Straight sunday vibes from the man like Murlo on his refix of The Weekend's Aaliyah sampling jam what you need. Building straight on to the original Murlo deviates from his usual bashy funky productions adding some nice syncopation, forming a loose garage beat and a sensuous slow jam.
I wasn't in the country around the time grime rose to prominence. Even when my friend even tried to show me Dizzee Rascal (jus' a rascal - meh) when I lived in Germany I thought it was pretty rubbish . My introduction to grime came later when another friend gave me I love U (which is still on my MP3 player 3 years on). Last year I had another big awakening to grime with Spooky'sSpartan, since then I've found myself listening to more and more of the stuff. I've just done an hours hunt on discogs, in which I came across this; Musical Mob's anthemic Pulse mashed up with Dizzee Rascal's equally anthemic I luv U. The result is fucked man. Check out the low quality rip below (for those who can't afford to spill the 20 quid it costs to buy the white label)
Bass Clef is someone I haven't heard much from recently; he did a bit of remix work last year, but no new solo bits. A second ago the Well Rounded facebook page posted a link to a cassette only label called Magic + Dreams, upon further inspection I found out the label is co-run by Bass Clef AND they are releasing a Bass Clef album on monday. The tape costs a fiver, and, for those of you (like me) who haven't got a tape player, the package comes with download links. To spread the word Magic + Dreams have given out this cut from the album for free and it's a stomper. "I think you are ready now for the eternal point of no return" is a bit of chunky 90's throwback music; heavy rave chords are plucked over some super slow breaks. Watch out for the 12 track album dropping on monday available here
I almost didn't post this track, the reason being was that initially this was released as a run of 300 white label 10". When something is a limited vinyl press, you feel safe investing knowing that at least you can play said record absolutely loads because very few people will be in the same position. If I had bought this particular 10", I'd feel very cheated right now. Regardless here is George Fitzgerald's refix of Groove Theory's Tell me, those of you came to Modulate earlier this year will know how sweet this sounds on a big system
It's nice to see producers exploring slower BPMs ina head nodding house template. This one's from Cairo and it's full of gliding synths, soulful keys and doleful vocals. These are complimented nicely with some light cuban sounding percussion and an understated bassline. If this doesn't cure your monday blues not sure what will.
Jam City is one of my favourite producers at the moment, thanks to a few sterling originals (if you haven't heard in the park go do it now) and remixes. Bok Bok really doesn't need an intro. Essentially the two have joined forces (as Bok Jam, no less) and created something really unique sounding. It's a half time bump + grinder and it's got that droney Jam City sound, a few nods to RnB and a fuck load of bass and comes off like a night slugs track from the 80s. To be honest, reading the interview Jam City did with Fact in late 2009, a track with heavy 80s influences comes as no surprise. Cop the track below and watch out for more Bok Jams (see what I did there?)
It took me about a week to really adjust to Lapalux's music; it's music with a high emotional intensity, with rougher textures than what I usually listen to. It's music that moves and tumbles in flurries into space and pauses broken with pops, clicks and claps, which then explode with a crescendos of warm, fuzzy synths, sub bass and perfectly pitched RnB choruses. Get Time Spike Jamz below and watch out for his 6 track EP dropping on the 18th of this month on Picture Music in digital format and, for everyone still repping a car old enough to have a cassette player, limited edition cassette.