Friday, 9 August 2013

SLL Oz Listening : Jan-Aug 2013 (Spotify Playlist)


Using a rather sexy lil' app called Unify, I've managed to collate a lot of the stuff I've been listening to in Oz into one bumper Spotify playlist, for your aural pleasure.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend peeps!




Album Review : Get Lost IV mixed by T.E.E.D. (out now on Crosstown Rebels)


Check out this wicked vid from Damian Lazarus' Crosstown Rebels label. The latest edition of Rebel Rave follows Orlando Higginbottom - better know as Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - on his hectic gig schedule in the US, whilst promoting his latest edition to the 'Get Lost' compilation series.



In true T.E.E.D. style, the mix is a truely eclectic selection spanning future beats, cheeky techno delights and epic deep house thumpers, including Orlando's collab with Eats Everything, as featured on last month's Soulful Eivissa 2013 Mix. Expect big names such as Underground Resistance, Trus'me, Breach, LFO and Âme.

And thanks to the wonders of the interwobbles, you can take a listen to the whole comp via Spotify.



If you like what you hear, you can grab the whole album in DJ-friendly, unmixed format via Juno Download here | crosstownrebels.com

** UPDATE - FREE CROSSTOWN REBELS DOWNLOAD **


Crosstown Rebels is giving Damian Lazarus and Mathew Jonson's 'Going To The Desert' away for free, all in exchange for a like on their Facebook Page.

Cashback!


FREE MUSIC FRIDAY #FMF - 9th August 2013


There's been a bumper crop of great free releases this week. Here's my pick. Go download!

HAPPY FRIDAY! #FMF





1. Lost Midas - Love Undone (feat. Taylor O'Donnell) (Tru Thoughts)







2. Superhumanoids - Bad Weather (Tropics Remix) (Innovative Leisure)








3. Tremor - Huella (Frikstailers Rmx) (WONDERWHEEL Recordings)







4. Positive Flow - Sunflower ft Donna Gardier (Native Source)







5. Carlos Rodriguez - Summer In Brazil (Extended Mix 2001)               (Soulplate Records)







6. Drake - Hold On We're Going Home (Ron Allen Deep House Remix) (White)







7. Alex Agore - Alex Agore EP (Kolour Recordings)













8. Volta Cab - Jamelia (Voyeurhythm)







9. Mr Oizo - Flat Beat (Aaron Snapes Rework) (White)







10. Pig&Dan - Breadrin Beats (Soma)





Thursday, 8 August 2013

Nu Soul Review : Starship Connection / K-Maxx - A Taste Of Tempo Dreams Vol. 2 (Bastard Jazz)





The Vibe


Bastard Jazz have unleashed yet another modern classic this week, a dirty electro boogie package from San Fran's B.Bravo and Teeko as Starship Connection. And the second track - featuring vocals from K-Maxx - are as 80s RnB as their alter ego suggests.

Both tracks offer-up a slice of timeless lo-fi, key driven, guitar led electronic funk with throbbing bass rhythms. As a teaser for the full length 'Tempo Dreams' compilation, you'd have to be made of stone not to be excited by the prospect of the EP.

Sounds like


Mark Farina's Mushroom Jazz meets Tokyo Dawn. Now there's an idea...

Serving suggestion


One for the lovers. Best enjoyed at the back of the room, cosying up with the most gorgeous guy or gal in the room. Hearts will melt to this. It might as well be classed an aphrodisiac.

Did you know?


B.Bravo's studio setup consists of an MPC 2000XL for drums, Arp Odyssey, Juno 60, JP 8000, DX-7, Motif rack and MicroKorg. (via this great interview in The Quietus)

'A Taste of Tempo Dreams Vol. 2' is out now on Bastard Jazz via Juno Download | bastardjazz.com

World Review : Da Lata - Um Amor A Mais feat. Luisa Maita (forthcoming on Agogo Records)




The vibe


South America meets the Middle East via the 1950s on this incredible full-flavoured afrofunk groove, topped by the sultry vocals talents of Brazil's Luisa Maita. Difficult to believe the Da Lata outfit hail from good ol' London...

Sounds like


A naughty Caipirinha-fuelled beach party on a moonlit São Paulo beach.

Serving suggestion


The perfect soundtrack to any bright day by the ocean, be it Brazil or Bognor.

Did you know?


Cuts like this are termed 'organic electro skank'. Now there's a new one...

