JD. Reid x Novelist – Ready

Best #NewMusic of 2017 from London, England

We round up what has been a super-strong year of music in 2017 with a track from two artists blazing a trail into 2018 and representing an original sound from a city whose musical output we have serious love for.

JD. Reid has been knocking out some tough productions for a good while now. The blend of Dru Hill’s emotive R&B vocal coupled with Reid’s tight, snappy style on his remix of ‘Tell Me’ is a balance that he is able to strike consistently and effortlessly.

For someone who is only just about to turn 21, Novelist‘s lyrical maturity and surety of his own style is spellbinding. Given that XL were hot to release some of his work and the fact that they appear to have Nostradamus like ability to foresee the future of music, we think it’s pretty clear the direction this MC is heading.

For us JD. Reid x Novelist ‘Ready’ is unquestionably our #Bestof2017, and there have been a number of strong contenders. We’ll be running down our favourites from some of the exciting up and coming artists we encountered for the first time in 2017 tomorrow when we make our return to the world of radio on our new Mixcloud show. Follow our channel at mixcloud.com/dashnverve to be the first to find out who made the list.

As the year closes out, do what Novelist says – “…take time and think…”. Once you have, you’ll be “ready” to tackle 2018. We certainly are.

Radio Days – DV#28 [The Final Stand]

#Radio The last outing on the radio had mixes from Brackles, Fitz, DJ Hoodwink, Jon Rust, Murray Gray and Lau. Fine times on DV#28 [The Final Stand]

They say that all good things come to an end. It is true of 2017, and so it was true of the Dash ‘n’ Verve radio show. On 11 June 2006 we dropped the fader for the last time, but not without welcoming back our favourite guest DJs from the past two years for some special send off mixes. We had Brackles, Fitz, DJ Hoodwink, Jon Rust, Murray Gray and Lau offer up their finest selections.

It was a good time for us and hopefully you’ve enjoyed winding back the clock and digging into our musical minds of yesteryear. A special thank you to everyone that featured on the show back in the day. We had a blast.

Tomorrow the new year starts and we’ll be there once again to bring you the finest selection of new music, plus a few throwbacks to the past. Happy New Year all.


Soulphiction / Intro

J Dilla / Lightworks
Madvillain feat. M.E.D. / Raid
Dirty Diggers / For the Haters
MF Doom / Hoe Cakes
Common feat. The Last Poets / The Corner
Virus Syndicate / Major List MCs
Kode 9 & Space Ape / Backward
Digital Mystikz / Haunted

J Dilla / The $
Madvillain / Accordian (Instrumental)

Jehst & Yungun / Slumber
Braintax / Riveira Hustle
Quasimoto / Greenery
Foreign Beggars / Where Did the Sun Go

He never told us. Grrr

Fat Freddy’s Drop / Cay’s Cray

Neither did he! Double Grrr

Plantlife / We Can Get High

Bugz in the Attic / Booty La La
4hero / The Scorcher
2 Bad Mice / Hold It Down
PFM / The Western
Photek / Complex

Tom Vek / Music Television

Gonzalo Rubalcaba / Paseo Morado *
Soil + Pimp Sessions / Fuller Love
Jazztronik / Arabesque *
United Future Organization / Tres Amigos
Harvey Lindo / Tomorrow’s World *

* No sign of these online

Night Owl Collective

#NewMusic from Austin, USA

When you read an intro that says “collective / record label / family, focused on sharing beautiful music and art, and spreading good vibes, full of passionate artists from all across the world”, you already get that warm, fuzzy feeling. When that is followed up by a sonic adventure like the one we went on when we first encountered Night Owl Collective, all seems right on planet earth.

Diversa ‘Epsilon Lobby’ was the first stop on our journey. Starting off at half time before transforming into an ambient, pulsing drum and bass cracker. This one would sit beautifully in the middle of DJ Marky set on a Brazilian beach at New Years. Still time to put it in the bag people, plus it’s available to download for free.

If you like things a little broken beat with a weighty bottom then how about Primate ‘Integrate’. Some very slick drum work on this track.

There’s a whole suite of remixes of Synergy Sound’s track ‘Heavy Elements on show. Our pick of the bunch was the futuristic end of the night dance floor take courtesy of raibenZen. Flecks of Daft Punk with the bass and some well positioned guitar licks to boot.

Headed up by Jonny Ha$h, we’ll definitely be checking in with this Austin, Texas based collective in 2018 to see what more they’ve got to offer.

Claire Reneé – Why You Watchin Me

#NewMusic from Los Angeles, USA x London, England

Playful and distant latin jazz flutes, guitars and beats bring you into yet another soulful and sure vocal performance by one of our favourite discoveries of 2017, Claire Reneé on ‘Why You Watchin Me’.

Dynamically we didn’t feel as much development as we’d have liked on the journey through the track. That said we’ll definitely be looking out for more link ups between UK producer K, Le Maestro and Reneé in the New Year.

Also heard on Claire Reneé Yes Your Are

FKA Twigs – EP1

#Flashback 5 years since we first got our ears round this one

We got our first insight into the mind of FKA Twigs with the release of ‘EP1’ five years ago this month.

Four tracks (‘Weak Spot’‘Ache’‘Breathe’ and ‘Hide’) self written and released by FKA Twigs herself.