These are the tunes and albums that are rocking, funking or chillin’ the 1BTN DJ bunker as we enter the month of December 2018. Keep an eye out for our New Year Best of 2018 charts in a month’s time.
There is also a Spotify version of the playlist here.
King Of The Hill feat. BADBADNOTGOOD & Flying Lotus
Thundercat’s layered and melancholic vocals meet the jazz driven instrumentation of Toronto 4-piece BADBADNOTGOOD. Taken from the superb Brainfeeder X compilation.
Strange How You Move from Discophilia Belgica : Next-Door-Disco & Local Spacemusic From Belgium
Just released, a compilation like this is bound to throw up some gems. This one is probably one of the more well known ones. With its riff, Spanish guitars, house beat and sunshine sound you might as well go and call it balearic! Also check on the comp Kevin Morane and Ivre De Vie.
Ty (Through the Trees)
Warp Room proves why Copenhagen-based former Apeiron Crew member Solid Blake has such an exciting solo future. A full throttle and energetic track with a stabbing synth line which cuts in and cut to create a dark, intense atmosphere.
Clara Suess (INTER~MISSION)
Argonic Acid Trax
(Super Rhythm Trax)
Part of a strong acid/303 revival of late, this hefty 4 tracker has all the classic elements, bubbling acid lines, analogue drums and spoken word vocal samples. If acid’s your thing this won’t disappoint!
Try & Love Lp
(Light In The Attic Records)
First official vinyl reissue since 1973. Limited run of 500 copies. Music inspired by Santana/Jeff Beck/Jimmy Page/The Funkees. An album brimming with heavyweight funky guitar afro-psychedelia. The stand out track is the spine-chillingly beautiful It’s Not Easy. Grab a copy while you can. Available now.
It’s All Here
(Star Creature Records)
This is a big fat slice of modern funk at it’s finest from Chicago’s Star Creature Records. Saucy Lady brings a positive lyric & upbeat vocal surrounded by swirls of synths over a bouncing boogie beat. Yes please!
Nick Carling (Fruitful Radio)
Rip It Up
Sleepytime Ghost and Dirty Dubster, Bazza Ranks, join forces and then invite up-and-coming toasters Shumba Youth and Natty Campbell along as well to make Rip It Up a vocal celebration of doing ting Sarf East London style. Cue much bass bin-shredding antics and no fewer than four different mixes. That’ll be the original, the Fleck dnb version, the instro and the Wrongtom remix then. Once again, the latter proves himself ‘Righttom’ with the standout remix – a monster version that de-clutters the drums to emphasise a more conventional dub aesthetic and give the bass room to breathe. And shred your speaker cones, obviously.
Talking Drums 2
Second set of edits on this new Manchester label from Patrick Ryder at Piccadilly Records with a heavy Eastern European feel. Proper gems!
(Rasif LP, Far Out Recordings)
Great 2nd album from this very exciting young pianist from Recife, North East Brazil. On a Bheki Mseleku / Dollar Brand tip. This is a beautiful downtempo modal track perfect for autumn Sunday afternoons. The opening track on the album ‘Dona Eni’ is also killer, uptempo jazz dance fire.
Jim Lister (Version)
Glass Onion from the remastered The Beatles (aka the white album)
Why? because it’s one of the greatest Beatles records ever and Giles Martin’s remastering separates the instruments to the point where it feels like you’re sat in Abbey Road with the band (and Ringo’s drumming is just beyond brilliant) but also because it’s the first half of the worst sequencing in classic album history, coming immediately before the horrendous, toe-curling, chortling faux-jolly Maccaism of Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da which, despite Martin’s excellent work, is still more naff than a night out in Pryzm (Horrendous Brighton nightclub! – Ed)
Ofel I / Breathe 7”
Digital pre-release from the 12 member Tel Aviv orchestra that mixes Ethiopian’, Eritrean and Arabic musical traditions, coupled with an ongoing exploration of different jazz styles, led by guitarist and composer Ilan Smilan.
Taken from the glorious new EP, Sea of Sand, for me Hypnotized is the pick of 6 great tunes. A dubby dreamy slo-mo-acid delight with a captivating vocal. Out now.
Mike Bradbury (Balearic Ultras)
Cocoon Crush LP
Objekt manages to create a silky electronic landscape over the course of the whole LP. Electronics jump, spin and bounce to produce something remarkable.
