So it’s mostly about the beats this week followed by some house mutations but kicking off with Four Tet‘s radical reinterpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Castles Made Of Sand” which led nicely to a little Eat Concrete Records love fest. Now we’ve liked Eat Concrete for quite a while and it is one of those labels that we always look forward to the promos because you know they hold down the quality and push at the boundaries. So it was a nice surprise this week when they offered their excellently entitled new compilation, Benefit For The Psycho In-Active for free download. Now normally free download albums ring alarm bells but we ended up with half a dozen tracks for potential radio play and liked the rest as well! We couldn’t make up our mind which to play, so thought we’d drop a few of them. As well as their established artists like Spinachprince we were more than happy to see some new names like Lasse Passage, Ichiro, Blipvert and Knalpot which bodes well for the label. So we urge you to run over to their website for the download and like them on their Facebook page for up to date news.
Now the Eat Concrete crew were a hard act to follow but Medline did a good job with a taster from his new mixtape (literally one of those old analogue things) due very shortly on his own label Sunsonsound, make sure you get on it. Now discovery of the week, as much as we like to look forward, has to be Hailu Mergia one of the old time Ethiopian dudes who has been on Deezer repeat for our late night chilling needs this week, it’s just full of soul – no voice needed. Now the Nightmares on Wax album sounds like it’s come out of a timewarp and not in a good way but we have been quite taken by the “So Here We Are” track, we hope you are too. Germany’s Betty Ford Boys then got the hip hop flavour rolling and paved the way nicely for some golden age vibes from Sunny Daze and Grand Puba before young French Talent Zerolex flew the flag for the new school, look out for his debut on Eklektic sometime soon.
Daedelus then upped the tempo with one of the simpler, yet no less effective, tracks from his new album on Anticon which led nicely into some quality soundtrack house vibes from up and coming North Lakes which paved the way for the latest release in the excellent Compost Disco series from Evol Ai with “Dar K Disco“. Downliners Sekt then waded in with some vaguely house like eroded sonic mutations which paved the way nicely for the pleaseantly named Shit and Shine with their wonderful “Blowhannon”
Four Tet – Castles Made Of Sand (Freeload)
Lasse Passage – Skate Tape (Eat Concrete)
Spinachprince – Degradations (Eat Concrete)
Ichiro – HT (Eat Concrete)
Medline – Gravity 0 (Sunsonsound promo)
Hailu Mergia – Wegene (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Nightmares on Wax – So Here We Are (Warp)
Betty Ford Boys – Sippin’ (MPM)
Sunny Daze ft. Grand Puba – I Like It (Good For You promo)
Zerolex – Floating Moments (Eklektic promo)
Daedelus – Paradiddle (Anticon)
North Lakes – Marlborol Noir (Phonica promo)
Evol Ai – Dar K Disco (Compost Disco promo)
Downliners Sekt – Balt Shakt, Side A (Infine promo)
Shit and Shine – Blowhannon (Diagonal)
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