One of those old soul boys who are still doing it, Lee Fields, kicked off the show this week with a track from this new album out on Truth and Soul which paved the way nicely for some woefully short, yet super souful, beats from the one and only Madlib. Lone then also pitched in at a hip hop tempo, something he is more than familiar with, with a cut from his new, pleasingly ecletic, album – Reality Testing on R&S. Bandcamp was the discovery platform for the next two tracks, firstly the smooth, soulful beats of Ju-Ar and then the Brazilian flavoured, «Onda» from Talib Kweli’s new label signing, Niko Is.
Some jazz was then the order of the day with a track from the ever reliable Matthew Halsall and his Gondwana Orchestra and their beautiful, heartfelt tribute track to spiritual jazz legend, Alice Coltrane, you can hear they meant it. Now Dakota Suite are about to drop a new album on Karaoke Kalk in a couple of weeks and we picked out «Commiting To Uncertainty» to showcase the album joys, though the rest of the tracks are more downtempo and vocal, but we promise you it is another winner from the boys – seek and buy! Alphabets Heaven then changed the vibe with the deep cinematic spacescape of «Astral Trails» before Matthewdavid got all hip pop and Bob Moses dropped, what deserves to be one of biggest tunes in the Balearic scene this year, «I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry»
We couldn’t resist dropping another track from the excellent Fhloston Paradigm album which has been on repeat around the office now for several weeks before we unleashed some brand new Floating Points material with the excellent, slow grooving, «King Bromeliad«. Shanghai Den then changed the vibe with the dark, bass heavy, delights of «The Sun» before another Bandcamp discover, Magical Mistakes, ended the show in fine, if slightly moody, techno style.
Lee Fields – Just Cant Win (Truth and Soul)
Madlib – Cue 6 (Stones Throw)
Lone – 2 is 8 (R&S)
Ju-Ar – Searchin (Self Released)
Niko Is – Onda (Self Released)
Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – Tribute To Alice Coltrane (Gondwana)
Dakota Suite – Commiting To Uncertainty (Karaoke Kalk promo)
Alphabets Heaven – Astral Trails (King Deluxe promo)
Matthewdavid – Artforms (Brainfeeder promo)
Bob Moses – I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry (Domino)
Floston Paradigm – Never Defeated feat Rachel Claudio (Hyperdub)
Floating Points – King Bromeliad (Eglo Records)
Shanghai Den – The Sun (R&S promo)
Magical Mistakes – Single Cells (Self Released)
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