The original edit’s video off the Phone Line EP from PB favourites Funkineven and Fatima, dropped on Eglo records this week. Here cometh the remix courtesy of Brighton based Dauwd who releases under the wonderful Pictures Music imprint. This stripped back refix drops the full vocals of the future-funk number and settles into an acid-house like roller. Complete with speaker bending bass, chopped and screwed vocal and synth pad stabs off the original, expect this to tear up a dance or two much like the former’s been. You can grab a free download off the player.
Taken off their new Phone Line EP, Eglo Records chanteuse Fatima and labelmate producer Funkineven drop off the brand new video for the projects dancefloor reload title track. The song itself, sounds like imaginary coitus with a 56 dial-up and the colourful video has a faint whiff of art-escort with Funkineven like a Cameo-era pimp. The service is in heavy demand and rotation for all the Future-Funk astronauts right now. Out now on iTunes. There’s some vintage Sugababes in that vocal harmony.
Eglo Records’ Fatima and Funkineven reunite once again, this time for a joint EP titled Phoneline. The 4-track release includes ’90′s’, a soulful track which blends Funkineven’s love for analogue and electronic experimentation with Fatima’s unmistakably coloured vocals; Together creating a genuinely dope sound that pays homage to influencers of the past while not giving in to mundane clichés. Low quality audio radio rip for now…
Can’t listen to this brand new freebie at the moment but if you can, I would advise that you download now. Courtesy of the Eglo Records team and the relaunch of their brand new site, they are giving away this track for free. When I eventually get out of work, I will be downloading this and awaiting that forthcoming EP which is due to drop soon.
Queen Fatima and Floating Points will be releasing a collaborative EP entitled Follow You this May.
The 4 track extended player ditches the ‘glitchy’ Soul that we’ve come to know from Fatima, and instead focuses on a more softer, soulful-jazz-infused instrumentation. We have Floating Points to thank for that. His productions here are impeccable – warm, exciting, crisp and just simply stunning. Points was definitely channeling his inna-Dilla on a couple of these compositions.
The EP’s opening track ‘Cinnamon’ has such a spirited bump to it, when I first heard it I may have jumped out of my seat a little. Not just because the track is great and Fatima sounds great on it – but because this is exactly the type of material I have been (not-so-secretly) hoping Fatima releases. Don’t get me wrong, our homegirl has done her damn thing over the past few years – working with the likes of Shafiq Husayn, Funkineven and Dam-Funk is not be overlooked. But, as a huge fan of her vocal chops, I’ve always felt that the very best of her would be exposed while singing the more melodic side of Soul. When I heard her on he Floating Points Ensemble track ‘Post Suite’ – ask anyone around me – I was buggin’ out. In fact, I still am – that track gets played weekly on my end.
The EP continues with ‘Mind’, which some of you may have already heard as a radio-rip on YouTube when she performed it on Benji B’s show (listen below). This track has a funny history with my co-pilot and I – bottom line – I own him an apology. The swing, combined with Floating Points sensational use of atmospheric synths – yea, consider my ‘mind’ well and truly blown. And of course, Fatima’s soaring vocals sounds like buttah (yes, buttah).
‘Innervisions’ is up next. Minimalistic, acapella introductions, interjections of synth heavy basslines – here all distractions from Fatima’s multi-layed vocals are gone. This is all about the chanteuse and rightfully so, her vabrato is more soothing then a Strepsil.
An abraded sounding 808 kicks in on the extended players final number ‘Red Light’. This is definitely the funkiest track out of the 4 and a perfect way to end the dynamically enthralling experience that Follow You offers.
The blogger in me is itching to post a track, but alas, I have been sworn to an embargo but the folks over at Eglo have informed me that they’ll soon be releasing some streams – so hold tight.
I’m excited to hear Fatima doing what (I feel) she does best. I have a really great feeling about this project; We’ve all seen this lady hustle and grow over the years but I believe now is her time. And I feel Follow You will expand her reach and open more doors, especially on an international tip. It’s easy to forget that we have our own steeze here in LDN (something I love and am extremely proud of) but sometimes it can get lost in translation. That’s not to say we should stop doing what we do – but with this new direction, I think Fatima’s fan base will grow with greater ease.
Follow You is released on May 9th via Eglo Records.
Touching down at Sonar by Day is like going to the grounds of British Museum to rave. Only it’s hotter, there’s a beach nearby and grounds have been converted into stages for live music. If you can imagine that, you’re almost there. But before I give my account of Sonar 2010, it is worth mentioning that Sonar is like no other music festival.
Based in the heart of Barcelona, it is a walking distance from the city centre, a bus ride from the beach and set in-between the museum of contemporary art and University of Barcelona grounds. With two outdoor stages, and a massive basement inside the Museum of Contemporary art, there are no tents, there is no mud, there’s only sunshine and beautiful people ready to get down.
Highlight of the Sonar by Day festivities was Lunice. Hailing from Monteral he came out battling for the crowd’s attention late on Saturday afternoon. With a laptop, mic and a stage presence like no other, Lunice came in hard, dropping a medley of bootleg RnB, Hip-Hop and Crunk remixes by the like of Beyonce, Rihanna, Brandy, Cassie, Soulja Boy and Lil’ Wayne. Leaving the records to play themselves he’d come round the front of the booth to demonstrate exactly how the crowd should get down, breaking into moves that only the most flexible could copy, he left a number of us with sore limbs as we tried to copy his showstopping moves and let me just say someone needs to book him for a London show ASAP!
Listen: Lunice – Sonar By Day Set (RedBull Music Academy)