'Um Amor A Mais' is out on 19th August via Agogo Records and you can pre-order from Juno Download here | agogo-records.com

Thursday Throwback : In Honour of George Duke (1946-2013)


It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of legendary keyboardist, composer, singer and producer George Duke this week, aged just 67.

From the 60s right up until this year, Duke had been one of the foremost pioneers within the jazz and mainstream scenes, releasing over 30 solo albums during his illustrious musical career. George was also famed for collaborations with countless music legends and session musicians including Frank Zappa, Miles Davis and Michael Jackson.

So in honour of all the wonderful music George bought to us, I thought it was only fitting to dedicate this week's Thursday Throwback to three of my favourite Duke tracks.

So sad to have had another legend taken from us at such a young age, but safe to say George Duke's incredible music will endure forever.

RIP George Duke. January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013.

1.George Duke - Dukey Stick Live in the Studio with Sheila E (Epic/CBS, 1978)




2. George Duke - Diamonds (Columbia Jazz, 1977)




3. Michael Jackson - Off The Wall (Epic, 1979)





Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Deep House Review : Tomson - Waiting EP (forthcoming on Illusion Recordings)




The vibe


This latest four-tracker from the Northern boys at Illusion Recordings is serious, driving, old skool deep house business. 'Waiting' features a killer, uplifting synth hook which'll have you rocking the floor into the early hours, with 'Washerman's Deep Chord Remix' tightening the beats even more with some classic Detroit-esque rhythms.

There's more of the same on 'The Drug Dealer & The Bookmaker', with one massive exception - an acid bassline that would make Josh Wink blush. Finally the EP rounds-out with John Dimas on remix duty who offers-up a funky techno take on the original.

Check out 'The Drug Dealer...' on the first edition of the SLL Nouse Mix series here.

Sounds like


...Stimming in the earlier days, or anything from any of the MoTown house heavyweights.

Serving suggestion


Best taken in the wee small hours, preferably as you hit your second or third wind.

Did you know?


Tomson and label co-boss Tom Craven lived down the road from each other in Manchester, only realising when Tomson sent his demo over to Illusion. Check out the interview with the label's head honchos on Australia's Pulse Radio here.

The 'Waiting EP' is out soon on Illusion Recordings | illusionrecordings.com

Label Profile : Rhemi Music



Over the last few months I've been introduced to some great new labels through the various music PR peeps I keep in contact with.

One of the standout new labels I've been introduced to comes in the shape of Rhemi Music, the brainchild of UK house legend and Soul Heaven A&R man Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk, who has also had a string of successful releases through labels such as DJ Spen's Quantize Recordings. The two met following an introduction by Sy Smith and after a few subsequent studio sessions it became clear the two had a great musical connection.

Neil Pierce

They began releasing joint projects under their Rhemi guise, collaborating with soulstress Kele Le Roc on their first single 'Friends', going on to release a further two successful singles on 'Warning' and 'Call On Me'. Remix work quickly followed, with the team having already produced remixes for DJ Spen, Marlon D and Booker T to name but a few. And all this from a collaboration only formed in April this year!

Ziggy Funk

The Rhemi sound is timeless, classic house music with exceptional production values across all their output. Joining the dots between vocal, soulful, deep, disco house and US garage, the ethos behind the label was Pierce and Funk's desire to release great house music, without compromise, free from the preconceptions created by pigeon-holing music into infinite genres and sub-genres. Here, quality is the only prerequisite, with that philosophy playing out on very first listen.

The future is looking great for this young production team and label with a host of remix work and original material in the pipeline. Particularly, look out for new releases featuring the vocal talents of Lynn Lockamy and Nicole Mitchell, and that's just for starters. In an age of abundant, mediocre house music, it's great to see a label staying true. Check out the Soundcloud set I've put together of all Rhemi's releases to date: http://snd.sc/1cuHHuE

In the meantime, have a listen to their latest release, Rhemi's 'Bang For Your Buck EP'. And if you fancy hearing it in the mix, I've included 'Just A Feeling' on the first Nouse Mix I put out this week.



