July 28, 2012

Vibes4YourSoul Selection#19 - Sunny Dub Style


Before heading up on holidays here is a summer selection of sunny grooves !
Blending shades of dub, reggae and beats with a "folky" edge this Sunny Dub Style selection gathers both recent and old-school tracks that I love playing at the moment.

I hope you'll enjoy it at the beach or wherever you feel it !

 Tracklisting and streaming below, mixed podcast dwnld link here !

Tracklisting :
fLako - Shake It Harder
Chaka Demus & Pliers - Bam Bam
Lord Echo - Wang East
The Black Seeds - Cool Me Down
Sly&Robbie - Communication Breakdown
Likke Ly - Everybody But Me (Diskjokke Remix)
Tony Joe White - Your Love Was Meant For Me (Psychemagik Love-Dub Edit)
Bruce Springsteen - Bad Desire (The Dead Rose Company Mix)
1000names - Born With Promise
Analog Player Society - Let The Music Play (Version)
Jamiroquai - Drifting Along (Jesus Kompleks Edit)
Queen Africa - Montego Bay
I Wayne - Can't Satisfy Her
D-Roy Band - Trenchtown Skank

July 25, 2012

V4YS EP Review - Resonators - B.A.S.I.C. (Wah Wah 45s Records)

Always busy delivering great underground vibes from futuristic jazz to world grooves, Wah Wah 45s label is releasing a new EP for UK Reggae/Dub combo Resonators in anticipation of their first LP that will be available next autumn.

B.A.S.I.C. EP is trufhtful to the style of  their previous brillant productions, namely the combination of a bewitching dub rythmic frame and soulful vocal performance (this time by the band lead female singer Kassia Zermon whose energy somehow reminds me of early Neneh Cherry).

The single comes with a few remixes, notably the powerful jungle version of Wrongtom.

Streaming below, I also strongly recommend you to check out their previous EPs.

B.A.S.I.C. :

Earlier productions :
Dernière production en date de l'excellent label indépendant londonien Wah Wah 45s, voici le nouveau maxi d'un des groupes Reggae/Dub britannique les plus prometteurs du moment. 
Les Resonators sont un combo d'une dizaine de membres dont le style marrie une rythmique Dub chaleureuse et envoûtante à une touche soul amenée par leurs deux chanteuses. Ce nouveau titre particulièrement symbolique de leur son est un avant-goût de leur premier album qui sortira à l'automne prochain. Il est accompagné de plusieurs remixes dont une explosive version jungle du pensionnaire du label Ninja Tune Wrongtom.
Streaming video du single ci-dessus ainsi qu'un florilège de leurs précédents maxis via leur page Bandcamp.

July 24, 2012

V4YS EP Review - Julio Bashmore - Au Seve EP (Broadwalk Records)

After a phenomenal 2011 year which saw him accumulating faultless releases, Julio Bashmore is finally taking some time of the decks to offer us another hint of his producing talent while also inaugurating his own label Broadwalk Records.

Starting with Au Seve, a splendid dancefloor cut lost between 90's Chicago sound and current London bass music atmosphere, the EP goes on with Troglodytes, a beautiful deep house track with a strong soulful flava.
And then comes the UFO of the record, a 12-mn-long ride through shades of 80's soul and new-jack blended with futuristic grooves. An absolute delight...and an essential record from one of the most creative house producer of our time!

Streaming below, Au Seve, Troglodytes (with a dwln link from his Soundcloud page) and the mind-blowing "Track 3" here !

