Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Courtney John - Strangers

Meet Courtney John, the lovers rocker, that enigmatic, rare artist who comes along every once in a while, with uniqueness that simply radiates. His peers have called him a modern day Slim Smith; some say he’s like a young Eddie Kendrick’s or even Curtis Mayfield.

Writing, singing and producing comes naturally to Courtney John who was born into a musical family. He grew up listening to his uncles Winston and Beres Hammond, so it came as no surprise, when at age twelve; he wrote and performed his first song.

Courtney John’s solo efforts have garnered him some of music’s highest accolades, his releases From Letters to Words and 2009’s Made in Jamaica with the infectious single "Lucky Man" saw crossover success. Vocal and lyrical contribution to Sly & Robbie’s 2011 Grammy Nominated Album “One Pop Reggae” only further established John as a musical heavyweight and his title as the worldwide “Lovers Rocker". Courtney has also penned and produced hits for international stars, Nelly Furtado & Michael Franti, as well as Luciano, Mr. Vegas and reggae legends Joseph Hill, Beres Hammond, Culture and Marcia Griffiths to name a few.

The new single "Strangers" is a mix of vintage & modern production, co- written produced & tailored like haute couture by Guillaume "Gee" Metenier, the riddim track is performed by a line up of top players from Paris international music scene.

Connect with Courtney John:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/courtney.john.12
Twitter: twitter.com/CourtneyJohnIam

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #53

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1st Hour


Bodymoves & Tom Central – One for Crates (Shapes of Rhythm)

Joyce Wrice – Play Pretend (Akashik Records)
Album of the Week: Buttering Trio – Threesome
Buttering Trio – Unexperienced (Raw Tapes)
Catching Flies – Korembi (Free Download)
Justin Carter – Know it All (Mister Saturday Night)
Duke Hugh – Home (Rhythm Section)
Romare – New Love (Ninja Tune)
Sylvan Esso – Could I Be (Ada)
Atjazz – Move, Move, Move (ARC)
Shadow – D’Hardest (12″ Version) (Analog Africa)
Reloved – Need a Little More (Yam Who? Re-work) (Midnight Riot)
Lord Echo – Just Do You feat. Mara TK (Soundway)
Album of the Week: Buttering Trio – Threesome

Buttering Trio – Love in Music (Raw Tapes)

2nd Hour
Maggie Koerner – Dig Down Deep (R’Coup’D / Ninja Tune)
Ash Walker – Truffles (Deep Heads)
A Tribe Called Quest – We The People (Jive)
Chip Wickham – Sling Shot (Lovemonk)
Madeline Bell – Little Ones (Scrimshire Edit) (Free Download)
Romare – All Night (Ninja Tune)
Markus Enochson – Don’t Let Me Down Easy (Lay-Far Remix) (Crush)
Retrospective for Love – Mothership (Wormfood)
Album of the Week: Buttering Trio – Threesome

Buttering Trio – Dig Deep (Raw Tapes)

Sharon Jones & the Dapkings – This Land is Your Land (Daptone)
Morvin Whoremonger – The Party’s Over (Now-Again)
John Heartsman & Circles – Talking About My Baby (Freestyle)

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Monday, November 28, 2016


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Can’t end the year without a little more sweat! Our aussie brethren label Sweat It Out has dished out the Club Sweat Workout Series Volume 2, the follow up compilation featuring some young guns from our side of the planet – a devilish medley of bass driven belters and upfront house music. Here’s what the Sweat crew had to say about the release:

Hard to believe Sweat It Out began nearly 9 years ago (feeling old – ouch). At the time, we debated whether the origin of the name was because we used to eat hot thai food on a Tuesday with the goal of sweating out the weekend (weird that we didn’t think this should have been done on a Monday but I digress), or whether it was because of the amount of sweat AJAX would let out whilst dj’ing.

What we did agree on was a love of sweaty basements and music for such surrounds. Our WORKOUT SERIES epitimises exactly that.

Here we present 5 tunes that are made for clubs of around 200 people, with sweat dripping off the ceiling and heads turned slightly sideways. Shall we say, where we feel most at home.

Big love to SMALLTOWN DJs, RUMPUS, J.WORRA, COSELLA, FROM DROP TILL DAWN, LYNDON KIDD, and last but not least, BRILLSTEIN – you all killed it!