As ever - enjoy, and please support this fantastic new outfit.

facebook.com/Rhemiofficial
twitter.com/rhemimusic
soundcloud.com/rhemimusic
youtube.com/RhemiMusic


EDM News - 7th August 2013




1. EDM's shameful secret (via The Guardian)



2. Carl Craig examines Detroit through a series of photographs (via Beatport)



3. Traktor hooks up with Pete Tong for a techno-inspired cooking event in Ibiza (via DJ Mag)



4. Annie Mac announces latest in essential AMP compilation series                (via Mixmag)



5. SpiritOfHouse reviews wicked new house comp from King Street Sounds, compiled by DJ Spinna (via SpiritOfHouse)



Monday, 5 August 2013

Stop.Look.Listen. Nouse Mix #1


Having started working with some wicked house labels over the last few months, I've started to make something of a habit of rolling out more big room-slanted mixtapes. As a result I figured we might as well make it a regular thing and start an SLL Nouse Mix series (you know, like, new house, intelligent house - argh...whatever - I like it!) to sit alongside the weekly podcast.

Nouse (/ˈnz/ noozAncient Greeknous, meaning intellect, or common sense

So here it is, #1 featuring two hours of brand spanking new deep, soulful, tech and minimal house, all blended by my own fair hand. As ever, we kick off the series with numerous upfront promos fresh off the press from killer labels such as R2, Hot Creations, Rhemi Music, HK Records, Diynamic, Restless Soul and loads more besides. 

Will post up the Juno Download links as the tracks become available (although some of the inclusions aren't out until October; if this mix was a steak, it would still have plenty of MOO).

Here we go... ENJOY!


#1 - 5th Aug 2013


01. Karizma - 2wice (R2 Records Promo)
02. Gulivert - Seven Wonders (Catwash Records Promo)
03. Harry Wolfman - Booty Call (Pete Dafeet's Bonus Dub) (Lost My Dog Promo)
04. Sasse - Got 2 Be feat. Ilija Rudman (Patrice Baumel Midnight Express Remix)
(My Favorite Robot Promo)
05. Guru Groove Foundation - It's Not The Time (Asaga Remix) (No Passport Promo)
06. Scientific Funk - Perception (Sounds of Juan Promo)
07. DJ W!LD - Narco (The W Label Promo)
08. Justin Jay - You & Me (Culprit Promo)
09. Funky Fat - Jealousy (Jamie Jones Remix) (Hot Creations Promo)
10. Tomson - The Drug Dealer & The Bookmaker (Illusion Recordings Promo)
11. Rhemi - Just A Feeling (Rhemi Promo)
12. Whitesquare - No Sleep (HK Records Promo)
13. Pat Lezizmo - Get Off (Conya Records Promo)
14. Studnitzky - Evora (Charles Webster Remix) (Sonar Kollektiv Promo)
15. Markus Homm & Leo Leal - Space Cowboy (Original Mix) (Colludo Promo)
16. Bambook & Andy Cap - Directions (Seamless Records Promo)
17. Selvy - Keep It Comin (Your Mama's Friend Promo)
18. Piemont - Fairplay (Original Mix) (Terminal M Promo)
19. Magic Eye - Inside My Love (Original Mix) (Strictly Rhythm Promo)
20. Pablo Valentino - What Does It Take (Original Mix) (Faces Promo)
21. H.O.S.H. - Astronaut (Diynamic Promo)
22. Scott Diaz - Therapy (Papa Records Promo)
23. AphroDisiax - Mind Ya Biz (Restless Soul Promo)
24. Blaze presents UDAUFL - Spread Love (Kiko Navarro's Keep On Dancing Mix)
(King Street Promo)
25. Namy & Kathy Brown - Not This Time (Director's Cut Classic Mix) (King Street Promo)


Mixed with NI Traktor DJ for iPad | Recorded at 119BPM

And if you fancy downloading the mix fo' yo' 'Pod, go here:




Soul News : 5th August 2013




1. Soul beard Cody ChesnuTT kicks-off a grueling US tour this month, ending at the Metro Theatre in Sydney this October. (via BWW)




2. Ghostpoet also hitting Oz to play a show the Oxford Art Factory in September. Trying to arrange reviews and interviews, so watch this space. (via Songkick)




3. New soulmate Thomas Coxhead announces the signing of Jabob Banks to Atlantic this week. Fantastic to see such talent recognised and rewarded, particularly as I was lucky enough to DJ alongside him late last year at Wired. Congrats! (via TheHouseOfCoxHead)




4. Chicster old boy behind Daft Punk's summer hit 'Get Lucky' Nile Rodgers is given the all-clear after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010; claims a number one record aided recovery. (via BBC Newsbeat)



Sunday, 4 August 2013

SLL Asks The Bloggers - What Price Free?


