The buzzinest choons in the 1BTN bunker as we commence the month of November according to the station’s most anorakky selectors. There is also a Spotify version of the playlist here.
Heartaches and Pain
A welcome reissue from Suncut of this much sought after holy grail piece from 1979. A one-off production masterminded by Herman Kelly & Life band member and Isaac Hayes collaborator – Travis Biggs. A rousing uptempo Modern Soul anthem!
Never Saw It Coming (Crooked Man Remix)
I don’t know about you but I always like my nu-disco chugging and diva fuelled. Sparkling, assured and addictive and one to keep you toasty this Autumn.
Son’z Toque (Tahira Rework) from Tahira Tropical Edits
Wah Wah 45s
This 3 track EP on London’s Wah Wah 45’s is simply killer all round. The obvious track that will gain recognition is Tahira’s edit of Gil Scott Heron’s- The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Wonderful use of Malunginho by the Abayomy Afrobeat Orquestra to add a Brooklyn meets Brazil via Lagos and is a match made in Rio. But for me personally it’s his percussive edit Son’z Toque that has the superior groove. The track is an edit of Um Toque that was originally released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownwood label in 2014 by Sonzeira. This edit is a straight to the point dance floor groove that as soon as you think ‘needs more cowbell!’ … in comes the cowbell. Stellar stuff in a market often filled with mediocre, shortcut edits.
Goshawk feat. Erik Rico
Home (Piano Vibe)
Tough mid tempo House beats with a strong soulful vocal from Erik Rico. It’s when the strings kick in that the whole thing just lifts off – Boogie Cafe release another belter. Essential.
Nick Carling (Fruitful Radio)
City Baby Records
Who remembers Strike’s “U Sure Do” from ’94? So here it is updated by the mysterious Sky Tony, giving it a delightful house twist.
Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet
Shades of Blue from The Complete Lansdowne Recordings 1965 – 1969
(Lansdowne Recordings / Jazzman) reissue
Lets not be silly, I can’t afford £6000 for the original releases of this lot. So a cool £90 works for me. This official 5LP boxset means i get to keep my nuts… good work Jazzman Records, the wife will be pleased.
Sarathy Korwar & the UPAJ Collective
My East Is Your West.
Indian Classical meets Spiritual Jazz in the heart of Hackney!! Recorded live at the Church Of Sound sessions. The teaser track EARTH is already blowing minds! The complete LP to be released November 9th, this triple album is an instant classic!
Roisin Murphy ft Ali Love
Jacuzzi Rollercoaster (
Another blisteringly funky collab between Roisin and Maurice Fulton, this one complimented by Ali Love’s knack for a catchy hook.
Kerry Jean Lister (Feel Up)
Dengue Dengue Dengue
Pua (feat Penya)
(On The Corner Records)
Can’t get enough of this… the new sound of Lima, Peru. 2018 trance music… deep, dark, bass heavy with a killer trumpet solo. Check out the 6 track EP ‘Semillero’, feat label mates Penya, released 21st September.
Jim Lister (Version)
Phenomenal Handclap Band
Judge Not (Ray Mang Disco Mix).
The New York Trio have an array of remixes courtesy of Ray Mang on this release- this is the stand out for me. A mid tempo disco groover that develops into a Piano driven gospel inspired barnstormer. On repeat at the moment.
Tony Allen/Jeff Mills
On the Run from Tomorrow Comes the Harvest EP
Layers & layers of niceness,
class release from 2 legends of music. What a union … beautiful
Sunset Sparks is the the A-side on Claremont 56’s latest beguiling two-tracker. It’s a transportive, dreamy 8 minute tropical excursion from the Moscow based television sound producer. He was my artist of the month for September.
One But Ten from The Next Generation LP
At the heart of Jamaican music lies jazz. From ska to roots to dub, jazz holds sway over the Jamaican imagination, helping those musicians to conjure such striking sounds. Groundation make this link clear, matching the rock solid dynamic of roots reggae with the future-facing approach of jazz. The band’s new album dropped on September 21st and it comes almost 20 years after their first show. New song ‘One But Ten’ is a perfect example of why Groundation are so sought after, with the supple groove allying itself to a real sense of soul.
