This is the 1BTN DJ chart for the month of October – all the best new releases and crucial reissues from across the spectrum of musical genres. This is the Spotify version of the playlist, full reviews below.
Ferris and Sylvester
I Dare You
Absolutely brilliant indication of what to expect from their new album. A storming slab of blues/folk/rock, heartfelt lyrics, soaring vocals and intimate moments. Essential.
The Brand New Heavies feat Angela Ricci
Get on the Right Side
The Brand New Heavies are back with a brand new double album released on 6 October, packed with their trade mark acid jazz/uk soul sound, great vocals and feel good grooves. Get on the Right Side featuring heavy, heavy songbird Angela Ricci makes my ears happy.
Catherine Sones (Club Click)
The Visitors (Mighty Mouse’s Edit For Jim)
(Space Native Records)
Whilst there has been plenty of online debate about those disco queens place in the house or Boiler Room lately there can be no debate about the magnificence of this synthpop beast. And with Mighty Mouse adding the bumpf and the monumental breaks for HMD’s Jim, it is as near perfection as any Swede lover could need, keeping this 1981 fan girl ABBA happy till 2081.
Kate Wildblood (Wildblood and Queenie Show)
Ebony Steel Band
Pan Machine (LP)
(Om Swagger Music)
I absolutely love the sound of steel drums. Give me an album of nothing but steel drum Kraftwerk covers and I’m utterly sold! Intoxicating.
Murray Scott (Ubik)
Mirage Hour II
Deep and moody cinematic bizness from Norway. The self titled LP Coastal County gets a worthy re-release this month. The whole LP is pure fire…! Shout to the HBSMA crew for the heads up on this.
Leon Ricciardi (Jazzology Radio Show)
Cigarettes After Sex
With a nod to Mazzy Star, Greg Gonzalez and co have fine honed a style of dreamy quaalude slowcore that is almost a genre of its own and this is more of the same. Whether already a convert or not you’ll settle quickly into its warm embrace – Heavenly is another snail’s pace pop gem from one of the most important bands of the present moment. Album forthcoming.
Ian Lawton (Trainspotters)
Middle Name Dance Band
(Middle Name Records)
Following their heavily supported 2018 debut Middle Name Dance Tracks Vol.1, Sampology, Megan Christensen and Sam Stosuur tease a new EP with this downtempo, soul sizzler!
Ceephax Acid Crew
Muster Station from Acid Cask Trilogy
This is a total BANGER!!!! Straight up, bona fide, squelchy ACID.
Absolute stormer of a dance track from producer to the stars Paul Epworth on his first solo release. The song is a real journey and builds up beautifully. Proper dance floor banger. The B Side (Voyager 2) is written and performed with Matty Tavares (Badbadnotgood) using elements Paul used in the original song – and some he hadn’t, including the vocals. It has a real Moodymann disco vibe to it.
Kerry Jean Lister
Turn To Clear View
The keys master returns with his follow up to last year’s big debut LP Starting Today and the quality levels remain high. With guests incl. Georgia Anne Muldrow & Jhest, Joe’s sound palette has expanded without losing the deep, dubbed out atmospherics.
Jim Lister (VERSION)
Never gonna leave you (Joakim & Max Pask HouseMix)
Great to hear this remix of the little known multi instrumentalist, singer and artist, Andre Evans. Guaranteed to spread good vibes on every discerning dance floor.
Raise Me Up (feat. Dames Brown) (Alan Dixon 12″ Version)
Classic Music Company
A right proper house gospel house record destined to take us higher with each play. And with Dixon on remix duties we are destined to be raised up all winter long.
Queen Josephine (Wildblood and Queenie Show)
Koichi Sakai feat. Afla Sackey
Jingo (12” Mix)
Jingo!! the gift that keeps on giving! Olindo Records yet again bringing the heat! A beautifully paced deep percussive groove of a timeless dance- floor masterpiece.
Chris Lewis (Turn On – Tune In)
Shaka Loves You
(Bomb Strikes) Unashamedly funky clav driven dance floor slayer from Glasgow based duo Shaka Loves you. Just wait for the horn riff to come and watch the place go off.
Tim Walker (Love is the Message)
Pulses (Visions E.P)
(Surburban Architecture Records)
WhoSampled and BBE records beat architect Chris Read and production partner James Curry droppin’ their brand new project of vintage Bukem inspired and Fabio flavoured mid 90’s DnB. Four killer cuts of pure drum driven heat including this jazzy little roller Pulses. One for the old school heads.
Chewy Beatwell (What’s Wrong With Groovin’)
Residing somewhere between blissed-out synth Prog and Psychedelic-Folk-Rock, the new release from Diagonal sees them in more laid-back and a more ‘accessible’ territory but still displaying mastery of progressive songwriting.
Wyndham Earl (The Way Way Out Show)
Anthemic electro pop call to arms about dance-floor escapism from the Berlin-based New York producer.
Clara Suess, INTER-MISSION
Chase and Status
Cool n Crisp ft Natty Campbell (Original Freestyle Version)
Taken from the RTRN: THE ORIGINALS EP which features some of the original dancehall recordings used for the massive Chase and Status RTRN II JUNGLE album.
Kris Venum (World A Reggae Show)
Punchy with lots of grunge nostalgia. This fun track, as always with Projector, has some cool indie observations of life. Released through the hard working London based label Roadkill Records. This is a tune to get behind.
A Good Look
Country music maverick really puts the cat amongst the pigeons this time, embracing synthesizers and disco rhythms to create a sound reminiscent of ZZ Top in their 80’s pomp. They’ll never book you for the Grand Ole Opry now Sturgill.
Senor Mick (Garden Of Earthly Delights)
Louie Vega presents Leroy Burgess & The Universal Robot Band feat. Patrick Adams
Barely Breaking Even (Louie Vega Boogie Mix)
BBE’s 500th release reunites the collaboration of Leroy Burgess and Patrick Adams, with the addition of Louis Vega to remake the label’s namesake track. With a staggering 14 versions to choose from, it’s a touch choice but the slower boogie version seems to groove hardest for me. An impeccable revamp of a classic.
Matt (Rockit Soul)
The M Song (Prins Thomas Edit)
Echoing electronic note sequences, chiming motifs and shuffling rhythm represents the transfer of data between two points; one above the surface of the Earth, the other within its hollow interior. Basically, if you’ve always had a soft spot for Isolée’s Beau Mot Plage you’ll probably love this.
Rich D (Local Zeros)
The Nat Birchall Quartet
Love Theme From Spartacus
Nat’s new album The Storyteller – A Musical Tribute to Yusef Lateef does not disappoint, with stunning versions of Yusef Lateef classics like this one, as well as Nat’s own Yusef-inspired compositions. Ultimate jazz music.
Jim Lister (VERSION)
Niko Maxen provides an EP of encapsulating tracks for the inaugural release on his newly established MAXEN label. The final track, DDDD is the go to here, a wickedly deep, rolling affair with some serious groove.
Ross Brewer (Third Space)