spirituals, with nods to Stepney’s soul righteousness, classic circular folk movements (Van Morrison’s ‘Sweet Thing’) and Alice Coltrane vibes. Tough to pick one tune but I had to go with that unmistakeable Trible warble. >> kindred-spirits.nl/artist.php?idxArtist=10105 5. LOU RHODES – There For The Taking [Motion Audio] The fragile beauty of Lou Rhodes’ voice is among life’s simple pleasures. This is from her third solo album, ‘One Good Thing’, recorded in just two weeks, in live takes with minimal editing and overdubs, and set for release in March 2010. The record charts the last two years of her life, from the very painful loss of her sister in ‘Janey’, through the heartbreak of ‘The Ocean’ to the rebirth of ‘One Good Thing’. This one was written to help her friend through a pretty dark period of disillusionment with life. If you love honest songwriting and string-cued catharsis then Lou’s your girl. >> myspace.com/lourhodes 6. SOUND OF RUM – Icarus [OneTaste] OneTaste is the renowned music and spoken word collective led by musician Jamie Woon and producer Dannii Evans, Together they’ve showcased the best of London’s emerging talent, and their friends, at The Bedford pub in Balham. This is my favourite tune from their first compilation – on a Speech Debelle tip. All in, ‘OneTaste Volume 1’ is a really nice collection of stories – from Inua Ellams’ whimsical tale of destiny beyond family to Laura J Martin’s valedictory chime. Check the link below for information on OneTaste’s fifth birthday session on 13 December. >> myspace.com/soundofrumband >> itunes.apple.com/us/album/onetaste-compilation-vol-1/id336322890 >> onetaste.co.uk 7. THEOPHILUS LONDON – Enjoy the Sun [CDR] With highly musical yet fun-loving MCs such as Theophilus emerging, hip hop is in good hands. The Brooklyn native can move the Justice crowd, prick the Mos Def/Common consciousness and kick-start the Bloc Party moshpit. Anyone that’s seen him perform ‘Cold Pillow’ live, the standout from ‘This Charming Mixtape’, will know he can hold a tune and rock a beat. This one’s on a similarly late-night tip. Can’t wait for more… >> myspace.com/theophiluslondon >> theophiluslondon.wordpress.com 8. MAYOR HAWTHORNE – Maybe So, Maybe No (Bluntspeakers remix) [CDR] It’s about time I show some love for the Mayor. He’s made the most consistently soulful and compositionally sharp album this year. Every gig he’s done has been joy and even people like the Guardian are taking note. That gets Stones Throw and good music in front of eyeballs – a good thing, no doubt. This one is my favourite from the album, a cover of Detroit soul boys the New Holidays, flipped and remixed by Blunt speakers of the Beat Me Up crew. >> Bluntsworld.blogspot.com >> Beatmup.wordpress.com/ 9. MR CHOP – The World Is Yours [Five Day Weekend] Pete Rock gets the live band treatment courtesy of producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist Mr Chop, who had a big hand in Doom’s recent ‘Born Like This’ album. Enlisting Malcolm Catto and the Heliocentrics adds real fuzzy texture to these reworks. Always had a soft spot for this Nas instrumental so we’ll go with that. >> nowagainrecords.com/mr-chop 10. GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW – Run Away [Animated Creatures] Still one of my favourite music artists today: not just female vocalist, not just beatmaker. She’s a messanger. Truly. Mos Def was also raving about her in the New York Times this summer: "She’s incredible. She’s like Flack, Nina Simone, Ella, she’s something else. She’s like religion. It’s heavy, vibrational music.” This one is from her latest album ‘Early’, a collection of songs she wrote between the ages of 17 and 19. Phenomenal in their wisdom and measure. Look out for ‘Kings Ballad’, forthcoming on Ubiquity in 2010 and her next collaboration with Dudley Perkins, ‘SomeOthaShip’. >> cdbaby.com/cd/GeorgiaAnneMuldrow1 >> http://epistrophikpeachsound.wordpress.com 11. BRITTANY BOSCO – City of Nowhere Heavily blogged about and tipped, Atlanta artist Bosco is certainly backing up the style with substance. And star quality as well; I really enjoyed her Halloween appearance at the Bitches Brew (big up Amelia PMOI). Soul, blues and jazz inflections sweeten her sound but dope beats and funk drive it home. Her Spectrum 2.0 album is still available for download and Bosco’s ‘Black’ album is coming very soon. >> myspace.com/brittanybosco 12. DORIAN CONCEPT – Bipolar Friendship (Mar variation) [CDR] Big thanks to moovmnt.com family for posting this one – and to Mar for blessing an already lovely track. I’m just deep into the vibe; I’ll let blogger Nilez tell the story: “Just over a week ago we dropped some sick new Dorian Concept music on ya’ll and Mar went nuts when he heard ‘Bipolar Friendship’. He decided to record something to it, just as a tribute and cuz he thought it just sounded hella nice. Indeed it does and that’s why we had to drop this one as well.” Mar is destined for big tings – tip! >> moovmnt.com >> myspace.com/marvocalist >> myspace.com/dorianconcept 13. MIKE SLOTT – Snow Birds [LuckyMe] More music from the NYC-based king of the short-circuited beats. This one is taken from Mike’s ‘Lucky9Teen’ EP. Seven tracks of hypercreativity – each with pitch prefect frequencies that tell a different tale. >> myspace.com/mikeslottbeats >> thisisluckyme.com 14. GIL SCOTT-HERON – Where Did the Night Go [XL] What the hell is this? Surely that’s not the man behind tunes such as ‘The Bottle’ and ‘We Almost Lost Detroit’. Oh yes it is. One of the great poets of black music returns on a dark dark tip but he’s still doing what he does best and that’s articulating gripes, hopes and fears in a glorious sub-bass register. It’s a stark inert piece… until Tokimonsta crashes the wake. Can’t wait to hear what else he’s tackling on his new album ‘I’m New Here’, due in February 2010. >> imnewhere.net/ 15. TOKiMONSTA – Let Me Trick You [Ramp] LA Brainfeeder crew and another one of the RBMA class of 2010 that we expect big things from. ‘Let Me Trick U’, is taken from her forthcoming release on Ramp recordings, entitled ‘Cosmic Intoxication’. Check her live at the Lightbox in Vauxhall on 25 November and cop her great remix of Tweet’s ‘Call Me’ of you haven’t already. It’s all good. >> myspace.com/tokibeats 16. FOX GUT DAATA – Clutha Kids [CDR] Another sonic anarchist name-dropped recently by HudMo. Rickie McNeill is an artist who also makes a few tunes and he recently made it onto the Huntleys and Palmers Social Club selection at tentracks.co.uk; another force to be reckoned with beside Glasgow’s LuckyMe and Numbers crews. >> myspace.com/daata >> tentracks.co.uk/channel/huntleys-and-palmers-audio-club/huntleys-and-palmers-2 >> myspace.com/fxgdaata 17. HUDSON MOHAWKE – Rising 5 [Warp] I couldn’t resist adding one HudMo tune and risk assaulting you with the beats. This scene is going from strength to strength at the moment. Kids messing around in the playground with grime and funk – enjoy the boom while it's there. One of the big speaker killers from his debut album ‘Butter’. >> myspace.com/hudsonmo 18. DÉBRUIT – 149 Dalston Airline [Civil Music] Frenchman in London dÉbruit (pronounced ‘day-brie’) has certainly raised his game since the ‘Let’s Post Funk’ EP and his Ommas collaboration ‘I’m Goin Wit U’, which featured on the Red Bull Music Academy 2010 Assets CD. Taken from his forthcoming ‘SPATIO TEMPOREL EP’ ‘100 Dalston Airline’ is a devastating example of dÉbruit’s ability to appropriate the idioms of Africa and the Middle East, throw them in the blender with his synths, drum machines and vocoder and make ‘conga whoomph’ or something equally onomatopoeic. The result is the sound of the now, stretching hip hop culture across the frequencies and bpms. Look out for the 3D artwork and videos by RainbowMonkey (rainbowmonkey.de); they’ll also be incorporated into the live show. Finally, catch dÉbruit live at Plastic People (Nonsense) on 21/11. >> civilmusicplayer.com/civilmusic/CIV012/ >> debruit.com/ 19. RESO – Channel Pressure [Civil Music] Mark at Civil Music insisted I give Reso a blast. And with an endorsement like this, how could I refuse? “Reso's bigger than dubstep – he's Amon Tobin and Thom Yorke combined in the body of a steppa. Only bigger and better. He's redefining multiple genres all at once.” His Temjin EP, the first taste of his album, is certainly a sit-up-and-take note record – bass in your face but some real emotion behind the chaos. Here’s the most contemplative of the bunch. Clean but weighty arrangement. >> civilmusic.com/buy/temjin-ep >> www.myspace.com/corgrimey 20. PORTICO QUARTET – Line (Sbtrkt ‘More Hang’ mix) [Real World] Still loving the spontaneity of this collaboration and ambition of Real World in approaching one of the best young producers out there. A second consecutive podcast appearance for the mighty quartet with their hypnotic composition ‘Line’, here respun with a little low-end bounce by Sbtrkt. >> www.realworldrecords.com/news/sbtrkt-portico-quartet-mixes 21. FOUR TET – Love Cry [Domino] Kieran Hebden returns with a sublime house groove where nothing really seems to be happening, but beneath the layers of minimal sound and accented four-four drums it’s definitely on. Full-length album ‘There Is Love In You’ drops in January 2010. Hebden will be supported by ‘Love Cry’ remixer Joy Orbison on 12 February at the Dome. >> fourtet.net 22. HUNEE – Raw Silk [WT Records] Choi, aka Hunee, is a Korean Berliner with a real talent for red-light basement house – sometimes minimal and Detroit techno, other times tribal or hooked on a soul vocal. Echoes of Chez Damier, Todd Terry and a dubwise Osunlade. He has music coming out on Prins Thomas' Internasjional label and John Daly’s Feel Music. Make sure you also buy his ‘Barrio Payment’ EP on Retreat plus his work with Drumpoet Community. The hottest house producer at the moment. >> myspace.com/huneeswings 23. DOMU – Worldwide (Solid Groove’s Wednesday at Midnight mix) [Loungin] 24. DOMU – Won’t Let It Go ft Alexander [Arision] Many of you will have heard the disappointing news of Domu’s retirement from the music game. He’s either reached burnout after giving unceasingly to the scene for a good 15 years, or he’s suffered a major crisis of creative confidence. Maybe both. Music is everywhere – it's suffocating. And the pressure to be endlessly original and productive can be highly stressful – even for someone as prolific as Domu. Only distance and time will heal. For now, we pull a few classics out of the crates to celebrate one of Britain’s best producers – a master of the studio and a standard bearer for UK club culture. Full respect Domu. Simple. 25. UNTOLD – Don’t Know Don’t Care [Hemlock] Still a massive tune harking back to the rave but dressed up in new rudebwoy sonics. Those chords are just ecstasy: when the beat lets off it’s murder. Untold, along with Joy Orbison, Pangea and Sbtrkt are at the intersection of dubstep, tech, house and wonky or whatever you call it. To me, it’s nasty club music to make you move. >> myspace.com/untolduk >> http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=236614 26. BRIAN ENO & KARL HYDE – Beebop Hurray [K7] If you buy team Underworld’s highly enjoyable compilation of jazz/improvisation influences entitled ‘Athens’, which runs the gamut from prog rock geniuses Soft Machine to Miroslav Vitous' acid disco and the modern day classic ‘Space Odyssey’ by the Detroit Experiment, you’ll find this mad collaboration at the end. Recorded during Eno’s Luminous Festival of experimental music, which was held at the Sydney Opera House this summer, it’s liquid fusion of the sickest order. Almost 15 years since ‘Born Slippy’, I still have no idea what Karl’s on about. [Sorry about that bloody annoying promo voiceover. Kind of works though, right?] >> underworld-misterons-athens.com/

