September 27, 2016

Sarathy Korwar - Day To Day (Ninja Tune)

Somewhere between Jazz and World Music, Day To Day, the debut album from percussionist & producer Sarathy Korwar is an exciting trip to this multicultural artist (US-born, raised in India, living in London) colourful global musical village.

Think 70's spiritual Jazz spiced up by Indian rhythmic elements. Sitars and tabla drums languishing vibes, acting as snake charmers for a saxophone, a piano or an electric guitar.

The addition of colourful street life samples have me thinking of Christophe Chassol work. A more essential parallel between the two artists: as for the french pianist masterpiece, Indiamore, Sarathy Korward's record is also a fascinating ode to open-mindedness, dialogue and exchange. Some basic values sometimes in short supply these days.

Out a few weeks ago on Ninja Tune, a couple of extracts below:


September 20, 2016

David Bowie - Young Americans (V4YS All Night Edit)


Released in 1975, the Young Americans album was recorded in the US, where David Bowie was living at the time under the heavy influence of philly soul and early disco sounds.
On this record David surrounded himself with musicians from these scenes, most notably Puerto-Rican Guitarist Carlos Alomar, as well as Luther Vandross, who features on various side vocals.

If Fame is, well, the most...famous track of the LP (and David first true hit with the US audience), the song Young Americans is extremely groovy as well, with its anthem-like chorus hard to resist.

Here is my "DJ-friendly" drummed-up edit of it.

Note for the French-speaking readers: que vous soyez fan de Bowie ou simplement interessés par son parcours artistique, je vous recommande l'excellente série de 4 podcasts que l'émission "La Grande Traversée" de France Culture lui a récemment consacré. Une plongée passionnante dans ses multiples périodes et influences, mais aussi son processus de création. Disponible en podcast/streaming ici.


September 12, 2016

Tamba 4 - Samba Blim (V4YS 43°6° Rework)


A late sixties/early seventies Brazilian band, Tamba 4 released three highly recommended LPs at the time, oscillating between laid-back Bossa/Jazz and groovier Samba flavas.

Here is a "housy" rework I just finished of Samba Blim, one of their most famous song, released in 1968 as part of an eponymous album.