July 31, 2013

V4YS Concert Review - Erik Truffaz Quartet - Live in Paris, New Morning - 300713

July in Paris can be sweaty and boring...but extremely funky too!

If you don't mind the occasional polluted heatwaves, the temporarily deserted city offers some rare musical moments to those still around. After Robert Glasper a few days ago, I could not resist spending another (almost) one-to-one evening with some world class musicians. To get the Groove going at the New Morning, Erik Truffaz and his quartet delivered a red-hot plate of their inimitable warm nu-jazz sound.

A journey through their 15-years-long repertoire, this laid-back session highlighted the difference between a "rhythmic section" and a real "band". If Erik Truffaz's name is more than famous, people tend to forget he is indivisible from his quartet. Present since his beginnings back in 1997, drummer Marc Erbetta and bass player Marcello Giuliani are treasures in their own rights and part of my little "must see" live musicians list.
Added to the line-up in 2010 on piano/keyboards following the departure of Patrick MullerBenoit Corboz quickly fit in, thanks to his energetic
Marc Erbetta, New Morning, 300713
& groovy style.

If their success has them regularly fill large venues, their complicity and cohesion is nowhere best to be felt than in a little club such as the New Morning.
Get a glimpse of their magical Groove with this little video extract. One of my favorite tracks from Erik, Siegfried is to be found in his classic 1999 LP Bending New Corners, their live version yesterday night still has me shivering !

Marcello Giulian, New Morning, 300713

Benoit Corboz, New Morning, 300713

July 28, 2013

V4YS Concert Review - Robert Glasper Experiment - Live in Paris, New Morning - 250713

I can't keep track anymore of how many Robert Glasper gigs I've been to these last few years, still, I never get tired of seeing him jamming with his Experiment crew (Casey Benjamin, Derrick Hodge & Mark Colenburg).
With these guys, each and every night is different and you never know in advance where they'll bring you to.

Latest case in point with their back-to-back visits to the New Morning this week, where they delivered fresh new live versions of their acclaimed LP Black Radio as well as some colourful surprises. A funky cover of Daft Punk's hit Get Lucky, a moving version of Donald Byrd's Think Twice, some inevitable hints at Jay Dilla were just the tips of an insanely groovy iceberg. A special big up to drummer Mark Colenburg who was definitely red-hot !

Get ready for more great sounds from them very soon, as bassist Derrick Hodge will release his eagerly awaited first LP on Blue Note, while Robert will deliver a Black Radio Part2 at the end of the year !

A couple of video extracts from the concert below :

July 27, 2013

Vibes4YourSoul Loves Edits#29 - Isaac Hayes - What Does It Take (JM Jackmaster Edit)

Back to the Groove side with this sweet slo-mo "housy" edit of Isaac Hayes' song What Does It Take by Dutch producer JM Jackmaster.

Streaming below, edit available on his Bandcamp page :

July 24, 2013

Zoomin' in on...Ady Suleiman

I recently mentioned you the work of UK singer Ady Suleiman following the beautiful session he offered at the Worldwide Festival in Sète. One of my favorite discovery this year on the "songwriters" front, I wanted to highlight his music a bit more here.

Comfortably sitting on the lax fences defining the world of acoustic soul, folk and reggae, this young artist displays an impressive talent for writing sweet melodies and heart-winning words...before making the whole piece even more sublime through his delicate singing.

Michael Kiwanuka comes to mind of course, but I'd also cite Finley Quaye for the soulful reggae touch. A young artist to include in your musical radar, hoping for a first official release in coming months.

Some of  his sweet demos below :

De retour du Worldwide Festival à Sète début Juillet, je vous avais sussuré le nom du jeune chanteur britannique Ady Suleiman. L'une de mes découvertes favorites cette année dans la rubrique "songwriters", je me devais d'enfoncer un peu plus le clou à son sujet. 
Funambule habile déambulant sans complexe sur les barrières invisibles séparant les univers de la soul, du folk ou du reggae, le jeune Ady est aussi à l'aise pour écrire de jolies mélodies, que des mots simples qui sonnent justes. Il sait, enfin et surtout, sublimer le tout via une voix d'une rare délicatesse.
On pense évidemment à Michael Kiwanuka, mais aussi, pourquoi pas, à Finley Quaye pour le côté soulful reggae. Vous l'aurez compris, il est à mon sens un artiste à inclure d'urgence dans les adresses favorites de votre GPS musical. En attendant, je l'espère, un premier"vrai" enregistrement studio dans les mois à venir, savourez donc quelques unes de ses démos (ci-dessus).