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Aphex Twin to play first UK show in five years at Field Day festival

The alter ego of experimental musician Richard D James will headline the London festival’s new indoor venue The Barn in 2017

Aphex Twin is set to play his first UK show in five years with a performance at 2017’s Field Day festival.

The pioneering electronic musician is set to play a two-hour set at The Barn, the festival’s new indoor arena. He has not played live in the UK since October 2012, despite the release of his acclaimed comeback album Syro in 2014. He will also play Day for Night festival in Texas at the end of this year.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

BBC Music Sound of 2017 longlist revealed: Jorja Smith, Anderson Paak and more

Artists featured on the annual tip list have been revealed – with a variety of grime MCs, solo soul singers, electronic producers and two indie bands

The future of music has been revealed: according to votes cast by 170 international industry figures, solo stars – ranging from rap and grime MCs, soul singers and DIY producers – are going to be prevalent in 2017.

Next year’s longlist includes 15 rising acts and was assembled by music experts, including critics, broadcasters and DJs. For the first time, the panel also included international pundits.

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Busted: Night Driver review – hear Charlie Simpson roar

(East West)

Your enjoyment of former pop-punk trio Busted’s first album in 13 years depends on how you feel about returning hero Charlie Simpson’s voice. Ditching the fizzing guitars for percolating, Kavinsky-esque synth pop (the spectre of Drive hangs over the music and the album’s artwork), it’s Simpson’s huge larynx that dominates; he’s a honking presence on the expansive New York, while the chorus to Without It is practically pulverised into submission. Thankfully that throaty roar works much better on songs like moody opener Coming Home, and nothing can smother the undeniable 80s brilliance of the title track. Overall it’s a semi-successful sonic rebirth that, in the shape of On What You’re On, features the best Daft Punk single since One More Time.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Arias 2016: Flume, marriage equality and lockout laws dominate music awards

Crowded House inducted into hall of fame as Kylie Minogue makes surprise appearance at event Ruby Rose dubs ‘a huge win for the LGBT community’

Aria awards 2016 – in pictures
Aria awards 2016 – the night as it happened

Sydney’s lockout laws, Australian marriage equality and Kylie Minogue made surprise appearances at the 30th annual Aria awards, otherwise dominated by the electronic music wunderkind Flume.

The Sydney electronic producer whose real name is Harley Streten, 25, picked up five of the pointy statues, winning best male artist; album of the year and best independent release for his sophomore album Skin; as well as best dance release and best pop release for Never Be Like You.

Related: Arias 2016: Flume cleans up as Crowded House joins Hall of Fame – as it happened

Related: Aria awards 2016 – in pictures

Kylie Minogue in the green room repping for marriage equality. Pics only, but such a pro. #arias http://pic.twitter.com/rUM3CLVnsi

The #Arias were a huge win for the LGBT community tonight. Thanks to so many inspiring acts and presenters. Beautiful. Get it

Best calls of the night - Acknowledgement of country from @JohnButlerTrio & showing solidarity with #StandingRock from @benleemusic #ARIAs

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Arias 2016 with Flume, Troye Sivan, Sia and Crowded House – live

Sampha review – a polite, pulsing performance cuts to the core

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Selling out venues even before his debut album is out, the British songwriter’s distinctive vocals are a brand of their own

Sampha’s always been about the voice. Diehard fans may have been following the 27-year-old producer and musician’s work since his 2010 Sundanza EP, but most listeners will know him more for the husky vocals slathered like a soothing paste on to other people’s singles. Whether adding depth to Jessie Ware’s 2013 single Valentine, landing the emotive suckerpunch on Drake co-write Too Much or lending longtime collaborator SBTRKT’s clubland tracks their hooks, Sampha’s distinctive vocal texture has become a brand of its own.

In between songs tonight, that voice is initially polite. After kicking off with forthcoming debut album opener Plastic 100°C, he thanks the crowd for being here and gives a quick shout out to friends and family – really, he sounds more like a respectful birthday party host than headliner of a sold-out show on home turf. But once he and his band launch into their thumping, electrofunk rendition of Under, you remember just why he’s earned enough of a reputation to pack out a venue before he’s even released a solo album. He has a beautiful knack for combining what was originally seen as a “nu-soul” sensibility with deeply personal lyrical themes that cut right into the wobbly core of our vulnerabilities.

