So the show is back on the road and on the regular with a great, generally soulful, selection this week – it should sound pretty good during what looks like the start of summer for large parts of the northern hemisphere. Portformat kicked things off in fine style from his great album about to drop on Tokyo Dawn. The album is full of great beats and production and with a dazzling array of guest vocalists, this boy just gets better and he was pretty good to start off with! The Jazzanova live group album has just dropped and if you like the classic sounds of black America then it will be right up your street. Vintage soulful jazz was then the order of the day from the reissued Solis Lacus album on Heavenly Sweetness as Favourite recordings also carry on their reissue series with another of the great Ray Stephen Oche albums, out about now.
Guido Mobius then weirded up the show a bit with ‘All Evil Ways’ from his interesting new album on Karaoke Kalk before sonic adventurer RYAT kept things off the beaten track from her forthcoming album on Brainfeeder, a bit Bjorkish vocally but certainly none the worse for that and generally a great unique sound. Slugabed’s album on Ninja has finally dropped and we’re particularly liking the cosmic soul vibes of ‘Unicorn Suplex’. Best use of a blues sample award goes to the debut single from The Allergies and their ‘Big Star’ tune on Riddim Fruit, a really fine start to the recording project from mix king DJ Moneyshot & Rackabeat. HornDogz then kept the funk flowing and enlisted the vocal talents of Ty to make some of that classic sounding hip hop, nice.
A little 4/4 section finished the show kicking off with a taster of the new Fantastic Mr. Fox EP on Black Acre, great leftfield house vibes. Auntie Flo then carried on the deep house mission from one of our albums of the year, Future Rhythm Machine – check it! Pitchben then went super deep and soulful with surely one of the warmest tunes of the summer, the Alexander Maier 1to11 remix of ‘Unique’ – lovely! Enawadan then kept the soul vibes flowing before Lone finished the show in fine style with ‘Earths Lungs’ from his excellent new album on R&S.
Portformat – It’s Been So Long feat. Astrid Engberg (Tokyo Dawn Records promo)
Jazzanova with Band & Paul Randolph – No Use (Sonar Kollectiv)
Solis Lacus – Utopic Cities (Heavenly Sweetness)
Ray Stephen Oche & His Matumbo – Peace Upon Kenemaland (Favouite promo)
Guido Mobius – All Evil Ways (Karaoke Kalk)
RYAT – Object Mob (Brainfeeder promo)
Slugabed – Unicorn Suplex (Ninja Tune)
The Allergies – Big Star (Riddim Fruit)
HornDogz – Movin’ On feat Ty, Breis & Peeda (Uptown Records)
Fantastic Mr. Fox – Yesterdays Fall feat Alby Daniels (Black Acre promo)
Auntie Flo – Futurismo (Huntleys & Palmers)
Pitchben – Unique, Alexander Maier 1to11 remix (Compost Records promo)
EnaWadan – Reborn, Inner Dimensions mix (Sonar Kolletiv Records)
Lone – Earths Lungs (R&S)