April 15, 2017

V4YS Mixes#36 - Cali Groove Tape

A groove tape to welcome the spring, lots of classics, lots of edits/reworks, a few newbies...and a laid-back atmosphere reflecting my feeling after coming back from a few days in San Francisco.

 California dreamin' !













March 6, 2017

The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop Records)

Let's keep on with cosmic Jazz vibes. Just dialing back the time while staying in the spiritual company of the Coltrane family. Almost at the same time Flying Lotus is releasing on his label Brainfeeder his friend Thundercat new album, Luaka Bop Records just gathered a fascinating collection of recordings from FlyLo's aunt Alice Coltrane during her "Hindi" period.

Picture this: late sixties, sunny California, Alice Coltrane's Hindu Ashram. Can it get any "Yogier" than this?
Well it can, if you immerse yourself in the various musical creation she wrote at the time and many years after, blending her Gospel roots, with Indian devotional music. 

This complete collection will be released in May 5th, in the meantime this splendid extract should "zenify" you!





March 2, 2017

Thundercat - Drunk (Brainfeeder)

More cosmic vibes from Californian craziest bass player. Joined by some usual suspects (Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington...) Thundercat (Stephen Bruner) just finished cooking a new rejoicing album, out on Brainfeeder.


If Drunk is not departing from his easily recognizable bass sound, it adds a soulful layer with a stronger emphasis on vocals than on his previous releases. West-coast creativity and laid-back feeling at its best!





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February 28, 2017

Rufus & Chaka Khan - Live In Me (V4YS Rework)

One of the many recordings of Chaka Khan with Chicago band Rufus, "Live In Me" is part of their 1979 album "Masterjam", produced by Quincy Jones.

Warm and groovy, this song is also a bit "cheesy" to me by moments, so here is a nudisco rework, where I kept the grooviest parts while adding some punchier beats & bassline.

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February 27, 2017

Bonobo - Migration (Ninja Tune)

Lots to catch up with. Let's start. It's hard to be caught out wrong when praising a Bonobo release. Ever since his first productions, back in the early 2000's, Simon Green has established himself as a cornerstone of the lo-fi/electronica world. His albums are exquisite sound forays, where organic instruments melt into fascinating sampling backbones.

Over the years he's also been increasingly incorporating guests vocalists and musicians to the mix, adding an ultimate layer of smoothness and exoticism to his overall work. This time around, Rhye singer or Australian producer Chet Faker (aka Nick Murphy) join the party alongside a few others.

While maybe not reaching the heights of Blacksands (still my personal favorite record to date by Simon, from 2010), Migration is nevertheless getting close to it. So relax, and immerse yourself into this new exquisite journey.

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January 20, 2017

The XX - I See You (Young Turks Records)

First unequivocal musical emotion of 2017 for me, The XX third LP, I See You, comes out right on time to heat our feelings.

5 years after their latest gem, the UK trio kept its poetic minimal pop signature while cheering things up a bit in a somehow more romantic atmosphere. Oliver Sim & Romy's vocals still works wonders, a perfect balance of strength & finesse, while Jamie XX's keyboards sounds got an extra dreamy vibe. Deep dive advised!