January 28, 2010

Ep/Album Review - Four Tet - There Is Love In You

Four Tet (alias Kieran Hebden) just released is fifth album, called "There Is Love In You" on Domino records.

Following the release of the excellent "Love Cry" Ep late last year followed by an almost even better "Love Cry Remixes" Ep (with a great version from Joy Orbison) I was wondering how the full album would sound like.
It is in fact quite different from the groovy, dark and hypnotic Ep.
We're talking of a really diverse electronic record, remembering me of the amazing work from Bibio for instance (cf his "Ambivalence Avenue" album that we commented on our 2009 review) .
This album is a bit more dance-oriented than Bibio's one but carries the same dose of creative sounds and quality of production setting the stage for a stimulating musical journey.

Here is a deezer streaming of my second favorite track from the album, "Angel Echoes" alongside the already famous "Love Cry".
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January 22, 2010

Ep/Album Review - Jose James - Blackmagic

Here is a record I couldn't wait to discover.
Why is that? well in only a couple of years Jose James has easily entered my circle of favorite artists with an already almost legendary first record "The Dreamer" (Brownswood, 2008), a brilliant jazz project around Alice and John Coltrane work (see more info here on our 2009 year review) and great live performances.
The man has an incredible smooth and deep preacher-like voice and has so far always made great artistic choices to get a musical support as good as his vocal talent demands.
Hence my high expectations for his second album, still on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label.
Looking at the artists that contributed to this production (Hip-hop producers Flying Lotus and Dj Mitsu The Beats, legendary deep-house producer Moodyman among others) I knew that this record would probably sound less jazzy than "The Dreamer" and would probably be more nu-soul/beats oriented.
In fact half of the tracks is reminiscent of The Dreamer, great groovy modern jazz with piano drums and bass supporting his fantastic lyrics flow. "Save Your Love For Me" and "Beauty" being two new jewels in that genre in my humble opinion.
The other half is, as expected, more "beats" oriented. I remember chatting with him following a concert last year and him telling me that D'Angelo is one of the singer that most influenced him. I actually thought about it while listening to the beats-like tracks of Blackmagic. For instance the album intro track "Code", produced by Flying Lotus, is a fantastic deep nu-soul track (video below) that clearly reminds me of some early D'Angelo stuff.

This record is clearly a success, Jose James widens its musical scope while still building on its solid jazz background. Still I would not put it on the same level as "The Dreamer" as Blackmagic alternates between incredible tracks and a few less memorable ones.

Now I'm really looking forward to see this album performed live. All his tour dates on his site.
Let's also note that Jose has signed on the legendary Verve label and should be releasing mid-2010 a jazz album with belgian pianist Jef Neve with whom he did this great Coltrane revisited project.

January 21, 2010

Gil Scott-heron - Documentary

A few days before the release of the long awaited new album from one of my true musical hero, Gil Scott-heron, I thought you may enjoy this really interesting Bbc documentary about his career and influences that I found the other day while surfing on Youtube.
It is split in 6 parts, the first is here, the other have links below. Thanks to Benanddonner1 for having put this online.


January 19, 2010

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#4 - On The House Side

Fancy mid-tempo groovy house? well that's what's on the menu of our mixes serie's 4th episode, "On The House" .

Rather recent tracks from talented producers such as Floating Points, The Revenge, Booka Shade, Popular People's Front or Motor City Drum Ensemble but also a couple of timeless classics from Moodyman and The Clash that still feel sooooo good!


streaming below :

Tracklisting :
The Revenge - Get Up On It
Floating Points - Vacuum Boogie
Tony Lionni - This Feeling
Spirit Catcher - Motown Spring
Booka Shade - In White Rooms (Neo Mix)
The Popular's People Front - My Baby Stays Out All Night
Four Tet - Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix)
Simioni And Flip - Exterminate
Karizma - Tech This Out (Pt.2)
Motor City Drum Ensemble - Raw Cuts#3
Moodyman - I Can't Kick This Feeling When It Hurts
Freedie Ross - First True Love Affair (Eddie Tour Edit)
The Clash - Magnificent Dance

January 8, 2010

Ep/Album Review - Jay Electronica - Exhibit C Ep

Here is an amazing Ep from Jay Electronica (produced by Just Blaze) that was released at the end of December 09, missed it at that time which is a shame as it would have appeared on my 2009 favorites records review for sure!

Exactly the type of hip-hop I love with (as usual) a great flow by Jay Electronica and an amazing soulful beat supporting it.
I've been listening to it for the last few days and I keep asking myself : can Hip-hop really get much better than that?

(Most of the lyrics transcribed on this SITE)

January 4, 2010

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#3 - Dubby

Hi everyone,

third opus of our mixes serie, "Dubby" oscillates between mid-tempo groovy ragga/dub tracks and very deep electronic dub sounds.
Pump up the bass volume of your speakers and enjoy these groovy riddims!

Streaming below (downld link here) :

Tracklisting :
Harvey K Tel - Boops Apocalypse
Horace Andy - Skylarking (The Revenge Caribbean Sunrise Rework)
Boozoo Bajou - Sign (Dublex Inc. Slower Remix)
Floating Points - Love Me Like This (Nonsense Dub)
Beat Pharmacy - Rooftops Feat. Coppa
Zomby - Tarantula
Sis - Voices Of Istanbul
Substance And Vainqueur - Reverberate
Rhythm & Sound With Tikiman - Never Tell You
Deepchord Presents Echospace - Elysian
Tikiman - Ruff (Afefe Iku Edit)
Broken Social Scene - Alive In 85