02 May 2010

"The Tight Five" - Playlist: 2nd May 2010

Artist: Ota
Track: Nunui
Label: From The Crates

A delicious slice of instrumental futuristic soul music all the way from Westmere, AK, courtesy of Ota aka Jeremy Toy - guitar slinger & songwriter in the Opensouls, & highly respected production guru (Opensouls, Tyra & The Tornadoes, Hollie Smith's debut album). This wee gem (still available on 7" vinyl, yo!) is Jeremy with his Dilla hat tilted off to one side & also features appearances from bandmates Chip Matthews & Isaac Aesili. A more than worthy addition to your 45s section...

Artist: Diverse
Track: Jus Biz
From the album ONE A.M.
Label: Chocolate Industries

A highlight from a genuinely slept on album from US emcee Diverse, Jus Biz features a gorgeous, loping beat from Prefuse 73 (aka Savath & Savalas aka Scott Herren), at his lush, organic-sounding best. Diverse is a true talent: clever rhymes with excellent construction & lyrics worth listening to. One of my favourite hip hop albums, with production from Madlib, RJD2 & Jff Parker Of Tortoise!

Artist: Erykah Badu
Track: On & On (Arthur remix)
Label: Erca Mystery Projects

Red hot pirate material out of the UK, with Arthur's slo-mo soul broken beat grooves wrapped in a seriously wonky production, with just enough of a hint of dubstep for my liking. Liking? OK, so I'm feeling this track rather more than just liking it.

Nb. Arthur is rumoured to be Pariah, from the Black Acres label, & the flipside of this 12" sees Brandy's massive Angel In Disguise given a bubblicious future beatdown filter courtesy of labelmate Fantastic Mr Fox.

Artist: Starkey with Anneka
Track: Stars (Slugabed Did A Remix)
Label: Planet Mu

Philadelphia dubstep producer Starkey's graceful, tender washes of synth & heavy sub-bass are accompanied by Anneka Warburton's haunting, ethereal vocals - & then gleefully shattered into fragments on this incredible remix from so-hot-right-now UK producer Slugabed, which is absolutely rammed to the gills with wonk. Oh yes, plenty of wonk! In a good way, mind...

Artist: Dam-Funk
Track: LAtrifying
From the album TOEACHIZOWN
Label: Stones Throw

Just one of the highlights from Dam-Funk's critically acclaimed (& rightly so!) album out on Stones Throw. Awash with synths & bass, this futuristic slice of boogie feeds your cosmic soul! The album is available on 2CD - & on a eye-popping 5LP box set! Check out the post above for more info on Dam-Funk's DJ sets in Auckland & Wellington...

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