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7. SNC Radio Aug 2013

SNC Radio Aug 2013

SNC Radio – August 2013 Compiled and blended by AmAr Patel 1. North Beach – GEORGE DUKE [MPS] Musicians like George Duke have made such a broad, everlasting contribution to music you’d be forgiven for thinking that they are actually immortal. Sadly that is not the case and this month we lost the virtuoso keys player and composer to chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Like many, I first came across him after feeling the breezy high of ‘Brazilian Love Affair’. The deeper I delved, the more impressed I became by the man’s range and influence beyond the often stigmatising fusion genre: countless albums with Frank Zappa; bold collaborations with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty; exchanges with Miles Davis; ‘Off the Wall’ sessions for Quincy Jones; and providing huge inspiration for everyone from Daft Punk to Thundercat. (For a useful overview read Mr Beatnick’s tribute for FACT: http://www.factmag.com/2013/08/06/a-singular-voice-in-music-history-remembering-george-duke-1946-2013). This particular track, taken from his ‘Faces in Reflection’ album from 1974, is proto-techno with its dizzying wash and static pulse, and recalls Herbie Hancock’s equally prescient ‘Nobu’ of the same year. Two masters at work. Prolific, humble and always with a smile on his face, George Duke will be missed. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faces-Reflection-George-Duke/dp/B001AI1QV8 https://soundcloud.com/b-237/feel-george-duke-1971-1980 http://www.rbmaradio.com/shows/kirk-degiorgio-tribute-to-george-duke 2. Lost Horizon – TODD RUNDGREN [Warner Bros] Todd Rundgren is one of those musicians that other musicians always name check in interviews. The wacky genius with a gift for song, a knack for conjuring catchy arrangements using new technology and myriad instruments, and a healthy distaste for convention. As RBMA’s Bryan Bierman says (http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/magazine/todd-rundgren-a-capella): “In a career full of left turns, this Todd Rundgren album [‘A Capella’ from 1984] – composed almost solely out of samples of his own voice – may be the strangest.” Once you get past the sheer novelty of its form, 'A Capella' is actually quite a listenable album and the real triumph is this tribute to Marvin Gaye; a chamber suite of gorgeous harmonies (all heavily processed and overdubbed using the groundbreaking E-mu Emulator (http://www.vintagesynth.com/emu/emulator.php) through which Rundgren meanders with his plaintive lead vocal. As Bierman goes on to explain: “Rundgren grew up on the Motown sound and the music of Gaye. Here he laments never having the chance to sing with the man – ‘I’ve got so much to learn now / Lessons I’ve never had.’ (During the ensuing tour behind the record, Rundgren performed a medley of Marvin Gaye tunes alongside the song.)” http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Cappella-Todd-Rundgren/dp/B00000348M 3. Lie Near – MOUNT KIMBIE [Warp] Three years after their critically acclaimed debut Mount Kimbie return on Warp with ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth', an album of depth and intrigue yet more immediacy than its predecessor. Dominic Maker and Kai Campos have reached for the instruments and attempted to bridge the space between studio and stage. And with success. It’s the tension in their music, built from unusual sounds, that I’ve always gravitated towards. Their time spent on the road and supporting the likes of The XX has obviously rubbed off on them. The will to make an arena-filling sound that’s moving, authentic, engaging. For me, ‘Lie Near’ is the most affecting of the tracks on the latest album. The ones featuring King Krule, flavour of the month. are also worth a few listens as well. An odd match up that could only come from England. http://warp.net/records/mount-kimbie 4. Lusaka by Night – JOHN WIZARDS [Planet Mu] One of my favourite albums of the year, no question. Listening to John Wizards, a partnership of itinerant producer John Withers and Rwandan singer Emmanuel Nzaramba, is like being transported on to coming-of-age backpacking trail across Africa: all cacophonous sounds, pungent smells, broad smiles and random life-affirming encounters. An audible travelogue of viscerally thrilling new experiences. After a few random encounters and missed opportunities John and Emmanuel ran into one another in Cape Town and began recording vocals for the tracks John had written (when not working on TV commercials, that is). Prepare to be wooed by anything from Shangaan electro beats (‘Limpopo’) to eighties’ funk crossed with Graceland (‘iYongwe’), techno (‘Finally Jet Up’), house (‘Dervs’) and highlife (‘Lusaka by Night’). The stars are out tonight. Can you see them? This just gets better and better. http://www.planet.mu/discography/ZIQ336 5. Circle – FATIMA [Eglo] Fatima always sounds so classy on the mic but on this Computer Jay production (which also features a sprinkle of cosmic dust courtesy of Shafiq Hussein) her voice has attained a new level of richness. The song is definitely catchy and the production bumps for sure, but it’s her phrasing that gets me. The best vocalists are able to wring every last drop of emotion from each syllable and Fatima’s in that select group. ‘Circle’ is gorgeous and I can’t get enough of it. The album is coming, I hear. http://eglorecords.com/2013/08/circle/ 6. Blah Blah Blah– DENETIA AND SENE [Input Songs/Snow Dog] Brooklyn due currently receiving lots of attention from the fashion magazines, arts and style blogs. Don’t get it twisted, however. There’s real substance to the pairing of rapper and producer Sene and the sensuous voice of Denetia. Having the early backing of Okayplayer.com has certainly helped, as has support from The Fader, who described fans’ favourite ‘Casanova’ as “an effortless, snuggly gem primed for late Saturday mornings tangled in rumpled covers.” How could anyone resist that image? Next up, a tour in Europe and an EP on Rinse. “His & Hers’ has many high points but ‘Blah Blah Blah’ is the one that stays in my head, as if someone is whispering sweet nothings in my ear on a hazy summer’s evening. What are they saying? “I’ll make love when the lust subsides.” Well if you insist. I'm In. http://www.denitiaandsene.com/about 7. Lotus and the Jandy – THUNDERCAT [Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune] Bass man extraordinaire returns with an even more impressive second album. More out there and amorphous. But it still pushes all the right buttons. Songs, energy, musicianship, edge. This tune is ridiculous. So simple and direct, especially in the first ‘act', yet guaranteed to spin out every listener by the time it drops you off at the finish line. Something tells me this episode was based on real-life events. I wish I could have been there, “straight up seein’ goblins”. On second thoughts, maybe not. http://ninjatune.net/release/thundercat/apocalypse 8.Ha Ya (Eternal Life) – THE DYNAMIC CLARK SISTERS WITH MATTIE MOSS CLARK [ZR] A major contender for compilation of the year is Dave Hill’s trawl through the disco-infused crates of seventies’ and early eighties’ gospel. Hill explains in the liner notes that gospel has always tried to move with the times, taking on more R‘n’B influences in the sixties, before adapting to the popular funk and sweet soul eras of the seventies. Then came the disco phenomenon; it wasn’t all bad. Talk about stirring the spirits. Some of the tracks on here could turn an atheist to the Lord. This track is very special to me. I first heard it years ago in Plastic People; I can’t remember who played it. But it’s one of those wow moments when rare uplifting music is played loud on an amazing sound system to a locked-in crowd. That’s communion! Recorded live in Detroit's Baily Cathedral in 1980, ‘Ha Ya’ does a fine job of capturing the atmosphere of a large-scale gospel gathering. Also check for Gloster Williams & Master Control (‘No Cross, No Crown’) and Norman Weeks & The Revelations (‘Hold On’), an epic cut that was re-released on Sonar Kollektiv a few years ago. http://www.zrecords.ltd.uk/product-detail///Z+Records/Various+Artists/Overdose+of+The+Holy+Ghost+compiled+by+David+Hill/cd/269 9. Centipede – CHILDISH GAMBINO [DL] The first of a little hip hop triplet… Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino thanks to the Wu-Tang Generator (http://www.mess.be/inickgenwuname.php), has been steadily building a following since his debut (‘Camp’) in 2011 and his follow-up mixtape, ‘Royalty’. Then came appearances on TV shows such as Girls. Acting seems to be distracting him from the music (http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2013/08/watch-childish-gambinos-short-film-clapping-for-the-wrong-reasons-featuring-chance-the-rapper-trinidad-jame-and-more) but I’m sure he’ll be able to write a rhyme or two in between scenes with his hip hop co-stars. I’m still trying to really hear new-school MCs like Gambino, Chance the Rapper, J Cole, Joey Bada$$ and ASAP Rocky. Do any of them having anything interesting or crucial to say? Are we listening to unique voices in the making or derivative acts with an unhealthy appetite for fame. Sometimes I gravitate to the beat and how they ride it, other times it’s the hook. The gratuitous use of swearing (parental advisory) and the misogynist crap so prevalent today can be a turn off but this track gets past that because it’s operating on a higher level of emotion, vulnerability and intensity. Who doesn’t love a song about trying to make it? The harmony sounds as though it’s come right out of Frank Ocean’s top drawer. One blast and I was humming along for the rest of the day. Good enough for me. For now. https://soundcloud.com/childish-gambino/centipede 10. SDS – MAC MILLER [Rostrum] Mac Miller passed me by the first time, the man who’s ‘Blue Slide Park’ became the first independent hip hop album to top the Billboard charts in more than 20 years. After spending some time with his second album, ‘Watching Movies with the Sound Off’, I’m happy to report it’s lengthy but strong. This is the pick of the tracks because it’s got that FlyLo touch. That astral knock that only he can do. A few dud lines involving a diaper but otherwise this hits the spot with its nimble wordplay and swagger. Elsewhere rhymes are upbeat, amusing and playful, though rarely profound. The mood varies from track to track; there’s time for an introspective croon on ‘Objects in the Mirror’ and a wrist-slitting synth lament (‘Youforia’) – ignore the latter. Countless guests pop up, from Action Bronson to Jay Electronica, while Alchemist and Earl Sweatshirt assist on the boards. But make no mistake though, this is a Mac Miller production, and he’s moving in the right direction. Catch him live at The Forum on 3 October: http://www.gigsandtours.com/event/mac-miller/the-forum/727984 https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/watching-movies-sound-off/id659512789 11. Guns n’ Butter – JEREMIAH JAE [FREE DL] Taken from the recently signed Warp artist’s mixtape, which features Black Jungle Squad crew Israel and Oliver the 2nd. 'Bad Jokes' also features production from Jae, Jonwayne and Flying Lotus, as well as jokes told by Samiyam and RichardPryor. ‘Guns n’ Butter’ is odd and verges on annoying thanks to that very stiff and soulless German vocal sample, but that’s why I like it. It’s hypnotic. Jae’s verses break any tedium that might loom. I hope he goes even further out there on the next album. https://soundcloud.com/warp-records/sets/jeremiah-jae-bad-jokes-mixtape 12. Mantiaba – DONSO [Comet] Ed Banger’s Krazy Baldhead collaborates with his neighbour Thomas Guillaume and a bunch of others including singer and dancer Gedeon Papa Diarra on modern interpretations of the donso trance music, which Mali’s hunter clan use as a spiritual preparation to make them invincible in combat. The project really swung into action when another member, Pierre-Antoine Grison, was sent to Bamako to set up a portable studio and record musicians singing/playing over demos made in Paris. Among those who turned up were Moussa Bah (once a member of N’goni Ba) and guitarist Sambala Kouyate. Another was singer Mantiaba, the lady flying high on this track. One big jam session, a conversation through music. The album is a powerful testament to the joy of openness and cultural exchange. Let’s hope brighter days lie ahead for the Malian people. http://cometrecords.bandcamp.com/album/denfila 13. Bakwapanu – JUPITER & OKWESS INTERNATIONAL [Out Here] My favourite thing about the Africa Express project I covered last year (http://www.behance.net/gallery/ARISE-MAGAZINE/5710991) was Okwess International, led by Kinshasa’s shamanic sound archivist Jupiter Bokondji. That night in Glasgow they pushed the crowd from flat-footed shuffle to a state of wild joyous abandon with their super-tough rhythms and incantatory chants. Finally the album has arrived – ‘Hotel Univers’ is the place where Bokondji occasionally goes to rest, recharge and drink whisky as he mingles with strangers. Although it can’t do justice to the mayhem that ensues on stage, the album does reflect the rich, intricate nature of their music, the power Okwess can generate at will and the various gears that they can go through under the direction of Bokondji. So what is this song about? “The “material” is but an illusion. This is the message of this song. We build our houses of cards but only the spiritual remains eternal. The foundation of the song is a ‘mutuashi’, a melody from Kasai and the Luba ethnicity. It's traditionally a musical trance that allows the initiated to connect with the spirits.” Well I am almost there. http://www.outhere.de/homeroots/releases/jupiter-okwess-international/ 14. Good Name – WILLIAM ONYEABOR [Luaka Bop] The latest subject of Luaka Bop’s World Psychadelic Classics series is afro-electro-funk pioneer William Onyeabor. Onyeabor self-released eight albums between 1978 and 1985 and then became a born-again Christian, refusing to speak about himself or his music. Various biographies can be found online. Some say he studied cinematography in the Soviet Union and returned to Nigeria in the mid-seventies to start his own film company, Wilfilms. Others say he was a lawyer with a degree from a university in Great Britain. The rest claim that he was a businessman, who for years worked on government contracts in Enugu, Nigeria. By attempting to speak with Onyeabor himself, and by talking to people who seem to have first-hand knowledge, Luaka Bop has been trying to construct an accurate biography of him for the past 18 months. Without success. Personally, I prefer it that way. Mystery is such a sweet rarity these days. What the label has succeeded in doing, however, is securing rights to 13 songs that will be released on this compilation and supported by a set of versions by Caribou, John Talabot and Devendra Banhart and Dam Funk, among others. http://www.luakabop.com/photobio/williamonyeabor/ 15. Rufar Dos Tambourins – LASCAMAO [Names You Can Trust] LascaMão, the new eight-piece percussion project from the legendary Robertinho Silva, one of Brazil's greatest drummers, is a fierce chant-laced batucada that rattles and rolls along, sweeping up all those who dare to stand still. DJ weapon for discerning dancefloors. I do love a bit of cuica. http://www.kudosrecords.co.uk/release/NYCT7012/LascaMao_Rufar_Dos_Tamborins.html 16. I Don't Get It – MOIRE [Rush Hour] After his debut 12inch on Actress’ Werkdiscs comes mysterious Moiré's new three-track 12” on Rush Hour. A reflection of what the producer calls “London techno”. The city has been a frequent source of inspiration for him, a place that he describes as being “so raw yet so full of soul.” That's also an apt description of this early hours track. Play this one loud as you stand by the speakers and feel each cell being charged with energy. It’s that powerful. http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=70044 17. New Romantic – VAKULA [Firecracker] After a long delay, Mikhalo Vityk, one of the most consistent house producers of the past few years, will finally be releasing a compilation of unreleased work entitled ‘You’ve Never Been To Konotop (Selected Works 2009-2012)’. During this period he came to prominence with a stream of essential records for labels such as Ethereal Sounds and Shevchenko, each exploring the more cosmic dubbed out end of house – experimental tracks that incorporated anything from folk melodies to field recordings. ‘New Romantic’ is, as the name would suggest, the one with a slightly eccentric flourish. Don’t worry, it still takes the floor. The vinyl edition of the forthcoming twelve track album comes in a one-off triple 180g 12″ pressing housed in a unique double-gatefold sleeve with hand-drawn, silk screened artwork from Firecracker’s in-house art director Lindsay “House Of Traps” Todd. There will be several colourways but only one pressing. You know what to do. https://bleep.com/release/45662-vakula-youve-never-been-to-konotop-selected-works-2009-2012 18. Baby Won't You Try Me – PEVEN EVERETT [Studio Confession] Those of you that are regular listeners will know that I am a major PE groupie. Possessing an abundance of talent and desire, the fiercely solo artist from Harvey, Illinois, makes music as easily as you or I would go to the bathroom. But aside from attending his PA at Oval Space for Need 2 Soul this summer, I have neglected him of late. Perhaps I have been playing the same tracks to death. Fortunately he has a couple of new albums out and this song, taken from the ‘King of Hearts’ release, is so deep and lovely. A slammin’ Peven kick beat and those menacing horns counterpoint the butter vocal that just swoops and soars with killer precision. Then he starts to scurry across the keys, taking the track in another direction as a jazz man should. Dazzling. I need to hear this on a big system. http://peveneverettandco.bandcamp.com/album/king-of-hearts-us 19. You're No Good (Theo Parrish Translation with Aashong) – ABOUT GROUP [Defected] The combination of Theo and Andrew Aashong, which worked so well on the Detroit legend’s first release for his Wildheart label (‘Feel Loved’), was also firing on this "translation" from 2011, his Domino-released remix of a track from an improv-based supergroup comprising Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Charles Hayward (This Heat) and John Coxon (Spiritualized) together with jazz pianist Pat Thomas. Theo’s slinky, spooky deconstructed interpretation is certainly compelling and recently found favour with seasoned Ibiza DJ Loco Dice, who selected it for his Defected mix. The track is back in circulation on a sampler 12. http://www.beatport.com/track/youre-no-good-theo-parrish-translation-with-aashong/4541631 20. Uh – KODE 9 [Rinse] Monster. Simple. Taken from his ‘Rinse: 22’ compilation that was released before the summer heatwave, ‘Uh’ is a merciless hybrid of garage and funky with shifting tempos, low-end stabs and big crescendos. This one always brings the ruckus. http://boomkat.com/vinyl/722788-kode-9-uh-ok 21. More Games – KOWTON [Livity Sounds] Great to see Peverelist’s Livity Sounds going front page on The Wire the other day. Joining the dots between the club and the classroom. Bass culture is an almost indescribable phenomenon, made and mutated from one day to the next, but one thing is certain: you know when you are in the presence of something crucial, something exceptional, and that is how this Bristol crew is perceived both at home and away. Asusu, Pev and Kowton came together around Bristol record hubs such as Hardwax and Idle Hands, sharing an interest in raw trax – house, grime, jungle, techno. They have been working together live (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo_FuKFlb-k) and collaborating on Livity releases for the past few years. The label is very no-frills – the vinyl is white label, hand stamped and limited run. No interest in scenes and limiting genres here, only exploring sound. Livity are our Underground Resistance. For those that have missed out on the six 12s a CD compilation is forthcoming, featuring triumphs such as 'Velez' by Asusu and 'Raw Code' by Pev and Kowton among many others. 'More Games' works for me on this occasion. There will also be a 12 of four new tracks to collect – worth the money alone for Alex Digard's Aztec artwork. http://boomkat.com/cds/777582-various-livity-sound http://punchdrunkmusic.com/products-page/vinyl/ https://soundcloud.com/peverelist/peverelist-livity-sound https://soundcloud.com/sonotown-1/sonotown-podcast-054-kowton 22. Mother Mother – FAT FREDDY'S DROP [The Drop] Fat Freddy’s are part of the establishment and they have earned it. This year they celebrated a decade of touring in Europe and have played more than 800 shows worldwide (including 27 Australian Tours and more than 300 shows in their homeland). I still remember the first time I heard ‘Midnight Marauders’ and Joe Dukie’s unique tone. The following year – in the auspicious surroundings of the Brighton Dome – I saw how they could completely flip a record on stage as they transformed into a block-rocking sound system. Nobody else does what they do, melding the dub roots, jazz, soul, hip hop, drum n’ bass and whatever else they fancy into this special brew. ‘Blackbird’ is their third album, recorded at Bays, the bands own studio. It’s a magical space that was once an apostolic church and then a vinyl pressing plant. The acoustics are obviously exceptional. The vibe is classic Freddy’s apart from this track, which is so much tougher than anything else they have ever recorded. It’s afro-house, the kind of thing that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Kenny Dope Black Roots edit or MAW dub. The sentiment, given the topic, is deep. I can relate. http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/products/FatFreddysDrop-Blackbird-TheDrop-91049.html http://www.fatfreddysdrop.com/ 24. Leaving – ORSON WELLS [Live at Robert Johnson] This is the first EP from Frankfurt producer Lennard P following his appearance on the well-received Chiwax compilation. This track is certainly the more inquisitive and introspective of the quartet, building from gentle pads and flickering synth lines to a more textured and autumnal mood – all rattles, overcast swirls and cascading lines. Then the acid squiggle and whistles come in to breathe new life into what was once barren, ending on a more optimistic note. It’s a curious track and marks the arrival of a deft producer trying to channel moods through contrasts and unfamiliar patterns. We need more of those. http://www.juno.co.uk/products/orson-wells-never-lonely-no-more/499281-01/

