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‘Gold Getter’ is the incredibly classy new track from Brighton’s Resonators.You can pick it up now on the Wah Wah 45s label. The band’s full album due out next year. This blog has had their previous effort ‘Sweet Love Affair’ in the player for a long, long time, look it up!
Soul Sedation was lucky enough to be in the US earlier this year, and my schedule lined up with a J*Davey appearance at the Key Club on LA’s Sunset Strip. The duo – vocals from Jack Davey (AKA Briana Cartwright) and beats from Brook D’Leau – push a fusion of alternative hip hop, blues, neo soul and electronica. On stage Davey rocks the mic with an unnerving intensity, she’s 100% a fierce entertainer, and more than a little bit nuts as well. This is their track ‘Slooow’:
On the deep disco front Leftside Wobble has reworked Liz Torres’ ‘What You Make Me Feel’. This is a spooky weird one for that late night, spun-out dancefloor. Torres recorded from ‘88 through to 2000 on a handful of early US house labels, and this extended re-edit brings her back to life. LW’s soundcloud channel is one you should be tuned to.
Soul heads listen up, Charles Bradley has a new record out on Daptone subsidiary Dunham Records. Backed by the Menahan Street band, this is raw sixties and seventies style soul and funk music at its finest. Bradley’s been around the traps for a long, time, warming up for the James Brown’s of the world throughout his lengthy career. The album is titled No Time For Dreaming. This lead single, ‘The World (Is Going Up In Flames)’, is an exceptional vocal and also a very, very sad song:
It feels like the UK is on fire right now. This blog has seen some fresh work appear from producers with large bodies of work already behind them. Wiley‘s new track is seriously wicked; it’s good to see him returning to something more credible than ‘Wearing My Rolex’, for example. Of course cheese pays the bills sometimes so I suppose we ought to forgive artists their forays into mainstream chart territory. ‘Numbers In Action’ definitely sees the British emcee back on point.
Wiley – ‘Numbers In Action’
This tune is just badass. It used that slightly nostalgic sound with enough new bass and structure to make it fresh. Pleasing old heads and newcomers both no doubt. The two veterans Omar and Zed Bias stamp their feet loudly here.
Omar & Zed Bias – ‘Dancing’
And another man who continues to exhibit remarkable staying power is Mr Scruff. This deep house tune is killer, with just enough of that Scruff style eccentricity to make sure you know who wrote it.
Mr Scruff – ‘Wobble Control’
And THIS! Well, what can you say about this. This song is one of those occasions when words have little relevance, the recording speaks for itself. I have a feeling the world will be hearing lots more from Michael Kiwanuka. Music this good finds its own mode of dissemination.
Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Tell Me A Tale’
Around the time that this column appeared in The Brag (blog runs “slightly” behind) I’d just returned from the Playground Weekender, an annual four day love in/camping festival that happens on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, about 2.5 hours from Sydney. The promoters are fond of inviting Norman Jay to play a couple of sets during the weekend, and on this occasion he closed the Big Top tent on the Saturday night. Finishing as he so often does with some drum n bass, DJ Fresh‘s ‘Gold Dust’ was one of the final tracks of the night that sent us all completely bonkers. Hats off to you Norman, hopefully see you next year!
DJ Fresh – ‘Gold Dust’
Scottish born future beatsmith Kutmah is set to release no less than three mix albums this year, the first of which is entitled The New Error. If you’re a fan of the work that Flo Lo does with his Brainfeeder imprint, the Gaslamp Killer, Teebs etc, or you just like good heavy beats, you’ll get into this stuff. The mix features beats from names like Madlib, Mister Oizo, Mainframe, Gaslamp Killer, Portishead and J-Dilla.
Kutmah – The New Error album sampler
There’s a new Prefuse 73 album, The Only She Chapters, out through Warp Records. Soul Sedation always enjoyed his Dipped Escalade mix of Amon Tobin’s ‘Verbal’, an oldie but a real goodie.