Après une année 2011 incroyable qui l'a vu enchainer les maxis impeccables et s'imposer comme l'un des producteurs House les plus créatifs de sa génération, Julio Bashmore s'est fait attendre cette année, trop occupé qu'il est à jouer aux quatre coins du monde. Il a enfin pris le temps de se poser et nous offre avec ce Au Seve EP une production une nouvelle fois époustouflante, meilleur moyen d'inaugurer son propre label Broadwalk Records.
Le disque démarre avec le titre éponyme Au Seve, petite bombe dancefloor qui rappelle le son 90's Chicago avec une pointe de bass music londonienne. Vient ensuite Troglodytes dans un registre plus Deep House mais avec encore une saveur soulful très old-school. Enfin le véritable OVNI de ce disque, le track 3, ballade de 12mn qui méandre entre Soul et New Jack encore une fois très 90's et un groove très futuriste. Une petite merveille aussi déroutante qu'envoûtante.
Un disque essentiel qui confirme l'immense talent de ce producteur qui n'a pas fini de nous surprendre !
Streaming ci-dessus.

July 21, 2012

Koreless - Lost In Tokyo Ep (feat. Jacques Greene) - Vase Records

Third release of Glasgow-based Koreless, third release of canadian producer Jacques Greene's new label Vase Recordings and third collaboration between these two artists (after Vase's inaugural production Concealer Ep earlier this year as well as the now classic Another Girl Ep last year) this Lost In Tokyo EP is a wonderful journey between the worlds of ambient, deep dubstep and deep techno. 

Starting with the title track from Koreless, an almost beatless melancholic cut featuring incredibly dreamy synths, the Ep then reveals its dancefloor side with another incredible Jacques Greene remix that keeps the deep spirit of the original track while spicing it up with dubstep/tech beats that are just irresistible. 

Steaming below :

Troisième maxi du producteur écossais Koreless, troisième sortie du label Vase créé récemment par le canadien Jacques Greene, et troisième collaboration entre les deux artistes (après le maxi inaugural du label Concealer Ep cette année et le maintenant classique Another Girl en 2011) ce Lost In Tokyo Ep nous emmène aux frontières de l'ambient, du dubstep et de la deep techno.
Le titre original de Koreless, très planant, ne comporte quasiment aucun beat et brille avant tout par la volupté de ses nappes de synthés. Jacques Greene en garde ensuite la deepness tout en l'habillant pour le dancefloor gràce à une rythmique imparable. Une remarquable production !
Streaming ci-dessus.

July 19, 2012

V4YS Concert Review - Roy Hargrove RH Factor - Live In Paris, New Morning - 180712

Roy Hargrove

It's already mid-july but yesterday only was the first relatively decent hot summer day of an otherwise rainy year in Paris !
Coincidence or not, the temperature just rose even more in the evening thanks to Roy Hargrove and its RH Factor band who started a series of three consecutive gigs at the New Morning club.

If I was not surprised by a relatively classic playlist focusing on their 2003 and 2006 LPs, I was once again mesmerized by their ability to sublimate the many shades of groove. 

From funk to nu-soul, from hints of hip-hop to smooth R&B, they know it all and take an obvious pleasure to take their audience from one spot to the next. 

Add to that a real "collective" approach leaving ample room for each of these world-class musicians to express themselves through devastating solos (with a special mention to Todd Parsnow at the guitar and the unbelievable nu-soul vocal solo from drummer Jason J.T. Thomas) and you understand why they undoubtedly are one of the must-see contemporary live jazz/funk combo. 

A couple of videos extracts below showing both their energetic and smooth sides, plus a 30mn summary courtesy of Sebastien D. !

Roy Hargrove

Jason J.T. Thomas

Todd Parsnow

Roy Hargrove

Bobby Sparks
Lenny Starworth

Merci à Vincent B. pour une bonne partie des photos !

July 17, 2012

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#16 - More Beats, More Pieces


More Beats, More Pieces is about jazzy Hip-Hop and soulful beats !

Gathering recent productions from relatively underground beatmakers and edits of classic cuts from legendary artists like Gil Scott-Heron, James Brown or Jimi Hendrix, this selection tries to link the roots of Hip-Hop to its vibrant present.

Enjoy !

Streaming and tracklisting below, dwnld link here.

