February 28, 2012

V4YS Ep Review - Krystal Klear & Olivier DaySoul - Never Thought You Would Go EP (Eglo Records)

Released last month, here is another splendid production from Floating Points's outstanding label Eglo Records.

Gathering Manchester-based producer Krystal Klear and american R&B singer Olivier DaySoul (notably known for his 2009 collaboaration on Hudson Mohawke LP's Butter) the EP brings us back to the 90's-kind-of-soul sounds.

Beautiful old-school synths, deep beats, vocals as soulful as you can dream of, I just love it !

Below the official video of Never Thought You Would Go :

Sorti le mois dernier, voici une jolie production de plus de la part du label  Eglo Records dirigé de main de maître par le producteur anglais Floating Points
Rassemblant le beatmaker mancunien Krystal Klear et le chanteur R&B américain  Olivier DaySoul (qui s'était fait notamment remarquer pour sa participation à l'album Butter de Hudson Mohawke en 2009) ce maxi nous ramène quelque peu dans l'univers modern soul des années 90. Mélodies de synthés rétros, beats lourds particulièrement envoûtants et vocals on ne peut plus soulful...une véritable petite perle !
Ci-dessus la vidéo officielle du morceau Never Thought You Would Go.

February 24, 2012

V4YS Ep Review - Ray Lugo - Bahia Love Ep (Jazz&Milk Records)

The name of Ray Lugo may not instantly ring a bell but if you enjoy freaky afrobeat sounds then you're necessaraly familiar with this explosive musician/producer who happens to be the founder of NY-based Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra.
Alongside Brooklyn-based Antibalas, the band is one of the cornerstone of a new Afrobeat scene that has been on fire for the last 10 years.

With an exotic musical background that owes as much to The Clash or Fela Kuti than it does to the Nuyorican latin scene, Ray Lugo is now pursuing a solo project with a first LP due out later this year on up-and-coming label Jazz&Milk from Munich, Germany.

As an appetizer he is now releasing a first EP titled Bahia Love with two coulourful housy tracks full of spicy flavas and a few remixes, notably by Brownswood's crew pillar Simbad.

Reminiscent of the cool latin/funk house sounds from Nickodemus, the EP is soulful and extremely cheerful.
Looks like this year, summer has come early in southern Germany !

Below Love Me Good, feat. Roxie Ray on vocals :

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February 17, 2012

V4YS Mixes#14 - (Still) On The House Side

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#14 (House, Minimal)
Here comes another episode of our mixes series !

Back to our House side with a selection of recent tracks I particularly feel at the moment.
From brand new releases of Beat Pharmacy, Machinedrum or Alfabet to amazing remixes of songs from Lana Del Rey or Massive Attack by Joy Orbison and Gui Boratto, this set gathers both deep and powerful house sounds.

I hope you'll enjoy it !

As usual please find below streamings, a dwnld link and the tracklisting :

Tracklisting :
Mario Basanov - Lonely Days (Plate Dub)
Alfabet - Roudabout (6'02'')
Julio Bashmore - Well Wishers (10'11'')
Beat Pharmacy - Comet (16'02'')
Marc Smith - Hindsight (19'16'')
Lana Del rey - Video Games ( Joy Orbison remix) (24'05'')
Machinedrum - DDD (28'17'')
Felix Fischer - White Dots (Christian Prommer Remix) (33'28'')
Mirko Loko vs. Stacey Pullen - Tronic Illusion (37'41'')
Maya Jane Coles - What They Say (Dyed Soundorom Remix) (42'15'')
Sons Of The Dragon - The Journey Of Qui Niu (Intrusion's Lost Dub) (45'22'')
Massive Attack - Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix) (47'22'')
Smallpeople - Black Ice (Original Mix) (51'35'')

Voici un nouvel épisode de notre série de mixs, cette fois-ci 100% House !
Ce 14ème opus rassemble de superbes nouveautés de producteurs incontournables comme Beat Pharmacy ou Machinedrum mais aussi de récentes sorties d'artistes plus confidentiels comme Alfabet, Marc Smith ou Smallpeople, sans oublier de brillants remixs de titres de Massive Attack et Lana Del Rey.
J'espère que le voyage vous plaira !

Ci-dessus streamings, dwnld link et tracklisting.

February 14, 2012

V4YS Album Review - Bonobo - Black Sands Remixed (Ninja Tune)

Beautifully blending his producer's unique downtempo universe with shades of UK bass music and hints of nu-soul, Bonobo's fourth LP Black sands received a much deserved praise in 2010 following its release on Ninja Tune.