July 23, 2013

V4YS Album Review - Sango - North (Soulection Records)

Some more exquisite sounds from the brilliant independent label Soulection !

Blending in a delicate nu-soul envelope some lo-fi bass vibes with abstract broken beats, US producer Sango surely knows how to sooth things out. With this first extremely well-produced LP, get ready for a deep futuristic soul journey.

Extracts below, LP available on the label Bandcamp Page :

July 19, 2013

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#23 - Balearic Feeling

Here is a sunny balearic-flavored mix, right on time for your summer i-pod beach chill sessions.

Slo-mo house, pop, deep nudisco tracks and a few cool remixes are on the menu. I hope you'll enjoy this one...under the sun !

Streaming & tracklisting below, dwlnd link here.

Tracklisting :
Hayden James - Permission To Love (Charles Murdoch Remix)
Jagwar Ma - Uncertainty
Different Marks - Lavender Lady (feat. Paul Randolph)
Disclosure - Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar)
Bondax - Giving It All
The Groovers - Waikiki Strut
Kris Menace - Waiting For You (feat. Black Hills)
Clubfeet - Cape Town (Panama Remix)
Tempogeist - Romeo (Monitor 66 Remix)
Kruse & Nuernberg - Leaves Falling (feat. Nathalie Claude) (Mario Basanov Remix)
Fatboy Slim - Praise You (Maribou State Remix)
Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Pretty Pink Edit)
Citizens! - Caroline (Giraffage Remix)

Juste à temps pour garnir votre i-pod de plage, ce mix à l'accent baléarique devrait bien supporter la chaleur et les embruns. Slo-mo house, pop,  deep nudisco & quelques jolis remixs sont au programme, j'espère que vous apprécierez le tout...au soleil !

Streaming & tracklisting ci-dessus, lien dwlnd ici.

July 18, 2013

Jazz à la Villette Festival 2013 - Hot Line-Up !

Seun Kuti, Antibalas, Gregory Porter, Fatoumata Diawara, a special tribute night to Gil Scott-Heron featuring Brian Jackson...if you're a regular reader of this blog you may almost believe I gathered this splendid line-up myself, as all these artists are regularly mentionned on Vibes4YourSoul ! But all the credit once again goes to  Jazz à la Villette Festival's artistic direction who keeps on raising the bar. There's a remarkable Nu-Jazz side as well with the likes of Jamie Cullum, Stefano Di Battista or Tigran Hamasyan. Let's meet there next September !

All infos and tickets reservations on the festival site.

July 12, 2013

Vibes4YourSoul loves Edits#28 - Fleetwood Mac - Family Man (Flight Facilities Edit)

Fleetwood Mac are probably one of my favorite 70's hippie/disco band, and I'm always eager to discover new reworks of their timeless releases.

After brilliant edits by artists like Gigamesh, Soul Clap or Psychemagik, it's now the turn of Future Classic label nudisco/house up-and-coming producer Flight Facilities to refresh one of their tracks. Check their edit of Family Man, and try to stand still...

Streaming and free dwlnd below :

July 10, 2013

Vibes4YourSoul Concert Review - Worldwide Festival 2013, Sète, France

Back from a sunny and groovy week in south of France where I enjoyed Gilles Peterson's home-made Worldwide Festival.

Truthful to his eclectic musical approach (actually a long-time inspirational figure for me as a DJ and a blog editor), Gilles once again set up a very interesting line-up, blending old-school jazz/soul sounds to the most adventurous electro acts .

Among my favorite moments, the astonishing samba gig from the legendary Marcos Valle, brilliantly supported by Lucas Santtana, and another massive jazz/hip-hop moment courtesy of the craziest drummer around, Chris "Daddy" Dave and his friends from the Drumhedz.
Following her acclaimed debut LP, UK gospel/soul singer Laura Mvula confirmed her angel-like voice is even sweeter heard live, while among countless quality DJ sets, I'll keep in mind Kenny Dope Gonzales' red-hot review of classic hip-hop/groove tracks.

Next to these confirmed artists, the festival once again offered some space for young up-and-coming names. Among others, it allowed us to discover UK songwriter Ady Suleiman "Kiwanuka/Keziah Jones-like" acoustic soul finesse or French producer débruit "London-like" bass music hurricane.

A few videos glimpses below, all taken during the first 3 days, hosted in the dream location of Sète's Theatre de la Mer!

Chris Dave, Sète, 030713
De retour du Worldwide Festival 2013, concocté comme toujours de main de maître par Gilles Peterson. Fidèle à son univers musical éclectique, le plateau pointu offert par Gilles nous a promené entre racines Jazz/Soul jusqu'aux territoires electros les plus aventureux. A la clé, beaucoup de soleil...et surtout un incroyable kaléidoscope sonore.