Tracklisting :
Beat Inc - Black Tea Morning
Drop Zone Productions - Wondering
Alexis Davis - 3
Ripple vs Pete Rock - Sure Is Funky (Dj Will-Rock Edit)
Visioneers - Back In Time (Feat. Baron & Trac)
Athletic Mic League - The Next Chapter
Dj Mitsu The Beats - Change
Keith Campbell - Dawn Light (Opolopo Remix)
Richard Spaven - Zeebra iii
Gil Scott-Heron - Angel Dust (Karim Mixamorphosis Edit)
J-Live - Calculations (Feat. Oddy Gato)
Mnsr Frites & Dirty Stanz - Grapevine
Brandy - I Wanna Be Down (Discobody Edit)
The Jackson 5 - Abc (The Reflex Edit)
James Brown - Soul Power (Jungle Funk Mix)

July 15, 2012

V4YS Ep Review - Alexis Davis - 3 EP (Expansions Collective)

I have been regularly highlighting the quality abstract/jazzy hip-hop productions of Manchester-based producer Mecca:83 (also known for his other alias Rise). 

The talended young man is now launching another exciting new project with fellow british beatmaker Simon S, and a couple of americans artists : producer Spinnerty and MC Replife

The crew is launching a digital label/platform named Expansions Collective that should definitally be added to your watchlist. At the same time they are creating Alexis Davis, a musical project that sees them adding up their skills.

And guess what? the first EP, titled "3" inaugurating both the label and the Alexis Davis band is close to perfect ! 
Groovy beats, jazzy basslines, beautiful trumpet, sax and piano samples, faultless flow from Replife on 3 and The Lift and a kind of Pharoah Sanders tribute on the last track Alexis Davis Theme, all make up for one of the very best hip-hop record I've heard in months. 
Will be part of my 2012 favorites four sure !

Streaming below, the EP is available on their Bandcamp page.

J'ai régulièrement souligné sur le blog les excellentes  productions abstract/jazzy hip-hop du producteur mancunien Mecca:83 (dont on connait aussi l'autre nom d'artiste Rise). 
Il nous revient avec un nouveau projet ambitieux qui le voit s'associer avec un autre britannique, le beatmaker Simon S et deux américains : le producteur Spinnerty et le MC Replife.
A la clé deux initiatives qui méritent toute votre délicate attention : un label digital nommé Expansions Collective et un nouveau projet musical intitulé Alexis Davis qui est en fait l'addition des talents de ces 4 artistes. Inaugurant en même temps ces deux nouvelles aventures, le maxi 3 est un quasi sans-faute.
Rythmique groovy, lignes de basses venues du jazz, magnifiques samples de trompette, sax ou piano, flow imparable de Replife sur les titres 3 et The Lift, et hommage plus ou moins déguisé au saxophoniste Pharoah Sanders sur le dernier morceau Alexis Davis Theme, n'en jetez plus, tout y est ! Et voilà sans aucun doute l'une des meilleures productions hip-hop qu'il m'ait été donné de découvrir ces derniers mois. 

Dégustez-le ci-dessus avec quelques streaming, le maxi est disponible sur leur page Bandcamp


July 14, 2012

V4YS Ep Review - Sarah Winton & Blazeitdown - Sunrise

Here is a little nu-soul/hip-hop gem from beatmaker Blazeitdown and singer Sarah Winton called Sunrise.

Not much I can tell about these two except their Soundcloud page is a must-check and this soulful, sensual and groovy as hell single a must-have !

Streaming and free download below, enjoy !

Une petite merveille nu-qoul/hip-hop offerte par le beatmaker Blazeitdown et la chanteuse Sarah Winton dont on ne sait pas grand chose sinon que leur page Soundcloud vaut le détour. Soulful, sensuel et groovy, ce single est impeccable. 
Streaming et free download ci-dessus, enjoy!

