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What’s good, y’all. Back after a hiatus through summer and early autumn, here with another installment of SHM for ya ear.
Catching up with releases from the past few months, we featured some highlights in the electronic/beats world with works by Mono/Poly, Dorian Concept, Lone, Julio Bashmore, Mndsgn, Al Dobson Jr. and some new vocal tracks from favorites, Darkside, Shabazz Palaces, Sinkane, and the lovely Mia Doi Todd.
It’s been somewhat of a notable year for jazz with solid full-length efforts from now-school cats like Taylor McFerrin and Mark de Clive-Lowe, along with contemporary band leaders, Matthew Halsall and Nicola Conte dropped proper LPs as well.
The months leading up to the World Cup were dominated by the soundtrack provided by Sonzeira, a Brasilian project spearheaded by Gilles Peterson, featuring legends: Marcos Valle, Wilson das Neves, Elza Soares; along with the newer gen: Seu Jorge, Emanuelle Araújo, Kassin. The album result entitled, Brasil Bam Bam Bam is a perfect mix of classics and originals, all from top caliber talent, absolute essential listening for Brasilian fans. Keep your eye out for the documentary feature, The Story of Sonzeira with Gilles Peterson, in the coming months.
A tribute track with the recent and sad passing of poet/MC, Stephen Samuel Gordon AKA The Spaceape, a seminal voice on Hyperdub, collaborating with Kode9 on the first releases on the label, now in its 10th year of releasing quality electronic music.
A classic track entitled “My Music” by Samuel Jonathan Johnson, arranged by the late Richard Evans, the prolific bassist/composer/arranger on the Cadet label, whom played with the likes of Sun Ra, Dorothy Ashby, Ramsey Lewis, and fronted The Soulful Strings, playing with the Cadet house band with members such as Charles Stepney, Billy Wooten, Phil Upchurch, as well as production credits for the classic Marlena Shaw versions of “California Soul” and “Woman Of The Ghetto“. Simply stated, Richard Evans put the soul in Cadet Records.
Also in the set are CA based groups, newly signed The Seshen outta SF, and The Breathing Effect from LA. And you might notice a couple of sublime instrumentals from the bed music during our announce segments, thanks to the PPU (People Potential Unlimited) and the Amsterdam based MFM (Music From Memory) labels for digging deep and unearthing some obscure gems, giving their music new life to the world. Definitely check out their re-issue catalogs.
Stay tuned for more new music. Comments are always encouraged, hit us up on Facebook. Thanks for checking out the show.
Kode9 & The Space Ape – Pictures On The Wayy [Hyperdub]
Mono/Poly – Ra Rise [Brainfeeder]
Al Dobson Jr. – Genada Special [Rhythm Section International]
Nicola Conte – Uhuru ft. Tasha’s World [Schema]
Rhyze – Free (Nick Monaco Liberation Mix) [12″, Nurvous]
Julio Bashmore – Simple Love ft. J’Danna [Broadwalk]
Shafiq Husayn – It’s Better For You [Eglo] (talking)
Uku Kuut – Vision of Estonia [PPU] (talking)
Artur Nunes – Tia [1973, Rebita]
Mndsgn – Homewards [Stones Throw]
The Seshen – Oblivion [Tru Thoughts]
Lay – Still [Eglo]
Lone – Video Vengeance [R&S]
Dorian Concept – Draft Culture [Ninja Tune] (talking)
Sinkane – How We Be [DFA]
Darkside – Gone Too Soon [Other People]
Shabazz Palaces – Palace Slide [7″, Sub Pop]
Samuel Jonathan Johnson – My Music [1978, Columbia]
Cloud One – Dust to Dust [1976, P&P Records] (talking)
Leon Lowman – Bumpin On Sunset [Music From Memory] (talking)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Sacrifice [1957, Columbia]
Sonzeira – Nana [Brownswood]
Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra [Gondwana]
The Breathing Effect – Layers of Thought [Alpha Pup]
Taylor McFerrin – Already There ft. Robert Glasper & Thundercat [Brainfeeder]
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Mason’s Galaxy [Mashibeats]
Nicola – Shibuya Nights [Foreign Exchange Music] (talking)
Mia Doi Todd – Luz do Sol [City Zen]