November 28, 2011

V4YS Album Review - Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden Treasures

Lioness: Hidden Treasures is the heavily awaited posthumous LP from Amy Winehouse to be released next week on the legendary label Island Records.
Producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi have been going through hours of studio material to finally pick 12 tracks under the supervision of the regretted singer's family.
If we already knew the splendid cover of jazz classic Body And Soul in duo with Tony Bennett which actually is the last "official" recording by Amy, the rest of the album is filled with new material.
We'll find covers of bossa classic The Girl From Ipanema and 70's songwriter Leon Russel's ballad A Song For You as well as several demo versions of new songs.

Judging by the outstanding extracts made available these last few days by the label, this record looks particularly promising! Check it out by yourself with the streamings below.
First Our Day Will Come, a beautiful reggae/soul song reminiscent of Jamaican reggae queens from the late 60s/early70s, then Like Smoke where rapper Nas adds some great tribute lyrics on top of a classic Amy Winehouse-style soul song.

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November 25, 2011

V4YS Ep Review - Floating Points - Windows Ep (Eglo Records)

Delivering gem after gem since his remarkable debut Ep Love Me Like This released two years ago, Sam Sheperd aka. Floating Points is back with a new treat on his own label Eglo Records.
With Windows, a double Ep of classy Deep House with hints of delicate broken beats, he demonstrates once again his unique talent for setting up warm and soulful atmospheres notably through his splendid synth layers. Add to that a few subtle vocals samples from singer Fatima with whom he collaborates on his other project, Floating Points Ensemble, and you get one of my favorite house Ep of 2011.

Below the track Myrtle Avenue and a video of the track Sais :

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November 22, 2011

V4YS Album Review - Stuart McCallum (Cinematic Orchestra) - Distilled (Naim Label)

Stuart McCallum. The name may not sound familiar, but if you love Cinematic Orchestra then you know this musician.
One of the leading figure of the Manchester-based band since 2004, he is the main reason behind the sublime guitar & strings sounds on the (now) reference album Ma Fleur and the unforgettable Live at The Royal Albert Hall recorded afterwards. Working simultaneously on several projects next to Cinematic, he just released his third solo album, Distilled, on Naim Label.
Melancholic mood on the borders of nu-jazz, ambient and downtempo, poetic melodies driven by electric and acoustic guitars, warm and ethereal sound waves, you'll find all of this in Distilled. Genuine "album" whose atmosphere is best felt when listened to in one go, it will undoubtedly delight most fans of the Orchestra who may nevertheless express one little regret : the lack of vocals. When one thinks of Cinematic Orhectra's regular muses such as Heidi Vogel or Fontella Bass, one cannot help but wonder how even more grandiose this LP could have been! Anyway, even without this icing, the Distilled cake is one of my favorite nu-jazz record this year.

Below an extract, Dr. Doctor, and a video presenting the record :

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November 17, 2011

V4YS Album Review - Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura - The Search Continues (Brownswood Recordings)

Cuban artistic patronage project Havana Cultura is back in the spotlights with the release of a second double-LP titled “Havana Cultura : The Search Continues”.

Still supervised by Gilles Peterson and legendary pianist Roberto Fonseca with some extra help from UK music DJs/producers Simbad and Mala, this new LP is once again split in two parts.

The first disc sees the Havana Cultura band and a host of vocals guests from the up-and-coming cuban scene (like hip-hop singer Danay and rap duo Ogguere) deliver another innovative series of afro-cuban tracks joining the dots between classic rythms from the island (rumba, cha-cha, "son", latin-jazz) and contemporary sounds (soul, hip-hop).
Featuring great latin covers of western soul classics (like the amazing version of Eddie Kendricks "My People...Hold On" reinvented by Danay under the title "Espera...Mi Gente" ) but also original compositions, this disc benefits first and foremost from the absolutely bewitching piano sound from Roberto Fonseca. An absolute thrill!

The second disc is a compilation of tracks from young cuban artists mostly coming from La Havana's rap, hip-hop & reggaeton scenes. More experimental and slightly less accessible, the selection nevertheless contains a few hidden gems like Danay's splendid song "Yo Aprendi".

