November 30, 2013

Chantal Acda - Let Your Hands Be My Guide (Gizeh Records)

Released a couple of weeks ago on the highly recommended Manchester-based label Gizeh Records, Dutch singer Chantal Acda first solo LP is one of these magical musical surprises I crave for. Lost in my large "to-listen-to" list, Let Your Hands Be My Guide ruined even more my late weekly musical schedule as I truly had a very hard time stopping the "repeat function" once it started playing.

Mixing shades of chamber folk to downtempo atmospheres, the album is a delicate encounter between Chantal Acda' warm and languid voice and the delicate orchestration of four eclectic musicians (Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, Gyda Valtysdottir, Shahzad Ismaily). Feelings of nostalgia and serenity quickly win you over, inner thoughts start to wander and you're off to an intimate journey thanks to this poetic passport.

Full streaming below, LP available on Gizeh Records website :

Sorti il y a quelques jours sur l'excellent label indépendant mancunien Gizeh Records, le premier album solo de la chanteuse hollandaise Chantal Acda est l'un de ces petits moments de magie musicale que j'affectionne tant. Le genre de disque perdu au milieu de ma playlist en retard, qui me fait immédiatement lever l'oreille et cesser toute activité lorsqu'il se faufile dans mes haut-parleurs.

Associant un univers chamber folk à des atmosphères downtempo, Let Your Hands Be My Guide est le fruit de la rencontre entre la voix chaude et langoureuse de Chantal Acda et l'orchestration délicate dessinée par 4 musiciens remarquables, aux parcours très différents (Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, Gyda Valtysdottir, Shahzad Ismaily). Des sensations de nostalgie et de sérénité s'installent, les pensées commencent à vagabonder et un voyage intime débute grâce à ce véritable passeport poétique.

Streaming intégral ci-dessus, album disponible sur le site de Gizeh Records.

November 27, 2013

Vibes4YourSoul Loves Edits#35 - Submotion Orchestra - All Yours (Freddie Joachim & Mecca:83 Remixes)

Finest Hour, by UK downtempo/jazz band Submotion Orchestra, was part of Vibes4YourSoul 2011 Favorites selection, with All Yours one of the hottest track of the LP.

Here are a couple nice remixes of the song by two of my favorite underground beatmakers, US producer Freddie Joachim, and Manchester-based Mecca:83. Their splendid jazzy beats productions are probably already familiar to those who enjoy this blog's regular podcasts.

Please note Mecca:83's version is coming with Translations, a brand new EP I highly recommend you check on his Bandcamp Page.

November 26, 2013

Dan Croll - Home

A big thank you to Yuksek for highlighting me this splendid new single by Uk songwriter Dan Croll.

One of the folkish track of the year?

November 22, 2013

The Fontanelles - Horns Of Freedom (First Word Records)

A few months ago I highlighted the first EP of The Fontanelles, a London afrobeat combo who was originally set-up to perform as the onstage band for the Uk version of the musical  Fela!
Clearly restless when it's about spreading rejoicing afro/funk vibes around, the band is already back with Horns Of Freedom, a hot debut LP on First Word Records.

From old-school afrobeat tracks truthful do the Fela legacy, to reggae/world-inspired moments, The Fontanelles instrumental sound smells joy, warmth, conviviality & diversity... in a word life !

My favorite extracts below, Horns Of Freedom is available on the band Bandcamp Page.

Il y a quelques mois je vous mentionnais le premier maxi du groupe britannique The Fontanelles, combo à l'origine formé pour animer la version londonienne de la comédie musicale Fela!, dont le groupe Antibalas a contribué à l'immense succès à Broadway il y a deux à trois ans.
Cette aventure scénique réussie se poursuit aujourd'hui avec un premier album instrumental chaleureux qui sort sur label anglais First Word Records.
Entre afrobeat old-school fidèle à l'esprit du Black President, et morceaux plus reggae/world, le son instrumental du groupe respire la joie, l'échange et la convivialité, bref tout ce qu'on aime !
Mes extraits favoris ci-dessus, l'album est disponible sur la page Bandcamp du groupe.

November 20, 2013

Paskal & Urban Absolutes - Lux (Sonar Kollektiv)

Following a series of beautiful EPs and remixes, German electro duo Paskal & Urban Absolutes are releasing Lux, a radiant debut LP on Jazzanova's always prescient label Sonar Kollektiv.

Masters in the art of designing dreamy slo-mo house atmospheres, Alexander Kastner & Adrian Hoffman brought some great underground singers on board of this ambitious project. Paul Randolph (known, among other things, for his brilliant collaborations with Jazzanova), Neve (aka Alexa Voss from superb folkish duo Neve Naive), Pete Joseph or Kasar, bring a delicate soulful touch to the duo's elegant sound, made of groovy mid-tempo beats and haunting synths melodies. 

Rarely exceeding the 110bpm speed limit, Lux will lull you into a delightful state of oblivion. Is it warm-up time? or a hazy after-party just before sunrise? who knows, who cares, truly deep house music is all what's left...and one of the most beautiful house record of the year !

Snippets below :

Après une série de maxis et remixes tous plus enthousiasmants les uns que les autres, le duo electro allemand Paskal & Urban Absolutes sort ces jours-ci Lux, premier album bel et bien lumineux sur l'incontournable label berlinois Sonar Kollektiv.
Passés maîtres dans l'art d'inventer des atmosphères slo-mo house rêveuses, Alexander Kastner & Adrian Hoffman ont rassemblé une bien belle équipe de chanteurs pour mener à bien leur projet le plus ambitieux à ce jour. Paul Randolph (qu'on connait entre autres pour ses remarquables collaborations avec Jazzanova), Neve (aka Alexa Voss, chanteuse de l'excellent duo world/folk Neve Naive), Pete Joseph ou Kasar apportent, chacun à leur façon, une délicate note soulful  à l'élégante house du duo.
Les beats lancinants et les mélodies envoûtantes de synthés défilent. On excède rarement les 110 bpm, et ça tombe bien. C'est la vitesse idéale pour se laisser bercer, puis perdre peu à peu pied. Est-ce le warm-up? ou un after brumeux au petit matin? qui sait, et qui s'en souciera... ne reste que l'empreinte indélébile d'un des plus jolis disques house de l'année.

