The tunes that are doin’ it this month for the DJs denizens of the 1BTN bunker. An incomplete version of this chart is also available as a playlist on Spotify.
Mac-Talla Nan Creag
The Sorrow of Derdriu
Other Lands and Lord Of the Isles from the incredible Firecracker recordings return with their second album inspired by the wilds of Scotland. Whisky is absolutely required!
Murray Scott / Ubik
(Poly Dance Germany)
Absolutely loving this one I picked up in Amsterdam. After releasing on Music From Memory sister label Second Circle, Androo starts his own label Poly Dance. As usual, his music is infused with percussive rhythms and emotive melodies.
Boys Ride Bikes
Beauty & The Beat
Released as part of The Beating Heart Project – various artist sampler, Beauty and the Beat strikes again!!!
Chris Lewis / Tune in Turn On
Mark de Clive Lowe
Memories Of Nanzenji
Memories of Nanzenji is the first track lifted from the forthcoming album, HERITAGE I. To be followed by HERITAGE II this is the new two-album series from pianist, composer and live remixer Mark de Clive-Lowe. For the half-Japanese half-New Zealander, these two albums (his 15th and 16th albums respectively) are by far his most personal work yet – deep diving into his Japanese ancestry and cultural roots through the lens of jazz, electronica and beats in collaboration with his LA band of world-class musicians – Josh Johnson (Leon Bridges/Esperanza Spalding), Teodross Avery (Talib Kweli/Mos Def), Brandon Eugene Owens (Terrace Martin/Robert Glasper), Brandon Combs (Moses Sumney/Iman Omari), Tylana Enomoto – HERITAGE II only – (Bonobo/Kamasi Washington) and Carlos Niño (Build An Ark/Lifeforce Trio).
Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright
The latest (and long overdue) Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright reissue on Emotional Rescue. The a-side That will be that, a cautionary tale of war and the end of days, was recorded back in 1983 for the Rhythm Hymn LP and sounds like it could’ve made yesterday (although sadly both Whitren and Cartwright died in 2016) but, despite it’s brilliance, the b-side wins here: a stunning back-to-church take on This Time… I started my first show of the year with this; its a positive, uplifting ode to hope…
(Nice Life Recording Company)
A glorious slice of pop funk to banish the January blues…
Kerry Jean Lister
Rare Groove Spectrum
The new LP from Lance Ferguson Rare Groove Spectrum out 25 January on Freestyle Records. The LP is a collection of newly recorded versions of classic funk, soul, jazz and latin vinyl rarities, which features some of Melbourne’s finest musicians across the album, including past and present members of The Bamboos, The Putbacks and Hiatus Kaiyote. A taster in the form of Anderson Paak’s sure shot tune Am I Wrong given a 1980’s style Boogie/Jazz Funk makeover.
James Gale / Vision On
Aggrovators & Paolo Baldini Dubfiles
Enter Into Dub
New heavyweight dub offering from the evergreen Pressure Sounds label. An EP of mind bending versions of Bunny Lee/Aggrovators cuts by Italian musician/producer Paolo Baldini.
The Sound of Revolution
(Label Lumberjacks in Hell)
Killer EP of eighties flavoured Italian boogie. Four tracks not a Duff one to be heard.
Andy Simms Tuesday Club
New Romantica (SHMLSS Remix)
From Milanese party posse Rollover’s second EP of “anything goes” edits, SHMLSS slap on some eyeliner and turn a New Romantic gem into a sweaty chunk of rubbery dub disco goodness.
Clara Suess, INTER-MISSION
Heavy breaks and Big Band sounds from South Side Tel Aviv!!!
Chris Lewis / Tune in Turn On
Horse Meat Disco featuring Amy Douglas
Let’s Go Dancing
When the queens of disco meet the Queen of disco, this Queenie & Wildblood can do no more than bow down and get down. Its what the dancefloor where made for.
