Last week we released another one of our playlists to get you through the first day of the week, it had everything from smooth jazz to the best from the electronica scene, want to know more about the artists? Here’s a few of our highlights.
We doubt Gregory Porter even needs an introduction. But here’s a quick run down, raised in California, the jazz vocalist won a Grammy for ‘Best Jazz Vocal Album’ back in 2014. Since back in 2011 he’s been on our radar, great for some Monday motivation. His fresh sounds keep us going, to put spin on things, we’ve featured the Opolopo remix from 2012. An official, lovely jazz-house remix of an already incredible track that was featured on the vinyl release limited to 500 copies. It is an intense track that’s worth a listen.
Next up is Daphni’s (aka Caribou) latest installment. It’s a mash-up of Usha Uthup’s ‘Main Gul Badan’ and Alex Israel’s ‘Colugo’ – with Daphni adding on twitter “I’m not claiming authorial input”. We were lucky to be at Farr Festival a couple weekends ago and heard this played out a good three times over the weekend – a true party starter. Back in January, Caribou put together a 1,000 strong playlist for the Spotify world to listen to – be sure to check out what he describes as the “the musical history of my life” – featuring an incredibly broad array of tracks from all decades.
A little further down we’ve featured the Scottish two-piece Apache Sun’s ‘Club Noir’. It goes without saying but it’s Tarrantino ready and definitely a band we’re keeping a close eye on. Last year we featured their track ‘The Rain That Never Came’, if you haven’t already go check it out – it’s more than good.
Skipping ahead a few tracks is JMSN with ‘Bout It’ who, if you’re anything like us, you won’t be able to stop listening to. We recommend taking in the track on its own first then give the video a go. We welcome back the VHS production with open arms and those killer dance moves; it’s 90’s R’n’B revival at its best. If only JMSN would collaborate with Spooky Black, we can only hope it’s in the pipeline. If you want a lesson from the guy himself be sure to check this out.
‘What’s A Girl To Do’ is a slow-burning dream of a track that was originally released on Irish record label D1 back in 2004. It has since been a bit of a cult track, played out in the underground scene until it was released again as a digital freebie back in 2012. The original 2004 vinyl release saw its market value break £100, but wait, Dutch label Dekmantel have just re-pressed it and hold up, pre-order sold out already. We’ll have to stick the free digital download for now.
That wraps up our five tracks that have made this playlist immense, didn’t hear it when we first released it? Have a listen here.