July 9, 2012

V4YS Concert Review - Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival, Sète, France - July2012

Back from sunny Sète with the head full of great sounds heard during the seventh edition of Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival ! 

Matthew Halsall Trio

For those not familiar with this event, it's a unique opportunity to see  a world-class line-up of artists during a 5-day window, ranging from the jazz world to the most futuristic electro sounds. 
A kind of condensed version of the outstanding Worldwide Radio Show Gilles has been hosting for years on the BBC airwaves...with the extra help of the sunshine, the already hot Mediterranean sea as well as the splendid former-fort-turned-theater of the lovely city of Sète !

Robert Glasper Experiment, Portico QuartetMatthew Halsall Trio, Tinariwen, Little Dragon, Electric Wire Hustle, Gang Colours, as well as a wide range of outstanding DJs like Four Tet, Lefto or Julio Bashmore to name just a few, the program was once again phenomenal and allowed the cosmopolitan audience to travel through a myriad of musical atmospheres.

Portico Quartet

As far as I'm concerned I'm still under the bewitching influence of the immensely creative DJ Set from Four Tet, the joyful and energetic gig from Little Dragon and the sweetness and spirituality of Matthew Halsall's trumpet.

Well you probably got it, this festival is an essential artistic experience opening the minds, warming the hearts, in a word it should almost be mandatory !

Electric Wire Hustle

Below a wonderful video from my friend Régis highlighting the spirit and atmosphere of the festival, then a few musical extracts I took from the likes of Gang Colours, Matthew Halsall, Tinariwen and Eletric Wire Hustle. Sorry for the unstable nature of the image, I hope it will nevertheless be enough to convince you to come to the 2013 edition !

July 3, 2012

V4YS Concert Review - José James - Live at Duc des Lombards, Paris - 020712

For any nu-jazz/nu-soul fan, José James's forthcoming third solo LP titled No Beginning, No End certainly is one of the most awaited new record of 2012 ! 

Featuring a phenomenal list of guests, it will be released in a few months. While he already revealed a couple of extracts a few months ago through a live session, the best way to get warmed up in the meantime is to catch him on stage either in an intimate jazz club or a hot summer festival.

I was lucky enough to see him yesterday at the cosy Duc des Lombards club in Paris where I could once again enjoy his unique style, brillantly bridging the classic jazz era with the nu-soul world. 

On a quartet formation (drums, bass, piano, trumpet) he alternated between new tracks and songs from his reference LPs, The Dreamer and BlackmagicHis ability to mix a wide range of singing styles coupled with his natural class made a killing yesterday but so did the talent of his musicians whom he leaves ample room to digress and offer brillant solos.

José James & Takuya Turoda
Special mention to his trumpet player Takuya Turoda and his long-time drummer Richard Spaven (who should by the way release soon a second solo album after his brillant first record Spaven's 5ive).

Below you'll find a few videos extracts of the show with Do You Feel and It's All Over Your Body (which should be on the from the forthcoming new album), as well as Save Your Love From Me (from Blackmagic) :

Le troisième album solo de José James intitulé No Beginning, No End est l'un des disques nu-jazz/nu-soul les plus attendus de l'année. En attendant sa sortie probablement à l'automne, le meilleur moyen de se mettre l'eau à la bouche est d'aller voir ce chanteur hors-pair sur scène dans l'intimité de petits clubs de jazz ou la chaleur d'un festival d'été.
Ce fut la première option pour moi hier à l'occasion de sa venue à Paris au Duc des Lombards où il nous a offert un remarquable récital en formation quartet. Conjuguant à merveille via ses multiples variations au chant l'âge d'or du jazz et la sphère nu-soul contemporaine, José prend visiblement un plaisir énorme à roder son nouveau disque en compagnie d'un nouveau groupe au sein duquel on ne retrouve que le fidèle batteur Richard Spaven et où l'on peut découvrir le subjuguant trompettiste japonais Takuya Turoda.
Ci-dessus quelques extraits vidéos.