DJ-Kicks Compilation & Mix (Vinyl, CD & Digital)
I had great fun putting this together, and it features a lot of amazing music, ranging from extremely odd to classic. There is an old-fashioned mix CD, a modern, fancy digital download, an even more modern but just as fancy digital stream, and ultra-futuristic vinyl. The vinyl release has gaps between the tunes, and four of those tunes, including a new one from me, will be on vinyl for the first time. Big thanks to all the artists/labels involved, MC Kwasi for the intro/outro, the !K7 crew and everyone else who helped out with advice, contacts, technical support and DJ equipment. A team effort!
Also a special cheers to Bandcamp for having me on their latest weekly podcast where I got to talk about the art of tune selection and the mix. Listen to that below...
I now have a monthly show on the brilliant Worldwide FM! The show is on the first Monday of the month from 10am-midday UK time. Really pleased to be able to contribute regularly to such an inspiring station.
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Superlative x Mr. Scruff
I had a lot of fun making this tune with Superlative in early 2020, shout out to Reform Radio and Rhythm Lab Records for getting us involved with the Co-Lab project.
A lovely concept (teaming established/upcoming & visual artists) to make a 7 track compilation album with videos.
Colin Curtis - Jazz Dance Fusion Volume 2 (2LP)
12 tunes selected by one of the pioneering DJs of the Jazz Dance genre, many of which are appearing on vinyl or CD for the first time. Plenty of jazz styles here.. afro-cuban, brasilian, fusion & straight up jazz are all covered. Pauli Mejias kicks off with 'revelation', a tricky 7/8 builder with a killer hypnotic bassline. I love the way it breaks down to a face off between the bass & percussion in the second half. Al Grey & Isuaro’s frenetic and relentless version of ‘Manteca’ really takes off (check the drum break!). Carmen Lundy appears twice on here, singing on her bassist brother Curtis’ evergreen classic ‘Never Gonna Let You Go’ which swings like a beast over a rock-solid b-line, and the highlight for me, her previously unissued version of George Benson’s ’So This Is Love’. I have been after this since hearing a few lucky big name jazz & soul DJs play it from cassette in the early 1990s. Now we all get a piece of this magic. Honestly, this tune is up there with Pharoah Sanders’ ‘Freedom’. My own personal obsession aside, this is a brilliant comp that will satisfy both the nerds and newcomers. A much needed ray of sunshine from one of my favourite selectors.
Teno Afrika - Amapiano Selections (Digital)
Young produce Teno brings us a heavy 8-track vision of the emerging Ampiano sound. A real fusion of established SA styles of music such as Kwaito, Gqom, Afro House, DiBacardi & classic Marabi & Bubblegum flavours. Full of personality, rudeness and bounce. '8 Ubers (Tribute to DJ Jaivane)' & 'Lerato La Bass’ both provide poingy, trilling basslines, whilst the SilvadropZ collab 'Smooth Criminal’ adds soulful chords to the mix. Devastating, simple & addictive.
Various – COMMUNITY - 15 Years of Jazz & Milk (EP)
I remember DJing at Jazz & Milk’s 5th Birthday party back in 2010. Looks like they won’t be having a 15th birthday party any time soon, but this EP more than makes up for it. Pretoria’s Bongani Givethanks kicks off with a beautiful South African number. Moe Fabrik barges in with rolling broken beats, label stalwart Sam Irl does the deep, chunky 4/4 think with his usual increadible heavy & clean production, Steve Spacek sings over twinkles & subs, Feater summons the dawn with a foggy percussion workout, and Abáse closes out with a dubby electro roller with an addictive kora-style melody. A top notch & really varied collection.
Various - CoOp Presents: Plug One (2LP)
Broken beat re-emerges as ‘Bruk’ on IG Culture & Alex Phountzi's Co-Op presents label. Co-Op was the original Broken Beat night at the Velvet Rooms & then Plastic people in London in the early 2000s, and all the producers would bring down their dubs & CDRs to test out in the intense atmopshere. The scene was badly effected by the demise of Goya distribution in 2007 (Goya distributed most of the scenes releases), and though many of the producers continued to make music, the scene was not as vibrant and productive as it once was. Lately, many of the originators have been getting busy again (look at how prolific Dego & Kaidi have been) and the sound has been gaining more attention. This 17 track comp presents a crop of younger producers & one or two old-timers, revitalising & pushing the sound forward. Soulful, tough, syncopated beats for both the original heads and new ears.