Here are the tunes creating a Buzz outta the 1BTN bunker at the beginning of May 2019 as selected by our DJs. An incomplete version of this playlist is also available on Spotify here
General P. D. C.
Amazon Dub (Beesmunt Soundsystem version)
Collosal dub infused beats straight out of deepest Lithuania! One of those records that, if you heard it in a club, would have you running to ask what it is. Big.
Murray Scott (Ubik)
Brighton based Kudu Blue’s production skills and musicianship are truly admirable. With dreamy synths, tasty bass, beautiful vocals and grooves that you can’t help but move to, this has got to be the perfect track to take you into the summer.
D J Rogers
Love Brought Me Back
(South Street Disco)
Over the past couple of years there have been some incredible soul/disco crossover reissues and this is up there with the absolute best. A proper end of the nighter which will be closing parties across the world this summer.
Steve KIW (BAOL)
Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek
Üç Kız Bir Ana
This a real stunner of a track, combining swooning lyrics with a jaunty 5/4 time signature (reminiscent of Paul Desmond’s Take 5). If you like your multi instrumental Anatolian psych, this is the one for you.
A Man Called Adam
Paul Valery at the Disco (Prins Thomas Remix)
(Other Records Ltd)
Released on Record Store Day 2019, remixes of 3 tracks from A Man Called Adam’s first album since 1998 Farmarama, including this epic Prins Thomas end of nighter. Lose yourself on the dancefloor….
Jim Lister (Version)
Are You Lonely? (Greg Wilson & Che Wilson Mix)
Complete set of official/new remixes just released of 1983 classic boogie/soul rarity. This is my favourite, a subtle, bassy, dubbed out version from the boogie DJ master Greg Wilson.
How Long Does it Take?
Long awaited new release from 1BTN favourites Mildlife, and boy, it does not disappoint!! Another dance floor delight from down-under!!!
Chris Lewis (Turn On -Tune In)
Erykah Badu and James Poyser feat Thundercat
(Yep Roc Records)
A Record Store Day exclusive – Erykah Badu and James Poyser have teamed up to take the classic track down a totally new route, turning it into a soulful, raw performance with Miss Badu’s vocals shining through, bringing a brand new light to the song.
James Gale (Vision On)
Tank and the Bangas
(Universal Music Group)
Fresh sounds from New Orleans, Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball brings a hip-hop flow which is poetic, fused with the Bangas’ backing instrumentation (Norman Spence, Joshua Johnson, Albert Allenback, and Merell Burkett) who bring impeccable funk, soul and jazz breaks to the mix. A clear and warm production, this music is catchy and lyrically smart. The perfect sunny day jam.
Catherine Sones (Club Click)
Lost Souls Of Saturn
The Awakening (James Holden’s Past Life Rave Regression Mix)
Wow! This is how to do a remix and this is how to do leftfield house music. The twisted mix title does the track justice. Absolute fucking heater and it will set fire to your speakers. Take or leave the bad language. I don’t care. Bad.
Mr Williamz featuring Pressure Busspipe
UK artist Mr Williamz bridges the gap between 80’s dub and 90’s vibrant dancehall style with new age energy. Produced by Green Lion Crew.
As You Go
Yet another fine band from Melbourne on Research Records. Swazi Gold’s debut album, Jehovah’s Whispers, is out now and the stand out track for me is the melodic pop belter As You Go.
Mike Bradbury (Balearic Ultras)
Get ready for the summer with this alternate reality in which Steely Dan hailed from California.
Taken from their new album Raw Honey.
Senor Mick (Garden Of Earthly Delights)
I’m Not Defeated Part II (Honey Dijon’s Undefeated Dub)
A queer call to arms with a dirty delight of a Dijon remix. What’s not for this disco queer not to like?