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8. Chaser podcast03 – Karriem Riggins

Chaser podcast03 – Karriem Riggins

From the vaults… The drums, beats, rhymes and life of Detroit-to-LA player and producer Karriem Riggins. Recorded in London, 2009. Featuring: MOODY FOOG IT – Karriem Riggins [Stones Throw]* VIRGO – Karriem Riggins [cdr] CHEEK TO CHEEK (live in Rio) – Diana Krall [DTS Sound] B's BLUES (live) – Betty Carter [Verve] SOUL ON TOP – Karriem Riggins [cdr] THE CLAPPER – J Dilla (co-produced by Karriem Riggins) [BBE] OVER THE BREAKS – J Dilla [BBE] INTERVIEW 4080 – Supreme Team [Stones Throw] WONDERIN'/NIGHTTIME – Jahari Masamba Unit [Stones Throw] UMOJA – Jahari Masamba Unit (featuring the Karriem Riggins Trio) [Stones Throw] PRETTY EYES – Jahari Masamba Unit [Stones Throw] TAINTED – SLUM VILLAGE FEATURING DWELE [Capitol] THE HUSTLE – Common (featuring Omar and Dark Chillz) [MCA] SPACE ODYSSEY – Detroit Experiment [Ropadope] QUILLS – The Roots [MCA] MADNESS – Miles Davis [Columbia] SOLDIER – Erkyah Badu [Universal Motown] BRING THAT BEAT BACK (NEXT TIME) – Karriem Riggins [Stones Throw]* CLASSIC – MED (featuring Talib Kweli) [Stones Throw] * Karriem's double debut solo album 'Alone Together' is out now on Stones Throw records: http://www.stonesthrow.com/store/album/karriemriggins/alone-together

