All aboard the good ship FRIDAY, with captain Konphibious at the helm. Fresh cuts from Motor City Drum Ensemble and Moodymann. Edits of classic Chic records and much much more, it’s a real journey into the musical taste of master selector Kon. This mix is pure unadulterated magic and if you didn’t have that Friday feeling already, listening to this mix will bring it on in waves, a whole lot quicker.
Midas could touch things and turn them to Gold, Kenny Dixon Jr touches music and gives it groove. On this day of giving thanks, I’m most thankful for the news that the fabled Detroit DJ, producer and all round cool dude, Moodymann, has announced the release of a full length album entitled ABCD: The Album. I could wax lyrical about the merits of Moodymann all day, but have a look and listen to a sample of the first track from the album ’Come with me’ below, to save me the words and time. Such soul and such groove, the urge to move is undeniable. If there is a flyer kat in house music today, I challenge you to show me him.
1. Hold It Down
2. Never Quite The Same
6. Sunday Hotel
7. Come To Me
8. Lyk U Used 2
10. U Look Like Ice Cream N The Summertime
12. Sloppy Cosmic
Sometimes you look at and listen to an artist and realise pretty quickly the image and package that you’re presented with, is one that has been shaped by many people in high places. And when I say image I’m not necessarily talking on a purely visual level, it’s the message and label that comes with. Lana Del Rey ‘The Hipster’ Rhianna ‘The Bad Girl’ Miley Cyrus ‘The Future Rehab Patient’. On first glimpse it feels as though that’s exactly what’s gone on with SZA, and it probably has to an extent, but then I read her interview with Noisey and the disconnect I thought I was going to feel between her video, her music and the person didn’t really happen, there’s a much easier & natural association to be made with SZA, that doesn’t put you off listening to her music. SZA’s sound is interesting, 808 heavy RnB with vocals that are purposefully held back and lyrics that create a dreamscape in every song.
Nursing a particularly bad hangover from Kitsch & Sync on Saturday night, I came across this beautiful little mix from IAMNOBODI. If you could package the healing qualities of these songs in a pill, you’d be a very rich man. A perfect collection, neatly presented in time for the cold snap just around the corner. Drink something hot, wrap up warm and listen/download below.
This is fast becoming the most exciting London show in 2014 and it’s happening in January. I swooned over Odd Future’s The Internet on podcast #14 and as if some cosmic forces were listening they have appeared on the already incredible line up for Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.From breaking acts like Ady Sueliman, somewhat forgotten legends like Terri Walker and soon to be global superstars like Jonwayne, these awards further solidify Gilles Peterson’s reputation as the most reliable and consistent taste-maker in music today.
Listen to the ridiculously catchy ‘Dontcha’ from The Internet’s latest album ‘Feel Good’ below.
It has been announced today that key parts of London’s tube network will run a 24hr service on Friday & Saturday nights as of 2015, with travelers able to pay for their journey with a contactless debit or credit card. This is glorious news, and quite frankly should’ve been announced years ago.
For anyone that enjoys the fantastic nightlife that London has to offer or
has ever had to work a graveyard shift in whatever industry, you will know how arduous the task of navigating your way home can be after the last tube has been and gone, some nights it feels as though Sam & Frodo had a better time of it maneuvering through Mordor (and probably encountered fewer Orcs a.k.a drunk aggressive twats). And you can only imagine how much worse it was before the advent of smartphones and Google maps! This is a positive step from TFL in improving a transport infrastructure which at the moment, for the amount we pay, isn’t fit for this great city.
XXYYXX serves up a stripped back and restrained beat that simmers and bubbles over at just the right moments, underscoring a great vocal from Brighton artist Anneka. He’s been quiet of late and the content he has released, has pointed towards an experimental stage for the 18 year old Florida native, which I find incredibly exciting. I hope that his vast array of followers allow the space and time for him to do this, as I’m certain they’ll be treated to something both innovative and special at the end of it. Peep the stunning visuals below, a great example of how expressive dance with the right set, in the right context, with the right music can be powerful and beautiful.
This is no doubt a collaboration of note. Like most of the world I was curious as to whether it was gonna work or whether it was gonna go down in the Bone Thugs & Phil Collins category of collaborations. For all intents and purposes, it’s a solid number. The overall production is tight, Sam Smith throws down layers of sex in those vocals and Nile Rodgers adds that sheen with riffs only he can imagine and realise. The result is both funky and groovy. My only gripe and I’m prepared to be horrendously wrong here, is that it sounds like the whole track is limited by what Disclosure have to offer in this context. The repetitive electronic elements of the song don’t quite work for me at this tempo and are even intrusive at times. If you compare this song to something like Prince – Breakfast Can Wait, you’ll instantly hear what this song is lacking. It just needed a little bit more spontaneity and live feel, to really make it something I’d still be playing next year and beyond. That almost feels harsh but I really do like it, and I like Disclosure a lot, their take on pop is refreshing! They have a great palette for music which will hopefully continue steering them to making interesting music with interesting musicians.
There’s a very thin line you tread when you sing with such emotion, it can sound strained and out of control and many singers often do during acoustic performances, but Sampha sits perfectly comfortably on that line. His tone is so rich and beautiful that you can forget to pay any attention to what he’s actually saying, but when you do, you’ll find lyrical content that’s intimate, vulnerable and exquisitely arranged. Sampha’s brand of soul also manages to sound so fresh because of this very original arrangement. If you played this to a D’angelo or Dwele back in the 90′s and told them that this is what soul music is gonna sound like in 2014, I’d like to think they’d be very happy about that.