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Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #52

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1st Hour


Buttering Trio – Refugee Song (Raw Tapes)

Dem Juju Poets – Barbara (Matasuna Records)

B.Bravo – I’m For Real (Bastard Jazz)
Romare – Come Close To Me (Ninja Tune)
Album of the Week: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here.. Thank You 4 Your Service
A Tribe Called Quest – Lost Somebody (Jive)
Hector Plimmer – Kalimba (Albert’s Favourites)
Peanut Holmes – Astin Min (Beatservice)
Fakear – Light Bullet feat. Andreya Triana (Simona Drive Remix) (Counter)
Kiko Navarro – All Because of You feat. Julie McKnight (Original Mix) (BBE)
Myele Manzana – Montara (live) (First Word)
Nx Worries – Link Up (Clean) (Stones Throw)
Album of the Week: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here.. Thank You 4 Your Service

A Tribe Called Quest – The Space Program (Jive)

2nd Hour
Shigeto – Lost Somebody (Free Download)
White Elephant – Don’t Change Your Way (Woman Records)
Susheela Raman – Trust In Me (Be Svendsen Edit) (Bandcamp)
Album of the Week: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here.. Thank You 4 Your Service

A Tribe Called Quest – Enough!! (Jive)

Buttering Trio – Love in Music (Raw Tapes)
Machinedrum – Do it 4 U feat. Dawn (Daktyl Remix) (Ninja Tune)
Paper Tiger – Ooh feat. Pyramid Vritra (Original – clean) (Wah Wah 45s)
Album of the Week: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here.. Thank You 4 Your Service

A Tribe Called Quest – Solid Wall of Sound (Jive)

Sweet Maya – Surround Me (Ubiquity)

LaVern Baker – Bumble Bee (Jeremy Sole Edit) (Bandcamp)
Midnight Magic – Free from your Spell (Soul Clap)
Barry Manilow – Copacabana (The Reflex Revision)
Aroop Roy – Black and White (Kampana)

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Deadmau5 on his new album: 'I don’t even like it'

The EDM star says he was pushed to release his ‘slapped together’ eighth album and that he needs the money to pay his ‘mad’ bills

Deadmau5 is experimenting with an unlikely new marketing ploy: honesty. The EDM star has posted a series of messages telling fans that he dislikes his new “slapped together” album.


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Röyksopp's vocoder playlist: Transvolta, Laurie Anderson, Kraftwerk and more

Among the group’s top five vocoder tracks are a Belgian disco stomp from the 70s, Anderson’s O Superman, Kraftwerk’s Robots, and a slice of fine Italodisco

This Belgian disco number is a fine example of the vocoder’s primary usage in the 1970s – particularly in disco. Nothing says unearthly, futuristic and robot like the fine-tuned waveforms of a vocoder. Should you like this track, be sure to check out Dan Lacksman’s other, perhaps better-known project, Telex.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

AM Only Announces “A Positive Spin” Charity Event

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AM Only presents its’ second annual fundraising event A Positive Spin, hosted at The Roxy in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 18. 100% of the party’s proceeds will be donated to Inner City Arts, an arts education provider in the heart of Skid Row that offers hands-on instruction in visual, performing, and media arts.  Tons of GottaDanceDirty pals will be performing, so make sure to make it out to this one for some grooves for a good cause!

“I’m really excited to work with A Positive Spin again. Last time I got to see first hand the huge interest kids have in music and how little amount of resources they have to learn about it. LA Food Bank and Toys for Tots are important charities especially this time of year, so it’s great to be able to help them get what they need.” – AC Slater

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[GDD™ PREMIERE] Clarian – Acid Moon

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In an attempt to “Derail The Reptile Revolution,” Clarian has slung together scintillating mini-album set to be released November 21st on LA imprint, Culprit. Featuring intergalactic tech and warp speed acid undertones, the project serves as a lethal reminder of our lurking lizard overlords. We premiere “Acid Moon” for you today in advance of the release, a hearty chunk of lunar goodness with an acid flair for the dark side of the moon. Enter Clarian’s universe with the below stream and keep your eyes peeled for the project’s release later this month.