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9. SNC radio Sept09

SNC radio Sept09

STRAIGHT NO CHASER PODCAST SEPTEMBER 2009 Compiled & blended by Amar Patel 1. TERENCE BLANCHARD – When Will You Call? (featuring Bilal) [Concord] The veteran trumpeter returns with an album of meditations on the good and bad choices that we make in life – featuring wisdom from Dr Cornell West. Here’s a beautiful ballad with Blanchard laying back in the track while Bilal soars as only he can. >> www.terenceblanchard.com 2. PORTICO QUARTET – Paper Scissors Stone [Real World] The Mercury Music-nominated quartet have a new album coming out – Isla. Each track is elliptical in its own beguiling way but all invested with solid musicianship and a desire to make adventurous music connect with the masses. >> www.myspace.com/porticoquartet 3. THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA – The Dance [Walt Disney] Yes, you read right. Jason and the lads have made a soundtrack for one of the world’s biggest corporations. And after seeing the debut live performance at London’s Union Chapel, I can promise you it’s magical. Building on the textures and themes of their last album, Ma Fleur, and often swelling from one solitary instrument to symphonic nirvana, The Cinematics – in collaboration with the London Metropolitan Orchestra – carefully choreograph strains of strings, brass and woodwind to the life cycle of the flamingos of Lake Natron in Tanzania. Check the film and soundtrack. >> www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPqJTzfx9ss >> www.7digital.com/artists/the-cinematic-orchestra/the-crimson-wing-mystery-of-the-flamingos/ 4. JOHN COLTRANE – Serenity [Verve] This one’s for Trane, who would have turned 83 on 23 September, and the recently departed Rashied Ali. Taken from the crucial Meditations album on Impulse, soon to be re-released by Verve, the brave explosions of sound prayer still astound to this day. Elvin Jones joining Ali on drums so Trane could have “rhythm all around him”, as he and a raw Pharoah Sanders spoke “with the gift of tongues” in the words of jazz scribe Nat Hentoff. Remember: “There are always new sounds to imagine, new feelings to get it; but to see more clearly what we are at each stage, we have to keep cleaning the mirror.” >> www.vervemusicgroup.com/johncoltrane 5. ELAN TAMARA – Outside [CDR] So I’ve been a big fan of musician and London-based producer Kwes (www.myspace.com/kwes) for some time now. If you haven’t checked his ‘Tissues’ track on XL you need that. Anyway, he put me on to Elan Tamara, who is a brilliantly raggedy and inventive artist in true London melting pot fashion. Kwes has produced her debut Gold Fishes EP. Lead track ‘Oranges’is also stunning but the switch up to bossa on ‘Outside’ won me over. Possible Mercury Music prize contender. You heard it here first. >> www.myspace.com/elantamara 6. RADIOHEAD – These Are My Twisted Words [CDR] New leaked Radiohead? There’s always room for that. Here’s the story in their own words: “So here's a new song, we've been recording for a while, and this was one of the first we finished. We're pretty proud of it. And there’s other stuff in various states of completion…” Some of their most cinematic work to date. Simple but gripping. >> www.radiohead.com 7. MIKE SLOTT – Sun Tan [LuckyMe] LuckyMe are running tings right now in the space beats game, along with the One Handed and Brainfeeder collectives, and Mike’s one of the most prolific producers in this sub-genre. His name is never far from a Rinse/Benji playlist or scene-defining comp. And he’s kindly slipped a few tracks our way; if ‘Sun Tan’ doesn’t prolong the haze of summer bliss then I don’t know what will. >> www.thisisluckyme.com 8. MUHSINAH – Gogh Again [digital exclusive] To celebrate her birthday in July the mercurial singer and producer knocked up another part of her Oscillations album series – quite quickly we’d imagine. Her cadence, although similar to Georgia Anne Muldrow, has something unique and special that you just can’t articulate. Her beats and moods speak for themselves. A huge talent. >> www.muhsinah.com/music 9. LITTLE DRAGON – Feather [Peacefrog] Yukimo Nagano and the boys follow up the glacial folk vibe of their organic debut with a more machine-made dose of electronic soul and 80’s pop. Wired or not, the arrangements and melodies are always on point and Nagano sounds as enchanting as ever. >> www.little-dragon.se 10. ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE – Perception [CDR] The Red Bull Music Academy network comes good once again. Cheers to Adi Dick for putting me onto his compatriots, the Wellington group and fellow alumni Electric Wire Hustle, who forge a ecstatic combination of Voodoo production dynamics and classic Marvin/Al Green falsetto. The album is brilliant. Look out for it and check the website for European gig dates very soon. Chaser interview soon come. >> www.electricwirehustle.com 11. GONJA SUFI – Ancestors [Warp] A little rewind taster of what Gonja’s album for Warp will sound like. Produced by Flying Lotus, for whom he guested on the Los Angeles album track Testament, this guy has a remarkably addictive vibe for one so fragile and off-key in delivery. That’s because music is about more than the notes. This guy has an aura about him. He’s a shamen. >> www.last.fm/music/Gonja+Sufi 12. TRICKY – Aftermath (Version 1) [Island] One of the best British albums of all time gets a two-disc reissue, featuring unreleased versions and 2009 refixes. No one does nauseous, creeping inertia like the Knowles Boy. Maxinquaye still sounding as confrontational as the day I borrowed it at uni. Lots of fun to be had with the acapella rough monitor mixes with a pubescent Martina Topley Bird owning the mic. Close you eyes, breath in and you’re transported back to a smoke-cloud studio in 1994. >> www.island50.com/albums/detail/maxinquaye 13. DIP-N-STREAM – Bread (featuring Paul Randolph) [CDR] Respect to the one dem call Daz-I-Kue for sending this new track that he’s produced for Atlanta-based rap duo D-N-S aka Dip-N-Steam, featuring Paul Randolph on the hook. The duo spit about feeling the pinch while ATLien Daz cooks the riddim. Apparently there’s a Detroit version coming soon as well. Ouch. >> www.myspace.com/dipnsteam 14. Q-TIP – Feelin [Battery] Time to celebrate the long-awaited release of Tip’s most adventurous album, Kamaal The Abstract. Scheduled for release in 2002 but stymied by the procrastination of LA Reid and co, it’s a great piece of work, challenging convention and pushing the boundaries of hip hop. Just don’t call it fusion, please. Ok, there are a few noodly moments on there. But I like noodles. >> www.q-tip.co.uk 15. NEW LOOK – Everything [Brownswood] My favourite new artist tune from Peterson’s most recent Brownswood Bubblers 4 compilation. New Look are Sarah Ruba and Adam Pavao, based in Canada. Edgy, unsettling but oh so soulful music for street dreamers. Check the changes! >> www.myspace.com/newlooknewlooknewlook 16. ROOF LIGHT – Around Here [Styrax] The respected German techno label changes direction for release number 14 and drops a mysterious record at the intersection of 2-step, dubstep and broken soul. Or something like that… Fans of Burial and 2562 will love both sides of wax. One thing’s for sure: it’s deep. >> www.styraxrecords.com 17. SEIJI – I Can’t Let It Go [CDR] That Seiji is much a nice man. Not only does me make brilliant tunes under his own name while producing sophisticated club pop for artists such as Roisin Murphy, but he also gives them away at 320kbps for free on his site. Chugging, sunset house to get the party started. Cheers Paul. >> www.seiji.co.uk 18. LINKWOOD – Nectarin [Fat City] After that brilliant series of 10s for Firecracker records and a smattering of appearances on other comps (Trus’me’s, Prime Numbers for example), the full album is here. System is a clear reflection and refraction of Linkwood’s influences: Detroit techno, jackin’ Chicago house, boogie, rare groove… It’s a good listen. And fun to dance to. >> www.fatcityrecordings.com/fcr/homeRelease.php?rid=121 19. SBTRKT – 20:20 [CDR] Played to death on Deviation and supported by Mary Anne Hobbs, this guy makes beautiful dubplates and introspective night grooves. Perfect for exploring the outer limits of London – and your mind. >> www.myspace.com/subtractone 20. GEMMY – Rainbow Rd [Planet Mu] Bristol-based Gemmy, another favourite of Mary Anne Hobbs (check her Wild Angels compilation), is the latest in a long line of annoyingly young but talented producers making otherworldly music from the gutter to the stars. Skream, Benga, Rustie, Joker, Floating Points; and now the next underground superstar is… >> www.myspace.com/djgemmy 21. JUNEI – Let’s Ride [Mr Peabody] Insane boogie cut from a recent 12 of rare originals and edits by Mr Peabody records shop dons Mark Grusane and Mike Cole. If you’re feelin’ this then look out for their forthcoming double compilation on BBE records. >> www.mrpeabodyrecords.com 22. BOPSTAR – Captured (live @ Centro, London) [CDR] On my birthday night in July I was lucky enough to be at Centro (the old AKA) in London to hear Derek perform these tracks with Zara McFarlane on vocals, Karl Rasheed-Avel on upright bass and Richard Spaven on percussion. Flipped and enriched. It was a touching moment, having seen how Dee has slaved over his craft since before the days of ‘Chiaroscuro’, which he made for our Basement Soul compilation. Quality over quantity ever time. Keep on. >> www.bopstar.tv 23. PEVEN EVERETT – Girl Of My Dreams [Studio Confessions] There aren’t many people that I can rely on in this world, besides my parents. But Peven is one. While listening to Beyond The Universe, his latest, most upfront and uplifting house album to date, on the way to work it hit me – and not for the first time – this guy is unbelievable. The Prince of our times. Boundless vocal ability, effortless melodies and the production is getting better all the time. Someone please take this guy to the next level. >> http://peveneverett.tradebit.com www.straightnochaser.co.uk www.samurai.fm/straightnochaser www.myspace.com/amarofpatel

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10. SNC Radio – July 2016

SNC Radio – July 2016

A bumper birthday selection, fortified with love, wisdom and understanding – all precious things we need in these challenging times. Quick note: catch me and the Soul Labels collective on 20 August for an Africa special featuring Blackman Akeeb Kareem, the Nigerian musician and master songwriter who features in this mix. Bill and tickets: https://billetto.co.uk/events/140775 *** Touching the Sky – JOANNA BROUK [Numero] http://www.numerogroup.com/products/joanna-brouk-hearing-music Pray You Catch Me – BEYONCE [RCA] https://lemonade.tidal.com 17 Days (piano demo) – Purple One Game – ABRA http://darkwaveduchess.bandcamp.com/album/rose Midnight Mischief – JORDAN RAKEI [Soul Has No Tempo] https://soulhasnotempo.bandcamp.com/album/cloak In Your Eyes (featuring Charlotte Day Wilson) – BBNG [Innovative Leisure] https://badbadnotgoodil.bandcamp.com/album/iv Call Me in the… – JD REID [cdr] Viver – HARETON SALVANANI [Mr Bongo] http://www.mrbongo.com/products/hareton-salvanini-sp-73-vinyl-lp-cd Mother’s Day – ALEKE KANONU [Arcana] http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=90157 Baba Loran Mi Wa [Lo-fi Odysseys Re-touch] – CHIEF COMMANDER EBENEZER OBEY https://soundcloud.com/lofiodysseys Africans Awake – BLACKMAN AKEEB KAREEM [Afrodisia] https://www.discogs.com/Blackman-Akeeb-Kareem-Africans-Awake-/release/4320243 Ebre Mbre – MARY AFU USUAH [Voodoo Funk] http://honestjons.com/shop/artist/Mary_Afi_Usuah/release/Ekpenyong_Abasi Mwoin Ka Songe ¬– PUZZLE PULSION [Heavenly Sweetness] http://www.heavenly-sweetness.com/digital-zandoli-preorder-available-3723 Indefinite Leave to Remain – SARATHY KORWAR [Ninja Tune] https://ninjatune.net/release/sarathy-korwar/day-to-day Ocean of Truth – NAT BIRCHALL [Sound Soul & Spirit] http://natbirchallmusic.bandcamp.com/album/creation Spiritual Rebirth – IDRIS ACKAMOOR [EM] https://idrisackamoor.bandcamp.com/album/music-of-idris-ackamoor-1971-2004 Presente Grego – ARTHUR VEROCAI [Mr Bongo] http://www.mrbongo.com/products/arthur-verocai-vinyl-lp-cd Corre Riba Corre Baxo – ABEL LIMA [Analog Africa] https://analogafrica.bandcamp.com/album/space-echo-the-mystery-behind-the-cosmic-sound-of-cabo-verde-finally-revealed If You Feel It, Say Yeah – FRUIT (AOTN) https://aotns.bandcamp.com/album/fruit Give Me One More Chance – THE PROCEDURES [Numero] http://www.numerogroup.com/products/eccentric-soul-sitting-in-the-park Atmosphere – FUNKADELIC [Westbound] https://www.discogs.com/Funkadelic-Lets-Take-It-To-The-Stage/release/623714 Free Swim – SP/W [Bonding Tapes] https://bondingtapes.bandcamp.com/album/quality-time-vol-2 Sorry not Sorry – OHBLIV [Thrashflow] https://ohbliv.bandcamp.com/album/raw-spirit-jewels 6am – KUTIMAN [Siyal Music] https://kutiman.bandcamp.com/album/kutiman-6am-vinyl-cd-digital Shah – ASH KOOSHA [Ninja Tune] https://ninjatune.net/release/ash-koosha/i-aka-i http://www.factmag.com/2016/03/02/ash-koosha-interview-ninja-tune-virtual-reality/ Punya – MOON B [World Aurale] https://weslye.bandcamp.com/album/anything By Fire – (Vikter Duplaix remix] – HAITUS KAIYOTE https://www.beatport.com/track/by-fire-vikter-duplaix-remix/7807693 Leave Me Alone (featuring Shay Lia) – KATRANADA [XL] https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/99.9/id1092026376 Oyster – PERSONABLE [Opal Tapes] http://opaltapes.bandcamp.com/album/personable-oyster 3m2 (system) – ¬ b https://leebannon.bandcamp.com/track/3m2-system-disc2 Done My Way – DREWSKY [Skytrax] http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=84491 http://classic.beatport.com/release/minimal-dialect-ep/1647129 A Story of… – AL ZANDERS [Wolf Music] http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/al-zanders-wolfep035-wolf-music/137528 For These Times – FOURTET https://fourtet.bandcamp.com/album/randoms Azoui – FENTAT [Nous Disques] https://soundcloud.com/nous-disques/fetnat-azoui The Bottle (live) – GIL SCOTT HERON & THE MIDNIGHT BAND http://www.juno.co.uk/products/gil-scott-heron-live-in-berkeley-1978/612385-01/

