The sap is rising! These are the killer cuts that are setting the 1BTN Bunker on fire as we enter the month of April and start revving up for the party season. An incomplete version of this playlist (because our selectors dig deeper than music streaming platforms!) can be found on Spotify here.
Mehmet Aslan ft. Deniz Tekin
Khidr + Ilyas
Gorgeous, dark and hypnotising track sampling Turkish singer-songwriter Deniz Tekin’s performance of the traditional Roma folk song Ederlezi, a centuries-old standard among the Romani minority.
Murray Scott (Ubik)
Rudy’s Midnight Machine
Camera Dans La Nuit
An essential part of your 2019 summer soundtrack, though it might just as well be 1982. Lazy, hazy electric funk, with both Brit and euro influences. From the reliable taste bags of the Faze Action stable.
Atlantic Oscillations Dub
Disco dub with heavenly strings = one of my end of year tunes and it’s only March.
Hey Whats Your Name (Ed Mahon Remix)
Hands in the air Vicks crew make some chuffin’ noise. Blackpool’s finest Ed Mahon reworks a Al Mackenzie’s Bowlers belter from ’92. What’s your name and what you on pal.
Mike Bradbury (Balearic Ultras)
All the right elements in perfect balance make this one of those grooves that could happily roll on forever. An ideal track for welcoming in the longer days and warmer weather.
Ross Brewer (Third Space)
Head in the Clouds (Tesseract HQ)
Brooklyn based producer of German extraction keeps it pleasantly morose and earthy on this low-tempo slice of deep house/electronica. With a throbbing bassline reminiscent of a Hans Zimmer bass trombone section, this track manages to balance being rather beautiful and in the groove.
Tim Walker (Love is the Message)
A melee of minimal sounds that come together to create a crazy groove. Another special release from Whities.
Patrick Robinson (Feels Later)
Epic dubbed out jazz from Tokyo led by Mark de Clive Lowe on keys + feat Kyoto Jazz Massive, Cro Magnon, WONK, Sleepwalker & more. mixed by Modified Man and on a forthcoming 4 track 12″. Big music, all 12 mins of it
Jim Lister (Version)
Bye Bye Bye (feat. Jvck James and Chronixx)
Deep and heavy killer taken from Shy Fx’s long awaited ‘Raggamuffin Soundtape’ album.
(Kris Venum / World A Reggae show)
A long time wants list gap has been filled, once again, by the good folk at Emotional Rescue. This time around it’s French singer Elaine Kibaro getting the ER career resuscitation… The LP Pour l’amour, with the sublime L’Amour Pour Bouclier, taking centre stage is a must have for the Balearic crate diggers out there.
Steve KIW (BAOL show)
The things we do for love.
Lovely little 7″ on Ari Goldman’s World Building from Apiento. Reminds me of the Beloveds Sun Rising with sexy French vocals, which is no bad thing. Perfect for the Beach,warm ups and come downs.
Andy Simms (Tuesday Club)
Love Will Say No
Playing With Scars EP
(Love Will Say No)
An EP to seduce you this spring, the strings and loops of I Won’t Promise (I Won’t Fall In Love With You) has me all a disco quivver. Just how it should be. Out April 5th.
Butch Le Butch
With a label name like that how could this Queen not love this rework of the Love De-Luxe 1979 classic. Regally approved and a dancefloor diamond.
My highlight from the Naive label boss Violet’s excellent New Visions EP. Named after the Lisbon district in which Violet lives, Junqueira highlights her creative, yet playful side, mixing acid house with jungle and early 90s Portuguese dance music.
Clara Suess (INTER-MISSION)
Jim Jones and The Righteous Mind
Sex Robot (Masonic Records)
Iggy inflected scuzziness taken from an album packed to the gills with great tunes. It’s ridiculous and malevolent as all good rock’n’roll should be.
Senor Mick (Garden Of Earthly Delights )
Period Works Vol 2
Crackazat has created a second bespoke EP for Z Records where he blends vocal accapellas from the label’s archives with his own jazzy pianotastic house grooves. Fav tracks on the EP are Fly Away and Crystal Eyes but it’s all dance floor friendly bangers tbh. Released on vinyl March 29th and digitally a few weeks later.
Kerry Jean Lister
Trinidadian Deep, Javonntte, Vincent Floyd, Patrice Scott
An excellent 4 track ep from Chubby Records – proper deep deep house that is not to be missed. Javonntte – Jazzy Day is the stand out.
Nick Carling (Fruitful Radio)
Guts Feat. Pat Kalla
French producer Guts teams up with Pat Kalla from Lyon to create a horn heavy rhythmic track that feels like a blast of sunshine. Taken from the forthcoming album Philanthropique which takes the listener on a musical journey across African beats. A very different treatment from Guts but one I have on repeat.
Catherine Sones (Club Click)
Etuk Ubong Quartet
Tales of Life and Miracles
BIG release alert from the Etuk Ubong Quartet out of Nigeria on Norway’s very splendid Jazzaggression label. Super limited hand stamped vinyl release of only 250 worldwide. Pure fire.
Chewy Beatwell (What’s Wrong With Groovin’)
Won’t Get Better ft. Emma-Jean Thackray
It’s been a while since we have heard anything from the ‘Scrimshire’ project. Hardly sitting idle though, our Adam has been busy as one half of the excellent, Modified Man. One third of the incredible, Albert’s Favourite’s record label and has recently also found time to produce the brilliant new project from Mark De Clive-Lowe and a host of Japanese Jazz legends that go by the name, Ronin Arkestra. Little wonder there hasn’t been time for a new Scrimshire album . . . or has there?
Gorgeous LP of sophisticated deep house and techno tunes from Julius Steinhoff and Just von Ahlefeld aka Dionne, head honchos of the excellent Smallville label and record store outta Hamburg St. Pauli. Deserving of a sweet sound system and worth enjoying in one sitting.
Ian Lawton (Trainspotters)