This week I've been pondering a question that has kept me thinking ever since writing my dissertation on digital music about 7 years ago. The question is:

Does the limitless supply of free digital music prevent people from connecting with it in the way they used to?


Personally, I miss the days when I used to hear a track in a bar, club or on the radio and then make it my mission to track it down. As with most things in life, the thrill was in the chase - there's still no feeling quite like the satisfaction of finally getting that elusive track, plus the added kudos of acquiring such a hidden gem.

One of the first whites I chased relentlessly after hearing
Judge Jules open his set with it at Homelands in '99.

Having put so much energy (and usually cash) into getting hold of that new white label or rare 12, you would treasure it. In that one recording were countless hours travelling from store to store, crate-digging on hands and knees, conversing and negotiating with numerous wax pushers. You'd play it repeatedly because it was rare and valuable, often both in monetary and emotional terms - it was a way of expressing your individuality. As a result, it would take pride of place in your personal music repertoire along with a host of enduring neural attributions - emotions, events, places, people.

For the devoted trainspotter in the days of tangible record formats, a long sought-after single or album wasn't just a piece of music, it was the clearest and most personal way of capturing and subsequently recollecting a time in your life. And everyone's experienced it - most people can recall certain events in their life with the most amazing clarity when they are contextualised by a certain track.

Where the magic happened: Napier Hall in Horndean.
As photobombed by a random John Lennon fan.

I still remember my first proper kiss at a secondary school disco in a village hall near my home in Horndean. I don't remember the kiss being much cop (I think it was a fairly clumsy, sloppy affair all-round), but I do remember exactly what track was playing - Blueboy's 'Remember Me' (*ironic*). And my first proper cigarette to Dr Dre's 'Bang Bang'. And these were things that happened about 12-15 years ago. Having reached an age where I'm forgetting what I had for lunch at teatime, it goes to show just how powerful this phenomenon at least used to be.





These days the internet has given us no end of free music and ways of finding it, so the blood, sweat and tears of music discovery is no more. For every good tune we've heard for the first time, you only need to fire-up Shazam, Google the lyrics or hum the riff into an app and you're on the download. And that's if an algorithm hasn't already served you a link. So you download, listen and then typically move on to the next best thing before the track's even finished. After all, with limitless free choice, the next track might be even better than the first.

So I guess the question is: have we forgotten how to connect with music? Do we put more value in quantity, choice and accessibility over how a single piece of music makes you feel? Over the last few years, this has been my biggest worry as I can't recall many tracks that have really stuck with me, despite being able to recall dozens from the pre-internet years. It is in fact the reason I started this blog - to find music I really love and then put it into compilations (now the SLL Podcast) and listen to nothing but that during the week, all in an attempt to let the music have a deeper, more profound effect on me. And in the main it seems to be working, as I hope it will for you too if you're an avid reader/listener.


All this said, the art of crate-digging has evolved unrecognisably as a result, with anyone able to find unique, individual music without having to crawl through piles of junk in charity shops and dusty record shops. But where's the value in finding a tune which offers no commonality, no talking point with your mates? While people seem to be more accepting of listening to something different these days, the question is whether they're actually developing a connection with what they listen to. My guess is less so and I think this probably explains why the age-old Top-40 chart continues to evolve with the digital age and prove so popular - people still like to relate to common music that starts conversations and frames shared experiences.

As I'm sure you'll note from this incredibly long ramble, this is a question that's so complex and personal it was always going to be impossible to answer myself. So I thought I'd ask for responses from some of my top blogging peers - safe to say the replies were great. It's clearly a topic that many others have also considered.

So, are we no longer connecting with music in the same way? Or have we become, to quote Ziad from Salacious Sound, "just soulless fucks nowadays". Here's a few of the best responses I received - it'd be great to hear your thoughts after the jump.



Mike @ BlahBlahBlahScience.com


"I don't think so. I think it depends on the generation of the music listener. Somebody who grew up listening to new music before the internet became the main medium is likely going to have a different point of view then somebody much younger who has only used the internet as their source for music their entire lives. Music is today is so easily accessible, like so many other things nowadays via the internet, that there may seem to be connecting with it in a different way, but rather I'd argue that 'free music' just helps introduce people and consumers to new ways of experiencing and connecting with it on deeper levels (resurgence of vinyl records, cassette tapes, live shows/festivals, phones with music, etc.)"



