These are the albums and tracks that are big in the 1BTN Bunker this month! There is an incomplete version of this chart as a Spotify playlist (Link at bottom of page)
Ghana Nila (Secretsundaze edit)
An edit of an Alice Coltrane song, beautifully sung by one of her Ashram and lovingly given the edit treatment by the Secretsundaze chaps. This really is incredible, maybe even an early contender for Track Of The Year – it stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it. Seriously, give this a listen… it will improve your life.
Murray Scott (UBIK)
Kaoru IIyoshi & The Wip
(Jazz Room Records)
A breezy, sun-kissed chunk of lazy & hazy funk soul jazz. A double sider 7” of rare treats, originally released in 1971, though brought back to life by DJ Paul Murphy.
Leon (Jazzology Radio Show)
Divolly & Markward, Amadou & Mariem
(Armada Music B.V)
Once again, Afro-groove meets EDM for a match made in heaven. Unmistakably, Malian guitar and vocals from Amadou Bagayoko (Amadou & Mariem) with uplifting house beats, carefully crafted and ready to set the dancefloor alight. It’s gonna rain down good vibes when this comes on!
How Deep (Nuff Pedals Remix)
Sees experimental producer Nuff Pedals rework an original track from solo producer, singer and songwriter Rhi, taken from her self-produced album The Pale Queen. Set against a broken beat groove, the reworking builds as Rhi’s original vocals shimmer across a dancefloor backdrop that bounces between bass and funk.
Kate has taken a couple of tracks from her album Book of Traps and Lessons and toughened them up. This is a solid slab of hip hop with a message, beats by Dan Carey as good as Hip Hop ever heard, this is essential and will be setting fire to festivals around the world this summer…
Chris Cracknell (Sure Shot)
The great man’s final release… a suitably moody, deep, dubbed out affair featuring Andy Bell from Ride on guitar. Fail we may, sail we must, there will never be another, rest in peace Mr Weatherall.
Jim Lister (VERSION)
The eagerly awaited debut album from producer Beatrice Dillon is a brilliant futuristic speaker rattling series of uptempo percussive experiments. Live instrumentation – cello, tabla, sax – is slipped judiciously into the mix to great effect. Laurel Halo and Batu also lend a hand. It’s some genre busting cutting edge business.
Ian Lawton (Trainspotters)
What Kinda Music
Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes.
(Beyond The Groove / Blue Note)
The title track from their double album which is due out on Blue Note on April 24th. It’s a gorgeous drum-led chugger shot through with Tom’s glorious vocals. A wonderful collaboration from two musicians at the top of their game, I’m really looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.
Kerry Jean Lister (Feel Up Radio Show)
Still Go A Dance
(Ghetto Youths International)
The youngest son of reggae legend and king of rocksteady Alton Ellis delivers some pure old school sweet reggae vibes just how we like it.
Kris Venum (World A Reggae Show)
Melt Plastic Group
Rebirth of the Turkey
This is straight up, space-jam, psyched out Indie-rock builder. The distorted, turkey, wah-wah’s wobble, builds into a strong, solid cosmic psych-rock track – a must listen!
(State Of Resilience)
Usual balearic man Lexx dons his 4 to the floor hat and produces an absolute winner of a house tune. Warm & luscious this one will be gracing all manner of dance floors in 2020 you can be sure of that.
Nick Carling (Fruitful Radio)
The Way It Is (One E.P.)
Deep House don Jamie Odell aka Jimpster is back with a brand new E.P. to celebrate the landmark 250th release on his label Freerange Records. Hip House vibes on the title track and classic Jimpster deepness on this Gilles Peterson endorsed B-Side – The Way It Is. Dancefloor dynamite.
(What’s Wrong With Groovin’)
Y’miss Me Baby?
Sometimes you just wanna sweat and with this hot mother of an EP that is a certainty as the house gets disco-infused and oh so jacked up. Add an excellent rework by Italo disco master Giovanni Damico and the heat is definitely on.
Kate Wildblood (The Wildblood and Queenie Show)
The Emperor Machine
With more 80s electrostatic than my backcombed hairdo’s back in the day, this slice of Italo-fused heaven has me hooked as The Emperor Machine preps us for his forthcoming Music Not Safari long-player. But then when it feels like an explosion in a synth factory how could I not be?
Queen Josephine (The Wildblood and Queenie Show)
First track on the My Life at 45 (Part 1). A new 7″ version of a track that first made an appearance in extended form on the Jalapeno Funk Vol. 9 compilation and left a lasting impression with it’s mellow psychedelic funk fills, jazz guitar licks and crunchier-than-granola drums.
Dumani Ncube (Soul Casserole)
Linkwood & Greg Foat
Linkwood & Foat
(Athens of the North)
From the shimmering bleep of Bentley 101 and the 6am rhythm of Neutrino, to the blissful ambience of Marina and the pump action let’s av it of Pressure….this album is a belter of all proportions. Like your Aunty Maureen’s freshly baked cheese scones with a dollop of butter in the middle… it hits the spot every time
(Permanent Creeps Records)
This tune reminds me of every indie grunge band I loved in the late 90s / early 00s. But could be a great contender for some the great indie bands we have in the music scene at the moment. They’re on tour and I reckon it’ll be a very playful fun grunge show and one not to be missed.
Sleeping Without You Is A Dragg
(Joyful Noise Recordings)
R&B renegade Swamp Dogg has been making soul music that’s hard to define since the 1950’s. The thought of him taking a detour through countrified territory on his forthcoming album has me salivating with anticipation like Pavlov’s Dogg
Senor Mick (Garden Of Earthly Delights)
You Never Loved Me (Al Kent Edit)
This track from Disco aficionado Al Kent’s new compilation Disco Demands part six, which was released on the BBE label this month. It is a magnificent floor-filler.
On The Corner Records
On The Corner Records, holding fast their position beyond the curve!! Debut Dance floor fire from Moroccan producer Guedra Guedra. Electrifying sounds!
Chris Lewis (Turn On Tune in)
Purplewave (Silicon Scally Remix)
(Dionysian Mysteries). Excellent electro with an enormous bassline. Played by the Guv’nor on his last ever radio show.
Rich Dugdale (Local Zeros Show)
Turning Around (Gerd Janson Remix)
With his remix of Turning Around – one of last year’s stand-out tracks – Running Back label boss Gerd Janson gives Theo Kottis’s original a euphoric, high octane sheen, with a cascade of shimmering beats and a poignant, powerful refrain.
Clara Suess (INTER-MISSION)
Check feat. El Train
Check is the second-single taken from producer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ J-Felix’s LP Whole Again Hooligan (out 6th March). This distinctive production sees Brighton-born and bred El Train, aka Luke Nyeke, hip-hop, R&B and electronic beats meshing perfectly with J-Felix’s future blend of boogie, p-funk, disco and soul.