Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Bubblers series aims to distil the exciting new artists that can be heard in the revered tastemaker's charts and DJ sets into a 'suite of perfect bumps". An interesting description, but in layman's terms it's a compilation of rising acts from every corner of the globe. This eleventh instalment presents all kinds of sounds including the gentle minimal claps of Hector Plimmer's "Tomorrow", the haunted slo-mo R&B house of "A Part Of You" by Kuage, the distorted and warped space soul of Like's "Nothing Matters" and Moonchilds breezy and chilled jazz-hop ballad "The Truth". More ones to watch!
Whilst we wait for a new long player from Forge and Franck's Da Lata ensemble, we have a new version of their most recent record, Fabiola, featuring rare versions and remixes of the songs found on it. There's a whopping 17 tracks to get through, and highlights include the ghetto electro sleaze of "Um Amor A Mais (Funkee remix)", the shimmering reggae jazz of "Unknown (Marc Lee Brown mix) and the beguiling late night afro-house vibes of "The Shore (Toni Economides/Carl Smith remix)".
London-based, Brazil-leaning label Far Out has had a good year. If in doubt, here's the evidence - a 15-track compilation to sum its last twelve months in style. Highlights include Friends From Rio slinky take on the timeless classic "Mas Que Nada", the sultry, if a little bonkers, disco tones of Far Out Disco Orchestra's "The Last Carnival", the dreamy jazz lounge of Sean Khan's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down" and the sumptuous deep house of Kirk Degiorgio's "Prazeres".
Second time around for native New Yorker Gabriel Garzon Montana's criminally overlooked debut album, Bishoune: Alma Del Huila. Montana is a rare talent: a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer with Colombian and French heritage whose poignant, evocative and thoughtful songs join the dots between modern soul, James Blake style fragility, jazz, deep house, experimental hip-hop and broken beat. It's a mix that makes for wonderful listening, with the accompanying remixes - not featured on the original release - enhancing the experience. The Archie Pelago rework of "Pour Mamman" - a soul-jazz classic in the making - and Patrick Russell's dub techno influenced rework of the same track are probably the picks of a strong bunch.
Recently, two "like-minded musical explorers" joined forces to "illuminate the shared roots and spirit of rebellion at the heart of dub and jazz". These two aforementioned troubadours, Prince Fatty (Hollie Cook) and Nostalgia 77, ended up getting some serious attention for the record, In The Kingdom Of Dub, too. Two standout LP tracks, "Medicine Chest" and "Skeletons", both now get a (dubbed out) release in their own right here on this digital double A-side.
This Parisian ensemble arrived in the late '90s, fusing all kinds of rhythms and instruments with a DJ's approach. This saw them rocket to success with help from the likes of Gilles Peterson, and here they've decided to remind listeners of their dance culture roots. Club Secreto is their first compilation of remixes and over the course of 12 tracks we get an exotic mix of sounds including digital cumbia from Lagartijeando, tropical bass from Poirier, Daniel Haaksman's Soca from Berlin, Parisian swing from Nicolas Repac and finally an Arizona acoustic 'version' from Calexico. Good stuff!
Berlin duo Duct Tape like to embellish of the truth a little (one of them's called Batsauce), claiming to have both been born on a moon of Saturn. It's also stated that their music is informed by their intergalactic travels! All interesting stuff, considering that the other member, Wynton Kelly Stevenson, is the offspring of the late great (and earth-based) musician Rudy Stevenson. Less We Can features 16 tracks cut from long jams on "cheap 80s keyboards, guitar pedals, a beat machine, a bass guitar, and a cheap microphone", resulting in a suitably spacey listen.
After his In The Wild LP dropped on Ninja Tune last year, Drew Lustman continues on an exploratory path for this new EP, revisiting tracks from the album, inviting remixers in to play with the parts, and offering up some fresh excursions into the unknown via tape processes and other such studio experiments. "Greater Antilles VIP" is certainly a patient creation, moving through orchestral swells loaded with melodrama and quietly tense moments of earthen percussion. u-Ziq delivers a remix of "Rolling" that harks back to the good old days of British electronica with its overdriven alien beats and melancholic synth swells, while Brrd goes positively ambient with his grainy version of "Frontin". Lustman's own broken beat revision of "Do Me" dazzles with autumnal grace, and the additional experimental pieces shed light on further experimental alternatives to the typical FaltyDL sound.