psyconautsessentialmix96

Thankfully the days are slowly getting longer, so I thought I’d kick start your week with this epic multi genre mix. This is up there with Coldcut’s 74 Minutes of Madness and one of the finest essential mixes ever. Big ups to the Pipomixes for posting this and of course The Psyconauts . Fresh from ’96!!

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ericlaujazzysportbtsmix

Andrew Meza’s BTS radio show is back on the air and Eric Lau took control by laying down a special guest mix that coincides with his tour of Japan and South Korea. Make sure you get your pre-order on for his latest instrumental offering Quadrivium that drops 2mrw on Killawatt.

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Suff Daddy – Gnac

February 23, 2011

I must confess, I thought Gnac was a bit dull when I heard the clip on Loop23 a few months back. Then the splendid little video surfaced online and I put my pre-order on directly afterwards. Hut ab as they would say here to the photographer/director Robert Winter for capturing Suff’s venture to find some good Cognac. My big question to Suff Daddy, why didn’t you go to France huh?…. This beat grows on you!!

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Lewis Parker – The Puzzle

February 16, 2011

The UK underground hip hop legend Lewis Parker is back with his latest offering, The Puzzle: Episode 1 ‘The Big Game”. The sheer strength of his productions is the reason why I picked this up and there is no let down with some great beats put together from library samples. Lyrically he delivers but I don’t rate him as a rapper. This LP  is out on Dusty Vinyl  / KingUnderground label’s & is limited to 300 copies.

Long Arm – The Branches

February 15, 2011

LongArmSampler

There is no info to be found on Long Arm except he is a young chap from Russia. I only stumbled over him whilst peeping the Project Mooncircle site and was instantly hooked. The album is completely out there because its moody, deep, beat heavy, full of jazz samples diced up on the mpc and it switches up enough to take you on a beautiful listening adventure. Dope artwork and I am sure a limited pressing……… Do not miss this.

I have always liked this tune since I 1st heard it on Kon & Amir’ On Track cassette about 10 or so years ago.  Last week I finally got round to picking up a copy on discogs. Nuttin’ but sweet philly soul from the highly underated diva Jean Carne,  recorded in 1978. Lyrics for life!!

The highly acclaimed underground producer Floating Points seemed to have everyone except myself raving about him in the past couple of years. Evolving like Will Quantic, he now has setup an ensemble consisting of 12 players and I can happily say he has released something really splendind on the legendary Ninja Tune imprint. Lush orchestral Jazz………..

This 10″ dropped later last year and I must admin wasn’t overly into it upon the 1st listen. Then suddenly a few ago on one of them grey winters days, I decided to give it another listen and completely feel in love with it. James Blake’s cover of Feist’s Limit To You Love would probably be more appealing without the wobbly bassline, but somehow it works as it is unsettling & packed with emotion. Apparently he has an album ready to drop in a few weeks, so I will keep my ears out, but I ain’t gonna get my hopes up. Producer and singer at the tender age of 22……. this one is beautiful, futuristic, minimal, London soul!!!

RF – S/T

February 3, 2011

Japanese jazz outfit RF have recently dropped their debut self-titled album. It consists of their own acoustic & organic takes on some stuff sampled in hip hop. If you were into The Visioneers, DJ Cam Quartet or The Liquid Crystal Project’s stuff then this is definitely for you. The standout tracks on it are Who Needs Forever, Love Theme From Spartacus & Walk On The Wild Side. The only downside is that it’s only 38 minutes in length and it isn’t widely available being a Japanese import. Good music!!