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11. SNC Radio – October 2017

SNC Radio – October 2017

Compiled, blended and hosted by AmAr Patel X www.straightnochaser.bigcartel.com http://soullabels.com/005-VHS-AND-CHILL-15-THE-ALIBI-05-11-17 www.imakesense.org JABULA – Siakala [Strut] https://strut.bandcamp.com/album/spirit-of-malombo-malombo-jabula-jazz-afrika-1966-1984 SIBUSILE XABA – Wampona [Mushroom Hour Half Hour] https://www.amazon.co.uk/Open-Letter-Adoniah-Sibusile-Xaba/dp/B072KZ8DBR/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1506685122&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=Sibusile+Xaba YISRAEL TRIO – Above the Clouds [Brownswood] https://brownswoodrecordings.bandcamp.com/track/above-the-clouds HERMETO PASCOAL – Danca Do Paje [Far Out] https://www.faroutrecordings.com/products/hermeto-pascoal-grupo-vice-versa-viajando-com-o-som CARLOS NINO & FRIENDS – Organic Self (featuring Daentoni Parks, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Josh Johnson & Dexter Story) [Leaving] https://leavingrecords.bandcamp.com/album/going-home HELLO SKINNY – Watermelon Sun [Brownswood] https://helloskinny.bandcamp.com/album/watermelon-sun ARCHIE SHEPP – Down Home, New York [BBE] https://www.bbemusic.com/downloads/black-saint-soul-note-records/ STARVUE – Body Fusion [Brooklyn Highs] http://www.crazybeat.co.uk/new-arrivals/body-fusion.html https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b096k6g1/the-last-pirates-britains-rebel-djs?suggid=b096k6g1 AKTR – City Slicks (TARMAC) https://fuzzoscope.bandcamp.com/album/lala https://daily.bandcamp.com/2017/09/21/the-best-beat-tapes-on-bandcamp/ DIBIA$E – B4UGO https://mrdibiase.bandcamp.com/ LOVIBE – Myself https://lovibe.bandcamp.com/album/idk-why-but-i-miss-you KELELA – Turn to Dust [Warp] https://bleep.com/release/87138-kelela-take-me-apart?utm_source=Warp&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Kelela_Take_Me_Apart IAMDDB – More https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/iamddb/id1185949838 MELANIE CHARLES – Be On My Side [Hot Record Societe] https://melaniecharles.bandcamp.com/album/the-girl-with-the-green-shoes https://bandcamp.com/?g=all&s=top&f=cd&show=248 MILO – Yet Another (featuring Lorde Fredd33, YCP Beno and Signor Benedickthe Moor) https://miloraps.bandcamp.com/album/who-told-you-to-think SAMPA THE GREAT – Rhymes to the East [Big Dada] https://ninjatune.net/release/sampa-the-great/rhymes-to-the-east CHILDREN OF ZEUS – Smoke with Me [First Word] https://www.kudosrecords.co.uk/track/fw165/1/children-of-zeus-smoke-with-me.html MR MITCH – Lost Touch (featuring Duval Timothy) [Planet Mu] https://www.amazon.co.uk/Devout-Mr-Mitch/dp/B06XGVJ68Y?tag=smarturl-gb-21 TRICKY – Blood of My Blood (featuring Scriptonite and Tati) [False Idols] https://tricky.bandcamp.com/track/blood-of-my-blood-feat-scriptonite-and-tati FUNKADELIC – You and Your Folks (Claude Young Jr dub) [Westbound] https://www.acerecords.co.uk/reworked-by-detroiters-1 ROBSON JORGE & LINCOLN OLIVETTI – Eva [Mr Bongo] https://www.mrbongo.com/products/robson-jorge-lincoln-olivetti-vinyl-lp IFE – Preludio (Ejiogbe) https://grupoife.bandcamp.com/ JORDAN RAKEI – Sorceress (Photay Remix) [Ninja Tune] https://ninjatune.net/release/jordan-rakei/sorceress-photay-remix https://www.gillespetersonworldwide.com/wws-guest-mix/gpww-964-photay/ JORGE C – En Espiritu [Dopeness Galore] http://www.dopenessgalore.com/recordstore/jorge_c_sueno_viejo O’FLYNN – Eleven [Ninja Tune] https://ninjatune.net/release/o-flynn/plutos-beating-heart-eleven AGUA RE – Holy Dance (Large Sound Mix) [Safe Trip] https://www.beatport.com/release/welcome-to-paradise-italian-dream-house-89-93/1983439 DEGO & KAIDI – It’s All For Us [Sound Signature] http://soundsignature.net/product/dego-kaidi-a-so-we-gwarn/

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12. SNC Radio – March 2016

SNC Radio – March 2016

This is a retrospective, introspective, prospective selection of tracks across the sound spectrum. From the afro-futuristic dystopia of Seventies’ Detroit through the dusty earth grooves of Guinea-Bissau, down the back streets of South London way and finishing on a classic house high in NYC. No chat, just tunes. You can thank the broken mic for that. Quick update… I have been working worth a new Art House Collective called Soul Labels. We’ll be producing and curating content in many forms, from experimental radio and film projects to workshops and discussions. We also broadcast on Radar Radio on the first Sunday of every month. Here’s my mix from February, a "Searching" special for the lovers with audio samples and FX from my brother in rhythm Daniel Oduntan (aka Lo-Fi Odysseys): https://soundcloud.com/soullabels/radar-radio-2 Until next time… Stay close. __ Methane Sea (Prelude) – RICHARD DAVIS [Spanish Mission] http://www.redeyerecords.co.uk/vinyl/71684-sm-conception-richard-davis-methane-sea Constellation Interlude Part 2 VI – HEALING FORCE PROJECT [Firecracker] http://tinyurl.com/create.php The Angels of Comfort – IASOS [iasos.com] https://iasos.bandcamp.com/album/elixir My Lar – BULLION [Deek] https://bullion.bandcamp.com/album/loop-the-loop Send in the Clowns – GEORGE ADAMS [Dopeness Galore] http://www.dopenessgalore.com/recordstore/george_adams_finest Energy – EARTH, WIND & FIRE [Warner] https://www.discogs.com/Earth-Wind-And-Fire-The-Need-Of-Love/master/99531 Psalm 37 – PARIS SMITH’s NEW COMPOSERS ENSEMBLE [Jazzagression] http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=88550 Sophia – UNITED VIBRATIONS [Ubiquity] https://unitedvibrations.bandcamp.com Gwadloup – EDMONY KRATER [Heavenly Sweetness] http://tinyurl.com/h7768wx Morungwa – THE BROTHER MOVES ON [?] https://thebrothermoveson.bandcamp.com/album/the-golden-wake-mastered Namibia – SUPER MAMA DJOMBO [NEW DAWN] http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=87932 Sanaga Calypso – PASTEUR LAPPE [Africa Seven] http://tinyurl.com/h8yjq7v Mademoiselle – JEAN CLAUDE [Strut] http://tinyurl.com/j59tqc9 Clover – EARTH, WIND & FIRE [Columbia] https://www.discogs.com/Earth-Wind-Fire-Head-To-The-Sky/release/546672 Let’s Get High – PEOPLE’S WORKSHOP TITLE [BBE] http://www.juno.co.uk/artists/The+People's+Workshop/?¤cy=GBP Wish Upon Love – COOL CREATIONS [AOTN] https://aotns.bandcamp.com/album/wish-upon-love-night-on-beach-island Back to the Streets – RUDY NORMAN [New Day] https://www.discogs.com/Rudy-Norman-Harmony-Back-To-The-Streets/release/7991546 The Season / Carry Me – ANDERSON .PAAK [Steel Wool/OBE] https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/malibu/id1065681363 Kwame Nkrumah – KOJEY RADICAL [test] https://soundcloud.com/kojeyradical Cantona – LOYLE CARNER [?] http://www.loylecarner.com Thru – MIZAN [?] http://mizan.bandcamp.com/album/dark-blue-ep 5050 – RAY BLK [Rise] https://soundcloud.com/rayblk/50-50a Run One Mile – COUNT OSSIE AND THE MYSTIC REVELATION OF RASTAFARI [Soul Jazz] https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/count-ossie-the-mystic-revelation-of-rastafari-tales-of-mozambique Evolved in Twists – AFRIKAN SCIENCES [Pan] https://boomkat.com/products/circuitous-f720d969-2f19-4873-ab4f-98b2d13054c1 Bob’s Riddim – TENDERLONIOUS [22a] https://22amusic.bandcamp.com/album/22a-009 Go to Bed pt 2 – MC PINTY [?] https://mcpinty.bandcamp.com/album/midnight-moods I Dare You ft Tirzah (Demdike Stare Edit) – MICACHU [DDS] https://boomkat.com/products/taz-and-may-vids Random Acts of Insanity – MARCELLUS PITMAN [Unirhythm] http://tinyurl.com/grha3nd Harmony – JOEL WELLS [Underscore Collective] http://underscore.sandbaghq.com/music/joel-wells-digital.html Science – JAYSON WYNTERS [Phoenix G] https://boomkat.com/products/unfamiliar-territories-ep So Long (Jabru dub) – JONO MCCLEERY [Ninja Tune] https://ninjatune.net/release/jono-mccleery/so-long-jabru-remix Keep on Pressing (KOT Original Mix) – SEAN GRANT [BBE] http://tinyurl.com/zpdd9yu

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13. Straight No Chaser radio_July 2012