Andrew @ StoneyRoads.com


"Not in my eyes. Yes, there is a limitless supply of free digital music but it's only opened up how we experience similar music (that we can connect to anyway).

It might sound silly but you're going to find the music you like regardless be it through any of the major music discovery platforms be it Youtube, Soundcloud, Spotify/Rdio or Hype Machine.

The music game is forever changing and evolving and labels want to make sure you're still finding their wares, at the end of the day they must adapt or die."



Ayo @ WePlugGoodMusic.com


"Yes and no and maybe that sounds like a huge anomaly but the truth is that the free digital music has changed how listeners connect with the music but it hasn't prevented the connection. If anything, it might have enhanced that connection in the sense that, we only connect with music that is exceptional and/or strongly speaks to us these days. Because of the constant influx of new music, our threshold for bad or mediocre music is at an all time low. Where before we might be more inclined to give certain music a chance via numerous listens, now (for us anyway), the sifting process in determining what I spend my time listening to is far more brutal and in the end, we find that we are connecting with music that actually speaks to us and that is of a higher quality than most."



Thomas @ TheHouseOfCoxhead.com


"I always say this, but I think the Internet is the worst thing and the best thing to music.

I think it's the worst because of, like you say, how much free music and rubbish music there is out there right now. The internet, mainly leaks, makes us all the fastest critics in the world - as soon as a song goes up you have an opinion on it straight away and will probably download it for free or just never listen to it again. I would love go back to the 80's where it was all about hearing a track on the radio, or even better a Disco, and then have to go and find it in your local record store. Too many people illegally download music, but that is something we will never change now - it's all about finding other ways to make people want to buy music - Ed Sheeran & Adele haven't done too bad.

On the flip side, the Internet and free music are the most powerful tools going for artists, if you use them in the correct way. Engaging with fans on Twitter and giving stuff away for free on your SoundCloud is a great way to create a small loyal fanbase, which will then be there for you when it comes to releasing a single/album in the future. Also, if it wasn't for the Internet then The Foreign Exchange would never have happened, which is one of my favourite groups of all-time.

At the end of the day, people who want to buy physical music will still go to the shop and buy it, and those people who illegally download their whole libraries are probably those people back in the 90's who just didn't bother buying music and just listened to the radio. Everything is just easier these, but real music lovers still exist - myself being one them."


Maybe there's room for a more technologically advanced and engaging format to help us better connect with music in the age of abundance? So has the MP3 had its day? Check out our article The MP3 - What Next?


SLL Top 20 House Chart - July '13


Here's my house picks for this week's Juno Download chart, with many of the tracks featured on the Soulful Eivissa 2013 Mix I did earlier this month. Go buy!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Stop.Look.Listen. Podcast #17 *FREE TRACK DL PACK*


At last - here it is - episode 17 of the SLL Podcast series. I've been a little absent the last couple of weeks owing to frantic job interviews, but it does mean I had a wicked backlog of music to dig through and serve up for y'all.

The mix was compiled in the blazing sunshine in Sydney today, so I'm hoping I've captured some in the selection. Expect lots of lush downtempo hip-hop, funk, dub and electronica, as well as the usual quirky bits 'n' pieces. There are some epic free compilations out there at the moment, including new business from First Word with their latest 'Two Syllables' and Groovement's brand new 'Volume One' long-player, both of which are previewed here.

Also, as of this week I'll be offering-up all the free promos as a one-click download, if you fancy spicing-up your iPod and listening to some amazing new music. Enjoy!


#17 - 29th July 2013

01. Frameworks - Patience (First Word) [download]
02. Hanami - Fruition (Project: Mooncircle) [download]
03. Sparkling Bits - Land Of Thirst (Bandcamp)
04. Es-K - Coolin' In July (Millenium Jazz Music) [download]
05. Lakim - Mountain High (Soulection) [download]
06. Sir Froderick - bitesizesnacks (Bandcamp) [download]
07. Moka Only - Mercy (Bandcamp) [download]
08. Paul White - Lolita (One Handed Music) [download]
09. J-Felix - Lady T (Groovement) [download]
10. K-Maxx - Dreamin' Of You (Bastard Jazz Promo)
11. 813 - Village (Apothecary Compositions)
12. Dan Bodan - Anonynous (Kuhrye-oo Remix) (DFA) [download]
13. Hayden James - Permission To Land (Charles Murdoch Remix) (Future Classic) [download]
14. Pedestrian & Jasperdrum - Kalakuta vs Zombie (PEDit) (Self Released) [download]
15. Smokey Bandits - Subway Hustler (Renegades Of Jazz Break Remix) (Bombastic Jam Promo)
16. Harold Butler - Do It Anyday (Joey Negro Edit) (Z Records Promo)
17. Smokey Bandits - Smoke From The Attic (Blend Mishkin Remix) (Bombastic Jam Promo)
18. Dessy di Lauro - Mysterious (CrazyglueMusic LLC)
19. Riot Jazz Brass Band - Necropolis (First Word Promo)
20. MJ Cole - Crazy Love (Volta Cab Dub Mix) (Self Released) [download]

