Court Is In Session

I put it to you that the Messrs Vynehall, Sheppard, Peterson and Benstead represent all that is good about the British music scene.

Exhibit A: Gilles Peterson dropping an exclusive of EGL037, King Bromeliad (Saturday 22 March 2014, 6 Music).

Here we have a big, bustling jazz-infused stomper from Floating Points, co-founder of the ever impressive Eglo Records. From 3pm to 6pm every Saturday afternoon, Gilles Peterson melds soul with samba, hip hop with house, and anything with just about everything to deliver his Audio Vitamins show. True, Gilles isn’t strictly British, but we’ve been lucky enough to hear his shows since the 1980s and they’ve been unwaveringly good. That’s why he gets exclusives from the likes of Floating Points and label-mate Fatima.

Exhibit B: Benji B plays Leon Vynehall’s Inside the Deku Tree (Thursday 20 February, Radio 1)

Music for the Uninvited

Stream the EP here:

This is the first track on Leon Vynehall’s impossibly good EP Music for the Uninvited, out now on Martyn’s 3024 label. I had never heard Mr Vynehall’s music until it aired on the Benji B show. I dug deeper to find a clutch of other huge EPs from Vynehall (The Open EP and Brother/Sister EP both outstanding). In doing so, it dawned on me that Benji B, who produced Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show many moons ago, has also maintained a stupendously high quality threshold since Deviation first aired on 1Xtra.

So, the message is simple. Seek out Messrs Vynehall, Sheppard, Peterson and Benstead at your earliest convenience. Court adjourned.

Bok Bok feat. Kelela – Melba's Call

Having teamed up previously on Kelela’s game changing 2013 mixtape (it’s not a mixtape, it’s an album but let’s not split hairs) for tracks Guns & Synths and A Lie, Bok Bok and Kelela have once again joined forces to deliver a jittery hyper-funk belter – Melba’s Call.

140301 - Melba's Call

Kelela’s vocal is soft and playful layered over the shuffle and rumble of Bok Bok’s beat. This is definitely one to crank in the Nova when out on your weekend cruise.

Melba’s Call is released on Bok Bok’s very own Night Slugs on 31 March 2014. Pre-order it here.