Bago’s ‘Dr. Lock’ made quite the first impression; It allowed us (for the first time in a long time) to imagine the possibilities of a legitimate Neo-Soul resurrection. Granted that may sound a little far fetched but listen to the way she layers her harmonies, constructs her melodies and digitises her adlibs, that sh*t is traceable to Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun (see: ‘Penitentiary Philosophy’). Her sharp edged voice and songwriting style also recalls a little Frank-era Amy Winehouse, which here spills into trip-hoppier Jazz and Blues. Plus the Alexander Spit production that’s mused over blends the cultured ethos of her generation (the same way neoteric Soul catalysts did back in the 90′s). It’s been a long time since someone approached this sector of music with such attitude, expression and foresight, but Bago’s mindset seems genuinely inspired – she’s found an absorbing way to incorporate formative influences with dark and cloudy, spatially aware production.
Download: Bago – Sunday’s Best (Mixtape)
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This is Dorian Concept‘s rework of Austrian producer Cid Rim’s ’Draw’, a track taken from his excellent debut Micro Album. Where Cid Rim’s ultra slick, yet slightly more reserved original takes its time, Dorian Concept’s ode is a skittish, jittering, electro funk inspired re-fix. Steadily building to a crescendo of crushed drums and spiralling vocal samples. Brash and hasty in it’s deliver, it gets to the point and insists on raising the stakes even further with a bout of surging keyboard riffs.
Just turned 17, East London talent Shivum Sharma has really caught our ear – slowly unraveling the colour of his voice on this record – something fluttery, beautiful, unique. Citing “amy winehouse, the knife, fever ray, minnie riperton, björk & jill scott” as his inspirations, their spirits clearly dance in a big circle on ‘Steady As We Go’? Aptly opened with the sound of a flicking lighter followed by an exhale, this dreamy slice of lo-fi groove is co-produced with his fellow Brit Schooler Alex Burey, and the Amy/Jilly intonations fly about like apathetic, effort-shrugging butterflies embracing some olden girl group 45s.
“Right now it seems that I’m living that dream I’ve seen on TV” the singer stargazes, as wall of sound meet the au courant reverb and 90s street-soul edged drums/bassline face meltdown under loungey swagger and exotic folkiness. Yet it’s layers of Lynchian harmony and Sharma’s baroquial tone that really carry this tired-in-a-heatwave jam directly to that spot under the collar. It is after all, the the hottest day of the year.
So this gentleman who wins BBC Sound of 2012, a vocally blessed folk-soul troubadour, Michael Kiwanuka drops an album in March and then goes quiet on the coverage waterfront for a bit. In case you were wondering of his whereabouts, some extensive world touring later, has resulted in a dirt and grain embellished new video for skipping rope swinger ‘Bones’ shot on his travels in Asia. Home Again is out now on Polydor.
Ladies & gents, it’s that moment… the forthcoming collaboration between two behemoths of experimental, soulful sound. One a scientist, one a sorceress, ‘See Thru To U’ takes both artists love of progressive Jazz and indulges it to their hearts content. The arrangement’s spectacular as are the Thundercat riffs sliding between glaciers of percussion, tribal thundering and layers of stacked instrumentation and vocals. It all feels like it’s been carved out of some lucid DMT trip and brought back to Earth with uncompromising brilliance.
Until The Silence Comes? The silence has been broken. October 2nd is the date. Meanwhile, the Fly-Lo and Badu collabo LP is on hold, but fingers crossed, could materialize in future.
Our girl Jessie Ware is just 4 days away from releasing her much anticipated debut album Devotion (we premiered the title track in March). Having seduced us over the past year with a string of stellar singles produced by the likes of Julio Bashmore, Dave Okumu & Kid Harpoon the wait for her sensational new album is almost over. Without question one of our favourite releases of 2012, Miss Ware exudes her effortless cool and delivers the perfect debut. Enjoy a full stream ahead of it’s August 20th release. Pre-order the album here.
Taken off his #1 selling soundtrack-album Ill Manors comes Plan B’s latest single ‘Deepest Shame’, for which a video has just been released. Stepping away from the aggy Hip Hop posture dominate on his new LP, Drew interweaves melody into this one – pulling at the heartstrings at the same time.
Recently accepted into RBMA NY 2012, experimental split persona Dirg Gerner (alter ego of fLako) releases this tonic of swirling instrumentation and spook. Prone to providing brilliant sleeper gems as he has been in the past with records like ‘I Want You‘, ‘Lonely Town‘ and ‘My Queen‘, it’s another prog-soul mutant that takes his love of tribal, dusted percussion and psychadelics whilsts reversing his vocal in pain-numbing SFX.
‘Azul y Blanco’ roughly translates to ‘blue and white’ in Spanish…but what does it mean? A metaphor for two forces seeking serenity in coexistence? Schizophrenia? Forbidden love? Decipher for yourself below.
Following the release of her HomeSchool EP back in April, Kilo Kish reconnects with frequent collaborators The Internet for this laid back, acoustically driven new jam ‘Watergun’. Word on the e-streets is that Kish, Syd the Kid & Matt Martians (The Internet) are working on a full length project together; If they continue in this direction, that could be quite a vibe…