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

SLL EXCLUSIVE : DJ Clairvo - Suppa Shoota (MustBeat Crew) *FREE DL*

The MustBeat Crew

After many months plugging away on here, I'm delighted to announce our first EXCLUSIVE download from the MustBeat Crew over in Hungary.

MustBeat are a bunch of wicked DJs, musicians, party promoters and artists hailing from Budapest. Collectively they are skilled in all manner of artistic trades, not just producing music but also specialising in graphic design, video production and a whole host of other projects besides.

The team began life in the Listen! record shop in 1998 where they worked as booking agents for DJs alongside their graphic design work. Then when the shop closed in 2001 (such is the sad fate of so many decent wax retailers these days), the guys decided to pool resources to promote their own music and art under one brand. MustBeat was born, with this leading to the launch of their own record label in 2011.


In two short years they've been massively busy, putting out over 20 releases from artists the world over, with their output being met with high acclaim by a broad cross-section of DJs and music lovers alike - indeed, several records have already begun to make it into Juno's top-5.

I've been talking to one part of the outfit - DJ Clairvo (of Nynfus Corporation fame) - who put together a new take Wrongtom's 'Superteng' (which we reviewed a few months back) and has offered it up to SLL's readers exclusively for the princely sum of nowt! A great peak-time party vibe that offers a sympathetic update, maintaining the reggae bounce of the original and the full vocal whilst beefing-up the beats with a broken rhythm that is the trademark of much of MustBeat's stellar output.

A serious record. Big thanks to the guys for letting us have first dibs. :-)



SLL EDM News : 30th July 2013


1. Paris Hilton readies her weekly 'show' at Amnesia amidst furious responses from the dance music community; booking widely dubbed as "Everything that's wrong with dance music in one night". I couldn't agree more. Ms. Hilton consistently uses her undeserving wealth and celebrity to make a mockery of any bandwagon she chooses to jump on. It's just sad that Amnesia have allowed her to bring shame on such an iconic establishment. I think someone needs to remind the booking agent that there's such a thing as bad PR... (via Skrufff)



2. King Street Sounds preps 'New York Big Room Classics', a 20-track compilation showcasing the last 20 years of the label's most seminal releases. Expect tracks old and new from big-hitters such as MOOD II SWING, Ultra Naté, Cevin Fisher and Benji Candelario. Currently due for release on 24th September.




3. Eastern Electrics show us how to sell a festival. With a naked Seth Troxler. Of course. (via Beatport)

A message from Alan Braxe...


I was like an over-excited school kid this morning as I woke up to a message from one of my all-time music heroes - Alan Braxe (be it through his kind label manager, but still awesome nonetheless!).



Best known for his production work as Stardust on the mahoosive 'Music Sounds Better With You', I've been a big fan of the French filtered sound since I started DJing 15 years ago, as championed by labels such as Roulé and Braxe's own Vulture imprint.

I'll never forget the first time I heard 'Intro' as a fresh-faced DJ playing my first ever over-18s set, an all-time house classic Braxe produced with Fred Falke back in 2000. A game-changer for me at a time when I was still too young to legally be in the club at all.



Today the label got in touch as they're looking to work with the blog on some editorial material, and as a golden handshake sent me a simply incredible live set from Vulture's own Shook. I've been listening to it for no more than 10 minutes (and have already heard samples from 'Superstition' and 'Hold Tight' by Change) and it's making me want to head out right now! I've got to admit, I often give short-shrift to DJs that splash their sets with endless cuts, samples and FX, but Shook prove how incredible it can sound when done right.



The set is awash with disco-funk loveliness and that unmistakable filtered sound, reworking countless classics into pure dancefloor perfection. I haven't heard a set quite like it since the Daft Punk 'Alive' shows, so safe to say it's something truly special.

