So the radio show is back for 2014 after a bit of a hard drive meltdown near the end of last year and just the fact that, well, sometimes a break is sometimes welcome. The show kicked off on a nice jazz tip with a killer version of The Jackson Sisters’ “I Believe in Miracles” from Eddie Roberts which took the original in a great new direction as a good cover version should do. Pugs Atomz the dropped some great funky hip hop vibes from their great new, stylistically diverse album, Bama Pi. Andrew Ashong then kept things simple but soulfully effective with “Special” before Zara McFarlane waded in with another killer cover version, this time of Junior Murvin’s (not Dennis Brown’s – as erroneously stated in the show in a moment of madness) “Police and Thieves” she really is a talent and a half.
Things then took an abstract electronic turn with “Bedtime” from the new Poemss album on Planet Mu a fine collaboration between Joanne Pollock and Aaron Funk, AKA Venetian Snares. Max Cooper and Tom Hodge then contributed some great classical electronic fusion before we gave you a taste of My Panda Shall Fly’s new EP for the lovely, Sonic Router label.
We then ripped through a few global flavoured club tracks which have been getting us moving kicking off with an unofficial but incredible remix of Celia Cruz by DJ Izem which led nicely into the England meets Africa via Jamaica vibes of the Champion remix of Nyiduonge Drums by perennial show favourites Owiny Sigoma Band. Dizz1 with the rude gyal vocals of Warrior Queen then got all future dancehall before Furmigadub fused Brazilian folk vibes with some nasty basslines. Gantz then ended the segment with some great Turkish dubstep vibes, brand new on Deep Medi. We then dropped an incredible and unofficial remix of Ghostpoet’s “Dial Tones” by Wermonster, one of three such reworks from the artist we discovered at the tail end of 2013, looks like a talent on the up. Den Sorte Skole then ended the show in fine vinyl cut and paste style with “Did You Ever” a track from their incredible homage to the genre, Lektion III. If you are going to rip other peoples records make sure you do it properly, like these boys, the album and the accompanying manifesto is a labour of love.
Eddie Roberts and The Fire Eaters – I believe In Miracles (Soulab)
Pugs Atomz – Once Again feat. Simeon Viltz & Mulatto Patriot (Tokyo Dawn)
Andrew Ashong – Special (Which Way)
Zara McFarlane – Police & Thieves (Brownswood)
Poemss – Bedtime (Planet Mu promo)
Max Cooper and Tom Hodge – Amorphous Romance (Fields)
My Panda Shall Fly – Fish r Friends (Sonic Router)
DJ Izem -Celia (White)
Owiny Sigoma Band – Nyiduone Drums, Champion Remix (Brownswood)
Dizz1 – Real Bad Gyal feat. Warrior Queen (Tru-Thoughts promo)
Furmigadub -Parahyba Esquecida (EBS Diggin)
Gantz – Rising (Deep Medi)
Ghostpoet – Dial Tones, Wermonster remix (White)
Den Sorte Skole – Did You Ever (Den Sorte Skole)