E A R L Y // 2 0 1 5

A gang of new music from early 2015 on the show with standout album cuts off the highly anticipated Romare full-length Projections, the welcome return of Steve Spacek as Beat Spacek, both albums out now on Ninja Tune, who are already off to a hot start this year.

Two French-Afro-Cuban twin sisters known as Ibeyi has a new self-titled album on XL Recordings, and the cosmic poetry from another female R&B/rap duo out of Seattle, THEESatisfaction, also out now on Sub Pop.

A couple deep tracks from Brian Jackson & Gil Scott-Heron, and Mateo Senolia repurposing the poignant James Baldwin for the dance floor in recognition of Black History Month in February.

New beats from GB (LA), Monomite (Paris), Vakula (Ukraine), and the usual UK contingent in our musical diet, including Prequel, Synkro, Dan Shake featuring the horns of Rennie Foster, and Darkest Pumpkin, a slept 12″ on 2000 Black on from 2014.

Vocal tracks by newcomers Kerem Akdag from Istanbul, Mild High Club the new R&B duo on Stones Throw from Chicago/LA that kind of reminds us of Connan Mockasin, Henry Wu reppin’ the 22a collective outta London, and multi-instrumentalist trio Archie Pelago from Brooklyn remixing Gabriel Garzon-Montano.

A couple re-issue gems from experimental sound artist K. Leimer on RVNG Intl, also check out his stuff on his own label Palace of Light, and a Kathy Heideman’s album from 1976 recorded in San Jose, CA dug up by the folks at Numero Group.

And the humorous side of jazz from the late, great, Horace Silver to round out the show. Check out this nice Horace Silver tribute set from GP from last year.

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Tracklist:

Theo Parrish – Welcome Back [Sound Signature]
Darkest Pumpkin – Let It Be [2000 Black]
GB – The Urge to Merge [GBEP444, Self-released]
Beat Spacek – Compact n Sleep [Ninja Tune]
Brian Jackson & Gil Scott-Heron – A Toast to the People [Arista].
Synkro – Contact [Apollo]

Mateo Senolia-Baldwin (Yoruba Soul Mix) [Yoruba]
Ibeyi – Mama Says [Ibeyi, XL Recordings]
Romare – Motherless Child [Ninja Tune]
THEESatisfaction – Recognition [Sub Pop]
Mild High Club – Windowpane [Stones Throw]
Vakula – Maskull’s Keyhole [Leleka]
Tribo Massahi – Walk by Jungle [Goma Gringa]

K. Leimer – Entre’acte [RVNG Intl]
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Pour Maman (Archie Pelago Remix)
Kerem Akdag – Expressive [Apparel]
Henry Wu – Don’t Want the Regular [Ho Tep Records]
Kathy Heideman – Fine Street Woman [Numero Group]
Ibeyi – River (Oshun Dub) [XL Recodings]

Beat Spacek – Tonight [Ninja Tune]
Monomite – Atmosphere (Or Just A Day) [Beat X Change]
Russo Passapusso – Flor de Plastico [Oloko Records]
Orlandivo – A Felicidade [Copacabana]
Dan Shake – Traders II feat. Rennie Foster [Black Acres]
Prequel – I Can Move – Mixtape #5 [Wondercore Island]

Horace Silver – I’ve Had A Little Talk [Blue Note]

2 0 1 4 // R E W I N D

A few weeks late to the year-in-review party, but here is our retrospective show, featuring songs from each of our top 20 albums of 2014, and attempting to talk about them in between sets. Both of our top 20 lists, a few honorable mentions, and full tracklist from the show are below.

Shouts to all who tuned into the show this past year. Thank you.

More good music to come in 2015…

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Tracklist

1. Fatima – Do Better [Eglo]
2. Willie West & The High Society Brothers – The Devil Gives Me Everything [Timmion]
3. Dean Blunt – 50 Cent ft. Joanne Robertson [Rough Trade]
4. Moodymann – Ulooklykicecreaminthesummertime [KDJ]
5. Caribou – Can’t Do Without You [City Slang]
6. Orlando Julius – Alafia [Strut] (talking)
7. Be – Marquis [Sweet Sticky] (talking)

