July 30, 2014

Vibes4YourSoul Mixes#26 - Cicada Disco


Before heading for a few weeks to France sunny southern latitudes, here is a new mix with a summer feeling to it.

From loungy pearls to nudisco dancefloor killers, I hope you'll enjoy the moment and will share it around!


Streaming below, dwld link here.


P.S.: special thanks to Porquerolles island funky cicadas for their contribution to this one!










July 20, 2014

Richard Spaven - Whole Other* (Fine Line Records)

Second stop this week in UK nu-jazz scene land, with drummer Richard Spaven debut solo LP, Whole Other*, out now on Fine Line Records.

Alongside his majesty Chris "Daddy" Dave, Richard has been one of my favorite jazz/groove/beats drummer for the last few years, mainly for his brilliant contributions to Cinematic Orchestra as well as Jose James recordings, but also for his great first solo EP, Spaven's 5ive, released in 2010.

Whole Other* sounds like a kaleidoscope of this already rich musical career, wandering between abstract modern jazz atmospheres and groovier moments. If his delicate drumming style naturally leads the way, Richard also demonstrates a remarkable writing and producing talent, notably finding the right space to his high-profile list of guests musicians. Among them, let's mention Cinematic Orchestra's fascinating guitarist Stuart McCallum, but also Jose James trumpet player Takuya Kuroda, both of whom were mentioned several times on this blog.
Don't miss out on this organic dose of smoothness!

Extract below:



Second détour en une semaine par la scène nu-jazz UK avec le très joli premier album solo du batteur Richard SpavenWhole Other*, qui sort sur Fine Line Records.

Dans la lignée de sa majesté Chris "Daddy" Dave, Richard est devenu l'un de mes batteurs jazz/groove favoris ces dernières années, notamment pour ses brillantes contributions aux productions de Cinematic Orchestra et Jose James, mais aussi à la faveur d'un excellent premier maxi solo, Spaven's 5ive, sorti en 2010.

Whole Other* est un véritable patchwork de sa déjà très riche carrière musical, alternant avec aisance les moments d'abstract jazz avec les passages plus groove. Si la batterie mène évidemment la danse, on y découvre aussi un Richard Spaven talentueux compositeur et chef d'orchestre, laissant le juste espace à une série de musiciens de haute volée. On citera notamment le génial guitariste de Cinematic Orchestra, Stuart McCallum et le fantasque trompettiste de Jose James, Takuya Kuroda, deux musiciens dont j'ai déjà évoqué le travail sur ce blog.








July 17, 2014

Vibes4YourSoul Loves Edits#44 - Odyssey / Phyllis Hyman - Don't Tell Me, Tell Her (Gazeebo's Double Lover Edit)


Here is my definition of Groove, with this edit of Odyssey's timeless song Don't Tell Me, Tell Her (also made famous by singer Phyllis Hyman).

Just the right dose of extra beats for this superb DJ-friendly version by repeat groove/slo-mo house gems maker Gazeebo.











July 15, 2014

Ambient Jazz Ensemble - Suite Shop (Here And Now Recordings)

Regular readers of this blog know how much I admire the UK's Nu-Jazz scene, its boundless creativity and chameleon-like features.

Latest case in point with this mind-blowing release from Ambient Jazz Ensemble, a new project led by producer Colin Baldry.

Surrounded by two of my favorite modern Jazz musicians (pianist Neil Cowley, saxophonist Finn Peters), Colin wrote Suite Shop, an ethereal jazz journey to the dreamy kingdom of the Cinematic Orchestra's of this world.

Extremely well-produced, with a subtle dose of electronica feeling, this LP is overflowing with poesy and mystery. Take a dive!

Full streaming below:



Si vous êtes un lecteur régulier de ce blog, vous connaissez mon amour pour la scène Nu-Jazz britannique, sa créativité sans bornes et son hyper-activité salutaire. Nouvel exemple avec ce superbe album d'Ambient Jazz Ensemble, nouveau projet emmené par le producteur Colin Baldry.

Entouré par deux de mes artistes Jazz favoris (le pianiste Neil Cowley et le saxophoniste Finn Peters), Colin a imaginé Suite Shop, sans doute pour nous transporter dans le royaume rêvé des Cinematic Orchestra de ce monde. Extrêmement bien produit, avec juste le bon dosage d'electro, ce disque dégage autant de poésie que de mystère. Plongez les yeux fermés...



July 14, 2014

Saint Pepsi - Fiona Coyne / Fall Harder EP (Carpark Records)


US label Carpark Records is definitely an outfit to follow closely if you're into cool indie/pop sounds.

Home of some of my favorite artists in that space, such as Beach House or Toro Y Moi, the label has another new treat for us with this refreshing debut single from NY-based Saint Pepsi (aka Ryan DeRobertis). 

A fresh and funky track right on time for the beach!


July 4, 2014

Partyfine: The Brazil Tape by Vibes4YourSoul

1998 French craze aside, I don't think I took that much pleasure following a World Cup since Mexico 1986. The little kid I was back then, was captivated by south-american colourful stadiums atmospheres, and subsequently became addicted to great football moments for life.

Anyway, to celebrate this, here is a Latin/Brazil-inspired mixtape I just did for Yuksek's hot new label Partyfine. On the menu, some classic tunes, some funky/housy contemporary beats and a couple of special edits Yuksek helped me cook for the occasion.

And while you're at it, don't forget to check out Partyfine Volume 1 brilliant first electro/house compilation!

Dwld link here.




Grand cru classé 1998 à part, je ne pense pas avoir pris autant de plaisir à suivre une coupe du monde depuis l'édition Mexico 1986. Le petit garçon que j'étais alors fut subjugué par les ambiances sud-américaines et est sans nul doute devenu cette année là accroc à jamais aux vrais grands moments de football.
Peit clin d'oeil à l'évènement, voici une mixtape 100% Latin/Brazil que j'ai concoctée en exclusivité pour le label Partyfine. Au menu, des classiques, des beats plus contemporains et deux édits réalisés avec maître Yuksek.
Et si vous avez encore un petit creux, n'oubliez pas d'aller jeter deux oreilles à l'excellente première compil electro/house du label, Partyfine Volume 1!








Tony Allen feat. Damon Albarn - Go back


After his magnificent solo album, Damon Albarn gets back to his African music passion with this sweet collaboration with his long-time friend Tony Allen, Fela's legendary drummer.

Go Back comes in anticipation of Tony's new LP Film Of Life, which will be released next October on Jazz Village records.






Après son superbe album solo sorti il y a quelques semaines, Damon Albarn retourne à ses amours pour la musique africaine via une remarquable collaboration de plus avec son ami Tony Allen, légendaire batteur Fela.
Go Back est une alléchante avance en attendant la sortie courant Octobre du nouvel album de Tony, Film Of Life, sur Jazz Village records.


July 1, 2014

Raving Wild - In Solitude And Silence


Here is a young British songwriter that caught my hear this week with a touching self-produced single.

Raving Wild may be playing In Solitude And Silence for now, but hopefully not for long if, like me, you feel these ethereal melancholic indie vibes!

Streaming below, more on his Soundcloud page.





Voici un jeune artiste britannique qui a capté mon attention cette semaine, à l'aide d'un bien joli single auto-produit. Raving Wild compose sans doute In Solitude And Silence pour l'instant, mais sans doute pas pour très longtemps si, comme moi, vous succombez à la douce mélancolie qui émane de cette petite perle indé.