24 months later the always prescient label revisits this reference record with a remixed version gathering some of the electronic music scene's most groundbreaking producers.
Floating Points, Machinedrum, Mark Pritchard, FaltyDL, just to name a few, offer us their interpretations of the original LP with a particular emphasis on the single Eyesdown which revealed at the time singer Andreya Triana.

Dubstep, house, broken and abstract beats, the spectrum of styles present in this remixed edition is wide and not only is a remarkable extension of Bonobo's work but also a perfect snapshot of some of the most innovating parts of the current electro world.

Below a couple of short extracts from Ninja Tune, Eyesdown by DELS and and Eyesdown remixed by Machinedrum :

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February 13, 2012

V4YS Album Review - Robert Glasper Experiment - Black Radio (Blue Note)

Don't change channel, you're on the right frequency, this is Black Radio !

Robert Glasper (piano, Rhodes), Chris Dave (drums), Derrick Hodge (bass) & Casey Benjamin (sax, vocoder) are your hosts. Get ready for a sensory trip towards a fantasy world made up of jazz, nu-soul and hip-hop.
On their station, no commercials, only great sounds through a flurry of magical encounters between some of the hottest voices of the current R&B/Nu-Soul scene and the legacy of several legendary artists, supervised by the benevolent and indispensable influence of Jay Dilla.

Robert Glasper, New Morning, 2011, photo Vincent B.
For his 4th LP (the second one with his "groove" side called Experiment) Robert Glasper yielded to all his envies, notably adding the last missing piece of his previous musical puzzles : vocals.
Having recorded, toured and written for a wide range of singers these last few years while pursuing his own career, it's now his turn to be the conductor and invite an impressive line-up of well-known voices (Erykah Badu, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Musiq Soulchild, Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def...) as well as promessing up-and-coming artists (trio King, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Stokey Williams...).

Derrick Hodge, N Morning, 2011, pic Vincent B.
The album is almost evenly split between new tracks and covers of tracks from the likes of Coltrane, Sade, Nirvana, Bowie...
If anyone who has already attended one of their mind-blowing live acts will recognize their vododer-flavored cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit, they will surely discover with excitement their version of Coltrane's Afro-Blue, Sade's classic Cherish The Day or an overlooked song from David Bowie, Letter To Hermione, turned into a splendid nu-jazz balad made for love...

Next to the brillant writing and succesful direction of the many vocalists, the band also impresses with his orchestration and musical arrangements.
Glasper's piano play is at its best, alternating sweet liquid melodies and short samples-like phrasings bringing this undefinable groove to the flow.

Chris Dave, New Morning, 2011, pic Vincent B.
But the Experiment is not only about the pianist after who it is named, we're talking about a true band where Casey Benjamin, Derrick Hodge and Chris Dave's talent, class and delicacy are a
decisive factor in the project's unique sound signature.
"Daddy" Dave's drumming, for instance, is once again mind-blowing, confirming he currently is one of the most fascinating jazz/hip-hop drummer around. Anyone doubting that assertion should for instance focus on the crazy ryhmic line on Why Do We Try where rythms & counter-rythms keep swirling around in an endless carnival.

Casey Benjamin, N Morning, 2011, pic Vincent B.

Record after record, Robert Glasper and his crew keep erasing what's left of the frontiers supposedly separating the worlds of Jazz and Nu-Soul.
Black Radio, that will be released on February 28th on Blue Note,  clearly is their most accomplised effort to date. An essential album, as should be the tour starting now and that will visit Paris next April !

Below a couple of extracts, Letter To Hermione (David Bowie cover feat. Bilal) & Cherish The Day (Sade cover feat. Lalah Hathaway).

You can also find all of our Robert Glasper & crew reviews, pictures and videos here !

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February 11, 2012

V4YS Ep Review - Saux - Rear Window Ep

Amsterdam-based producer Saux designs cool modern grooves with subtle jazz & soul influences.

Released a few days ago, his second self-produced EP titled Real Window is a mandatory remedy for anyone short warmth and smoothness during this harsh winter.

Groovy beats, fantastic synths layers and soulful lyrics on two tracks by singer Joya Mooi make up for a cheerful journey.
Last but not least the splendid vocal sample at the end of the Ep closing track, One Who Looks.

Full streaming below, Ep available on his Bandcamp Page :

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February 9, 2012

V4YS Album Review - Gregory Porter - Be Good (Motéma Music)

Back in 2010 the release of US singer Gregory Porter's first LP, Water, was at first a jaleously
kept secret by some well-informed jazz lovers.
But the record had too much in store not to quickly reach a wider audience. On top of the discovery of a remarkable voice, we could thoroughly enjoy finely tuned lyrics with a poetic and sometimes politically-conscious edge, as well as a dazzling sound oscillating between classy and afro/spiritual jazz.
All things coming to he who waits, 2011 brought a Grammy nomination and the increasing airing of the record's catchy track 1960 What? by a few good DJs, allowing for the real take-off, of a singer now even reaching out to soulful house fans thanks to the recent releases of great electro remixes.