N.D.S. Disco Version
After dropping a little 7” earlier in the year, on which this track featured. Pascal have re-interpreted it into a nice cosmic boogie Odyssey. It’s all there, nice bass, spacey synth sounds and disco percussion.
Ty (Through the Trees)
Quebra Cabeca LP
Simply stunning album from Bixiga 70. Not a duff track in sight, from laidback outernational spirtual jazz vibes to heavy weight African rock infused rhythms.
DJ Format / The Meters
The Meeting b/w He’s Back
An expertly crafted double-slice of cut & paste action spliced with Hip Hop samples from some of the many artists that have sampled The Meters over the years. All proceeds from this 7″ Vinyl only release (already sold out, repress in Jan) go to a local charity rendering this guaranteed dance floor-filler a philanthropic essential!
Blackbeltjonez (Burnt Toast)
Lou Hayter with
Cherry On Top
Amazing dreamy vocals with a great synth-infused hook that you’ll be singing along to all day after hearing it once, it’s a proper earworm. Like the last gasps of summer!
Kerry Jean Lister
Ubu & MeBeMe
A moment of bliss to savour as Shalvoy lights up our December days and nights with this kooky kool disco electro cut from his 4 For The Floor EP.
Sphere of existence
Loving this track by Antoine Kogut. By mixing synthesizers, brass and vocals he has achieved absolute lush, transportive excellence.
Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids
An Angel Fell from An Angel Fell alb
This track is waaaaaay out there, whilst there is a lot of ‘new’ jazz about, nothing has the vision of this. Original and contemporary yet sounds like it could have been made 50 years ago. Stunning…
Monkey Jhayam featuring Shniece
Vem Comigo (90% Of Me Is You)
(Delicious Island Vinyl)
Legendary reggae producer Prince Fatty meets Monkey Jhayam from the sound systems of Sao Paulo, Brazil, add to this the vocal talents of Shniece and the power of the Horseman on drums and you have something special happening. A new sound from the Prince Fatty studio coupled with Monkey Jhayams message makes this essential listening. The track Vem Comigo (90% Of Me Is You) is a fresh version of Gwen McCrae’s classic track 90% Percent of Me is You and is taken from the new album Prince Fatty presents The Role of Monkey out now on bright green wax.
The wait is over. The second official solo album by producer and vocalist Steve Spacek which he started work on in 2005 shortly after the release of the Spaceshift album. Future soul music.
The Onrush Of Eternity
log(m) & Laraaji
Futuristic World, or possibly Balearic, shizzle from the man like Laraaji in collaboration with Toronto’s Log(m). Started out as live jams that were polished, dissected, processed, re-arranged and distilled into a triple album. Spacious spacey electronica blending perfectly with Laraaji’s signature hammered dulcimer, zither, mbira and sruthi drone box.
Ian Lawton (Trainspotters)
Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek
Oy oy Emine
A bouncy, psych update of a classic Turkish track. Another fresh and beautiful release by Bongo Joe, this is a song about mad and crazy love and has had me bouncing in my train seat on every commute for the last couple of weeks. Much to the alarm of my fellow travellers.
Chantal Irtelli (Radio Peacock)
Starting Today (Dub)
As premiered by Joe when he came on VERSION on 4th October and played it off his phone. It’s finally been released! A killer dub version of the title track from his debut album that came out back in May and is one of the LPs of 2018. MASSIVE.
Jim Lister (Version)
Half Forgotten Day Dreams
(Be With Records/KPM)
Be With Records has teamed up with iconic Library music label KPM to release 10 of their classic albums from their much sought after back catalogue – and it doesn’t get much better than this slice of string laden lusciousness from the mighty John Cameron – released on the album Voices In Harmony – originally released in 1974. Movie star music to fall in love to – time to spread that love.
Chewy Beatwell (What’s Wrong With Groovin’)
How D’it Get This Late
Anoushka Lucas is a singer, songwriter and theatre maker from London who has been working on her upcoming album with Martin Terefe, Karl Brazil and Glen Scott for 4 years now. This is the third single from the upcoming album receiving support about that moment you have when you realise you’re up too late with someone you shouldn’t.
Christopher Spring (Art in Brighton)