The five songs, each with distinct personality, are inspired by California desert mirages, neon Hollywood glow and faded sunsets over the Pacific. Neo-Future meets vivid Retro Analogue dreams…David Lynch’s “Dune” with the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson fully present.

Cosmic post-disco joins slow-burn techno, adorned with bits of New Wave, futuristic acid house and layers of celestial melodies that make for one-of-a-kind journey through space and time.


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Various: PC Music Volume 2 review – the smartest gang in British pop

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Related: PC Music: the future of pop or 'contemptuous parody'?

PC Music first presented its ridiculously saccharine and relentlessly weird dance-pop to the world three years ago, and were greeted with a mixture of fervour, revulsion and skepticism: was it a deliberately crap parody or digital music taken to bracing new extremes? It never quite disrupted the mainstream, but has made inroads into proper pop through collaborations with artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen and Charli XCX. Now, with the hype muted, this second compilation provides an opportunity to appreciate the music on its own terms – and it feels more beautiful and progressive than ever before.

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Justice: Woman review – funky electro return is light on bangers

(Because Music/Ed Banger)

As any genre’s unofficial 10-year grace period allows, it is now acceptable to be nostalgic for mid-2000s electro, which exploded around the time of Justice’s first album, Cross, in 2007. It had its lineage in Daft Punk’s filtered house but added the brash swagger of rock. Justice’s remix of Simian Mobile Disco’s We Are Your Friends defined nightlife; their Parisian label Ed Banger was the hippest crew. After a lukewarm second album, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay are back with their vacuum-packed leather jackets and porno taches, now creating the sweeping soundtrack to a 1970s erotic film by way of Tron. Funk, disco, gospel, soft rock, prog and (that old chestnut) “cinematic” synths mingle in their newly refined pop laboratory: Safe and Sound puts their love of a choir to good use with a mercuried slap bass; Pleasure has another cracking, crotch-thrusting bassline and dreamy falsetto; Randy is perhaps the best running track released this year. And yet, Woman is surprisingly banger-lite, a totally serviceable one-night stand rather than a torrid love affair. Maybe give it another 10 years.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

David Mancuso, DJ and dance culture pioneer, dies aged 72

Tributes paid to founder of The Loft, New York’s ‘first underground dance party’, which welcomed marginalised and LGBTQ audiences

David Mancuso, DJ and pioneer of New York dance culture, has died aged 72. Kid Recordings owner Craig Shifty announced the death on Facebook on Monday, writing: “He will be greatly missed, but, thankfully, he left the world a lasting vibrant legacy that continues to inspire and influence countless generations of music lovers and clubbers.” Cause of death is not yet known.

The founder of The Loft, an establishment regarded as the “first underground dance party” in New York, Mancuso made his name as a champion of a different kind of 70s club scene. Unlike the commercial clubs that existed to make a profit, Mancuso and particularly his event Love Saves the Day, offered a space for its members, often an LGBTQ audience, to celebrate nightlife without police interference.

@Mixmag: RIP to a true pioneer, David Mancuso - so many icons & originators we lost this year..#LoveSavesTheDay http://pic.twitter.com/lQfVY2H1Vf

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #51

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1st Hour


Sweet Maya – Good Day (Ubiquity)

Tenderlonious – Song for my Father (22a)

Books – Dana’s Groove (XVI)

Bonobo – Kerala (Ninja Tune)

Saucy Lady – Emotion (Rahaan Extended Version) (Street Muzik)

Art of Tones – Bootyshaker (Under the Influence of Red Greg Remix) (Editorial)