Straight No Chaser radio_July 2012

Compiled and blended by AmAr Patel Apologies for taking forever to get this together. I've been in exile, it seems. Here are a few half-year highlights, including several tunes cruelly loved and then discarded. It's the blink-and-you'll-miss-it nature of modern culture. I'll stop there. Usual runnings from me: all styles, starting in the clouds and finishing on the floor. Long-distance journey. I hope it's good to you. Laters, Amar [email protected] @amarofpatel AUSTIN PERALTA – Epilogue: Renaissance Bubbles (featuring Cinematic Orchestra and Heidi Vogel) [Brainfeeder] I'm still playing Peralta several months after the debut album release from the astral-travelling piano prodigy. He's the vital link between giants such as Chick Corea and the new school led by label mates Flying Lotus and Thundercat. On this ambient beauty time stands still long enough for you to wander between the notes, and I like to wander. http://www.brainfeedersite.com/2011/02/08/austin-peralta-endless-planets/ http://www.austinperalta.com/ LAPALUX – 100 Hours of Introductions (Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune) Another Brainfeeder signing, all lush textures, RnB hooks and beatific splendour. http://ninjatune.net/release/lapalux/when-youre-gone DIMLITE – SE SE SC (Ripl Music) Quite simply one of my favourite producers out there. Dimlite, from day one, has done things with music equipment that others can only dream of. What a nightmare when they wake up and realise that no amount of study will get them close to this guy. A true one-off, Dimlite explored the more prog and avant-garde realms of music on his last Stones Throw album 'Grimm Reality' (the packaging as something else). This EP for new label Ripl Music feels like a return to the early years on Sonar Kollektiv. More straight ahead but no less absorbing. http://ripl.bandcamp.com/album/abscission THE CHERRY THING – Accordion [Smalltown Supersound] She, steeped in the punk tradition from way back when with the Slits. They, named after a Don Cherry composition and blessed with the knack for reinvention. In retrospect, Neneh Cherry's meeting with Swedish jazz trio The Thing was meant to be. Their album, The Cheery Thing', is so addictive: like itching a scratch it can both agitate and sooth, and you come back to it time and again. This is the statement piece: MF Doom's lyrics are dragged into the woods and thrown in a cauldron by an incantatory Neneh while her three cohorts stir and swell around her. Magic. Catch them live on 15 July at the Village Underground in East London. http://boomkat.com/vinyl/538465-neneh-cherry-the-thing-the-cherry-thing http://www.villageunderground.co.uk/events/neneh-cherry-and-thing STANTON DAVIS' GHETTO MYSTICISM – Things Cannot Stop Forever (Poon Tang Tally-Wacky) [Cultures of Soul] A jazz-funk obscurity from 1977 thankfully given a reissue by small but perfectly formed imprint Cultures of Soul. This is the kind of music that sweeps you up with its sheer musicality and fiery spirit. If you're into your disco and boogie, make sure you also check out their Evans Pyramid release (yes, 'Never Gonna Leave You' is on there). http://www.culturesofsoul.com/2011/02/27/stanton-davis-brighter-days/ YOSI HORIKAWA – Wandering [First Word] Great discovery on Aly Gillani's First Word records. Chiba City sound finder Horikawa is another example of a raw talent that's passed through the gates of Red Bull Music Academy and gone on to develop at a rapid rate. Drawing inspiration from the world around him – the shake, rattle and roll of life – the one-time architecture student excels at building hypnotic, layered compositions around the listener. It's a good space to be in. http://www.firstwordrecords.com/2012/06/yosi-horikawa-wandering-ep-out-now/ SHACKLETON – Blood on Your Hands [Skull Disco] How low can you go? Taking us all the way down to Atlantis in his sub-submarine, Shackleton cements his reputation as one of the deepest bass scientists out there. Stripped down riddim and bone, real pathos and nothing more. SO simple yet so profound. One side of this isn't enough. http://boomkat.com/vinyl/21485-shackleton-blood-on-my-hands MO KOLOURS – Banana Wine [One Handed Music] Half-Mauritian percussionist and singer Mo Kolours blends soul, dub and myriad electronic music styles to create his exotic and totally tropical take on head-nod. It's folk music but not as we know it. http://onehandedmusic.com/artist/mokolours/ D’ANGELO – One Mo Gin (live in Los Angeles 2000) So D is back. Still outrageously talented, still on a quest, still our greatest hope. This February I had the chance to catch him for the first time in Brixton after years spent trawling through YouTube. A bit static and jam-oriented for my liking but the man’s been off stage for years so let's consider that European tour ‘bootcamp’. The band – Chris Dave, Pino Palladino etc – were highly competent to a man but nowhere near as lean and monstrous a force as the Soultronics of 10 years before. No horns either. Listening back now, it makes you appreciate the Soutronics’ mastery and energy that much more – led from the front by a star in the making. Equal parts James, Sly, Stevie, Prince and Fela. Case in point is this joint, a sensous, sinuous rendition from the Voodoo tour. Apologies if it’s too long but I, like D, am an all-the-way lover so I’m letting it roll for the full 10+ minutes. Ride with it. GANG COLOURS – On Compton Bay [Brownswood] Southampton-based producer Will Ozanne has been name-checked on countless music and fashion blogs this year, and rightly so. His brand of melancholic modern soul – all thugged-out melodrama and atmospheric piano – and is every bit as intoxicating as the love his sings for. http://brownswoodrecordings.greedbag.com/buy/the-keychain-collection-0/ oOoOO – Starr [Tri-Angle] More moody beats and sombre vocal stylings from the mind of San Fran producer Christopher Dexter Grenspan. Lots of ghosts of artists past and present in this second EP, entitled 'Our Love is Hurting Us', yet it still manages to feel deliciously dark, fresh and seductive; that tall dark stranger in the corner with the intense stare that you can't help but follow. No idea what all this "witch house" business is about. I'll leave the name christening to the message boarders. http://www.soundsoftheuniverse.com/releases/?id=27737 THE INVISIBLE – Surrender (Ninja Tune) Mercury Music prize nominees return with another brilliant album of angular post punk, trio-charged atmospherics and exceptional songwriting. It's testament to the talents of Dave Okumu and his bandmates that this tense and densely layered second album never labours. Each track is part of one Invisible orbit as one by one they take you to a different place through a measured touch of subtle nuance, light and shade. No big vocal hooks in here but I guarantee you'll be humming a chorus here and a guitar lick there for months to come. Look out for Floating Points' staggering remix of their track 'Wings' as well. Out now. http://ninjatune.net/artist/the-invisible JAI PAUL – Jasmine [Demo]

I'm very excited about Jai Paul and what this credible pop star in waiting can achieve on Richard Russell's XL. The label has been such a wonderful breeding ground for mavericks – Dizzy, MIA, The XX and Tyler the Creator (Azealia Banks wouldn't join the club though). Paul's 'BTSTU' heated up the internet in 2011 and since then we've only had one other track, a demo, and it's this. But what a track. Bittersweet RnB with a falsetto that gets in your head. The production is lo-fi, quite simple but brilliantly composed. He knows how to write a tune. More please. http://www.xlrecordings.com/news/listentojasminedemo J DILLA – Detroit Game (ft Chuck English and Boldy James) [Yancey Music Group] Keep calm – new album of unreleased Dilla tracks from 'the lost tapes' with Detroit MCs established and emerging spittin' over the top. A few killers in here but as a body of work it lacks the finesse and attention to detail that Dilla was renowned for. That's why it's been unreleased until now. Still, A worthwhile project, brought to us by Ma Dukes no less, and this is one of my favourites – Cool Kids' Chuck English putting it down very nicely. http://www.jdillarebirthofdetroit.com/ SPOEK MATHAMBO – Put Some Red on It [Sub Pop] One of the more surprising hip hop albums of the year from South African-born Mathambo. Schizophrenic, polyrhythmic, big, brash and occasionally overwhelming (not a bad thing), his album's an acquired taste. But as garbled as his message often becomes, Mathambo does have something to say and this tune is a wry polemic about the blood diamond trade. http://www.subpop.com/releases/spoek_mathambo/full_lengths/father_creeper AUNTIE FLO – Train [Huntleys + Palmers] A delicious approximation of all that is fun about sounclash and tropical soundsystem culture. Auntie Flo, Glaswegian producer and club runner Brian D'Souza, knows his kwaito from his shangaan, and his cumbia from his kuduro. That ghetto cut-and-paste approach to making house music, the quintessential party soundtrack, continues to be very popular in the clubs. It's cheaper than flying, I guess. This track is taken from his mini-album 'Future Love Machine', which shows a more rounded side to Flo, as he moves through tempos and moods. My kind of 'world music'. >> auntieflo.in/ THEESATISFACTION – Enchantruss [Sub Pop] THEESatisfaction are two sassy fun-loving ladies, Stas and Cat, who met around five years ago in Seattle and bonded over a shared love of nineties' hip-hop, RnB and dusty ol' jazz music. They quickly started singing and rapping together and soon progressed to Garageband and writing/producing their own songs. They came to my attention after collaborating on this tune with the equally leftfield Shabazz Palaces (Ish, salute sir). Prepare to feel "tingly, mushy and ready to go out," as Cat puts it. http://www.theesatisfaction.com/ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Awe-Naturale-Thee-Satisfaction/dp/B0073US9N0 KEY & CLEARY – I’m a Man (Chocolate Industries) One of the standout tracks from an album of obscure electronic soul music recordings compiled by Dante Carfagna. Honest, brokeback tune, full of defiance, just the way I like it.
www.chocolateindustries.com/blog/2012/02/personal-space/ JOHNNY MATHIS – I Love My Lady (Afrikanz on Mars version) (Modern Artifacts) Thanks to his revealing autobiography and a collaboration with Daft Punk on their next album, Chic's Nile Rodgers is once again the talk of the town. But one revelation he left out of his memoirs was the shelved Johnny Mathis album he and Bernard Edwards worked on. Full of great songs and dancefloor grooves it was, sadly, deemed too risky for Mathis at the time. Ross Allen brought this album to my attention and then his mate Ashley Beedle decided to take the sun-kissed samba of 'I Love My Lady' and extend the pleasure just in time for … the rain. Someone release that album! http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/shop/product.php?pid=82594 KID – Hupendi Muziki Wangu (SAM)