November 16, 2013

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#24 - Cruisin' Again

Deep & funky house, electro/pop vibes, some fresh sounds, some edits of timeless is a new mix by way of Vibes4YourSoul's digest, to celebrate the blog's brand new visual signature.

Dedicated to my friend Sandie Jacob, a talented web designer, who dit it all !

Streaming & tracklisting below, dwld link here.

Tracklisting :
Spandau Ballet - True (Lane 8 Edit)
Kings Of Convenience - Parallel Lines (Daniele Di Martino Edit)
Crayon feat. KLP - Give You Up (Darius Remix)
Justin Timberlake - Suit & Tie (Oliver Nelson Remix)
The Finger Prince - Your Face (Extended Mix)
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Banks - Warm Water (Figgy Remix)
Kraak & Smaak feat. Sam Duckworth - Good For The City (Diskjokke Nite Version)
Black Yaya - Paint A Smile On Me (Dub Edit)
The Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven( Virgin Magnetic Material Remix)
Claire - Games (Talul Remix)
Panama - Always (Classixx Remix)
Kevin Over - Wayou

Deep & funky house, electro/pop, des nouveautés, des edits de classiques...voici un nouveau mix en guise de condensé de l'esprit du blog afin de célébrer sa nouvelle identité visuelle.
Tout spécialement dédicacé à mon amie Sandie Jacob, créatrice de talent qui a réalisé ce superbe relooking !

November 14, 2013

Vibes4YourSoul Loves Edits#34 - Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side (João Paulo Edit)

Let's salute the memory of this immense artist with this sweet edit by Brazilian DJ João Paulo...timeless slo-mo vibes !

November 12, 2013

Electronical Reeds Label - Y3ARS LP

Regularly spreading quality electronic music around these, Belgian label Electronical Reeds is celebrating its 3d birthday with Y3ARS.

Gathered in this genuine "label LP", Electronical Reeds' artists craft a dark and captivating atmosphere, that will carry you between progressive house and deep techno sounds.

Powerful underground vibes guaranteed !

Full preview below :

Essaimant régulièrement les productions électros de qualité, le label belge Electronical Reeds souffle ses trois premières bougies avec un projet original rassemblant l'ensemble de ses artistes.
Véritable "label album", Y3ARS oscille entre progressive house et deep techno, avec à la clé une atmosphère mystérieuse et envoûtante dans laquelle il fait bon s'immerger.
Preview ci-dessus.

November 7, 2013

The Electric Peanut Butter Company - Trans-Atlantic Psych Classics Vol.2 (Ubiquity Records)

Here are some sunny vibes released last month on Californian label Ubiquity Records.

The Electric Peanut Butter Company is Shawn Lee and Adrian Quesada new collaborative project, where the two friends offer their freaky & funky vision of underground 60/70's US psychedelic rock, folk & soul sounds, them only could dig.

Both incredible multi-instrumentalists, they recorded each and every instruments themselves, with Shawn Lee also adding the vocals. Their Trans-Atlantic Psych Classics Vol.2 are a rejoicing and colourful trip into an overlooked era of our musical heritage.

Get a gorgeous overview of this highly recommended LP with a streaming of my favorite extracts : the tracks Mama LionGoing In Circles and a splendid cover of Fleetwood Mac's legendary song Dreams.

Moins calorique que le beurre de cacahuètes, voici une bonne tartine de vibrations psychées à déguster sur le label californien Ubiquity Records.
The Electric Peanut Butter Company est un projet associant Shawn Lee and Adrian Quesada, deux artistes connus pour leurs incessantes pérégrinations sonores. Avec ce Trans-Atlantic Psych Classics Vol.2, ils nous livrent une relecture à la fois funky et planante d'une série d'oeuvres souvent méconnues de la scène américaine psychedelic rock, folk & soul des années 60/70s. Multi-instrumentalistes de talent, les deux compères ont conçu et enregistré l'intégralité du disque à quatre mains, et à distance. A la clé un album réjouissant, coloré et joyeusement déjanté. Un joli aperçu ci-dessus avec leur cover du légendaire titre Dreams de Fleetwood Mac, ou encore les superbes Going In Circles et Mama Lion.

November 5, 2013

Oddisee - The Beauty In All / Tangible Dream (Mello Music Group)

Up until now the name of Brooklyn-based beatmaker Oddisee was familiar to me thanks to his great remix of José James's song It's all over your body. But following the release last month of this impressive LP/mix-tape on Mello Music Group, I now know there is much more in his musical store.

Instrumental abstract beats, jazzy hip-hop and a flurry of genuine soul/funk flavored samples dress up the first part of his project, The Beauty In All.
Then comes the flow, the witty lines and rhymes of Tangible Dream, a powerful underground hip-hop moment.

A few extracts below, LP (and lyrics) available on Mello Music Group Bandcamp page :

I actually can't resist also quoting this part of Tangible Dream' project introduction by Oddisee :

"These rhymes were written in economy class seats, these beats were produced on long bus trips & these songs were recorded in airbnb apartments. All I want to do is make music for a living so that I can live to make music. The only dreams I’m interested in are the ones I can grasp. It just so happens that anything you want bad enough can be obtained. Perhaps the world may never know of my accomplishments but accomplishments they are nonetheless."

Well said !