#NewMusic from Catalonia, Spain
Speak Catalan? Other than day to day pleasantries (bon dia, bona nit, adéu), neither do we. Might be time to learn a bit more so that you can understand what the boys from Power Burkas have to say for themselves.
Lyrics aside though they put out some pretty rip roaring punk / rock sounds. We’re fans of the title track; ‘Llarga vida al tarannà’ (‘Long live the spirit’) to their recent album. Make sure you check out the whole thing.
#New Music from East Point, USA
With Matt Martian’s album ‘The Drum Chord Theory’ hitting the shops last week, we got treated to a video for the track ‘Dent Jusay’ which features The Internet band mates Syd and Steve Lacy. Production credits on this one go to OFWKTA top boy Tyler, the Creator.
It’s a short reflective piece, sort of dream or fleeting memory like in its composition and delivery. Check out the album in full to get the totally immersive Matt Martians experience. It’ll take you somewhere totally new.
Here we are again people with that (not so) fresh Sunday playlist. You’ll enjoy the nostalgia, we promise.
We featured a young DJ IQ and his ‘Class is in Session’ mix as our guest mix that week. He was a pretty talented chap back then and is doing pretty well for himself these days too.
Gorillaz / Dirty Harry
Nas / Nas Is Like
DJ Format / Ill Culinary Behaviour
N*E*R*D / Bobby James
Basement Jaxx / Oh My Gosh (Bugz Remix)
Kano / Nobody Don’t Dance No More
Charles Wright & The Watts / Express Yourself pt.1
7 Samurai / Save Deir Soulz
Quantic Soul Orchestra / Take Your Time Change Your Mind
[DJ IQ – CLASS IS IN SESSION]
Janeiro Jarell / Big Bounce Theory
Kaimbr feat. Kev Brown / Changes
Oh No feat. J Dilla / Move
Amerie / 1 Thing
Foreign Exchange / Nic’s Groove
Frank ‘n’ Dank / Move
Percee P / Untitled
Rapheal Saadiq feat. Q-Tip / Get Involved
Raekwon feat. Busta Rhymes / Baggage Handlers
Sa Ra Outro / IQ Kuts *
Yungun / Freestyle
Roy Ayers / Tarzan
Kenny Dope / Ill Out
Róisín Murphy / Sow Into You
Mandy feat. Booka Shade / Body Language
RJD2 / Clean Living
Jazzy Jeff / We Are
Tiombe Lockhart / G.P.
Four Tet / A Joy
Killa Kela / Rave of the Future
Roni Size Reprazent / Dirty Beats
* Couldn’t find this one, soz!
We have been very excited for the full release of UK, nay, World music legend Omar’s new album ‘Love in Beats’ since he tickled us with a few tasters last year. Yesterday it finally came and we were not disappointed.
It’s been over 30 years and 8 albums (including this one) since Omar first hit the scene, arguably garnering the most attention with the release in 1991 of the instant classic ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ from the album of the same name. His style may have evolved over that period, but at its heart is an infectious soul energy that cannot be missed.
The broken beat, shuffling swing of the album make it impossible not to move to. The beautifully paired string parts on ‘Gave My Heart’ layer in even more movement to catch the ear (and dancing feet). Guest vocalists and musicians are excellently matched; Floacist’s luscious breathy undertones on ‘Feeds My Mind’ balance sweetly with Omar’s distinctive vocal styles. The playful sax hook on ‘This Way, That Way’, the muted horns of ‘I Want it to Be’. Damn, it’s so varied but so, so good.
This album deserves your attention and coinage, so go buy yourself a copy from Freestyle Records now!
Another very strong Mercury nominated debut celebrating a birthday this week. It’s 5 years now since we got Django Django’s self titled opener.
The remix album ‘Hi Djinx! Django Django Remixed’ that came out with this is well worth a listen too!