Making hay while the sun shines, Gregory Porter is now back on Motéma Music with his sophomore album, Be Good, that sounds like a striking confirmation.

Still supported by his brillant quatuor (Chip Crawford - piano, Yosuke Sato - sax, Aaron James - bass and Emanuel Harrold - drums) the chameleon-like singer is as moving on romantic ballads (Painted On Canvas, Real Good Hands...) than he is on energetic big-band-like jazz tunes (Work Song, On My Way To Harlem) or on "bluesy" soul moments (Mother's SongThe Way You Want To Live, Good Hands...). He even dares a stunning accapella cover of Billie Holiday's standard God Bless The Child !

Following the path of a José James, Gregory Porter asserts himself as an all-round jazz/soul artist, as brillant an interpret as a witty writer. An essential production and some thrills guaranteed during his upcomong US and European tour !

Below a streaming of couple extracts, Bee Good (Lion's Song) and On My Way To Harlem :

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February 7, 2012

V4YS Concert Review - Portico Quartet - Live at Café de la Danse - 060212

Duncan Bellamy
A few days after the release of their third LP (reviewed here), british nu-jazz band Portico Quartet was visiting the Café de la Danse in Paris yesterday to present their exciting new project on stage.

Focusing on this audacious record blending shades of electronic music to their now famous nu-jazz sound, the gig also gave the band the opportunity to reread some tracks from Isla, their previous album, with the help of digital add-ons.

Milos Fitzpatrick
Next to Duncan Bellamy, now almost turned into some kind of one-man band as confortable with his regular drums than with a myriad of samplers and beatboxes, we rediscovered with joy Jack Wyllie's delicate soprano sax and the spectacular contrabass from the mischievous Milo Fitzpatrick.

The famous "Hang", a rare percussion instrument that has almost become the quartet's mascot, was of course also part of the show, now being taken care of by newcomer Kier Vine also playing keyboards.

Rythm is at the forefront of Portico's new live show. Complex, powerful, fascinating, it ripples from Duncan Bellamy's drums and machines to radiate through the rest of the band notably thanks to the recurring use of loops that are either played live by the musicians or recorded and then reworked by samplers. At times the concert therefore almost hinges on a deep techno or broken beats/dubstep set, which has the audience almost regrets to be seated...

Kier Vine & Milos Fitzpatrick

But this live act is obviously not only about rythmic accomplishements.
The poetic signature of the band is still there, hanging around quieter modern-jazz moments where the hang, the soprano sax or the contrabass take control through beautiful vaporous melodies.

Jack Wyllie

In an hour and a half the band reveals some of his many shades. The new direction embracing the digital world clearly seems to open them an infinite number of gates and we can be pretty confident that this tour will allow them to dig deeper into this groundbreaking path.

Below you'll find a couple of video extratcs from the gig. First the deep Lacker Boo, and then a quieter moment with a special live moment mixing Rubidium from the lates LP with (I believe) Lines from the second album Isla :

Milo Fitzpatrick & Duncan Bellamy

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February 5, 2012

V4YS Ep Review - Poolside Music

Considering the polar temperatures in Paris at the moment I really wish I was on the sunny american west coast, chilling to some good sounds next to a refreshing pool.
Well let's try it this way with LA-based duo Poolside Music who have consistently been spreading out amazing nudisco vibes these last few months notably through their must-follow soundcloud page.
Released in early 2011 their EP Do You Believe was a little slo-mo house jewel, their recent reworks of Sade's classic When Am I Gonne Make A Living and Neil Young's timeless Harvest Moon are simply stunning (and available for free on their page).
Go check out their so-called "daytime disco" !!!

Poolside - Harvest Moon :

Sade - When Am I Gonna Make A Living (Poolside's Tons Of Drums Edit) :

Poolside - Do You Believe :

Brrrrrr...étant donné les températures polaires en vigueur à Paris en ce moment je me verrai bien sur la côte Ouest, bercé par du bon son en bord de piscine...Essayons la formule grâce au duo de LA Poolside Music qui n'arrète pas d'essaimer les merveilles nudisco concoctées depuis leur poolhouse transformé en...studio.
Début 2011 leur maxi slo-mo house Do You Believe et ses remixes avait donné un aperçu de leur talent, leurs récents edits/reworks du classique de Sade When Am I Gonne Make A Living puis du légendaire Harvest Moon de Neil Young sont tout simplement sublimes (et disponibles gratuitement sur leur page soundcloud).
Streamings ci-dessus...à suivre de très très près cette année !

