1BTN DJ selections for the month of August, new releases and reissues.
(Death On Wax)
Finally getting a reissue after originally being a private press and only in the hands of a very select few. This is a killer modern soul ballad, pure emotion. Get on it.
Ty Abiodun (Through The Trees)
This is an extraordinarily deep and powerful slice of Balearic magic, straight out of SE London. SONLIFE is a British/Turkish producer, he’s worked with Horsey and used to be in a brilliant band called Haraket. Here he channels the magical feel of early mornings into a great piece of music.
Chris Coco (Melodica)
A slice of laid back but insistent funk from 1971, just a great groove with a slight hint of Khruangbin.
Glyn Biggabush (Bigga’s Big Dig)
Solar Winds E.P.
The London based production duo of Chris Read (BBE/WhoSampled) and James Curry aka Suburban Architecture are back completing a trilogy of E.P’s inspired by the golden era of deep mid-late 90’s DnB. Fans of Fabio and Bukem listen up!
Chewy B (What’s Wrong With Groovin)
Screamadereka (Hardway Bros meet Monkton Downtown)
Wonderful trippy vibes out of Manchester on the consistently great Sprechen records with more than a hint of The Guv’nor and The Primals, courtesy of Sean Johnston!
Murray Scott (UBIK)
This from a compilation album of 9 Japanese woman artists. Fuji’s track is juxtaposition of ambient sound samples and her own vocals as performance artist.
I met Sam at a party a couple of weeks ago and at no point did he mention he was releasing this psychedelic sonic ear massage. Do yourself a favour and listen on headphones. Stunning.
Nick Subtle (Cereal Killers)
(My Own Pleasure)
A stand out piece of shimmering pulsating loveliness from Fir Wave, an album that takes as its inspiration the recordings by BBC Radiophonic Workshop composers Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson for KPM. Immersive cosmic neo-library business … skin up!
She Is The Guardian Of My Nights (Vyvyan Remix)
The brilliantly named French Producer OK Pal! joins Alan Dixon’s Love Attack label with She Is The Guardian Of My Nights EP. All tracks are excellent but the squelchy and atmospheric Vyvyan Remix of the title track is not to be missed.
Clara Suess (INTER-MISSION)
A new beauty from Max Essa, a very Balearic, Asian inspired, New Order influenced track. He’s on a right roll at the moment. Amazing cover to boot too.
Jeff O’Toole (Sounds of Eighty Six)
Rose City Band
World Is Turning
Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips and Moon Due continues to channel his inner choogle with an album showcasing a slightly more mellower feel than last years Summerlong LP. Shades of JJ Cale on this track with some damn fine guitar playing to boot.
Senor Mick (Garden Of Earthly Delights)
Durand Jones & The Indications
Durand Jones & The Indications are back with their third studio album and some modern soul. The group will release Private Space on July 30 on Dead Oceans in association with Colemine Records. Lead single Witchoo showcases the band’s new lean towards synthy modern soul and disco beats.
Matinee Idol (Opolopo Tweak)
With the Brit Funk/Jazz Funk revival in full swing (pun intended) Opolopo comes with two very welcome edits. Matinee Idol is one one my favourite tracks from the Yellowjackets and he’s done it justice here. Upbeat, funky, uplifting with a genius touch of Whitney Houston thrown in there….the flip is great too. Sunshine beats all the way.
Barry Gray/Derek Wadsworth
Space: 1999 S1 & S2
Space: 1999 ran for two series from 1976 to 1977 and depicted the occupants of Moonbase Alpha and their struggle for survival when, after the explosion of a nuclear waste dump, the Moon is hurtled into space. The series was the most expensive produced for British television at that time and the most musically diverse of all the shows made by Gerry Anderson for ITC.Gerry Anderson’s long-time musical partner in all the previous adventures was Barry Gray and Space: 1999 proved to be the last of their collaborations. For Series 2, composer Derek Wadsworth took over the reins to provide a more contemporary sound. Record Collector perfectly describes it as “classic 1976 period stuff: fast, furious and occasionally over the top in a dramatic way; nicely atmospheric for Sci-Fi and a touch funky every now and again.”
James (Vision On)
Raúl Monsalve y los Forajidos
Bocón ft. Luzmira Zerpa (Orestes Gomez Remix)
Olindo Records proudly presents two fresh takes on songs from Raúl Monsalve y los Forajidos critically acclaimed ‘Bichos’ album by a pair of up and coming Venezuelan artists. First up, Mexico-based drummer and producer Orestes Gomez revisits the album’s lead single, Bocón featuring Luzmira Zerpa, by passing it through a neo-soul and contemporary jazz lens alongside a cast of exciting sidemen, including bassist Daniel Briceño (La Vida Boheme) and flautist Eric Chacón (Tony Succar / Miguel Siso).
Burda Pellet (All Around The Globe)
My Friend Dario
Neve Su Acireale (Hot Toddy Remix)
(Nu Northern Soul)
Hot Toddy strikes again with an uplifting mid-tempo balearic gem that shimmers and builds into a heady but smiley crescendo. Digital or vinyl available on bandcamp or through Juno. The other 4 remixes on the EP are great too.
Rich Dugdale (Local Zero)
Me and Mrs PC
Quirky Kinks style Pop sounds from Helsinki, that sound like they could have been released on Stiff Records in ‘79!!! Pure Pop from the debut album of the wonderfully strange Linear John!!!
(Turn On Tune In – Chris Lewis)
Dangerous (Crooked Feelings Remix)
Amy Douglas, Joe Goddard and DJ Parrot combine for a lazy, loopy sleazy as hell rework that is as divine as Amy is sublime. A threesome we want to be part of, long may the good stuff keeps coming.
Wildblood and Queenie
The Wildblood and Queenie Show
Ok Then Not Ok
A great take on a theme a lot of artists are leaning into, a beautiful, haunting piece which sums up how I feel about it all. Essential.
Beats, Strings & Life
Brand spankin’ fresh warm and easy feel good vibrations from deep house don Tom Szirtes. Good to hear him back on wax. Life affirming tackle. Check for the reprise. Pure niceness.
Chewy B (What’s Wrong With Groovin)
(The Magic Movement)
Over the last 20 years Martin Gretschmann has been exploring new fields of music off the mainstream paths: psychedelic, spacey, minimal and adventurous. His latest single is all of those things, as well as sounding effortless and being hypnotic.