O’Flynn – Aloha Ice Jam (O’Flynn)
Kenlo Craqnuques – Sure La Riviere (Hot Shot Sounds)
Morrison Kincannon – To See One Eagle Fly (Mudd’s Extended Mix) (Spacetalk)
The Mixtapers Don’t You Let It Go feat. Mr.Monk & Misumami (Inkswel Remix) (Sonar Kollektiv)
Tall Black Guy – I Will Never Know feat. Moonchild (First Word)
Paper Tiger – Ooh feat. Pyramid Vritra (Hector Plimmer Remix) (Wah Wah 45s)
Hector Plimmer – Eastern System (Radio Edit) (Albert’s Favourites)
2nd Hour
Resonators – Gonna Change (Wah Wah 45s)
Silkie – It Wasn’t You (Deep Medi Musik)
Tommaso Cappellato – Fly feat. Nia Andrews (MashiBeats)
Joshua Oldsoul (XVI Records) Mini-Mix
Gaussian Curve – Dewdrops
Mindset – Summer -06
Nwonknu – Heart Beat
Oscar Jerome – Give Back What You Stole From Me
Mavis John – Use My Body
EKO – Funky Mba Ngebe
Bert Stephens – Airspace
Books – Memphis
End of Mini-Mix
David August & Nelia Kit – A Golden Rush (Counter)
Tall Black Guy – Peace and Love feat. Masego & Rommel Donald (First Word)
Sweet Maya – Illusions (Ubiquity)
Jacob Collier – Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing (Do Right!)

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Jason Swinscoe: ‘I’m not doing this to make a pop song that’s on Radio 1 for two weeks’

The leader of Cinematic Orchestra on writing songs in his dreams, shelving a whole album and why he takes his job very seriously

The Cinematic Orchestra were created in 1999 by the DJ Jason Swinscoe. He works closely with longtime collaborator and co-writer Dom Smith, whom he met when both worked for the independent label Ninja Tune. An ever-evolving collective that expand to a 12-piece band for live shows, the Cinematic Orchestra have an epic, widescreen sound, fusing elements of jazz, classical and cutting-edge electronica. They have sold out the Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House and their single To Build a Home has been streamed more than 60m times. The band have released three critically acclaimed studio albums including their 1999 debut, Motion; their fourth – and their first in nine years – is due early next year.

To Believe is the title of both your new single and your forthcoming album. What kind of belief are you dealing with?
It’s not so much about personal belief, it’s more about putting a question out there: what do we believe in? With everything that’s going on in the world, whether it’s Syria or the US election or the Jungle camp, what’s interesting to me is where culture and society is, at this point in time.

I spent a year writing the score for the Disney film The Crimson Wing

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Romare: Love Songs Part Two review – experimental psychedelic love songs

(Ninja Tune)

In 2014, Romare – AKA producer Archie Fairhurst – released Love Songs: Part One, pasting Peggy Lee into stuttering, bass-heavy R&B and aping retro funk, jazz and blues. Although the result was timeless in the sense that it borrowed from multiple decades, the sense of curation made it feel fresh. And yet Romare’s presence didn’t feel entirely definite; Fairhurst even cribbed his stage name from an African American artist who died in the 80s. This sense of his being a conduit for larger concepts of race and identity – or maybe just a well-meaning cultural appropriator – carried on into 2015’s sample-heavy debut LP, Projections. But here the Londoner’s mission is less about recycling than creating his own psych-ish oddities: on Je T’aime, a slither of Truffaut or Godardish dialogue gives way to irregular ambience and 8-bit sounds, while Honey is bound together by gelatinous alien synths and a low-key jazz melody, with Fairhurst playing much of the instrumentation himself. Although Who Loves You sounds as if it could be a lost 70s underground disco cut, overall this collection provides more of a window on to Fairhurst’s own motivations, as he experiments around themes of love – from innocence to filth.

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Andreas Gursky and Richie Hawtin: experiments in sound and vision

The photographer, famous for his huge, detailed panoramas, has joined forces with the techno pioneer for a show that caters to the swiping generation

Andreas Gurksy’s new exhibition, Not Abstract II, currently on display at the Gagosian gallery in New York, is influenced by two distinctly non-figurative schools of North American art.

One is abstract expressionism – and the other is techno. To take the first, the German photographer’s preceding show, Not Abstract, was staged at the K20 state art museum in Gursky’s hometown of Dusseldorf. There his large, masterfully produced photographs were hung alongside works from the permanent collection by such artists as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman.

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Captain Sensible's playlist – Soft Machine, Mylène Farmer, Terry Riley and more

Forty years after helping to form the Damned, the Captain picks a punk-free playlist of all-time favourites

My musical awakening coincided with the British blues boom of the late 1960s, which produced an extraordinary number of world-class guitarists like Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and my fave, Groundhogs guitarist Tony McPhee, who is now a chum of mine. How nice it is to buy your guitar hero a pint while gossiping about tour shenanigans. Thank Christ for the Bomb was an outrageous title for an album, and the songs are full of angst and drama too, not to mention fabulous interplay between the three band members.