8. Yesway – Howlin’ Face [Bandcamp]
9. Sonzeira – City of Saints ft. Nina Miranda [Talkin’ Loud]
10. Flying Lotus – Siren Song ft. Angel Deradoorian [Warp]
11. Taylor McFerrin – Florasia [Brainfeeder]
12. Fatima – Biggest Joke Of All [Eglo]
13. Pools – One of Thee’s Daze [self-released] (talking)
14. Max Graef – Buchsenoffner [Tartelet] (talking)
15. Madlib – High (instrumental) [Stones Throw] (talking)

16. Todd Terje – Svensk Sas [Olsen]
17. Sonzeira – America Latina ft. Marcos Valle & Patricia Alvi [Talkin’ Loud]
18. Mac DeMarco – Let Her Go [Captured Tracks]
19. Mia Doi Todd – O Vento [City Zen]
20. Otis Brown III – Thw Two Become One (For Paula) [Blue Note]
21. Wesseltoft Schwarz Berglund – This Is My Day [Sunday Music] (talking)
22. The Greg Foat Group – Mr. Minor [Jazzman] (talking)

23. Metronomy – Never Wanted [Rough Trade]
24. Mac Demarco – Let My Baby Stay [Captured Tracks]
25. Caribou – Back Home [City Slang]
26. Mndsgn – Camelblues [Stones Throw]
27. Mark De Clive-Lowe – Hollow ft. Nia Andrews [Rope A Dope]
28. Shabazz Palaces – New Black Wave [Sub Pop]
29. Fatima Al Qadiri – Hainan Island [Hyperdub]
30. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – Tribute to Alice Coltrane [Gondwana] (talking)

31. Flying Lotus – The Boys Who Died In Their Sleep [Warp]
32. Caribou – Silver [City Slang]
33. Earl & Taye – Do This Again [Hyperdub]
34. Shabazz Palaces – Motion Sickness [Sub Pop]
35. Lone – Stuck [R&S]
36. Max Graef – Itzehoe [Tartelet] (talking)

37. Melanie De Biasio – I’m Gonna Leave You [Pias Le Label]
38. Dean Blunt – Blow [Rough Trade]
39. Todd Terje – Johnny and Mary ft. Bryan Ferry [Olsen]
40. Lone – Begin to Begin [R&S]
41. Leon Vynehall – St. Sinclair [3024] (talking)

42. Hade – R A S H A D [self-released]

*****

Top 20 Albums of 2014

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1. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead [Warp]
2. Lone – Reality Testing [R&S]
3. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty [Sup Pop]
4. Dean Blunt – Black Metal [Rough Trade]
5. Mac Demarco – Salad Days [Capture Tracks]
6. Sonzeira – Brasil Bam Bam Bam [Talkin’ Loud]
7. Caribou – Our Love [Merge/City Slang]
8. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – When The World Was One [Gondwana]
9. Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser [Brainfeeder]
10. Mark De Clive-Lowe – Church [Rope a dope/Mashibeats]
11. Fatima – Yellow Memories [Eglo]
12. Fatima Al Qadiri – Asiatisch [Hyperdub]
13. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time [Olsen]
14. Max Graef – Rivers of the Red Planet [Tartelet]
15. Leon Vynehall – Music for the Uninvited [3024]
16. Pools – Innertubes [self-released]
17. Yesway – Yesway [self-released]
18. Mndsgn – Yawn Zen [Stones Throw]
19. Metronomy – Love Letters [Rough Trade]
20. Melanie de Biasio – No Deal [Pias Le Label]

*****

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1. Caribou – Our Love [City Slang]
2. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead [Warp]
3. Lone – Reality Testing [R&S]
4. Fatima – Yellow Memories [Eglo]
5. Shabazz Palaces-Lese Majesty [Sub Pop]
6. Dean Blunt – Black Metal [Rough Trade]
7. Willie West & The High Society Brothers – Lost Soul [Timmion]
8. Mac Demarco – Salad Days [Captured Tracks]
9. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time [Olsen]
10. Sonzeira – Brasil Bam Bam [Talkin’ Loud]
11. Vermont – Vermont [Kompakt]
12. Otis Brown III – The Thought Of You [Blue Note]
13. Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics – Jaiyede Afro [Strut]
14. Fatima Al Qadiri – Asiatisch [Hyperdub]
15. Moodymann-Moodymann [KDJ]
16. Max Graef – Fear Of A Red Planet [Tartelet]
17. Wesseltoft, Schwarz, Berglund – Trialogue [Sunday Music]
18. Mia Doi Todd – Floresta [City Zen]
19. Matthew Halsall & Gondwana-When The World Was One [Gondwana]
20. Teklife – Next Life [Hyperdub]

