The last 6 months I've been getting back in touch with music that's coming out of Africa (we have some exciting things to show you on Goon Club Allstars this year) granted after my initial exposure to Kwaito and afro house I really slept on everything coming out of Africa for 2 years. Thankfully Gerv from LV was on hand to point a helping hand, big up Neana & Strict Face for a couple things too. After listening to Jam City's Earthly II mix I am completely besotted with Guru; above is my favourite track. Also (still recovering from our Goon Club Allstars night at Lightbox last night but) if you ever get the chance to go see Jam City play, do it - excellent DJ from start to finish. Big up you if you came down to dance with us as well.
Friday, 31 January 2014
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Last year I was invited to be a judge among a panel to help whittle down a long list of artists that had applied to take part in Glastonbury Festival's emerging talent contest. I was quite chuffed actually that of the 3 artists I put through, 2 of them made the final (there were 40 other judges, so 40 x 3 = 120 potential bands and only 8 bands make the final) I actually had the pleasure of seeing J-Treole (one of the bands I put through) play at glastonbury (often bands that make the final are offered a slot by one of stages at glastonbury)
This year I was offered the same gig, and today my three choices have been published on the Glastonbury website. My number one choice hasn't really left my head for a little while, so I thought I'd share it with you (video above). Typesun's back catalogue is also worth checking out, he has a knack for really great drums and soulful accompanyments underpined by a cracking voice. I also really like that this guy is undeniablly from Bristol; The odd glitches, arps and synth stabs all nod at the "purple sound" school of producers - Joker, Gemmy, Guido, etc.
Good luck to all three artists, hopefully see you all at Glastonbury 2013
Monday, 11 June 2012
Gwarn. It's been a while. A lil while ago I had the pleasure of hosting a show on the internet streaming site VIC53 thought I'd share my set, on the night we also had a performance from Numan of Planet Mu/Wicky Lindows fame, but the video is not up it appears? Hope y'all enjoy my set anyway.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
These guys actually came up to me at a party I played in some woods in the middle of nowhere Wales last summer. They've been sending beats for a minute now and this is my favourite, zooming round town, hood down kinda beat. keep a close eye on dez guyz.
Friday, 27 April 2012
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
This is non music related, but something I feel, especially in 2012 when there doesn't seem to be an awful lot of peace and good will around, that is important. This is something we can stop.
Edit: there's a lot of speculation going around about this, I'm leaving it up, but people should do their own research into it.
I slept on this one a lil, but Get Flavor released a compilation about a month ago. Phutur Ba$e is easily one of the best things they've put out, not at all focussed on 4 x 4, but expanded into the broken territory of trap and hip hop. Just like any compilation, it's not all killer, but there are some excellent contributions from Look Like, Meati, Dose (check the video for his track hurr) and Brent Still Life. The pick of the litter however is a track from Tom Richman of Team Bear Club; 92 Hardcore bumps proper, there's an authenticity about the track, this isn't a one off track for a compilation, this is what Tom duz. From the pitched vocal cuts and low slung 808s right up to the poppy piano keys this track is a cut above. The compilation is out now in all the usuals joints.
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Really love this release from new comer Emma on Wavey tones. Distilling grime and odd percussive rhythms, akin to kwaito, with dreamy synth lines, almost faded with age. The video is the perfect accompaniment to the track, sharing the aged and faded aesthetic. Hats off to the Wavey Tones design team! Check Emma's soundcloud for more tracks and watch out for a feature soon over on the Inhabit site
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Here it is; It's been 17 months in the coming but Hurt, my collaborative effort with Elkat is coming out on a limited edition vinyl only release for Hit and Hope. Massive thanks to both Rob and Ned at Hit and Hope, for putting faith in us, and to Optimum and Donga & Blake for the remixes. Out finally to anyone who played it, put it in a mix or said nice things about it. The record comes out on the 12th of March and to celebrate, we're putting on a little party at Distrikt in Leeds. My self and Elkat will be play alongside Klic and the badman that is Ed McDonagh. More details to follow.
Friday, 17 February 2012
Thursday, 16 February 2012
Jam City has an album out in may on Night Slugs. Stupidly excited. But before that he has a double A side 12" for the NS White label series featuring the Main Attraktionz collab on the flip, which is out on the 27th of this month. To tide you over till then I suggest the mix he did for Benji B 2 years ago, jammed full of unreleased material, that'll hopefully be seeing the light of day soon.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
This just popped up on my twitter home page and to date MORRI$ hasn't really ever put a foot wrong so I knew I was on to a winner. Young Love/Heartbreak volume 2 is a 4 track split EP between MORRI$ and Sweater Beats coming on special for valentines day (I'm a day late cuz I was busy seeing your girl). MORRI$' contributions are chopped and screwed remixes of Same gvrl (by Usher and R Kelly) and Differvnt Girl (by Soulja Boy) given a little twinkly dose of MORRI$ magic. Differvnt girl is the pick of the two, playing around with with the original before easing the vocals into the reverb chamber. I gotta say though Sweater Beats truly kills it with his half; Anxious (remix of the Ginuwine jam of the same name) and Remember (Michael Jackson), are both warm sensual heaters, all swirly synths and loved up arps. The release is free so get at it below and judge for yourself.