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by Captain Sensible via Electronic music | The Guardian

Monday, November 7, 2016

Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #50

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1st Hour


Nangdo & Duke Hugh – Winter Sadness (Bandcamp)

Swindle – Lemon Trees feat. Double E (Butterz)

NxWorries – Best One (Stones Throw)
Album of the Week: Ash Walker – Echo Chamber
Ash Walker – Thunder feat. Lord Laville (Deep Heads)
Same Speed – Airbell Samba (Same Speed Edit) (Same Speed)
Edseven – Broadside (Midnight Swim)
Rare Earth – I’m Losing You (Fade) (Scrimshire Edit) (Wah Dubplates)
Oribata – Batuki (Tiff’s Joints)
Mojo Filter – Walk On By (Mojo Filter’s Fly-By Re-Love) (Wah Dubplates)
Rude Movements – Sun Palace (BBE)
K15 – Returning is Impossible (WotNot)
2nd Hour
Hannah Williams & the Affirmations – Late Nights & Heartbreak (Record Kicks)
BADBADNOTGOOD – Time Moves Slow feat. Samuel T. Herring (Innovative Leisure)
Album of the Week: Ash Walker – Echo Chamber

Ash Walker – Step Wrong feat. Sage (Deep Heads)

Buttering Trio – Unexperienced (Raw Tapes)
Paper Tiger – Ooh feat. Pyramid Vritra (J-Felix Remix Clean) (Wah Wah 45s)
291out – Urania (Fly By Night Music)
Yussef Kamaal – Lowrider (Brownswood)
The Showfa – Emmanuel (The Showfa Edits)
Alogte Oho & his Sounds of Joy – Mam Yinne Wa (Philophon)
Album of the Week: Ash Walker – Echo Chamber

Ash Walker – Goblins (Deep Heads)

Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet – Nionio (Daniel Drumz Remix) (Sopocka Odessa)
Books – Dana’s Groove (XVI Records)
Aroop Roy – Killimanjaro (KMPN)

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New band of the week: Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda (No 127)

Worried about increasing international tensions? Feeling a little pre-apocalyptic? For effective relief, try some hypnotic instrumental jazz-funk-disco

Hometown: Melbourne.

The lineup: Mike Katz (synths), Graeme Pogson (drums), Tamil Rogeon (electric strings).

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Iceland Airwaves festival day four – Björk's the star in her home country

Björk’s performance was a standout – but the day showcased a score of artists worthy of collaborating with her

Iceland Airwaves may not have the A&R reputation of South by South West or CMJ, but it does offer as wide a variety of new music as any festival, both local and international (with an obvious focus on Icelandic and Scandinavian talent). And the bookers deserve a mention because they’ve ensured that wherever you alight, at whichever of the dozen or so venues in town (with a couple on the outskirts), you’re bound to find something of interest.

You could almost see it as a festival made in the image of the nation’s totemic individualist and experimentalist, Björk. Saturday is virtually a showcase for potential Björk collaborators. There is Bára Gísladóttir, an Icelandic composer and double bassist who has performed with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and isa member of the Swedish-Icelandic composers’ collective Errata. Her performance is both arthouse – a woman sawing away at her instrument with little attention paid to such niceties as accessibility and melody – and thrilling. She does to the double bass what Hendrix did to the electric guitar, using it to coax out thrillingly strange new sounds. There is a laptop, too, so it’s hard to ascertain precisely the provenance of all those faintly disturbing noises, but in one song alone they variously approximate the creak of a door in a haunted house and the wheeze of a pensioner gasping for breath.

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by Paul Lester via Electronic music | The Guardian

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Jean-Jacques Perrey, electronic musical pioneer, dies at 87

The French composer who co-wrote Baroque Hoedown – known to millions of Disneyland visitors – dies in Switzerland

Jean-Jacques Perrey, the French composer and pioneer of electronic music, has died at 87.

Perrey died in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Friday “from a very quick and violent lung cancer,” according to his daughter, Patricia Leroy.