Almost any 12 with the SAM logo on it is going to be fire and this jolly eighties' Italo monster from KID is no exception. Helmed by producer Geoff Bastow, who helped Moroder to create his signature sound, 'Hupendi…', which translates as 'Don't You Like Our Music?' (ah the irony), is guaranteed to get the party started in true boogie tradition. Sweeping Philly strings, funky bassline, horn stabs, wonky keys … it's all here. http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/products/KID-DontStopHupendiMuzikiWangu-Sam-82771.html HIPNOTIC - Are You Lonely [Street Level] Oh my gosh. Does boogie get any better than this? A recent reissue, first released in 1983 by Street Level in Canada. I didn't know too much about this but a quick internet trawl revealed the following, courtesy of the Discovinyl's blog: "It was co-written and produced by Alan Felder who has penned some great soulful tracks for the O'Jays, Kim Covington and others. I'd have to call it a grower. When a customer of mine, a plastic surgeon from Florence, Italy brought it to my attention several years ago I remember thinking this is kinda catchy but so are a lot of 80's R&B Boogie type tunes." Aye. The plastic surgeon bit kills me… http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=65290 MOODYMANN – Pray 4 Love (Scion A/V) Taken from KDJ's recent collaboration with Scion and given away for free. Free. I know, life can be blessed sometimes. He's so particular about he releases, what gets aired and when, I was surprised that this was given away. Not that I'm complaining – each tune on the EP is classic Moody preshaah. Like Theo, nearly everything he touches is magic and this particular tune brings together familiar Mahogani names such as Amp Fiddler, Roberta Sweed and Divinti to purr over another late-night basement jam from the D. http://www.scionav.com/blog/2012/04/13/moodymann-picture-this-ep/ DREAM 2 SCIENCE – My Love Turns Liquid [Rush Hour] One of the re-releases of the year from the ever dependable Rush Hour. This one is a 'lost' mini-album of deep introspective house from New Yorker Ben Cenac, one-time member of electro group Newcleus (of 'Jam on Revenge' fame). Quite meditative, in a Larry Heard state of mind. Whether you're up or down, this will connect. http://rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=64296
 ERYKAH BADU – Honey (Ron Trent mix) [Prescription] This one goes out to all the Badu lovers in the world, especially my crew that went to see her at the Blues Festival in London. She's royalty but of the rarest kind because she never rests on her laurels. Who knows where the concluding part of the New Amerykah trilogy (forthcoming) will take us. The real star here, however, is Ron Trent, who crams so many sounds into this joyous house remix of 'Honey' – shimmering guitars, Mary Jane Girls bassline, crescendos of chords – it's a wonder that it feels so light and breezy. I also love how he takes the track somewhere deeper towards the end, just as he did with that classic N'Dambi 'Can't Change Me' remix from a few years back. http://www.moodmusicrecords.com/news/third-encounter.html TRUS'ME – Shakea Body (Terrence Dixon mix) [Prime Numbers] One of a series of remixes that the Manchester label released a while back. Detroit's Dixon gets classically agitated in a Motor City way. http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/106767 MACHINEDRUM – DDD [LuckyMe] Machinedrum is consistently great at whatever form of dance music he dabbles in, from two-step to techno. You can currently find him pushing buttons for rapper du jour Azealia Banks (http://soundcloud.com/azealia-banks/aquababe-prod-by-machinedrum). This EP was originally written in 2010, caned by Rinse and then re-engineered for the '12. 'DDD' in particular will stir the weariest of souls. http://boomkat.com/downloads/484127-machinedrum-sxlnd-ep OCTO OCTA – Deep Hurt (100% Silk) There's no shortage of great house tracks to play from 100% Silk, one of my label discoveries of the year, but the deft use of Aaliyah's plaintive vocal in this deep tune gets me from the off. Hear this in the dead of night and you'll feel closer than ever to the distant strangers around you. http://boomkat.com/vinyl/531364-octo-octa-oh-love www.listentosilk.com JAMES WELSH – Zippyshare (Wolf) A new recruit to the rampant Wolfpack, Walsh fits right in with his lupine brothers, dropping after-hours house trax laced with a nagging vocal sample to please the soul faithful. Great pressing, artwork and package – standard. Looking forward to the full album on this label. It's about that time. http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/products/JamesWelsh-WolfEP013-WolfMusic-84230.html http://wolfmusicrecords.com GENIUS OF TIME – Houston We Have a Problem [Royal Oak] An oldie but a goodie from Swedish duo Genius of Time . This one just builds and builds, walking the bassline to the stars until the familiar "Ohhhhh" of the late diva comes in. Restrained use of her domineering voice elsewhere. Best way. http://clone.nl/item19538.html DISCLOSURE – Lividup [Greco Roman] The darlings of the new two-step/house movement … and for good reason. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, aged 17 and 20 respectively, already have such an intuitive sense of the floor – working around killer vocals, building peaks and rollercoaster rhythms to move your body while working in little flickers of influences to keep things interesting. And they have fun. It's a big and lively sound for 2012. There's too much darkness and austerity in "dance" music for my liking. This stuttering RnB-inspired party cut is taken from their Faces EP, which builds on the promise of their earlier singles and that irresistible Jessie Ware remix. I'll take sexy over sophisticated any night. http://soundcloud.com/stholdings/disclosure-the-face-ep-greco SASSE – Eagle Eyes [Moodmusic] Sasse's third album just gets better and better as you move through it. Real analogue atmosphere and beguiling depth to the music, rare in today's often either inane or overwrought deep house spectrum. The rhythms are solid but it's the other elements and when they enter the fray that really grab hold of you – the vocal snippet in 'Fantazy' and the arpeggiated synth motif of 'Alpha' just two of the many memorable moments. 'Eagle Eyes' gets my vote here as we reach the home straight – it has a sense of climax to it. Check the whole album though; impeccably crafted, buffed and blessed for discerning floors and minds.  http://www.moodmusicrecords.com/news/third-encounter.html (Trackback: http://samurai.fm/straightnochaser/straight-no-chaser-radio-july-2012)

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14. SNC Radio – March 2018

SNC Radio – March 2018

Compiled, blended and hosted by AmAr Patel Comments, questions, abuse: @amarofpatel Read me: www.imakesense.org Straight No Chaser magazine issue 99 coming in April: http://straightnochaser.bigcartel.com/ *** Kepra – HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE [Honest Jons] https://honestjons.com/shop/artist/Hypnotic_Brass_Ensemble/release/Book_Of_Sound Abusey Junction – KOKOROKO [Brownswood] https://weouthere.bandcamp.com/ Nomali – HUGH MASEKELA [Verve] https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/home-is-where-the-music-is/285606497 Rackrailway To – ROBERTO MUSCI [Music of Memory] http://www.musicfrommemory.com/product/roberto-musci-tower-of-silence East – JAH WOBBLE [Lago] https://exit.sc/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.juno.co.uk%2Fproducts%2Fjah-wobble-the-lago-years%2F635303-01%2F Ogun – CLIVE ZANDA [Cree Records] https://creerecords.bandcamp.com/album/clive-zanda-is-here-with-dat-kinda-ting Pleasure, Pain & Me – WELDON IRVINE [Strata East] https://www.discogs.com/Weldon-Irvine-In-Harmony/release/1496581 https://www.weldonirvinefilm.com/ East River – ONYX COLLECTIVE [Big Dada] https://bigdada.com/release/onyx-collective/lower-east-suite-part-one https://www.facebook.com/boilerroom.tv/videos/1744264135619290/ https://www.instagram.com/onyxcollective1/?hl=en Sea Breeze – GEORGE OTSUKA [BBE] https://bbemusic.bandcamp.com/album/j-jazz-deep-modern-jazz-from-japan-1969-1984 We’re Going Wrong – ROTARY CONNECTION [Cadet Concept] https://www.discogs.com/Rotary-Connection-Songs/release/514823 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk-FEcv7hXE&t=532s https://www.discogs.com/artist/195568-Charles-Stepney Needy Bees – NICK HAKIM [ATO] https://nickhakim.bandcamp.com/album/green-twins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N83D8KUeCqs Summer in November – SiR [Top Dawg] https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/november/1320098852 Almost Went Too Far – JOE ARMON JONES [Brownswood] https://joearmon-jones.bandcamp.com/ https://soundcloud.com/joe-armon-jones Psychedelic Sonia [interlude] – JOSEF LEIMBERG [World Galaxy] https://worldgalaxyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/astral-progressions Black Kennedy/No Apologies (tougher) – AUGUST GREENE [August Greene] https://www.amazon.co.uk/August-Greene-Amazon-Original/dp/B07B6P7695 Changes – CALEB GILES https://calebgiles.bandcamp.com/album/there-will-be-rain Some – STEVE LACY [demo] https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/steve-lacys-demo-ep/1207820151 I’m Gonna Miss Ya – AARON BROOMFIELD [AOTN] https://aotns.bandcamp.com/album/im-gonna-miss-ya The Way It Used To Be – PACIFIC EXPRESS [World Seven] https://www.kudosrecords.co.uk/track/wsvn007/10/pacific-express-the-way-it-used-to-be.html Just Know (featuring Henry Wu and Venna) – JD REID [Baby Gravy] https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/tree/1343794670?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 In My View – YOUNG FATHERS [Ninja Tune] https://youngfathersofficial.bandcamp.com/album/cocoa-sugar http://thequietus.com/articles/24042-young-fathers-interview The Appetite (featuring Roc Marciano, Quelle Chris & Danny Brown) – DABRYE [Ghostly] https://www.theghostlystore.com/products/three-three?utm_source=ghostlycom&utm_medium=buynowlink&utm_campaign=ghostlyproductpage Talk From Home – SUZANNE KRAFT [Melody As Truth] https://melodyastruth.bandcamp.com/album/talk-from-home Chapel Perilous Closed – OTHER LANDS [Firecracker] https://firecrackerrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/firec025-pattern-transform Untitled Friday – NABIYAH IQBAL [Ninja Tune] https://nabihahiqbal.bandcamp.com/album/weighing-of-the-heart Nein Konig Nein – DJ KOZE [Pampa] https://www.beatport.com/track/nein-k-nig-nein-original-mix/10102915 Turn Off the Light – LONDON MODULAR ALLIANCE [ART]https://boomkat.com/products/turn-off-the-light-ep Autopilot Escapism – COSMIN NICOLAE [Opal Tapes] http://opaltapes.com/track/autopilot-escapism Good Vibes – AMP FIDDLER [Ampliphonic/Mahogani Music] https://ampfiddler.bandcamp.com/ Saturdays (Saturday Nite Club 12 Mix) – ALEXANDER HOPE [Easy Street] https://www.discogs.com/Alexander-Hope-Saturdays/release/39031

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15. Chaser Podcast02 – Electric Wire Hustle

Chaser Podcast02 – Electric Wire Hustle

Electric Wire Hustle. Three very different characters from Wellington, New Zealand, combining to offer their perspective on modern soul music. Their name recalls Common's psychedelic 'Electric Circus' while the album's opening, loping highs and lows bare a striking resemblance to D'Angelo's 'Voodoo'. That's some company to keep. Through a mixture of sound guidance (Red Bull Music Academy, Steve Spacek, Benji B, Kenji @ Wonderful Noise Productions) and serious studio time, the trio of Dave 'Taay Ninh' Wright (keyboards), Mara TK (vocals) and Myele Manzanza (drums) have fulfilled their early promise by crafting a dynamic album to woo both the song lovers and beat junkies. And make no mistake, although the digital age has allowed them to enlist heavy-hitting guests such as Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dudley Perkins and Stacy Epps on their album, the real stars are… the stars. Fresh off stage from playing to a rapturous crowd at Shepherd's Bush Empire, their second London date of the European tour, a remarkably fresh EWH spoke exclusively to Chaser about their key influences – at home and away – and their craft. >> electricwirehustle.com >> myspace.com/electricwirehustle >> wonderfulnoise.jp Apologies for poor sound quality – recording issues. Turn it up!

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16. SNC RADIO – NOVEMBER 2015

