Gila – Pick Six

#NewVideo THE festival jam of 2017. Undisputed. Out on Benji B’s Deviation

Not the newest to our ears (we reckon it was over two years ago when we first heard this one drop – and we mean drop!) but maybe so for many others. We were extremely pleased to see Gila’s track ‘Pick Six’ finally get the full release treatment, video and all.

The label behind the release is none other than Deviation, the brainchild of one of the most influential DJs, party organisers and all round musical dons of the modern day – Benji B. We have no doubt this will end up being one of the most talked about festival tracks of 2017.

Gila ‘Pick Six’ is out now on Deviation.

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.

Time to Flex #2

DV and friends (Drums Eat Everything and Hijacker Records) will returning for round 2 at Benji B’s rather excellent XOYO residency.

Ossie

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A firm DV favourite for quite some time. This boy is a true modern selector. Write’s a good tune or two as well…

Moodymann

We had the good fortune of witnessing Kenny Dixon Jr. DJ at Sonar 2010. Seems like a fitting time for a five year nostalgia re-run. We’ll be listening out for this towards the end of the night…

Dance and be merry people.

Time to flex #1

This Saturday night sees DV’s first of two outings to Benji B’s residency at London club XOYO. We can’t blooming wait! Alongside the man himself on the bill this week are:

Gilles Peterson

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One time mentor and legend of the scene Gilles Peterson will be bringing his global flavours to the dance floor. A taster for the summer music season ahead when DV will also be heading to France for his Worldwide Festival.

Pepe Bradock

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The mysterious French DJ with a varied musical background (he’s played in jazz, funk and hip hop crews). Expect an education in house from a true innovator.

Jon K

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Hailed as “your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ” by Fact Magazine, Jon K has been keeping the Manchester scene ticking with the Hoya:Hoya night taking place at the awesome Roadhouse that will sadly shut down at the end of this month.

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: http://www.spin.com/articles/leon-vynehall-music-for-the-uninvited-3024/

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.