So this is the last Global SoulJah & BBE Records Radio Show after getting on for 200 shows, I can't quite believe it. But fear not the radio show is continuing it's just changing identity to Audio Texture for purely selfish reasons. I've got to say a big, big thank you to BBE Records for allowing me to jump into bed with them the last three years, it's been a wonderful thing, cheers boys.
So on with this weeks show which kicked off with a little 4/4 mix and new wonder kid producer. Norway's Mathisas Stubo is only 19 years old with an unhealthy obsession for black music history and disco and boogie in particular and an uncanny knack of taking those classic sounds and giving them a really unique twist and dragging them screaming into the new millenium. The forthcoming debut album, 1979, is great and the start of a promising career for sure. Neon Jung, the first non Lone production to grace Magic Wire records followed with some classic yet futuristic purple house vibes before Joe provided some more classic sounding, bassline updated, stripped down house from the new Hessle Audio comp which celebrate 3 years of their existence, congratulations and thanks are due.
The Workshop releases of late have been pure fire and Kassem Mosse's latest effort, 'Untitled 2' is absolutely no exception. Grey Matter then snapped the mix out of it's deep hypnotic vibe with another classic inspired house effort, though this time aimed to rip up the stiffest of party, expect to hear this on all discerning house dance floors at peak time for the rest of the year and more. Nacho Patrol rounded off the house mix with some of that pysched out cosmic house shizzle which makes me snap up all of what he does.
So the Blitz The Ambassador is set for release and the short little 'instrumentalude' is another example of the quality within this great African hip hop album. fLako is about to maintain Project Moon Circle's growing reputation for picking the right beat makers with an album called The Mesektet in the not too distant future and the stripped down, less is more beats of 'YeahYeahYeah' led me nicely into new Chakra Sounds signing Jon Phonics which in turn warmed up for 'Sacre Cour' a taster for one of the freshest album of beats this year courtesy of Young Montana. The album is called Limerence and it really is a lovingly crafted album of complex beats and dense layers of samples but without losing that soul and head snapping funk - hot!
Mongo Santamaria then changed the vibes via a nice little Joe Claussell remix which is part of a larger remix project he has taken on where he takes the Fania back catalogue on a journey from Africa to Latin New York, all fed through his mixing desk and undoubted afrolatin sensibility. Fredericks Brown then provided the slow soul jazz vibes with a tune that just grows and grows on you, thank you Jazz and Milk. Big Dada new girl Elan Tamara then kept the vocal flavours rolling but in her very unique way, don't ask me just check her out, she's special and on her way to bigger and better things. Barcelona musical maverick Guillamino then closed proceedings with a dreamy slice of abstract vocal loveliness, look out for his new album coming later this year.
Mathias Stubo - Diskorama (BBE promo)
Neon Jung - Just Can't Leave It Alone (Magic Wire promo)
Joe - Twice (Hessle Audio promo)
Kassem Mosse - Untitled 2 (Workshop)
Greymatter - Tesla (Wolf Music promo)
Nacho Patrol - Stars Over Africa (M-Division)
Blitz The Ambassador - Instrumentalude (Jakarta promo)
fLako - YeahYeahYeah (Project Moon Circle)
Jon Phonics - The One (Chakra Sounds)
Young Montana - Sacre Cool (Alpha Pup promo)
Mongo Santamaria - Mambo Mongo, Joe Claussell rmx (Fania promo)
Fredericks Brown - Land Of Plenty (Jazz and Milk)
Elan Tamara - The Ones Who (Big Dada promo)
Guillamino - Viratge (Bankrobber promo)