Enjoy, and watch this space for more Vulture output coming to your musichole very soon. :-)

P.S. I have asked the guys at Vulture just when we can expect to see the Roulé material released for official digital download. Not sure if they'll know, but I'll update you when I hear back.

Monday, 29 July 2013

SLL Soul News - 29th July 2013


1. Terri Walker announced her split from 'Lady' this week - the collab with Nicole Wray - after just one album released earlier this year. Following our rave review of the long-player, this news is met with some genuine sadness, as their output as a duo was pure soul gold. The only silver lining is that Terri is leaving to work on her solo album and has apparently been in the studio with Damon Albarn. :-) (via FACT)



2. Following Daley's previous excursion with Jessie J on their cover of 'Remember Me', the big-haired Mancunian soulboy dropped his new EP as a free download via his website this week, a prelude as the world waits for his full-length album 'Days & Nights'. Not satisfied with lavishing his fans with new music, a few days later Daley also dropped another unmistakable cracker in the shape of 'Broken'. It's more of what you've come to expect, so it'll be interesting to see if the album dishes up a few more surprises.




3. To mark the 600th show on Australia's 3RRR-FM radio station, Ennio Styles has just unleashed 'Stylin' 600', a beautiful selection of insane beats and pieces spanning everything from gospel to techno, available for entirely free download from 2nd August. And if you don't take my word for it, you can surely trust in the good words of the preacher himself, Mr. Gilles Peterson: "Some great shit here! Amazing work as usual." Preview it below.



Saturday, 20 July 2013

House Review : DJ W!LD - Shape U (Rebellion)




The vibe


As included on the SLL Soulful Eivissa 2013 Mix I put out earlier this month, DJ W!LD presents 'Shape U' on Crosstown Rebels offshoot Rebellion, a pounding summer anthem featuring an insane break sampled from The S.O.S. Band's 1984 disco-funk smash 'Just The Way You Like It'. A record as infectious as the original it samples and already garnering the support of big-hitters such as Pete Tong, I've had it on repeat for a number of weeks since receiving the promo and it's a gem!

Originally hailing from Dijon in France, W!LD is a long-standing underground house hero as both a DJ and producer with a passion for graffiti, street culture, disco, funk and hip-hop. As part of the Cocoon family and with a residency at Circo Loco, you may well have already heard him under a number of guises with releases on labels such as Robsoul.

Sounds like


Much of the French Robsoul output. And The S.O.S. Band, of course. :-)



Serving suggestion


With the original firmly aimed at the discerning house floors, the package also includes a deeper workout from Fur Coat - more typical of the CR sound for the wee small hours - alongside the aptly named techy 'WILDER' remix and a dub version.

Did you know?


DJ W!LD takes his name from cult 1983 film Wild Style...

'Shape U' is out now on Rebellion | crosstownrebels.com

Deep House Review : Lay-Far - The Green EP (forthcoming on Fifty Fathoms Deep)


I've recently been turned on to the sounds of new independent label Fifty Fathoms Deep, a project conceived by the revered Craig Smith (6th Borough Project) and upcoming DJ and producer Peter Oakden, who is already being hailed by the likes of Phil Asher as a "rising star".

Based in Edinburgh, the aim of the label is simple: to explore their musical tastes and release quality music from unknown and recognised artists alike. You'll likely be familiar with Craig's work already, with numerous releases on Freerange sister label Delusions of Grandeur, but most notably his output with Grahame Clark as The Revenge.

With both his production and label affiliations, Craig became a household name in 2008/9 with his famed disco re-edits helping give rise to the midtempo deep house style that continues to tear up dancefloors around the globe. For Peter, this tie-up with such a solid name is sure to cement his already glowing reputation following successful releases alongside legends such as Moodymanc, Zed Bias and Atjazz, amongst many others.




Launching on 22nd July, Fifty Fathoms Deep come at ya with The Green EP by Lay-Far, a throbbing, rolling house affair featuring all the sample-rich soulful grooves you've come to expect from the pair.

With a sound reminiscent of production-perfect US output, it's hard to 'Fathom' (oh dear) that this is music born in deepest Scotland. Regardless, be it at the bar in Glasgow, or the club in Ibiza, you're sure to be rocking your socks off to Fifty Fathom's output in the months to come.

Lay-Far's 'The Green EP' is out via Fifty Fathoms Deep on 22nd July and is available to pre-order on 12 via [Juno] | facebook.com/fiftyfathomsdeep

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