Radio Days – DV#11

#Radio Time for our first best of edition. DV#11 was a worldwide round up 2005’s finest music

2005 was drawing to a close and we wanted to remember the best music we’d heard that year. So here it is (or was – which is it?).

Playlist

How About A Game of Chess / Dells Bells

UK SECTION
Roots Manuva / Chin High
Kano / No-one Don’t Dance No More (Remix)
Bugz In The Attic / Booty La La
DJ Mentat feat. Skinnyman / When I Give My Heart To You (Joe Buddah Remix)
Alice Russell / All Over Now

US SECTION
Amerie / One Thing
Common / Be
Plantlife / Your Love
Platinum Pied Pipers / Stay With Me
Quasimoto / Greenery
DangerDoom feat. Talib Kweli / Old Skool

DANCE SECTION
Mandy Vs. Booka Shade / Body Language
Switch / A Bit Patchy

NZ SECTION
Recloose feat. Joe Dukie / Dust (Demo Mix)
Fat Freddy’s Drop / Roady
Scribe / Not Many (Remix)

ALTERNATIVE SECTION
Four Tet feat. Percee P / A Joy
LCD Soundsystem / Disco Infiltrator
Tom Vek / Music Television
Little Barrie / Long Hair

FINAL THOUGHTS
Daedulus / Just Briefly

Radio Days – DV#9

#Radio On DV9 we invited Brackles in for his first guestmix on the Dash ‘n’ Verve show

Well aren’t you in for a treat today. DV#9 sees the first time a young DJ by the name of Brackles featured on the show. He did a mega mish mash of a mix for us and gave us the track listing to boot. Delightful.

Playlist

Rodney P / The Nice Up
De La Soul / A Roller Skate Jam Named “Saturdays”
Roots Manuva / Awfully Deep
Daedulus feat. BusDriver / Quiet Now

[BRACKLES DV MISH MASH MIX]
Ohmega Whatts / Mind Power
Yesterday’s New Quintet / The Horse
Four Tet feat. Percee P / A Joy
Colossus / Thrupenny Bits
The Nextmen feat. Dynamite MC / Blood Fire
Fat Freddy’s Drop / Roady (The Nextmen Walnut Mix)
Lee Perry / Dyon Anaswa
De La Soul feat. MF Doom / Rock Co.Kane Flow
The U.N. / D.O.A. (Lewis Parker Remix)
Mpho Skeef feat. Yogi / Holla
Boxcutter / Brood
Kode9 + The Space Ape / Kingstown

Tom Vek / Music Television
RJD2 / 1976
Nathan Haines / Wonderful Thing
MAW presents B.O.P. / Zabalaza (Dubb Vocal)
Shaun Escoffery / Space Rider (MJ Cole Remix)

Worldwide Awards 2012 @ Koko, London

Ever since hearing Hold On by SBTRKT last year, I was determined to see Messrs Sampha and SBTRKT perform live. The self-titled lp released on Young Turks marries garage and broken beat influences to create what Pitchfork strangely term ‘post dub-step’. The album includes huge vocal performances and flows seamlessly from start to finish. Unfortunately, 2011 was a year of fails vis-à-vis catching the live show. Glastonbury: couldn’t reach the tent in time. Brixton: SBTRKT were replaced by Big Pink as support to Friendly Fires. First headline London gig in 2012: sold out.

Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2012 presented the perfect opportunity to see them live. Winners of the Worldwide award for best long player with the self-titled debut, SBTRKT’s performance at London’s Koko was just one of many highlights on a memorable night.

Take the Pyramids, whose 1970s ‘jazz cabaret’ was considered too future until they recently reformed. Their set was brought to life by charismatic front man Idris Ackermoor who switched to tap shoes part way through the show and won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Hudson Mohawke, Lefto and, fast becoming my favourite Brighton via LA dj, Kutmah, served up juicy disc jockey sets before Michael Kiwanuka enchanted the sell-out crowd with a beautiful vocal performance.

Kiwanuka, the BBC’s pick for Sound of 2012, has been criticised already for lacking originality. My view is that people hanker for wholesome music, particularly when delivered by gifted vocalists. Kiwanuka delivers on both counts, epitomised by Tell me a Tale and Home Again.

The award for best label went to Brainfeeder, Flying Lotus’ all-star roster which includes the likes of Daedelus, recent joiner Lapalux and Thundercat. The latter was in London to collect the award and play live alongside fellow label mate – and ridiculously gifted pianist – Austin Peralta. This set had everything Fly Lo’s at the Roundhouse didn’t – not least live music. From the lush, California sun-infused Is it Love? to the ethereal For love (I Come Your Friend), the poncho-wearing bassist glided effortlessly through his set. If you missed The Golden Age of Apocalypse last August (or were in two minds like me), give it a go.

Jamie XX followed, playing a bashment retake of Drake’s Take Care. This track started out as Jamie XX’s remix of Gil Scott-Heron‘s I’ll Take Care of You. Heron’s death last year ended a genre-defining career in music; his far-reaching influence was celebrated at the Worldwide awards.

Then the main event: SBTRKT live. The masked duo combined drums, keys, vocals and sequencer to full effect, pounding the heavyweight Koko soundsystem. Little Dragon‘s Yukimi Nagano joined for Wildfire but it was Sampha’s soaring vocal throughout the set that did most for the soul.

And so it was that I heard SBTRKT play Hold On live. What is it the people at Guinness say?