Related: Alfred Hickling talks to musician Jean-Jacques Perrey about the secret of his success

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Iceland Airwaves festival day two – the rappers come out in force, but rock steals the day

Iceland’s hip-hop and electronica scenes are thriving, but it’s more traditional fare from Hannah Lou Clark and the mighty Sonics that has the greatest impact

For Iceland, 2016 is the year that rap broke. Noting that one of the themes dominating this year’s Iceland Airwaves festival is Icelandic hip-hop, an article in the Reykjavik Grapevine, amusingly titled Get Rich or Freeze Tryin, lists some of the acts worth looking out for. It has also coined the acronym Nwoihh, for the New Wave of Icelandic Hip-Hop.

Day two kicks off with a variety of intriguing new rap acts, starting with Auður, who is said to perform “smudged R&B”. He’s the Icelandic Weeknd, basically, only blond, offering a slight spin on the genre by strumming an electric guitar as he croons sadly about the sorrowful travails of the high life, like Ed Sheeran shambling uninvited into The Party & the After Party. Unfortunately, he doesn’t quite have the charisma to pull off quiet depravity in the way Abel Tesfaye does, and he’s too keen to telegraph his moral dissolution by saying “fuck” every other word over his slow, torturous soul. “I wanna be alone tonight,” he sings, and he probably will be.

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by Paul Lester via Electronic music | The Guardian

Thursday, November 3, 2016


  1. Lynsey de Paul – Strange Changes (MCA 7)
  2. Senay – Honki Ponki (Arsivplak LP)
  3. Don Ray – Got to Have Loving (Polydor Promo 12)
  4. Ritual – Sore Lip (Mojo Funk 12)
  5. Madelaine – Who is She… (United Artists LP)
  6. Patti & the Lovelites – Love So Strong (Lovelite 7)
  7. Yasuko Agawa – L.A. Nights (Bluebird White 12)
  8. Codek – Tim Toum (Island 12)
  9. Harold Johnson Sextet – Everybody Loves a Winner (Revue LP)
  10. Sparrow – Witch Doctor (Tysott 7)

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Moon Hooch: Red Sky review – raucously infectious sax'n'drums trio


Former buskers Moon Hooch, dischargers of massive noise and infectious techno-fuelled dance grooves from just two saxes and a drumkit, showed how fast they are building a young international fanbase on their eagerly greeted recent UK tour. The pounding opening title track catches their volatile essence in three-and-a-half minutes (the whole album only runs to 46); That’s What They Say bleats out its catchy hook and churning ostinato over a snorting baritone-sax pulse from Wenzl McGowen; and the the splicing of a fast circular-breathed sax loop into the hooting vamp of the churning Booty House highlights the pace-changing skill that come from their jazz roots. Rough Sex chomps and whirls over a house-bass grunt and drummer James Muschler’s squashy snare pulse, while the anthemic The Thought has a glowing vocal-chorus horn sound. Tenor saxist Mike Wilbur’s slow, ghostly vocal and the rising horn wails of the sleepwalking, Radiohead-like On the Sun show how resourcefully Moon Hooch avoid being just headbangers. Jazz purists might tire of all the pumping and jumping after a bit, but the hooks are good and the all-round raucousness is infectious.

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Ólafur Arnalds: Island Songs CD review – sweet, boring hipster melancholia

Arnalds, etc

This sleekly produced project involved indie-classical composer Ólafur Arnalds travelling around his native Iceland recording seven songs in seven small-town locations with various local musicians. The vibe is picturesque hipster melancholia, with accompanying music videos by Baldvin Z showing long shots of rustic venues in bleak, gorgeous landscapes – not a dissimilar aesthetic to Sigur Rós’s travelogue Heima, and the music’s ambient-pop progressions and sugary, morose arrangements owe a similar debt.

Related: Olafur Arnalds: the indie kid who knows the score | Music

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by Kate Molleson via Electronic music | The Guardian

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

James Blake review – a spine-chilling, melancholic homecoming

Hammersmith Apollo, London
Sung live, Blake’s skeletal songs become fleshier and more intense, the otherworldly atmosphere skilfully ramped up by his drummer and guitarist

London loves a homegrown success and James Blake more than fits the bill. Boasting a Mercury award win and a Grammy nomination, he’s Kanye’s favourite artist and both wrote for and appeared on Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Then there’s Madonna, who said of Blake: “Some of his songs just kill me.”