Parmi les grands moments de cette édition, la parenthèse samba enchantée offerte par le légendaire Marcos Valle, brillamment aidé par l'étoile montante de la scène brésilienne Lucas Santtana, mais aussi un concert hip-hop/Jazz mémorable de plus de la part du batteur Chris Dave et de ses comparse du Drumhedz. J'ai aussi expérimenté la musique des anges, avec la confirmation de la gràce de Laura Mvula, dont le premier album gospel/soul est encore plus émouvant en version live. Parmi les innombrables DJ sets de qualité, je retiendrai surtout le condensé de classiques hip-hop/groove/latin, servi brûlant par le maître nuorican Kenny Dope Gonzales.

Mais le Worldwide Festival c'est aussi de l'espace laissé à de jeunes artistes en devenir. On aura entre autres pu apprécier la finesse de la soul acoustique de l'anglais Ady Suleiman (qui évoque les univers de Michael Kiwanuka ou de Keziah Jones), ou la bass music très londonienne du français débruit.

Ci-dessus quelques extraits videos, tous pris dans le merveilleux Théatre de la Mer, qui accueillait (malheureusement) seulement les trois premières journées du festival.

July 9, 2013

Dirg Gerner - Dirg Gerner Ep (Eglo Records)

A couple of years ago Chilean (but London-based) producer Dirg Gerner mesmerized me with his debut release, Preface EP, a beautiful futuristic Soul record. He confirmed a few months later with his moving featuring in Flako's splendid downtempo hymn, Lonely Town.

Now on Floating Points' remarkable Eglo Records label, he's back with a new brilliant 6-track EP, where his singing and producing talent resonate even louder.

An artist to watch very closely !

Extracts below :

V4YS EP Review - Merry Go Round - Bruno / Fish & Chips EP

This little demo EP may sound a little rough at times, but it conveys so much joy and sunny atmophere, I had to share it with you.

Amsterdam-based Merry Go Round are four18/20-yeard old pals with an edge for writing cool indie/pop songs. I'm sure these two tracks will leave you with a smile on your face...

Streaming and free dwlnd below :

Oeuvre d'un jeune quatuor d'Amsterdam, Merry Go Round, cette petite demo manque sans aucun doute de post-production mais la joie et la gaieté qui s'en dégage ne devrait pas vous laisser insensible. 

July 8, 2013

Vibes4YourSoul Selection#23 - Digital Soulfulness 2

Here is a new Vibes4YourSoul Selection for you !

Focusing on soulful Lo-Fi, Downtempo & Deep Bass sounds, this podcast should be cool to chill at the beach or for a sweet cocooning session at home. Gathering some of my favorite underground artists in that space like Baths, Tropics, Gold Panda or Saux, it also features brilliant remixes/edits from producers like Ryan Hemsworth. Hope you'll enjoy the vibes !

Streaming and tracklisting below, dwlnd link here :

Tracklisting :
Tropics - Courage (feat. Gavin Turek)
Cuttooth - Old Tape (feat. Hitomi 1)
Ghost Loft - Seconds
Moods - Where I Belong
Lapalx - WalkingWorlds
Baths - No Eyes
Saux - It Frigthens Me
Rhye - Open (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
Totally Enormous Extint Dinosaurs - Trouble (Lunice Remix)
Kixnaez - Gucci Dough
Gold Panda - Brazil
Laura Mvula - She(Eagles For Hands Remix)
Short Stories - On nThe Way
Frank Ocean - Thinkin About You (Ryan Hemsworth Bootleg)
Frank Ocean - Novacane (LAKIM Edit)
Lucky Paul - Thought We Were Alone (Gang Colours Remix)
Romare - Your Love (You Give Me Fever)
Laura Mvula - She

Nouveau podcast concocté pour vous, Digital Soulfulness 2 oscille entre Lo-Fi, Donwtempo et Deep Bass. Au programme plusieurs de mes artistes favoris du genre comme BathsTropicsGold Panda ou Saux mais aussi quelques jolis remixs ou edits de producteurs éclairés comme Ryan Hemsworth. A la plage où ailleurs, j'espère que cette zen-sélection vous plaira !
Streaming & tracklisting ci-dessus, lien dwlnd ici.

July 4, 2013

Vibes4YourSoul Loves Edits#27 - Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Pretty Pink edit)

I'm a bit tired of this Daft Punk hit, probably cause I'm hearing it too much, from my local supermarket to all airwaves. This beautiful deep house remix from Pretty Pink sounds really fresh to me though !

Streaming and free dwlnd below :