*****

Honorable mentions:
BADBADNOTGOOD – III [Innovative Leisure]
Machinedrum – Vapor City Archives [Ninja Tune]
Actress – Ghettoville [Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune]
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots [Parlophone/XL]
Theo Parrish – American Intelligence [Sound Signature]
Wildest Dreams – Wildest Dreams [Smalltown Supersound]
Allah Lahs – Worship The Sun [Innovative Leisure]
Laetitia Sadier – Something Shines [Drag City]
Chassol – Indiamore [Tricatel]
Kassem Mosse – Workshop 19 [Workshop]

D E C // 2 0 1 4

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Another installment of melodies & memories, past and present, to accompany these shorter December days as 2014 nears a close.

As an listener of different styles of music, it’s always interesting to track fly points across the map and hear new sounds with vast influences from other continents. These days many seem to be touched on by the aesthetics of Africa; as is the case with Tokyo-based producer, Anchorsong, and his Mawa EP released a few months ago on BBE. From the imagery on the 10-inch picture cover with a feather-masked figure donning a headdress, to a standout track, “Flamingos”, with its dizzying kalimba loop and layered percussion, the Japanese producer presents an EP using some distinct African rhythms and instruments, with tempos suitable to be mixed with some subdued deep house.

The prevalence of the African influence globally should be (at least partially) attributed to labels like Soundway (England) and Born Bad Records (France), who have released some of the most unique and interesting music, both contemporary and decades past, from around the world.  The recent collection of Francis Bebey’s Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 (Born Bad) and Fumaça Preta’s new self-titled debut LP (Soundway) are both examples of sounds that are on different ends of a bridge, as music from the past that has been largely undiscovered or niche and new music being interpreted by current artists pulling from the vast influences (psych, Latin, African, Brazilian, funk, boogie, electro, etc) being released by labels like Soundway, Born Bad, and PPU (based in Washington DC). Always a ton of respect going out to these labels for doing the work unearthing and compiling this music for fans like ourselves, and future generations of artists that will discover and interpret these works.

Other new music featured on the show from a new duo based in Copenhagen called Furns, somewhat reminiscent of Robin Hannibal’s style production with that sultry pop-vocal sound. Another collaboration between Tony Allen & Damon Albarn, who previously worked together as The Good, The Bad, and The Queen, and Rocket Juice and The Moon. An unconventional meeting of the minds from Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz, and Dan Berglund off their recommended Trialogue project. Quite a nice soundtrack for zoning out to and doing work, in my mind. The return of the smoothed out vocals of Erlend Øye, back with a new single and album. Also recommended is the new Teklife compilation entitled Next Life, as disciples & contemporaries of DJ Rashad put forth the best Chicago’s juke scene has to offer.  Another super solid 4 song EP of beats from the Rhythm Section International label by an artist called Prequel. Keep an ear out for future releases from the label out of South London, carrying the “Peckham strong” banner.

RIP to the legendary Bobby Womack, who passed away earlier this year. His career spanned seven decades and he stayed busy releasing music in recent years before his passing.

Last but not least…a special guest mix by our friend, Nerstylist, sharing a sublime selection of funk & rare soul tunes. Check out his excellent array of sound curations and mixes on his page.

Stay tuned as we will be sharing some of our favorite tracks and recapping the best albums of 2014 on the next show.

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Tracklist:

Fumaça Preta – Espelhos Fundidos [Soundway]
Tony Allen – Go Back [Jazz Village]
Vermont – Macchina (Prins Thomas Version) [Kompakt]
Bobby Womack – Woman’s Gotta Have It [United Artists]
Traxman – Sit Ya Self Down [Hyperdub]
Boxcutter & Defcon – Skylights feat. Kaidi [Kudos]
Prequel – The Test Dream [Rhythm Section International]

Francis Bebey – Sanza Nocturne [Born Bad Records]
Anchorsong – Flamingos [BBE]
Wesseltoft, Schwarz, Berglund – Movement Seventeen [Sunday Music]
BADBADNOTGOOD – Kaleidoscope (Kaytranada Flip) [via Soundcloud]
Erlend Øye – Rainman (Back & Comixxx Remix) [Bubbles]
Psychic Mirrors – Midnight Special [PPU]
Furns – Swim Away [Gateway]
Ju-Ar – Threefold [Morgen Noi]

