Saturday, May 3, 2014

Wganda Kenya : Tipit Hayed (Nik Weston Edit)

Good things always come from Mukatsuku Records. Dance floor dynamite from the Disco Fuentes catalogue get unleashed on the strictly vinyl only, singles on Mukatsuku Record label for summer 2013. This is an unreleased version of the popular Wganda Kenya club favourite 'Tipit Hayed' which Blundetto had done a few years ago for his own DJ sets but never surfaced commercially. On the flipside a bona fide salsa funk monster which a piano intro to die for from Fruko Y Sus Tesos.

Dj Format : Stealin' James Pt.1

Nice Dj Tool from Dj Format. As quoted : "I was really inspired by cut 'n' paste mixes by people like Coldcut and Double D & Steinski in the '80s and wanted to do an updated mix of James Brown's music as sampling technology has advanced so much since 'The Payback Mix' and 'Lesson 2' etc. I also wanted to 'give a nod' to the way certain producers had cut up & scratched James Brown samples in some of my favourite Hip Hop records in the late '80s & early '90s."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Todd Terje : It's Album Time

Oslo disco-dance champ, DJ and producer Todd Terje finally releases his debut long-player 'It's Album Time' via his own Olsen Records. Ever since Todd dropped 'Eurodans' back in 2005 he's had many a beady disco eye trained in his direction. His grooves are effortless and his melodies infectious! Here he puts all his experience and nordic sense of fun into twelve tracks of straight up home listening pleasure. It comes packing the huge 'Strandbar' and 'Inspector Norse' tracks, it's got a guest spot from Bryan Ferry on a version of Robert Palmer's 'Johnny and Mary' and in between all that it jumps for joy around his own lit-up balearic world. With killer artwork from illustrator Bendik Kaltenborn this is one solid debut and one that's sure to feature throughout 2014.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers : Do Whatever Makes You Feel Hot

Sharon Jones says she's "blessed", Record Kicks latest soul discovery Hannah Williams aka Deep soul's funkiest new diva and The Tastemakers, release their first full length LP "A Hill Of Feathers" with the artistic supervision of golden boy Diesler (Thru Thoughts, Freestyle Records...) responsible for mixing the album.

They have been winning over British audiences gaining continuous support from soul heavyweights such as Charles Bradley, The Dap-kings and Craig Charles, with whom they've shared the stage during the last 12 months. Hannah's stunning vocal performances elevate her to the level of London's greats Adele & Amy Winehouse. The disciplined band, led by Hillman Mondegreen, fall in hard with her as she goes deep into her soul, recorded live with the vocals to capture the true emotion and augmented by epic strings, backing singers and the Tastemaker horn section. So young, so good, so deep ... if you're fans of deep soul, watch out for Hannah Williams & the Tastemakers.

Nicola Conte : Free Souls

Two new gems that anticipate the release of the fifth studio album by Nicola Conte “Free Souls” - pure soul jazz music when Marvin Parks’ voice softly embraces Shades of Joy melody and the lyrics written by Gregory Porter and Bridgette Amofah performing a superb Rhythm and Blues tune writing by Nicola.
Nothing to share with futile trends, these tracks are the result of an urgent need to research in the depth of the soul and musical influences.