The band and some of his guest singers are currently touring in Europe (they'll be in Paris on November 21st for instance). Having enjoyed their first tour two years ago, I strongly recommend you to go discover them live!

Below a nice video presenting the record and a streaming of "Yo Aprendi" from Danay :

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November 14, 2011

V4YS Album Review - Chris Joss - No Play No Work (Esl Music)

Chris Joss is not a one-man band., he can't play several instruments at once. But he does better than that, he plays almost any instrument and he does it the funky way!
For the last 10 years this overlooked french multi-instrumentalist has been leaking great underground funky vibes on the independent label Esl Music.
If Monomaniacs Vol.1, released in 2010, was a 100% tribute to the 70's classic "dusty funk" sound, his latest Lp titled No Play No Work, has a more hybrid DNA.
True, super-funky basslines or keyboards still rule, but this time around other musical influences also abound like the afrobeat rythms that give a "world-groove" flava to  several tracks.
So get ready to jump from a Herbie Hancock-like funk (Come On It's Time To Get Up) to a Fela-inspired jam (Spectators). The whole set may seem at bit rambling at times, but what a treat to receive this flood of groovy breaks!

Below a coupe of extracts, Come On It's Time To Get Up & Spectators :

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November 10, 2011

V4YS Album Review - Long Arm - Organic (Project: Mooncircle records)

Organic is the second release of Russian producer Long Arm for Berlin-based label Project: Mooncircle.
Since its creation in 2002 this excellent label has regularly been putting out ground-breaking music joining the dots between electronic sounds and jazz/soul/funk scenes. Having some kind of futuristic abstract beats colliding with a more classical jazzy trip-hop sound, this mini-album (or "extended Ep" as it carries 4 titles and as many remixes) perfectly fits to the label approach.
If I had to use an easy analogy, I would talk of a meeting between Bonobo with Flying Lotus's cosmic world. The add-on of  great vocals from a host of special guests (Graciela Maria, Tivanie...) gives the ensemble a sweet soulful tone allowing it to distinguish itself from your regular downtempo productions that sometimes lacks some sensitive"human touch".

Check it out by yourself with the extracts below, When We Fall and its remix by Krts :

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November 5, 2011

Vibes4YourSoul Selection#16 - Feel The Love (soul/rare grooves)

This 16th episode of our podcasts series is a 12-track selection bringing us back mostly in the 70's for a cocktail full of warm voices & soulful vibes.

Gathering overlooked rare grooves (from the likes of Little Beaver, Brides Of Funkestein, Carrie Cleveland and more)  as well as a couple of outstanding covers of legendary songs (like young Michael's incredible version of Ain't No Sunshine) I hope you too will feel the love in it!

Please find below the tracklisting & streaming as well as a podcast-format download link.

Tracklisting :
Leon Haywood - I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You
Little Beaver - Concrete Jungle (5'49'')
Weldon Irvine - I Love You (10'47'')
Vicki Anderson & Bobby Bird - You're Welcome, Stop On By (13'47'')
Carrie Cleveland - Make Love To Me (17'20'')
Michael Jackson - Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers cover) (20'29'')
Stevie Wonder - Light My Fire (The Doors Cover) (24'33'')
Brides Of Funkestein - Love Is Something (28'05'')
Sylvers - Fool's Paradise (34'27'')
Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do For Love (36'47'')
Barry White - Playing Your Game, Baby (41'27'')
Donny Hathaway - Little Ghetto Boy (live) (48'20'')

As usual please find links to all of our musical selections as well as electro/nudisco mixes HERE.


Ce 16ème épisode de notre série de podcasts consacrés à différents thèmes musicaux nous ramène principalement dans les années 70, avec une sélection rare grooves faisant la part belle aux voix soulful.
Il rassemble quelques perles de groupes ou chanteurs quelque peu oubliés (Little BeaverBrides Of FunkesteinCarrie Cleveland ...) mais aussi deux superbes covers méconnues de titres légendaires (Ain't No Sunshine, Light My Fire). J'espère que vous aussi sentirez "the love" émanant de ces morceaux!
Ci-dessus streaming, tracklisting et download link.

Comme toujours, retrouvez les liens vers toute nos sélections musicales et mixs electro/nudisco HERE.