Doing the Beeston Bump
Stand out track of spacious Can-esque neo Krautrock from Leafcutter John’s new Yes! Come Parade With Us album, for which the maverick producer and former Polar Bear knob twiddler gathered field recordings on a summer holiday walking 60 miles of the Norfolk Coast Path. Album features Seb Rochford and the equally formidable Tom Skinner on drums. Touring across the uk through May.
Ian Lawton (Trainspotters)
(Aloha Got Soul)
A real sun soaked slice of deep modern boogie here. All shimmering guitars, hazy keys & a horizontal vocal makes for almost perfection in itself. 10/10.
Nick Carling (Fruitful Radio Show)
A lovely mid tempo disco edit jammer from Mexican producer More Lotion. From the opening guitar motif – which sounds like the theme to a late 70’s TV cop theme – this builds into a Arp-throbbing/stringy/synthy/hypnotic groover.
Tim Walker (Love Is The Message)
Do You Even Know What A Passport Is
(College of Knowledge)
Quirky, but equally deep instrumental cinematic soul from Australia, evoking all of the usual and best cinematic and library-music comparisons – you know the ones. Part of a highly-recommended double-A-side 45 on College of Knowledge records, limited to 300.
Glenn Fallows (What’s Wrong With Grooving)
De:tuned specialise in reanimating sounds from electronic musics earlier days. Here they come through strong with a cracking PFM tune from the atmospheric golden age, with an equally brilliant Blu Mar Ten track on the flip. Previously unreleased, vinyl only and not to be missed!
Ross Brewer (Third Space)
Cherry On Top
(Be With Records).
The TP’s are back so this sultry sunshine bomb is due a proper release finally on Be With Records…
With summer coming the terraces are in need of some disco delights and this ticks all my glittering boxes. Strings, diva vocals and a sample from disco heaven. This Queen approves.
Josephine Queenie Bourne
The tune we have all been waiting for! Metallic breaks that kill the club and suck you straight into that vortex.
Patrick Robinson (Feels Later)
6th Borough Project
Back Where It All Began (James L’Estraunge Orchestra remix)
Following on from the incredible Find your Rhythm remixed project pt1 comes volume 2. A beautiful summer orchestral funk track that slowly builds into a writhing rhythm heavy scorcher. Sheer bliss.
Souls of Gama
(Tone Arise Recordings/Warner Chappell Production Music)
Sounds To The Sundown is the debut album from Souls of Gama, otherwise known as Edinburgh based vocalist Eugene MacDonald (Guests of Nature) and Brighton based producer/multi-instrumentalist Glenn Fallows (Disposable Breaks, The Impellers) – warm vintage sun drenched Soul at it’s finest from my fellow What’s Wrong With Groovin’ co-host and 1BTN DJ Wife. Soul City is where we all want to live right?
Chewy Beatwell (What’s Wrong With Groovin’)
Bosphorous Bridges Vol 3 LP
(Black Pearl Records)
This fine selection of rare Turkish funk, jazz, beat and psychedelic music reissued from the 1970s on the Bosporus Bridges series.
Simply a must have for samplers and beat diggers. Just class. Favourite track: Sarmaş Dolaş by Seyyal Taner.
Saul Guud (Rockit Soul)
Work It (Soulwax Remix)
The Belgian masters remix one of the highlights of 2018 – Marie Davidson’s workaholic anthem Work It. Soulwax pour more work and energy into their remix giving it a twisted, industrial feel.
Clara Suess (INTER-MISSION)
Kaytranada ft Van Jess
Lovely soulful vocal house jam that’s a collaboration with Nigerian-American R&B sister duo VanJess. Out now on all the usual platforms.
Kerry Jean Lister (Feel Up)
VFM 2 EP
Fans of Mr. G’s work will know what to expect here, 4 tracks of seemingly effortless house music, all moody basslines, chopped vocal loops, with hats and rides that drive without ever overpowering. Pick of the bunch is ‘Red Seal’ for me which bounces like a spring hare, but all 3 are dancefloor staples.
Andy Mac (Under One Groove)