February 3, 2012

V4YS Album Review - Tropics - Nautical Clamor

Following up on one of the chillwave/abstract beats artists I enjoyed most in 2011, here comes a sweet new gift from Uk-based producer Tropics (aka Chris Ward) who is sharing a collection of previously unreleased tracks/b-sides titled Nautical Clamor through his bandcamp page .

Dreamy atmosphere, ethereal synths layers, melancholic melodies, atmospheric beats...all the ingredients from the brillant Parodia Flare, his acclaimed first LP released last year on PlanetMu Records, are there.

Among my favorite moments, Sophomore a very deep "housy" cut where enchanting vocal samples bring an elusive blissful feeling and a remix of Parodia Flare's track Mouve whose delicately discontructed beats and acoustic guitars samples make up for a delightfully nostalgic moment.

Find below a full streaming of the album :

Le producteur britannique Tropics (aka Chris Ward) m'a enchanté en 2011 avec son premier album chillwave/downtempo Parodia Flare sorti sur l'excellent label Planet Mu. 
Il revient en ce début d'année avec un nouveau joli cadeau puisqu'il vient de mettre à disposition via sa page bandcamp une sélection de 10 titres inédits écrits pour la plupart avant la sortie de Parodia Flare
Intitulé Nautical Clamor cet album auto-produit contient la plupart des reçettes auxquelles le jeune homme nous a habitué à savoir une ambiance mélancolique, des nappes envoûtantes, une kyrielle de samples langoureux et des beats aussi imprévisibles que planants.
Parmi mes morceaux préférés Sophomore, titre quasi deep-house ou les montées de samples vocaux sont réellement jouissifs et le remix d'un titre présent sur Parodia Flare, Mouve, dont les beats et claps décalés associés aux jolies samples de guitares acoustiques dégagent un sentiment évasif de douce nostalgie.
Ci-dessus streaming de l'intégralité du disque.

February 2, 2012

V4YS Ep Review - Machinedrum - SXLND Ep (LuckyMe)

One of the most unpredictable electronic music producers around, Travis Stewart feels as good working on a dubstep track than he does producing downtempo, house or more abstract beats.

One thing is certain though, whatever the style, his releases have consistently been of the highest quality whether under his Machinedrum project (with the Room(s)  LP recently part of our 2011 Favorites Records list) or his Sepalcure duo.

His new EP as Machinedrum, titled SXLND and out on LuckyMe is another great electronic music kaleidoscop ranging from dubstep sounds (SXLND, Van Vogue) to deep tech vibes (No Respect) or underground house (DDD). 

Below streamings of the tracks DDD and No Respect :

Il est certainement l'un des producteurs electro les plus imprévisibles du moment. Aussi à l'aise lorsqu'il s'agit de produire un dubstep novateur que dans des univers plus house voir downtempo et abstract beats, Travis Stewart n'aime pas les cases. Et il a bien raison tant ses productions sont systématiquement de grande qualité que ce soit sous sa casquette Machinedrum (dont l'album Room(s) fait partie de notre sélection 2011) que sous celle du duo Sepalcure.
Son nouveau maxi en tant que Machinedrum s'intitule SXLND et vient de sortir sur le label LuckyMe. Véritable kaléidoscope sonore il nous propose deux perles dubstep (SXLNDVan Vogue), un titre envoûtant que je qualifierais de deep techno (No Respect) et une petite bombe d'underground house (DDD). 
Ci-dessus deux extraits en streaming, DDD and No Respect.

February 1, 2012

V4YS Ep Review - Mecca:83 - D A Y B R E A K (Solar Sounds Music)

Manchester-based producer Mecca:83 has a real talent for designing underground instrumental hip-hop with a soulful edge.

His Life Sketches EP's, released last year on his own label Solar Sounds, are remarkable bridges between "Jay-Dillesque" jazzy beats and futuristic sounds reminiscent of the current Californian abstract beats scene (think Flying-Lotus and all).
His other project, Rise, and its associated 2011 LP Messages on Futuristica Music, is a beautiful soothing trip blending shades of spiritual jazz with deep handcrafted beats.

Mecca:83 is now back on Solar Sounds Music with D A Y B R E A K, a new EP he wrote during a 24h-long beatmaking session with his inseparable friends : his laptop, his Akai MPC and a bunch of great old-school records, source of the multiple samples he keeps digging out.
A perfect summary of his artistic approach, this new EP blends groovy rythmic frames with warm sound textures where you'll enjoy wrapping and losing yourself, surrended by a myriad of beautiful keyboards/piano melodies and funky instrumental and vocal samples.

Check it out by yourself with the streaming below taken from his label's bancamp page where you'll also find his previous productions.

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