With a pedigree for great covers (see: "Seven Nation Army"), Alice Russell has smashed this cover of Connan Mockasin with James Blake-esque spaciousness and sombre sobriety. Further on she returns to a style that's instantly hers with "Citizens" - jaunty, precision jazz beats that leave heaps of room for Alice's signature emphatics to really smoulder. Finally we hit a jacking D Felic remix of "Breakdown". Featuring absolute soul legend Darondo, we can't wait to hear the original when the album drops later this year. Stunning.
The Broken Circuit album from Brighton's future soul duo is proving to be the gift that keeps on giving, as here we get two more LP tracks coupled with two new titles. The previously heard "Broken Circuit" and "Atom Bomb" are sugary lo-fi soul-pop and a seductive broken beat lament respectively. Of the fresh tracks, "World In Room" is garage-influenced fizz-house at its best and the prayer-like enchanting digi-soul of "Blessings" wraps things up nicely.
Mi Condena (Grooveman Spot version) - (7:55) 51 BPM
Voices (Blundedub) - (3:06) 69 BPM
Sunset Stroll (Roti version) - (3:32) 110 BPM
White Birds (alternative version) - (7:37) 60 BPM
Mustang (Dav***k version) - (4:11) 89 BPM
Cuban Shirt (Blackjoy alternative version) - (4:54) 57 BPM
Mustang (J Rocc version) - (3:11) 156 BPM
Blundetto is a Paris-dwelling producer with a fondness for both Afrobeat, soul & reggae and being a little mischievous (ever since being a child apparently). Here his playfulness extends to handing over his work to various producers in order that they might return them in newly altered states. It's a project that largely works, with particularly good bad versions being Roti's retro electro-isms on "Sunset Stroll", Dav***k's surreal and warped synth jam mix of "Mustang" and the deep retro house of Grooveman's 'spot version' of "Mi Condena".
A couple of years ago, Ninja Tune's Bonobo scored a big hit with his album The North Borders. Then he went on tour and The Borders Tour Live is what it sounds like. It's an 11-track beast comprising cuts recorded at The Roundhouse, Camden Town, The Pula Arena, Croatia and some live radio sessions too. When this career-defining tour wraps up at Alexandra Palace in November the band will have travelled 180,000 miles, taken in 175 shows in 30 countries across 3 continents over 18 months in front of 2 million people, but you can hear it here.
Although chiefly aimed at "all the 140 lovers", there's stuff on Power Of The Drum that will appeal to many more listeners. Here label bosses Brad Lush and Marcus Visionary deliver 15 unreleased tribal, dub and soca-influenced cuts, the kind of which they've used to shake up their native Toronto scene. Highlights include the amphetamine soca rush of "Mas Jumble", the whiplash tropical grind of "Ease Up" and the urgent haunted carnival workout "Fire Fate".
DJ Dolores - "Abertura" (Narradores De Jave) - (3:30) 69 BPM
DJ Dolores - "Mulher Rendeira" - (6:11) 90 BPM
DJ Dolores - "O Amor Vai..." - (4:42) 60 BPM
DJ Dolores - "Amor, PlAsstico E Barulho" - (4:18) 97 BPM
DJ Dolores - "Polka Do Cu" - (2:46) 50 BPM
DJ Dolores - "Alcool (Bolero Filosafico)" - (3:06) 101 BPM
DJ Dolores - "Satie Dub" - (3:26) 123 BPM
DJ Dolores - "SubArrbio Soul" - (2:32) 70 BPM
DJ Dolores - "Azougue" (remake) - (3:54) 100 BPM
DJ Dolores - "O Rosto No Espelho" - (4:28) 50 BPM
DJ Dolores - "SetAbbal" - (3:52) 58 BPM
Brazilian DJ Dolores is a man of many talents, being a graphic designer, TV documentary producer, soundtrack composer and veteran DJ (he's been active since the late '80s). Here on Banda Sonora Musica Para Filmes he combines these talents to present a collection of club-friendly dance-rock inspired by films and footage of the natural world, all with a distinctive nod to his country's often neglected musical heritage.
FaltyDL - "Atlantis" (Bogus Order Reorder) - (5:22) 59 BPM
The artfully titled Ninja Tune Traktion EP finds the storied label dip into their vast archives to offer Traktor DJs exclusive stems to help convolute their sets with a range of obscure sounds and classics. For some basslines and synths to throw over drums or percussion the Bogus Order Reorder of Falty DL's "Atlantis" is an obvious choice, as can be said about the snares and hyperactive synths of the Spacelab remix to Starkey's "Blood Roses". The manner in which Seiji messed with that classic synth riff to Coldcut & Hexstatic's "Timber" ensures his remix can always be left as is, and for something more melodic and liquid funky there's the chiming and remixed sounds of DJ Food's "Dark Lady".
It would be fair to called Joined Ends, Oliver Thomas Johnson's second album under his familiar Dorian Concept alias, "long-promised". It was being touted for release back in 2011, soon after he signed with Ninja Tune. Interestingly, it's a very different beast to his 2009 debut album, When Planets Explode, and the club-friendly singles that followed. A veritable technicolour blast of warm chords, shimmering synthesizer melodies, dream-pop vocals and skittering low-end rhythms, Joined Ends ripples with unfussy positivity. It's far from a straightforward set - Johnson is too imaginative a producer for that - but it certainly has a singular vision. It may not be the album we were expecting, but it's an impressive set nonetheless.
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.