Yet the sight of a sold-out, rapturous crowd in the capital visibly awes him. “This is quite an incredible view from here,” the 28-year-old says, “not one I’ve had in London in my career. It’s really, really lovely to be home.”

Related: James Blake: ‘I'm the opposite of punk. I've subdued a generation’

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by Betty Clarke via Electronic music | The Guardian

Roger Waters calls on Chemical Brothers to cancel show in Israel

Former Pink Floyd man joins campaign alongside Caryl Churchill and Maxine Peake seeking a cultural boycott to promote better treatment of Palestinians

Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters has joined a campaign calling on the Chemical Brothers to withdraw from a forthcoming show in Tel Aviv. Waters has signed an open letter at artistsforpalestine.org.uk, which tells the dance duo: “Your recording company, Virgin EMI, may tell you that playing Tel Aviv on November 12 is a cool thing to do. But Tel Aviv’s hipster vibe is a bubble on the surface of a very deep security state that drove out half the indigenous Palestinian population in 1948 and has no intention of letting their descendants back in.”

In addition to the letter from Artists for Palestine – also signed by actor Maxine Peake and playwright Caryl Churchill, among others – more than 7,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Chemical Brothers to cancel the gig.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Dom Servini – Amazing Radio Show #49

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1st Hour


Bluestaeb – What You Doin’ (Jakarta)

Album of the Week: Duke Hugh – Canvas

Duke Hugh – Home (Rhythm Section)

Books – Memphis (XVI)

Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe feat. Moses Sumney (Ninja Tune)

Marcel Lune – Jet Lii (Studio Rockers)

Mojo Filter – Nina’s Tweeter (Mojo Filter’s Ju-Ju Re-Rub) (Dubplate)

Peven Everett & Koyla – Sweetness (Koyla Remix) (Bombay Records)
Album of the Week: Duke Hugh – Canvas
Duke Hugh – Green Leaf (Rhythm Section)
Clap! Clap! – Ar-Raqis (Black Acre)
Nicodemus & Alsarah – Alkoan Kulu Bidoor (iZem Remix) (Wonderwheel)
Raja Zahr – Dabke (Fortuna)
Combo Chimbita – Chimbita Theme (NYCT)
Azymuth – Fenix (Far Out)
2nd Hour
Lee Fields – Make The World (Big Crown)
Rare Earth – I’m Losing You (Fade) (Scrimshire Edit) (Free DL)
DJ Mitsu The Beats – Bop (Jazzy Sport)
Screamshire’s Wicked Halloween Mix (Amazing Radio Special)
** 28 Days Later / The Shining intro
Lalomie Washburn – Freaky Strangeness (Scrimshire Edit)
Slave – Drac Is Back (Scrimshire Edit)
The Button Down Brass – Superstition (Scrimshire Edit)
Hot Blood – Soul Dracula (Scrimshire Edit)
** Invasion Of The Body Snatchers interlude
John Martyn – I’d Rather Be The Devil (Scrimshire Edit)
Blood Sweat And Tears – And When I Die (Scrimshire Edit)
Paul Leader – The Devil’s pad
** The Omen Interlude
Don Sargent And The Buddies – Voodoo Kiss
Rosemary Clooney – Wobblin’ Goblin
Match – Boogie Man (Scrimshire Edit)
** Children Of The Damned Interlude
The Button Down Brass – Hellfire And Brimstone (Scrimshire Edit)
Jackson 5 – The Boogie Man
** Walking Dead Outro
End of Mix
Album of the Week: Duke Hugh – Canvas
Duke Hugh – Loft Nights (Rhythm Section)
79.5 – Terrorize My Heart (Disco Dub) (Big Crown)
Luke Vibert – Confusion (Hypercolour)
Hot Arttt – Neon Electricity (Hot Arttt)
Galactic Ganesh – Tell Me (WotNot)
Album of the Week: Duke Hugh – Canvas
Duke Hugh – Your Number (Rhythm Section)
Electric Wire Hustle – March feat. Deva Mahal (Bstrd Jazz)

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