Roni Size / Reprazent – New Forms

#Flashback It is 20 years to the day that the Mercury Prize winning album from 1997 was released. Roni Size / Reprazent’s timeless debut ‘New Forms’ changed music for us in a big way

It is 20 years to the day that the Mercury Prize winning album from 1997 was released. Roni Size / Reprazent’s timeless debut ‘New Forms’ changed music for us in a big way.

Roni Size brought the Bristol drum ‘n’ bass sound to a much wider audience’s attention with the fusion of electronic and live parts in a truly unique way. The recent reinvention and live performances have brought this sound to a whole new audience once again.

Originally released on Gilles Peterson’s trailblazing Talkin’ Loud imprint, not many albums can claim to have been as influential to us in our lifetimes.

Worldwide Festival, Sète '15

DV is making its annual pilgrimage to the delightful Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France (Gard [30] département to be precise) where the weather, wine and historic towns with their Roman artefacts offers much to get excited about. This year however will be a little different, we’re heading to Worldwide Festival, Sète ’15, the excellently curated festival creation of Gilles Peterson. Back this year for its tenth edition in the French coastal town of Sète, Worldwide Festival has all the ingredients for a perfect international music fuelled escape. On y va!

So what are the elements that make this the (in our humble opinion) the festival destination of the summer.

Host

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Nothing short of an industry legend, Gilles Peterson has built his Worldwide music brand through an exquisite ear for eclectic audible treats, a radio platform that sends musical nuggets to the masses, an award ceremony that hails the champions of these sounds and a festival that showcases them live.

Need we say anything more about the promise that Peterson’s helmsmanship of the Worldwide Festival boat brings. Let’s see what’s in store…

Acts

With sets being delivered by acts from places as far flung from France as Almaty – Kazakhstan (Rustam Ospanov), Hyōgo Prefecture – Japan (Daisuke Tanabe) and Havana – Cuba (Daymé Arocena) the line up absolutely lives up to the festival’s name.

Sadly, we’re only around for the second part of the festival so we’ll be missing out on the likes of Roy Ayers, Lil Simz, James Blake and The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band.

But there’s much to look forward to, like; Floating Points, Leon Vynehall, Seven Davis Jr and Osunlade.

Setting

Playing across five stages around Sète (1. Beach Stage, 2. Théâtre de la Mer, 3. St. Christ, 4. Crac, 5. Criée), you get amazing seaside vistas, glorious sunshine, wine from one of the finest regions in France and all soundtracked by Peterson’s sublime mixtape selection.

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As a great lady once said, bliss!

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.

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?