TVERSKY – Mother Tongue

#NewMusic from Barcelona, Spain

Fancy something electronic and smooth with a mellow funk edge straight out of Barcelona? Thought so. Here’s a track; ‘Mother Tongue’ from duo TVERSKY (Alan Rodriguez and Xavier Paradis).

It’s part of an EP entitled ‘Introducing’ released on the excellent local label Foehn Records. Get yourself a copy of the full thing now.

Kaytranada: the R&B re-flip king

#NewMusic from Montreal, Canada

Sure, we’ve all played Kaytranada’s 2016 album ‘99.9%’ to death, because it’s outrageously good. However, we thought it was worth taking a moment to reflect on how we (maybe not some of you though) first came to hear of the Canadian / Haitian super producer.

His take on Janet Jackson’s ‘If’ has now amassed nearly 7 million listens on his Soundcloud page. We’re probably responsible for 0.1% of those plays which is interestingly the amount that’s missing for the full 100% in his album title. Probably a subliminal message to us there somewhere…

Aaanyway, this remix was no fluke, it’s an approach that he’s tried and tested on many other great R&B tunes. Check this monster interpretation on the already monstrous ‘Sock It 2 Me’ by Missy Elliott:

Next up he’s doing his thing on Amerie’s ‘Why Don’t We Fall In Love’ summoning (albeit subtly) the powers of Daft Punk.

There’s an interesting point to this pattern though which the ever brilliant Benji B highlighted on his Radio 1 show this week. The majority of the big R&B tunes from the 90s and early 2000s when they got their vinyl release had four versions: Radio Edit, Club Edit, Instrumental and… Acapella. So there you are, a ready supply of studio quality vocals ripe for remixing. Well, true to form, Kaytranada’s been at it again, this time on Latrelle’s 2001 track ‘House Party’.

Sublime work as always.

Loyle Carner – Yesterday's Gone

Whilst the tone of the album is downbeat in it’s lyrical content and musical timbres in places, we found ourselves uplifted by the honest and reflective nature of what Loyle Carner has to say on his solid debut album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’.

The laid back rhythms, occasional vinyl crackles, telephone line piano and expansive guitar sounds that wash around in the background provide a well balanced counterpoint to Carner’s conscious lyrical stream.

Just like Nice & Smooth said, sometimes he rhymes slow, sometimes he rhymes quick. Either way he does it, not with panache (there’s nothing showy about Carner’s style) but with command and confidence.

If you’re looking for a bucket to place it in, it’s got that 90s / early 2000s hip-hop feel. This label is backed up further by the presence of UK hip-hop royalty Jehst on ‘No Worries’. Other guests include Tom Misch, Rebel Kleff and Mum & Dad (genuinely credited on ‘Sun of Jean’).

If the musical world has any sense, this album will pave the way for Carner to share his musical musings on a wider stage. We hope that sense prevails. Take time to sit back, listen and reflect this weekend.

Jamie T – Panic Prevention

Jamie T’s debut album is still sounding great 10 years on. A pretty accurate reflection of its time.

Them Mercury folk knew what they were doing when they nominated this for the prize back in 2007.

Syd – All About Me

#NewMusic from Los Angeles, USA

We are big fans of Syd’s music (tha Kyd), her work with The Internet, OFWKTA and just her in general. The little taste of what’s to come on her debut solo album (we understand to be called ‘Fin’) from the single ‘All About Me’ has got us even more hyped.

The eagle eared amongst you will have seen that all the members of The Internet plan to release solo stuff this year. What a year we’re in for.