Nerstylist Guest Mix:

Edwin Starr – Running Back And Forth [Motown]
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – What Can You Bring Me [Warner Bros]
Blood, Sweat, & Tears – Spinning Wheel (The Reflex Re-Edit) [Columbia/Gamm]
Dee Edwards – Why Can’t There Be Love [Bump Shop]
The Dixie Cups – Iko Iko [Line]
Sun – Light of the Universe [Capitol]
Jimmy Messina – Love is Here (La Homage West Coast Edit) [Sony]
Roman Andren – People Make the World Go Round [Ajabu!]
Donny Hathaway – Memory Of Our Love [ATCO]
Kenny Cox – Lost My Love [Strata/180 Proof]

Late October // Early Winter

S/H/M – Late October // Early Winter 2014 by Simple Harmonic Motion on Mixcloud

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.

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Tracklist:

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]

April // RIP Frankie Knuckles

Brand new music on the show from current heavy hitters; Jamie XX, Marlow, Bok Bok, Kelela, Alsarah & The Nubatones, Tame Impala, Ibibio Sound Machine, Little Dragon, BADBADNOTGOOD, Blludd Relations (Bibio & Elmore Judd), Zion I, and a handful of soulful Bandcamp finds by Mustafa.

Several gems from the 70’s mixed in there as well; in the form of spacey disco from Trinidad & Tobago, afro-Cuban jazz, some latin soul from Uruguay, and deep gospel funk from the Bay Area.

RIP Frankie Knuckles. The man was instrumental in pioneering and shaping what we know as house music, rocking warehouse parties in Chicago and producing records in the early 80’s through the 90’s. In 2008 his name resurfaced in a major way when he produced a remix for Hercules & Love Affair’s “Blind”, which became an instant deep house classic.

For more house history and a wealth of knowledge, watch this Red Bull Music Academy lecture from 2011, moderated by Chairman Mao.

Links to downloads from artists we featured:

Nueva Hola Records / Darius / @Peace / Moonchild / The Breathing Effect  / Paisley

De La Soul - Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul of Yancy) mixtape, all J Dilla production.

Zion I - Masters of Ceremony EP

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Tracklist

1.) Mobb Deep – Skit [Infamous Records]
2.) Marlow ft. Knixx – L4L (Vertigo) [Sonar Kollektiv] – New EP
3.) Bok Bok – Melba’s Call ft. Kelela [Night Slugs]
4.) Owiny Sigoma Band – Yukimwi (Blludd Relations Remix) [Brownswood]
5.) Jamie XX – Sleep Sound [Young Turks]

6.) Lil Spook – Remember You [Bandcamp]
7.) @Peace – Gravity [Bandcamp]
8.) The Breathing Effect – Splatter Art [Alpha Pup]
9.) Paisley – Super Awesome [Bandcamp]
10.) Moonchild – Just a Minute-Please Rewind [Bandcamp]
11.) Gabor Szabo – Sombrero Sam [Magical Connection LP, 1972]

12.) Marlow ft. Pete Josef – Backroom [Sonar Kollektiv]
13.) Darius – S/ash [Roshe Musique]
14.) Stephen Encinas – Disco Illusion [Kalinda]
15.) Diego Barber/Hugo Cipres – Poncho [Origin]
16.) Kelela – The High (produced by GB) [Soundcloud]
17.) Visionist – V-Day [Soundcloud]

18.) Alsarah & the Nubatones – Rennat [Soundway]
19.) Cineplexx – Te Quiero [Nueva Hola Records]
20.) Ruben Rada – Nena – Radeces [Ayui, 1975]
21.) Irakere – Ilya [Columbia, 1979]
22.) Ibibio Sound Machine – Let’s Dance [Soundway]
23.) Little Dragon – Klapp Klapp [Seven Four/Republic]
24.) Tame Impala – Stranger in Moscow (MJ Cover) [Soundcloud]
25.) Seahawks – Mystic Freeways [Emotional Response]

26.) Black Milk – Dirt Bells [Computer Ugly]
27.) De La Soul – Dilla Plugged In [WeAreDeLaSoul.com]
28.) Zion I – Supreme [Bandcamp]
29.) Dannie Belles – No One But The Lord – Making The Most of Today LP [Action, 1973]
30.) Badbadnotgood – Confessions [Innovative Leisure]

31.) Frankie Knuckles – The Whistle Song [Virgin, 1991]