From the new album:
Remix of Amon Tobin‘s ‘Verbal’:
Soul Sedation recommends that you get across the Submotion Orchestra, a Leeds based, 7-piece electronica project out through Ranking Records. The Leeds seven are currently exploring the wonky, dubstep, future soul movement in a live context, and some of the results are nothing short of mindblowing. This blog has pushed Planas’ remix of Submotion’s ‘Finest Hour’ in your direction before – head back a few posts to check it out – and this is another little brilliant slice:
Submotion Orchestra – ‘All Night Long’
Brooklyn band the Pimps Of Joytime have released a new 7” through Nickodemus’s label, Wonderwheel. ‘Janxta Funk’ is a slice of vocal-driven, bottom heavy, electronic funk. ‘Honey Of Your Smile’ on the flip features none other than Mr Roy Ayers. Listen/buy here.
It’s recommended you tune into this week’s instalment of the XLR8R podcast as NY’s Andy Uproot gets busy on the ragga dubstep and tropical flavour tip. The selection is cleverly diverse far reaching, and bass heavy. Check it out here.
Brighton label Tru Thoughts have let loose a new Nostalgia 77 album on the world. Coming from the label’s beatmaking heritage but maturing into a fully fledged mature jazz producer, Nostalgia 77 is phenomenally classy. Titled ‘The Sleepwalking Society’, his album of modern jazz is fronted with lead single ‘Simmerdown’, a drum-heavy, downtempo affair featuring a world class vocal from Josa Piet.
Nostalgia 77 – Simmerdown ft Josa Piet
Fans of Erykah Badu will no doubt be all over her new single ‘Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long’. It’s a typically classy recording from Erykah, and comes with a film clip directed by Flying Lotus no less, the producer injecting himself into the visual art world.
NY producer Captain Planet’s Gumbo Funk release, his debut EP, has earned itself a re-release on the digital front. It first dropped in ’05 on the Bastard Jazz label, and introduced us to Captain Planet’s unique style, fusing all sorts of jazz, hip hop, and world beats with good electronica. Also included on the re-release are a couple of cheeky extras. This column is a huge, huge fan of the man’s work, you can pick up Gumbo Funk direct from the label here.
The Philadelphia based Record Breakin’ Music is celebrating five years in the business with the release of their 5 year compilation. Journeying deep into their back catalogue, you’ll hear from names like Anthony Valadez, Kissey Asplund, Spinnerty, Joy Jones, Dotmatic and M64 (a collaboration from Ohmega Watts and Ragen Fykes). Responsible for putting out some brilliantly eclectic soulful music, Soul Sedation wishes RBM another 5 healthy years to come. You can pick the release up here.
Sydney band Latin/funk/rock/world outfit Watussi have begun prepping audiences for their upcoming album with the single release ‘Tu Te Vas’. It’s a traditional sounding Latin funk jam replete with Spanish vocal, and features US emcee Curren$y on the breakdown verse. You’ll also find a Nickodemus remix on the single release.
The new Lanu album has hit the Soul Sedation desk. Her 12 Faces is a considerable departure from Bamboos frontman Lance Ferguson’s previous nu jazz/future soul leanings as Lanu, and is in reality more like a joint album with vocalist-of-the-moment Megan Washington, who features on six of the tracks (if you include the bonus track). I like it in general, but this record should appeal to the indie pop set more than the hip hop crowd, although there is some Bonobo-esque material on the record like ‘Portrait in 50hz’ for example.
Lanu – ‘Portrait in 50hz’
UK emcee Ghostpoet’s debut album is out now through Brownswood Records. Entitled Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, it’s diverse, interesting, original, and 100% worth checking out. Those of you into experimental beats and beat poetry will soak it right up.
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam album preview
Legendary Minneapolis hip hop outfit Atmosphere are back with another album, The Family Sign, their sixth full length to date (not to mention having released countless EPs). ‘Something So’ is a downtempo sample from the release. You can pick the record up now through Rhymesayers.