Acelero (Musik Nonstop Remix)
Tell ya what I really like, the squelchy bubbling monster by Roliva called Acelero (Musik Nonstop Remix) out now on San Francisco’s tremendous Roam Recordings.
M. B. Jones
Nuclear War from R. O. K. SPY
“Recorded in Busan, Republic of Korea by former US special agent MB Jones, ROK Spy documents both his stay in a country on the verge of a nuclear conflict and his mission there (for obvious confidential reasons, the purpose of this mission is only to be referred to in an elusive way). While most of his personal belongings have disappeared – or, more likely, been destroyed – we are very thankful for the safe receipt of a USB stick containing 7 songs recorded in Autumn 2017, alongside a drawing and a few handwritten notes. We are proud to now be able to share these with you.”
Drop your Gun
(Music for Dreams)
Drop Your Gun is the first single release from forthcoming album between a smile & a tear.
I love it killer bassline & tongue In cheek vocal. Love it.
Andy Simms (Tuesday Club)
The standout track from Grant’s latest album is a filthy analogue electro soundtrack to a warped and narcissistic mind. What’s not to like?
Law and Wheeler
Upfront and energetic jungle breaks from an atmospheric EP, released on NextPhase records – a label too look out for.
The ever consistent Jamie Odell aka Jimpster is back with an absolute belter – This being the title track off his brand spankin’ new E.P. Curve is classic Jimpster – bringing the ruckus to the dancefloor with his trademark warm and easy vibes. Serious DEEPNESS – check the cheeky nod to Sueno Latino. Splendid.
Chewy Beatwell (What’s Wrong With Groovin’)
Blind Prophet ft. Ras Demo
Rastaman Chat / Jungleman Chat (Fleck Remix)
This latest release from the mighty Dub-Stuy crew is a double whammy with the expected hard jungle/dubstep vibe you come to expect with this label but also a rough tough reggae cut that bounces with pure steppa energy matched with the rolling stiles of MC Ras Demo and the fantastic Blind Prophet production, making this a must for the dancehall.
A Little Light
(Tea Sea Records)
Last year’s Cinder Hill album by Son Of Sam cemented Caruana as one of the UKs most prolific and skilled Hip Hop producers and the Boog Brown LP that’s just dropped is more of the same. Fans of Main Source, Guru’s Jazzmatazz and Digable Planets will love this. A contender for Hip Hop album of the year.
Blackbeltjonez (Burnt Toast)
(Les Disques Bongo Joe)
Altın Gün’s debut LP ‘On’ is undoubtedly the stand out Turkish-psych-folk-rock-funky-delight of this or any year. Released in the spring but supported by a handful of excellent 7s I could have picked any track but this one stands out today. It’d be a different one tomorrow because they’re all bloody excellent. Released on the excellent Bongo Joes out of Switzerland, oozing Bollywood vibes and mixed by Jacco Gardner this is world music in it’s truest sense.
Steve KIW (The BAOL Show)
Peggy’s Blue Skylight from Jazz In Detroit LP
Incredible, previously unreleased historic live concert unearthed by BBE. It don’t get no deeper…
Connan Mockasin releases his third LP on the Mexican Summer label and it’s a real return to form. A fantastically varied album from start to finish with Connan channelling Prince on ‘Last Night’.
Ben Monk (Balearic Mike and Ben Monk)
A debut album that is deeply charming, beautifully played and expertly composed, it exudes a confident warmth and an emotional depth and honesty in every note.
Moments & Concepts
First release on his own Sistrum label for 18 months, follow up to the excellent Soulfood EP, the title cut of tis EP is a smooth blend of piano and characteristically slinky Fingers-esque layered percussion and synth over a descending bass riff, existing somewhere in the zone between deep house and techno. Pure class.
Moses Boyd Exodus
Waiting On The Night Bus ft Terri Walker + Louis VI from Displaced Diaspora
Sounds like proper old school hip hop but with a live jazz backdrop, and a London MC talking about living in Penge. As a regular on the night bus, this track brings back memories!
Chris Cracknell (6ft Stereo)