Queenie & Wildblood
Four Days Earlier
Technically a reissue of Nu Era’s 2013 CD only album, now coming out on vinyl for the first time. Four Days Earlier shows Marc Mac of 4 Hero fame bending genres again from Electro to future funk, Broken Breaks and much else besides.
BIG RED AL (Dj)
Empire Sounds (String Quartet Version)
In 2017 James Heather put out his debut LP, ’Stories From Far Away On Piano’. Beautiful solo piano music along the lines of Max Richter and Nils Frahm. This compilation album, released 7th December, features reworks of tracks from that album – from Echo Collective, Aparde, Sarah Davachi, DJ Seinfeld and more.
Jaye P Morgan
(We Want Sounds)
This LP from 1976 – now being re-issued by We Want Sounds – is put together with a handpicked selection of originals and cover versions. It contains beautiful renditions of such iconic songs as Stevie Wonder’s songs as Seems So Long and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Can’t Hide Love. An lp that alternates between uptempo funk, disco and soulful mid-tempo ballads, all served by Morgan’s superb vocals.
The Cinematic Orchestra featuring Roots Manuva
A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life
First new material in 3 years and it is an epic haunting sonic string builder featuring the legend Roots Manuva. First masterpiece of 2019? New Album to follow in March.
Mike Bradbury/Balearic Ultras
Opening track from his new album The Unseen In Between. This woozy slice of psych-Americana imagines what it would have sounded like if Johnny Marr had recorded the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy.
Senor Mick/Garden Of Earthly Delights.
Ras Demo, Lt. Stitchie & Papa Levi
Ride de Riddim
(Third Eye Records)
“Well, this one is a lyrical collaboration. Wi juss a ride di riddim yuh kno. And gi u some lyrical inspiration”. Ras Demo, Lt. Stitchie & Papa Levi bring back the original Dancehall sound In this three-the-hardway scorcher. Rapid-fire lyrics, heavy bassline and pure vibes.
Kris Venum/Venum Sound
Blood of the Lamb
Memphis based singer songwriter Liz Brasher, a true soul rocker with a tone to her voice reminiscent of Grace Slick. Blood of the Lamb is the lead track from her album Painted Image. This is her second album, offering us jangly guitars and soaring vocals. Brasher is half Dominican, half Italian, and also Southern American and grew up singing Baptist hymns in an all-Spanish church. Her sound could be described as a melting pot of influences, slightly unplaceable, familiar yet unique all at the same time.
(Far Out Recordings)
What can one say about the Brazillian drumming legend that is Ivan Conti that hasn’t already be said? It’s been over 20 years since he’s released an album and this is testament to the phrase ‘good things come to those who wait’. From the house vibes of the title track Poison Fruit to the Afro-Brazil vibes of Ecos Da Mata and the rare groove vibes of Ninho, the whole album is rhythmically driven from start to finish and simply mesmerising in places. Cannot recommend this highly enough. A lesson in drumming from legend who is still pushing boundaries in his seventies. 10/10
Perpetual Motion (Infest Remix)
More gold from Next Phase records. Infest recycles a track to creates a trademark Nextphase sound. Atmospheric and indulgent.
(Mr Bongo/Sonafric Fantastic)
Re-issue LP, bringing the sunshine on grey days…
Nick Walters and The Paradox Ensemble
One of the UK’s hottest labels 22a, are back with a bang in 2019 with the sublime release of Nick Walters (Riot Jazz/Ruby Rushton) and his Paradox Ensemble. World class Jazz with worldwide flavours
Chewy Beatwell/What’s Wrong With Groovin’
Spectrum / Silver Echoes
2 analogue bombs from a true innovator, Spectrum is my pick of the 2, Lil Louis’ French Kiss is clearly an inspiration and this nails the style and feeling perfectly.
Brighton Andy Mac
Got My Eye On You
(Avant Garde Records)
Previously unreleased dirty, sexy, 80’s synth funk. What more could you want?
BIG RED AL (Dj)