Oddisee is an force to be reckoned with. His tune ‘Musik Lounge’ with DJ Premier has held pole position on Soul Sedation’s all time deep hip hop playlist for pretty much ever. Have a listen below, I’m sure you’ll understand why. The producer/emcee/DJ and Diamond District frontman has released a new instrumental album Travelling Man. He’s fairly prolific, and his output can be tracked here.
The Deep Thaw Mix from Captain Planet & DJ DRM is a hastily compiled (warts and all) mix that features some seriously badass track selection. Hitting the play button will expose you to unreleased music from Planet and DRM and the and a good swathe of rest of the US based Bastard Jazz family.
1. Onra – Long Distance – All City
2. Bing Ji Ling – Sunshine Love (Ray Mang Remix) – Lovemonk
3. Brownout – Slinky (CaZ Remix) – Six Degrees
4. Kinka – LLC – unreleased
5. The Mgababa Queens – Maphuti (Captain Planet Remix) – Unreleased
6. Las 4 Monedas – Buena Suerte (Whiskey Barons Edit) – BSTRD Boots Unreleased
7. Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement (Kid Gusto Remix) – Unreleased
8. Negghead – You (78 edit) – Wax On Promo
9. Boohgaloo Zoo – Testify (Soulphiction’s Boogie Version) – Lovemonk
10. Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane – Warp
11. Space Ranger – Shave Me, I’m Famous (Ajello Remix) – Lovemonk
12. Space Dimension Controller – Transatlantic Landing Bay – R&S Records
13. Captain Planet – Untitled – Bastard Jazz unreleased
14. Pablo Sanchez & Watch TV – Sunstar (Zeb Remix) – Justified Cause
15. Yosaku & DJ Day – The Bottle – BSTRD Boots
16. Teaspoon & The Waves – Oh Yeh Soweto (Sofrito Edit) – Sofrito Super Singles
17. Cosmic Force – Trinidad Bump – Superbro
18. Talking Drums – Courage – Sticky Records
19. Freeez – Southern Freeez – Beggar’s Banquet
Australian hip hop collective The Herd, it turns out, have been doing their thing for 10 years now. They’re celebrating the milestone with the new single, ‘Sum Of It All’, a tune which illustrates nicely the group’s trademark fusion of hip hop and modern soul they’ve near perfected over the last decade. Australia’s conscious musical landscape is richer for The Herd’s efforts.
Aloe Blacc‘s big single ‘I Need A Dollar’ paved the way for big advances in his mainstream recognition last year. This year the film clips keep rolling out from his killer album Good Things – If you still don’t own it, you should go here now. His track ‘Loving You Is Killing Me’ leaves some of its sadness behind when paired with the filmclip.
Aloe Blacc – ‘Loving You Is Killing Me’
US beat wizard Tokimonsta has turned out an amazing remix of Andreya Triana’s soul vocal ‘Far Closer’. It’s a supreme late-night headphone style groove, some really lovely work.
Andreya Triana – ‘Far Closer (Tokimonsta Remix)’
On a funky breaks tip the Basement Freaks have a new album out called Something Freaky. The title track, on a old school disco breaks tip, is pretty fat. Good solid party music on Jalapeno Records.
Soom T & Disrupt have released a full-length digi-dub album, Ode To A Carrot. From the Jahtari stable it’s 8-bit, weed inspired, chip hop reggae. Soom T, hailing from Scotland, is the emcee. I like this stuff, it’s rude.
Brownswood records have a new recruit from the UK, Gang Colours. Their remix of the new Ghostpoet single ‘Cash & Carry Me Home’ is amazing, especially on the synth tip.
Ghostpoet – Cash & Carry Me Home (Gang Colours Remix)
US soul vocalist Charles Bradley has released a new full-length album entitled No Time For Dreaming. This melancholy, stirring track is the lead single.
Charles Bradley – ‘The World Is Going Up In Flames’
Soul Sedation disco tune of the week goes out to Dutch production outfit K.I.D, and their groove ‘Don’t Stop’ from way back in ’81 baby. Disco is still the sound!
K.I.D – ‘Don’t Stop’