So our August sojourn is over and the show is back and what a start with a track from the new Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band album, Rubber Orchestras, which is an absolute killer start to finish and another feather in the cap for this Caribbean poet, university lecturer and top drawer live showman. The album also marks the release of his new, same titled, book of poetry. DJ Diamond followed and his 160 BPM cultured juke productions strangely didn't seem out of place next to the afro jazz rock of Joseph. The unfortunately named Git, is a beat producer loosely basing his multi-faceted music on underground hip hop but flying off in all sorts of tangents and we like him. Check the album coming soon on BBE.
Now Roots Manuva is coming through with a new album and the first track a cheeky little hip house number kick starts the hype machine in fine style though we're leaning towards the more broken, cultured Slugabed remix. Walton is Hyperdub's new sensation and his debut album is a four track slice of dynamite, ready to blow up this Autumn's dancefloors, though for the show we chose the sunnier vibes of '808 Vybzin'. Kevin McPhee is a young Toronto producer and his new EP on Idle Hands is a left leaning twisted house techno gem. The deep vibes rolled on further with a cut from the new Brownswood Bubbles 7 comp in the shape of Cubic Zirconia with Bilal on the vocals. The rest of the compilation is killer as well and it's nice to see such a prolific compilation series consistently holding down the quality and introducing so many new faces to the listening world.
Not only is Oddisee one of our favourite MCs but he's a killer producer as 'The Carter Barron' track testifies, oozing musicality and class - can't wait for the album dropping any time now. Now we were slightly unsure about Fatima's soul credentials when we first heard her but she's growing on us and 'Mind' is another reason why. Colonel Red is undoubtedly Holland's leading soul light and has been floating about on all sort of soul jazz leaning productions for some time but it feels like his new album on Tokyo Dawn is a real coming of age release. The production is super tight and his vocals are deep, the largely bland 'nu-soul' scene has rarely sounded as good.
We've been warning you about the Holly Roller label coming soon to act as a showcase for IG Culture's work and just to wind us up even more they've just released another free download of hard to find remixes, bootlegs and unreleased gems which in most people's hands would be a lame collection, well not this one. Seek out the Manz At Work mixtape series quick style is our advice. Now Dels has been leaving us a bit cold but his new offering and specifically the Lucasse Island Redub of 'Capsize' is a deep slice of underground hip hop with lyrics (post riots) that have never been more relevant.
The Saturn Never Sleeps album is now out and doing the rounds so we thought we'd give you another taster of its Sun-Ra inspired depths with the deep broken beats of 'Divine'. Now if you've any interest in beats and jazz I'm sure you've been heard a whisper about the new Thundercat album so we thought we'd drop you a couple of tracks to let you know what all the well justified fuss is about. Klaus then finished the show in fine minimal beats and bassline style.
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band - She Is The Sea (Heavenly Sweetness promo)
DJ Diamond - Vibe (Planet Mu)
Git - Higher featuring Big Brooklyn Red (BBE promo)
Roots Manuva - Get The Get, Slugabed Remix (Ninja Tune promo)
Walton - 808 Vybzin (Hyperdub promo)
Kevin McPhee - Sleep (Idle Hands promo)
Cubic Zirconia feat Bilal - Night Or Day (Brownswood promo)
Oddisee - The Carter Barron (Mello)
Fatima - Mind (Eglo)
Colonel Red - I Will Be There (Tokyo Dawn Records)
Scienz Of Life - Break The Spell, SOS rmx (Manz At Work Mixtape #2)
DELS - Capsize, Lucasse Island Redub (Big Dada promo)
Saturn Never Sleeps - Divine (SNS)
Thundercat - Seasons (Brainfreeder)
Thundercat - For Love I Come (Brainfeeder)
Klaus - Tusk (R&S)
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