SNC RADIO – NOVEMBER 2015

Compiled, blended and hosted by AmAr Patel Let me know what you think, what you like… Try Twitter @amarofpatel. Hopefully broadcasting live and dj'ing with www.soullabels.com in South London before the year's out. Thanks to all the artists, labels and listeners. I do it for you. Blurs – BASTIEN KEB [One Handed] https://bastienkeb.bandcamp.com Orange – YUK [Leaving Records] https://leavingrecords.bandcamp.com/album/yuk-a-n-a-k Darikpon Variations – SK KAKRABA [AFTA] http://www.awesometapes.com/sk-kakraba-songs-of-paapieye/ The Dance #2 – LARAAJI & Brian ENO [Glitterbeat] https://glitterbeat.bandcamp.com/album/ambient-3-day-of-radiance https://soundcloud.com/leavingrecords/sets/laraaji-excerpts https://www.jocksandnerds.com/articles/laraaji Thin Air – FLOATING POINTS [Pluto] http://floatingpoints.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=25932 http://www.factmag.com/2015/10/16/floating-points-interview/ A Luta Continua – NAT BIRCHILL [Jazzman] http://www.jazzmanrecords.co.uk/nat-birchall-invocations Stolen Moments – MARK MURPHY [Muse] http://www.discogs.com/Mark-Murphy-Stolen-Moments/release/1350618 http://patrickforge.podomatic.com/entry/2015-11-03T11_34_18-08_00 https://soundcloud.com/gillespeterson/in-memory-of-mark-murphy From a Whisper to a Scream – ALLEN TOUSSAINT [Kent] http://www.discogs.com/Allen-Toussaint-From-A-Whisper-To-A-Scream/release/1556159 http://www.npr.org/sections/ablogsupreme/2015/11/10/455471024/artists-remember-allen-toussaint Foukie (Wa tchou wa) – SYNCHRO RHYTHMIC ECLECTIC ENSEMBLE (Heavenly Sweetness) http://www.heavenly-sweetness.com/releases/koute-jazz Kokorico – ORCHESTRE LAYE THIAM [Analog Africa] http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/prod/VariousArtists-Senegal70SonicGemsPreviouslyUnreleasedRecordingsFromThe70s-AnalogAfrica-106079.html http://analogafrica.bandcamp.com Funky Drummer – RIM KWAKU OBENG [BBE] http://www.bbemusic.com/releases/BBE328ADG/Rim%20Kwaku%20Obeng%20-%20Rim%20Arrives%20%20International%20Fun#.VkXxVtAlIZY Down River – BASTIEN KEB [One Handed] https://bastienkeb.bandcamp.com HUM (Paul White remix) – SARAH WILLIAMS WHITE (First Word) http://sarahwilliamswhite.bandcamp.com/album/hum Add the Baseline – JORDAN RAKEI [Soul Has No Tempo] https://soulhasnotempo.bandcamp.com/track/add-the-bassline https://soundcloud.com/jordan-rakei/the-light-1 Message – JAMIE WOON [PMR] http://www.jamiewoon.com 30 for 30 Freestyle – DRAKE [Cash Money] https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/what-a-time-to-be-alive/id1041818504 Frozen – THE AGE OF L.U.N.A. [mixtape] http://liveundernoauthority.com Afro Left Down (featuring Ashong) – WU-LU [test cassette] https://wu-lu.bandcamp.com/releases Common Unity (Featuring Archie Pelago) – CHAOS IN THE CBD [Rhythm Section] https://wearerhythmsection.bandcamp.com/album/midnight-in-peckham Strung Up – SHANTI CELESTE [Future Times] http://www.juno.co.uk/products/shanti-celeste-dawit-vibe-3-ep-3/580575-01/ http://www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=86605 Inner City Life (Rabbit in the Moon’s Vocalic City Mix) – GOLDIE FEATURING DIANE CHARLEMAGNE [FFRR] http://www.discogs.com/Goldie-Innercitylife-The-Remixes/release/14735 Midnight (Special Request remix) – ROYCE WOOD JUNIOR (37 Adventures) https://37adventures.bandcamp.com/album/royce-wood-junior-midnight-special-request-remix Make it Up (club edit) – TIRZAH [Greco-Roman] https://soundcloud.com/greco-roman/tirzah-make-it-up Free (Mr G’s Testify Dub) – COOL PEEPL [Moods & Grooves] http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/cool-peepl-amp-fiddler-billy-free-pt-ii-inc-mr-g-rem-moods-grooves/129692 Moon Circuitry (featuring Mark De Clive-Lowe) – GE-OLOGY [Sound Signature] https://bleep.com/release/64796-ge-ology-moon-circuitry-escape-on-lodge-freeway 3rd from the Sun – DAN CURTIN [Detroit Dancer] http://www.juno.co.uk/products/dan-curtin-3rd-from-the-sun-ep/576869-01/ Keep That Fire Burning – LOU JOHNSON [BBE] http://www.bbemusic.com/releases/BBE310CCD/Zafsmusic%20-%20Private%20Wax%20Vol.%202#.VkX0l9AlIZY

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17. Amar Patel live – Diesel U-music radio

Amar Patel live – Diesel U-music radio

From the vaults… A morning session broadcast in New Cross, London, on behalf of Diesel U-music radio. Thanks to Lucy Pink and the production team.

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18. SNC Radio - March 15

SNC Radio - March 15

In-flight entertainment for the outernationally minded… Compiled, blended and presented by AmAr Patel Five O’Clock Shadow (featuring Miguel Atwood-Ferguson) – FLAKO [Five Easy Pieces] https://fiveeasypieces.bandcamp.com/album/natureboy Stop and Cop – HAROLD VICK [Strata East] http://www.discogs.com/Harold-Vick-Dont-Look-Back/release/1263277 https://soundcloud.com/gillespeterson/strata-east-mix-part-1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05nsdwf Askim – KAMASI WASHINGTON [Brainfeeder] http://ninjatune.net/release/kamasi-washington/the-epic Expensive Ghetto (featuring Mo Kolours) – HENRY WU [HoTep] http://hotep.bandcamp.com/album/negotiate-ep Ripples – NATALIE DUNCAN [UX] https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/black-white-ep/id961634410 Gatekeeper – ESKA [Naim Audio] http://www.eskaonline.com Drempels013_c14 – FIZZY VEINS [test] https://soundcloud.com/fizzy_veins Haute – VAKULA [Leleka] https://soundcloud.com/vakula/sets/vakula-a-voyage-to-arcturus http://www.juno.co.uk/products/vakula-a-voyage-to-arcturus/552393-01/ Leavin My Place – JEAN-PIERRE DECERF [Born Bad] http://shop.bornbadrecords.net/album/space-oddities-1975-1978 Follicle – ED LEE [Compost] https://pro.beatport.com/track/follicle-original-mix/5978688 Sour Soul – GHOSTFACE KILLAH & BADBADNOTGOOD [Lex] http://shop.lexrecords.com/products/sour-soul Sullenbode – VAKULA [Leleka] https://soundcloud.com/vakula/sets/vakula-a-voyage-to-arcturus Ain’t Sitting Down Doing Nothing – ? [Strut] http://www.strut-records.com/nextstopsoweto4/ Escape from the Earth – SUMY [Rush Hour] http://www.rushhour.nl/distribution_detailed.php?item=79958 Fire and Desire (Demo mix) – DWIGHT SYKES & JAHARI [PPU] http://www.rushhour.nl/distribution_detailed.php?item=82011 Freeway Crowd – JT ALLEN [Crowbar] http://www.redeyerecords.co.uk/vinyl/62630-cb002v-j-t-allen-freeway-crowd-7 Mortal Man – KENDRICK LAMAR [Aftermath/Interscope] https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/to-pimp-a-butterfly/id974187289 http://www.stereogum.com/1725411/kendrick-lamar-debut-new-song-on-colbert/video/ Sin Empezar – DAYME AROCENA [Brownswood] http://daymearocena.bandcamp.com In Between States – SHOEBOX [Shoebox Holland] http://www.juno.co.uk/products/shoebox-electric-blue/564568-01/ Calypso – VINCE WATSON [Yoruba] https://soundcloud.com/vincewatson/vince-watson-calypso-taster/sets Rituals (MS edit) – MARIBOU STATE [Counter] http://ninjatune.net/release/maribou-state/rituals The Story of My Life – K15 [Wild Oats] http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/k15-insecurities-ep-wild-oats/124999 Nocturnal – KENNY LARKIN [Rush Hour] http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/prod/KennyLarkin-MetaphorEP-RushHour-100119.html Black Fact – DREAMS [Trax Couture] https://traxcouture.com/product/world-series-vol-4-dreams/ Club Life – HYSTERICS [Night Slugs] http://nightslugs.net/releases/ns017-hysterics-hysterics-ep/ Standing in Tomorrow – MODEL 500 [Rush Hour] http://www.rushhour.nl/distribution_detailed.php?item=80601 Murderous (featuring Ben Westbeech) – MOSCA [Hypercolour] http://www.juno.co.uk/products/eva-mendes-ep/457027-01/ Rock the House (Black Fan edit) – Nicole [test] https://soundcloud.com/blackfan\

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19. SNC Radio – November 2016

SNC Radio – November 2016

Compiled and blended by AmAr Patel Pre-Christmas dispatch for mi gente. Everything you need for your mind, body and soul… Mansur’s Message – YUSSEF KAMAAL [Brownswood] https://yussefkamaal.bandcamp.com Agobi – HU VIBRATIONAL [MOD Technologies] http://www.junodownload.com/artists/Hu+Vibrational/releases/?show_tracks=all Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye – LEONARD COHEN [Legacy] http://tinyurl.com/jyz25mo https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2016/nov/11/leonard-cohen-he-knew-things-about-life-and-if-you-listened-you-could-learn Star of A Story – HEATWAVE [GTO] https://www.discogs.com/Heatwave-Central-Heating/release/490902 http://www.sixmillionsteps.com/drupal/node/507 Montara (live) – MYELE MANZANZA [First Word] https://www.kudosrecords.co.uk/release/fw154/myele-manzanza-onepointone-live-at-the-blue-whale.html https://soundcloud.com/amarofpatel/chaser-podcast02-ewh Yam Teang – LUNCH MONEY [None More] http://nonemorerecords.bandcamp.com/releases Joyous – SHABAKA AND THE ANCESTORS [Brownswood] https://shabakaandtheancestors.bandcamp.com Superstar – NCCU [Spacetalk] http://www.juno.co.uk/products/jeremy-underground-jeremy-underground-presents-beauty-a/613735-01/ The Mood – KASHIF [Blur Bird] https://www.discogs.com/Kashif-Kashif/release/2019282 https://www.mixcloud.com/DjSpinna718/dj-spinna-tribute-to-kashif-mix/ Raw Movements – SUN PALACE [BBE] https://www.bbemusic.com/downloads/raw-movements-rude-movements/ http://www.waxpoetics.com/blog/features/articles/sun-palace-jazz-funk-jam-session-underground-dance-classic/ Blood on Me – SAMPHA [Young Turks] https://young-turks-uk.myshopify.com/products/sampha-process Amerika [KZR Edit] – KAI ALCE [Sounds Familiar] https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/7084433?ev=rb Interlude – The Glory is in You – SOLANGE [Saint Records] Cranes in the Sky – SOLANGE [Saint Records] https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-seat-at-the-table/id1159507212 Troublemakers – ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE [Bastard Jazz] https://www.kudosrecords.co.uk/release/bjlp14/electric-wire-hustle-the-11th-sky.html It’s a Fire – PRINCE BUSTER [Earth Sound] http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/138614 Black Man’s World – ALTON ELLIS [Trojan] http://www.junodownload.com/products/alton-ellis-be-true-to-yourself-the/3187957-02/?track_number=33 Escape Goat Dub (Original Mix) – DENNIS BOVELL & GARLAND JEFFREYS [Optimo Music] https://www.beatport.com/track/escape-goat-dub-original-mix/8390959 Gyae Su (Mpaebo Lp version) – PAT THOMAS [Strut] https://patthomasstrut.bandcamp.com/album/coming-home?lf=a113c3e91454bf9553f9758362ef2308 Mayel – SORY BAMBA [Africa Seven] https://www.kudosrecords.co.uk/release/asvn035/sory-bamba-du-mali.html Good Vibes – HARARI [Cultures of Soul] http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/140175 Black Pepper (Mori Ya edit) – YORUBA SINGERS [Left Ear Australia] http://www.juno.co.uk/products/yoruba-singers-black-pepper/618206-01/ April – MARK ERNESTUS MEETS OBADIKAH [Honest Jons] https://bleep.com/release/77227-mark-ernestus-meets-obadikah-april What Does Your Soul Look Like Pt 4 (DJ Spinn Teklife remix) – DJ SHADOW [Universal/Island] https://djshadow.lnk.to/Endtroducing-Digital Thousand Yard Stare – ILLUM SPHERE [Ninja Tune] https://boomkat.com/products/glass-7f383ab2-35b4-4823-a530-0ef2a43994dd Knowledge of Selfie – JAY DANIEL [TECHNICOLOUR] https://jaydaniel.lnk.to/knowzSo See You on Monday (Linkwood Remix) – HERBERT [Curle] https://news.lnk.to/herbertx Strange Expression – NGLY [LIES] http://liesrecords.com/products/ngly-cities-of-illusion-2xlp-lies079 The Spirit’s In It – PATTI LABELLE [Philadelphia International] https://www.discogs.com/Patti-LaBelle-The-Spirits-In-It/release/1138094 http://blog.gregwilson.co.uk/2013/05/david-mancuso-and-the-art-of-deejaying-without-deejaying/ http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2016/06/david-mancuso-interview

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